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Allen Cole
Core Member
Jun 02, 2022
In The Walls Family
Here is a copy of an email I just got from the Wall family's guardian angel (Barbra Wallace); I did want you to know the Walls are doing Great. Their oldest son graduated from High School this year. He is 17. He is employed at Walmart with his Dad. She is still working a small job within walking distance from the home in Bunnell. They filed their taxes. We are currently looking for property as in hopes with the refund will assist them in getting a manufactured home set up for the family. Current conditions in the area makes it cost effective to own rather than rent. I will keep you updated on how this goes. Your organization has put this couple and their family on their feet. They are thriving. Sure they still need assistance to make ends meet. I believe most people do these days with the cost of living 28% higher than last year. Thank you for all you Do!!! Barbara Turner Wallace
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Apr 27, 2022
In General Discussions
It appears that the discussion on the issue of making an acting First Mate with less than a year as a core member is over. Is this correct??????
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Apr 13, 2022
In The Walls Family
Good morning Krewe. Received the below from the Wall's family Guardian Angel Barbra Wallace. Looks like her hard work and our finical support have paid off. We should be proud of what we do. They're a couple of video clips of the kids. Good Morning! It's been almost a month since I last wrote you. With God's will and the community of Palm Coast, the Walls are doing Great. After I wrote you, I did another food drive which we collected so much food. I was amazed. What happened out of that was more amazing. A woman who works for the state of Florida saw their fight for Food stamps. She had Nicole call her on Monday which initiated the final approval for their Food stamps. This was retro back 2 months. This gave them $1800 to purchase food for the next month. She used it with caution because I told her with her luck you never know what could happen. I visit the children regularly to check on them. The little girl I've become quite fond of. She's just a little doll baby. When I was there last week, Tata is what they call her, asked for a bicycle. My heart dropped. So... Again I reached out to the " Community of Palm Coast ". Many have been following this as it unfolds. Many of the same people reached out to me and gave used bicycles. One woman sent money a large donation to purchase links and helmets. I offered to send the was unused portion of her gift back. She responded with get the children some NEW SHORTS. She explained she was the 4th child of 5 and everything she wore or played with was a hand me down. She wanted the children to have something new. I have attached a few pictures of the children riding their bikes. The smiles on their faces makes all the struggles worth it. Nicole is working again. Making more money than she did at Advent. I am really proud of how they weathered the storms. Andrew is still working at Walmart. He's almost to his 90-day mark. That date is significant to him. On his 91st day he gets to transfer too automotive. He's excited! I'm excited for him. I wanted to let you know all of the above so if you want to do a story: now is the time. Especially because the community has been so involved. IT needs to hear how you, The Krewe of 13, the community and my family have stepped up to help this family tremendously. Sometimes with this economy and Covid people become homeless for no fault of their own. Thank you for everything you have done!!! Barbara Turner
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Feb 03, 2022
In General Discussions
Krewe, The other day I was looking at the pictures from the photo shoot when I realized that I didn't recognize over half of the people in the pictures. While I have been working with the Captain on Krewe business behind the scenes, I have come to realize that this is unfair to the Krewe. The Krewe should know who their Quartermaster is and should be able to interact with him/her on a regular basis. Between COVID and my travel schedule, I have not been to a social or function in some time and feel that the Quartermaster should have positive in person interaction with the members of the Krewe on a regular basis. Therefore I am stepping down as Quartermaster. I have talked to Captain Roger and told him he will continue to have my support and I will perform whatever duties (within reason LOL) that he needs me to do. I will continue to be a Core member of the Krewe and look forward to seeing you at whatever functions I can make.
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 20, 2021
In Law Enforcement Academy
Krewe, So I was finally able to get a meeting with the new Academy Director and told him what we wanted to do as far as setting up a scholarship for a deserving individual to attend the academy. We had a good discussion and he seemed receptive. He advised me that he would take our proposal back to his Vice President and let me know the decision. The Director called yesterday and informed me that the Vice President did NOT think it was a good idea and they declined our offer. The Director could not give a clear idea as to what the problem was but the impression I got was that the College did not want to get involved with individual groups offering scholarships. I see that we have two options here. First we can find a deserving person and pay the tuition directly not involving the College OR we can return the money to our Chest and save if for another purpose. My recommendation would be to relocate the money for a future family in need whether that be paying for them to attend a trade program through the Jim Hahn Scholarship program or any other type of help we vote on. I am assuming that we will have to vote on repurposing the money if that is what we want to do. Let me know what your thoughts are.
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 16, 2021
In The Walls Family
Krewe, I would like to make the following motion to provide additional assistance to the Walls family. I move to provide rent and utilities payments, for the Walls, for the months of November and December. Payments will be paid directly to the landlord and utilities. Monthly rent is $1,200 and utilities are approximately $300 for a total of $1,500 a month. Total amount not to exceed $3,000. Prior to each month’s payment the Quartermaster will review the families progress toward self-sufficiency before payment is authorized. If it is determined that progress is being made, then the Quartermaster will authorize Purser to submit the checks for payment. Please provide any comments or suggestions.
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 15, 2021
In The Walls Family
Krewe, Well, we have helped the Walls stay off the streets and got them into their own home. The kids are settling in to their new rooms in their new secure environment. The Walls’ Guardian Angel, Barbra Turner of Palm Coast, has begged, borrowed, and stole (in good pirate fashion) clothes, furniture, pots and pans, bedding, food and of course we provided the funding for their new home. As our charted course says; we want to not only help families in Dire Need through no fault of their own, but we also want to change their future course not just prevent the ship from sinking. As you can see from Barbra’s email and pictures the family is in their new home and are set for the month of October. The father has been offered jobs in the electric field and Mom has been offered tutoring for her Certified Nursing Assistant. Obtaining these new careers will definitely change their future course for this family for the long term. Here is the snag. Because they were working pay check to pay check just to keep from drowning, they do not have much disposable income to allow Dad to quit his job to start a new one. And NOW, they have contracted COVID and not only will NOT have income coming in, but it will make it harder and longer to move from working a low paying job at Subway to a good career at a good salary with benefits. These new careers will ensure a good quality of life for this hard working family. We have already agreed to pay for Mom’s CNA certification and now I believe we need to step up again to help them chart their new course for their family’s future. I propose that we pay their November and December rent and utilities. This will stabilize their situation through Christmas and give them a good head start on their new life and help provide for a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cost; $2,400 for rent for the months of November and December Up to $600 for utilities for the months of November and December The total would be about $3,000 and the Captain advises that we can easily afford this expenditure. As per our policy, we will pay the landlord and utilities directly. What say you…. In for a penny – in for a pound ????
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 15, 2021
In The Walls Family
Here is an email from Barbara Turner the Walls' Guardian Angel Well Palm Coast Community, Krewe of the 13 and Pastor Daisy Henry! You did it. Today the once homeless family moved into their home furnished with furniture, towels, appliances, bed linen, drapes, pans, plates, toys and games. Now it's time for all of you who donated cash and household items to take praise in the fact we all live in a pretty darn good community. The generosity which poured from each and everyone has been phenomenal! It warms my heart to share with you some of the pictures we took as they entered the home. I could not hold my tears back... the smiles on these kids faces told me why we all took this task on. God Bless all of you! Now also on follow-up! Material wise they have just about everything need. However. As I announced , Mom tested positive on Monday WITH COVID-19. Dad on Wednesday and today the oldest tested positive. They have absolutely no income whatsoever until they can go back to work. We have used all the funds that was donated. I am not requesting cash unless you would rather. Groceries to feed 5 children and 2 adults average $1200 per month. We've been to two churches and will be going to the food bank. They cannot for obvious reasons. If you can spare can foods, frozen foods, meat. Hamburger meat, please let me know and I will meet with you. They are so appreciative of everything. Both of them have been offered better jobs. Even a tutor for her CNA license for Florida has been offered. He received two offers one to become a lineman for Pike electric and another to work in the solar fields. As soon as his covid his plans are to go talk with the prospective employers. Thank you all who supported me when I thought I was failing these children. Denise Bridges , Gracie Teixeira, John Smaok , Grant Wallace , Kyler Corley , Breanna Corley , Erin Flanagan! TO Each and every one of you.... I love you. Please enjoy the pictures of what PALM COAST COMMUNITY, KREWE OF THE 13, HAS DONE!! I love you guys!! I can't stop crying!! Barbara Turner
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 14, 2021
In Garb
Just testing out the Krewe page notification system. If you see this post, please reply so I can see if I get notified. Also if you reply I can assume that you got notified of this post or you just were cruising the website and found it :-)
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 10, 2021
In Giddens Family
I've been in contact with Ms. Giddens and she is currently taking some pre-required course at the college before she can start LPN school. So far she has not needed any of our assistance but is still moving forward with her dream to become an LPN
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 10, 2021
In Law Enforcement Academy
It's been a while with COVID and a change in leadership at the LE Academy but we are finally back on track. I have a meeting with the new Dean of the Criminal Justice Program at St Johns River State College on Wednesday so we should be able to move forward. I'll keep you posted.
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 08, 2021
In The Walls Family
Our Krewe mate Erin Flannigan has brought to our attention a family truly in dire need. Mr. and Mrs. Walls have 5 children. They left their home in West Virginia due to poverty in the area and lack of available work. Mr. Walls is an auto mechanic and Mrs. Walls is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). So they packed up the kids and their worldly possessions and came to Florida in hopes of starting a new life here in Florida. Luck was not on their side. Their vehicle developed major mechanical problems that ate into their savings and then the vehicle finally died requiring them to by another car. To support their family, Mr. Walls had to take a job at Subway in Palm Coast and Mrs. Walls started to pick up house cleaning jobs. They do not have money for First, Last, and Security to rent their own place so were forced to rent a living room and dining room in someone’s house while they tried to save money to get their own place. Well as their luck was going, they were told they had to leave and ended up living in their car. One of Mrs. Walls home cleaning customers (Palm Coast resident Barbara Wallace) reached out to some of her friends and were able to pay for a couple of nights at a motel so they could at least get showers and some decent sleep. They will not be able to keep them in a hotel for too much longer before they will be again homeless living in their car. Mr. Walls is now stuck working at Subway just to maintain the basic needs of his family. He can’t look for better paying work as a mechanic because he can’t take time off and he cannot afford to go 2 weeks without pay while waiting for his first check from a new employer. Mrs. Walls can’t get a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant because she doesn’t have the $300 to obtain her Florida CNA license. Mrs. Walls is concerned that the state may intervene and take her kids away. She is trying to home school her kids because they don’t know what is coming next. Based on Erin’s recommendation and after discussions with Mrs. Wallace I recommend that the Krewe provide the following help to this family truly in Dire Need. provide the Walls with up to $4,500 (paid directly to the landlord) for first month, last month, and security deposit. It is estimated that they will need between $1,200 to $1,500 per month for a suitable home/apartment to accommodate the parents and 5 kids. Provide up to $500 for any utility deposits paid directly to the utility Provide up to $300 for Nicole to obtain her FL CNA license paid directly to the State of FL Provide a $500 gift card for school cloths for the kids. Total $5,800 This should give the Wall family a new start in Florida and Mr. and Mrs. Walls some breathing room so they can obtain jobs in their desired careers as an auto mechanic and a CNA. It will also give some stability to the kids so they can start school and become a part of our community. Attached is the original request as posted on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here or contact Erin or myself directly
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Jul 24, 2021
In August 2021 Social
Is there an August social scheduled yet
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Apr 23, 2021
In Law Enforcement Academy
Morning Krewe. Just a quick update on the Law Enforcement scholarship. The current Dean of Criminal Justice (who runs the Academy) is retiring and we are waiting to find out who his replacement is so we can formalize the scholarship
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Nov 03, 2020
In Giddens Family
Got this email from the First Coast Technical College where Ms. Giddens will be attending LPN school' "Hi Mr. Cole. I administer the scholarships for the FCTC students and saw the fantastic article announcing Ms. Giddens Practical Nursing scholarship. When I talked to Losh’She’Aundra, she is so excited about this opportunity. I wanted you to have my contact information so as she approaches enrollment, we can work together. Please feel free to let me know if there is anything I can do for your organization. Thank you for the support you are providing for our community and our students in their pursuit of their passion. Arleen"
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Oct 25, 2020
In General Discussions
Ahoy krewe I be needin' someone to stand up an' lead a small group o' the Krewe (aka committee) to set up Krewe socials. This here plague 'as caused us to 'unker down an' we’ve lost our connection to each other. While some o' us 'ave to be more cautious than others when gatherin' in groups, we still need to get together to keep up comradery an' ensure that we keep our course. Our by-laws require us to have monthly meetings/socials and I need someone to take the lead on this important mission. As the Krewe has discussed before, the general idea is that we have a social at a Krewe members house one month and then a social out on the town the next month. The Krewe member selected to lead this raiding party will be able to call on other Krewe members to help them (aka doing the work J ) Please reply here, email at allen.cole@Kreweofthe13.com, or text at 571-643-5620 with your interest to take on this important task. The Krewe member selected to lead this committee could also become a mentor and use Swabbies to help so the Swabbies can learn to be active members of the Krewe. Thanks Your Quartermaster Allen Cole
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Sep 28, 2020
In Archived Posts
There appears to be support for Randy and his dire need. The following is the motion that will be sent out later tonight. Do not vote here. Capt Roger will be sending out the "vote" email after the Zoom meeting tonight. The motion is, in partnership with the United Way, St Vincent DePaul. St johns Housing Partnership, and Humana, to provide up to $3,500 (as outlined in the Krewe discussion) in assistance to St Johns County resident Randy Koenke for water/sewer hook-up and the payment of back taxes.  All funds will be paid directly to the County Tax Officer and approved contractors. 
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Sep 24, 2020
In Archived Posts
Krewe, We have another person in dire need that will benefit from our assistance. I am asking you to please read Randy Koenke’s story with an open heart and an open mind.  I know with our help, we will change another person’s outcome. Randy is retired after 42 years as a truck driver. He is now considered disabled due to his medical illnesses and is now on Social Security.  He is an unmarried man, with no living family left.  His friends are fellow truck drivers that he only sees when they are not on the road.  He is truly on his own.  Randy spent two solid years on the road working hard to pay off his house.  When he returned home, he realized the pump to his well stopped working. It turns out the well had actually collapsed.  Upon doing further research, the county will not allow him to drill a new well as he is too close to County utilities.  Therefore he is left with one option, he has to connect to the county’s utilities.  Being on a fixed income, this was not an option for Randy.  Therefore, for two years now, he has been without running water in his house.  He is unable to cook at his home and has been going to the truck stop once a week to shower.  On top of all of Randy’s water problems, he is two years behind on his property taxes.  Just as he was reaching his breaking point, Humana Health (his insurance provider) contacted him as part of their COVID 19 outreach program.  Humana then reached out to Flagler Health (one of our major sponsors) and together they are providing emergency meals and free transportation to his doctors’ appointments. Humana is partnering with United Way, Saint Vincent de Paul, and St. Johns Housing Partnership to help get Randy back on his feet once again.  Flagler Health, who is one of our major sponsors, thought that the Krewe of the 13 could also work collaboratively with the other organizations to turn Randy’s dire situation around. Jenny Harvey, a representative from United Way determined that a feasible budget could be set up for Randy.  He can afford his current bills, property taxes, and even the added utility bill once his water is connected.  The Housing Partnership will work closely with Randy to teach him and ensure that he follows the budget that will allow him to pay his own bills once he is back on his feet and we will have truly fixed the problem.  Here is what is needed to get Randy on his feet: Items of cost · Utility meter box and connection $2308.00 · Additional plumbing and sewer    $3700.00 · Past due and current Prop taxes   $1600.00 · Total rough cost $7608.00” Partnering up to help Randy: · Housing Partnership will work with Randy to ensure that he has a budget to be able to pay his own way. · Humana has authorized a one-time assistance of $500.00 and will work with him on his healthcare needs. · United Way can commit to $1,200.00 · St Vincent can commit to $2,500.00 and work with him on his social skills · Krewe of 13 can commit to $3,408.00 *pending a democratic vote · This total is $7600.00 The funds provided by the partnership will fix Randy’s water/sewer situation and allow Randy the ability to take care of himself at his home.  The Housing Partnership will assist him with preparing a budget that will allow him to be self-sufficient.  Humana Insurance and Flagler will assist him with managing his medical needs.  St Vincent de Paul will assist him with his social skills.  The old adage, “it takes a village,” is appropriate here and will put Randy on the road to being self-sufficient.  While we are working in partnership with other organizations to help Randy, each member of the partnership will be responsible for their specific help and all funds expended will be paid directly to the specific vendor or contractor as our governing documents require.  We have always stated that we need to show our sponsors how we use the money they have donated – we now have the complete attention of our #1 sponsor. I ask you, Krewe, what say you?  Will you cast your vote in favor to help a man that is in dire need change his fate, which will allow him to once again stand on his own? The motion will be to provide Randy with up to $3,500 in assistance paid directly to the proper vendors, tax collectors and contractors. Please post any questions you may have in this forum or contact me directly
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Jul 23, 2020
In Archived Posts
Please review the motion and background information on this motion. If you have any questions or comments please post here or contact me via email at; allen.cole@Kreweofthe13. I will be asking Captain Roger to put this on the next ballot. Motion to award the Jim Hahn Memorial Scholarship to a needing and deserving individual to attend the St Johns River State College Law Enforcement Academy, in the amount not to exceed $4,000, to help that individual improve the life of their family. The program manager will be responsible for forming a Committee to include Krewe Members, Police Academy staff, and Law Enforcement to select an appropriate candidate. The Committee will submit information on the selected candidate to the Krewe for review and comments prior to the awarding of the scholarship. Background This is not the normal type of award we do as we usually find an individual in need and then make the award to that individual. In this case, however, we need to make sure that the individual selected to receive this award can not only get into and pass the Academy, but also get hired by a local law enforcement agency. It would be a shame to find a potential recipient that we want to support only to find out they do not meet academy requirements or after graduating the Academy they do not get hired by an agency. I think there are plenty of individuals in need that would also be successful in changing their family’s life we just have to make the right match. Therefore, as part of this motion I purpose that we create a Project Manager to manage the Award process. Part of that process would be to have a selection committee consisting of several Krewe members, two representatives from law enforcement, and a member of the Academy staff sit on the selection committee. The Krewe would reserve the right to make the final selection but, with a representative from the Academy, we will be able to get input on whether the candidate would be successful in the Academy. The two law enforcement representatives will help ensure that the individual is likely to be hired by a law enforcement agency. If the law enforcement representatives like what they see, then it is likely that the recipient will be hired. We would have a formal application process that potential candidates will complete so we can evaluate them on; Need, Academic Achievements, leadership, community service, extracurricular activities, honors, and life achievements. Applicants would also have to write a 1,000-word essay answering the following question: “Why are you choosing a career in law enforcement, and what are your goals?” The Applicant would have to be accepted into the Academy and agree to; · Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 · Comply with all college regulations, rules, and codes of conduct governing students · Give consent to release grades to the Krewe for the purpose of reporting to the Krewe and our sponsors · Remain in good standing as a student · Apply to a law enforcement agency upon completion of the Academy I think that if we find an individual in need that is deserving and we have a process to ensure the individual will be successful, we will have met our goal of helping a family in need and make our sponsors proud of what we do in the community. The Krewe of the 13 is a democratic Krewe where each Krewe member has a voice in major decisions of the Krewe. Therefore, the Committee will submit information on their recommendation, to the Krewe, for review and comment prior to the final award of the scholarship.
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Allen Cole
Core Member
Jul 10, 2020
In Archived Posts
Krewe, About a month ago I brought up the idea of using the Jim Hahn Memorial Scholarship Award to help a family in need to learn a new career. I also suggested that we provide that Award to someone who wanted to attend the police academy and enter into the service career of law enforcement. I received many positive comments on the idea so I would like to make a formal motion to create an award of the Jim Hahn Memorial Scholarship for a family in need to attend the police academy. If this scholarship award is a success, then we may want to consider this a yearly award and/or consider awards for other professions. The Police Academy is in St Johns County at St Johns River State College which covers law enforcement agencies in St Johns, Flagler, Clay, and Putnam Counties so it would definitely cover a local family in need. Law enforcement agencies no longer hire people and then send them to the police academy. Now if an individual wants to become a law enforcement officer, they have to put themselves through the Academy and then they can apply to a law enforcement agency. This often prevents a good candidate from applying because they cannot afford the out of pocket expenses of the Academy. We, the citizens of our community, therefore often loose the services of a committed individual looking to serve their community. The Academy cost approximately $4,000 which would cover everything from tuition, books, ammo, and uniforms. The Academy is not eligible for federal or state grant funding because of the number of hours for the Academy and the structure of the training. We currently have approximately $15,000 available for chartable use, so this scholarship award of $4,000 would still leave over $10,000 for potential families in need. This lets us use some of our funds for this scholarship without depleting our treasure chest. How cool would it be for a pirate krewe to support local law enforcement by supporting a qualified candidate to become a law enforcement officer. We can set up the criteria for candidates to include need, academic achievements, leadership, community service, extracurricular activities, honors, life achievements, etc. We could set up an interview committee consisting of Krewe members and maybe members of law enforcement to interview the candidates. Once the candidate is selected, then we would pay the funds directly to the college. Picture this; We make the award in full pirate regalia at the Police Academy, maybe we hold a pirate black powder shoot at the range when the recruits are doing firearms, and what about a group of pirates attending the graduation when our recruit graduates. So, what do you think? What questions do you have? Post your questions here or email me at: allen.cole@kreweofthe13.org or give me a call at; 571-643-5620
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