Saturday, September 23, 2006

Three USPS Districts Hold Regional Meeting

Five States Represented as Three USPS Districts Hold Regional Meeting in Phoenix - 28 September

Three United States Power Squadron Districts will meet with boaters representing squadrons from five states as well as Japan in a four day Tri District Meeting in Phoenix . Booked into the Phoenix Airport Hilton Hotel, the four day confab will start on September 28.

Connie Johnson, Past Commander of Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron is chair of the conference noted that “ This conference will have USPS boaters that are involved in , and teach about almost every type of boating that there is, from river, lake and stream to blue water off shore racing and cruising. We will all be discussing our sport“. Connie Johnson also indicated that a key feature of the conference will be the introduction of a brand new extensive boater education program dubbed “USPS University” This new program will provide Operator Certification for several different on the water interest areas and will be taught by certified Squadron instructors . “With the wide ranging personal boating interests represented in the members attending, this will be a natural location and time to preview USPS University.”, noted host district Commander Bill Johnson of Phoenix.

To highlight the new program will be a series of seminar vignettes introducing some of the soon to be available seminars available from USPS squadrons the seminars will include presentations ranging from On-board Weather Forecasting, GPS, VHS and GMDSS Marine Radio and a brand new presentation covering knots splices and hitches to tie it up.

District Commanders that are involved in the wide area meeting are Bill Johnson, Commander of District 28, with five squadrons in Arizona and Southern California, Gary Smith Commander of District 25, with eleven squadrons in Northern California . Commander Marla Brown , leads District Thirteen the only international District in USPS with eighteen squadrons in California, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Tokyo Japan.

Members of the Operating Committee and the entire USPS national bridge will be arriving to support the regional meeting . The USPS executive officers are: Chief Commander, Ernie Marshburn, North Carolina, National Executive Officer Creighton Maynard, Texas, National Education Officer Richard Kyle, Connecticut , National Administrative Officer, Frank Dvorak, Washington, Treasurer, Joe Mesenburg, Ohio amd Secretary Robert Baldridge, Louisiana . Rounding out the Operating Committee will be Rear Commanders Alan Wentworth, Shirley Van Rea, Alan Lakin, Darrell Allison, and Michael Horowitz, as well as several other committee members attending the Phoenix confab Operating Committee Members live in Texas, . Louisiana, Ohio, Washington , North Carolina, California Michigan Wisconsin and Connecticut .

“The best part about a District Conference is the opportunity to learn new things”, remarked D/13 skipper Marla Brown. “This conference attracts USPS boating people from the entire Southwest plus about as off shore as a person can get. What a great opportunity to introduce new ideas and find out about the many types of boating experiences from our members “.
The United States Power Squadrons, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1914. 50 thousand members in the United States, offshore territories and Japan populate 450 Squadrons.

USPS members develop, promote and provide water safety programs for children and adults, boating educational opportunities and activities that enhance the on the total experiences of the boating public.

To contact USPS, check out the web site at http://www.usps.org/ or call - 1.888.367.8777