Thursday, June 28, 2012

USPS centennial celebration gets under way

Created on 2 Feb. 1914, USPS will mark 100 years of education, fellowship and community service in 2014. Based on the powerboat handling skills programs of businessman Roger Upton at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., USPS offers boating education programs in cities and towns across the U.S., its territories and Japan. The organization has also become an important ally of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Today, nearly 40,000 members in more than 400 squadrons provide boating education in everything from seamanship and celestial navigation to marine electronics and engine maintenance.

Several projects are under way to celebrate USPS’ centennial. For more information and activity updates, visit usps.org/100. The Ship’s Store is adding 100th anniversary logo items, an anniversary commemorative stamp is under discussion, and community activities are being planned at all levels.

During the 2014 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., the Governing Board will hold a celebration on Saturday, 1 Feb. Our meeting hotel, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is planning a party for all members. The city plans to post signs throughout the town and is working with the Jacksonville Sail & Power Squadron to conduct a boat parade on the St. John’s River.

The USPS Flag and Etiquette Committee has designed an anniversary ensign to be flown on members’ vessels in 2013 and 2014, and a new logo is available online at theensign.org/foreditors.htm.

To kickoff the yearlong ceremony, anniversary ensigns will be presented to all 32 districts at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Each squadron will create unique ribbon streamers of specified dimensions to affix to their district’s ensign. During the 2014 Annual Meeting, districts will parade their ensigns and streamers in an anniversary flag presentation.

All members are encouraged to help plan yearlong celebrations in their communities, including municipal proclamations, appearances at civic and marine organization meetings, and presentations during boating safety equipment demonstration days. – Greg Scotten