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USPS News June 2017

USPS needs you!

We need your help! You have lots of talents—will you share with USPS? Please update or fill out your resume (SIRS) online. Go to the Nominations website, scroll down and find “Enter/Update Resume.” Where is the Nominations website? After you log in to the USPS site, it is found under the top menu: Committees > General > Nominations. Questions? Please let me know. See you in Dallas!  Email: Susan L. Darcy

Break the plastic habit

The Spring 2017 District 22 newsletter includes an excellent article by Commander Cheryl Matheson from Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron regarding various plastic items. Some items boaters should avoid using or taking on board include plastic cutlery, plastic straws, plastic water bottles, takeaway coffee and drink cups, plastic bags and takeaway containers. Sea turtles can ingest plastic and many sea birds are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. The Pacific Gyre of plastic debris is growing rapidly.  Email: Richard Daybell

Read more:  Plastic bag bans spreading

First timers: It’s a Texas thing!

Howdy, y’all! If you have not attended an annual or Governing Board meeting, now is the time to go to the USPS website and register as a “first timer” for the upcoming meeting 10–17 Sept. Dallas, Texas, promises to be a great rodeo for all first timers! Information will be sent to you to give you the low-down on what to expect at the meeting. You will also be invited to a meet and greet with the national bridge. Make this your first USPS rodeo. We’re fixin’ to see you there!  Email: Lynda Leque

Submit National Safe Boating Week stories to The Ensign

If your squadron or district held safety demonstrations, taught boating classes, inspected vessels, participated in Ready, Set, Wear It! or held other events during National Safe Boating Week 2017, your efforts could be recognized in The Ensign’s Fall issue. For complete submission guidelines and a form you can use to submit stories and high resolution photos, please visit  Email: Tina Tibbitts

Vessel Safety Check and Safety web pages now linked

To view the latest information from the national Safety Committee on the Vessel Safety Check Program and other safety issues, please visit the national Safety Committee web pages. Check these pages often using the link below. Browse the drop-down menu on the left side of the page for additional information.  Email: Allan B. Furtado

Read more:  Safety Committee web pages

Squadron Development Committee web updates

The Squadron Development Committee website contains items designed to help districts, squadrons and their officers function more effectively and efficiently as well as information useful for all members. To visit, log in as a member at and select “Operations & Leadership Training.” “Tools and Other Presentations” includes a menu with links to detailed job descriptions for districts and squadrons, a nominating committee manual, a link to download the current operations training program, “Operations Training in 3,” and links to interactive district and squadron calendars and commanders’ kits.  Email: Edwin Kridler

D/Cs and D/AOs: Port Captains Program updates needed

Help us provide updated information for the Port Captains Program. Please email information for all district port captains to me, include the district number, squadron name, port captain’s certificate number, port captain’s name, address, phone, email and the waterway covered, including the state.  Email: Kathryn J. Stevens

Make your RV site reservation for Dallas Governing Board meeting

We found two potential RV parks suitable for commuting to the 2017 Governing Board Meeting. The closest is Sandy Lake MH & RV Resort, 1915 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton, TX 75006. This park is approximately 10.5 miles from the hotel via I-35 South and I-635 East. The second park, Vineyards Campground and Cabins at Lake Grapevine, is 18.5 miles from the hotel via a mile of surface streets and a direct drive on I-635 East (LBJ Freeway). Visit the Highway Mariners website for further details and maps to both locations. If you are planning on RV’ing to Dallas for the meeting, make park reservations as soon as possible.  Email: William Miller

Operations Training Program Awards

The Operations and Leadership Training Committee is reviving the Operations Training Award. Your squadron/district will receive credit this year for teaching either OT in 3 or the Operations Training Program. To get credit, complete the online OT2 form with information for members completing the course. Make sure to include each member’s current active rank, because you receive extra credit when bridge members take the class. Submit the completed forms to United States Power Squadrons headquarters and send copies as instructed on the form.  Email: Mary Dodd

Read more:  Operations Training Award information

Add boating skills with interactive online seminars

USPS now offers seven fully interactive seminars online that can give you or your boating friends useful information for your summer boating. The seminars include How to Use GPS; All About Marine Radio; Weather for Boaters; Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes; Planning Your Cruise; Partner in Command; and Hurricane Preparation for Boaters. Just go to, choose the seminar(s) that interest you or a friend, and sign up today.  Email: Eileen Rickard

Communications Committee news

Have you checked out the Communications Committee Facebook page recently? It’s full of interesting articles and facts to keep you informed. Recently we posted a series of daily safety articles for National Safe Boating Week. On another note, our committee is always looking for new members to become website or newsletter advisers. Please contact Assistant Chair for Websites Cheryl Jarrell or Assistant Chair for Publications Barbara Pearson for more information.  Email: Kathleen Lambert

Read more:  Communications Committee website

Historian Department news

As many of you know, DB2000 wasn’t allowing Historian Reports to be filed, which was partly due to newly implemented security systems on our web server. Hopefully these problems have been corrected. I recommend that you download the latest version of DB2000 (9.7.5) and try filing your reports again. If you are still having problems, please click my name below to email me, explaining specifically what problem you encountered. I will make sure your problem(s) are addressed. Please don’t let this glitch discourage you from filing your reports. Thank you for your time and understanding.  Email: Jerry Zambroski

USPS Cooperative Charting Nautical Reporting

The new Cooperative Charting Nautical Reporting System is up and running. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Here’s what you need to do after you have concluded your day on the water and wish to submit a Cooperative Charting Nautical Report. 1. Gather all of your data. 2. Log on to 3. Then click here to find the Nautical Reporting Form and associated supporting documents for you to enter your report. It’s that easy.  Email: Thomas J. Peltier

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Get trained in CPR and first aid

The American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid/CPR/AED class will be offered on Wednesday (Sept. 13) during the Governing Board meeting. This course counts towards initial or renewal certification and is valid for two years. It also meets requirements for the USCG Captain’s License and BOC Certification. Minimum enrollment is six students.  Email: Jeff McKinney

Read more:  Heartsaver CPR and First Aid

Vero Beach earns 2016 BoatUS Civic Service Award

District 8’s Vero Beach Power Squadron joins the 2016 list of honorees in recognition of their ongoing list of community projects. It recently came to our attention that file transfer issues last fall resulted in the submission being overlooked. In addition to offering numerous classes and vessel safety exams, the squadron has established partnerships with the local chamber of commerce, the Indian River County Boys and Girls Club, the local Civil Air Patrol squadron and Friends of the Spoil Islands to improve water quality and marine life populations. We are pleased to recognize the squadron members for their efforts. Read more about the 2016 BoatUS Civic Service Awards in the next issue of The Ensign.  Email: James Pahl-Washa

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep those members rollin’

No, it’s not Frankie Laine or the Blues Brothers singing that tune, but the national Membership Committee rollin’ out a whole new herd of web pages this summer. We’ll be working with all you cowpokes in Dallas at the Governing Board meeting to go over these new web pages to keep you admin folks sitting high in the saddle and on the right membership trail. Membership and Member Involvement have scheduled more than six different sessions (trail rides) on Thursday and Friday to take feedback and help you work through the tools and applications. We’ve scheduled multiple sessions to minimize meeting conflicts. See ya in Dallas, pardners!  Email: James Pahl-Washa

Are there any ABYC-certified techs in USPS?

The Electro-Mechanical Systems and several other committees would benefit by having ABYC-certified techs review and vet or suggest improvements to current and newly developed publications. If you’re willing to help, please let me or any Education Department leader know.  Email: Rick Edel