USPS News Blast August 2016

Dress Code Correction for Pittsburgh Meeting

Please note the following uniform changes: Friday, 26 Aug., Uniform T (tropical), USPS blazer with tie, open-collar tropical shirt, USPS polo shirt, or other appropriate attire; Saturday, 27 Aug., Day–Uniform G Regulation short-sleeve white shirt with uniform trousers or other appropriate attire. Evening–Blazer with tie or other appropriate attire. Email: Yvonne Hill

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Get Tropical Attire for Pittsburgh

The chief commander has designated Uniform T for tropical as the official uniform of the day for Friday, 26 Aug., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two styles of unisex tropical shirts are in stock for immediate shipment. Order yours today by visiting the Ship’s Store website or calling 888-367-8777 ext. 0. You can also pick yours up at the Ship’s Store in Pittsburgh, where there will be plenty on hand! Show your USPS team spirit and support by purchasing one today! Email: Jacky Van Doren

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USPS Clean, Green Boating Projects

Please join the Environmental Committee at its Pittsburgh meeting, where we will be discussing ways to expand the California Dock Walker Program to other states and biodegradable six-pack beverage holders. The committee is looking for additional members to move forward with some clean, green boating topics. Email: Dick Daybell

Adventure Dry Sack Bag on Sale in August

Get 10% off this new Ship’s Store item when ordering online at Keep your belongings dry on the boat, at the beach or while sitting by the pool. Check out this handy new bag today and use the 10OFF promotional code. There’s plenty of summertime left! Email: Jacky VanDoren

Pittsburgh Welcomes First Timers

An information packet will soon go out to all registered first timers! If you have never attended a national meeting, register today! You will be invited to a special reception, receive a discount coupon for one item in the Ship’s Store, and receive an opportunity to win a special nautical door prize! See you at the First Timers table near registration at the 2016 Governing Board meeting. Email: Lynda Leque

Who’s Going to Help When You Have a Heart Attack?

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, and 90 percent of victims die while waiting for help to arrive. According to the American Heart Association, up to 74 percent of cardiac arrest victims could be saved if properly performed CPR is immediately applied along with the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED. USPS is sponsoring a CPR/First Aid for Boaters course on Wednesday, 24 Aug., at the 2016 Governing Board Meeting in Pittsburgh. For more information about the course and a registration form, contact me at 301-767-5905 or Email: Alan Karpas

Program Partner Relations New Brunswick Contest

At the 2016 Governing Board Meeting, the Program Partner Relations Committee will debut a new national contest for squadrons participating in educational programs with local Brunswick Partner Dealers. At our meeting on Friday at 1500, we will have exciting new pictures of the Fairport Tall Ships Parade of Sail, in which USPS participated. Squadrons working the upcoming Discover Boating Boat Shows should begin spiffing up their displays and looking for talent to demonstrate the Boating Skills Virtual Trainer. Go to to find a show near you or email me for further information. Email: Shirley D. Heald

Squadron Emergency Response Assistance Team

Plan to attend the Squadron Emergency Response Assistance Team Program seminar at the 2016 Governing Board meeting in Pittsburgh to learn about this important and exciting squadron public service program. While the name indicates “emergency response,” the program can be used to recruit new members and enhance your educational and civic service programs. Guidelines for SERAT training will also be provided and discussed. Please email me for further information. Email: Jim Strothers

Put Your Boat in the Spotlight

Got an interesting story about how your boat was named? We would like to spotlight it in The Ensign’s Bitter End section. Please see for complete details. Submit your story and high-quality boat photo(s) using our online form. Email: Tina Tibbitts

Catch Up on What’s New in Cooperative Charting

Get the latest Cooperative Charting updates at the 2016 Governing Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, including new reporting sites for nautical Cooperative Charting. Meet our new NOAA representative, Russ Proctor. Learn about our upcoming MOUs with NOAA and the USCG. Share your ideas and recommendations for changes to the nautical and geodetic program. Get your questions answered directly. Come join us at 0800 on Thursday, 25 Aug., to learn more and share your stories and photos with the committee. Email: Diane M. Julum

Teaching Aid Competitions

District educational officers are encouraged to hold teaching aid competitions at their fall conferences and to register their “best of show” teaching aids for the national competition in Orlando as soon as possible. Visit our website for more information. Squadron educational officers in districts that don’t hold competitions can contact their DEO to submit an entry. Provide them with the necessary information and ask them to submit the registration. All entries should be registered well in advance of the annual meeting, so we know how much space will be needed. Email: Tom Shuell

Revised Instructor Development Student Manual Available

You can download the June 2016 edition of the Instructor Development student manual from the ID course website The Introduction (including all forms for the new final evaluation procedures) and chapter five have been revised. A revision of chapter three will be ready in a few weeks. Email: Tom Shuell

Mariners Learing System

You’ve been boating and fishing most of your life and taken most of the upper level courses form USPS; now you want your Captain’s License to make some money doing what you love. If you want to get your OUPV or Master’s license, USPS members can now buy the Captain’s License software with a 10% discount from the USPS Ship’s Store. Email: Jonathan Bensman

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Communications Committee News

The website and publication evaluation forms, updated in 2016, can be found on the Communications Committee website using dropdown menus from either “Websites” or “Publications.” Please contact me or your adviser if you have any questions about the form. Email: Kathleen Lambert

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