USPS News Blast July 2017

ITCom needs your help

ITCom is in need of people with php, website, Joomla and search engine optimization skills to help with site development. As requests continue to increase, the IT Committee is in need of additional people to help out.  Email: Carl Filios

Wash down and clean your boat at the launch ramp

Boaters need to clean their boats when and where they come out of the water. Remove all pieces of plants such as hydrilla and other aquatic weeds. To slow the spread of zebra and quagga mussels, your wash down should include the parts of engines and motors where these critters move in and hide. They multiply rapidly and will totally plug intake water pipes.  Email: Richard Daybell

New and shorter MMSI link available

You can now find our MMSI page at This shorter URL makes the site easier to find and use.  Email: Rick Edel

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Celestial Tools V5.6.1

An update to Celestial Tools is available on the Offshore Navigation Committee’s Software and Tools web page. V 5.6.1 includes bug fixes and feature enhancements.  Email: Stan Klein

Read more:  Offshore Navigation Committee’s Software and Tools web page

Sight Calc for JN and N

Good news! For Junior Navigation and Navigation students, Sight Calc is a must-have app for solving the law of cosines. Sight Calc version 1.2 works with iOS 10 and is available now in the Apple store! Just search for “sight calc.” Minor changes include replacing the AC key with CE for “clear entry,” C means “clear everything,” and Zn (azimuth) is now displayed in addition to Z (azimuth angle). Please rate it in the Apple store. Click on the sextant in the store and choose “write a review.”  Email: Sandy Trevor

How to find a cyber member number

When first sent, a cyber member notification does not contain the member number because it has not yet been assigned. Within a day or two, the member number can be found using “Cyber Search” in the site index.  Email: Robert Howd

BoatU.S. Civic Service Award

Don’t delay submitting your squadron or district for the BoatU.S. Civic Service Award. Sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation, the award recognizes squadrons and districts for outstanding contributions to the communities they serve. In addition to boating classes and vessel safety checks, the award has been expanded to include public seminars and workshops, scholarships, courtesy marine patrols, media interviews, children’s safety programs and more. Submissions must be received by the designated person by Oct. 15, 2017.  Email: Myles Gee

Read more:  BoatU.S. Distinguished Civic Service Award

On Call International medical and travel assistance

On Call International offers medical and travel assistance memberships to protect individuals and families traveling anywhere around the globe. As a leading medical and travel assistance provider for vacationers, business travelers, expatriates, students and others traveling away from home, On Call International delivers life-determining aid during medical emergencies worldwide, including evacuation to hospital of choice, any time members travel more than 50 miles from home. Services include expert medical monitoring, worldwide medical referrals, emergency medical transportation services, legal assistance and consultation, and pretravel destination information. USPS Members receive 10 percent off! Use promo code USPS10 at checkout.  Email: Jonathan Bensman

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Safety Committee

Please visit the Safety Committee website for important marine safety information. Marine Safety Alert 04-17 shows seven-second time laps of a boat approaching kayakers at 20 knots.  Email: Bob Bales

Read more:  Marine Safety Alert 04-17

Operations Manual now up to date

The Operations Manual has been totally updated and includes changes made after the February meeting. Chapter 3 has been almost totally rewritten due to those changes. Check it out by logging in as a member and visiting  Email: Micky McNelis

The Lone Star State wants you

If you’re attending the Dallas Governing Board Sept. 10–17, 2017, make your hotel reservations soon! Take advantage of discounted “early bird” event rates before prices increase on July 25. Come for the meetings and stay for the friendship, fun, sightseeing, entertainment and great restaurants.  Email: Vincene Aquilato

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Take advantage of online student new member leads

Did you know that your squadron gets a new membership lead every time someone nearby takes an online seminar? After students register for online seminars, your squadron’s public contact person gets an email with the name and information for online students living within 40 miles of the squadron. Make sure someone contacts the student, thanks them for taking the online seminar, and listens to how they boat and what they are interested in. Then you can encourage the student to take part in your squadron’s social, on-the-water and educational activities. Be sure to make it clear that you are contacting them because of the online seminar and that they are close enough to take advantage of other squadron offerings. Take advantage of these leads!  Email: Eileen Rickard

Read more:  Recruiting students who take online seminars

USPS headquarters closed in observance of Independence Day

USPS headquarters will be closed on Mon., July 3, and Tues., July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Stay safe on the water!  Email: Mary Catherine Berube

New Membership Committee website now open for business

The Membership Committee website has been completely redesigned following the new USPS design model. Membership Services, Squadron Activities, Youth Activities, Member Benefits, New Member Kits and Handouts, Membership Award Programs, First Timer links, and so much more can all be found easily from the new home page. Please update your online bookmarks and take a tour. We welcome your feedback, and we’ll be devoting the membership workshops at the upcoming Dallas Governing Board Meeting to help familiarize attendees with all links, attachments and tools.  Email: Jim Pahl-Washa

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Win a banner during the ‘Summer of Membership’

Welcome to Membership and all the summer squadron activities that members enjoy. For many of us, the summer boating season is our favorite time of year and provides one of our best opportunities to recruit new members and keep members active. Share your 2017 “Summer of Membership” recruitment and retention stories with the national Membership Committee for a chance to win a new FedEx membership banner. Send your best of the summer recruitment and retention stories to Winning stories and photos will be featured on the new Membership Committee website listed in the PDF below. Winners will be selected by attendees of the Membership Committee workshops at the Dallas Governing Board in September.  Email: Jim Pahl-Washa

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Jump Start — Hands-on training for new boat owners

Do you know someone with a new boat that needs some some help learning how to handle it? The Boat Operator Certification/On Water Training Committee has released Jump Start, a new program that shows you how to conduct a one-on-one training session customized to meet each boater’s needs. No certification or license is required. We’ll show you how to plan and conduct the training as well as qualify for insurance coverage. The program is free and can be a great member benefit and membership recruiting tool. You can download the program or informational presentation here. Find out more about this and our other hands-on training and certification programs on the new Educational Department web page.  Email: Scott McDonald

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Visit the Government Video Expo & National Drone Show

The United States Power Squadrons Digital Media Library cordially invites squadron members to attend the Government Video Expo & National Drone Show as our guests free of charge this November in Washington, D.C. The USPS DML will be exhibiting, providing demos, and offering drone tutorials during this three-day event featuring a broad range of production, streaming, display, and delivery technologies across multiple platforms for federal, state, and local government; law enforcement; educational institutions; nonprofits; and publicly funded institutions. GVE & NDS will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Nov. 28–30, 2017, and includes the DC Postproduction Conference, FGDLA Symposium, Advanced UAV Workshop, DC Drone Film Festival, and Intensive Production Workshop.  Email: Marty Lafferty

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USPS Cooperative Charting Programs

Summer and great boating weather have arrived. As of mid-June we have had 390 members report on 720 items (both geodetic and nautical). Why not join us and participate in a cooperative charting event in your area. Whether you choose to be on the water or on land, you will be helping to validate documented nautical charts and/or geodetic marks. If you need help getting started, just contact your district cooperative charting chair.  Email: Thomas J. Peltier

Treasurers — 990 Information

The 990 information has been mailed to treasurers. The due date for submitting TR1s is Aug. 1, 2017.  Email: Lena Padro

Star calendar July 2017

Star calendar July 2017

1 Jul    Jupiter is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right at sunset. Spica is 3 finger-widths to the lower left. Arcturus is 2½ fist-widths above the moon.

3 Jul    Earth is at aphelion, 1.01668 AU from the sun.

5 Jul    At dusk, Antares is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and Saturn is a little more than 1 fist-width to the lower left.

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