By Darrell Allison
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 Sept. 28.
Connie Johnson, past Commander of Phoenix Sail and Power
Squadron, is chair of the conference. She 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. "
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
To highlight the new program there will be a series of seminar
vignettes introducing some of the soon-to-be available seminars 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.
District commanders who 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 eight squadrons in Northern California.
Commander Marla Brown leads District 13,
the only international district in USPS. There are 18
squadrons — in California, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, and Tokyo, Japan.
Member of the Operating Committee and the entire USPS national
bridge and O/Com will be arriving to support the regional meeting.
The USPS executive officers are Chief Commander Ernie Marshburn,
N.C.; National Executive Officer Creighton Maynard, Texas; National
Education Officer Richard Kyle, Conn.; National Administrative
Officer Frank Dvorak, Wash.; Treasurer Joe Mesenburg, Ohio, and
Secretary Robert Baldridge, La.
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 conference. 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 ….
What a great opportunity to introduce new ideas and find out about
the many types of boating experiences from our members. "
For more information, contact Darrell Allison: (714) 893-4455.