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ON-LINE EDITION A UNIT VOLUME 61 NO. 1

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DISTRICT 5 UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS®

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“Crisfield Got Wet”

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By: P/C Frank Timpano, SN   “Crisfield Got Wet” Cover Can you think of a small town on the Eastern Shore that was named Commander’s Message 2-3 for the Congressman who fell into the river inspecting the docks? Spring Conference 2011 4-5   Snyder Award Winner 5 For many years, the area had been named after the Annemessxes, an Summer Council Flyer 6 offshoot of the Pocomoke tribe located on the Great Pocomoke Co-Op Charting Workshop 7-8 River. This tribe was associated with the Nanticokes, whose Our new Administrative Officer 9 primary territory was along the Nanticoke River. When the first Kids’ Korner 10 colonial settlers arrived, they began to develop the area. Among the Our new Asst Administrative Officer 11 earliest settlers was Benjamin Somers (or Summers) who in 1663 Coming Soon to a Computer was granted a patent by the Calverts of Maryland to establish a Near You 11 settlement. His home was located on 300 acres near the small gut News from the Law Committee 12 which now bears his name, Somers Cove.   Adventures in Orlando 13 The story goes that Congressman John Crisfield was in what was National Meeting 14 then known as Annemessex Neck, a small settlement that was being Finley Sea Scout Service Award 15 considered for rail service. When he fell into the river due to a A Review in Pictures of the National Meeting 16-27 faulty wooden walkway, the local officials placated his mood by D/5 Summer Council & Rendezvous 28-30 suggesting that the town be named after him. As the town grew, the D/5 Summer Cruise 31-32 primary commercial activity involved oysters, and the spent shells Notice to Editors and Commanders 33-34 were used as fill, extending the area of land further out into the Biggest Little Poker Run 35-37 marsh. Today, much of the town is built on the billions of oyster shells used in this way. Educational Department News 38   2011 Boating Activities 38 The railway was finished in 1886, connecting this port town to the What makes that Bird tick 39 cities of the northeast, forever cementing the role Crisfield would Squadron Snippettes 40-42 play as the center of the eastern shore seafood industry.   Upcoming Events 43 Today, Crisfield, recognizable by the huge orange crab painted on the side of its water tower, is a busy recreational and commercial boating center. With a large, well-run marina, it has become a popular stop-over for cruisers and tourists.  

On the weekend of 29-31 July, 2011 this venue will be the site of one of the biggest rendezvous on the Bay—the annual District 5 Summer Council and Rendezvous. Hosted by Richmond Sail and Power Squadron and District 5 of United States Power Squadrons, hundreds will converge on this small town for three days of boating and family fun. Do not miss this year’s incredible event. See the enclosed registration form for details on the food and fun. Sign up now to join us!  


2011 - 2012 District 5 Commander

D/C Bernard S. Karpers, N 1209 Brookview Rd., Baltimore, MD 21286 (Dundalk) (410) 825-6829 bskseodps@aol.com

Executive Officer

D/Lt/C Joseph J. McKinney, JN 2606 Mill Race Road, Frederick, MD 21701 (Rockville) (301) 668-9148 jmckinney10@verizon.net

Educational Officer

D/Lt/C Walter K. Neese, SN 1432 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 (Dundalk) (410) 728-7275 waltneese@verizon.net

Administrative Officer

D/Lt/C Martin C. Lafferty, S 2838 Cox Neck Rd., Chester, MD 21619 (Kent Narrows) (410) 643-3585 martylafferty@gmail.com

Secretary

D/Lt/C Katherine (Fuzzy) Jones, S P.O. Box 417, Grasonville, MD 21630 (Dundalk) (410) 827-6779 kjones@blueheronmail.com

Treasurer

D/Lt/C Milton Cloud, AP 2206 Raymond Ave., Richmond, VA 23228 (Richmond) (804) 266-3252 mcloud@yahoo.com

Asst. Educational Officer

D/1st/Lt William J. McManimen, N 1219 Lois Rd., Ambler, PA 19002 (Pennsway) (215) 542-9253 wmcmanimen@verizon.net

Asst. Administrative Officer

D/1st/Lt James Colston, AP 307 Piney Forest Dr., Colonial Beach VA 22443 (Mid-Potomac) (804) 224-1069 jmcolston@va.metrocast.net

Asst. Secretary

D/1st/Lt Maryellen Colston, AP 307 Piney Forest Dr., Colonial Beach VA 22443 (Mid-Potomac) (804) 224-1069 jmcolston@va.metrocast.net

Asst. Treasurer

D/1st/Lt Charles (Chip) F. Yost, AP 14001 Parkvale Rd., Rockville, MD 20853 (Rockville) (301) 460-2681 chasy@verizon.net

Commander’s Message D/C Bernard S. Karpers, N

When I accepted the nomination to be District Commander I also accepted the enthusiastic support of the District 5. At Spring Conference the energy was quite visible with standing room only in our officer education training programs. In Commander Training, 70 percent of the Squadron Commanders were present. It was readily apparent that interest in our organization is high. Congratulations to those squadrons receiving recognition at the National level. This year Kathy and I want to contribute to that momentum. We look forward to visiting as many of the squadrons in District 5 as possible. We intend to attend as many of the on the water activities as we can during this coming boating season. This year I am requesting that all boats fly the USPS cruise pennant as recognition of our approaching 100th anniversary. There is little doubt that District 5 is best of the USPS. So this year we go with confidence knowing we make District 5 the best. On the first day of my watch, communication between our District and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary was established to study the impact of implementing the recently signed Joint Tasking Order upon District 5. That document was signed by C/C Frank Dvorak and USCGA National Commander Jim Vass on 7 March 2011. Initial request calls for a study to suggest how to implement the order with a report due by June 2011.

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The very next day District 5 was invited to participate in National Safe Boating Week, 21 May 2011. The request was from the USCGA in coordination with CG Sector Baltimore. Plans to participate have been initiated. District 5 will be conducting VSC examinations on that day. At 1430 that day CG Sector Baltimore requests USPS D/ 5 report the total number of VSC examinations performed in District 5 on the kick off day of Safe Boating Week. That would be an interesting number to establish. The next on the water event is scheduled for the weekend of April 29-30 when the NOAA Co-OP charting seminar takes place in Portsmouth, Virginia. During that event District 5 will participate in a reception with the Wounded Warriors project in Portsmouth. This will be a joint cocktail party held in the wounded warrior rehabilitation facility. It is a honor to be with these warriors. As the year develops, Richmond Sail and Power Squadron will present our Summer Rendezvous and Council meeting in Crisfield, Maryland. Richmond has promised an informative program presenting information about the development of Crisfield. At this meeting I wish to highlight the boats of District 5. So bring the very best photo of your boat for display. There is considerable interest in a post rendezvous cruise to the District of Columbia with support coming from Mid-Potomac Power Squadron. The show case of our year will be the Fall Conference in Gettysburg, PA. Here our facility is a five star resort. The emphasis will be on education and I request you to bring the oldest edition of Chapman’s that you possess. It should be interesting to compare the changes that have developed in our sport during the last 100 years. One thing that has not changed, our sense of camaraderie as we gather at our squadron and district 5 events. I urge you to continue your active participation in civic projects of interest to your squadron. All the while you will be conducting your education programs. From the individual effort comes the combined impact of the District upon the public perception of our District as we are participating in having fun on the water. Until the next issue, stay safe and go with confidence.

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Spring Conference Celebrates 2010-11 — Looks Forward by Cdr Jim Ziegenfuss JN

The 2011 District 5 Spring Conference held at the Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City, MD proved once again to be an exceptional event attended by an exceptional group of people. As the largest District in all of USPS, the D/5 members, as was evident throughout the weekend, continue to serve the boating community with energetic discussions, aggressive platforms and inspirational leadership. And just so there is no confusion in this area, D/5 members can still party, too. Delhigh Power Squadron, celebrating its 50th year in 2011, served as host Squadron for the event. Led by Chairman P/C Rich Norris, JN, thirty of its members worked for months in preparation for the Conference, all of which was evident throughout the weekend as the activities proceeded with few glitches. Meetings began at 0800 Friday with a quick and concise Council Meeting, followed by Leadership and Training sessions for current and incoming Squadron Officers. District Commander Chris Brown, JN, welcomed all members at the Council Meeting, and introduced Vice Commander Jean Hamilton, SN, USPS National Representative, to the attendees. After lunch, seminars and meetings proceeded in subjects ranging from BOC Certifiers to Squadron Websites to Leadership Training to Historian Reporting. While most were busy with training and socializing on Friday afternoon, 13 Squadrons were busy setting up their hospitality suites for the Friday evening party. They included Dundalk, Northern Virginia, Patapsco River, Potomac River, Ocean City, Mid-Potomac, Annapolis, Main Line, Delaware River, and Richmond. Miles River, Kent Narrows, and Cambridge joined forces on the 11th Suite. All this hard work was well worth the effort. Members were treated to delicious food, ample drinks, and some serious challenges as they walked around the atrium and visited the exhibits Friday night. Richmond even enabled visitors to experience some international culture by erecting a 4 story replica of the Eiffel Tower, with a scale model of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis circling overhead. But French cuisine was only the beginning. Skits, Navigation Contests, Marlinspike instruction, Hoedowns, and just plain great food, information, and excitement dominated the evening. In pure D/5 fashion, the hospitality suites were first class. Thanks to each Squadron for their work in entertaining us. V/C Jean Hamilton, SN, accompanied by D/C Brown, stayed busy Saturday by answering members’ questions on many issues at a lively Town Hall Meeting, as well as through one on one conversation with members. She presented the Chief Commander’s message at the Conference Meeting Saturday afternoon. This message, which included the topics of Leadership, Partnerships, and Member Attraction and Retention, continue to support the items that are such a large part of the District’s own agenda. As in the past, awards were presented during the Conference meeting to Squadrons and individuals for their accomplishments with USPS.

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The Change of Watch Ceremony and Banquet on Saturday evening was attended by nearly 300 members, and proved to be a fitting finale for the Watch of the 2010-11 Bridge, as well as a solid start for the 2011-12 Leaders. D/C Chris Brown reflected on the past year, thanking everyone for Navigating the Future with his Bridge and contributing to the many accomplishments the District had during the past year. Ginny Brown spoke of the wonderful support everyone had given them, and the memories and friendships they would never forget. Incoming District Commander Bernie Karpers, N extended his deep appreciation for the hard work of the 201011 Bridge and Committees, and, casting off from that solid foundation, confirmed that he is fully committed to leading the District to yet another level. He and his Bridge recognize that as the “Best of USPS”, D/5 will Go with Confidence and confront head on all the challenges before us in 2011-12. V/C Hamilton performed the very important duty of officiating at the Change of Watch ceremony for the District, and Master of Ceremonies P/D/C Bill Selden, AP, kept the program and activities moving along nicely throughout the evening. The seriousness of the Change Of Watch, coupled with some levity by the P/D/C’s and others, made the banquet fun, eventful, and historic. With a backdrop of snow just outside the glass walls to the pool atrium area, and before the light of day, over 30 members of the Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron, also celebrating their 50 th anniversary in 2011, began preparing for the New Commander’s Reception and Breakfast Sunday morning. With an outstanding assortment of food, and a sense of excitement for D/Cdr Karpers, his wife Kathy and the new Officers, everything was ready. At 0900, with the members forming a line to meet the new 2011-12 District Bridge, the reception began. And so did another exciting year for District 5 and its members.

Pax River Wins Snyder Award for second time!

In an event that has not happened in a number of years, Patuxent River won the first place Snyder Award for the second year in a row.  Long time members will remember that, “back in the day”, either Richmond or Wilmington won year after year, but recently, many squadrons have produced winning newsletters. In second place was Colonial, a squadron that is relatively new. It is an amazing feat, to have such an excellent newsletter so quickly.  Ocean City, always in the Top Ten, was third this year. Others in the Top Ten are: Absecon Island, Cambridge, Delhigh, Kent Narrows, Patapsco River, Rockville and Wilmington. Editors are encouraged to be sure that all members of the Snyder Committee get the squadron newsletter.  It can only be judged if the copies are received! BOATING

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District 5 Summer Council and Rendezvous In “The Land of Pleasant Living”

Crisfield, Maryland’s Somers Cove Marina 29-31 July 2011

Featuring… Wonders of the Eastern Shore Talent Show Join District 5 and Richmond Sail and Power Squadron United States Power Squadrons® For a weekend of Food, Fun and Fellowship Friday Night “Pig Pickin’ Barbeque” Saturday “Eastern Shore Specialties Dinner” Navigation Contest Seminars and Classes Talent Show Kid’s Fun Events 6 Contests DISTRICT 5 - UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS ® Limited “Official District Business”

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Do you like to have fun while you are boating? Just like everything else, fun and safe go hand in hand. No one likes to get hurt or get into an accident or run aground. That’s why we update maritime information such as navigation charts, light lists, coast pilots, small craft facilities, etc. Safe boating requires that we have such to navigate safely to have fun. With the budgets of NOAA and related agencies being slashed, we are needed now more than ever to keep our maritime information as current as possible.      NOAA is tasked with keeping our major ports charted to keep commerce flowing in and out of the country. This leaves a big gap for USPS and D/5 to fill. As a senior cartographer once said, “if the Power Squadron didn’t do it, it wouldn’t get done.” That kind of says it all, we are important and we make a difference. So please join us on 29-30 April at the Atlantic Marine Center in Norfolk, Virginia, for a weekend of fun and education. Our cadre of experienced instructors will guide you on the ins and outs of keeping the maritime information available to us more up to date. This is our 34th year in our partnership with the folks at NOAA to keep our waters safer.      We will have classes on aids to navigation, coast pilot, light lists, small craft facility reports, route planning and set up, doing the route and downloading the route. And yes, we will be on the water this year. The nice people from ODU have donated their vessel, the R/V Fay Slover, a 55 footer, for our on water portion of the workshop. The newest class will be on a new way of reporting corrections called S-57. This will be phased in over the next few years for a smooth transition.      There will be a kickoff reception on Friday evening and a special event at our cocktail party on Saturday evening. Some folks at Virginia Beach Sail and Power Squadron have arranged for us to have a joint party with 40 wounded warriors. This will give us a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with our brave servicemen and women. We will be bussed to the Tidewater Marina Restaurant directly after returning to the hotel.    So, bring your life jacket and join us for a weekend of fun, friendship and learning and a bonus of meeting our brave men and women wounded in battle. Submitted D/Lt David R. Bernard, AP       BOATING

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Cooperative Charting Workshop National Ocean Service Atlantic Marine Center 439 West York Street Norfolk, VA 23510

Date: 29 April – 30 April 2011 Registration (PLEASE PRINT)

Deadline: 22 April 2011

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Name as it will appear on your certificate

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Address: ___________________________________ Apt. #: ________ City: ______________________________________ State: ________ Zip: _______________ E-Mail: _____________________________ H: Telephone: ____________________ Squadron: ___________________________ Sqd. Chair:

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Workshop Registration Fee: Number _____ @ $7.00 Saturday Box Lunch at AMC Number _____ @11.00 Saturday Dinner Buffet Number _____ @31.00 Total Payable to D/5 Cooperative Charting Workshop 2011

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Mail to: P/R/C Norma J. Parrish, AP, 1024 Porte Harbour Arch, #201, Hampton, VA 23664-1555 Phone: 757-224-4302 e-mail: normaparrish@cox.net __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Schedule: (Tear off at above line and keep)

Friday 29 April 2011

1400 – 1700 1730 – 1830

CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION – HOTEL LOBBY C0CKTAIL HOUR (INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION) (Governor Dinwiddie Hotel) DINNER ON YOUR OWN

Saturday 30 April 2011

0745 – 0810 0810 – 0830 0830 – 1200 1200 – 1230 1230 – 1600 1800 – 1900 1915 – 2115 1930

COFFEE & DONUTS AT AMC INTRODUCTIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS WORKSHOP LUNCH WORKSHOP COCKTAIL HOUR DINING ROOM DINNER BUFFET AT GOVERNOR DINWIDDIE HOTEL

HOTEL RESERVATIONS; Governor Dinwiddie Hotel, 506 Dinwiddie St., PORTSMOUTH, VA 23704 TELEPHONE: 757-392-1330 (SPECIFY GROUP) D/5, USPS – Deadline 15 April 2011 HOTEL ROOM RATES: $87.00 SINGLE OR DOUBLE PLUS TAX. RESERVATATIONS AFTER 15 APRIL ON SPACE AVAILABLE ACTIVITY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 22 APRIL 2011 – NO ACTIVITY REFUNDS ATER THAT DATE

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MEET OUR NEW ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Submitted by: D/Lt Joan Yeigh, AP

Marty grew up in a power squadron family with his father, James Lafferty very active in the Lake George Squadron, District 2, and National Education Committee. His mother Eleanor Lafferty was the legendary winner of a Predicted Log Contest at Lake George, NY in the early seventies. Marty met his wife Sari at a District 2 clam-bake at his future in-laws home on Long Island Sound. Sari’s Father, Stanley Stevens of the Cross County Squadron, preceded Marty’s father up the District 2 line and was also active at the National Level. Sari’s mother, Miriam Stevens, carries the grade of N. Sari and Marty have two children, daughter Alana and son David; both graduated from M.I.T. David is now married to Emily Lafferty; and they and Alana live and work in the Boston, MA area. Marty and Sari moved to Kent Island, MD in 2005, purchased their MacGregor 26X in 2006, and joined Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron (KNSPS) in 2007. And, he has just finished a memorable year as Commander of the squadron. (Not bad for a guy from New York!) Both have just completed Piloting. Since joining KNSPS Marty’s focus has been on expanding membership in the squadron by offering our members and the public more education courses, including the USPS series of seminars. He has continued and expanded upon squadron on-the-water events, including PLCs, culinary cruises, and rendezvous. However, Marty’s greatest talents lie with his communication skills. Whether he is asking for help with a project, or meeting, greeting and asking someone to join, there has never been an equal in KNSPS. He has used e-mail to keep every member and prospective member in touch with all activities; now everyone depends on these e-mails. Our meetings are well attended and prospective members are made to feel so welcome, they become members, too. In short, he asks everyone to join and most agree. And then he puts them to work! Marty’s goals as District Administrative Officer center on Membership growth for the squadrons of District 5. He intends to work closely with squadron Administrative Officers and the D/5 Administrative Department on programs to assist with this very important priority. Marty and Sari welcome fellow D/5 members to visit by boat or by car when in the Kent Island area of the Chesapeake Bay to enjoy some Eastern Shore hospitality featuring local crabs, oysters, and rockfish.

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“BE A SURVIVOR—WEAR IT” IS THIS YEARS THEME FOR THE NATIONAL YOUTH POSTER CONTEST.

D/Lt Carole Reilley, AP

The Boarman Youth Poster Contest is open to all children ages 6 to 14. First place award of $150, second place award of $100 and third place of $75 is given in three age groups: 6-8 years. 9-11 years and 12-14 years.

Deadline for Entries Each Squadron should determine their own deadline in order to have all entries to D/Lt Carole Reilley by 20 July to be judged at the D/5 Summer Rendezvous in Crisfield, Md. If the squadron representative will be at the Summer Rendezvous by 27 July they may bring the posters with them at that time. The winners in each category will then be taken to the USPS Annual meeting in Jacksonville, FL in January 2012 for the final judging. District 5 had two first place winners and one third place winner at the Annual meeting in Orlando, FL this year. Congratulations to the following winners: First Place prize of $150 in the 12-14 year Age group was Micaeia Wilson from Northern Neck Power Squadron. First Place prize of $150 in the 9-11 year age group was Olivia Lawson from Northern Neck Power Squadron Third Place prize of $75 in the 6-8 year age group was Garrett Blatt from Virginia Beach Power Squadron. Contest Rules 1. The entry may be vertical or horizontal in orientation. 2. The entry must be on 15 x 20 or 14 x 22 inch poster paper. 3. Participants may sketch the design lightly with a pencil but the end result must be a color poster. 4. There is not a limit to the type of media that can be used, except professional illustrations, photos, copyrighted material or computer generated art may not be used. 5. Do not fold the poster. 6. The poster will be judged for the idea presented more than artistic ability. 7. One entry is allowed per person. 8. All entries become the property of United States Power Squadrons, which reserves the right to display or otherwise use the submission for future reproduction. 9. The contest entry form must be completed in full, legibly printed and adhered to the back of the poster.

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MEET OUR NEW ASST. ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Submitted by: D/1st/Lt Maryellen Colston, AP

Jim Colston has answered the call from the Nomination Committee to be the Assistant Admin Officer this year. He has a long history of boating, involvement in USPS and is totally dedicated to the mission of USPS. His best strengths lies in his managerial knowledge working as a Director of Environmental Services which encompasses maintenance, housekeeping, grounds, security and whatever comes his way. A strong background in auto maintenance also serves Jim  well  when there are electrical/mechanical problems on our boat. Jim is a married man of 37 years with two sons and three daughters, two grandsons and eight granddaughters. and one each of great grand son and daughter. His involvement with USPS began in Toledo, Ohio, when he bought a small boat, went boating and realized that he needed more knowledge of what he was doing. He took the public boating course, joined the Toledo Power Squadron and began his quest for additional education. He served on the TPS Bridge when he was transferred during the XO year. And for the next  20 years, he moved in and out of various squadrons and USPS as his job transferred him around the south east US. After settling in Fredericksburg, VA, the old boating yearning came back so a refresher course was taken and he rejoined USPS, settling on Mid-Potomac Power Squadron as his home base. He served on the MPPS Bridge and is a past commander. Jim also is a certified instructor, and vessel safety inspector. His current boat is a 34 foot Cruisers Express named JM Stargazer which lives on the lower Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

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I have just finished a two hour Electronic Bridge Meeting with the District 5 Bridge. Sixteen different people had participated from each of the various states in District 5, yet each was able to be in their own homes. Since last summer, just before the Summer Rendezvous, the Bridge of District 5 has been experimenting with the concept of Electronic Bridge Meetings. As we prepared for the National Meeting in Orlando, FL we were able to discuss those issues that affect the operation of our Squadrons. During the next year we plan to continue with these Electronic Bridge Meetings and eventually expand these meetings to include the Squadron Commanders meeting with the District Commander. This way we hope to improve our communication between the Squadrons and the District Bridge. To find out more about this new initiative, you can contact me at kskbskok@verizon.net. 11

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Notes and News from the D/5 LAW COMMITTEE Happily this has been a quiet period for the Law Committee, with no serious problems being called to our attention. The project we have been consulted on is the pending merger of Trenton Falls Power Squadron into Delaware River Sail and Power Squadron. Trenton Falls was incorporated in 1976 by former members of Delaware River and now is returning to its former parent squadron. The interesting aspect from a legal point of view is that there are separate procedures under state corporation law and under USPS procedures. Both Trenton Falls and Delaware River are incorporated as nonprofit corporations under the law of Pennsylvania, so that state’s statute governing the merger of domestic corporations applies. It requires the adoption of a plan of merger by both squadrons, as a result of which one corporation, in this case Trenton Falls, is merged into another, the surviving corporation, in this case Delaware River, and the merging corporation ceases to exist. The legally significant aspects arise from the result that all assets and all liabilities of the merging corporation become those of the surviving corporation. Care therefore must be taken to make sure that all assets and liabilities are known and disclosed because the surviving corporation does not want to be met with one or more unexpected liabilities. On the USPS side, there are no procedures for the merger of one squadron into another. Rather the “merging” squadron actually goes through the process of dissolution under the Operations Manual. Assets are transferred to the other squadron, members transfer to that squadron or other squadrons of their choice, and the “merging” squadron surrenders its charter and goes out of existence. While the disappearance of a squadron is not a happy event, the process of merger into another existing squadron will result in keeping as many members as possible within the USPS family, and that appears to be the anticipated result in this merger. Not all Trenton Falls members will move over to Delaware River, as each member has a choice and some will go to squadrons closer to their homes. But in either case, the members stay in USPS. Each case must be handled individually, depending on its facts and the desires of the squadron members. The Law Committee, while not able to render formal legal advice, stands ready to assist members and squadrons in dealing with the many issues that arise in such circumstances. D/1st/Lt M. Melvin (“Mel”) Shralow, AP Chair, D5 Law Committee melshralow@comcast.net 12 DISTRICT 5 - UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS ® -

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ADVENTURES IN ORLANDO D/Lt Micky McNelis, P The members of D/5 began the Annual Meeting in Orlando with the now-renowned “Has-Beens” party hosted by P/D/Lt/C Carole Tulip, JN, D/Lt Al, AP, and Stf/C Kay, AP, Simkins, and P/D/C Brian, AP, and D/Lt Gail, S, Becker.  It was attended by quite a number of D/5ers fresh from the snow.  Everyone thawed out nicely and got ready for the next day. The Expo was held on Thursday this year.  The ballroom was filled with booths from every committee in USPS.  People wandered through the room, visiting, questioning or simply meeting friends.  Much information was available both at Expo and at the twenty or so meetings held that day.  There was even a fashion show of things for purchase at the Ship’s Store!  Many members attended the Cirque de soleil in the evening. Friday also had approximately twenty meetings and included First Aid training.  At 1400, a ceremony was held for the new Life Members, followed by an Awards Ceremony at which D/5 picked up a number of certificates.  In the evening, all districts entertained with cocktail parties.  D/C Chris Brown, JN, and D/Lt Ginny, S, put on their usual fine showing of libations, snacks and hors d’oeuvres.  It was attended by more than two hundred guests, and everyone left full and happy. Saturday began with the Annual Meeting.  Again, a number of awards was collected by various squadrons and committees. Among the winners were: Brian Becker, who was given the Ray Finley award, an extremely prestigious medal for service not only to the squadron but to the Sea Scouts and to the Boy Scout jamboree at which he and others from D/5 have served during the period of several summers.  Others honored with certificates for this were: Chris Brown, Arthur Cournoyer, Roberta Dougherty, Karl Hellinger, Walter Neese, Ken Perigo, Kay Simkins,Guy Thompson and Carole Tulip. Colonial Sail and Power was third in the Civic Service category, with Patuxent River in fifth.  Smith Mountain Lake took fifth in the Vessel Safety Check awards. From Annapolis, Terry Slattery won the photo contest.  In the poster contest, Virginia Beach’s entry in the six to eight age group was third, while Northern Neck’s entries won first place in both the nine to eleven and twelve to fourteen age groups.  Kent Narrows won the fifth place growth award in its division. P/C John Malatak, AP, of Mid-Potomac, was given an Honorary Membership for a year for his work with the Coast Guard, and from NOAA, Ken Forster, who has become a friend of D/5 during his attendance at our meetings for many years, was also given an Honorary Membership. Saturday evening ended with the traditional banquet as folks prepared to return to the snow and cold.  The meeting was informative and fun – and also a respite from a nasty winter! New Life Members from D/5 are:  Apryl Bernard, Winifred Bragg, Esther Byerly, Irene Kent Chamberlin, Laura Cole, Elizabeth Corbin, Joanne Day, Richard Durgin, James Friedrichs,  Carter Furr, Robert Hall, Alice Ringger, David Viers and James Williams.

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FINLEY SEA SCOUT SERVICE AWARD P/C Guy Thompson, AP

Fun and excitement reigns at the National meetings in Orlando. On Friday members who had provided assistance at the Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia received recognition. USPS people from, literally, all across the country came together for the effort at “The Hill” and this was an opportunity to renew those acquaintances. On Saturday, at the Annual Meeting, the District 5 contingent was sitting quietly (Yeah, right!) watching a group of really nice looking young people, Sea Scouts and Boy Scouts and a few of their leaders, who had been called up to the front of the room to receive the prestigious Finley Sea Scout Service Award. The Finley Sea Scout Service Award was initiated in 2004 and 10 to 12 awards have been made each year since then. All the awards were given out but Vice Commander Robert Baldridge, SN, the National Administrative Officer, did not return to his seat. Instead he looked out over the audience and called, “…last but certainly not least, Brian Becker.” Have you ever met someone you know well in completely unexpected circumstances? It takes a few moments to accept the reality. The D5 row started digging in their ears, looking at each other uncertainly, squirming in their chairs … including the aforementioned Brian Becker himself. “Me?” he finally managed to stammer. “Yes, Sir” V/C Baldridge answered. This was a complete and very well deserved surprise. The award consists of a certificate and a medal. Brian received Finley award number 78. He worked two weeks worth of 12 hour days to get that award, but from the smile on his face afterwards it was evident that he did not regret even a single one of those hours. Brian is all smiles as he receives the Finley Sea Scout Service Award from Chief Commander Dvorak, SN BOATING

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D/5 Summer Council and Rendezvous

29-31 July 2011 in Crisfield, Maryland Somers Cove Marina Call now or go online to Make your slip Boating Fun Reservations for the Starts Here! BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SUMMER At Somers Cove Marina. Dockage is $1.25/foot/night.

($5 per day for one 30 amp service, $10 per day for two 30 amp service or one 50 amp service)

Call 410-968-0925 or 800-967-3474 Or www.somerscovemarina.com

Marina Amenities • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Golf Packages Mid Grade NON-ETHANOL GAS & Diesel available Wi-Fi Hotspots 100 Transient berths to 150' 30, 50 and 100 amp electric Swimming pool 7 clean, modern comfort stations 2 laundry rooms Picnic tables, barbecues and tents Large pavilion that seats 500 people Home of Charter and Head Boats 3 launching ramps 2 Pump-out stations 24-hour security & secured parking 2 stainless steel fish cleaning stations

Events will be in the Pavilion adjacent to the Marina Office and Pool. D and E are the closest Transient Slips. F is the Fuel Dock.

Sign up today so you don’t miss out on the food, fun and fellowship for which District 5 events are renowned!

Somers Cove Marina is a Boat U.S. participating Marina. A discount of 10 cents per gallon of fuel will be given to Boat U.S. members. Please present your card to the attendee at time of purchase.

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D/5 Summer Council and Rendezvous 29-31 July 2011

Hotel and Motel Accommodations

Captain Tyler’s Paddlewheel Motel

701 W. Main St Crisfield, MD 21817 (410) 968-2220 S tephanie C., Tuesday, August 09, 2005 This review is for: Paddlewheel Motel Finest rooms in Crisfield, whirlpool rooms available also. Air conditioned, cable tv, and within walking distance to restaurants and the marina. You can also buy cruise packages to tour the islands of Smith Island or Tangier. This is a nice place to stay and is very comfortable with its amenities. Crisfield is a very nice place and the locals are very friendly too

My Fair Lady Bed and Breakfast

38 West Main Street, Crisfield, MD 21817 410-968-0352 innkeeper@myfairladybandb.com

My Fair Lady, a Maryland bed and breakfast, is an ideal getaway destination, a place where southern hospitality meets Eastern Shore charm.This Queen Ann Victorian-style home was built in 1900 during the prosperous years of the seafood boom in Crisfield. Fully renovated with central air and heat, My Fair Lady has a front and back parlor, sun porch, formal dining room, upstairs sitting area, fully lighted three-story octagonal tower, 12-foot ceilings throughout and a wrap-around porch supported by Tuscan columns. It boasts five periodfurnished guest rooms - each with a private bath, and a top-floor suite with three bedrooms, meeting area, and private bath.

The Captain’s Galley Condomimiums

West Main St at the City Dock Crisfield, MD 21817 410-968-3333 info@thecaptainsgalley.com

Captain’s Galley luxury condominiums in Crisfield in close proximity to Somers Cove Marina, once the favored anchorage of boat captains seeking safe harbor from Chesapeake storms. Right in your neighborhood, you’ll find opportunities for hunting, fishing, and boating excursions, sailing lessons, and guided tours.

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USPS D/5 SUMMER RENDEZVOUS RESERVATION FORM 29-31 July 2011 - Crisfield, Maryland Somers Cove Marina MEMBER: Rank __________ Name: _________________________________________ Grade: ____________ ADDRESS: ____________________________ CITY: ___________________ STATE: _____ ZIP: __________ SQUADRON: ____________________________ POSITION: ______________ E-mail: _______________________________________________ PHONE: __________________________ (Note: email will be used to send you a registration confirmation) SPOUSE/OTHER ATTENDEES: Rank: _______ Name: ___________________________________ Grade: ____________ Rank: _______ Name: ___________________________________ Grade: ____________

Please see the Marina and Hotel Information sheets to make your boat or room reservations.

D/5 SUMMER RENDEZVOUS ACTIVITY FEE: Total Attending Adults Total Attending Children (ages 12 and under)

# _______ # _______

@ $10.00 $__________ @ free

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MEAL SELECTIONS: FRIDAY NIGHT Pig Pickin’ Barbeque Slow cooked Smokey Goodness! Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Corn Bread, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw, Pasta Salad, Iced Tea, Bottled Water, Beer, Wine, Lemonade Cakes and Pie for Dessert!!!!

Adults

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Adults

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Child (12/under) # _______

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SATURDAY NIGHT AWARD BUFFET Eastern Shore Specialties!!! Crabcakes, Fried Chicken, Spiral Sliced Ham Tossed Salad, String Beans, Mac & Cheese Corn Pudding, Iced Tea, Beer, Wine, Bottled Water Lemonade, Assorted Cakes and Pie for Dessert!!!

ACTIVITY SELECTIONS: NAVIGATION CONTEST – Saturday – Per Boat Defrays cost of awards Fun Events for Everyone!

No advance registration needed!!

TOTAL ENCLOSED:

We are planning a Talent Show. If you are interested in participating, please contact: P/C Jim Zeigler, SN at 804-347-5239 or jim_zeigler@msn.com. Make Checks Payable to: 2011 D/5 Summer Rendezvous

SEND TO: P/D/C William D. Selden, V, AP 5109 W Franklin St

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Saturday flag raising and council meeting: Uniform E – Uniform D is optional. All other times: Suitable summer attire such as your squadron polo shirt, either shorts or trousers and a ball cap. Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops optional.

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D/5 SUMMER CRUISE 2011 “KARPERS KRUISERS” Your District 5 cruise planning committee has been busy planning the summer cruise to Crisfield from the northern part of the bay and to make some different stops this year, we have planned to stop at the following places: Bay Bridge Marina—this marina is located on the eastern shore of the Annapolis Bay Bridge and is easily accessible from the Bay. It would be a short run from most people who keep their boats in the northern part of the bay. There is plenty of water to get in and of course, we will have all the normal get togethers while we are there. We will spend two days there, July 23rd and 24th. Herrington Harbour North—this is located across the Bay approximately 21km from Bay Bridge Marina and again this is a place we have not visited. There is plenty of room for any and all of our activities. We will spend two days there, July 25th and 26th. Calvert Marina, Solomons—we can use this as a stopover so the trip from Herrington North to Crisfield is not so long. It is approximately 31km from Herrington North. There is a great restaurant there and we may make arrangements for those of us who want to eat there to be all together. We will stay only one day, July 27th. Crisfield—Of course, this is the location of the summer rendezvous and we will spend July 28th, 29th, and 30th there for all the festivities being offered. It is approximately 39 km from Solomons to Crisfield. Colonial Beach—For those who want to continue with Karpers Kruisers, there is a plan to go to Washington DC. In order to make the daily trips a little shorter, we are going to make arrangements to stop at Colonial Beach on the Potomac River. This stop is approximately 50 km from Crisfield and almost half-way to Washington DC. This will be on July 31st. Gangplank Marina—Although this marina is tentative, the plan is to stay at the Gangplank as it is the closest to Washington DC and is just one block from the Metro. It is approximately 70 km from Colonial Beach. There are not too many places to stay on the way to DC. We plan to stay there four days, August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Going home will be up to the individual boater. We hope to capture some of the southern boaters with the second trip also. If you are interested, please contact P/D/C Ralph Bernard, rb3513@comcast.net or 609. 625-0031 and we will put you on the list.

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UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS DISTRICT 5 SOUTHBOUND CRUISE RESERVATION FORM

BAY BRIDGE MARINA JULY 23RD AND 24T H

HERRINGTON HARBOUR JULY 25T H AND 26T H

Member: Address:

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Rank Street City email Name: Electric:

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CALVERT MARINA JULY 27T H Grade

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR 2011 SUMMER CRUISE July 23 Saturday Bay Bridge Marina July 24 Sunday Bay Bridge Marina July 25 Monday Herrington North July 26 Tuesday Herrington North July 27 Wednesday Calvert Marina, Solomons July 28 Thursday Crisfield July 29 Friday Crisfield July 30 Saturday Crisfield July 31 Sunday Colonial Beach Aug 1 Monday Gangplank Aug 2 Tuesday Gangplank Aug 3 Wednesday Gangplank Aug 4 Thursday Gangplank Aug 5 Friday Solomons Aug 6 Saturday Home

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL D/5 PUBLICATION EDITORS AND COMMANDERS Many may not be aware of Distinctive Communicator awards that are conferred annually by the national USPS Communications Committee, or may not be familiar with the rules governing those awards or how to find those rules. It is important to know that the rules govern the criteria on which publications are judged and the time limits for submitting entries. Recently I was given a walk through of the USPS website to access the materials governing the Distinctive Communicators awards. As I write this I am looking at the USPS Monthly Broadcast for February 2011, which has an entry of “Congratulations Distinctive Communicators,” which if clicked will take you beyond the first few steps I am about to describe. But since you probably won’t have access to that by the time you read this, you need to know how to start at the very beginning. Go to the USPS.org home page. At the top of the page click on Site Index In the left hand column, click on Communications. This will take you to the Communications Committee’s home page, where you will see several links in blue. Scroll down to Distinctive Communicator Award and click on it. This will take you to the page that describes the award, how to apply for it, and how to appeal if you are not happy with the results. In the Blue area above the white block of text, click on Evaluation Forms . From the drop down menu, click on Publication Evaluation Form. This will tell you that districts must submit at least two different issues of their publication and squadrons must submit at least four issues. It also shows the points to be awarded for various entries. Now comes some backtracking. To find where to send your submission, you have to go back to the Communications Committee home page and, in the left hand column, in yellow, Click on Publications Advisors. From there you can scroll down and see pictures of the officers of the CommCom and the advisors for each district. Or, you can

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Click on 5, which will bring you to P/C June Reasons, P, the advisor for squadrons in District 5. June’s mailing address and email address are there. You can communicate with her either way. Although the website nowhere says so explicitly, the advisor for D5 is the person to whom your issues should be sent. And although it also does not say what the deadline for filing is, the Committee has stated in other communications that December 31 is the deadline for filing. So, editors and commanders take note: File your entries with the advisor for our district before the end of each calendar year if you want to have your efforts considered for the Distinctive Communicator Award. Follow a similar trail to submit websites for consideration. D/1st/Lt M. Melvin “Mel” Shralow, AP Assistant Administrative Officer District 5 January, 2011

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SECOND ANNUAL “BIGGEST LITTLE POKER RUN” Colonial Sail and Power Squadron Guys and Girls: Our second annual Poker Run for kayaks, canoes, sculls, dinghies, jet skis and motor craft is set for Saturday 18 June 2011 at Salt Ponds Marina from 0900 till 1500. The format will be changed a little, so when you draw each card you’ll get points assigned and we’ll score by points. We’ll have nautical and other treasures for sale, food, beverages, and lots of shopping available all along the Salt Ponds Marina basin. Waters Edge Restaurant is a sponsor this year so the food will be great and beer will be cold!!! Since we’re taking off in Mid June, we’ll have great weather and warm summer water. Everyone who registers is encouraged to begin the day from Wallace’s Bait and Tackle in Hampton. You will pick your first card there. Then hit Dandy Haven and Bell Isle Marinas, which are both pretty close. You will then travel to a mystery location, yet to be announced, and from there take the long shoot to Salt Ponds creek where you will stop at Southall Landing Marina and then return home to Salt Ponds Marina. You can participate in the poker run for a donation to VIMS of $20. You can also solicit donations (sponsors) for your craft and there will be special prizes for the most money including a special “Mermaid” for 2011. Prizes will also be awarded for most, least and some in between when we tally all of the scores. You can join us as a co-sponsor if your organization or group or business will make a $200 donation to Colonial Sail and Power Squadron for the benefit of “VIMS”. There are many additional ways you can help. Donate an item for our nautical junk booth, get your company to sponsor a boat or a booth, hold an event to raise money for VIMS yourself or agree to sell some raffle tickets for our cool “Cayuga” Kayak giveaway. We will take any new or treasured item and we’ll pick up your donations. If your group wants to help during the day, just call us. We hope to have 200 craft of all shapes and sizes participating this year. It will be a wonderful day on the water and all for an institution that cares deeply about our Chesapeake Bay, The Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Email us today and we’ll show you how you can really help! Thanks, Bill Walsh PR Chairman Colonial Sail and Power 757 880-8820 / bwalsh@walshelec.com     BOATING

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Colonial Sail & Power Squadron 11 June 2011 Dinghy Poker Run Registration Form Name: ______________________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________ City: ___________________________ State: ________________ Zip: ___________________ Home Phone: ____________ Work Phone: ____________ Cell Phone: __________________ E-Mail: ____________________________ Description of boat: ____________________________________________________________ Mfg. of Boat: ________________ Make: __________ Model: __________ Year: _________ THIS IS NOT A RACE In consideration of Colonial Sail and Power Squadron (CSPS) accepting this application, the undersigned for heirs, my executors, administrators, assigns, and I hereby release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless CSPS, its sponsors, organizers, committee officials and each of their respective representatives, agents or employees from any claim, demands, damages, actions or causes of action arising out of or in consequence of any loss, any injury or damage to my person or property incurred from any cause whatsoever, in consequence of attendance or participation in the Dinghy Poker Run event. The undersigned further acknowledges that the Poker Run is not a race and that speed in no way determines the outcome of the event and hereby agrees to abide to all the rules, directives, and conditions of the Poker Run, as set forth by the organizers, either verbally or in writing, before or during the Dinghy Poker Run. The undersigned further agrees that the boat named in the application form is in safe operating condition and complies with and meets and is equipped with the prescribed equipment of the small vessel regulations of the US Coast Guard and the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have read and agreed to all the terms and conditions stated: _______________________________ Captain’s signature

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The CSPS has the right to disallow any boat that does not meet the safety requirements of the Dinghy Poker Run. I WISH TO PURCHASE A POKER HAND FOR $20.00

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Educational Department News New updates in online tools released this year by the National IT Committee will simplify the administering of classes and students in USPS Seminars and the ABC3 boating course. Heretofore data was organized in local squadron PCs and uploaded to HQ when complete. The new system accomplishes the same organization using a webserver at HQ, with local access through an online dialog. Now all the student information for classes is kept and archived in a single database. Further, everything we have uploaded electronically in recent years has been migrated into the archive. So it’s as easy to verify and reprint a wallet card for someone who passed a boating class three years ago as it is to issue them for students in a current class. The most important advance in the new system lets us post all our courses and seminars, with location, date/time and cost on the USPS website. Two clicks from the USPS home page you can query the system for offerings in your area. Anybody can. For any course. So a non-member can find an Engine Maintenance class to be offered near his or her zip code. Equally any member can look for an Anchoring Seminar offered locally, to fill the requirement for a CN certification. Not only does a member have access to classes offered in his squadron, but now he or she can look up scheduled classes offered at any squadron he or she is willing to drive to. At D5, we have been looking for a way to share course schedules among squadrons, and this year national handed us the tool. Once a student finds a class to take, he or she can register online. In registering for a boating course or seminar, the contact information the student provides populates the database directly, so there is no need for us to enter it. Many squadron contacts are in the habit of asking students to go online and register if they haven’t already done so, thereby saving us the effort. Three regional educational department workshops will be held on Saturdays in April: on the 9 th in Annapolis, Md., the 16th in Hampton, Va., and the 30th in Moorestown, NJ. The workshops let SEOs and others exchange ideas and challenges with their peers in other squadrons and with the district education team. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops and join us in some hands-on maneuvers with the new online tools. If you are interested in participating, you’re welcome to join us; your SEO has all the pertinent info.   Respectfully Submitted, Walter Neese, DEO D5 

2011 DISTRICT FIVE BOATING ACTIVITIES

  Did you know that as a member of D5, you have access to over 45 fun and instructive boating activities courtesy of the district team and our 37 squadrons.  You can find them at the following link:  http://www.uspsd5.org/squad_events.html  They include cruises, weekend rendezvous, picnics, crab feasts, sail and navigation contests, poker runs, and much more.  If your squadron event is not on the list and you would like to open it up to other D5 members, please contact Sut Anderson at sailhappy@comcast.net or 1-443-604-1040.   Be sure to let prospective members know that they too will have access to all these events when they join you squadron.  No other club on the Bay can offer this level of Friends, Fun, and Better Boating. 38 DISTRICT 5 - UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS ® -

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WHAT MAKES THAT BIRD TICK? D/Lt/C Jeff McKinney, JN Ever wondered what goes into making SeaVester do all those neat tricks or how those big trailers get assigned, set up, and used at events? Want to help sell USPS and get new members for squadrons? Looking for a way to meet lots of members around the district? Have we got an opportunity for you! P/D/C/s Drex Bradshaw, AP and Brian Becker, AP have been doing a fantastic job since the inception of the program. They are currently looking for a few dedicated and willing folks to train and eventually assume overall management of both programs in the near future. If this sounds like something you would like to learn more about or want to become involved with the programs, please contact either P/D/C Becker (jbrianbecker@verizon.net) or me (jmckinney10@verizon.net) for more information.

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The “M” Word

by Cdr. Richard W. Wright, AP Submitted by: D/Lt/C Martin C. Lafferty, S It was a pleasure seeing so many of our members at the Change of Watch Dinner on March 9th. We were blessed with reasonable weather (at least it wasn’t snowing this time!). Our D/5 representative, P/D/C Ralph Bernard, traveled all the way from New Jersey and was a great addition to the festivities. My thanks to Ralph and his wife Nance as well as our Master of Ceremonies, Bill Rowan, and all of the many members who worked so hard to make the Change of Watch a success. I spoke about a number of Squadron initiatives at the Change of Watch. After all, the members of the MRSPS do so many, many things - - and we do them so well. I could certainly use up a lot of space here listing all of those things: there’s the Youth Safety Boating Program, the Vessel Safety Check Program, Cooperative Charting, Safety, all the many Education Courses, Organized Cruises, and the list goes on and on… But, with all those things we do so well, there is one very important thing we have not been doing very well - - of course I’m talking about attracting new members. And no, I’m not for a minute criticizing the excellent work our membership chair Isobel Krouse is doing - - she’s doing a marvelous job. Attracting new members, however, is much more than a single person’s job - - it’s everyone’s job! Unfortunately, I have found that the quickest way to kill a conversation with other Squadron members is to start talking about the dreaded “M” word - - Membership. Everyone knows we have a problem, but nobody wants to participate in solving the problem. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the budget issue in Washington right now - - everyone knows what the problem is, everyone knows it needs to be fixed, but no one is willing to step up with a solution. 40 DISTRICT 5 - UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS ® - WWW.USPSD5.ORG


Many of us in the Squadron live partly or entirely on savings. Suppose for a minute that for the past five years your savings had not only failed to earn anything, but instead had lost 13.6% in each of those years. I suspect that you would be more than just a little bit upset! The fact is, that is exactly what has happened to our membership. We have lost an average of 13.6% of our members each year for the last five years. This past year, for instance, we lost 16 more members. Doing a little math: If we continue on that current course, over the next five years we will lose more than half of our current members - - reducing the Squadron to just 51 paid members (compared to 191 in 2006). There are many reasons for that loss of membership, most of which have nothing at all to do with our Squadron; but what’s important now is what we are going to do to reverse that downward spiral. I need your help with that. What we all need to do is make attracting new members an integral part of everything we do as a Squadron. For instance: All of our Education Programs need to become “Education and Membership” Programs. The Vessel Safety Check Program needs to become the “Vessel Safety Check and Membership” Program. The Youth Boating Safety Program needs to become the “Youth Boating Safety and Membership” Program. In short, everywhere we interact with the public we all need to become active membership recruiters. Just like the public loves the programs the Squadron offers, they’ll also love actually being a part of the Squadron (not to mention cheaper boat insurance!) We all need to begin thinking about how to incorporate new membership recruiting in all of our activities. There are plenty of opportunities out there, so let’s exploit them! Membership Brochures were recently distributed with your Yearbook and there are many more, so please use them. Additionally, thanks to P/C Tom O’Donnell, AP, and his wife D/Lt Gail O’Donnell, AP, we now have a excellent, brand new web site - - WWW.MRSPS.ORG. I encourage you to visit that site, become familiar with it and then to recommend it to friends who might be interested in joining. Take it from me - - prospective members these days will definitely be interested in reviewing our web site. As a personal example, I can tell you that Elaine and I were first attracted to the Miles River Squadron because of the Squadron’s web site! Finding new members has always been the other guy’s job - but, the fact is, now you have become that other guy. What will you do this year to find a new member? RWW 3/15/11

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CPR CLASS Safety Institute

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MARK 5

UPCOMING EVENTS

Official Publication of District 5 United States Power Squadrons®

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Commanders Cruise Hosted by: P/D/C Ralph Bernard, AP

Published Six Times Annually (three printed - three online) Deadline for: Summer (Print) 2011 is April 24, 2011 Summer (Online) 2011 is July 29, 2011

July 29-31

Summer Council and Rendezvous Chrisfield, MD Hosted by Richmond Sail and Power Squadron

Articles, opinions and advertisements do not necessarily reflect USPS policy or endorsement unless so designated. Mark 5 Staff

Moving? Changes in Information??

Editor

Please remember to let us know if you go are returning from your winter getaway or if you have moved to a different address. Also, if you change: your phone, cell phone number(s) or e-mail addresses, please let us know so we can make sure you are kept informed of upcoming events. All changes can be given to our Secretary who will in turn notify National and everyone else who needs to have the information.

THANK YOU!!!

D/Lt Thomas Reichard, AP 1205 Elverton Ct. Chesapeake, VA 23321 (Hampton Roads) (757) 465-1531 Mark.5@cox.net Staff D/Lt Walter D. Lazear, AP (Northern VA) D/Lt Micky McNelis (Dundalk) Photographers P/D/C Arlene Anderson, AP (Hampton Roads) D/Lt Michael Lebeduik, III, P (Delhigh) D/Lt Sharen Reichard, P (Hampton Roads) Advertising D/Lt Jack Yeigh, AP– Chairman 317 Columbia Lane Stevensville, MD 21666 (Kent Narrows) (410) 643-2106 jyeigh@verizon.net P/D/C William Selden, V, AP (Richmond)

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