Hubby and I just returned from a delightful weekend in Guntersville AL. We
were there to participate in the District 17 Spring Conference. We had the
pleasure of meeting the Chief Commander of the United States Power
Squadron, Gary Cheney. He was the main conference speaker bringing us
information and updates from National Headquarters. I look forward to
sharing this information with our club at our April 9th meeting.
Notice that I used the word “club” rather than “squadron”. That should give
you a clue as to what changes and updates are coming from Headquarters
or should I say “National” . The next phase of the multi-year marketing
strategy is beginning to take place. It is being reported that more and more
people can relate to America’s Boating Club rather than the United States
Power Squadron. National is encouraging all squadrons to embrace the
America’s Boating Club logo and name.
I am proud to report that Memphis is ahead of this curve. We officially registered with the State of TN our “assumed name” of America’s Boating Club Memphis while keeping our
legal name of Memphis Sail & Power Squadron. It has been much easier for
the general public to identify what we do as a boating club than it has been
as a “power squadron”. Our club focus and goals remain the same but
uniforms will be less formal, names/titles more civilian than military. We are
adapting to the entire boating industry, i.e., large boats, small boats, paddle
boarders, wakeboarders, wave runners, jet skiers. All have a combined
interest of using safe waters and knowing the “rules of the roads”. To learn more visit the usps.org website, it has a wealth of information.
As the boating season gets into high gear I wish you fair winds and following
08 Jan – Monthly Dinner Meeting – Exploring Scotland
12 Jan – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
12 Feb – Change of Watch Valentine Party
23 Mar – TWRA Boat Safety Course
29 Mar –
31 Mar – District 17 Spring Conference, Guntersville State Park, AL
13 Apr – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
?? Apr – Winery Tour
?? May – Bay SpringS Outing
18 May – Start of National SafeBoating Week
18 May – Ready, Set, Wear It Life Jacket Safety Event
08 Jun – Cocktails at Aqua
19 Jul – WC Handy Festival, Florence AL
20 Jul – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
?? Aug – Scavenger Hunt @ Puckwick
? Sep – Raft-Up on Pickwick Lake
08 Oct – Monthly Dinner Meeting
?? Oct – District 17 Fall Conference
12 Oct – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
12 Nov – Monthly Dinner Meeting
07 Dec – Christmas Party
Goals for 2017:
Provide: Education Promote: Fellowship Prosper: (increase membership)
It is hard to believe that we are entering the last quarter of 2017! It seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying the cookout and our record breaking auction at the Blackburns, cruising to Florence AL for the WC Handy Music Festival and sharing in the once in our lifetime Solar Eclipse event at the Land Between the Lakes, Grand Junction, KY. Our September 23rd raft-up on Pickwick Lake will bring our summer events to a close.
In October we will resume our 2nd Tuesday of the month dinner meetings, so mark your calendar for October 10th, 6:30 PM at the Butcher Shop. Our guest speaker, Lanny Oakes, will be talking on his vacation/trip to Cuba. A timely topic for those interested in visiting this island.
John White and I will be representing our squadron at the District 17 Fall Conference, Johnson City, TN and reporting back to you at the October meeting. We were given a heads up that there will be a lot of news/changes from the Annual Governors Meeting in Dallas.
Speaking of news and changes, check out the new tagline that will be used (more details at the October meeting). “WE ARE AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB”
Looking forward to seeing you all i October!