(L to R) America’s Boating Club Rear Commodore Myles Gee; BoatUS Foundation Ted Sensenbrenner; Cape Fear Commander Otis White; Patchogue Commander John Yeamans; Peace River Commander Ron Jones; and America’s Boating Club Chief Commander Gary Cheney. Download hi-res photo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 11, 2020 – At America’s Boating Club (formerly US Power Squadrons) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, three Squadrons from Florida, North Carolina and New York honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to club Squadrons in recognition of exceptional service and public boating safety education and service to the boating community.
The three award recipients were Peace River Sail and Power Squadron, Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron, and Patchogue Bay Power Squadron.
Florida’s Peace River squadron was singled out for its work with the Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Marine Advisory Commission, and Englewood Chamber of Commerce. As part of the Weather Ready Nation, the squadron participated in child drowning prevention and awareness programs, supported Hook Kids on Fishing, got their hands dirty when participating in the Charlotte Harbor Coastal Clean-up, and created fishing and boating events focused on children with special needs.
North Carolina’s Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron earned accolades for offering an optional course-extension, a “teaching cruise,” supported their local community college by donating to the Marine Technology Scholarship Fund, and were also Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors to help keep keen eye on environmental issues in their area. They also assisted Cape Fear River Watch, participated in the North Carolina Clean Boater Program, supported the Coastal Plain Conservation Group, and completed a river clean up.
New York’s Patchogue Bay Power Squadron was honored for its success working on the
National Safe Boating Week campaign, earning local support from the Village of Patchogue, the town of Brookhaven, West Marine, the U.S. Coast Guard, Patchogue Fire Department, Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau, Fire Island National Seashore. The group earned local TV coverage for its efforts helping to keep boaters safe.
BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner, who presented the awards said, “Power Squadron members have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, and these awards show they are having a positive impact on their local boating community.”
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About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.
About America’s Boating Club:
Organized in 1914, America’s Boating Club (formerly United States Power Squadrons) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. America’s Boating Club has nearly 25,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. America’s Boating Club is the country’s largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Each squadron's activities involve the three primary objectives: learn, engage and connect with community and partners sharing the mission of making the water a safe place for all. For more, go to AmericasBoatingClub.org