The Venice Inlet - United States Power Squadrons

VENICE INLET
Venice Sail & Power
Squadron, Inc.
February 2015
Published monthly except July & August
A Unit of United States
Power Squadrons®
District 22
Web Site: http://www.boatvenicefl.com/
COMMANDER’S
MESSAGE
CDR. JULIE McGarr, S
The Annual Membership Meeting was held on January 15th at
The Pelican Pointe Country Club. The Members of Venice Sail
and Power Squadron elected the Bridge, Executive Committee
and other Committees to represent you for the new Watch Year
2015-2016.
Congratulations to the new Bridge and Commander Elect Lt/C
Susan Parrish, AP; here’s wishing you much success in your
Watch Year.
In my Inlet article last month I said I would let you know about the
Goals Accomplished for The Watch Year 2014-2015.
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We started the PFD Loaner Program at the Marine Max.
We joined the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
We formed a relationship with Marine Max to conduct Free
Boating Seminars at their facility.
VSPS has a new venue for The Executive Committee
Meetings and Membership Meetings at the Venice Yacht
Club. With the help of Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron,
VSPS initiated a self-improvement task force, SWOT:
Strengths – Weakness – Opportunities – Threats.
The new Bridge and Executive Committee will decide if we
pursue having a Facebook page. I want to thank all of the Bridge,
Executive Committee and Members for their support. It’s been a
memorable and very interesting year. VSPS members, please
continue working as TEAM.
Cdr. Julie McGarr, S
*** V.S.P.S. M E M B E R S *** O. T. ** What’s It All About ?? The
OPERATIONS TRAINING PROGRAM offers squadron members a unique
opportunity to understand how our United States Power Squadrons organization
is structured, how it operates, its goals and objectives, and the relationship
between squadron, district and national levels. Upon completion, YOU will have
gained a better perspective of your membership role within our organization.
OPERATIONS TRAINING will be presented by P/D/C Don Parrish, SN on
Saturday, February 28 from 0900 to 1430 at the Waymire Training Center. This
program is FREE to attendees and a free lunch will be provided. Completion of
this training will earn the attendee an OPERATIONS TRAINING CERTIFICATE.
Advance registration is required. Please call 941-408-8591 or email
[email protected] for details and registration.
Inside……
Commander’s
Message
1
Meeting Notice 1
Ops Training
1
New Courses
2
Free Seminar
2
Beacon 22
2
Coming Events 2
Exec. Officer
3
VSPS Bridge
3
Help Wanted!
3
Admin Officer 4
Cool Web Sites 4
Reminders
4
Editor’s Column 5
Birthdays
5
Member Benefits 5
COW Invite
6
Spring Confer. 7
Inlet Boosters
7
VSPS Photos
8
Float Plan Form 9
Next Member
Meeting (COW)
21February 1700
Venice YC
Reservations
required
Details Below
Coming Events:
EDUCATION OFFICER
REPORT
31 Jan 0930 Seminar @ Marine Max
On Board Weather Forecasting
31 Jan 1700 Member Appreciation
P/D/C Don Parrish SN has resigned from his position as
Education Officer. Members interested in serving should contact Cdr.
Julie McGarr or ASEO Gordon Bloom SN [email protected]
Still to time to register for Seamanship Course
Make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and
competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship presents
material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the
construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing
the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in
close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring,
emergencies, and marlinspike/basic knots. The class will run for 8 weeks
starting Tuesday 3 February 2014 from 1900 to 2100. Course fee including text
is $85, Non-Members $100.
3 Feb Seamanship class starts
4 Feb Excom 1100 Marine Max
6 Feb 1130 Member Lunch Pops
7 Feb ABC Starts
20 Feb 1130 Member Lunch Pops
21 Feb Change of Watch
28 Feb – Hurricane Seminar
ABC Class starts February 7
0830 to 1230, class runs three weeks. Fee $55 each or $70 per couple
Next Step after Seamanship…..Piloting!
Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation,
covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on
navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a
primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the
student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course
includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through handson practice and learning. The class will run for 10 weeks starting Thursday 5
March 2014 from 1900 to 2100. Course fee including text is $95 for Members,
non-members $115.
Location for all classes is the Waymire Center, 1450 Lucaya Avenue, Venice
Free Seminar: Hurricane Planning! MarineMax
28 February, 0930-1130
In this seminar you will learn why and how: Check vessels and
gear • Review Marina/Dock master •Contracts •Make plans • Check your
trailer • Prepare a storm plan • Lessons learned from storms •Hurricane
anchoring • Be Storm Ready • Your responsibilities • Post-hurricane
efforts of • USCG and law enforcement• Insurance
We need count on attendees well in advance of the start dates to order
course materials, so please sign ASAP. You can enroll after that date but
there may be delays in receiving your materials.
Registration Required: Lt/C Susan Parrish, AP 941-408-8591
Or: [email protected]
Hold Ctrl and click this link for Full
VSPS Calendar:
https://www.google.com/calendar/emb
ed?src=vspscdr%40gmail.com&ctz=Am
erica/New_York
Free Seminar
On-Board Weather
Forecasting
When: 31 January 0930-1200
Where: Marine Max Venice
Cost: FREE
Reservation Required!
Call/Email:
Lt/C Susan Parrish AP
941-408-8591
[email protected]
Beacon 22
Hold CTRL and click this link to get District 22’s newsletter, the “Beacon”
http://www.usps.org/localusps/d22/beacon/
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EXECUTIVE OFFICER
REPORT
Lt/C SUSAN PARRISH, AP
CONGRATULATIONS To all elected officers of the Bridge, Assistants, and
Executive Committee for the 2015-2016 watch year!!!
Many thanks from me go out to our volunteer members who willingly gave their
time to make the Executive Department a success in 2014. Without you, events
would not have happened. As you know, the Executive Office is the position
within the Squadron to volunteer for the Civic side of the Squadron. With this in
mind, here are the Departments and the head of these Committees that
sincerely deserve a big round of applause.
BOAT SHOW AND MARKET COMMITTEE - Many a volunteer took the time
to set up the Markets that took place in 2014. THANK YOU.
BOATING SAFETY COMMITTEE – P/D/C Don Parrish SN - organized the
Safe Boating Week. Super Job and a big THANK YOU to all who assisted.
CO-OP CHARTING - Lt Gordon Bloom, SN paved the way to make it a
successful year to go on to win awards from National for the Squadron. We
applaud you. THANK YOU.
PADDLECRAFT COMMITTEE - P/C Peter Roach AP, you lead the way on the
waters in our kayaks to a new adventure to see nature up close. What a
marvelous adventure it was. Keep up the good work and let’s get a bigger
group going in 2015. THANK YOU.
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE- P/C Tim McGarr, P – your tireless energy
and enthusiasm for setting up ads, seeing that flyers were distributed to various
businesses and broad casting the news to our members is never ending. A big
hand of applause to you, Tim. THANK YOU.
VESSEL SAFETY CHECK COMMITTEE – P/C Joe Hughes, AP – Joe leads
the VSCE’s to strive each year for a higher number in examining vessels. It is
highly appreciated that Joe takes countless hours of dedication to a very vital
program. JOB WELL DONE. THANK YOU.
LIAISON OFFICER – P/C Hans Haseloff - Hans was the star in this
department. You were the go between of the Squadron and the Coast Guard
of Venice, Flotilla 86. Hans made the associations of understanding between
the Squadron and the Coast Guard to work side by side in harmony. THANK
YOU.
It has been a great learning experience and fulfilling year. This year the
Squadron accomplished more than the year before, whether the
accomplishments were small or large. New members stepped up to volunteer.
Our wheel of success is on the road again and you might say each and every
one of us is a spoke on this wheel to make it move. TOGETHER WE
ACCOMPLISHED MORE. I look forward to the future of the Venice Sail and
Power Squadron and its successes to become a Squadron you want to join,
work in harmony and to stay for the friendships.
I leave you with this: IT’S JUST A THOUGHT - WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO
OTHERS FOR GIVING THEM THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND PRAISE THAT
MAY MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAILURE AND SUCCESS!
VSPS Bridge Officers
Commander:
Cdr. Julie McGarr S
[email protected]
941-493-2837
941-468-4851 Cell
Squadron Education Officer:
Position Open
Asst. SEO (Acting)
Gordon Bloom SN
[email protected]
Executive Officer:
Lt/C Susan Parrish, AP
[email protected]
941-408-8591
Administration Officer:
Lt/C Wilfredo Lopez, P
[email protected]
941-445-4100
Secretary:
Lt/C Carol Kunath, P
[email protected]
847-721-8175
Treasurer:
Lt/C Audrey Rice, P
[email protected]
941-474-2426
Venice Inlet Staff
Editor:
Lt Bob Kunath, SN
[email protected]
941-275-8175
Photographer:
Lt Leroy Strey, P
[email protected]
941-460-8981
Printer:
Lt/C Wilfredo Lopez, P
[email protected]
Lt/C Susan Parrish, AP
Help Needed…. Advertising Manager Want to help out your
Squadron? Use your marketing/sales skills to solicit ads
for the Inlet. Contact Cdr. Julie or XO Susan for details.
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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
REPORT
Lt/C WILFREDO LOPEZ, P
A year went by and I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sworn as
Administrative Officer at the Change of Watch 2014. Much was
accomplished, but not enough to bring up the participation of all the
members to the boating and social activities. I truly understand that not
many active members have boats anymore and we 1/3 of the members
that we have are “snow birds”.
The challenge to the upcoming Administrative Officer 2015 is to meet
the expectations of the new elected Commander. I am very confident
on the qualification and experience of LT/C Robert Eppinger, P in being
able to accomplish much more in the incoming year.
My salute to the newly elected Bridge 2015-16
February Activities
February 3-March 31- Seamanship Class
February 6- Pop’s Social Luncheon at Pop’s Sunset Grill 11:30-1:30
February-TBA Cruise & Rendezvous at the new Salty Dog Restaurant
in Marine Max, in Venice (Pending Opening of facility)
February 7-21 ABC Class
February 21- VSPS Change of Watch at VYC 5:00 PM
February 20- Pop’s Social Luncheon at Pop’s Sunset Grill 11:30-1:30
Lt/C Wilfredo Lopez, P
YOU ARE INVITED! PARTY! LAST CALL FOR VSPS
MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY!
Cool Web Sites: Hold CTRL and click
links to open sites:
USPS Member Discounts
www.usps.org/national/admin_dept/membenefits.htm
Get discounts on stuff!
USPS Home Page
usps.org/
USPS District 22
www.usps.org/localusps/d22/
USPS D/ 22 Beacon newsletter
www.usps.org/localusps/d22/beacon/
Weather – All NOAA Stuff, marine
forecasts, radar, etc.
www.weather.gov
Real Time Buoy Data
www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
Free Electronic Charts
www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/
Free Chart Software-use free charts
www.opencpn.org
Wind/WaveProjections
www.windmapper.com
www.passageweather.com
Waterwayguide Cruising Resource
www.waterwayguide.com/
WHEN: SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 1700-1930
WHERE: BELLAGIO CLUBHOUSE, 100 CALLE DEL
PARADISO, VENICE
USPS Ensign and Compass
www.theensign.org
www.theensign.org/uspscompass/
Salty Southeast Cruisers Net
WHAT: WINE, HORS D’OEURVES, DESSERTS
ALL FREE TO MEMBERS AND PROSPECTIVE
MEMBERS! BRING A FRIEND!
http://cruisersnet.net/
Reminders – Call NOW!
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CALL LT. WILFREDO LOPEZ 941-445-4100
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Member Appreciation 31
Jan Bellagio
Weather Seminar 31 Jan
Seamanship Class 3 Feb
Hurricane Seminar 28 Feb
Piloting Class 5 March
Qu
estions/commen
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VSPS Annual Meeting
VENICE INLET
EDITOR
Lt BOB KUNATH, SN
Hey Great News!
You can now access the VSPS Google Calendar on our web
site and also directly from this newsletter!
• No sign-in
• No password
• Simply click and view
To see the VSPS Google Calendar, simply go to the second
page of this newsletter. Look for the very long link at the
bottom of the “Coming Events” block, press and hold “ctrl” and
left click your mouse. VOILA the calendar should pop up! The
thing works almost the same way at the VSPS web site. Go
to our site at www.boatvenicefl.com, click on the “Calendar”
word in the menu. Try it! After you get to the calendar, click
on any of the listed events to get the details of that event.
Bad News:
There seems to have been a change in MS Windows (I’m not
sure why) regarding email names. Before you could simply
click on one of the email names in this letter and your email
client would pop up with the email address already filled in.
Now all that happens is your browser opens. I will try to find
out why this change occurred but ion the meantime you can
still “copy and paste” the email into your “send to” block.
Inlet Update – I may be getting around to making format
changes to the Inlet soon, please tell me what you like or don’t
like or other ideas.
In the meantime, sign up for the classes and seminars!
Bob
February Birthdays
Member Benefits
Come for the Boating Education...
Stay for the Friends℠
Click here to access the USPS Member Benefits page:
www.usps.org/national/admin_dept/membenefits.htm
At that site, look for the link to download the current
Member Benefits Newsletter!
Joyce Bloom
Barbara Dein
Lisa Lightner
Tom Wills
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Happy Birthday!
Waterway Guides – New 2015
Editions 20% OFF for VSPS
2015 Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic ICW,
Southern, Bahamas, and Northern are now
available at the WWG on-line store. Great
Lakes coming soon. Log on to
www.waterwayguide.com use coupon
code for all on-line purchases to 12/31/15.
WGBK2015
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MEMBERS, ASSOCIATES MEMBERS, AND GUESTS
You are cordially invited to attend
THE
VENICE SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON
57TH CHANGE OF WATCH
Saturday February 21st 2015
At
VENICE YACHT CLUB
1330 Tarpon Center Drive
Venice, FL
Cocktail Hour - 1700
(tickets sold)
Dinner - 1800
Ceremony- 1900
Dancing - 2000 to 2200
Uniform A or Formal attire, business suit. Ladies – Semi Formal
RSVP - by February 16, 2015 (NO LATER) [email protected] Send
reservation and payment to: Lt/C Susan Parrish AP, 853 Wood Sorrel Lane
Venice, FL 34293 (941/408-8591)
MENU
Choice of: Chicken Cordon Bleu – with Velouté Sauce
Mahi Maltese – over bed of spinach, finished with an Orange Hollandaise.
Served with: Caser Salad, Duchess Potatoes, Green Bean Bundles with wrapped bacon.
Dessert – Pecan Pie with Amaretto Fudge Sauce or Applie Pie with a Carmel Sauce.
Rolls, Coffee or Iced Tea.
COST: $35.00 per person
(Make checks payable to: Venice Sail and Power Squadron
Name, Rank, Grade __________________________________________________
Squadron___________________________________________________________
Number in Party ________________ Amount of Check ____________________
Choice of Menu: Chicken Cordon Bleu: No. ___________
Mahi Maltese: No. ___________ Dessert: Pecan Pie: No. _________
Apple Pie: No._________
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Save the Date!
Watch for details……
D22 Spring Conference
April 16 – 19
Sheraton Tampa East
10221 Princess Palm Ave. – Tampa
Friday – Commanders Meeting
Squadron Hospitality Party The “D22 Derby”
Featured horse races: Squadrons–Tables–District Bridge
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Saturday – Roundtables
announced
subjects to be
New VSE Training
3 hour class including the exam –
pre-registration will be required.
Silent (Chinese) Raffle Conference Meeting Change of Watch
Notice to Postal Mail recipients of the Venice Inlet
VENICE INLET BOOSTERS NEEDED
We need Venice Inlet boosters for the 2014-2015 Watch Year!
Did you know that it costs VSPS more than $2 ($20-30 per year) to print and mail each copy of the
Venice Inlet? If you have Internet access, get the Inlet on line and save your Squadron the cost of
printing and mailing (it’s better that way anyway). Please call or email the Editor (see page 3) to
update your email address and stop mailing the Venice Inlet to you. You can view or download the
current issue from any computer, tablet, or smart-phone (even at a library or public computer) at:
http://www.usps.org/localusps/venice/pdf/inlet.pdf
If you or any member would like to contribute to help offset the cost of producing and distributing the
Venice Inlet to those with no Internet access, please let us hear from you.
NAME:_____________________________________________________________
Make check payable to Venice Sail & Power Squadron
(Minimum $10.00) and mail to Audrey Rice
1175 Caples St., Englewood, FL34223
Thanks to Boosters for 2014-2015 Tom and Mary Wills, Tim and Julie McGarr, Joe and Nancy
Hughes, Skip and Jane Downey, George Flume
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Venice Sail
& Power
Squadron
Snapshots
VSPS Annual Meeting
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