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font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>ABOUT UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS </span></span><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is the world's largest private, non-profit, boating organization. Established in 1914, USPS has some 60,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the country and in U.S. territories. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting boating education and opportunities for fellowship among boating enthusiasts.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>At the national level, USPS benefits include: <o:p></o:p></span></p> <!--mstheme--><!--msthemelist--> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <!--msthemelist--> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <!--msthemelist--> <td width=42 valign=top style='width:31.5pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=15 height=15 id="_x0000_i1032" src="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif" alt="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif"></span><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><!--mstheme--> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Individuals successfully completing the USPS Boating Course enjoy insurance discounts on most boat policies <o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <!--msthemelist--><!--msthemelist--> </table> <!--mstheme--><!--mstheme--><!--msthemelist--> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <!--msthemelist--> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <!--msthemelist--> <td width=42 valign=top style='width:31.5pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=15 height=15 id="_x0000_i1031" src="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif" alt="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif"></span><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><!--mstheme--> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>The USPS Boating Course meets educational requirements for boat operation in all states <o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <!--msthemelist--><!--msthemelist--> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1'> <!--msthemelist--> <td width=42 valign=top style='width:31.5pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=15 height=15 id="_x0000_i1030" src="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif" alt="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif"></span><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><!--mstheme--> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>USPS Port Captains help visiting members understand local anchorages, resources for fuel &amp; equipment/repairs, harbor &amp; water conditions, and shore side amenities <o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <!--msthemelist--><!--msthemelist--> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:2'> <!--msthemelist--> <td width=42 valign=top style='width:31.5pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=15 height=15 id="_x0000_i1029" src="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif" alt="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif"></span><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><!--mstheme--> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Networking with fellow members throughout the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Japan, and the Virgin Islands <o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <!--msthemelist--><!--msthemelist--> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:3;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <!--msthemelist--> <td width=42 valign=top style='width:31.5pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=15 height=15 id="_x0000_i1028" src="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif" alt="http://www.usps.org/localusps/d29/blebul1a.gif"></span><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><!--mstheme--> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Access to 30+ courses developed for its members on boating topics ranging from personal watercraft and sail to engine maintenance and GPS.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>For more member <a href="http://www.usps.org/national/admin_dept/membenefits.htm">benefits</a>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <!--msthemelist--> </table> <!--mstheme--> <p><strong><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>What are the activities of USPS</span></strong><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>? <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>Each squadron's activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><strong><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>What community and civic services does USPS perform</span></strong><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>? <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>Local squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in our communities. These courses are open to the public and there is no age limit for participants. USPS squadrons have offered these courses for over half a century and have educated more than 3 million boaters to date. Successfully completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>In a cooperative program with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, squadron members conduct courtesy Vessel Safety Checks of boats at the request of their owners. To learn more about this program, and how to get your boat checked,<a href="http://safetyseal.net/"> click here</a>. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><strong><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>What social activities do members enjoy</span></strong><span style='font-family: "Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>? <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>Participating both on-the-water and off with fellow members who are skilled in boating is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. On-the-water activities include cruises, rendezvous, sail races, navigation contests and even fishing derbies. Activities ashore include meetings with marine programs, parties, dinner-dances, picnics and field trips <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>Our members also help the National Ocean Service keep our nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections, and our local squadrons participate in many other community improvement projects. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"'>USPS has been honored by three U.S. Presidents for its civic contributions and for educating more than 4 million boaters in the last half-century. 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