I want to thank the members
of District 4 for electing me to serve as District Commander for the
2013-14 watch. It is an honor and I will do my best to live up to their
expectations. We owe our thanks to Ray for the hard work he has done for
the District during the past year.
We are still recovering from the devastation caused
by Sandy. Many of our members have just started returning to their homes
and some are still not in them. Many vessels were lost to the storm but
in time we will come through this. Cleanup of the waterways as well as
land areas is in full swing and hopefully, we will be able to salvage
most of the boating season afterward.
Sandy and the storm predicted
for the weekend put a bit of a damper on the proceedings of the Annual
Meeting but we did the best we could and weathered it well. Those that
attended had a good time. We were visited by members of Districts 2 and
3 as well as the Chief Commander’s representative R/C Kay Simkins, AP of
the Patuxent River Sail & Power Squadron (Maryland, D/5) escorted by her
husband D/Lt/C Al Simkins, JN. Kay and Al drove up from their home in
Maryland in spite of the storm warnings. I guess they’ve heard about D4.
On the heels of the Annual Meeting came the D4 Memorial Service. It was
well attended and everyone enjoyed the reception after. Thanks to all
that came and contributed to the delicious fare.
are many changes that are taking place in the USPS, with a high priority
being put on branding. The intent is to do what many companies do, by
having all units use the same identity. The Coast Guard Auxiliary uses
that name with a Flotilla number added. This should allow USPS to be
recognized on more widespread plane by adopting the organization name
“United States Sail and Power Squadrons” and an individual identity
“Ponte Bay Squadron”. Marketing, marketing, marketing. We have
also partnered with Brunswick Corporation. Brunswick dealers are signing
up (slowly) to have USPS run classes and seminars at their facilities.
Squadrons with an interest in using these dealers as a venue for their
classes and seminars should make their intentions known to the District.
We in turn, will direct the squadron nearest the requesting dealership
that an opportunity exists for.
D/C James Ulrich, SN
Commander Jim Ulrich Sworn in 2013