The Hartford Power
Squadron holds seven member meetings during the
year. These meetings are primarily social with each
having a program of general interest to boaters.
Members get to talk with fellow boaters about their
boating experiences and many life-long friendships
have been kindled among our members.
Annual Meeting in March is an important meeting
for all members. It includes reports by the outgoing
Bridge officers, the approval of the budget and
the election of officers for the coming year. All
members are encouraged to attend to help set the
direction of the squadron for the new year.
The Change of Watch gives us a chance to celebrate
the past year and install the new Bridge Officers.
We give out awards to the outgoing Bridge and other
members who have contributed their time and effort
over the year. We always enjoy an excellent meal
and a lot of fun.
The meetings are open to
all members, guests, and prospective members and
are generally scheduled at 6:30 on the 4th Tuesday
of selected months. The meetings are held at the
Olympia Diner in Newington.
Upcoming Members' Meetings
February26th Members' Meeting
on Connecticut's Boating Industry"
The February 26th Members' Meeting will feature
a talk by Don MacKenzie, Vice President and
General Manager of Boats Incorporated a boat
dealership and marina located in picturesque
Niantic Connecticut. Boats Incorporated is one
of the few dealerships in Connecticut to be
Marine Certified‚ and a Top 100 Dealer since the
inception of both programs. It has been a
Grady-White Admiral's Circle Member for 15
consecutive years, a Yamaha Best in Class Dealer
in the Northeast for 11 consecutive years, one
of the Yamaha Dealer Council Members, and last
but not least, a Parker Marine Customer Service
Award Winner for the past three years.
talk will mostly revolve around Hartford and
politics and how large our industry is and how
much revenue the industry brings into the state.
Hartford often treats our industry as nothing
but rich guys and think we all have yachts and
can afford to pay any taxes they put upon us.
They don't realize the average size boat in our
state is only 22'. Don plans on discussing how
much of an effect people in the industry have in
meeting one on one with a representative from
Don will also discuss the job
market. The boating industry is losing good
technicians by simple attrition. The industry is
screaming for good mechanics and with Dealer
Certification. The good dealerships in the state
are paying great wages, medical, 401k with
matching funds, personal days, etc. It is a good
paying job in a great working atmosphere. The
kids today don't understand jobs are waiting for
them. If you or someone you know is looking for
a career working with boats, please do not miss
The last thing he will
discuss is the challenge of bringing new and
younger boaters into boating. The list of
boaters in their thirties is dwindling. We must
find a way to get the youth into boating. The
manufacturers have discovered they make the most
money on the larger boats and we need an entry
level boat that is affordable for the younger
generation to get their feet wet. Boating is one
of the ONLY activities that families can still
Please don't miss what is sure
to be a lively and informative discussion on a
topic we all love. Bring your friends and family
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Olympia Diner, 3413 Berlin Turnpike,
for dinner with cash bar - or just come at 7:30
p.m. for the free presentation.
Contact Jim Salvatore at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-346-0680.
January 22nd Members'
Meeting Will Feature
"Light Houses in Connecticut
and Long Island"
by Susan Tamulevich
The January 22nd Members' Meeting will feature a
talk by Susan Tamulevich, executive director of
the New London Maritime Society. The society was
established in 1983 when, faced with possible
sale or demolition of their local U.S. Custom
House, impassioned New Londoners organized to
preserve this treasure.
New London's 1833
US Custom House was built at the height of the
City's maritime power when New London was the
second largest whaling port in the world. City
leaders had petitioned the U.S. Treasury to
build them 'a gem on the waterfront.' Architect
Robert Mills, best-known for his design of the
U.S. national Washington Monument, provided just
that. The building was saved and now serves as
the Custom House Maritime Museum.
Tamulevich became executive director of the New
London Maritime Society ten years ago. Since
then, the society has adopted three local
lighthouses and begun organizing their peers on
Long Island Sound to form a cooperative
lighthouse association. In her talk, Susan will
speak about her work at New London Harbor
'Pequot' Lighthouse, Ledge Light, and Race Rock
Light (off Fishers Island in New York) and about
the joys and unanticipated complications of
owning a lighthouse. Please join us for what is
sure to be an informative and enjoyable
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Olympia Diner, 3413 Berlin Turnpike,
for dinner with cash bar - or just come at 7:30
p.m. for the free presentation.
Contact Jim Salvatore at:
email@example.com or 860-346-0680.
What You May Have Missed
October Members' Meeting
Cancelled Last Minute
Members' Meeting Featured
"The Ports of Martha's
by Lt/C Cliff McKibbin, SN
Our Treasurer and Past Commander, Cliff
McKibbin, will describe the approach to and
ports of Martha's Vineyard. He will describe in
detail the boater's accommodations and sights in
each of the main ports of Vineyard Haven, Oak
Bluffs, and Edgartown. If you haven't been to
Martha's Vineyard and might want to go next
summer (by your boat or by ferry), don't miss
informative talk to find out the pros
and cons of each harbor and things to do in each
May 2018 Members’
“Sea Grant College Programs”
The May 22nd Members’ Meeting will feature a
presentation on Sea Grant College Programs by
Nancy Balcom. Nancy will provide us with an
overview of the National Sea Grant College
Program, funded by NOAA and its 34 state-based
university partnerships in all coastal, Great
Lakes and US territories. She will briefly
explain the three-part mission of the Program.
Nancy will explain the Connecticut Sea Grant
Program which although focused largely on Long
Island Sound, also addresses regional and
national priorities. The Connecticut Sea Grant
extension staff, who are the largest part of
their outreach staff, work locally with
shellfish and seaweed farmers, coastal
communities, land trusts, and seafood processors
on issues related to aquaculture, climate
adaptation and coastal hazard resiliency, open
space habitat management, and seafood safety
(among other topics). Their Education
Coordinator oversees professional development
training for educators focused on the Sound and
organizes the CT-RI regional competition of the
National Ocean Sciences Bowl for high school
Nancy Balcom is the Associate
Director and Extension Program Leader for
Connecticut Sea Grant and a Senior Extension
Educator with UConn Extension. Her extension
interests range from seafood safety and marine
spatial planning to seaweed aquaculture,
disaster risk communication, and community
resilience. She has been a member of the Sea
Grant family for more than 33 years, starting in
1985 as a graduate student in Virginia, and has
worked for Connecticut Sea Grant since 1990.
Balcom has been a member of the Connecticut
Seafood Council since its inception in 1997 and
currently is in her 4th year as chair of the
National Sea Grant Association Networks Advisory
Council. She lives in eastern Connecticut with
her husband, two sons and two enthusiastic
March 2018 Members’
“DEEP Fisheries Management
The March 27th Members’ Meeting featured a
speaker from the Department of Energy &
Environmental Protection (DEEP) Fisheries
Management Program. Although the details of the
program are still being worked out, it is
expected that there will be updates on the
Lobster Monitoring Program that was begun in
1982 and the Long Island Sound Trawl Survey.
The Lobster Monitoring Program provides
basic information needed to assess the long-term
health of the Long Island Sound (LIS) lobster
population. The Department’s goal is to ensure
that the Sound’s lobster population is sustained
while also providing opportunity for harvest by
commercial and recreational fishermen.
The Long Island Sound Trawl Survey is a vital
tool Marine Fisheries staff use to measure the
abundance and distribution of finfish, squid and
other macroinvertebrates (lobster, crabs,
horseshoe crabs, whelks) in Long Island Sound,
independent of commercial or recreational
Because this will also be our
Annual Meeting, the Annual reports of the
Commander, Executive Officer, Education Officer,
Administration Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer
will be presented. Acceptance of the proposed
budget for 2018-19 will also be voted on. The
report of the Nominations Committee will be
given, and election of nominated officers will
be held. Join us for what is sure to be an
February Members' Meeting Will Feature
Gaudreau, Jr. Accredited Marine Surveyor"
The February 27th Members'
Meeting featured a discussion on marine surveying by
Philip A. Gaudreau, Jr., Accredited Marine Surveyor.
A marine surveyor is a person who inspects
boats, cargo, engines, barges, and pretty much
anything that is on the water. Most marine surveyors
specialize in one type of survey, yachts, and small
crafts being the most popular type of surveyor.
These are usually vessels used for pleasure or small
craft used for commercial less than 1600 Gross
tonnage, and it is the area of expertise for our
speaker. Phillip's credentials cover over 40 years
of experience in the marine industry and are too
numerous to mention here. He has spent the last 30
years as the sole owner and employee of Allpoint
Marine Services, specializing in marine surveying.
Some of the items that will be covered in his
What is a Marine Surveyor?
Why get a Marine Survey?
Prepurchase Survey, Condition and Valuation Survey,
and Damage Appraisal.
How does a marine surveyor
get the boat to tell its story (Systems on Board,
Tools of the Trade)?
Please join us for a
night that will give you an look into the world of
the Marine Surveyor, a night that is sure to be
enlightening and of great value to anyone
contemplating buying or selling a boat.
January 2018 Members’ Meeting Featured
Discussion on Search and Rescue”
The January 23rd Members’ Meeting featured a
discussion on Search and Rescue by USCG
Commander J. Andrew Ely. The Commander will
discuss the Coast Guard’s search and rescue
organization and the methodologies they us to
respond to reports of actual or potential
distress. He will cover Search and Rescue
statistics for the Long Island Sound region,
partnerships they leverage to maximize response,
recent updates to technology and systems they
use, the importance of media (including social
media) in solving search and rescue cases,
statistics, the most at-risk boating
populations, and actions taken to effect change
in at-risk groups. The Commander is also willing
to discuss anything else that is of interest to
Since graduating from the
Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, NJ, in
1993, Commander Ely has amassed an impressive
set of credentials. His honors include the
Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational
Leadership, the National Graduate School
Distinguished Academic Student Award, the Coast
Guard Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast
Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard
Achievement Medal, and four Commandant’s Letter
of Commendation Ribbons. He currently serves as
the Response Department Head at Coast Guard
Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, CT where
he is responsible for oversight of maritime
search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and
incident management. Please plan to join us for
an evening that is sure to interesting and
October 2017 Members’ Meeting
talk by George Gilbert on beautiful New Zealand”
The October 24th
featured a talk on beautiful New Zealand
by Past District Commander George Gilbert. Come
listen to the adventures of George and his
brothers in New Zealand, the last habitable land
mass on earth to be populated. A place where the
natives are proud to be called
1/3 of the country is a protected national park.
Also, home to Auckland, one of the most
affordable cities in the world to live in, where
one in three households own a boat and where
there is a hill in Hawkes Bay named
which lays claim to the longest place name in
The oldest brother of the Gilbert family turning
60 had benefits for all the Gilbert brothers and
his good friend Kurt Tomolonius. George
asked his brothers and
join him on what was to be a motorcycle trip of
Come join us at
the Olympia Diner as George takes us with
him on a journey which takes place in January,
the "summer" season of New Zealand. Riding
1970’s vintage Triumph motorcycles we’ll
sharing two weeks with George’s crew and
the "Kiwis" that inhabit this island in the
hemisphere. What transpired was a most
experience, and we’ll be there
the adventure with Kurt and the Gilbert
September 2017 Members’ Meeting
“The Realities of New England Hurricanes”
September 26th Members’ Meeting featured a talk
by NOAA representative Glenn Field on New
England hurricanes. New England hurricanes are
very different from the kind of hurricanes that
you’ve read about or that strike Florida or the
Caribbean. You will learn why the structure is
different and thus, how our safety and
preparedness rules are different in some ways.
People of my generation remember Hurricane
Gloria in 1985 and Hurricane Bob in 1991…and we
think those were ‘real’ hurricanes. However,
this sense of reality is warped, since it has
now been 62 years since the last major hurricane
(Carol) that struck New England. This
presentation will take you back to the days of
the 1938 Hurricane, Connie, Diane, Carol, etc.
and show what a true hurricane really can do!
has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist
(WCM) for the National Weather Service (NWS)
Forecast Office in Taunton, MA since October
1993. As WCM, he is responsible for ensuring
that customers of weather forecasts and warnings
are able to receive the products and that they
understand what they mean. He gives many
presentations to police, fire,
managers, and school groups and always listens
to suggestions for improvement of services.
Also, he is responsible for coordinating and
implementing new procedures at the NWS, for the
quality assurance of products, and is in charge
of the SKYWARN volunteer weather observers
program. Also, Glenn works with towns to enable
them to become “StormReady,” another National
Weather Service community preparedness program.
Prior to coming to
Taunton, Glenn was a Lead Forecaster at the NWS
in Raleigh, NC; a Forecaster at the NWS in
Milwaukee, WI; and a Satellite Meteorologist at
the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and
Information Service’s Synoptic Analysis Branch
in Washington, D.C. Glenn holds a M.S. Degree in
Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin –
Madison, where he also received his B.S. in both
Meteorology and Economics (the 2 sciences that
one can’t predict, he jokes.)
May 2017 Members' Meeting Featured
bass with light tackle"
The May 23rd Members'
Meeting featured Captain Mike Roy of Reel Cast
Charters. His presentation will focus on "Big
striped bass with light tackle and more".Captain
Mike is the founder and operator of Reel Cast
Charters, a full-time fishing charter based out
of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. His angling
pursuits have taken him across country, as well
as internationally, fishing in both fresh and
salt water from largemouth bass to giant bluefin
tuna. An innovative angler, he is constantly
applying new techniques, and his enthusiasm and
passion for the sport are contagious. Captain
Mike is a United States Coast Guard OUPV
Licensed Captain and graduate of Southern
Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's
and Master's Degree in Education. The seminar
will feature a power point presentation.
February 2017 Members' Featured
"History in our Midst"
February 28th Members' Meeting featured Hartford
Power Squadron's own Don Watson, a Life Member
of the United States Power Squadrons with 35
Merit Marks and 69 years of service.
Don's presentation will start with a brief history
of the combat experiences of the United States
Army's 71st Infantry Division. The 71st fought
its way across France, Belgium, Germany and
Austria ousting a crumbling German Army from
these countries and liberating their citizens
on its way. Don will recount some of the Division's
experiences from its landing in Le Havre, France,
to its eventual liberation of prisoners from
the Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp in
Don will then share his experiences
at the most recent reunion of the WW II 71st
Division held in Erie, PA. This is a reunion
of both division member's and survivors of the
Gunskirchen death camp. These survivors and
their families attend the reunion in gratitude
each year because they understand that without
Don and the 71st Division there would not have
been any survivors. Don's presentation will
also cover his side trip to the D-Day Conneaut,
an annual recreation of the amphibious Allied
landings upon the beaches of Normandy, France
held on the grounds of Conneaut Township Park,
Conneaut, Ohio in since 1999.
presented will be pictures from a Reuters news
photographer of war-ravaged areas at the time
of the war and how these sites have since been
January 2017 Members' Featured
"Scuba Diving – Then and Now"
The January 24th Members’ Meeting featured
John Langlois of Enfield Scuba and Watersports.
John is a Professional Association of Diving
Instructors (PADI) Course Director with over 10,000
open water dives half of which were in New England.
The other 5,000 plus dives took place on the
East and West coasts of North America and in
the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the
Red Sea, Micronesia, the Philippines, the Sardine
Run in South Africa, the Maldives in the Indian
Ocean and Australia. John has certified over
2,800 PADI Open Water students and over 200
PADI Dive Masters and Instructors.
will feature an evolution of diving from the
earliest “twin-hose” open circuit design equipment
familiar to Sea Hunt fans, to the modern most
commonly used single-hose twin-stage design
and Buoyancy Control Devices commonly referred
to as BCDs.
Also featured will be pictures
from various dive trips and diving mementos
such as teeth from megalodon sharks. These behemoths
could grow to almost 60 feet and have been extinct
for over 2.6 million years.
There will be a
raffle for free tuition to an Open Water Scuba Course to be
taken at Enfield Scuba and Watersports. The
raffle is free and open to all those who attend.
One lucky winner will go home with free tuition
valued at $250
If you, your children, or anyone
else you know has an interest in scuba diving,
this is a meeting you won’t want to miss. As
always, friends and family are welcome to attend.
Seating is limited so if you don’t want to be
left out in the cold (literally), contact Jim Salvatore to make your reservations.
October 2016 Members'
"2015 Bermuda 1-2 Sail Race"
October 25th Members' Meeting featured Dan
Stadtlander, first place winner in Class 4 in
the single-handed first leg of the 2015 Bermuda
1-2 sail race.
The Bermuda 1-2 is one
of the oldest short-handed offshore races in
the world. The race is not for the faint of
heart, it is a grueling 635-mile single-handed
leg from Newport, RI, to St. Georges, Bermuda,
and a double-handed leg back.
in the race in 2007, 2009 and 2013. In 2007,
he finished in 2nd place in Class 4 in the combined
elapsed time in the race and third place in
the combined corrected time. In 2009, Dan finished
in 4th place in Class 4 in the single-handed
first leg of the race. In 2013, Dan was forced
to drop out during the first leg because of
extremely adverse conditions that resulted in
a shredded genoa and several mechanical failures,
including a broken boom. Dan will be sharing
his lessons learned from both failures and triumphs
in these races.
Also presented will be an
examination off what is required to undertake
this race, including preparation, qualifying,
safety equipment, keeping the boat going with
minimal sleep, dealing with the Gulfstream and
other aspects of the voyage.
September 2016 Members'
"The Water World of Venice"
The September 27th Members' Meeting featured
a talk and slides on Venice, Italy by Lt/C Cliff
McKibbin, SN. He will briefly review the history
of Venice including the era in which it was the
primary sea-faring power of the Mediterranean Sea
and controlled trade with the far east. He will
then describe modern day Venice including getting
there, its transportation infrastructure, and sights
and activities. Finally, he will touch on the future
questions related to rising water.