Member Meetings and Events

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.

The 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
"A Discussion on Connecticut's Boating Industry"
by Don MacKenzie

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.
Don's 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 their district.
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 this presentation.
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 do together.
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 too.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Olympia Diner, 3413 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
Cost: $15 for dinner with cash bar - or just come at 7:30 p.m. for the free presentation.
Reservations: Contact Jim Salvatore at: jimsal1@comcast.net 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.

Susan 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 presentation.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Olympia Diner, 3413 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
Cost: $15 for dinner with cash bar - or just come at 7:30 p.m. for the free presentation.
Reservations: Contact Jim Salvatore at: jimsal1@comcast.net or 860-346-0680.



What You May Have Missed

 

October Members' Meeting Featured
Presenter Cancelled Last Minute

 

September 2018 Members' Meeting Featured
"The Ports of Martha's Vineyard"
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 this
informative talk to find out the pros and cons of each harbor and things to do in each town.

 

May 2018 Members’ Meeting Featured
“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 students.

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 Labrador Retrievers.

 

March 2018 Members’ Meeting Featured
“DEEP Fisheries Management Program”

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 fishing.

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 informative meeting.

February Members' Meeting Will Feature
"Philip A. 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 presentation are:
What is a Marine Surveyor?
Why get a Marine Survey?
Survey types: 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
“A 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 our group.

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 informative.

 

October 2017 Members’ Meeting Featured
A talk by George Gilbert on beautiful New Zealand

The October 24th Members’ Meeting 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 Kiwis and 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 Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu which lays claim to the longest place name in the world.

 

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 Kurt to join him on what was to be a motorcycle trip of a lifetime. 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 explore New Zealand, sharing two weeks with George’s crew and the "Kiwis" that inhabit this island in the southern hemisphere. What transpired was a most awesome experience, and we’ll be there to share the adventure with Kurt and the Gilbert brothers. 

 

September 2017 Members’ Meeting Featured
“The Realities of New England Hurricanes”

 

The 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!

 Glenn Field 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,
emergency 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
"Big striped 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 in BoatCaptain 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.
Captain Mike With Striper

 

February 2017 Members' Featured
"History in our Midst"

The 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 Austria.

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.

Also being 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 rebuilt.

 

January 2017 Members' Featured
"Scuba Diving – Then and Now"

John Diving with TurtleThe 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.

The presentation 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' Meeting Featured
"2015 Bermuda 1-2 Sail Race"

The 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.
Dan competed 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' Meeting Featured
"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.  
Venice Venice
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