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Reach Out USPS ~ Member Involvement Program for Civic Service Programs

As many of you may know, we are expanding the Membership Committee Retention/Involvement Program to include the Youth Team and Community Outreach Programs. The idea is to encourage our squadron members to get involved with Community Outreach or Civic Service commitments involving families and work with other groups that can use our assistance. The intent is to expand our membership reach and PR/Marketing base within our communities, while we assist with much needed help in community programs.

At the 2006 NYC Governing Board, our Sea Vester Team visited Montefiore Hospital and as you can see from the Power Point Show of the visit, Sea Vester and the WaterSmart (SM) computerized game were a big hit. Think about setting up a program of outreach within your local community.

There are many ways to do this from cleaning up parks, roads and waterways of trash and debris, formulating and presenting a disaster response (hurricane) program, to collecting Toys for Tots to aide the Marines. Mentor a Sea Scout Ship or Boy Scout troop and teach them BoatSmart® or arrange for Beta testing of the WaterSmart(SM) computerized game in an after school program or with a Boy Scout troop. (There is grant money available for this!) Another suggestion is to contact your local schools and have them participate in the National Youth Poster Contest. The national winners will each receive a monetary award.

Contact your National Membership Committee Representative to obtain more information. Go and follow the links to National Membership Committee Representatives or contact me at the address below.

Other Suggestions for Community Outreach:

Image of kids wearing life jackets• BoatU.S. Life Jacket Loaner Program - The foundation is asking for our support to find additional marinas, supervised launch ramps or waterfront businesses to host this program. Your squadron members can make the connection between the business and Boat/US. In the process, you may find a new place to teach a course, do VSC's or get a donation, better yet, some new members while you retain those you have! Reach Out USPS® members and get involved with your community!

Free Life Jackets and Youth Boating Package - Contact the West Marine Foundation at

• Encourage your squadron members to get involved in stewardship initiatives that protect the environment and maintain the integrity and cleanliness of our natural resources. Funding is often available for these projects too from area business and national foundations. Check out or the Recreational Boating Fishing Foundation,

Youth Activities Committee Programs Need
Your Squadron Members’ Involvement!
Make a commitment today!

Programs: - easy to get to and remember website for kids, families, and squadron resources.

Ideas for Youth Activities (MS Word format)

USPS Sea Scout National Liaison - Contact R/C Lee Popham, AP

Boy Scout Liaison – Contact Cdr Bruce Rodgers, SN

WaterSmart (SM) Computerized Learning Tool - Contact D/C Drex Bradshaw

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