May 21 District 16 message
A. With Regard to Squadron and/or District Meetings, Events, Activities, and more:
The first Message from the Chief Commander dated March 17, 2020, included a succinct
statement regarding COVID 19 implications to the way our squadrons and districts function. Specifically "...for squadrons and districts to conduct business by the best available means
while preserving the safety and security of our members". I would like to reiterate that the Board of Directors is in agreement that the best way for our organization to deal with the ongoing health situation: locally at the squadron and district levels. To review:
1. First and foremost is preserving the health and well-being of our members (this includes those in the recreational boating public who seek our educational classes)
2. All squadrons and districts are to adhere to the local, state, and national directives
concerning social distancing and stay at home initiatives
3. Tools are available and are continuing to be developed to assist with remote learning, virtual meetings, virtual classrooms, and virtual conferences.
4. There is no expectation or obligation to the squadrons or districts to host face-to-face
(F2F) classes, meetings, or activities. Nor is there an obligation or expectation for our
volunteers to attend or conduct same. (There is no penalty for erring on the side of caution!)
5. We are not issuing an edict from national on how to conduct squadron or district 'business"
during COVID-19, we are here to support the squadrons and districts as they choose given
the above guidelines and smart hygiene practices.
B. Headquarters Business Hours Update
1. Effective Monday, May 19, 2020, hours for headquarters staff who work in customer
service, membership, education, shipping, and accounting have been reduced to 3.5 hours per
day. We will re-evaluate at the end of June.
2. We will continue shipping orders, responding to emails, phone calls, and accounting,
membership, and education requests.
C. VSC/VSE Update
1. Until further notice, all Vessel Safety Checks remain in stand down. To review the policy
and a new virtual option please visit the Safety Committee home page on the website. Also,
do not forget that USPS/America's Boating Club works with the CGAUX on vsc; the
CGAUX is the administrator of the courtesy checks, not the USCG. To read further,
here is the link to the MOU:
D. MMSI Update
1. Please be advised that an agreement has been reached to restart the issuance of MMSI
numbers; we are targeting early June to be 'live' once again. Watch for more information.
You are an outstanding group and I am proud to associate with all of you. Please keep up the good work, your sense of humor, and compassion to others as we continue this uncharted journey together.
I wish you fair winds, calm seas, and good health.
Mary Paige Abbott
DECEPTION PASS BOATING SQUADRON GRANT WILL BENEFIT WHIDBEY AND FIDALGO YOUTH
Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron (DPSPS) is a recent recipient of a five hundred-dollar grant that will benefit the Whidbey and Fidalgo communities by offering free kids’ boating safety classes. The grant awarded by the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association (NYBA) also will help fund more “loaner” lifejackets in children’s sizes, that are available for use when at the Oak Harbor Marina for fishing or boating. The grant is part of the NYBA’s efforts to promote boating participation throughout the region.
DPSPS will hold a series of free programs to teach kids from Whidbey and Fidalgo islands
small boat safety and handling skills, including proper wearing of life jackets, rudimentary
navigation rules, paddling skills, how to handle emergencies, and weather fundamentals.
Wooden Boat Festival 2020 has been cancelled. Link to learn details here
Travel to Canada
Effective March 21st, the U.S. and Canada will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canada land border. The measure will be in place for 30 days, at which point it will be reviewed by both parties. The link has more information.
The links here and here offer additional information on safety while boating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions, please email us
Thank you and please stay safe.
D/Lt James E. Haglund, P
Seattle Sail and Power Squadron