How To’s #2

This is the page where new members & even current members can find out How To Do Things within the Detroit Power Squadron Organization.

There are a series of typical questions, as well as a list of Links, that will answer most of the FAQ (frequently asked questions).

I am a little nervous, how do I get introduced to some of the other DPS members?
Simply attend a GM meeting at the Historic Detroit Yacht Club on the 1st Thursday of the month @ 7:30pm, or attend one of our many fun Social Events (see Calendar).
Whether you come to the GM meeting or to a Social Event – call either one of the following people prior to the event, and we will be waiting for you and introduce you to other members!
William (Bill) Smith – Membership Chairperson (810-772-1122)
Mike Murphree – Membership Committee (586-202-6295)

How do I – Contact Other Members or Find the DPS Roster?
Use the Link below & your USPS Membership Number (E-Number) to access the Detroit Power Squadron Roster.

Volunteer for Charitable Events or Civic Service?
Detroit Boat Shows  – Bill Smith (
Charity Poker Fund Raisers – Wendy Caldwell (

Recruit / Sign Up New Members (your friends)?
To help us recruit new members, hopefully all of your boating friends – please contact our Membership Committee for application forms & current membership fees. (

Earn a Merit Mark?
A Merit Mark is an annual award of recognition for every year you provide service to the squadron. Only one Merit Mark may be awarded per year.
Many of our members have over 25 Merit Marks for many years of service and are entitled to free membership.
All you need to do is volunteer for our civic or fund raiser events.

Become a Vessel Safety Examiner (VSE)?
To become an examiner, you must study a 75-page manual, pass an on-line test, & perform five vessel safety inspections with a current certified examiner. For more information contact Nancy Nevins at (

Become a Boating Safety Class Instructor?
To become an instructor, you need to have previous teaching experience/certificate or take a certification test. For more information please contact our Educational Officer Vince Cooley (

Become a member of the Bridge?
To become a member of the Bridge (the government of the squadron) you should express your interest to a member of the current Bridge or to the Nominating Committee. You need to be nominated & elected. Your nomination for election is based on how active you are in the squadron and how much you have learned about how the squadron works. This usually takes most members 2-3 years. For more information, contact Joe Tatham of the Nominating Committee (

For more information, visit ;
The New Member Page on this website = New Members
The USPS National “How To” website Link = National “How Do I” List of Topics.