Commander’s Letter to the Membership – Jan 2020

Out comes the bow tie! The start of a new year brings a flurry of events for a squadron commander to attend, if the commander so chooses. I have always enjoyed attending a neighboring squadron’s Change of Watch and Commander’s Ball – so representing the Detroit Power Squadron (ABC of Detroit) as Commander is natural to me. Some balls are semi-formal and bow ties are the norm and other balls are very casual. All are enjoyable. Since DPS is a member of the Anchor Bay Yachting Association (ABYA), I along with First Mate Lt/C Peggy represented ABC Detroit at the ABYA Christmas Ball. We will attend ABC Grosse Pointe’s Commander’s Ball at the GPYC and the DYC Commodore’s Ball at the Detroit Yacht Club in January.

As a reminder, we are doing business as America’s Boating Club of Detroit but legally we are still the Detroit Power Squadron. The United States Power Squadrons® (legal name) is encouraging us to present ourselves to the public as America’s Boating Club so the public knows – we are about boats not power. America’s Boating Club ads have been popping up in printed publications and online linking to numerous outdoorsy-type websites to attract the boating public’s attention and interest. Hopefully, this will benefit us with larger ABC classes, increased membership and future leadership.

My focus this year is to continue to build upon Detroit Power Squadron’s im-pressive history since its reorganization in 1936. DPS exists today because of the many volunteers who over the years served in different capacities, by giving just a few hours or choosing to give many hours of their time. Then and now, It all adds up for the good of the squadron.

This year member volunteers on the Board of Directors, Bridge and Committees are experienced and/or committed to serve for the good of the squadron. I am very appreciative of those talented members and experienced officers, residing in-state or out-of-state, who have stayed on for another year for the good of the squadron. Also, our squadron snowbirds have been very supportive and active volunteers in our fund-raisers, civic events and social activities when they return to Michigan. If you are a newer member, I welcome you to become more involved. Its fun; and you get to know our friendly membership. Contact me or any officer and let us know how you would like to help.

One way to become involved is to volunteer at boat shows – usually admission is FREE. The best way to get to know the membership is to attend meetings and events. Come to membership meetings early and have a dinner or drink with us prior to the meeting or even after. We are friendly and you will be welcomed and also your guest. Feel free to contact officers if you have questions or suggestions. Be sure to check the Detroit Power Squadron website and the 2020 Events Calendar.


Al Schwaller, JN-CN