Newsletter – The Dumping Grounds

The Newsletter for the Detroit Power Squadron is called The Dumping Grounds.
The Dumping Grounds is designed, written, & edited by Lt/C Dara Brooks, P.

The Dumping Grounds publication has distinguished itself throughout DPS history. National agrees and has awarded our squadron the Distinguished Newsletter Award consistently for many years. 

The Dumping Grounds, was started in the late 1940’s shortly after World War II. Named for that special area on our Lake St. Clair charts near the intersection of the Detroit River and the shipping channel where garbage and trash was taken and dumped. An appropriate name because it was well known to our fellow boaters and because the intention was to dump into our newsletter information of interest to the boater enthusiast in the area.

In its original form the issues were mimeographed and printed only when enough information had been gathered to warrant a publication. With the passage of time and the tremendous growth of the squadron it became necessary to issue the Dumping Grounds as a regular monthly publication. As time marched on and printing innovations took hold the publication changed to reflect the times. By the 1980s it was professionally printed in full color and booklet style containing a large number of photographs. As the internet grew the publication went electronically to our membership and was even made available for viewing on our website.

This important publication has been the voice of many commander, editor and reporter. It has been a forum to discuss changes in legislation that affects the Great Lakes and boaters at large. It has been a place to honor the accomplishments and milestones of our members; human interest stories and calls for help in planning and executing squadron events. It has always been a venue to print the news of our national and district squadrons and where members can hone and share their specific interests and skills. Supported during the years through advertising some of our historical advertisers were Cooper Chris-Craft Sales, Inc.; Broedell Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Detroit Power Screwdriver Co.; Bushaw, Skillman & Stacks, Certified Public Accountants; Midwest Minerals; MacRay Marina; Fishbone’s; Platinum Yacht Brokers; America’s Finest Printing & Graphics, Inc.; Gregory Boat Co.; Covers & Tarps, Inc.; A-1 Roll Co.; Fairlane Plumbing; Michael Agnello Jewelers; Jack’s Waterfront Restaurant; and many, many more. We thank them all for their important and most appreciated support.

Through the efforts of our editors, writers and photographer this publication has gone on to win countless awards and continues to be the jewel of our squadron, district and national. It is truly a companion to our camaraderie and strong friendships.

The Dumping Grounds is published 6 times per year, but special issues are not unheard of.
All members, regardless of squadron affiliation are welcomed and encouraged to submit articles relevant to boating and safety.
Submit any articles or ideas to Dara Brooks =
Article Deadlines for 2022 are as follows ;
January 15th = February/March Issue     
March 15th  = April/May Issue
May 15th = June/July Issue 
July 15th = August/September Issue
September 15th = October/November  Issue
November 15th = December ’22/January ’23 Issue  

Dumping Grounds editions from 2023 – (click on any of the following links)
Jun/Jul 2023
May 2023
Mar/Apr/May 2023
Feb/Mar 2023

Dumping Grounds editions from 2022 – (click on any of the following links)
Dec 2022 / Jan 2023
Nov 2022
Sept/Oct 2022 (Special Issue)
Aug/Sept 2022
Jun/Jul 2022
Apr/May 2022
Feb/Mar 2022
Dec 2021/Jan 2022

Dumping Grounds editions from 2021 – (click on any of the following links)
Issue #7 – Dec 2021/Jan 2022
Issue #6 – Oct/Nov
Issue #5 – Aug/Sept
Issue #4 – June/July
Issue #3 – Apr/May
Issue #2 – Late Feb/Mar – 2021
Issue #1 – Feb/Mar – 2021

Dumping Grounds editions from 2020 – (click on any of the following links)
Dec – 2020
Nov – 2020
Oct/Nov 2020
Aug/Sept 2020
May – Special Self-Quarantine Issue – 3rd Installment
May – Special Corona Virus Newsletter
April – Special Corona Virus Newsletter
Apr/May 2020
Feb/Mar 2020

Dumping Grounds editions from 2019 – (click on any of the following links)
#1 – Dec18/Jan19
#2 – Feb/Mar
#3 – Apr/May
#4 – Jun/Jul
#5 – Aug/Sep
#6 – Oct/Nov