The Door County Sail &
Power Squadron is one of approximately 430 local units of the United States
Power Squadrons. Local Squadrons are divided into 33 Districts throughout
the US, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Japan. Door County and
9 other Squadrons in Wisconsin and Minnesota comprise District 10.
The United States Power
Squadrons®, was organized in 1914, as a non-profit, educational organization
dedicated to making boating safer by teaching classes in Seamanship,
Navigation, and related subjects. Our members are boating families who
contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education.
Quite frankly, we save lives on the water through our “Safe Boating”
USPS is America's largest
non-profit boating organization and has been honored by six US presidents
for its civic contributions. Those presidents are Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and
George W. Bush. In fact, FDR was an honorary USPS member and, before he was
president, as Assistant Secretary of Defense, he utilized the USPS
instructional program for training the Navy in 1917. Over 5,000 men who
attended these classes entered the armed services and, based in significant
part on the quality of their USPS training, many were appointed officers.
The Door County Sail &
Power Squadron was chartered in 1954 as the Sturgeon Bay Power Squadron.
Over the last half century, the Squadron has grown to more than ninety
members and encompasses the entire county of Door, including Washington
Island. Members of the Squadron provide a valued civic service to the
community with a variety of Safe Boating Classes and Seminars, as well as
on-the-water training offered to the public. Furthermore, each season,
numerous Vessel Safety Checks are performed for recreational boaters who
reside in or visit the area. In addition, the Squadron’s cooperative
charting program allows members to supply information to the Marine Chart
Division of NOS/NOAA resulting in corrections to nautical charts, small
craft charts, and Coast Pilot publications.
Squadron members benefit
from camaraderie with fellow boaters via diverse cruises each year, both
lengthy and short, along with various social events. Gatherings range from
formal dinners, such as the Change of Watch, to fun get-togethers, a 50’s
diner-style Rock ‘n Roll Fitting Out Party, for instance.
The Squadron’s major
fundraiser is the annual Holiday Party Auction, where members each bring a
beautifully wrapped one-pound item – anything from diamonds to donuts – to
be auctioned off with the contents unknown.
The Door County Squadron
has oftentimes been referred to as the “little Squadron that could”. At
slightly under 100 members, we have received much special recognition over
the years. The Squadron was awarded “First in Nation” for Outstanding
Educational Achievement and proudly received the District 10 Prince Henry
Award for “Navigation Excellence” both in 2006 and 2008. We currently lead
our District in Educational Programs as evidenced by receiving the Squadron
Educational Achievement (SEA) award for a second consecutive year.
Most recently; DCS&PS was
included as 2012 Award Finalists for the Rotary Club’s Ethics in
Business award. We are partnered with many organizations in Door County:
The Door County Maritime Museum, the US Coast Guard and Auxiliary, the DNR,
the Fire Department, Sturgeon Bay Municipal Facilities, Sturgeon Bay Yacht
Club and all of the local Marinas.
Late summer 2012, we were
covered in a feature article in
Door County Living (Vol. 10 Issue 2). We do a lot in our community!
The Door County Sail and
Power Squadron’s website (usps.org/door)
provides a wealth of information on the Squadron, its upcoming activities
and about the local boating region, including marina and harbor locations,
Automated Radio Check and up-to-date bridge openings and closings. It also
imparts general knowledge on essential services. Please visit it.
Door County, the
Wisconsin peninsula with Green Bay waters on the west and Lake Michigan on
the east, has more than 300 miles of coastline. Boaters from all over the
world visit Door County’s beautiful shores to enjoy unbelievable boating and
beaches, along with matchless museums, spectacular sand, scenery, and
sunsets…..and Door County Sail & Power Squadron members are delighted to
share the County’s grandeur!