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                    WHERE & WHEN

District 13 was chartered in May 1941 with the flagship squadron being Los Angeles Power Squadron. The District is composed of Fourteen squadrons covering an area that reaches from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the Inland Sea of Japan. This area includes the largest body of navigable water in the world, the Pacific Ocean. The district has a membership of approximately 1400 members.

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 PURPOSE

The district organization is an intermediate level between the national organization and the squadrons. It is the nucleus for group action of the squadrons: it oversees administration of programs to educate and train members and the public; and it provides opportunities for social interaction among members and families of assigned squadrons. The only members of a district are the assigned squadrons themselves. Each has voting power in district affairs. The district organization is in close contact with all national departments and committees. It is a channel for communications between national departments and squadrons,  insuring uniformity of action by squadrons.

 

CONFERENCES

Each district is required by USPS bylaws to hold a conference usually in March and October each year. The conferences are the primary meeting of the district to conduct district business and to pass on information to the squadrons. The Spring Conference places emphasis on instructing new squadron officers in the requirements of their jobs, while the Fall conference emphasizes educational efforts. The conference also provides activities in which the members can participate. These include Friday night social activities in which squadrons have host rooms that provide food and drink. On Saturday morning seminars are held on power squadron and boating topics. Saturday afternoon a luncheon and business meeting are held. The evening is finished off by a gala dinner dance.

 

HISTORY OF THE D13 FLAG

 

ACTIVITIES

The district also offers an excellent cruising program to many destinations for members of all squadrons. These include Lake Powell, the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, San Francisco Bay and the California Delta region. These are 10 day cruises. The district has two longer cruises, both of two week duration. The first is to the islands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State, followed by the Desolation Sound Cruise which travels up the inside passage along the Canadian coast to the glaciers in Desolation Sound. These cruises are held in July and August of each year. Other cruises are held throughout the year including a district cruise to Catalina Island where a tri-tip steak barbecue is prepared by the district staff and served to the members. While many members of the squadrons serve at the district and national levels, District 13 has provided two Chief Commanders for the National Organization, Lester C. Lowe, JN; and Walter R. Cosden, JN.

 

AWARDS

The national organization and the district presents various awards to the squadrons at the different conferences. These include the National Safe Boating Award, presented by the national representative, goes to the squadron that teaches the most public boating class students. The Excellence in Education Award is presented by the district for the Squadron with the best educational program. The Prince Henry Award is for the best performance by a squadron in teaching Junior Navigation. The Shipping Over Award is for the squadron with the best member renewals. The Duncan Gleason Award is for the best squadron newsletter
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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