U.S. Power Squadrons hands out honors at annual meeting

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The Minnetonka (Minn.) Power Squadron took Top Squadron honors and Florida’s U.S. Power Squadron District 22 was named Top District at the U.S. Power Squadrons’ recent annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The awards are sponsored by BoatUS and given annually in recognition of exceptional service and public boating safety education and service to the boating community.

“While I’m out on the water enjoying the boat with my family, U.S. Power Squadron members are giving up their own time to help make boating safer,” BoatUS Foundation boating safety assistant director Ted Sensenbrenner said in a statement. “USPS offers great learning opportunities in the classroom, on the water and online. And with the season starting soon, they’ll do thousands of free boating safety checks, ensuring we all stay safe on the water this summer.”

The Minnetonka Power Squadron’s accomplishments included 3,653 hours of time contributed by 438 volunteers.

The man-hours supported two local charities — Feed My Starving Children and Second Harvest Food Shelf. Members also were safety perimeter marshals for several events, including the state’s wakeboarding championships, and did nearly 250 vessel safety checks.

The Top USPS District Award recognizes the collective efforts of all squadrons in a region. USPS District 22 includes 17 squadrons on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The award is based on the amount of classroom hours logged, community outreach hours and the number of vessel safety checks performed.

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