8 Jan. 2005 Chief Commander G. Leslie Johnson, SN, convened the meeting at 0830. V/C Frank A. Dvorak, SN, national secretary, declared a quorum of Governing Board members present. R/C Thomas R. Dougherty, SN, Committee on Rules chairman, explained the voting procedures and called attention to the voting rules printed on each voting card. Approval of the Minutes
C/C Johnson announced that, with no objections, the minutes of the 11 Sept. 2004 Governing Board Meeting would be approved as distributed.
The Governing Board ADOPTED a motion entertained by C/C Johnson to confirm the 11 Sept. 2004 Governing Board ratification of Operating Committee actions reflected in the subsequent minutes of its meeting held on 8 Sept. 2004. (2005-GB-1)
The Governing Board ADOPTED a motion entertained by C/C Johnson to ratify the actions taken by the OCom at its 13 Nov. 2004 meeting and published in the minutes of that meeting. (2005-GB-2)
Award of a Merit Mark to Chief Commander R/C Dougherty summarized the chief commander’s 2004 activities and recommended a motion to award C/C Johnson his 28th merit mark. The Governing Board ADOPTED the motion. (2005-GB-3)
There being no further business, C/C Johnson adjourned the meeting at 0845. V/C Frank A. Dvorak, SN
1. A motion to confirm the 11 Sept. 2004 ratification of the OCom actions reflected in the subsequent minutes of its meeting held on 8 Sept. 2004. (2005-GB-1) 2. A motion to ratify the actions taken by the Operating Committee at its 13 Nov. 2004 meeting and published in the minutes of that meeting. (2005-GB-2)
A motion to award a 2004 merit mark to C/C Johnson. (2005-GB-3)
Minutes of the 91st Annual Meeting
Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Fla.
8 Jan. 2005
Chief Commander G. Leslie Johnson, SN, called the meeting to order at 0855.
Father Louis M. Reitz, AP, led the invocation, which was followed by the presentation of the colors of the United States and Canada, the Pledge of Allegiance led by N/F/Lt Theodore C. Kontos, SN, and the singing of the U.S. and Canadian national anthems led by P/R/C Kenneth D. Link, JN, and accompanied on the piano by Shelia Link.
The national secretary declared a quorum present.
R/C Thomas R. Dougherty, SN, Committee on Rules chairman, explained the Annual Meeting voting procedures.
Introduction of Past Chief Commanders P/C/C Lance J. Jensen, SN, introduced the past chief commanders who were present at the meeting in the order they served.
P/C/C Raymond A. Finley Jr., SN, 1982-1983 (Lackawanna/4)
P/C/C Richard W. Miner, SN, 1986-1987 (Birmingham/9)
P/C/C Gillette E. Gordon, SN, 1992-1993 (Diablo/25)
P/C/C Joseph L. Kennedy, SN, 1994-1995 (St. Petersburg/22)
P/C/C L.M. Barnes III, SN, 1996-1997 (Rocky Mount/27)
P/C/C Arthur H. Farr, SN, 1998-1999 (Rocky River/7)
C/C Johnson introduced P/C/C Lance J. Jensen, SN, Bellevue/16, who served as chief commander from 2000-2001.
Introduction of Guests
P/V/C James E. Roeber, SN, introduced the following guests:
Ellen Engleman Conners, CEO and chairman, National Transportation Safety Board;
William Gossard, senior safety advocate, National Transportation Safety Board; and
Capt. Roger Parsons, director, Office of Coast Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Capt. Parsons, assisted by Capt. James Gardner and Ken Forster, NOAA, National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, presented the 2004 Cooperative Charting Awards for outstanding contribution to charting and geodetic programs of the Coast and Geodetic Survey to the following:
The number one individual: Lt/C David R. Biddick, SN, Door County Sail and Power Squadron/10
The number one squadron: Door County Sail and Power Squadron/10
The number one district: District 21
NOAA Coast Survey Award: P/R/C Julian C. Roden, AP, received the NOAA Coast Survey Award for excelling in the Cooperative Charting Program for five years
P/V/C Roeber continued introductions:
Jeff Hoedt, chief, USCG Office of Boating Safety; and
Randy Edwards, president, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
Mr. Edwards presented the 2004 NASBLA President’s Award to P/R/C Jack Wilson, AP. P/V/C Roeber continued introductions:
Past Commodore Edgerton and C/C Johnson signed a Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Memorandum of Understanding.
C/C Johnson presented a USPS Continuing Service Award to John Van Osdol, national director, Maritime Domain Awareness, USCGAux, for his dedication and efforts in promoting America’s Boating Course.
P/V/C Roeber continued introductions:
Richard Schwartz, founder and chairman, BoatU.S.
Mr. Schwartz and C/C Johnson, assisted by Ruth Wood, president, BoatU.S. Foundation, presented the BoatU.S./USPS Civic Service Award, in recognition of exceptional civic service to the boating community, to the top district, District 13, and to the top squadron, San Juan Power Squadron/33.
P/V/C Roeber continued introductions:
James Stevens, training manager, Royal Yachting Association. Mr. Stevens presented a RYA burgee to C/C Johnson. C/C Johnson presented a Diablo Sail and Power Squadron burgee to Mr. Stevens.
Honorary Memberships C/C Johnson presented 2005 honorary memberships to the following guests who were present:
P/V/C Roeber introduced Chief Commander Howard Peck, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, who introduced other CPS officers attending the meeting.
C/C Johnson invited R/C James D. Richlak, SN, to describe an MOU between USPS, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and the Great Lakes Cruising Club. R/C Richlak noted that the MOU states that the GLCC, USPS, and CPS will work together to share information, to achieve their common goals of boating safety and joint projects.
P/V/C Roeber introduced Jimmie Homberg, national commodore, Sea Scouts, Boy Scouts of America, who presented the 2005 P/C/C Raymond A. Finley Jr., SN, Sea Scout Awards to:
V/C Ernie Marshburn, SN, Tar River/27
Michael Stewart, AP, Balboa/28
Lt/C Raymond C. Derk, AP, Mountaineer/7
Lt/C Susan Derk, P, Mountaineer/7
P/C Franklin D’Auirizo, AP, Rochester/6
D/Lt Dana B. McRae, P, Tres Rios/13
D/Lt/C Lee Popham, AP, Everglades/8
Richard B. Cuciti, Santana/13
D/Lt/C C. Douglas Sewell, SN, Berea/7
Richard Schwartz (Honorary)
P/V/C Roeber introduced Mr. Jonathan Eaton, president, McGraw-Hill/International Marine. C/C Johnson and Mr. Eaton signed an agreement for McGraw-Hill/International Marine to publish and distribute the Marine Amateur Radio learning guide.
P/V/C Roeber introduced Dr. Angela Mickalide, program director, National SAFE KIDS Campaign. C/C Johnson and Dr. Mickalide signed a memorandum of understanding about the mission of National SAFE KIDS which is to prevent unintentional injury to children.
Awards R/C William H. Mullins, SN, chairman, Cooperative Charting Committee, presented the 2004 Golden Eagle Award to John R. Moroski, Galveston Bay/21, in recognition of his outstanding efforts to promote Cooperative Charting in his district.
C/C Johnson, assisted by P/R/C Robert A. Green, N, and Jeff Hoedt, USCG, Office of Boating Safety, presented the USPS/USCG Eagle Award. This award recognizes companies, organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to boating safety throughout the years. Winners of the 2004 USPS/USCG Eagle Award were Fred Messmann, past president, NASBLA; Ted Rankine, CEO, Dual Media; and T.R. "Rocky" Shepard III, president, King Features.
C/C Johnson presented a USPS Life Saving Award to P/C Barry Freeman, AP, and Cdr Jan Freeman, AP, Arrowhead/13.
C/C Johnson called on P/C/C Jensen to assist him in presenting a plaque to Mary Pacher in appreciation of a donation to USPS in memory of her brother, P/R/C William C. Crayne, SN. P/C/C Jensen highlighted some of P/R/C Crayne’s contributions to USPS. He said that P/R/C Crayne began his career on the national level on the USPS Computer Systems Committee and later served as the chairman of the Committee on Rules. He also produced the first software for squadrons to use to compile and print merit mark recommendations. P/C/C Jensen noted that P/R/C Crayne was almost singularly responsible for merging the USPS Constitution and USPS Bylaws into a single document.
Stf/C Robert A. Green, SN, presented C/C Johnson with a Proclamation of the Governors, commemorating USPS’ 90th anniversary.
C/C Johnson announced an attendance of 900.
2005 Emeritus Members C/C Johnson presented Member Emeritus Awards to Irving Knopf, SN, Sarasota/22; Francis Litchfield, AP, Old Colony/12; Larry Posik, SN, Bayside/3; and Harry Twitchell, AP, Captain Harbor Sail/2.
Approval of Minutes C/C Johnson announced that, with no objections, the minutes of the 17 Jan. 2004 Annual Meeting of the Governing Board would be approved as distributed.
2005 Life Members C/C Johnson announced that the new life members for 2005 were presented with life member certificates at a reception on Friday, 7 Jan. 2005. They will receive plaques, pins and cards at their district spring conferences or at another suitable occasion. The life members for 2005 are: