The official newsletter of the Grand Rapids Sail and Power Squadron
A Unit of the United States PowerSquadron®
Sailing and Power Boating, District 9
1620 Olson NE, Grand Rapids, Mighigan 49503 vol. 58
mar. 2012 vol. 57
april 2011 no. 07 8
U N I T E D S T A T E S S A I L AND P O W E R S Q U A D R O N S®
S A I L and P O W E R B O A T I N G
GRAND R A P I D S S A I L AND P O W E R SQUADRON
DISTRIC T 9
GRSPS 2010-2011 Bridge
Commander Cdr Curtis Campbell, AP
Executive Officer Lt/C David Brinks, AP
Administrative Officer Lt/C James Kearns, AP
Squadron Education Officer Lt/C Daniel Rightmire, AP
Treasurer Lt/C Tim Proos, P
Secretary Lt/C Michael Smith, AP
Lt Dakota Hewlett, AP Lt Diane Stehouwer, P
Lt Robert Hewlett, AP P/Lt/C John Strauss, P
Lt Bernhard Kleinselbeck, JN P/Lt/C Allan Veen, AP
P/C James Molenaar, AP P/C Denny Webb, JN
P/Lt/C Michael Pokrywka, AP P/Lt/C Kim Wilson, AP
P/C Robert Rehkopf, AP Lt Greg Young, AP
P/C David Ristow, AP
Acting Editor Designer
Birgit Molenaar Kristin Huyck
3274 Pinoak Ct. SE C: 616-690-1665
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Email: KrissyT267@yahoo.com
E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
General Membership Meetings are held on Executive Committee Meetings are held
the second Thursday of the month at various on the fourth Thursday of the month at
locations in the Grand Rapids area and are Squadron Headquarters at 1620 Olson St., NE,
announced monthly in the Waterspout Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Waterspout is published ten (10) times a year, September through June, by Grand Rapids Sail and Power
Squadron, 1620 Olson St, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The articles, advertisements and opinions expressed
therein do not necessarily reflect USPS or GRSPS policy, unless so designated. Articles may be reprinted with-
out permission, if credit is given to the author, GRSPS and the Waterspout.
View from the Helm 2
Greetings from the Executive Officer 3
Admin. Officer Report 4
Squadron Officer Note 5
Call to General Meeting 6
Advanced Classes 8
Spring Conf. Reg. Form 9
The Commander's Club 10
1 mar. 12
View from the Helm of a New Boat at the Boat Show I Wish was Mine
Curt Campbell, AP
The Grand Rapids Boat Show has again been a successful event to increase
public awareness of who we are and what we do. A special THANKS goes out to
Denny Webb and Dave Brinks for all the work they put into setting up and tearing
down the booth as well as gathering and providing materials to offer visitors.
Thanks also to Gary Harkins, Dan & Joan Rightmire, Mike Smith, Tim & Vicki
Proos, Jim & Birgit Molenaar, Greg Young, Bob & Vicki Rehkopf, Al & Sara Veen,
Bob & Diane Stehouwer, Gary & Barb Terrell, Dave & Sallie Brinks, Rob, Dakota &
Cheyenne Hewlett for volunteering your time at our booth. This was possible only
with your collective participation and support. THANK YOU!!
P/C Bob & Vicki Rehkopf shared a copy of Tip of the Mitt squadron’s “The
Barometer” publication with me, suggesting ‘some interesting reading’. I thought
it was a triple header and so well done that I sent it on to everyone in our
squadron. Check for email from me if you haven’t already seen this. I hope you
enjoy Cdr Thomas Rea’s medical analogy to maintaining your boat as much as I
did. There’s also a product failure notice involving Orion aerial signals that may
affect some of us, so check it out. Thirdly, there’s an invite for a mid-July ‘Inland
Waterway Rendezvous’ near Indian River. This is a great opportunity to
experience one of the best boating waterways there is, especially for runabouts
and small cruisers (larger boats can go upstream as far as Alanson).
Coming up this month: Our General Meeting on March 8th will be held at
Uccello’s in Standale where AJ Veen will share his experience from a “Semester
at Sea” voyage he participated in last fall. I’m particularly looking forward to this –
I think we’ll find it quite interesting! Also, the spring 2012 District 9 Conference
will be held in Bay City on March 23rd to 25th with Dearborn as the hosting
squadron. Grand Rapids and Muskegon squadrons will share in hosting a
hospitality room on that Friday evening. Please come and join us – you’ll have a
great time! Look for details of both events in this issue of the Waterspout. Please
get your reservations for the D9 conference in soon to ensure you have a room.
THANKS for your support!
2 mar. 12
From the desk of your Executive Officer
From the desk of the Exec…
The Grand Rapids Boat Show is still the headliner. At the time of this writing, Denny Webb
and I have set up the display booth and are stocking the brochures in anticipation of today’s
opening at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. I toured some of the displays yesterday and
this is the year of pontoon boats! Who would ever have thought we would see a pontoon
powered by a 300 hp outboard? And it wouldn’t be complete without blue LED under deck
lighting and a sound system that will make your neighbors wish you would investigate relocating
to Indiana. I hope you will have taken the time to visit the show…it offers a great break from
winter and some great bargains. And thanks in advance to all who helped staff the booth. We
paired with Muskegon again this year and we all had a great time. This is another opportunity to
put a face on GRSPS and let the public know who we are and what we do. A special thanks to
Denny Webb for chairing this event again this year.
A reminder to all: we will no longer have access to the display we have been using for many
years. Bob Bepristis, Past Commander of our squadron and Muskegon squadron owns the display
and has been more than generous in allowing us to use it each year. However, he uses the
display in his business and it is a real inconvenience to take the display down, package it, allow
us to use it and then have to reassemble it in his showroom. Plus, he’s without the display when
customers come to his showroom while we have it at the Boat Show. We need to obtain a new
display. Whether we make it ourselves or someone donates it, we need to get started now so we
don’t end up scrambling next January. Please, if you have expertise in this area, we need your
help now. Email me or call me as soon as possible to get started.
The membership voted to approve the revised bylaws to be in compliance with USPS
requirements at the February Membership Meeting. The process moves to the national level now
for USPS approval. Once approved, our new bylaws will take effect.
As ambassadors for your squadron, please take the time to solicit advertising from your marina,
supply store, favorite restaurant, vehicle service center…boating-related business (or not). The
Waterspout reaches all of our members monthly and provides a targeted audience for
advertiser’s products and services at a reasonable rate. Squadron members patronize the
advertisers. Please refer all prospective advertisers to me, for the time being. And if you would
really like to help out, how about heading up the squadron advertising committee? It’s not a
tough job and would be especially suited to a member who is in the business; however, any
member can effectively reach out to prospective advertisers. How about you?
Lt/C Dave Brinks
3 mar. 12
Administrative Officer Report – Feb 2012 – Jim Kearns
An AO in the twilight zone – Twice everyday in every location on earth there is a
meteorological moment known as Nautical Twilight. This is the time when the
center of the sun is 6 to 12 degrees below the horizon meaning navigation at sea
using the visible horizon is no longer possible. The important thing about Nautical
Twilight is that it occurs before dawn as well as after sunset, knowing that offers
reassurance that when darkness falls it doesn’t mean the sun has been extinguished!
In other words, don’t despair the boating season will be here soon, Think Spring
Under the tutoring of Dave Brinks, I am learning about setting up the Predicted Log
event for the summer. While there are many details to work out (i.e. which
squadron will host, course and location…etc.) the tentative dates being considered
are June 15-17. More information will be available next month.
Think Spring 2012!
4 mar. 12
NOTES FROM THE SQUADRON EDUCATION OFFICER
Advanced Piloting students prepare for their final exercises. Our boating
safety class (America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition) at Dutton Christian
School presented 13 sailors with their new Michigan Boating Safety
Certificates. Unfortunately, the boating safety class at Gander Mountain in
Kentwood did not fill. This was a trial of a new venue for the boating safety
class. We are hopeful that we might fill a class there next January.
Mark your calendars. GRSPS members come out to first nights of boating
safety classes to welcome students and assist with registration. Come out
on boating safety class fourth nights to congratulate students, assist with
test scoring, demonstrate fundamental seamen’s knots, and encourage
students to join up for Seamanship, the Advanced Grade course and key to
greater safety and fun on the water. Contact the course administrators to
help coordinate efforts, or SEO@grsps.org.
We are looking for more registrants for Seamanship to come forth this
spring in anticipation of the upcoming boating season. Jim Kearns will be
the principal instructor this year. Contact Jim at email@example.com or
me at SEO@grsps.org to enroll your boating friends.
Calling all America’s Boating Course Instructors! Please volunteer to
teach in one or more of the upcoming courses. It’s fun, you meet
interesting people, and you help make our waterways a safer place to
work and play.
Think of the courses that you would like to take this fall to round out
your boating knowledge. How about Engine Maintenance, Cruise
Planning, or Marine Electronics? Gather your friends to fill out a
quorum, elect a course administrator, and identify the instructors.
Plan ahead and we’ll all look smarter at the pier head, so to speak.
5 mar. 12
UNITED STATES POW ER SQUADRONS
SAIL and POWER BOATING
SAIL & POWER SQUADRON
1620 Olson St., N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
General Meeting Invitation
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Cocktails at 1830 (6:30 PM) - Dinner at 1900
4787 Lake Michigan Drive, Walker, MI 49534 Tel: (616) 735-5520
“Semester at Sea” Presentation by AJ Veen
Established in 1963, Semester at Sea is the only study abroad program of its
kind in the world. Using a ship as a traveling campus, undergraduates, lifelong learners,
faculty, and lecturers live and learn together while circumnavigating the globe each fall
and spring semester and exploring a world region each May and summer term. AJ will
share experiences from his Fall 2011 Semester at Sea. He has many photos from around
the world along with a very interesting story surrounding them.
All Dinners $20.99 + Beverages, Tax & 20% Gratuity. Individual tabs
Includes Plated Entrees w/Garlic Bread and House Salad (assorted dressings)
Selection: (choose at time of order)
o 8 oz Top Sirloin - Prepared medium, served with a vegetable medley & Asiago
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
o Chicken Marsala - Tender Chicken Breast Medallions dusted with seasoned flour,
sautéed in olive oil with fresh mushrooms and Marsala Wine. Served with vegetable
medley & Asiago Garlic Mashed Potatoes
o Meat or Six Cheese Lasagna – Layers of lasagna noodles, melted cheeses and
house made Meat or Tomato Sauce.
We hope you will be able to join us!
Please call Curt Campbell at 616-891-3500 or email Curt at:
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
Include your name, number attending and phone number (if calling).
Please make your reservations by:
Monday, March 5, 2012.
6 mar. 12
This Seamanship course is a natural next step after America’s Boating
Course in building a foundation for confidence and competence for safe and
enjoyable boating on the water.
Learn: basic “deck officer” seamanship,
handling and maneuvering a vessel, either sail or power,
under various conditions including close quarters and open water operations
and emergencies, and safe operation in waters of Canada and Mexico
marlinspike (basic knots and ropes),
anchoring and rafting up,
basic boat care and maintenance,
nautical customs and etiquette.
WHEN: Tuesdays, beginning 17April, for 7 weeks
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Kearns
WHERE: LACKS ENTERPRISES TRAINING ROOM
4090 BARDEN SE
REGISTER: Dan Rightmire, SEO@grsps.org
7 mar. 12
BOATING SAFETY CLASSES
March: Valleywood Middle School, 1110 50th St SE,
Mondays from March 5, 4 Night 26 Mar. Course Administrators Rob
Hewlett and Gary Harkins
April: Rockford High School Freshman
Center, 4500 Kroes St Rockford, Mondays from March 12, 4th Night
9 Apr. Course Administrator Bob Rehkopf
West Marine, 2975 28th St SE, Wednesdays from 18 April,
4th Night 9 May. Course Administrator Available (Contact SEO)
May: Action Water Sports, 4155 32nd Ave, Hudsonville,
Mondays from 23 April, 4 Night 14 May. Course Administrator Jim
8 mar. 12
2012 D/9 SPRING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
D9 GOES HOLLYWOOD
23 – 25 March 2012
Attention: All registration requests must be received, on this form, by 17 March 2012.
Registration requests received after 17 March will be accepted on a space available basis.
Uniform of the Day: Seminars & Business Lunch: Uniform F
(or USPS Blazer or appropriate attire)
Dinner: Uniform A or appropriate attire
Rank Last Name First Name Grade Certificate # Squadron Attendee?
(1) _____ _______________ ___________ _______ __________ ______________ ____ ____
(2) _____ ______________ ___________ _______ __________ ______________ ____ ____
Address: ______________________________ City: __________________ State _____ ZIP _________
Phone: ________________________ E-Mail: _____________________________________________
NOTE: An additional surcharge of $5.00/meal will apply for any reservations made after 17 March
2012 (if meals are available).
Lunch __________ @$16.00 = $_________
Choice: Chicken Caesar Wrap _______ Northlander Salad ________
Lunch choices include yogurt and fruit parfait.
Dinner __________ @$43.50 = $_________
Choice: Prime Rib ____________ Parmesan/Walnut Crusted Salmon ___________
Dinner includes dessert and entertainment at the Planetarium Digital 360 Theater.
Special Meal/Dietary Requests Vegetarian:_________ Other: ______________
Total Amount Enclosed: _________________________ Check # _________________
Make checks payable to: Dearborn Sail & Power Squadron
Mail checks and this form to: Hotel Reservations/Room Rates:
$99.00 per night – Call Doubletree to reserve room.
P/C Leon Collins, SN One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City (989) 891-6000
33064 Sandra Ln Indicate Dearborn Sail & Power Squadron, if one of the rooms is a
Westland, MI 48185 Hospitality room and if adjoining or nearby rooms are required.
9 mar. 12
happy birthday to you!
Gary L. Harkins March 1
Ken Hungerford March 1
Maxine G. Shepard March 2
Curtis C. Campbell March 14
Patricia A. Harkins March 15
luck of the irish!
Jeriel A. Beard March 18
Kathryn E. Kuhn March 24
Carolyn Ringler March 24
Robert J. Stehouwer March 25
The Commander's Club
An honor Roll of Supporting Members
Representing a minimum gift of $50.00 per year
From Nov. COW to Nov. COW
Daniel and Joan Rightmire
David and Sallie Brinks
Doug and Christine Evans
Donald & Marsha Exelby
Gary & Patricia Harkins
Curt and Patty Campbell
10 mar. 12
Calendar of Events
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sday, January 12, 2012
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11 mar. 12
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