June 27, 2019

CPS-ECP PlanThe 2016-2020 Strategic Plan lists five key Priorities and Volunteers are one of the five. There are 3 Goals outlined in this section of the Plan. Even though coordinated efforts to further the priority have been slow, in particular on the 3rd goal of “enhancing the volunteer experience”, there is evidence this goal is being worked on.

Development of volunteers:

• Cross-country tour being developed to deliver in-person training for instructors using new instructor tool kit.

• A joint Education and Membership meeting was held in Toronto in March, so these key groups of volunteers could share information, discuss issues and develop better ways to work together.

Training of volunteers:

• Video clips are being developed to help volunteers understand how to use new IT system when it’s launched

Recognition & Reward of volunteers:

• At the 2019 National Conference, winners of National awards, along with a guest, will have their travel and accommodation paid for by National! It’s hoped that the volunteer’s Squadron and/or District will pay the registration cost to truly make this a special moment.

• At District AGMs, the Chief Commander recognized life members, that received merit marks for milestone years exceeding 20 years, with a pin and a thank you for continuing to dedicate their time and talent to CPS-ECP

• Squadrons and Districts are sharing their ideas – appreciation dinners and gift cards to say thank you, gas card draw or other prize to reward someone for attending a District meeting, reduced or no cost for courses/seminars and materials to thank volunteers and encourage them to take more boating education, anniversary events to celebrate the many years a Squadron has served their boating community, etc.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please contact the Planning Committee.

Sailboat Under Cloudy Skies

By Joan Wenner, J.D.

Sailboat under cloudy sky by Bill Cox-Unsplash

Have you ever needed on-the-water assistance due to a mechanical breakdown, running aground, taking on water (perhaps from striking a submerged or floating object), having a mishap with another vessel, or have a medical emergency and the authorities are not near, but another mariner answers your mayday or perhaps observes your predicament. Another boater is in the vicinity, but will, or should, that person offer to help perhaps at his peril? What if you were that pleasure craft operator?

Read more about Good Samaritans............

 

  

Monte Carlo 52The launch of the new Monte Carlo 52 will be one of the highlights of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019. This 50-foot high-end motor yacht is eagerly awaited and will introduce the Monte Carlo “Smart Luxury” generation. The stylish flybridge powerboat has inherited all the superb signature features of a successful range: modern design, elegant lines, distinctive character, incredibly well-used spaces and a careful focus on details, not to mention the iconic large porthole, distinguishing the 15 m (50’) to 18 m (60’) class of yachts made in Vendée. The Monte Carlo 52 has greatly improved all these features.

 

Read more about the Monte Carlo 52..............

 

John ArmstrongOur Canadian Yachting test team, John Armstong and Andy Adams, were at a Jeanneau media event called “Throttle Down” in St. Petersburg, Florida. The media event was held to highlight the Jeanneau Power Boat Line with the emphasis on their outboard models. 

The media event was scheduled to follow their Jeanneau dealer meetings, held earlier at Thunder Marine International in St. Petersburg. The Thunder Marine location is on the water and has a cooperative agreement with Jeanneau to host the full line of Jeanneau power boats in the water for dealer demonstration to their clients.

Read More about the Jeanneau Media Event...........


ChicagoBy Mark Stevens

Photos by Sharon Matthews-Stevens


From my perspective on the observation deck of 360 Chicago in the John Hancock Building, I have an eagle’s-eye view of this Lake Michigan metropolis.

The city stretched out before us is a forest of concrete. Toward the lake – right below us – there’s a beach volleyball game in progress. White triangles crisscross Caribbean-blue waters in the distance. Sunday morning must be race day – just like home.

 

Read more about Chicago....................