01/28/2018 District 3 Commander’s Blog Update

DC blog January 2018

My how time flies when you are having fun and especially when you are educating the membership and the public.  Congratulations in advance to all who have advanced in grade this past year.  I applaud all who have done Vessel Safety Checks and have brought our organization to the public eye in any way.

We are getting ready to head to Orlando for the National Meeting. At this annual meeting a new National Bridge will be elected and installed.  We have 36 members of D3 traveling to Orlando(so far) and 6 former members who now live in FL) joining us for dinner. To those who are attending be sure to take advantage of the numerous workshops and bring back information that will be of help to our D3 members.

When we return we will have our Council meeting on 9 March.  Be sure to attend and hear all about Orlando.  Please try to attend the dinner on the 9 March.  Where can you go to get a good meal including tip for $25.  We have reduced the price so please join us.

Our last meeting as Seafaring Commanders is the Spring Conference.  Please encourage the attendance of your members.  I have arranged several workshops that I am sure you will like.  I really encourage you all to be in the audience for the Seafaring Frenz’s  last meeting and be at the workshops to give the presenters a good audience.

The prices for the meals at the Spring Conference  and the dinner dance have been reduced as well.  Let us all show our National Chief’s  Rep a real  D3 Seafaring Frenz welcome.


10/09/2017 – New Member Benefits Article

A big thank you to Patricia Blanchard, N from the Peconic Bay Squadron for her latest Member Benefits article below.


This time, I will post some information on a benefit that has been available
for several years. Hamilton Marine which is Maine’s discount marine store and was
established in 1977 as a source for traditional supplies. The store is available online and the directions for use are included in the article below.

Happy boating and I hope you will choose to use some of our USPS member benefits.
D/ Lt Patricia Blanchard, N

from Hamilton Marine
Maine’s Discount Marine Store
Discounted Program for Members Only
About Hamilton Marine
Hamilton Marine is the largest discount ship’s chandlery north of
Boston. Established in 1977 as a source for traditional marine
hardware and supplies in Maine. They sell to boat-builders, sailors,
pleasure boaters and commercial fishermen throughout the world.
Inventory is extensive, representing top manufacturers in the
Member Discount
To receive up to a 10% discount which is available on most items
(excluding electronics) through their on-line store, members should
1) Create an account at http://store.hamiltonmarine.com/
2) Send an e-mail to renee@hamiltonmarine.com ; advise that you
have created an on-line account and include a request for the USPS
discount, include your name, squadron name and member certificate
number; or call Renee Kitchen at (800) 639-2715 ext. 1148 and give
her your information.
3). Hamilton Marine will then send a confirmation e-mail that the
discount has been set up and include a promo code which will allow a
$10 freight allowance on his/her first order.
The squadron discount is ongoing, and once set up members
will see their special pricing on the web site. Members will also
receive their discount every time they buy in the store or order
over the phone – not just on-line. Phone (800) 639-2715.
Posted December 2006

4/10/2017 Member Benefits Report

Thanks to Patricia Blanchard, N from the Peconic Bay Power Squadron for her March 17th report to the D3 Council below:

The USPS Member Benefits committee has been busy locating new benefits for it’s members.

Here are the four newest benefits and an explanation for each.  For more details go to www.usps.org and click on the member benefits link under the administrative department.

  1. TRAVELERS – USPS has chosen Travelers to offer USPS members access to exclusive savings on auto, home, and renters insurance.  Plus, competitive rates and great coverage are available for boat and yacht insurance.  In addition to the discounts, there is 24/7 claim reporting and customer service.
  1. HOTEL STORM – You may be able to save 5-55% off ALL major hotels. USPS members get exclusive access to hotel rooms for less than public pricing.  You can visit Hotel Storm and use the access code to unlock your discounts.
  1. WYNDHAM – Wyndham Extra Holidays program offers discounts of up to 15% on their vacation resort properties. These include one, two, or three bedroom suites including a partial or full kitchen.
  1. MARINERS LEARNING SYSTEM – offers Captain’s License software with a 10% discount and it is available in the USPS Ships Store on the USPS.org website.

I hope you will take a few minutes to look at these new benefits as well as others on our USPS.org website.

12-06-2016 Member Benefits Article

Thanks to Patricia Blanchard, N from the Peconic Bay Power Squadron for her December 2016 article on Membership Benefits

Today there is a chill in the air and for some that means a warm fire and a good book.  For others, it may mean the thought of escaping the colder weather for a little while.  This month’s article lists three ideas for planning that vacation.  FunJet/TNT, Orlando vacations, and Endless Vacation Rentals are advertising various discounts, promo codes, links, phone numbers, and web addresses that you may want to explore.

To locate this benefit:
1.  Go to USPS.org
2.  Sign in as a member
3.  At the top of the page, click “Departments”
4.  On the pull down menu, click Administrative Department
5.  On the next pull down menu, click Member Benefits Committee

I am including the page here.  For further information and the ability to click on links, please follow the directions above.

United States Power Squadrons
Benefit Descriptions | Embedded Links | Promo Codes

With more than 900 destinations in Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. as well as more airlines and thousands of more hotels to choose from your trip will be more enjoyable with the ease planning it. With your exclusive USPS 5% member discount and “Price Match Plus” you’re guaranteed to have the most cost efficient trip, or we’ll match it! All‐in‐One Travel Protection allows you to change or cancel your reservation, with no fees, and full monetary return. For more information click here or call 1‐800‐282‐0276 and use promo code “USPS” for your 5% member discount!

LINK http://www.tntvacations.com/usps
PHONE/PROMO 1‐800‐282‐0276 mention USPS

Orlando Vacations

Save up to 35% off your next vacation to Orlando as a member of the US Power Squadrons!
Receive discounted Disney World Tickets and Vacation packages. Discounts include Universal Studio Tickets, Sea World Tickets, Discovery Bay, Aquatica and more!
Save up to 60% off rack rate at select Orlando hotels close to or on theme park property. Rates starting as low as $55.00 per night. Or choose to stay in vacation Homes fully stocked and professionally decorated and most with pools, rates starting as low as $99.00 per night.
Click here and Enter “USPSSAVES1” to access the benefits, or call 1‐888‐632‐1103 and mention your USPS membership for your discounts!

LINK http://www.orlandovacation.com/discounts/login.php?uname=USPSSAVES1

PHONE/PROMO 1‐888‐632‐1103 mention USPS
Endless Vacation Rentals

US Power Squadron Members Get 25% off vacation rentals worldwide! Choose from locations around the world, or in your backyard! Prices from $396.75 USD for up to 7‐nights on a one‐ bedroom unit. Check out Last Minute VacationsSM for additional savings! Book online or call (877) 782‐9387 and mention USPS to save big! CLICK HERE to book now!
LINK https://www.endlessvacationrentals.com/amg/?id2=usps
PHONE/PROMO (877) 782‐9387 mention USPS
FunJet/TNT Vacations
With your exclusive USPS 5% member discount and “Price Match Plus” you’re guaranteed to have the most cost efficient trip with FunJet!
Orlando Vacations
USPS members can save up to 60% at select Orlando hotels, discounted Disney World tickets, and vacation packages.
Endless Vacation Rentals
USPS members save 25% on vacation rentals worldwide, with access to Last Minute Vacations for additional savings!

P/C Patricia Blanchard, N
Peconic Bay


09-16-2016 Fall Conference

This year the Fall Conference will be held on November 19th.

Our District Education Officer (Nina P. Anastasio) says

“We have a very special speaker who is flying in from Washington, D.C. and will speak to us immediately after lunch – you won’t want to miss hearing what he has to say.  Jeff  Hoedt, Chief of the Boating Safety Division at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, will be  updating us on the National Recreational Boating Safety program.  This will include information on America’s  boating populace and the safety concerns that exist.  He will also be emphasizing the  importance of the U. S. Power Squadron’s efforts in boating safety and how we play a key role in  bringing down the number of accidents and casualties, making boating even more safe and enjoyable.”

Download the Fall Conference Reservation Form

Download information about the Speakers and Seminar Locations