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Our squadron is governed by an Executive Committee (ExCom), elected by the membership, which includes the elected Flag Officers, also known as the Bridge, and four Members- at-Large.  The current slate of officers can be viewed at the section Bridge Officers.

The Squadron relies 100% on its member volunteers for the efficient and cost-effective management of the Squadron.  Officers do not receive any compensation for their services.

The Bridge consists of the following Flag Officers:

Commander (Cdr), responsible to the members;

Executive Officer (XO), responsible for civic activities;

Squadron Educational Officer (SEO),

Administrative Officer (AO), responsible for fraternal activities;

Secretary, responsible for communications;

Treasurer, responsible for property and financials.

The Members-at-Large include the immediate Past Commander and three members who are active within the organization to represent their fellow members.  Ideally, they are “in training” to become future squadron leaders. The “normal” steps of progression are to serve as the Admin Officer, Executive Officer, then Commander.

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) consists of the three immediate past Commanders and two other elected squadron members spend time throughout the year interviewing for and then nominating a proposed slate of officers. Members are also invited to volunteer to serve as leaders by calling the NomCom Chair at any time.

The nominated slate is voted on by the members at the Annual Business Meeting held in January.

In February, the new officers are “pledged in.” They commence governing and leading the squadron at this annual Change of Watch (COW).  This historic and traditional ceremony celebrates our yachting-heritage, recognizes the volunteer efforts of the preceding year and welcomes the new Bridge.  The COW is attended by our members, District Officers and members of neighbor squadrons.

The Executive Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month, except July and August, to review and approve our squadron activities.  Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend to present reports on the plans and current activities of their committees. “ExCom” meetings are open to all members: questions and suggestions are welcome.  Please check the Calendar of Events for meeting dates, times and places.

Bridge Officers are expected to attend all meetings at the squadron and district level as well as encouraged to attend the USPS National Governing Board and Annual Conference to represent our squadron.

Merit Marks

Without our dedicated members who volunteer their time to ensure the successful operation of the Squadron, there would not be a Sanibel-Captiva Sail & Power Squadron.  To recognize the voluntary contributions of the members, Merit Marks are awarded annually to those members who have contributed to the Squadron.

A member’s efforts must be worthwhile and reasonably substantial to receive the award.  All the work a member does throughout the year is considered. Attending classes or general membership meetings is a privilege of membership and is not considered to be an effort made on behalf of the Squadron. However, teaching a class, working on a committee, being the featured speaker at a meeting, helping with dinner meeting set-up and clean-up and taking photographs usually counts toward earning a Merit Mark.

When a member earns five Merit Marks, he or she becomes a Senior Member and after earning 25 Merit Marks, he or she becomes a Life Member, at which time they are exempt from paying National Dues.

Potential Merit Mark awardees are nominated by Committee Chairs and members of the Bridge.  Detailed records are meticulously maintained, reviewed by the current Commander, and then submitted to a National committee for final review. Upon final approval, the Chief Commander of the United States Power Squadrons ® issues the Merit Mark certificate (which is sent via email to the member).


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