Mail a completed application with and a check for the dues made out to FVSPS, to c/o Robert L. Bue, 8916 NW Lakecrest Ave, Vancouver, WA 98665-6517
- Use the above Contact Membership Department button. Leave your contact information, Someone will contact you and sign you up online. You will then be emailed an invoice to pay by credit card or PayPal. Upon receiving your payment your membership will be processed.
Membership Dues 2012-2013
Active Member $62.00 or
Active Member w/Additional Active Members (Family Unit) $83.00
Types of Membership
Active members are voting members who can take courses,
attend membership meetings, hold office, earn merit
marks, and receive publications.
Additional Active/ Family Member Unit
Additional Active members have all the same rights and privileges
as Active members with two exceptions. Additional Active members
must have the same mailing address as at least one Active
member, but do not need to be related. Additional Active members
do not receive publications. Annual dues are lower for Additional
Active members since we save on postage.
Family (No Longer Available)
A Family member must be related to either an Active or Additional
Active member. Family members can attend meetings and take
courses (provided they have passed an Approved Exam). Family
members may not vote, may not hold office, may not earn merit marks,
and do not receive publications. Annual dues are very low for Family
members. There is no minimum age for Junior Family members.
Associate members are Active members of another squadron who want
to receive the squadron publication and want to attend squadron
activities. Usually, a member becomes an Associate member of another
squadron when they boat in a different area than they live or when
they live in different areas at different times of the year (Snowbirds).
Breaking the ice at a Tri-Squadron Cruise August
The Ft. Vancouver Squadron has a boating cruise
or rendezvous at least once a month from April through October.
We often hold a Polar Bear cruise between Christmas and New Years.
The Ft. Vancouver Squadron holds membership meetings that include
The Ft. Vancouver Squadron holds boating courses for members throughout
District 32 and USPS National hold several meetings each year with
a multitude of activities and information to help local squadrons.
Squadron Public Service
Public Boating Classes
Boating Safety Classes offered to any boater willing to learn is
our number one public service. Members give time to teach, proctor
(assistant teachers), and organize the public boating classes.
Nautical charts published by NOAA are a primary source of information
for boaters throughout the country. Unfortunately, the federal government
has reduced NOAA budgets over the years and NOAA cannot keep up
with the demand for new and updated information about our nation's
waterways. That's where the Power Squadron comes in. Power Squadron
members research and submit nautical chart corrections to NOAA as
a public service. We also check for the continued existence of geodetic
markers and report them to NGS. And, some squadrons research and
submit aeronautical chart corrections to the FAA. Cooperative Charting
is a useful and fun way to use skills learned in Power Squadron
Boat Show Booth
There are two primary boat shows in Portland Oregon each year and
there are several other events that draw boaters. The Ft. Vancouver
Power Squadron along with several other area squadrons sets up and
staffs a booth where we hand out local publications that inform
and educate boaters about our wonderful boating area. We also tell
boaters about the boating safety courses available locally and encourage
them to join the ranks of educated, informed, and safe boaters.
Members who donate their time and energy to promote
safe boating receive few rewards. Personal satisfaction is often
the primary reward. The United States Power Squadrons recognizes
significant efforts put in by members by awarding merit marks. No
more than one merit mark can be earned in any one year. A member
who earns twenty five merit marks is given special recognition by
being awarded a Life Membership. Life Members are exempt from annual
dues. At last count, the Ft. Vancouver Power Squadron had twelve
Life Members - these people alone have given more than two hundred
fifty years of service to the United States Power Squadron in the
interest of boating safety.
If membership sounds interesting, you can contact any squadron member
mentioned in these web pages, either by phone or e-mail. Boat Smart
is a great way to begin so click here and
start enjoying a new adventure today.