The Watermen’s Museum has received a $10,000 donation from the Hampton Roads Power Squadron (HRPS) to support and enhance our school and civic education programs and our summer children’s programs. Led by Commander Arlene M. Anderson, HRPS has served the local community for over 83 years, teaching boating safety on many levels of expertise to professional and recreational boaters.
HRPS is a chapter-level organization of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), a non-profit educational organization, founded in 1914, whose mission is to improve maritime safety and enjoyability through classes in seamanship, navigation, and other related subjects. The USPS comprises approximately 45,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the United States and in some US territories. It is the largest U.S. non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three U.S. presidents for its civic contributions. Its official publication is The Ensign magazine.
Our Watermen’s Museum also has a long-standing relationship with the Colonial Sail and Power Squadron (CSPS), another squadron of sail and power boaters in the Williamsburg area, dedicated to promoting safe boating through education. The CSPS meets regularly at the Watermen’s Museum and offers assistance and educational classes to the community.
This wonderful donation to our organization and the on-going education of area boaters carries on the century-old service commitment the Power Squadrons have made to the maritime community. Ladies and gentlemen of the Power Squadrons, we can’t thank you enough for your service and your generosity.
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