District 30 Spring Conference was held in Amana, Iowa from
April 9 though 11, 2010. This event was combined with the Four
Rivers Sail and Power Squadron's Change of Watch which was
held in the evening. We had perfect weather for this event.
us with sunny skies and mild temperatures. We had about 26
people for the Spring Conference and 55 people for the Four
Rivers Change of Watch in the evening.
of us got to stay in the Guest House Motel while others stayed
in an adjacent
motel. Friday we checked in and headed to the Hospitality
Room hosted by Four Rivers. They put out an amazing spread
of innumerous items to munch on. They came with two refrigerators
of their own to keep things fresh on the table. The pickled
was delicious. We were on our own for dinner. There were
three restaurants in town and they all served superb meals.
morning we had an early breakfast at the Ronneburg Restaurant.
The food kept coming and coming. The Council meeting started
at 0830. Business was conducted and we took a recess at 0930
two presentations. Bill Morris presented a GPS Seminar
which most attended. It was an excellent seminar and very well
presented. John Harris of Boulder Valley Sail and Power Squadron
a presentation on "On-The-Water" Training that he and other
members of BVSPS are preparing. They are going to teach boating
to some new members on a nearby lake. They acquired a small
and will be using it for the base for their training. This
course is designed to teach the skipper, the navigator and
the sail trimmer. Safety is key in the material that was
prepared. They are off to a good start with the material that
The meeting then broke for lunch and the attendees broke
into smaller groups and went to eat.....more amazing food.
reconvened at 0100 with the Conference called to order. Business
conducted and then D/C Ken Danley presented awards to various
The meeting was turned over to V/C Dave Hinders, SN. Dave
gave a Power Point presentation which highlighted the key
points in the Chiefs message. Dave then proceeded with the
of Watch. He swore in Richard Des Camps as the new District
Commander and then swore in the remainder of the Bridge.
The Conference was closed as was the Council Meeting.
returned to the Ronneburg for dinner and for the Four Rivers
Power Squadron Change of Watch. Some unfinished business
from the Conference was conducted as well. P/D/C Ken Danley
P/C Don Campbell with a plaque honoring him and his many
years of service as Vessel Examiner Chairperson for many
Dave Hinders swore in Kirk Woltman as Squadron Commander
and then proceeded to give the oath to the remainder of
was truly one of the most enjoyable Spring Conferences I've
been to. The company was great, the weather was unbelievable,
the Amana Colonies were so friendly to us and the food was
Gus Elia, JN