Happy Anniversary, CPS. Let's celebrate.
CPS is 75 years old.
The organization had its start in 1938, when three members of the Windsor Yacht Club crossed the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit, Michigan. Under the direction of the Detroit Power Squadron, Fred Dane, George Ruel, and G. William Bowman passed the USPS Junior Piloting Course. They soon formed the first Squadron in Canada, Windsor Power Squadron, with G.William Bowman as its first Commander. He later became the first Chief Commander of Canadian Power Squadrons, the organization that, later, became known as Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons/Les Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance, or CPS-ECP.
In 1950, the membership doubled. In 2013, as we begin our anniversary year, CPS has 26,000 members in 155 squadrons across Canada.
Over the year, The Port Hole will celebrate the 75th anniversary, but CPS is more than just an iconic organization, and CPS history is woven from the stories of each individual who is or was a member.
The Port Hole is looking for your stories, your personal encounters with CPS.