About Us

The Grosse Pointe Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®  a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.  USPS organizational structure is comprised of 33 districts located througout the US. Grosse Pointe Power Squadron is a member of District 9.

 

The Grosse Pointe Power Squadron was organized on February 7, 1939 by Earl Teetzel and 25 Grosse Pointe Yacht Club members who recognized the need for boating education in the club. Since then, recreational boating has changed and grown tremendously.
 
District 9 has 15 local squadrons located in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The district serves as the link between the national organization and the local squadrons. It serves as a resource to the squadrons' leadership by providing information to the squadrons. It also provides feedback to the national organization about items of concern to the squadrons.

 

 Since 1942, the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron has taught all educational classes, including Navigation. In 1945 our official publication, TARS & TRIPE was created. GPPS grew with its membership passing the three hundred mark in 1961. Our Squadron is the largest Squadron in District 9. In 2014 USPS celebrated its 100th Anniverary and GPPS celebrated its 75th anniversary that same year. 

 

Squadron Burgee Heraldry - the blue border depicts the land that surrounds Lake St. Clair. The yellow area and line defines Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, the Detroit River and the border represents the boundary between the United States and Canada. The red semicircle is our home base, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, where we hold our meetings, classes and social functions. The Grosse Pointe Power Squadron is a very active squadron, teaching the Squadron Boating Course and a variety of seminars to its members and the general public. We also teach the advanced grade and elective classes to our membership. In addition to our Education Mission we also have many social events, and boating rendezvous.