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March 16, 2006

Westminster Resident Receives DBW Distinguished Public Service Award

Larry Saumur, of Westminster, has been honored with the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Distinguished Public Service Award. He was selected to receive the award in recognition of his exceptional service to the boaters of Southern California as a leader in the U.S. Power Squadrons, District 13, Tres Rios Power Squadron.

“Larry Saumur has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the boating community,” said DBW director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “California’s boaters are extremely fortunate to benefit from the efforts of all of the U.S. Power Squadron members such as Mr. Saumur who volunteer their time and knowledge toward increasing safety on the waterways.”

Over the course of 36 years, Saumur has earned 34 Merit Marks and Life Membership status in the U.S Power Squadrons. He has served as Squadron Commander twice and today is serving at all levels of the organization including Squadron Treasurer;  Squadron Sail Race Chair; Chair of the Local Board of Piloting; Boating Class host and lecturer; and District Public Relations Officer. He is also a very active member of the National Marketing and Public Relations Committee, handling PR displays at national meetings.

During the many years Larry has served his squadron he has served as Squadron Secretary and Treasurer; Certified Vessel Safety Inspector; Editor of the Squadron News letter - “ The Fore ‘N’ Aft”; Squadron roster chair and publisher; and as the de facto Squadron historian.

Having retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Department after 39 years of service, Saumur keeps busy as Hollywood Yacht Club Commodore and as a member of the Association of San Pedro Bay Yacht Clubs and Seal Beach Yacht Club.

With 50,000 members, U.S. Power Squadrons is America's largest nonprofit boating organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

The Department of Boating and Waterways promotes on-the-water safety and helps develop convenient public access to the waterways through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.

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