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 Friday, May 22, 2015
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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SML Power Squadron receives six awards
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Randy Stow, left, commander of the Smith Mountain Lake Sail & Power Squadron, looks on as Art Cournoyer, right, is presented an award by District 5 Commander Jeff McKinney. 

The Smith Mountain Lake Sail and Power Squadron received six awards at the District 5 meeting in Rockyville, Md.

The awards presented to the squadron were the Caravelle Award, Henry E. Sweet Award, Commander's Award, Membership Growth Award, Educational Proficiency Award, Membership Involvement and the Retention Award, according to Randy Stow, squadron commander.

The Caravelle Award is presented to the squadron showing the greatest percentage increase in completions of the seamanship, piloting and advance piloting course, Stow said.

The Henry E. Sweet Award is for excellence in education. It is presented to the squadron that has shown the greatest percentage increase in completion of the advance grades and elective boating courses over the previous year.

The Commander's Award recognizes squadrons that have been successful in teaching advance grade classes of the previous year, Stow said.

The Membership Growth Award factors in new members. The Smith Mountain Lake Sail and Power Squadron captured first place with a 16.4 percent increase in new members.

The Educational Proficiency Award was presented to David Eberly, a member of the lake sail and power squadron, for completion of the advance piloting course.

The membership Involvement and Retention Award (a national award) was presented to the lake squadron for organizing and teaching the Boat Virginia Certification Course at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. A total of 276 eighth-graders were certified in February and another 178 in October.

The award was presented to squadron member Art Cournoyer for organizing and teaching the class. The award was presented by Stow and District Commander Jeff McKinney.

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