April 1, 2003

Distinguished Public Service Award - John "Mike" Chapman

The California Department of Boating and Waterways named John "Mike" Chapman, of San Bruno, as the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Public Service Award. Boating and Waterways Director Ray Tsuneyoshi presented the award at a ceremony held on March 29, at the United States Power Squadrons' District 25 Spring Conference in Union City.

"It's the expertise, professionalism, and dedication of members like Mr. Chapman's that make the United States Power Squadrons such an important partner in boating safety," said Mr. Tsuneyoshi.

Mr. Chapman, 52, joined the U.S. Power Squadrons in 1988. He has been a firefighter for 29 years with the Airport Division of the San Francisco Fire Department. He is a rescue boat driver performing marine rescue who has also taught Urban Search and Rescue for the SFFD.

Mr. Chapman is presently serving his second term as Commander of the San Francisco Sail and Power Squadron. He has been actively involved with Opening Day on San Francisco Bay for eight years, as co-coordinator of on-the-water activities for five years, and for the past three years as head coordinator. He was the Liaison between District 25 and the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association from 1999-2002. A member of the Oyster Point Yacht Club, he served on their board for four years.

The Distinguished Public Service Award was formerly known as the Boater Of The Year Award, which was established in 1980, to recognize the efforts of volunteer organizations whose members teach and promote boating safety education.

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Caption: Boating and Waterways Director Ray Tsuneyoshi presents DBW's Distinguished Public Service Award to John "Mike" Chapman, Commander of the S.F. Sail And Power Squadron, during a ceremony on March 29 at the U.S. Power Squadrons's District 25 Spring Conference in Union City.