District 12, covering the Greater Boston Area

New England Fall Conference

ABClub / USPS Districts 12/14/19

10/22 – 10/24, 2021
Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

This year's multi-district conference, sponsored by Districts 12, 14 and 19, will be held at the Samoset resort, overlooking scenic Rockland harbor and Penobscot Bay during the weekend of 22-24 October. Saturday will be filled with speakers, training and district business meetings. Chief Commander Mary Paige Abbott will attend as national representative.

Conference Highlights

  • Presentations include:
    • Update on USPS / ABClub and What the Future Holds - C/C Mary Paige Abbott
    • Modern Marine Weather Forecasts: An Update - Stf/C Ronald Kessel, Marine Environment Committee
    • What's Up With Charts - P/V/C Bob Sweet
    • Shipwreck Survival Traing for Coastal Boaters - John Mcmillan, President, Offshore Survival Training
    • How NOT to Recruit New Members - D/C Susan Darcy
  • Keynote speaker Prof Andrew Wilson,Ph.D., US Naval War College, Newport RI
  • - Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty: the voyages of Zheng He

Photo courtesy of Samoset resort

Photo by Tania Dey, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Carol Blyberg CC BY-NC 2.0

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Meals and Activities

Suggested Friday/Sunday Activities
Explore coastal Maine on your own
Golf at Samoset Resort (reservation required)

Saturday :
Registration for the Saturday Conference is required, cost includes coffee/tea and snacks throughout the day. Dress: Casual
A saturday buffet lunch with guest speaker John McMillian
Dinner with keynote speaker Prof. Andrew Wilson, Ph.D.

Continental breakfast with Chief Commander Mary Paige Abbott

Program Details:

  1. Environmental 'Canaries' In The Gulf of Maine - Heather Richard presents an in-depth look at what microplastics are and how they are impacting our environment. Her information is a wakeup call to action.
  2. What's Up With Charts - Because paper charts are going away, NOAA has created an application so you can print vector charts. But it isn’t easy and some information may be missing. P/V/C Bob Sweet, SN will show you how to do it right!
  3. Modern Marine Weather Forecasts: An Update - Ronald Kessel presents an overview of advances in supercomputers, weather satellites, the internet, and mobile devices and how these advances have profoundly changed modern marine weather forecasts and the ways recreational boaters get them.
  4. How to Present a Live AND Online Hybrid Class - People are accustomed to learning on line and want to do so. To reach a broader audience and build our organization, P/V/C Bob Sweet, SN, will show us a hybrid approach using on line sessions with local hands-on coaching.
  5. How NOT to Recruit New Members - D/C Susan Darcy
  6. Shipwreck Survival Traing for Coastal Boaters - John Mcmillan
  7. Featured Speaker:

    Andrew R. Wilson

    Prof. Andrew R. Wilson, Ph.D. is the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the US Naval War College. His presentation is entitled Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty: the voyages of  Zheng He .

Hotel Reservations

The Conference Hotel is the Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME
Reservations: Register online or phone 800-341-1650

For USPS D19, D14, and D12, The Samoset has reserved a limited number of Partial Ocean View rooms, with either king or two queen beds, for only $139 per night, plus tax. They have waived the resort fee. Rooms may be rented at this price from Wednesday Oct. 20 to Monday Oct. 25.

To obtain the group rate, reservations must be made  NLT 30 September, and the person must identify as “USPS District 19”  (phone reservation) or use the online link above to get discounted rate.


If the resort has sold out of rooms at the $139 rate you will find a number of highly rated hotels and inns with a very short drive of the resort. Log onto Trip Advisor and search Rockland or Rockport hotels. A quick search for prices for that weekend turned up four priced from $99 to $151, per night, all within a 10 minute drive. All had hundreds of reviews and an average rating of 4.5 to 5 stars.


Map and Driving Directions