Daniel Flinn, a veterinarian for 44 years and owner of the Jericho Animal Hospital, will become commander of the United States Power Squadrons, District 3 at the Melville Marriott on March 15. Flinn will call his watch, and the 16 local squadron commanders within the district, “Dan’s Navigators.”
Flinn has achieved the grade of senior navigator, the highest squadron grade possible, indicating that he has successfully passed all available advanced-grade and elective courses covering every aspect of navigation and seamanship. He hopes others will follow this path, but this year he also wants squadron members to focus on increasing their public service efforts and improve the diversity of squadron events.
These public service efforts include presenting safe boating classes, providing free vessel safety checks, participating in environmental cleanups and more.
Flinn and his wife Karen enjoy living on the water and look forward to retirement when they can spend more time aboard their boat “Doc’s Retreat.” Dan joined the United States Power Squadrons in 1985, but it wasn’t until 1999 that he started to take on leadership positions, first in the Jones Beach Power Squadron and then later in United States Power Squadrons District 3.
Now, as district commander, he takes on the leadership of all 16 squadrons across Long Island.
After graduating from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, Flinn took over ownership of Jericho Animal Hospital in September 1975, and has practiced at this location ever since.