I have been a member of SSCA since at least 1992. That's as far back as we have been able to document. Three years ago a friend of mine was approached by the nominating committee to run for the Board of Directors. The only way he could get out of it was to talk me into running in his place. I was elected to the Board and due to an inopportune visit to the restroom was elected Treasurer as well. *grin*. Last year I applied for Commodore (a status that requires a demonstrated commitment to cruising and some seamanship experience) specifically to make room for another Associate on the Board. For my trouble my colleagues made me President.
Regular members are Associates. The two member classes have their roots in our beginnings but the short version is that having lots of Commodores was a way to thumb noses at the social yacht clubs in San Diego where we were founded.
I participated in the discussion on CF and look forward to participating here. I'm happy to respond to any questions. If I don't have an answer to a particular question I'll get one.
They're a non-profit, which is good. But I'd like to see their budget published, or even better, their their tax returns before I kick them funds to join up. I want to know if there is some kind of executive with an outside compensation package that gobbles up much of their dues.
SSCA is a 501c7. We have a 501c3 Foundation as well but that's just getting off the ground.
Our budget is available to members online and is discussed in person at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in concert with the Melbourne Gam. We don't generally publish our tax returns although we would certainly send them to any member that asked.
We have a small paid staff - an Association Director who is responsible for day to day operations, a part-time bookkeeper who also does fulfillment and logistics, and an editor who takes care of getting the Bulletin out, our bimonthly Coconut Telegraph, content support for our website, and support for Seven Seas U.
The Board and other critical functions including our Government Affairs group and Cruising Station operation are all performed by volunteers.
If sending you a copy of our budget is all it takes to bring you on board nightOwl get me your e-mail address and I'll get you a copy.
Comments and questions are welcome. I'm always happy to hear from contented members. Comments from those who choose not to join, or have been members and left are very useful as well. Some patterns from other venues that the discussion on CF reinforced have led to some serious discussion among our Board and staff.
I'm not big on extended PM discussions so send me an e-mail address if you want to engage off SN. Otherwise I'm happy to address any SSCA topic here.
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Dave Skolnick S/V Auspicious