Originally Posted by AA3JY
SSCA NEARLY DOUBLES THE ANNUAL DUES!
Some context is important. The SSCA Board of Directors consists of seven people elected to rotating three year terms. That means two or three new people each year. Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) are elected by the Board from the Board for one year terms.
The last few Boards have lost
a great deal of continuity. The loss is due in part to turnover on the Board and in part to transition from a full-time staff person to a management services company (KFR). In my opinion the Board has shown little interest in what has been tried in the past and whether that succeeded or not. They have become increasingly insular and uncommunicative. The Board is very sure their own opinions are representative of the entire cruising community.
I think they are wrong.
SSCA was once an important resource for cruisers. They/we have not kept up with the times. While other organizations like the Ocean Cruising Club
(OCC) thrive SSCA has become increasingly irrelevant. This large increase in dues comes, as near as I can tell, as a result of declining membership
and fixed costs. It is apparent that the organization is in its final decline.
Some of us have been talking about volunteerism levels for many years. Recent Boards have ignored us and indeed have pushed volunteers away.
Originally Posted by Vasco
Never joined, the signing up of members to advance in the organization seemed like a pyramid scheme to me. And what or who is KFR and what does it do?
There is no pyramid scheme that I am aware of. For a few years there was an incentive to recruit members (one free month of membership
for every new member
recruited) but that was cancelled several years ago.
KFR is a management services company that was brought on to provide a deeper bench than our previous single
Originally Posted by SVTwilight
It is basically a pyramid scheme that a smart and well meaning Board of good people are trying to turn around.
I applaud the 6 new bylaws they are trying to pass to allow for a more inclusive organization.
I take issue with your characterization of the Board as smart and well meaning.
The proposed bylaws amendments may be well-intentioned but they do not meet the requirements for how to propose amendments.
Originally Posted by Shrew
What are the benefits of SSCA membership?
A monthly 48-page Commodores’ Bulletin containing reports of the latest and most current cruising information as well as announcements of SSCA Gams, upcoming Seven Seas U live webinars, and regional activities. The indexed, searchable, archived Bulletins are accessible online to members only. Sample Commodores' Bulletin
A member locater
The Equipment Survey - a highly regarded compilation of what real cruisers are using on their boats, including failure rates and repair costs.
Discounts on live webinars and anytime learning on Seven Seas University.
Worldwide Port Guides
An extensive list of SSCA Cruising Stations who welcome visiting members
Special offers and discounts from marine-related businesses that are available to members-only
At one time the SSCA Commodores' Bulletin was indeed a tremendous resource. With the explosion of the Internet
that information is available in spades, mostly (not all) for free.
The member locator is out of date and broken.
The Equipment Survey
was once another tremendous resource. It has fallen into decline and has not been maintained. A friend of mine tried to rescue
it but there was no support from the Board.
The Port Guides are of poor quality and are not curated.
SSCA Cruising Stations are a tremendous value. Again, neglected by the Board.
The discounts are not very significant. We used to have hundreds. The SSCA member audience isn't worth going out of the way for businesses to attract any more.
Seven Seas U was, for a while, an outstanding value (added fees
not withstanding). It simply isn't reliable or predictable enough any more.
I find the dues increase offensive and not good value for money
. I don't have to worry about a decision to renew or not as this Board threw me out of SSCA for providing a forum for member communications
the Board could not control.
sail fast and eat well, dave
Dave Skolnick S/V Auspicious
past Director, past Treasurer, past President, past member