Executing a Plan
Dear Friend o SCI,Perhaps you recall in the last editiono this newsletter I wrote about theInstitute’s preparation o a
, a blueprint o guiding principles orthe organization over the next ve years.In February, SCI’s Boardo Trustees adopted thisdocument, a plan designedto help us address issuesacing maritime workersin the modern age.
A Strategic PlanningCommittee, chairedby SCI Board memberPeter Tirschwell (
, Journalo Commerce/UBM Global Trade),crated the plan with consultantsAnthony Knerr & Associates. Writersinterviewed SCI Board members, sta and knowledgeable external observerso the Institute and the maritimeindustry. SCI’s process yielded a planwith clear objectives and ways toachieve them, taking into accountour strengths and the most signicantneeds in the maritime industry today.You might think o a Strategic Planas the mere under-the-hood activitieso an organization—details that,while demonstrating transparency,do little to impact volunteers anddonors directly. SCI’s Strategic Plan,however, importantly aects theway we use our valuable resources,including your charitable donations o time and money.
Sea Changes &Why Plans Matter
Even though most people have neverserved on an ocean-going vessel, wecommonly use the term “sea change.”It reers to a proound or notabletransormation, because things onthe water so rarely remain the samerom day to day. Because o this,seaarer welare organizations like SCIconstantly have to adjust—perhapsmore than any other type o charity.SCI is not averse to change, though.We have envisioned new and newerstrategic plans since our ounding over178 years ago. The challenge arisesrom the demands o constant change:more resources. Programs tailored ormariners and a new era involve growth,and that growth requireseective budgeting andinvestment management.
The success o this plan andits power to meet the needso the maritime workorcedepend on your supportand alliance.
Over the years, marinershave relied on thegenerosity o SCIsupporters to subsidize theprograms and services that so greatlyimpact their welare. Your support hassustained mariners, and your willingnessto remain attentive to the sea changeso the maritime industry has helped SCIstay agile to meet the new dawn.
Giving at the Cuspo a New Dawn
As we survey the course ahead, we lookto
to aid us in mappingthe achievability o our goals over thecoming months and years—goals borneout in our new Strategic Plan to meetthe sea changes o the maritime industry.Already, I know most o you reading thisnewsletter give generously (and oten),but today, considering the work beoreus, I ask that you contemplate adding tothe git you may have previously madethis year. For those o you who have notyet given, please consider a substantialgit in 2012. We need your partnershipto accomplish all that marinersrequire o us.Thank you or your support.Yours aithully,The Rev. David M. Rider
President & Executive Director
2 • The Seamen’s Church Institute The Lookout Fall 2012
Maritime EducationMile Markers
SCI’s relationships have grownwith thousands o encounterswith mariners. This year,SCI celebrated 15 years inPaducah, KY, and welcomed its6000th mariner or training atits Houston, TX Center.
Fall 2012 Volume 104, Number 3Published by
The Seamen’s Church Institute
Richard T. du Moulin
, Board o Trustees
The Rev. David M. Rider
President and Executive Directo
Editor, Oliver Brewer Assistant Editor, Susannah Skiver BartonDesign & Production, Bliss DesignThe Lookout is printed on recycled paper.
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