Executive Director's Newsletter - January 2017
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Executive Director's Newsletter

January 2017

Happy New Year to the ISEA family!
January involves a great deal of introspection and planning at Inland Seas. As you will see below, we have been working hard in a variety of areas. Reviewing our data and reflecting on 2016 is crucial as it provides critical information about what went well and not so well. The results of this information will help to drive our continuous improvement efforts and consequently a good deal of our work during the off-season. I encourage you to attend our Year in Review presentation to hear first-hand what our 2016 data is telling us and what you can look forward to in 2017.
As I look out at the blowing snow and frigid temperatures, the thoughts of another sailing season just months away is certainly helpful. I wish all of you warm thoughts and positive introspection as you too think about the year ahead.


January 10, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm

ISEA Education Center

Please join us in the ISEA Education Center on Tuesday, January 10th for our 2016 Year in Review. ISEA staff will share program summaries, science data collected, and a vision for 2017. There will also be coffee and snacks! I hope to see you there.

Winter Work

We often get the question, "What do you do in the winter?" which is understandable because we are not running schoolship programs. Here is a brief list of some of the things we are working on to make the 2017 season a success.
  • Summarizing and preparing the program evaluation report and annual report
  • Reviewing and updating programs
  • Preparing for and delivering volunteer training
  • Maintaining the schooners (currently working on the drive shaft on Inland Seas and stripping and inspecting Utopia's masts)
  • Recruiting for Schoolship, Young People in STEM, Watershed Field Course (teacher professional development)
  • Fundraising, grant writing, and recruiting program sponsors
  • Building the summer sailing schedule
  • Setting a marketing plan
  • Strategic planning 
  • Posting, interviewing, and hiring summer interns
  • Preparing for first phase of the Suttons Bay campus renovations

Build and Sail Program

Beginning in March, the boat shop at ISEA will be abuzz with students. Ten students, ages 10, 11, and 12, will work alongside adult volunteers to build two Opti Prams. During this 10-week course, students work in groups to cut, glue, sand, use power tools, and paint as they complete their pram. Students who attend the orentation and a minimum number of workdays will receive a scholarship with Traverse Area Community Sailing to learn how to sail their Opti Pram. The program is free, but registration is required. This program is made possible again this year thanks to the Suttons Bay-Bingham Endowment and TUKTAWA Foundation.

Thank You... all the volunteers who helped process our year-end mailing. The task was completed in record time! everyone who sent us Christmas cards this holiday season. We love hearing from you! Schmuckal Oil Company for renewing your business sponsorship with ISEA. everyone who made our 2017 Facebook challenge a success. Whether you liked, followed, or shared our Facebook page, we appreciate your support. Team Elmer's and Cherryland Electric Cooperative for spending half a day transporting schooner Utopia's masts to their winter storage facility.

2017 Sailing Schedule

Schoolship: I’m pleased to announce that for the 2nd year in a row, we are nearly at capacity for our spring Schoolship season. This is a task that used to require a fair number of last minute phone calls in April. With that said, there are still a few spring slots and plenty of openings for the fall. Any help that you could provide in the area of school recruitment, especially new schools, would be welcomed and appreciated. You can direct school personnel to the School Programs page on the website or contact us for Schoolship brochures.

Summer: Our summer schedule is also shaping up nicely with a good variety of multi-day trips, public sails, and membership sails. We'll be returning to Hessel and, thanks to a BWET grant, teachers can participate in a Watershed Field Course in the Grand Traverse region at the end of June.

We will be finalizinng the schedule soon and will post it to the website when complete.

Over 2,017 Facebook page likes!

Our challenge to reach 2,017 Facebook page likes by 2017 was a success! The 2,017th like actually occurred on December 19th. We are honored that you choose to follow ISEA and share us with your friends on Facebook. We promise to keep our posts relevant and informative to our mission and look forward to interacting with you through this media.  

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