Coming off the recent successes of the Labor Day Regatta, record volunteerism and large numbers of new members joining and looking forward to upcoming achievements like the F-18 North American Regatta and new docks, it is obvious that the Squadron is growing and thriving. That growth brings change, challenge and opportunity. We’re realizing that the club is growing up fast and some of our structure hasn’t kept pace.
We’ve received a number of member complaints about receiving unwanted emails from people using the Squadron membership directory for mass mailings and about inappropriate comments on the SSS website. Those member complaints demonstrated that our club policies – many of which were formed before there was such a thing as email or websites – don’t adequately protect members and that the club doesn’t have the basic privacy protection and guidelines for civil behavior that most organizations have already put in place. We’ve asked the Standing Rules Committee to work on appropriate policies for protecting member privacy and making sure our website is a showcase for our club where people are treated with respect. In the meantime, we’ve put some basic policies into place to address member concerns.
Use of Membership Directory
The purpose of the membership directory is to allow members to contact each other to arrange sailing related activities. Members agree to keep the membership directory contact information confidential and not misuse the information. Examples of misuse of the membership directory information include – but are not limited to – sharing member contact information with nonmembers; solicitation of any form; harassment of a member; and mass calls, bulk mailings, group emailings that have not been generated by the SSS office.
The website will be moderated to promote an atmosphere of respect. Comments that contain slander, personal attacks, vulgar/abusive language, unsupported accusations or that discredit the Squadron will not be posted. Only members that are logged in will see the Comment section and the “Recent Comments” section visible to guests will be moved to another section of the website.
Thank you to all the members who have helped the club get where we are and who have made suggestions for how we continue the journey.