Seascout-Net Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Fundraising/Recruiting/Web Page
Re: Fundraising/Recruiting/Web Page
Wed Nov 04 10:07:45 1998
In response to your queries we do one fundraiser a year as a rule, rather than
risk the burnout a half dozen car washes might create. Each year before the
holiday season, we sell pewter medallions (or ornaments, medallions sounds
less sectarian) that we design portraying a different lighthouse on our coast
each year. Each medallion has our name on it and we have just issued the
third in the series. In the glassine envelope we provide a card which gives a
history of the light and tells about our Ship (ha, and a point of contact).
Then we go to craft fairs, churches, election polling stations (a great place
to zero in on the community minded) and set up a booth which tells about us
and our pewter lighthouses. We find this very helpful in not only
fundraising, but recruiting and keeping in touch with our alumni/ae. It seems
people who like lighthouses like boats and people who like boats like us. As
mentioned in another posting by a DC Ship, we often get money donated from
elsewhere, put I would never consider stopping the Sea Scouts from getting our
there in public and selling their wares and their program and learning the
value of something earned. From what I have seen Ships can survive on boat
brokering, but if they use it exclusively they never prosper. If we never
made a dime at lighthouse medallons, it would still be very worthwhile.
As for Web Pages, whenever anyone calls to ask us about the program I tell
them about our website. It saves sending out a brochure and gives us the aura
of being on the cutting edge. I have cyber-Luddite tendencies, but it seems
that it is worth something though only marginal. The big problem is getting
our webmaster to update it and correct the typos and getting the search
engines to acknowledge our existence. I guess the jury is still out, but the
Sea Scouts themselves are products of the tube age and nothing really exists
to them until it has shown up on a cathode ray tube. Maybe it is just
reselling ourselves to ourselves.
Two cents, and maybe a doubloon.
Sea Scout Ship 101 Viking
"We sail to the ends of the earth." (or edges of the chart whichever comes