Member Update with Outcomes from the Conference

CSA

Letter from the President

Dear Members and Friends:

As you are aware, I was elected to the office of President at the CSA Annual Conference last month.  I am honoured that the membership has put its confidence in me and will to do my very best to live up to your expectations.  I would like to thank Past President Peter Holmberg for the tremendous contribution he has made to the CSA over the past three years.  Under Peter’s leadership several significant things have been achieved to help  move the organisation forward and it is my hope that I can continue to lead the organisation in a positive and progressive manner in the coming year.  I would also like to thank past and present board members for their dedication to the CSA.  As volunteers, it is a challenge for board members to dedicate the necessary time to fulfil the responsibilities of their roles within the organisation so we should all be grateful for their contributions.

I would like to welcome the entire CSA membership to be active within the organisation.  While we all appreciate the benefits of membership, we also have a responsibility as members to do our bit to contribute to the success of the organisation.  To that end, please feel free to get in touch with the CSA Secretariat (secretariat@caribbean-sailing.com) or any board or committee member at any time with your comments and suggestions.  Together we will continue to make positive change within the sport we love and the region as a whole.

Kathy Lammers, President

Conference Update

The CSA Annual Conference took place last month, and we promised to share minutes and presentations. So that we don’t send you huge documents please click on the public dropbox link below which will open a folder containing:

  • AGM Minutes
  • ROC Minutes
  • Presentations referenced in the Minutes
  • Presentations from Sailors for the Sea
  • Presentation from Kidz at Sea
  • Presentations from SailRacer.net

To review the documents – please click on the link below
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2yxjnkqwdhjpg3n/AADQIjmFpIojSs2BTWe8BWaBa?dl=0

In case you missed it, we set the location and dates for the 2016 conference – 21 – 22 October in Antigua. Please save the date.

CSA Committees

A number of times throughout the conference we referenced the CSA Committees that operate year round.  Committee members are appointed in accordance with the CSA By-Laws.  They are not necessarily board members – in some cases they are members who showed an interest in being part of a specific Committee. To see the current members of each committee please click here http://caribbean-sailing.com/about/sub-committees/.  Please feel free to get in touch with any Committee members if you have queries or feedback for them relevant to their particular Committee.

Membership Payments can now be made by Credit Card

We recognize that until now it has not been easy for members to pay their membership dues because the cost of wire transfers can be prohibitive and mailing cheques is not necessarily reliable.  As a result, we have made two recent changes that we hope will make payments more user-friendly.  First, we have changed the CSA’s membership year to run from September 1 to August 31 which will make it timely to pay membership dues at the CSA Annual Conference.
Second, we are delighted to report that we are now able to accept payments by credit card – this is for both membership dues and measurers fees.  If you would like to pay by credit card we will send you a credit card authorisation form, and once processed, we will forward a receipt for payment and it will show on your account as a charge from Caribbean Sailing Events Inc.

Membership
It is fair to say that over the last couple of years the CSA has been on a major membership drive and we are delighted to report that we are now seeing more organisations becoming a part of the CSA and playing active roles in the organisation. This is excellent news for the industry and for our ability to market the region to the world.  Most Group O MNAs in the region are now CSA members and we will soon move forward with an application for ISAF Affiliate membership.

With that said, there are still some organisations whose membership dues are in arrears.  To be inclusive we have been very flexible on this until now but from January 1, 2016 we will begin to enforce our membership policies more firmly. That means that the benefits of membership will no longer be extended to members whose dues are outstanding for six months or more.

We will be issuing statements for outstanding membership dues this week and we will be billing 2016 membership dues (which will be pro-rated) in the near future, so please advise as soon as possible if you are able to settle your account.  We are hoping that accepting credit cards will help you to make payments in a more timely manner.