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Kemancha

I was going through the membership area of the website and found a sizable list of members out there on both coast. I'm sure some of them are no longer active, but none the less, there still remain numerous members.

Besides sailing, my other passion is two wheel travel with my old BMW motorcycle. I also belong to their organization since 1985. One of their most interesting attributes is something called their Anonomous Book. It is a list of members all over the country (Canada also). The list (about 20,000)does not have their names posted, but has their contact information and a series of alpha symbols of what this member is willing to provide to other members.

Some of those services are; mechanical help (m), parts available (p), coffee & conversation (kk), emergency help (e), spare room (r), and about 15 other various types of assistance.

I mention there are about 20,000 in the list but the members group is about 40,000 strong. So obviously, people list themselves voluntarily and just have the symbols that tell you what they are willing to do for other members.

In the 22 years I have been in this club, I have read hundreds of accounts in their monthly publication of how the membership has come to the aid of other motorcycle enthusiast. In all those years, there has never been one complaint of abuse of the services members were willing to offer.

I personally have travelled from VT to Alaska without ever needing help from anyone but always carried the Anonomous Book with me.

I live on the east coast and noticed how many members there are as you move from Maine to Florida. I'm just wondering if WOA members would like to open themselves to those traveling through their waters.

Perhaps a list of the following would be considered; mechanical help, dock space, mooring available, some parts, laundry available, shower available, ride to market offered, etc.

It may be a way to stay closely connected with those who we share a passion with in a world that doesn't seem to care about anything but themselves.

Food for thought.


Sannyasin

It is an interesting thought, and if there is enough consensus, I'm sure we could add it to the membership database without too much difficulty.

The way the membership roster works is that we have a flag in the membership database called privacy = 'Y'. If anyone wants that set, then they will not be included in the online roster. I think we have 3 total members who have elected this option. I'm always happy to turn that on or off for anyone at any time.

We could have different levels of privacy to change the way things are displayed in the roster, but we've never gone that far in any kind of analysis.

We could also create a webpage form where members could add/update/delete services attached to their account... currently, the only way we could update something like that would be through one of us.

For me, I generally offer to let anyone tour the boat anytime they might be passing through, and if it is sailing season, they could probably get me to take them out for a sail pretty easily. If I know a member is passing through town, I might even offer to buy them dinner and restock their beer supply if they are in the middle of a long cruise. But I don't know if I would post such things as a standing offer for anyone at any time.


Bellefiore

Just curious if there still is an option to re-up membership by paying on-line??


Terry Shoup

We don't have that set up yet, but I'm working on it. For now, the only option is to mail your check made out to Westsail Owners Association to me at:

Terry Shoup, WOA
254 East Fern Avenue, Suite 102
Redlands CA 92373


Kemancha

thanks for your comments Mike. In the BMW membership group, the list of "services" to other members are really not mandatory. There have been accounts when some members were asked for help of some kind and just weren't available to assist. It just provides the members with some people to call to see if the services they indicated are available.

I just thought this added feature may keep our members closer and I've always wanted to help cruisers who come into my area as we have been offered incredible help from total strangers when we extensively traveled the Chesapeake Bay for three years. One night we were anchored out in the East River on Mobjack Bay. The evening temperatures were going to bottom out to below freezing. We watched a man get into his dinghy from shore and rowed out to us. He was concerned about the cold night and insisted on us coming to shore with him to have dinner and stay in their spare bedroom. We agreed to have dinner and when we were to head back to our vessel, they showed us to the spare room that was ready for us. It just showed how strong the bond is between sailors. He owned a HR 42.

I'm not advocating that our members get to be house guest but just having a mooring available, laundry, or a hot shower is an incredible gift to wayward sailors.

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