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#GivingTuesday & our Annual Fund - A letter to members from President Robert Rocha

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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The National Marine Educators Association is an organization that has served as an immensely important part of the professional network of its members throughout its existence. We now turn to you for your support as we embark upon our second annual appeal.

In a short, intense period of time, NMEA has transformed itself to enable us to provide to you, our members, a vibrant, engaging website, consistent e-newsletters, a revived peer-reviewed Current: The Journal of Marine Education, and a new National Office with new staff. We have pulled together a new strategic plan that is comprehensive yet flexible, and is being guided by veteran NMEA members with the help of some dedicated new members. We continue to serve as a leader in Ocean Literacy (OL) efforts nationally and collaborate with international partners in their efforts to promote OL worldwide. Our national conferences inspire, educate and connect educators from around the globe.

Financial support from our members helps us maintain our staffing in the National Office and provide the services necessary to run the organization with the consistency and efficiency you expect from a professional association. Your help is key as we implement our new strategic plan and continue to strengthen NMEA.

It is both a great privilege and a great responsibility to serve as the President of the National Marine Educators Association. I do not take this role lightly and I do not take asking you for a donation lightly. We are all in this field and ‘promote the world of water both fresh and salt’ because we love what we do and enjoy working with each other. The rewards rarely help us leap upwards into new tax brackets!

As I stated at this year’s annual meeting in Newport, RI: "What we do matters. We protect our aquatic resources, we educate thousands of children and adults, we share our educational tricks and materials with each other, and we continue to motivate each other and the generation that will take the reins from those of us who have been doing this for quite some time”.

What you contribute during an annual appeal also matters. Each and every gift provides a measure of the support needed to sustain NMEA as the global standard for marine education. You can make an unrestricted gift that will help underwrite daily operations, you can direct your gift to Current, or you can support a conference scholarship, including the Johnette Bosarge Memorial Fund. This fund, which honors the memory of our late administrative assistant, provides an annual conference scholarship to a member who best exemplifies Johnette’s selfless spirit and dedication to NMEA.

Please consider a gift to the NMEA Annual Appeal. Visit here to make your donation to NMEA. Thank you.


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Robert C. Rocha, Jr.
President, National Marine Educators Association

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