ONE DAY IN LATE OCTOBER, our BoatU.S. team had the option to wear
Halloween costumes to work. As our senior staff went around distributing
candy — in costume, of course! — I ran into a BoatU.S. member who’d stopped
by our offices with an insurance question. Though wearing my rather ridiculous red bell-buoy outfit, it was a pleasure to chat, and to learn more about his
boating and his boat, and I got some great insights about what’s going on in
this family’s boating world. That’s one of the benefits of getting to know members like you — at events, in airports, at boat clubs, wherever! I treasure these
encounters (especially when I’m NOT in costume).
At BoatU.S., we’re all about taking care of our members, representing your interests,
listening to you, fighting for you, getting you great deals on products and services, and
creating a strong community of boaters. You’re our eyes and ears out there, and we value
our shared engagement. This month’s issue is a good example. Throughout, starting on
our cover, you’ll find striking photography from our members who entered our photo
contest. We received almost 2,000 entries! Thank you for sharing so many of your
great boating moments.
And there are other great examples of member engagement this month, such as our
popular new “Renovation Nation” feature on page 96, celebrating the remarkable boat
makeovers our members have accomplished. I’m so impressed by the creativity you
show, and the devotion you have for your boats.
When we need feedback, you’re always there for us, and this is another one of those
times. We’d love to hear from you about inspiring ways that your boat club or fishing
club has worked to keep members – or to get more active, young, or diverse members – to keep your group strong, and to get more people out on the water. There are
some great initiatives out there, and I’m betting
that you know a few that could be helpful to
someone else. Will you take five minutes and
share those ideas with us? Send your email to
President@BoatUS.com. Tell us what challenge
your group faced, and how you addressed it.
Include your group’s name and location, and
your BoatU.S. member name and number.
We’ll gather your suggestions and share them
in a future issue. Thanks from BoatU.S., and
from your fellow boaters.
Margaret Bonds Podlich
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