From the President
It would be trite or cliché to describe this newsletter edition as “Tis the Season,” but the fact of the matter is that there is no greater season of thanking and giving than the period of late November through December. As this particular newsletter immediately follows the Thanksgiving holiday, we are all reminded of how fortunate we are to have had the chance to celebrate just one moment in time that connects us all to the spirit of graciousness that is as central to our belief system as a nation, as a local community, and as Mystic Seaport. Without the many acts of kindness, there is no way that Mystic Seaport would be on the eve of its 85th anniversary (December 25, 2014).
Just this past month, on Nov. 6th, Mystic Seaport celebrated one of its own, Charles A. Robertson, with the America and the Sea Award. Charlie embodies the spirit of commitment demonstrated by our staff, members, volunteers, donors, and trustees, having served as a trustee for 25 years. His generosity and his volunteer service have helped to strengthen the Museum over time, inspiring others to do the same, not just for Mystic Seaport but also for other maritime interests. In recognizing Charlie, the Museum acknowledged the importance of giving to organizations that make a difference in our lives and in the lives of others.
December 2nd has been designated as “#GivingTuesday” as just one more reminder that giving is important as we head into the December holidays. I don’t think we need that reminder, but it does prompt me to say thank you to all those who do give as a matter of personal conviction to the scores and scores of organizations that need our help in order to fulfill their mission and sustain their business model. As we know, giving takes many shapes and forms. Those individuals who can give food, personal resources, time, and expertise—just to name a few—do so in part because it is what defines their human spirit; it is part of their way of looking at the world. Big or small, giving matters, and all of us are grateful for the gifts we receive. Importantly, it is incumbent upon each generation to teach the rising stakeholders what their responsibility is for sustaining the human spirit. You can one such generational story in our online news section.
The weeks and months ahead for Mystic Seaport will offer us many opportunities to celebrate our successes, and they will also provide similar opportunities to say thank you to people like Charlie Robertson, whose efforts, often quiet ones, make a sizable difference in the lives of others. In advance, I say “thank you” to all of our staff, members, volunteers, and donors who have made 85 years of success a reality and who make the future for Mystic Seaport even brighter!