From time to time I have the opportunity to explain what Community Boating Inc. (CBI) is to someone who has never heard of us. Usually my description includes our programs, our charitable mission, our volunteers, our sailors - youth, adult and accessible,- and snippets of our colorful history. I love talking about CBI this way. If time allows I might get into a description of our corporation. "Corporation" is an unfortunate word for a charitable not-for-profit organization. It sound like a business. It's hard to avoid because CBI stands for Community Boating INCORPORATED. While some facets of CBI are similar to a business, instead of delivering financial returns to owners, CBI delivers services and programming for the benefit of society. CBI provides a nationally recognized Universal Access Sailing Program to hundreds of sailors at no charge. CBI also provides youth sailing memberships at $1 to close to 700 kids from families of limited financial resources, and also to adult individuals with special circumstances.
So back to the word "corporation". Community Boating's corporation is a group of approximately 200 folks who are corporation members. Upon application to CBI's board of directors, individuals are appointed corporation members. Corporation members are committed to supporting the mission of Community Boating. Our board of directors is elected from the corporation. Only corporation members may be directors of CBI. A corporation member is like a shareholder, holding just one share of CBI, with none of the benefits of ownership and all the responsibility of stewardship and governance.
CBI's corporation meets annually on the third week of October during which elections for the board of directors are held.
CBI always needs to bring new folks into the corporation to refresh, rejuvenate, and inspire. If you are already a member of the CBI community, perhaps you volunteer in some way and share our passion for "Sailing for All" and a desire to support CBI's mission, I hope you will consider applying to join CBI's corporation. If you would like more information please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.