Charting Our Course: the years ahead for SCI

Mar 7, 2018

SCI’s Annual Board of Trustees meeting held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, had a full program. Significantly, it marked the transition of Chairmanship after six years from Richard du Moulin to Bruce Paulsen. Mark Knoy assumes the role of Board Vice Chair. SCI thanks Richard du Moulin for six incredible years at the helm, while celebrating the fact that he continues as a trustee.

We welcome three new members to the Board of Trustees: Boriana Farrar of the American P&I Club, Jennifer Moehlmann of Ingram Barge Company, and Gordon Keenan of Kirby Corporation. SCI thanks retiring trustees for their years of service—Bob Burke, Gerhard Kurz, and Deirdre Littlefield.

Additionally, the meeting saw the official launch of SCI’s Strategic Plan, “Charting Our Course, 2018-2023” (PDF available for download below). Despite this recent unveiling, the plan has already borne fruit in the life of SCI. One major focus is cross-training among different areas of activity within SCI, especially among chaplains. In the spirit of this, Senior River Chaplain Kempton Baldridge recently spent a week in Port Newark for ship visiting and dialogue with his blue-water counterparts. “It was humbling to see him at work and I have nothing but respect for James [Kollin, Port Newark Chaplain],” Baldridge said, adding, “James climbs a gangway five stories high at a 45-degree angle and he's not even winded. Amazing!” Cross-training and professional interaction between blue-water and brown-water chaplains will occur on a regular basis as part of SCI's new strategic plan.

The new plan also focuses on enhanced relationships and collaboration with the various maritime academies. In December, the Director of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights, Douglas Stevenson, and the President and Executive Director, the Rev. David Rider, met with the President and senior staff of SUNY Maritime to discuss areas of potential collaboration, with Doug providing a public lecture on seafarers’ rights recently as immediate follow-up. On Monday, February 26, 2018, trustee Jack Noonan and five SCI senior staff met with counterparts at Kings Point to pursue a comparable discussion focusing on topics like orientation and acclamation for new cadets; sexual harassment and bullying; group cohesion and bystander leadership; and suicide intervention training. The discussion was very fruitful, and we look forward to working together with both institutions in the future.

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