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SSA 2019-2023 Strategic Plan



SSA FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, 2019-2023


The purpose of The Soaring Society of America is to foster and promote the sport of soaring in the United States.

THE MISSION

The SSA will promote and support the sport of soaring by providing services and benefits to the SSA membership and the soaring movement in the United States in the following areas:

Marketing and promoting the sport to the flying community and the public at large.
Attracting youth to the sport and supporting their training and involvement in soaring.
Providing support to SSA Chapters and Commercial Operators to assist in their efforts to grow and promote the sport.
Providing channels for effective communication between all individuals and organizational elements of the sport.
Directing, supporting, and rewarding both individual and group cross-country soaring, competitive soaring activities, and badges and records.
Sponsoring and supporting safety and training programs intended to enhance the sport, with increased emphasis on the development of more CFI-G flight instructors.
Building a robust Fundraising and Development program which will provide funds to support the Mission now and into the future.
Representing and promoting the soaring movement to governments, air sporting organizations and aviation groups.
Preserving and protecting historical records, documents, artifacts, and sites.
Providing other services and benefits, not expressly enumerated herein, that are consistent with the Purpose of the SSA and that are within the capabilities and resources of the SSA.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

It is the guiding principle of the Soaring Society of America that in accomplishing its stated Mission, the SSA staff, leadership, and volunteers will conduct all activities in a professional, ethical, and financially responsible manner, and will manage all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities consistent with best business practices.


FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Maintain the books and records of the SSA, including all subsidiary groups of the SSA in accordance with proper accounting rules and procedures.

Insure proper budgeting and cash management of the SSA’s financial affairs.

Preserve the financial integrity of the SSA’s financial activities by insuring that proper accounting controls are in place.  

Provide the SSA membership and the SSA Board with timely and meaningful information about the SSA’s finances.

Preserve and increase the financial resources available to support the SSA and its Mission through fundraising activities.

Engage a reputable public accounting firm to perform an audit of SSA’s books and records annually, as required by SSA’s bylaws as well as New Mexico State law.

Provide monthly financial reports (income statements and balance sheets) of SSA financial operations to the membership.


PRESERVE THE SSA’S INSURANCE PROGRAM

Protect and continue SSA’s group insurance program, available to SSA members as a membership benefit.

Educate and inform SSA members of the value and benefits of SSA’s insurance group program.

Continue to appoint an SSA member, who is experienced in insurance matters, to serve as the Board’s representative with the provider of SSA’s group insurance program.

With the assistance of SSA’s insurance representative, at least once every two years, the Board of Directors will formally evaluate the competitiveness and effectiveness of the insurance program.


MISSION OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES


MARKETING AND PROMOTING THE SPORT

Objectives

The SSA will market and promote soaring directly to the public, and will support the marketing and promotional efforts of SSA Chapters and Commercial Operators.

Strategies

Keep the SSA website front page, the SSA Facebook page, and other SSA internet-based presentations fresh.

Develop new video, social media-based, internet-based, and written promotional materials. Distribute these materials directly from the SSA and make them available for use and distribution by SSA Chapters and Commercial Operators.

Assist SSA Chapters and Commercial Operators with their use of Facebook targeted advertising.

Continue to present interesting and informative articles in Soaring magazine.


ATTRACTING YOUTH TO THE SPORT AND SUPPORTING THEIR TRAINING AND INVOLVEMENT IN SOARING

Objectives

Bring more young people into the sport of soaring.

Ensure that their flight training is effective and efficient, and that they earn their pilot certificate.

Work to include cross-country soaring in their training to improve the likelihood of their retention in the sport.

Strategies

Place increased emphasis on youth in SSA’s marketing and promotional materials. Distribute these materials by means likely to connect with young people, such as on the internet and social media. Prepare frequent new SSA postings on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Find new venues to post soaring material which may be attractive to younger people.

Provide flight training scholarships for young pilots.

Develop more young CFI-G flight instructors, and provide financial support for their training and licensure.

Develop and fund cross-country and racing training camps targeted at young pilots.

Support and fund participation of Juniors in soaring competitions, both here and abroad.


PROVIDING SUPPORT TO SSA CHAPTERS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS TO ASSIST IN THEIR EFFORTS TO GROW AND PROMOTE THE SPORT
 
Objectives

Help SSA Chapters (clubs) and Commercial Operators grow by providing advice and assistance.

Strategies

Develop and implement an outreach program to promote the growth of existing clubs and commercial operations.
Develop a best-practices manual for clubs and commercial operators.

Compile and make available to clubs and commercial operators the resources and information they need to grow.


PROVIDING CHANNELS FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ALL INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONAL ELEMENTS OF THE SPORT

Objectives

Maintain and improve the quality and usefulness of SSA’s flagship printed publication, Soaring magazine.

Maintain an outreach and improve communications to SSA members though electronic media such as eNews.

Improve the usefulness of the SSA website to both SSA members and to the public at large.

Strategies

Continue to maintain and promote the Clubs & Commercial Operators Google Discussion Group.

Continue to develop and to archive interesting SSA webinar presentations which promote soaring and provide useful and interesting information related to flight training, soaring skills, cross-country soaring, and competition soaring.

Maintain the Editorial Review Board for the purposes of assisting the Editor in obtaining quality content for the magazine, reviewing all articles for technical and scientific accuracy and otherwise assisting the editor to improve the overall content of the magazine.

Improve the SSA website, the SSA Facebook page, and Twitter by keeping content attractive and up to date.

Insure that the sailplane directory and magazine archives are kept as a living document and up to date.

Use eNews to inform the membership of special announcements, events and other activities in a timely and efficient manner.


DIRECTING, SUPPORTING, AND REWARDING BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP CROSS-COUNTRY AND COMPETITIVE SOARING ACTIVITIES.

Objectives

Continue to support soaring competitions in the United States, including developing and training contest personnel, and presentation of trophies.

Continue to support involvement of the U.S. Team in international soaring competitions.

Support and promote non-traditional competition among soaring pilots through the On Line Contest (OLC) and other vehicles for recognizing soaring achievements.

Continue to support participation in the FAI badge and record program.

Promote and support cross-country soaring training at clubs and commercial operations.
 
Strategies

Retention of soaring pilots in the sport is crucial to growing the sport. Participation in cross-country soaring and in soaring competition improves retention.

Through the SSA Contest Committee, provide organizational support to all phases of soaring competition.

Foster cross-country soaring by promoting the SSA FAI badge and records programs and by providing organizational support for those programs.

Increase SSA member participation in the OLC by promoting the OLC in Soaring magazine and on the SSA website, and by developing on line information and instructional materials.

Develop and promote cross-country training programs that can be used by soaring clubs and commercial operators.

Develop and promote cross-country and racing training camps.

SPONSORING AND SUPPORTING SAFETY AND TRAINING PROGRAMS INTENDED TO ENHANCE THE SPORT, WITH INCREASED EMPHASIS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE CFI-G FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS.


Objectives

Promote safety in soaring through pilot education, program development, information dissemination and publication of accident statistics.

Maintain the ABC and Bronze badge training program and appoint SSA instructors to encourage and teach more advanced soaring techniques.

Develop more CFI-G flight instructors.

Strategies

Through the Soaring Safety Foundation, provide organizational support and effective outreach programs that promote a culture of safety at all soaring operations.
Work with the CFI-G community to develop a collection of proven resources that enhances both primary and recurrent training activities.

Develop and fund CFI-G training/finishing camps to help train new insturctors.

Develop a CFI-G scholarship program to help defray the expense of CFI-G training.

BUILDING A ROBUST FUNDRAISING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WHICH WILL PROVIDE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE MISSION NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE

Objectives

Establish programs to solicit donations to fund SSA’s endowments and ongoing activities.

Establish a planned giving program which encourages SSA members to include the SSA and/or their local soaring organizations in their estate planning while they are still young enough to be actively involved in soaring activities.

Encourage SSA members to explore corporate charitable donations from their employers or former employers.

Assist SSA Chapters in developing fundraising and planned giving programs for their benefit.

Strategies

Identify and contact likely contributors and planned giving donors.

Actively publicize SSA fundraising and development activities.

Provide public appreciation to those donors who wish to be recognized.

Conduct yearly fundraising activities within the SSA membership through the annual Eagle Fund drive campaign.

Explore other fundraising avenues available to tax-exempt organizations.


REPRESENTING AND PROMOTING THE SOARING MOVEMENT TO GOVERNMENTS, AIR SPORTING ORGANIZATIONS AND AVIATION GROUPS.

Objectives

Insure that the SSA’s voice is heard by the appropriate governmental representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other United States regulatory agencies.

Insure that SSA has an effective national voice within the National Aeronautic Association.

Insure that SSA has an effective international voice within the FAI/IGC.

Insure that SSA has an effective presence within other commercial and non-profit aviation related organizations.

Strategies

SSA staff and the responsible SSA committees will continue to monitor and to be engaged with the FAA, other regulatory agencies, the NAA, the FAI/IGC, and other air sport organizations.

Maintain relationships with other air sport organizations through the development and continuation of MOUs.

Improve SSA-EAA and SSA-AOPA collaboration on aviation growth activities.

SSA will participate in at least one national aviation related exposition or airshow annually.

PRESERVING AND PROTECTING HISTORICAL RECORDS, DOCUMENTS, ARTIFACTS, AND SITES.
    
Objectives

Entrust the National Soaring Museum and the Southwest Soaring Museum and the SSA Divisions to preserve the records and artifacts that describe the history of our soaring programs. The NSM Landmarks of Soaring program recognizes nationally significant historic soaring sites

Strategies

The SSA will help support fundraising, outreach activities, and all efforts of these organizations to remain viable and productive in their missions.

The SSA will appoint SSA members to the boards of these organizations as appropriate and will participate in and monitor the activities and status of these organizations through our representatives.


 

 

 

 

Soaring Society of America

Strategic Plan

2012 – 2016  

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Soaring Society of America is to foster and promote the sport of soaring in the United States.

MISSION

The SSA will promote and support the sport of soaring by providing services and benefits to the SSA membership and to the soaring movement in the United States in the following areas:

 Marketing and promotion of the sport both to the flying community and to the public at large.

Representing the soaring movement to governments, air sporting organizations and aviation groups.

Support the financial stability of the sport by providing an insurance program for SSA members.

Directing, supporting and rewarding both individual and group competitive soaring activities.

Providing channels for effective communication between all individual and organizational elements of the sport

Sponsoring and supporting safety and training programs intended to enhance the sport

Preserving and protecting historical records, documents, artifacts, and sites.

Support the Mission by conducting operations in a financially responsible manner and by building endowment funds to support the Mission into the future.

Provide other services and benefits, not expressly enumerated herein, that are consistent with the Purpose of the SSA and that are within the capabilities and resources of the SSA.

PRINCIPLES

It is the guiding principle of the Soaring Society of America that, in accomplishing its stated Missions, the SSA staff, leadership and volunteers will conduct all activities in a professional and ethical manner and will manage all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities consistent with best business practices.

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES

The following objectives and their accompanying strategies are to be treated as the highest priorities for action by the Soaring Society of America leadership, staff and volunteers for accomplishment during this planning period.

 

 MARKETING AND PROMOTION OF THE SPORT

 

 Objectives and Goals

 Reverse the decline in SSA membership by achieving real growth in SSA membership during calendar year 2012.

 

Increase SSA membership by 200 members by the end of calendar year 2012 (an increase of approximately 2% in the number of members over membership level at end of 2011.)

 

Continue the 2-3% growth rate over the next five years – 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

 

  Strategies

 Appoint marketing task force to develop effective marketing tools and to assist in implementing them.  It is envisioned that volunteers and perhaps paid professionals would be recruited for this activity.  The SSA is willing to commit funds for board approved pragmatic initiatives to advertise  soaring and increase growth of the sport.  

 

               The charge to the marketing task force will be to :

Develop a marketing plan for national publicity and exposure for the sport of soaring.

 

 The Marketing task force will develop tools for Clubs and Chapters to help increase club and SSA memberships.

 

 Develop a marketing plan that targets soaring pilots who are not currently SSA members

 

  Develop a marketing plan that targets licensed pilots who are not currently soaring pilots

 

 Develop marketing methods and strategies for local marketing of soaring to the general public in conjunction with SSA clubs, chapters, and business and commercial operator members

 

 Support third-party efforts to publicize the sport with high quality soaring videos and other captivating publicity

 

 REPRESENTATION OF THE SPORT

 

 Objectives and Goals

 Insure that the SSA’s voice is heard by the appropriate governmental representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other United States regulatory agencies.

 

Insure that SSA has an effective national voice within the National Aeronautic Association.

 

Insure that SSA has an effective international voice within the FAI/IGC

 

Insure that SSA has an effective presence within other commercial and non-profit aviation-related groups

 Strategies

 The Board of Directors will appoint and oversee volunteers who are effective advocates for the SSA at the FAA,  NAA and the FAI/IGC.

 

The Board of Directors will reach out to the AOPA, EAA , AMA, USPHGA and other sport aviation groups and will seek ways to cooperate with such groups in publicizing soaring and expanding sport aviation including the sport of soaring. 

 

 

 SSA will participate in at least one aviation related exposition or airshow annually.

 

 

PRESERVE THE SSA’S INSURANCE PROGRAM

 

 Objectives and Goals

 Protect and continue SSA’s group insurance program, available to SSA members as a membership benefit.

 

Educate and inform SSA members of the value and benefits of SSA’s insurance group program.

 

 Strategies

 The Board of Directors shall continue to appoint an SSA member, who is experienced in insurance matters, to serve as the Board’s representative with the provider of SSA’s group insurance program.

 

With the assistance of SSA’s insurance representative, at least once every two years, the Board of Directors shall formally evaluate the competitiveness and effectiveness of the insurance program.

 

 FOSTER INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP COMPETITIVE SOARING ACTIVITIES

 

 Objectives and Goals

 Continue to support formal soaring competitions in the United States.

 

Continue to support formal involvement of the US Team in international soaring competitions

Support and promote non-traditional competition among soaring pilots through the On Line Contest (OLC) and other vehicles for recognizing soaring achievement. 

 

Continue to support participation in the FAI badge and record program. To promote cross-country flying while improving pilot skills and the enjoyment of the sport .

 

Strategies

 Through the SSA Contest Committee, provide organizational support to all phases of soaring competition.

 

Foster cross-country soaring by promoting the SSA FAI badge and records programs and by providing organizational support for those programs.

 

Increase SSA member participation in the OLC by promoting the OLC in Soaring magazine and on the SSA website, and by developing on-line information and instructional materials. 

 

STRENGTHEN CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATIONS AMONG SSA MEMBERS

 

Objectives and Goals

 Maintain and improve the quality and usefulness of SSA’s flagship printed publication, SOARING magazine

 

Explore ways to make publication of SOARING magazine more profitable.

 

Maintain an outreach and improve the usefulness to SSA members through electronic communications such as E-news.

 

Improve the usefulness of the SSA website to both SSA members and to the public at large.

 

Strategies

 Establish an effective Editorial Review Board for the purposes of assisting the Editor in obtaining quality content for the magazine, reviewing all articles for technical and scientific accuracy and otherwise assisting the editor to improve the overall content of the magazine. 

 This strategy might also include expanding the geographic scope of magazine to include events happening in Europe or elsewhere that will affect soaring in the United States.

 

Improve the SSA website by:

 Insuring that the sailplane directory and the magazine archives are kept as a living document. 

 

Continue  to look for initiatives to make the SSA website more useful to the membership.  

 

 

 Use E-News to inform the membership of special announcements, events, and other activities in a timely and efficient manner. Investigate the potential benefit to provide better communication to the membership by retaining a paid or full time volunteer to manage E-news content.

 

 SAFETY AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

 

 Goals and Objectives

 Promote safety in soaring through pilot education, program development, information dissemination, and publication of accident statistics

 

 Maintain the ABC and Bronze Badge training program and appoint SSA instructors to encourage and teach more advanced soaring techniques.

 

Develop the resources required to support scenario based  soaring instruction.

Strategies

 Through the Soaring Safety Foundation, provide organizational support and effective outreach programs that promote a culture of safety at all soaring operations.  Work with the CFI community to develop a collection of proven resources that enhances both primary and recurrent training activities.

 

PRESERVATION OF RECORDS, ARTIFACTS AND LOCATIONS IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN SOARING MOVEMENT.

 

 Objectives and Goals

Entrust that the National Soaring Museum, the Southwest Soaring Museum and the SSA Divisions preserve the records and artifacts that describe the history of our soaring programs. 

The NSM Landmarks of Soaring program recognizes nationally significant historic soaring sites; for lesser significant sites a Cornerstone of Soaring program should provide coverage.  

 

The SSA must assist in the preservation of existing soaring sites and explore possible new sites.

 

Strategies

The SSA will help support fundraising and outreach activities to the fullest extent and all the  efforts of these organizations to remain viable and productive in their missions.

 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

 

Objectives and Goals

 Maintain the books and records of the SSA, including all subsidiary groups of the SSA in accordance with proper accounting rules and procedures

 

Insure proper budgeting and cash management of the SSA’s financial affairs

 

Preserve the financial integrity of the SSA’s financial activities by insuring that 

proper accounting controls are in place.

 

Provide the SSA membership and the SSA board with timely and meaningful information about the SSA's finances. 

 

Preserve and increase the financial resources available to support SSA and it’s Mission through fund raising activities.

 

Provide the board with recommendations to replace our present software accounting system with an affordable and sufficient one to handle the  bookkeeping and financial  planning functions.

 

Strategies

 Engage a reputable public accounting firm to perform an audit of SSA’s books and records annually, as required by SSA’s bylaws.

 

Provide quarterly financial reports (income statements and balance sheets) of SSA financial operations to the membership not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal quarter.

 

Conduct yearly fund raising activities within the SSA membership through annual Eagle Fund campaign.

 

Revitalize the fundraising mission and efforts by the SSA Foundation to advance the financial security of the SSA. 

 

Be open to opportunities to raise funds by providing naming opportunities for endowment and unrestricted gifts.

 

The treasurer and accounting manager will provide the SSA board with direct recommendations for upgraded, more robust accounting software that fits the Society’s operational and fund raising needs and is within the means of the society to finance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH AND SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE SSA AFFILIATES AND DIVISIONS.

 

Objectives and Goals

 

The Chair of the SSA and the SSA Board members will promote more joint programs and projects involving the Affiliates and Divisions and the SSA.

 

Seek to find out what the Affiliates and Divisions need/want from SSA.

 

Strategies

 

 Act on the recommendations of the Affiliates and Divisions about how the SSA can help them carry out their missions.

 

Encourage Affiliates and Divisions to submit news articles to Soaring Magazine and E- news 

Posted: 11/4/2011