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About Growth and Retention

UPDATE: February 21, 2018

The SSA's Growth & Retention Committee is currently undergoing a restructuring. The commitee is holding a Joint Committee Meeting with Clubs & Chapters and the Junior/Youth Committee on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the SSA's Convention in Reno, Nevada. ExCom and Directors are welcome to attend, as is any SSA member, SSA Chapter Leadership, or person who's interested in growing the sport and improving the quality of their home clubs. 

Check back here for more information about the Joint Meeting, including meeting location and room number.

GRC inteds to reduce the size of the committee but recruit volunteers and advisors to serve on various "working groups" to help solve current issues effecting the the growth and retention (of current members) of the SSA's "Chapters" (clubs).

Please check back for updates soon.

Thank you,

Chris Schrader, SSA Director, Region 6

Chairperson of Growth & Retention Committee


February 2018 Update: GoPro and Other HD & 4K Soaring Videos Wanted!

The SSA is looking to its members to submit any 1080-HD or 4K soaring video you think the SSA might like to use in producing future promotional videos. 

The SSA is currently seeking raw footage of any closeup air-to-air shots, or video of 2 or more gliders engaged in ridge running or flying under cloud streets, mountain flying, racing, or flying in formation.

We're also looking for video of youth, teenageers, college age, and/or young adults up to age 40 engaged in soaring activities.... either in the air or contributing around the club. Footage that can be used to give people a sense of the fun social atmosphere many clubs enjoy, mentoring, flight instruction, and the comradery enjoyed by pilots of all ages, especially when Junior and younger adult pilots are engaged with more Senior pilots - this is wanted too.

Lastly, if you think you have something that's really exciting that nobody's ever seen before (or you only see in a few of the best known soaring videos on YouTube), we're interested in having that too.

To make arrangements to submit your video(s) for possible inclusion in the SSA's latest marketing efforts, please contact the SSA by email at: videos@ssa.org (someone from the SSA's Digital Media Working Group will get back to you in 3-5 business days). Thank you!


The mission of the Soaring Society of America is to Foster and Promote the Sport of Soaring. As a volunteer organization we rely in large part on our members to help fulfill this important task. Please take a moment to consider how you can help.

In this section you will find programs and resources to help grow the sport of Soaring. For more information contact the Growth and Retention Committee.

Below you can find materials you can download and use to promote your club or operation.

Contest Press Release Draft

Marketing Ideas

Rating Brochure Back

Rating Brochure Initial Front

Rating Brochure Add-On Front

Posted: 7/13/2007

Airshows and Special Events

The SSA will support your participation in local community events such as Airshows or Conventions. The Hobbs office can supply on request promotional materials (see below) and limited quantites of back issues of Soaring magazine. The SSA trade show booth may also be available by special arrangement. Contact us at development@ssa.org so we can help plan your event.


Posted: 7/13/2007

Growth and Retention Committee 

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