Photo by Martha Blanchfield / Renegade Sailing
Sailing Science Center News
September 2020
Vol. 4, No. 1
Welcome to the September issue of the Sailing Science Center News! Our theme this month is Service, exemplified by One Treasure Island, our neighbor on the island and the subject of this month's spotlight. Other things that make this issue special are that the Autumnal Equinox is this month (see our new Science Corner below) and that this is the beginning of our fourth year of publication! Keep reading for more news and thoughts from the SSC!
Your rewards in life are in direct proportion to the service you provide.

― Earl Nightingale
Community Spotlight - One Treasure Island
We are delighted this month to bring you our spotlight on One Treasure Island and Sherry Williams. This breaks our usual pattern of spotlighting volunteers and board members to focus on one of our service-oriented island neighbors. If anyone is concerned that we are drifting from our purpose, let me be clear that the mission of the SSC remains firmly focused on science and sailing, things we continue to hold in high esteem for our future. But sometimes the urgency of a situation compels us to change our short-term priorities, and our team members deemed this to be one of those times.

Originally named the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative (TIHDI), One Treasure Island was formed under the Base Closure and Homeless Assistance Act of 1994. Sherry was recruited in 1995 as its Program Coordinator and worked alone until 1997 when the organization was incorporated and she became Executive Director. Sherry continues to run the show 23 years later, now with a staff of nine, including herself.
Their mission is to create a vibrant, inclusive community on Treasure Island that provides pathways for economic advancement for lower-income San Franciscans, including those who have experienced homelessness. They achieve this through affordable housing, jobs, community building, and advocacy. Sherry says their mission has been stable through the organization’s life.

They have partnered with anyone involved in the development of the island, including other nonprofits, employers, developers, labor unions, banks, and housing providers. Among the direct services they provide to island residents are food distribution, financial services, employment training & assistance, and resource information.
One Treasure Island - Executive Director Sherry Williams
Sherry Williams - Executive Director, One Treasure Island
When the coronavirus hit, they pivoted to create an online construction training program that has now had 15 successful graduates and 11 job placements. They have seen an increase in the need for food services, climbing to 200 households per week, from 85 before the first shelter-in-place order. They also piloted an 8-week program with Aracely Café called the Treasure Island Supper Club, to provide hot meals to 160 Island residents one day per week.

Asked what she expects in the coming months, Sherry says “More innovation to meet the challenges that the pandemic has brought,” adding that she expects increasing financial hardship as the repercussions of business shutdowns work their way through the economy, adding that “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” We concur with you on that Sherry, and are glad to support the admirable job you are doing.
One Treasure Island - Staff Group Photo
Sherry Williams (3rd from right) with staff from One Treasure Island
August Volunteer Event - Picnic in the Park
Volunteers enjoying a socially-distanced picnic in Golden Gate Park
On August 29 the SSC held a socially-distanced picnic at Golden Gate Park. A dozen volunteers showed up for the event, which met the test for success by having most people stay for an hour past the official end. Call me old fashioned, but I really prefer seeing people in person, over Zoom or virtual reality, even if we are socially distanced. It was great to see everyone!
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If you continually SERVE yourself you will eventually be BY yourself.

– John Maxwell
Sailing Science Corner
The Autumnal Equinox
A September calendar page with 22 circled
At 6:30 am, PDT, on September 22, the sun will cross the equator into the Southern Hemisphere, and our Northern Hemisphere summer will be over.

In today's world of navigation by GPS this may seem like just another day on the calendar, but it was less than 40 years ago that the average offshore sailor was still navigating with a sextant and the equinox was a special day. What makes it special is that on the equinox (Vernal or Autumnal), sunrise is due east and sunset is due west, regardless of where you are on the earth*. As a consequence, a rod placed vertically in the ground will cast a shadow that is pointing due west (am) or due east (pm).

Try this at home if you have kids, or if you are just a big kid yourself. Mark a North-South line at 90 degrees to the shadow and check it with a magnetic compass to see if it's right. If you live near San Francisco the compass should point about 13 degrees to the left of the line. So what's the problem? If you were careful it's not your line or your compass; the error is in the Earth's magnetic field... but we will save that for another day.

*Neglecting slight changes in the sun's declination (north/south position) during the day.
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In the News
2021 Volunteer Event Planning
People Raising their Hands
At the SSC we consider our volunteers to be our most valuable asset. We have a top-notch team of talented, energetic people who have excelled in their professions, and we believe our first order of business is to take care of them by acknowledging them and thanking them for the contributions and service they provide.

That's why, on August 1, we got an early start on our event planning for 2021, filling out a 12-month calendar of fun and fulfilling things for our volunteers to do. If you're not already a volunteer, go to our Volunteer Page to sign up and get in on the action.
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The J/120, Mister Magoo, sails past the Race Committee boat, where it's all-volunteer committee serves the racers by starting, finishing, scoring, and managing the event.
Photo courtesy of Martha Blanchfield Renegade Sailing
True heroism is remarkably sober; very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

Arthur Ashe
Wanted for the SSC

Do you have photos you want to share? The SSC is looking for great shots to use on our newsletter banner and elsewhere. Photographer attribution will be given.

Apps Script Developers
The SSC is looking for a Google Apps Script developer interested in writing automation macros for our internal systems. If you have experience in C++, Java or Java Script you're most of the way there.

Salesforce Developers
The SSC is now set up on Salesforce as its new Contact Relationship Management (CRM) tool. Give us a shout if you are proficient in Salesforce and want to get involved in the SSC.

VR/AR People
The SSC is getting into Virtual Reality and Augmented reality. We have been actively engaging businesses with expertise in these technologies to learn how best to use them for delivering STEM content framed around sailing. If you have experience in either of these areas we would like to hear from you.

Email your inquiries to
Social Media Corner
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Get Social With Us...
Formerly known as The Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative (TIHDI, pronounced “tie-dye”), One Treasure Island relaunched under the new name in 2018 and "aims to build a new San Francisco neighborhood that includes formerly homeless and low income people from the ground up."

The Sailing Science Center is proud to partner with and support them and is leveraging our social media presence to raise money for their mission. If you can't contribute financially at this time, you can still help out by sharing the post. While you're there, be sure to like our page.
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Small Stuff
Man scanning the horizon with binoculars
On the Horizon
SSC continues to be COVID-conscious and cautious, with in-person events being held outdoors in small groups and with proper social distancing. We are working behind the scenes on longer-term initiatives for teaching science and for raising SSC to the next level in every area. Details will be shared at the appropriate time.

Stay tuned!
Move the Needle!
These are things YOU can do to move the SSC vision forward:

Make a difference. Move the needle!
Leadership Corner - Service
This month's Leadership Corner is particularly short, because, well, the message is short. We are social animals and we have to work together cooperatively. Through the eons leaders have asserted their influence through either dominance or cooperation (service), with the former being more common. While this may be deeply rooted in our biology and may have been effective at stabilizing societies of the past, with the invention of the weapons that could end civilization, the dominance hierarchies of the past need to give way to the cooperation and servant leadership that can take us safely into the future. We all need to start thinking less of ourselves and more of others. I hope you will join the SSC in supporting One Treasure Island through our Facebook Page as we work together to exemplify this ethic.
New Volunteers
We want to give a big shout out to Sara Merzi, who raised her hand in August, offering to volunteer. We are very excited to have you making waves with the Sailing Science Center Sara! Welcome!
That's all for this month.


Jim Hancock
President and Founder
The San Francisco Sailing Science Center is a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation recognized under IRS Section 501(c)(3), Tax ID 82-3631165. Your donation to the Sailing Science Center is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.



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Morgan Davidson

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