Giving back to the community is enriching, allows you to gain a new perspective and truly makes the world a better place! No matter how tough our lives may be, there are always those who are facing steeper challenges and this month’s program shows how our love for and knowledge of boating can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Gratitude Sailing Northwest, (www.gratitudesailingnw.org) a Kirkland-based nonprofit organization, provides a healing respite for those under extreme stress from illness, incapacity and/or a major life event. The ‘nautical environment’, and specifically, “sailing,” has healing, transforming and refreshing properties according to “Sailing for Rehabilitation of Patients with Severe Mental Disorders” – US National Library of Medicine. The objective of Gratitude Sailing Northwest is to offer various types of outings to promote the well-being of patients and caregivers by introducing them to the diverse aspects of sailing and the sea.
According to Stephen Lamson, founder of Gratitude Sailing NW, “We know Heeling is Healing, and we welcome your support to continue helping those suffering from an ongoing or once in a lifetime crisis that sailing can help. All monies raised fund our operations such as, moorage, insurance, fuel, food and soft drinks for the guests and any small routine repairs. We do not charge for our services to the public. We rely on funding by our donors, angels and organizational fundraisers like our recent auction at the Seattle Yacht Club.”
Stephen L. Lamson, President & Gratitude Sailing’s primary founder, grew up sailing, racing, and cruising all over the San Juan Islands. His passion for helping others through difficult situations is the driving force behind the organization. He chose the name “Gratitude” as a theme for the organization based on being thankful and appreciative regardless of circumstance. “When you can truly be thankful or grateful, and convey this to others or the world around you, amazing positive things begin to happen to a person. This is not new science but a practice too often ignored.” Lamson is also a co-founder of the initial start-up of two other non-profits, namely Mama’s Hands, and the RMH Holiday Cruise, both of which are established 501 C3 organizations now in their 3rd decade of conducting business.
James Nolan is English and has been in the leisure marine industry for over 30 years. He is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and raced for New Zealand in the One Ton World Championships in 1974. He started as a volunteer for Gratitude Sailing two years ago and currently serves as their Vice President.
Date: Monday, June 19th 2017
Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)
Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103
We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left. (Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)