SSA Foundation Trustees Approve 2006 Team
As per the terms of the Robertson and Woods Trusts, which were set
up by their donors to support US Team competition overseas, the SSA
Foundation Trustees recently authorized $56,996.88 in funding based
on investment results for the past three years. Currently the US
Team Committee anticipates spending no more than two thirds of that
figure on 2006 competitions in Sweden and Vinon and will leave the
remainder in the Trusts. As previously noted, the Trustees and the
Committee came to agreement via a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines the procedure
for determining annual support for the Teams based on annual
investment results. Under this process, monies designated as
Available to the Committee can remain in the Trust and accumulate,
while monies designated as Restricted can not be withdrawn.
This memo simply restates long held practices
around the general guideline of making available from the applicable Trust
funds about 5% per year for operations, intending that this would
preserve the corpus of the funds, and hopefully provide
income and capital gain flowing back into the funds for further
growth. This long held strategy has been successful in balancing
team support with long term growth.
the Robertson Trust Performance page
As a result of contributions and thanks to an improving investment
environment the Robertson and Woods trusts have shown better
performance results over the past several years.
the Robertson Trust Performance page
In 2006 the U.S. Team Committee and the SSA Trustees have
established a memo of understanding with regard to the amount and
timing of payments to the team from the Robertson Trust. This memo
simply restates long held practices. See the memo
As of August, 2003
contributors added $19,509 to the Trust, the second highest yearly
contribution level ever! Good things are starting to happen with the
organization of U.S. soaring teams in the form of the U.S. Team
Committee and this continuing financial support is critical to
fielding competitive teams in the future. See the U.S. Team web site
here and the U.S. Team
The Robertson Plaque Hangs at SSA
Diamond and Gold contributors are honored on the
Robertson Trust Plaque which is now hanging in the SSA offices. From
all the U.S. Soaring Teams - Thank you for your support! See
the contribution levels
New Robertson Contributions
The Robertson Trust has collected an additional
$8,659 in contributions bringing the total for the Funding The
Future campaign to over $110,000! Congratulations to the
contributors for making competitive soaring and our soaring teams a
priority. See the contributors page here.
SSA Foundation Supports Teams
Foundation Trustees authorize and disperse to the 2003 U.S.
Soaring Teams, $24,000 in funding from the Robertson and Woods
Trusts. The total for the 2002/2003 period was $29,000 with $5,000
going to the 2002 Club Class effort. This
brings the total support provided by the Robertson and Woods
Trusts to United
States Soaring Teams to over $195,000 since their founding.
Funding the Future 2003 Wraps Up
The 2002 Robertson Funding The Future campaign has
successfully concluded with over $101,000 in contributions. The
success of the 2002 campaign is a great first step on the road to
adequately funding U.S. soaring teams. United States Soaring Teams
still need your long term financial support.
Campaign Manager John Seaborn Steps Down
As the year long program draws to a close campaign manger has
provided SSA Foundation Trustees and the members of the SSA Executive
Committee a final report on the Robertson Trust's 2002 Funding the
The Robertson Trust is
a part of the SSA Foundation. The Foundation Trustees have issued a detailed report and open letter regarding the
Foundation. See the full report of the Foundation and investment
practices in Adobe PDF format
Benefits From Wedding
When Clyde and Carolyn
Taylor decided to be married they picked out several worthy causes
to which well wishers could contribute instead of gifts. The
Robertson Trust made the list and has been receiving contributions
honoring the wedding of Clyde & Carolyn. Congratulations to the
Robertson Trust -
Funding The Future Campaign in the final stretch. Ends December
As the year slides toward fall the
Robertson Trust's Funding the Future campaign moves into high
gear and we need your help. Any amount of support is appreciated.
There are many ways to contribute so see the
Robertson Helps Club Class
keeping with the Trust's charter and in manner constant with
the trustees established policy, $5,000 was distributed from the
Robertson Trust to help offset costs of participating in the club
class World Soaring Championships in Musbach Germany.
Nationals a Fundraising Success
The Roberson Trust collected over
$1,500 in contributions at the recent 15-Meter nationals in Tonopah.
of the spring season the Robertson Trust's Funding the Future
campaign has sent over five hundred letters, along with a Robertson
Trust flyer and contribution form to U.S. competition pilots. This
effort is designed to build the Robertson Trust and restore balance
to U.S. Team Funding. See why this is important.
If you would like to see what was sent
click here for the
pdf file (335kb). Yes that is an actual
picture of what a 500+ mailing looks like in my office...
recent SSA convention was a good one for the Robertson Trust.
Funding The Future campaign manager John Seaborn gave two talks
regarding the Robertson Trust. Most importantly the SSA Board
approved the formation of the US Team Policy Task Force.
The goal of this task force is to take a ground up look at US teams
with the objective of making them more transparent, accountable,
competitive and sustainable. This is a very positive new direction
for the teams. See more on the
US Team Task Force.
||In it's first month the Robertson
Trust's Funding The Future campaign has
raised over $108,000 largely through the determined work of
newly elected Region 2 Director, and long time glider pilot,
Dianne Black Nixon. The Robertson Trust is off to a winning start. This
early success is due largely to a generous contribution by Haydeť
Pinero Buck and Peter Buck. It has been a great start to insuring our
United States Soaring Teams have the opportunity to compete and win
long into the future. Your contributions are needed to help build the
trust and restore balance to funding our soaring teams.
official kick off date for the Funding the Future campaign.
Together our contributions to the Robertson Trust can restore the
balance between direct and perpetual used to fund our U.S. Soaring
Teams and insure our pilots have the opportunity to participate and
the SSA and web expert, Mike Culver, the Robertson Trust can
accept contributions online. This new feature is an easy three step
process that makes a contribution using a Visa or Mastercard a snap.
Click the image at right to start.
contest day 1 see how the Robertson Trust funds are helping our team
in South Africa with the Day Reports on the
SSA US Team web.
Robertson Trust sponsors the US Team Archive on the SSA US Soaring
Team Web site. Included are historical articles, photos and pilot
listings from 1950. See the US Team site under
Robertson Plaque Announced - Contributors to be honored with
perpetual plaque in SSA office... Contributors
to the Robertson Trust, if they desire, will have their contribution
acknowledged with their name engraved on a hansom Robertson Trust
Plaque displayed in the Soaring Society of America office.
Trust Web Site final draft completed.
SSA Foundation information on Robertson
SSA Foundation Supports Teams
Foundation Trustees authorize and disperse to the SSA $29,900 for
use in funding U.S. Soaring Teams. The total was split, $19,100
from the Robertson Trust and $10,800 from the Woods Fund. This
brings the total support provided by the Robertson Trust to United
States Soaring Teams to over $166,000 since it's founding in 1988.
Seaborn elected SSA Foundation Trustee.
Trust Report given to SSA Trustees and Directors at the Denver SSA
Trust has new e-mail address: TrustInfo@RobertsonTrust.com
Executive Committee appoints John Seaborn as Robertson Trust
Campaign Manager for a twelve month period starting January
draft of Robertson Trust Web site completed.
to Robertson Trust reach $1,200 from the participants of the
Standard Class Nationals at Mifflin.