The Tabor Boy Project

November 22, 2007

A message to all members of The Tabor Boy Project

I hope that this message finds you full of turkey but otherwise well.

It's great to start the holiday season with a day where we can take a moment to be grateful for the many things that have contributed to our lives. If you are like me, the experience of sailing Tabor Boy is one of those things that you will be forever thankful. The older I get, the more I appreciate those years at sea under sail with some amazing shipmates and an incredible man in Capt. Glaeser.

The Tabor Boy Project was launched seven months ago. Today we have 79 shipmates aboard spanning from classes in the 1950's to current Tabor students. Over 200 amazing photos have been posted which tell more stories than a thousand volumes ever could. There have been some great yarns spun and I am sure that there are many more out there just waiting for the right moment. Thanks for all of your contributions!

It's also a good time of year to take our bearings on where we are and chart where we like to be on Dec. 31. For the Tabor Boy Project here are a few goals that I hope you will help me with:

1.) We are at 79 shipmates today. Let's break 100 by the end of the year. I'm sure that you have a shipmate who currently isn't aboard but should be. Please invite them in and encourage them to contribute a story or some pictures.

2.) We currently have 234 pictures posted. By year end, let's get that North of 300. I have a stack of them that I promised to scan for my shipmate and friend Bob Glover and am publicly committing to get them done over the next few weeks. Hope that you can find a few in your old shoeboxes that you will share with us too!

3.) The most effective way to get others to join and contribute to the Tabor Boy Project is to model the way. Just like the peer leadership model used in sail training, it's easier to ask others to post if you've already done so yourself. Hop aboard and tell us a story or post some pictures. It's quick, easy and fun. We have the opportunity to create one of the most interesting and comprehensive records about the sail training experience. Let's do it!

4.) Finally, if you haven't posted a profile picture, please do so. The front left box provides a great mosaic of faces and it will get richer with more mugs. Get your's up there!

It seems only appropriate on this day of thanks to offer my appreciation to another shipmate and friend, Jamie Hutton, who's been doing yeoman's service as The Tabor Boy Project's biggest booster and co-administrator.

If you need any assistance in posting to the blog or uploading pictures, please feel free to contact me or Jamie.

Thanks for being such an important part of The Tabor Boy Project!

Happy Holidays and Fair Winds,
Peter A. Mello
Chief Storytelling Officer
The Tabor Boy Project
t. 508.264.5629
skype: petermello

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