Message from the Chairman, Jim Muldoon
Happy Holidays from everyone here at Brendan. We had another successful year, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of everyone involved with the program. We look forward to what is ahead and cannot wait to get back on the water in 2019.

If you have not done so already, we urge you to consider a donation this holiday season. We have recently expanded our base-programs to Washington, D.C. and want to be able to provide more scholarships than ever before. As many of you know, we never turn down a child due to financial reasons, and we know how important it is for children to have self-confidence and worth. Programs like these make such a difference in lives of the children who participate, and we want to continue the tradition of scholarships for years to come. 
Again, thank you to our partners, sponsors, board members, staff, parents, and participants. We look forward to another great year in 2019 and hope to hear from everyone soon!

Happy Holidays!

Jim Muldoon

Brendan Sailing Program
Brendan News
 Message from Executive Director Charlie Arms
The Off Season is ON.

You may be wondering what we do here at Brendan HQ when not operating programs. Well, the answer is we are hard at work exploring new ways to improve our current programs and curriculum. We have been meeting with a 
professional strategic planner to outline our 2019 goals which include: organizing and researching grant opportunities, identifying future partnerships, and identifying fundraising opportunities. Our board of directors and staff have been brainstorming, planning, and updating all facets of our organization to continue to build partnerships and grow Brendan’s reach to as many children as possible. Recently, I was in the US Virgin Islands, where I had visited for a regatta and family vacation. Amid the relaxation and enjoyment, I was able to meet with individuals on St. Thomas
 who had previously expressed an interest in Brendan’s
Photo Credit: Susan Arms
mission in hopes for a partnership program. We share a passion for sailing and a commitment to increasing opportunities for children with learning differences.
As mentioned, we have also been busy developing fundraising initiatives so that we can continue to ensure every child is able to participate in the program regardless of their financial situation. Our current 2019 initiatives include applying for grants, continuing the Giving Tuesday tradition, and expanding our online donation capabilities. It is still not too late to give a tax-deductible donation to Brendan Sailing. Please visit use our website for more details.
It will be a busy off-season, although we cannot wait to show everyone what we have in store. I wish you the best for the holidays and look forward to seeing everyone in 2019!
Charlie Arms
Executive Director
Brendan Sailing Program
2019 Brendan Awards Brunch Sunday January 27, 2019! 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Please Join us on Sunday January 27 at Navy-Marine Corps. Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD to celebrate the accomplishments of the participants from the 2018 summer season! RSVP to Andrew or Joanne or by sending an email to brendansailingprogram@gmail.com
Photo Credit: Marc Apter
     2019 Giving Tuesday Recap
Brendan Sailing celebrates its second year participating in Giving Tuesday, the global movement dedicated to supporting communities and charities making a difference. This year, we expanded our fundraising network with platforms such as AmazonSmile, Goodshop, and eBay for Charity. It’s not too late to support our program - donate, volunteer, or simply spread the word about our program to further Brendan Sailing’s mission! You can do so here.
CRAB Partnership
We are excited to partner with the Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (CRAB). Based out of Annapolis, CRAB is an organization whose mission is to bring the thrill and freedom of sailing to persons with disabilities, recovering warriors and local youth from at-risk neighborhoods. Brendan participants are invited to the Sail Free Sundays. These sails are designed to introduce persons with disabilities and their families to the therapeutic value and pure joy of the wind and water on Chesapeake Bay. The family sails are scheduled one Sunday in each month from April through October. Information on Sail Free Sundays is available on the CRAB Calendar. https://crabsailing.org/events/
Brendan Spotlights
Thomas Callahan
 As a new sailor to the Brendan Program, Thomas Callahan showed great energy and passion for the sport. He is very active in Boy Scouts of America and has a strong passion for fishing, camping, hiking, and now sailing! He learned of the Brendan program from one of his Boy Scout leaders, and current Brendan Sailing instructor Evan McCarthy.
His favorite part of camp was the solo sailing and then sailing to an island for the lunch picnic. He also enjoyed the free time at lunch to swim at the beach and hang out with other campers! 
   Instructor Alumni
Nan Walker
 A former Brendan Sailing Instructor, Nan has been part of the Brendan family for over 30 years. She was a lead instructor when the program was running out  of Shearwater Marina, Sandy State Park, and its eventual home at Annapolis Sailing School. After Brendan, she founded the Kid Ship Sailing School in Annapolis, that is also operated out of Annapolis Sailing School.
 Her favorite part from working with Brendan was getting to know the wonderful children and seeing the program enrich their lives and learning. She was also fortunate to have worked with some other great instructors who became lifelong friends (Todd Lochner, Dirk Schwenk, Pat Ewing, Bert Collins to name just a few).
     Board Member
Capt. Rick Franke
Host of WNAV's The Boat Show, Capt. Rick Franke, has loved boating and sailing since the age of five when he moved to the head of the South River. He started teaching the art of sailing in 1968 at Annapolis Sailing School as a Junior Instructor and has been aware of Brendan since its inception.
In 1996 he negotiated the purchase of Kidship Sailing for Annapolis Sailing School, which paved the way for Brendan's future home. He joined the Brendan Board of Director's in March of 2018 and looks forward to being apart of the growth of the organization, increasing the number of young people who can benefit from the program's unique approach.
Articles of Interest 
The Impact of LD on Partners
From the "Ask the Experts" Series provided by SmartKidswithLD.org
'‘At best, family relationships are challenging, but raising a child with LD or ADHD can create stress that ripples through the entire family. Concerns about a child with learning challenges can impact relationships between siblings, parents and children, and even extended family…Raising a child with learning differences or ADHD can cause tension and conflict or it can energize a family and promote resilience.’
See Full Article Here
Ross Greene on Challenging Behavior
By: Eve Kessler, Esq.
"My younger son was “that” kid. When he was four, he would run around the circle at circle time, kick sand across the playground, and refuse to obey rules, whether he was at Gymboree, preschool, home, or out in the community. With each expulsion from an activity, his challenging behaviors got worse. What I didn’t realize at the time was that everyone, however well-intentioned, was treating the symptoms while ignoring the underlying problems. He wanted to behave; he just couldn’t."
See Full Article Here
Photo Credit: Eve Kessler, Esq.
*Please feel free to send us any articles you find helpful and we will be sure to highlight them in future newsletters!*

Executive Members:
James P. Muldoon, Chairman
Joanne M. Dorval, President
Rick Franke, Secretary
Roberta Wilson, Treasurer
Board of Directors:
Marc Apter
Lex Birney
Pat Ewing
Rick Franke
Linda Kessler
Todd Lochner
Molly Mahoney
Jim Muldoon, Jr.
Rick Nelson
Amy Werblow 
Contact Information 
This Winter issue of the Brendan Sailing Newsletter is dedicated to the loving memory of Sharon Katula
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The instructional approach used in the Brendan Sailing Program conforms to American National Standards EDU-3 Skills-based Sailboat Standard and EDU 4 On-water Instruction Standard for on-water, skills-based instruction in entry-level recreational boat operation. Learn more about National On-Water Standards here.
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