Membership and Outreach Committee

Purpose: to develop and maintain SEMA membership and support for Ernestina, by maintaining www.ernestina.org, publishing Updates (newsletter) and conducting other outreach, including public relations and marketing activities.

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Ernestina Loses a Friend in Fred Kalisz, Former New Bedford Mayor

Gregg Swanzey shared the contributions of Fred Kalisz to Schooner Ernestina during his mayoralty: Our sincere condolences go out to Pat and Ricky Kalisz who were right alongside Fred in his tenure as Mayor of the City of New Bedford in … Continue reading

“one of Ernestina’s very best “Friends”

Photographers Ron Barboza and Peter Pereiera joined a group of SEMA directors and former Commissioners soon after Governor Baker signed AN ACT TO PRESERVE THE SCHOONER ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY. The group gathered last summer to recognize Tom Lopes’ role in establishing the … Continue reading

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Advisory Board Appointed.

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Advisory Board has been appointed and was sworn in on November 13, 2020 by Joe Maynard of the Governor’s Office via Zoom. From AN ACT TO PRESERVE THE SCHOONER ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY: “to advise the academy on matters that relate … Continue reading

2019 Annual Report

The cover of the 2019 Annual Report shows what we are working for, a sailing Ernestina-Morrissey in 2021. For 2019 Annual Report click HERE and scroll down * Through our new partnership with MMA, SEMA continues our mission and we … Continue reading

Governor Baker signs An Act to preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

On July 8th Governor Baker signed a bill creating a new chapter in the 1894 Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey’s life and story. It transfers her stewardship from the State Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

An Open Moment

As we approach the celebration of our Nation’s beginnings 244 years ago, we must consider where we are now. The statement below shared by Laura Pires-Hester, past Chairwoman of the Ernestina Commission and Julius Britto, President of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association … Continue reading

All Hands On Deck: A Call to Action

Massachusetts Residents! All Hands on Deck, A Call To Action! Contact (call, write a letter, email) your state representative TODAY to support this bill which enables Ernestina-Morrissey to sail again! An Act to Preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey ( Bill S.2328) This … Continue reading

Looking Forward to a Fantastic 2020!

Looking forward to a 2020 when we will once again see fireworks bloom through Ernestina-Morrissey’s shrouds! You still have time to make your 2019 tax-deductible donation to The Annual Appeal. Just click the yellow Donate button on the right! AND: … Continue reading

And the Final Installment!

We hope you have been enjoying the WoodenBoat series “A Schooner for the Ages — The six charmed lives of ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY ”  The final Part 3 is available now!  It tells the story of the current rehabilitation.  We are looking forward to … Continue reading

SUPPORT THE RETURN OF THE HISTORIC ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY TODAY!

Dear Friends and Supporters, SEMA’s excitement is palpable as we come to the end of a successful year of progress toward the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey’s complete rehabilitation. Here are some significant highlights! We are proud to announce that PHASE I, the … Continue reading

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