In Mathematics, a vector
is a directed line segment, a concept defined by magnitude and direction.
But other physical quantities compose vectors: velocity, acceleration,
The simplest representation of a vector is as an arrow connecting two
points, from point A to point B.
Let’s try a different
field of study.
A vector is also an
agent of change. In Genetics, a vector is an agent that transfers genetic
material from one cell to another.
Detect any trends here?
Vector is also the
course, or direction, in which a ship or airplane moves. As a verb, vector
means to guide according to lines of direction (vectors).
graphics, a vector is a line designated by its end points (X-Y or X-Y-Z
coordinates). A completed circle is made by connecting many small vectors.
So what is the point of
my rambling? This is my point:
VECTOR is not a thing,
not an end point. It is what connects point A to point B. It marks how you
get from here to there.
Magnitude – Direction –
Acceleration – Velocity – Force
Small or large – here to
there – going slowly or growing quickly – massive impact or small victories
once said, “The great thing is the start -- to see an opportunity for
service, and to start doing it, even though in the beginning you serve but a
single customer -- and him for nothing.”
VECTOR - Volunteer
Efforts Can Turn Out Results
Now to the
real point: VECTOR is a committed group of volunteers, great and small,
moving in a direction, sometimes rushing there, who believe that we can be a
force for change in the lives of South Carolina’s troubled and at-risk
youth. Oh – and if, at the same time, we can change the adults in their
lives, we’ll do that, too!
Now, if you’re
still with me take a look at some things the VECTOR Foundation is doing and
let us know if you’re interested in helping.