The Gonzaga Men's Rowing Squad takes on WSU in an indoor rowing challenge this Saturday, February 9th at the Indoor Training Center, McCarthy Athletic Facility. Coach V has extended an invitation to all local rowing fans who want to come and watch! Competition starts at 9 AM
ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF THE 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Good morning Members of the CDA Rowing Association –
It is time once again for our annual meeting where the membership of our club is tasked with electing Board Members for the 2019 fiscal year. Your Board of Directors is responsible for conducting the business and operations of our non-profit organization as well as ensuring that our club lives up to our stated mission which is to “Inspire a lifelong love of the sport of rowing in a safe and fun environment.” The term for each member of the Board is one year.
Your current Board is comprised of the following volunteers:
Tom Hamilton – President Mark Vorhees – Vice President Kathleen Atkins – Treasurer Ann Cone – Secretary Martin Stacey – Member at Large Stephanie Keaty – Member at Large
With the exception of Stephanie, each member of the Board has stated that they are willing to continue to serve for the next fiscal year and their names will be put forward for consideration.
However, every member of the CDA Rowing Association has the ability to nominate either themselves or someone else for election to any Board position. To serve on the Board, one does not need to be a member of the CDA Rowing Association.
All members in good standing are eligible to nominate and are also eligible to vote (including our Junior members!). Please note that Affiliate Members do not have voting privileges.
If you are interested in serving or nominating either a current Board Member or someone else to any of the positions on our Board, please submit that nomination to Ann Cone at Secretary@cdarowing.org. Ann will compile all nominations and prepare a ballot for any contested or open positions. Members will be able to vote via email or at the annual meeting which will be held on October 17th at Calypso’s Coffee beginning at 5:30 PM.
The timeline for the election process will be as follows:
Nominations are open beginning today. Friday, Oct 5: Nominations Closed Monday, Oct 8: Ballots distributed via email to all members in good standing. Ballots can be returned via email, US Post Office or in person at the annual meeting but must be received no later than 5:30PM on October 17 to be considered. Tuesday, Oct 17: Annual meeting – votes tallied and your Board elected for the next year. One last thing, the Board is considering a change to the by-laws to take our Board from 6 members to 7 for a couple of reasons. One is that odd numbers work better in the event of a tie, but also there are times our busy schedules may make it hard to seat a quorum. Changes to the bylaws require a vote of membership so we will put that out for consideration as well. If approved, we will be looking for one more volunteer for an additional Member at Large position.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns
BOAT LOADING We will be de-rigging the boats and loading the trailers Friday beginning at 3:15 PM. This is a mandatory team activity for Junior rowers planning to race. Please check-in on Team Stuff for Boat Loading so we know how to plan.
TRAVELING TO PRIEST RIVER We are asking that rowers plan to be in Priest River no later than 6:30 AM on Saturday, Sept 29th in order to help unload trailers and rig the boats.
Our boats will be at a park just east of town called the Mudhole. If you are coming from the west (Newport) it is about 1/8 of a mile after the bridge that crosses the Priest River on the right. The driveway sneaks up on you a bit, so be looking. This is also where we will launch and this year is also the finish line for the race.
ENTRY FEES There are none!!! Woo Hoo!!! However, there is a BBQ afterwards which will also be the awards ceremony. BBQ Tickets must be purchased in advance and the cut-off is midnight on Sunday, Sept 23. Tickets can be purchased here: porpa.org/regatta/ but will not be available at the regatta.
WAIVERS This race REQUIRES a waiver for each participant. We need these back from everyone before boat-loading on Friday, please. These are not optional and if I don't have a signed waiver, you can not be allowed to row. Waivers can also be found here: porpa./org/regatta/
SNACKS FOR CDA ROWERS - We have done a great job at getting together a Snack Table each year at HOP for our rowers. Let's do it again in 2018. Ann Cone has volunteered to coordinate the effort. Feel free to text her at 208.691.6855. She has crazy week at work this week so texting is the best way for her to communicate Thanks!
If we all work together we can have another awesome food tent area! Please let me know how you can pitch in!
Cones - Pop Up Tent, hot water for cocoa, cocoa, tea, cups, plates, napkins, plastic utensils, bananas
Things we need: Tables, snacks, waters, fruit, etc,
Here are some suggestions for snacks:
Trail Mix, Cheese Sticks, Apples, Granola/Yogurt Cups, Muffins, Hot Chocolate and Insulated Cups (the morning may be chilly) or any other yummy/healthy snack.
VIEWING THE RACE Rowers will put in at “The Mudhole”, row upstream on the Priest River to the starting point and finish back at the Mudhole.
Due to the length of the race and challenges of the course, some of our Junior rowers are only participating in one event. Please try to understand that the health and safety of your rower is our primary concern and decisions get made based on those two priorities first and foremost.
Spectators can view the regatta from the Priest River Bridge on Hwy 2 or at the Mudhole itself.
We often need a little help during launching and recovery, mostly with gathering and returning shoes and warm-ups. If you would consider helping at the MudHole it is very easy to help your rower launch and still get to see the finish of the race. Not everyone needs to do this, but a few "helpers" make it go much smoother.
CLOTHING It will be cold Saturday morning when we start so please make sure your kids are dressed appropriately! Remember, though, that we don't row with heavy cotton sweat shirts, hoodies, sweat pants, etc. For those that don't have uniforms yet, please make sure they have a tech shirt or something similar and tight fitting shorts / pants. Baggy pants don't work with rowing seats. Team colors are Viking blue and white (sorry non-Viking people) and tech shirts can be found for a good price at several of our local sporting good stores and Walmart.
The next opportunity to order uniforms will be Spring Season next year.
BOAT LOADING IN PRIEST RIVER Loading the trailer after racing is a team activity in which everyone is expected to participate. Please tell your families to plan to stay long enough to complete that activity which usually lasts until early to mid-afternoon. Your Coach will let you know you are dismissed when the trailer is ready to roll!
GAS MONEY This race is pretty close, so the gas will cost me about $30 to 35. I feel a little silly asking each of you for $1.25, so I won't. If you feel moved to throw a little into the gas fund, I won't turn it down.
Please get in touch with me right away if there is anything I haven't answered here and Junior rowers, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PARENTS SEE THIS!!!
Good afternoon Rowers, Friends, Families and Fans!
Head Race Season is here! We have two upcoming Head Race opportunities as follows.
Head of the Pend Oreille is Sept 29th in Priest River, Idaho.
Head of the Spokane is Oct 13 at the Gonzaga Boathouse in Spokane.
Any member in good standing is welcome to come race with us, but we need your entries soon in order to submit on time!
Masters, if you'd like to row but aren't already in a boat, please contact Sherry Wood (208) 699-4617 and she will find you a spot! If you're in the Master's 8 already, don't worry, Sherry has forwarded that information.
Juniors - we have your list from TeamStuff, but you need to let us know before Monday if anything is going to change. Line-ups and entries will be finalized at that point.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
TOMORROW (AUG 27) IS THE CUT-OFF FOR REGISTRATION!!!
There may not be another opportunity in our area for a long time to come. If you're interested, please make sure you register right away to ensure your spot. Payment is not due until the first day of the course on Sept 15!
Contact Tom Hamilton with any questions. President@cdarowing.org
The Coeur d'Alene Rowing Association is very pleased to announce that our US Rowing Level 2 Coaching Clinic is now open for registration at Regatta Central. The course is scheduled for Sept 15 and 16 and is $250 per participant.