Final Pre-Season Update

Hello Members:

There’s plenty going on behind the scenes as we get ready for the start of the spring season.

•I’m happy to announce that Leslie Walker will serve as interim head women’s sweep coach.  We are in the midst of another head coach search, and we’re happy that Leslie has agreed to work in this capacity in the meantime.  The previously announced women’s sweep schedule will stay in place for the first few weeks of March.  Any other staff changes will be announced as soon as they are complete.

River Conditions.  The coaches will only cancel practice the night before if we think that there is LESS than a 50/50 chance of rowing.  Otherwise, the coaches will check water conditions in the mornings.  They are trained to be conservative in their judgement.  Don’t pressure them, please.

Safety.  All rowing in March must be as part of an organized, coached practice, due to river temperature.

Schedule (Sweep) after March 1.   Men Sweep TTH, plus Sat. 6:45am   Women Sweep MWF, plus Sat. 7am

Schedule (Sculling) after March 1.  L3 Scull T, F, Sun.  L4 Scull M, TH, Sun.

Open Rows.  Saturday and Sunday at 7am.  Sweep or Scull.  Just talk to a coach when you get there.  Extra coaches will be on duty.

Pay dues and sign waiver, ASAP.

Covered Bridge Regatta (April 22-23) sign up, now open.  Closes March 10.

Club Work Party, March 4, 9am-noon.  Attendees to planned women’s sweep meeting can work after their meeting.

Successful Station L X-country ski outing

10 Station L members descended on Mt Hood and Teacup for a beautiful day of skiing this past Sunday.  Everyone did the outside loop which includes some blue sections, even the first time skier Amanda.  Not all of them skied the Wahoo.  Thanks to the drivers.

Beside skiing Peter also was able to create a flash mob of rowers to get our new 8 off the trailer that showed about 2 hours before expected and us all in Government Camp.

Saturday Update

Via our “Should I Row Today” page on the website, flow is 139k CFS, speed still at 3.0 FPS and near 12 feet on the gauge.   Thus no rowing on Saturday.  Coaches Reba, Peter, Sarah and Travis will all be at the boathouse from 7-9am anyway, so come down and impress them with your erging ability.  Or help them with boat fixes.  Or just stop by and say hi.

On Sunday we will be welcoming a new 8+ to the boathouse.  We need a few folks to meet the trailer in the late afternoon, so let Peter know if you can help–especially if you live close by.  You’ll get a 90 minute warning before the trailer arrives!

Ski Outing, River Conditions

Just a reminder that our rescheduled XC ski outing is set for this Sunday, Feb. 12.  The weather forecast is for a dry day, with sun!   Please sign up on our event sign up page, and/or update your previous sign up.

The river is running high and fast, scheduled to peak at close to 12 feet on Saturday.  It’s currently at a flow of 137,000 cfs and 3 feet per second.  If it stays near this level, we won’t row this weekend.   An update will be sent Friday night for Saturday rowing, and Saturday night for Sunday rowing.

Board Election Results – 2017

The Station L Board would like to express our thanks to the members who stepped forward to be considered for the two open board positions. It was encouraging to see such a well qualified cast of candidates, but in the end there were two who came out on top.

The voting is now complete and we are pleased to announce that Jim Barrett and Terry New are our two new board members. Please take the time to thank them as well as the others who stepped forward for consideration. It is only though the dedicated efforts of volunteers like these that we succeed as an organization.

February Club Update

As we enter the last month of the rowing “off-season”, there’s still plenty of news to share:

•Learn to Row registration kicked off yesterday, and in the first few hours 14 new rowers signed up for spring classes!

•Kristin Bott, our club registrar and membership coordinator, could use an assistant and understudy.  The position is paid, modestly.  For a job description (hint-emails) and/or to express interest, contact Peter.   We would like to have someone on board by March 1.

•Our 2017 club calender and event sign up page is a good one to bookmark.  You’ll see all the club events for the year listed, with sign up deadlines (if any).  Specific event pages are created as we get closer to each event.   You can also sign up to serve on club committees–see the committee tab.

Upcoming February events include CyBERG, a Feb. 12 XC ski outing, and the Feb. 26 Rowers Triathlon.

Learn to Scull classes for members are available.  Several sessions have already been scheduled.  Check the bottom of the Sculling page for the schedule.  We will open registration on March 1.

Dues payments–if you plan to pay your annual dues by the month, time has just about run out to get started on that (it’s already February).  Contact Scott right away to get this set up, or to update your 2016 monthly payment for the new year.    Lump sum payments (check or online) must be received by March 1 to keep your membership current.

USRowing waivers.  These must be signed each year.  Things are a bit more confusing now, as each Station L member must be either a USRowing Championship Member($65/year) OR a Basic Member ($7.75/year).  These memberships must be renewed whenever they expire each year.   There is an “auto-renew” feature, so you may want to consider that option when you renew this year.

Even with a current USRowing membership, the 2017 calendar year USRowing waiver MUST be signed to row. Instructions here.  Please complete this ASAP.

Annual Meeting Review

At the annual meeting Sunday, over 50 club members ate their pizza, drank beer and sat patiently through a presentation of some positive club financial news.   Even better, they gave a standing ovation to founding member Andy Rocchia, who shared a couple of stories from his time with the club in the early 1970’s.

We welcome members to sign up for committees on the following topics (go to our regatta sign up page to put your name in)

•Regatta Administration

•Boathouse Future (Fundraising, Site Selection)

•Club Historian/Archivist

•Willamette River Marathon Logistics Committee (August 11-13)

•Boat Naming

If you have any other questions about topics from the annual meeting, or for a copy of the presentation, contact Peter.

Vote now for the 2017 Station L Board

UPDATE: Deirdre O’Brien has asked to withdraw her name. We will be contacting those who voted for her and asking them to choose another candidate.

We are pleased to announce the opening of Board Elections. There are two board seats up for election this year, and we’ve been blessed to have five members stand for election.

All members in good standing can vote on the election page.  There you can read the candidates statements and vote at the bottom of the page. (You will be asked to login.)

If you have questions for the candidates, bring them to the Annual Meeting tomorrow at 3pm.

Voting will end at Noon on February 4th and results will be announced shortly thereafter.

If you have any questions about the voting process, or problems voting, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or at the meeting tomorrow.

Darrell Fuhriman, Club Secretary

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