It’s Junior Regionals Volunteer sign up time again. This is a fun way to support junior rowing, watch some great racing and raise $$ for Station L. Every hour of volunteer time brings $$ back to our club.
The regatta is May 18-20. Sign up ASAP for the prime jobs and shifts at this link!
For those dialed into the weather, you’ve seen the reports–look down for the current Saturday forecast–
We will most likely not row Saturday. There will be a couple of coaches at the boathouse to guide those who wish to erg, or help fix a few boats. We only have our 15-18 ergs on Saturday, so we can better serve everyone if we erg in two groups, 7am and 8am. So pick one. Or sleep in and go out to coffee. Stay tuned to the forecast and secure your garbage cans!
Rain before 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. High near 58. Windy, with a south southwest wind 22 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
A few important announcements are piling up, so here goes:
*Fundraising–we’ve raised about $1700 from 21 members toward our new oars. Add your contribution–large or small–so we can get the new oars into circulation. . . . We need $2300 more.
*USRowing is gradually moving to align their calendar year waiver signing with your membership expiration date. However, members with expiration dates in the first 1/2 of the year still need to sign the 2018 online waiver. Instructions are at this link. We will send a list of non-compliant members to captains for distribution next week.
*Daylight Savings time induced darkness continues. By April 11 we will be back to the amount of morning light we had on March 10. By April 30 we will have light at the beginning of morning practice.
*Our 2018 Learn to Row classes begin Monday April 2. If you see new rowers around the boathouse, welcome them!
*As regatta season approaches, a reminder that all member programs will continue on their regular schedule UNLESS a specific announcement is made.
•Work Party this Saturday, 930am-noon. See the list of jobs and sign up to lead a team (link now accessible)
•Covered Bridge Regatta April 14-15, sign up deadline Monday March 5 at midnight, Sign up at link
•The Portland Boathouse/Portland River Center has discontinued their pursuit of a boathouse on the OMSI property. See their announcement on Facebook.
Here’s a quick note from Sydney Ey, Station L board chair.
Dear Station L community,
On behalf of the Station L Board, we wanted to give you an update on the future location of our boathouse. This past week, our board representative to the PBH group, Terry New, learned that the plan is now tabled at this time due to OMSI’s recent decision to not proceed with our proposal. Terry and the other PBH members will be meeting this month to proceed with other options that fit the needs of our timeline.
We continue to work closely with the PBH planning group, to represent our needs and find a viable solution. Please feel free to contact any of our board members or Peter if you have any questions or suggestions.
Brace yourself–the return of winter weather means that March is almost here. Plenty of activity at the club.
•Morning practice begins this Thursday. Remember that the coaches will prioritize safety while it’s still dark. So be patient with your “dream lineup” or small boat desires.
•Spring Work Party, Saturday 9:30am-noon. Our biggest of the year. See the list of planned activities here. If you have interest or skills that translate to a particular job, sign up to be a “team leader” at the link.
•The Covered Bridge Regatta at Dexter Lake signup is now open. Deadline to sign up is March 5.
•We’ve got some updates regarding future boathouse issues–Peter and Board members will brief members at rowing sessions over the next week.
•Our final winter Learn to Erg class begins this Tuesday at 7pm. We’ve still got a few spots left. Register on our website.
Some announcements and reminders:
•CybERG was fun! Check out the results here. Big thanks to Anne, Edward and Scott for creating our relay teams. Pics and videos on our Facebook page.
•Donation Receipts. Peter is creating receipts for tax purposes, and will send them out this weekend. If you donated in 2017 don’t need a receipt, let him know.
•Monthly Debits are now consolidated to one date each month for greater efficiency. All scheduled member payments (dues/donations) will be debited on the 5th of each month.
•Oar Painting Work Parties–Saturday Feb. 10 at 10am, Sunday Feb. 11 at 1pm, Monday Feb. 19, 7pm. Help us finish this job by March 1!
•Club Committees–sign up to join an Ad-hoc committee on the regatta sign up page.
•Erg class-We’ve added another erg class, beginning February 27.
•Fundraising for Oars–we are looking for some donations to help pay for additional oars.
•Sustaining Members–several more members have signed up to be monthly sustainers of the club and its mission. There’s no deadline to participate!
Station L’s popular Learn to Row classes begin April 2 and registration is now open. Register online on the Station L website.
If you can’t wait until April, we are offering indoor rowing or “erg” classes on T and TH evenings this winter. Participants receive a $10 credit toward on-water Learn to Row classes. Register today or tell a friend.
For members or would be members, the spring season is right around the corner. 2018 is the perfect time to come back to the club. We’ve got a new schedule and some great coaches waiting for you. Explore our website to discover the options or email our Membership Coordinator with any questions.
A few important items–
•Congratulations to Darrell Fuhriman and Alice McKee on their election to three year terms on the Board of Directors. It is a credit to our membership that each year we have many quality candidates willing to serve their fellow members. Thanks to Marguerite for stepping up to run this year.
•We NEED more oars. We are looking to purchase a set of 8 sweep oars and 4-5 pairs of sculling oars. This purchase will require a brief “special project” fund drive. As Peter discussed at the annual meeting, we try for 100% member participation every three years for our major capital equipment purchases. This time, we are looking for a few thousand bucks to make those busy boathouse days easier with additional new or nearly new oars! Make your donation here
•On a different fundraising note, Station L is starting a “Sustaining Member” donation program. You can give a recurring monthly gift (min. $10) that goes toward supporting our programs and our mission. Sign up here
•Our next Erg class begins this coming Tuesday. Only three spots left. Tell a friend or sign up here.
•The 2018 Learn to Row season is only two months away. Class registration is now open on our website. Spread the word!
•CybERG 2018 is this Sunday. Register now at RegattaCentral.com (deadline Friday at midnight!)
•If you have procrastinated paying your 2018 dues, make arrangements now! The weather is improving and the river conditions look good.
Great to see so many excited members at the annual meeting today. Sixty-five members showed up for the pizza, beer, club updates and some special presentations.
Thanks to Patrick Quinton, Bernie Thurber and Nick Haley from the Portland Boathouse board for attending the meeting and taking questions about our future home.
We also heard from Kathy Frederick regarding the upcoming 25th Row for the Cure.
We are excited to introduce Jim Hilsenteger, who is the new Head Women’s Sweep Coach. Jim was introduced at the meeting. Thanks to the search committee and to all the rowers who stopped by the Q and A with Jim yesterday after practice.
If you didn’t attend the meeting, the full agenda and presentation is at this link. Included is a financial report from 2017 and our adopted budge for 2018.
We are pleased to announce the opening of this year’s Board Elections. There are two board seats up for election, and we have three members standing 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 on January 28th (3pm-5pm, Lucky Lab on NW Quimby).
Voting will end at 11:59pm on January 28th and the 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]
Darrell Fuhriman, Club Secretary