I am excited to announce we are now actively recruiting for a head coach to join our team of volunteer coaches and work alongside the Head of Rowing to manage and implement a rowing program for the upcoming season.
Thanks to everyone who took part last week in the rowing season review to help look at successes and areas to target for improvement next season for the rowing opportunities at the club. Along with the on water activities that form the foundation of our rowing club, Richmond encompasses much more than that and the success of our community managed volunteer organisation requires planning beyond the rowing program.
We are currently in a strong position with our facilities and finances thanks to the work by many over the last few years so now we must look forward and plan for the future to ensure the club continues to deliver and improve upon its current status. We want to set big picture goals and objectives and we need our members to help shape the direction for RRC going forward. Some of you may remember back in 2013 we undertook some strategic planning and we want to review and update this to help us focus our energy and resources on the key areas we see as priorities for the club.
I want to invite you all to attend our strategic planning session to be held on Saturday 1st July at the boathouse from 10am-1pm. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a member, what experiences you have or what you think you can contribute everyone is welcome (even if you don’t say a word) and its an ideal time to just find out a little more about what makes Richmond the club it is and how you can contribute to it.
We’re aiming to keep it very focused and to encourage lots of people to attend it won’t take up your whole weekend – just a few hours on Saturday morning after Winter sculling. So starting at 10am we will review the status of our last strategic plan and discuss the key areas we believe are still relevant and any new priorities or focus areas. We can then begin to formulate goals, objectives and action plans to help us achieve them.
You can find further details on our calendar including the agenda and summary from the 2013 strategic plan as a basis for the talking points and framework for the day.
This will be the first step in preparing a plan and setting goals to ensure the longevity and success of the club and in turn all its members and so we encourage input and assistance from you all. If you have any questions about how you can contribute or want to find out more please contact me. I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday July 1st, 10am.
Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated at this years Presentation and Awards night. A great evening was spent looking back upon the success of the year and showing appreciation to all the people who have made it possible.
We also congratulated our Male and Female club and masters rowers of the year Jonathon Roberts and Geraldine Goss who through active participation, competition success and club time trial events collected huge points to come out on top in both categories.
The Don Edwards, Cox of the year award went to Stefanie Dudzicg, who was also a valuable member of the very successful Female novice masters four who I had great pleasure in awarding the presidents award for their great commitment, results and Richmond team spirit. The crew included Yashaswini Vegi, Caroline Trescowthick, Rebecca Hale, Zoe Maxwell, Stefanie Dudczig (cox) & Kathy Macrow (coach).
Now we begin to look forward to the 2017/18 season and after training next Thursday evening 15th June @8PM, we are asking all rowers & coxswains to stay for a one-hour feedback session with the coaches. Rather than doing an online survey to gather feedback on the past season, we would like for all our rowers & coxswains to provide some direct feedback to the club. This feedback will be noted, and will be used by the coaches and committee in shaping the rowing program for the next season. I strongly urge everyone to attend as all feedback will be most welcome. By providing your opinion you are helping us create a program which will better suit your needs.
The good news – the bar will be open, and we will arrange some food as well. Even if you aren’t able to make training, it would be great to have as many people as we can come down to the feedback session afterwards.
We have been working on designs for refurbishing the kitchen and bar. We wanted to refurbish these when we did the major renovation in 2014 but simply did not have the budget to do so. Our strong venue hire revenue in the last 3 years has positioned us to be able to do this refurbishment now.
What will change?
Firstly the look of the kitchen and bar area will change.
The kitchen is being extended so that caterers can use the kitchen for most events. This will mean fewer disruptions to rowing when caterers use the gym, classroom or boat bay as food service areas.
The furniture store will be removed and become part of the kitchen. A commercial oven, domestic oven and cooktop, underbench fridge and sinks will be fitted along the back wall. Catering trestles will be purchased for flexible set up of the kitchen. The floors and walls will be stripped and re-finished.
The bar service space will be extended by removing the door into the hall. A new dishwasher / glasswasher, sink and ice maker will be fitted along the back wall. A new bench will be fitted along the front of the bar with underbench refrigeration. The floor and walls will be re-finished.
The kitchen and bar will be joined by a sliding door making access more discrete for caterers and allowing the two rooms to be joined together for larger events.
When will it happen?
We plan to sign off drawings and specifications this week and for builders to provide quotes by mid June. The timing and duration of the works depends on builder availability and we will let you know as soon as we have selected a builder. Our hope is that we can get the works completed during the winter period.
How much will it cost?
It is difficult to give accurate costs until we have quotes from builders. We have worked with the caterers and our building designer to ensure that we are being as cost effective as possible while creating a kitchen and bar that will be workable for both venue hire and club events.
We will provide another update when we have quotes from the builders. If you have other questions before then, please contact Lucy on the firstname.lastname@example.org email address
The Annual general meeting for RRC will be held at the boatclub from 11am on Saturday 29th July. This years committee will present the Annual report and financial statements and we invite all members of the Association to attend.
The meeting is also the opportunity to elect new members to the committee and all positions are available for full members of the club to nominate for (must be a member for minimum of two years). If you are interested in contributing to the club and want to know more about what you could do and what the different committee roles entail please feel free to contact me or speak to any of the current committee members about their experiences.
If you do wish to nominate, you are required to complete a nomination form (found on the documents page of our website) and submit it to the secretary at least 14 days prior to the meeting (BEFORE 15th July).
Along with the formal business of the day we will also be performing the official boat naming of the Dennis Beck, our brand new Sykes coxed quad/four which has been a great investment for the club already this year. This will be followed by refreshments in the boathouse so please show your support for the committee and your club by attending the AGM.
As we come to the end of our financial year we have been tallying up all our fundraising success of the year, I want to thank everyone who has contributed and let you know about our plans for investing it straight back into the club to hopefully benefit you all.
We’ve run a few great events and thanks to the success of the New Years Eve party and our big annual Trivia Night fundraiser we have generated $14,000 in fundraising this year. The decision has been made to invest that money in two areas:
A brand new set of men’s sweep oars – so boys you can start Winter training for HoTY as we took delivery of them this week, but please wait for the captain to unwrap and set them up. There’s actually 10 oars in the set so a club pair can get training too 😉
Refit of the gymnasium – lots of planning has gone into how we can best utilise the space we have in our gym beyond the ergos we currently have. Look out for some new equipment (which will start arriving tomorrow to enable more all round weight and fitness training to suit all strengths. We might need some helpers in getting everything set up and then we’ll try and get everyone trained to be able to safely use the new equipment – please do not use if you don’t know how to and always ask for help if needed. The hope is that while the weather is not so attractive for getting out on the water we can still work on our fitness and strength over Winter.
So maybe when you are at the club this Saturday celebrating the success’ of the season take a peak at some of the new additions that we will all be able to benefit from and maybe purchase an extra celebratory drink at the bar – because all our social/fundraising profit will go towards equipment for our members.
The Entertainment Book/mobile app is out again for 2017/2018 and is and easy way to help raise some money for the club.
We (Shern & Jon) have had the book for many years saving far more than the $70 than it costs. With 2 for 1 movie tickets, 25% off up to $40 at Transport, PJ OBriens, Hophaus, Bear Brass and Beer Deluxe to name just a few places to eat after rowing. That’s before you hit the town with non rowing people away from the club!
Other vouchers include saving $10 when you spend $50 chemist warehouse- think plasters, deep heat and all other things to put yourself back together after rowing!
5% off Woolworths vouchers which can be used for petrol for those road trips to regattas and lots of bananas.
However here are some other bigger facts –
· The entertainment book has over 800 vouchers / discounts on dining, entertainment, activities, hotel stays etc. etc. across Melbourne and suburbs
These discounts tend to be 20% off meals at top restaurants to 2 for 1 entry to the Melbourne star or even 20%, 25% off puffing billy for the gunzels of you out there. Eureka sky deck 2 for 1 and many more.
· The book or mobile app costs only $70 to purchase – 20% of which will go directly back to the club to make our club better for all of us.
The vouchers are valid to 1st June 2018 so plenty of time to get your $70 back and more.
This years RRC Presentation Night is only a few weeks away on Saturday 27th May at 7pm. So pack away the zootie and dress to impress as we celebrate all the achievements of our club members for the last year. We’ve had some cracking races not too mention state club and masters titles. We’ll be honouring all of these along with our Annual awards including rowers and coxswain of the year. Club races and time trial winners will also be announced so make sure you’re there to receive your awards!
Tickets are on sale now at Trybooking. Bring along your partner or friends for what will be a special night at the clubhouse including a three course meal for $45. Drinks will be available to purchase at the bar.
This evening is also the perfect opportunity to thank everyone who has made the year possible including coaches, coxes and volunteers. It’s the ideal time to come together and celebrate all that is great about our special club and the friends we have there.
Many current and past members of RRC mourn the passing of Roberto Perillo. There has been a reoccurring comment from members that Roberto was ‘a great bloke or guy’. He was much more to many of us than just a great guy.
Roberto joined RRC in 1998, but he was already an accomplished rower. He had rowed in Argentina, his home country, and he told stories of the difference in rowing between Australia and Argentina. The one lasting difference I recall is that in Argentina they have boatmen to launch and collect the boats on behalf of the rowers!
In 2004 Roberto gathered together four women to become a RRC Female Masters crew that he would coach. One of the women was Kathryn Penny who Roberto had meet at a personal development course, and encouraged to do the learn to row course at RRC. Their relationship developed, despite sometimes rowing together, and they married a couple of years later.
I had the privilege of being a part of this crew and benefitted greatly from Roberto’s tireless attention to providing us with dedicated coaching. We also under went extra weight training by having Roberto in the boat as the cox! The crew went on to take out several gold medals including State Masters Championships.
Roberto, Kathryn and Jenny Hall, entered the 2005 World Masters Games in Canada and represented RRC in several rowing crews.
Roberto was a very active RRC member and was always on hand to help out others and provide some knowledge from his years of experience. He served as Captain on the Committee for 5 years from 2003-2008 and was awarded Life Membership for his years of service as a member, a rower, a coach, a cox and Captain. He epitomised the values of our community club, giving back far more than he received.
Roberto was a gentleman, kind, thoughtful and generous and will be missed by many forever.
Training for the intercollegiate regatta recommences on Saturday 22nd of April after the Easter break culminating with the regatta day on the 6th of May.
It’s worth noting that whilst some crews are ex-school rowers with plenty of experience many have never rowed before and will be getting a crash course in sweep rowing before competing in that first regatta in two weeks.
This year RRC has leased the Schouten Family and the Jennifer Campbell out to the college crews exclusively along with the timber veneer Croker oars. These boats have now been blocked out for booking until after the 6th of May. We will also loan the Ambush on an ad-hoc basis until that crew’s boat is available at MUBC next week.
Crews leasing RRC boats are from University and Queens Colleges and MLC are leasing to Ormond and Trinity. With RRC and MLC leasing fleet to the intercollegiate rowing this year there will be between 50 and 70 odd new faces around the club when you add rowers, coxswains, coaches, reserves and friends. That’s a lot of potential new members so make them feel welcome.
The college crews predominantly train weekday mornings but I suspect they’ll be trying to get a few extra sessions in over the weekend and through to ANZAC day now the enforced Easter break is over. Those using RRC boats have been reminded to use the log book but even RRC’s experienced members forget sometimes so check the boats are all on the racks before you lock the RRC shed up.