Quiz success

“Eh?” responded Justin
“We’ll do Japanese” she insisted
“I think I’d prefer an Indian tonight”, I still missed the point.
“No, hülye, the theme for the quiz this year, we’ll do Japanese this time” And so it came to pass, Katalin, the (largely unseen) creative force for the RRC quiz for the last few years decided our clubhouse would have an oriental flavour on March 14. After Irish, Russian and Roman themes I found myself researching the Honshu Wolf and the films of Kurosawa.
Of course the quiz is only half of the night, this was to be the major club fundraising event of the year and for that to happen you need a good auction and a well stocked bar. Asking Vicki to stock the bar is like asking a panda to grow bamboo but it was still good of her to do it amongst the other things she does for RRC. She has organised the auction in the last few years but this time it was the turn of Lindsey and Emily who put the War of 1812 well and truly behind them to form a powerful North American alliance. No auction is complete without its auctioneer; Simon took the gavel as he has done for the last eight years.
And you need people too, the talented Ainsley produced a fantastic poster to bring in the punters while Shern masterminded the bookings. We have our friends at MRC to thank for lending their tables while Interior designer Laurent probably found himself with his least creative role of lumping their tables into our clubhouse.
So the night began with a record a hundred and ten members and guests packing into the hall, the bar buzzed and the quiz began. Lecturer Matt marked the papers and accountant Jon added the scores. Most teams did well and each round was punctured by productive auctions with our fundraising gauge slowly rising under Nic’s supervision. Of course there were accusations of ‘phone a friend’, allegations of cheating in the origami and twice I wanted to garrotte someone with the microphone lead (a reduction on most years) but the bow balls surged to the line…and two of them finished level.
So there they were, some of the club’s newest members against a couple of the old stagers, the tie-break question the height of Mount Fuji. The prizes sat before them, a dozen chocolate roses, a year with a wombat and of course, eternal glory. The warm March evening turned cold with tension as I read the right answer… 3766 metres, old guard triumphant, DS denied.
Thanks to all that came, especially those that worked behind the bar and of course a very big thanks to all those who generously donated auction prizes. Over $8,000 was raised on the night, exceeding the target, this is being put to immediate good use. The committee’s deliberation wouldn’t have disgraced the World Trade Organisation for detail, producing the question “Could we have the short answer first next time?” at one point. Women’s sweep oars and two new ergos have already been ordered.
Justin Thomas, RRC VP

Mega Month of March

Happy long weekend all! This week there is lots going on at the club so here’s a little round-up and reminder to sign up to help us with organisiation:

  1. Thursday night beer and pizza – following normal Thursday night training we will be opening the bar and ordering some pizzas for anyone who wants to stay around and enjoy some relaxed post-exercise drinks and chat.
  2. Saturday Quiz night – it’s the club’s big annual fundraiser and we’re looking forward to a big night involving mind boggling trivia, games and auction prizes, make sure you contact Shern to book your table/ticket.
  3. Sunday morning Club Races – the fun continues this time on the water with club races. Please sign up and add a comment on sportsplanner if you are able to help out. The plan is to use the infamous sorting hat to select crews and we need people to arrive at 9:30 to get organised and on the water. As usual all this events are open to everyone and the more the merrier! These short sprints will get everyone tuned up and ready to go for sprint racing at Essendon next weekend, or at least we’ll have fun trying. Brunch and prizes for the winners will follow the racing and there will be a small donation for food required (normally $5). Any volunteers to help with races and brunch please contact me, president.

So sign up now on sportsplanner and I look forward to seeing you all at the clubhouse this week.


Those who attended the fabulous New Years Eve party at the club now know that there is no better venue in Melbourne for celebrating this occasion. What an amazing view of the fireworks, sipping champagne on our fabulous deck! Thanks to all who brought along such good cheer on the evening, and special thanks to Vicki Brennan for her hard work in making the event happen. The good news is that the committee has decided that New Years Eve will be reserved as an evening for members to enjoy our wonderful facility and will not be available for outside hall hire. So mark your calendars now!
Even more fabulous is that the event was also a significant fundraiser for the club. Firstly, we have been able to pay the balance owing on the Woolcock; this lovely coxless quad was purchased late last year and has been an excellent addition to our fleet. Money raised will also enable the refurbishment of this boat. Finally, the club can now purchase some rolling steps to replace the aging black steps; anyone who accesses boats on the top racks will greet this news with joy.
The next major fundraising event will be the Quiz night on Saturday 14th March, and the goal from this will be the purchase of new sculling oars and ergos. So bring along your family and friends and enjoy a great evening. Finally, the club will run the Bunnings sausage sizzle at the Hawthorn store on May 2: we will be calling for volunteers to help out on this day.
Geraldine Goss, Fundraising Co-ordinator

Quiz Fundraiser

I would like to invite you all to our Quiz – fundraiser night on March 14.  Fundraising is a critical part of club activities, this year we are looking to use the funds raised from this night towards new ergos and oars so it would be see a big attendance.
Some of the main fundraising activities are the live auction and silent auction. We count on the membership to offer prizes for sale to make these successful. Past offers include use of a holiday house for a week, on-water coaching sessions, gardening and cleaning services, wine, catering and homewares. If you have something we can sell (including your time and labour!), please contact Lindsey on Mslindseybrown@gmail.com.
Friends from outside of the club are more than welcome, you can arrange with Shern shern.timmins@hotmail.com to book for a whole team (ten people), part of a team or just bring yourself.  See you there!
quiz night


Christmas presents for RRC

Congratulations to our raffle winners! The draw was held at RRC on Christmas Eve, with prize winners as follows:
First prize: one night at the Park Hyatt: Barry Campbell
Second prize: beautiful woollen throw rug; Cat Hardie
Third prize: Sunday brunch for two at Collins kitchen: Emily Dunn
Fourth prize: stunning eco-design ‘coffee grounds’ bowl: Ainsley Raggett
Many, many thanks to all those who helped with selling of raffle tickets, and special congratulations to Ainsley who individually sold the most tickets (20). The great news is that fundraising from this raffle and other events has enabled the purchase of a Club A grade Swift single scull – pictured here and the committee has matched the money raised to buy a second one. These are great additions to our fleet.
single scull
Most of all, our grateful thanks to ROCHELLE STOKES and LAURENT DEMAY who very generously donated the fabulous prizes.
We hope you have all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year from the fundraising committee.


This year we have a bumper raffle with super prizes and we need your help to sell tickets. Funds raised will go toward expanding the fleet. We are asking you to commit to selling FIVE or TEN tickets to your family and friends. If you can help then please email Ainsley (ainsley_raggatt@hotmail.com) to coordinate ticket collection. Ainsley will also attach a list of the confirmed prizes when you collect your tickets to sell.
The raffle will be drawn at the club on Christmas eve. 

Many thanks, the fundraising committee 

Melbourne Cup Sweep!

cup sweepEnter our fundraiser and win! Only 24 horses at $20 each... Prizes include two specially engraved RRC glasses with cash ($120/$60/$40). Draw will be Tuesday morning at 10am at RRC. Enter by direct debit to the club or cash to Vicki or Gerry: confirm your entry by emailing ggoss@tpg.com.au. We will be at the club from 8-12 Sunday and 8-11 Monday to collect cash entries. You will be notified by email re which horse you drew. Good luck!

Hurry! Entertainment Books with free delivery!

As one of our money raising initiatives going forward we have signed up as a fundraiser with the Entertainment Book!
For those of you who don’t know how fabulous this is, let me explain:
· The entertainment book has over 800 vouchers / discounts on dining, entertainment, activities, hotel stays etc. etc. across Melbourne and suburbs (or other states if you wish). These discounts can be 15% off meals at top restaurants to 2 for 1 entry to the Melbourne star or even 20% off at some cellar doors!
· The book or (even handier mobile app) costs only $65 to purchase – 20% of which will go directly back to the club to purchase gym equipment, put towards a bigger, better fleet of boats or help fund much needed coaching and coxing!
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Club Fundraiser – Chocolate drive

Well done to all those who attended the quiz night this weekend, we are still tallying up the proceeds but it was a very successful evening and a big thanks to all those who made it happen – organisers, auctioneer and bar staff, Justin Thomas, Thalia Marshall, Jim Cooper, Vicki Brennan and Jemma Evans.
For those people still looking to help out with our 2014 fundraising drive we are asking club members to help sell chocolate to colleagues, friends and family. With a profit of $20-$30 on each box a contribution from everyone would significantly help us meet the redevelopment costs. Continue reading “Club Fundraiser – Chocolate drive”