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Leadership and Volunteering

Mendota Rowing Club is an organization largely run by its members. All of Mendota RC's leaders volunteer their time and talents to run and further enrich our community. With the general oversight of the Board of Directors, Mendota RC is lead by committees. Committees are made up of Mendota RC board members and rowers. Each committee has a designated Head who ensures all responsibilities of the committee are covered.

Because Mendota RC is a member run organization, we require all members to commit to a certain amount of volunteer hours each year. Full year members are expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours per year, while monthly members are expected to complete 2 hours per month. Because of the discounted membership, student members are expected to complete a total of 20 hours each year. We are extremely appreciative of the involvement of our membership!

For more on the responsibilities of our officers and committee, please see below.  To learn more about the current board of directors and coaching staff, see their respective pages.

Please consider how you might contribute to our community!

Club Officers

President

The club president is responsible for hiring and overseeing the coaches, leading board meetings and general club meetings, and enforcing boathouse rules and regulations. They also act as the public face of the club, interfacing with the media and the public, as well as being the primary contact for the club in an emergency situation. The president also serves as the co-head of the safety committee (along with the vice president). The president can be reached at president@mendotarowingclub.com.

Vice President

The vice president performs the duties of the president in the absence of the president. They assist with hiring and overseeing club employees and act as the secondary contact for the club in emergency situations. The vice president is also responsible working with the committee heads to ensure that the committees are performing their duties and the board receives a monthly update from each committee head. The vice president serves as co-head of the safety committee (along with the president).

Treasurer

The treasurer is responsible for the club's monthly and annual budget and for keeping the board informed of the current budget status. They are also responsible for processing membership dues and other fees, reimbursing for club expenses, communicating with the club's accountant about filing taxes, and making sure the club's bills get paid. 

Secretary

The secretary is responsible for communicating with members about club-wide events, schedules, and meetings. The secretary also takes minutes during all board, special, and general club meetings, and ensures that club mail is collected and distributed to the correct person. They also are responsible for amending the club handbook and informing members of updates.


Committees and Coordinators

If you are interested in participating in one of the committees below, please get in touch with the committee head.

Club Administrator

The club administrator is responsible for being the first point of contact for the club. They monitor the club's general email account and respond to or forward emails and phone calls to the appropriate coach, board member or committee head.  The administrator also serves as head of the club's Membership Committee and is responsible for managing the club's membership database.

The current administrator is Fran Breit.

Equipment/Boathouse Committee

This committee Is responsible for keeping the club's equipment (including racing shells, oars, launches, truck, and trailer) and boathouse in good working order.  The committee also organizes and leads club work days, communicates with the city about general boathouse maintenance, arranges for any equipment repair, and makes sure that the boathouse is stocked with parts for repairs.

The Equipment/Boathouse Committee heads is Nancy Jarvis.

Safety Committee

This committee is responsible for making sure that the club is operating safely.  The committee works with the coaching staff, rowers, and volunteers to make sure that the proper safety equipment and supplies are available and accessible. They also make sure that club safety standards are enforced.

The Safety Committee Heads is Fran Breit.

Membership Committee

This committee is responsible for everything related to membership.  This includes collecting membership forms and dues, maintaining an up to date list of members for the coaches and the email list, welcoming new members to the club and also developing strategies for recruiting new members.

The Membership Committee Head is Fran Breit.
Outreach/Publicity/Fundraising/Committee

This committee is responsible for boosting awareness of the club in the greater community. Members of this committee plan the club's publicity campaign, including researching and organizing print and digital publicity avenues.  They also serve as a liaison between the club and media outlets.

The Outreach/Publicity/Fundraising Committee Head is Amy Wencel.

Learn to Row Committee

This committee organizes the club's Learn to Row program.  They set the dates for each season's Learn to Row classes, work with the Publicity Committee to advertise the program, coordinate Learn to Row instructors and volunteers and are responsible for tracking class registration and communicating with class participants.

Adult Team Committee

This committee works to facilitate communication between the coaches an rowers for both practices and regattas. They also are the liaison for insurance reimbursement.

The Adult Team Committee Head is by our coaches.

Social Committee

      This committee organizes the club's social events, including the end of season party and Annual Meeting.

      The Social Committee Head is Fran Breit.

Midwinter Meltdown Committee

This Committee is responsible for planning and putting on the club's annual indoor regatta.

The Midwinter Meltdown Coordinator is Cory Berkbigler..

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