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  • 10/05/2016 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our novice, advanced, and competitive rowers for bringing home the medals at the Tail of the Fox Regatta -- five gold, two silver and two bronze.  

    Full results

  • 09/15/2016 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn-to-Row Volunteer Coordinator Position Available
    The Learn-to-Row (LTR) Volunteer Coordinator position at Mendota Rowing Club is currently available for the 2017 season and beyond. This position includes a reduced-fee membership depending on the amount of responsibility undertaken. The LTR Volunteer Coordinator recruits and trains volunteer instructors and teaches at least one class. See a full list of duties below.

    Resumés and other questions can be sent to Fran Breit (fbreit@mendotarowingclub.com). Please submit your resumé by December 1, 2016.

    LTR Volunteer Coordination Tasks:

    1. Updating the LTR Instructor and Student manual as necessary
    2. Training instructors and certifying launch drivers as necessary
    3. Ensuring all lead instructors have completed the Safe Sport training
    4. Recruiting volunteers to run the classes. A launch driver as well as two coxswains are needed for each class. One of these three individuals is expected to be "lead instructor" and to take responsibility for instruction and direction within each class. 
    5. Collecting and distributing substitute list for the use of instructors when needed.
    6. Greeting all classes on first day of class. Helps instructors with any last minute registrations, collects checks, waivers, and swim tests.
    7. Teaching at least one class during the summer. 
    8. Teaching additional classes if lead instructors cannot be identified, but no more than 2.
    9. Acting as a substitute LTR instructor
    10. Serve on the LTR Committee (as do all lead instructors) 
    11. Taking and preparing LTR Committee meeting minutes
    12. Working with Novice coach during 2 week free boot camp in April and during season to smooth transition of students from LTR to Novice group
    13. Submitting class photos for MRC social media (FB, Twitter, and Instagram)
    14. Assisting with National LTR Day (first Saturday in June)
  • 08/12/2016 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the June and July Learn to Row Graduates! Nice work and we look forward to seeing you at Novice Practice.

  • 06/08/2016 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the May Learn to Row Graduates! Nice work and we look forward to seeing at Novice Practice.

    Joe  Azzara
    Autumn  Brower
    Christina  Brunnquell
    Celia  Carroll
    Laura  Debroux
    Jennifer  Dreyfus
    Keith  Dsouza
    Renee  Earley
    Nan  Fey
    Cynthia  Hirsch
    Gary  Hooper
    Brian  Jelinek
    Jackie  Knepper
    Sarah  Lawton
    Celia  Luner
    Jennifer  Marino
    Nicole  Mccue
    Anne  Mchale
    Michael  Miller
    Carol  Mitchell Rybak
    Christine  Patton
    Katherine  Rybak
    Rachel  Sarow
    David  Southard
    Katy  Thostenson
    Abbie  Vance
    Karen  Vanderwolf
    Harrison  Waala
    Brady  Williamson
    Elise  Ziemendorf

  • 06/08/2016 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Learn to Row Day had an incredible turnout of guests and club members, fantastic weather, great snacks, and good camaraderie.  It was a great day of collegial connection with Camp Randall Rowing Club coaches and rowers as well.  May all these good things continue and build!  Thanks to all the volunteers, and in particular to Sarah Howard who did a fabulous job of organizing and keeping things running smoothly.

  • 06/08/2016 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to:

    Cory Berkbigler and Liz Klapheke for being our dedicated coxswains this spring. We love you.

    Janet Balster, Sarah Howard, Casey O'Keefe, Nicki Paulson, and Nick Van Sciver for helping out at the Madison Water Sport Expo.

    Fran Breit, Kathy Campbell, Nancy Jarvis, Mary Moody, Laura Robbins, and Clarisse van der Fetz for helping with our garden.

    Ben Bradford, Fran Breit, and Nancy Jarvis for participating in Rent-a-Rower.

    Aldrin Abastillas, Kurt Amann, Fran Breit, Kathy Campbell, Harlan Hall, Nancy Jarvis, Mark Ketilson, Casey O’Keefe, Mireille Raby, Todd Thompson for your generous donation to the MRC Boat Fund.

    Kathryn Pereira, Nancy Jarvis, Nick Van Sciver, Sarah HowardHarlan Hall, and Ben Bradford for teaching our May LTR students. 

  • 06/08/2016 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Swim Test Changes - If a member is not able to pass a swim test the following option is now available to them.

    If a dedicated coxswain is not able to pass a swim test, they may take the test wearing a life jacket, life vest or their own automatic inflatable floatation device. The coxswain must wear a life jacket, life vest or their own automatic inflatable flotation device at all times while in a boat. 

    If a rower is not able to pass a swim test, they may take the test wearing a personal automatic inflatable flotation device. The rower must wear their own person automatic inflatable flotation device at all times while in a boat. 

    Personal automatic inflatable flotation device must be accompanied with a new cartridge when participant is in a boat. 

  • 06/08/2016 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take note of the following changes to the Club Rules:

    As the board of directors and coaches continue to fine-tune the rules of the club we discovered that we have not clearly stated the consequences for not adhering to them. As a result, the board has approved the following addition to the club rules. 

    If a rower violates1 any of the club or sculling rules (set forth in the Sculler’s Manual) the consequences will be as follows:

    First violation - 
    Rower will get a warning.

    Second violation -
    Rower will not be boated for two weeks. If the rower is an independent sculler he/she will not be allowed to scull for two weeks. If a regatta is scheduled during those two weeks he/she will not be allowed to race.

    Third violation -
    Rower will be considered for membership suspension.

    1Infractions are at coaches' discretion with appeals to the board.

    Remember all members are required to read the Club Rules and in addition, scullers are required to the read the Sculler’s Manual annually.  The rules are meant for your safety, the safety of our equipment and the security of our boathouse. If you have not read the rules this year now would be a good time to do it so you don’t find yourself in violation.

  • 05/03/2016 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let's Get Hal Back on the Water!

    Our beloved Vespoli 4+ Halapeño suffered a nasty blow last fall that cracked a rib and made a rift in the hull, rendering it unrowable.  We have been given an estimate for repair estimate of $2900 by our hull repair shop in Chicago. We want Hal back!!

    In the next 6 weeks, we need to raise funds to pay for the repair.  If we all pitch in we can do it!  We can get Hal back on the water in time to rip up the Chicago Sprints.

    To reach our goal:  48 members need to earn/contribute an average of $60 each

    That is a lot of money, but…this is where RENT-A-ROWER comes in!

    Two ways to make our goal:

    1. Members can “earn” money by volunteering their muscle/skills/talents to family, friends and neighbors, who in turn make a donation to MRC (“Rent-a-Rower”).
    2. Members can contribute money directly to the fund.

    Dates:  4/11/16 through 5/23/16 (6 weeks)


    For rowers who wish to donate their muscle and talent: 

    1. Rowers send notice to friends, family, neighbors announcing list of tasks rower is willing to do. 
    2. Rowers and customers schedule jobs.
    3. Rowers complete tasks, and friends, family, neighbors make a suggested donation of $15/hour to MRC.

    To reach your goal: 4 hours x $15 = $60

    Some suggested tasks for Rent-A-Rower:

    • Yard Work (raking, weeding, planting, mowing, turning over garden, mulching)
    • Windows (ground or step ladder only)
    • Cleaning garage, basement
    • Interior Cleaning
    • Painting
    • Stacking wood
    • Polishing silver
    • Wash, vacuum car
    • Dog walking
    • Cooking dinner/baking (you donate ingredients)
    • Moving furniture, boxes
    • Specialties:
    • Bike repair
    • Computer help
    • Mending, hemming, alterations
    • What is your specialty?     


    All checks should specify “MRC Donation, Boat Repair Fund” so the fundraising can be tracked.

    Here is a sample note you could send to friends, neighbors and family:

    Subject line: Rent-A-Rower

    Hi ______

    I row with Mendota Rowing Club (MRC), a community rowing club located in James Madison Park.  Last fall one of our rowing shells “Hal” was damaged in an accident. We are raising money for the repair so we can get Hal back on the water, and hope you can help.

    Through our Rent-A-Rower Fundraiser, I will do any of the tasks listed below for a suggested donation of $15 per hour.  All funds go directly to Mendota Rowing Club.

    (List all tasks you are willing to do)

    If you have tasks to do, please contact me and we can work out a convenient time.  If you require more than one person, please let me know.  There are plenty of strong folks at Mendota Rowing Club.

    By the way, MRC offers Learn To Row classes all summer if you are interested in trying something new! http://mendotarowingclub.com/LTR

    Your friendly Rent-A-Rower,


    Questions: contact Nancy Jarvis - njarvis@mendotarowingclub.com

  • 04/27/2016 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for this free event sponsored by USRowing and Concept 2! Rowing clubs all over the United States will open their doors to share the excitement of rowing. We'll show you the mechanics of the stroke on indoor rowing equipment and then take you out on the water in our 8-oared racing shells if conditions permit. Competitive and recreational rowers range from 12 to over 90, so it is never too early or too late to learn to row!

    Register here


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