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  • 07/08/2015 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    Morning rowers have been testing out a new app to track attendance and plan boatings for upcoming practices and regattas. It's called Team Stuff, and so far, it's been great.

    Morning rowers log into the app, so that coaches can easily manage rower contact and emergency information, as well as side preferences and sculling ability. Rowers can also indicate their attendance or absence from any practice or scheduled regatta from their home computers or smart phone with just a few clicks. Coaches can then link to a related app called Coach Stuff to set lineups, create a workout plan, and keep notes on rowers and coxswains. The app is currently free of charge - and we all hope will stay that way. It's not perfect, but according to Martha "This is easier than maintaining a single Google doc, plus more secure as each rower has their own individual log in and user identity".                 

    For those interested in the morning program, you can get started on Team Stuff by taking a look here: Sign up as a member of the Mendota team. Once you set up a profile, you can look at Schedule and RSVP for practices. The default setting is "Yes, I'm attending" so please RSVP for the week by 7pm on Sunday evenings. Happy Rowing!

  • 07/08/2015 4:40 PM | Anonymous
    With your time, talents, and contributions, we are laying the foundation for another 40 years of a strong Mendota Rowing Club! Here's a recap of happenings around the boathouse, for which we are so grateful: Dock-In and Raising the Dock: Please forgive us for not having all the names of those who helped - it's a good problem to have, but Allison will make sure to keep better track at future events to ensure you're all mentioned properly! In addition to those who helped on dock-in and raise-the-dock days, we want to give a special shout out to Harlan, Natalie, Andy, and Ben for donning waders and hopping in the lake. Equipment & Beautification: Nancy has also been hard at work on oars, and other equipment repairs. Nancy, Kathryn, Harlan, Casey, and David have been ensuring our launches are in working order, too. Amy is applying for a grant for plants, with help from Ben, Fran, and Allison come planting time. Photo Archiving: Jennifer, a professional archivist, is working with Chad to preserve our hard copies of Mendota photos. Paul, Cory's husband, has graciously offered to donate his digital photo archive, as well! Donations: Flat Screen and Apple TV from Fran, which Ben graciously helped install. Photo frames from Kathryn, Fran, Jennifer, Elsa, Martha, Casey, Nancy, Som, Amy, and Allison. New towels from Mireille and a replacement megaphone from Fran. Membership Committee: Matt, Erin, Emily, and Michelle have been recruiting new members, creating ideas for swag. Publicity: Amy, Cory, Som, Mireille, Mark Ketilson, Elsa, Anna, and Martina are working projects such as social media, a new website design, photos, and this newsletter. Fundraising: Nancy and Fran made pogies, for sale now at the boathouse. National Learn to Row Day, morning of June 6th: Kathryn, Oliver, Laurie, Mireille and Amy are leading this big event, and volunteers continue to sign up! 40th Anniversary Reception, afternoon of June 6th: Cynthia, Peggy, Amy, and Allison are hard at work. Special thanks to Ben, Cory and her husband Paul, Som, Chad, and Alida for their donations thus far. Adult Advanced: Fran is the Adult Team head, and is working hard with Lead Coach Martha, and coaches David, Sarah, and Alyssa on all things competition-related. Chad, Fran, Som, and Kathryn are on a Coaching Committee, with a special focus on finding someone to fill Matt's shoes when he moves in July. Sculling: Thank you to Matt for keeping an eye on the water temps, and for coaching both advanced and new scullers. We will miss you when you go on to graduate school. Novice: Alyssa has begun the Novice Bootcamp! She welcomed the help of David, Mark Leahy, and Andy Miller. Learn to Row: The program has begun, and it couldn't have gotten off to a great start without the help of our volunteer instructors - Ben, Harlan, Kathryn, Sandy, and Sarah. As you can see, there is no shortage of things going on at the boathouse! Volunteers and new ideas are always sought and appreciated. Thanks for all you do!

  • 07/08/2015 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    The boathouse is alive with the sounds of Adult Advanced, Sculling, Novice Bootcamp, Learn to Row, and countless volunteer hours during this 40th anniversary year of Mendota Rowing Club! The water is warming up, the days are getting longer, and here at Mendota, we are ready for summer in Madison.

    Please join us in celebrating 40 years of Mendota Rowing Club on June 6, from 3-5p, and register online ($20/ticket). Food, drinks, special guests, music, a slideshow, and camaraderie are included.

    Our members, board, and coaches are busy keeping our club running smoothly, looking sharp, and serving our Madison community. We would like to sincerely thank Tim McDowell for the extensive work he did as a Treasurer to the Board for more than 2 years. His experience and expertise was extremely valuable and will be missed. A further thank you to Mark Ketilson, our new Treasurer, Andy Troyanowski, our new Secretary, and to Amy Van Aartsen who recently joined the Directors!
    Happy 40 years of rowing on Lake Mendota.

    Allison & The Board of Directors

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