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CRF Membership Letter 9.30.16

Dear CRF Membership,

This is the first of what I hope will be regular letters from the Chair of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation board. The aim is to ensure you and the members of your organization have all the latest news about CRF and the Boathouse’s at Rivergate Park.

Let me start by thanking you and your organization for all you did to make the 21st Head of the Cuyahoga regatta our biggest and best ever! Staging a competition — and a festival – for 2,500+ guests from 51 teams, 12 states and Canada is a huge undertaking, and CRF Executive Director Kirk Lang did an amazing job of seeing that everything ran as smoothly as possible, especially on a day when the weather kept us guessing from minute to minute.

But Kirk would be the first to admit that he could not begin to do what he does without scores of dedicated volunteers, approximately 240 to be exact, from all our member organizations. Work on the regatta starts months before the first shell launches and kicks in to high-gear long before there is even a hint of sunlight on race day. The fact that it ran so smoothly – and I heard nothing but praise from our guests – is a tribute to the dedication and selflessness of the Cleveland rowing community.

The HOTC is always a great chance to show off Rivergate Park and the river to out of towners, but also to friends and neighbors in Cleveland who may not know all the great things that are happening at CRF.

Now for some news:

  • After a joint recommendation from the CRF Safety Committee and its counterpart at The Foundry, the CRF Board has voted to change the rules of the river. Effective immediately, except during regattas or other scheduled races, no shells shall be rowed at a racing pace, or at full pressure, between the British Street Railroad Bridge upstream of the Foundry Docks and the truck parking lot for the Grain Craft Plant downstream of the north end of the CRF Dock. This important change is designed to ensure safety of all boats that use our boathouses and reflects the new reality of our growing rowing community. Please make sure that all your members, coaches and coxswains are aware of this change and that they follow these common-sense rules.
  •  Work on the new bathrooms and locker rooms is well underway and our contractor expects to finish by mid-November. This is an important investment that will raise the value of the Boathouse to all member organizations and will allow you to increase programming and to offer your members a first-class amenity. To date, we’ve raised approximately $130,000. We still need your financial support to raise the additional $120,000 to complete this project. Please urge your members, friends and supporters to consider a contribution today.
  • Thanks to a very successful Bow Ball, CRF is able to use some of the funds to install lighting in the Sculler’s Building. This will make the structure more secure and user-friendly for our growing number of scullers that utilize the building throughout the year.

Thank you again for your continued support of CRF. With your continued volunteer support and financial assistance, CRF can continue to improve our facilities. Best of luck to all our programs during this busy fall season.

Rob Johnson

CRF Board Chair

Cleveland Rowing Foundation Members