Congrats, PBC, on Hosting a Great Regatta
Thanks and congratulations to all of our PBC members and friends who made the Charlie Butt Annual Scullers Head of the Potomac last weekend such a great success. We had a record 400+ boats racing, and it could have not been done without the leadership at the top by Peter Clements, Will Packard, Samantha Byrd, Eric Edmonds, Mike Malone and Morgan Constantine Wimberley. Special props to Peter for stepping in as Regatta Chair this year – it’s a lot of work and demonstrated volunteerism at its finest. And much appreciation to the over 100 volunteers it requires to run this Regatta; you all bled red for the Club and made us a great host for hundreds of other rowers. And to all the PBC rowers who competed – regardless of result, congratulations on getting to the starting line. It takes courage to enter that pain locker, and it’s great to see so many members competing at all levels. Finally, thanks to the Social Committee for once again putting out a great spread.
The Dulles Plane Pull
More thanks to our intrepid pullers who competed for PBC in the Dulles Plane Pull competition last month. Special thanks to Reilly Dampeer and Sean Durkin for rallying the troops, the 20+ rowers ‘on the rope’, and to all of the PBC members who contributed over $2,000 to the Special Olympics as part of this great community effort. With one year of experience under our belts, we are looking forward to going at it again next year.
Last Reminder – Semi Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 14th
One last reminder of the Semi-Annual meeting next Sunday, October 14th. Social hour at 6:00 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Contrary to some rumors, there will be no cage fight over dues increases, but we will be prepared to address the fiscal state of the Club, and our approach to prudently plan, finance and execute the capital repairs and improvements to the Club that will maintain its integrity and grace through future generations, all the while maintaining our ability to ensure that members have access to a fleet of boats that we can all feel proud and fortunate to row and race in.
One More Word on Dues
We appreciate all of the members who responded to the call for timely dues payments. And remember that you can always change your membership status if circumstances warrant. Just contact our Membership Chair, Pam Roberts (click for contact form). But no serial changes by season – any change must stay in place for a minimum of a year.
US Rowing Fan’s Choice Awards – Still time to vote (Oct. 22)!
In case you saw the US Rowing’s Fan Choice Awards on Row2k, I’d like to congratulate and call out Nancy Faigen for her nomination for Masters Coach of the Year. Although a member of the Club for some time, Nancy just this year took over the reins of the Men’s Sweep team and has done a remarkable job (note, I did not say ‘given the talent she has to work with’). The team saw great success on the water all year, and has stepped up their volunteer efforts to help out around the Club. Congrats to you Nancy and to the team for this recognition. Now, as to another PBC nomination under the Fan’s Choice Awards, let me say that I am honored and appreciative, and the fact that two nominations came out of PBC should not go unnoticed, but the fact of the matter is that one of my co-nominees — an 88-year old rower, who is still racing notwithstanding the affliction of Parkinson’s Disease — truly deserves this award. So tempering the competitive juices here, and consciously ignoring the fact that he rows for Saugatuck, let me be the first to congratulate this remarkable octagenarian and suggest that your voting fervor be directed towards Nancy and not me.