From the PBC Porch — 1/28/14

Hope everyone is staying warm. And if you can ice skate, it’s virtually non-stop from Georgetown to Great Falls on the C&O, which is pretty remarkable.  To those of you on the beaches of Mexico or some Pacific island (and we know who you are), this is just making us stronger.   Thanks to Captain Selden and some great volunteers, the winter dock and ramps are tucked away and the launches all sit up on the apron; Chuck is now keeping an eye on how this pack ice breaks up (whenever that happens) – for a worst case scenario, take a look at the picture at the turn in the stairwell of the House.

Only a few things to report, before you get to the fun stuff in Virginia Bryant’s message below:

1.  The Board has set the date for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  More info that is part of Virginia’s message below.

2. Clothing drive:  Hopefully you saw Esther’s listserv note regarding the clothing drive for the Row New York kids.  Let’s get them decked out in our extra PBC gear … not to mention all that Visi, Gonzaga, Whitman, W&L, St. Albans, etc. stuff that’s lying around our empty nest houses!

3.  Potomac Boat Club Facebook Page:  Those on Facebook — check out the new Potomac Boat Club page, that you can “like” at But being Gen “O” (old), I’m going to let Virginia handle the full description of what’s been created, and point you to her message below.

4.  Potomac Boat Club website:  Go ahead, check it out:   There’s news, articles, pictures and a lot going into transforming this site into THE place to go for PBC news.  If you like it, or think something is missing, let us know.  A lot of good energy is behind this effort.   And if you’re interested to see how some other clubs socialize (and do some really good rowing) , check out some Scandinavian friends that I met while in Zurich recently:  I think perhaps we need a PBC delegation to visit Zurich this summer!

So before turning over the keyboard to our indefatigable Social Chair, Virginia Bryant (you will get tired just reading all that her band of PBC zealots is up to), let me share some good words heard at Dahlgren Chapel on the Georgetown campus yesterday morning  — Do the Ordinary Things Extraordinarily Well.

Here’s some very exciting social news from Virginia:


Mark you calendars for the following socials and swanky soirees brought to you by your friendly PBC Social Committee:

Friday, January 31, 7:00 AM, Ballroom Alcove

Friday Coffee and Tea

Gong Xi Fa Cai, PBC! Wishing you a prosperous (Chinese) New Year.

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with us over coffee and tea.

Please bring treats to share

—bonus points for Chinese treats.

Saturday, February 1, 7:00 PM, Ballroom (heated!)

Hurt Locker Happy Hour & Dance Party

(a.k.a., Meat Locker Happy Hour)

Whether you go deep into your hurt locker at Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints or simply brave the frigid temps outside, in the ballroom (a.k.a., the Meat Locker), or anywhere else all winter, this party’s for you! Beer and Big Ass heat are on the house. Please bring food and beautiful people to share.

Sunday, February 2, 6:00 PM, Members Lounge

NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Party

Yes, we love our new flat screen TV (see more below) for watching rowing video, but, we admit, every once in a while we like to watch other sports too. Come watch the Super Bowl with us. Beer is on the house. Bring football food to share. So, Seahawks or Broncos?

Sunday, April 13, 3:00 PM, Ballroom

PBC Annual  Meeting

3:00 PM   Meet and mingle with friends and candidates for open Board seats at a pre-meeting reception.

3:45 PM   Join us for the christening of new hulls.

4:00 PM   Members Annual Meeting including Board elections.

All are welcome to stay after the meeting to mingle more and enjoy the hospitality of the club.

Saturday, June 7, 9:30 AM, Ballroom & Porch

Strawberry Brunch

The Strawberry Brunch is co-hosted by the Men’s Sweep Team and the PBC Social Committee to honor the women of PBC*

** Pour yourself a mimosa.

** Pile your plate high with waffles and bacon

** Pop a chocolate-dipped strawberry in your mouth.

** Party with friends on the porch.

** Ponder how awesome it is to be Potomac…

Guests are welcome. Please RSVP by June 3 to the Social Committee (click for contact form).

Stay tuned for more events to come…


Please save the date for another special event brought to you by the PBC Open Scullers:

Saturday, March 8, 6:00 PM, University Club (1135 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036) – Cocktail Attire

Rising Stars Silent Auction and Dinner

Start the night out with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a silent auction at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM and “Meet the Team” program. The PBC Open Sculling Program is a team of scullers led by Coach Reilly Dampeer and dedicated to the pursuit of the highest level of excellence in the sport of rowing. Each of these athletes has a goal to earn the honor of competing for our country at the Olympic Games and to bring prestige to the club and program they represent. Proceeds of the silent auction support their efforts. Tickets are $125 per person. Watch for your invite in the mail soon!


** Find events announced in PBC’s calendar at

** See coverage of social events at

** Connect with us on Facebook by liking the Potomac Boat Club Facebook page at

** Join the potomacbc listserv on Yahoo groups for email announcements: email [email protected].


We’ve recently activated the Potomac Boat Club Facebook page, which now complements our beloved Abner Burnside’s Facebook profile as a source for news and features about life at PBC. The PBC page is a public Facebook page

—that is, a Club presence and a way to share online what PBC is all about with the outside world too. Anyone can like the page. You, your mother, your arch rowing rivals.  If you “like” us, you “like” us and that’s all we need.  Just know that we like you back (although we can’t technically “like” or “friend” you).  You will receive updates in your feed and you can post to the page. Even if you don’t “like” us, you can see what’s posted and like, share, or comment on the posts.

Our friend Abner provides a welcome personal touch in a profile that a page cannot. If you send him a “friend” request, and if he confirms it or vice versa, you’re in and can receive updates in your feed as you wish. You can like, share, or comment on Abner’s posts and you can send messages to Abner privately, but, of course, only Abner can post to Abner’s profile.

Page is a hub. Profile is a relationship.  Both build our community. So, won’t you like us and be our friend? After all, Potomac, what’s not to love?


Some of you will recall that our first flat screen TV was stolen a couple of years ago

—and before we even got it out of the box! The thieves were caught on camera (thanks to the work of our excellent Safety and Security Committee led by George Kirschbaum), but, alas, the culprits were not. And we never saw our brand new TV again. We have made do ever since all huddling around a smallish, old school TV in the corner of the Members Lounge to watch rowing video.

But we cannot let the burglars win, can we? So, in a show of strength, we boldly installed a 50″ flat screen TV in the Members Lounge along with donated computer equipment the better to see rowing video of ourselves and other world class rowers. Members are also welcome to live-stream events like the Olympics, Super Bowl, or other programs.  We trust that you will respect those who may need to use the lounge as a quiet space for meetings or to get other club work done.

** Row Like a Champion in 2014!