2020 Float Officer: John Olbrys

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My name is John Olbrys.

A little bit about me: I’ve been an officer in the Coast Guard for the past 10 years. I started rowing in high school at THE Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA (go Warriors!). I’m very passionate about the sport and on the water safety. I’m excited to submit my name for consideration as a float officer for the second year in a row. It was a challenging positions that taught me a lot about the regular business of managing our club’s float and safety practices. It also gave me an opportunity to learn some of the ins and outs of being a member of the Potomac River community. I’m running again in order to improve some of the practices I implemented this past year, such as advanced sign-ups for the fall float move and further developing our club’s strategy for flood planning and response. I’m also hoping to codify the fall and spring float moves to ensure the club has a clear and easy to follow document that anyone in the Float Officer positions can follow for years to come! I had an absolute pleasure serving the club and all of you and hope you’ll elect me again!

2020 Float Officer: Paul Stanton

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1.    Hire a crane for the removal of ramps, this year and forever more, and bump up the dues accordingly. This is WAY TOO DANGEROUS.  

2. Start the PBC Captains challenge, a self-timed course from Fletchers to Key Bridge. Huge bragging rights to follow. 

3.    Start a Captains Photo challenge, prominently hang large blow-ups of any member or rowing-related picture

4.     Implement and expect a tone of kindness.   If everyone does some chores regularly, the place will be nicer.  Each rower needs to help the next.  That may mean sweeping bird… off the pier because you saw it there and would not want to leave that for the next person.  But mostly this means showing up with an attitude of humility, service and gratitude.  Stellar members in this regard will be acknowledged publicly. 

5.    Work to eliminate RBF… Resting Bitch Face. I think new bright colors, more lights, and more music all around would help in this regard. 

6.    Remove all dead animals displayed on the property.

7.     Lighten the mood in the ballroom by staining the whole thing light, adding more lights, and culling the existing art.  Let’s put up pictures of happy young people.

8.    Advocate for a change in launches.  It seems logical that our members would own a few nice boats and lease them out to others.  Relying on the public schools to provide this is wrong and has led to what we have now, which is a disgrace of junky, dirty, dangerous boats.  

9.  Improve the weight room.  This needs to be added to the shop immediately, jaunty paint added and happy art installed.  This is so depressing now. 

Also, I am extremely competent with tools, boats, machines, systems and heavy gear.   I row constantly and have owned over 20 boats including several now. 

 I love PBC