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RSRC TEAM STORE CLOSES
FEBRUARY 14TH @ MIDNIGHT!
 
You can’t put a price on looking cool. But JL did!

Rio-branded gear is on sale at the group rates on JL’s website right now. If you’re planning on racing this spring, items ordered now will be shipped in time for the Crew Classic. And if you just plan to look cool all spring and summer, you should order now, too! Tanks, trou, hats, duffle bags – even a couple of new items are available, and most can be embroidered with your name. Go to the Rio JL Store for pictures, sizing info, and to order. Better hurry, though. The store is only open until midnight, February 14th.
 
The Slate of Board members is “wiped clean”!
Well, sort of….
 
The New Year begins with an exciting influx of talent to the Rio Board of Directors, with high expectations to match. In fact, there was so much interest in Board participation, they voted to amend the By-Laws to allow for more members! (The By-Laws had been changed to limit the number to seven, from nine. That maximum has now been increased to allow for nine members again.)
 
New to the Board this year are Warren Alford, Brian McDermott, Pam Neuharth, and Cricket Robertson. Remaining members are Jennifer Blatt, Wendy Dietrich, Eddie Montoya, and Stephanie Peterson. These members will remain in their current roles, with the exception of Eddie, who was elected President of the Board at the first meeting. Pam is our new Vice President, and will be coordinating the Women’s Comp Crew. Warren will assume that same role for the Men’s Comp Crew. Brian will continue his role as Captain of the Boats, while lending his considerable experience to management of the club. Cricket is our new Secretary and Director of Membership.
 
WELCOME, and THANKS to ALL our Board members!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Not ready for the responsibility of Board membership? Maybe you’d be happier with something a little more short-term. Helping others learn to row? Learning about regatta management? Maybe one of these volunteer opportunities will pique your interest.
 
Desert Sprints Regatta volunteers – Saturday, March 4th
Various shifts and positions available 5:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tempe offers two regattas each year, and Desert Sprints is one of them. Rowing teams come from all over the West Coast to participate in one of the first regattas of the sprint season, so the day is action-packed. Sunup to sundown, there’s a lot going on and a lot to do. No rowing experience is required for any of these positions, and many shift times are available. Rio members who are racing can also find a couple of hours to help. (Check the regatta schedule!) Go here to get job descriptions and to register.
 
Desert Sprints Social Media volunteer(s) – Saturday, March 4th, all day – or as much time as you can give…
Help needed to tweet race results and capture the race action for Twitter and Facebook followers. Some experience at social media necessary, as is your own device and data minutes that you can “donate”. (Sorry! There’s no WiFi at the TTLR Marina…) Please contact Jennifer Blatt if you can help.
 
(AFTER your day of volunteering at the races, join us and the TTLR crowd for beers & bites at McFate Brewing! Details below.)
 
Learn to Row Opportunities
Currently, Learn to Row classes are offered on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings. If you are a “boat buddy” for these sessions, be prepared to sweep or scull, or even cox. (It’s actually fun!) Any experience of rower is welcome and encouraged to help. You get extra time and instruction on the water, and you inspire new rowers to keep at it.
 
We now also offer a “Discover Rowing,” totally land-based, 1-hour introductory sessions. Participants here are brand new to rowing, and attend to simply hear more about the sport, watch a video, and check out the boats and the boatyard. Requirements for this job are only a love of rowing, and the ability to share that love of rowing with a (small) group! The schedule of Discover is subject to change somewhat, but Stephanie will gladly give you all the details, including the agenda for the session. Please email her if you are interested in either/both of these opportunities.
 
Rio is a volunteer organization. We rely completely on the resources, time, and efforts of all of our members to keep our ship afloat! Please consider investing just a few hours a month to continue Rio’s growth, and the growth of the sport of rowing in the desert. THANK YOU!
It Takes A Team

Concept 2 offers various virtual team challenges during the year, to motivate and inspire participation in erg training (and sales, no doubt!) Rio Rowers decided to meet the first challenge in this new year. On January 1, twenty RSRC members set out to collectively achieve the One Million meters milestone, in just one month. And congratulations to all - we did it!  Rio Rowers hit 1,054,556 meters by month’s end, bringing RSRC to 27th place (out of 57), compared to similar size teams.  

This was the most recent, big team effort in a Concept 2 Virtual Erg Challenge, and we nailed it. Everyone should be proud of their efforts.  
 
We welcome everyone to join in all of our future challenges, by creating your own logbook on the Concept2 website, and joining the Concept2 Row Rio Team. Every time you erg, log your miles in your logbook, and watch the meters pile up!
 
Stay tuned for the next Row Rio Team Challenge, and keep in shape by logging  your meters!
WHAT'S COMING UP?
 
Post-Desert Sprints Recovery Party – Saturday, March 4th , 3:00 pm
McFate Brewing, 1312 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
 
Join us and the TTLR crowd as we recover from a long, hard, FUN day of racing and working. We’ve got the back room reserved for the festivities. Bring the fam. They need to recover too.
 
Salt River Sculling Camps - (three sessions) February 19th – March 1st
During the month of February, Coach Figg will be teaming up with several guest coaches to offer three, four-day sculling camps, right here on Tempe Town Lake. Instruction will be offered in singles (1x’s that is!) but you can request a 2x or 4x, and all levels of skill are welcome. Each session includes video review and one even includes yoga! Sessions will run 2/19 – 22, 2/23 – 26, and 2/26 – 3/1. Please go to Regatta Central for details and to register. You may also contact Coach Figgins if you have questions.
 
AZ Indoor Rowing Championships – Saturday, February 25th
The event we all love to hate: the Erg Championships! Brophy College Prep Crew hosts this annual event – Arizona’s version of the “Crash B’s”.  EVERYONE who wants to race against the clock for a 2k is welcome: ages 14+, and all sizes. No experience necessary, just a desire to rage against the machine! (Like what we did there?) Registration IS necessary however, and you’ve got to go to Regatta Central to do it.

Spring/Summer Regatta Schedule
Road trip!! Recently the Comp Crews got together to plan their summer racing trips and these were the most popular on the list. Regattas are the ultimate team-building exercise, and always a great time. If you’re interested in learning more about Comp Crew, or racing at a regatta, contact Coach Figgins.
  • April 3-4: San Diego Crew Classic (San Diego, CA)
  • June 22-25: US Rowing NW Regionals (Portland/Vancouver, OR)
  • July 17: US Rowing SW Regionals (Oakland, CA)
  • August 17-20: US Rowing Masters Nationals (Oak Ridge, TN)
ICYAATE – Membership Updates
 
In case you are avoiding the erg like the plague (ICYAATE), be warned this may change your mind. Rio Salado Rowing Club is now the proud partner of the Ability 360 Fitness Center, located just down the street from the boathouse. This relatively new, state-of-the-art fitness center is offering FREE use of the facility to RSRC members, which that includes the use their fitness equipment, showers, and ergs. There are 12 ergs in all, ready and waiting to be rowed. Additionally, twice a week, RSRC offers group erg workout sessions: Mondays at 6:15 am, and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. Come and erg with your friends!
 
(Check out the Ability 360 website for more information about all their amenities.)

All you need to do is get an RSRC pass from Eddie Montoya, or Coach Figgins, and sign a waiver at the front desk, the first time you go. Oh, and you’ll need to bring your own towel, and a lock for your locker. See you at the gym!
 
REMINDER

Anyone who will race with RSRC in 2017 needs to sigh the USRowing waiver. You will NOT be able to race without it. Click here to login and sign it. 

It entails a brief, somewhat humorous, survey of race trivia.  Please do it now, rather than get the panicked email from Coach Peter when you’re trying to be zen the night before race day.
 
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