MMAAC Rowing News
November 13, 2016

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Welcome to all new and returning members. To ensure you are fully informed of club activities and notices, please take a moment to "connect" with your club:

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Winter Training Programs
start TOMORROW, Monday, November 14

All those registered Adult Master's Winter Training, or those still considering doing so, are asked to attend one of two information sessions being held in the boathouse on Monday and Tuesday at 6:30PM. 

The sessions will include introduction of the program structure, scheduling, goal-setting, progress measurement and tracking, and rewards!

The Junior / U23 / Senior Competitive program also starts Monday, but at 5:45AM.

Details on Winter Training options were circulated in the past two newsletters, and are available on our website.

Winter Training registration must be completed online in advance via the Rowing Canada web registration system.


Mic Mac AAC will be holding the annual general meeting this coming Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 in the Patterson Room. The meeting is set to begin at 7pm.


The club is seeking approximately 15 volunteers to support this task. Joe Rowlands has offered to lead the project as he has in the past (thanks Joe!). 

Volunteers are needed to manage disassembly of the docks, working the ropes to transfer the docks to the beach, and organization of the docks on the beach. No experience is required - just dress warmly and come learn from those who have done it before.

Volunteers are also needed for work indoors to prepare the boathouse for winter (de-rigging, sweeping, general clean-up).

Please RSVP to: Team leads are planning to arrive at 7:30AM, with general volunteers arriving at 8:00AM.


The Mic Mac AAC Rowing Club hosted their second annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser on Friday November 4, 2016 at Garrison Brewing Company, raising $700 for the club! Thank you to Cynthia, Leah, and Linda for organizing, and for everyone who sold tickets and attended the event.


Earlier this week, participants in our fall programs were sent a link to provide feedback via a Participant Satisfaction Survey.

All responses are completely anonymous. For households with more than one member participating in MMAAC Rowing Programs, each member will need to complete the survey using a different device. 

Please submit your responses via the online link by Sunday, November 20!


In January 2013, following the RCA Annual General Meeting, a Membership Category Review Working Group was formed to deal with membership structure concerns that were raised at that meeting. The Working Group has conducted a thorough review, consulted with the rowing community and brought a preliminary proposal to last year’s Semi-Annual Meeting that was endorsed by the RCA Membership. With this endorsement, the Working Group set out this past year to finalize the details and costs related to the implementation of this proposal. It is this information that has shaped the final report that is presented here for your review and feedback.
The report can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Proposal - New RCA Membership Model.
Please take the time to review this report and provide the Membership Category Review Working Group with your feedback on the following survey by December 2nd, 2016 This feedback will be considered in the preparation of the final recommendations to be presented to the Members for voting purposes at the January 2017 Semi-Annual Meeting.


For the safety of club members, MMAAC Rowing breaks the rowing year into three seasons for water temperature:

- Red (water temp is less than or equal to 10 degrees)
- Yellow (water temp is 11 degrees through 16 degrees)
- Green (water temp is 17 degrees or greater)

We are currently in the RED season - water temp is less than or equal to 10 degrees

  • Scullers MUST be escorted by motor boat
  • Absolutely no rowing is permitted outside of scheduled, rowing committee sanctioned rows escorted by safety motor-boat
  • Only rowers with at least one complete season of regular rowing (May through October) may row
  • All boats must stay within 250 meters of safety boat, and be on the same lake
  • Rowers must wear clothing appropriate for the conditions, for example, head protection to reduce heat loss, wind-proof breathable jacket, thermal vest, pogie-style rowing mitts, etc.
  • Safety boat driver must be adequately attired, and have access to sleeping bag and/or survival blanket
  • Safety boat operator and rowers must be familiar with the symptoms and treatment of hypothermia, and with Rowing Canada Aviron’s (RCA’s) Minimum Rowing Safety Standards


Reminder to private boat owners and coaches - upon departure from the club, please ensure the building is secure.
a) Determine if there are any other rowing or paddling participants, or other staff or volunteers present. If not, set the alarm.
b) Ensure that all bay doors are locked. 

Like all community organizations, Mic Mac AAC Rowing operates primarily based on the generosity of its volunteers. While we are always open to any short term or long term contributions, volunteers are needed immediately for the following specific roles:

a) Mic Mac AAC Rowing Bookkeeper / Treasurer - seeking a volunteer with experience in this area who can track revenue and expenses, and reconcile club financial reports. This volunteer would provide monthly updates including a summary of financial highlights to the Steering Committee.

b) Signing Officer - cheques issued by Mic Mac AAC require two signatures. Rowing is seeking a volunteer who can act as a signing officer for the club. The ideal candidate is accessible on a regular basis in order to expedite invoice payments and expense reimbursements, and is familiar with or is interested in learning about the financial operations of the club.

c) Rowing Representative on Mic Mac AAC Board of Directors - seeking a volunteer to represent the rowing program at monthly Mic Mac AAC Board meetings

d) Organizing Committee Member for Spring Wine Tasting and Silent Auction - date and location to be confined. The club is seeking 3-4 volunteers to assist with organizing and promoting this event. Past organizers are available and interested in sharing what has worked in the past, and open to ways to make this event even better!

To discuss these or any other volunteer opportunities, please contact: Siobhan Wiggans, Steering Committee Chairperson at:
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