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The 2018 season was a very busy and productive year. We started the year with some uncertainty regarding the status of our sinking dock. The Board of Directors worked diligently during those winter months striking a deal with the town of LaSalle on a joint investment into a new world class rowing dock. One designed specifically for rowing shells. During the process we were able to reach an extension on our lease agreement for the next ten years.
We have seen a lot of growth this year within the club easily doubling our membership. We also seen the creation of Novice, Junior and Indoor training programs. Providing more customization and opportunities to our club members. We didn’t only grow our club, but we were very successful in introducing the sport of rowing to the community. We held a successful Try it Day, that saw us get thirty-two people out on the water. Multiple learn to row classes were run this year with over thirty participants taking part in the program.
The activity in the club has significantly increased. We had a hundred and thirty-three days of on water rowing. Participants taking part in the winter indoor training are making use of the facility with sessions scheduled daily, seven days a week. The boathouse has really come to life this season. We’ve seen our membership come together volunteering to work the strawberry festival. We also held an intraclub regatta that brought the club together for a day of competition. The comradery and sportsmanship was great to see. This in turn immediately started the conversation about next years regatta.
In conclusion we had a very successful season. A season that saw members seeking more involvement and active roles in the club. Credit must be given to the hard work of the Board of Directors. These members continue to go above and beyond for the benefit of the club. The future looks bright for LaSalle rowing club.
It was a pleasure serving as your President this year. With great gratitude I thank everyone involved in making the 2018 a success. I look forward to the 2019 season. Sincerely,
President, LaSalle Rowing Club
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