FRIENDS OF GLASTONBURY ROWING, INC.
WHAT WE DO
Friends of Glastonbury Rowing Inc. is charged with many responsibilities to fulfill our mission to provide educational, operational and financial support to the Glastonbury High School Crew Program and be a resource to the community as it relates to crew.
We are pleased to have been able to provide approximately 80% of the total cost to run the crew program on a yearly basis since its inception in 2001. Funding has been made possible by generous contributions made by crew member families, relatives, FOGRI Board members, charitable foundations and other supporters.
Since its inception through October 2010, FOGRI has expended $537,341 in support of GHS Crew Operations. Funds have been and are directed to:
- Equipment Purchases:
- Rowing Shells
- Cox Boxes,
- Spare Boat Parts
- Chase Boats
- Engines for Chase Boats
- Floating Docks
- Boat Trailer
- Life Jackets
- Ergs, First Aid Kits
- Coaches Salaries
- Marina Fees
- Race Registration Fees As Needed to Supplement Bd. Of Ed. Payment
- Medals for Home Regattas
- Race Markers
- Transportation Costs for Out of State Regattas
- Maintenance of all shells, oars, and chase boats
- Storage Shed
We oversee the many fundraisers necessary to financially support the program. This involves recruiting the many volunteers and chairpeople necessary to execute numerous fundraising activities. They include:
- Ergathon/Tag Sale
- Haunted Corn Maze
- Clothing and Merchandise Sale
- River Run
- Flamingo Flocking
- Annual Appeal
VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION AND RECRUITMENT
Supporting the large crew program requires the work of dozens of volunteers to ensure the safety and success of all of the athletes, coaches, and spectators. We oversee this by recruiting and guiding the volunteers who provide invaluable services in a number of areas. They are:
Safety: Dockmasters, Safety Launch Boat Drivers, Parking and Traffic Patrols
Food Committee: Purchase, preparation and presentation of food to team members, their families and guests at all regattas – home and away, as well as other crew related events. Set up, take down and clean up of the food tent and its tables and grills. Organization and stocking of the food trailer and transportation of it to each regatta.
Regatta Organization: Set the schedule of races for each season in conjunction with the coaching staff. Invite other teams to participate in home regattas. Meet with volunteers prior to a home race who will set the race course markers, act as start and finish line officials, patrol the course for safety and act as dockmasters. Prepare race programs. Remove race course markers upon completion of the regattas.
Media Coverage: Work with coaches, athletes and other volunteers to write articles and gather photos for submission to the Glastonbury Citizen and other media outlets for coverage of all races and crew related events.
Through on ongoing commitment to provide education and opportunities related to the sport of crew for the community, we act as a liaison to the people of Glastonbury and beyond for issues related to the sport. Through our boathouse committee, we have been actively involved in providing feedback and participation to the Town of Glastonbury and its contractors relative to the proposed boathouse and its surroundings at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury .