KCRC Newsletter 2016 November



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November 2016

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Wichita Frostbite Regatta
KCRC had a strong showing with 13 masters and six juniors competing in the event. Several medals were won. Race results can be downloaded here. Additional photos of the event can be viewed on the KCRC Shutterfly site.
New Officers and Board Members Elected
KCRC’s board of directors held its annual meeting on Nov. 1 and voted in its new slate of officers who will serve a two-year term. The new officers include:

  • President: Chris Trotter
  • Vice President: Diane Lewis
  • Treasurer: Mallory Hilvitz
  • Secretary: Al Hupp

Other new additions to the board include Bryan DeBaun and Bianca Tropeano, who will both serve for three-year terms as directors. Both Nancy Wendt and Damon Braly exited the board upon the completion of their terms this month. Tom Kimes and Bryan Whitehead will continue to serve on the board, with their terms expiring November 2018.

Ellie Braly Signs to Row at K-State
KCRC junior Ellie Braly signed a National Letter of Intent in early November to row next year for the Kansas State University collegiate rowing team. Ellie has been rowing with KCRC for five years. Here is a link to an article about the signing event where Ellie thanks KCRC coach Jay Coffman.
Winter Training for Masters

Winter training for Masters started on Nov. 28th at Mill Creek Activity Center. To prepare, Tim Hills spent four hours performing annual maintenance on the Club’s 11 ergs. This included removing the flywheel covers to vacuum the fly wheels, checking batteries in the monitors, wiping down the machines, tightening loose fasteners, and oiling the chains. To the left is a photo of Tim preparing to oil the chain on one of the Club’s Concept 2 Model B rowers.

Boats Moved to Winter Storage
KCRC moved all boats and gear to winter storage on Saturday, Nov. 19th. The photos above show the space that has been graciously provided to the Club at Buckeye Industrial Park by Mike Pursell. As the photos show, The Club is able to park the trailer with the large boats (and some of the Club’s doubles) all inside where they are completely protected from the weather. There is room for all of the oars in an area where the Club can also do maintenance and painting. Not shown is a connected, parallel hallway with plenty of space for the Club’s supporting gear, such as motors, life jackets, tents, and the like.

The rest of the doubles and the Club’s singles have been stored separately at the Woodswether Road location used in previous years. The boats there are on a portable rack designed and fabricated last year by Dustin Lewis, former Club President and spouse of Club Vice President Diane Lewis. The rack dramatically reduces the amount of space needed for the small boats.

Those helping with the move included Masters Patrick Allen, Michael Handler, Mallory Hilvitz, Al Hupp, Tom Kimes, Diane Lewis, Peggy Pharr, Bianca Tropeano, and Chris Trotter. Juniors who participated were Ellie Braly, Isabelle Davis, Margo Hunter, Elizabeth Stublen, Will Stublen, Zoe Thompson, and Anna Vogts. Additionally, former KCRC Junior member John Wendt (who now rows for Kansas State University) came out to assist and was a big help loading the trailer at the boatyard.

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