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DECEMBER 7, 2001
Bring Closure to a Great Rowing Season

Sunday November 24th, 2001 marked the end to the 2001 rowing season.  It was the day that the boats were de-rigged, washed and hung with anticipation for next season.  It was de-rigging time at the LaSalle Rowing Club. 

 A number of old and new faces where on hand to make sure that everything went smoothly. Shane Burger and Matt McAdam spent most of the morning winterizing the outboard motors.  Mark Brkljacic and Cathy Ruggirello acted as bean counters and thoroughly inventoried all of the clubs assets.  Lisa Antanya along with Deb Loughheed, Donna Fawdry, John Parent, Dustin and Aung Thu Win worked hard and managed to de-rigged and washed all of the equipment in gale force winds. 

The boathouse has never looked so clean.  When we were finished it was like the night before Christmas, everything was nestled right in its place and the visions of warm weather and smooth water danced in everyone’s head.

The day was a great success.  I would like to offer a special thanks to all of those who were involved in making the day happen - your leadership, personal contribution and commitment to the club is so very much appreciated.  Remember that all those who were in attendance will receive a $30.00 credit towards next season’s dues.

I can’t wait to see more people out in the coming months.   The club’s executive is working hard to prepare for next season.  We all hope that your involvement will continue to be strong and we hope to see you at many of the social events we have planned over the winter.

Have a great holiday.
John Parent

Regatta Results

Speakmon THIRD - Quad (Open Mens 4x)
Matt McAdam, Shane Berger, John Parent, and Mark Brkljacic
World Masters Championship 
(Montreal Olympic Basin)


FOURTH - Double (Mixed 2x)
Cathy Ruggirello & Glenn White

FIFTH - Single (Men 1x)
Glenn White


Coaches Conference

2002 RCA Annual Coaches Conference will be in London, Ontario, January 24-27, 2002.  Brian Richardson, Mike Spracklen, Volker Nolte, Ed McNeely, Lesley Thompson and Al Morrow,  just to name a few that will be presenting at this year's conference.  If you want to take your 3M NCCP Level II, III, IV Technical, this is certainly the best time to do so.
For more information:

A Message from LRC President

Dear members,

The 2001 rowing season has come to an end and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone on a successful season.   Everyone worked hard, played hard, and contributed to the success of last season.   I would also like to send out a special thanks to all those who helped close the boathouse for the season.  Your efforts are appreciated

With the season over and the 2002 season still months away, I would like to bring you up to date on what the club has in store over the winter months. The executive has been busy developing committees that will help to serve the club and all of its members.  We encourage your input and look forward to your participation on any one of these committees. By involving individual members in the policy making process of the club we hope to serve the club better and utilize the experience and expertise of our membership.  The purpose of each committee is to help us accomplish a better sense of “crew” and work as a club toward a common vision.  Remember, the sport of rowing is an activity that works best if all the members pull together and for each other. 

Crew: the ability to focus together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward the entire crew’s objective; it is only then that teamwork will allow our crew to attain uncommon results.

Without your input and involvement the club has no future.  We will never finish ahead if we do not have all of you on board.  We are looking forward to involving you in this committee process so that we can manage our future and identify a clear vision for the club in the months and years ahead.  I hope that you will take this opportunity to review this newsletter and the listed committees and that you will choose a committee on which to participate. 

I am inviting you to be part of a crew that will deliver results and leave a legacy for our future members by making a difference.  Together, I am confident that we can attain an “uncommon result” for our club, our membership and ourselves.

I look forward to speaking to you again soon and once again thanks for your involvement in our club.

Best regards and holiday wishes,


John Parent
President, LaSalle Rowing Club

LRC Webpage Address

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Membership Update - Thinking Out of the Box

Long Term Planning Committee
The executive of the LaSalle Rowing Club is concerned about the club's longevity and future.  To that end, the club has established a couple of committees to determine where the club will be in five, ten or twenty years.  The Long Term Planning Committee will assess the status of the club's current location, and then look for a permanent home for the club, either in the same spot, but with new digs; or in a new location.  The Fund Raising Committee will make sure the money is in place to accommodate such a move, as well as to provide funds for equipment repair and replacement, and the possible hiring of a coach.

Rowing can be an expensive sport to maintain, and the club executive feels that extra funds must be generated from the community: either corporate sponsors, charity drives or fund-raising activities by individual members.  Club director, Herb Colling will chair both committees.  Club president John Parent will serve on both to coordinate their activities, and club director, Mark Brkljacic will lend his expertise on the Long Term Planning Committee.

To make these committees effective, membership involvement is essential.  The club executive is looking for gung-ho club members with ideas, who care about their club's future, and are willing to work for its long-term survival.  If you're one of those people, contact Herb Colling 728-1579, or ASAP.

Fund Raising Committee
The purpose of the Fund Raising Committee is currently twofold: to create sources of funds to ensure the long term survival and stability of the club (i.e., building fund); and to explore all avenues of fund raising available and implement them (i.e., 50-50 draws, private donations, etc.).  Currently, the Fund Raising Committee is in the process of creating and implementing an "awareness campaign" consisting of promoting the local rowing scene (i.e., the LRC) as well as rowing in general in hopes of generating some local business interest in supporting our club financially.  The Fund Raising Committee is working on a packet of information that will be delivered to local businesses in order to solicit their support.  We also expect to be meeting with these people in the new year to discuss the packet and promote the long term viability of the club.  In addition to this awareness campaign, the Fund Raising Committee is in the process of exploring other sources of fundraising.  Regarding this analysis, the Committee will be announcing the results in the near future. 

Boathouse Committee
As everyone knows the equipment and contents housed within the LaSalle Rowing club’s boathouse is in need of some Tender Loving Care. This past season has proven to be a challenge with respect to the maintenance of most of the club’s equipment.  That is why we have developed a boathouse committee, which is intended to play a major role in providing the necessary maintenance to the racing shells and other assets owned by the club.  The committee’s purpose is to safeguard and maintain all of the equipment needed to place crews on the water during the up coming rowing season.  The Committee is Co-Chaired by Tom Ouellette and John Parent.  Due to the extensive work that must be done to many of the boats it is important that this committee grow in numbers.  We are looking for reliable, interested members to help us organize an effective maintenance plan for all of the assets owned by our club.   You don not necessarily need experience, you need only the will to learn. 

Please feel free to become involved in this or any committee as we develop a vision for the future and move toward a season of fun and victory. 

Safe and properly maintained equipment will not only allow crewmembers access to on the water workouts, it will also assists in increasing the longevity our equipment.  Tom and I encourage you to participate in helping us provide the best and safest equipment our club can provide.

For more information about joining this committee please fell free to contact me at 
519 967 1455 or email me at

Membership Committee
The Membership committee is in the process of forming.  The goal of this committee is recruitment and retention of members.  If you are interested in aiding in this exciting process and ensuring that LaSalle Rowing Club is around, growing and strong for years to come, please contact Lisa Antaya at 252-8617.

Social Committee
The purpose of the social/promotional team is to promote club spirit and participation on every level.  The social group is designed to keep each member of the club feeling part of the group, by planning trips, gatherings and events.  The promotional side is designed to increase membership on all levels, learn to row, recreational, and competitive.

The group has so far, sent out a Christmas card with social events Calendar included.  We also have arranged a group rate for a three-month membership at Good Life Fitness starting in January for $99+gst.  Please email me at if you are interested in the membership. If any one would like to join this team chaired by Laurie Walesiak just send me an email.


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