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Nominations for WRRA Board of Directors

The 2019 rowing season will soon be winding down and that means we already need to begin thinking about the off-season and 2020. 

One important thing to consider is the status of the WRRA Board of Directors. There will be three WRRA Board positions open for election this fall with the usual Board cycle. The three outgoing Directors are Megan Patton, Gretchen Shimola and Elana Baldwin.

The WRRA Code of Regulations provides that any voting member may nominate for the position of WRRA Director anyone (including oneself) who has been a member for three years and is currently a member in good standing. The WRRA Board is empowered to consider nominated members who have been involved for less than three years; subject to approval by 2/3 majority of the full Board of Directors.

To be placed on the ballot at the Annual Meeting on November 9, member nominations must be sent to the WRRA President by October 15, 2019. Once nominations are in, WRRA members will receive an email with information about the members nominated for the Board of Directors.

Elections will take place at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will once again be held at the Flat Iron Cafe.

Please email your nomination(s) and/or questions to:

Thank you!

Fun Row in Memory of Zita Varnelis


On December 29, 2018, WRRA lost one of its longtime rowers, Zita Varnelis. Zita and her husband Maris Kampe, began rowing in the Summer Rowing League in the mid-1990’s. Over the years Zita joined the Masters team and represented WRRA in countless sweep and sculling races and also coached for WRRA. Zita also donated her creative talents to design the Head of the Cuyahoga medals, T-shirts and programs for the HOTC and Bow Ball.

WRRA would like to celebrate the memory of Zita by holding a Fun Row on Saturday, July 20, 2019 starting at 12:00pm.

The event will start with a fun row and end with a cookout with beer. The event is open to ALL rowers; novice and experienced rowers and scullers are welcome. Sign up as an individual, a small or large group — participants will be randomly assigned to shells so it will be a great way to meet others!

There will be a $25 fee for the event and the proceeds will benefit the METAvivor Research and Support Inc. in memory of Zita.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information contact Anna at

Registration For 2019 Is Open!

General registration is now open for all 2019 WRRA activites (except for Summer Rowing League which is still in the pre-registration phase of enrollment for returning teams).

Full program descriptions along with links to register can be found right here on the WRRA web site:

Get registered and let's get ready to row!!

Note: Returning members, check your email for links to specific programs (reminder to use your old login rather than a new one).

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