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2018 Annual Meeting

The ANNUAL MEETING of members of the Western Reserve Rowing Association will be held SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Flat Iron Café (1114 Center Street, Cleveland, OH).

This meeting will provide:

  • Update on WRRA programs
  • Recognition of WRRA Volunteers
  • Election of Directors
  • A chance to voice your goals and concerns for WRRA
  • Cleveland Rowing Foundation Update
  • WRRA Club gear for your holiday gift-giving (Cash, check, and all major credit cards accepted).
Important: If you are unable to attend the meeting, we still want (need!) your vote. Please see below for absentee ballot information.
Fabulous prizes!
$25 Gift Certificates to the Flat Iron will be given to 6 WRRA members, chosen at random by raffle. You must be present to win.

IN ADDITION, a $25 Gift Certificate to the Flat Iron will be given to the SRL teams represented by the largest number of members wearing their 2018 SRL t-shirt. One will be given to the NOVICE team and one to the EXPERIENCED team with greatest number of actual members present in 2018 team t-shirts.

WRRA Board of Directors Elections / Absentee Ballots

Directors whose terms expire November 10, 2018:

  • Jamye Jamison
  • Megan O'Donnell Patton
  • Kathy Whitford

2018 WRRA Nominees for 3 three-year Terms:

  • Kim Bache
  • Anna Chanakas
  • Steph Mercado
  • Mary Purcell

Read the Candidate Statements here.

For those unable to attend the annual meeting, an absentee ballot can be found here. Please cast your vote for up to 3 candidates, sign and print your name and scan or photograph the ballot and return it to the following address no later than 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2018:

Please read the candidate statements and give thoughtful consideration as to who will best fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the WRRA Board of Directors.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you Saturday, November 10.

WRRA's visually impaired rowers to compete in prestigious Head of the Charles regatta

Congratulations and good luck to our VIPER (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) crew, heading to Boston October 20-21 to race in the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta.

Donate directly to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

EHVZBHAZ4FH35HPF45VPZTRQJE.jpgFour years ago, Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) began offering visually impaired athletes the opportunity to enjoy the fun and challenging sport of rowing.

Today, that same program - aka The VIPERs (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) - have gone from their humble beginnings on the Cuyahoga River to qualifying for the largest rowing regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles (HOCR) in Boston, MA. On October 20-21, 11,000 athletes from 26 countries will compete and amongst them will be the VIPERs!

The VIPERs are part of WRRA's Outreach Programs and are funded entirely by members and donations. Volunteers have given over 450 hours of their time helping to coach, row and cox in this program.

We are asking for additional help to get the crew of 7 adults (guides, rowers, coach & coxswain) and 2 guide dogs to Boston to vie for a coveted medal in this prestigious competition. 100% of monies raised will go directly towards the VIPER team's preparation for the regatta, travel, trailering the boat, and lodging.

Directly donate to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

Read & Watch Channel 19 news coverage of our VIPERs

WRRA can provide a Letter of Donation upon request. Additional donations raised will go to WRRA Outreach programs.

(photo credit: Micheal K. Dakota)

Veterans Learn to Row Day

Veterans Learn to Row Day
Sunday, August 26 - 7:30 AM - NOON

FREE to Veterans/Service-disabled Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reservists, and Gold Star adult family members. Reservations required: 

In appreciation of the men and women who have served our country and who love water sports or want to try a new sport. Thank you for your service!  

Rowing is a true team sport that demands the unremitting dedication of body and mind, heart and soul in a way required by no other team sport.

Advance registration is necessary for boat assignments. Secure your seat in the boat: 

Program info

Learn to Row (LTR) is a half day comprehensive instructional session which introduces new rowers to the sport of rowing on the Cuyahoga River. LTR is an opportunity for adults (18 and older) to experience the sport of rowing. WRRA instructors will teach the basics of the sport of rowing, special safety considerations on the Cuyahoga, rowing terminology, and boat handling. Participants will receive instruction on basic rowing technique using a stationary rowing machine (erg) and on-the-water practice, rowing as a crew of eight.

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