Don’t forget the Richmond Rowing Club Strategic Planning Session, running from 10am to 12pm on 7 July at the club.
Full details are on the earlier blog post. I’m looking forward to seeing as many people there as possible.
Register your interest on the Facebook event or let me know if you are planning on attending. If you can’t attend and have any feedback please drop me an email or see me at the club.
Thanks to everyone who took part last week in the rowing season review to help look at successes and areas to target for improvement next season for the rowing opportunities at the club. Along with the on water activities that form the foundation of our rowing club, Richmond encompasses much more than that and the success of our community managed volunteer organisation requires planning beyond the rowing program.
We are currently in a strong position with our facilities and finances thanks to the work by many over the last few years so now we must look forward and plan for the future to ensure the club continues to deliver and improve upon its current status. We want to set big picture goals and objectives and we need our members to help shape the direction for RRC going forward. Some of you may remember back in 2013 we undertook some strategic planning and we want to review and update this to help us focus our energy and resources on the key areas we see as priorities for the club.
I want to invite you all to attend our strategic planning session to be held on Saturday 1st July at the boathouse from 10am-1pm. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a member, what experiences you have or what you think you can contribute everyone is welcome (even if you don’t say a word) and its an ideal time to just find out a little more about what makes Richmond the club it is and how you can contribute to it.
We’re aiming to keep it very focused and to encourage lots of people to attend it won’t take up your whole weekend – just a few hours on Saturday morning after Winter sculling. So starting at 10am we will review the status of our last strategic plan and discuss the key areas we believe are still relevant and any new priorities or focus areas. We can then begin to formulate goals, objectives and action plans to help us achieve them.
You can find further details on our calendar including the agenda and summary from the 2013 strategic plan as a basis for the talking points and framework for the day.
This will be the first step in preparing a plan and setting goals to ensure the longevity and success of the club and in turn all its members and so we encourage input and assistance from you all. If you have any questions about how you can contribute or want to find out more please contact me. I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday July 1st, 10am.
As the season is almost to a close, we have some important business to take care of – the annual Around the Island – Keith Miller Award Trophy to compete for, end of season break dates and an invitation to participate in the RRC strategic planning.
Keith Millar – Around the Island Time Trial in regulation fours (tubs)
Coaches, it is time to assemble crews for the annual RRC Keith Millar Around the Island time trial. Rules are:
– Time trial to be raced in a tub four boat
– Timed by your coach
– Representative on the bank to check for river safety when turning back from the island
– Times to be forwarded to the Head of Rowing [email protected] by Sunday the 7th of June.
Award – there is an engraved glass trophy for the fastest male recorded time and fastest female crew recorded time. Winners will be announced at Presentation night on the 13th June. If you have any questions please let me know.
Coaches please note : – typically the time trial is raced ‘around’ the island. I understand this is not possible due to dredging works. Crews will be required to turn at the island and row back…not row around it. Please do NOT amend times for turning, sipping drinks etc. Only raw times from ‘start to finish’ are accepted for the time trial.
Scullers – There is a time trial for the fastest recorded time in a tub single. Rules the same as the above however the course is up to Swan Street Bridge, turn and back to pole in front of club.
RRC Season Break
1st June – 19th July will be the official RRC Season Break. During this time crews are encouraged to cross train, cycle, use the gym etc, however there is no official planned squad training. Crews wanting to train on the water are self-organised. Please alert our captain to boat usage.
Strategic Planning 2015/2016
Coach mentor, one squad culture, coxswain development, fleet purchase planning – all of these innovations (and more) came from the strategic planning days held in the past. Please consider attending, as it is open to the whole club to attend.
How can I be involved?
First there will be a survey link sent around to you during the week. Please fill this out so the committee and members can gauge how we are going.
In addition to this you are invited to the club on Saturday 20th June 10 am to 2pm for the workshop forum. Responses from the survey will be collated and innovations through workshopping in groups will begin.
Rowing Regards, Rochelle
Head of Rowing