Outside of the Board of Directors, Riverside is organized into several committees and sub-committees to accomplish tasks. All members should look to join one (or two or three…) upon becoming a member.
Building and GroundsThe Building and Grounds Committee has the responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the boathouse, ramps, floats and physical surroundings of the club. Many of the tasks are performed by members during Saturday morning work parties. Such tasks include painting, cleaning, minor plumbing and carpentry repairs. Long-term objectives of the committee are to assess the need and cost of major capital improvements. Since many needs can go unnoticed for a long period, it is expected that all members help keep an eye open for deteriorating conditions and promptly bring them to the committee’s attention. Each member and guest can contribute greatly to this committee by simply using the walkways and not trampling the grass.
Keir Evans and Andy O’Brien
Captain’sThe Captains Committee consists of the following teams each headed by a Captain and a Co-Captain. Teams work independently, meeting as necessary and handling issues through e-mail. Twice a year committees will meet with the Board liaison to clarify team parameter for the following.
- BH Rules
- River rules
- Community etiquette on and off the water.
- Guidelines for recruiting and training new team members
If you are a Senior member and are interested in joining one of the following teams, please contact the RBC Captain. All team members must be senior members or nearly senior members.
- Mentorship (Ed Ballo): New Members not affiliated with a team will be assigned a Mentor at their Orientation meeting. Mentors will meet with new members twice or as necessary within the first month to review policies and procedures and help them get started. They will also be an ongoing contact for questions. Non affiliated members will be required to attend a 201 session to familiarize them with Boathouse life.
- Captain Testing (Joan Buck): Captain tests
- Launch Training ( Karen Chenausky): Familiarize new coaches and assistant coaches in our SW launches.
- Visiting Crew Liaisons (Ernest Cook and Ed Frankenberry): Handle Visiting crews in the Spring, Individuals visiting is the summer and HOCR rentals in the Fall. The liaison will handle all communications, make sure the crews are aware of RBC parking concerns, arrange for space in the parking lot and send notices to the membership. Individuals rowing out of RBC will be required to attend a brief orientation to row out of RBC. This will be handled by “mentors” so that they are aware of all RBC and river rules.
- Coxswain testers (Mike Floyd): Confirm membership payments and test summer and full time coxswains.
- Trailer Committee ( Jeffreye Booth, Ernest Cook and Matt Galas): Trailer maintenance, regatta scheduling and driver training.
- Fleet Manager (Alexis Sneff ) Oversees ongoing fleet maintenance and boat movement with the rigger.
Each department will work independently to:
- Establish the parameters of each department
- Determine guidelines for training their team mentors/testers
- Recruit and train their “team”
- Continue recruitment each year
CommunicationsMore information coming soon!
The Community Relations Committee works to maintain positive relationships and promote Riverside Boat Club and its events in the neighborhood, the boating community and with other relevant agencies. We coordinate with others to make the river and parklands more beautiful, clean, safe and accessible and contribute to neighborhood efforts.We sponsor or co-sponsor annual events like the tree trimming effort, the Earth Day Cleanup, the effort to revitalize the historic Powderhouse at Magazine Beach, and we participate in neighborhood events like the Cambridgeport History Day. Riverside members also participate in a reading program with local kids.
Riverside members were instrumental in the re-establishment of the Charles River Users Group, a collaboration of rowing clubs that worked to improve safety on the Charles River, and wrote and conducted an exhaustive review process for the rower’s traffic pattern document. Riverside members also expanded that organization to become CRAB, the Charles River Alliance of Boaters, an informal but very active group of all boating organizations on the Charles River. Dragon boat clubs, yacht clubs, fishing organizations, canoe and kayak organizations, college, club and high school sailing clubs, and college, club and high school rowing clubs are all included.
Riverside also contributes to many organizations dedicated to the health and beauty of the Charles River. These organizations include the Charles River Watershed Association, The Charles River Conservancy and the Charles River Cleanup Boat.
Volunteers are needed for events including park cleanups and tree trimming, neighborhood learn-to-row events, and Cambridgeport History Day events. Volunteers can also attend neighborhood meetings and interact with other park and river advocacy organizations and government agencies.
Varies depending on involvement.
- The Charles River Alliance of Boaters
- The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association
- The Charles River Watershed Association
- The Charles River Conservancy
- The Charles River Cleanup Boat
Past and ongoing efforts:
Riverside hosts a number of programs and events to help local high schools. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School co-hosts the annual Mothers Day Regatta at Riverside Boat Club. BC High, a new program on the Neponset, is given launch access (and important course experience) for a full week before and during the Head of the Charles Regatta. BC High also launched out of Riverside for some spring races.
- Cambridgeport History Day — Participated in Cambridgeport History Day at Dana Park, sponsored by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association and the Cambridge Historical Society. Provided information on RBC History, brought boats for display and rowing ergometer to give rowing lesson. In 2011 the boathouse will be the site of an actor portraying a 19th Century oarsman in a historical vignette mounted by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association’s “If This House Could Talk” installation.
- Powderhouse Revitalization Effort — Co-sponsored ongoing effort to revitalize the historic powderhouse at Magazine beach, lead cleanups and reconnected the neighborhood to the park. In June of 2011, helped to coordinate park cleanup followed by a pot luck lunch and learn-to-row event.
- Power Lunch Reading Program — Five members of Riverside Boat Club take part in this lunchtime reading program which includes students from the neighboring Morse School. Participants have made a 2-year commitment to work with the same student and build a mentoring relationship. Riverside Boat Club and individual board members contributed $1,420.00 to the program as well.
- Toy Drives — Riverside members annually support Senator Petrucelli’s Eastie Elves toy drive for disadvantaged kids and the 21 Nickels sponsored toy drive for the Franciscan Children’s Hospital. Hundreds of dollars in toys are collected and donated to these causes.
- CRAB – Charles River Alliance of Boaters — Founded the organization of Charles river boating groups including college rowing clubs, community rowing clubs, sailing clubs, dragon boat clubs, yacht clubs, canoe and kayak service and the Charles Riverboat Co. to facilitate better communication and cooperation with MassDOT and the DCR during the Accelerated Bridge Program reconstruction projects. Communicates construction and meetings schedules regularly and developed an online calendar for construction and river events. Coordinates many safety related initiatives.
- Charles River Users Group — Co-founded the reorganization of the Users Group, an association of the rowing programs that meet to address safety and cooperative rowing management concerns on the Charles River. Precursor to CRAB.
- Flip Clinics — Worked with the DCR and ProEMS to provide very successful flip clinics at the Magazine Beach pool. These clinics allow scullers to learn to get back into a single scull from the water in a controlled environment. Included coaching and paramedic-lead hypothermia and cold water exposure talk.
- Head of the Charles Regatta — Provide an estimated 60+ volunteers on race-day for the largest 2-day regatta in the nation. More than 20 Riverside members serve annually on Race Operations and Race Committee management teams that meet year round to plan and safely execute this event.
- Dock Access — Because of very limited launch locations on the river, Riverside provides dock access for many area and visiting colleges and universities for use during spring racing.
Coordinated training open to all staff and members of all the clubs on the Charles.
Charles River Watershed Association
Participate in water quality monitoring and posting systems, completed several segments of the shoreline survey project and make an annual financial contribution.
Charles River Conservancy
Active in coordinating Magazine Beach portion of the annual Tree Pruning project. Support many Conservancy lead initiatives and make an annual financial contribution.
Charles River Clean-up Boat
Provide site to haul large river debris and arrange for disposal with DCR and make an annual financial contribution.
Earth Day Cleanup
Coordinate park users, residents and local businesses (most notably Starbucks and Whole Foods) to participate in the annual Earth Day Community Cleanup, covering an area including Magazine Beach and up to Weeks Footbridge. Manages tool and equipment distribution, job assignments, volunteer sign in/out and volunteer t-shirt and snack donation requests. Routine Parkland Maintenance Riverside maintains much of the parkland around the boathouse, raking leaves, cleaning the river and riverbank and assisting the DCR with mowing.
Morse School Project
Join forces with the Charles River Watershed Association to teach the Morse Elementary School students about Charles River ecology and recreation. Includes taking kids out rowing in a 16-person teaching-barge and talk by one of our former Olympians.
Local Business Relations
Work with local businesses to ensure that they are aware of the local high school and collegiate racing schedule and can make necessary arrangements to protect parking for their customers. We also work with the visiting schools to educate them on neighborhood parking etiquette.
Work with local elected officials to advocate for neighborhood and parkland improvements including support of DCR projects.
Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund/Haiti Relief Fund.
Riverside members have also been involved in a number of initiatives, including the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund for victims of fire and other tragedies. Riverside members also collected medical supplies, water and clothing for Haiti earthquake victims.
DevelopmentMore information coming soon!
The Equipment Committee oversees the planning, purchase and sales of boats, launches and land training equipment. Many factors play a role in equipment decisions. Our main goals are to put our rowers in the highest quality racing shells and meet the needs of our constantly evolving club membership. Feedback from our rowers and coaches is an important factor in the decisions we make.
If you are interested in being a part of this group, please send an email to the committee at: rbcequ(at)riversideboatclub(dot)comCommittee ChairBeatrice Sims
Rudy Schreiber, Kyle Fabel, Tom Keister, Caro-Gray Bosca, Judith Vogel, Katy Ruderman, Jeff Forrester
For new and prospective Riverside members, below is a summary of our equipment:
- Boats: as a competitive rowing club we have a fleet of world class Filippi racing shells, singles through eights, all of which are available for member use. RBC sells boats in late Spring and is always looking for help planning purchases, buying and selling boats.
- Oars: the club owns 4 sets of Concept 2 vortex edge sweep oars and several sets of Concept 2 sculling oars for use by the membership.
- Ergs: we maintain 16 Concept 2 rowing machines for use by members. Ergs are rotated every four years, usually sold after Crash-B’s
FundraisingThe Fundraising Committee supports the activities and goals of the Club and Development Committee by running the Riverside Annual Fund, organizing Special Events, maintaining adequate donor recognition and seeking leadership gifts.
Severine Imbert de Smirnoff
Annual Fund Subcommittee Chair
HistoryThe History and Archives Committee researches and compiles information on all aspects of the club’s history. It is also responsible for maintaining the club’s scrapbook, restoring photos and awards and contributing articles to the newsletter.The current Club History was organized into a booklet.
Lawn and GardenL&G supports the Building and Grounds Committee’s efforts. We have three groups that target the following:
- Maintain RBC’s Lawn and Trees, and Sidewalks/Paths.
- Coordinate beautification of the outside gardens and clean-up for regattas, open houses, etc.
- Partner with other RBC groups on special projects, community projects, outreach, and stewardship of the Charles River.
Our Pitch to You:
- We are eager for additional participation! Please join if you are interested in these outdoor affairs. We will have a presence at work parties.
- We are eager for annuals and perennials! The Garden group is working on reviewing the established gardens we have in place and determining what additional amendments and plantings should be added.
- We are eager for expertise! We are working on a plan to reduce the standing water, rehab our lawn, and spruce up our walkways in an environmentally responsible fashion. We need science to inform our efforts. If you have a landscape or horticulture background (soil science), we would appreciate any insights you are willing to share.
- We are eager for historical context! RBC is a historical landmark, inside and out. We want our efforts to complement our identity as a boat club and as a steward of the Charles river. If you have suggestions on how we can best achieve that, we’re all ears.
MentorshipThe membership committee offers a mentorship program to help new members integrate into the life and culture at RBC. All incoming members who are not affiliated with a team, will be assigned a mentor. Your mentor is required to meet with you at least once during your first weeks at the club remain available to you on an on-going basis. Mentors are your buddies, they may be your first friend at RBC, and they are a valuable resource for your questions!
Non-team affiliated members will also be required to attend a “RBC 201” session to further familiarize themselves with boathouse rules and regulations, Charles River navigation patterns (bridge arches) and navigational hazards. If you are joining a team, the team captains will be your guide. If at any point you leave the team it is recommended that you reconnect with the mentorship committee for this 45 minute session.
If you have been at RBC for at least one year, and get satisfaction in welcoming new members and getting them up to speed, consider becoming a mentor. Please contact Ed Ballo and he will connect
you with a new member.
President’sThe President’s Committee consists of three members, each having a three – year term staggered such that one member’s term expires each year. The domain of this committee is to generate and administer long-term plans for the club. The committee will meet a minimum of four times per year and the residing president will be included in any committee votes. The three members will report to the Board in June and December. During the December meeting the President’s Committee members will also vote to approve the budget for the following year.
Sarah White, Rob White, Jamie Ames
SecurityThe Security Committee is in charge of making Riverside a safe place for all members. Its responsibilities include managing communication, drafting policies, tracking incidents and making recommendations to the Board. The main goal of the Security Committee is to ensure that members are safe, and that our boathouse, equipment, vehicles, and possessions are secure.
Please contact Mike Farry if you’re interested in helping with this committee.
MembershipThe Membership Committee is a standing committee as outlined by our constitution. The Vice President and Captain are standing members. Other members of the committee participate in the overall membership application, orientation, and clearance process. Additional duties include reviewing and analyzing the membership structure and providing recommendations to the Board of Directors.
The Regatta Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the annual Cromwell Cup Regatta. The Cromwell Cup Regatta is a 1,000 meter race that takes place on the Powerhouse Stretch of the Charles River in the summer. The Regatta Committee is made up of 15-20 volunteers. As a member of the committee, you are required to attend mandatory weekly committee meetings (May-July) in preparation of the regatta. Each volunteer can expect anywhere from 2-6 hours of volunteer work (varies by job position) leading up to the regatta.Regatta Committee members are required to be at the boathouse for set-up the day prior to the regatta as well as all day the day of the event.Positions include:
- Regatta Director
- Regatta Co-Chair
- Race Ops Chair
- Volunteer Management
If you are or know of someone who would be interested in joining the Regatta Committee, please send a short paragraph about yourself, experience in event (sports/rowing) planning, and why you would like to be a part of the committee to: regattas(at)riversideboatclub(dot)com
Katy Ruderman and Judith Vogel
SocialThe goal of the Social Committee is to encourage club unity by organizing and promoting a range of activities throughout the year. The Post Charles Jam and Holiday Party are the big events, but the Opening Breakfast at the Crusher Casey Stake Race and the breakfasts following the Heads of the Kevin have become popular events for racers and families.
TechnologyThe technology committee’s aim is to:
- help members reserve boats for practices and regattas
- help members with archiving their workouts so that they can be easily extracted for analysis
- help club keep track of fleet mileage, repairs, and maintenance to inform future boat sales and purchases
- help club better govern through automated policy enforcement (remind users to shut doors when fleet is docked, reserve boats for groups, execute Captain’s test prerogatives, drydock boats based on club policies, etc.)
- provide club fleet usage analytics when requested
- help members with who’s-on-the-water and who’s-leading-the-mileage-wars situational awareness
Ed Frankenberry, Paul Martin, Paul Fisher, Jerry Yu
Volunteer CoordinationResponsibilities include:
The committee’s email address is: RiversideBC+Volunteers(at)groupspaces(dot)comThis committee is a sub-committee of the Membership Committee. Please use them as a resource for finding volunteers to fulfill your volunteer needs– anything from making tennis ball covers to scheduling volunteers for Cromwell Cup…the Charles Party, Cambridge History Day, etc.
- help manage all volunteer requests
- find members to complete tasks
- send out monthly emails of current volunteer opportunities
- help us identify members who continually volunteer – and could potentially transition into leadership positions
Lauren Ayers, Alex Bailey, Erin Roberts, Helen (Lenni) Walters