Membership and Communications Committee
Membership and Communication Committee Description
The membership and communication is responsible for maintaining current and alumni membership listing and developing new membership orientation programs. To keep current and past MBC members informed on club programs and activities and broaden its audiences, the committee prepare and distribute contents through a variety of channels (e.g. website, social network, emails, and formal letters). It also performs administrative functions on behalf of the club (e.g. manage boathouse key distribution, organizes uniform purchases, take and refer inquiries from prospective members, visitors and guests).

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We have a small group of dedicated people that work on getting information out to all club members. The Rowing Shorts, emails, web page, facebook, you name it. It's a team effort. If you want to know how this is done and would like to help and be apart of the MBC Communications, please send Jacque Hamilton an email. Her email address is gro.bulctaobatosennim|tnediserpeciv#gro.bulctaobatosennim|tnediserpeciv.

MBC e-mail Announcements
There is a new procedure for submitting announcements. All members requesting announcements should add their announcements to the wiki at: and then e-mail All announcements should be written in a manner as to be published directly without the need for any editing.

Announcements will be gathered from the wiki and e-mailed to the club on a weekly basis. Announcements will be removed from the wiki when they are no long pertinent.

Announcements Week of 30-April to 7-May

Rowing On the Water
The ramps have been pulled as we await the crest of the river. Currently, predictions are to crest tomorrow. By next Tuesday or Wednesday, we will most likely be below 12 feet and can place the ramp back in. With a national qualifying regatta a mere few weeks away, the Juniors will be rowing out of Lake Gervais until the ramp is back in place. We look forward to watching them compete in Cincinnati, representing both our club and region well. All other programs will continue to run out of the boathouse unless you hear otherwise from your coach.

MBC Patagonia and T-shirt Order Updates
T-shirts have arrived and can be picked up. Arrange time with Betsy. Patagonia jackets were ordered and we should see them arriving in the next two weeks. A reminder that a check for both t-shirts and Patagonia jackets will need to be turned in before the order will be distributed. Please contact the Director by emailing gro.bulctaobatosennim|rotcerid#gro.bulctaobatosennim|rotcerid with any questions.

Bow Clinic: Sunday, May 6th at 7pm
Please attend the bow clinic on May 6th to go over the new bowing written test, ask any questions regarding the new policy and sign up for a written test date. Come down to the boat club at 7:00 pm sharp.

NWIRA Update
The NWIRA Board of Directors met this past weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul for their Annual Spring Strategic Planning Meeting and a General Membership meeting on Sunday. Full minutes will be made available in upcoming weeks.

Added on Friday, April 6, 2018
Call for Nominations
The MBC Governance Committee is calling for nominations for Officers and Directors to be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Membership, Sunday, April 22nd. Offices up for election include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Captain. Three Director positions are also up for election. Terms for President, Vice President and Treasurer are for one year. Terms for Secretary and Captain are for 2 years. Terms for Directors are for 3 years.

Members may submit their nominations for the three Board of Director positions and MBC Officers by email to gro.bulctaobatosennim|snoitacinummoc#gro.bulctaobatosennim|snoitacinummoc by Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Nominees for Directors must be active MBC members for a minimum of 3 years and nominees for Officers must be active MBC members for a minimum of 5 years. When submitting nominations, please include the following: (1) nominee’s name and contact information; (2) position to fulfill and (3) in two or three sentences, nominee’s qualifications for the position. We strongly encourage members to inform nominees of their intent to nominate them for a position before submitting nominations. The Governance Committee will review nominations and contact those submitted. The slate of qualified nominees will be presented for election by active dues paying members at the upcoming Annual Meeting on April 22nd.

Added on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Transporting NWIRA Dock From Lake Elmo to Watergate Marina

With rowing suspended due to high water level in downtown St. Paul, we need to set up a dock at Watergate Marina as another site to continue our rowing while we wait for the water level to recede at MBC. The NWIRA dock currently floating at Martin Hyndman’s beachfront at Lake Elmo is available for us to use. To get the dock over to Watergate, we need to paddle the dock from Martin’s beachfront to the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Public Boat Launch area where dock sections can be loaded onto a truck for transportation to Watergate. At Watergate, the dock sections will be unloaded, assembled and placed at a designated location. A driver for the truck has been designated and will make two trips as it only can carry three dock sections at a time.

We are planning to do this move this Saturday, June 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. If there lighting, we will reschedule the dock move to the following day, Sunday, July 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We need 20 volunteers to allocate at least four hours on Saturday morning to paddle the dock, load and unload dock sections at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and Watergate Marina. This move will be hard and physically demanding. Click here for more details and to sign up.

Added on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
MBC wins Lipton and Con'Riley Trophies at NWIRA
With 51 MBC rowers under the guidance of Craig Dodson and Miriam Baer, St. Paul won the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup for the 37th times and the Con’ Riley Trophy (Men’s Division Championship). St. Paul rowers won 11 events at the NWIRA including the men’s and women’s big boat.

  • Master Women 1x 50 and over (Susan Tietjen) First recipient of the new trophy for the NWIRA (In Honor of Dr. Sandi Kirby for the fastest Master Woman Single Rower)!
  • Light Weight Men 1x (Ross Wise)
  • Open Men 4x (C. Stack, K. Hellerstedt, R. Wise, T. Wong)
  • Open Men 2- (T. Wong, T. Renda)
  • Dash Men 8+ (Cox: B. Pischke, T. Renda, C. Stack, N. O’Neill, D. Erickson, K. Hellerstedt, B. Bakke, R. Wise, T. Wong)
  • Women 8+ (Cox: B. Pischke, S. Gardner, E. Bagley, K. Brick, S. Roe, M. Koch, A. Terry, J. Flakne, and J. Matter)
  • Junior Women 4+ (Cox: B. Pischke, A. Wren, A. Manolis, A. Wright, A. Russell)
  • Men 8+ (Cox: B. Pischke, T. Renda, C. Stack, N. O’Neill, D. Erickson, K. Hellerstedt, B. Bakke, R. Wise, T. Wong)
  • Dash Women 8+ (Cox: B. Pischke, S. Gardner, E. Bagley, K. Brick, S. Roe, M. Koch, A. Terry, J. Flakne, and J. Matter)
  • Light Weight Men 2x (R. Wise, K. Hellerstedt)

Congratulation to all MBC competitors and coaches for winning the most prestige trophy at 115th Annual NWIRA Championship Regatta. Race results are posted in Regatta Central and Regatta Master Online website. Formal race result reports (e.g., aggregate trophies results) are also posted Regatta Central.

Added Sunday, November 11, 2018
2018 Gala

Welcome to New OARleans, it’s time for a Mardi Gras celebration on the mighty Mississippi! Dress your best for Minnesota Boat Club’s Annual Gala. Saturday, December 1st at 6pm.

• Live Jazz music
• Casino entertainment
• Food by Mintahoe Hospitality
• Complimentary beverages (beer, wine, non-alcoholic) and a cash bar.
• Silent and Live Auction
• Music and Dancing

This is the kick off of our Annual Fund Drive - this year's funds will be directed to:
• Watergate Marina project
• Equipment fund
• Scholarships for juniors

Consider these tax deductible opportunities for sponsorship. Contact Charlene at gro.bulctaobatosennim|draob#gro.bulctaobatosennim|draob
• Champions Sponsor level: $8000, Thank you Mintahoe Hospitality!
• Silver-Star Sponsor level: $1000. 10 tickets and reserved seating, recognition at event, in a pre-event promotion, and in the event program

Evite and formal invitation to head your way soon! Ticket information:
• Adults $45 in advance, $50 at the door
• Juniors $25 in advance, $30 at the door
• Maximum Capacity 200

We need your help!
• Donate a gift for the silent and live auction. For ideas go to Contact Susan Tietjen and Dan Bakke with donations (moc.nsm|nejteitnasus#moc.nsm|nejteitnasus, moc.liamg|1ekkabnad#moc.liamg|1ekkabnad)
• Volunteer to help the week of the gala. A sign up is located on the Wiki at

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