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Pre-Regatta Dinner Food Assignments, Practice Bus, St. Andrew's, Volunteers, Fundraising

posted Mar 20, 2017, 5:29 AM by W. T. Woodson Crew   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 5:29 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster ]
  1. Food Assignments 
  2. Pre-Regatta Dinners 
  3. Seats Available on the Practice Bus 
  4. St. Andrew’s Away Regatta Information 
  5. VASRA Volunteer Opportunities 
  6. Volunteer Opportunities 
  7. Fundraising 
  8. Parent Bus Chaperones 
  9. Student-Athlete Accomplishments/Achievements 
  10. Reminders 
NEW: Our first regatta, the Polar Bear Regatta, is this Saturday. Only varsity boats will be rowing, but we encourage all team members to attend the pre-regatta pasta party on Friday night and the regatta on Saturday.

1. NEW: Please see this link for the food assignments (requires authentication*) this week (Polar Bear Regatta). Food/Drink Assignments are 1/athlete (not/family) and change weekly. We ask that all rowers participate and that items are brought as requested. Thank-you for your help.

2. UPDATE: We are in need of chaperone volunteers to help at the pre-regatta dinners. Please sign-up here for the chaperone opportunities. The team dinners are from 7pm-9pm (volunteers 6:30-9:30pm). Chaperones will earn one $50 fundraising service credit. Hosts will earn two $50 fundraising service credits. To be a host home, we ask that (1) you have ample parking (street parking is okay) and (2) can accommodate 60-90 teenagers and five chaperones. Contact Kris Cole at colechips@yahoo.com if you have questions. NOTE: There is an additional $5.00/per athlete fee for the pizza at the boathouse on 31 March. This can be collected at the Away Regatta Parent Meeting on 29 March.

3. Tired of driving to the river? There are seats still available on the bus. The price will be $35 per week or $7 a day. Seats are available first come, first serve and we will need release forms signed before a student-athlete can ride the bus. Please contact the bus coordinator, Genie Heimbigner at: gbheimbigner@gmail.com for more information.

4. UPDATE: The entire team will be going to St. Andrew’s Regatta on 1 April. The buses will depart WT Woodson at 7am. Since we will be chartering a bus to the regatta, the cost for each student will be $70. Checks (payable to WTW Crew Boosters) and required paperwork (Parental Authorization Form, Student Rules of Conduct Form, Student Medication Form) are due on or before Thursday, 29 March. We are currently scheduled to have an Away Regatta meeting for parents on 29 March at 7pm. In the meanwhile, if you have questions please contact Catherine Foley-Caperton and Sissy Kutia at wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com.

Please drop your $70 check made payable to WTW Crew Boosters along with the completed Parental Authorization Form, Student Rules of Conduct Form, and Student Medication Form as follows:
  • Drop off in the Tupperware box labeled WTW Crew at Catherine Foley's house - 9124 Glenbrook Rd, (Mantua neighborhood); 
  • Drop off during the Away Regatta Meeting for Parents on 29 March at Woodson; or 
  • Place in an envelope and mail to: WTW Crew Attn: Catherine Foley, 9124 Glenbrook Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031 
5. VASRA VOLUNTEER opportunities are still available (URGENT: especially for those that are Launch Driver trained) on the VASRA Regatta Volunteer Sign-Up. We will notify you when we have more available. Each WTW Crew family has a requirement to fulfill at least two VASRA volunteer jobs during the season. Either of these volunteer opportunities will count toward these requirements. The current jobs available, for the most part, require you to be in or around the water or to walk through unpaved areas. Please be sure to dress appropriately. Also, please arrive for check in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled sign up time. If you have questions about the job responsibilities, there are descriptions on the WTW Crew website. We encourage everyone to add a cell number on Sign-Up Genius so we can call AND text with any changes to any of the volunteer positions.

6. NEW VOLUNTEER Opportunities. We are in need of volunteers to help with the Regatta Athlete Food Tent (RAFT) at the regatta this Saturday, 25 March. Please sign-up here for the RAFT volunteer opportunities. We are also still looking for a RAFT Coordinator for the season. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Pamela Sprouse at wtw.crew.president@gmail.com or 719-258-0509.

7. FUNDRAISING:
  • Get all your spring gardening needs while supporting WTW Crew! The Crew team is partnering with Merrifield Garden Center to sell $25 and $50 gift cards. The team will earn a 20% rebate for each sale. With three full-service garden centers in Virginia – Merrifield, Fairfax and Gainesville – Merrifield Garden Center offers one of the largest selections of plants and gardening accessories in the entire country. Please email Julie Smith at juliewolfsmith@gmail.com to order cards by March 31st (must pre-pay for order). Cards will be ready for pick-up/delivery the first week of April. Thanks for your support. Pull for Woodson! 
  • Scrip orders due by the 15th of each month. What could be better than being able to work toward meeting your fundraising commitment without spending any extra money?! With Scrip, hundreds of vendor gift cards are available to you at face value, and WTW Crew gets a rebate – and 50% of that rebate will be credited to your family’s fundraising commitment! Think of Scrip as a change in your payment method. Instead of writing a check or paying by credit card for your normal monthly purchases, simply have some of these gift cards on hand and pay for your goods with them. You will be earning money towards your fundraising commitment while spending NO EXTRA money! Please contact Joan Fisher (joanmkf@aol.com) with any questions or click here to get started. 
  • Gorgeous WTW Crew Ties still available for purchase. 100% silk, woven, hand crafted in England, $25.00. Please contact Brian Boyle (brianboyle81@hotmail.com) to purchase and support the team. 
  • Beautiful Note Cards and Prints still available for purchase. WTW Crew teamed with Laura Riekki, an artist and rowing coach based in Orlando, Florida. Laura created a great image of the Woodson oars in action – sure to conjure up memories for current rowers and alums of all ages! $15 for a set of 5 notecards; $25 for a 12x12 matted print. 100% of the sale price will be donated to the team. Supplies are limited so act fast. Contact Joan Fisher (joanmkf@aol.com) to order. 
8. A few parent bus chaperone slots are still open in April. If you have not signed up for two dates and have a student-athlete riding the bus, please sign-up here: Bus Chaperone Sign-Up.

9. WTW Crew members, Joy Kim and Christina Moore, performed in The Orchestra Cup - National Orchestra Championships on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. A select group of twenty-five WTW orchestra members, led by orchestra director Kathy Thompson, won 2nd place overall in the competition and brought home two trophies! Congratulations!

10. REMINDERS:
  • You can follow VASRA on Twitter @VASRAResults to get the latest on regatta and workday schedules and @VASRAParking for regatta parking updates. You can also follow Sandy Run Regional Park on Twitter at @SandyRunReg. WTW Crew families are able to use the bus that runs from Silverbrook elementary school (9350 Crosspointe Dr, Fairfax Station) as well. 
  • Please share your accomplishments/achievements, no matter what it is, to wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com. Send your submissions by Friday of each week. We will publish them in the following Monday issue of the WTW Crew Team Update. 
  • The WTW Crew website will always have the most relevant information you need to know, including anything urgent or time sensitive. Please check the site often. We also share important information on Twitter @WoodsonCrew
  • New to Crew and Regattas? If you have any questions about regattas, the pre-regatta dinners, times of races, what time to show up, parking, etc. please send them to our VPs for Team Liaison, Catherine Foley-Caperton and Sissy Kutia, at wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com
  • Here are the links to the First Parent Meeting this year, the On-the-Water Meeting, and Key Dates for your reference. 
  • Pictures of team practices can be found on our website under the Photo Gallery
  • WTW Crew Training and Conditioning manual. This is an excellent form of reference for technique, references, and nutrition. 
  • 2017 Regatta Schedule
* NOTE: For any link marked as "requires authentication", log in with the same account you used to sign up for email updates.