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Update: 3 Feb 2015

posted Feb 4, 2015, 2:29 AM by W. T. Woodson Crew   [ updated Apr 14, 2016, 4:04 PM by WTW Crew Webmaster ]

In this update:

  1. Uniforms and Spirit Wear
  2. Coxswain clinic - 7 February
  3. Swim Test - 8 February
  4. Board Meeting - 9 February
  5. Mandatory On-the-Water Meeting for all Parents and Coaches - 11 February
  6. Bus - Payment - due 13 Feb and Chaperone Sign Up
  7. Boathouse workday - 14 February
  8. US Rowing Waiver - Renewal required annually after 1 Jan 
  9. Fundraising - Chipotle Dinner - 17 Feb
  10. VASRA - Ref Clinic - 14 Feb, Coxswain Clinic -  21 Feb
  11. Registration - Concussion Training and 2nd Installment Past Due
  12. Scholarship opportunity for Seniors - 19 Feb
  13. Regatta Calendar Update - Walter Mess Regatta Cancelled - 4 Apr
  14. Parent Social - 8 March



    • The cost is $120 for the uni and the shirt.  Make check payable to W.T.Woodson Crew Boosters. This is not included in the cost of membership and will require a check before ordering.  The uniform is a uni suit— each athlete needs to be measured by us for custom fit, and we need to order soon for the order to be ready by the first regatta!  You can see the team wearing them on the web site.  There is also a long sleeve tech shirt that is worn over the suit. The uni and the tech shirt are mandatory uniforms for participating in regattas.  We will notify you of the days we will be measuring, athletes may bring the check on that day or you may bring payment to the 11 Feb Parent Meeting or mail the check to Tu'lann,  9105 Meadow Rue Lane, Annandale, VA  22003.
    • We will be measuring for uniforms this week.   If you are able to help with this endeavor, please email and let me know what day you can help.  My email is tulannvonc@cox.net.  Thanks in advance.
  • There is also a regatta (splash) jacket with our logo that can be ordered through JL Racing (view at https://www.jlracing.com/tab.4.html).  This is totally optional, it is not a part of the uniform.  The cost of this is $138.  If you are interested in the jacket, email size and submit payment to Tu'lann, tulannvonc@cox.net.  
  • Returning rowers may purchase a new uni ($75) or tech shirt ($45).  Please email Tu'lann if your athlete needs to order and be measured for a new uni or needs to order a new tech shirt, include size, submit payment to Tu'lann.
    • We are also going to place another order for the white t-shirts.  Each rower that has registered and paid should have gotten one.  Those that paid after November 17th will receive one from the next order. If your rower wants another shirt, you can order one for $12. (they are white)  Parents can also place orders for the shirts for the same cost.  These extra shirts must be pre-paid.  Send an email with your sizes and then send a check made payable to WT Woodson Crew, to 9105 Meadow Rue Lane, Annandale, VA  22003.  Email is tulannvonc@cox.net.  Only pre-paid will be ordered.
    • The spirit wear website will be open next week for purchases.  Dates will be sent in an email.
    • The socks have arrived!!!!!  Socks will be delivered to practice when uni's are measured.
    • Magnets, window stickers and extra socks will be available for purchase at the parent meeting.  You can also pay for uniforms, jackets, white t-shirts at the parent meeting 11 Feb, bring your checkbook.
  • If you have any questions regarding Uniforms and Spirit Wear, please contact Tu’lann von Christierson, tulannvonc@cox.net

  • Coxswain clinic featuring Mary Whipple (Olympic Gold Medalist) on Feb 7 at West Springfield High School.
  • Registration is to be completed through Regatta Central. There is a morning and afternoon session with different content in each - there is a $95 fee per session, the afternoon session is limited to only 20 coxswains.

3.  SWIM TEST -  8 FEB
  • Novice and Freshmen:  MANDATORY Swim Test must be completed before On the Water - No Exceptions!
  • If you have never participated in a WTW Crew supervised Swim Test, you MUST complete this test in order to participate on the water.  If you have completed this requirement already, you do not have to do it again.  
  • Oak Marr Rec Center, 4pm Sunday, 8 February
  • Email Kris Cole, wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com to register and for additional information.

  • 7-8:30 pm
  • WTW Rm D116 (Near Student Services/Counseling Office)

  • Important informational meeting before our athletes get on the water!
  • Wednesday, 11 February
  • 7-8:30 pm
  • WTW Cafeteria B

  • PRICE SET:  We are pleased to announce that the bus price for the practice season has been set at $385.  It works out to less than $8 per day round trip on a commercial bus, providing parents with time savings, peace of mind of safe passage and team camaraderie.  Payment of the balance ($285 after the $100 deposit) is due no later than February 13, and may be paid at theFebruary 11 parent meeting.  Alternatively, you can mail your payment to:  WTW Crew Boosters, P.O. Box 2881, Fairfax, VA  22031.  Make your check payable to WTW Crew Boosters.  
  • FIRST DAY OF BUS SERVICE: The first day of bus service is Monday, February 23.  
  • RETURN TRIP OPTION:  As noted in the registration agreement, we have been looking into an option for a return trip (after practice) bus stop at the shopping center on the corner of Ox Road and Braddock Road.  Currently there is not enough interest to add this stop.  If you are interested, and missed checking the box on the registration form, please contact Jane Ohashi, bus coordinator (contact info below) to let her know you are interested in this option.
  • There are a few seats still available, on a first come, first served basis.  If you are interested, send your $385 payment, made payable to WTW Crew Boosters, and mail along with your signed (parent and student) bus registration form (attached) to Kelly Dobrydney, Crew Chaperone Coordinator, 4500 Rachael Manor Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032.  Alternatively, you can drop it at Kelly's home in the George Mason Forest neighborhood off Braddock Road.   
  • More details will be provided at the February 11 parent meeting.  

8.  US ROWING WAIVER - Renewal Required by all athletes - ASAP
  • All WTW Crew Athletes must complete or renew the US Rowing Waiver after 1 Jan of each year:
    • Go to: https://rosters.usrowing.org/waiver
    • Our club access code is DURXS
    • All athletes will be asked four safety questions.
      • Please answer the safety questions to the best of your ability. Your responses will not impact your ability to sign the waiver. These questions are for educational purposes only and give USRowing feedback on how our athletes understand safety within our sport
    • Athletes may be asked to watch a USADA anti-doping video and complete the USRowing anti-doping acknowledgement, if they indicate an interest in participating in a national team selection event.

  • New!  Got A Sweet tooth?  
    • Grace Kim, Woodson parent and owner of Sophisticake, has partnered with our team and will donate 20% of all new orders referred by Crew family and friends.  Sophisticake is a local bakery creating delectable cakes and cupcakes using organic and locally sourced ingredients for any occasion, big or small.  From birthday parties to graduations to small family dinners, Sophisicake will have the perfect dessert for you.  So check out the web site,www.sophisticake.org , and spread the word to family and friends.
  • Scrip!  15 February
    • Support Crew practically every time you shop! - order by the 15th of every month Purchase gift cards at face value, the rebates go to Crew!  
    • Please place your scrip order (form attached) by 15 of each month.  Fundraising efforts go towards scholarships, boat purchases and maintenance!   
    • All orders are due to Joan Fisher by 5 pm on the 15th.  Please drop orders at her house or mail your check & order form:  4116 Doveville Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032. 
  • Chipotle Fundraiser!  Tuesday17 February
    •  9506 Main Street, 4:00-8:00pm
  • Amazon Smile 
  • Link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile and support Woodson Crew Boosters and Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase amount to Crew, http://smile.amazon.com/
  • Need a Car Wash?? 
  • Start the new year with a resolution to keep your cars looking good! 
  • The crew team is selling discount cards for Flagship Carwash Center (http://www.flagshipcarwash.com/).  
  • The cards cost $20 and entitle the holder to ten, 1/2 price car washes at any Flagship location in Virginia -- Over a $100 value! 
  • The closest location is 7333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale.  
  • Support the team and save yourself the hassle of washing all the salt and grit off your car this winter.  
  • The cards are valid through December 2015 and your entire $20 payment goes directly to the team.  Contact Joan Fisher at joanmkf@aol.com to purchase.    
  • A few of you have not completed your Concussion Training - Both student athlete and 1 parent need to complete the concussion training and test online.  You need to have your student athlete's school ID number.  Note: You must use Firefox or Safari the program is not compatible with Internet Explorer or Chrome. 
  • If you selected Mail in Installment Payment, your 2nd payment is past due.  Send your check to:
    • WT Woodson Crew Membership, Diane Chan 4206 Kilbourne Drive, Fairfax, VA  22032 

  • US Rowing Referee Clinic14 February
  • VASRA Coxswain Clinic, Lake Braddock Secondary School 10:00-4:0021 February
    • This is a VASRA Sponsored Clinic and there is no cost to participants.  Registration will be through Regatta Central and notification will be sent when registration is open.

  • The Northern Virginia Athletic Directors, Administrators, and Coaches Association (NVADACA) announces its annual scholarship program.  Seniors in Virginia Northern Region High Schools who have participated in interscholastic sports as an athlete, team manager, athletic trainer or cheerleader are eligible to apply to receive one of the fifteen (15) scholarships. The application is available in the Career Center and at www.nvadaca.org.  Applications MUST be returned to the Career Center no later than Thursday, 19 February.  Ignore the deadline cited online.  WTW committees must have time to process applications to properly submit applications.


  • VASRA confirmed that the 4/4 Walter Mess Regatta has been cancelled due to Passover / Easter weekend.  

  • Save the date for Parent Social; details TBA