Now that Mother Nature appears to be cooperating and allowing us to go back onto the water, I wanted to say a few words as the new President of the DRC. While I have been involved with the club and the Executive for a number of years, I truly haven’t seen this much enthusiasm amongst the various programs. Much of this can be attributed to the fine efforts of a number of people and I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to recognize a few people as well as let you know some of the things that the Executive is working on.
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the incredible contributions being made by Lynda Dundas (your Past President). Having worked with Lynda on the Board and seeing the amount of time she has put in to making the DRC one of the top clubs in Canada is something to behold. From the hours spent with Recreation and Fitness program to time as both President and Safety Officer as well as on the boards of RowOntario and Rowing Canada, I count my blessings that Lynda continues to remain as an active member of the DRC Executive.
Thanks to both Steve Dmytrasz and Tom Lancaster who, as Co-Captains of the DRC spend considerable time coordinating activities and ensuring both the building and equipment are in good working order thereby enabling all of us train either on, or off, the water. The volunteer efforts of the remaining members of the Board should also be recognized. Cori Simms, Elene Brett-Evans, Brian Howe, Dan Lebl, Ian Marshall, Walter Benko and Shameek Sarker continue to provide their expertise to ensure all aspects of the club, from finances to communications, are maintained to the highest standards.
Also thanks to Horacio, Gina, Sandra, Lynda and all the coaches who spend hours to provide some of the best training programs in the country. As can be seen by recent results, our programs are in good hands and these results will only get better. The training environment, especially for our juniors, is considered the envy of most clubs in North America.
There are also a number of volunteers who work in the background and may not be as visible to many members. Cynthia, Tibor, Jim, Vaclav and Ernst (& Friends of the Don) along with many others contribute a great deal of their time in a number of areas. Without these, and others, many tasks within the club just would not get done.
Another great aspect of the club is the involvement of so many parents of the Juniors. We all know that this program has had great success over the last few years and much of this can be attributed, in addition to the pain and sweat of the kids, to the support provided by the parents. Much behind-the-scenes preparations come from this group and we are all very much appreciative.
You may notice that I have spent most of this piece thanking everyone. The reason for this is that, just due to the nature of rowers themselves, it is quite unlikely that any of the aforementioned will ever stand up to be recognized – rowers are very humble and, more times than not, they have to be dragged from the back of the room to be applauded.
Quite frankly, without volunteers, the DRC would not be able to operate. Unfortunately, more times than not, far too few are doing far too much. What we are hoping to see over the next few months are a larger number of members coming forward to participate in some aspect of the club operations. This can be by asking any member of the Executive where they can assist or as simple as picking up garbage you see in the change rooms or boat bays or putting equipment away after use. Many hands make light work!
Thanks again everyone and, as we move well into our 140th year (more information on our celebration to follow), I look forward to another incredible year at the DRC. Good luck to all athletes.
President, Don Rowing Club of Mississauga