The purpose of the Atlanta Rowing Club is to be a non-profit organization formed and maintained to promote the sport of rowing. Started in 1974 by a small group of athletes to accommodate their need to row. Since then, the club has welcomed athletes from a diversity of backgrounds and a variety of interests.
As part of the organization’s mission to develop the sport of rowing, the Atlanta Rowing Club has helped to form local junior rowing clubs and collegiate rowing clubs. As the collegiate rowing community grew in the southeast, the Atlanta Rowing Club also organized the inaugural Southeastern Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship regatta at Stone Mountain Lake.
In 1982, the Atlanta Rowing Club started what has become the nation’s second largest regatta, called the Head of the Hooch. Rivaled only by the Head of the Charles in size, the Hooch regatta hosts over 1200 boats every year in November. With over 9,000 seats racing in this two-day regatta, teams from across the nation gather to compete at all levels, including para-rowing. At home, our coached programs afford members of the Atlanta community both competitive and recreational teams.
… to provide the equitable means for both recreational and competitive rowing, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The Atlanta Rowing Club is part of local and regional community groups dedicated to ensuring the safety and beauty of the Chattahoochee water shed. From water quality testing along tributaries to working with local water engineers, we look for avenues to help build a strong water recreation community in the Roswell, GA area. In addition, our participation with the national breast cancer fundraiser, Row for the Cure, as well as our support for adaptive rowing have helped to fulfill our mission.
As an organization based on volunteers, we depend on the efforts of our members in order to provide them with the facilities and equipment they need to pursue their rowing aspirations. It takes quite a few good souls willing to take time away from work, family and sundry projects to keep all those little (and some not so little…) things in place that allow everyone else in the club to enjoy their rowing. If you’re thinking of joining us (or if you already have…), we look forward to seeing you around the boathouse to row and to be a part of our community.
The Atlanta Rowing Club is also the only rowing club in Atlanta for those beyond high school or college age. That means that, unlike some other cities where one can find rowing clubs with various objectives, we cover a wide spectrum of “rowing worlds” under a single roof.Our members have a great variety of rowing concepts and expectations, ranging from those who simply want to enjoy the serenity of the river while watching the ducks and the herons, to those who pursue the eternal search for bubbles under the hull, or even those who have national team aspirations. That has consequences for the equipment we need, the money we spend, and the skills and speeds we exhibit on the water, among other things – being patient, respectful and understanding with each other is the key to making this club work for all members.
Five officers, called the executive committee, are elected by the general membership in January of each year. Once elected, they approve committee chairs nominated by the President. The board meets once a month (see the calendar) and members are welcome to sit in on these meetings. If you would like to participate in the meeting and bring up a particular item, please send a request to president[at]atlantarow.org.
Our executive committee members set the tone and vision for the club each year.
Each Ex-Com member is in charge of overseeing and reporting on the operations of standing committees such as Coaching, Facilities, Membership, or Equipment.
VICE-PRESIDENT OF PROGRAM OPERATIONS
Presiding over standing or special committees as assigned by the President to ensure the committees’ objectives are met in accordance with Club policies and safety standards.
Overseeing Club operations pertaining to members and programs.
VICE-PRESIDENT OF PHYSICAL OPERATIONS
Committee Chairs help to run the Atlanta Rowing Club on a day-to-day basis and sit on the board as voting members. Each committee chair can recruit other members to fulfill their responsibilities. Volunteers are at the core of our club and we encourage members to make part of the boathouse their own by participating on one of the committees. Beyond the board, committee chairs, and committee members our rowers can also support the club by volunteering for projects found here.
This committee is chaired by a member of the club who is a licensed attorney and is responsible for advising the Board with respect to all legal matters; preparing and reviewing legal documents; insuring compliance with record keeping and documentation.
HEAD OF THE HOOCH
This person is the liaison between ARC and the Hooch Organizing Committee in coordinating the annual Head of the Hooch regatta. As the nation’s second largest fall regatta hosting over 2,000 entries, this collaboration includes volunteers from the Atlanta Rowing Club (Atlanta, GA), Lookout Rowing Club (Chattanooga, TN), the City of Chattanooga, and other individuals from the rowing community.
This committee is responsible for long and short term planning related to club sustainability, community engagement and facilities.
This committee is responsible for maintaining online membership records for payment and general information as well as processing of new membership applications.
This committee is responsible for keeping the rowing equipment in good and functioning condition; making recommendations on purchases and disposal of equipment; repairing broken equipment; maintaining an inventory and maintenance log of club equipment.
The facilities committee chair manages and maintains club facilities including: upper boathouse, lower boathouse, the cage, and club properties. Specific committee positions may include: landscaping, kitchen upkeep, toiletries, and technology.
This committee is responsible for developing and coordinating all club social functions, including the annual awards banquet.
This committee assists in the development of an annual budget to be presented to the Treasurer and the Board (and available to any member upon request) not later than November 30 each year, including a comparison of expenses of the expiring year to the expiring year’s budget.
Maintaining an outlook of financial performance of the Club.
Planning and executing fundraising campaigns when deemed appropriate by the Board
These positions do not have a vote on our board of directors, but routinely attend board meetings to provide updates and input on how the club can work to fulfill its mission.
The Atlanta Rowing Club’s Para Rowing Program hosts off-site training clinics and provides on-site coaching and support for athletes with cognitive, physical, or visual impairments.
Responsible for organizing boat reservations for regattas; organizing trailer loading and driving.
NATIONAL LEARN TO ROW
Each year, USRowing — the nation’s rowing oversight — encourages rowing clubs to host a free Learn to Row clinic for interested community members. Our National Learn to Row Day coordinator oversees countless volunteers in order to provide nearly 100 participants with an enjoyable experience on land and on the water.
LEARN TO ROW PROGRAM
Learn to Row is our club’s introductory coaching program. The program coordinator oversees a team of coaches and volunteers in addition to going above and beyond to ensure that each participant can enjoy as much time on the water as possible!
In addition to storing club boats in one of our facilities, we offer private equipment storage for shells and oars to our club members.
CHATTAHOOCHEE SPRINTS REGATTA MANAGER
This committee is responsible to organize and run the annual Chattahoochee Sprints in Roswell, GA at the Atlanta Rowing Club boathouse.
This committee is responsible to develop and implement a long term plan for Atlanta Rowing Club website.
If you would like to bring a topic to the board for consideration, please click here for instructions on how to do it
Your ideas, suggestions and feedback are welcomed by the Board of ARC. If you are interested in presenting ideas, suggestions or feedback to the ARC Board, please submit your items not later than one week prior to the meeting date, in writing, along with background information to email@example.com under one of the two following headings:
1. Request to present and discuss an idea, suggestion or feedback
Note: This suggestion and/or idea should be stated as an action item for a committee or a motion for the ARC to call a vote.
2. Request to present information to the Board with no action or motion to be made
Note: This request will need to include how much time you will require to make your presentation.
ARC members are also welcome to attend the monthly ARC Board Meetings. If you would like to attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting you would like to attend.