Category Archives: 2017

Canada Hotel Information

Canada Parents,

Below is the hotel information for where the rowers will be staying at. Our block has 10 rooms left and the hotel has kindly extended the cut off date to May 3rd. I apologize for the limited time but housing your rower was priority. When calling, our block of rooms is called "Rockford Rowing Parents." Some of us will be camping at Shangri-La Niagara campground 905-562-5851, that’s another fun option.

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2 Dunlop Dr.
St. Catharines, ON L2R 1A2 (905) 687-8890
(905) 687-4033


Thursday, June 01, 2017 Sunday, June 04, 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

Group Account:


Room Block

Group Rates

Double 94.99

NQQ – 2 Queen Beds, No Smoking

THU 6/1/17 25

Room Type

NQQ – 2 Queen Beds, No Smoking



Extra 0.00

Child 0.00

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*Additional rate changes apply

Billing Information

Group Payment Type

Guest Payment Type

Charge Routing


Guests are responsible for all charges.

Contract Terms

All rates are subject to 13% HST and 3% Destination Marketing Fee. All rooms not picked up at the cut off date will automatically be released back to the hotel.

Cancellation policy is 48 hours for individual reservatons and one month prior for the entire group block. Rooming lists are required one week prior to arrival unless rooms are being picked up individually.

Guarantee Policy

Your reservation has been placed on a Credit Card Only hold.

Cancellation Policy

Please cancel any group room reservations by 4 PM local hotel time, 2 days prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty.

Cancellation Penalty Notes

Pictures from GRHS Regatta

Great job yesterday! Below is a forwarded e-mail from Mr. Sidor, Hailey Powers grandfather, with a link to a dropbox that contains pictures of all of the athletes. Because we have satellite internet, it just takes me too long to upload this quantity to the share site! Also, here is a link from Aaron Sundman who also got some great pictures of all of the kids and coaches. Thanks to both of them!

Boat Line Ups for Tomrrow and Apparel Information

The apparel is in! Bridget will have it ready for distribution today at pick up time at the boathouse (after athletes return to the boathouse after moving boats) and tomorrow at the regatta.

Our Boat house order has been delayed and is scheduled to ship today. We have seven athletes that have ordered Jackets but are without this weekend. If your family has an extra boathouse jacket that you’re willing to share for the weekend, please let Bridget know.

Included below are the boat line-ups for tomorrow. Keep in mind these can change. The heat sheet (schedule of events) can be found on Regatta Central. This is subject to change (and often does) as well!

​******For those of you going to Canada, we will need to know if you will be participating in the fundraising. If you choose to participate, both are mandatory. E-mails have been sent out regarding the Ada Meat Sale. If you missed it, please find it on our website under recent e-mails. Also, please be watching for a Canadafundraising e-mail in the next few days as an answer will be needed as to whether you are paying the flat rate of $400 or participating in both of the fundraisers. *********


Sign Up Genius for Saturday and a Couple Reminders


Please see the sign up genius link below. Help is needed for our first official regatta on Saturday.

We could use one more person to help with food prep tomorrow morning from 8 a.m.-12 a.m. If you are able to help, please get in touch with Jeanne Crall at 616-826-1730. You can either text or call.

Reminder: Canada answers need to be in by Friday. Those that do not answer will be marked as a "no".

Also, please be sure to turn in your waivers to coaches and those that are making masks need to turn in money to either Tabatha or her parents, who are at the boathouse on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Cost was $20 to cover the cost of the leather.

Thanks and good luck to all on Saturday!

Ada Meat Sale Info for Those Fundraising for Canada

Rowing Families,

Attached you will find order forms for Ada Meat sales. There are two sheets, one with a variety of food and the other just meats. When selling please collect the money at the time of the sale and have the check made out to "Rockford Crew Boosters". I am still working on selecting a date for when orders/monies are due and when delivery of the meat/food will be. I hope to have this out to you no later then the end of the week. In the meantime please feel free to start selling.

Thank you and any questions please feel free to reach out to me at jlausin

Rockford Rowing

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Important Information Regarding CSSRA in Canada.


Come this June 1st-4th we have the opportunity to attend the CSSRA in St. Catherines Ontario, Canada. This is a highly regarded regatta and is a wonderful experience for the rowers. It brings in teams from all over the New England and Midwest states and Canada providing some challenging competition for our kids. Not to mention the venue is amazing and specifically design for rowing.

This regatta is in addition to our normal season. Spring dues DID NOT include the cost of this regatta and space is limited.

As a parent what do you need to know?

· Hotel rooms have been reserved for the rowers/coxswains

· A charter bus has been acquired

· Your athlete will need to supply an official birth certificate (raised seal) and picture ID (school ID, drivers license) to enter Canada and return to the US. They will also need a permission slip (we will provide) which you must sign in front of a notary and have notarized.

· The COST….

o $335, with 2 mandatory fundraisers (listed below) to bring this number down

o Or an op-out fundraising fee of $65 for a total cost of $400

To make this happen a quick decision must be made. Parents please reply no later then noon on Friday April 28th with a Yes or No for your athlete. Please keep in mind a yes confirms your athlete is available to travel and you agree to either $335 and 2 mandatory fundraisers, with the intentions of lowering the $335 OR you agree to pay a flat fee of $400 if you choose to opt out of the fundraisers. Understanding a yes reply does NOT guarantee a spot; if there is overwhelming response it will be at the coaches discretion to determine who goes.

Now Fundraisers….

We are very excited about our fundraisers and have been in touch with groups that have been very successful with them in the past. The first one we will be doing is Ada Valley Meats. More details on order due date and pick up date and times will be coming. We hope to have the order form out to you within a few days. Post it on Facebook, bring it to work;it is strongly encourage that each rower sell a minimum of 10 boxes each. We are also working on arranging a car wash in mid/late May. We will be in need of a power washer if someone can loan us one. Please be on the look out for more information as the details of the fundraisers are finalized.

Thank you and remember to have your reply in by Friday (to rockfordrowing). If you do not respond, your lack of response will be recorded as NO.

Help Needed for Tomorrow/ Mask Making Sign Up

Thanks to all who have signed up so far to help tomorrow. All of the food requests are covered! We do not having any volunteers yet to help with breakfast or lunch. Please consider signing up to help with at least one regatta. If your athlete happens to be competing during your shift, you will be covered while you watch the race. Here is the link to the sign up genius. Thank you in advance for your help!

Mask making RSVP is due on Monday so the Cass’s can order the leather. Money can be turned in at a later date. Here is the link to that for your convenience.

Sign Up Genius Link to Help with Food Tent and Scholarship opportunity for Juniors

Below is the link to sign up to help with the food tent at Saturday’s scrimmage. We need many hands and always appreciate how everyone pitches in–so thank you in advance!

Juniors, please see the note below from Coach Benham regarding a scholarship opportunity:

Junior Rowers,

The Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association offers an All-Midwest Academic Athlete Award to Juniors who qualify, and it would be awesome if Rockford could be well represented again this year!

The qualifications for the award are;
-A minimum of 3.5 grade point average (4.0 scale)
-A minimum single test composite on SAT of 1800 (out of 2400) or SAT of 1200 (out of 1600), or ACT of 27
HavingParticipated in the finals (Sunday race) of the MSRA Championship of their 9th or 10th grade year, or Participated at SRAA, US Junior Nationals, or Junior Worlds.

Here is the link where you can find the application:

Applications must be received by the MSRA by May 30th.

Coach Benham