2017 February Commodore’s Column: “Give Way Together”

Fellow crew, in this column we’re going to catch, then drive our way through the importance of teamwork. But, before the race starts, let’s recognize those who worked so hard in January. Their contributions were vital, and much appreciated. We acknowledge this on the Bravo Zulu page. If you look at nothing else in the Baggy, go there and see who works for you.

At the last meeting, I broached the subject of volunteerism. Clubs like ours deal with two challenges. The first is a dearth of volunteers—not enough people to make things happen. The second is the rise of super volunteers—a handful of people assuming ever more responsibility. Either condition can undermine an organization. The sweet spot lies in the middle, with the coxswain setting the pace and the crew following the stroke.

Right now, with a strong varsity team, it’s time to get the juniors up to speed and start training the freshmen. We don’t want to end up with a scratch crew next season. So, metaphors aside, let me simply encourage participation. If you are new to the club, attend some meetings and get on a watch. Been around a bit longer? Volunteer to help on a committee or cruise. The next step, run an event or cruise. You get the picture. Uncertain about the process? The veterans will pull you through.

Sharing the load is the best way to keep our organization vibrant. If you would like to help, contact me or a member of the board. And, don’t be surprised if we approach you. In fact, your new commodore is a shameless recruiter. For starters, take a look at the What’s Happening page and notice the gaps in next year’s schedule.

Finally, remember, if we all pull together, we’ll find our swing.

                                                      Commodore Duane Madinger    

                                        One spirit, one stroke!