Shaker Crew was formed in 1989 under Pat Whalen whose daughter was a rower. Current Novice Coach, Chris Pelletier Froehlich, was a member of the original club and was its original coxswain. By 1995, enthusiasm for crew had waned and the club had diminished to less than 20 members. Due to the nearly single-handed efforts of Mr. Tom Lily, Shaker Crew was revitalized in the 90's. In May of 1998, Shaker Rowing Association, Inc. (an IRS 501(c) 3, not-for-profit organization) was formed to support Shaker Crew.
Shaker Rowing Association is a totally self-supporting organization. Crew is not part of the formal sports program offered at Shaker High School - it follows a club structure within the school. Shaker High School contributes a small amount toward the salary of a Head Coach and provides use of the high school training facilities. Shaker High School also provides bus transportation to the river at the Corning Preserve each season. We maintain and nurture on-going good relations with Shaker Junior and Senior High School.
Dues cover coaching fees, maintenance & repair of equipment, insurance, entry fees for competitions, transportation of boats & equipment to races, and membership in the U.S. Rowing Association. Dues do not cover uniforms, special race fees, or travel/lodging /food for out of town races.
Only rowers in good standing (i.e., dues paid, medical/health forms submitted, swim test completed, waivers signed and submitted) will be allowed to row.
We rely entirely on parental involvement and support in order to keep Shaker Crew alive. It is mandatory for a family representative to help on one of the various committees that operate (i.e., food, fundraising, equipment, etc.). Fundraising is a vital part of this organization and participation in certain fundraisers will be required.