Parents and Families —
It’s been a fantastic fall season! The GVSU rowers have had a great time and have been very successful. We have had an outpouring of support from you – their parents/families. Hmmm….success of the rowing team has been fed by the support of the families??? Or does the success of the rowing team feed the support of the families?? Kind of like the chicken and the egg.
I can hardly begin to thank each and every one of you for all you have done this fall season. We had a terrific showing at Family Day, LOTS of parents/families attending the regattas, TONS of food to feed hungry rowers, cash donations to purchase what was not donated and to send travel food with the team, parents and families helping out at the regattas, setting up grills, tables, grilling, serving, transporting supplies, and organizing. WOW! I think the GVSU rowers are an awesome group of kids. Now I know where they get it from!
I can’t even begin to name everyone who participated and helped in so many ways. Thanks to ALL of you for pitching in. It’s a TEAM effort and we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. There are some people who stepped up this fall to do a little bit extra to help pull the meals together and I would like to acknowledge them.
Carolyn Ciungan, our parent coordinator. She’s the one you get emails from requesting food for each of the regattas. Lots of time is spent putting this together, getting it organized, responding to emails, etc.
Diane West has hosted each fall regatta and organized the fall regatta setups/tear downs. She also made travel food for the rowers headed to Boston for the Head of the Charles.
John O’Brien – pasta maker/server extraordinaire and Harry Sawicki, Kim and Terry Hyde – our master grillers/soup makers J.
Also, a special thank you to Tyler Sellmer who puts up and tears down the GV food tent and also always answers my phone calls asking to bring water to the regattas! And to Costas Ciungan who makes sure all the relevant emails I send get out on the parent support section of the GV Rowing website.
We have some leftovers (i.e. granola bars, bagel thins, pb&J, rice krispie treats) that we will be sending down with the rowers going to Florida over Christmas break. And we will use some of the parent cash donations to send travel food with the rowers. So thank you in advance for helping us with this trip.
I am really looking forward to the spring season and hope you are too. We’ll be back at it, asking for help and support , and I am pretty sure we will get the same response this spring. I think we are all very blessed to be a part of the GVSU Rowing Family, so this Thanksgiving, let’s say an extra prayer of thanks for your sons/daughters, the coaches, and all the parents/families who are so much a part of this wonderful family.