Dues are our major source of funding. Fairfax County and McLean High School provide no financial support to our team since we are a club sport. Accordingly, families of team members are financially responsible for all expenses associated with preparing for and competing in the spring regatta season. We are able to reduce team dues by about $400 per rower through our group fundraising efforts which include car washes, restaurant nights, our corporate giving program with Integrity Tire and gift card sales. We also receive a small amount of revenue which reduces dues by about $70 per rower from renting our shells and launches to other local rowing programs.
We are giving members more flexibility by allowing you to pay between zero and 69 percent of your dues (for option 1) via fundraising. Last year, dues for option 1 were essentially $1,950, of which $1,200 had to be paid and $750 fundraised through the ergathon, and tree and mulch sales. This year, you can do exactly the same as last year: Pay $1,200 and fundraise $300 during winter fundraising and $450 during mulch. Or you can bring down the amount that you have to pay in dues to as little as $600 by achieving up to $900 in winter fundraising profits and $450 in mulch sales profits. Just like last year, if you really hate selling trees and mulch and securing ergathon pledges, you can pay the $1,950 with no fundraising. All team members are still required to participate in the Ergathon, the tree pick-up day and Mulch weekend. Just like last year, however, sales are not, mandatory.