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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
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.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Dues are actually the same as last year but we are talking about dues differently and allowing for greater flexibility. Last year, dues for the standard option were $1,200 and we required everyone to do $300 in winter fundraising and $450 in mulch fundraising. If you did not do the fundraising, you simply paid the $750. In essence, that meant you could pay $1,950 and not bother selling trees, or mulch or securing ergathon pledges. We are simply making this clearer this year as well as allowing those who want to make a big effort in winter fundraising to fundraise more than just $750 of their dues.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
The amount you can reduce you dues by for mulch sales is capped at $450 to ensure that we don’t sell more than 19,000 bags of mulch, which are as many as we can deliver. It also helps us ensure that we still have some net profit from mulch that goes to our general overhead. Mulch is our biggest fundraiser and we need to continue to use a portion of mulch profits to reduce the overall overhead of the club.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Currently, we are planning to participate in 7 regattas (3 are out-of-town) with the varsity team during our season, including the state championships, and 6 regattas (2 are out-of-town) with the novice team, including the state championships. There are also 2 out-of-town, post-season regattas for championship varsity and novice boats. The majority of team members row in most, if not all, of the in-season regattas. That being said, safety is always our first priority and many factors beyond our control influence the decision. For example, regattas are sometimes cancelled due to poor weather and there are occasionally logistical and regulation restraints to changing lineups to include additional students in a specific competition. Accordingly, we can make no guarantee about the number of regattas your student will compete in. The coaches will always have the final say on who is in a boat for a given competition
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Yes. There are currently three erg-based competitions planned for the Winter Conditioning season: Mid Atlantic Erg-Sprints, Yorktown Relays, and the Washington-Lee Crew Triathlon. All students in good standing are eligible to participate in these winter training competitions. On a boat-by-boat basis, coaches may schedule scrimmages with other teams during the spring to provide athletes with the opportunity to compete in a variety of settings.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
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.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Full budget details are provided at each membership meeting and can be obtained by emailing: treasurer@mcleancrew.org. The three largest components of our annual $300,000+ budget are: · Equipment, which includes the purchase, storage, maintenance of and insurance for 8 rowing shells, 5 launches, and 48 ergs; · Transportation, which consists of daily round-trip bus transportation for students during on-the-water training; and · Coaching, which currently consists of modest stipends for seven coaches to ensure adequate training of and safe oversight of 95 students.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Financial assistance is available for families qualifying for the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) free/reduced meal program, who otherwise remain in good standing with membership agreement. For more information, please contact president@mcleancrew.org.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Participation in these two events is by coach-invitation/boat qualification only. The price to participate and the students invited to participate will not be known until closer to both events.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Yes. This decision will be made by the coaches when rosters are due for these regattas.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Spring Break fees are assessed based on actual costs incurred and are, therefore, established and assessed once all spring break planning is completed, approximately one-month before the beginning of spring break camp.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
New members leaving MCC in good standing during the first two weeks of winter conditioning or first 2 weeks of spring training, are eligible for a prorated refund of the corresponding dues payment. No fundraising profits will be refunded to a departing member.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Volunteer Obligation
Our program is entirely volunteer-run and cannot exist without significant volunteer support from our member families. We are also required, as part of our membership in the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (which hosts most of the regattas in which we participate) to provide volunteers to ensure the safety and smooth operation of these enormous events. Family involvement in operational tasks and fundraising activities, as well as practice and regatta support, is required for our students to row.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Volunteer Obligation
Yes. All volunteer points earned to date and still outstanding are tracked by a board member and will be made available at membership meetings. Information about volunteering is available here. You can also contact the volunteer coordinator with any specific questions at memberatlarge2@mcleancrew.org
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Mulch weekend is our largest fundraiser, netting an estimated $45,000 and requires all hands-on-deck to deliver more than 18,000 bags of mulch in one weekend. We need at least one parent per family for an entire day to cover all the required volunteer slots. The students are expected to work on both days of the weekend and each will deliver approximately 225 bags of mulch (an entire truck’s worth). Any student’s absence shifts a significant additional burden onto the other students.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
Families with 2 students are obligated to fulfill just 1 volunteer shift on Mulch Weekend.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
All the profits you make by selling trees, Paw Thaw, and wreathes and by securing ergathon pledges and donations reduce your dues by that amount. You can also reduce up to $450 of your dues through mulch profits.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
We need everyone to participate in our group fundraisers - which include car washes, restaurant nights, our corporate giving program with Integrity Tire, and gift card sales -- whenever possible. Our group fundraisers bring everyone’s dues down by about $400 per rower and build team camaraderie. Most of these fundraisers leverage activities our members are “doing anyway”. If you have more fundraising ideas, please email vpwaysandmeans@mcleancrew.org.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Membership
No portion of fundraising contributions are eligible for a refund. Your support of MCC is always appreciated. You should consult a tax adviser to determine if a portion of your fundraising is tax deductible. No portion of fundraising contributions are eligible for a refund. Your support of MCC is always appreciated. You should consult a tax adviser to determine if a portion of your fundraising is tax deductible.
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Webmaster
Nov 02, 2018
In Tryouts / Making the Team
We have the capacity to manage a team that includes 50 boys and 50 girls this year, including no more than 20 novice and freshmen boys and 20 novice and freshmen girls. We won’t know for sure if we need to make cuts until we begin the spring season in mid-February and see how many returning and new rowers are committed to the team. For example, if we have only 15 freshman and novice boy members, we can accommodate 35 varsity boys and all 15 freshman/novice boys.
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