This year's Annual Membership Meeting was held on Saturday November 14th at the Bridge Building overlooking the Cumberland River and a beautiful view of downtown Nashville. The meeting was a time to come together as a group to look at the past year's progress, as well as look forward at the exciting future of Nashville Rowing before us! We saw the departure of four board members whose two year terms had come to a close. A huge thanks to Don Sullivan, Dawn Foster, David Franklin and Anne Campbell who have all served the board and the club's membership in several capacities over the last few years. Maggie Davidson and Mike Alles also finished their terms as the Masters Advisory and Juniors Advisory Committee chairs respectively.
We welcome many new faces to both the Board of Directors and the Advisory Committees after all the membership votes were tallied. Joining the Board of Directors is Will Weaver, Dietmar Kuttelwascher, Maggie Davidson and Mike Alles. Joining the Juniors Advisory Committee is Christi Grant, Denise Alles, and Jamie Kyne. Joining the Masters Advisory Committee is Bethany Primrose, Emy Noel and Meg Mazzone. We look forward to the input of all of these new faces as we move into some exciting times to come.
Speaking of exciting times, the big news of the of the meeting was the announcement of the boathouse site and the presentation of a huge amount of work by a number of people. Matt Genova from the Civic Design Center presented the culmination of several years of work on major city plans to increase the connection of the community to the Cumberland. The boathouse will be a large piece of that puzzle as we are able to bring new opportunities to the waterways of downtown Music City! Linked here is the digital version of the Civic Design Centers presentation on the Nashville Boathouse (which can also be seen on Row2k's frontpage from November 18th). David Bailey of Hastings Architecture also presented on their work and inspiration for their renderings of the boathouse. After spending a great deal of time looking at the form of boats, shells and the movements of rowing, they were able to create some beautiful and functional designs that will be a great addition to the Cumberland shoreline.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting to vote, and to join in the vision for the collective future of the our Nashville Rowing family! A special thanks as well to the Cumberland River Compact for allowing us to use their space for our meeting.