2211 Lakeside Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Gaslight Village is the Place To Be on Saturday March 19th! Not only is it our Not-To-Be-Missed Ergathon; the Spectrum Health Irish Jig which brings thousands to the area, but also EGRWater Polo has the state’s first Early Bird water polo tournament of the year so EGR will be hoppin with busses, athletes, pedestrians, visitors from near and far. Think ahead: ride bikes, walk or prepare to park creatively and wherever you can to get down to Gaslight! We’ll have an erg saved for you and look forward to seeing you.
5 Days until Erg-A-Thon!
Good luck to Augustin, Eleanor, Gabi, Georgia, John, Macy, Parker, Rachel & Ryan !
These 9 athletes will be attempting to row a half marathon, or 13.1 miles on Saturday March 9th in Gaslight Village. between 10-12:30 pm. Support them & pledge $1 a mile, $3, $5 or $10 per mile to these athletes as they row to raise funds for a new boat for their team! Rowers are reaching out to the community this month to raise awareness not only about their team, but for Spectrum’s Irish Jig 5K Mission as well: research for a cure for colorectal cancer, the #2 killer of men and women in the U.S.
This event will occur rain, snow or shine. A half marathon is not easy running or rowing. This will be a significant challenge and requires weeks of training leading up to it. Rowers will hydrate and receive food every 20-30 minutes as needed and will be cheered on and supported by our coaches and teammates, who will also be rowing in 30 minute segments alongside from 8-1 p.m on the 19th! Row EAST!
Just OOOOH We received a sample shipment of Zingerman’s “CrewBrew” today (coffee roasted especially for our team and community!) After opening the crate, I would argue that the smell of freshly roasted Zingerman’s coffee beans is probably the best smell on Earth. Highly recommend ordering some today on EGRCrew.com or here at this link: https://form.jotform.com/thepianocottage/crew-brew-contact. Orders placed weekly on Sundays!
WHAT YOU GET: Awesome Zingerman’s fresh roasted whole coffee beans in a smooth medium blend (Brazilian Peaberry 10%; Guatemalan 40%; Indian Natural 10%; Papua New Guinea 40%.) This is Zingerman’s top daily brew and is loved by folks all over the country.
HOW TO GET YOUR BREW: Place your one time or weekly order by 3 p.m. on Sunday each week and Zingerman’s will freshly roast our beans and deliver to us for Thursday pick up. Pay via credit card or PayPal at the link below. No shipping, handling or tax. You will receive an email saying “Coffee’s In & Ready for Pick Up!” at the EGRHS on Thursdays.
PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE: Crew Brew
Crew was such an excellent way to compete athletically. It is an amazingly tight-knit and supportive community, not just amongst the East team, but all rowing teams that I have met share immense respect and pride in their own team as well as their competitors; that is really quite honorable.
As far as teamwork goes, in no other sport do teammates depend on each other as much as with crew. Granted, it was a struggle to get the whole novice eight to work together when I first joined the team :P. But, I found that as time went on, there were great levels of improvement. I first experienced a sturdy, well-rowed boat the summer before senior year, and it was such an amazing feeling: the whole boat worked together perfectly, and we found what is known as our “swing”. Everybody moved in sync with one another, and it was a thing of beauty.
My favorite memories, besides all of the fun team-bonding, were when our boat would be fighting another boat, we’d be neck and neck, and then our coxswain would call out the “power ten!”, and we’d all surge through the temporary pain, and pull ahead; it’s such an immense feeling of victory and you get such a rush from passing other boats – that I wish I had joined Crew sooner than my sophomore year :)
by Turner Sytsema, Class of 2015
East Grand Rapids Crew Alumni
So you can’t spell “fundraising” without “fun” and “raising” (along with the letter “d,” which we presume stands for “dominate” which we know rowers are preparing to do this spring!) The EGRCrew Fun-d-Raising Committee is downright awesome, and this team of parents, coaches and rowers together are thinking outside the box in presenting our community with opportunities big and small, famous and obscure, new & unique; fundraising ideas to keep our organization relevant to supporters; fun for rowers; minimal time commitment for parents, but big on results for the team. We’re talking about Rowing for Life through doughnuts, half marathons, Zingerman’s coffee roasted fresh and delivered overnight to us, No-Bake-Bake Sales, Crafty Crap, Rent a Rower, great Whit & Wine through an intimate evening with the side-splitting Pop Scholars. Check us out, get involved. It takes a village to raise a child, but evidently the greater metropolitan area to raise enough money for a new boat and we are going for it. Only have 1 hour a week free? I encourage you to spend it with EGRCrew & become part of an amazing community. We need all backgrounds and talents. We need YOU even if all you can spare is an idea or opinion. So get involved! Meetings are random but always posted on RH.
Jody Deems-McCargar, EGRCrew Fundraising Chair 616.334.7258