Sarasota County Rowing Club Inc
PO BOX 184
800 Blackburn Point Road
OSPREY FL 34229-0184
Sarasota County Rowing Club promotes and supports competitive, recreational and adaptive rowing without regard to individual ability, background, experience or handicap through teamwork, discipline and physical fitness for all.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Jerry Burke
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Supported Organization Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
SCRC hosts the Sarasota Invitational Regatta, which has grown every year since its inception in 2010. This year we provided an opportunity for 66 clubs to gauge their training, discipline, determination and skill against crews from as far away as Washington state and Germany.  744 medals were awarded in 692 events over two days.

The board, elected in November 2017, has sought to fulfill our mission to promote the sport of rowing to all interested in participating.   We presented a budget that did not put dues out of reach for Sarasota families. We presented three separate learn-to-row sessions designed to introduce the sport of rowing to the public.  Our Adaptive Program has continued to grow, providing rowing opportunities to those with disabilities.
Our goals for the year are to grow our club membership, make selective upgrades to our equipment and to serve a larger club without a substantial dues increase.
Needs Statement
 1.  Coaching for Safety and Skill Development:  We need to provide full-time coaching for all members, not only for skill improvement, but also for safety.  Since winning the bid for Rowing World Championship held here in 2017 and the development of Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota has become “the place to be for rowing.” New rowers are retiring to our area and joining our club every year.  The club now has an AED and members are being trained in CPR.  We have hired a new head coach this year at a cost of approximately $32,000 annually.
2. Equipment:  The highest purchase priorities are rowing shells for both crews and single rowers.  That will enable us to boat competitive crews in both state and national regattas. Cost: $40,000 - $50,000.  
Background Statement

In 2001 Sarasota County Rowing Club  (SCRC) was formed when a dozen adult rowers bought an old eight oared racing shell from Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Program (SSYRP) and rowed it, in the early mornings, out of the SSYRP boatyard. SCRC has now grown to almost 100 members (aged 25 to 82). SCRC now rows out of an improved boatyard on Blackburn Point Road shared with the SSYRP.

Membership comprises both local year-round and seasonal rowers. Some have rowed previously in school or college, others have become familiar with the sport as a result of having children active in the youth programs. Learn-to-Row courses are held frequently to introduce potential new members to both sculling and sweep rowing. Novices can then develop, with the proper coaching, into competitive rowers or they can continue as recreational rowers. No matter what their goals, all members are able to enjoy the natural beauty of rowing on the intracoastal waterway. Marine and bird wildlife abound in this idyllic part of Florida.

The expansion of SCRC parallels the growth of rowing as a sport in Sarasota FL,  the USA and indeed in the world. What started in the 19th century as a sport for men at elite universities in Britain and the United States has now developed into a universal pursuit for men and women of all ages.

SCRC has boated several highly successful competitive crews, and particularly women’s crews, competing in regattas here and abroad. SCRC now includes an adaptive rowing program for handicapped rowers whose members have also competed successfully here and abroad.

The high cost of rowing equipment and land facilities have limited the scope of SCRC development. Coaching is also a significant cost item. SCRC, supported by membership dues, tax-deductible contributions and volunteer efforts, has become a valued member of our community in the 17 years since its founding.  SCRC plans to continue this growth so that even more people can get to know and enjoy this wonderful sport.  

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Members come from many neighborhoods in Sarasota county: Sarasota, Venice, Osprey, Nokomis, North Port, Lakewood Ranch, Palmer Ranch, Englewood, and even as far away as Parrish.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Secondary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
“Nice? It’s the only thing,” said the Water Rat solemnly as he leant forward for his stroke. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing- absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,” he went on dreamily: messing-about- in-boats; messing." – From chapter one, "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame.

Rowing is for life! Rowers can begin as young as 12 and row until a very advanced age. Rowing uses all muscle groups, is weight-bearing and aerobic. It is joyful and serene. We watch the sun rise as we use muscle power to move our shells through beautiful water amid dolphins,
manatees, ospreys and eagles.
Masters rowers can pit their fitness and skills against any other master rower through the age handicap system for racing. Rowing builds teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness and gives back mind and body well-being, friendships and connection to others.  Our sport enables people of all ages and abilities to reap the benefit of total body aerobic exercise in the fresh air and sunshine of Little Sarasota Bay.
But rowing is expensive. There are rowing shells, launches and engines to buy and store, and insurance, maintenance and coaches to pay. Adaptive boats must be fitted to each individual rower. Because of these expenses, it is hard to do rowing on your own.  This is why SCRC is so valuable: our club offers all of these benefits for a reasonable membership fee.
Other than member dues, the Sarasota Invitational Regatta has been our largest annual source of revenue. The registration fees from competitors only cover basic expenses, but SCRC made $30,000 this year through a big push to obtain advertising and sponsorships. Every club member works the two days of the regatta to help keep expenses down. Volunteers help boats on and off the docks, drive the referees up and down the course, keep times at the finish line, award medals, give food to the referees and other volunteers, pick up trash, load boats, launches and engines, make goodie bags for the referees and drive them to and from their hotels. However, we do all this not just to make the money we need to keep our club going, but to provide an opportunity for other rowers, both youth and masters, to come together for two beautiful days in Sarasota to share the love of rowing and to compete against one another.
Sarasota County Rowing Club was initially founded by five people who had the financial ability to buy shells and start the club, but they could not sustain a club that would be open to a wide number of people. Our dues have risen dramatically over the years. Just last year, dues rose to $500 per person.  This level of dues is competitive with other local rowing clubs, but SCRC is well-aware that continued dues growth will begin to make participation difficult for middle class families. This is why SCRC seeks to increase its member numbers.  Additional member dues will help pay for equipment and expenses that are shared by all.  However, SCRC has been fortunate that some of its members who were able donated substantial funds to the club for equipment and other purposes.

The benefits and beauty of rowing are legend. Expenses are high, but well worth it. It is our fervent hope that others will agree and help us continue to offer rowing to the widest possible community so that everyone can experience “messing about in boats”.
Description Recruit disabled veterans and other disabled athletes from the Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte County region to learn to row;
Provide disabled athletes with the opportunity to learn, practice and compete in the sport of rowing in a safe, supportive and accessible environment with professional coaching and appropriate equipment and facilities.
Budget $20,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Adults Other Health/Disability
Short Term Success Disabled athletes learn, practice and compete in the sport of rowing in a safe, supportive and accessible environment with professional coaching and appropriate equipment and facilities.
Long Term Success

The Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program recently made a long-term commitment to adaptive rowing by investing in training for eight SARP members through the United States Rowing Association, giving us nationally recognized certification in assessing the technical and medical capabilities of our program participants. USRA has officially identified us as an adaptive rowing program.

Program Success Monitoring The adaptive rowers compete in local, national, and international rowing events set aside for adaptive rowers. Their times continue to improve, as well as their ability to bring home medals!
Program Success Examples

Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program disabled athletes have made significant improvement in their rowing skills, which is a testament to the validity of our approach. Currently, 100 percent of our participants have improved their physical abilities and continue to meet their personal benchmarking goals, such as improved bladework, balance and mobility.

Description As part of our education mission, the club conducts regular classes for people interested in learning the techniques and benefits of rowing.  The program is open to all adults and draws people from all different backgrounds and ability levels.
Budget $7,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Adults
Short Term Success At the end of the individual class sessions, which range from six to eight, the participants will have learned safety requirements, the basics of the rowing technique, and the knowledge of how rowing will improve their physical fitness.  They are encouraged to continue with the next level of training in order to master the techniques and maximize the potential benefits.
Long Term Success The benefits of improved physical fitness are well established, both for the individuals involved and the community as a whole.  As an athletic activity, rowing is ideal: it is non-contact, it utilizes all the major muscle groups, and is one of the best for maximizing VO2 utilization, a key indicator of cardiovascular fitness.  Individuals can easlity track their performance over time through periodic tests on the rowing ergometer.
Program Success Monitoring On average, about 40% of the graduates of a Learn-to-Row class go on to become skilled rowers.  Some of the others stay on as recreational rowers which still generates physical fitness benefits.  Based on comparisons with other rowing clubs, the SCRC program is above average.
Program Success Examples Research from Harvard University showed that men who burned 2,000 calories per week through exercise lived an average of 2.5 years longer than those men who didn't exercise.  A 2006 NIH study found that regular exercise was associated with reduced stress, depression and anxiety along with enhanced cognitive function and overall psychological well being.
Description Consistent with our mandate to promote national and international competition, SCRC has sponsored the Sarasota Invitational Regatta since 2010.  This nationally recognized regatta has attracted top competitors from nearly all Florida rowing clubs and schools,  and from many other areas of the US and Canada.  The regatta is known for top-flight competition on the best course in the US and also provides training opportunities for new referees to hone their skills.
Budget $30,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success Participants receive immediate feedback on their performance.  Successful competitors receive awards and qualify for higher level competition at championship regattas.
Long Term Success In addition to the benefits of physical fitness, successful competitors materially improve their chances for attending colleges that have a rowing program.
Program Success Monitoring We regularly survey participants for their opinions and make changes as warranted.  We also monitor the economic impact by tracking hotel stays and the source of competitors and spectators.
Program Success Examples The number of entries in the regatta has nearly doubled in the last five years - a 13% per year compound growth rate.  The number of participants has grown even faster, at a 15% per year compound growth rate.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 90
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
We work closely with the Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Program on security and boat maintenance since we share the storage corral with them.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Jerry Burke
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Dec 2017 to Nov 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Jerry Burke Community Volunteer
Joe Dobson Community Volunteer
Rick Elbrecht Sarasota County Government
Anne Essner Community volunteer
Don Heckenstaller Community Volunteer
Randy Higel Randy Higel LLC
Tim Pierie Community Volunteer
Mary Prindiville Community Volunteer
Norman A. Thetford Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 92
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $123,373.00
Projected Expenses $94,956.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$72,146$83,939$59,053
Administration Expense$27,874$23,026$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.601.621.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%78%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$298,594$238,134$140,548
Current Assets$119,253$49,403$72,897
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$298,594$238,134$140,548
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSarasota Invitational Regatta $52,804Sarasota Invitational Regatta $55,287Membership Dues $42,970
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $40,437Membership Dues $53,972Sarasota Invitational Regatta $30,238
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRack Fees, etc. $25,854Fundraising $25,366Rack Fees, Volunteer Fees & Miscellaneous $2,906
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization  We are faced with increasing boat maintenance costs, the need to improve our fleet in the face of a steady growth in demand for rowing, and increased coaching for both safety and skill development.  Those requirements could easily top $75,000 over several years, but achieving them would insure that our organization becomes one of the top rowing resources in the country.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Sarasota County Rowing Club Inc
Address PO BOX 184
800 Blackburn Point Road
OSPREY, FL 34231 0184
Phone 941 356-2151