09.18.09 Elections, Homecoming Updates & Rent-a-Rower

Post date: Sep 30, 2009 2:23:08 PM

Georgia Tech Crew Alumni Newsletter

Step up & get involved!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Dear Cassi,

It's been over a year since the GTCA was formed and we are now in the process of having our 2009 Elections. With our support from the school, we also have funding, newsletters, meeting spaces, a webpage, great relations with the team, and a lot of fun. However, we are still missing the most important thing... YOU.

This year, the position of President, Secretary and Events Chair are up for election. Nominations have been opened to active members. To keep the GTCA strong, it needs a solid backbone with you involved to create a good board. The GTCA board has staggering elections. Treasurer, Communications, and Merchandise will all remain to ensure smooth transitioning. So, we are urging you, step up, get involved, help someone else do the same thing you did with your time at Georgia Tech. Be a part of a group that has fun, helps others and allows us all to reconnect with some of our greatest memories of college.

If you are an active member, you should have received your Voter ID from the GTCA on Monday, September 14th, 2009. If you did not receive your number, please contact Bob Baxley.

Make a nomination.

See who has already been nominated.

Learn more about GTCA membership.

GTCA Meetings

The next GTCA meeting will be Monday, September 28th, 2009 at 6:30pm. The location is the College of Management at Technology Square on 5th Street by Georgia Tech's Campus. All are welcome to attend. You can see all of our meeting minutes here.

The Election Process

Nominations are OPEN and will be until September 25, 2009. On September 14th, active members received a 2009 Voter ID number with the form for nominations. The reason for the number is to allow the election system to be completely anonymous yet keep people from voting more than once.

Make nominations here. If you do not have a Voter ID number, please become an active member - it's only $25 and you get a t-shirt!

Accepted nominations will be posted on the on our website as they are accepted or rejected.

Elections will be help from October 5 - October 9, 2009.

On October 5, voting will begin and all active members are to use their 2009 Voter ID number again to make their selection. You will receive an email with a form for voting and it will also be available online.

Only active members can nominate and vote. Voting can only occur once per member.

The 2009 GTCA positions that are up for election are:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Events Coordinator

A simple majority vote of active members is needed to elect an officer. All voting will be done by secret ballot through the GTCA website. New positions are officially determined during GTCA's Homecoming Weekend: October 17, 2009. You can find more information on our website and if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Click here to learn more about becoming a ACTIVE MEMBER of the GTCA!

If you have received a t-shirt this year, then you are an active member for 2009 and this election process. If you haven't, go get one!


GTCA Homecoming October 17th, 2009


October 17th, 2009: Annual GTCA Homecoming Football Game (see full information here)

Homecoming 2010 Game Tickets:

The Yellow Jackets take on Virginia Tech this October 17 for homecoming. It's going to be a huge game so the GTCA is planning well in advance for an exciting tailgate, and for seats at the game. This game is predicted to be a televised night game that will sell out early. The Yellow Jackets are out for revenge as they only lost by 3 points (and a controversial call) to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg last season.

The GTCA has block seats for sale and we want you to join us! Tickets are ALREADY available through the merchandise section of the GTCA webpage. Tickets are now in limited supply, but if the ticket item is available on the merchandise section of the GTCA webpage (which it was at the delivery of this newsletter), then there is still a ticket available. The link will automatically go down when all the tickets in the block are gone. To secure your ticket, simple visit that page to buy a seat in the GTCA block. Purchased tickets for the GTCA block will be distributed at the GTCA tailgate on October 17th, 2009.

Tickets are $50, the same price you will get through the Alumni Association. But by purchasing your ticket through us, you can keep the tailgate going with all your GT Crew friends. So, join us for the biggest game of the year!

Tailgate Information:

The annual Georgia Tech Crew Alumni Homecoming Tailgate is once again open to general membership of the GTCA (friends, family and alumni of GT Crew). Socialize with fellow rowers, alumni and friends while enjoying free food and drink before the big game.

Location: The same location as the 2009 tailgate. Parking lot between the Physics Building and Mechanical Engineering Building (the corner of the lot that faces Ferst Drive).

Time: 4 hours before game time. Game time announced 10-12 days prior to kickoff.

  • BYOC: Bring your own Chair
  • Food will be provided
  • Corn Hole Tournament
  • Head of the Charles live results

Join the planning party committee if you would like to help with setup, holding our location on campus or with food donations (salads, desserts, sides, etc.).

No RSVP required.

We hope to see you there!


Ah, yes, the rent-a-rower fundraiser. Remember this one? Well now that you're an alumni, you may have the means to make it work. If you live in the Atlanta area and you want to help out AND get some things done - drop the team an email and get some help!

Rent-A-Rower helps rowers on the team raise money to pay dues, enter races, and purchase new equipment. Hire us to do any of the following: yard work, babysitting, painting, manual labour, tutoring, moving, and more!

Dates*: Sept 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, and Oct 31 - Nov 1

*Other dates available upon request but cannot be guaranteed.

Until we get our automated system online, if you're interested, please email the following information to fundraising@gtcrew.com and assistanttreasurer@gtcrew.com:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Task Description
  • Weekends
  • Number of Rowers Needed
  • Address

Team Update

New Season, Same Goals-Crush and Kill!

After the families pulled away and the tears were shed from fall move-in, a select group of students had more important things on their minds, things like erg tests, catch placement, body prep, spandex, and winning medals. Georgia Tech Crew is back on the Hooch and its competition better watch out.

With new assistant coach, Alex Porter, and several incoming freshmen rowers, the men's team continues its youth movement with only four rowers and one coxswain set to lose eligibility this spring. However for Georgia Tech Crew, youth is not an excuse for mediocrity as the team still returns eight rowers who earned medals at the ACRA National Championship. The women's team will use last year's reloading time as a springboard for success this year. They return their entire team which includes a gold-medal winning boat at the SIRA Regatta.

With superior coaching, skill, athleticism and determination Georgia Tech Crew will do its part to win races this year. We only ask that our fans do theirs! Come to the regattas and support your favorite crew:

10/10/2009 Head of the Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN): Last year, Georgia Tech had to compete in borrowed boats because of the unfortunate trailer accident. This year they'll be bringing their own fleet on their own trailer that was fully funded by the Georgia Tech Crew Alumni (GTCA).

10/17-10/18/2009 Head of the Charles (Boston, MA): The women's team placed 4th in the Collegiate 4 last year. This year both teams are expecting to be in medal contention as Georgia Tech Crew brings its fleet northward. (A couple of friendly faces amid strange Yankees are always welcome here)

11/07/-11/08/2009 Head of the Chattahoochee (Chattanooga,TN): The big race of the Fall for all schools in the South. The Head of the Hooch pits Georgia Tech Crew against some of its stiffer competition in the South. The women have to face very competitive Division I NCAA crews, like Clemson, while the men take on varsity crews like Jacksonville, and perhaps Florida Tech.

11/14/2009 Head of the South (Augusta, GA): The final race of the fall season for Georgia Tech Crew. There's no better way to finish the season than with a win at the Head of the South. Come help cheer for our athletes as they try to do just that.


  • 9/25-26/2009 Parents' Weekend at Georgia Tech
  • 9/25-26/2009 Recruit Weekend for GT Crew
  • 10/17/2009 Homecoming: If you can't go to Boston... GTCA tent for the homecoming game against Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (note: NOT the same kind of Tech...)
  • 11/20/2009 Tail of the Beaver (Roswell, GA): We hope to continue our annual fall scrimmage against UGA and mix things up by doing some mixed rowing and inviting some other schools to participate. If you're a local, you don't want to miss this!

Who needs match.com?

There's no need for online dating when you got the crew team! Congratulations to two Georgia Tech Crew Alumni: Josh Simmons ('01) and Erin Tucker Simmons ('02). They were married last weekend, September 12th, in Chico Hot Springs, Montana. We wish you much love in your journey together!Do you have something that you want to share with the group? Please let us know!


The GT Crew Affinity Group (GTCA) is organized to promote and facilitate the engagement of GT Crew Alumni, Affiliated Students, Friends, Faculty and Staff with the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, the current Georgia Tech Crew team and the Institute as a whole.

In an effort to keep in touch with all our alumni, we will be sending out this newsletter periodically to let you know what we are up to. The easiest way for us to remain in contact with you is for you to continue to receive this newsletter. So please don't unsubscribe unless you really don't want to ever get any information from us. In addition, send it to a fellow teammate, make sure they got it too. If they didn't, they can subscribe right at the bottom of this email. And don't forget, you can always update your bio with us on our website.

Thanks for all you do alumni. We appreciate it and so does the team.


Cassi Niemann

Officer of Communications

Georgia Tech Crew Alumni Affinity Group