Vero Beach Rowing Inc

Vero Beach, FL   |  www.verobeachrowing.org

Mission

To promote and teach the sport of rowing to the community, for the health, education and involvement of a team sport that is great for individuals or families.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Shotsi Lajoie

Main address

Po Box 643063

Vero Beach, FL 32964 USA

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Formerly known as

Indian River Rowing Club

EIN

26-2765309

NTEE code info

Sports Training Facilities (N40)

Sports Training Facilities (N40)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Vero Beach Rowing (VBR) mission is "To promote and teach the sport of rowing to the community in order to develop physical fitness, personal character, and an ethic of cooperation through competitive and recreational opportunities." We have an active youth program that is aligned with FL State Education Physical Fitness and Environmental Standards and that targets development in the following areas: personalized rowing education and training as a sport/physical fitness, emotional support, socialization/team building, mental health well-being, and preparation for lifetime success. We collaborate with other community organizations to find youth that are disadvantaged and we provide our programs for free to ALICE youth. Many of these youths have no experience in the beautiful Florida water environment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Rowing

Vero Beach Rowing’s mission is to “To promote and teach the sport of rowing to the community in order to develop physical fitness, personal character, and an ethic of cooperation through competitive and recreational opportunities.” We believe that this mission begins with our commitment to growing our youth programs. Our club provides the opportunity for youth from any school to participate in our programs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents, At-risk youth

Related Program

Youth Rowing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

VBR works with partner organizations in our County to identify disadvantaged youth and to transport them to and from our program site.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Rowing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes all youth who are seniors and have completed our Youth Rowing Program.

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Rowing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Coaches' evaluation of Youth who have become team leaders and who have demonstrated the ability to motivate and inspire their teammates.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Rowing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track the number of children served in several categories. This is the total that pass through our Fall and Spring Rowing seasons. Also numbers for summer camps and disadvantaged youth.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to expand our outreach programs in the disadvantaged community to give these youths the opportunities for personal enrichment and eventually college scholarship opportunities that rowing provides.

Our programs to date have been successful and growing, despite the COVID 19 disruptions. The table below shows the number of youths on scholarship support since we initiated this program around 3 years ago.

Season Number of kids
Spring 2018 1
Fall 2018 4

Spring 2019 4
Summer 2019 18
Fall 2019 19

Spring 2020 8
Summer 2020 27
Fall 2020 12

Spring 2021 12
Summer 2021 21
Fall 2021 TBD

We intend to continue to increase these numbers. One of the great things about rowing is that everyone winds up in the same boat. Older and more experienced youth mentor the younger and less skillful.

We have already made great strides as outlined above.

Strategies for success include:

- Increasing the number of strategic partners than can identify these youths and bring them to us.
- Expand and continue to develop our existing partnerships.
-Expand our funding support of these programs. So far the funding has come from internal resources, but the expanded programs are going to require better outreach to funders and different funders.
-Add staff to specifically address the recruiting, retention and training of the disadvantaged youth.
-Develop a working partnership with the local school district.

We have demonstrated our capabilities in all of these areas:

-We have or have had partnerships with local agencies in our county that work with disadvantaged youth. These include:
• Gifford Youth Achievement Center
• Boys & Girls Clubs
• Hibiscus House
• Homeless Children's Foundation of Indian River County
• Crossover Mission

-We have devoted staff time to nourish these relationships and to make sure that their youth have a good and safe experience with us. We have plans to hire specialists in this function as the program expands.
- We have successfully raised funds for this program for 3 years, covering all of the needs. As the programs expand, funding requirements will exceed our internal capacity, limiting our capabilities and program success.
- It is clear that recruiting and retaining these youths is more complicated than normal. Our existing staff has managed to keep up with it, but we also know that we will require dedicated staff for this purpose.

Our progress to date, as measured by our primary indicator, the number of registrants, is great. See the results in the table above. Even with the disruptions caused by the COVID situation, we have managed to grow the program every year since it started 3 years ago.

We have successfully operated and funded the program with our internal resources.

What is next is to execute our strategy. We have implemented a donor database and management software package to replace what has been a very informal system. Getting past COVID will increase our capacity which is currently restricted to the use of small boats. The larger boats accomodate more youths, but the distance between heads is around 4-5 ft, insufficient for social distancing. Our County still has a relatively high infection rate, which is one measure that USRowing uses to decide when to allow use of the larger boats.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Vero Beach Rowing Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Charlotte Lajoie

Chris Ryan

Charlotte Lajoie

Chuck Cook

Jimmy Michael

Chris Pensch

Charles Sullivan

Jill Diniz

Mellisa Merson

Todd Young

Bill Kloppenburg

Patricia Gleason

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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