Letter from the RCA President
It’s exciting to put this winter of Nor’Easters behind us as spring begins its return to our beautiful seaside town of Rowayton. The days are a little longer, the boats have begun to dot the Five Mile River and we can leave our windows open for the ocean breezes. All are signs we can begin to celebrate another summer of living in Rowayton with all it has to offer.
For many of us, our fondest memories of living in Rowayton are made during the summertime. The RCA hopes with all the events planned for this summer of 2018 – the Easter Egg Hunt, Comedy Nights, July 4th Fireworks, Summer Music Festival and the River Ramble – you and your family will have the chance to make more memories to share.
The mission of the Rowayton Civic Association is to enrich the lives of Rowayton residents through providing cultural programs, educational grants and supporting community initiatives. In addition to the year-long calendar of events, the RCA also provides scholarships and fund grants for our schools – Rowayton Elementary, Roton Middle and Brien McMahon High School – via your kind donations and support. In 2017, the RCA reinvested more than $56,000 in the Rowayton community through grants to our schools, non-profits such as the Rowayton Library, Historical Society and Rowayton Little League. Portions of the funds were dedicated to public safety, such as the mobile AED for the Rowayton Fire Department and the Slow Down in Town program.
At our annual meeting this past February, the RCA Board said goodbye to two long time cherished members who dedicated so much of their time to the RCA and most importantly, to Rowayton during their tenure:
Andy Meyerson, President – 3 years, VP (1 year) and co-chair of the Summer Music Festival
Sue Casey, Treasurer – 5 years
Andy was on the RCA Board for a total of 7 years, helping to grow the presence of the RCA within the Rowayton community during his tenure. Sue was our rock and we relied on her wisdom and professionalism during her 5 years on the board. We will miss them both very much.
Time flies! This marks my sixth year serving on the RCA and it’s an honor to represent the board as President this year. I have considered every year I have lived in Rowayton a blessing and it’s why I choose to volunteer. I work with an amazing group of people who share that sentiment and love this town as much as me and work hard to give back. We hope that you and your family will support the RCA by making a donation or attending one of our events this year. We are always looking for volunteers to help! We look forward to seeing you this summer around town and making new memories with family, friends and the RCA.
See you around town.
RCA Board President
2018 RCA Board Update
Standing (L to R): Peter Makover, Allyson Griffin, Chris Sovak, Garth Griffiths, Harrison Dunne, Manuela Savona, Paul Curtin, Rob Strickland, Mark Spadaccini, Chris Gorman, Peter Stuart
Seated (L to R): Agnes Temerowski, Meg Schwannhauser, Lynn Worland, Jenn Friedrichsen, Christine Smith, Wendy Johnson, Heather Drstvensek, Tracy King
Not present: Matt Fry, Andrea Gottlieb, Rick Klein, Mark Sattler
At our annual meeting in February, we welcomed four new Board members: Andrea Gottlieb, Garth Griffiths, Wendy Johnson and Chris Sovak (returning for his second round on the RCA board, having previously served a few years ago). Each brings enthusiasm, commitment and a strong sense of community to ensure the RCA maintains it level of civic duty. They will co-chair one or more events/initiatives. The full list of events and committee leads can be found on the RCA website. We would also like to extend a deep and heartfelt thank you to two Executive Board members who were indefatigable in their work and support for the RCA – outgoing president Andy Meyerson and outgoing treasurer Sue Casey. We so appreciate all their years of service.
RCA Executive Board
President: Jenn Friedrichsen
Vice President: Heather Drstvensek
Secretary: Christine Smith
RCA Event Committees
|Event||Date||Committee Chair||Committee Member|
|“Bundle Up” Rowayton||1/20/18||Paul Curtin||Agnes Temerowski|
|Easter Egg Hunt||3/31||Paul Curtin||Meg Schwanhausser|
|Trash Bash||4/21||Pete Makover||Harrison Dunne|
|Comedy Night||5/18, 5/19||Jen Friedrichsen||Agnes Temerowski|
|Memorial Day Parade||5/27||Jim Hogan||Mark Spadaccini|
|Fun Run||6/17||Rob Strickland||Ryan Still|
|Summer Music Festival||6/17, 7/4, 7/15, 7/25, 7/29, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, 9/2||Chris Gorman||Peter Stuart|
|July 4th Fireworks||7/4||Harrison Dunne||Mark Spadaccini|
|River Ramble||7/14||Heather Drstvensek||Meg Schwanhausser|
|“Cinema on the Sound”||7/18, 8/1, 8/15||Matthew Fry||Wendy Johnson|
|Ladrigan Swim Races||9/2||Jim Hogan||Pete Makover|
|Volleyball Tournament||9/2||Pete Makover|
|Oktoberfest||10/6||Ryan Still||Jen Friedrichsen|
|Halloween Celebration||10/21||Harrison Dunne||Matthew Fry|
|“Light Up” Rowayton||11/25||Rob Strickland||Ryan Still|
|Egg Nog Contest||11/25||Ryan Still||Pete Makover|
|Santa Run||12/2||Mark Sattler||Chris Sovak|
|Nativity Pageant||12/8||Rick Klein||Christine Smith|
|Item||Date||Committee Chair||Committee Member|
|Youth Soccer||Sept-Nov||Rick Klein||Mark Sattler|
|Underground||Sept-Nov||Kelly Connell||Carolynn Kaufman|
|Item||Committee Chair||Committee Member|
|Currents Newsletter||Manuela Savona||Agnes Temerowski|
|Slow Down in Town||Meg Schwanhausser||Jen Friedrichsen|
|Website/E-communications||Manuela Savona||Jen Friedrichsen|
|Incoming RCA emails||Christine Smith|
Marketing & Fundraising
|RCA Sailboat Stickers||Lynn Worland|
|Item||Committee Chair||Committee Member|
|Permits||Peter Stuart||Lynn Worland|
|Community Dock||Garrett Friedrichsen|
|Junior RCA||Rob Strickland||Pete Makover|
|End of Year Cocktail Party||Pete Makover|