Letter from the RCA President
Every fall as summer comes to a close I reflect on the marvelous memories my family made in our seaside village and am reminded just why we chose Rowayton as our home 20 years ago. Adventures sailing on L.I. Sound, Comedy Night, ice cream at 101 and endless jumps off the Bell Island Bridge are just some of my family’s favorite Rowayton traditions. Thankful for all that Rowayton offered, I was inspired to volunteer my time to several organizations over the years and the rewards have been amazing. The benefits of volunteering in our community are infinite… what do you love most about Rowayton? Choose what inspires you most and seek out one of our town’s many organizations and volunteer so that you help to continue the traditions that make our town so unique.
This summer’s events were attended by more Rowaytonites and neighboring friends than ever! The RCA had a special guest at the annual Fun Run in June – a record crowd laced up their sneakers to honor Mikey Schneider who is currently undergoing pediatric cancer treatment and we continue to send Mikey and his family much love and support. We awarded the first annual RCA Scholarship to Brien McMahon student Skyler Luthy for academic merit and leadership.
The Summer Music Concert Series raised the bar this season, featuring a musical line up and shows week after week that would rival Madison Square Garden. Our Slow Down in Town campaign continues in an effort to ensure our roads are safe for everyone with a new banner across Highland Avenue and SDIT merchandise distributed at the River Ramble. In September the RCA teamed up with Hands for Life to host an event to train our residents in life-saving Hands Free CPR and to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED) unit. To familiarize everyone in town with the location and details of the six AED units in Rowayton, the RCA developed an on-line map that can be found on the RCA website as well as in this issue of Currents. Check out the center spread and please tear it out and keep it at hand.
The time-honored tradition of the Ladrigan Swim Races in September may signal the end of summer, however Rowayton residents still have much to look forward to from the RCA. We will continue to deliver events enjoyed by all ages like: the Volley Ball Tournament at Bayley Beach, the Youth Soccer and Underground programs, the Halloween Celebration, Light Up Rowayton, the Santa Run and our cherished Nativity Pageant.
The RCA could not exist without the generous donations made by our residents, friends and sponsors. As we continue to increase the number and scale of RCA events each year, the need for additional support grows as well. Please consider donating to our upcoming annual fund or sharing your talents by becoming an RCA Board Member. With your help, this year we were able to provide grants to: Rowayton Elementary School, Roton Middle School, Brien McMahon High School, Rowayton Gardeners, Rowayton Library, Underground, Shakespeare on the Sound, Hands for Life and more.
I have truly enjoyed serving as RCA President this year and am honored to work with an amazing group of 25 volunteer Board Members who bring their creativity, talents and never-ending enthusiasm to the table. It’s their dedication to ensure our town’s traditions carry on each year that enhance the unique qualities of Rowayton’s seaside community and make it so special.
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|