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Letter from the RCA President

Fall 2018


Jenny Friedrichsen
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.

 

 


Jenny Friedrichsen

RCA Board President