Beach Crew Alumni Association (BCA)

President’s Report – Spring 2021

The Beach Crew Alumni Association (BCA), a group of former rowers who have come together to help support the rowing program at Long Beach State University, are inviting you to join us. Simply stated, we need your support!

Today, Beach Crew faces the greatest threat to its existence in its 63-year history. Due to the pandemic, the University suspended all rowing activities and in-person learning last Spring. This suspension will continue until at least June. Undoubtedly, when the program resumes next Fall the team will face the challenge of rebuilding after missing two full racing seasons; essentially starting from “scratch!”

Most of the experienced rowers will have graduated, with very few recruits or returning undergraduates to replace them mainly due to the difficulty (near impossibility) of recruiting in this environment, so recruiting in the fall will be a high priority. In addition, the program will be faced with less financial support from the University and fewer returning athletes participating to pay the dues needed to help support it. The financial hardships associated with the pandemic thus far will undoubtedly make it even more difficult for many students to afford the $1600 annual dues needed to row for Beach Crew; a real challenge to begin with!

In the past the BCA has focused on buying racing shells, oars, coaching launches, and other equipment, and the team now has an excellent fleet for training and racing as a result. This Fall, we need to shift our focus to recruiting, and to helping the team meet its operating expenses and easing the financial burden on team members until they can fully rebuild.

Why should you help? If you look back at your time when rowing for Long Beach Crew as having been “worthwhile” and a “positive growing experience,” and as a time where you made lifelong friends, then I ask you to help “pay it forward” to the next generation. Go to the Donate tab and make a donation. If you are not currently a member please fill out the “Join the BCA” form under the Alumni tab. Annual dues are only $25. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Your support for the BCA matters, this year, more than ever. It provides the funds to keep the program alive and growing, and it lets the University know that Beach Crew is valued by its alumni.

Thank you for your support. Feel free to email me with any questions that you may have. I can be reached at kglenn49@live.com.

Row Beach!

Kenneth Glenn ‘71


Beach Crew celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2018. We are proud to be one of the oldest collegiate sports at LBSU that is still active. Most of this distinction is due to the fact that the alumni of Beach Crew are a proud family. It is important to us that you keep in touch with the organization, your crew family. The involvement and support of the alumni is the life-blood of this team. Our traditions are strong and meaningful not only to alumni but also to the current rowers and their families.

Beach Crew is excited to move forward with a more comprehensive website that will continue to evolve with updates coming to the alumni that will retain stories of lore and success. This will keep you posted on events that will be driven around embracing the alumni back into an active roll in the program. We hope to include you in crew functions, days on the water with the coaches, and any other kind of gathering to help make the rowing experience a special one for the athletes as it was for you. Keep the traditions and create new experiences for the athletes that will leave a lifelong impression on them.

As of April 2016, the BCA is now an independent 501.c3 non-profit organization, while maintaining our relationship with the LBSU 49er Foundation.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Beach Crew Alumni Association (BCA) is to enhance the rowing program at Long Beach State, provide scholarship opportunities to student athletes, and maintain the relationship with alumni to extend the involvement of the program.

The Beach Crew Alumni Association is open to all rowers, men, and women, who have rowed with the university through at least one season regardless of the level of competition.

 

The BCA Board of Directors

The Beach Crew Alumni Association is made up of volunteers across several decades of Beach Crew rowers, coaches, and campus staff. Members below can be contacted at the contact page.

The Board of Directors

Ken Glenn LBSU Beach Crew Alumni

Kenneth Glenn
(’71), President

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Victor Grgas
(’72), Secretary

Neil Swaigler ('69), Treasurer

Neil Swaigler
(’69), Treasurer

Dave Chaffee ('69), at-large

Dave Chaffee
(’69), at-large

Dave Straley ('70) at-large

Dave Straley
(’70) at-large

Scott Charette ('91) at-large

Scott Charette
(’91) at-large

Wolfram Thiele ('93) at-large

Wolfram Thiele
(’93) at-large

Ex-officio Members
(as designated by by-laws or BOD)

Brian Coriaty
Student Life & Development Adviser, CSULB

John O’Donnell (’74)
Boatmaster

Special Committees

Gary Barton
Chairmen – Recruiting Committee

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