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Governance

Nereid is a not-for-profit organization with 501c3 status. The club is a volunteer-based organization that is governed with by-laws and managed by a Board of Directors and a Captain. Members of the board are elected for three-year terms. The Board of Directors meets monthly. Club members come together in March each year for an annual general meeting.

Nereid is a member of the United States Rowing Association and the Passaic River Coalition. Nereid proudly co-hosts the annual Head of the Passaic Regatta each fall.

Board of Directors

Bob Farkas, presidenthas been a member of Nereid since 2000. After 14 years being a member, he decided he “owed’ the Club more than his yearly membership and joined the Nereid Board in January 2015 serving as Vice President. In September of that year, the then President left for an overseas job, handing the reigns of the Board over to Bob. Despite taking on the President’s role with great trepidation, Bob has enjoyed his tenure as it nears its end this September with the hope that he will have left Nereid better off than when he started. He has also been the Editor of the Nereid News newsletter since 2015.

Bob was a late comer to rowing, taking up the activity in 1998 at the ripe of old of 44 while on a consulting assignment in Portland, Oregon. While not a competitive rower, he does have a passion for rowing and considers himself more of a ‘fitness’ rower than mere recreational rower. Bob currently lives in Morristown.

Peter Brina, vice president, was inspired to join Fordham Crew by his brother who was 2 years ahead of him and who joined crew in his freshman year. At Fordham Paul rowed for 4 years with two summers rowing for NYAC. In his Senior year at Fordham, he was in the varsity lightweight eight and they placed 3rd at the Dad Vails. During his college rowing years he did sweeps and a very little bit of sculling at the NYAC.

Peter then took 39 years off, other than an occasional Fordham Alumni Row. In 2010 he took up the sport again, this time sculls instead of sweeps. He joined Nereid in the fall of 2012.

He wanted to join the Board because he felt It was time to give back to his club and his sport, and this opportunity presented itself at the right time. 

Ian Hawkins, treasurer, learned to row at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University a long time ago. He's rowed at City of Cambridge Rowing Club and Clyde Rowing Club in Glasgow. Ian has been a member of Nereid for over ten years. He's also a member of the Leander Club in the UK. Ian occasionally races a single, but mostly trains on the Passaic and helps out coaching the Nereid youth program when he can.   

Martin Bogue, secretary, Martin learned to row at Fordham quite a while ago, and rowed for the NY Athletic Club for two years after college.  Martin has been a member of Nereid for 4 years where he rows a single and occasionally jumps into the bigger boats when he finds Nereid friends with a high tolerance for boat-stopping crabs.  He joined the board in order to devote a bit more time to helping the club thrive and grow.  Martin resides in Chatham, NJ with his wife Eileen (also a member) and their 3 girls.

 

 

Kat Francis, captain, has been in and out of the Club for the last 10 year, starting her rowing career at Ridgewood High School.  She was already involved in cross country during the fall and swimming in the winter. She picked up rowing in the spring at Ridgewood Crew because she wanted to spend more time around the water. (Fun fact. Julian Canha initially  taught her to row.)  She found a true love in rowing, and rowed during the summers at Nereid. In high school Kat came in first at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in the Varsity Double. She then attended the University of Delaware, and rowed in the first Varsity eight. Kat has also been coaching at Nereid for over three years now while also attending Ramapo College.

Kat professes the importance of being a well-rounded person and athlete. She thinks that rowing teaches responsibility and independence. Kat’s favorite part of rowing is the feeling of flying that comes when a boat drives and glides in sync.

Eli Avizov, lieutenant, Eli is our reliable handyman. From carpentry, to plumbing to electrical there is virtually nothing this talented individual can't fix, install or build. More impressive though is his rowing prowess. Even at 76, he was not deterred and rowed for the first time in the Head of the Charles last year.  In 2015, he was honored by PRRA with a boat named for him.  For more on background on Eli's accomplished life, read the following link. Israeli and International Champion.

 

Julian Canha, programs director, got his first taste of rowing on an early morning in 2000 on the Seekonk River when his dad's four was short a coxswain. Having rowed competitively for Nereid, Montclair High School, and the University of Michigan; Julian has given up his personal competitive ambitions (for now) and channels them instead into the athletes he coaches.

Curtus Bezault, membership chair, Curtis rowed with Nereid's Collegiate Program for the past two summers. Curtis graduated from University of Illinois where he rowed and served as their club president for a couple of years. He has experience managing his team, drawing in new members, and raising funds from various sources including his school and town.

Madison Townley, member at large, I was very privileged to start my rowing career in 7th grade for Saratoga Rowing Association and rowed competitively with them until I graduated high school in 2010. I went on to row at George Washington University where I graduated in 2014. I took a 3 year break in from rowing, received my master's in athletic administration from Springfield College and moved back to DC. I moved to New Jersey in August of 2017 where I am the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Support Services at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan campus. Rowing has been a huge part of my life and shaped who I am as a person. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a board member to give back and be a part of that experience for others.