Grateful Oars Rowing Club adult members join at one of two levels: full membership or alternate membership. The minimum age for membership is 14. Persons between the ages of 14 and 18 may join with permission of parent or guardian. Anyone who seeks to house a personal boat in the GORC boathouse must be a member (Full or Alternate) and pay an additional fee for boat storage.
The Grateful Oars has a "try before you buy" policy of offering two free rows before a prospective member needs to pay full dues and join the club. A Learn to Row program is available for those who have never experienced rowing before.
Full members are assigned to one or more regular crews that row once per week. Although there is no limit to the number of crews one may row with on a regular basis, the need to accommodate all full members' minimum rows, boat availability, and members' personal schedules combine typically for a practical limit of one or two rows per week. Members of the racing crew may row more often when training for a regatta. At a minimum, full members are assured of one regularly scheduled rowing session per week.
Alternates form the core of the substitutes list, but are not assigned a regular row. Alternates may actually row often, as full members will miss a row now and then. The more flexible the alternate member's schedule, the more he or she will be able to row when called.
Annual membership costs are as follows:
The membership fee is good for one year, payable in the spring.