ORC is now is classified as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to it are deductible from Federal Income Tax to the extent permitted by law. The club is also registered as a charitable organization by the Florida Department of Consumer Services.
ORC is an organizational member of USRowing, the national governing body of the sport and a charter member of the Florida Masters Rowing Association. ORC members compete in over 10 USRowing-sponsored regattas annually. ORC members have won national championships and regional races, bringing recognition to the club and the local rowing community in general. Recent notable wins include: 2009 Master’s Nationals in Camden, N.J., (Women’s 8+ Silver Medalists); 2009 Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Mass., (Women’s 8+ Sixth Place finish); 2009 Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn., (Women 8+ Gold Medalists); 2010 Master’s Nationals in Camden, N.J., (Women’s 8+ Gold Medalists); 2010 FISA World Rowing Masters in St. Catharines, Canada (Women’s 8+ Gold Medalists); 2010 Head of the Charles, Cambridge, Mass., (Women’s 8+ Seventh Place finish); 2010-2011 Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn., (Women 8+ Gold Medalists); and 2010-2012 Head of the Hooch All Team Points trophy.
Consistent with its corporate charter, ORC is organized to operate a rowing club that supports and develops amateur athletes for local, national or international rowing competition, fosters amateur rowing through education and instruction, implements effective educational programs, sports training principles and strategies, hires qualified athletes or professionals to develop programs or to teach rowing, and conducts such other activities that are consistent with the organization’s charitable purposes.
ORC is run by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership annually and governed by its Bylaws. With an annual budget of approximately $85,000 and assets of approx. $153,000 (mostly equipment), Membership fees cover the costs of club-sponsored events, maintaining existing equipment, and purchasing new equipment so that the club may offer its programs to a greater number of potential rowers. As of June 2012, ORC has approximately 100 dues-paying adult members (over age 18). These members represent a diverse group of rowing interests from recreational to competitive rowing, and all levels of experience. The club also offers limited memberships to college-age rowers who are home for the summer, as well as opportunities for rowers visiting from out of town to access club-owned equipment while in the area. A small portion of the boathouse space is subleased to a local youth rowing club with 40 participants.