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July 23rd, 2014

Meet US Rowing’s Richard Butler July 31

Richard Butler

NEWBURGH - America Rows Newburgh, the scholarship-based rowing program of the Newburgh Rowing Club, and the Newburgh Jewish Community Center are pleased to present a joint event, entitled "Meet USRowing’s Richard Butler," on July 31st, at 6:00 pm, at the Newburgh JCC, 290 North Street, Newburgh.

USRowing is the governing body of the sport of rowing in America. Mr. Butler is the head of America Rows, the inclusion rowing program of the USRowing.

"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Butler to Newburgh, so that he can meet our rowers, both past and present, it is a very inspiring thing to have someone from your sport’s national governing body come to town," said Coach Ed Kennedy, Programs Director of the Newburgh Rowing Club. "We are thankful to the Newburgh Jewish Community Center for presenting this as a joint program."

Richard T. Butler has been the Inclusion Manager of USRowing since 2009.

His role as the Inclusion Manger is to develop and deliver an integrated national diversity strategy with demonstrable and measurable goals to increase the participation and membership of the physically disabled, visually impaired, blind, LGBT and ethnic, racial minorities in the sport of rowing.

He is an accomplished and results oriented diversity and inclusion leader with a cross functional and diverse background that includes business leadership, coaching and development.

Mr. Butler serves as the primary inclusion advisor for USRowing and provides strategic advice, counsel, resources and insights to diversity and inclusion related issues, especially as they pertain to developing and integrating diversity goals and strategies throughout the organization.

"I am delighted to come to Newburgh and meet the rowers of the Hudson Valley," said Mr. Butler. "I will be discussing the major expansion of the America Rows program starting soon, and ways that communities such as Newburgh can benefit from having an America Rows program."

Admission is free and the general public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Juliana LoBiondo, Director of America Rows Newburgh, at

(Note: due to some construction work at the Newburgh JCC, attendees should park along the driveway of the building or across the street at LoBiondo Law Offices, 275 North Street).

For more information on America Rows, visit

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