Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club was founded in 1989 when three Wenatchee Valley residents - Larry Tobiska, Elliot Scull and Bob Derry - began discussing the need for a place to store their rowing sculls along the Columbia River.
At the same time, the Chelan County PUD was considering tearing down the old Lindston barn near the foot of Ninth Street while the PUD built new waterfront parks. The three men asked the PUD to preserve the barn as a place to store boats and as a spot to launch boats. The PUD agreed and the club was born.
According to an 1989 story in The Wenatchee World, the club's original goals were to encourage rowing in the area and to hold competitions. The first officers were Scull, president; Tobiska, vice president; and Steve Crossland, secretary-treasurer.
That dock was put together with hammer and nail at Len Pugsley's waterfront home in East Wenatchee and then motored across the Columbia River to the Wenatchee side and the Ninth Street spot.
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Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 203 9th Street, P. O. Box 3925, Wenatchee, Washington 98807-3925