In 1996, LGRC created a Club Logo to establish its identity on paper, signage, clothing, etc.
The insignia, shown here, was developed by a small team of Club members including Lynn Robinson who chaired the committee and Erik Anslinger who helped greatly to bring the historical perspective of the Club to the team. The execution of the graphic work was done by Ian Giblin.
The logo comprises a number of elements, which have significance to our history, our sport, and the vision we have of the future for our Club. These elements are:
A Club motto, which is clearly shown on the banner across the shield -- "Per Ardua Ad Meta", which is the Latin for “Through adversity to the goal”. In fact, the word “meta” literally defines the marker post or turning point at the end of a race course. The concept of a turning post in the sport of rowing dates back to the early 1900’s when many small boat races were conducted by rowing out to a stake, turning, and then rowing back so the crowd could see both the start and the finish. One of the most famous paintings by Thomas Eakins, who was an oarsman and an accomplished painter of the time, is called “Turning at the Stake” and depicts two oarsmen in a pair turning their craft half way through a race of this kind.
Clearly the motto has additional meaning for our Club, which struggled ahead to overcome the adversity of a disastrous fire. We also think of the adversity of training that our Juniors and Masters undergo to reach the goal of being winners on the water and for the Juniors being winners in their lives after they move on to college and their careers.
The rays of the rising sun evoke images of those early morning rows on still waters as the sun creeps over the horizon. Much heraldic significance is accorded to this image as it appears regularly upon shields of old to signify power and the source of energy and strength.
The shield emblazoned with rippling waters says a lot about our water-oriented sport in which the waters are not always flat. With waves shown in blue on white and reversed into white on blue we have the fundamental concept that perception is all in the eyes of the beholder. The rough waters can be seen as either something we have to overcome or as an advantage for us that others will have a tough time dealing with. We of course are proud to note we are moving into our seventeenth year by indicating for all time that we were established in 1979.
The committee judiciously decided to have properly-scaled Macon blade oars incorporated into the logo to reflect back on rowing tradition as we move forward with new technologies. Note that they are situated left over right as is the style for rigging single sculls in North America.
The shield itself stands for the indivisibility of the Club. We are one Club with complementary programs that benefit the diverse cross-section of our membership. Having said all of this about its components, the logo is in fact greater than the sum of its parts. It comes to stand for the perseverance and tenacity of the Club to succeed against all challenges. On a personal level, the logo will take on a significance to each member, which is unique and which evokes many fond memories of active involvement.
Art Monk , President, 1996