The Henry Zietlow NWIRA Jr Mens 1x Memorial Trophy

The Twin Cities rowing community is proud to have successfully sponsored a memorial in honor of Henry Zietlow. Through collections on this page, and donations off-line, Henry's Award Trophy for the NWIRA Regatta has now been fully funded. News updates will continue to be added to this site.  Thank you to everyone for your support, tributes, and love.

Katya Reimann for the Zietlow and Risser families

The memorial will take the form of the NWIRA trophy for Junior Men's Single, which has not had a dedicated trophy in past years. Henry was a valued member of the Minnesota rowing community, and he will be greatly missed. This memorial aims to ensure his legacy, created with the hope to inspire young rowers and honor Henry's memory for many years to come.

The North West International Rowing Association is a regional association of Canadian and American rowing clubs of the Upper Mid-Western United States and Western Canada. Dating from 1885, it has held its Championship Regatta for 115 years.   More information is available at:

NWIRA Championship Regatta 

Sculptor William Reimann has been selected to create a bronze figure of Henry for the trophy.  Mr. Reimann's credentials include creating the Sy Cromwell Memorial Trophy, presented annually to the winners of the Head of the Charles Men's Championship Doubles.

Specs: the height of the final trophy is not to exceed 32" (81.28 cm). This dimension will include both the statue and a wooden base, which will accommodate 50 name plaques for the trophy's annual presentation.

If you would like to see an image of Will's Sy Cromwell Trophy, it can be accessed at:

Head of the Charles Regatta Trophies 

If you are interested in learning more about William Reimann's work, his website can be accessed at:

William P. Reimann 

The trophy will be presented for the first time at the 116th NWIRA Championship Regatta, held this year at Rabbit Lake, Kenora, Ontario, Canada, August 23-24 (Friday, Saturday), 2019.


The NWIRA trophies are cased when not on display. The Henry Zietlow Memorial Trophy has been commissioned with a rigid custom storage case to preserve the statue's more delicate features.  The size of the case being sufficient for a substantial plaque, room has been made (planned for the case's front) to provide donor attributions (as desired).  

In keeping with Henry's spirit,  the first 120 donors will be acknowledged (alphabetically) on this plaque.  Any donor contributing an amount exceeding $100 may have the option of including a second line of text below their name, not to exceed 30 characters. We are not trying to be complicated here, but the impact Henry's tragic passing has had on his friends and family is such that we thought a personalized remembrance would be appropriate.

Please feel free to leave your donation anonymously on this page. The administrators will contact individual donors privately when the time comes to finalize the memorial attributions.


This fundraiser is backed by Jaymie Korman & others among the Twin Cities Rowing Community, and was  formulated and proposed to the NWIRA committee independently from the Risser Zietlow family's memorials.  Funds raised (if any) above the artist's expenses will be returned. Please pass this information on to all of us in Henry's large circle of friends, admirers, and supporters.

Henry's family has approved this project in their son's memory.

Please address questions or concerns to Jaymie Korman at <[email redacted]>.


The GoFundMe platform is free. A standard transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 per donation allows for credit card processing and safe transfer of funds.  No tip is necessary or encouraged.

Any funds generated for this project will be handled by Katherine Gardner, with oversight by Jaymie Korman and Sarah Risser.

Corrections, updates, and amendments to follow.


  • Nancy Wildes
    • $50 
    • 4 yrs


Katya Reimann
St. Paul, MN

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