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Labor Day 2017 at Old Farm

Hello Old Farm Members,

It’s hard to believe that our last weekend of operations for 2017 is upon us. Here is some information about Labor Day weekend at Old Farm.

Our hours for the weekend will be as follows:
Saturday 11-10
Sunday 11-10
Labor Day Monday (last day) 11-6

On Labor Day at 6 PM, we will have our annual Doggie Dip. At that time, we will also be moving all of the deck furniture to inside the guard shack for winter storage. We ask all able-bodied members to please stick around and help with that effort. We would greatly appreciate it.

One last reminder: Please keep your membership cards in a safe place for use in 2018! You can keep using them year after year. This will make things easier for everyone.

Thank you for being a member in 2017. As a community pool with a relatively small membership, we count on each of you for your support every year. We hope you had as much fun as we did. On to planning for 2018!

Regards,

John Hudalla
President
Old Farm Pool

A Note About Youths Loitering at Faith United Methodist Church

We have received word from our neighbors at Faith United Methodist Church that groups of youths have been congregating in the outdoor chapel on the church’s property, which is just down the stairs at the back of the pool’s parking lot.  At night, church members have found the youths drinking alcohol and smoking, and sometimes the youths leave bottles, cans, and other litter in their wake.

We share the church’s concern about unattended youths congregating at night.  We also are concerned about the mess that they leave behind.  Parents, please talk to your children about respecting the church’s (and the pool’s) property.  We also encourage anyone witnessing these activities to immediately report the behavior to the Montgomery County Police Non-Emergency line, which is 301-279-8000.  No one should be congregating on the church’s or the pool’s property after operating hours, so if you see cars in our parking lot at night, please call.

Thank you for your cooperation.

A New Pavilion for 2017!

Apr 2, 2017   //   by President   //   News, Notes from the President  //  No Comments

We are excited to introduce our new pavilion!

It measures 14 feet x 30 feet, and it replaces the canopy structure that we had near the grills. We constructed this pavilion after hearing feedback that our members would like to see something more substantial and visually pleasing. I’m sure you will agree this is a welcome addition to the club.

The Board would like to express our great thanks to the following folks who made major contributions to the pavilion project.

Old Farm member Chris Scango generously donated materials and the services of his company, Capitol Hardscapes, to provide the concrete footers that are the foundation of the pavilion. While his crew was at the pool, they also repaired a number of loose stones in the deck and in the retaining walls. If you would like to repair or add stonework in your yard, please give Capitol Hardscapes a call. Thank you, Chris.

Another Old Farm member, Danielle Bennett of Danielle Bennett Photography, took it upon herself to raise funds for the pavilion project. She raised and donated $470 through the sale of Old Farm cups and photo sessions. If you have photography needs, please give Danielle a call. Thank you, Danielle.

In another improvement to our facilities, the poolhouse roof, gutters, and downspouts were replaced during the off-season. Although our insurance proceeds from the May 2016 hail storm covered much of the work, Kris Konstruction provided certain upgrades that were not within the scope of the insurance proceeds. For example, Kris Konstruction donated gutter guards and some of our downspouts. And, as you may know, Kris Konstruction also sponsored Old Farm activities in 2016. Please contact Kris Konstruction for all of your window, roofing, siding, and building needs. Thank you, Kris Konstruction.

Finally, our 2017 membership drive is in full swing. Please see oldfarmpool.org/membership for details on how to join or rejoin. We are a small club, and we really count on your memberships to keep the club going. Thank you for keeping this great community tradition alive. If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact our membership volunteers, Lindsay Jauss and Amy Ruther, at membership@oldfarmpool.org.

Regards,

John Hudalla
President
Old Farm Pool

2017 Membership Campaign Begins This Week!

Mar 12, 2017   //   by President   //   Notes from the President  //  No Comments

So, you thought that you could get through the entire winter without snow….think again. But there’s a great way to keep warm, sunny weather in focus: Join Old Farm Pool for the 2017 season! You’ll be doing the backstroke and hanging out your friends and family before you know it. (I promise!)

We will be starting our membership campaign this week, so keep an eye on your email inbox for details on how to join. We have a lot of exciting things planned for the 2017, and one of them looks like this:

We will provide more details about our new pavilion in an upcoming newsletter, but in the meantime we’d like to thank a lot of people who have been working behind the scenes to make it happen. I am looking at you Danielle Bennett Photography and Capitol Hardscapes!

Look for an email from us later this week with details on how you can sign up early for the 2017 season and save a few bucks in the process.

Regards,

John Hudalla
President
Old Farm Pool

2016 Annual Membership Meeting Announcement

Dear Old Farm Swim and Paddle Members:

The ANNUAL MEETING of the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club will be held at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday November 16, 2016, at the Farmland Elementary School Multipurpose Room.  The Board of Directors encourages you to attend this important annual meeting.

There are three important issues on the November 16th agenda:

1. New Board of Directors Election

First is the election of new members to our Board of Directors.  We urge you to participate using the electronic voting system described below.  The nominating committee proposes the election and/or re-election of the following candidates to fill four Director vacancies and three Nominating Committee seats:

Slate of Candidates for the Board of Directors

  • John Hudalla* – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019
  • Jen Cheney – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019
  • Lindsay Jauss – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019
  • Missy Maloney – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019

*Current Board Member

Slate of Candidates for the 2017 Nominating Committee

  • Marla Caplon**
  • Pat May**
  • Bruce Kay**

**Current member of Nominating Committee

Very shortly, all Continuing Members will receive an email message that will include instructions and a link to the website where you will vote for the slate of candidates recommended by the Nominating Committee.  We ask that you please vote before the General Membership meeting.

2. Review of 2016 swim and paddle tennis season

Second on the agenda will be a review of the 2016 swim and paddle tennis season.

Georgetown Aquatics continued to provide us pool management and guard operations this season, and we received many compliments about the quality of our managers and staff as they enforced the pool rules.  In particular, we are grateful for the good work of Mark Kibuuka, who managed the pool staff very effectively during the 2016 season.  We intend to continue our relationship with Georgetown Aquatics in 2017.

In response to a referendum of the membership, the board voted to install pool water heaters in 2016.  By all accounts, the heaters effectively took the edge off of the early season chill, so we had stable and comfortable water temperatures throughout the season.  The board has set the water temperature such that the water is warm enough to be comfortable and refreshing, but not so warm that physical activities such as lap swimming are adversely affected.

In 2016, the board also procured a customized pool cover for off-season use which is now installed. The cover is intended to keep leaves and debris out of the pool during the off-season. Our intent is that this will make pre-season cleaning easier and more effective, because leaves have a tendency to stain the pool whitecoating when they sit in the water during the off-season. Because pre-season cleaning should be easier and less stressful to the whitecoating, we are expecting the cover will extend the life of our whitecoating. This is important, because replacement of the whitecoating is one of the most expensive periodic maintenance items incurred by the Club.

We additionally performed a comprehensive overhaul and upgrade of our platform tennis courts in 2016.  This included resurfacing of both courts, lining both courts with platform tennis and pickleball regulation boundaries, replacement of all screens, and installation of locking snowboards.

During the 2016 season, we were privileged to have many new members join us, and we welcome them to our community.  Although our financial situation remains stable, our overall membership numbers dropped slightly from 2015, which resulted in lower revenue for 2016.  As a result of this revenue decline, the board deferred some planned capital improvements during 2016, thus maintaining our balanced budget for the year.  The Board also continues to explore alternative ways of generating income.  The final membership numbers for 2016 were as follows:  

Continuing: 186
Sustaining: 45
Temporary: 52
Total: 283

The Old Farm Swim and Dive Teams had great success in 2016.  Our Swim Team won its division and will be competing in a higher division in 2017.  Our coaching has been provided by the dynamic FINS Swimming program for the last four years, and the team’s ascent is directly attributable to FINS.  We are currently renegotiating our contract with FINS for the 2017 season.  The Dive Team had a huge uptick in participation and ended up having one of its best seasons in recent memory by finishing second overall in Division IV.  The Board is in the process of searching for the dive team coaching staff for 2017.

During the 2016 season, we again had several special programs operating at Old Farm Pool:

  • FINS Swimming provided swimming lessons
  • Wet Yet? Fitness provided water aerobics
  • Coach Dorrer provided triathlon training
  • Tollefson Swimming provided masters swimming

We expect that all of these programs will be returning in the 2017 season.

The pool hosted the following social events in 2016:

  • Annual Wine & Cheese Party
  • Fourth of July Celebration (in conjunction with the Greater Farmland Civic Association)
  • Oktoberfest
  • Numerous Friday Night Food Trucks

We also had planned to host a kickoff party before the beginning of the 2016 season, but it was canceled due to rain.

In 2016, the Club launched a pickleball-only membership for those who are not already full club members or paddle-tennis-only members.  The pickleball-only membership has proven to be a great success, with 30 members joining.  

The platform tennis season is set to commence on November 1 on our fully renovated courts.  All are invited to play, and we hope to schedule beginner programs in the near future.  Please watch for our e-mails.

3. Review potential capital improvement projects

Third on the agenda will be a discussion about the future capital projects and expenditures that are being considered by the Board.  These projects include:

  1. Installing a pavilion on the north patio (near the grills) to replace the existing tent structure
  2. Baby pool replacement/enhancements
  3. Parking lot resurfacing/enlargement (to accommodate additional pickleball courts)
  4. Removal of sand volleyball court and potential installation of multi-sport surface.

These potential upgrades to the pool facilities are costly, but will provide improved services that we believe our members want.  We will discuss these items as well as how to pay for them at the November General Membership meeting, so we ask that you attend and let us know what you think.

The Board has already approved the resurfacing of the diving boards and the replacement of the pool house roof for completion prior to the 2017 season.  The roof replacement is being funded by insurance proceeds related to damage incurred from the May 2, 2016, hailstorm.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank all members of the Board of Directors for volunteering countless hours during the 2016 season.  I would especially like to thank Dave Ohlrich, Dan Rudolph, and Katie McDermott, who will be leaving the Board as of November 30, 2016.  Here were the Board members’ areas of responsibility for the 2016 season.

  • Buildings & Grounds: Rob Follit, Tom Walsh
  • Dive Team: David Markert
  • Guard Liaison: John Hudalla, Dave Ohlrich, Cindy Zelaya
  • Long Range Planning: David Markert, Mike Morper
  • Maintenance: Rob Follit, Scott Speier
  • Membership: Amy Ruther, Tom Walsh
  • Merchandise: Amantha Linkie, Cindy Zelaya
  • Paddle Tennis, Pickleball: Scott Speier, Tom Walsh, Rob Follit
  • Pool Operations: John Hudalla, Dave Ohlrich
  • Social/Private Parties: Katie McDermott, Amantha Linkie, Scott Speier
  • Special Programs (Masters/Water Aerobics): Cindy Zelaya, Amy Ruther
  • Swim Team: Dan Rudolph, Amantha Linkie
  • Technology and Website: Mike Morper

The officers of the Club for 2016 (as elected by the Board of Directors) were as follows:

  • President: John Hudalla
  • Vice President: Amantha Linkie
  • Secretary: Dan Rudolph
  • Treasurer: Rob Follit

I also would like to thank the following people for their contributions during the 2016 season:

  • Swim Team A Reps: Dan & Jenn Rudolph
  • Swim Team B Rep: Liz Hayes
  • Dive Team Rep: Connie Jacobson
  • Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant to the Board: Shannon Dietrich

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting!

Regards,

John A. Hudalla
President
Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club, Inc.

End of the 2016 Season

We’ve quickly come to the end of another great summer at Old Farm Pool. Many thanks to the countless volunteers who have helped organize and run our events and operations.

Pool Hours for the Rest of the Season

The last day of the 2016 season is Labor Day–Monday, September 5. Starting on Monday, August 29, our operating hours will change for the rest of the season, as follows:

Monday, August 29–Thursday, September 1   4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, September 2   4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, September 3   11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, September 4   11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Labor Day (Monday, September 5)   11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Labor Day Activities

On Labor Day, we will have concessions available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition, the Pizza Brama food truck will be returning to Old Farm from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM. At 6:00 PM, we will whistle the close of the 2016 season and make room for the dogs for our annual doggie dip. Also at that time, we will be asking for your help to collect and move the deck furniture into the pool house for the winter. We hope to see you there!

Mark Your Calendars for Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8

We will be having our third annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 PM. This year, we’re excited to have a great local band, Driven to Clarity, providing the music. If you purchased tickets to our Rockin’ 2016 Kickoff Party (which was canceled due to weather), and you did not receive a refund, your tickets will be honored at this event. Otherwise, tickets are on sale here. This event is open to non-members, as well, so invite your friends!

Last Call for Lost-and-Found

Please be sure to check the lost-and-found before the end of the season. As always, we have a large number of items. We will be donating or disposing of these items at the end of the season.

Fun at the Club doesn’t have to stop on Labor Day!

All continuing and temporary members are invited to try out our pickleball and paddle tennis courts to see if they might like these games. Our active and growing number of pickleballers will be playing through the Fall and into the Winter, weather permitting. The paddle tennis season starts in October and generally goes through April. There is no additional charge for pickleball or paddle tennis if you are already a member of the Club. For further information on pickleball, please contact Rob Follit; for paddle tennis, please contact Scott Speier.

We’ll see you at the pool!

John Hudalla

Mid-July 2016 Update

Jul 10, 2016   //   by President   //   News, Notes from the President  //  No Comments

Greetings, Old Farm Members!

It’s hard to imagine we’re already approaching the halfway point of the pool season. Here are a few items of interest for July.

Kris Konstruction Happy Hour
Friday, July 15 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Our friends from Kris Konstruction will be sponsoring a happy hour at the pool this Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Kris will be providing the food and drink. If you don’t know Kris Konstruction, they are a company that specializes in hail damage repair. They have already replaced many of your neighbors’ roofs in Old Farm and North Farm. Kris representatives will be available to talk about working with your insurance company to potentially get a new roof as a result of the May 2nd hail storm. They can also set up a free no-obligation roof inspection. More information is available here.

Unattended Children

We’ve been noticing an uptick in children being left at the pool without supervision. Please remember that our rules require children 10 and under to be supervised by an adult at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

July 4th Recap

Despite cold and rainy weather, we had a great time at the pool on July 4th. In fact, our pool management company said we were the only pool they saw with a crowd on that day. Many thanks to all of the volunteers that made that day possible, but most especially to Katie Teitgen. I’m always impressed by the great patriotic spirit of our neighborhood on Independence Day!

Wedding Ring Found

We have an especially important item in our lost-and-found: a wedding ring. If you are missing a wedding ring, please e-mail me at president@oldfarmpool.org and describe what you’re missing.

Other Lost-and-Found

We have lots of other lost-and-found items, so please take a look at the lost-and-found rack to find your missing items. It’s located near the entrance door and in front of the check-in desk.

That’s it for July. I hope to see you at the pool!

Regards,

John Hudalla
President
Old Farm Pool

Mid-June 2016 Update

Jun 12, 2016   //   by President   //   News, Notes from the President  //  No Comments

Hello Old Farm Members,

We’re off to a great start to the 2016 season. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide a few reminders about our rules:

No Glass Containers.
Please transfer all liquids to plastic or aluminum containers. This is a Montgomery County regulation that we must enforce, or else we can be shut down by the County.

Increased Supervision of Water Guns.
We’ve seen increased use of water guns, and a corresponding need for our lifeguards to intervene when they are used. We ask parents to closely monitor your child’s use of water guns and to consider whether your child is responsible enough to use a water gun. Water guns should only be used within the pool, and not on the deck or between the deck and the pool. Lifeguards have discretion to confiscate water guns (or any other pool toys) if they are being used to the detriment of other members or during crowded times. Based on feedback we are receiving from the lifeguards, we may have to ban water guns if they continue to be a problem, so kindly help us keep water gun use well controlled.

Age Limit on Shuffleboard and Cornhole Equipment.
We’d like for all members and guests to be able to enjoy the amenities at the club. However, we have found that some of our youngest members have found alternative ways to enjoy our shuffleboard and cornhole equipment. Unfortunately, this has resulted in us having to completely replace the gear. As such, the Board has decided to implement an age limit on the use of shuffleboard and cornhole equipment; starting now, the equipment cannot be checked out by children younger than 13 years old. Kids under 13 years of age can still play, but we now require an adult to check out the equipment and to be present at all times. Thanks for your understanding.

In other news, masters swimming and water aerobics are just starting, so please see our website for more details if you are interested in these programs.

This Friday, we’re having another Food Truck Friday from 5:00-7:00 pm. Pizza Brama will be at the pool serving pizza, roasted appetizers, salads, and desserts from their wood-fired oven. Please see their menu here: www.pizzabrama.com.

See you at the pool!

John Hudalla

It’s Almost Opening Day!

Hello Old Farm Members,

We’ll be opening for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 28 at noon. Our operating hours can be found here. We are excited to introduce our new pool water heaters on that day. Considering our recent weather, the heaters will be a very welcome addition to the Club.

If you haven’t already renewed your membership for 2016, please do so now. Information on renewing your membership can be found here. You can also contact our membership chairs with questions at membership@oldfarmpool.org. We will again be using our electronic scan entry system at the front desk this year. If you need a new membership card, please ask the front desk attendant when you come to the Club. New members can likewise pick up their membership cards from the front desk.

Swim team practice begins on Tuesday, May 31, and dive team practice beings on Wednesday, June 1. If you haven’t signed your children up for these great summer activities, you can find information on swim team here and on dive team here.

The Swim Team will be conducting assessments on all swimmers interested in the Pre-Team and Little Eagles Programs prior to registration. Assessment sessions will be held June 6th-9th at either 4:45 pm or 5:45 pm. Please see the information here on how to sign up an an assessment.

The Dive Team is excited to have our own Jackie Jacobson as coach this year. We are also proud to announce that diving champion Kevin Burke will be conducing dive clinics for our team (included in your dive team registration fee) on 5 Saturdays throughout the season. We can’t wait to see him perform. More information can be found here.

Due to the recent weather, the upgrade to our paddle tennis courts has been at a standstill. With a little luck from Mother Nature, we are hoping that work will resume this week.

The Board of Directors has been working hard to ensure that 2016 is another great year at Old Farm. We look forward to seeing you starting Saturday!

Regards,

John Hudalla
President
Old Farm Swim & Paddle Tennis Club

P.S. Check our website soon for updates on masters swimming, water aerobics, and triathlon training for adults and kids.

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