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We have enjoyed a great summer and it’s hard to believe that the 2014 swim season is coming to an end. With the opening of Montgomery County schools, we are modifying our schedule to account for many of our kids going back to school this week, so please mark your calendars to show the following schedule of pool hours:
- Monday August 25 – Thursday August 28 – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Friday August 29 – 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Saturday August 30 – Sunday August 31 – 11:00 – 10:00 pm
- Monday September 1 (Labor Day) – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Tuesday Sept 2 – Friday Sept 5th – Pool Closed
- Saturday Sept 6th – Adult End of Season Party – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
- Sunday Sept 7th
- 1:00 Light Concessions
- 3:30 – 6:30 Rocklands Food Truck
- 6:00 – Everyone out of the pool
- 6:00- Doggie Dip (we will have some doggie treats)
- 6:45 – Clean up starts!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool!
The 2014 season has gotten off to a great start. Our membership numbers have increased over 2013 and that is very good news for all of us. We have received lots of positive comments on the modifications and improvements implemented this season, so thanks to everyone on the Board of Directors and volunteers for the hard work you have done.
Please join us on Saturday June 21st for the Wine and Cheese event starting at 7:30pm and show your support for the pool by purchasing our new line of Old Farm Pool merchandise!
We are looking for volunteers to help up with activities at the pool on July 4th. If you are interested, please contact Katie Tietgen, our Director for Social Events.
Just to quickly review a few item that have come to our attention and we ask for your support.
– You are welcome to use the shallow area of the pool while FINS students are there for morning classes. If it becomes crowded, FINS will shift to the area under the portable guard chair.
– We are eliminating the 11:45am adult swim whistle to accommodate our members with young children and allow them more time in the water early in the day.
– The baby pool may not be used during swim meets. Although there are guards at pool, they are not on deck specifically watching baby pool.
– Please keep all food and beverages in the grassed or patio area or in close proximity to the tables. There should be no food or beverage on the deck and certainly not in the water. Please put all trash and recyclables in the conveniently located containers around the pool area.
– We remind you that there is also no eating in baby pool area and no deck furniture in baby pool.
– We ask our parents with kids on the swim team, please help clean up the team area after meets so that we can re-open the pool for all our members after meets end as quickly as possible.
Looking forward to seeing you at the pool!
The opening week of our 50th season of operations at Old Farm has been a great success. The weather over Memorial Day was perfect, the water is nice and…….refreshing!!!
The Wifi is now working at the pool, you can now access the internet from the pool deck and we have added a signal booster so that there should be a strong signal everywhere on deck. The guards will give you the password so that you can log on.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool
The two pools in the Greater Farmland community, Old Farm and Tilden Woods, have been a source of fun, relaxation and excitement in the community for many, many years.
As presidents of our respective pools, we wanted to remind the communities and our membership that the long tradition of membership exchange days continues. On Tuesdays and Thursdays members from each pool can enjoy the amenities at the other pool as if you were a member.
The process is simple. When you get to the front desk at either pool, sign in on the membership log and just indicate which pool you’re from when visiting the other.
We really look forward to our membership taking advantage of the opportunity to spend time with their friends at the other pool and enjoy all but the neighborhood has to offer.
Wishing you a wonderful summer,
Bruce Kay and David Sukinik
There are lots of changes we know you are going to like for the 2014 season and lots of programs that will be returning. Please read all the mailings that we have been sending so that you can participate. It is still not too late to sign up for the Early Bird Membership rates!!
Our lifeguard staff is ready to start and will be working hard the next few weeks to set up the pool. We have already drained and scrubbed the pool and have started refilling it.
If you have time during the next few weekends and would like to come up and help with setting up, beautifying the area or lending a hand, please let us know as there is lots to do.
We are constructing a ramp allowing easy access from the parking lot to the front of the pool house. We will be continuing the early morning Master Swim Program. We are adding all kinds of new swim programs, triathalon training, swim lessons and lots of activities to celebrate our 50th year of providing a great place to spend the summer.
If you would like to help volunteer to support the annual July 4th events at the pool, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Board of Directors has been working very hard to provide fun activities and great facilities for our summer enjoyment.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool!
Mark your calendars for Swim and Dive registration night:
- When: Thursday May 1, 2014
- Time: 7-8:30pm
- Where: Farmland Elementary School All-Purpose Room (cafeteria)
Aardvark Swim and Sport will have suits on hand for purchase. Same exact swimsuit as last year (TYR Asteroid navy/red). Swim Team Head Coach Ali Benjamin and FINS Program Director Nick Kaufman will be present to answer questions.
We are proud to announce that Michelle Mangano has accepted our offer to be the Coach of Old Farm dive this season. She is wonderful with the kids, patient and knowledegable.
We will also have 2014 pool membership registration available the same evening.
Have a green thumb?
Like to do gardening?
Want to help us at the pool?
We are looking for volunteers to form a committee to help us with gardening at the pool as we get ready for the new season. We have already hired a contractor to remove all the leaves from the pool area and gutters, so we need a few people to help us with plantings and other gardening chores. We have a budget for gardening and are looking for a committee to help us beautify the pool area. If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool!
Hopefully the worst of the winter is behind us and we can start looking forward to an exciting and event-filled summer at Old Farm Pool. By now all of you should have received your 2014 Membership Invoices offering you the opportunity to take advantage of our popular Early Bird payment program. This year we have also included the ability to pay online with a credit card. There is a fee associated with this method, but for some, I know it may be more convenient than paying by check. If you have not received your invoice or you had difficulty opening the email with your dues information, please contact either Mike Morper (our Director for Information Technology), or John Hudalla (our Director for Membership) firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the opening day gets closer, we will be asking for volunteers to help us with spring cleaning, we hope you will be able to spare some time on a few upcoming weekends to come up to the pool and pitch in with some gardening work or leaf removal or other spring cleaning chores.
Looking forward to seeing you at the pool.
The 2013 season for Old Farm Swim & Paddle Tennis Club was very successful on many levels. We continued and expanded several programs including Water Aerobics and Master Swimmer training as well as the FINS program that were strongly supported and attended by our members. Additionally, we saw in increase in the number of adults using the lap lanes for individual swimming fitness. These programs will continue in 2014, with modifications based on lessons learned, and we hope to include other activities including the newly renovated volleyball, basketball, and shuffleboard areas. We also look forward to additional activities for the kids, including use of our new tot lot, paid for with donations from our members and corporate sponsors, allowing us to continue to be the place to spend our summer. Shortly after we closed the pool for the season, we installed a brick walkway from the foot-wash to the tot lot. The walkway includes the bricks purchases as donations to the tot lot. We plan to continue brick sales and add the donation bricks to the walkway every season. You can buy a donated brick via this link, which is still live: https://www.bricksrus.com/order/oldfarmbricks.
Georgetown Aquatics once again provided us pool management and guard operations this season, and we received many compliments about the quality of our managers and staff. We will continue to work with Georgetown Aquatics to insure we receive the highest quality staff to provide a safe and healthy pool environment for 2014.
We welcomed twenty four (24) new Continuing families this season including six (6) families that were temporary families last year, and three (3) families who have rejoined after retiring memberships, as well as eighteen (18) new Temporary Memberships that we hope will become full members in 2014. This healthy increase is due primarily to the tireless efforts of Board Member Pat May. Our chief priority for 2013 was to increase membership in order to offset members who were planning on retiring their memberships this season. Pat certainly got the word out. Among the innovative activities he undertook, he reached out to new neighbors as soon as the moving trucks pulled away and contacted current members who were undecided on whether or not to join, convincing almost all to continue their memberships. As part of his responsibilities this year, Pat continued his involvement with the process of following through once new members joined, ensuring that we had current contact information in the pool’s database, enabling us to validate membership payments and to ensure accurate information for both electronic and regular mailing.
A challenge we face every year is providing a lifeguard staff that is motivated, well-trained, and focused on the huge responsibility of keeping our members and guests safe. They also must maintain our facilities and equipment to the standards that make us all proud to come to the pool. To enhance the safety of our members, we added a defibrillator at the pool to the equipment available to provide emergency response if needed. Georgetown Aquatics has that responsibility, allowing Board members to focus on other aspects of pool operations. Dave Ohlrich, our Board Member for Lifeguard and Pool Operations, did a great job working closely with Georgetown Aquatics and serving as the liaison between the guards and the Board of Directors, helping to identify and correct issues so that the pool could continue to run smoothly. Our managers for the 2013 season were responsive and proactive to all the many activities and situations that we saw this summer and responded professionally and courteously in every occasion.
Among the major reasons that people join and retain their memberships at Old Farm Pool is the varied and active social programs sponsored by the pool. The strong support from our membership demonstrates that the Club is an important part of our community summer activities, with events such as the Wine and Cheese tastings, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th celebrations, closing weekend events, and the extra open weekend events after the official closing of the pool. Marla Caplon and Amantha Linkie, our Board Members for Social Activities and Concessions, worked tirelessly to coordinate all the pool-sponsored social events. Marla, Amantha, and their team of volunteers made every event a special occasion, whether it was a Saturday morning swim meet – where bagels, hot coffee and an assortment of healthy foods were available, or the closing weekend barbecue. Marla and Amantha were involved in every detail, ensuring that there was plenty for everyone, and everything served was prepared within the guidelines established by Montgomery County for food service.
When we come up to the pool, we pay attention to items like how nice the water looks or how the guards are performing their duties. What we sometimes forget to notice are the other aspects of the pool that are important, but oftentimes overlooked, such as operational phones, wireless internet access at the pool, the website with latest information on pool events, and the tracking of new members to ensure that they are included in the “MailChimp,” “SurveyMonkey,” and website mailings. Pat May also serves as our Board Member for Business Development and Technical Issues and plays a critical part in tracking these items, helping to increase visibility of the pool in an effort to make the pool much more than just a place to go swimming during the summer. Pat’s efforts have not only provided our membership with the latest technology and comforts (like internet access), but these technologies have also allowed us to reduce our expenses by using e-mail and website notifications rather than “snail mail” to conduct invoicing and keep everyone current on pool activities.
Our swim team oversight was lead by Board Members Jay Matson and Griff Lindsay. I don’t think it is possible to count the hours that Jay and Griff have dedicated to working swim team issues. Their efforts are truly a year-round effort. 2013 was a strong season for our swim team with membership up to 120 swimmers. This year we incorporated our coaches from the FINS program, and that proved to be a great success, bringing renewed interest in the swim team and complements from our swim team parents, who were all very happy with the improvements. We are already in discussion with FINS to confirm their return for the 2014 season. We finished second in Division “K” with an impressive 4-1 record for dual swim meets and a second place showing at the relay carnival. We will be moving up to Division “J” in 2014. Many of our swim team parents have told me how happy they were with the direction we are taking with our swim programs. In addition to his duties as a swim team representative, Griff also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. In that capacity he serves as a close advisor and, in my absence, has the authority to act as my direct representative. Jay also serves as the Recording Secretary on the Board of Directors, responsible for preparing and maintaining files of the minutes of the monthly meetings.
Let me take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who support our Swim and Dive teams, whether it is helping with concessions, serving as a trained official helping with referee duties, starting, judging stroke and turns or dives, or volunteering to be a timer, runner, ribbon writer, announcer or clerk-of-course, the swim team does not work without your help. It takes lots of volunteers to help run each meet, and we encourage everyone to keep volunteering because we can’t do it without you!
Our Board Member responsible for special programs is Suzanne Stack. Suzanne is responsible for coordinating the return of the successful Master Swimmer and the Water Aerobics programs. These very popular programs were great fun for the participants, and we look forward to being able to provide them in future years. In fact, the Master Swimmer program was so successful that we again extended it for two additional weeks so that participants could continue training until the end of August. Suzanne also serves as the Board liaison to the volunteer committee raising funds through the “buy-a-brick” program, as well as several other efforts, for the purchase of the tot lot that we installed this season to improve the pool experience for our very young members. As I mentioned, we will continue the brick sales to continue to raise funds in support of programs to improve the pool experience.
Board Member Ed Rich has responsibility for Grounds Maintenance and is in charge of coordinating our lawn services and landscaping as well as arranging for spring deliveries of sand for the volleyball area, mulch for the vegetation around the pool, and many of the plants on the pool deck and hanging from the pool house.
Connie Jacobson is our Board Member responsible for the Dive Team and coordinating the dedicated volunteers supporting dive meets and practices. We had a strong season. Our dive team membership includes 23 divers, several of whom placed extremely high in the divisional meet for their age groups, including two 2nd place finishes. Our coaching staff did an excellent job motivating our young divers and keeping interest high in the team. As we look forward to the 2014 season, we look to increase the number of divers actively participating on the team.
Previously, I mentioned the large amount of behind-the-scenes work necessary to keep the pool running efficiently. Rob Follit, our Treasurer and Board Member responsible for maintenance operations, voluntarily took on several projects this past season. Rob was responsible for the expanding of the basketball court to a full half-court area. He added the new volleyball net and framing equipment and spent untold hours buffing and grinding the concrete and preparing the shuffleboard court to bring it to competition level as well as leading the effort to plant new shrubbery along the fence line adjacent to the parking lot. As treasurer on the Board of Directors, Rob is responsible for coordinating the development of the annual operating budget and holds each of the members of the Board responsible for staying within budget.
Once the pool closes in September, it is time for Board Member Scott Speier to swing into action with his responsibilities for Paddle Tennis. Scott initiated an effective e-mail campaign to encourage use of the courts, and we are registered with the American Paddle Tennis Association in an effort to encourage league play. Due to Scott’s efforts, we have recently completed a replacement of the paddle tennis lighting that will improve the quality of play, and he is coordinating for other repairs to the facility to keep our courts competitive with other courts in the area. Additionally, we plan to increase paddle tennis activities and paddle-only memberships in order to encourage more league games. We also hope to eventually activate our under-deck heaters and incorporate a warm-up facility to make us more competitive with the Country Clubs that include paddle tennis. We have arranged a Paddle Tennis Expo/Movie Night event on Friday November 8 (starting @ 7 PM), so come on by to check it out and enjoy the party. Scott also works closely with Rob as part of the tree removal/power lawn tool committee!
With the long hours involved in volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors, there comes a time when you need to step back and let others step in and take charge. We will be saying good bye to several long-serving members who will retire from the Board in November. Our retiring Board members are Marla Caplon, Jay Matson, Pat May, Ed Rich and Connie Jacobson. Each of these people have dedicated untold hours to supporting the pool. We will miss their active participation on the Board, but we know that they will all continue to support the pool…and will be able to do so from the comfort of their lounge chairs as they enjoy the summer activities at the pool. Thank you all for a great job!!!
In recent years we have renovated the patio area, purchased replacement tents, and continued the process of replacing our aging umbrellas and chairs. We received many complements about these upgrades and will complete the deck furniture upgrade with new “sand chairs” around the baby pool for the start of the 2014 season. We installed a handicap access chair lift and added access stairs to the shallow end of the pool, allowing those with difficulty full access to the main pool. We completed a white-coat of the entire pool surface that should last for up to ten years. We are also beginning the planning process for the construction of a ramp from the parking lot to the front entrance of the pool building, enabling easier entrée for our members pushing strollers or for those who are challenged by stairs.
As we look forward to the 2014 season, we will be focusing on the fact that Old Farm Pool opened in 1964. 2014 will be our 50th year of operation!! We will be planning several events to recognize this milestone, and we are looking for volunteers to help us plan and participate in events.
To close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the privilege you have provided me to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for another year. I continue to be impressed by the increasing number of volunteers that offer to step in to participate and lead in pool activities. Each of us serving on the Board has asked for volunteers to help run the many activities, and we always have people offering to do more. It is this volunteerism that the members of the Board look for as we look ahead for future members to serve on the Board. The true meaning of “community” is displayed by each of you, and it is an honor to be part of such a wonderful group of neighbors and friends.
Thank you again,
Bruce G. Kay, President
Dear Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club Members,
Labor Day marked the close of the very successful 2012 swim season at Old Farm Pool. Many people enjoyed the closing day events, including fund raising for the tot-lot (please consider purchasing a brick as part of the fund raising efforts for the tot lot (https://www.bricksrus.com/order/oldfarmbricks), barbeque lunch for all, adult liquid refreshments and our four-legged friends dip in the pool. I want to thank all members who helped store the deck furniture for the winter – we finished quickly and locked the gate by 7:15 pm.
We are now opening our Platform Tennis Season. There has been a great amount of interest in the sport. Please watch for announcements in the near future about upcoming paddle tennis events, including exhibition matches, lessons and league opportunities.
In the upcoming months the Board of Directors will be working on many projects that will help provide our members an improved experience at the pool in 2013. Our major projects include:
- Installing a new white coat in both pools
- Installing stairs and handrails in the shallow end of the main pool for easy access and to allow parents to comfortably sit and watch their young children in the pool
Our smaller projects include:
- Cleaning up/replacing shrubbery
- Tree work
- General maintenance of the pool house
- General maintenance of the pool facility
Many of our projects are performed by volunteers from our membership. Volunteers allow us to avoid using your membership dues to perform routine tasks and help to stretch our budget as far as possible. We are always looking for help from our membership, and your hard work will directly benefit you, your family and your friends. Please consider donating a couple of hours to benefit everyone at the pool.
Members have also asked about joining the Board of Directors in order to participate in our club’s management. We welcome those of you who are willing to dedicate time and experience to the Board. If you are interested, please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com or call me at 301-980-9378. Elections for new Board Members will be held at our General Membership meeting in November.
Lastly, I want to thank all of our current members of the Board of Directors. Each of them has done a magnificent job this season balancing work, family, and pool events to make Old Farm Pool the great place that it is.
Thanks again to everyone for a great 2012.