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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
It is hard to believe that the pool closes a week from today, on Monday, September 3rd. This has been a very good season for Old Farm Swim Club and to make sure that we end on a really high note, we have several important scheduled notes and we want to make sure that everyone marks their calendars.
Monday August 27th through Thursday August 30th – 3:00 pm – 8 pm.
Friday August 31st – 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday September 1st – 11:00am – 6:00pm (Pool closing early to prepare for Adult End of Summer Party)
Saturday September 1st – 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm – ADULT END OF SUMMER PARTY. Last chance to spend a relaxing and fun evening at the pool – Book the Babysitters now!!! Please sign up early for discount on entrance cost ($28 per person in advance – $30 at the door). Urban BBQ food, Margarita Machine, water races, dive and kayak competition and fun for all. We need to have advance sign-up of at least 40 people for us to have this event, so please let us know if you plan to attend.
Sunday September 2nd – 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday September 3rd (LABOR DAY) – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Final whistle. Picnic lunch with “cocktail hour” for adults. After the water is cleared of members at 6:00pm we will have the annual doggy dip. Bring your pets up for the final swim from 6:00 until 6:30. We ask our members to stay after the doggy dip and help us clear all the furniture off the deck and store it for the winter.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool this weekend!
Here it is, mid July and we are already winding down the swim team and dive team seasons. I would ask that as many of us prepare to take family vacations in early August and may be away for a few weeks, that you please check the Lost and Found bins at the entrance to the pool building. We are gathering quite a collection of items. As we have done in previous year, unclaimed items, especially towels are cleaned and then are donated to local animal shelters by Mary Woytek. We will do a donation shortly and then will do another when we close for the season in September.
It is hard to believe that the pool has already been open for one month for this great 2012 season. Membership is strong with many new families joining us and actively participating in the many activities available for members of every age.
For those who were unable to attend, this past Saturday evening was the Adult Wine and Cheese event. A wonderful evening for all attendees with perfect weather. Special thanks to Board Members Scott Speier, (and Mary Jo), Marla Caplon and Debbie Labonski for all the hard work. Also thanks to the Gaultier family for arranging the great live music.
We have several more social events coming up in the next few weeks including the Adult Luau, we would certainly like to see everyone join us for that on Saturday July 14th.
One quick reminder to all that if you or your kids are playing in the volleyball court, please make sure you shower all the sand off of you before entering the pool. The foot shower is conveniently located between the volleyball court and the pool!
The 2012 season is underway and in full swing with a high percentage of renewals and a huge surge in new memberships, especially among young families. Opening weekend weather was perfect, the pool was very well attended and we sold out of all the food we had to sell at the Café Old Farm Bar-B-Q. Swim and Dive teams are preparing for the first meets, and we continue to receive complements on the new deck furniture and umbrellas. Our members and guests are enjoying some of our “extras” including the grills, Friday night pizzas, volleyball, basketball and ping pong. Just a few quick reminders and notes to help make everyone’s pool experience enjoyable.
Who can believe it is already March and the pool opens for the 2012 season in about 11 weeks! Your Board of Directors has been working hard on finalizing the operating budget for the upcoming season and I am pleased to report that regular dues will remain the same, as they have since 2009. You will be receiving your invoice in the mail for the upcoming season shortly. As with previous seasons, we ask you to take advantage of the Early Bird rates in order to reduce your dues payment.
Despite not having increased dues, your Board has been diligently working to provide you with increased services and equipment to make your pool experience more enjoyable. We have completely repaired and replaced the flagstone in the picnic area, repaired the volleyball court, upgraded and repaired the paddle tennis courts, begun replacement of our aging deck furniture with new lounge chairs, upright chairs and umbrellas, purchased a new sound system and upgraded the website to keep everyone informed of events and important information.
Here it is, the middle of February and we are already well on our way thinking about the 2012 swim season at the pool. As a quick recap of what the Board of Directors has been doing since the last update, first and most important is that during the General Membership Meeting conducted in November 2011, our members elected the Board of Directors for the 2012 season. We welcomed Suzanne Stack to the Board and said farewell to Jill Ray, who retired from the Board after many years of service.
The 2012 Board of Directors includes the following members:
Bruce Kay – President (Pool Operations, Guard Liaison)
Griff Lindsay – Vice President (Swim Team, Pool Operations, Special Projects)
Rob Follit – Treasurer (Maintenance)
Jay Matson – Recording Secretary (Swim Team)
Scott Speier – (Paddle Tennis, Special Projects)
Dave Ohlrich – (Guard Liaison, Pool Operations)
Marla Caplon – (Social Activities, Concessions)
Ed Rich – (Buildings and Grounds, Special Projects)
The 2011 season is underway and we have certainly gotten off to a good start. Swim and Dive team practices are held in the afternoons until Montgomery County Schools close and then we start morning practices in addition to afternoons. Our swim team has close to 125 swimmers and we have 45 registered divers. Those are great numbers!
Membership is is on track and right now we have almost the same number of members as we ended the 2010 season. Several of our returning Temporary Members have joined us as full Continuing families and we continue to look for our friends and neighbors who might be interested in joining. Just a reminder, that if you recommend a family that joins, as a “thank you”, we will give you a Guest Pass good for 10 guest visits. Purchased individually, that is a $50 value.