Our ANNUAL MEETING for Continuing Members of the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club will be held at 7:30 P.M., Wednesday November 20, 2013 at the Farmland Elementary School Cafeteria. The Board of Directors invites, and encourages, you to attend this important annual meeting.
There are two important issues on the November 20th agenda.
First is the election of new members to our Board of Directors. If you are unable to attend in person, we urge you to participate using the electronic voting system available through MailChimp (email should have arrived by now). The deadline for online voting is November 18th (by 5 PM).
The nominating committee proposes the election and/or re-election of the following candidates to fill seven Director positions and three Nominating Committee seats.
Slate of Candidates for the Board of Directors:
Eric Forsythe: 3-year term to expire November 30, 2016
John Hudalla: 3-year term to expire November 30, 2016
Amantha Linkie*: 2-year term to expire November 30, 2015
Katie McDermott: 3-year term to expire November 30, 2016
Mike Morper: 1-year term to expire November 30, 2014
Dave Ohlrich*: 3-year term to expire November 30, 2016
Dan Rudolph: 3-year term to expire November 30, 2016
*Current Board Member
Slate of Candidates for the 2013 Nominating Committee:
**Current member of Nominating Committee
The second major item for the Annual Meeting is a review of the 2013 season and discussion of plans for the 2014 season. Please join us to be part of the discussion and planning!
On Friday November 8, we will have a combined Paddle Tennis Expo and Movie Night. The event will start at 7 PM. We will provide a couple of grills, so please bring some burgers, dogs, and/or a potluck dish. We will supply some beer and wine (left over from the final party)…and popcorn for the kids for the movie. The movie will be played on the inflatable screen in the lower parking lot next to the paddle tennis courts. Whether you are an experienced or novice paddle tennis player, it will be a fun evening to launch the sport into its cold-weather season. Bring your kids to enjoy the movie, which will be: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), rated PG-13. We wanted to show a film that older kids and teens might enjoy since the summer movie was rated G. A family review can be found here: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey. If you want to help with the event or have any questions, please email Pat May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER 23, 2013
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
FARMLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ALL PURPOSE ROOM
We are delighted to have the following speakers:
1. Mary E. Bliss, Principal, Farmland Elementary School
Mary is in her first year as the permanent principal at Farmland, have previously served as Assistant Principal and Acting Principal at the school. For those of you who were on the tour given to GFCA members earlier this year, you already know what a knowledgeable and dynamic person she is. Mary will be telling us about what is happening at Farmland, how our students are performing, what plans she has for the future and how our community can help the school.
2. Lindsay Hoffman, Executive Director, Friends of White Flint
Lindsay recently became the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint, a non-profit group consisting of White Flint businesses, landowners, residents and civic association that was organized to ensure that the White Flint Sector Plan is fully implemented so that the White Flint area is transformed into a walkable, bike-able, pedestrian friendly mixed use community that does not negatively impact on the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition to her duties with Friends, Lindsay is President of the Randolph Civic Foundation (the charitable arm of the Randolph Hills Civic Association), a member of the Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth and Vice President of Viers Mill Elementary School PTA. Lindsay will talk about what is happening at White Flint, what Friends is doing and how you can get involved with Friends to ensure that all parts of the Sector Plan get carried out.
We have heard from many of you that you would like to attend our meetings but that you have little ones at home. We listened! Therefore, we have reserved a room recommended by Ms. Bliss that will accommodate your kids and are arranging for responsible childcare. If you know someone that is experienced (high school student or later) that would like to help out (and make some money) please let me know as soon as possible.
As an added bonus, Farmland will be holding its annual Scholastic Book Sale that night in the media center. There will be books for children of all ages and book readings by Farmland Teachers. Therefore, if you have kids who do not attend Farmland, this will be an excellent opportunity to see the school in action, find books for your young readers and support the school’s PTA. For the hungry, there will be pizza and drinks for sale.
The other meeting GFCA meeting will be a Board Meeting on October 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm at my house, 11703 Hitching Post Lane. We will discuss the draft budget for next year, membership and the results of our recent neighborhood survey. All are welcome to attend, but please let me know in advance if you plan to come.
For more information on the Greater Farmland Civic Association, please visit greaterfarmland.org, contact our co-president Eliot Applestein, myself or one of the directors.
We look forward to your attendance and your valued input.
Edward J. Rich
Law Office of Edward Rich, PC
11703 Hitching Post Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Thanks to all for a great 2013 season and a great extra weekend to enjoy the pool. For the many of you who were able to attend the Adult end-of-season party Saturday evening, it certainly was a fun evening with great food, drink, kayaking and some brutally competitive shuffleboard and cornhole action!
Having the pool open on Sunday was also special as the weather was perfect and we had a nice crowd to get in that last lap as well as enjoy the “Happy Hour” followed by the doggy dip were the first dog to jump in, braved the water and did a great rescue of a water noodle that was stuck in the deep end!!!
Thanks to all who helped store the deck furniture and validate how easy it now is to stack and store everything for the winter.
The Board of Directors will keep in touch with our plans for 2014 as we celebrate the 50th year of Old Farm Pool.
The weather forecast is excellent! We already have very high RSVPs, so let’s make this the biggest party in years! Party is for adults only. Finger food, adult beverages and other drinks, music, and fun…corn hole, kayak races, and more. Wear your suits since pool will be open for use until 10:00 pm!
Cost (Advance payment available until 5 PM Saturday):
Members: $15 if paid in-advance, $20 at the door.
Guests: $20 if paid in-advance, $25 at the door.
You can still pay in-advance via PayPal or by dropping a check (“Old Farm Pool”) by 5 PM Saturday through the mail slot at:
Greetings everyone. With the pool season starting to wind down, it is time to remind you to please check the lost and found area and claim any lost property. Any items remaining after we close will either be thrown away or donated to an animal shelter.
Below is the schedule of events for the pool:
Monday August 26 – Thursday August 29: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – hours of operation.
Friday August 30: 4:00 – 10:00 pm – hours of operation
Saturday August 31: 11:00am – 10:00 pm – hours of operation
Sunday Sept 1: 11:00 am – 9 pm – hours of operation
Monday Sept 2 – LABOR DAY: 11:00am – 8:00 pm – hours of operation
Labor Day Bar-B-Q lunch/concession sales – 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Saturday Sept 7: 7:00 – 11:00 pm – Adult End-of-Summer Party (more details to follow):
Party is for adults only. Pool will be open for use by adult paid attendees until 10:00 pm, so wear your suits!
$15 entry fee per Member if paid in-advance (either via check dropped off at the pool during operating hours or using PayPal below). Payment at the door will be $20 per Member. Non Members may come as guests of Members, with an additional cost of $5 per person. If you have any questions, please send them to email@example.com.
Thank you to all who responded to our short survey about activities to close the pool season. The feedback was very helpful for planning purposes. The key findings:
A Sept 7 party works better for more of our Members: Roughly 47% could likely or definitely attend on Sept 7 (versus 35% on August 31).
The Movie Night concept has broader appeal than a Raft Night. We got very strong response by many parents, and we will want to have a committee of parents help plan and run this event. We are tentatively looking to do the event Friday August 23. Look for information in an email this week with details.
Make sure to save the date for our Saturday Sept 7 closing party for Adults only (starts at 7 PM). The cost will be $15 per person, and you should come in your bathing suits as the pool will stay open for party goers until 10 PM.In terms of the pool season, the pool will close on Labor Day (as normal) at 6 PM, but we will leave many tables/chairs out for the final party in Sept 7. The pool will open again on Sept 7 for our adult pool party. We will need help from volunteers to move the final furniture into the club house after the party.
Tilden Woods Pool is hosting it’s 3rd annual Crab Feast and you are invited! The feast is held on Sunday, September 1st between 5pm-8pm.
Shoreline Seafood, Inc. will prepare and serve all you can eat steaming hot crabs along with ribs, barbecued food and many side dishes on-site. Every table at the pool grounds will be covered and ready for crab crackin’. This is a BYOB (bring your own beverage) party. Load up your coolers and join your family and friends for the last event before the pool shuts down for the season.
Due to limited table space, Tilden Woods can only allow 100 people to attend. So RSVP to Yvonne Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org with speed – first come, first served! It is important that you provide me an accurate head count with the number of kids and adults in your group, I cannot make any alternations to the headcount after 08/21 and you will be asked to pay the full amount.
The cost per person is $32. 12 and younger $22 and is not-for profit event. Checks can be made payable to TWRA and should be given to me the day of the event.
HOT STEAMED MIXED MALE CRABS, FRESH CORN ON THE COB, BARBECUED BABYBACK RIBS, BLACK ANGUS HAMBURGERS, JUMBO HOT DOGS, HOMEMADE POTATO SALAD, HOMEMADE COLESLAW, PASTA SALAD AND FRESH CUT WATERMELON
The Splash & Dash event is now a fundraiser for Mike Lebrun and his family! Mike, a member of the Farmland community, was seriously injured in a bike accident earlier this summer. These funds will go to the family to help with wheelchair modifications for their house and car as well as other unexpected costs. PLEASE COME SUPPORT!!! Swim, run, du-both, relay, or volunteer – and definitely donate! Spread the news! The prices below are just suggested minimums for participation.
Sunday, August 25th at the Old Farm Pool:
9 AM Adults will swim 350M and run a 5K on neighborhood sidewalks and trails ($15 suggested minimum donation).
10 AM Kids between 7 & 15 are welcome to participate at the following distances ($10 suggested minimum donation):
7-10 year olds: 100M swim, 1K (.62 mile) run
11-15 year olds: 200M yard swim, 2K (1.24 mile) run
Athletes will be grouped in waves based on age and all races will start and finish at the Old Farm Pool. Registration and Waiver forms will be available at the pool and on race day but please sign up here so we now how many people to expect and can plan accordingly:
Greetings everyone. As you know, we have upgraded or added several new fun activities for our members including the new tot lot, upgrading of the volleyball and basketball courts, restoration of the shuffleboard court and adding a Cornhole set for our members enjoyment. Unfortunately, all of the beanbags for the cornhole set are missing. Please check your pool bags and see if maybe the beanbags may have accidentally been brought home. If so, please bring them back to the pool so everyone can play!