This is a friendly reminder that the Greater Farmland Civic Association (GFCA) will be meeting this Wednesday (January 16) at Farmland Elementary School from 7 – 9 PM. Representatives from the County and the development community will present their plans for the White Flint Mall and the new Pike and Rose development, formerly known as Mid-Pike Plaza. We promise it will be a lively and informative meeting. We had a great initial meeting for our own neighborhood organization on November 14, 2012, with over 200 in attendance. Let’s keep up the momentum as we build our community voice to deal with new developments projects, monitor PEPCO, advocate for our local needs, and plan events and activities to bring our neighborhood together.
GFCA has set up a number of Committees to serve a wide range of community interests. Please consider joining one or more of the following committees:
Nominating Committee (elections for Board and Officers will be held in March 2013)
Block Captains/Welcome Committee
Website & Listserv Committee
Senior Village Committee
Traffic & Transportation Committee
Government Affairs/PEPCO Committee
Local Development Committee
Community Beautification Committee
Community Services Committee (Trash-Leaf Collection/Street Lights/Sidewalks)
Special Events Committee
If you would like to join one of the committees above or have additional ideas for committees, guest speakers, or agenda topics, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. GFCA will only be as strong as the involvement of its members, so please participate.
Of particular importance in building our connected community is the GFCA listserv, which everyone is free to join by going to www.GreaterFarmland.org.
Your checks for DUES of $25 should be made out to GFCA and mailed to our Treasurer:
11400 Rolling House Road
N. Bethesda, MD 20852
A large part of the dues will be used to publish a community directory. The directory forms are posted on the website and can be submitted electronically at www.GreaterFarmland.org or you can mail the form to Margaret along with your dues.
Ed Rich and Eliot Applestein, Interim Co-Presidents
Below is an important letter from the Greater Farmland Civic Association reporting on its highly-successful initial meeting in November and inviting you to participate actively in this new organization. The GFCA will give us a strong advocate in matters impacting the community (e.g., Pepco reliability and large developments, like Montrose Parkway and Mid-Pike Plaza), help connect us together better through a published directory, and facilitate organizing positive events for our neighborhood (such as the Annual July 4thParade and Party). Visit this linkwww.GreaterFarmland.orgto learn more, complete the form for your listing in the directory, and become a dues-paying supporter of this important initiative.
We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the rebirth of our own neighborhood organization at the first meeting of the Greater Farmland Civic Association on November 14, 2012. Special thanks go to the over 200 people who attended the first meeting. Your attendance and active participation during the meeting reflected a strong interest in building a vibrant and connected community.
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 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.
Come to the pool this Monday, from 12 -4pm and buy a delicious goody from our bake sale. Also, bring your checkbook to purchase an engraved brick to support the Playground Fundraiser also known as the “Tot Lot.” All proceeds go towards making a beautiful brick patio and of course an awesome playground for our kids!
A special thank you to all those members that have generously contributed to the Tot Lot Fundraiser.
** Donations to the bake sale are greatly appreciated! Please contact Catherine Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-881-0580 or just drop it off at the sale:)
As (bad) luck would have it, we didn’t get enough early RSVP confirmations to cover our costs for the event. Regrettably, we’ve needed to cancel the party as a result. But! The good news is the pool will be open to everyone Saturday night. So bring your family with some great food and drink. Oh, and if you’re of proper age, we will still have the margarita machine there in the event your in need of a south of the border libation.
Lastly, we will be selling cups to raise funds for our new tot-lot, so please come by and support this great cause.
So come relax by the pool, grill one last time poolside and enjoy a margarita on us while you say good-bye to another summer.
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!
Friendly reminder! Monday August 27th is the RSVP deadline! We need at least 40 people to RSVP in advance to make sure our costs are covered, so please RSVP to email@example.com, so if you plan on coming let us know. Money will be collected at the front desk at the pool. Checks to “Old Farm Pool” preferred.
Saturday, September 1st
7:30pm to 11:00ish (book those sitters now!)
Come dressed for wet fun! Bring your friends and enjoy great music, food, games and fun!
What else is going on?
Urban BBQ menu
Margarita machine (back by popular demand!)
Pool races, relays and dive competitions!
Who says kids get to have all the fun? See you soon and pray for sun!
We need at least 40 people to RSVP in advance to make sure our costs are covered, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, so if you plan on coming let us know. Money will be collected at the front desk at the pool. Checks to “Old Farm Pool” preferred.
Please note that the PayPal link on BricksRus.com has been fixed.
Honor your all-star’s best time or score, family members from now or then, our beloved volunteers, groups of friends, or so much more!
Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club welcomes you to leave a lasting memory by purchasing an engraved brick. The bricks will be used to create an inviting space for all to gather and create new memories. All proceeds from this fundraising effort will go to purchasing commercial grade playground equipment.
Lock your memories in time and purchase a brick by filling out a form at the front desk or go online at BRICKSRUS (https://www.bricksrus.com/order/oldfarmbricks). If paying by PayPal, approximately 3.5% of your on-line purchase goes to Paypal fees. If you would like to maximize your contribution, please use the forms and pay by check.
Did you miss the swim and dive team banquet Sunday night? Or maybe you did make it but wanted to see that great video again. Well now you can. The entire video is available on our website for you to watch!
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.