Hey Old Farm!
I can’t believe it’s already Memorial Day weekend! I hope everyone had a great offseason and are ready to start our great summer at Old Farm!
This Monday we will have our annual “meet and greet” with the coaches. We will gather on the basketball court at 5pm to discuss some important swim team news and introduce the new and returning coaches. We ask EVERYONE to come, both swimmers and parents, to catch up with summer friends and say a quick hi to the coaching squad. Here you can ask coaches and team reps any questions you may have. The meeting will take no more than 10 minutes and we would love everyone to join us!
Additionally, the coaches are very excited to begin practice Tuesday. Here is the practice schedule from May 30-June 16:
11& ups – 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
10&unders – 5:20 pm to 6:15pm (stretches start at 5:20)
We’ll see you on Monday night at the pool.
Thanks, and GOOF!
Assessments will be conducted on all swimmers interested in the Pre-Team and Little Eagles Programs prior to registration. Assessment sessions will be heldJune 5th-8thateither 4:45 pm or 5:45 pm. Reservations for assessment sessions can be made via Sign-Up Genius. Each swimmer should sign up for one 15-minute assessment slot using this SignUp Genius. Coaches will make swimmer placement recommendations by 6/9/17. Practices for both Pre-Team and Little Eagles will begin on 6/12/16.
**Please note that all children must be 4 years old by 6/1/2017 and completely toilet trained to participate in either program. More detailed descriptions of the programs and their requirements can be viewed here.
The pool opening is right around the corner and this is your chance to help spruce it up for all to enjoy. Looking for volunteers to help with clean up and preparation of the grounds. If you are interested, please Sign-Up here (www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080A45ADAC2FA75-oldfarm4) – depending upon numbers and how far along we have gotten, tasks will vary. In keeping with Old Farm’s well established social reputation, please note that all of the proposed times can fold nicely into a “happy hour” opportunity at the pool as we work. If we get a cadre, we’ll make that happen! If by chance you can’t make any of these times but would still like to help – just let me know and I’ll find a time and some tasks custom made for you.
Maybe you would just like to volunteer some plants from you garden. With the arrival of our beautiful new pavilion we hope to enhance the grounds around it. Specific plants are identified below. Please let me know if you have any.
- Gold Mop
- Limelight evergreen
Finally we also hope to start an herb garden, so we all have some lovely fresh herbs to enhance our poolside cuisine! If you have any perennial herbs that you would like to donate please indicate what they are below:
Questions, concerns, suggestions –
202.316.4673 – cell
Thursday, May 11th, 7:30pm at the Linkie’s (11820 Farmland Drive). Stop by to say hello and find out how to get more involved with the team this summer. There are lots of opportunities to help out beyond timing and we need your help. We’re in need of volunteers to help coordinate social events, to plan and execute the Swim and Dive Banquet, and to run concessions. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
Hey adults! Join us Saturday, May 20 to kick off the summer by enjoying some music, beer and food at 7-Locks Brewing, 12227 Wilkins Avenue | Rockville, MD 20852 (phone: 301.841.7123). If this will be your first visit to 7-Locks Brewing, you are in for a treat. It is casual AND you are allowed to bring your own food. There will be a food truck, if you would like to purchase dinner. Otherwise, enjoy some live music and locally-brewed beer for purchase. No tickets are required but we would love to know if you are coming so like us on our Facebook page, if you get a chance!
Thanks to CoachDorrer.com, we’re excited to let you know we will once again be providing kids and adults triathlon training programs at Old Farm Pool this summer. Three specific program will be offered:
- Swim 2 Perform
- 30 minute private swim coaching
- Fit 2 B Kids Youth & Junior Multisport Club
Visit the Triathlon: Kids and Adults page on the Old Farm Pool website for more information and registration details
Old Farm will be holding its Annual Registration Night on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria at Farmland Elementary. Members of the Board of Directors will be on hand to answer membership questions. It’s also a great opportunity to submit those last minute membership dues before the early bird rates expire on April 30th.
Swim and Dive Team Registration
Coaches and Representatives of the Swim and Dive Teams will be on hand to answer questions regarding the swim and dive programs, team suits and lessons programs. Registration for both the Swim and Dive Teams will be done online through Team Unify (opening in the coming days). Payments can be made in person at Registration Night, paid through the Pool Store or submitted by mail.
Information will also be available on Tollefson’s Masters Swim Program and Coach Dorrer’s Triathalon Training Programs for kids and adults. Pool Spiritwear order forms will be available as well.
We’re looking forward to another great summer at Old Farm! Come by on the 26th to learn more about all of the fun in store.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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My name is Missy Maloney and I am the Social Chair for Old Farm Pool this summer. I am looking for some volunteers to help with our social agenda. I have been told that we can have as little or as much as there is enthusiasm for! I have a few volunteers already and a number of members thinking about helping in some way. I would like to get the activities on the calendar and setup now. Would you consider helping with one event? There might be one activity that you have particularly liked in the past and would like to see repeated… maybe with your own ideas! My goal is to not overburden any one member but to bring our community closer. Please call or email if you would like to help!
Thanks, in advance!
301-646-0593 call/text me anytime!
We could do this if someone is interested in coordinating this activity… a couple of friends, maybe? (Last Year: Saturday, May 16: Rockin’ Pre-Season Party (7:00 – ): We were thinking about a fundraiser night at either Gilley’s or Seven Locks Brewing Co although a coordinator could do whatever they like. Potentially a beer-tasting could be setup? Could be bring-your-own food at the Seven Locks Brewing Co. or, they sometimes have a food truck set up.
Opening Day Weekend
Would like a Coordinator and a couple of other sets of hands. We have either had grills set up for one/two days (hamburgers/hotdogs pizza). This year I had a food truck one day.
Adult Wine and Cheese
Scott Speier and might like a couple of other set of hands. (Last Year: Saturday, June 11: 2016 Adult Wine and Cheese Party (7:00pm to 10:00pm): Scott Speier is already on-board to arrange the wines. It would be great to have a co-leader to handle the following:
- Beer-tasting: Because so many people are into beer – we added a beer tasting as well – maybe 4 beers?
- Apps, etc: Costco run for appetizers, paper products and soft drinks.
- Music: There is a local band formed by neighbors and pool members – the Whippoorwills – that have played (for free) at the party. It is a great party and still very well liked by members. If they cannot do it, perhaps the proper playlists would be setup?
- Tickets were $20/person or $25 at the door. We do have a card reader now so people can use credit cards.
4 – 6 Friday Food Truck Nights
Coordinator: Lynne Agoston.. She might enjoy an extra person to help so she coordinates half the summer and someone else coordinates half the summer.
Sponsored Happy Hour
We could do this if someone is interested in coordinating this activity. We had a roofing company come and sponsor a Friday night happy hour. It was a big hit – and free for us so it might be worth looking to see if someone wanted to “sponsor” a happy hour.
Kids’ Luau and/or DJ
Any parent interested in getting this going? We used to do it…
Fourth of July Parade and Party
Is anyone interested in finding and coordinating some teens to run the games/activities? Would anyone like to coordinate the food/concessions? (Last Year: Saturday, July 4 (10:30 – 4 p.m.)): We put on the party part. We can have food trucks or grill. We had lots of different games, coin toss, watermelon relay, dive contest, face painting, ices, etc. A little different year to year. We have had to be flexible around rain – but have managed to put on some kind of party every year.
End of the Summer Adult Pool Party
We could do this if someone is interested in coordinating this activity. (Last Year: Saturday, August 29: (7:00pm –): Could be very casual and bring your own.
Labor Day/Doggie Dig/Pool Closing
We could do this if someone is interested in coordinating this activity.(Last Year: Monday, Sept. 7) 2 years we had grills one day. If we had beer or wine left over – I would serve that. Could line up a food truck for the Doggie Dip.
Coordinator: Dori Morper.. I am sure she would love some help!
Coordinator: Dori Morper.. I am sure she would love some help!
Coordinator: Danielle Bennett.. she might like an extra set of hands