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2016 Annual Membership Meeting Announcement

Dear Old Farm Swim and Paddle Members:

The ANNUAL MEETING of the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club will be held at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday November 16, 2016, at the Farmland Elementary School Multipurpose Room.  The Board of Directors encourages you to attend this important annual meeting.

There are three important issues on the November 16th agenda:

1. New Board of Directors Election

First is the election of new members to our Board of Directors.  We urge you to participate using the electronic voting system described below.  The nominating committee proposes the election and/or re-election of the following candidates to fill four Director vacancies and three Nominating Committee seats:

Slate of Candidates for the Board of Directors

  • John Hudalla* – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019
  • Jen Cheney – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019
  • Lindsay Jauss – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019
  • Missy Maloney – 3 year term to expire November 30, 2019

*Current Board Member

Slate of Candidates for the 2017 Nominating Committee

  • Marla Caplon**
  • Pat May**
  • Bruce Kay**

**Current member of Nominating Committee

Very shortly, all Continuing Members will receive an email message that will include instructions and a link to the website where you will vote for the slate of candidates recommended by the Nominating Committee.  We ask that you please vote before the General Membership meeting.

2. Review of 2016 swim and paddle tennis season

Second on the agenda will be a review of the 2016 swim and paddle tennis season.

Georgetown Aquatics continued to provide us pool management and guard operations this season, and we received many compliments about the quality of our managers and staff as they enforced the pool rules.  In particular, we are grateful for the good work of Mark Kibuuka, who managed the pool staff very effectively during the 2016 season.  We intend to continue our relationship with Georgetown Aquatics in 2017.

In response to a referendum of the membership, the board voted to install pool water heaters in 2016.  By all accounts, the heaters effectively took the edge off of the early season chill, so we had stable and comfortable water temperatures throughout the season.  The board has set the water temperature such that the water is warm enough to be comfortable and refreshing, but not so warm that physical activities such as lap swimming are adversely affected.

In 2016, the board also procured a customized pool cover for off-season use which is now installed. The cover is intended to keep leaves and debris out of the pool during the off-season. Our intent is that this will make pre-season cleaning easier and more effective, because leaves have a tendency to stain the pool whitecoating when they sit in the water during the off-season. Because pre-season cleaning should be easier and less stressful to the whitecoating, we are expecting the cover will extend the life of our whitecoating. This is important, because replacement of the whitecoating is one of the most expensive periodic maintenance items incurred by the Club.

We additionally performed a comprehensive overhaul and upgrade of our platform tennis courts in 2016.  This included resurfacing of both courts, lining both courts with platform tennis and pickleball regulation boundaries, replacement of all screens, and installation of locking snowboards.

During the 2016 season, we were privileged to have many new members join us, and we welcome them to our community.  Although our financial situation remains stable, our overall membership numbers dropped slightly from 2015, which resulted in lower revenue for 2016.  As a result of this revenue decline, the board deferred some planned capital improvements during 2016, thus maintaining our balanced budget for the year.  The Board also continues to explore alternative ways of generating income.  The final membership numbers for 2016 were as follows:  

Continuing: 186
Sustaining: 45
Temporary: 52
Total: 283

The Old Farm Swim and Dive Teams had great success in 2016.  Our Swim Team won its division and will be competing in a higher division in 2017.  Our coaching has been provided by the dynamic FINS Swimming program for the last four years, and the team’s ascent is directly attributable to FINS.  We are currently renegotiating our contract with FINS for the 2017 season.  The Dive Team had a huge uptick in participation and ended up having one of its best seasons in recent memory by finishing second overall in Division IV.  The Board is in the process of searching for the dive team coaching staff for 2017.

During the 2016 season, we again had several special programs operating at Old Farm Pool:

  • FINS Swimming provided swimming lessons
  • Wet Yet? Fitness provided water aerobics
  • Coach Dorrer provided triathlon training
  • Tollefson Swimming provided masters swimming

We expect that all of these programs will be returning in the 2017 season.

The pool hosted the following social events in 2016:

  • Annual Wine & Cheese Party
  • Fourth of July Celebration (in conjunction with the Greater Farmland Civic Association)
  • Oktoberfest
  • Numerous Friday Night Food Trucks

We also had planned to host a kickoff party before the beginning of the 2016 season, but it was canceled due to rain.

In 2016, the Club launched a pickleball-only membership for those who are not already full club members or paddle-tennis-only members.  The pickleball-only membership has proven to be a great success, with 30 members joining.  

The platform tennis season is set to commence on November 1 on our fully renovated courts.  All are invited to play, and we hope to schedule beginner programs in the near future.  Please watch for our e-mails.

3. Review potential capital improvement projects

Third on the agenda will be a discussion about the future capital projects and expenditures that are being considered by the Board.  These projects include:

  1. Installing a pavilion on the north patio (near the grills) to replace the existing tent structure
  2. Baby pool replacement/enhancements
  3. Parking lot resurfacing/enlargement (to accommodate additional pickleball courts)
  4. Removal of sand volleyball court and potential installation of multi-sport surface.

These potential upgrades to the pool facilities are costly, but will provide improved services that we believe our members want.  We will discuss these items as well as how to pay for them at the November General Membership meeting, so we ask that you attend and let us know what you think.

The Board has already approved the resurfacing of the diving boards and the replacement of the pool house roof for completion prior to the 2017 season.  The roof replacement is being funded by insurance proceeds related to damage incurred from the May 2, 2016, hailstorm.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank all members of the Board of Directors for volunteering countless hours during the 2016 season.  I would especially like to thank Dave Ohlrich, Dan Rudolph, and Katie McDermott, who will be leaving the Board as of November 30, 2016.  Here were the Board members’ areas of responsibility for the 2016 season.

  • Buildings & Grounds: Rob Follit, Tom Walsh
  • Dive Team: David Markert
  • Guard Liaison: John Hudalla, Dave Ohlrich, Cindy Zelaya
  • Long Range Planning: David Markert, Mike Morper
  • Maintenance: Rob Follit, Scott Speier
  • Membership: Amy Ruther, Tom Walsh
  • Merchandise: Amantha Linkie, Cindy Zelaya
  • Paddle Tennis, Pickleball: Scott Speier, Tom Walsh, Rob Follit
  • Pool Operations: John Hudalla, Dave Ohlrich
  • Social/Private Parties: Katie McDermott, Amantha Linkie, Scott Speier
  • Special Programs (Masters/Water Aerobics): Cindy Zelaya, Amy Ruther
  • Swim Team: Dan Rudolph, Amantha Linkie
  • Technology and Website: Mike Morper

The officers of the Club for 2016 (as elected by the Board of Directors) were as follows:

  • President: John Hudalla
  • Vice President: Amantha Linkie
  • Secretary: Dan Rudolph
  • Treasurer: Rob Follit

I also would like to thank the following people for their contributions during the 2016 season:

  • Swim Team A Reps: Dan & Jenn Rudolph
  • Swim Team B Rep: Liz Hayes
  • Dive Team Rep: Connie Jacobson
  • Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant to the Board: Shannon Dietrich

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting!


John A. Hudalla
Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club, Inc.

3rd annual Oktoberfest this Saturday!

Oct 1, 2016   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

For the third year in a row, we will be having our annual Oktoberfest (adults only) party at the pool October 8th. By far the most popular event of the season, you certainly don’t want to miss this one. There will be food, drinks, games and even a live band. If you purchased tickets for our pre season kickoff party (that was canceled due to weather) your tickets for that event get you into this one. Otherwise, please pickup your tickets now for the Old Farm Pool 3rd Annual Oktoberfest. Link: 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Tickets

What can you bring?

Thanks for asking! These big parties only happen with the help of everyone. The volunteers that are coordinating this event have prepared a sign-up list so you can help out too. Link: Old Farm Pool Oktoberfest Sign Up List

See you there!

Former AV club members wanted

Sep 19, 2016   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

Were you in the AV club in high school? If so, or you just have a knack for AV gear, we need 2-3 volunteers to help wire and mount new speakers at the pool. This should only take 60-90 minutes for a small team working together to finish up. If you can help, please email webmaster@oldfarmpool.org and Mike Morper will get in touch with you to coordinate a time for the installation. It will be on a weekend. Thanks everyone!

Oktoberfest prep assistance needed

Sep 19, 2016   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

We’re just a few short weeks away from our third annual Oktoberfest adults only party at the pool. Not only will we have fire pits, munchies and beverages of all types, but a live local party band too. We do need help in pulling off this event. We’d like to ask that you review our volunteer list to see what you can do to help. Thanks in advance!

Oh, and if you haven’t picked up your Oktoberfest tickets yet, you can do so here.

End of the 2016 Season

We’ve quickly come to the end of another great summer at Old Farm Pool. Many thanks to the countless volunteers who have helped organize and run our events and operations.

Pool Hours for the Rest of the Season

The last day of the 2016 season is Labor Day–Monday, September 5. Starting on Monday, August 29, our operating hours will change for the rest of the season, as follows:

Monday, August 29–Thursday, September 1   4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, September 2   4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, September 3   11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, September 4   11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Labor Day (Monday, September 5)   11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Labor Day Activities

On Labor Day, we will have concessions available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition, the Pizza Brama food truck will be returning to Old Farm from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM. At 6:00 PM, we will whistle the close of the 2016 season and make room for the dogs for our annual doggie dip. Also at that time, we will be asking for your help to collect and move the deck furniture into the pool house for the winter. We hope to see you there!

Mark Your Calendars for Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8

We will be having our third annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 PM. This year, we’re excited to have a great local band, Driven to Clarity, providing the music. If you purchased tickets to our Rockin’ 2016 Kickoff Party (which was canceled due to weather), and you did not receive a refund, your tickets will be honored at this event. Otherwise, tickets are on sale here. This event is open to non-members, as well, so invite your friends!

Last Call for Lost-and-Found

Please be sure to check the lost-and-found before the end of the season. As always, we have a large number of items. We will be donating or disposing of these items at the end of the season.

Fun at the Club doesn’t have to stop on Labor Day!

All continuing and temporary members are invited to try out our pickleball and paddle tennis courts to see if they might like these games. Our active and growing number of pickleballers will be playing through the Fall and into the Winter, weather permitting. The paddle tennis season starts in October and generally goes through April. There is no additional charge for pickleball or paddle tennis if you are already a member of the Club. For further information on pickleball, please contact Rob Follit; for paddle tennis, please contact Scott Speier.

We’ll see you at the pool!

John Hudalla

Lost and Found Watch, Class Ring, and Other Items

Jul 29, 2016   //   by President   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

We have found a watch and a class ring that were left behind at the pool.  If you are missing one of these items, please email president@oldfarmpool.org and describe your missing item.

And, as always, we have a bunch of other items (e.g., towels, goggles, water bottles, etc.) in our lost-and-found.  We encourage you to peruse the items to see if you have lost anything.

Thank you!

Get your Old Farm Pool drinkware!

Jul 20, 2016   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 9.53.10 AMWe have a fantastic offer for you. How about custom Old Farm Pool wine and tumblers? Did we mention these are plastic (aka pool deck area safe)? We have eight different design options for you to choose from and each can be personalized with your name!

Old Farm Pool member Danielle Bennett is donating her time and effort to provide these cups to the members. What’s more, she’s donating 100% of the net profit to Old Farm Pool to start a fund to replace our (not so temporary) tent structure with a permanent, something-we-can-all-be-proud-of structure.


Ordering Instructions

Go to this webpage to place your order. After entering the site, click on the style you’d like to order and then click the “buy photo” link at the top of the page. This will bring up the order form. Complete the form. If you would like for your order to be personalized, please add a note when prompted during the “checkout” process.

To save cost, we will be bulk ordering a single order. Therefore, if you are interested please place your order by end of day Friday, July 29th. We expect the order to take a couple of weeks to arrive.

Thanks Danielle!

Get your MCDL Divisionals shirt now!

Jul 15, 2016   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Dive Team, General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

Did you know that Old Farm his hosting MCDL Divisionals this year on Sunday, July 24th? And the only thing cooler than that are these shirts! So if you have a diver in your family, you can pre-order your shirt now. These will sell out, so “now” might be a good time to get one:http://store.oldfarmpool.org/item/mcdl-divisionals-tshirt-1

Vandalism Incident on Saturday, July 9 (Updated)

Jul 11, 2016   //   by President   //   News  //  No Comments

On Saturday, July 9 between 6:00 and 8:00 PM, there was a vandalism incident directly in front of the pool house. As you can see in the attached photos, designs were scratched or keyed into two cars parked in the parallel parking spots. Based on the type of designs and the proximity to the front doors, we suspect a child may have been responsible. If you were at the pool during that time, please talk to your children about the photos and find out if they know anything about the incident. Please forward any information you may have to president@oldfarmpool.org. Thank you. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

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Update: We have received word that another car parked next to the handicapped parking spot was also affected, as shown below.