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 PM on Thursday, November 15, 2018, 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 15th 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 six Director vacancies and three Nominating Committee seats:
Slate of Candidates for the Board of Directors
- Scott Speier* 3 year term to expire November 30, 2021
- Tom Walsh* 3 year term to expire November 30, 2021
- Chris Scango 3 year term to expire November 30, 2021
- Patrick McCullough 3 year term to expire November 30, 2021
- Mark Friedman Remaining 1 year in term expiring on November 30, 2019
- Tammy Cohn Remaining 1 year in term expiring on November 30, 2019
*Current Board Member
Slate of Candidates for the 2019 Nominating Committee
- Bruce Kay**
- Amantha Linkie
- Katie Teitgen**
**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 or against the candidates recommended by the Nominating Committee. We ask that you please vote before the General Membership meeting.
2. Review of 2018 season
Second on the agenda will be a review of the 2018 swim and paddle tennis season.
Georgetown Aquatics continued to provide us pool management and guard operations this past season. The manager was Ethan Hutton. Overall, the Board was disappointed this year with the performance of Georgetown Aquatics. We have spoken with Georgetown Aquatics about our concerns, and they have acknowledged some shortcomings. We are in the process of seeking bids from several management companies, including Georgetown Aquatics, prior to determining which company to engage in 2019.
We were thrilled to welcome many new members to the pool this year including 13 new Continuing families. During the offseason, we intend to review all existing membership categories to make sure that we are offering the best value to our members while ensuring the financial health of the Club. We would like to thank all of our members for your continued support. Old Farm Swim and Paddle is part of what makes our neighborhood such a great place to live, and we couldn’t keep this ship sailing without all of you! The final membership numbers for 2018 were as follows:
Please keep your membership cards in a safe place to use again next year. Doing this will take a huge burden off of our membership volunteers, who re-issued more than 400 cards this year. We hope that we got the bulk of the cards that were not working and next year will go much more smoothly.
We are happy to announce the installation of LED lights on the platform tennis courts. These lights produce three times the light while using only 75% of the electricity consumed by that our old metal halide lighting system, plus they are rated to last for 40,000 hours. Players happily report far better nighttime play visibility. Improvements such as the LED lighting system continue to fuel interest in the sport and use of the courts. We recorded 13 single and 5 family platform tennis-only members in the 2017-18 season. (Old Farm Pool members are always welcome to play platform tennis as part of their membership benefits.) The 2018-19 platform tennis season is commencing soon, and all are invited to play. For more information or to schedule time on the courts, please contact our platform tennis chair, Scott Speier (301) 468-5657.
Our Pickleball program has now grown to over 40 players with 26 pickleball-only members; 9 swim club members who regularly play pickleball; and 6 paddle tennis members who also play pickleball. (Old Farm Pool members and platform tennis-only members are always welcome to play pickleball as part of their membership benefits.) We had great turnouts this Spring and Summer with big crowds at our Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Thursday evening sessions. Players are enjoying the additional court that was created after the resurfacing of the parking lots last Fall. Pickleball play is expected to continue at the club through the Fall and Winter months as weather permits. Please contact our Pickleball chair, Rob Follit (240-401-2976) to arrange court times, equipment, and lessons.
Our 2018 social season kicked off, again, with a casual get-together at the Seven Locks Brewery in May. During the regular season, the Club sponsored six events for the benefit of three of our main constituencies: adults, kids and families. For the first half of the summer we held the Wine, Beer and Cheese Party for adults, a School’s Out Party for kids, and the Fourth of July party for families. For the second half of the summer, we held a casual potluck celebrating the end of the pool season. We also hosted a Back-to-School Bash and a Movie Night Under the Stars. In addition, we regularly hosted Food Trucks at the dinner hour so our members don’t have to cook at home. We thank the large group of volunteers without whom these events would not take place. We are excited to start the planning process for next year and welcome any input! Let us know by emailing email@example.com.
The Old Farm Swim Team had another amazing season in 2018. The Eagles posted a perfect record and earned the championship of Division G in the Montgomery County Swim League. As a result, the team will be advancing to Division E in 2019. In addition, the team continued to grow, with over 200 swimmers participating in team activities this summer. Our coaching staff was led by Kristen Scott. She and the rest of the staff provided great coaching, tons of fun and lots of spirit. Once again, our coaching services were provided by the dynamic FINS Swimming program, led by Nick Kaufman. We thank FINS for the excellent coaching they provide to us each summer, and we look forward to having them back for the 2019 season.
The Old Farm Dive Team also had a very successful summer. For the third year in a row, Old Farm tied Carderock Springs for first place in Division IV of the Montgomery County Diving League. After cruising to a 4-1 record in the regular season, Old Farm annihilated the competition at the Division IV Championship. The team scored 137 points at the Championship meet – the most points that any team has scored at a Championship meet in the last 15 years (and perhaps longer). We also had 13 divers qualify for the All-Stars Meet, which is a new high for Old Farm. Much of the credit for the team’s success in 2018 goes to our excellent coaches, Katie Young (Head Coach) and Jackie Jacobson (Assistant Coach). The Old Farm Dive Team has flourished under their tutelage, and we expect both Katie and Jackie to be back again next summer.
We continued our efforts to enhance the appearance of the grounds surrounding the pool this past year. To that end, we interspersed flower pots throughout the pool area, and mother nature did a great job keeping them watered and looking great. We also added more hosta and ground cover plants to the bank on the north side of the pool. Hydrangeas were also planted in the same area and in the front bed at the entrance to the pool. Finally, we replaced two of our grills and added a third that was generously donated. Our grounds crew is made up of volunteers, and we welcome any help that you can provide. Please contact us if you are interested!
During the past season, we moved our phone and internet service to Comcast, which allows us better internet speeds compared to our previous provider. We are aware that our wifi has not been reliable, so we plan on working on improving our wifi access points before next season. We are also continuing to upgrade our website to give our membership access to up-to-date information on the home page, and we intend to make our website mobile friendly for the coming season. Finally, we have purchased a monitor to display announcements near the check-in desk, and we expect to have the system in place for next season.
Old Farm hosted masters swimming, triathlon training, and water aerobics again in 2018. Master Swimming was led by Tollefson Swimming, triathlon training for kids and adults was led by Old Farm’s own Coach (Christina) Dorrer, and water aerobics was led by Ewelina Ferenc. The club made a modest amount of money from these programs. We expect that all of these programs will be returning in 2019, and we are exploring the possibility of expanding the length of each of these programs.
We offered a limited amount of merchandise this past summer, and our swim and dive team shirt was well received. We recognize that our membership is interested in a wide variety of merchandise items with the Old Farm logo. We will look to have an online store next year so that people can order Old Farm items on demand.
We continued to partner with sponsoring businesses in our community. In exchange for banner placement in the pool area, Paisano’s provided us pizza credit and Mosquito Joe provided us credit toward their services. We also welcomed Montgomery College as a sponsor for the first time. If you know of a business that might be willing to sponsor Old Farm in exchange for a banner or other advertisement, please let us know.
3. Plans for the 2019 Season
Third on the agenda will be a discussion about future plans, including capital improvements, for the 2019 season. We welcome your suggestions.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank all members of the Board of Directors for volunteering countless hours during the 2018 season. I would especially like to thank Amantha Linkie, Amy Ruther, and Lindsay Jauss, who will be leaving the Board as of November 30, 2018. I also will be leaving the board at that time. Here were the Board members’ areas of responsibility for the 2018 season.
Maintenance/Buildings & Grounds: Rob Follit, Tom Walsh, Scott Speier
Dive Team: David Markert, Tom Walsh
Pool Operations/Guard Liaison: John Hudalla, Lou Charlip
Membership: Amy Ruther, Lindsay Jauss
Merchandise: Lindsay Jauss
Paddle Tennis, Pickleball: Scott Speier, Tom Walsh, Rob Follit
Social/Private Parties: Missy Maloney, Amantha Linkie, Scott Speier
Special Programs (Masters/Water Aerobics): Lou Charlip
Swim Team: Amantha Linkie, Lindsay Jauss
Technology and Website: Staffan Sandberg, Missy Maloney
Development: Jen Chaney, Staffan Sandberg
The officers of the Club for 2018 (as elected by the Board of Directors) were as follows:
President: John Hudalla
Vice President: Amantha Linkie
Secretary: Jen Chaney
Treasurer: Rob Follit
I also would like to thank the following people for their contributions during the 2018 season:
Swim Team A Reps: Dan & Jenn Rudolph, Amantha Linkie
Swim Team B Reps: Hon. Liz Hayes
Dive Team Rep: Lizzy Menard
Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant to the Board: Amy Ruther
This letter is being sent to all our members through the Mail Chimp system in order to reduce expenses. All Continuing Members will be receiving an electronic proxy ballot shortly. We ask you to complete the ballot online and respond back to us before the General Membership meeting.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting!
John A. Hudalla
Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club, Inc.