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!
We are near the finish line…as the tot lot should be completed in the coming week! We are excited to have a dedicated area for the little ones to play when not in the water. One of the ways that we helped raise money for the tot lot was through donations of commemorative bricks by members of the community. We have learned from conversations that some who would like to donate were unsure whether they had actually bought a brick. So before we submit the final order for the bricks, we wanted to thank all of those who have already made donations and ask any who have not if they might consider it as part of your legacy with the pool. It is so simple to order a brick with your customized message. Just visit: https://www.bricksrus.com/order/oldfarmbricks. We have extended the final deadline to order to July 26 by midnight.
Thank you again to all the families and community members that have generously donated so far:
The heat of July is certainly here and it is bringing lots of people to the pool. Parents, a gentle reminder that if you have very young children that you are bringing into the main pool, please make sure they are wearing swim diapers and watch them very closely and if necessary, get them out of the water before they have a diaper accident. We had two incidents within the last week where the pool had to be closed due to children having “accidents” in the pool. Depending on what is deposited in the water, it could require the pool to be closed for up to eight hours. Not fun in this weather! Thanks.
One other reminder, there should not be any drink containers, glass or cans in the pool at any time. The Lifeguard staff has been reminded that there is no drinking allowed in the pool. If you bring beverages, of whatever kind, please be careful and consume beverages away from the water and preferably in the flagstone/patio area. Recycle bins are located around the deck area for you to clean up your empties. Thanks!!
In other news, the shuffleboard court is now finished, available for use and I have already challenged Rob Follit to a game! As many of you have seen, ground preparation for the installation of the tot lot has started, and if all goes well, it could be complete and officially opened in time for the Kid’s luau on July 23rd! Thanks to all who donated to this great pool improvement.
Volunteers, Volunteers, Volunteers!!!!! If you don’t volunteer, you don’t get to complain. We need volunteers. It is our goal that Old Farm Pool remains the place to be all summer long with activities for everyone. This takes volunteers. We will be putting posters around the pool asking you to sign up. With over 260 families, if every family volunteered two or three hours a season, we can really add to the fun of the pool. We need people to help set up Volleyball and basketball tournaments for kids and adults, special events including helping with concessions on Memorial Day, Labor Day and July 4th and other activities. We also want to establish a teen volunteer committee to provide events and support for our teens at pool events.