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Over-21: Things to do before Memorial Day: OFP Kickoff Party

Reconnect with neighborhood friends at this year’s Old Farm Pool Kickoff Party on Saturday, May 19, 7:00 at 7-Locks Brewing, 12227 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD.  There is no charge!  Live music from Jacob Panic will be playing and, if you get there before 8, you can buy a little din-din from Omma’s Korean BBQ food truck.  Otherwise, bring your own chow or just yourself!  Enjoy some suds and some sounds and get ready for summer!

Jolyn Trunk Show

Apr 22, 2018   //   by President   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

We are pleased to announce that a representative from Jolyn Swim and Activewear will be on hand for a trunk show at Old Farm Information and Registration Night on Wednesday, April 25th, 7:00-8:30pm at Farmland ES. Jolyn is a California-based company that designs performance swimwear and activewear that is also fashionable. Think suits that are cute but also stay in place! The suits are great for tweens, teens, and adults. Feel free to tell a friend. You don’t need to be a member to stop by and check out the trunk show.

Registration for Swim Team Now Open (and Registration Night Information)

Apr 22, 2018   //   by President   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News, Swim Team  //  No Comments

The registration system for the Old Farm Swim Team is now open. Please register your swimmers in Team Unify regardless of whether or not you plan to make it to registration night. Please use this link to complete your registration. Payments can be brought to registration night, mailed in, or paid by credit card through the pool store. You will find more details on payment in Team Unify.

Please note that unlike in past years, we are asking that those interested in participating in the Little Eagles and Pre-Team Programs register in Team Unify now and choose the roster group “Pre-Team” but do not pay for your registration until after your swimmer has been assessed and assigned to a roster group by the coaches in June.

Email Amantha Linkie at Amanthalinkie@gmail.com with any questions.

Registration Night: Wednesday, April 25th, 7:00-8:30pm at Farmland ES

Come see our coaches, FINS Director Nick Kaufman, and all your OFST friends. We will not be having swimsuit fittings at Registration Night but our new team suit will be available at Cassel’s in Rockville. Details about ordering will be coming soon.

All swimmers must register in Team Unify regardless of whether or not you make it to registration night. Please use this link to complete your registration.

DIVE TEAM–2018 Registration Night

Apr 21, 2018   //   by Dive Team   //   Dive Team, General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

If your child wants to make a big splash at Old Farm this summer, the Dive Team is the place for them!  It’s a great opportunity for children to learn new skills and bond with other kids in the neighborhood.  No prior diving experience is required.  Check out the Dive Team’s web page (link) for information about our registration fees, practice schedule, team suit (new for 2018!), and more.

Dive Registration Night: Wednesday, April 25th, 7:00-8:30pm at Farmland ES

We’ll be holding our annual registration event with the Swim Team next Wednesday evening.  Come meet our head coach, Katie Young, and all of your old Swim and Dive Team friends.  We will also be selling a cool new team t-shirt for the 2018 season.  AND a representative from Jolyn Swim and Activewear will be on hand for a trunk show.  You’ll definitely want to check it out.

If you can’t make it to the registration event or you decide afterwards that you want to join the Dive Team, no problem!  You can register online.  Just click here to get started!

Old Farm Dive Team 2018 Meet Schedule

  • June 10 / Preseason Meet for Rookie Divers at TBD (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm )
  • June 17 / HOME vs. Robin Hood
  • June 24 / HOME vs. Carderock Springs
  • July 1 / AWAY vs. East Gate
  • July 8 / AWAY vs. Mohican
  • July 15 / HOME vs. Calverton
  • July 20 / Robin Hood Invitational (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
  • July 22 / Division IV Championship (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • July 25 / MCDL 12 and Under All-Stars (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
  • July 26 / MCDL 13-18 All-Stars (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

**To sync the meet schedule with your personal calendar:  (1) visit the 2018 Dive calendar (link); (2) scroll down to the bottom of the calendar page; and (3) click on the “Subscribe to filtered calendar” button.

Spring Planning at Old Farm Pool

Happy 2018, Everyone! Summer is coming soon, and the Board of Directors has been working hard to ensure that 2018 is another great year at Old Farm. We wanted to let you know a few things about our upcoming season.

2018 Membership Renewals Start Soon

We will be starting our membership campaign very soon, so keep an eye on your email inbox for details on how to join. Be sure to join during early bird season to take advantage of the early bird discount and free guest passes!

Old Farm Information and Registration Night – Save the Date

We will be having Old Farm Information and Registration Night on Wednesday, April 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Farmland Elementary School Multipurpose Room. We expect to have representatives available to answer your questions regarding the following:

  • Membership
  • Social Events
  • Swim Team
  • Dive Team
  • FINS Swimming Lessons/Clinics
  • Tollefson Masters Swimming
  • Coach Dorrer Triathlon Training
  • Water Aerobics
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Pickleball

We will also be taking swim team and dive team registrations. Hope to see you there!

Regards,

John Hudalla
President
Old Farm Pool

2017 Annual Membership Meeting Announcement

Oct 30, 2017   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

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 16, 2017, 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:

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

  • Rob Follit* 3 year term to expire November 30, 2020
  • David Markert* 3 year term to expire November 30, 2020
  • Lou Charlip 3 year term to expire November 30, 2020
  • Staffan Sandberg 3 year term to expire November 30, 2020

*Current Board Member

Slate of Candidates for the 2018 Nominating Committee

  • Bruce Kay**
  • Mike Morper
  • 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.

Review of 2017 swim and paddle tennis season

Second on the agenda will be a review of the 2017 swim and paddle tennis season.

Georgetown Aquatics continued to provide us pool management and guard operations this past season.  The manager was Ethan Hutton.  The Board is in the process of seeking bids from several management companies, including Georgetown Aquatics,  prior to determining which company to engage in 2018.

The pool house roof, gutters, and downspouts were replaced prior to the 2017 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.  Thank you, Kris Konstruction.

The Board also voted to replace the canopy structure near the grills with a beautiful new pavilion that measures 14 feet x 30 feet.  We constructed this pavilion after hearing feedback that our members wanted to see something more substantial and visually pleasing.  After the season was completed, two fan/lights and an electrical outlet were added inside the pavilion.  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 people 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.  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.  Thank you, Danielle.

During the 2017 season, we welcomed around 20 new continuing membership families to our community.  Our total membership was about the same as 2016, with gains in continuing members and a commensurate drop in temporary members.  Our revenue increased year-over-year, and we have maintained a balanced budget.  The Board would like to thank all members for your continued financial support.  We are fully member supported, so Old Farm Pool would not be the great community amenity it is without all of you.  The final membership numbers for 2017 were as follows:  

Continuing: 192
Sustaining: 45
Temporary: 45
Total: 282

Our platform tennis program continues to thrive.  Last year’s mild winter saw substantial activity on the courts, with people enjoying both the game and the weather.  During the 2016-17 season, we had 17 single and 3 family platform tennis-only members.  (Old Farm Pool members are always welcome to play platform tennis as part of their membership benefits.)  The 2017-18 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 (301-984-5757).


Our pickleball program (initially launched in 2016) continued to expand in 2017 with 33 pickleball-only members, 6 platform tennis crossover players, and 7 pool members.  (Old Farm Pool members and platform tennis-only members are always welcome to play pickleball as part of their membership benefits.)  The recent resurfacing of the parking lots allowed us to add a second pickleball court to the lower lot.  We are planning to hold several “introduction to pickleball” sessions for club members who want to learn more about this popular growing sport.  For more information or to schedule time on the courts, please contact our pickleball chair, Rob Follit (240-401-2976).

The Club sponsored more social events during Summer 2017 than in any season in recent memory.  We started the social season with a Kickoff party at 7-Locks Brewery before the pool opened, and we ended the social season with an Oktoberfest party after the pool closed.  Our season included two other events for adults (the Wine, Beer and Cheese Party and the Endless Summer Luau) and four events for kids and families (the End of School Kids’ Luau, Fourth of July party, Movie Night Under the Stars, and the Back to School Bash).  We thank the large group of talented volunteers without whom these events would not take place.  We’re already planning our activities for 2018, so if you’d like to get involved in planning or helping with social events, please contact our social chair, Missy Maloney, at social@oldfarmpool.org

The Old Farm Swim Team had another amazing season in 2017.  The team finished the season with a 4-1 record and earned a third-place finish in Division H of the Montgomery County Swim League.  As a result, the Eagles will be advancing to Division G in 2018.  In addition to the winning record, the team continue to grow, with just shy of 200 swimmers participating in team activities this summer.  Our coaching staff was again provided by the dynamic FINS Swimming program, which is led by Nick Kaufman.  Our Head Coach this past summer was Old Farm legend Danny Charlip.  We thank FINS for the excellent coaching they provide to us each summer, and we look forward to having them back for the 2018 season.  

It was another successful summer dive season, and the team grew in size to 38 divers.  For the second year in a row, Old Farm finished atop Division IV of the Montgomery County Diving League.  Our new head coach, Katie Young, led the dive team to a 3-2 regular season record and a dominating victory at Division IV Championship meet.  The Eagles also had 10 divers qualify for the All-Stars Meet, which is the highest number of All-Star divers we have had in many years.  The team will be advancing to Division‍‍⁠ III for 2018.

Thanks to our small but dedicated group of grounds volunteers, the Club made some small steps towards enhancing the overall appearance of our grounds.  Old Farm member Brian Ruther built a fenced enclosure for storing our pool cover.  Perennials and native ground cover was planted and hardscape accent points were established on a part of the bank.  We also started a small herb garden that will hopefully mature into an ongoing supply of fresh herbs to enhance your grilling.  The beds in the front of the poolhouse are also being re-configured.  In October, we also had several dead or decaying trees removed from our grounds.

Similar to the past several years, Old Farm hosted masters swimming, triathlon training, and water aerobics in 2017.  Master Swimming was led by Tollefson Swimming, and triathlon training for kids and adults was led by Old Farm’s own Coach (Christina) Dorrer.  Although we initially had trouble engaging a water aerobics instructor, we were fortunate to find Ewelina Ferenc, who led Sunday morning classes.  We expect that all of these programs will be returning in 2018.

Despite our best efforts, our merchandise sales did not go smoothly this year.  Working with a local vendor, we intended to set up online ordering, but the vendor’s system did not work.  We were able to fulfill some paper orders for certain items, however.  Although we have attempted to settle all orders, please contact Cindy Zelaya at cins1@aol.com if you still believe there is a problem.  We also have limited white long sleeve t-shirts and gray t-shirts left, so please contact Cindy if you are interested.

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. Removal of sand volleyball court and potential installation of concrete or a multi-sport surface.
  2. Conversion of shuffleboard courts into additional seating area with new furniture.
  3. Installation of a second pavilion on the northwest patio by the soda machines to replace the existing tent structure.
  4. Baby pool replacement/enhancements.

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.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank all members of the Board of Directors for volunteering countless hours during the 2017 season.  I would especially like to thank Mike Morper and Cindy Zelaya, who will be leaving the Board as of November 30, 2017.  Here were the Board members’ areas of responsibility for the 2017 season.

Maintenance/Buildings & Grounds: Rob Follit, Tom Walsh, Scott Speier
Dive Team: David Markert, Tom Walsh
Pool Operations/Guard Liaison: John Hudalla, Cindy Zelaya
Long Range Planning: David Markert, Mike Morper
Membership: Amy Ruther, Lindsay Jauss
Merchandise: Amantha Linkie, Cindy Zelaya
Paddle Tennis, Pickleball: Scott Speier, Tom Walsh, Rob Follit
Social/Private Parties: Missy Maloney, Amantha Linkie, Scott Speier
Special Programs (Masters/Water Aerobics): Cindy Zelaya, Lindsay Jauss
Swim Team: Amantha Linkie, Lindsay Jauss
Technology and Website: Mike Morper, Jen Chaney
Development: Mike Morper, Jen Chaney

The officers of the Club for 2017 (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 2017 season:

  • Swim Team A Reps: Dan & Jenn Rudolph
  • Swim Team B Rep: Hon. Liz Hayes
  • Dive Team Rep: Lizzy Menard
  • Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant to the Board: Amy Ruther

This letter is being sent electronically in order to reduce expenses.  All Continuing Members will be receiving an electronic proxy ballot shortly.  We ask you to complete the ballot on-line and respond back to us before the General Membership meeting.

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

Regards,

John A. Hudalla

President

Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club, Inc.

New parking lots!

Oct 21, 2017   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

While the season may be over, that doesn’t mean we’re not working hard to make the grounds a great place for next season. In addition to a new sidewalk near the paddle tennis courts, this past week construction wrapped up on our parking lots. Not only did we resurface the area right in front of the pool house, but we completely demo’d the back lot and poured new asphalt. It looks great. Check out these 360 degree photos of the area. And if you click on the into the picture, you get a “Google Street View” tour of our nice new parking lot. What do you think?


Sprechen sie Deutsch? If not, come to Oktoberfest and learn!

Saturday, October 7, 2017 on the Old Farm patio.

Start cooking the brats!  Get out the lederhosen!  Start making beer!  Get it together for the neighborhood Oktoberfest party and kick off the autumn season properly.  Tickets are available online and the cost is $20 ahead of time.  Don’t wait.  The price goes up to $25 at the door.  We will have the music of Battery Lane as well as German beer and bratwurst mit kraut!  What’s not to like?  See you there!

You can also click here for tickets

Labor Day 2017 at Old Farm

Hello Old Farm Members,

It’s hard to believe that our last weekend of operations for 2017 is upon us. Here is some information about Labor Day weekend at Old Farm.

Our hours for the weekend will be as follows:
Saturday 11-10
Sunday 11-10
Labor Day Monday (last day) 11-6

On Labor Day at 6 PM, we will have our annual Doggie Dip. At that time, we will also be moving all of the deck furniture to inside the guard shack for winter storage. We ask all able-bodied members to please stick around and help with that effort. We would greatly appreciate it.

One last reminder: Please keep your membership cards in a safe place for use in 2018! You can keep using them year after year. This will make things easier for everyone.

Thank you for being a member in 2017. As a community pool with a relatively small membership, we count on each of you for your support every year. We hope you had as much fun as we did. On to planning for 2018!

Regards,

John Hudalla
President
Old Farm Pool

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