The 2012 season is underway and in full swing with a high percentage of renewals and a huge surge in new memberships, especially among young families. Opening weekend weather was perfect, the pool was very well attended and we sold out of all the food we had to sell at the Café Old Farm Bar-B-Q. Swim and Dive teams are preparing for the first meets, and we continue to receive complements on the new deck furniture and umbrellas. Our members and guests are enjoying some of our “extras” including the grills, Friday night pizzas, volleyball, basketball and ping pong. Just a few quick reminders and notes to help make everyone’s pool experience enjoyable.
The swim team season is upon us. A couple of items for all our members to note . . .
1. The pool will be closed whenever we have home swim meets. There are only five home meets scheduled, so the closures are relatively minimal. They are:
- Saturday, June 23 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
- Wednesday, June 27 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
- Saturday, June 30 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
- Tuesday, July 3 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
- Saturday July 14 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
2. The swim and dive teams have their end of the season banquet on Sunday, June 22. We still need to finalize the venue, but on many occasions in the past we have held the banquet at the pool. In that case, the pool would close early (approximately 5:30 PM). More details on this in the very near future.
3. If you have a child 18 or younger who is interested in the swim or dive teams, we would love to have him/her join us! Any degree of experience, including none at all, is welcome! For dive team, contact Dori Morper (firstname.lastname@example.org). For swim team, contact Gail Minsk (email@example.com) or Jay Matson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday evening volleyball will be back again from 7 – 9 PM at Old Farm Pool this summer. With people busy with school, the game tonight is questionable, but we should begin a regular game starting June 12. We trucked in 18 tons of fresh, new sand and spread it around to create a great surface. The courts have been in heavy use by the kids over the weekend. To help organize things, please shoot an email to email@example.com if you are interested in playing, and he will send a weekly reminder email to those who have indicated interest.
Thank you Flippin’ Pizza for a Great Fundraiser!
This past Friday, we threw a fundraiser party with 35 pizzas copiously donated to us by Flippin’ Pizza. Not only was the pizza outstanding, but we netted nearly $500 (even after a generous tip). Thank you to Suzanne Stack, who spearheaded this effort, and the other volunteers who made this event a success in raising money toward the planned tot lot upgrade. We will likely plan other such fundraisers in the future to provide the little ones with a nicer play area on the back portion of our property.
This summer, FINS Swimming will begin offering summer programs out of our wonderful pool.
We will offer a 7 week program, starting on Wednesday June 13th, that will focus on technique, technique, technique! Many of our swimmers will be swimming for their summer swim teams and looking to add FINS practices to their swimming schedule. And lots of FINS Swimmers who don’t have a summer team will also be joining us.
FINS will offer the following programs that swimmers can participate in once or twice a week:
Back by popular demand, Old Farm Pool will be offering early-morning lap swimming from 5:45 AM until 7:15 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday…from Monday June 11 through Friday August 10.
We’ll have the pizza, you bring the beverages!
Enjoy the evening with friends and family while helping to raise funds for our planned new playground equipment. Flippin’ Pizza has generously donated 30 pies to help us with the fundraiser, and all proceeds will go toward the planned tot lot upgrade. Pizzas will cost $15 by the pie and $3 per slice. Unless you preorder a whole pie, all pizzas provided will be cheese. If you wish to order in-advance, you can choose one topping for free from these choices (sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, mushroom, green pepper, roasted red peppers, onions, or tomatoes). Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to June 5, and your pie (with your name attached) will be available for pick up at the pool between 5 – 6 PM on June 8.
All members of the pool have received a free 10-visit guest pass, placed in your binder page at the front desk, as a thank you for supporting the pool. This pass card is only valid for the 2012 season, so please use it (or lose it) to introduce friends and neighbors to the pool. Also, remember that you receive a free 10-visit guest pass (without expiration) every time you refer someone who joins the pool. Just tell them to mention your name when they join/complete the membership form, and the pass will appear in your binder page automagically. If you have referred someone and did not receive credit, please just email Patrick May (who handles membership) at email@example.com. Remember, more members brings more revenue and a better pool for everyone.
The swim team will be holding time trials from 4:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, June 10.
We’ll now take questions from the audience . . .
Q. We never hold time trials on Sunday afternoon/evening – why the change?
A. Because change is good. We must embrace change, even if it means we are considered “socialists” by certain people who don’t know what socialism is. And, more importantly, if we want to have the coaches at time trials, we need to hold them on Sunday afternoon/evening.
Q. Are any other teams coming to participate in time trials with us?
A. No. In the past we have had years where we hold time trials with another team and we have had years where we don’t. Things are a little simpler and a little quicker (and who doesn’t like quick?) if we do time trials on our own.
Q. What if a swimmer can’t make time trials?
A. We’ll be sad, but we’ll get over it. We want to strongly encourage all swimmers to come to the time trials (and their parents to volunteer to help). However, we realize that there are other things that come up, especially with it being the end of the school year. So we hope to see you there, but if you’re unable to make it, don’t worry. We’ll get your first set of times at the first B Meet on Wednesday, June 13.
Q. Wait a minute . . . you put that “volunteer” thing in parenthesis hoping we wouldn’t notice it. What do you mean volunteers?
A. Time trials are not only a chance for the swimmers to get their first times, it’s also a chance for the parents to practice making a swim meet go. Plus, without the parents, the swimmers would stand around aimlessly on the pool deck not knowing what to do. Among other things, we’ll need a referee, a starter, a gaggle of stoke and turn officials, two gaggles of timers, a clerk of course . . . the full panoply of positions needed to make a swim meet function properly.
Q. Gaggle? Panoply? What are you, studying for the SATs?
A. Mercifully, our days of #2 pencils is well in the rearview mirror. Besides, we hear that the ACT is all the rage now.
Q. Anything else?
A. Not for now, but if anyone has any questions, feel free to email Jay Matson at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll do the best he can to get you an answer!
That’s right, the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club pool reopens this Saturday. And it looks the the weather is going to be great too, so come by and visit with friends and neighbors. The pool opens an noon.
Lots of activities coming soon
Last week, we held our annual swim and dive team registration. Didn’t get a chance to sign-up the swimmer or diver in your family? Have no fear, there is still plenty of time to do so. Just complete our swim and dive registration form and drop off your check payable to Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club the next time you’re at the pool. Remember, first dive and swim practices are Tuesday May 29th (yes, one week from today).
Masters swim and water aerobics classes will be kicking off in June. Registrations are still be accepted for both of these great programs as well. Please complete our Masters Swimming Registration Form or Water Aerobics Form and bring by the pool. For more information, please review this article posted to the oldfarmpool.org website.
See you Saturday at the pool!