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Where Oh Where have our Bean Bags Gone?

Aug 4, 2013   //   by President   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

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!

One Last Chance to Add Your Legacy to the Tot Lot>>Order a Brick by July 26!

Jul 21, 2013   //   by Membership   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

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:

Annulis Kambanis Slye
Bingley Kay Stack
Brown Khayami Stone
Bucheimer Co. Design & Build, LLC Legates Tavik
Cordray/Stewart Margulies Tunis
Dominos Pizza – White Flint Marie McCormack, Realtor Walsh
Dulin Markert/O’Malley Washington
Evans Matson Weidenbruch
Fogarty May Wilkinson
Frownfelter Mulford Williams
Huff Nadelman Worch
I Drive Smart , Inc. Residential Floors Yanovski

Notes from the President – July 22, 2013

Jul 19, 2013   //   by President   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

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.

July 4th Parade!

Jun 26, 2013   //   by President   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

Hello everyone,

It’s time to celebrate America with our Annual July 4th Parade!

The Greater Farmland Civic Association invites one and all to join in the parade from Farmland Elementary School to Old Farm Pool, which will be open to everyone after the parade.

The parade starts at 10:00 am at Farmland and will be led by firetrucks from the Rollins Station of the VFD. Anyone with a vintage convertible is welcome to join the parade.

So start decorating your bikes, trikes, wagons or yourselves in red, white and blue!

We will be awarding prizes in the following categories:

Best Wagon
Best Stroller
Best Bike with training wheels or Tricycle
Best Bike
Best Pet
Most Patriotic
Best other forms of transportation (scooters, rollerblades, basically, anything that is powered by humans but is not a bike).

Also, show your community spirit by sponsoring an American Flag! They will be lining the Parade Route and your family name will be prominently displayed underneath your flag. Your family can sponsor a flag for only $20.

Space is limited. Please sign up soon. Contact Kristen Mirsky ksmirsky@verizon.net to sponsor a flag. Pay by check (made out to GFCA) or cash (in sealed envelope with your name and phone number) and drop it off either at my house or with Kristen. Please tell us how you would like your name plate to read: eg: THE RICH FAMILY, or LAURA AND ED RICH.

We also need judges to judge the Parade entries and people to help with set up on the morning of the 4th. If you can do either, please e-mail me as soon as possible.

Let’s have a great parade!

Ed Rich
11703 Hitching Post Lane

Notes from the President – June 2013

Jun 23, 2013   //   by President   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

Well the pool has been open for almost a month and the 2013 season is off to a great start. The improvements we made over the winter have already proven to be big hits, especially the new stairs into the shallow end, the basketball court, volleyball court and almost completed shuffleboard court. Special thanks to Rob Follit who organized and in many cases did most of the improvements himself. Our membership numbers are strong, and we can always accommodate new members. If new neighbors have moved on your street, invite them to try us out! Pat May will provide them all the information they need to join.

The new plantings around the dive well and baby pool provide nice fresh look to the pool. The volunteers who worked with Rob Follit, Scott Speier and Ed Rich digging, tilling, cutting, mulching and planting have greatly improved the pools appearance.

Due to the great fundraising efforts of Suzanne Stack and all the volunteers helping her, we will be installing the new tot lot within the next few weeks rather than our originally anticipated time of next season! Thanks to all for your great help.

Our swim and dive teams are off to a great start this season and everyone is happy with our coaching staffs. Thanks to Jay Matson, Griff Lindsay, Connie Jacobson and all the volunteers helping to keep the teams going. Dave Ohlrich has been working closely with Georgetown Aquatics and the guard staff to ensure we have a safe pool for our members and guests.

We have some fun social events coming up including the Wine & Cheese, an adult social evening and weekly beer and Pizza Friday nights! Come up and join in the fun and meet your fellow pool members. Marla Caplon, Amantha Linkie and their team are all busy planning for many fun events.

Thanks again for the hard work that our Board of Directors is doing and thanks to all the volunteers who donate time and effort to improve the Old Farm experience!
Thanks and see you at the pool!


Please Buy a Brick to Support a New Playground for the Pool

Jun 17, 2013   //   by Membership   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

Wouldn’t a new playground at the pool be great?

Please buy a brick and all proceeds will go toward purchasing a new playground for our kids. Plus, your kid(s) can see his or her name on a brick for many years to come!

Maybe you think your kid is too old to play on the playground. You can still purchase a brick to help support the pool, and big kids like to see their names on bricks too!

But hurry!!  The brick fundraiser ends July 15, 2013!!!

Three easy ways to purchase a brick:
1.  Pick up an order form at the front desk at the pool.
2.  Order a brick online at https://www.bricksrus.com/order/oldfarmbricks
3.  Print out an order form from the Old Farm Pool Website https://oldfarmpool.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/ofpBrickOrderForm.pdf

Thank you to all the families who have already bought bricks, donated money, and supported the fundraiser!

If you have any questions, please call Catherine Williams at 301-881-0580 or carrwilliams@hotmail.com.

Wine and Cheese Party

Jun 13, 2013   //   by Social   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

Please join us for Old Farm’s Annual Wine and Cheese Party on Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m.  We’ll have wine, beer and plenty of tasty appetizers.  Mark your calendars, secure your babysitters and tell your friends.  Don’t miss this fun event.  Please sign up at the front desk.  Tickets are $18.00 per person.  Email Amantha Linkie with any questions.  We hope to see you there.

There are lot fun events for kids and teens coming this summer at Old Farm and Tilden Woods Pools!  Below is a list of few of them.  Mark your calendars now.

 End of the School Year Celebration at Tilden Woods

Friday, June 14 from 2:00 to 4:00

School’s out, so head to Tilden Woods Pool for an afternoon of fun and friends.  There will be a moonbounce, snow cones, and of course, their lovely pool.  Old Farm kids (middle-school age and younger) are welcome to join this fun event as a special “swap afternoon”.

Adult volunteers are needed to help supervise the moonbounce and man the snow cone machine.  Please contact Beth Blake at blake.el@gmail.com to volunteer or with any questions.


Old Farm Swim and Dive Teams Season Opening Potluck Dinner

Friday, June 14 from 6:30-8:00pm

This Friday night at Old Farm Pool from 6:30-8:00pm the Swim and Dive Teams will be holding their Season Opening Potluck Dinner.  We hope to see all you swimmers and divers there!  Signups are different this year…just click on the Signup Genius link, read the instructions and commit to bringing something on the list that will feed between 10-12 people.  The team is providing lemonade and dessert.

Here is the link:  http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080A45ADAC2FA75-season/3517664

All team age groups and family members are welcome—the more the merrier.

Teen Night at Tilden Woods

Monday, June 17 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Middle schoolers and up have been invited to join their friends at the Tilden Woods Pool for an evening of fun.  The Flippin’ Pizza truck will be here for all your dinner time needs!

Contact blake.el@gmail.com with any questions.


Kids Luau at Old Farm Pool

Tuesday, July 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars now for Old Farm’s annual Kids Luau!  This annual event is always a blast for the kids.  There will be lots of fun music, dancing and great fun in the pool.  Pizza, chips and a drink will be included in the ticket price.  Look for more details to come soon!


2013 Swim and Dive Potluck Season Opener!

Old Farm Swim and Dive Teams!  Little Eagles through 15-18s!

This Friday night from 6:30-8:00pm we are hoping you will join us for our annual Season Opening Poluck Dinner!  We are thrilled that between both the Dive Team and the Swim Team, we have close to 150 athletes on our teams.  Let’s start the season off sharing some food and fun together!

Signups are different this year…just click on the Signup Genius link, read the instructions and commit to bringing something on the list that will feed between 10-12 people.  The team is providing lemonade and dessert.

Here is the link:  http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080A45ADAC2FA75-season/3517664

(Swim Team parents, please help us understand our numbers by going to the Events tab, scroll down to the Potluck on June 14th, and either commit/decline the attendance of your swimmers.  All age groups and family members are welcome-the more the merrier.)  Dive team families can confirm or decline their attendance to vicki.dunn@comcast.net.

Hope to see you there!