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Flippin’ Pizza Fundraiser Party for Kids’ Playground on Friday June 8, from 5 to 8 PM

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 patmay@accelermark.com 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.

Don’t Forget to Use Your Free Guest Passes (Valid in 2012)!

May 27, 2012   //   by Membership   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

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 patmay@accelermark.com. Remember, more members brings more revenue and a better pool for everyone.

Time Trials Scheduled: Sunday June 10 4-7p

May 24, 2012   //   by Swim Team   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), Swim Team  //  No Comments

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 jrmatson3@gmail.com.  He’ll do the best he can to get you an answer!


Pool Opens Saturday!

May 22, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

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!

Kids Triathlon Training Clinic at Old Farm Pool

May 21, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

Mark your calendars for June 3rd!

From 11am – 1pm, kids ages 7-13 will get to learn about the fastest growing sport in the world!  TRIATHLON!

Even if your kids aren’t signed up for a triathlon (yet), they will be excited to use their SWIM, BIKE and RUN skills in a new and exciting sport.

They will learn and practice:

  • essential skills for the three sports
  • effective transition techniques
  • race etiquette
  • self training techniques
  • basics of healthy eating and race day nutrition

In addition, kids in the clinic will complete a mini triathlon event!

There are plenty of Kids’ TRIs this summer and a list of races will be provided.

This clinic is limited in size!  The cost of the clinic is $20.  To confirm your child’s space in the clinic, please RSVP by by contacting Coach Christina Dorrer at Christina@fit2Bkids.com

Feel free to let your Farmland friends know too! Click here for more information.


Keep TRI-ing!

Keep Your Pool Life Organized with the Old Farm Pool Calendar

May 20, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

Soon, the pool will be open again. Kids will be out of school and summer will be in full swing. The Old Farm Pool has a great calendar to keep your family up-to-date on all of the pool’s activities. Head over to oldfarmpool.org/calendar and you will find all of our activities detailed out:

  • General events (pool opening, closing)
  • Social activities
  • Dive and Swim Events
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Masters Swim and Aerobics

What’s more, for the techies out there, you can easily subscribe to our calendar too and have it automagically sync with your personal calendar too such as Outlook, iCal. Just click on the “Subscribe” link at the bottom of the calendar and you will be set!

Fall into Spring: Spring Cleaning Assistance for This Weekend, Next

Mar 14, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News  //  No Comments

If you’re wondering what you can do to help spruce up  around the Club, look no further! We are going to take advantage of the wonderful weather we seem to be enjoying  and are calling for volunteers to come join us at the pool this weekend and next weekend in our annual battle to remove the leaves.

Please bring a rake (or a leaf blower if you have one) and a pair of work gloves and plan to put in a few quality hours in the cause of beautifying our Summer play ground.

Please call Rob Follit if you (and family members) think you can join us for some pre-season fun in the sun. (301) 770-5094. The task is to gather all the leaves that have accumulated inside the fence and drag them across the parking lot and dump them in the woods. Blue tarps will be provided for your dragging pleasure.

Thanks for helping out at our community pool!

2012 Dues Update

Mar 8, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), Notes from the President  //  No Comments

Who can believe it is already March and the pool opens for the 2012 season in about 11 weeks! Your Board of Directors has been working hard on finalizing the operating budget for the upcoming season and I am pleased to report that regular dues will remain the same, as they have since 2009. You will be receiving your invoice in the mail for the upcoming season shortly. As with previous seasons, we ask you to take advantage of the Early Bird rates in order to reduce your dues payment.

Despite not having increased dues, your Board has been diligently working to provide you with increased services and equipment to make your pool experience more enjoyable. We have completely repaired and replaced the flagstone in the picnic area, repaired the volleyball court, upgraded and repaired the paddle tennis courts, begun replacement of our aging deck furniture with new lounge chairs, upright chairs and umbrellas, purchased a new sound system and upgraded the website to keep everyone informed of events and important information.

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Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club February 2012 Update

Feb 14, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), News, Notes from the President  //  No Comments

Here it is, the middle of February and we are already well on our way thinking about the 2012 swim season at the pool. As a quick recap of what the Board of Directors has been doing since the last update, first and most important is that during the General Membership Meeting conducted in November 2011, our members elected the Board of Directors for the 2012 season. We welcomed Suzanne Stack to the Board and said farewell to Jill Ray, who retired from the Board after many years of service.

The 2012 Board of Directors includes the following members:

  • Bruce Kay – President (Pool Operations, Guard Liaison)
  • Griff Lindsay – Vice President (Swim Team, Pool Operations, Special Projects)
  • Rob Follit – Treasurer (Maintenance)
  • Jay Matson – Recording Secretary (Swim Team)
  • Scott Speier – (Paddle Tennis, Special Projects)
  • Dave Ohlrich – (Guard Liaison, Pool Operations)
  • Marla Caplon – (Social Activities, Concessions)
  • Ed Rich – (Buildings and Grounds, Special Projects)
  • Debbie Labonski – (Social Activities, Merchandise)
  • Pat May – (Membership, Information Technology/Website)
  • Connie Jacobson – (Dive Team, Buildings and Grounds)
  • Suzanne Stack – (Pool Operations, Special Programs)

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Old Farm Swim Team Schedule for 2012

Jan 26, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  Comments Off on Old Farm Swim Team Schedule for 2012

For those interested in swim team, dates and locations for this summer’s A Meet schedule are below. There will also be B Meets during the week on Wednesdays too, please stay tuned for those dates and locations.

  • June 9-10: Time Trials (precise time TBD)
  • June 16: A Meet: Away versus Clopper Mill
  • June 23: A Meet: Home versus Eldwick
  • June 30: A Meet: Home versis Poolesville
  • July 7: A Meet: Away versus Plantations
  • July 14: A Meet: Home versus Carderock Springs
  • July 21: Divisionals
  • July 28-29: All Stars

There are also A and B relays somewhere in there as well (usually each is on a Sunday in the middle of the season).  The details regarding these meets still needs to be finalized. For your convenience, all of these dates are located in the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club calendar. Feel free to subscribe to this calendar to automagically sync this information into your family’s personal calendar.