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March 2018 Newsletter

 

Gregory-Seahurst Swim Club  

     

 

March 2018

 

GSSC President’s Message

Dear GSSC Families

The entire GSSC Board would like to welcome returning families back to the pool for the 2018 season and welcome our new families to the community. We are less than 2 months from the opening day which always seems to fly by. This is your official "heads-up" to get your bathing suits ready and get plenty of sunscreen in anticipation of another season of wonderful memories at our club.

This will be my family's 20th year as members of the club, and my 6th and final year as your club President. When we first signed up for the pool, there was a 3-year waiting list (sound familiar?). When we received the call to join the club, we were beyond elated. My children all swam Speedy Sixers through their young adult years. No records were broken but I can tell you that the years we spent at our club have been some of the more memorable of our lives. The club has provided my family with a safe and consistent venue for a wide range of activities. It has also helped us form important relationships with a diverse community, many who we still call close friends.

I am grateful for our club and grateful for the opportunity to serve as your President for two terms. My goal for this year will be to set up processes (back-end tasks) that will create minimal friction for transitioning board members and processes that outlast a single board members term. Doing so will allow present and future board members to have tried and true measures to facilitate their responsibilities so they are able to spend more time focusing on matters that are more visible to members (front-end tasks).

May you have a wonderful spring and I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends at the club this season.

Sincerely,

Mark Dorsey, President

Gregory Seahurst Swim Club

 

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Hello Gator Families!

I’m very much looking forward to another great season at the club.  It was great seeing many of you at the first annual “Winter Swim” event in January.  I was extremely surprised at the turnout and the level of excitement by all who participated.  I can say this is something that I’d like to continue-on as a GSSC tradition.

As is always the case, the board and I always want to ensure that each families experience is a safe and positive one at GSSC.  Whether you’re enjoying time in the warm pool with your kids, hitting the courts for a set of tennis or barbecuing with family and friends, the GSSC staff and I are there to serve you and see to it that your time spent here is enjoyable one.

We had a very successful lessons program last season—with a not often 4th session of lessons offered.  The staff and I would like to continue to build upon that success and continue to offer quality lessons.  I’m hopeful that this season we’ll be able to offer dive lessons.  I know that this was lacking last season (no instructor), but we hope to offer at least beginning and intermediate dive for those who are interested.

From a staffing standpoint, many of last year’s employees are coming back.  So, you’ll see many familiar faces this season.  One of my goals is to make connections between the staff and members.  After all, almost all the staff are members too and it’s important that a friendly and approachable relationship is maintained between the various staff and all the members.

Lastly, I will be getting the master calendar/schedule out sooner than last year.  This includes key dates such as lessons session dates (and sign-ups).  Look for that soon via email and Facebook.

Thanks, and see you soon.

Chris Reed, Manager

Gregory Seahurst Swim Club

 

All Members Account Updates

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Welcome to the 2018 Season!  My name is Carrie Rasmussen and I am your

Membership Chair.  Going into the 2018 season, our membership is full.  Returning

members holding equity certificates can find our fee schedule on our website under  

Membership >; Dues and Fees

If you have not already, please join our Members Only Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSSTC/

Please sign into your account at the beginning of the season to ensure that all your account information is correct.  Keeping your online account maintained with your most current information including address, phone, and email changes is important for GSSC communication to you and helps us to ensure our records are accurate.

To access your GSSC account, go to www.gregoryseahurst.com and sign in. If you need your user account, please contact me, Carrie Rasmussen. 

1. Once you have signed in, select My Account on the left menu of the Home page, a menu will appear below My Account. 

2. Select My Account from the lower menu. 

3. Review and update your email addresses, mailing address, phone numbers,emergency contacts, etc.

WAIT LIST

As of March 13th, the GSSC has a healthy wait list of 156 households!  This long list shows that interest in our pool is strong! If you have friends and/or family interested in joining the Gregory Seahurst Swim Club, please let them know that completing the wait list application is the only way to secure their place on the list!  All these details can be found on our GSSC website.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Currently, we also have only 10 open spots available for Honorary Membership.

Honorary members enjoy the full rights and responsibilities of active member but pay just one-fourth the annual dues!

In order to qualify for Honorary Membership, you must:

Have held Active Memberships for 15 continuous years and have no children under 18 years of age in the family household. OR Have held Active Memberships for 20 continuous years and have children in the family

household. AND have relinquished their Active Membership certificate to the Club.

*In relinquishing their membership, an honorary member receives no funds from its sale.

Honorary Membership will be approved by the board on a first-come basis.

If you are interested in Honorary Membership for the upcoming season, please contact me.

EXTENDED STAY PASSES

If you intend to have a summer nanny or house guest, please review details on our Guest Policy page on applying for an Extended Stay Pass.

--Carrie Rasmussen

email:   jncrasmussen@gmail.com

 

Work Parties

 

The two pre-season work parties will be on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th. The times for both days are 9AM to 3PM. These work parties will be held rain or shine, so be prepared to work regardless of weather conditions.

These work parties give you an opportunity to fulfill your family’s required four (4) hours of maintenance work and provide the much-needed work force to get the pool ready for opening day. Other maintenance opportunities are available throughout the summer season but will be on a case-by-case basis and must be arranged with VP Mike Joyal. There is also an end-of-season work party in September, so members unable to work any other time will still have an additional chance to fulfill their maintenance obligation.

Very Important:  If a family plans to have one or more of their children attend the work party, they MUST be 12 years or older to participate.

PLEASE NOTE: Members not fulfilling the maintenance requirement by September 30, 2018 will be assessed a $75.00 maintenance fee. Also, if you do not plan to attend any of the work parties, you can also pay the fee up front.

For more information on the work parties or any other facility-related questions/concerns, please contact VP Mike Joyal, MJoyal@stonewayconcrete.com

  

Dive, Swim, Tennis, and Water Polo Teams 

 

We are pleased to announce we have hired Reva Zacharias as the head swim coach.  Liam McNett and Emily Zacharias will assist her. 

Nina Zacharias will be returning as the head dive coach.  We want to thank Lexi Obrastoff for her coaching the past few years and wish her well in her new endeavors.

We are in the process of rounding out the tennis coaching staff.  We are excited that Paul Codd and Luke Tolton will be returning.

Be sure to check our website, www.gregoryseahurst.com, for 2018 team information.  Meet/match schedules and team registration information is available now.

Events to Remember

 

 Annual Dues:  Membership dues of $475 are to be paid by April 15th. Dues must be paid on or before April 15th, 2018 to use the club facilities. Memberships not current by opening day are subject to forfeiture per Bylaw 6.4.01. . Any payment (dues, team fees, and maintenance) that is not paid by the due date will be subject to a monthly $25.00 late fee until payment is received.

Send all checks and payments to the P.O. Box 818, Seahurst, WA 98062.

 

 Work Parties:  Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th.

 

Opening Day:  Saturday, May 12th. Pool opens from 12 PM to 9 PM for general swim. Food provided starting at 12 noon.

 

 Teams: 

First day of pre-season swim practices:  Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mandatory Parent Meeting for swim, tennis, and dive:   Monday, June 4 at 6:15pm

Team Suit Fitting with Sylvia’s (new suit this year):   Monday, June 4 at 5:30pm

First day of regular season swim, tennis, and dive practices: Thursday, June 21 (our regular season practices follow the Highline School District schedule.)

Swim Team Time Trials:  Saturday, June 23

Pancake Breakfast and Picture Day:  Thursday, July 10

 

  2018 Social Events:

5/12/18           Opening Day 12 PM to 9 PM for general swim. Food provided starting at 12 pm. Volunteers needed (as I will be out of town), contact Renee at jrbirchfield@comcast.net

5/?/18             Movie Night 9pm-11pm

6/3/18             Card Night, 4-6pm, two tables reserved

6/8/18             Teen Summer Kick-Off Party Fri. June 8th 6pm-9pm entire pool.  For both member and   nonmember teens going into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.       Pizza and soda provided.  $10 at the door.  Volunteers Needed: 4 Chaperones, contact Renee at jrbirchfield@comcast.net.

6/15/18           Movie Night 9pm-11pm

7/10/18           Pancake Breakfast and team pictures, 6-10am.  6 Volunteers needed, please contact Renee at    jrbirchfield@comcast.net

7/28/18           Over 21-Adult Party, 7pm-10pm

 Looking for a catering option, please contact Renee at jrbirchfield@comcast.net with your   suggestions and hook-ups!!

7/29/18           Mixed Doubles Tennis Match.  Let’s use up the left-overs from the Adult Party the night before with a fun, sweaty, tennis match!  Please RSVP prior to 7/20/18 at jrbirchfield@comcast.net

8/8/18             Teams Award Banquet and Pot Luck, 6-9pm

8/26/18?         Final Movie Night 9pm-11pm

TBA                Closing Day BBQ – Food provided starting at 12 pm.

                       Volunteers Needed: please contact Renee at jrbirchfield@comcast.net.

*Social side notes:

-Let’s do card nights on Sundays from 4-6pm?

-May try to do a fun swim wear Trunk show, not associated with Gator Gear, just a fun shopping event.  Possibly early June

-Thinking about a few potential paint party evenings, still in the works.

-We still have some hoodies $20, tees $8, and hats $10 left over from last year that will be available for sale in the office! 

-Also, still in the works, and online Gator Gear site.  May be a short two/three-week window in early June, then possibly later in season as well.

*Feel free to contact Renee with questions anytime at jrbirchfield@comcast.net

 

Final Note

 

 We are currently seeking a Concessions Chair for the 2018 season.  It is a one-year term that offers a paid membership in return.  Also, our Teams Coordinator position and Teams Data Entry position will expire at the end of this 2018 season, if you are interested in either of those positions we will have you shadow the current members holding those positions. Both Concessions Chair and Team Coordinator are board positions.  Please contact Charlene Li, Secretary, if you have interest in any of these positions at licharlene@hotmail.com. 

Our pool and our programs are successful because of your membership.  We look forward to a wonderful season and getting to know you and your families and your friends.  Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can better serve you and share with us your experiences and ideas.  Together we are a community pool.

 

Gregory Seahurst Swim Club

P.O. Box 818

Seahurst, WA 98062

 

Phone: (206) 244-3640

www.gregoryseahurst.com 

 

www.facebook.com/groups/GSSTC/ 

 

 

Go Gators!