Weekly Mailer
Thank you for Attending the General Membership Meeting!
Thank you to all the parents that attended our Mandatory General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) last Saturday. We had a great turn out and saw many new faces.  Our Board and Coaches are very excited for this upcoming swim year and see great things in our teams future.  We would like to  introduce and give a warm welcome our 2017/2018 Board Members; 
Jennifer Matteo  (VJO President)
Tamara Kawashiri (VJO Vice President)
Cidy DeLange (VJO Secretary)
Madelyn Cueva (VJO Treasurer)
Jennifer Pettit  (VJO Membership Chair)
Candance Van Dewark (VJO Offical's Chair)
Joe & Gigi Sapida (VJO Meet Director's)
Communications Chair - Vacant
Special Thank  you! 
We would like to give a special thank you to our out going 2016/2017 Board Members. Our team would not be what it is today without all your time and dedication.  Thank you Diane Powell (Membership Chair from 2003-2017), Ethel Rosario (VJO President 2016/2017), Jennifer Pettit  (VJO Secretary 2016/2017), Tamara Kawashiri (VJO Communications Chair 2016/2017). We can not thank you all enough!
If you were unable to attend the General Membership Meeting please contact one of our VJO Board Members ASAP, so they can give you the important  information that was discussed. 
TEAM SUIT FITTING DAY – Tuesday September 12th
Nor Cal Swim Shop will be at Cunningham pool on Tuesday, September 12th from 4:00-7:00pm for our VJO team suit and Warm-up fitting. We will be offering one team suit this year, a black polyester suit with an embroidered team logo.  The women’s suit is offered in three different styles.  The men’s team suits are available in either Jammer or brief style.   We will also have our team warm-ups available in both youth and adult sizes.  New 2017 Order Forms are available at the pool.  
*** VJO Team Suits are required at ALL SWIM MEETS***
When: Tuesday May 2nd
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Where: Cunningham Pool
Regular Practice for All Groups this Day
To View Team Suits and Order Online:
September 16th & 17th
The 10-12 yr old Saturday session of the Clinic has been OPENED BACK UP. They will now be taking an additional 12 more participants.  Don't miss this chance to work with Olympian Molly Hannis at our home pool on faster breaststroke and open turns.
Ages 9 & Under: Saturday, September 16th (8:30-11:00 AM)
Ages 10 – 12: Saturday, September 16th (12-3:00 PM) ***OPENED BACK UP***
Ages 13 & Over: Sunday, September 17th (8:30-12PM)
TEAM DISCOUNT: As the host team, we have a special, limited time discount of $20!  Use promo code MOLLY-FAST when you sign up!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are still in need of parent volunteers to help will registration. Volunteers can receive a 50% discount on registration. Please email Coach Jennifer at if you are available to help.  Jennifer will supply you with the 50% discount code.
Saturday 9/16 from 7:30-11am - 1 volunteer needed
Sunday 9/17 from 7:30-12pm - 1 volunteer needed
Our Annual VJO Awards Banquet will be held Sunday, September 24th from 5-9pm at the SPSV Cafeteria. We invite and encourage everyone to attend this fun and exciting event.  All swimmers (new and returning) will be recognizing for their achievements over the last year (Sept 2016-Aug2017). This is a semi-formal potluck dinner.
WHEN: Sunday, September 24th 2017
TIME: 5-9pm
WHERE: St. Patrick - St. Vincent High School Cafeteria (1500 Benicia Rd Vallejo CA)
Semi Formal Attire
Potluck Dinner Assignments (by last name):
A-L      Main Dish
M-P    Desert
Q-Z     Salad or Side Dish
Interested in getting in a good swim workout or learning how to swim more effectively? Come join our VJO Masters Swim Group. Workouts are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm.
WORKOUT TIME: Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm
COST: $30/ month 
            $10 drop-in fee
USMS REG: Adults must be registered with US Masters Swimming to participate
COACH: Your coach is Chigusa Kanzan, one of our great VJO Coaches. 
Invite your friends and family! VJO  will be having a Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, October 7th from 8am-10am. This is a great opportunity to have breakfast with family and friends and raise money for our swimmers.  50% of the proceeds go back to our swimmers to help fund their travel meets. Our VJO swimmers will even be your servers, greeters and bussers. Please feel free to tip your waiters and waitresses. 
Tickets: $10 Per Person
To get your tickets, please contact Sarah Chavez at or (510)778-4055. Ticket will be sold at the door as well.
Event Date: Saturday, October 7th 2017
Time: 8-10am
Location: Applebee's Vallejo
QUESTIONS: contact Sarah Chavez at
VJO C/B/A+ MEET “Tuffy Williams Classic” – October 13-15***STILL OPEN***
Our VJO C/B/A + Meet on October 13-15th is STILL OPEN for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of October and our first meet of the season. This meet is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers.  Please sign up ASAP. We are very excited to announce there will be RELAYS offered in our October Meet! These relays will be very fun for our swimmers. Please note the VJO coaches will enter swimmers in relays, parents and swimmers will not be entering these. 
TIME:   Friday - arrive at 3:30pm
              Saturday – arrive at 7:15am 
              Sunday - arrive at 7:15am 
Warm-ups will start at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday and the meet will start at 9:00am each day. Remember parking is easier the earlier you arrive.
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter.
Loepard, Mako, JR, & SR: Please enter 3 events a day (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Hammerhead 1 & 2: Please only enter events you are ready for. Entering swimmers in events they are not ready for can be very discouraging and causes un-needed paperwork for our officials. Talk to your coach first.
The Marin Pirate Senior Open Meet on Sept 30-Oct 1st is NOW OPEN for ENTRIES. This meet is only open to Senior Group swimmer. The meet will be held at the Indian Valley College Pool in Novato. Please sign up online ASAP as this meet will fill fast.  
LOCATION: College of Marin Indian Valley Campus Pool – 1800 Ignacio Blvd. Novato, CA, 94949 
PARENT DRIVER NEEDED: Please remember that VJO Senior swimmers will be traveling together to all Senior Level Meets for now on. We will need one parent driver to help carpool all our Senior swimmers to the Marin Pirate meet on Sept 30-Oct 1st. Parents are welcome to come watch, but all swimmers will be traveling together.
VJO TEAM SUITS REQUIRED: This is a reminder that starting this fall VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit by this time. You can order a team suit at NorCal Swim Shop at any time.
Sept 9                - Mandatory General Membership Meeting (9:30-11:30am, Portable Buildings)
                              Combined Practice 9:30-11:30am (ALL Groups)
Sept 12              - Team Suit and Team Warm-up Fitting Day (4-7pm, Cunningham)
Sept 16-17         - Fitter & Faster Swim Clinic with Olympian Molly Hannis ***OPEN AGAIN***
Sept 22               - Breast Cancer Cap & T-Shirt Order Forms Due
Sept 24               - 2017 Awards Banquet (5-9pm, SPSV Cafeteria)
Sept 28                - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Sept 30- Oct 1    - Marin Pirate SR Open Meet (SR Group, Indian Valley College) ***OPEN***
Oct 7                     - Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser (8-10am, Vallejo Applebee’s)
Oct 12                  - Parka Order Forms Due
Oct 13-15             - VJO Tuffy Williams Fall Classic C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool) ***OPEN***
Oct 16                   - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery day)
Oct 21                   - Diversity Camp (Junior and Senior Group)
Oct 26                   - Halloween Party / Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Oct 31                   - NO PRACTICE (Happy Halloween!)
Nov 2                  - Hot Chocolate Night Starts! (Every Thursday in Winter)
Nov 11-12          - Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A Meet (All Group, Vintage HS)
Nov 18-19          - TERA SR Open Meet (Senior Group, Concord)
Nov 23-24          - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving)
Nov 30                - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
Dec 1-3             - Junior Olympic Championships 14 & Under (Qualifying, Morgan Hill)
Dec 2-3             - PIRN C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Rohnert Park)
Dec 8-10           - WCAB Senior 2 Championships (Qualifying Seniors, Pleasant Hill)
Dec 16               - Holiday Party
Jan 13-14       - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, Santa Rosa Junior College)
Jan 15             - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 26-28       - VJO C/B/A + Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)