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 Thursday, Sept 27th. 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 2018/2019 Board Members & Team Chairpersons; 
Tamara Kawashiri (VJO President)
Phil Grant (VJO Vice President)
Cidy DeLange (VJO Secretary)
Madelyn Cueva (VJO Treasurer)
Miriam Rivera  (VJO Membership Chair)
Candance Van Dewark (VJO Offical's Chair)
Joe & Gigi Sapida (VJO Meet Director's)
Communications Chair - Coming Soon!
Heidi Scharffenberg ( Volunteer Coordinator)  
Sarah Melanephy ( Swim-a-thon)
Beth Raymond   ( Event Coordinator)
Lori Alvarado ( Team Attire)
Special Thank  you! 
We would like to give a special thank you to our out going 2017/2018 Board Members. Our team would not be what it is today without all your time and dedication.  Thank you Jennifer Matteo (VJO President 2017/2018), Tamara Kawashiri (VJO Vice President) and Betsy Zampa (VJO Communications Chair 2017/2018). We can not thank you all enough! 
If you were unable to attend the General Membership Meeting contact one of our VJO Board Members ASAP. They will give you all the important information that you missed. 
This month our coaching staff will be focussing on and addressing safety with all our athletes. We will be reviewing pool rules, reviewing team rules, reviewing the swimmer code of conduct, and teaching athletes ways to stay safe in the pool & other bodies of water. Make sure to ask your swimmer what they have learned this week about safety on the pool deck. 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To help raise awareness VJO is selling Pink VJO Team T-Shirts and Pink Team Caps. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Foundation.  Last year we donated $100 to the Pink Fund.  Let's meet or exceed that this year! The Coaches will be wearing these pink team shirts at our next October Meet and we invite you to do the same.  Attached is the order form that can be filled out and left in the Alvarado file folder or you can email [email protected] with your order.  Payment can be charged to your account or you can pay by cash or check.
Breast Cancer Team T-Shirt - $20
Silicone Breast Cancer Cap - $20
Latex Breast Cancer Cap - $10
Order Forms Due By Friday Oct 5th
QUESTIONS: Contact Lori Alvarado [email protected]
VJO Team Suits Have Arrived
If your swimmer order a team suit, they have all arrived! Please see coach Jennifer on the pool deck to get your team suit. If you missed our last Team Suit Fitting Day don't worry, you can order team suits, parka's and other gear at any time. Just take an order form down to Making Waves Swim Shop in Walnut Creek and you can place an order at any time.  Order forms for team suits, team parka's and team gear are attached below. Order Forms can also be found on our team website and at the pool.  
*** VJO Team Suits are required at ALL SWIM MEETS***
VJO C/B/A+ MEET “Tuffy Williams Classic” – October 19-21
***CLOSES OCT 8th***
Our VJO C/B/A + Meet on October 19-21st is STILL OPEN for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of October and our second meet of the season. This meet is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers.  Please sign up ASAP. We are very excited to announce there will again 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.
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.
Leopard & Mako: Please enter the 200 IM on Friday night and 3 events on both Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Junior: *The entire Junior Group will be entering the 500 free on Saturday*. See coach Sophie if you need a time. Please enter one event on Friday night and 3 events on both Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
JR2 & SR: *All the Junior 2 and Senior Swimmers will be entering the 1,000 free on Friday night. Please enter 3 events a day on Sat & Sun (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Oct 6             - Saturday Practice JR2 & SR Groups (8-10am Cunningham Pool) ***JUST ADDED***
Oct 13           - Saturday Practice JR2 & SR Groups (8-10am Cunningham Pool) ***JUST ADDED***
Oct 19-21      - VJO Fall Classic C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool) ***STILL OPEN***
Oct 22           - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Oct 25           - Shark Pride Day & Halloween Party (All Groups, 5-7pm)
Oct 26           - NO PRACTICE (TCAL High School Water Polo Champs at Cunningham)
Oct 27           - Saturday Practice All Groups @7:00am
                        H1/H2 7-8am
                        LS/MS 7-8:30am
                        JR/JR2/SR 7-8:45am
Oct 31           - NO PRACTICE (Happy Halloween!)
Nov 3-4         - Crow Canyon Sharks C/B/BB+ Meet (All Groups, San Ramon) 
Nov 10          - Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp (JR/JR2/SR Groups only, Cunningham Pool)
Nov 11          - Soup Kitchen Volunteering (3-7pm, 1st Baptist Church) ***JUST ADDED***
Nov 16          - Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser (Vallejo Chipotle, 5-9pm) ***JUST ADDED***
Nov 17-18     - WCAB SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Walnut Creek)
Nov 22-23     - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving)
Nov 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
Nov 30-Dec 2  -  14 & Under Winter Junior Olympic Champs (JO Qualifiers, Moraga)
Dec 7-9        - Senior II Champs (Qualifying SR groupers, Concord CA)
Dec 8-9        - Daly City Dolphin C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Indoor Daly City Pool)
Dec 14-16    - Speedo Sectional Champs (Qualified SR group, Monterey Park)
Jan 19-20    - Winter Zone 3 Champs (Qualifiers, SRJC)
Feb 22-24    - VJO February Frost C/B/A+ Meet ( All Groups, Cunningham Pool)