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Weekly Notes for October 10-15

Practices for Oct. 10-15:  Monday= Senior (6:30-8:30am & Dryland 8:40-9:20a);  Junior (7-8:30am & Dryland 8:40-9:20a);  Gold & Platinum (9-10:30am);  Bronze & Silver (10:30-11:30am);  Masters (5:45-7am);  No Monday PM practices.     Tuesday thru Saturday= Regular schedules.      ** Junior & Seniors are having an impromptu Perkins Breakfast on Monday (after dryland), swimmers will carpool there and pay for their own breakfast and will call to get rides home.

Closed Locker Rooms:  Tuesday & Saturday= Girl's Locker Room Closed...Boy's will be Pass Thru Only (No Changing!).    Also, Girl's may be closed Thursday due to Cheer Competition?...am waiting to here back if closed.  Will email out if it is closed.

Meet Commitment Deadline:   October 9 is deadline for the October 22 Watertown Meet.

Upcoming Social Event:  October 16 'A Day At The Movies'... click this event in Events for details.

Turkey Day 5K Race....Thursday, November 24.  9AM Start for Walkers & Racers.  Click the link at top of page for details.  We will be needing volunteers to work this event....Please help!

Coach Chuck Baechler's Cancer Fund:  Those of you who have been swimming for more than a year have seen or met Coach Chuck from Watertown.  In talking with Chuck you will quickly see his deep commitment towards not only swimmers on his team, but also on other clubs.  His devotion towards all swimmers is very special.  Now, he is facing a very big challenge.  Here is a site where you can make donations and post kind words....http://www.gofundme/coachchuck.   Here is what's posted on the web page:

      The past year couldn't have started out more promising for Watertown swim coach Chuck Baechler.  He married Stephanie, the love of his life.  He was named South Dakota Swim Coach of the Year for the second time.  Two stepsons, a daughter-in-law and a fourth grandchild were invited into to his cherished family.  A fifth grandchild is well on the way.  
      Then last month, a persistent sore throat became inflamed to the point of cutting off his airway altogether.  After weeks of tests, the worst case scenario was confirmed.  Chuck is literally in for the fight of his life against an aggressive form of throat cancer.  
      Over the course of the next seven weeks, Chuck will be forced to take a  180 mile roundtrip ride, five days a week,  to Sioux Falls for chemotherapy treatments.  Although insurance will help with some medical costs, any loss of income will quickly make day-to-day expenses challenging to impossible for Chuck and Stephanie.  And of course there is a growing list of specialty items necessary for Chuck's continual in-home care.   
      If you know Chuck, you know that he is the first to drop everything and help when called upon.  His caring nature and his humor are gifts he gives freely to family, friends and strangers alike.  Gifts we all get to open again and again.  
      As his little brother and his biggest fan, I'll just go ahead and say what Chuck never could: It is time to give back to this good man who  touches so many lives, young and old.   
      Again, it hardly needs to be said if you know him, but Chuck will be equally grateful for every offering of help, whether measured in dollars, gasoline, online shares, companionship or prayers.  
      Thank you in advance from Chuck, Stephanie, Jennifer, Monica, Derek, Jaylen, Aaron, and the entire Baechler family.