Spooktacular Kingfish News: Fall 2022 Newsletter

Somer Mcbride

Hello Kingfish families! A few fall updates:

Open Key Volunteer Positions

We would like to remind everyone that we still have two open Key Volunteer positions:  Merchandise Shadow and Treasurer Shadow.  Both of these positions are important to the success of the Kingfish and as a shadow, you will be under the guidance of wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers for the 2023 season before taking over the full role in 2024.

We are also seeking a Banquet Chair to build a planning committee and oversee our end of season banquet.

If you are interested in filling any of these roles, please reach out to Christy Shafer ([email protected]) or Mia Joelsson ([email protected]).

A Meet Schedule

The proposed schedule of A meets for the 2023 Summer season has been posted to the Kingfish website.  You may find the schedule under “Newsletters”, the “Other Documents” tab, and the “Key Information This Week” button.  And just in case you don’t want to visit the website – keep reading.  We got you covered! 

MCSL Calendar Proposal for 2022

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, 2023
Last day of MCPS, Friday, June 16, 2023
July 4th falls on a Tuesday in 2023

Proposed Calendar For A Meets
• Time Trials, Saturday, June 10
• Week 1, Saturday, June 17
• Week 2, Saturday, June 24
• Relay Carnival Window, Sunday June 25 through Sunday, July 9 (Monday, July 10 ok as raindate)
• Week 3, Saturday, July 1
• Week 4, Saturday, July 8
• Coaches Long Course, Tuesday, July 11
• Week 5, Saturday, July 15
• Divisionals, Saturday, July 22
• All Star Weekend: July 29-30

2023 Kentlands Kingfish Board

Congratulations to the members of our 2023 Kentlands Kingfish Board!

Board Position

 Board Members

A Meet Co-Reps (Meet Management)

Christy Shafer & Mia Joelsson

A Meet Rep (Automation)

Gretchen Dourgarian

B Meet Co-Reps (Meet Management)

Grant Cheung & Rachel Sumrow


Jennifer Nash

Volunteer Coordinator

Mimi Zaw-Pham


Many thanks to the Kingfish Board as well as all of our Key Volunteers for their tireless efforts and commitment to the Kingfish community. We also want to give a special thanks to Meredith Fogle, our departing Team Manager. Her involvement has been essential to the Kingfish and her leadership will be missed. Congratulations to Yolanda Goettsch who will be transitioning to the Team Manager position and passing the torch on her A Meet Rep role to Christy Shafer and Mia Joelsson! We know she will make our future seasons fantastic!

Upcoming Board Meetings

The Kingfish Board and Key Volunteers meet on a monthly basis, usually the second Monday of every month.  All current members of the Kingfish team are invited and encouraged to attend.  Our proposed schedule is below, with meetings beginning at 7 p.m. Location is TBD.

  • Monday, November 14th
  • Monday,  January 9th
  • Monday, February 13th
  • Monday, March 13th
  • Monday, April 17th (4/3 and 4/10 are MCPS Spring Break)
  • Monday, May 8th

We would typically then meet every other Monday through the summer swim season.

KidServe Holiday Giving

We are hosting our gift giving and gift wrapping event again this year, and we are hoping for your participation. Kingfish families were incredibly generous last year, and some of you even came to help wrap.

Most of the kids we are purchasing for receive food and other kinds of assistance. Some of them are special needs; others have parents who are enrolled in ESOL English-learning classes. Some of the kids are too young to be in school, so they don't always get help from MCPS programs.
Here is our wishlist, and please feel free to pass along to anyone you think might be interested: 
Any gifts purchased will ship directly to us and we will bring them to the Clubhouse on the day of the wrapping event, so if you want to join us for that fun day, please sign up:
Last year our community was so generous, and we look forward to helping local families out this year as well. Questions? Email [email protected] or check us out @kidservemd on Instagram and FB. SSL hours available.
Check out the picture from last year!
Thank you! Sincerely, Sooky and Sherry