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January 2000
 
Message from the President

Happy New Year to all and best wishes to our swimmers for the upcoming short course meets.

In December we had our annual Christmas party at Glen Cove School. Thank you to Frank Zucca for coordinating the event and announcing at the auction. We raised funds for charity and gave gifts to the Christian Help Center for youths.

Swim practices have had solid participation through December. Coaches still recommend that swimmers wear wool hats, jackets, and shoes and socks to keep warm.

Thank you to parents for signing up and doing the hot chocolate on Wednesday nights. Also, thank you to Danette Domecus for updating and decorating the bulletin board in the pool office area!

32 swimmers have signed up for the Zone III Championship meet at Koret. Good Luck!

On January 20th we will have a VJO Board meeting at the GVRD Clubhouse. The meeting will start at 7:00. Please feel free to attend and participate in decisions that affect the club.

VJO will have its first swim meet February 26 and 27 at Cunningham. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ALL PARENTS AND SWIMMERS PARTICIPATE. Ken Toch is the meet director. Please check in with him to let him know how you can/will help or fill out the volunteer flyer and return it.

News from Last Board Meeting
We have changed our post office box -- it is now PO 5846, Vallejo CA 94591; Coaches will receive new apparel for swim meets to look good and scared the competition; equipment will be purchased -- medicine balls, stretch cords, jump ropes, etc.; our financial position is solid; we will need to organized dual and tri meets for our swimmers to get adequate completion experience; we need more officials; we need a volunteer to do hospitality at the next meet.

Donations of Weight Equipment Sought
If you have a weight machine that is in good shape that you would like to donate, let us know by putting a note in the president's file folder. Donations to a non-profit organization are tax deductible.

Hospitality Chairperson Needed
At our meet in February, we will need a parent to coordinate our hospitality services. Angeli Stanwick has taken on awards as her new job. Hospitality involves obtaining, preparing, and distributing snacks and lunches to timers, coaches, and officials. Please let Ken Toch or Angeli Stanwick know if you are interested.

Need More Officials
To successfully run a meet, there needs to be officials -- stroke and turn, referees, and starters. There are training clinics to learn how to do these jobs. You can also be trained on deck. To be a deck official you must have a current US Swimming Non-Athlete card. The club will pay the cost for anyone who wishes to become a deck official. If you are interested in this, please see Mario DeSenna put a note in the president's box.

VJO Web Site and Others
If you go online you can access information about the Vallejo Aquatics Club at VJOAquatics.org. Thank you to Roland Felix for being the webmaster for the page. Other sites are PacSwim.org and USSwiming.org. You can find meet results, rules, lots of other information.

NEW PO Box -- PO 5846
If you send your dues payment in the mail, do not send it to PO 1490. We have move the box to PO 5846.

Spaghetti Feed, April 8th
Mark your calendar for our first spaghetti feed on April 8th. At the next board meeting we will be discussing the details of the event such as fees, auction, dancing, volunteers, etc.

  Calendar:

January 15,16:Zone III Championships at Koret
January 20: VJO Board Meeting
Feb 26-27:VJO Short Course Meet at Cunningham
April 08: Sphaghetti Feed


From Coach Chris
Nearly every sport has its season. High School students play football and run cross country in Autumn, play basketball and compete in wrestling during winter, and run track and play baseball in spring.

Swimming it seems, has no season. We swim short course from September until the beginning of April and long course from then until August. For youth, a season for almost any sport other than swimming lasts a couple of months which is manageable.

To make swimming easier, try to view it by seasons. The high school season lasts until the end of April; now is the time to focus on goals and practice habits to help you accomplish them. For everyone else, think about what you want to do in meets and workouts between now and the middle of March when short course season is almost over. Set goals and commit to the preparation needed to accomplish them. Write them down. After that you can focus on your goals for long course season and REAL.

One thing about swimming that does not change: you have to be in shape to accomplish your goals. Come to practice every day.

Safeway eScrip Program -- Please Sign up!!!


Last month all families received an application for the Safeway eScrip program. This program could have an amazing benefit to the club! Here's the way it works. Sign up by filling out the form and mailing it in with the pre-addressed envelope. The registration fee is $10.00 BUT VJO WILL REIMBURSE YOU FOR THIS FEE WHEN WE GET THE PRINT OUT THAT YOU HAVE SIGNED UP. It is well worth our funds to pay your registration fees. If 50 families sign up and each spends $400 per month at Safeway, the club will make $12,000. This is amazing math. There was a neutral sentiment in our survey about doing more fund-raisers. This is a great way to raise funds with no work. PLEASE SIGN UP!!! Please encourage friends and family members to sign up and designate VJO on the form.

Thank you to the following families who have signed up as of December 27: Campos, Allisons, Deocampos, Frenns, Parkers, Bonifacios, Deans, DeSennas, Matas, and Tuffy.

New Records
Congratulations to Hayden Campo and Donny Mata for breaking team records. Hayden broke his own record for 10 and under 100 breast at 1:24.51. Donny swam the 50 breast at 36.59 breaking Cortez Quinn's time; he swam the 100 IM at 1:13.53 breaking Todd Weatherly's time; and swam the 200 IM at 2:40.77 and broke Andrew Allison's record. Great job! Records are made to be broken!

Morning Practices for Bob's Group
Several swimmers are very serious and are attending practices at 5:30 AM three days a week. Let's support their efforts to put Vallejo on the map at high school sections!


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