Swimming Through July

Not yet halfway through the summer, we still have much to look forward to at the pool: more meets, both swimming and diving; the Crab feast; encore movie nights; the Swim-a-Thon, longer hours for Early Bird Swim; and all those delicious food truck nights.  Read on to see what else is in store.

Crab Feast This Saturday
Join us this Saturday July 8 for a night of fun, friends, and delicious fare at the second annual “revival” of the Bannockburn Crab Feast. In addition to some of Maryland’s finest crabs, the menu includes cedar plank salmon, a delicious salad, corn,  and other sides.  To help wash this down will be beer, wine and other beverages, all included. The fun starts at 7pm Saturday evening (adults only.)  Cost is $40 per person — try getting that deal at a local crab house!
If you are interested in attending, sign up at the lifeguard desk. You can hand your check to the guard on duty.  RSVP and check (payable to Bannockburn Swim Club) must be received Thursday July 6 to reserve your spot.  Questions?  Email Bannockburncrabfeast@gmail.com


Longer Time for Early Swim

An extra half hour has been added to the Early Bird Swim. It is now from 6:30 to 8:30 am, Monday – Friday. Free to members.

Adult Special Activities
The Monday June 26 adult stroke clinic focused on backstroke techniques and a freestyle critique. Each class is directed toward the participants’ interests and provides a healthy workout. Clinics are Mondays, 10:00 am (not 10:15 as earlier announced) and Fridays,8:00 am. No registration needed.  If interested in an evening session, write mmgriggs@gmail.comCost: $12 per half hour, payable to coach Malena Lair Ferrar. She is also available for one-on-one lessons for adults.
We have completed four of the 16 water aerobics classes, with a record 11 students attending the June 27 class.  Aerobics take place on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:15,June 22-August 10. To register, call Marianne Ross at 301-229-6690. Free to members.

Early Bird Swim: Monday-Friday6:30 am to 8:30 am. Free to members.

Summer Food Truck Lineup
We have a few more weeks of food truck offerings. Come down to the pool and support these small, family-owned businesses.  Trucks usually set up at 5:00 pm and serve until they run out of food or the pool closes.  The food truck schedule is also on the calendar section of our website. July 14 Curly’s BBQ
July 21 Holy Crepes
July 28 Tacos El Rey
New Bulletin Boards
Among the major aesthetic improvements this year are the four new metal-rimmed  bulletin boards. Two are at the front entrance, and two face the pool. The entrance boards feature pool guard photos and names. The others contain instructions on how to relay compliments and how to register complaints; contact information regarding the pool board; and the most recent newsletter.
Lost & Found…or Donated
Forgotten towels, suits, and other swimming gear are mounting up again next to the baby pool. Please look for your lost items. If they are not claimed after a few weeks, the club will donate them. The Water Ministry at St. Columba’s in Tenleytown, D.C., for instance, needs towels for its shower, laundry, and lunch program for homeless people.
Who’s Who at the Pool
“Maybe it’s not the biggest pool, but we want it to be the most fun,” says BSC Board President John Wills. Taking up the reins from Lance Crist, John has headed the board since January, after four years in charge of social activities and two as vice president. He, his wife Kristina, and their three children have been members since 2008, after moving to Bannockburn from Glen Echo Heights. John has focused on increasing the number of pool activities as well as offering options that appeal to all ages. For example, the club has put on stroke clinics and swim lessons for adults, not to mention the super-popular all-generation jello-eating contest (brilliantly conceived and executed by board member Tanya Sisler) at the Memorial Day fete. John adds, “We are always open to new ideas. Please tell us what we’re doing well, or not.”  When he’s not poolside, John works at his day job. He’s a forensic accountant, handling fraud investigations, serving as an expert witness, tracing money laundering, and carrying out financial reconstructions. In addition to his financial acumen, the club is lucky to have John’s dedication, hard work, and commitment to making our pool even more fun this season.