Registration now open for Summer 2017

Go to the “Members” section of the website to register for 2017.

 

OUR SWIM CLUB IS MORE THAN A POOL!
In case you missed it last summer, we have lots of great activities happening throughout the season including movie nights, a crab feast, food trucks, picnics, pot lucks, a swim-a-thon fundraiser, adult stroke clinics, water exercise classes, swim meets and dive meets as well.  There is a lot of fun to be had for all ages and we’re always open to new event ideas!

To stay on top of all the events and to receive our e-newsletter, make sure we have your current email address at www.bannockburnpool.com.  Click on “Members” and “Manage Account” and be sure we have an email address for all members of your household who want to be kept abreast of swim club happenings.

MEMBERSHIP POLICY for 2017

We are continuing the membership policy that we adopted last year -– one already long in place at several neighboring community swim clubs.  Applications for Permanent Memberships will receive priority over all returning Summer Memberships. The club will consider all applications for Permanent Memberships from both returning summer members and waitlisted applicants, before determining how many Summer Memberships will be available.  Last year our club had a membership wait-list throughout much of the summer.

Returning summer members are encouraged to apply for a Permanent Membership in order to ensure a spot for this summer.  Once all applications for Permanent Memberships are exhausted, we will accept applications for summer memberships if spaces are available.   This will be after the March 17deadline mentioned below.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2017 SEASON
Online registration is now available at www.bannockburnpool.com.  It is open for

  • Permanent members – both active and inactive – and new permanent member applicants (can be new to the pool or prior summer members who want to switch to permanent)
  • New applicants can apply to the pool online as well.
  • Those who wish to change to permanent membership (strongly encouraged).

If you are already on the pool’s waitlist and have paid the $50.00 application fee there is nothing further to do for a summer membership only.

If you have membership registration questions please contact Membership Chairperson, Claire Kelly by email at c_l_kelly@yahoo.com.  If you prefer to mail in your membership form and check, you can download the form from the swim club website and mail to Bannockburn Pool, PO Box 376, Glen Echo, MD 20812.

MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE:  Friday MARCH 17, 2017

Permanent Members
Regardless of status in 2016, by Friday MARCH 17 all Permanent Members mustconfirm their intent to be Active or Inactive  for the 2017 pool season by: (i) registering online or (ii) sending in the membership form.

Inactive permanent members will be assessed a $50.00 administrative fee in lieu of dues. This can be paid online or by check (mail to the PO Box listed above). If an inactive member does not pay the fee by the due date, it will be deducted from the member’s bond amount, and will need to be paid before to become Active again.

If you do not indicate your 2017 Permanent Membership status by March 17 your membership slot will become available to other applicants, and your application will be subject to late fees if there is space still available. If you do not secure a slot by the registration deadline, your membership will change to inactive status – you will be unable to use the pool for the 2017 season and will be assessed the $50.00 administrative fee.

If you changed to Inactive status in 2010 (prior to the pool renovation) you will need to pay the increase in the bond ($650) to  return to Active status.  If you elect to redeem your existing Bond, we will refund the amount when an eligible buyer has been found, in accordance with the Bylaws.

Fees for Summer 2017: Based on number of family members below

1 2 3 4 5 6+
Permanent Member* Summer Dues
$295 $420 $535 $660 $765 $895
Summer Member Summer Dues
$435 $595 $775 $920 $1,090 $1,250
Late Summer Member Dues  (August 1 – End of Season)
$185 $255 $325 $385 $460 $535

Permanent Members who have one or more adults on their membership 65 years or older as of March 17, 2017 are eligible for a $100.00 discount off their total summer dues.
Please make sure to check the Senior Discount box when registering online or deduct $100.00 from your total dues amount if you mail in a paper membership form with a check.

The bond amount for new Permanent members is $1,600.

Determining the Number of Members

  • All permanent household members who will be using any of the pool’s facilities must be counted as members. This includes family members, housekeepers, au pairs or baby-sitters, and full-time summer residents of the household.
  • For the 2017 season there will be no charge for infants born after January 1, 2017.
  • Each membership household must include at least one dues-paying adult.
  • Non-swimmers who will use pool facilities must be included. Parents who alternate taking their children to the pool must both be included on the membership card and in the dues calculation, even if they do not plan to use the pool facilities at the same time.

Registration Late Fees
For payments not received by the deadline of March 17, 2017 the following late fees will be due:

  • $20 if full payment is received after March 17 and by April 15
  • $50 if full payment is received after April 15 but before May 1
  • $100 if full payment is not received by May 15

Please pay on time.  If you have to delay your payment, please add the late fee to your dues.  If your payment is late and no late fee is received, you will not be able to use the pool until the late fee is paid.

Cancellation of Membership Due to Nonpayment
The Club’s bylaws allow the Board – after official notification – to cancel a membership if dues or fees owed are overdue by 90 days or more.  A copy of the bylaws is available on our web site.

Swim Team – Go Dolphins!

The Bannockburn Dolphins Swim Team would like to welcome back all members of the 2016 team and invite all members’ children ages 5 to 18 to join us for another summer of fun and excitement in 2017.  Our swim team is all about fun with girls and boys competing in their own age groups, hoping to improve their swimming skills, and, most importantly, making friends and memories.

Returning head coach Malena Lair-Ferrari will lead the team again this season.  The Dolphins will practice in the afternoons Monday through Thursday between 4 and 6:30 PM beginning May 22nd with the season running through the last few days of July.  Morning practices begin the first Monday MCPS is closed and are held weekdays between 8:30 and 10:30 AM.   Swimmers are encouraged to attend both AM and PM practices once school is out.  Meets are held on Saturday mornings and Wednesdayevenings.  A full meet schedule and details on swim team sign up will follow by May 1st.

To accommodate the wide range of experience among our 8 & under swimmers, we have a pre-team program.  Special pre-team practices will provide more attention to younger swimmers at the early stages of their development.  We hold special pre-team practices in the afternoon four days a week for a half-hour.  Pre-team practice will start in early June.

Contact Shelley O’Brien, the swim team representative at jimshell.obrien@gmail.com with any questions.

Dive Team – Join us for our fourth great season!

Bannockburn’s Diving Dolphins look forward to their 4th season competing in the Montgomery County Dive League. Our numbers continue to grow, and our divers continue to mature, increase their skill levels, and (slowly but surely) move into those all-important (and formerly sometimes empty) 13+ age group events.

For many of our divers, Bannockburn Diving is all about fun and learning an exciting and safe new sport – we have lots of younger divers and welcome all members ages 6-18 who are comfortable in deep water, to join us. We’re also starting to build a group of divers who are advancing to higher levels and success in summer league and winter diving meets. In 2016, many of our divers went to Divisionals, and several advanced to the All-Star meet. We’ve had three years of great coaching, and looking forward more.

We will be sending out specific instructions for team registration in the Spring.  Practice starts just after Memorial Day, and will normally be held MondayFriday, 6;30-7:30 pm for younger divers and 7:30-8;30 pm for others.  The first meet is June 11th, regular season ends mid-July, and the All-Star meet is July 27-28. See this link to MCDL for schedule specifics:
http://www.mcdiving.org/content/schedule/2017

Please contact Dive Rep Larry Kessner with any questions. lkessner@gmail.com

General Information

Pool Schedule

The season will officially open on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  The swim club will close sometime after Labor Day depending on the weather conditions in September.  During the regular season, pool hours will be determined by the Board, week by week and posted on the bulletin board and/or the web site.

Regular Season Pool Hours

All weekends & holidays                                       10:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Weekdays while public schools are open               2:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Weekdays while public schools are closed           10:30 AM – 7:45 PM

Weekdays and weekends in June and July extended evening hours pool closes at 8:30 PM

Extended Season
We are pleased to have renewed our arrangement with Mohican Swimming Pool for our Permanent Members to use that pool for the two weeks in May before our opening date and for an additional four weeks after our closing date thereby extending our swim season by six weeks.  The dates and hours of operation for the extended season will be emailed and posted to www.bannockburnpool.com as the 2017 season nears.

Pool Closures for Home Swim Team Meets
During the swim team home meets on Saturday mornings, the pool will be closed untilnoon. During the home meets on Wednesdays, the pool will close at 5:00 p.m. Please look for a meet schedule and resulting changes to operating hours on the bulletin board at the pool entrance.  We welcome spectators at all meets; please come cheer on the Dolphins!

Sunrise Swim
The pool will be open for early morning lap swimming (adults only) from 6:30 – 8:00 a.m.,Monday through Friday after MCPS public schools close for the summer.  All six lanes of the pool will be available.  Stay tuned for additional information on the Sunrise Swim start date.

Water Aerobics and Adult Stroke Improvement Clinics
This summer the club will once again offer a water aerobics program at the pool for adult members.  These classes will be held midday on weekdays at no additional charge. The stroke clinics, led by a coach, will be in the morning and at night at a cost of $10 per person for 30 minutes. Watch for web site updates and signs at the pool for details once the season begins.

Member Relations and Contact Info
The Board wishes to encourage active participation and feedback from all members.  We welcome your input.  Any suggestions, comments, or complaints should be made to the on-site pool manager or to any of the board members.

A complete list of board member names and contact info is posted atwww.bannockburnpool.com.

Questions on anything related to membership?
Please contact: Claire Kelly at c_l_kelly@yahoo.com.

 

 

Still time to get a Swim in!

Labor Day Weekend Hours at Bannockburn

10:30am – 7:30pm all weekend long – Saturday September 3rd, Sunday September 4th and Monday September 5th.

Bannockburn Swim Club Last Day of the Season

Sunday September 11th marks the last day of the season at Bannockburn.  The pool will close at 5pm that day for our annual dog swim.

Extended-Season Privileges for our Swim Club members

As a part of your Bannockburn membership, all members are invited to use Mohican Swim Club after Bannockburn closes for the season. Mohican hours of availability beginning Sept 12th:

  • Weekdays 6:30am to 8:30am and 4pm to 7pm
  • Weekends 12 noon to 6pm

Mohican Swim Club will close for the season on October 9th.  And yes, their pool will be nicely heated.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Swim-a-thon a HUGE Success!

Bannockburn Swim Club hosted its first annual swim-a-thon fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society onSunday July 17th and it was a rousing success! Led by Bannockburn Swim Team participants and joined by the Swim Club community, more than sixty people turned out to swim and cheer and raise money for a great cause. In total, our group swam 3,343 laps that day and raised just short of $5,000! All of the donations went to LLS whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma as well as improve the quality of life of patients and their families. If you would still like to donate go here.

Movie Night gets Four Stars

More than fifty swim club members turned out on Friday August 12th for a memorable “movie night” under the stars. Movie fans young and old laughed and enjoyed the animated Disney film Inside Out. Get your popcorn ready and be on the look out for news about one more movie night this season.

Adult Stroke Clinics

The new swim club offering of drop-in Adult Stroke Clinics attracted up to ten swimmers per week this summer.  Also, for adults, the club’s twice-weekly Water Aerobics Class attracted an average of seven participants per class. If you are an adult swimmer seeking variety, excitement and improvement to your swim routine and are interested in joining the program for summer of 2017, contact Meredith Griggs mmgriggs@gmail.comor John Noble johnanoble@mac.com

Annual Crab Feast Tradition Returns!

More than forty swim club members and friends resuscitated a great tradition and brought back the annual summer crab feast on July 16th at the club.  Revelers dined on some of Maryland’s finest crabs, cedar plank salmon, salads, corn and much more. All accounts (and pictures) indicated it was a great time and that the tradition is back!

Baby Pool Rules

The baby pool is for children four years of age and younger at all times (even during rest break.)  All children using the baby pool must be under the direct supervision of a person 16 years of age or older.

Comments or Suggestions about our Swim Club?

Please make them known to the manager on duty while you are at the club or send an email to info@bannockburnpool.com.  Thank you.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Swim-a-thon Fundraiser on Sunday July 17

Bannockburn is hosting our first Leukemia and Lymphoma Swim-a-thon Fundraiser on Sunday July 17.  This event is open to the whole community so bring your neighbors!

A few families that are participating as a family have vowed to swim more than 60 laps to raise money!  Any family think they can beat that?  Or maybe you set your own family goal and challenge other families to hit your goal and beat it!

How does the swim-a-thon work?

  • On July 17 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, participants of all ages swim as many lengths of the pool as they can or want to. Arrive at about 10:15 am to fill-out paperwork and get ready…
  • Swimmers request donations/pledges from friends, family, coaches, teachers etc to support their swim and to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Swimmers will need a Swim-A-Thon Information Packet and Pledge Form for fundraising.  You can get one that day – July 17th, or from our Bannockburn swim team coaching staff at anytime.
  • Pledges can be any amount per length, or a flat amount.  Any donation is welcome and appreciated!
  • Can’t swim, then kick instead, or aqua jog, or just make a donation…please do!
  • If you are not swimming but will be attending the event to cheer on the swimmers we can always use your help. We need volunteers to count laps.

A note from one of our own neighbors:

Dear Bannockburn families,

As you know, Bannockburn swim club will be participating in a swim-a thon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on July 17th.  I am hoping that by sharing my story with you and your children, it may allow for that day to be more meaningful for all. 

My name is Cheryl Rothenberg — you may know me as Jessy Kline’s mom.  I have been struggling with Leukemia for the past 2 1/2 years.  It started one day while I was at work and not feeling well, I ended up going to the ER and within 2 days diagnosed with Leukemia, and the next day started a very intense round of chemotherapy.  I have spent many months in the hospital away from my family, and it was with the help of many Bannockburn swim families that my children always had a wonderful dinner to eat, or helping hand.

Bannockburn has always been more than a swim team, it has been a community that values helping people, and caring about its families.   Although I continue to receive chemotherapy, my prognosis is very good.

My hope is that we can all come together on July 17th and swim to help people of all ages struggling with Leukemia and Lymphoma.  The money raised from this event will help to further the research on blood related cancers and will help make tremendous differences in peoples lives.  Once again we can show that Bannockburn is more than just a swim team…. 

Thank you,

Cheryl Rothenberg

 

If you are interested in supporting this event with a donation go to our swim club’s fundraising page: http://events.lls.org/pages/nca/Bannockburn.

If you have questions please contact Malena Lair Ferrari (malenal@comcast.net ) or Sarah Herberger (sarah.herberger@lls.org).