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2014 President’s Letter to Members

Green Woods Club Membership,

Welcome to the new 2014 Green Woods Season.  We are less than two months away from opening and on behalf of the Board, I would like to welcome you back to the club and update everyone on our new year plans and activities.

Membership as a whole continues to be healthy for the club.  We had a larger number of members than usual who have chosen to move on, and their vacancies were quickly filled by our wait list.  This year we should again meet our limit of member families (285), but I would like to see some additions to the wait list as well as a healthy August turnout.  If you know of any families looking for an outstanding summer experience, please point them in our direction!  Andrea Gosselin has once again done a great job in managing the membership drive this season.

We are pleased to announce that Scott Elliott will again return for his 18th year as our Swim Team coach for the upcoming season.  Welcome back Scott!  We look forward to another great season.  The team is currently getting organized.  Any queries for the swim team should be directed to Christina Gorman (cmsgorman [at] comcast [dot] net).

We continue to have IM Pool Management Inc. (formerly Woolery Enterprises). as our management company.  They are already hard at work getting the pool ready for the year and are also in the process of hiring the team to manage the pool during the summer and we hope to retain a number of the members of the team from last year.  As usual, if you have family members interested in becoming a lifeguard, you can contact IM directly.

On the Social front, Chris DiPaolo (she will be ably assisted by Sandy Hayes as well) is excited to announce her social calendar for the year.  Located on the Green Woods website, we have a number of great events planned.  From the yearly rituals of the crab feast and the wing fest, to opening and closing weekend parties, and Friday night happy hours, you will surely be entertained again this year. We encourage the membership to take advantage of the facilities for their special events, so don’t forget to take advantage of the pavilion rental or after hour pool rentals. If anyone is interested in either of these options, don’t hesitate to contact the pool manager.

Our pool and ground focus for this year is again packed with activities.  I know that no one needs to be reminded of the hard and cold winter and we lost multiple trees throughout the property and along Ashford Lane.  We have once again hired a tree service to not only perform the necessary cleanup, but to do some preventative work throughout the property.  I think the preventative work done by the board in the past has enabled the property to remain relatively unscathed even through a tough winter.  We have continued to fertilize and over seed the lawn to try and make sure the grass comes back nice and strong after last season’s wet summer.  We continue to focus on problem concrete areas, adding furniture where necessary, created a new grill pad by the pavilion and have a new home planned for the vending machines that currently reside on the pool deck.   Bob Hewton and Greg Grimes head up the Pool and Grounds committee this year and continue to work diligently getting things in shape for the opening.  They still have a long list of things to do, so we encourage all members to help out at the cleanup days.  We plan to have two this year, so keep your eyes open for the announcement of the final dates (currently planned for April 27th and May 10th).

On the financial front, the pool continues to do well.  Our budget is solid and well accounted for thanks to Lynn Smiddy.  We look to another year being right on budget and we should continue to have a healthy bank reserve to support any surprises for the next couple of years and to support the Club’s long term plans.

The Board would like to recognize the outgoing members Dave DiBiaggio (President) and Ed Bohn (Vice President) for their years of service to the club.  Thank you so much for your enthusiastic participation on the Board for the last three years.  Your contributions and involvement were greatly appreciated by the membership.

Aside from the individual Board members already mentioned, Kate Boyle is the Vice President and Sarah Goudy is our Secretary.  We encourage you to get to know all of the Board and provide them your support.  They give up much of their time to ensure that the club runs well for years to come.

In conclusion, I want to express my enthusiasm for the 2014 summer season, my appreciation to my fellow Board members and most importantly a big thanks to all of the volunteers that make this club successful year after year.  I look forward to great things ahead for the Green Woods Club.

 

Sincerely,

Daniel Holmes (President, Board of Directors) and the rest of the Green Woods Club Board of Directors.