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.

2013 President’s Pre-Season Update

Green Woods Club Membership,

First of all, welcome to the new 2013 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 smaller number than usual of members who have chosen to move on, and their vacancies were quickly filled by our wait list.  This year we will again meet our limit of member families (285) and retain a healthy wait list for next year and our August membership.  Andrea Gosselin has taken over the Membership chair this year and has done a great job in her first membership drive this season.

We are pleased to announce that Scott Elliott will again return for his 17th 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

We continue to have Woolery Enterprise, Inc. as our management company.  They are already hard at work getting the pool ready for the year.  With a new paint job from last season, their focus has turned to the general maintenance of the filtration and chlorination system for both the main and baby pool.  Woolery is 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 Woolery directly.

On the Social front, Chris DiPaolo 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.  First on the list is the dressing up of the front entrance.  We have cleaned up the woods when you come into the facility and also landscaped the front gate.  We believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the updated look.  We had a few trees which have fallen on the grounds courtesy of Sandy, but we are happy to announce that the work we did last year on the trees has prevented damage to any of the buildings or fencing in the pool area.  We have continued this preventative maintenance and also made a big effort to clean up the woods.  On top of this, we have worked to have a healthier lawn in the main area of the pool, fixed some problematic concrete areas, added additional furniture and equipment, moved the vending machines off of the deck, and we continue to do preventative maintenance on the building.   Bob Hewton and Dan Holmes lead 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 28th and May 12th).

Our website was hacked this past year, so we had to secure it and also took this opportunity to freshen it up.  I encourage everyone to take the time to check out our updated websiteJay Garvey has done a great job giving it a facelift.  I can’t say enough about how well communications worked last year and we look to more of the same from Jay for the coming season.  We will continue to try to provide timely and pointed information to the membership without making it overwhelming.  The response to this approach has been very positive.  Since we continue to use email as the preferred method of communication, should your email address change, please contact Jay Garveyso that we can keep you connected.

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 Greg Grimes (Pool and Grounds), Bob Leto (Pool and Grounds), and Becky Church (Membership) 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, Ed Bohn 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.

One final point for the new year is in regards to the pool rules.  We encourage you review the by-laws on the Green Woods website and review the signage which we put in place last year.   Your family’s awareness and adherence to these rules ensures a pleasant experience at the club for all. A summary of this is at the bottom of this email.

In conclusion, I want to express my enthusiasm for the 2013 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,

David Di Biaggio (President, Board of Directors) and the rest of the Green Woods Club Board of Directors.

Fun, Friends, Food and Of Course Swimming!

YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

The Green Woods Swim Club hosts a variety of social events throughout the summer season. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest members will have something fun planned for them this summer!

Please keep your eyes on the bulletin board at the pool, this is where volunteer lists and sign-up sheets for these events will be posted as the summer progresses. These events are a great opportunity to get involved, meet new members and have fun with friends. We throw both parent & kids parties during the summer where games, dancing, eating and laughter abound!! The dates and times for these events and a handful of other activities are all on the summer calendar and again we encourage all to keep abreast of upcoming events by checking the bulletin board at the pool frequently.

Green Woods Club owns several portable charcoal grills for our memberships use (except on the scheduled party dates). Please utilize these and our picnic area for your families next BBQ! There are trash barrels located about the picnic area to help maintain the tidy appearance of our club. Please help to keep our pool litter free.

Looking forward to seeing you this summer at Green Woods!

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2013 Annual Letter to Green Woods Club Membership

Dear Members:

Although winter is just getting into full swing, the Green Woods Club Board is already at work preparing for the 2013 season. Before we look ahead to this 2013 season, let us review our accomplishments in 2012. It was a year of freshening up the general facilities, which included: bathroom renovations, tree work to reduce risk to the pool and grounds, painting, coping work, sound system upgrade and the resurfacing of diving boards to name just a few. Aside from the pool and grounds, we are very proud of the focus we put into the social events and general communications to the membership at large. The Board wants to thank our membership for all of their support during the year. Help with the Spring Clean-up Days, support of our social events and the general volunteerism which everyone was not short of providing when asked, was greatly appreciated. This went a long way to ensure that the pool looked outstanding for the season.

With the 2012 improvements complete, we are already beginning our preparation for the 2013 season. With a plan to beautify the entrance to the pool, we have installed new trees and cleared the front entrance in preparation for new landscaping. We have begun cleaning up the woods surrounding the pool fence, completed gutter work to reduce the erosion around the pool office and pavilion, aerated, reseeded and fertilized the lawn just to name a very few tasks that have completed already. And yes, to those who were impacted by the lack of working equipment during the last clean up day, we have tuned up our equipment to make next year a real success.

Many more details about 2012 and 2013 are attached in the annual membership meeting presentation. We are excited for 2013. Our expectation is that you will see a real difference in the pool next year.

Dues for the 2013 season will increase by $25.00 per family. This increase is to keep pace with the increasing costs to maintain the pool, pay the insurance, provide management for the pool, and to support the number of maintenance activities which need to be done yearly to the pool to keep it manageable for years to come. We will continue to ensure that our dues will allow the club to maintain its financially sound position while ensuring that all of our assets can be maintained and upgraded when necessary.

As a final note, please continue to encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up on our membership waiting list. The current wait is around one year and the list is addressed on a first come, first served basis. Prospective members can visit our web site www.greenwoodsclub.com or email Andrea Gosselin at andrea [dot] gosselin [at] verizon [dot] net to obtain a wait list application.

As a last point, the woods surrounding the pool have remained untouched for a number of years. As a result, we have a number of downed trees. If you are interested in logging some of the woods and very well skilled in doing so, I would ask that you get in contact with Jim McManus (gutterstuffde [at] gmail [dot] com) or Bob Hewton (Robert [dot] Hewton [at] phl [dot] org). It would certainly help us in increasing the appearance of the facilities on a whole.

It is hard to believe, but there are only five more months until we see each other again at the pool!

Sincerely,
David Di Biaggio
President – Green Woods Board