Spring Cleanup!

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We need many members to get the grounds ready for the summer.  As we have done in the past, we are offering 10 free guest passes per/family for participating in clean up days.

We realize many families have spring sports and other commitments,  so we are offering two dates Sunday, April 29th  and a Saturday May 12th to allow for maximum participation.  To ensure that we are ready, we are front loading day one and hope to use day two to for the more cosmetic elements and to address any unfinished items.  We are posting a big window of time with the understanding that many can only attend a portion of the day.  Please just note your availability in the comments.  If the jobs are full, we will always find work!!!

Be prepared to bring the tools for your assignment. We can never have enough gloves, pruning shears, scrub brushes, buckets, brooms, shovels and rakes, and have also posted some specific items so please sign up for those as well.  Duplicates are always welcome!

We have a few jobs that can be done outside of these dates/times and noted it in the comments.  This is also a great opportunity for teenagers to get their volunteer hours for National Honor Society or other organizations. They do not need to be members of the club to volunteer, so spread the word!

To sign up for the spring cleanup- click this link.

2016 Season is here…so is the hot weather

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Memorial Day BBQ:

The first event of the Green Woods season takes place on Memorial Day-Monday May, 30th.  It will go from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.  Let’s hope for some great weather.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, and water bottles will be provided by Green Woods.  Members are required to bring a side dish or desert to share.  No need to commit to a certain dish ahead of time.  Members are asked to bring a donation for the S.P.C.A.  In the form of a pet food item, cash donation, used towels or blankets, cleaning supplies, or gently used collars or leashes.

We will be in need of some volunteers.  Nothing crazy.  Just to help set up, grill, and clean up.  I’ll be sending  a Sign Up Genius.  Please help out if you can.

Members may bring guests but will be charged $6 cash per guest in addition to the guest fee charged to enter the club.  If a member is bringing more than one guest, we request an additional side dish.

Dan and Chuck will play for bbq,

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2014 President’s Letter to Members

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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

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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.

Clean Up Date #1, Sunday, April 28th, 2013

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Attention all members!  We are set to go for the first clean up date to prepare for the 2013 season.  It is scheduled for 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Sunday, April 28th.  There

will be coffee/donuts for the breakfast and hamburgers/dogs for lunch.

 

This is the bulk clean up date.  Look out for more details.  Any questions?  You can contact

Bob Hewton at rhewton [at] urbanengineers [dot] com.  Thank you!

 

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We Have A Brand New Website!

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We have started off The 2013 season with a new and exicting website.  Scott Fichter at Blue Fox Creative suggested that we employ a content management system called WordPress.  This software will allow our staff to make updates to the site quickly and easily.  This new access will bring great value to you because the site will be updated at a higher frequency.  We will no longer need a third party to make updates to the site.  Just about every element of the site can be updated from our offices.

Below is a summary about WordPress and what makes it super cool.

About WordPress.org

On this site you can download and install a software script called WordPress. To do this you need a web host who meets the minimum requirements and a little time. WordPress is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything. There is also a service called WordPress.com which lets you get started with a new and free WordPress-based blog in seconds, but varies in several ways and is less flexible than the WordPress you download and install yourself.

What You Can Use WordPress For

WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

 

2013 Social Event Update

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Help Needed to Set The Social Calendar

2012’s Social calendar will be tough to top.  Chris DiPaolo is up to it this year.  We will announce shortly the social schedul, but we need your help to make it a success!  Would you like to assist with the Kids/Teen Parties?  Family Night?  The Wine Tasting?  Bingo?

Please contact Chris Di Paolo @ chris [at] dldipaolo [dot] com to offer your help, or to inquire about any of our social activities!

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