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This Week at Russell Mill
6/20

Russell Mill News

Tye Dye Days!
June 22 & 23 @ 1:00
$3/pp – bring a white cotton item
Crafts on the Deck!
Monday – Thursday
10:00 – 1:00

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It’s finally summer!!

We are so excited to finally get this season underway!  We have lots of fun stuff planned.  Be sure to read the newsletters, check the website, watch the bulletin boards at the club, and check out the whiteboard on the way in.  We also post frequently on social media.  All lesson and teams will start tomorrow am!  Our staff is ready and can’t wait to welcome all the kids back.  Be patient during the first week of lessons and teams as the staff will work to make sure everyone is properly placed in the correct level lesson.  We do our best to make sure the lessons are well balanced and kids are where they should be, often the first week will come with some shuffles and changes.  As always, if you have any questions please see a member of the staff and they can help you with anything you need. 

We like the take the first couple weeks of the season to communicate some necessary safety information as a reminder to returning members and also to educate our newest members.  At any time you can access our member handbook from the website under membership documents on the members corner page.  The password is mill2021.  This document often can answer any questions you may have but feel free to reach out anytime with questions.

Safety is of utmost priority in the RMSTC pool.  We employ many dedicated, vigilant lifeguards and entrust them with the safety of our members. Our lifeguards are only one part of a comprehensive system that must exist to create the safest environment possible.  The club has provided the staff with the equipment and resources necessary to operate the pool in a clean and safe manner, and our management team conducts water quality and facility safety  checks throughout the day.  The final component in the safety system must be a combined effort between club staff and parents to ensure that safe behavior is the norm, and pool rules are followed at all times.
 
Coast Guard approved flotation devices are allowed in the RMSTC pool. It needs to be understood that these devices are not designed to replace the  need for children to develop the necessary skills required to be safe, strong, independent swimmers.
 
At RMSTC we want developing swimmers to feel comfortable in the water. While we recognize that flotation devices can provide both swimmers and parents alike with an added sense of safety, it must be recognized that these devices never take the place of an attentive parent or guardian.  For this reason, we require that  all swimmers using flotation devices be supervised  by another person aged 12 or older.      
 
The definition of appropriate supervision will be interpreted by the lifeguards, and ultimately the Manager on Duty.  Generally speaking, younger swimmers will require far closer supervision.   Our youngest members may require someone in the pool with them, or on the side of the pool within an arm’s length away.  As swimmers become older and approach proficiency, supervision is required, but the proximity requirements can be relaxed.   With this type of swimmer, it may only be necessary for an adult to be standing poolside or seated in a chair that has been moved closer to the water.   Please note, that our chairs in their normal positions would not be in an appropriate position to supervise.   
 
Our lifeguards must be able to quickly make a connection between the swimmer using the flotation device and the supervising person.   We do not want our guards to turn around and search the lineup of chairs, for obvious reasons.
 
As we prepare to begin our first full week of lessons, we expect the pool to be busy on a regular basis.  I will be meeting with our guards to discuss the consistent application of these, and other safety guidelines.   Should you have questions or concerns, please contact me directly at manager@russellmill.com or speak to the manager on duty.
 
I look forward to seeing you at the club!
Andy Shupe & The Board of Directors
 

Swim & Dive Updates

We have partnered with SwimOutlet.com for our 2021 Swim & Tennis team gear.  Gear is not required to participate on the teams or during team events, but it is a fun way to support the club.  Purchases can be made: https://www.swimoutlet.com/russellmill/ and prices vary based on swim outlet deals. 

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TWe had the incorrect version of the Swim Meet schedule linked on the swim page.  It has been updated!  The CS&T meet has been confirmed for 7/7.  Get ready to make them Eat Our Bubbles!!!

Our parent meeting for new and returning parents of swim and dive team participants will be June 24th at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.  Please join which ever is more convenient.  We will go over all the details of the season – practices, meets, volunteering and the banquet. 

Our Swim & Dive parents are busy putting together some fun events for pre and post swim meets.  We will have some food trucks providing food at some of our home meets and a chuck a duck fundraiser on July 28th.  All money raised during the season is put towards our end of the season banquet.  This year the banquet will be held on August 15th.  More info will be out soon on the format and timing. 

It takes a village to run a swim meet!  We have updated our Sign Up Genius (click the link and search activities@russellmill.com) with the needs for this year.  Please consider signing up to help our meets run smooth!  We can’t do it without you.  Find the link to sign up on the members corner page or click here.

 

Youth Tennis Updates

We have partnered with SwimOutlet.com for our 2021 Swim & Tennis team gear.  Gear is not required to participate on the teams or during team events, but it is a fun way to support the club.  Purchases can be made: https://www.swimoutlet.com/russellmill/ and prices vary based on swim outlet deals. 

JT is excited to welcome everyone back on the courts this week!  We will be incorporating some pickleball instruction to some of our early lessons so kids will have the opportunity to learn how to play that in addition to tennis.  Because pickleball is played on a smaller court with smaller paddles younger kids may find it easier to pick up. 

We are also excited to announce that Donald Van Dyne, a pickleball guru, will be at Russell Mill on Saturday, June 26th from 12:00-6:00pm offering 30 minute introduction clinics. It is a fun and easy game that anyone, any age, any ability, can play!  IF you would like to learn how to play please sign up for a slot at this link and enjoy a free 30 minute clinic! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ca4ad22a6f58-pickleball

Adult Tennis Updates

JT will be announcing out Adult classes this week – watch for a separate email!

We are also excited to announce that Donald Van Dyne, a pickleball guru, will be at Russell Mill on Saturday, June 26th from 12:00-6:00pm offering 30 minute introduction clinics. It is a fun and easy game that anyone, any age, any ability, can play!  IF you would like to learn how to play please sign up for a slot at this link and enjoy a free 30 minute clinic! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ca4ad22a6f58-pickleball

If you are interested in private lessons with JT, he can be reached at tennis@russellmill.com and would be happy to set something up with you!

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House Keeping Items

Regular Hours – Mon-Fri – 12:00pm -8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 8:00pm.

Entering and Exiting the Club – This cannot be stressed enough. The driveway closest to the clubhouse is the entrance. The driveway closest to the dumpster is the exit. Please inform your guests of this before their arrival.

Check-In Location –  upon entering the club your family needs to check in with the greeter.  If you have guests there is a $5 per guest fee.  Please be prepared to provide the greeter with the names of the members checking in daily. 

Glass – Glass is not allowed on the pool deck. We have plastic cups in the office if you forget yours. Broken glass that gets in the pool is a serious situation that at minimum results in closure of the pool for multiple hours to ensure proper removal. In extreme cases, drainage is required

Trash – Please help us keep the club clean. We operate with a small maintenance staff. Please assist us by using the proper trash receptacles. If you notice one is full, alert a staff member.  Please take a moment to scan your tables, under your chairs etc. for trash before you leave.

Have Questions?

General & Operational Inquiries – please contact Andy Shupe, General Manager at tennis@russellmill.com

Swim Inquiries – please contact Craig Vitale,  Head Swim Coach at swim@russellmill.com

Tennis Inquiries – please contact Andy Shupe at manager@russellmill.com

Membership Inquiries – please contact Kaitlin Kobrenski, Clerk at membership@russellmill.com

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