Barclay Downs Swim and Racquet Club
May 2017 News & Updates
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Club Updates
The summer season is upon us, the pool opens May 13, swim team starts May 15, and tennis camps are just around the corner.  Please thank our Board members and managers when you see them as they have been working hard to address all things Barclay Downs.  Here's what has been going on since the last communication in March.
  • Inspecting the pool: The pool had its annual inspection yesterday, and the inspector found a flow meter and pressure gauge that were not functioning properly.  These were very minor issues that were easily fixed this morning.  The pool will be reinspected on Friday, and we anticipate opening as scheduled on Saturday.  If scheduling changes, we will let you know on Friday.
  • Welcoming 31 new members to the Club: 21 replace resignations and 10 additional are seeding our new, capital account.  Please welcome these new families when you see them! (Mary Ellen McElroy and Stephanie Leo)
  • Planning and executing our rockin', annual Kickoff Party (Ali Price, Heather Simmons)
  • Fully staffing the pool with 27 lifeguards and 27 snack bar staff (Bob Blumenstetter and Terri Holcomb)
  • Launching the idea and securing eight swim team sponsors, working with our new coaches, organizing our swimmers and families (Sally Lindsay, Margaret Carpenter)
  • Repairing, cleaning, repainting all pool facilities in time for pool opening day (Rebecca Fant)
  • Cleaning up the landscaping and trees all around Club property (Rebecca Fant, Heather Terrell)
  • Buying and installing a tennis ball machine. It has arrived and is almost available for use.  Email if interested in accessing. (Amy Langdon, Scott Leo, John Williams)
  • Purchasing and installing new diving board, outdoor ping pong table, and umbrellas for use by the pool (Rebecca Fant, Doug Fleck)
  • Improving snack bar quality of service, efficiency, consistency, inventory management with a reboot of our point of sale system.  Each item's cost was compared with its sales price. Adjustments occurred: some items were eliminated to simplify the menu; some prices stayed the same; some prices were adjusted.  Items may be added as we move through the summer, but our goal is to achieve a high quality of service together with a breakeven profit margin. (David Taylor, Christopher Austin, Terri Holcomb, Bob Blumenstetter, Matt Taylor)
  • Mounting body wash/shampoo dispensers in both bathrooms (David Taylor, Rebecca Fant)
  • Enhancing security on our Club website (Stephanie Leo and Terri Holcomb)

What can you do to help make the summer the best yet?

  • Pay close attention to driving and parking every time you approach and leave the Club.  Please raise this issue with your teens and babysitters also.  Cars drive through a neighborhood with 32 kids living on Sayre/Inverness alone plus many more summer walkers/bikers.  Parking is on the right side of Sayre/Inverness only as you approach the pool to allow for through traffic and emergency vehicles.  Thank you for your careful attention throughout the summer!
  • Understand the Club's member and guest policy.  Members' children are welcome and considered part of the family membership while living at the same address.  Babysitters, nannies, grandparents are welcome when taking the place of a member and acting in a caregiving capacity.  When a member invites a guest, please meet him or her at the gate and pay the guest fee when checking in.  Members must accompany their guests.
  • Reset your password on to ensure the security of your personal information.
  • Join us for one of the "How does this Club work, anyway?" nights this summer.  Bring your questions, ideas, and feedback.  Various Board members will gather at the pool in the adult pavilion area from 6-8pm on June 2, July 21, and August 18.  These are chances to learn more about how the Club operates.  
Stay tuned, thanks again for your interest and involvement, and let us know if you have any questions.

Summer Social Events
The Kickoff Party held last Saturday, May 6, was a great success!  A huge thank you to Ali Price and Heather Simmons, our Board members in charge of Social Events, and also to Bob Blumenstetter and Matt Taylor for tremendous support before, during, and after the event. 

Register here for Memorial Day Party and Cookout, May 29

Movie Night, June 9, starting about 8:30pm.  Registration to come!

Swim Team 
Thank you to our swim team sponsors: Carolina Family Connections, Martinzing Dry Cleaning & Laundry, Kelly-McArdle Construction, Merlo & Fahrney Dentistry, Waple and Houk Law, Surles Builders, Dabney Designs, and Lauren O'Connor Farlow with Keller Williams Realty.

Online swim team registration is closed, but you can still register swimmers by contacting Board members  Margaret Carpenter or Sally Lindsay directly.   We are excited to welcome new head coach Kristina Bond, new assistant coach Alecia Davis, and additional coaches James Hardy, Patrick Frith, Isabelle Oxrider, Sarah Neely, and Sarah Asinger.  Here's to a great season!

Tennis and swim summer camps are a tradition at Barclay Downs.  They are filling up, so be sure to get your kids registered!

Congratulations to the following BD teams for winning their divisions in the recent Queen City spring tennis leagues: Men's Team, Division 3 and Women's Team 2, Division 4.  Way to go! 

Mark your calendar for the Memorial Day Adult Round Robin on May 29. No need to bring a partner!  Check in at 9am to get on the list; play begins at 9:30 and goes until about 11:30.  It's a great way to meet other men and women in our tennis community.  

As we get into the busy time, just a few things the tennis department wants you to be aware of.  The Board is really working hard on getting the facility looking first rate.  The tennis courts and tennis grounds have been cleaned up and look great.  Please ask your children not to ride skateboards or scooters on the courts or down the hill to our lower courts.  There are lots of marks being left, and the steep sidewalk is not safe.  Also if you bring your dog out here, please clean up after them and don't bring them on the courts.

Interested in gaining access to our new ball machine?  Email for more information.

Questions about anything tennis? Get in touch with our tennis director, John Williams or Board representatives,  Scott Leo and Amy Langdon.