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Google Group Swim Calendar

I’ve added a Google Group swim calendar. I know it can be difficult coordinating swims sometimes. The swim calendar is set up so that, in theory all the members of the Orca’s Google group can access and modify the swim calendar. Let me know if it works. It can be hard for me to test, as I am the person who set it up and I have automatic access.



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Hi folks,

I just want to remind all members to not delay on renewing. I will be processing all payments and updating the roster April 30, the roster for May 1 will go up that night. If the park doesn’t see your name on the list, you may not be able to swim (well at least outside of the swim area).

Now I am going to make an appeal to you members that sometimes forget to renew in a timely manner, please renew promptly. We have already paid our insurance for the season, and the park dues are due shortly. We need over 150 members to break even or we will have to raise the dues. Currently we have only 50 current members and nearly half of them are new as of this year. From the start, Al and I wanted to keep the cost of membership low, but over the past few years, renewal rates have been very low. Over the past 6 years, Al and I have tested 900 people (we have probably been to the lake over 200 times just to test people), yet less than 1 in 5 actually return from year to year?

Seriously, if you use Shadowcliffs, please make a point to renew promptly, it only takes a few minutes. For those of you that promptly renew, thank you very much, you make it all possible.


Thank you kindly,
Al and John

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Changes to the Website 2014

Hi folks, last weekend, I made a bunch of changes to the website to make it easier to find what you need. You will notice at the top of this page there is a new tab/page called calendar. I will be putting in events (like testing days, or other events) that might be of interest to members or prospective members. If you want to add something to the calendar, let me know and I will try to get it put on the calendar.

Also, on the membership page I’ve added many big garish buttons to make it easier to find and click on what you need. It’s not pretty, but I hope it’s easy.


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Hello fellow Orcas, the new swim season is upon us. It’s time to renew if you are a member, to make sure you don’t miss a single chance to swim, please renew by April 30th.
On-line Renewal Payment Click Here!

renew now

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Due to fewer than 5 RSVP’s as of Friday, Al and I decided to cancel the event. Our aplogies to those that wanted to attend.

The park has changed it’s hours policy from years past and we will be unable to have a full moon swim this September. The park will be closing at 7:30 PM starting September 4. In the past we have had a September Full Moon Swim and the park did not close until 10:00 PM.

In lieu of a Full Moon Swim, we will be hosting an after swim Buffet at the Beach. Al and I will be bringing soft drinks, fruit salad, appetizers, soup and salad to the lake. We will be set up at 6:30 PM, just as most of you folks will be finishing your Friday evening swim.

Please send us an e-mail to let us know that you are coming so that we caqn get an accurate head count.

Please RSVP here by Friday Sept. 7: I will attend the Buffet-at-the-Beach Sept 14

John and Al

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Summer wetsuit deals

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Xterra wetsuits is having a summer sale. If you are an Orcas member, just contact us below to find out about the great team discount available to you on Xterra wetsuits!

If you want to join the Orcas or are a member in good standing for the 2012 season, click HERE! to send an e-mail for instructions to recieve your team discount on Xterra wetsuits. Include your name in the e-mail so that we can verify your membership.

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