President's Corner

Welcome to the 2016 summer season of Gower Estates Pool!  It is truly an honor to be a part of this unique and supportive group of friends that make up our Gower Family. 

The state of the pool and the Gower family is as healthy as ever.  Membership is strong and we continue to have a long waiting list.  A tremendous thank you to our 2015 board president Harrison Cline and the rest of the Pool Board for another outstanding year.  Harrison continues to serve this year as our board swim team representative and we are truly thankful for his leadership through another great year in 2015.  In addition, I'd like to recognize Joel Norwood, Brandt Gilbert, Phillip Ollar & Suzanne Sanders who completed their service to the Gower Estates Pool Board this past fall.  We are all grateful for their years of dedication and significant contributions to the pool!  We especially thank Clare Jones who has served as our bookkeeper for 20+ years!  Clare, you are wonderful and we can never thank you enough for all of your hard work and organization.

We are happy to welcome new Board members Bryson Jones, Matt Vogt, Bruce Bannister & Marci Howle.  They all hit the ground running this past October and have already made a huge difference in their time and service to our pool.

I encourage you to get to know each of the Board members and provide them your support.  As a volunteer board, we are committed to providing our Gower family with a fun, safe and clean pool environment.  We welcome your feedback and input, and we can be contacted through the website with ideas or concerns.

Hopefully you will notice lots of improvements around the pool such as new ceiling fans in the upper and lower decks, repairs to the storage facility, working baby pool gate, repainted restroom ceilings, clean & repainted entrance gates, pressure washed deck areas, and so much more!  These as well as other less noticeable repairs are under constant evaluation, thanks in large part to our maintenance board members constant diligence.  Under the pool board's guidance, we continue to budget carefully for all of these items, which are reflected in our sound financial footing while keeping dues to a minimum.  Regarding long range planning, we are presently collecting estimates on the much needed pool renovation, which includes expanding the pool and adding more lanes.

A capital campaign steering committee is being formed to develop fundraising activities to help with the renovation costs.  You will be hearing more about this, and we hope you will participate and join us in our excitement for the plans that will be unveiled over the next several months!

We have continued our partnership with Sweetwater Pools, Inc. as our pool and facilities management company.  They are already hard at work getting the pool ready for the summer and are hiring a top notch team to work at Gower Pool this summer.  This team includes our own adult manager to oversee pool staff for the 2016 summer.

A HUGE shout out to last year's Swim Team Moms Kim Geddie & Lara Wannemacher for all their time, energy, hard work and for an incredibly successful swim season!  It is my pleasure to welcome Karine & Chris Lawrence as our 2016 swim team parents!  They are off to a successful start towards another fabulous season.  We have another fine group of Gower Swim Team coaches and we hope you will join us in supporting them as they lead and encourage our swimmers.  Gower Swim Team is well known for the outstanding program that we have which focuses on building confidence and self-accomplishment for our swimmers.  But it's our passion and spirit that are second to none and which make the experience so special!  It is truly amazing to watch our children grow up together, supporting one another and cheering each other year after year!  There really is nothing like it!

In conclusion, I want to express my enthusiasm for the 2016 summer season, my appreciation to my fellow board members and most importantly a big thanks to all of the volunteers and families that make this pool season successful year after year.  I look forward to seeing you around the pool! 

Go Gower!!!

Warm Regards,

LeAnne White

President

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