by Tom Hemphill, President WSCS Board of Directors.
I believe Ives Pool can best be described as a work in progress; a
gemstone in the giant rock tumbler of life. You pick a metaphor and
it will probably be accurate. One thing is for sure: a number of changes
are coming to the pool, and we don’t have a clear answer on
when they will arrive.
The most important question is when and how
is the pool bottom going to be renewed. The City of
Sebastopol decided a number of months ago to go ahead with a resurfacing
project that would give the pool a clean bill of health for the next
10 years. They set a budget based on the advice of an expert consultant
and solicited bids twice. As of October 12, the City has bids from
two contractors.† Those bids are being reviewed and clarified
and will hopefully be presented to the City Council on October 21.†
If the Council approves the contract, work
could begin as soon as the first week in November
The second important project is the
installation of a solar photovoltaic system at the Pool.
Our rebate has been approved by the State and work could begin soon.
Currently, we are reassessing the total utility use at the Pool. Two
engineers, Paul Larkin and John Rosenbloom, are making rather sophisticated
measurements that will allow them to determine ways we can dramatically
reduce our electric use. The purpose of this work is to reduce the
Pool’s energy use to such a point that the long term viability
of a year-round Ives Pool is assured.
This fall also marked the departure of Patti Bedell as Pool Manager
of Ives Pool and Head Coach of the Sebastopol Sea Serpents. Patti
was an active member of the Ives Pool community for many years and
we all wish her the best as she moves out of the area to teach high
school biology. Lehla Irwin will assume the duties of SSS Head Coach
and the WSCS Board of Directors wishes Lehla all the best.
I am excited to have hired Jackie Pinard
as our Interim Pool Manager. Jackie comes to us most recently from
Finley Aquatic Center and brings a fresh perspective
and enthusiasm to the job. Please drop by the Pool and introduce yourself
to Jackie. I know you will be happy you did.
Besides assuring that all pool programs
run smoothly, Jackie will be working with Kim Koons in evaluating
how to improve the operations at Ives Pool. Kim is
an active aqua aerobics swimmer and teacher and comes to us from an
extensive management background at OCLI. The Board looks forward to
So, like I said at the beginning of this report, there is much that
is up in the air and all that is have the potential to greatly improve
Ives Pool. The Board is deeply committed to making improvements in
your experience at Ives Pool. Please keep the suggestions and critics
coming, check out IVESPOOL.ORG for updates, and swimming at Ives Pool.
to the generosity of the Deedler family and R.S. Basso Company,
spiffy new pool covers were installed this summer. As anyone knows
who watched the lifeguards struggle to roll up and unroll the old
tattered, water laden covers, new ones were long overdue. Thanks
to both of you!
The Sebastopol Public Works Department has cleared the dead ivy
and installed new fencing on the brick wall above the pool. Thanks
for a job well done!
Superintendent, Rich Emig also deserves our thanks for his efforts
on behalf of the re-surfacing of the pool.
Pool Is Open Year Round!
Join the Pool and Join the Fun
**Renewal notices will be mailed soon**
Not joined yet? Please become a member today. Joining Ives Pool
entitles you to vote in the Board elections, have a say in making
Ives Pool the pool YOU want, and pick up a few goodies along the
You may join at the following levels:
$10 (1 FREE swim) _ $25 (3 FREE swims)
_ $50 (choice of 5 FREE swims OR 2004 Sonoma Express Book!)
_ $100 or more (5 FREE swims AND 2004 Sonoma Express Book)
Make checks payable to WSCS.
Mail or return to pool with your name,
address, phone, email to_
P.O. Box 122, Sebastopol, CA
Sea Serpents Swim Team
As we start a new season,
the Sebastopol Sea Serpents have had some coaching changes. The
team structure has changed a bit. I have accepted the position as
head coach of SSS, and we have hired Brian Smith as our new Age-Group
As many of you know, Patti Bedell is no longer coaching with SSS.
Although she wanted very much to stay with SSS, it became obvious
to her that a change of scenery was necessary. Under her leadership,
enrollment flourished increasing team membership to more than it's
been in a decade. She will truly be missed and we wish the absolute
best in everything that life has to offer.
Record Broken: SSS is a USA swimming
team that competes within Pacific Swimming. Last
spring, one of our outstanding athletes, David Sallee, broke a Pacific
Swimming record in the 200 Backstroke.Pacific Swimming is the second
's 59 regional associations, made up of
more than 100 swim clubs
and more than 12,000 swimmers. While membership is centered in the
San Francisco Bay Area, the territory also includes the coastal
counties from Monterey to the Oregon border, the Stockton-Modesto
area of the Central Valley, and the Reno-Carson City-Lake Tahoe
area on the California-Nevada border.
Join SSS: The USA
Swimming program provides many benefits to young athletes including
self-discipline, fitness, good sportsmanship, and time management
skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and
to learn how to deal with defeat while becoming healthy and physically
fit. Through age-group swimming, children gain valuable skills,
self-esteem, and a lifetime of friendships. anyone is interested
in Sebastopol Sea Serpents, please call our voicemail at 829-SWIM
(829-7946). Lehla Iriwn, Head Coach