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Competition Dates

Aug 9 - 16, 2014
Gay Games 9
Cleveland, OH, USA

Aug 13 - 17, 2014
USMS Summer Nationals
(Long Course Meters)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD, USA

Apr 23 - 26, 2015
USMS Spring Nationals (SCY)
San Antonio, TX, USA

News Splash – Pool Party Edition! – July 30, 2014

ORCAs,

It’s official, no other July has passed as quickly as the one in 2014! It’s true.

Congrats to the Second Annual Orca Open Water Organizers, Participants and Volunteers! I am continually impressed with our team and it’s ability to put on a well organized event; even the weather was amazing! We had around 60 swimmers participate in the 1 and 2 mile swims. We hope it will only continue to grow. Thanks to everyone who was involved, but especially to Meg for all the hard work she did to make this event a success!

Back by popular demand, is the Mid-Summer Quiz:
1. Who is officially a doctor (PhD)?
2. Which Orca plays the accordion? (there may be more than one??)
3. Who is 30 years old?
4. Which Orcas are competing at the Gay Games in Cleveland?
5. Who has dainty toe that turned black and blue stepping on a pebble in Lake Washington?
(answers next week)

FUND RAISING FOR ORCAS: For all you Amazon Shoppers. Here is a way to raise money for the Orca Team without changing your usual shopping habits. It’s a program through Amazon called Amazon Smile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. For every eligible purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% to an eligible 501c3 charitable group which Joshua has set up for us. For example, if you spend $200 on an eligible product, the Orca team will get $1.00. To load the Orca Team as : http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1461943 . When you click on it, it will take them directly to smile.amazon.com and pre-load the orcas as their preferred organization. For more information about AmazonSmile go to: http://smile.amazon.com/about. Thanks to Joshua for letting us know about this program.

CHANGE YOUR LATITUDE SWIMMERS: A number of Orcas are swimming an Open Water Swim in Sitka, Alaska on August 3, 2014; Ryan, Kevin, Owen, Rob, and Rod, Latitude is 57 degrees north. The average water temperature is mid-50s! Good luck guys!

POOL SCHEDULE: We are at full summer schedule this week.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Wednesday, August 13th at Seattle University at 6:00pm (before practice) Conference room to follow; we usually meet in the lobby and find the room.

POTLUCKS:

AUGUST 2:

COLEMAN POOL PARY!!! 7pm-9pm. This event is in conjunction with the Frontrunners.

We get the pool at 7pm and can bring food onto the deck at that time. People can eat at right away and then swim, or swim first and eat later.

Since this is at the pool, we cannot have any Alcohol and no Breakable materials (i.e. glass, ceramic, etc…)

8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, West Seattle

Make sure you remind all your Frontrunner friends!!!!

SEPTEMBER 20TH:

This potluck will be our Awards and Elections potluck at Luis’s awesome party room!!! Please talk to a board member if interested in volunteering for the board. Please plan to attend this meeting.

FRIDAY AFTER PRACTICE DINNER: Central Pizza, 2901 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GAY GAMES: Cleveland, OH August 9th to 16th.

LAKE WASHINGTON WATER TEMP: 72 degrees

2014 Orca Open Water Swim Results

2014 Orca Open Water Age Group Results

2014 Orca Open Water Overall Results

News Splash Pride Edition – June 26, 2014

Seattle Pride 2010

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Pride Parade: Thank you to everyone who purchased suits and who will be marching in Seattle’s 40th annual Pride Parade. If anyone is still on the fence about participating, please join us by going to our website and buying a suit. There’s still time. It’s a lot of fun and you won’t even have to get up early. We are meeting at 11:30am. Everyone on the team is welcomed to well-wish us in the staging area. We are near the “Leather and Fetish” contingent and “All Pilgrims Church” contingent so there will be opportunities to both sin and atone. Pride suits should be available for pickup at practice this Friday. An email with full details will go out tomorrow to all those participating.

Pride Fest: If you are not marching, please considering manning the Orca table at Seattle Center. Those of us marching will not be able to get to the table until 2pm. I really need bodies for 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. This is our biggest recruitment opportunity of the year. The team needs you! Our booth is on the roof of Fisher Pavilion (in the center, to the north). Please stop by even if you can’t stay.

POOL SCHEDULE:  The Seattle University pool  is closed for Independence day from July 3 (Thursday) to July 6 (Sunday).  We are back at full schedule on July 7th (Monday).

OPEN WATER SWIMMING:   Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15pm.   Join the Orca Open Water swimmers on Wednesday July 2nd at 6pm for a wetsuit demo from Tyler Clark of Blue Seventy at Madison Park Beach.  Try on wetsuits, learn about design and function, and potentially take home a new pair of goggles.  Email orcaopenwaterswim@gmail.com with questions.  Don’t forget to sign up for the open water race!!  www.orcaswimteam.org/openwater!

NEXT BOARD MEETING:   July 16th (Wednesday) at Seattle University at 6:00pm (before practice)  Conference room to follow.  This may change. 

LIFE GUARD VOLUNTEERING WITH CAMP TEN TREES:  We have been asked to see if there are any volunteers from the Orca team that are OR could become certified Life Guards and volunteer for Camp Ten Trees.  Camp Ten Trees offers summer camp sessions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth, and a week for children and youth of LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families. Each year, Camp Ten Trees looks for a team of enthusiastic, skilled, and youth-focused volunteers to serve as cabin counselors, specialists, medical team members, kitchen crew, and more! In particular, for 2014, we are in need of certified lifeguards for each camp session.

The following is a brief message from Brennon Ham to the team:

“Lifeguarding is something most people do when they’re teenagers, right?  Well, camp gives you a chance to circle back to that and have some fun empowering youth and keeping them safe.  I hope some of you will consider taking on this amazing opportunity.  Camp can get you connected with upcoming trainings and help cut costs for those trainings.  I promise it’s the greatest and most rewarding experience you’ll have all year.  If folks have questions, you can direct them to the Camp Director Cori  or to me.

Contact captains@orcaswimteam is you are interested in volunteering with Camp Ten Trees.

 UPCOMING EVENTS:

GAY GAMES:  Registration is open for the Gay Games at http://www.gg9cle.com/participate/register/

FAT SALMON:  Registration is now open.     http://www.fatsalmonswim.com.   The swim date is July 19th.

ORCA OPEN WATER SWIM:  Registration is now open:  http://www.orcaswimteam.org/openwater/.    The swim date is July 27th and there are two swims, 1 mile and 2 miles.  Portions of the registration will help benefit Seattle Area Support Groups (SASG).

LAKE WASHINGTON WATER TEMP:  64 degrees F. (dropped a couple degrees this week).