Food, Fun and Friends at the Picnic by the Pool
It was a lazy day, perfect for flame-kissed hot dogs, watermelon, and beer. It was a chance for us to get together with friendly swimmers at the rock garden picnic tables and talk about the pool.
Organizers Jesse Malone and Mary Yarrington showed up early to set up the hospitality tent and lay out the food. Mary brought a huge supply of beef bratwurst and hot dogs donated by Sun Harvest.
Jennifer Malone and I showed up around 11:30 to make plans and head down to the pool to meet up with other swimmers for a cool dip. We had the best duty. I realized that I had not brought a banner or anything to announce the event to swimmers in the pool, so we might have missed some folks.
While we were in the pool, Jonathan Beall showed up with a gas grill, and Tom Weber arrived with fresh beer from North by Northwest. Gary Beyer helped test the kegs.
Before the afternoon had even heated up, we had a good crowd of folks laughing and talking and eating and drinking. Kids ran around playing and eating. It was a great chance to visit with old friends and make new friends.
Of course, there had to be some speechifying. Tom delivered a short update on the master plan pool improvement projects.
I presented an award to Penny Lucas, who is the dynamic student activity director for middle school students at Texas School for the Deaf. Penny turns out her students for volunteer days at the Pool, and they do a fantastic job.
I also presented an award to Maria Ines Weber, our treasurer. Maria is the longest continuously serving board member, having started in 2008!
Steve Barnick, Chasity Larios, and others told personal stories about the pool.
I can’t wait until next year.