Tomorrow, Monday June 1st, we need as many of you to come out to the pool at 6:00PM as possible. We will finalize our schedule and assignments for the Poker Run this Saturday and get people lined up for painting which will be happening THIS WEEK. If anyone cannot make it to the pool tomorrow but still wants to offer help with either painting or the event Saturday post here or call Missi. It’s deadline time! Let’s get this baby opened!!!

CFSC Annual Community Rummage Sale

First off we want to sincerely thank all of our volunteers and supporters. Our Applebee’s pancake feed raised over $800 which will get us a lot closer to our goal of opening the pool in 2015.

Our next major event will be the annual rummage sale which will take place May 2nd at Kennedy School. We need contributions of saleable items. We have rented a storage unit to hold everything so it can be prepped and tagged for sale. If you have items you would like to donate please contact Missi @ 785-331-8178 or e-mail us to make arrangements. We have just under 2 weeks to put this together so please don’t delay!

We will gladly write a receipt for your donation which you can deduct from your taxes next year!

Pancake Feed at Applebee’s

Short Stax for a Tall Cause!

Come out to the Iowa Street Applebee’s on April 18th between 8-10AM to meet our volunteers, help support a great cause and enjoy pancakes, juice, and coffee. Tickets are $5 per person available at the door or in advance from any of our CFSC staff. All gratuities will go toward funding the opening and operating costs of the County Fair Swim Club. Call Anne Kohl for advance tickets at 785-371-7114. We hope to meet you there!

Our Missi Pfeifer

Missi’s house sits directly across the street from the County Fair Swim Club swimming pool. During the summer months, Missi makes her way to the pool every single day to check on the kids, pool, and volunteers. The most memorable moments I have of Missi are when the kids flock to her once she arrives. Sometimes she doesn’t even make it in the pool area before the kids are lined up to give her a hug. The kids love her.

I met Missi Pfeifer ten years ago but was not involved with the pool until 2009. I volunteered and would help spray the deck, work on flyers, or perform any other duties as assigned. Over the course of the 2009 summer I learned just how special the County Fair Swim Club really is. During the last four years my friendship with Missi has grown into something special. She would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She would do the same for any of the kids who frequent the County Fair Swim Club.

I have watched Missi run the pool for four years and her job is never easy. From arranging fundraising events and volunteers to prepping the pool for the upcoming season. Missi works very hard to make the County Fair Swim Club a welcoming and friendly environment for the east Lawrence families and children.

On April 29, 2012, the Lawrence-Journal World wrote an article about Missi’s dedication the the County Fair Swim Club and the children who frequent the pool. In addition, Missi won a Larry Award for her “years of dedication to the children and community served by the County Fair Swim Club.”

Missi, you deserve the award ten times over. Your hard work and dedication to the pool is something you can take with you for the rest of your life. You have touched so many lives, including my own. It’s not just the children who love you, it’s the parents, volunteers, and community who love you too. Congratulations on your well-deserved award.

Why Are We Doing This?

Simply put, this is for the kids.

Built in 1961, the County Fair Swim Club has proven that it is a staple in the east Lawrence community and has been for over 50 years. Currently in its 54th year, the volunteers, along with the neighborhood children would like to see the pool open again this summer. However, with the walls of the pool beginning to crumble, a water pump that struggles to filter the pool, and buildings that are in desperate need of updating, the County Fair Swim Club is in dire need of upgrades in order to remain in operation. In addition, the cost to run the pool (chemicals, insurance, maintenance) is far more than pool can afford this season.

That’s why we need YOU. We need community members, pool members, neighborhood friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, and donors to help donate to fund this 2015 pool season.

Why is this important? Well if you have gotten this far, the County Fair Swim Club is important to the children and the parents in the east Lawrence community. Admission for a daily pass is $2 with a discounted rate of $1 after 5PM. The unfortunate part is that some kids cannot afford even $2 to swim, and many opt to wait until 5PM to enter with their $1. The advantage to the pool in this neighborhood is that most kids do not have a mode of transportation to the city pool that is across town. Additionally, admission to the city pool is $3 for children ages 5-17 which is 50% more than admission to the County Fair Swim Club.

Please help the County Fair Swim Club in any way that you can.

Donations can be made by clicking on the “Donate to CFSC” link on the left or by mail to “County Fair Swim Club”, 2108 Maple Ln, Lawrence, KS 66046.