NORAC News Feed

September Bingo

Greetings NORAC Families,
The new bingo signup for Sept-Oct 2020 has now been posted.
Please check the schedule and send an email to bingo@swimnorac.com with your requested sessions.
Regards

Matthew Forbes
bingo@swimnorac.com

Bingo Starting in August

Greetings NORAC Families,
There are a few slots remaining to be filled for the upcoming bingos in August.
Please let me know ASAP if you are able to help.
Regards

Matthew Forbes

E: bingo@swimnorac.com

Swim School and Masters – COVID-19 Update

Dear NORAC Swim School Families and Masters Swimmers,

On behalf of the NORAC Board, we hope this email finds you safe and healthy! These are unprecedented times, and we realize more than ever what a special club we have, and how much we collectively miss being in the pool.

Kindly find below our first update:

  • We as a Board are still meeting to discuss the evolving situation of COVID-19 and how it will affect our swim season, and while we don’t have all the answers yet, we wanted to reach out to you to let you know that we are committed to keeping you apprised of information as it comes to us and decisions are made;
  • Refunds – once we determine the exact impact of the COVID-19 situation, refunds will be issued to all our Swim School and Masters swimmers based on the time out of the pool.
  • As a not for profit, volunteer board run sport organization, we are researching government subsidies available as a result of COVID-19 for our Club.
    Stay healthy,

Annette Otter

on behalf of NORAC Board

COVID-19 Update

Dear NORAC Swim Families,

On behalf of the NORAC Board, we hope this email finds you safe and healthy! These are unprecedented times, and we realize more than ever what a special club we have, and how much we collectively miss our children being in the pool – not only for the mental and physical health benefits, the social benefits but also the tired children we receive back after the a great NORAC Swim practice. 🙂

Kindly find below our first update:

  • We as a Board are still meeting to discuss the evolving situation of COVID-19 and how it will affect our swim season, and while we don’t have all the answers yet, we wanted to reach out to you to let you know that we are committed to keeping you apprised of information as it comes to us and decisions are made;
  • Payments: You may have noticed that the March NORAC cheques have not been cashed, and we will not cash further cheques this season until / if our swim season resumes;
  • We are researching government subsidies available as a result of COVID-19 for our Club, and will revert with more as we learn;
  • Swim-A-Thon – Although our originally planned swim date (Mar 26th) has passed, we have been given an extension by Swim Canada to extend our Fundraiser End Date to May 31st. While there are no guarantees that we will be back in the pool by that date, we would be able to complete the Swim-A-Thon early next season, and you are free to continue to fund-raise if desired. There is absolutely no pressure to do so however – we recognize these are financially difficult times.
  • Trish will be sending out a note regarding upcoming swim meets and other info.

Stay healthy,

Carla Ring Herron
on behalf of NORAC Board

Bingo help needed March 15

Greetings NORAC Families,
There are two positions needing to be filled for bingo on March 15 for 8 PM arrival.
Please let me know if you are able to help.
Regards

Matthew Forbes bingo@swimnorac.com

More Swim-a-thon News!!

Dear NORAC Swim Parents,
 
You are doing brilliantly!  Let’s keep up the pace… a few stats:
  1. 28 / 54 swimmers have registered – great progress! (please register tonight if you haven’t already – Click here to register: www.ontarioswimathon.ca/norac
  2. We have not yet had a full group register – I scream, you scream, all the kids scream for ICE CREAM!
  3. We have now raised $3,500 (35% of the way to our goal)!
  4. Our first draw was held last night, and Emmett is the lucky winner (odd are definitely in his favour, having raised a whopping $960!)
Please keep up the great work,
 
Thanks, Carla

Important Swim-a-thon Update

Dear NORAC Swim Parents,
 
First, thank you to all of you who have already registered, and started to raise funds – a huge shout out to Emmett and the Thomas’ who have collectively raised $1,780 so far!  12 families have registered so far and we have collectively raised $2605 (26% of the way there!).
 
Second, we need to get everyone registered, and hit our target of $10k.  At our Board meeting last night, we learned that if we don’t meet / exceed our $10k goal, we will need to make up the shortfall in our budget by asking for additional fees from parents prior to end of the season – Swim A thon is our single largest fundraiser, and it is critical to ensure we keep fees as low as possible.  So, we want to sweeten the pot to ensure we get maximum involvement and FUN!
 
Participation Points:
  1. Registering for Swim-A-Thon – you will receive 25 participation points!
  2. For every $100 raised (up to $300) you will receive 25 participation points, i.e. max of 75 participation points
Fun for the Kids:
  1. The first group (e.g. Novice / Youth / Youth+ / Jr. Dev / Sr. Dev / Elite) to have all children registered will win an ice cream party!
  2. Every week, we will enter the swimmer’s name into a hat for every $50 raised.  The prize will be $5 DQ or Starbucks gift card.  (Note:  for families that have a single profile, funds will be divided equally, e.g. 2 children in a family who raised $100 will each get their name put in 1x)
  3. The top 2 fundraisers will each receive $20 gift cards
Thank you for all the hard work to help keep our costs low,

Revised Sign up Sheets for Swim Meet Officials: Feb 22/23

Here are the revised Officials Sign up Sheets (as of 2:30pm Fri Feb 21):

NORAC Officials Sheet February 22, 2020
NORAC Officials Sheet February 23, 2020

Thank you to all who have volunteered to help at this meet. I have tried to accommodate everyone as much as possible. Please let me know asap if you see any issues and I will address them. Also, please redirect to anyone who may not receive this. I have added new families to the list but there may still be some errors.

  • Please be at the pool Saturday for 12 pm at the latest for the officials address. Sunday at 11:00 am.
  • We will meet in the community room on the main floor.
  • We have a few new families helping out. Please introduce yourself and lend a hand where needed to make them feel comfortable.
  • We do have a dress code at swim meets to help easily differentiate the roles of officials.
  • Timers wear white shirts and black bottoms.
  • Strokes and turns judges should be in red shirts, black bottoms.
  • Chief timer: white shirt
  • Head lane timer: red shirt
  • All other officials are in red.
  • Any helpers, students or runners, please ensure they are dressed comfortably and with appropriate clean footwear as the pool deck does get wet.

As always, there will be food for the officials in the community room but please supply your own water bottle to refill as needed on the deck.

Again, thank you to all!

See you this weekend.

Heather Stratford

REGISTER today to begin FUNDRAISING for March 26th Swim-A-Thon!

Dear NORAC Swim Parents,

Just a quick reminder to please Register you child(ren) for Swim A Thon today! This is a key way to raise funds for our club (helps us keep costs low!) You would be surprised how keen family and friends are to support their amazing effort – not too many children (or adults) can swim for 2h or 5km!

Please go to our club link at www.ontarioswimathon.ca/norac 

Thanks! Carla

NORAC Swim Meet Volunteer Signup

Hello Norac Families, happy family day to you all!

Thank you for those who have signed up to volunteer at the meet this coming weekend.  Assignments will be posted in the next few days.  If you have any changes to your volunteered time please let me know as soon as possible.

For those of you who have not responded yet, I would love to hear from you and will be very happy to accommodate as many helping hands as possible.

Thank you again for offering your time to help the club.

Looking forward to a great meet.

Heather Stratford

(Officials Chair)