Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pella Swim Club Awarded Theisen's Grant

On Nov. 4, 2013 Theisen’s announced Pella Swim Club had received a More for Your Community Grant.  Pella Swim Club a member of USA Swimming, coached by Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg currently has 37 athletes with swimmers from Pella, Knoxville, Newton and Ottumwa. 
In its fifth year of helping Iowans, the Theisen’s More for Your Community Grant program announced $174,671 in awards to 147 agencies serving children and their families.
Through a corporate philanthropic partnership With the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, a Theisen’s More for Your Community grant of $600.00 has been made to Pella Swim Club for its project titled: Lightening Detector for the Pella Outdoor Aquatic Center. 

Announcing the grant, company President Jim Theisen said, “We are excited to grow our More for' Y our Community Grant program again this year. It is our honor to help nonprofits and their volunteers meet the most important needs of children and families. We are so proud to be a charitable partner in your community.”

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Board Meeting

6:30 PM
*Open to the public

*updated 12/10
*Should someone have an item they want added to the agenda please email: before midnight Monday, Dec. 9.

  1. Updated policy and steps for hiring an employee
  2. Assistant Coaching checklist to be completed before hiring
  3. Bylaw amendments - see green highlighted areas 
  4. Fundraising Committee definition, policy and revised form
  5. Athlete representative selection policy
  6. Board of Director Elections 
  7. Event proposal form and steps to be taken

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pella Rollscreen Foundation Grant due

Attention all Pella Corporation Employees 
and their spouses.  
Please take the time to fill out your 
Volunteer Recognition Grant Application 
for community services hours.  

Due Wednesday, November 27.

Please visit your email for the MSWord document 
or click here for the PDF file 
that can be printed and submitted. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Pella Swim Club, a member of USA Swimming has an immediate opening for 2 part-time assistant coaches.  Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, have strong leadership skills and a willingness to help each swimmer reach their fullest potential in and out of the water.  A positive attitude, flexibility and enthusiasm are all important when working with our athletes and head coach.  Experience as a swim coach or competitive swimmer is a plus.  Candidates must demonstrate proficiency of swim skills in accordance with USA Swimming standards and be able to communicate effectively with swimmers and their parents.  Individuals must pass the USA Swimming Coach certification test and all safety training as required by USA Swimming.  Position is available immediately.  To apply for the assistant coach position please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to: Pella Swim Club, 602 E. 8th Str., Pella, IA 50219 or email to


Should candidates prefer they may download the PDF Job application and send application to the above address.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Team Pictures - October 29

Athletes will receive team suit, caps and t-shirt on 
Tuesday, October 29. 
Swimmers are asked to wear their new team suit for pictures.

Please click below to view cost to order 
Individuals & Club group pictures:

Thursday, October 3, 2013



Club suits are special order with 
Please make sure you are ordering the correct size.

*Orders due midnight Sunday, Octboer 6

Monday, September 30, 2013

Athlete Votes Needed

The Pella Swim Club Sponsorship drive was a huge success this summer.  Local businesses and community members were extremely generous in donating over $4,700 this year alone. Due to such great success all championship meet fees will be paid for by the club, and all club athletes registered before September 29 will be receiving 2 personalized silicone caps, a team t-shirt and a swimsuit .  Any athletes registered before Friday, Oct. 4 will receive a team cap, shirt and suit.  

The athletes are being asked to vote for the suit style they like best.  The suit style with the most votes will be Pella Swim Club's official club suit for 2013/2014.  Please open the link below to view options and print to vote.  

Please have your athletes submit their vote by dropping the form into the USA Swimming mailbox found at the Pella indoor pool before
5:00 PM Thursday, Oct. 3 

All swimmers attending practice Tuesday, Oct. 1 are encouraged to leave their vote at the pool. 
 If your athlete is unable to drop off their ballot at the pool and would like to vote please email suit style preference to  

The winning suit style will be posted on the blog Friday, October 4.  

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Athlete Representatives announced

The Results from the Athlete Representative Vote

13 & Over Representative: Samantha Hedrick
12 & Under Representative: Smita Singhal

Team Colors to remain
Red & Black

Thanks to all that took the time to vote!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Athlete Representative Voting

Voting closes Friday, Sept. 27 Midnight
( Athletes are encouraged to choose someone they feel is a great leader and represents their age group well.  It doesn't have to be the best swimmer just someone they feel is kind and shows support for team members).

Monday, September 16, 2013

General Assembly 8-25-2013

Minutes from the General Assembly Meeting on August 25, 2013 have been posted.
General Assembly Minutes 8-25-2013

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting on August 25, 2013 have been posted.
Board of Directors Minutes 8-25-2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A good read

A good reminder to leave the coaching 
to the coach and be our athlete's biggest fan and cheerleader.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

State Meet Information

Host Club CRAA
University of Iowa

*All relays are paid for by the club
*The club covers the first $30 of individual entries
(sponsorship dollars support the state fees) 

Parents: Please plan to volunteer one session as a timer should your athlete qualify an individual event/s or be named to a relay and plans to participate in the Long Course State meet . Our club is required to provide volunteers based on the number of athletes we have participating.  (Volunteers only need to attend a meeting approximately 30 minutes before the state session to time - there are no other requirements to time). 

Should an athlete not show up for a relay or scratch an individual event, that athlete's club account will be charged for those fees.  Please only commit to those events you plan to swim.  Please contact coach Jennie or Melissa should your athlete have a family emergency that would prevent them from swimming.

Good Luck to all State Team Participants:
Eli Eekhoff
Emma Eekhoff
Caleb Gaylor
Hank Hammer
Kira Hanson
Samantha Hedrick
Jacob Lensing
Jacob Nedder
JJ Papendick
Taylor Purvis
Peter Swank
Isaak Webb
Madeline Webb
Charles Yang

Friday, June 28, 2013

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting on May 28th, 2013 have been posted.
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 5-28-2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sponsorship Drive Kick Off

Annual Sponsorship Drive

Start Date: July 1
Estimated Completion Date: July 31

Over $3,500 was raised last year through generous donations from local businesses and grants received.  

What was some of the money used for:
1) Team Uniforms – caps, t-shirts & coaches shirts ($837.62)
2) Championship meet entry fees (Including All-stars, Short Course State & Zones entry fees) (over $513 as of July 1)
Estimated Summer LC State fees: ($450)

What to do to participate:
1. By Tues., July 2 - Sign up for 6-12 businesses on Google docs – Yellow Column
a) If your family has participated in the past & collected money from a business then your family has been assigned those businesses again (please remove your name from the spreadsheet if you would rather not collect from a specific business) –
b) This is our club’s biggest fundraiser and all club athlete’s benefit though receiving team caps and shirts.  It is our hope that all will participate.  If your family forgets to sign up for businesses – your family will be randomly assigned  approximately 6 businesses to deliver the letter to.  
c) A hardcopy of the sign up will be at the CIA swim meet to sign up as well.
d) Deliver letters

2. By Thurs., July 11th – Have all letters delivered
a) Download the 2013 Sponsorship letter, print it and deliver it to the businesses your family has been assigned
b) Athletes are encouraged to make the connections with the businesses and wear their team shirts, preferably the one with the sponsors on the back.  
c) Last year it took our athletes approximately an hour to deliver 12 letters.
d)  Script to use if your athlete is nervous about approaching a business – included are facts about our club.

Note: some businesses will ask about the club and want more details, others will reach into their cash registers and hand you cash (please have an envelope ready to keep all donations in) while others will kindly let you know they do not participate in these types of fundraisers.  Please make notes on the Google docs spreadsheet.

3. By Wed., July 24th - Follow up with the businesses you delivered the letters to, this is critical to collecting the sponsorship funds.
a) Plan to leave a self-addressed envelope addressed with the business:
Some will mail in their donations. Please use the address below:
Pella Swim Club, Att. M. Webb, 602 E. 8th Street, Pella, IA 50219 
b) Each family will need to supply the postage and envelopes for their assigned businesses.

4. Wed., July 31 –  Drop money collected & paperwork into lock box at pool and update totals collected on Google Docs.

Thanks to everyone dedicated to making 
this  project a success!  

Many hands make for light work.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Practice Calendar Updated

*More practices for entire team added in July 
*All Wed. practices to now take place 10:30-11:30 AM

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Board Meeting Tues., May 28 @ 6:15 (OUTDOOR POOL)

Agenda: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Balance on hand 
            Estimated Summer expenses: $3140 (Coaching, pool rental, est. champs fees)
            Estimated Banked amount left at end of summer: $441.35

Officer Reports:
A. Coaches Report –

Old Business:

New Business:           
A. Go over Officer Duties – revisit spreadsheet
            Current Board:
                President                                              Melissa Webb
                Vice President
                                     Dave Hanson                                       
                                              Kim Nedder
                Treasurer                                              Michelle Papendick                                                           
                Members at Large
                               Gaylor, Eekhoff
                Safety Officer/Head Coach               
Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg
C.  Concerns
D. Summer Fundraising
                1) July 4 – Ragrbrai – etc…
                2) Sponsorship drive – see sign-up sheet
                3) Other
E.  Pella Community Foundation grant app. ideas – will be asking for Kim N to assist with application
.  Theisen's grant app.  ideas - will be asking for Kim N to assist with application

G. E-fundraising reminder through website – magazine subscriptions and restaurants
H. Other business