Manorlu Update

May 12, 2016

Two Weeks Until Opening Day!

After a long winter and with Clean Up Day behind us - thanks again to our fabulous volunteers for all their help - Manorlu is once again ready to welcome members back for the 2016 season.

We have a lot of exciting things planned this year, starting with our Welcome Back Picnic and Annual Club Meeting. Please see individual announcements as well as the "Mark Your Calendar" section for more information.

As always, we welcome your ideas and your questions. Please address any to

Announcing Open House Dates & New Members May Special!

Tell your friends, family and neighbors... a great way to garner the Manorlu experience is to spend a few hours enjoying the pool! And we're running our May Membership Special -- any new member that joins, in full, during an open house event (or the Month of May) -- will receive $100 off the 2016 membership.

Open house dates are as follows (times will be determined and published in April):

  • Saturday, May 21st
  • Saturday, May 28th
  • Sunday, May 29th
  • Saturday, June 4th
  • Sunday, June 5th

Manorlu's Annual "State of the Club" Open Meeting

Our Annual Open Meeting will be held on the basketball court at 6pm on Sunday, May 29th. We ask that a representative for each bondholder attend the Open Meeting. This is an important meeting. It is an opportunity for our managers and board members to communicate critical information about our club, share goals and expectations for the year and answer questions. As a board, we seek transparency and urge you to join us as we update the bondholders regarding staffing, finances, facilities, social events and more. To allow the managers and board members to be best prepared, feel free to send questions, in advance, to the Please note in your email that this is a question for the Open Meeting. Thank you!

Welcome Back Picnic and Open Membership Meeting

Mark your calendars for the Annual Welcome Back Picnic/Open Membership Meeting! The picnic will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, May 29th. The Welcome Back Picnic is a great way to reconnect with summer friends and celebrate the beginning of summer. The club will provide the hot dogs and hamburgers; bring your favorite dessert, appetizer, side

or salad to share! Visit our "signupgenius" link to let us know what you can bring:

Our Annual Open Meeting will be held on the basketball court at 6pm.

Thank You to Our First MegaFitness Sponsor!

Bryers Funeral Home (Jeff and Peggy Thompson Family)

Announcing Manorlu's Megafitness Challenge!

Come test yourself and bring a friend to Manorlu's land and sea Megafitness Challenge!

The Megafitness Challenge is open to all ages - members and non-members alike. To be held on Saturday, June 11th - participants will be start the day with their fitness challenge and then, with a guest, enjoy a relaxing day at Manorlu.

The fitness challenge will include a timed body weight station (squats, sit-ups and burpees) and a timed swim station. Awards will be given for top finishers and inaugural t-shirts for all participants who register by June 1st. So start training now! To register or learn more about the event, please visit

Special shout out to lifetime Manorlu member Megan Paris for the design of our Megafitness logo! Thank you Megan - we love it!

MegaFitness Article Appears in the Upper Dublin Enterprise

The MegaFitness Challenge committee is looking for participants, volunteers and sponsors. This is a member and non-member event, so please spread the word. Check out the recent Upper Dublin Enterprise article (on page 32) announcing the event.

If you are able to volunteer a little time on June 11th - the day of the event - please visit our SignUpGenius page. No experience necessary - easier than working a swim meet!

If you'd like more information on the event or would like to register, please visit:

Finally, if you or someone you know would like to sponsor the event, please email us at

Special thank you to our committee members: Danielle Coyne, Jill Maxwell, Kathy Landy, Barb O'Neill, Lisa Burns, Kim Paris, and Mary Senior.

Opening Day!

Manorlu will open weekends beginning Saturday, May 28th (including Memorial Day - Monday, May 30th) and will open daily beginning Thursday, June 16th. Hours are 12pm to 8:45pm.

*Please note that Manorlu will close at 6pm on Thursday, June 16th to accommodate swim team practice. (Regular morning swim team practice will begin on Friday, June 17th.)

Looking for a Great New Swimsuit for the Summer? Manorlu is Hosting a Jolyn Trunk Show!!

Join us at Manorlu on Wednesday, June 8th - from 6pm - 8pm - for a Jolyn Swimsuit Trunk Show!

The trunk show is open to all, members and non-members alike. 10% of the proceeds benefit the MegaDuck Swim and Dive Team. Bring a friend! If you're not familiar with Jolyn suits, check our their website to see how and why they've brought together fashion and performance in a quality swimsuit.

The vendor will have hundreds of suits to try on and purchase on the spot! No delivery time to consider and no shipping fees!

Attention Manorlu Golfers! We have a deal for you....

Beginning Tuesday, May 24th, Lulu Country Club will offer Manorlu members a 15% discount on dues and a flat fee of $50 as a member for a day. Tee time availability as


  • Monday-Friday: anytime
  • Weekends: after 12pm

Lulu Country Club is located at:

1600 Limekiln Pike

Glenside, PA 19038

Any questions can be directed to or Jeff Orleski, General Manager of Lulu Country Club.

Trivia Night is Moving to July... Mark Your Calendar and Sign Up Early!

Oh yes - Trivia Night is back and we've got two big changes. Trivia Night has made the leap from August to July... and this year's host is Upper Dublin's own teacher and Trivia Master, Mr. Shawn Mcaleer.

So get your competitive juices flowing, start studying and form your team now! MegaTrivia Night is expected to SELL OUT... so sign up early.


  • Saturday, July 23rd
  • 7-10 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
  • BYOB and BYOSnacks
  • 50/50 raffle and trivia cheats available for purchase
  • Prizes awarded for best table theme
  • This is a "bring a friend event" - no need to limit your team to Manorlu members - find your smartest friends and bring them along!
  • Look for flyers around the pool and sign up information at the main desk.

** Attention Parents - Manorlu will remain open and guarded during Trivia Night - blue and white card holders are welcome to stay and swim until 10pm. Pink cardholders must be accompanied by a WHITE cardholder. Safety is our first concern. If you need a white card babysitter, contact a Manorlu manager or lifeguard for experienced babysitter suggestions. **

Announcing the 2016 Summer Pool Basketball League!

Not all the fun at Manorlu happens in the water. Calling all boys and girls entering grades 6 through 8! Manorlu participates in the Summer Pool Basketball League with Maple Manor, Oreland and Sunny Willow. This is a fun, co-ed league and all interested players are welcome. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the main bulletin board. Games are played in the evenings beginning late June and run through the end of July. Game location rotates among the participating clubs. There is a $25 player fee to cover the cost of a team t-shirt and the game officials.

Can't get to the pool, but want to play? Just email and provide your child's name, grade (in September), a phone number and email address and we will be in touch!

A couple of notes:

  • Each team must have at least one girl on the court at a time. Hoping to get several girls to join us this year!
  • This is a fun league. Although we'd love to take home the trophy - more importantly we'd like the kids to have fun and represent Manorlu with good sportsmanship.
  • Coach... we are thrilled that member Tom Johnston has agreed to coach our Megaducks again this year! Thanks so much Coach Tom!
  • League Representative... Kristin Haas has agreed to help in this capacity. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

We wish our Manorlu hoopsters a fun and successful season!

Membership Rates and Dates for 2016 Season

Bondholder: $575

1st Child: $80

2nd Child: $70

3rd Child & Each Additional Child: $60

Additional Adult: $80

Single Adult Bondholder: $410

Late Fee: $50

Please note that dues must be paid in full by Wednesday, May 18, 2015. Memberships not paid by the due date will be subject to the $50 late fee. Please note that the Board DOES NOT want to charge anyone a late fee. It is important that dues payments be received timely in order to properly plan for the upcoming season. As in years past, members may remit multiple payments toward their dues anytime before the due date. As payments are received, they will be applied to your account and a statement with the balance will be emailed.

Due to lower than targeted new membership and general increases in expenses (mainly taxes, insurance and maintenance), the Board has voted unanimously to raise bondholder dues by $25 and single adult bondholder by $10. There are no increases in rates for the child membership, additional adult membership and late payment fee. Members will still receive a $100 rebate for referring a new family that joins in full. The effect of this should mean a very small increase per family for the upcoming season. Look for more info to follow and REFER A FRIEND!

Announcing Reduction in Membership Bond Price for New Members

In an effort to reduce the high, first-year cost to join Manorlu, the Board has voted to replace the $255 bond fee with a non-refundable $50 bond fee for new members. As a Board, we recognize that it is critical to Manorlu's sustainability to grow our membership numbers and we continue to look at ways to welcome new members and new families. We hope that this change will make Manorlu a more affordable option for families looking to join our beloved swim club.

Are You an Experienced Social Media User?

If you are an experienced social media user... we could use your help! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... let us know if you can share your expertise. Please contact to let us know... although I'm sure there's a way you could efficiently reach us via social media, but yeah... we're still email people and that's why we're asking!

Membership cards...

New this season - we will no longer issue individual or family membership cards. Look for more details closer to opening day, but we hope you'll enjoy having one less thing to remember as you're packing your pool bag for the day! No more forgotten cards or spilled bags while searching for cards... one more reason to smile at the pool this summer!

Megaduck Swimmers and Divers - It's Time to Sign Up!

We are looking forward to another exciting Megaduck Summer Swim and Dive Season!

Prerequisites for joining the team are the following:

1) 5 years old as of June 1, 2016 – NO EXCEPTIONS

​2) the son or daughter of a dues paying member of the swim club and

3) able to swim one length of pool freestyle. (If unsure about the ability of first time swimmers, new swimmers will be previewed by coaches at the first practice. Registrations for first time swimmers will be accepted at this preview without penalty.)

Summer practice schedule can be found at on the Swim/Dive Team tab. Please use the below link for details about Swim and Dive Team registration:

Megaducks Announce Coaching Staff for 2016 Season

Manorlu is pleased to announce the 2016 Swim and Dive Team coaching staff:

Head Swim Coach - Carolyn Meier - Carolyn is a Manorlu alumna who has spent the past four years swimming at Shippensburg University. While at Shippensburg, Carolyn set a school record in the 200 Freestyle, and was also part of the record breaking 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, and 400 Medley Relay teams. Carolyn graduates this year with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology and Coaching.

Head Diving Coach - Todd Michael - We are pleased to have Todd return as head coach this year. His coaching credentials are endless. Last year, he was named Head Diving Coach of Villanova University. He continues to take members of his club team to Nationals on a yearly basis.

Assistant Swimming Coach - Zach Brech - Zach, a Manorlu alumnus, has spent the past four years swimming at Towson University. His swimming accolades include a time of 20.81 in the 50-yard freestyle which is the fourth-fastest time in Towson's swimming program. He was also a member of the record breaking 400 Free Relay.

Assistant Swimming Coach - Evan Paris - Evan, another Manorlu alumnus, is currently enrolled at Penn State University studying Biobehavioral Health. While in high school, Evan was a two-time PIAA District Qualifier, and he is currently a member of the Penn State Club Swimming program. Evan has qualified for Club Nationals two years in a row.

We are looking forward to a great 2016 summer season! Our goal is to create a positive, fun, learning environment for all athletes while fostering good sportsmanship and Manorlu Megaduck pride!

Marketing & Publicity

We continue to try to get the word out about and rally interest in our beautiful club, so in addition to open houses and the yard sale, we will again be posting lawn signs

If you can post a sign on your personal or business property, we would be very grateful. Signs will be available at Manorlu during the May 7th Clean-up Day. If you are unable to pick up a sign that day - please email with your name and address and we will do our best to drop off a sign. Thank you!

We Have a Snack Bar Provider!

We couldn't be more excited to welcome Keswick Coffee House to the Manorlu family!

Keswick Coffee House is located in downtown Glenside at 250 N Keswick Avenue. Please patronize our new provider both at sunny Manorlu and while shopping in Glenside!

Announcing Swim Team Meet Schedule

To help our swim team members plan their summer evenings and weekends, we want you to have the most up-to-date information. Below is the schedule for the 2016 Summer Swim Season:

  • Thursday, June 23rd - Home vs. Hideaway
  • Tuesday, June 28th - Home vs. Maplewood
  • Tuesday, July 5th - Away at Maple Manor
  • Saturday, July 9th - Away at Sunny Willow
  • Monday, July 11th - CJ Martin Relay Meet
  • Tuesday, July 12th - BYE
  • Saturday, July 16th - Away at Fort Washington
  • Sunday, July 17th - Mega Distance Meet at Manorlu
  • Wednesday, July 27th - Swimming B Champs
  • Friday, July 29th - Diving A & B Champs
  • Saturday, July 30th - Swimming A Champs

Consider Manorlu for Your Party Needs - Book Early!

Let's Have a Party!

Looking for somewhere to host a private graduation, birthday or anniversary party? Like to have a non-private family, team or other group outing? Consider the gorgeous grounds of Manorlu Swim Club! There are many options available. As the Board of Directors continues to look for new ways to show off our pool and generate funds, the pool may be made available on a very limited basis (once or twice a year) for a private function. Interested in any type of party at Manorlu? Please and we’d be happy to discuss this with you and help make it happen!

Mark Your Calendars!!

It's never too soon to plan for fun at Manorlu! We've compiled a list of dates to help:

  • Saturday, May 28th - Opening Day (weekends only)
  • Sunday, May 29th - Welcome Back Picnic (4pm - 7pm) & Open Meeting (6pm)
  • Monday, May 30th - Open for Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, June 8th - Jolyn Swimsuit Trunk Show (6pm-8pm)
  • Saturday, June 11th - Manorlu Mega-Fitness Challenge (8am)
  • Thursday, June 16th - Open for Regular Season Hours (12pm - 8:45pm)
  • Sunday, June 26th - Sunday Sundaes
  • Saturday, July 9th - Adult Social
  • Sunday, July 17th - Mega-Distance Meet
  • Saturday, July 23rd - Trivia Night Featuring UD's Mr. Mac!
  • Sunday, July 24th - Sunday Sundaes
  • Sunday, August 28th - Sunday Sundaes
  • Sunday, September 4th - Labor Day Festivities!
  • Monday, September 5th - Final Day of 2016 Season

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