This week at the pool...

KMSC news for 7/30 - 8/5

Teen Night Is Coming Up Fast!

Teen Night (for middle- and high schoolers) will be Sunday, August 6, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Bring a raft! Bring a friend! The cost is just $5 (members and nonmember guests).

Special ice cream treats will be provided.

This event is being organized by Amie Wohlfarth. If you can help with the party, please contact her at

Coming Up Next

Finally, great Sunday weather!

We'll be selling pizza tonight (7/30) from Ben Yehuda's 5-7 p.m. during rafting or while supplies last!

Cost: $3 a slice, $5 for two slices and $20 for an entire pie, cash or credit (a transaction fee will apply for the latter), poolside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. or while supplies last.

Please volunteer to help pick up or sell the pizzas next Sunday! Use this Sign-up Genius link to give back a little to your pool community.

The next Ladies Night is Tuesday, August 15, 7-10 p.m. Cost: $5 for KMSC members, $7 for the non-member guests of KMSC members. No free coupons will be accepted. RSVP to April Rivers will be our host that evening.

Shout out: Have you noticed the garden along the path as you enter the pool house? That's what it looked like early in the summer (see photo at left). We have member Pete Lublin to thank for the glorious pile of blooms that it has become!.

Thank you, Pete!

To stay on top of all our events:

Make sure has your email address for the weekly emails!

And join the Kemp Mill Pool group on Facebook.

We're also posting on Pinterest, Google+, S'more and Instagram!

You can follow @KempMillPool on Twitter, too.

Or just check for our messages in the Twitter feed on the Kemp Mill Swim Club website.

Become a Pool Board Member

Keeping our pool a healthy, vital part of our community is no easy task. Our pool's volunteer officers and board of directors handle many challenges each summer. They need YOUR enthusiasm, YOUR energy, and YOUR ideas to help keep our facility and services tip-top for YOUR family.

So, our nominating committee is trying to get a jump on finding fresh talent to help shape the pool's future. Please consider putting your name on the ballot for next summer's board!

All officers serve for one-year terms while directors-at-large serve two-year terms:

  • President
  • Director of Plant Maintenance and Operations
  • Director of Personnel
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Membership
  • Director of the Swim Team
  • Secretary –Treasurer
  • Directors-at-large

(For descriptions of the positions, check out this page on our pool's website.)

Make a difference in your pool community. Contact Len Wagman at today for details on how you can help steer our pool's future.

You also can get a sense of what the board does for all of us by attending its next meeting, tentatively set for Thursday, August 31, 7:30 p.m., poolside.

Elections will be held March 2018 at the annual general membership meeting.

A Message from the President

Good afternoon folks,

As you are painfully aware, we increased dues by about 4% this summer. A primary driver of that increase and last year's increase was a response to a change from a Maryland minimum wage that was $7.25 per hour in 2009 to a Montgomery County minimum wage of $11.50 effective July 1st of this year (v. the state minimum of $9.25). That's a 58.6% increase over the past eight years.

I am posting this article from Bethesda Magazine not because I want to starta debate about the merits of a "living wage," but because I want our members to be aware of the economic challenges we face as a Club. If a $15 minimum wage measure were to pass at the county or at the state level, the Club would be in a difficult position. We do not have the financial reserves to absorb the resulting increase in labor costs, and we have members who do not have the financial means to absorb any additional increases in dues or other fees.

Under the county proposal, non-profits would have up to five years (2022) to gradually bring their hourly pay rates up to $15. By that time, my term as President will be but a distant memory, and it will be up to my successors to figure out how to manage expenses so that the Club is both affordable and financially viable. I just hope that the county and state legislators discussing a $15 minimum wage will carefully consider the impact on community pools and other small nonprofit organizations.

- Cynthia Brandt Campagna

Send Us Your Pool Photos!

No photos came in this week -- I'm blaming it on the rain.

Please help us showcase our special community by sending photos of you and your family having fun at the pool to We'll use them here and on Facebook pages!

About us

Kemp Mill Swim Club is a private pool in the Kemp Mill Estates neighborhood of Wheaton, Md. Membership inquiries: 240-389-KMSC (5672).

Now that school is out, our operating hours are:

June 17th through September 3rd:

  • Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fridays, 12 noon to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Our last day of the season will be Labor Day, September 4th, when the pool will be open only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nonmembers interested in joining KMSC are welcome to use this free one-day pass to spend a day inspecting the facility from inside the pool!

If you would like to hold a party at the pool, please contact our membership director, for dates and costs at

A list of our operating rules is available on our website: If you have questions about an operating rule, please ask the manager on duty or send an inquiry to the board.

Photos this week are courtesy Mary Crowley.