Given the cataclysmic events of the past three years, including wildfires and the ongoing uncertainty of the global pandemic, the Sebastopol Sea Serpents are in the most serious financial trouble in our 60 years of existence. There are more than 4,000 current and former Sea Serpents who have learned the value of dedication to a goal and benefited greatly from the life skills learned at Ives Pool.
You are one of the lucky people who had this life changing experience of being a Sea Serpent. You are somebody who understands the value of this program to the City of Sebastopol and the entire West County.
The city council has forced us to cancel the upcoming 4th of July fireworks sale, which is our biggest fund raising program of the year. This is a financial hit of approximately $17,000. By a 3-2 margin, this vote has made these much needed funds evaporate. The situation is dire.
Due to wildfires over the past three years, in each year, we lost almost a month of pool time because of excess smoke and poor air quality. Late in 2019, we lost three weeks in the pool due to a failure of the pool heater. Due to the pandemic, we were forced to cancel our last swim meet and this fall’s Pumpkin Plunge meet is in serious jeopardy. That is another $10,000 down the drain.
So, the six of us, five former and the current coach, have come to you with our hats in our hands. We are seeking financial assistance from you, the people who know the value of this venerable program – our former members. Please help us continue our good works. We are depending on you to help save our swim team.
We are asking you to help, if you can, by making a donation to our team.
Norm Stupfel...Coach - 1961 to 1964
Greg Jacobs...Coach - 1968 to 1971
Steve Skidmore...Coach - 1990 to 1995
Annette Waner...Coach – 1996 to 2002
Patti Midkiff (Bedell)...Coach – 1999 to 2004
Lehla Irwin...Coach - 2002 to Present