Chapter News

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

September 2023 Chapter News - Manasota Chapter


Chapter Coordinator:  Sonja Dickey

(941) 952-9293



The Chapter would like to welcome The Pool Marshall, Freestyle Pools and Spas, and Platinum Pools SRQ as our newest Chapter members. We are excited to have you be a part of our Chapter!

What an exciting summer! Earlier in the year, the Chapter raised $10,000 at our annual golf tournament and then in June, IPSSA raised $5,000 at their table top. A total of $15,000 was donated to the Florida Swims Foundation, which was matched by the Bill Kent Family Foundation for the Every Child a Swimmer program. That’s $30,000 for swim lessons to families in our community who cannot afford them.

During summer vacation, the summer camp kids at RL Taylor Community Complex and Palmetto Youth Center at Lincoln Aquatic Center received free swim lessons with School of Fish Swim Lessons. We are also proud to announce that we have partnered with Aqua Tots Swim School, Goldfish Swim School, Sand Shark Swim School and Natasha’s Nurturing Nest to continue our goal of every child learning to swim. For more information to share this program with schools, organizations, and places of interest, please reach out to Sonja.

Prost! On August 15 we had our Cheers and Beers night at 3 Keys in Bradenton. First beer was on us! Many of our local pool industry professionals came to hang out and enjoy the night.

If you haven’t already, please RSVP to the September 15-16 FSPA State Board Meeting at the Lido Beach Resort. If you haven’t been before, we highly encourage it. You’ll see how the FSPA works for you and the pool industry behind the scenes. Come for an hour or two, a day or both – we will be happy to see you!

The 9th annual Pig Roast will be held October 7 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sarasota Farm Bureau. Thank you FWP and Ben Brown Insurance for stepping up to the plate early to be a sponsor! None of our events can happen without all of you! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating a raffle prize, please let me know.

The Chapter’s next Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, is Tuesday, September 19 at 11:45 a.m. at the FSPA T.E.C. Center, 2555 Porter Lake Dr., Sarasota.

Your 2023 Board is working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events.  If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA Manasota Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings.