Yosemite Swim Club

Guest CommentaryNovember 12, 2013 

There was a lovely farewell and thank you letter to the editor in the Nov. 1 edition of the Sierra Star from the Board of Directors of the Yosemite Swim Club. In response, we would like to extend our thanks to the entire board for their many years of valuable service to our community and the tireless efforts they expended to make sure our youth had the opportunity to swim recreationally and competitively, and thereby serving as a "feeder" club to our high school aquatics program.

What the board is too polite and dignified to say openly is that they are not disbanding because they no longer wish to serve our community via an aquatics program. Quite the opposite is true. It is our understanding that the board and the Yosemite Swim Club as a whole was completely blindsided by a prearranged, independent decision by the district and Yosemite High School School administration that left YSC with no choice but to dissolve.

It is true that the YUSD is starting their own club and that their goal is to combine the Yosemite Swim Club and Mariposa Marlins as one club under the direction of Yosemite High School.

This, in and of itself, is not unreasonable — however, the methods used to force the Yosemite Swim Club to disband were, at best, unprofessional and unnecessary. Instead of asking the YSC Board Members to continue to volunteer their time and contribute their valuable knowledge to the new program, they have been completely shut out of the new club.

As interested parents and residents, we simply do not understand what internal politics have driven this decision to exclude experienced volunteers who were still willing to contribute their time.

While the board members have historically suffered the complaints of a few individuals and the inevitable bumps and blips of running an all volunteer program, they have consistently risen above all efforts to derail their valuable program for the benefit of our community.They have each continued to contribute hundreds of hours to the betterment of our aquatics program and maintained their dignity by running a clean program with the best interest of the community placed first and foremost.

As parents of a former Yosemite Swim Club and current Yosemite High swimmer, we applaud the board of directors of Yosemite Swim Club for their years of service and their ability to maintain their integrity in the face of what we recognize as the forced dissolution of a perfectly run swim club that has served the community since 2004. Kudos to you for holding your heads high and taking the high road instead of making a fuss that would not benefit the community. As always, you have decided to put the community before yourselves.

Don't think that this goes unrecognized by those of us who have an idea of what has transpired in the last few months. You are appreciated and your service to this community will be remembered by all of us who were lucky enough to be a part of the Yosemite Swim Club.

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