Hey Sister! Invites to engage from China to Seattle to Pittsburgh — by way of a WATER Safety, SKWIM and Study Trips

Email blast: Lots to do and talk about from China to Seattle to Pittsburgh — by way of a WATER Safety Outreach effort.

1)

From 3-4 pm on Saturday, May 5, at the meeting room in the Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library, corner of Murray Ave and Forbes, we’re calling a BRAINSTORMING Meeting in advance of a pending 2-3 week trip to Pittsburgh this summer for up to 25 youngsters from Pittsburgh Sister City in China.
Got ideas? Input welcomed. Kids are expected to be ages 10 to 16. Many will travel with an adult guardian.
There is a new push in China’s educational efforts for “study trips” for kids. Learn about this and our connections at this open community meeting while Li, the CEO of the education company in China is in Pittsburgh.

2)

From 8:30 to 11:30 for adults and from 11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, May 5, and the other Saturdays in May except on Memorial Day Weekend, all are invited to the Saturday Swim School at northside’s Oliver High School. https://Swim.CLOH.org/saturdays/
We had a great time this past weekend with members of the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club. Plenty of room for training or to sharpen your water skills in advance of summer.

3)

Lifeguards are in high demand. Citiparks needs to hire 50+. The Pittsburgh Project needs to hire 7. Another local university needs to hire more than 5. We’ve been training guards at the Saturday Swim School and Citiparks beings a new class on May 8, Tue & Thurs.
I also need junior guards and swim instructors. Volunteer, apply, help:

4)

We get to make a presentation on Tuesday in Seattle to Washington Recreation and Parks Association Conference, on water safety, SKWIM is the name of the game.
Tuesday evening we do a demonstration game with staff and swim team / swim lesson participants at the JCC in Seattle.
Wednesday evening we take SKWIM to the North Shore Lagoon Swimming Pool at Anderson School in Bothell, Washington.

5)

A splendid Water Safety Outreach program for the region is being crafted for this summer. We’re looking for a title sponsor and teams, swim pools, camps, scout groups and other individuals to participate. Send me an email or text message now if you want to get involved on the ground floor, or come to any of the next two Saturday Swim School for more insights in person.
Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com 

Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach

Middle School Swim Coach at The Ellis School

Former Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy

Recent Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

http://CLOH.org

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Election for American Academy of Audiology — President Elect

Catherine V. Palmer, my wife, is on the ballot for President of AAA. Dave Jedlicka, a worker at the VA Hospital and a former student at Pitt, plus more, posted this on Facebook.

Vote for Catherine, so posts Dave.

This is not a popular vote as it is only open to members of the Academy. So, those of us in the general population have to sit this out and just try to remind the audiologists in our lives to vote — and vote for Catherine.

A web page and video statement from Catherine is online. See: https://www.audiology.org/catherine-palmer-phd

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Past presidents at AAA Convention in Nashville, TN, in 2018.

The term goes one year as President Elect, then a year as the President, and a third year as the Past President. Then, after that, she’d join an elite group of about 20 people that are “past presidents.”

 

Updated: City voters in the general election picked “YES” on ballot question! Thank you.

Update: At the general election in November 2017, the voters in the city of Pittsburgh elected to change the city’s charter to allow city workers the opportunity to take on part-time work as athletic coaches for Pittsburgh Public School. More than 31,000 YES votes, 73%, were in favor. By the way, the unopposed re-election of Mayor Bill Peduto, D, generated 95% support and 39,000 votes.

Click photo above to link to the Post-Gazette article.

Quote:

Ms. Rudiak took up the issue after Mark Rauterkus, a swimming coach at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, approached her. Mr. Rauterkus heard that a part-time coach at another city school had to give up that work because of his city employment.

“We’re shrinking the pool of available coaches, knocking them off,” said Mr. Rauterkus, 57, of the South Side Flats. he called the referendum “a positive step” that “might endear more people to live in the city if they could coach their kids here.”

Listen to this radio interview

Radio host, Dimitri, talks with Coach Mark Rauterkus about more people being eligible to be hired as part-time coaches at Pittsburgh Public Schools.

https://soundcloud.com/1dimitriradio/mark-rauterkus-swimming

Ballot Question

Beta Burgh Proposals. Three applications submitted

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Three proposals went to answer the call from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s BetaBurgh RFP.

One of the plans, called, Rauterkus.com, aims to begin the process of conducting a feasibility study in 2016 for the building of one or more floating swim pools on one or more barges. It might be possible to get the project to a crowd-source stage (i.e., Kickstarter or Indiegogo).

Two other plans are in the works too:

    • Swim.CLOH.org is for open water swimming.
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Goals: Three proposals!

 

  • 4RS.org is for building two in-river lagoons for holding water games, both SKWIM and Water Polo with floating goals and simple lane line dividers for the game areas.

 

All three will have the BGC (Bloomfield-Garfield.org) as the financial 501(c)(3) for the grant period.

Links:

Surf around this directory to see the text, budgets and art for the proposals: http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/

  1. Open water swimming, Swim.CLOH.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Swim_CLOH_org_text.html
  2. River lagoons, 4RS.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/4RS_org_text.html
  3. Floating pools feasibility, Rauterkus.com http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Rauterkus_com_text.html
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Dick Bower, a famous swim coach who had coached at Greater Pittsburgh Swim Club and Bethal Park, talks to the guys before a swim in the 50-meter course build in the water. The 4RS.org proposal calls that a lagoon.

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The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay. Swimming in the Badeschiff pool The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer's day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree. The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.
The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay.
Swimming in the Badeschiff pool
The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer’s day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree.
The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.