Tax break would help club continue community work

July 05, 2011

Atholton Swim Club lives up to its part as a nonprofit organization.

Using our volunteers we exist to serve our members and the public in many ways for close to 50 years. The relief we would feel from the proposed tax reduction would allow us to continue to offer our many programs to the community.

For a non-Columbia Association resident, you will find that our annual dues and fees are less expensive than those of the surrounding CA pools. Our swim club is an affordable alternative for the hard-working middle-class families who find the CA fees out of reach.

Our swim club continually reaches out to the community. Our swim lesson program enrolls 300 or more children every summer. More than 75 percent of these children are non-members. Our weekly water aerobics, water volleyball and kick boxing classes and our many social events for children and teens are open to all. Our pool supports the local boy and girl scouts as well.

The neighborhood association routinely uses our facilities. Our volunteers have sponsored several swim-a-thons to benefit those in need. Our children's triathlon was open to the public. We donated a portion of the proceeds to Neighbor Ride.

Atholton Swim Club is not a self-serving private club. It is an integral part of our community that we will continue to support. Any support from the county would help us face the economic hardships our small club faces.

Donna Essl

Columbia

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