Calling all Add Janes Swim School alums – a reunion is being planned
Update: The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 12-4 at the Burgess Swim Center and will be catered. Emails Brian Ferrin: “We are making great progress on contacting past members, coaches, and staff.”
A group of swimmers who hung out at Add Janes Swim School, which was located on Willow Road in Menlo Park, are organizing a reunion for anyone who swam there, whether it was for lessons, on the swim team, or recreationally.
We stopped by the Dutch Goose a couple weeks back to talk to the organizers (left to right) Brian Ferrin (breast stroke), Sandy Pachaud, (butterfly), Kathy Baxter Tullus (breast stroke) and Sue Annand Sbardellati (breast stroke). They are leaning toward a Fall event, probably September.
To reach other former Add Janes swimmers, they’ve created a Facebook page, where they will be posting reunion details.
For those not knowing what an “Add Janes” is, it’s the name of a person. Addison Janes (pictured in the water with children) opened the swim school in 1953 when his closest neighbor was the Foremost-McKesson Dairy. He operated it through 1984.
In a touch of irony, two of his management staff, Jeff Lapierre and Carol Ford, (the latter of whom supplied the historical photos), live just a hop, skip and jump from where the swim school once stood. As the reunion gets closer, we plan to talk to them about why Add Janes left such an positive impact on so many lives.