Men’s Club auction to help buy equipment for pool

By: Joshua Gordon | Woodward Talk | Published March 17, 2015

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — For 33 years, the Huntington Woods Men’s Club has been supporting projects across the city, making large donations each year from its annual auction held in March.


This year, proceeds from the 34th annual Huntington Woods Men’s Club auction, being held March 28, will go to support equipment updates at the Huntington Woods pool. The club, which raised a record $154,000 at last year’s auction, has pledged to donate $60,000 to the Huntington Woods Parks and Recreation Department and the city’s aquatics club.


“The Men’s Club has always supported parks and recreation, and we have previously made commitments to the pool project, as in 2009 (when) we supported a very large-scale pool renovation,” Men’s Club President Rob Robertson said. “The pool is used by many, many residents of Huntington Woods, and it seems very appropriate to support the Parks and Recreation (Department) and the swim team.”


The money will be used to purchase an electronic timing system that would see touch pads put in the pool to more precisely determine swimmers’ times. Another big purchase will be an electronic scoreboard that will be hooked up to the timing system to automatically display the results for the teams and fans.


Huntington Woods Aquatics Club Parents Board President Catherine Einhaus said the new technology will make the timing process more efficient during swim meets and allow swimmers and their families to know how they did almost instantaneously.


“The volunteer timers do a great job, but these touch pads will be more accurate with the timing system than with handheld timers,” Einhaus said. “We will get immediate feedback so the swimmers will know how they did and if they took time off or had a better swim, and parents will be able to see to celebrate the great success of their children.”


Each year, Robertson said, the Men’s Club receives recommendations from the community and the city about projects to support. The Men’s Club members then vote for which ones to support that year.


With the new technology being added to the city pool, Robertson said it will make holding swim meets in the city easier and more enjoyable for fans.


“We learned that other communities and other swim clubs have had electronic timing systems and display boards, so the Huntington Woods timing system is old,” he said. “It is out of date and not always functioning properly, and we need to ensure the timing system is up to date and as accurate as possible if we are going to have a community swim team.”


Einhaus said that updating the equipment at the pool will not only benefit the swim team, but anyone who uses the pool.


“I was ecstatic as a parent and citizen of Huntington Woods,” she said about the Men’s Club’s decision to back the pool improvements. “They have been so supportive of initiatives that the city presents to enhance the facilities within the city, and I think their support of this project will certainly enhance the pool for residents, visitors and swimmers on the team.”


As for the auction itself, Robertson said the event will have great items available, including a signed Rolling Stones guitar, an African safari vacation, a Detroit Tigers suite package and the returning surf-and-turf dinner party put on by members of the Men’s Club.


With record-setting auctions in back-to-back years, Robertson hopes the community continues to see the good in supporting projects around the city.


“Each year we have continued to improve upon the gift offerings, which obviously entices and makes residents interested, but really the residents know all the money goes back to the community,” he said. “The different types of projects we sponsor are very relevant to the citizens of Huntington Woods, and I think this is why the auction has been so successful. It benefits each resident directly.”


The Men’s Club auction will take place at 6 p.m. March 28 at the Recreation Center, 26325 Scotia Road. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.hwmc.org.

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