Azionaqua groundbreaking occurred.
January 1,1997
Part VI of a series
dues) would sell for $150.
The prediction of Azionaqua
The decision followed an expla-
club president Jim Ruby, as report-
nation by Club President Jim Ruby
ed in Past Times last week, proved
that, because of extreme weather
accurate. He had forecast that the
conditions the last four
club’s membership goal of 500
weeks, solicitors felt
would be met by mid-March 1960,
they had not been able
rather than by May 1, as first antic-
to contact many in this
ipated. By the time the member-
area who’ would be
ship met
at the Zionsville
interested in member-
Methodist Church on Sunday,
March 19, the total actually stood
It was emphasized
at 525.
that, at present, con-
Action was swift. Following the
struction costs could
meeting, attended by some 150
only be ’ estimated.
members who approved the pur-
purchase of the ground.
Once plans had been drawn, sub-
chase of the Becker property on
It was also announced at the
rnitted for bids, and the bids
Willow Road, the group adjourned
membership meeting that another
received, the board of directors
to the property and tramped
eight acres of land, adjoining the
would be in a position to negotiate
through the snow to witness the
12 acres to be purchased initially
the necessary additional financing
groundbreaking ceremonies.
(at $700 per acre), would be avail-
over and above the amount of cash
This, of course, could not have
able to the club in the future.
on hand from initiation fees, invest-
followed membership action SO
Members heard the membership
ment memberships, and other mis-
swiftly had not the board of direc-
committee predict the enrollment
cellaneous sources.
tors anticipated the approval and
by April 1 of a total of 600 mem-
Meanwhile pledges must be
taken certain preliminary steps.
bers. Club leaders had previously
converted into full memberships,
After selecting the Pascal P.
indicated that they hoped to have
for a board study of financing indi-
Paddock engineering firm to plan
750 members signed by July 1st.
cated that a club such as Azionaqua
and oversee construction, the board
In addition to approving the
would be looked upon more favor-
had secured permission from the
land purchase, members also voted
ably 3 by a lending institution if it
Becker family for a Paddock offi-
to continue the sale of charter
had 60 percent or more of the funds
cial to visit the property and dig
memberships at the current $100
needed for the initial construction
test holes to determine if condi-
initiation fee (including the first
tions were suitable for construction
year’s dues) until midnight,
Ruby reminded the members
of the pool. This the Beckers
Sunday, April 17. After that, mem-
that reaching 500 was "not the cul-
approved in advance of the actual
berships (including the first year’s
mination of our effort, but, rather,

the reaching of a plateau before we
Indianapolis Jewish Community
1959 season of 105 days at the pool
go on to bigger things.”
Center and president of the Indiana
he managed, showing a total
In addition to the report of the
Beach & Pool Association, had led
expenditure of about $7,780. The
membership meeting and the sub-
a discussion at the membership
breakdown was as follows: person-
meeting on the costs of
nel, $5,186; chemicals, $786;
operating a swimming
maintenance supplies (including
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electric power, about $850.
pjya&&$ complimented club lead-
The club, with a membership of
(: ers for
Paddock retaining
~~ as the
about 1,000, leased its concession
stand for $1,000 a year and found
-Azionaqua P&dent Jim &&$
neers for the project by
the arrangement very satisfactory,


saying, “‘Paddock is the
Montgomery also told Azionaqua
best. Their engineering
members that his club collected
sequent groundbreaking ceremony,
takes into account the little things
about $2,000 a season in guest fees
The Zionsville Times of March 24
that make operation easier over the
for use of the pool.
carried a related story on pool years .
Next week: Finance Committee
costs, advising its readers that Earl
As an example of the costs of ‘ among several committees named
, Montgomery,- manager of the
operating, he offered figures for the
by President Ruby.