Chapter News

Thursday, September 28, 2023

October 2023 Chapter News - Central Florida Chapter

Central Florida

Chapter Coordinator:  Sonja Dickey

(941) 952-9293



The Chapter would like to welcome Blue Horseshoe Pools of Central Florida, Stone-Mart (additional chapter) and Aqua Comfort Water Group as our newest Chapter members. We are excited to have you be a part of our Chapter!

Violet Bludsworth Brown, founder of All Pool Service and Supply and the amazing woman the Chapter is named after, passed away September 3, 2023 at the age of 92. Violet saw the family business through many successful years until she retired in 2008. During her time running All Pool, Violet became active in the trade association of the swimming pool industry. She became the first woman to sit on the Board of the local Chapter and eventually became President of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Pool and Spa Association. She would follow that up by becoming the President of the State Chapter of the organization in 1978. During her tenure, she was awarded the “Person of the Year” award, which up to that point had always been “Man of the Year,” and was inducted into the FSPA Hall of Fame for her many hours of work in the industry. Thank you, Violet, for paving the way for many others in the pool industry. We are proud of all your accomplishments. You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. In Violet’s honor, the Chapter donated $5,000 to the Florida Swims Foundation's Margaret M Brown Scholarship Fund.

Due to hurricane Idalia, our first ever Cheers and Beers night on August 29 at Hourglass Brewery was canceled. The Board plans to reschedule this event for a later date.

The FSPA Swim Meet at the Rosen Aquatic Center was packed full of student athletes. Thank you to our loyal local volunteers for helping bring it all together.

Thank you to our awesome sponsors for the 6th annual Casino Night and Silent Auction presented by Aquabond, AquaWorx, Cemex, FWP, Gorman, Gulfstream Heat Pump, Hayward, HornerXpress. Intermatic, Joe McGrady Excavating, National Pool Route Sales, PAL Lighting, Pentair, Performance Link, Premier Pools of Central Florida, SCP, Solenis, Vak Pak, and Water Creations. This event benefited education and safety around water, with an emphasis to provide swim lessons through the Florida Swims Foundation.

It is that time again, show off your pretty pools and restorations, nominate an outstanding employee or member, and more in this year's FSPA awards! All entries are due by October 31 at 5:00 p.m.; any Design Awards entry received afterward through November 7 will be subject to a $25 late fee. Got more to flaunt? Enter a person or fleet vehicle for awards consideration, too! Please go to the FSPA website under award competitions to enter. Good luck!

The next Chapter Board meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Tuesday, October 3 at 12:00 p.m.
at HornerXpress - Longwood.

Your 2023 Chapter Directors are working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA Central Florida Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings.