A Huge Thanks to IPPSA!

In mid-April Jim Jacobsmeyer, Regional Director of Independent Pool & Spa Service Association of Texas a team of 14 very talented IPSSA experts donated over 336 cumulative hours to upgrade Sea Turtle, Inc.'s filtration system. They overhauled the plumbing and installed solar powered heaters, reducing energy use. At STI more than a dozen fiberglass tanks, ranging from 150 to 25,000 gallons, are operated by standard-issue pool pumps and sand filters. Time and corrosive sea water has taken its toll on the equipment. How it began: It all started when Jim Jacobsmeyer visited the facility several years ago and was taken aback by the condition of the plumbing. Last year, he offered to do a complete overhaul of the turtle hospital’s aquatic systems. “It was a natural that IPSSA needed to get involved in this,” Jacobsmeyer said. Next step was getting his fellow members involved. That turned out to be

Back row, from left, Gary Lindsey IPSSA North Houston president, Jim Smith IPSSA Region 9 director, Phil Sharp IPSSA Region 9 secretary, David Basso IPSSA Vice president North Houston, Mike Holzer IPSSA Corpus Christi treasurer, Mike Baker IPSSA Corpus Christi president. Front row, from left, front row left to right: Rita Jacobsmeyer IPSSA Houston chapter, Jim Jacobsmeyer IPSSA Houston president, Keith Timm IPSSA Austin chapter president, Becky Clayson San Antonio chapter president, Eddie Penfield and wife, Will Pietri IPSSA Austin treasurer, Ingrid Slagle and Gordon Slagle IPSSA Fort Worth member. Photo courtesy of IPPSA Texas.

Back row, from left, Gary Lindsey IPSSA North Houston president, Jim Smith IPSSA Region 9 director, Phil Sharp IPSSA Region 9 secretary, David Basso IPSSA Vice president North Houston, Mike Holzer IPSSA Corpus Christi treasurer, Mike Baker IPSSA Corpus Christi president. Front row, from left, front row left to right: Rita Jacobsmeyer IPSSA Houston chapter, Jim Jacobsmeyer IPSSA Houston president, Keith Timm IPSSA Austin chapter president, Becky Clayson San Antonio chapter president, Eddie Penfield and wife, Will Pietri IPSSA Austin treasurer, Ingrid Slagle and Gordon Slagle IPSSA Fort Worth member. Photo courtesy of IPPSA Texas.

an easy sell. Chapters throughout Texas have financed visits to the island so Jacobsmeyer, plus Tina Lehmann and Michael Baker, respective presidents of the Fort Worth and Corpus Christi chapters, could assess the property and draft an engineering plan. Next steps: The project finally came to fruition last month, but it doesn’t stop there. Looking forward, we have bi-annual plans for tank filtration maintenance with IPSSA. Money saved through the new energy-efficient pool equipment will help pay for the facility’s planned expansion. “I’m a turtle biologist, not a pool and spa guy,” said Jeff George, STI’s Executive Director. “So when people say there’s a more efficient way to do this, we are thrilled.” We look forward to an ongoing partnership. Please join us in wishing everyone that helped us with our filtration upgrade a huge, "Thank you very much, IPSSA Texas!"