Another project Jeff was asked to get involved in was when the Philomath School Board went on public record in the spring of 1994 that they wanted to close the pool and use the space for additional school needs. This stirred up a hornet’s nest of opposition to those plans. The community came together and formed a committee called "Friends of the Pool" and elected Delbert Hutchison as president. The committee produced a mission statement and laid the groundwork to convince the school board that they could raise the necessary funds and public support to save the pool.
NOTE: Some of the original committee members were, Del Hutchison, Betsie Richardson, Kathy Hubbard, Tracy Calhoun, Neal Munson and Jeff Lamb.