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Fry's Spring Next Century
About FSNC

Founded in 1921, Fry’s Spring Beach Club (FSBC) has been in operations for over a century. Generations of local children have grown up at the club, learning to swim, competing on the swim team, and even working at their first jobs. Families have come together year after year to enjoy the grounds, dance in the historic ballroom, listen to live music, and cool off in the pools.

As a forward-looking community organization in the 21st century, however, we are coming to terms with the club’s racist past and have enshrined these efforts in our plans for the club’s future. As FSBC moves into its second century of operations, we are committed to increasing the ethnic, racial, and socio-economic diversity of our membership and staff. We are actively working to address past inequities and to make FSBC a club that is representative of our community as a whole.

Fry’s Spring Next Century (FSNC) is a 501(c)(3) organized in 2020 by former FSBC Board President Melissa Henriksen to realize these goals of Fry’s Spring Beach Club and promote its values in the community.

FSNC’s mission is to raise funds, administer scholarships, and support FSBC initiatives, all designed to expand recreational access and opportunities through FSBC to under-represented families in the community.

In 2023, FSNC and FSBC extended full scholarships for 60 family memberships (approximately 10% of all family and dual members); 204 weekly camp tuitions (awarded to an average of 29% of all campers each week); and 24 swim team registrations in 2023. We also welcomed over 300 children to club for private swim lessons.

Our hope is that these children and their families grow up and thrive at the club and become a part of the community. Many of our members with scholarships have begun swim lessons here, not knowing how to swim, and have moved on to getting their first jobs as swim coaches, helping a new generation of kids learn to love the water.


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FSNC Board of Directors

  • President: Robin Wrightson
  • Secretary: Jenny Ragsdale
  • Treasurer: Bruce Gehle
  • At-Large: Lila Heymann
Upcoming Fundraisers
Join us, have fun, and help support our scholarship programs while you’re here!

Portraits for Scholarships - Thursday, May 23, 2024

The talented Sarah Cramer Shields of renowned Cramer Photo will be conducting mini-portrait sessions for members on FSBC grounds again this spring. All proceeds will go Fry’s Spring Next Century as it raises funds for FSBC membership, camp, and swim team scholarships. Each mini-portrait session lasts 5 – 10 minutes and includes 25 edited, downloadable digital prints. The ... Read more

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