We had the good fortune of connecting with Janet Vermillion Moos, R.N. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janet, what principle do you value most?
Faith, gratitude and love are at the heart of life’s journey. They are a guiding force for success and the centerpiece of the Texas Pool Foundation’s community-centric mission. With the belief that nothing is impossible, suddenly all things become possible. When we do all things with love and with charity, people, neighborhoods, society as a whole, and nature flourish through and around us. As Masaru Emoto writes in the Hidden Messages in Water “the words gratitude and love form the fundamental principles of the laws of nature and the phenomenon of life.”
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
When I look into the future, I see endless possibilities: the beauty of nature, the incredible potential of people, the value of community, and the importance of preserving the past. In 1961 the Texas Pool opened as a private, members-only club. Yet, with the advent of the 21stCentury, the Texas Pool and other community pools became almost obsolete. Country clubs, city and backyard pools, and swimming theme parks replaced the neighborhood swim club concept. It took a new vision, positive volunteer vibes, love, sweat, and tears to transform a private club into a community gathering place and historic site. And this saved the Texas Pool. In establishing the Texas Pool Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, I’ve learned much about nonprofit management, volunteerism, civic leadership and the intrinsic need people have for community. What began as an attempt to keep our neighborhood pool afloat, has become a passion for preservation, a spirit of service, and a deep abiding love for our community. In life and in business, I believe, it is imperative that we remain open: open to learning, open to healing, open to sharing our gifts, and to making a positive difference in our world. On April Fool’s Day, 2019, the Texas Pool was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many stellar places to see and fabulous things to do in Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas. Today, with friends and family visiting from other places, we’ll want to enjoy outdoor adventures, take-out eats, and special sites. I’m a former Parkland Trauma ICU nurse, so it’s always memorable to show off the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and tour the historic area around Dealey Plaza. Southfork Ranch and horseback riding with the Trinity River Farm & Equestrian Center, a day in the Dallas Arts District and at the Dallas Zoo, a picnic with American white pelicans at White Rock Lake, shopping/dining in Downtown Plano, and of course a visit to the Texas Pool are all my favs.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the years, there have been many individuals, organizations, and experiences that have shaped my life and contributed to the success of the Texas Pool Foundation in preserving the historic Texas Pool landmark. I am grateful to God for never giving up on me, for blessing me with opportunities for learning and for service. The unconditional support of my husband, Randy, my daughters, and extended family has given me the freedom to explore possibilities. Texas Pool volunteers, the City of Plano’s Heritage Commission, The Plano Conservancy, Greg Smith with the Texas Historical Commission, and others within the community, have provided guidance and inspiration. That the Texas Pool is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places is a direct result of the efforts of so many who have shared their expertise and time.