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TO: CLASS STUDENTS AND PARENTS
RE: RETIREMENT/ GYMINI “CLOSING ITS DOORS”
DATE: FEB. 10, 2014

I am writing this letter to everyone with mixed emotions. On one hand, I am excited about this next phase of Gwynne’s and my lives; on the other hand, I am sad about ending Gymini Gymnastics.

Where I have thought about (dreamed about) retirement for several years, I never had a firm exit date.

In late fall of 2013, we received a couple of unsolicited offers/proposals from a real estate broker about the possible sale of our warehouse units here at the Sunset Business Park.  In Jan. 2014, we sold our units and transitioned from being an owner to being a renter.

These unsolicited offers came at a time when both Gwynne and I were interested/ready.
I turn 65 yr. this summer and will be eligible for social security and Medicare (god, when did I get so old?). Our children are out of college (or soon will be); no more tuition payments.  My recent injury also played on my mind, as there are things I still wish to do in life (and I am not getting any younger).

I have been involved in gymnastics for over 50 years, teaching/coaching for more than 40 years and a club owner for 35 years.  I think it is time.

The new owner will be taking possession of the building in July 2014. Our plan is to continue our class and team programs through May 2014 and use June to hold the biggest garage sale in northern VA. We made this arrangement with the new owner so as to allow everyone to finish this school year schedule with little or no interruption.

I realize this decision will affect many people, our employees, team members, class students and others, but I am confident new opportunities and doors will be opened to you.

It has been a good run; 35 years is a long time for a small business to survive. We have many pleasant memories working with all the girls and boys in our class programs.

To be honest, I do not have many firm plans for what I will be doing come retirement (hopefully, I will start leading the life my wife and kids have led for these last several years). There are many places in the United States I have never visited and there are many mountains I have never climbed or skied (two of the more interesting, pressing objectives right now on my bucket list).

Thank you all for making Gymini a success and making our lives interesting and fun.

Martin Comiskey

292 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
703.471.6088

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