To all Equity Members, Senior, and Waitlist-Summer Swimmers at Rock Creek Pool,
Despite the wintry blast this past weekend it’s that time of year to begin thinking about the summer pool season but not yet time to register. We had a remarkably “normal” 2021 pool season and here’s hoping that this summer will be similarly normal.
In addition to sharing other updates, this letter serves as the annual dues notice and below you will find information about payment timing, the process for selling your membership, and our waiver policy. Please read carefully and make a note of important payment deadlines – and please don’t wait for the deadline – we can plan much better if you register at the beginning of the registration period.
If you are an Equity member and your family has not been using the pool in recent years, please consider selling your membership to make space for families on our extensive waitlist. Please contact Admin@RockCreekPool.com as soon as possible but no later than March 31 to sell your membership and to receive a refund of your $1,150 equity share.
Similarly, if you are an Equity Member and are 65 years or older with at least 20 years of Equity Membership you are eligible for Senior Swim privileges. Senior Swim privileges are limited to the Account Holder and their spouse/partner – additional family members of Senior Swimmers are considered guests and therefore must use Daily Guest Passes and are not eligible for tennis/camp/swim programs. There are currently only a few spots available so if you are interested in Senior Swim privileges, please notify Admin@RockCreekPool.com as soon as possible but no later than March 30.
The Board voted to raise dues by $75 for this season. We had kept our dues at the same level for the past two seasons and felt a need to increase them to help offset other rising costs of materials and labor. We also have a number of smaller but costly maintenance projects (new white coat for the pool) and other initiatives (upgraded lighting).
- Equity Member $670 ● Senior Swim $275 ● Waitlist-Summer Swim $800
Registration and Payment Deadlines
In an effort to better manage and predict our income stream and to help families on the waitlist plan their summers, the Board has approved an earlier registration cycle. We plan to open registration by March 21 for Equity Members and Seniors, with payment due by April 10, 2022. When those 400 slots are filled, we will open registration to those at the top of the waitlist for Summer Swim.
||Late Fees Assessed
|Equity Members & Seniors
||by March 21
||by April 10
||by April 11
||by March 31
||by April 17
||by April 18
All payments must be made online via your pool account. This is a great time to update your account information, including names, contact information, birth dates, and photographs for immediate family members who reside in your household (remove children who have “left the nest”). Please take the time to do this when you register. Immediate family members who live with you in your home are included in your dues. All other individuals (caregivers, au pairs, cousins, exchange students, extended houseguests, and children who have “left the nest”—except for college students who may remain on your account) must pay a fee of $100 per person for the season.
Equity Members may defer their swim privileges/payment for two non-consecutive summers during the course of their membership in the Corporation for $100 per year to be inactive for the season. If the Member is required to be out of the area for an extended period of time, a written request may be made to the Board for an exception.
Families with Waitlist-Summer Swim privileges may waive season dues twice while on the waitlist. (In contrast to Equity Members, families with Waitlist-Summer Swim privileges may waive in consecutive summers, if necessary.) In order to align the waiver policy for families with Waitlist-Summer Swim privileges with that for Equity Members, the waiver fee will be $100 per season.
Below are updates on other key pool items.
At the October 2021 Annual Meeting, the Equity Members selected seven members for new two-year terms: Jim Hermes, Marci Klugman, Rebecca Luib, James Mancusco, Jaime McKenna, Amanda Mendizabal, and Amy Selco. They join the other eight who have one year remaining on their terms (see website). Consistent with our bylaws the new Board selects the officers at its first meeting; the following Board members were elected for the following officer positions:
- President-Iain Gold ● Vice President-Marge Martin ● Treasurer-Joel Rubin ● Secretary-Jaime McKenna
We have other Board members who are taking responsibility for other key areas: Bryan McCann on Membership; Rebecca Luib on Tennis and Camps; Marci Klugman on Basketball Court; Kate Elliot on Social; and last but not least Andrew Collard on Communications.
Rock Creek Pool is excited that ProsToYou is continuing as our tennis provider for the upcoming 2022 season! ProsToYou offers Spring and Summer programs for all ages and skill levels, including the ever-popular Summer weekday morning program. We will send updates on the offerings for the summer when they are finalized but due to our experience last year, there will not be a full-day camp offer this season.
Swim and Dive Teams
The Rock Creek Fins field swim and dive teams in the Montgomery County Swim League and the Montgomery County Diving League. You can find league updates on www.mcsl.org and www.mcdiving.org. The Board will work with our swim and dive representatives on the practice and meet schedule for returning and future Rock Creek Fins.
RCP is run by volunteers and we depend on all of YOU to help each year in a variety of ways. Please plan to support your community pool by volunteering your time and expertise. Stay tuned for opportunities to pitch in.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all continue to navigate through the challenging world of the last two years and please recognize we are still dealing with and need to be prepared for additional challenges. As always, your comments are appreciated – you can reach me at President@RockCreekPool.com. We look forward to another safe and fun season at Rock Creek Pool.
Once again, you will receive an email when you may pay the season dues so please do not attempt to register before you receive notification.
Iain Gold, President
P.S. Waitlist-August Swim offers will be sent after Equity Member, Senior, and Waitlist-Summer Swim slots are filled.