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State of Rock Creek Pool 2019

To all Equity Members and our Senior, Summer, and August Swimmers at Rock Creek Pool,

I feel somewhat validated by the fact that 2018 was officially the wettest season in this area since records have been kept. Water issues were the theme for our 2018 operating season; slow leaks in parts of our expanded pool; excessive rain caused drainage issues in parts of the newly configured grounds, stressed our existing water management systems including destabilizing the front steps; and to top it off rain graced our annual meeting in September. I truly appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked to mitigate those issues during the season.

We have spent the off-season detecting and remediating the pool system leaks (old and new), drainage issues (old and new), and are now focused on the construction calendar to ensure the modernization, repairs, and landscaping are finished in advance of our historical opening date – the weekend before Memorial Day, Friday, May 17. We will continue to update the pool website for the 2019 season in the coming months and post updates on a consistent basis through our social media platforms. Below are updates on other key pool items.

RCP Board

At the Annual Meeting in September the Equity Members selected eight members for a new two-year term. Those eight are: Michael Abate, Andrew Collard, Kate Elliott, Iain Gold, Marge Martin, Bryan McCann, Patrick Moffitt, and Joel Rubin.

They join the other seven members who have one year remaining on their terms: Kent Allen, Kelly Briscoe, Tommy Gletner, Marek Gootman, Tim Nealis, Jane Ward, and Sharon Winick. 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 – Kent Allen    · Secretary – Sharon Winick

Membership

As we prepare for the upcoming season we need to know if there are Equity Members who wish to sell their membership and we also want to prepare you to register and pay for the various levels of swim privileges. If your family has not used the pool in recent years, please consider selling your membership to make space for families waiting on our extensive waitlist. Please contact Admin@RockCreekPool.com by February 28, 2019, to sell your membership and to receive a refund of your $1,050 equity share.

We offer Senior Swim privileges to Equity Members who are age 65 years or older with at least 20 years of membership, however, there are currently only a few spots available. If you are interested in selling your equity share to retain Senior Swim privileges (season dues currently $200) for yourself and your spouse/partner, please notify Admin@RockCreekPool.com by February 28.

Dues/Assessments

As we articulated at the beginning of the modernization process, the Board approved a combination of a dues increase, a special member assessment (applied to Equity Members’ ownership in the pool) and a capital assessment for a period of three years – we are now in the final year of the fees.

The dues schedule is as follows:

2019

Dues

Special
Assessment

Capital
Assessment

Total

Equity Member

$595

$100

$60

$755

Waitlist-Summer Swim

$725

$120

$845

Senior Swim

$200

$200

Waitlist-August Swim

$275

$275

 

Registration is scheduled to open the week of April 9 with payments due by April 30 (for Equity Members, Senior Swim, and those on the waitlist with Summer Swim privileges). Those on the waitlist being offered August Swim privileges will receive notice no later than the first week in July. Note that receiving an offer for August Swim privileges last season does not guarantee swim privileges this season—the number of available slots is dependent upon the decisions of others on the waitlist ahead of you.

Put It on My Tab!

Our registration software provider, Member Splash, has upgraded their systems and partnered with BankCardUSA to provide enhanced payment processing via Authorize.net (to replace the PayPal portal). You should see nothing different in how online payments of season dues are managed (and as always, no credit card information is ever stored on our system). The change you will see is that purchases made at the pool for Daily Guest Passes will be “on your account” so the guards will no longer collect payments.

Welcome & Inclusion

Over the past two years we’ve seen increasing sales of Equity memberships and therefore have more new families utilizing the pool. The Board is interested in making sure that Rock Creek Pool is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all pool users. We would like to hear your honest feedback about your experiences and suggestions about what leadership the Board can provide, and what all of us can do as members, to create a positive community experience. Please provide comments on the Welcome and Inclusion page or contact board member Jane Ward at jbrward@gmail.com or Iain Gold at President@RockCreekPool.com.

New Tennis Program

Rock Creek Pool Club is excited to announce ProsToYou/Koa Tennis as our new tennis provider for the upcoming 2019 season! We have a strong tennis base already and ProsToYou/Koa Tennis is looking forward to offering more programs to continue to build the tennis community!

ProsToYou offers Spring and Summer programs for all ages and skill levels, including the ever-popular Summer weekday morning program. Visit the Tennis page for registration information. We hope you will enjoy and take full advantage of the new tennis programs at Rock Creek.

Swim and Dive

The Rock Creek Fins will compete in swimming and diving again this year with the swimming Fins competing in Division J of the Montgomery County Swim League and the diving Fins in Division I of the Montgomery County Diving League. Registration for both teams will be handled separately this year through a dedicated team registration platform. More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.

Volunteers

RCP is run by a group of volunteers and we always need help for a variety of events (social, grounds clean-up, organizing an event, communication, purchasing food for an event, etc.). Please plan to support your community pool by volunteering your time and expertise.

As always, your comments are appreciated – you can reach me at President@RockCreekPool.com.

Sincerely,

Iain Gold,
President,
Rock Creek Pool

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We’re gearing up for the 2019 season!

Your account shows as unpaid but you will receive an announcement when registration opens.

We look forward to seeing you at Rock Creek Pool in the summer!

Dog Swim highlights last weekend!

CALENDAR. You can check the pool calendar for hours of operation & events, but honestly, it’s only today and Sunday, then WE’RE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!

Today (Saturday): 10am – 9pm

Tomorrow (Sunday): 10am – 5pm (Dog Swim 4-5pm)

Congratulations new Board members!

Congratulations to the new board members! Elected at the Annual Meeting on Labor Day for two-year terms are:

Michael Abate (I)
Andrew Collard
Kate Elliott
Iain Gold (I)
Marge Martin (I)
Bryan McCann
Pat Moffitt (I)
Joel Rubin

(I) = Incumbent

Dog Swim to close the pool Sept. 16, 4-5pm

Mayhem is unleashed for the last hour of the season! Come by for a last swim on Sunday, Sept. 16th, then bring your pooch (or just come by to watch) for the annual close-the-gates canine extravaganza!
NOTE: All human swimming will end for 2018 this Sunday, Sept. 16 at approximately 3:45pm. At 4pm, the dogs are turned loose for an hour!
The pool will close for the season at 5pm.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the first year of the modernized pool this year!

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

This is my last This Week@Rock Creek! After 6 years doing communications for Rock Creek Pool, including two website re-builds, hundreds of emails and posts, and a few photos added in, I’m retiring… Next year you’ll see bigger and better, and I for one look forward to it! Thanks, all, for putting up with me in your inboxes! I hope you’ve had at your fingertips the latest at the pool!  Stay safe! And see you on deck! — Rick Blum

Music Night with Valentine Slim this Friday (Sept. 7)

THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 — MUSIC NIGHT with VALENTINE SLIM! It’s our final social event of the season and we’re thrilled to end on a high note with the king of rockin’ honky tonk blues!
WHAT TIME: taps open at 6:30 p.m./music is 7-9:45 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine (please email social@rockcreekpool.com if you aren’t able to handle cash on Fridays. We will make arrangements with you so you can attend).
2018 Social Calendar

This Week @ Rock Creek for Sept. 2, 2018: Labor Day grills & annual meeting

CALENDAR. Check out the pool calendar for hours of operation & events.

Labor Day needs you! Grilling 11-2
The annual Labor Day BBQ needs volunteers to help out! Thank you to all who signed up to make Labor Day fun at the pool! We still need help in a few spots, so if you have a little bit of time, you’ll help put a smile on our kids’ faces and create a fantastic day for all. Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Annual Meeting is Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) at 4pm!

Come one, come all! Our annual Membership Meeting will take place on Labor Day at 4pm. The agenda includes electing members to the Board of Directors, hearing reports on the budget, finances and operations of the organization and answering your questions. (Only equity members will be voting, but we encourage everyone to attend!)

Valentine Slim returns to Rock Creek Pool!

When: Friday, September 7, 7-10 p.m.
It’s the final social event of the season and we couldn’t be more excited to have as our musical guest the rockin’ honkey tonk king himself, Valentine Slim! This $5/bottomless cup evening of music, dancing and fun promises to be the perfect way to close out the season.

Dog Swim to close the pool Sept. 16, 4-5pm

Mayhem is unleashed for the last hour of the season! Come by for a last swim on Sunday, Sept. 16th, then bring your pooch (or just come by to watch) for the annual close-the-gates canine extravaganza!

Social Calendar

Here’s a preview of what your Social Committee has planned for the remaining weeks of the season. Make sure you save these dates so you can attend these fun activities!

* SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day BBQ (11-2), Annual Member Meeting (4pm)

* SEPTEMBER 7 — Music Night with Valentine Slim!

* LABOR DAY BBQ — Volunteers needed

It’s our last griller of the season! We need you to give us a hand so please take a look and volunteer for one of the many spots available on the sign-up sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Stay safe! And see you on deck!

HEALTH UPDATE: Pacemaker wearers should stay out of pool

As we previously reported a pool patron notified us that their heart device monitoring company noticed some abnormal electrical currents that seemed to coincide when they were at Rock Creek Pool. Since then on Thursday, August 16th our pool contractor checked all the likely possible sources (pool lights and pumps) and determined they are all fully bonded and grounded. We also scheduled a company that specializes in testing to come perform tests on our systems with sensitive equipment. They require the pool be drained below the level of the lights for ideal test conditions. We will do this additional testing after the pool closes for the season.
For the interim, all persons with pacemakers or other electronic health devices should not enter the pool. 
We apologize for this inconvenience but we are doing this out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our members.

Annual Membership Meeting on Labor Day, 4pm

Come one, come all! Our annual Membership Meeting will take place on Labor Day at 4pm. The agenda includes electing members to the Board of Directors, hearing reports on the budget, finances and operations of the organization and answering your questions. (Only equity members will be voting, but we encourage everyone to attend!)

wrinkle in time

This Week @ Rock Creek for Aug. 25: Movie Night! Board Elections on Labor Day & More

Tonight’s MOVIE NIGHT featuring “A Wrinkle in Time”
PLUS Labor Day fun: Grilling (needs you!), Annual Meeting & Board Elections

 

CALENDAR. Check out the pool calendar for hours of operation & events.

MOVIE NIGHT! “A Wrinkle in Time”
THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 25: Our third movie of the season is the magical coming-of-age tale “A Wrinkle In Time” (2018), rated PG. Come join us for a visually stunning epic while enjoying complimentary happy hour beer and wine. Movie starts at 8 p.m.

Labor Day needs you!
The annual Labor Day BBQ needs volunteers to help out! Consider signing up to be a griller, server, or a part of the setup/cleanup crews. A little bit of your time goes a long way toward providing a fantastic day for all. Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Valentine Slim returns to Rock Creek Pool!

When: Friday, September 7, 7-10 p.m.
It’s the final social event of the season and we couldn’t be more excited to have as our musical guest the rockin’ honkey tonk king himself, Valentine Slim! This $5/bottomless cup evening of music, dancing and fun promises to be the perfect way to close out the season.

The Rock Creek Pool Board of Directors is looking for a few new members!

Join the can-do volunteer team that helps to make all this summer fun possible. Candidates must be full members. Elections will be held at the Labor Day membership meeting for a two-year term. Interested in learning more? Contact Board Member Jane Ward (jbrward@gmail.com). Deadline for nominations is Saturday, September 1.

Annual Meeting is Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) at 4pm!

Come one, come all! Our annual Membership Meeting will take place on Labor Day at 4pm. The agenda includes electing members to the Board of Directors, hearing reports on the budget, finances and operations of the organization and answering your questions. (Only equity members will be voting, but we encourage everyone to attend!)

Social Calendar

Here’s a preview of what your Social Committee has planned for the remaining weeks of the season. Make sure you save these dates so you can attend these fun activities!

– AUGUST 25 — Movie Night (A Wrinkle in Time!) — 8pm

– SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day BBQ (11-2), Annual Member Meeting (4pm)

– SEPTEMBER 7 — Music Night with Valentine Slim!

– LABOR DAY BBQ — Volunteers needed

It’s our last griller of the season! We need you to give us a hand so please take a look and volunteer for one of the many spots available on the sign-up sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Stay safe! And see you on deck!

This Week @ Rock Creek: Annual Meeting is LABOR DAY (Sept. 3)!

The Rock Creek Pool Board of Directors is looking for a few new members!

Join the can-do volunteer team that helps to make all this summer fun possible. Candidates must be full members. Elections will be held at the Labor Day membership meeting for a two-year term. Interested in learning more? Contact Board Member Jane Ward (jbrward@gmail.com). Deadline for nominations is Saturday, September 1.

Annual Meeting is Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) at 4pm!

Come one, come all! Our annual Membership Meeting will take place on Labor Day at 4pm. The agenda includes electing members to the Board of Directors, hearing reports on the budget, finances and operations of the organization and answering your questions. (Only equity members will be voting, but we encourage everyone to attend!)

Appreciate our lifeguards

Our lifeguards do a great deal to maintain a safe environment, work behind the scenes to keep the pool open, and explain the rules patiently each and every day on a, well, student’s salary. And then there’s the lifesaving training they spend hours receiving. Next time you see one, consider thanking them for their hard work.

Social Calendar

Here’s a preview of what your Social Committee has planned for the remaining weeks of the season. Make sure you save these dates so you can attend these fun activities!

 

* AUGUST 25 — Movie Night (A Wrinkle in Time!)

* SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day BBQ (11-2), Annual Member Meeting (4pm)

* SEPTEMBER 7 — Music Night with Valentine Slim!

* LABOR DAY BBQ — Volunteers needed

It’s our last griller of the season! We need you to give us a hand so please take a look and volunteer for one of the many spots available on the sign-up sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Important Safety ALERT: Heart Rate Monitors

IMPORTANT SAFETY ALERT:  Swimmers with heart rate monitors or other electronic medical devices should NOT use the pool until further notice

I was informed that a pool patron with a heart monitoring device (model listed below) was contacted by the service that monitors their device after seeing three “episodes” on one day. Those times appear to correspond with when this individual was swimming at the pool. It was the first time this individual has been in the pool this summer.

The device representative suggested it may be a grounding issue with pool lights and cautioned this individual to not swim in the pool until we have it tested.

Out of an abundance of caution all individuals with heart monitoring devices or any type of medical device that may be impacted by electrical current or any other peripheral factors related to the swimming pool and/or the swimming pool water and/or surrounding swimming pool areas should not swim until further notice.

While this is the first case we have been made aware of this year we are going to have the electrical and bonding tested ASAP. We have spoken with our pool contractor and operator about appropriate next steps. We will keep you informed about the results of the testing.

Lastly, we have not done anything to the pool since we opened. If anyone has experienced similar reports from heart monitoring devices please contact me ASAP.

Thank you,

Iain Gold
President, Rock Creek Pool

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