These will appear on the front page of the website.

swim practice

Karaoke, Games nights

Good afternoon, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. Here’s what’s happening at the pool …

VOLLEYBALL SEMINAR — Thursday, June 20 … Come down to the court tomorrow at 6:30 pm to learn the basics of how to play the game. Our talented instructors will introduce you to the rules, teach you serve and hitting techniques and give you some pointers on strategy. This is open to kids and adults!

KARAOKE — Saturday, June 22 … It’s your turn to take center stage! Pick a song from the KARAFUN.COM catalog, sign up and show us what you’ve got! We’ll start taking song selections at 6 pm and the singing gets going around 7 pm.

GAMES NIGHT — Saturday, June 29 … Is your family wild for board games? Bring a favorite game to the Pavilion and enjoy a fun evening with fellow fans. Anyone is welcome to play, but sign up ahead of time so we have a rough idea of how many folks are coming. Also, we could really use a few Game Coordinators to keep things fun and running smoothly: GAMES NIGHT SIGN UP

FINS SCHEDULE … The swim team is away for their next few meets. Tonight, the FINS are at Franklin Knolls and this Saturday’s A Meet is at Calverton. Next Wednesday, the road trip continues with a B Meet against NCC. The dive team, meanwhile, takes to the road on Sunday afternoon to compete against Tanterra. Go luck and go get ’em, FINS!

FINS GEAR ON SALE … Want to show your support for our FINS? All Rock Creek Pool families are invited to purchase towels featuring the RC Fins logo. The towels are available for order through Friday, June 28, and should be delivered to the pool within two weeks. The cost is $25 per towel.

EARLY BIRDS ARE BACK … Lap swimmers (adults only) can get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30 am – 8 am) until August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes.

SWIM LESSONS? … We’re asked often about swim lessons at the pool. While RCP doesn’t officially offer them, some coaches and lifeguards do provide private lessons. Check at the front desk and/or keep an eye out for flyers around the pool. Please note: you may not bring in an outside instructor per our contract with the pool management company.

POOL HOURS … The pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm. When there is a home swim meet, the pool is closed for general use. The diving well is closed during dive team meets. And keep an eye out for Summer thunderstorms. Lifeguards must clear the pool and surrounding areas for at least 45 minutes if they hear thunder. If you’re unsure, call the front desk (301-585-1185) to check the pool’s status.

volleyball class 1

Three FINS meets, ice cream/movie night

School’s out! Let’s dance! … And eat ice cream! And watch a movie! Friday is all about celebrating the end of the school year! Get to the pool at 6 pm for the ice cream social. We’ll spin music from this century and invite all to enjoy some delicious ice cream treats! Then, grab a seat in the Pavilion for a screening of “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. Worth noting, Friday is a 10 pm closing night!

  • Ice Cream and music — 6-8 pm — We need your help. VOLUNTEER
  • “Greatest Showman” — 8-10 pm — The Pavilion is reserved at 7 pm.

Pool use during FINS home meets … When RCP hosts a swim meet, the entire pool is always closed for regular use. These events involve a lot of people, both from our pool and from the pools that come to compete against us. Parking, bathhouse use and seating all are at capacity. Lifeguards are not in place to help monitor recreational swimming. Every space is needed to put on these events, including the baby pool area which often is where we set up a hospitality zone.

When the dive team hosts a meet, we’ll close the diving well and may need to reserve the surrounding area for judges and dive families.

For this week, we have three home meets which affect pool use. All of these times are estimates:

  • Wednesday night, June 12 — B Meet against CCRA: The pool closes around 4:30 pm.
  • Saturday morning, June 14 — A Meet against Somerset: The pool opens around Noon or as soon as the meet is over.
  • Sunday afternoon, June 15 — Dive Meet against Glenwood: The diving well is reserved at 2:30 pm. until the meet ends.

Pasta party for swim/dive … Speaking of the FINS, the weekly Friday night pasta continues this week in the grill area. This team-building event is always a great way to cap off a hard week of practice. While the buffet is only meant for FINS (swim and dive) members, pool patrons can still use the grills while the party is going on.

Early bird starts next week … Lap swimmers (adults only) are invited to get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30-8 am) between June 17-August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes. As for the morning Masters Classes, as of press time, I’m unsure of the status but will fill you in when I hear anything!

Hours of operation … Now that MCPS school is out, starting on Monday, June 17, the pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm (see above for exceptions).

Volleyball seminar was a smash! … A hearty thank you to Emma, Audrey, Fiona and Ruby for hosting the volleyball seminar last Thursday. The BCC athletes did a great job introducing the sport and explaining proper technique and strategy. If you weren’t able to attend, there’s a second one on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 pm. This is for kids AND adults so if you’ve always wanted to learn, come on down to the court!

Trivia team takes the lead … Finally, here’s a tip of the cap to “Milton’s Pandas,” winners of the first Trivia Night last Thursday. We look forward to seeing them try to make it two in a row at the next round on Saturday, July 13!

Diving into Summer

Volleyball seminar, trivia night

Volleyball seminar is tonight! Want to learn the basics of how to play volleyball, from how to set to how to spike? Then come down to the court at 6:30 pm. Instructors from the BCC volleyball team will give you a no-pressure introduction to this fun sport. This is open to anyone 13 years and up, and adults encouraged to attend. If you can’t make this one, we’ll have a second seminar on Thursday, June 20!

A message for the dive team families … The deadline to register for the swim team is fast approaching, so take a moment to register today. Please note that a late fee of $20 per swimmer will be assessed after June 7, and registration will be closed at 10 am on June 14.

And please visit https://rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com/ to learn about the dive team and to register your child. If your child wants to try the team, register them and then you can send them to practice. If it doesn’t work for them, let us know by June 10 and we will issue you a refund of the $100 registration fee (but not the $15 insurance fee). Email Dawn and Katie, the reps, here: divereps@rockcreekpool.com. Let’s Go FINS!

Social events coming up … Make sure to check out the nifty social calendar on display at the pool for a complete listing of the 2019 events! Our next official activities are:

  • Trivia Night — Friday, June 7 — Join Quizmaster Bryan McCann for a fun evening of questions and answers. Starts promptly at 6:30 pm.
  • School’s Out Ice Cream Social and “Greatest Showman” — Friday, June 14 — This one needs volunteers: SIGN UP
  • Karaoke — Saturday, June 22
  • Games Night — Saturday, June 29

Tennis, anyone? … Please join us for friendly pick-up doubles tennis Monday nights, 6.30 pm (adults only). E-mail tennis@rockcreekpool.com to be added to the mailing list (as times may vary during the year).

Some administrative tasks …

  • Make sure your family has current photos on file.
  • Daily Guest Passes must be bought in advance.
  • Review the Rules & Regulations. Here’s one more — Parking Regulations:
    • Members and guests are not to use curbside parking along Grubb Road.
    • Members and guest must park their vehicles in the lined spaces provided in the paved lower level of the RCP property.
    • Parking in the upper lot is in designated parking spots only.
    • The speed limit in the parking lot is ten (10) mph.
    • All bicyclists must use the designated bicycle parking area. Bicycles may not be ridden inside the fenced pool area.

What the frequency, Kenneth? … Here are the hours of operation for Friday, June 7-Thursday, June 13:

  • Friday: 3:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Monday-Thursday: 3:30 pm – 8 pm

Keep an eye on the skies … Summer invariably brings late-afternoon storms and other weather that could affect our schedule. While light rain may not close the pool, please note that each time the lifeguards even hear thunder, they must evacuate the pool and the surrounding area for 45 minutes. Please listen to them and follow their instructions as we all want everyone to stay safe!

If you are on the swim and dive teams, the coaches or reps will let you know if practice is suspended or cancelled due to weather.

And you can always call the front desk (301-585-1185) to find out the pool’s status. That’ll be more reliable than waiting for me to update the pool’s website.

memorial day line

Sports and social events coming up

What a tremendous opening weekend! It was perfect weather to kick off the season! We packed a lot of activities into a few days: two happy hours, the Memorial Day cookout, the FINS swim and dive introductory meetings, volleyball tournament and a fantastic music performance by Valentine Slim! Thank you all who volunteered to help us put together these events and thank you members for coming out to celebrate the start of Summer!

What’s happening this week … first things, first. Here are the hours of operation for Friday, May 31-Thursday, June 6:

  • Friday: 3:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Monday-Thursday: 3:30 pm – 8 pm

Keep an eye on the skies … Summer invariably brings late-afternoon storms and other weather that could affect our schedule. While light rain may not close the pool, please note that each time the lifeguards even hear thunder, they must evacuate the pool and the surrounding area for 45 minutes. Please listen to them and follow their instructions as we all want everyone to stay safe!

If you are on the swim and dive teams, the coaches or reps will let you know if practice is suspended or cancelled due to weather.

And you can always call the front desk (301-585-1185) to find out the pool’s status. That’ll be more reliable than waiting for me to update the pool’s website.

Social events coming up … Make sure to check out the nifty social calendar on the board near the water fountain for a complete listing of the 2019 events! Our next official activities are:

  • Trivia Night, Friday, June 7 — Join us for a fun evening of Q&A. You’ll be part of a team so don’t worry if you don’t know who starred in the 1979 prequel to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”* or how many bones there are in the human body.**
  • School’s Out Mega-Party with Music and a Movie, Friday, June 14 — It’s kids night at the pool as we’re planning an ice cream social, teen-favorite music and a screening of “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman and Zendaya. This one needs volunteers: Take a look and SIGN UP to help us out!

A message for the dive team families … Please visit https://rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com/to learn about the dive team and to register your child. If your child wants to try the team, register them and then you can send them to practice. If it doesn’t work for them, let us know by June 10 and we will issue you a refund of the $100 registration fee (but not the $15 insurance fee). Some new folks came to the Memorial Day meeting, but we didn’t get everyone’s email address. Please let the dive reps know if you have any questions or haven’t received any email messages directly from them. You can reach Dawn and Katie, the reps, here: divereps@rockcreekpool.com. Let’s Go FINS!

Ever wanted to learn how to play volleyball? … On Thursday, June 6 (6:30 pm – 8 pm), four super-talented teens will introduce you to the fundamentals of this fun sport. This seminar is open to anyone 13 years old and up. You’ll learn the basics from how to hit the ball to the proper way to set your teammate for a killer spike. The class will also be offered on Thursday, June 13, if you aren’t able to make this one.

Tennis, anyone? … Please join us for friendly pick-up doubles tennis Monday nights, 6.30 pm (adults only). E-mail tennis@rockcreekpool.com to be added to the mailing list (as times may vary during the year).

Speaking of tennis … ProsToYou/Koa Tennis and Rock Creek Club are very excited to announce Kourts as our new mobile app for everyone to register for the summer group tennis clinics! The Kourts mobile app system will be used for every player to view our on-court schedule showing the court availability on a weekly basis.

Check out this video tutorial on how to download Kourts on your mobile phone and to start registering for summer group tennis clinics!

The summer group clinics run from Tuesday, June 25 until Sunday, August 25:

  • Red Ball (Ages 4-6) — Thursdays: 4 pm – 5 pm and Sundays: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Orange Ball (Ages 7-9) — Thursdays: 5 pm – 6 pm and Sundays: 11:30 am – 12:30pm
  • Green Dot/Yellow Ball (Ages 10+) — Thursdays: 6 pm – 7 pm and Sundays: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Adult Beginner (2.0 & 2.5) — Thursdays: 7 pm – 8 pm
  • Adult Intermediate/Advanced (3.0+) — Sundays: 9 am – 10:30 am
  • Adult Morning Clinic — Tuesdays: 8:30 am – 10 am
  • Adult Cardio Tennis — Sundays: 8 am – 9 am

PRICES

All Junior Classes:

  • 9-Week Package: $126/per player
  • Drop-In Class: $18/per player

Adult Beginner/Cardio Tennis:

  • 9-Week Package: $126/per player
  • Drop-In Class: $18/per player

Adult Intermediate/Advanced/Morning Clinic:

  • 9-Week Package: $180/per player
  • Drop-In Class: $24/per player

Please download Kourts on your phone to register for summer group tennis clinics today!

If you have any questions, please contact us via phone at (513) 255-3370 or email Nim@ProsToYou.com.

In addition to our summer group clinics, we also have summer tennis morning program (compatible around swim team practices): REGISTER HERE

Some administrative tasks …

  • All members (adults and kids) should have a current photo as part of their electronic ID.
  • Buy your Daily Guest Passes in advance at the website.
  • Know the Rules! Review the Rules & Regulations. Here’s one more to remember: Alcohol is allowed only for official events. Please do not bring cans of beer to the pool.

 

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Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day at RCP

Memorial Day is a full-day event this year … We have the annual BBQ Cookout, the Swim and Dive meetings and we’re thrilled to have honky-tonk rocker Valentine Slim closing out the day on the Pavilion Stage. Here’s what you need to know:

Logistics …

  1. It’s going to be crowded. Plan ahead with your neighbors and consider carpooling.
  2. Similarly, you may find it tough to find a chair or table as the day gets going. Think about inviting friends (or even new friends) to share your table and, in general, be mindful of space. We all want to enjoy the beautiful day.
  3. As usual, adult swim happens every 45 minutes on the hour. This time is meant for kids to catch a breather and not over-extend themselves. This is not an invitation for older kids to hit the baby pool. (And similarly, diapered youngsters should stick to the baby pool)!

The BBQ Cookout …

  1. The annual BBQ cookout runs generally from 11 AM – 2 PM. Volunteers will set up the food serving area starting around 10 AM. When you hear the announcement, come over to the grill area to receive a coupon for one complimentary lunch.
  2. Your coupon gives you either one hamburger or two hot dogs, and one bag of chips and one drink. There’s a lot of food but it isn’t limitless. Please encourage all members of your family to stick to the rules so we can feed as many folks as possible.
  3. If you have dietary preferences or restrictions, there are veggie burgers and turkey burgers available. Let the volunteers know and they can put one on the grill for you!
  4. The cookout starts to wrap up around 1:30 PM. If you are in the grill area at that time, you may be asked to help clean up, so thank you in advance!

Live music with Valentine Slim …

  1. Valentine Slim performs on the “Pavilion Stage” (the table tennis area near the diving well) from 4 PM – 7 PM. The band plays rockabilly, country and surf gems.
  2. The stage area and the Pavilion is reserved for this event beginning around 3 PM.
  3. For this event, we charge $5 (CASH ONLY) for a “bottomless” cup for beer or wine.

Swim & Dive Meetings …

  1. For those FINS swim and/or dive team families, go to the grill area at 4 PM for the introductory meetings with the team reps and coaches.
  2. The swim team will talk first, from 4 PM – 4:30 PM. Brush up on the swim 101 and FAQ before today’s meeting. The first practice is Tuesday, May 28 at 5 PM., and will include a mandatory swim test for all 8-under swimmers who did not compete in meets last summer.
  3. The dive team will talk from 4:30 PM – 5 PM. Want a sneak peak? Come to the diving well around 3 PM to meet Assistant Coach Emma Gold, learn about the dive team, and have a popsicle!

How does all this happen? …

If you are enjoying the activities at the pool, or your child is a member of the swim and dive teams, take a moment to thank those members who are volunteering their time.

The swim and dive teams enjoy a fun and well-organized season because the team reps are committing their Spring and Summer to making it happen.

And our many social events rely on members helping the Social Committee (itself a rag-tag group of volunteers). Today’s crew works hard to prepare and serve your lunch. Please remember that when you are in line.

Finally, in addition to giving a “thank you,” keep an eye out for future volunteer opportunities. We can sure use your help!

new furniture

Pool opens Memorial Day weekend

Well, as we expected, the pool is officially opening FRIDAY, MAY 24. At this point, we’re in the final stretch but having the extra week will allow us the time to get it just right. Here’s where we are and what’s left to be done:

  • The new sod is in place but we are fixing a few more grading and drainage issues.
  • The chairs are out of the bathrooms but we still plan to replace the women’s room toilets.
  • Much of new furniture arrived (see Bryan McCann’s photo) but it needs to be assembled.
  • The new doors are on but we need to paint and install the hardware.

Some administrative tasks … When you come to the pool for the first time this season, you may be asked to update your photo. All members (adults and kids) should have a current photo as part of their electronic ID.

Also, remember we can’t accept any payments at the front desk. If you need Daily Guest Passes, purchase them in advance at the website.

Finally, we like to keep things fun and casual at RCP, but there are certain rules we need to enforce in order to keep everyone safe. This is a great time to review the Rules and Regulations. A few line items to remember:

  • Running on the pool deck, pushing, wrestling, fighting (in or out of the swimming pool), etc., are forbidden.
  • Don’t bring glass to the pool. Except for eyeglasses, glass of any type (bottles, containers or receptacles) is prohibited.
  • Birthday parties and other special events must be scheduled and approved in advance.

Don’t forget …

… Memorial Day Cookout needs you … Volunteer an hour of your time on Monday, May 27, so we can throw an awesome BBQ!

… Valentine Slim music night … And don’t forget Valentine Slim performs 4-7 p.m. that same evening. $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine.

… Water aerobics classes start June 18 … Session One is SOLD OUT and so register to grab one of the few spots left for Session Two!

… Summer tennis sessions begin June 17 … Registration is open for a variety of classes for juniors and adults.

… Fins swim to fight cancer … We’re dedicating Friday morning, July 12, to finding a cure. To learn more, and to donate, visit the Swim Across America team page.

If you are a FINS swim or dive family … Visit the team’s websites at rockcreekswim.swimtopia.com and rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com, respectively. Here’s how you reach the team reps and coaches:

Memorial Day 2019

New FINS websites, Valentine Slim performs Memorial Day

Greetings, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. There’s a lot going on, so let’s dive right in …

Work continues on the pool grounds … This week we focused on improved grading to help mitigate standing water. Sod is being/was laid on Wednesday to the areas that needed the most work. We are also extending the fence of the baby pool to include the grass area out back. Georgetown Aquatics began adding our “swim” water back to the pool. With that said, we still have a lot of loose ends to tie up before we open and it’s very likely we’ll push our opening to Friday, May 24. We’ll make the official call next week after we evaluate what else needs to be done after this weekend.

If you are a FINS swim or dive family … Be sure to log into their new websites. The teams are now at rockcreekswim.swimtopia.com and rockcreekdive.swimtopia.com, respectively. Also, we’ve standardized our email addresses for each group of reps and coaches. Here’s how you reach them:

Don’t forget, registration for both teams is happening now. Visit their sites to sign up!

Deep-water aerobics registration is almost closed … Session One of the water aerobics classes is SOLD OUT! Session Two (July 16-Aug-6) has only a few spots left. So don’t delay if you were thinking of attending! Sign up!

Memorial Day Monday will be a full-day event this year … Along with the morning volleyball tournament and afternoon BBQ, we’re thrilled to have honky-tonk rocker Valentine Slim closing out the day on the Pavilion Stage. Slim and the boys will perform rockabilly, country and surf classics and forgotten gems. It’s a perfect soundtrack for the start of summer. His dynamic show will run from 4-7 p.m. We’ll offer $5 bottomless cup for beer/wine, so bring your dinner and enjoy the music!

Speaking of Memorial Day, we need you! … As with all of our RCP events, we can’t pull it off without members giving us a hand. Please review the volunteer sign-up form and commit an hour or two of your day to help us out. We need grillers, servers, preppers and clean-up … “crew-ers.”

The social calendar is nearly set … We’re putting the final touches on the 2019 social event poster (look for it on the cork board by the water fountain). The SC crew (Kelly Briscoe, Joel Rubin, Kate Elliott, Bryan McCann, Andrew Collard and yours truly) hope there’s a little something for everyone. For the start of the season, here’s a brief rundown so you can save the dates:

  • Monday, May 27 — BBQ and Live Music with Valentine Slim
  • Saturday, June 1 — Move Night and Happy Hour
  • Friday, June 7 — Trivia Night
  • Friday, June 14 — School’s Out Ice Cream Social
  • Saturday, June 22 — Karaoke!

Photographers needed … I’d like to add a little visual flair to these emails and highlight the fun atmosphere at Rock Creek Pool. If you are a photo-bug and want to share an RCP moment — FINS in action, an idyllic summer day, karaoke shenanigans, lallygagging in the baby pool — email a copy to me. I’ll try and use as many as I receive. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Email communications@rockcreekpool.com
  • Horizontal (landscape) orientation is best
  • Make sure to give the photographer full name credit.
  • Describe the subject in the photo (“here’s a shot of Jane Smith dancing at last night’s Valentine Slim show, which was awesome, by the way.”)
New steps!

Construction update, swim team website

It’s the first week of May which means we are in the final stretch before the start of the season! There is a TON of activity happening in these final weeks …

April was particularly busy for modernization and repair work. All the old concrete that was removed to access the leaks, address standing water, and bring our electrical bonding up to code has been replaced. That means the pool deck is fully operational. Plus, the front steps and sidewalk to the bridge are all new! The wider, higher profile should drain better and prevent standing water or mud. And yes, the stairs will have new railings on both sides! Those should be installed by mid-May.

Things that you might not notice: we’ll have new commercial grade water heaters and bathhouse doors (no more rust piles at the bottom). The heaters were replaced on April 30 and the doors are being installed this week.

There’s more coming and we’ll fill you in as we check them off the punch list!

Attention FINS swimmers and parents … swim team rep Geoff Plague reports that the new team website is finished! It looks amazing and very nicely organized. Swim team registration is open ($155 for the first family swimmer, and $110 for sibling swimmers). The deadline to register is June 7. The 2019 season will kick off with an introductory team meeting on Memorial Day afternoon, with evening practice beginning the next day — Tuesday, May 28. Go FINS!

Be on the lookout for a familiar face at the pool this season. We’re happy to to announce that former FINS coach Dale Lewis is taking on the pool manager duties this season. You’ll see him supervising the lifeguards and making sure everything is running smoothly. Welcome back, Dale!

ICYMI …

Water aerobics classes start June 18Register now as spots are filling up! Deep-water aerobics classes are a fantastic way to stay in shape while also having fun with other pool members. (NOTE: You have to be logged into the site in order to see the registration page).

Fins swim to fight cancer … We’re dedicating the morning of Friday, July 12, to finding a cure. Swim team, Dive team and ALL pool members are invited to join us in raising money for Swim Across America and participating in the morning swim. To learn more, and to donate, visit the Swim Across America team page.

And, musically talented kids and teens … don’t forget to start practicing those three-chord classics and sign up for the RCP Music Festival on Sunday, August 18! If you, or someone you know, puts the “rock” in Rock Creek Pool, email me at communications@rockcreekpool.com!

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Dues are due, water aerobics and Fins swim to fight cancer

Greetings and salutations, Rock Creek Pool! The days are counting down to the start of the season and many of us are already working hard behind the scenes. Here’s a brief rundown on what’s in the works for the 2019 season!

Five days left to pay your dues on time … If you haven’t done so already, make sure you take a moment to pay for the coming season! The deadline to pay on time is Tuesday, April 30. The Equity Members and Seniors who don’t pay will be assessed a $50 per month late fee, and Waitlist-Summer Swim families will lose their spot. Unfortunately, we can’t make any exceptions. So please don’t wait until the last minute, remember to take care of this!

Aren’t sure if you’ve paid your dues already? Log into the RCP website to manage your account — it’ll tell you right there.

Water aerobics classes start in June — Register now as space is limited! Instructor Shelley Milan is offering RCP full and Summer members weekly water aerobics classes starting June 18. Deep-water aerobics classes are a fantastic way to stay in shape while also having fun with other pool members. Shelley says the classes will use a variety of motions including water running, abdominal work and toning exercises. Now, in order for these classes to happen, we need a minimum of 6 members to sign up. But to keep the classes manageable, there is a cap of 12 attendees per session. Finally, a special “thank you” to member Adria Zeldin who first suggested that we look into setting this up!

The Details

  • What: Deep-water aerobics
  • When: Tuesdays, 9-9:50 a.m.
    • Session 1: June 18, June 25, July 2 & July 9
    • Session 2: July 16, July 23, July 30 & Aug. 6
  • Where: Diving Well (you’ll use a noodle or flotation device)
  • How much: $30 per 4-week session
  • Who can sign up: Older teens, adults. There are 12 spots available per session
  • Registration Page

Fins swim to fight cancer … We’re very proud to let you know the RCP Fins are joining the fight against cancer. Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and we will dedicate our Friday, July 12, morning to finding a cure. Swim team, Dive team and ALL pool members are invited to join us in raising money for Swim Across America and participating in the morning swim. We will have activities everyone can participate in and the event will coincide with our annual team pancake breakfast open to all participants. To learn more, and to donate, visit the Swim Across America team page.

The Details

Your friendly-neighborhood Social Gang is brewing up some fun for the summer … The calendar will be finalized and announced in the coming weeks, but here’s a sneak peak of what’s on tap:

  • We’re finalizing plans to have honky-tonk rocker Valentine Slim kick off the season with a special Memorial Day performance! Slim and his musical cohorts are fixin’ to play an early evening performance so make sure to set your dinner plans accordingly!
  • For the competitive members out there, we’re offering several evenings of both Trivia AND traditional Games. Look for more info soon!
  • And for the kids, keep Friday, June 14, free for the “End of School” ice cream social/dance night!

Speaking of kids, are you in a band or just like to perform as a solo act? Would you like to play a few songs as part of an afternoon celebration of music? This summer, we’re holding the first Rock Creek Pool Junior Music Festival (real name pending).

We want to see our younger pool members (and their band mates) shine on the Pavilion stage. More information will come soon, but if you know someone who would put the “rock” in Rock Creek Pool, then email me at communications@rockcreekpool.com.

The Details

  • What: RCP Music Festival
  • When: Sunday, August 18, time TBD
  • Where: RCP Pavilion Stage
  • Who can sign up: Open to anyone 18 and younger. At least one performer per act should be an RCP member.

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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