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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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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President’s February 2018 State of Rock Creek Pool Letter

March 24, 2018

 

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

It’s been a busy, and sometimes trying (especially the Montgomery County permitting process) off-season at the pool but since the beginning of March there have been positive developments and the construction is progressing. To address the obvious question – we are cautiously optimistic of being able to open by Memorial Day weekend with a target opening date of Friday, May 25.

The current construction calendar is on an aggressive schedule and barring any stretch of bad weather, additional permitting issues, or other unusual events we should make that deadline.

In January, the old pool perimeter and baby pool demolition started. Elite was able to get the new pool shell poured so that the complicated plumbing issues (bringing the entire system up to code and combining the new and old plumbing systems) could be tested. Those systems passed their tests in early March. We upgraded our old filtration system and added necessary equipment for the larger pool so we should have a much better and more efficient pool filtration system. All the plumbing and new electrical wires have been run and the ground has been filled back in preparation for building of the covered structure.

Work has begun on the County-required changes to the men’s bathroom (additional toilets and sinks), the food preparation area, and the footers have been poured for the covered structure. Hoping that we are finished with snow and windy weather, Elite can make progress on the covered structure and the County-required Storm Water Management System in the next two weeks.

There are lots of moving pieces but personally, I am very excited about the modernization upgrades. In addition to a larger pool, the covered structure, and food preparation area, we are upgrading the pool lighting, fences and a few other amenities. I would like to thank Patrick Moffitt for being the point person on the daily interactions with Elite.

We’ll have a better sense of our ability to adhere to the opening schedule by the end of April and will post updates on a consistent basis through our social media platforms.

Please keep reading – there are other items we need you to know – especially Equity Members who wish to sell their memberships.

RCP Board

At the Annual Meeting in August the Equity Members re-elected the seven members up for election to their two-year term. They join the other eight members who have one year remaining on their terms (see website). At the first board meeting in September, the following board members were elected for the following officer positions:

Membership

For Equity Members, now is the time to decide if you will retain your membership. We have a good number of families that used the pool fewer than five times last summer and we have an extensive wait list. Please contact Admin@RockCreekPool.com by March 31, 2018, to sell your membership and to receive a refund of your $950 equity share.

While we do offer Senior Swim privileges to Equity Members who are age 65 years or older with 20 years of membership, we are currently at our maximum of 70 slots. If you are interested, please notify Admin@RockCreekPool.com to add your name to the wait list. Once offered, you would sell your membership but retain swim privileges for $200 (current price) for the Account Holder and their spouse/partner.

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 in year two of these fees. The dues schedules is as follows:

 

2018 Dues Special

Assessment

Capital

Assessment

Total
Equity Member $595 $100 $60 $755
Summer Swim $725 $120 $845
Senior Swim $200 $200
August Swim $275 $275

 

Registration is scheduled to open the week of April 9 with payments due by April 30.

Pool and Grounds (and Purple Line)

For those of you that don’t live in the immediate area, I cannot understate the impact of the Purple Line construction. A significant number of trees have been removed along the Purple Line track (the Georgetown Branch Path that runs along the top of our property).

In addition, we had a handful of trees that needed to be removed as a result of natural and weather-induced causes including, unfortunately, one of the iconic oak trees in the southwest corner (by the upper parking lot) of the bathhouse. This tree had a fungus that was rapidly killing it.

The sale of the land required to build the Purple Line will close this year. We are consulting with landscapers about remediation efforts within the pool boundaries. In addition, we are planning to consult with appropriate Purple Line contacts about their landscaping and how to supplement what they are doing.

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