As President of Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club, I wanted to take a moment on the final day of the 2020 swim season to thank all of you for your flexibility, understanding, and support this summer. This has been a challenging year for all of us, and I’m personally grateful to everyone who helped make the best out of a difficult situation.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance with all the rules we had to put in place to comply with Virginia Department of Health (VDH) requirements. Whether it was wearing a mask upon entry, social distancing, bringing your own chair, or going online to make reservations to swim, your adherence to the rules helped us to stay open. Hunter Mill had no significant issues with health code compliance.
Thank you for sticking with us and paying your dues this year, despite all the uncertainty we faced before opening. The Club’s cash position was substantially impacted by an unprecedented increase in absentees. The Board put planned projects on hold, and we managed to offset a portion of our lost membership revenue by renting the pool to Machine Aquatics for morning swim practices. Your membership dues helped ensure that the Club will be in a stable position as we head into 2021.
Thank you to everyone who helped support the swim team. While the Northern Virginia Swim League did not hold meets, Coach Christine, the swim team reps, and volunteers were able to get over 90 members of our swim team in the water for practices, complete a time trials event, hold both a virtual meet and a Boys vs. Girls meet, and recognize our seniors.
Thank you to Crystal Aquatics, for providing outstanding management of our pool. The pool has been pristine, and the professionalism of the lifeguards has been superb. The lifeguards should take great pride in being recognized as one of only three Crystal pools to earn Pool of the Week honors. Congratulations on your accomplishment!
Lastly, I’d like to thank all seven Board members and the three committee chairs for all of their hard work and dedication to make the 2020 swim season possible. There were moments in April and May when I wasn’t sure we would be able to open the pool at all. We made decisions pre-COVID-19 to move many of our business processes online, including implementation of Member Splash, QuickBooks Online, and Mailchimp. We worked through multiple contingency plans and spent countless hours collaborating online. Each time Virginia went into a new Phase, we tried to find the best balance between maximizing members’ use of the pool, VDH requirements, and members’ safety. For such a small group of volunteers, I’m proud of what we accomplished this year.
In closing, I want to thank you again for making the 2020 swim season successful. We obviously don’t know what 2021 will bring, but after everything we’ve been through in 2020, I feel confident that the Club is in a good position to adapt to whatever lies ahead. I encourage you to consider volunteering to make 2021 another successful year. We will have several board and committee positions to fill this Fall, and I have a personal goal of filling all of the 11 board positions allowed by our bylaws. More information to follow, so please think about how you could volunteer your time to keep the Club operating smoothly for years to come.
Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club