2018 Pool Rules

POOL RULES

  • Proof of pool membership will be verified upon member sign-in. Members may verify through either photo ID (driver’s license, etc.) or membership card. **
  • Operating hours must be strictly adhered to. Use of pool is not permitted without a lifeguard.
  • Appropriate swimwear is required for the pool. No cutoffs allowed.
  • Showers are for pre and post-swim rinsing only. No bathing. Swimwear must be worn while using showers.
  • No eating or gum chewing allowed while in the pool.
  • Drinks may be consumed on poolside but not in the pool.
  • Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking area.
  • Pool toys are allowed at the discretion of the lifeguards. Oversized floats are subject to guard discretion based on pool conditions (# of floats in pool, # of swimmers, etc.) Members should check with guards before inserting floats in pool.
  • No animals – other than certified service-animals - are allowed in pool area.
  • No running in pool area.
  • Persons with diarrhea, illness or nausea should not enter the pool.
  • Persons with skin, eye, ear or respiratory infections should not enter the pool.
  • Persons with open lesions or wounds should not enter the pool.
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs should use the pool.  Persons exhibiting signs of intoxication may be asked to leave the pool.
  • No swimming when thunder or lightning occur or upon directive of lifeguard.
  • Non-swimmers must notify lifeguards of inability to swim.
  • Guards must be notified immediately of any injuries.
  • Parents are responsible and liable for any damage a child may cause on-site.
  • No loitering on the pool ladders or life-lines is allowed. Pool ladders must be kept clear at all times.
  • No loitering in the restrooms, showers, or guard stations.
  • Proper care of pool equipment is each member’s responsibility.
  • Only authorized personnel may use maintenance equipment.
  • Swim Lane: Marked swim lane is intended for adult use only for swimming laps or training. The area should remain clear at all other times.

GUESTS

  • Guests are permitted and must be accompanied by a pool member. Guest entrance fee is $3 per day, per guest. Children 3 and under receive free entrance.
  • Members may bring a total of 6 (six) guests at a time. Advance approval from Colonies House Board of Directors is required for additional guests in excess of 6 so appropriate accommodations may be made. Members to contact info@colonieshouse.com for approval.

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • Children under 11 yrs. old must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult.
  • Swimmers must be 18 or older to participate in adult swim.
  • Swimmers who are not toilet-trained must wear disposable swim pants while in pools; all diapers and swim pants must be disposed of properly in a sealed bag.

DIVING

  • Diving is only permitted in the designated diving area deep end.
  • No swimming under or in front of the diving board. The water area in front of diving board must be kept clear.
  • Only one person on the diving board at a time. No hanging or standing on rails.
  • No diving from side of board.

BEHAVIOR

Lifeguards are on duty to ensure safety and maintain pool regulations. For the comfort of all visitors, lifeguards and Colonies House staff have full authority to immediately suspend pool privileges for the day and/or to ask any member or guest to leave who engages in actions that are unlawful or, in staff’s opinion, have the potential to be dangerous to the health, well-being, or enjoyment of the pool by others.

  • Running, horseplay, dunking, pushing or throwing persons into pool is not permitted.
  • Fighting, cursing, misbehaving, displaying unacceptable conduct (including inappropriate/unwelcome language and/or physical contact), showing any disrespect to other members, lifeguards, or other staff is not permitted.
  • Repetitive or flagrant violations will result in dismissal from the pool for the day.
  • Members may access pool and grounds facilities anytime during pool hours. Any members present on grounds after hours without written consent from board of directors is subject to trespassing and potential revocation of privileges.
  • Premises are actively monitored by security cameras.

Lifeguards will complete incident reports for any dismissals and submit to Colonies House Board of Directors for follow-up and action.

Members wishing to register an incident/complaint may complete a form at the guard shack, or submit an email to info@colonieshouse.com. A member of the Board of Directors will formally follow-up with all complainants.

  • Any guest dismissed from the pool will not be permitted to return.
  • Members in violation of pool rules will receive a verbal warning following the first incident report. Subsequent violations will generate written warnings/counseling.
    • Any member dismissed and/or counseled three times in a season will lose the privilege of membership with NO refund of pool dues.

Suspended pool privileges may be restored at the discretion of the Colonies House Board of Directors.

** Member cards will be made available upon request only. Please submit a request electronically at info@colonieshouse.com or request a card at the guard shack. Members may continue to use photo ID until card is ready.

POOL HOURS

Season: June 9th to September 3rd

Monday: CLOSED
Tues – Thurs: 2PM-9PM
Friday: 2PM-10PM
Saturday: 12PM – 10PM
Sunday: 12PM – 8PM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tae Garcia, President
DanCee Bowers, Vice President
Jennifer Gonzalez, Secretary
Brian Van Den Heuvel, Treasurer
Kathy Mochel
Carmelo Lucio
Chad Keck

Colonies House: 2018 Status Meeting Summary

Colonies House Pool, Tennis Club & Hall
Status Update Meeting

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
7:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Secretary, Jennifer Gonzalez at 7:05 PM. A quorum was established with Tae Garcia (President), Chad Keck, Carmelo Lucio, and Kathy Mochel present. Eighty homeowners in attendance.

STATUS UPDATE

Jennifer Gonzalez commented on challenges facing Colonies House (CH) last year, the items the new Board of Directors inherited following a full election March 2017, and vision for the future.

  • Summary of 2017 Challenges
    • Colonies House was in serious decline and in danger of imminent closure, facing numerous issues including significant financial crises (multiple past-due accounts, IRS tax lien), outstanding repairs and facilities work (pool resurfacing, A/C breakdown, plumbing leaks).
    • Insufficient and unsuccessful marketing and communication impacted hall and event revenue, CH reputation and brand.
    • Community developer issued a warning to the former board that property will be assumed back if CH loses operational capacity.
       
  • What was done?
    • New board of directors formed and worked quickly to assess both financial and facilities issues and most urgently, take action.
    • Results delivered included gains in financial recovery, pool restoration, increased hall rental, and revitalization of CH brand and reputation.
  1. Multiple interior and exterior repairs and upgrades made
  2. New logo and webpage designed, marquee signage added
  3. Improved social media marketing and new communication systems created
  4. Board also benefited from key community volunteers and benefactors

Results reflect the unlocked potential of CH given active support and engagement within “village”.

  • Current Status
    • Colonies House is more stable and organized.
    • Revenue has grown via:
      • Pool membership increase over prior years
      • Hall rental and event attendance increasing
    • Many long-term and dire repairs and improvements made across facilities.
  • Next Steps
    • Vision for 2018
      • Increase donations
      • Continue hall momentum via diversified and increased marketing
      • Expand pool membership - # and reach
  • Challenges & Long-term Sustainability
    • CH still in a recovery state, in spite of progress
    • Aging pool and hall facilities and declining interest/engagement leave Colonies House in an almost constant state of financial insecurity
    • Community engagement and active support a must for survival
      • Positions available:
        • Board: Treasurer (Officer), Grounds, Events
        • Paid (non-board) positions: Hall Manager, Lifeguard Coordinator
      • Annual investment of funds and memberships are essential to shifting CH to a long-term, more sustainable status
    • When no longer viable, Colonies House will shut down and property return to the developer, Uptmore Custom Homes, for demolition and transition to multi-family residential housing.
  • The “Three Asks”

Colonies House closure has a direct bearing on the area, whether a homeowner is a member of the pool or not as home values in Colonies North will be impacted.

Colonies House Board of Directors will continue efforts to maximize value of membership, and support of this community resource, but the task is much more attainable when neighbors also take ownership. The board respectfully asks that all community members:

  1. Engage friends and neighbors to become pool members
  2. Make and seek donations (https://www.gofundme.com/colonieshouse)
  3. Join the board or volunteer
  • Q & A

Questions and comments were welcomed from meeting attendees. Discussion items and planned next-steps are as follows:

  • HOST SENIOR-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
    • Board will coordinate new events throughout 2018 including yoga, bingo, bunco, and bring back events popular in 2017 including Painting with a Twist
  • POOL
    • Swipe card access - Board will soon research implementation of card access to pool facilities and related considerations (insurance, cost, etc)
    • Hours – Board to look into hours for 2018 including possible inclusion of morning swim hours
  • CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS
    • Board to continue pursuit of sponsor
  • ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM.

2018 State of the Union Community Meeting

Calling All Neighbors!

When: Tuesday, January 30th
Time: 7-8PM

Last year at this time, Colonies House reached out to the community with an urgent plea: the organization was in serious decline and facing imminent closure.

Multiple issues including significant financial crises and outstanding repairs had Colonies House on the ropes, so to speak, with a warning issued that the property may be returned to the developer and demolished, paving the way for any variety of uses.

An entirely new board of directors formed and worked quickly to assess both financial and facilities issues and most urgently, take action.

The new board delivered results including, but not limited, to gains in financial recovery, pool restoration, increased hall rental, as well as revitalizing the Colonies House brand and reputation. These results reflect the board’s work but also the unlocked potential of Colonies House given active support and engagement within our community.

2017 was transformative and eventful for Colonies House, but in spite of all the progress, Colonies House is still in a recovery state. In order to be truly successful and sustainable, we must maximize community engagement. Simply put, we still need your support.

Please join us Tuesday, January 30th from 7-8 pm for a brief discussion of how to build on 2017’s success, how this impacts community homeowners, and how YOU can make 2018 an even better year.

Kind Regards,
Colonies House Board of Directors