2016 Annual Meeting

Snow and cold, go away, it’s time for Glenwood Pool to play.

Although the weather is generally at its worst in February, it is time to begin looking forward to another season of (warm) fun and frolic at the Glenwood Recreation Club, Inc.

Over the past few months the pool has been empty and all of our furniture is stacked and stored, but the Board has been busy preparing for the upcoming season.  We will tell you all about it at our Annual Membership Meeting – mark your calendar for:

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall on Rosensteel Avenue
Download the AGENDA and the BUDGET.

Below are some advance updates for your review prior to the meeting:

STAFFING

We are pleased to announce the return of Sean Hennigan as Manager and Joseph Hathway and Clare Hennigan as Assistant Managers.  While we aren’t sure of the numbers yet, we do expect to have many returning operators and lifeguards.

Now is the time for prospective new guards to become certified.  Many classes are offered through the Montgomery County Recreation Department.  We always have lots of young pool members interested in joining the staff and do our best to accommodate them, but please note that we simply can’t hire everyone.  Anyone interested in guarding — even if returning from 2015 — should send an email to Board Members Joe Carnell and Dave Kreischer (jobs@glenwoodpool.org) no later than March 31, 2016.

SWIM AND DIVE TEAMS

Jeremy and Kelly Butler will be back to lead our swim team coaching staff this summer, and assistant and pre-team coaches will be announced by April.  The Swim Team Rep Team this year will be Jack Niemczuk, Roland Schrebler, Beth Saindon and Zac Morford.  Along with Treasurer Lisa Gray, they look forward to mobilizing our awesome parents in support of the MCSL’s most enjoyable summer program.

The first draft of the 2016 Swim Team calendar has been posted on the website, with updates to follow.  On-line registration for returning swimmers (only) will begin in mid-May.  As always, ALL first-time swim team and prospective pre-team swimmers MUST be screened in person after the pool opens.  The practice schedule for this year will remain the same as last year’s (also on the team website).  If you have any questions you can contact the reps at swimteamrep@glenwoodpool.org.

Dive Team Reps Ramona Schreiber and Tracy Wagner are pleased to report the return of Head Coach Noah Ehrenberg and are in communication with last year’s assistant coaches.

Building on a great season in 2015, we look forward to seeing our returning families and welcoming new Tiger Divers to the dive well. The 2016 calendar is posted on the the website where you’ll find tentative practice times and the 2016 meet schedule. The Dive Team will also open on-line registration in May.  You can find news for Dive team at its website here or you can email the reps at diveteamrep@glenwoodpool.org.

BUDGET

To view the current budget report, click HERE or please visit the Glenwood homepage.  The report includes final numbers for FY 2015 (ending 10/31/2015) and the proposed FY2016 operating budget.  Please review this report in advance of the meeting.

Some highlights:

  • We continue to control expenditures well and manage major capital improvements that will maintain the quality of our facility and grounds. Last year’s major improvements included clearing of the north section of property (thanks to a few dozen goats and ‘Men of Glenwood,’ respectively), refurbishment of chain-link fence and security wiring, a new back-up main pump and several new tables and chairs.
  • Rebuilding our capital reserve has been a priority in recent years, and now that we are into our 14th year since the last major renovation, we want to be sure our long-term financial health is sound to maintain Glenwood for future generations.  Our capital reserve has grown to $183,638.
  • Our current loan balance with Sandy Spring is $610,855 (original amount in 2004 was $1,000,000).  At present pace, we expect the loan to be paid off in the summer of 2027.
  • Projected capital and maintenance projects for the 2016 season include:
    • Re-grading of various areas to address critical storm water run-off.
    • Reclaiming usable space on the west border of the property inside the fence, adding electrical capacity to the southwest area (near the shed).
    • Continued development of north property outside the fence.
    • Re-strapping of chairs and chaise-lounges.
    • Repair of pump house damage from fallen tree.
    • Painting of managers’ and guards’ office ceiling and eaves.
    • Purchase of back-up pump.
    • Repair/replacement of tile and re-pointing of coping on pool island.
    •  Replacement of ladies’ room toilets.
    • Replacement of bath-house shelves.
    • Possible replacement of exterior flood lights with efficient fixtures.
    • Possible addition of solar panels.
  • As reported last year, we are initiating a paperless (and postage-free) electronic invoicing system.  Look for a Dues Renewal Email by the end of March.  If you don’t receive one, contact webmaster@glenwoodpool.org.
  • In order to avoid major member assessments periodically, we will continue our practice of a small increase in member dues to keep up with the steadily rising cost of doing business.  Accordingly, the 2016 budget reflects a 2% increase in membership dues over 2015.
Individual Family of 2 Family of 3 Family of 4 Family of 5+
2015 Dues $366 $504 $625 $706 $758
2016 Dues $373 $514 $638 $720 $773

*$25 per additional family member beyond five

BOARD ELECTIONS

The Club’s Board of Directors includes 11 directors elected for two-year teams.  The Membership Director and one representative each from the Swim Team and Dive Team serve as non-voting members of the Board.  Elections for five (even years) or six (odd years) open seats are held at the Annual Meeting.

In 2016, there are five board seats up for election.  We want to take this opportunity to salute Board members Roland Schrebler, Steve Schrier and Denise Weston who are retiring from the Board this year.  Roland has provided yeoman legal advice to the Board during his tenure; he leaves the Board to devote his full energy to the position of Swim Team Rep.  Steve (along with wife Dara) has served Glenwood in many ways over the years, most notably as Dive Team Rep from 2004 – 2010 and as Membership Chair for two years.  Steve is a past President of the Montgomery County Dive League.  Denise’s financial management of the organization has placed us in an incredibly strong position.  She has served as Treasurer since 2008, one of the longest tenures in that role in Glenwood history.

Below is the tentative slate of five Directors for election or re-election (as noted) for a two year term concluding in 2017:

Class of 2018 (for election/re-election to a two-year term through March, 2018)
Dave Coyne (Secretary)*
Brian Slattery (President)*
Brian Bhandari
Nancy Enderby
Chris Yankowski (Treasurer)

*current board member

Some notes about the nominees:

Brian Bhandari brings many years of board experience to Glenwood. He has served on the Boards of Silver Spring Day School and the McKenney Hills-Carroll Knolls (MHCK) Civic Association. He led the effort to add multiple sidewalks and pedestrian safety features to the neighborhood in conjunction with the opening of Flora Singer Elementary School. Brian has been a CPA for over 15 years. He and his wife Gana have two young children.

Nancy Enderby spent the last year quietly off the Glenwood Pool Board, having served on it as Dive Team Rep from 2011-2014. She is anxious to return and give her attention back to Glenwood. Nancy has extensive experience as a director on other non-profit boards and is very active with Montgomery County Public Schools. In her spare time, Nancy works full-time as an attorney for an insurance company. She and her husband, Jonathan Watkins, have three children: Lucy (16); Henry (13); and Ellie (10).

Chris Yankowski has served in the appointed role of Assistant Treasurer for the past year. He looks forward to building on Denise’s steady financial stewardship of the Glenwood coffers. Professionally, Chris has been in the financial services field since 1994, transitioning to specialty finance in 2007. He is married to Laurie, with children Ella (12) and Mason (9).

Additionally, we present below the six Directors who continue serving into 2017, as well as the three appointed non-voting Board positions.

Class of 2017 (continue to serve through March, 2017)
Joe Carnell
Leslie Flynn
Chris Ginter (Vice President)
Tim Hermans
Dave Kreischer
Karen Clark

Other Representatives (non-voting/ex-officio)
Dive Team Representative – Ramona Schreiber
Swim Team Representative – Roland Schrebler
Membership Director – Kathleen Enright

While nominations may be made from the floor during the Annual Meeting, if you would like to be nominated or would like to nominate someone else for the Board, we ask that as a courtesy you express your interest no later than March 7 to Board President Brian Slattery (at board@glenwoodpool.org). If additional candidates surface by that time, we will prepare a ballot for the Annual Meeting accordingly.

BY-LAWS AMENDMENT

(New:) Section 10. Electronic Voting Between Meetings.  “If the President or six (6) members of the Board of Directors determine that an issue requires Board of Directors consideration in advance of the next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting, and is appropriate to be acted upon by the Board of Directors without calling a meeting pursuant to Section 8., then upon motion made by the President or six (6) members of the Board of Directors and seconded by another member of the Board of Directors, which motion and second are communicated electronically to all of members of the Board of Directors (the “Board Notice”), a vote can be taken by the Board of Directors on such motion. Each Director shall have seventy-two (72) hours from the time of the Board Notice to cast his or her vote. A vote cast by any six (6) members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for purposes of such motion, and such motion shall pass only upon favorable vote made by a majority of those who cast their votes. The Secretary shall tally the votes and communicate the tally to the Directors electronically, and shall include the Board Notice and the tally in the Minutes for the next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting.”

LONG-RANGE PLANNING

Last year, Glenwood conducted a substantial dialogue (through surveys, focus groups and informal conversations) about the future of the Club and how we can fully utilize our grounds and facilities to maximize the overall Glenwood experience. Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the Board will host an open “Club Hall” meeting to share the latest on our facility and long-range planning efforts.

STORM WATER MANAGEMENT

Seasonal storms and increased storm water flow have taken a toll on the stream meandering along Glenwood’s southern edge. However, help is on way for our little creek to mitigate erosion on the property. Glenwood’s Stream Team spent the fall developing ideas and meeting with local groups to explore restoration concepts around the Glenwood property.

We kicked off the year collecting Christmas trees to help address winter wear and tear in critical areas. With spring in the air and the help of a local conservation organization, we will soon begin conservation landscaping to slow water flow across Glenwood. We’re working toward securing help from Montgomery County’s Rainscapes Program to retain and recycle the sometimes overwhelming amounts of rainfall that comes into our system.

In addition to pursuing these near-term approaches, we are seeking larger grant and county opportunities to support stream bank improvements to implement a healthy, stable water management system over the long run. All good things take time, but we are excited to take steps in the right direction!

The Stream Team is looking for helping hands – contact us at streamteam@glenwoodpool.org.

SPRING CLEAN-UP

It takes hundreds of members to keep Glenwood healthy and strong, and there is no better example of team work than our annual Spring Clean-Up.  Last year, we set a ‘modern era’ record, as more than 60 Glenwood members gave up a few hours on a Saturday to get our grounds and facilities prepped for Opening Day on May 28 (with a ‘soft’ non-swimming open on Friday evening, May 27).

YOU ARE GLENWOOD AND GLENWOOD NEEDS YOU!  Please mark your calendar for May 7 (rain dates – May 14 & 15) and come to the Annual Meeting prepared to sign-up for one of the many important Clean-Up Day projects.  If you can’t make the meeting, we’ll invite your involvement through an on-line Sign-Up Genius page coordinated (for the last time!) by Board member Steve Schrier.

I hope to see you on March 10 as we conduct our business and prepare for another great summer at the Big G.  Please bring your copy of the proposed budget (also posted on the website).  The Board and I will have more details about all of the items above, summer planning and, of course, will hold our annual raffle for FREE dues for 2016.  In case of inclement weather, check www.glenwoodpool.org for information about re-scheduling.

 

Sincerely,
Brian Slattery
President
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