Welcome back for summer number 63 at CHSC!
The countdown has begun, less than 3 months until the gate at 53 Clinton Springs Ave is unlocked. The board has been hard at work planning for another great season. We expect another year of operating at full capacity (actually increased capacity) and our waitlist remains over 100.
As many of you are aware, the cost to operate pools (any pool, not just CHSC) has skyrocketed with costs increasing by 20% for 2023 and previously 30% for 2022. This was discussed at length at the annual meeting in September.
We have been able to mostly combat this by increasing 2023 dues & initiation fees AND a small reduction of hours of operation. The reduction of hours helped limit the impact by 5% (net 15% increase for 2023). The specifics around hours of operation have been painstakingly evaluated for the past 6 months via pool utilization analysis, comparison of other clubs operating hours, annual meeting feedback, the Hours Survey from November, board debate, and discussions with SwimSafe (CHSC pool operator).
There was no perfect answer, but in order to reduce operating cost by 5%, the changes for 2023 can be summarized as:
Pool will open at 11:00 a.m. daily to membership
Last day of the season is Labor Day
Snack bar opens at 11:30 a.m.
The entire CHSC board and I remain committed to the longevity of our club, and we believe this step was necessary to ensure CHSC is here for decades to come. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.
We welcome feedback and will continue optimizing hours and costs moving forward. Additionally, there will be several Board seats open at the end of this season, please contact me to learn more.