President's Letter

December 2020

 

Dear Sun Valley community:
 

On behalf of the Sun Valley Board let me wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year with the hope that 2021 will be a year of recovery and renewal, bringing with it a gradual return to normal.

 

2020 was an extraordinary year for the Sun Valley Swim and Tennis Association.

Despite a late start to our swim and tennis season, with the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in many changes to our normal operations, nearly everyone who spent time at Sun Valley this summer agreed it was a safe and successful summer.

 

We opened the tennis courts on Memorial Day weekend and the pool on July 4, following the introduction of a well-received advanced reservation system for pool and tennis court use.

Although many group activities, such as swim team, and social events did not take place, friends and families were still able to enjoy spending time at Sun Valley. Indeed, in adapting to the many changes, more than 70% of our projected membership still chose to spend some part of their summer at Sun Valley.

 

As we look to Summer 2021, we hope and pray that the pandemic will be under better control. Nonetheless, we expect many of the same public health considerations that guided us in 2020 will still be in force, and as such you should expect Sun Valley 2021 to look and feel very much as it did in 2020.

 

In setting our membership fees for 2021, despite a sizable operating deficit this past year, the Board was unanimous in voting to keep membership fees at the 2020 levels, with no new increases. While Sun Valley has ongoing operational expenses related to both our pool and tennis programs, the Board has also acknowledged the new and unexpected hardships many of our families have faced this past year. It is our hope that by keeping dues and fees fixed for the coming year, Sun Valley will remain a place that as many families as possible can still enjoy.

 

As much as we hope COVID-19 will soon be a thing of the past, we also recognize that some families may still be uncomfortable with the potential risk of coming to Sun Valley in Summer 2021. You will note in your membership renewal below, there is an option to put your membership on hold for 1 year. While we cannot predict now how many will request holds and how many members will renew, we are committed to keeping our membership numbers at safe and manageable levels.

 

It goes without saying that we have been very fortunate to have our manager Laura Conti working tirelessly throughout the year, putting new systems in place, and overseeing the many operational and maintenance efforts needed to keep Sun Valley running and ready to open in the Spring.

 

We wish everyone in the Sun Valley community all the very best for the New Year as we look forward to the warm weather ahead and another terrific season of swimming and tennis.

 

Stephan Voss

 

President

Sun Valley Board of Directors

(781) 862-3122

Mailing Address: Sun Valley Associates, PO Box 64, Lexington, MA 02420

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