President's Letter

December 13, 2021

 

Dear Sun Valley Community:

On behalf of the Sun Valley Board let me thank you for making this past season at Sun Valley successful and extend our wishes to you all for a Happy and Healthy New Year. The future remains uncertain, but it is our hope that 2022 will see us continuing on path to recovery from the challenges of the pandemic as we return to normal.

2021 began with great uncertainty. As of April we did not know whether or how the Sun Valley Swim and Tennis season would develop. After the extraordinary efforts of 2020, we had systems in place to insure a safe and healthy season. We were pleasantly surprised when Governor Baker announced the relaxing of restrictions on facilities such as ours, and moved quickly to get the pool and tennis facilities ready for use. We had exceptional attendance this year, with 227 member families active at Sun Valley, just a few members shy of our 2019 membership numbers and well within the range we had targeted.

During the off season we continued to make improvements, including installation of a new pool heater and purchase of a pool cover to help with temperature control and with leaf and debris accumulation in the pool. We have updated and modernized the check-in process with a contact-less Smartphone App and have added credit card and Apple Pay options for guests and other incidental fees.

The tennis courts opened on March 24 and the pool opened on May 18, with capacity restrictions relaxed around Memorial Day weekend (May 29). We have continued to use a well-received advanced reservation system for lap swimming and were pleased to be able to resume group activities, including swim team and swim lessons, in addition to allowing guests to accompany members at Sun Valley.

We have much in store for 2022. Ongoing facility maintenance, including plumbing and care of our buildings will continue. The Board is aware that the tennis courts are in need of re-surfacing and we are investigating options for how to provide the most cost-effective solution to updating our tennis courts with surfaces that you can enjoy for many years to come.

In response to requests from our membership we anticipate installing a water bottle filling station near the office/locker room buildings and are also investigating options for installing starting blocks along the pool to bring us up to par with the other swim and tennis associations with whom our swim team participates.

You will recall that our 2021 membership fees were kept at 2020 levels, understanding the burden the pandemic has placed on many families. In considering out 2022 membership fees the Sun Valley Board acknowledged a considerable operating deficit the previous year which we were to offset partially by applying some of our capital funds toward operational expenses. For 2022 our goal was to gradually restore our finance balance sheet, without making major increases in any one membership category. While acknowledging the expected operational and facilities improvements noted above, the Board was unanimous in voting to limit our fee increases to 5%. This increase in fees is within the range of price increases seen elsewhere, and will allow us to continue pay our tennis, life guard and management staff competitively, while striving to keep Sun Valley 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 may still have to respond to changes in regulations and public health mandates. We ask for your patience as we look forward to the 2022 season.

We are grateful to have our manager Laura Conti working tirelessly throughout the year, putting new systems in place and updating existing system, while overseeing the many operational and maintenance efforts needed to keep Sun Valley running and ready to open in the Spring. The Board has been effusive in its thanks for her efforts.

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.

On behalf of the Sun Valley Board,

 

Sincerely,

Stephan Voss

President
Sun Valley Board of Directors