Together we made it! With your help and commitment, we managed to put together a summer swim season in a most uncertain time. Looking back, and were we to have guessed, we would not have predicted our ability to successfully create a summer swim season given the uncertainty we were facing earlier this year. Our success criteria included a pool reopening under COVID restrictions with enough time to call it ‘a season’; managing a safe environment for all members; balancing a short-term fiscal deficit in the face of longer term sustainability needs; and bringing additional transparency into planning efforts with increased membership feedback through periodic surveys.
With your help and patience we were able to put together a suitable solution and were one of the first pools in the area to open under COVID restrictions, and with safety measures in place for the membership, including the use of a new scheduling tool. The County established a maximum capacity for IRC of 160 people per session, but the IRC board chose to reduce this to 60 people to better accommodate social distancing and most importantly to make members feel safe. While other pools in the area significantly increased capacity after opening, and some also received warnings from the County for not following COVID-related guidance, we conclude the season without any such infractions.
We look forward to off season planning activities and input from the membership (comment form linked below) for decisions which we believe will continue to strengthen the IRC Club in the forthcoming years.
Dates to Remember:
|Monday, 8/31||Change in pool schedule to conform to MCPS school times (reflected in Omnify)|
|Tuesday, 9/ 1||Last Early Bird swim sessions|
|Monday, 9/7 (Labor Day)||Last day pool is open|
Swim Team Update: While Covid-19 caused the cancellation of the MCSL competitive summer swim season, it could not stop the Nessie swim team. Under the leadership of Coach Brian and his assistants, the team hit the water in late June and just completed its season. The team practiced every weekday, had several virtual meets, and had Fun Fridays with individually-wrapped donuts, music, and relay competitions. Our dedicated coaches even distributed end-of-season personalized celebratory posters to all swimmer’s houses. We are also pleased to announce that Coach Brian and our assistant coaches – Julie, Stephanie and Elisa – plan to return for next season.
Tennis Update: We recently took care of some much needed maintenance on the Tennis courts. The surface was power washed and broken nets were replaced. The courts are primed and ready for our recreational players as well as our IRC Tennis Team. We have two teams competing in the South Moco Interclub league. The teams have played 6 matches so far and they are at the top of the league at 1st and 2nd in the league standings. Five more matches to close out the season possibly followed by a short playoff. Go Team IRC! Please note that locks will be installed at the gates in the coming weeks to ensure that only members and guests are using the courts. Please ensure you lock the courts after use. The Lock code will be sent to membership before the locks are installed via email, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not share the code with non-members.
ProsToYou has members-only discounted pricing for their fall tennis programs that begin 9/8 through 10/31. Register here: https://ptyinverness.com/ We had a great summer with ProsToYou Camp running socially-distant tennis camps throughout the summer. We had many IRC members take advantage of the member pricing and look forward to having them again next summer.
As we close out this season and look forward to next season, we’d like to share our 2020 Lessons Learned as we begin planning for 2021.
- We have a dedicated contingent of lap lane users who value scheduled time at the pool
- We have a group of committed member families who value the club and proved that by submitting their memberships as soon as we were accepting them
- We have a strong group of passionate Swim Team coaches who worked to develop and follow a COVID compatible Swim Team program through a very uncertain season
- We have a dedicated staff who worked through ambiguity during the early part of the season, and adapted to changing protocols
- The board governance became stronger through ongoing decision making in the face of incredible uncertainty brought on by the pandemic
- We have a series of decisions to make moving forward to ensure sustainability into the forthcoming years, requiring continued member support
- Our members value the opportunity to provide feedback, and we value the feedback. (If you have feedback, thoughts, comments, suggestions, please complete our comment form here.)