Open Letter to Carolanne Farms Swim Club
(CAFSC) Certificate Holders,
I wanted to take this time, prior to our November membership meeting scheduled
for Thursday November 12th at 7pm, (and the submission of
our Budget for review and comment) to update you on the CAFSC status. As a
Board, we have done, and will continue to do, everything in our power to keep the
Pool operational and profitable. Our current bank account balance is
approximately $1300 with an estimated $9,000 in bills due through the end of
December before we start receiving dues payments for 2016.
We have worked very hard in order to present
what we feel is a well thought out, realistic budget. Although there are
many areas that are open to discussion when reviewing the budget, I would like
to highlight two important areas.
1. Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser: If you
have not already done so...we NEED your help to stay operational by assisting
us in this endeavor by purchasing 10 certificates for $80. Each certificate is good for ONE dozen glazed
doughnuts and for each 10 dozen sold CAFSC receives $42.50!! (You can
contact Vice President Andreia Worst
757-675-2020 for more information)
2. The Board has recommended a $30
increase in annual dues for All certificate Holders and similar increases for
other levels of membership. As you will see at the meeting and the submitted
Budget, in order to stay operational, we had no other option than to increase
dues. There are two points I would like to say regarding the increase of
dues... A. We have never fully recovered from the $40 decrease of dues
a couple of years ago and B. According to their website, Larkspur is
raising dues $45! In looking at a number of Community Pools in
Virginia Beach, CAFSC continues to have one of lowest membership
rates in the city.
We will be reviewing, discussing and attempt
to approve a working budget for fiscal year 2016. In addition we will be voting
in one new Swim Team Representative.
I, along with the Board, realize that family
budgets are extremely tight. Believe me, raising dues was the absolute LAST
thing we wanted to do! With Cell phone, cable, and internet bills, not to mention
skyrocketing Medical insurance increases over the past few years, paying for
Pool Membership may be extremely difficult. With that being said, CAFSC does
offer the ability for families to pay dues utilizing an
installment payment plan. This plan allows you to pay whatever you can on
a monthly, bi-monthly, semi-monthly, etc...basis prior to opening day.
In closing, this Board will continue to
dedicate themselves to working hard for you and your family. We ask that you
assist us with Fundraising and understand that raising dues was the absolutely
LAST option. However, we still feel CAFSC continues to be the best Pool at the
best price in Virginia Beach.
I encourage each of you to attend the meeting on Thursday November 12th
7pm at Carrow Baptist Church. Your membership and opinion are very
important to us and we value BOTH of them. Once again, thank you for being a
member of CAFSC.
Charles M. Lavene