Dear Ocean Shores Community Club Members,
October is here and, like an octagon shape, there are so many angles to our communication this month, it is difficult to know where to begin. There have been multiple shares, communication requests and an update and vote request from our Board of Trustees. So, without further ado, let me begin in hopes that the information will prove both informative and insightful.
“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”
Emile; or On Education II
The pandemic continues to invade most sense of normalcy we wish to experience. We all yearn for the ‘old’ normal and most, including myself, struggle with what we call this ‘new’ normal. Feelings of frustration tend to arise in us sooner than we have experienced in the past. Patience is sometimes the most difficult of all virtues to practice. Yet, to help each of our family, friends and neighbors experience a better moment during a very trying and unprecedented time, it is essential to our own and other’s well-being that we find a way to be kind and share the kindnesses we experience. Kindness does not require you to be right, or ensure someone knows they are wrong.
Kindness is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward. And nearly every day, my staff and I experience the kindness of our members – both old and new. These acts truly help when faced with difficult moments and/or challenges. My staff and I are truly grateful to each and every one of you!
As most are aware, the Washington Department of Health has re-instituted the mask mandate even when indoors. My staff and I fully understand the challenges to this mandate. Working out with a mask is a challenge. To help keep our doors open, we need to continue to require all people entering the building to wear a mask.
On a personal note, I am asking you, our members, for assistance in helping us all navigate these times. Our team is charged with enforcing the mask mandate and all other club rules and practices, such as limiting food to the café area or presenting your membership card upon entry to the Bayshore facility. Your Ocean Shores Community Club staff works hard to help ensure everyone’s experience is enjoyable, safe and with a feel of community while acting in a respectful and kind manner to all members and their guests. Recently, however, staff members have been treated with disrespect and/or rudeness by a select few. It is disheartening to have team members do their job and be spoken to or treated in a disrespectful manner. I hope we can all find a way to be respectful and kind when expressing our concerns. Please know, my staff and I are here to assist and support your needs whenever possible in a fair and caring manner. I will be happy to reach out to members if there concerns or questions.
No reservations required! And so, the question is, ‘what are the pool practices or protocols?’. Recently, members, old and new, have asked for clarification regarding the pool practices and the current label, Lane Swim. I hope the following information is helpful in guiding members with pool usage.
6:00 AM to 9:00 AM – Monday through Friday – is designated as Lane Swimming. Lane swimming means we have lane markers dividing up the pool into four lanes. These lanes are available on a first come first serve basis. Lanes can be shared, if the initial lane holder is comfortable doing so. Please keep in mind, we have members who are social distancing and respectfully may decline to share. There is no rule requiring members to share a lane. I do encourage those walking to use the first lane, as swimmers tend to hit their head on the steps if trying to swim in this lane. (I know this from personal experience). Do note, however, there is no lane designated for swimming over walking. This is just a mindful recommendation.
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM – Monday through Friday – our Bayshore Pool hosts the Water Aerobics Class. All are welcome!!
10:30 AM to 7:30 PM – Monday through Friday –the Bayshore Pool will have one lane available for exercise/swimming and the rest of the pool is available for open swim.
Saturdays and Sundays are open swim, with a single lane available for those who wish to exercise or swim laps outside of the free swimmers.
Finally, I am asking all those using the pool to remember to shower prior to entering the pool for play or swim. Also, please leave the locker room benches free of personal belongings for others to use when showering or dressing.
Please continue to reach out to me as more guidance or clarification is needed.
We are excited to provide an update on the upcoming opening of Club Café. There has been a slight delay. Our new vendor, Mr. Wright, is working diligently to finalize the appropriate licenses and permits for his upcoming opening. As we have more detailed information regarding his opening date, we will share this with you. As more information is received, Club Cafe updates will be available on our website. We are all looking forward to Mr. Wright’s tasty treats and drinks!
Shuffleboard is a game in which players use cues to push weighted discs, sending them gliding down a narrow court, with the purpose of having them come to rest within a marked scoring area. A group is forming now! Those interested in getting their “shuffle” on should contact Warren at 253-514-9254!
Preparing for the Future
As we all look to Ocean Shores Community Club and the future, your team is looking for ways to better serve our members both individually and as a whole. To help in this process, we will begin collecting members’ emails over the next twelve to eighteen months. The request will be included in your upcoming invoice. Thank you for taking the time and assisting us as we look to an exciting and fun filled future!
Your Vote Counts
Your Board of Trustees member representation ratio is based on Ocean Shores Community Club By-Laws set up during the initial club formation. The ratio appeared to reflect the number of resident and non-resident membership at the time. Over the last few years, the City of Ocean Shores has and continues to experience an influx of permanent residents. The Board of Trustees currently represents our members with 3 resident and 6 non-resident board members. With the continual growth of permanent residents, do you agree with changing the Board of Trustee representation to 4 residents and 5 non-residents?
Using the Ballot included in the Observer, please place an X in the box recording your vote and submit the ballot to Ocean Shores Community Club by November 15th. Only original ballots will be accepted and counted. Results will be available on our website and in the December Observer.
Thank you so much for taking the time to allow me to share so much information. In closing, I would love to leave you with this beautiful quote:
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” —Stanley Horowitz