My family and I joined Gateway Heights Swim Club in the summer of 2004. At the end of that summer, the Board was meeting under one of the pavilions. As a new bondholder and member, I decided to walk over and observe. I had been involved with pools since I was eight years old. With two little ones of my own, I wanted to get involved with my new swim club. Within 10 minutes (or less) of my standing off to the side, not saying a word, one of the Board Members, who shall remain nameless, approached me and informed me that I was not permitted to listen in. I explained that I was in fact a Bondholder, but this person sternly told me that the meeting was for Board Members only. Needless to say, I was angry. They were meeting right there, out in the open, at the pool on a nice August day. I was a Bondholder…an “owner” of this club. And I was interested in getting involved. Yet…they turned me away!?!?
Well, I stormed back to my wife and kids, promptly proclaiming, “That’s it! I am NEVER lifting a finger for this place!” And, the rest is history…or maybe water under the bridge…or maybe water that still leaks into the pump room to this day…or maybe...
In 2012, I offered to assist the Board of Directors with the club’s website. While not an official Board member, I was invited to attend some Board Meetings and began to really see the direction the pool was headed. I self-nominated for an open Director role and joined the Board in 2013. In 2016, I ran unopposed for the one-year position of President of Gateway Heights Club, Inc. Quite interestingly, I have run unopposed every year since, but we will get back to that a little later.
In one of the first communications to the membership, I made the following statements: