58th DHARA Annual Meeting To Be Held February 5, 2014
The Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Dominion Hills community house on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Please mark the date and plan on attending as DHARA values your input and we require a quorum (of 30 memberships) to hold the meeting. The meeting will not be lengthy, but we will conduct important business, including the election of Board members, finalizing the budget and making plans for the upcoming season–so please attend!
A packet of Annual Meeting documents was sent to all Memberships of record by USPS mail on January 22. The documents include the proposed budget for this year, and a ballot containing the names and bios of the candidates running for the Board of Directors.Please bring these documents to the meeting.
We will continue the process we began several years ago to allow absentee voting for electing Board members. The packet contains an absentee ballot for the Board election. If you are not able to attend the meeting, you can use this ballot to vote by mail, fax or email. The ballot is also available for download here. In addition, you may vote by email using the information provided in this mailing. Please vote for up to 5 (five) members this year.
Please be sure to take time and make arrangements to participate fully in this important meeting.
Dominion Hills Winter Swim registration is now open!
The Winter Swim program will begin January 5, 2014 and run through May 11, 2014 at Washington Lee High School Pool on Sunday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm.
The program fee is $125 per swimmer and is due with your completed registration forms that you may download here. Only 60 swimmers can participate and it is "first come, first served".
Please feel free to share this information with any DH members that may be interested in the winter swim program. If you have any questions, please contact Diann Vaughan by either email or at 703-731-8724. We look forward to another great season!
Host your next party or meeting at the DH Community House!
The DH Community House is the perfect location for members to hold a birthday or anniversary party, meeting, fantasy sports draft, or other function.
The DH Community House offers a charming and versatile space that includes a kitchen, restrooms and a main hall able to accommodate a wedding reception for 100 guests, yet perfectly suitable for hosting a casual pizza party for your child’s soccer team.
The member rates are extremely reasonable and making a reservation is quick and convenient.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to see the Community House, please take a peek inside the next time you visit the pool.
For more information or to reserve the Community House visit the DH Rentals Page.
--up to 25 People: $60 with a $100 deposit
--up to 50 People: $125 with a $125 deposit
--51 to 100 People: $200 with a $200 deposit
--Weddings and receptions: $350 with a $350 deposit
--Additional Vendors: $50 each
--Additional Hours: $50 each
Non-Member rates available but slightly more expensive.
Calling all DHARA Members! Please Join Us on Sunday October 6th for Fall Clean-Up Day.
Your help is urgently needed to keep the DH grounds looking great by cleaning, clearing, weeding and winterizing our beautiful facility. Fall Clean-Up Day will be held Sunday October 6 beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided and guest passes for next season will be given to volunteers!
Please bring your own gardening gloves and some equipment to share.
We realize this a busy season for everyone but it takes a community to keep the pool and grounds in top shape. Thank you in advance your help - it is greatly appreciated.
Rain date will be Sunday, October 20.
Ashlawn Elementary School Parking
You may have heard about ongoing discussions between Ashlawn Elementary School and DHARA regarding the use of parking spaces on our property. Here is an update:
One of DHARA's primary concerns with every action we take is the safety of everyone who uses our property: the safety of our members and their families and children, our neighbors and visitors, as well as Ashlawn students, teachers and staff. We constantly strive to balance the requirements of safety with our commitments to being a conscientious neighbor and to protecting the interests of all of our members and the many uses to which they put our property.
DHARA has been very glad to be a good neighbor to Ashlawn Elementary School. For several years, we leased ten parking spaces to help ease the pressure on increasing numbers of teachers and staff. Last year we were asked to triple the number of spaces leased, and we were glad to accommodate that request. This year we are again leasing 30 spaces, which represents one-third of our available parking space. This past month, we even repainted and marked all of the spaces in the lot closest to Ashlawn to accommodate teachers and staff parking there.
A significant concern regarding leasing any additional spaces is the access to such spaces from Wilson Boulevard. The entrance to our main parking lot is part of a very active pedestrian walkway for Ashlawn students. In the past, there has not been ongoing vehicular traffic entering the main lot during school arrival time. As the existing arrangement with Ashlawn uses all of the parking spaces in our lower lot (directly next to Ashlawn), any additional spaces would have to be in our main lot, creating a substantially larger number of vehicles entering that lot at the same time children would be walking to school. We fear this creates a potentially serious safety issue.
DHARA also has long-standing commitments to our members and other neighbors who use our property. For example, we traditionally lease our entire middle parking lot to the Boy Scouts for a month and a half for an annual Christmas tree sale as part of our dedication to being a good neighbor. That tradition alone will take up a substantial portion of our remaining spaces during the holidays. Also, after extensive renovations to our community house, it is now being leased throughout the year during the week as well as on weekends. Leasing additional parking spaces could create conflicts to the use of the community house by DHARA members and others.
After evaluating the information provided by Arlington Public Schools, gathered over many months, as well as information from the PTA, and in light of our own experience leasing parking spaces for use by Ashlawn, the Board of Directors concluded that we are not able to lease more spaces and properly balance the requirements of maintaining a safe parking lot that can be used by members during our extended pool season and by members and neighbors using the community house during the off season.
We appreciate that the PTA has corrected its recent statement that DHARA had previously agreed to lease an additional 30 spaces -- which would amount to two-thirds of our available parking -- and later reneged on that agreement. Nothing could be further from the truth. DHARA has always been open to and has always thoughtfully considered the requests from Arlington Public Schools, but we also always have carefully evaluated those requests in light of all of the use of DHARA's property.
We hope that Arlington Public Schools and the County will strive to fully explore and make available other parking locations, such as Bluemont and Powhatan Springs parks. It is entirely within their power to make both of these lots viable alternatives for faculty parking.
We understand that some of our members and neighbors may disagree with our decision, but we hope and ask that they understand and respect the care and thought with which we have made our decision.
DHARA Board of Directors
2013 September Pool Hours of Operation
|Pool Hours September 3-29|
|Mon-Thur 4-7 pm||Fri 4-8 pm||Sat 11 am-7 pm||Sun 1pm-6 pm|
|Mon-Fri 6-8 am|
|Tues and Thur 7-8 pm|
Please refer to the 2013 Summer Calendar and this page for updates and further information.
All DH Members are Welcome to Attend The Second DHARA Family Camp Out of the Season
Calling all campers! The campout will take place on Saturday, September 7 beginning at 7 pm and ending at 9 am Sunday morning. The event is open to all members and guests. The cost is only $ 2.00 per camper at signup. The deadline for signup is noon Saturday, September 7, at the DHARA front desk.
Bring your own tents, sleeping bags/blankets/air mattresses, marshmallow roasting sticks, bug spray and other camping gear. Tents may be set-up anytime Saturday afternoon on the old Indian campgrounds at the back lawn near the Spring stream.
For your convenience, the pool locker rooms will stay open all night.
Saturday evening activities include campfire, marshmallow roasting (s'mores!), and maybe stories, songs and games, with beverages provided by DHARA. The pool will be open to campers until 9 P.M. Saturday night and again on Sunday morning from after breakfast until 9 or 10 A.M.
Sunday morning activities include cookout breakfast of blueberry pancakes, eggs & bacon/sausage, bagels, muffins, juice, coffee/tea, etc. around 7 A.M., followed by a morning swim.
DHARA Board Members Brice Henderson and Rich Engel are the sponsors and organizers of this event with others helping. They are requesting help with the event so that all of the aforementioned events can take place. Those willing to help especially with shopping for groceries and supplies at BJ's, Costco, and/or Shoppers on Saturday afternoon (after the number of campers for marshmellow roast and breakfast are determined from Sign Up sheets), as well as with wood gathering, fire-building, stick-whittling, organizing stories, songs and games and moving supplies (trash cans, coolers, grill, etc.) to and from the campgrounds on late Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning are asked to contact Brice via e-mail, or at 703/533-0231. Thank you, campers!
Learn to Swim at DH! Swim Lesson Registration Opens Today
The Dh Swim Lesson program will help your child to enjoy the water and stay safe. Lessons are are taught by experienced, dedicated instructors and are available for a variety of ages and skill levels:
PRESCHOOL BEGINNERS Ages 3 and Up
Designed for children who are somewhat comfortable in the water but unable to swim independently. The course objective is to improve the child’s comfort and proficiency by learning to submerge, control their breathing, blow bubbles, float, kick and learn basic arm strokes. Class ratio is 3 students per instructor.
BEGINNERS Ages 4 and Up
Designed for children who are comfortable in the water and attempt to swim independently. The course objective is to improve the child’s comfort and proficiency by learning to submerge, control their breathing, learn rhythmic breathing, float and glide, kick, learn basic arm strokes for the front and back crawl, and jump from the side of the pool to the instructor. Class ratio is 4 students per instructor.
ADVANCED BEGINNERS Ages 5 and Up
Designed for children who are able to swim independently for short distances. The course objective is to improve the child’s comfort and proficiency in deep water by learning lateral breathing, kicking, learning the basic front and back crawl, learning the breaststroke, and jumping off the side of the pool and off the diving board to the instructor. Class ratio is 6 students per instructor.
EARLY SWIMMERS Ages 5-8
Designed for children who are comfortable in the water and able to swim independently. The course objective is to improve the child’s technique in the front and back crawl, breaststroke, swimming and diving off the side of the pool and off the diving board, and, depending on the proficiency of the child, an introduction to the butterfly. Class ratio is 8 students per instructor.
The cost per session is $65 for members and $80 for non-members.
To insure that your your child is being enrolled in the appropriate session, please review the Lesson Descriptions above. Once you have chosen the lesson that best suits your child’s needs, please review the Program Schedule of lesson times and dates.
June 3-6 & June 10-13
5:00-5:30pm Preschool Beginners
5:30-6pm Preschool Beginners
6-6:30pm Beginners (Closed)
Session 2 (Session Closed)
June 17-20 & June 24-27
5:00-5:30pm Preschool Beginners
5:30-6pm Preschool Beginners
6:30-7pm Advanced Beginners
July 8-11 & July 15-18
10-10:30am Preschool Beginners (Closed)
10:30-11am Beginners (Closed)
11-11:30am Advanced Beginners (Closed)
11:30am-12 Early Swimmers
July 22-25 & July 29- Aug 1
10-10:30am Preschool Beginners (Closed)
10:30-11am Beginners (Closed)
11-11:30am Advanced Beginners
11:30am-12 Early Swimmers
To register or for more information contact Amanda Sperling at: DHswimlessons@gmail.com.
Get Ready for Another Summer of Fun!
The DH Board of Directors and staff are busy making final preparations for the the beginning of the 2013 Summer Season. Everyone is very excited and looking forward to Opening Day on May 11.
An information packet containing the President's letter, the 2013 Summer Calendar of Events, Rules & Regulations and an application for the Goodlett Scholarship Award will be sent in a few days to each membership's address of record. The packet includes everything you need to plan an entire Summer of fun and relaxation. Expect your copy to arrive by May 1.
DH would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who helped during the Fall and Spring Landscape and Cleanup days. Their work has enhanced the appearance of the entire facility and is a demonstration how deeply our members value the Association.
Over the coming weeks announcements and information will be posted here and sent to all memberships via e-mail regarding swim lessons and other activities that will ensure you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer at the pool.
See you at the pool on May 11!
DH Guest Passes Offer Convenience at a Great Price
DH Guest Passes are the perfect way for DH members to bring guests to the pool without the hassle of using cash.
Choose the 10-visit Guest Pass if you plan to treat one or more occasional guests to a day at the pool, or the 7-Day Pass if you are hosting an out-of-town visitor.
Passes are available for purchase throught the season at the Front Desk. May be purchased by DH members only.New Check-In Procedures at the Pool
Message from Our Pool Manager
The following is an important notice from John Aldonas, DHARA Pool Manager.
I hope you are all enjoying the summer fun at the pool and will attend some of our social events this year. I am particularly looking forward to the Adult BBQ Party in July, yum!
This is just one of several new things this year. Recently, we have had a problem with non-members and unpaid guests entering the pool. To address this issue, protect the pool, and make it fair to our paying membership, I have started a new policy concerning the handicap and stroller entrance at the back gate. The policy is that everyone entering through the back gate must check in at the front desk first where a dated pass will be issued. This dated pass will admit any members or guests accompanied by members into the pool via the back gate. If you approach the back entrance without a dated pass than you will not be let in and you will be sent to the front desk to check in. All passes will be collected. If you need a special accommodation please let the back gate guard know so the manager on duty can assist you.
Whenever you enter the pool, even if it is on the same day, you are required to check in. I cannot expect any of my staff to remember who came in previously. We have 500 group memberships, which makes it hard to keep track of.
I believe that this policy will decrease the amount of people that have taken advantage of our good faith policy of previous years by utilizing the pool.
Another new change coming soon is picture-taking at the front desk. Once trained, the desk workers will be taking pictures of people for the check in system to ensure that no one uses your identity here at the pool. We will be asking all members to update their photo for the computer system. I also encourage all members to get a key tag and learn their membership number to assist in the identification process.
When checking in, please only check in those members that are present at the pool, so that we can have accurate data on use of the facility.
If you have questions about any of the new policies you can ask the manager on duty or myself. I am more than happy to explain the changes to you. My most important goal is to have a safe and secure pool for all members. I hope the rest of your summer is enjoyable, and I will see you at the pool.