Dear Fellow Fortunes Rocks Association Members,
It is hard to believe the 2020 Fortunes Rocks Association summer season is just a few weeks away.
The membership renewal process is progressing well. Barbara Ryan informs me that more than 90 families have already renewed their membership. The deadline for renewal is Monday, June 15. After that we will invite families from the wait list to join until we reach our membership limit of 115 families. Bonnie Buechs advises me there are twelve families on our membership wait list, so if you intend to renew your membership, please do so soon, so you don’t fall off the membership roster. (If you are not planning to renew, let Bonnie know and she will make one family happy.)
Parking passes will be mailed to renewing members.
In these unprecedented times, we have all adjusted our daily lives to ensure our own health and safety as well as that of those around us. The Officers and Board of the Fortunes Rocks Association recognize that we have an important responsibility for the health and safety of our members and to stay on top of evolving guidelines regarding events and social gatherings. With that in mind, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel or suspend several activities for the 2020 season.
- The June Social and General Membership meetings are cancelled.
- The music event and Fortunes Rocks University activities are suspended until 2021.
- A committee is being established to develop plans for the July Social that comply with local and state guidelines.
- The Board will address the August Social, the Labor Day Cookout, and the Pot Luck Dinner later this summer.
Though disappointing, we want to lead by example and underscore the importance of cautiousness and safety in the coming months. Social distancing is critical to prevent the spread of the virus, and while it pains us not to come together, we know it is the right thing to do for our members. We ask that all members wear masks while on the beach, in the parking lot, or at the club house when social distancing is not possible.
Cancelling social activities begs the question of adjusting dues. This is a matter we will take up after the season. About 30% of the FRA budget is dedicated to social events. The remainder goes for property taxes, insurance, maintenance of the clubhouse, and operating expenses.
The Tennis Committee is developing guidelines for playing tennis safely on the FRA court during COVID-19. These guidelines will be distributed to all tennis members shortly.
Let’s work together to make this a great and safe summer.
Ray Leavitt, President