Neighborhood Safety
We have had a string of break-ins lately that remind us that no neighborhood is immune to

crime. If everyone is watching out for each other, then we can build up our sense of community

and help each other out. Here are a few reminders and recommendations for everyone in the

neighborhood.

  1. Work together with your neighbors; get to know who lives around you.
  2. Watch for and report suspicious or unusual behavior. Remember that we are not vigilantes, so don’t assume the role of police yourself.
  3. Physical conditions like abandoned cars or dark and overgrown lots contribute to crime. Clean up your yard, or help your neighbors to clean up their yards, and turn on outdoor lights at night.
  4. Lock up your doors, windows, and cars and set your home alarm if you have it.
  5. If your older children are home alone, make sure your alarm is set and the doors and windows are locked. Make sure they have a landline to use in the event of an emergency.
  6. Help your children to learn important phone numbers like your work or cell phone numbers. Make sure they know to call 408-277-8911 from their cell or 911 from a landline first before calling Mom, even. The Police can’t respond if they don’t get a call.
  7. Choose a safe house nearby for your children to go to if they need help.
  8. Know your children’s friends and encourage your older children to get involved in positive school and community activities.


Meetings can be organized for specific streets in the Rancho Santa Teresa Swim & Racquet Club area. Neighborhood watch meetings are organized by street. If your street is not being included, then you can organize your own meeting by calling Sonia Azevedo, Crime Prevention Specialist at 408-277-4133 or sonia.azevedo@sanjoseca.gov but you need a minimum of 10 people. If your meeting is going to be held at the Club please call Alana Martinez at 408-277-5758 for scheduling. Source: www.ncpc.org

Upcoming ByLaws Vote

​February 11 - Board Meeting where board will finalize proposed bylaws
February 18 - Voting ballots distributed to members

February 18 to March 22 – Voting Period

March 22 - Spring Member Meeting at 7pm


January Member Meeting Slide Presentation

Proposed Bylaws Draft


BYLAWS UPDATE & INFO
The board has been evaluating the existing 50-year-old bylaws and their compliance with current laws. Following consultation with the law firm of Adams & Sterling it was recommended that the bylaws be reinstated to establish compliance with California Civil Codes and establish a governing document the board can rely on for years to come.

One specific area of concern was the club’s status as a 501(c)7 corporation which affords tax exempt and private club status which among other benefits, exempts the club from costly ADA requirement upgrades.

To maintain 501(c)7 status, the club must comply with IRS rules around non-member income. In addition to the member assessments, the club receives revenue from sources such as the Seasonal Guest Pass, Swim Lessons, Stingray Swim Team, NorCal Tennis, Water Aerobics, and newsletter advertise- ments which in total is approximately $95,000 per year, and exceeds the acceptable IRS limits.

To comply with the IRS regulations tied to the club’s revenue, the board has identified three possible options:

  • Eliminate the Seasonal Guest Pass program and its revenue ($45K/year) which would result in a reduction of services such as limited pool and office hours and a shortened summer pool season
  • Eliminate the Seasonal Guest Pass program and its revenue ($45K/year) and increase membership assessments by approximately $60/year per household to maintain existing services and pool schedule/season
  • Establish an Associate Membership program within the new bylaws which will allow the club to generate the $45K income and maintain existing services and pool schedule/season


The new proposed Associate Membership would allow families within a defined neighborhood boundary to become club “members”, but without voting or ownership rights. Additional information on theproposed Associate Membership program, including details on boundaries, program benefits, applicationprocess, 100 Associate Member cap, and exceptions for existing Seasonal Guest Pass holders can be found on the club website (www.ranchosantateresa.org) in the NEWS section listed under the club membership meeting on January 25, 2019.

The board anticipates soliciting member votes on the proposed bylaw changes between February and March 2019. The current estimated schedule is as follows:

  1. Board Meeting on February 11th where board will finalize proposed bylaws
  2. Voting ballots distributed to members February 18th with voting until March 22nd
  3. Spring Member Meeting on March 22nd at 7pm


Elements of the proposed bylaws which are required to be followed to maintain compliance with various laws, include the following:

  • Board meetings opened to the membership and agendas must be posted four (4) days in advance
  • Meeting minutes published and posted within 30 days of each board meeting
  • All board business must be conducted in a board meeting
  • Annual review of club financials by a CA State Board Licensed Accountant
  • Establish and Ethics Policy for board members
  • The board’s duty to maintain and operate the club and levy regular assessments sufficient to provide funds for the club’s operation with assessment increases limited to no more than 20% of the previous year without the need for member vote.


In an effort to simplify the implications of a YES versus a NO vote on the proposed bylaws, please see the following table.


What a YES vote Means - A YES vote on the proposed bylaws would:

  • Incorporate the necessary rules and regulations to maintain compliance with various laws as noted above
  • Establish an Associate Membership Program
  • Maintain current pool season/ schedule/office hours


What a No vote Means - A NO vote on the proposed bylaws would:

  • Maintain existing bylaws and jeopardize that the club is in non-compliance with current laws.
  • Elimination of the Seasonal Guest Pass program
  • Rejection of the proposed Associate Membership program
  • Loss of approximately $45,000/yr in revenue
  • Reduction in services and pool hours/season
  • Possible dues increase of $60/ year per household to maintain existing services


Club Dues
1st Quarter Dues are due January 1, 2019. If your payment is received after the 31st (this quarter only), a $10 late fee will be added. THIS IS YOUR DUES NOTICE. We do not mail invoices to save costs. You can set up auto pay through your bank or put your check in the club mailbox located near the hall steps on Sorrento Way. Write checks payable to RSTSRC.​


NOTE: Dues are $400 per year (or $100 per quarter: Jan-Apr-July-Oct). Payments must be received in the office by the 31st of the month/quarter or a $10 late fee will be added.
If you pay $400 by January 31, you will be allotted 12 FREE guest passes at the window.

Detailed rules and Club’s collection policy are available in the office. We have the privilege of membership in this great Club and all households in our neighborhood share in its care and vitality.

Email List
It is vital the club keeps current records of its members. If your mailing address has changed, or the club does not have your email address, call or email the office with an update.​office@ranchosantateresa.org

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Rancho Santa Teresa

Swim and Racquet Club

​286 Sorrento Way, San Jose 95119

office 408-227-5758

fax 408-225-6325