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
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 email@example.com 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
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:
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:
Elements of the proposed bylaws which are required to be followed to maintain compliance with various laws, include the following:
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:
What a No vote Means - A NO vote on the proposed bylaws would:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rancho Santa Teresa
Swim and Racquet Club
286 Sorrento Way, San Jose 95119