Rancho Santa Teresa

Swim and Racquet Club

​286 Sorrento Way, San Jose 95119

office 408-227-5758

fax 408-225-6325


Hello Rancho Members,

I hope you all had a great summer season. I can’t believe it is almost over now and we have to close the main pool at the end of the month. The back pool and hot tub will still remain open. While we are resourceful with our budget, the board has not decided yet if we close them over the winter or not. Let us know your opinion. Do you use the back pool or hot tub between November and February? Should we close it or leave it open? Email us at office@ranchosantateresa.org.

As you probably have noticed we had to close the main pool unexpectedly at the end of August. We did not expect this to happen but the unavailability of our staff members, who are mostly high school and college kids, had forced us to make such an unpleasant derision. We discussed this year’s staffing situation with the board and are planning to put corrective action in place for next year which will help us to prevent this from happening again. Furthermore, we decided to hire a club manager or staff manager who will be able to run our day to day club operation (pool, tennis, clubhouse, parties, events), oversee staff scheduling and pay verification, managing and ensuring staff is trained and executing properly, ensuring member satisfaction, and supporting the board in all tasks. We expect that this will be a 40-hours-a-week position during the main summer season (June-August) and 20-30 hours in April, May and September. This could also be a year-round position. However, the person must be willing to work weekends and summer holidays. We believe that this is a great role for an experienced manager and/or teacher with a track record of successfully managing and training a dynamic workforce. Lifeguard certification/experience is a plus. If you are interested or know anyone who might do well in the role, please send an email to president@ranchosantateresa.org. We hope to have this person on board in January so they can plan and train the 2020 summer staff and be ready for opening on Easter weekend on April 11, 2020.

You should have received a letter by now for our upcoming Fall Member Meeting on November 4. We had to postpone the meeting because we did not receive a sufficient number of candidate nominations in time. We have four board of director seats up for election and are looking for members who are willing to make a difference in our community. If you are interested in running for one of the open board of director seats please send your candidacy letter to Amy in the office at office@ranchosantateresa.org. The instructions are in the mailed letter and in this newsletter on pages 7 & 8.

Finally, we decided to make this year’s Octoberfest on October 12 (starting at 5pm) a potluck. Bring your favorite German dish and drink. To better plan for the logistics (tables, chairs, etc.), please RSVP with your address, the number of people attending, and the dish you plan to bring, to Christine at clubmanager@ranchosantateresa.org. All ages are welcome. We will provide an update in the next newsletter.

That’s it for now, enjoy the rest of the summer.

Sincerely yours,

Dirk Seidel, President 

September 2019 President's Message