President’s Message

I am very excited to welcome you to the 63rd year of fun, sun, and relaxation at the Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association. Opening day for the pool is Saturday, May 12, at 10 am. Please bring your family and join your friends to welcome in another year at our association.

This summer’s calendar offers something for everyone, including early bird swim, the July 4 BBQ, family movie night, teen and kid nights, ice cream socials, overnight camp-outs, and many other family-oriented events.

The pool will be hosting its annual Memorial Day holiday cookout on May 28 from 12-2pm, so please join us then for hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages with your fellow members.

Please also review the rules to ensure your family’s convenience and safety while at the pool.

Last but not least, the Goodlett Foundation awards a scholarship to a deserving young man and young woman each year. This scholarship is available to DHARA members only. If you or a family member will be attending college next fall, please consider applying for this award.

DHARA is an active member of the Northern Virginia Swimming League. The Board of Directors and I urge all members to support our swim and dive teams by attending the meets and encouraging your children to join either team. The competitive meet schedule is included on the calendar. Please be aware that during meets hosted at Dominion Hills, there will be parts of some days and evenings when the pool will be closed to general swimming.

If you have general questions about DHARA, our contact information is on our website, and you can contact me directly at s.christensen@me.com and our pool manager at manager@dominionhills.org. The manager, the Board of Directors and I want to make sure you have a great summer at our great pool!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we look forward to seeing all of our 500+ member families this year at the pool. Jump in—the water feels great!

Renovation Update

Learn about two major capital projects currently planned for this year — renovation of the community house and the bathrooms. The next meeting about these projects is planned for late May.

2018 Newsletter

Check out the 2018 DHARA newsletter.

Reminder Notice of DHARA 62nd Annual Meeting Wednesday February 7, 2018

DHARA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the DHARA Community House, 6000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. Please mark the date and plan on attending as DHARA values your input–and we require a quorum (of 30 memberships) to hold and conduct business at the meeting. The meeting will not be lengthy, but we will elect Board members, finalize the budget, discuss issues and make plans for the upcoming season–so please attend!

The Annual Meeting information packet has been mailed to all members of record. Copies of the packet may be obtained here.

Be sure to take time and make arrangements to participate fully in this important meeting. Please contact Scott Tate, DHARA President, at members@dominionhills.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on February 7, 2018 at 7:00p.m.

A Brief History of DHARA

In 1985, DHARA members Brad Billings and Sam Gaines co-wrote a paper detailing the fascinating history of DHARA’s property with an emphasis on the significance of the spring located behind the pool. If you are a history buff or just want to know a bit more about the very special place DHARA members are so fortunate to enjoy, an updated copy of the paper may be obtained here.

Notice of DHARA 62nd Annual Meeting Wednesday February 7, 2018

DHARA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the DHARA Community House, 6000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. Please mark the date and plan on attending as DHARA values your input–and we require a quorum (of 30 memberships) to hold and conduct business at the meeting. The meeting will not be lengthy, but we will elect Board members, finalize the budget, discuss issues and make plans for the upcoming season–so please attend!

The Annual Meeting information packet has been mailed to all members of record. Copies of the packet may be obtained here.

Be sure to take time and make arrangements to participate fully in this important meeting. Please contact Scott Tate, DHARA President, at members@dominionhills.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on February 7, 2018 at 7:00p.m.

Notice of Special Meeting Thursday December 7, 2017

A special membership meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the DHARA Community House, 6000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia.

More than 25 members of the Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association (“DHARA”) requested in writing a special membership meeting to vote on a proposed amendment to the Bylaws. Pursuant to the Bylaws, Article VII, Sections 2 and 3, the Secretary of the Board of Directors hereby provides notice of the special membership meeting and a ballot.

At the special membership meeting, the membership 
will vote on the following question:

Should the DHARA Bylaws be amended, effective January 1, 2018, to add a new Section 6 to Article V “Board of Directors” to read as follows:

“Sec. 6. No member of the Association shall be eligible for appointment or election to the Board of Directors if the member has already served four (4) or more full or partial terms on the Board of Directors. These terms may be consecutive or non-consecutive. Appointment or election to an unexpired term shall count as service of a full regular term for the purposes of calculating this term limit. This Section 6 may be repealed or amended only by a vote of the members held pursuant to Article VIII of these Bylaws”.

The Board takes no position for or against the proposed amendment.

If the proposal is adopted as written, over the next two years, the following Board members will be disallowed from serving on the Board: Rich Engel, Brice Henderson, Melissa Martin, Scott Tate and Wayne Vincent.

A special meeting packet containing voting information and a ballot has been sent first class mail to all DHARA members.

Members are welcomed to reach out to individual Board members with their questions and concerns about the immediate and long-term effects of the proposed amendment. Board members may be contacted by visiting here..

All DHARA members are urged to attend this important meeting and actively participate in the process of determining the future of DHARA’s leadership.

Capital Projects Update

The Board of Directors would like to make DHARA members aware of two significant capital projects we are currently researching and hope to execute in CY’18.

The first project is removal of the aging wooden fire escape located over the entryway leading to the upper pool deck. The stairway will be replaced by a new egress and ADA compliant patio walkway at the front of the Community House. The second project is to fully renovate the men’s and women’s bathrooms to resolve significant drainage and ventilation issues and improve aethetics.

We believe both projects are necessary to improve the safety and overall usability of the facility.

The Board has engaged an architecture firm to provide preliminary design ideas and cost estimates. We are also exploring financing options. Our discovery effort is still in progress.

Upon completion of our analysis, the results will be shared with the membership for their review and input. To ensure every member has the opportunity to respond with comments and feedback, a special membership meeting dedicated solely to this topic is being planned to be held before the end of the year. To maximize attendance at the meeting and encourage participation in this important matter the membership will be given 30 days prior notice of the special meeting date.

Text Alert Notifications for Emergencies and Pool Closures

DHARA is offering to its members a text alert service for pool closures and emergency notifications. The service, RainedOut, might be familiar to you, because it is used by local sports clubs.

To begin receiving alerts text DHARA to 84483 or click on this link. Enter your 10 digit phone number (without hyphens or parentheses), check that you agree with the terms of service (assuming you do), and click “start signup.” A text message will be sent to your phone from 844-83 with a 4 digit validation code. Enter that validation code on the website you were just using to enter information, because a box should appear on the website asking for your validation code.

You may be charged by your carrier the normal charge for receiving a text, but there is no other cost.

The service will only notify you about pool closures. You cannot send messages to DHARA using this service.

DHARA will use text messages in limited circumstances to notify members of a pool closure. A message will be sent only after DHARA staff have assured the safety of the members already at the pool. That means you may not receive a message the moment a decision has been made to close the pool due to weather or some other event.

DHARA is not responsible for any inconvenience caused by receiving a delayed message. As always, members expecting to visit the pool on a day when weather could close the pool are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and plan their schedule accordingly.

Please try out this service and give us your feedback about how well it is working.

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 throughout the season at the Front Desk. Available to DH members only.