JuneBoard Meeting

Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association
Regular Board Meeting Agenda
June 13, 2019, DHARA Community House

7:30 Call to Order

7:35 Approval of Minutes

7:40 Confirm Executive Committee Actions

7:50 Membership Recorder’s Report

7:55 Financial Report 

8:10 Manager’s Report

8:25 Updates

      • Facilities and Construction Committee
      • Grounds and Landscaping
      • Inscoe Rental Property Committee
      • Membership Events (Brunches/Adult Dinner)
      • Discussion of Fundraising Requests
      • Other Items

9:15 Committee Sign-Ups

9:20 Communications Updates

9:30 Adjournment

2019 Bills Due

Amount Due for Regular Members

  • Payment by*
  • March 15, 2019
  • April 15. 2019
  • April 30, 2019
  • Late Fee
  • 0
  • $100
  • $225
  • Total Due
  • $850
  • $950
  • $1,075

*Payments by mail must be postmarked by the dates above.

IMPORTANT: If your AMC and late fees have not been paid in full by April 30, 2019, your membership can be condemned, revoked and sold according to DHARA rules. Also, you will not be allowed into the facility until all fees have been paid. Please ensure your email address is correct in the membership portal. See details below for logging in.

Two Options for Paying Your Bill

Mail Your Payment: Send a check with your membership # in the memo line to: Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association, P.O. Box 5643, Arlington, VA 22205

Pay Online:
Log into the membership portal to pay your bill (credit processing fee applies of 2.9% +$.30).

  • If you’ve forgotten your username or password – or don’t know it – use the reset password feature (small link at the bottom of the login page). Just use an email address associated with your DHARA account, and if a matching account is found, a reset link will be mailed to the address you enter.
  • Once logged in, you are able to pay your bill – as well as purchase guest credits and more.

Renting or Selling Your Membership

  • Memberships may be rented out to non-members for the summer for a $50 fee. (They can be rented only twice during the course of ownership.)
  • If you do not sell or rent your membership by March 15, your AMC is still due in full by the timelines above.
  • If you’re interested in selling or renting your membership, contact Julie Jernigan, Membership Recorder, at 703-531-0770 or membership@dominionhills.org no later than March 1, 2019.

Other Information

  • The fee to register a Childcare Provider (CC) is $50. You can reactivate last year’s provider, or identify a new childcare provider, by sending a note along with your dues payment – with the additional $50 fee in your payment. You can also pay this fee online.
  • The Membership Directory is online and searchable. Access it from the Membership drop-down menu on the website (you must be logged in). DHARA does not share information outside its membership. (Once logged into the website, you also can opt out of being included in the directory.)
  • Make sure your membership information is up to date before the pool opens! Log into the membership portal. Update your email, view family members, pay your bill, and more. NOTE: The pool opens in mid-May. Updates will be sent via email, so ensure your email information is current.

Updates from the Annual Meeting

The membership vote to provide additional funding for the renovation project passed with a vote of 56 to 17. You can learn more about the bathroom and community house project on the renovation webpage.

Also, Christian Beckner, Suzanne Garwood, Mike McMahon, Nathan McQueen and Carrie Perry were elected to the Board for a three-year term and Louis Finkel was elected to complete the one-year term of a departing Board member.


Board Meeting Agenda – Jan. 10, 2019

Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association
Regular Board Meeting Agenda

January 10, 2019 — DHARA Community House

7:30                 Call to Order                                                                                       SC

7:35                 Approval of Minutes                                                                         MJK

7:40                 Confirm Executive Committee Actions                                        BH

7:50                 Membership Recorder’s Report                                                     JS

7:55                 Financial Report                                                                                 ML

8:10                 Manager’s Report                                                                               JA

8:25                 Updates

  • Facilities and Construction Committee MM
  • Nominations and Elections/Annual Meeting
  • Mailing Materials and Postage and Approval of Suzanne Garwood for Ballot
  • By-Laws Update Discussion JS
  • Inscoe Rental Property Committee BH
  • DEQ Update
  • Other Items

9:15                 Membership Assessment                                                                    JS

9:20                 Communications Updates (Survey/Google docs)                        JS/SA/LF

9:30                 Adjournment                                                                                       SC


View PDF of the agenda.

Payment Due by Oct. 31

Your $200 capital assessment was due by Oct. 31, 2018. Earlier this year, the membership voted to move forward on capital improvement projects to improve the accessibility, safety, and aesthetics of our community house and bathhouse. The projects will be partially funded by this assessment.

Two payment options

OPTION 1: Visit the  Payments page, then log in to make your payment online via credit/debit card (small processing fee applies). Note: If you’ve forgotten your username or password (or don’t know what it is), enter an email address associated with your DHARA account. The address must already be in the system. If a matching account is found, a reset link will be mailed to the address you enter. 


OPTION 2: Mail a $200 check  (plus $30 late fee if after Nov. 15) to DHARA Membership Recorder, P.O. Box 5643 Arlington, VA 22205-5643. You must include your Membership # in memo line.

A late fee of $30 will be added for assessment payments not received by Nov. 15. If your assessment remains unpaid you will not be allowed to access  the pool facility until paid.

In Response to an Inquiry About Upcoming Construction

Recently, a member of DHARA inquired to the board about the plans for the upcoming facilities work to the bathhouse, fire escape and front egress. It was requested that the board ensure we are taking some of the other, structural issues that have come up into consideration as we look at moving forward with the construction.

The board wants very much to work with transparency, as openly as possible. With that, we have decided to post the full response here, so that all members can be made aware of where we currently stand. If, after reading this you have any questions, feel free to email the board at info@dhara.org and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.


Thank you very much for your letter ….

We are grateful for the concerns, input, and recommendations we have received from several members about prioritizing various projects we are working on, including the renovation of the bathhouse, modifying the egresses in the Community House, mitigating water damage in the pumproom, repairing a crack near the stairs into the main pool, and repairing erosion under the deck.  We also take into account maintenance to the “Inscoe” house next door, the 1920s bungalow that our Association owns and rents out.

In the past year we have had several discussions of the pros and cons of proceeding on the bathhouse and egress projects at the same time, including potential cost savings from working on the projects simultaneously and minimizing the disruption to our members and others who use the Community House.  For example, if we pursue the projects consecutively, it will extend the time that no one can use the Community House, because it cannot be used when it is under renovation and then cannot be used when the bathrooms are closed for renovation.  After those several discussions, the Board has concluded that it would be most efficient time- and cost-wise to undertake the renovations concurrently.

We consider the renovations to the bathhouse to be important to improving the health of our facility.  Our work to mitigate mold in the ceiling of the bathhouse increases every year and cannot be solved until we replace the material and improve ventilation and drainage.  The bathhouse renovations are not simply to beautify our facilities; those renovations are designed to eliminate potential health hazards.  Board members, association members, and guests have expressed persistent concerns for several years about the quality of the bathrooms.  The Board is acting on concerns and has been working hard over the past year to get the projects and financing underway.

We also are carefully monitoring and investigating the effect of increased water in the pumproom.  The pumproom for our pool is located behind the diving board area below the pool level and largely below ground level.  In 2015, as part of our long-term planning, the Board retained a structural engineer to evaluate the physical infrastructure surrounding the pumproom — as well as other parts of our property and the Inscoe house — and concluded that we will need to undertake improvements to the pumproom in the next several years.  By the first half of this year, we received the average rainfall for an entire year, and we also experienced more water in and around the concrete in the pumproom.  The Board, as a group, has reviewed first hand the situation in the pumproom twice this year and this summer retained a structural engineer to provide a more in-depth evaluation than was provided in 2015.  That work is underway now and will allow us to evaluate how quickly and what efforts need to be undertaken to reduce the effect of water around the pumproom before the pool reopens next season.

Once we have the engineers’ evaluation, we will be able to discuss any effects on other projects.  We are continuing to proceed cautiously with the next steps for the other projects and will continue to monitor all of the conditions.  As we move forward with these necessary projects, we will continue our stewardship of Association funds and resources.  Our responsibility to the membership as a Board is to maintain and improve the quality of our property to provide a healthy and safe facility to all of our members.  And we will continue to keep you updated as we gather and evaluate information.

Best wishes,
Scott Christensen

Your Child Can Enjoy Swimming Year-Round! Join DHARA’s Winter Swim Program

DHARA’s Winter Swim Program offers weekly instructional and developmental sessions designed to keep kids in the water during the winter months. All DHARA member children, ages 4 and older are welcome. Participants must be comfortable in the water, are able to swim with their face in the water and have some knowledge of basic freestyle stroke and breathing mechanics.

DHARA’s team of experienced, dedicated instructors emphasize fundamental skills and stroke development instruction for all swimmers as well as improving the skills required for competitive and recreational lap swimming including starts, strokes, and turns.

Sessions are held Sunday evenings at Washington-Lee High School pool beginning October 21, 2018 through May 5, 2019.

View an informational flyer with session details/costs – also view the calendar.

Register NOW for Winter Swim (deadline Oct. 21)

Additional questions? Email Lindsay Cronin, Winter Swim Coordinator, at dhwinterswim@gmail.com.

Movie Night Moved to 8/25

Join us this coming Saturday, Aug. 25, on the DH lawn to watch The Greatest Showman. … a wonderful story about overcoming circumstances and accepting all types of people. The movie will start at 7:30pm. 

Snacks and drinks will be available. And feel free to bring blankets, pillows, and comfy chairs.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Family Campout – Canceled

Due to weather, the campout is canceled. Join the next one on Sept. 15!

Join the 27th Annual Family Campout
  • Saturday, July 21, from 7 p.m. through 9 a.m. Sunday morning
  • $5.00 per camper; sign up at the DHARA front desk
  • Deadline for sign-up: noon on Saturday, July 21
More details
  • Open to all members and guests
  • Bring your own tents at no charge, sleeping bags/blankets/air mattresses, marshmallow roasting sticks, bug spray and other camping gear.
  • Tents may be set-up anytime Saturday afternoon on the old Indian campgrounds on the back lawn near and across from the Spring stream.
  • Locker rooms will stay open all night along with some lights.
  • Saturday evening activities: campfire, marshmallow roasting (s’mores!), and maybe stories, songs and games; treats and drinks provided by DHARA.
  • The pool will be open to campers until 9 P.M. Saturday night and again on Sunday morning from after breakfast from 8 until 10 am.
  • Sunday morning activities: cookout breakfast (parent volunteers appreciated) of blueberry pancakes, eggs & bacon/sausage, bagels, muffins, juice, coffee/tea, etc. around 7 A.M., followed by a morning swim!

DHARA Board Member Matt Backrack is organizing this event, with support of other Board members. Volunteers are needed for for a variety of activities! Contact Matt at matt.bachrack@gmail.com.