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President’s Corner

Yvonne Harper – President

Progress and Improvements

As Kevin, Rod and I finish our term on the Holley by the Sea Board of Directors, it is a good time to reflect upon all that’s been accomplished during our tenure. However, before highlighting the improvements and progress made the past two years, it’s important to begin with people.
We are blessed to have dedicated men and women who work at Holley by the Sea, and our staff is our greatest asset. Without these individuals, all that has been accomplished would never have happened. While the HBTS Board of Directors is the governing body of HBTS, we are not responsible for the day-to-day operations of the center. We set policy and goals; the staff carries out those policies and goals, and it all begins with April Salazar, the HBTS General Manager.
April was hired by the previous board, and there was some reluctance toward accepting her in the beginning. When I came on the board, I told her that as far as I was concerned, “You stand or fall on your own accord.” She has stood! Her commitment to HBTS and the members is unwavering. Without her, the goals the board had would never have been realized.
Then there is the front-desk staff who greet and check-in members and provide members information; the maintenance team who ensure the grounds are kept and who have made many improvements such as the pool deck, painting the beach house, installing fences, and completing many other projects; the architectural staff who help members and builders navigate rules and policies, and provide board members with crucial information; the custodial staff who cleans and makes sure everything looks great (no small feat given some of the messes left for them by members); Rhonda our accountant who diligently maintains our financial records and pays the bills; our membership team who deals with everything from accepting assessment payments, uploading documents to website, fielding members questions, providing information, in-putting new members’ information, to list just a few of their responsibilities; the youth team who cares for members’ children before and after school, and who create the best summer program in the area; the lifeguards who ensure swimmers are safe; Marsha, the swim coach, and the dedicated parents who have made the swim team a success; Tim, the tennis courts maintainer; the many fitness instructors… I’m sure I have missed someone, and the responsibilities of each department listed is just a sample of what they do. Without these dedicated HBTS employees, all that has been accomplished would never have happened.
Some of the improvements are:
• Updated Usage Policy
• Renovated outside (pool) bathrooms
• Pool lift chair
• Permanent pool enclosure
• New pool deck providing additional seating and shade
• New basketball court, backboards and nets
• Continued progress in updating/renovating the recreation center
• Updated HBTS website
• New gym equipment
• New pool tables and foosball table
• New vending machine in gym offering healthy selection on snacks and drinks
• New pavilion
• Replacement of roof louvres
The above is just a few of the improvements made, and there are more coming.
Again, none of this would have been possible without the dedication of April and the HBTS staff. I encourage each of you to come see what has been done.
Any comments, questions or suggestions can be sent to boardofdirectors@holleybythesea.org

Thank you,
Yvonne C Harper
Board President

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