Dear NECC Members,
Happy Fall! I am pleased let you know that the NECC is thriving. We are on sound financialfooting, while honoring our pledge to increase wages for our employees and maintain our unique facility. We expect no dues increase for 2018 but will be pursuing a broader-based fundraising effort to ensure that our organization remains vibrant and financially stable.
I also want to fill you in on the strategic planning that your NECC Board is doing. Here is a quick overview, followed by information about how you can learn more.
What is your Board thinking about our future?
The NECC Board is examining all options for how to continue being a vital force in our community. In any option, the Board is committed to retaining the warm, welcoming, and cohesive atmosphere that sets the NECC apart from other fitness and wellness centers. The Board is also committed to maintaining the NECC in a cost-efficient, family-friendly facility that serves members as well as the larger community.
The Board is seeking professional guidance to help us understand opportunities, challenges, costs and tradeoffs of various possible options, including the option of facility expansion or new construction. Our major assets are our committed membership (1300 strong!), our broad-based community support, and our current facility and parking lot. This is an exploratory phase only. We are gathering information to understand the practicality, feasibility, and tradeoffs associated with various options. No decisions have been made!
Why explore options now?
Our facility faces significant and costly deferred maintenance projects, relies on outdatedand inefficient energy systems, and needs costly structural upgrades to address earthquake risk. Built in 1925, it is nearing the end of its expected life. As you have likely experienced first-hand, the demand for classes, lessons and activities may exceed facility capacity. Most acutely, our pool systems are in danger of failure (despite the repairs we just concluded that will temporarily extend its life, improve safety, and reduce ongoing maintenance burdens). Finally, our facility is not accessible to those with mobility challenges.
Who is driving this process?
The NECC Board is providing overall guidance to the NECC Strategic Planning Committee, comprised of Dustin Klinger, Deborah Stein, Tony Cockcroft, Howard Cutler, Robyn Rains, Richard Barasch, and Linda Rasmussen. This Board Committee is responsible for doing the leg work needed to explore various paths forward. NECC’s Executive Director and staff are providing information to this committee about facility operational and programming needs.
How can I learn more?
- Attend a Q&A session on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:30am or Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15pm; both sessions will be held upstairs in the multi-purpose rooms.
- Email email@example.com with your questions.
- Stop and chat with any of your NECC Board members if you see us at the center. A list of members and our photos are posted in the entry!
- Check our website at http://www.necommunitycenter.org/ for periodic updates.
- Leave a note at the front desk with your question and contact information, and a board member will happily get back to you.
The Board and I are committed to keeping you informed throughout this exploratory process. We will ask for your input along the way. Stay tuned!
NECC Board President