Frequently Asked Questions
(If you have questions not listed below, please contact the appropriate Board Member–emails can found at the main menu, Pool Board and Management).
Wait List Questions:
How long will I be on the wait list? Membership to Little Falls Swim and Tennis Club is capped at 377 total. In any given year, a limited number of Associate Memberships may come available; the number varies year to year. To give you some idea of the range, historically, people living closest to the pool have about a 6 year wait; people living at the outer edge of the catchment area may have an 8 year wait.
How do I find out where I am on the wait list? Once a year, usually in early June, the Board will mail a letter informing applicants of their current status on the wait list. If you do NOT get a letter by June 15, please contact the Membership Chair.
Why does it take so long to get into Little Falls and what is the Board doing to shorten the wait? LFSC operates under a special permit (“conditional use”) with Montgomery County which strictly limits the number of memberships available to 377 total. The cap on membership coupled with low turn-over of members who tend to stay in the neighborhood for a considerable period of time are factors which impact the unusually long waiting list compared to other pools in the area. The Board has instituted several measures to address the long waiting period, including the creation of Associate Memberships, and offering limited End-of-Season guest passes. All members who joined after 2004, must relinquish their membership if they move out of the neighborhood/catchment areas.
End-of-Season (EOS) Guest Pass Questions:
If we are offered an End-of-Season guest pass and choose to not accept, does that affect our standing on the wait list? No. Acceptance of the End-of-Season pass, if offered, is entirely optional. It does not affect your wait list status either positively or negatively.
If we were offered an end-of-season pass last year are we automatically eligible for an Associate Membership this year? No. The number of Associate Memberships that are available at the start of the season varies depending on how many existing members resign or opt for inactive status.
We bought an EOS guest pass. How do we use it? The pass is good starting August 1st until the pool closes for the season. Each time you go to the pool you will need sign in at the front desk; please explain that you are an End-of-Season guest and staff at the front desk will sign you in. Please be aware that since you are guests of the Board, you are not able to bring guests. The exception is if you have paid the additional fee for a “houseguest” pass.
What’s the difference between a Full Membership and an Associate Membership? The Club has 377 Full Members who have equity in the Club. With Full Membership, a member is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors and vote on pool matters. A Full Membership is available whenever a Full Member resigns. Associate Members may not run for the Board or vote on pool matters but otherwise have full use of the pool and tennis courts. The number of Associate Members varies year to year.
If I was an Associate Member last year, am I an Associate Member this year? Not necessarily. An Associate Membership is available whenever a member (Full or Associate) opts to go inactive for the season. In theory, if a large number of inactive members “reactivated” we would need to reduce the number of Associate Memberships. In practice — that has never happened.
Do I have to accept the Full Equity Membership when it is offered to me? At the time a full Equity Membership is offered, you must either accept or decline the offer. If you decide to decline the offer, the Club will terminate your Associate membership status and refund the equity share that you paid when you became an Associate. Under the by-laws you are not permitted to remain an Associate if you decline this full Equity Membership offer. The by-laws can be found under About Us, By-laws on the main menu of our website.
What are Senior Emeritus swim privileges and how can I apply for them? Any active or inactive current full Equity Member who is 55 years of age, or has a spouse who is 55 years of age, is eligible for Senior Emeritus swim privileges. Click here for details on Senior Emeritus swim privileges.
If I choose to go inactive this season, can I change my mind mid-summer? No. Once a member opts for inactive status, we create an Associate slot for someone at the top of the wait list. Once that Associate position is filled, it is not possible to allow the members to “reactivate” for that summer. The member can choose active status the following summer.
Can adult children sign-in using their parent’s membership? If the adult child is living in their parent’s home and is listed in the Membership database, s/he may use the parent’s membership. However, it is strongly encouraged that the adult child apply for his/her own membership if planning to stay in the neighborhood for an extended period of time. If the adult child does NOT live with his/her parents, the membership does not cover their use of the pool and a guest pass must be purchased and debited per visit.
My parents were members but have recently passed away. Do I inherit their membership? Membership may not be “inherited.” The membership will be returned to the Club and the equity value returned to the estate. You will need to submit a membership application for yourself.
I am renting from people who are members, but who are living overseas. Can I use the homeowner’s membership? No. Membership does not convey with a property, either to renters or to subsequent owners.
I have just bought a house in the neighborhood and the sellers were members? Did their membership convey with the house? No. Membership is not attached to the property but to the family. If you would like to apply to join the Club, please download the membership application and submit it with the one time application fee.
Why do some members have different levels of equity shares? For example, my neighbor said she paid only $375 in equity when she joined, but I had to pay $1000–why the difference? The amount of equity that a member has in the Club is equal to what they paid in at the time they became members. That amount has changed over time. For example, in 1955 the equity payment for a Full Member was $285; now it is $3000. Prior to 2016, the equity was paid in two installments–half when s/he become an Associate Member and the other half when s/he become Full Members. For the 2016 season should the renovation plans be approved by the county, the additional equity owed by Full Members will be collected in two payments – one in May/June and one in September. When a member resigns, s/he receives a refund of whatever equity s/he had in the Club.