Member Updates

2/3/2023

Dear members, 

Please see the updates for this week:  

Mindfulness is Coming Back  

Thankfully, Laurie is bringing back her mindfulness course to the club. We are deciding between two different time slots for the class: Wednesday morning, 7am to 8:30am, or Thursday evening, 7:15pm to 8:45pm. Get back to me at austin@oaklandhills.com, or Laurie at lauriegrossman88@gmail.com, to let us know which time slot you would prefer. 

Office Carpet Installation this Weekend 

The office will get new carpet this weekend. Not only do we get a nice, fresh look, it also gives me an excuse to start throwing away some of the debris that has been piling up in here since 1975. There will be some boxes in the lounge, so please try to ignore them. We may need to move our coffee maker to the lounge temporarily as well, please refrain from attempting to brew your own joe, we still got that part covered. 

Crab Bash (5 spots left!) February 11th, 5pm 

Get your name down by tomorrow to get in on the Bash! $50 all you can eat. BYOB + no host bar. Email social@oaklandhills.com to RSVP.  

A Note on the Saunas 

It seems that certain components for our saunas are constantly giving out. One suspected reason is that people may be pouring too much water over the stones. Please do not pour more than one cup of water on the stones, any more may damage the components and put the sauna out of commission; nobody wants that! 

Pickleball Clinic 

The next “Dinking 101” Who, what, when, where, why and how to dink clinic will be on Thursday 2/9 630pm-8pm.  Dinking 101 is the first building block for many other clinics and focuses on the lift dink, push dink, punch volley and block volley.  It also illustrates who should cover the middle when all 4 players are at the kitchen line! 

This 8-person clinic is geared towards those who have been playing for at least a few months and know the rules of pickleball. 

$25 per person, cash preferred Venmo also accepted. Please email Barry at kopickleball@gmail.com to sign up. 

Tennis Ladder Tournament, Free for Members 

Skip is organizing club singles ladders for OHTC tennis players. There will be separate ladders for men and women. First, he will be running a singles tournament starting on February 25th to establish rank on the ladders. The tournament is not a one-day event only, rather, it will be a round-robin style tournament where players can schedule their own matches over the course of a month. However, we do encourage people to come play on the 25th to get things rolling. Once the ladder rank is established, we will be adding all of the players into the iPlayMe2 platform. Players will then be able to challenge each other and enter their results directly into the iPlayMe2 app or website. iPlayMe2 uses the results to update the ladder rankings in real time. At some point, we hope to have a monitor in the lounge with a live feed of the ladder rankings! To sign up for the singles ladder play-in tournament starting on February 25th, please text/email Skip your name and approximate USTA rating at redondotennis@oaklandhills.com, 707-346-1682, or 510-424-7913.  

Skip will be organizing a doubles ladder play-in tournament in March to establish the doubles ladder. Stay tuned for details on that. 

Pickleball Tournament, February 25th 

Lada is organizing an all-gender, cash prize doubles tournament for February 25th. Saturday will be for players 3.5 and below. Sunday will be for players 3.5 and above. The price is $35 for members and $65 for non-members. Members sign up here! Call or text Lada with any questions, or for the guest sign up link at 510-424-7913. 

March will also bring a doubles pickleball ladder play-in tournament, so perk up your ears for that as well! 

 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. 

 

Austin Thompson 

General Manager 

Oakland Hills Tennis Club 

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1/27/2023 

Dear members, 

Please see the updates for this week: 

A Note on Checking in for Court Time 

We like that our club offers a relaxed atmosphere for our members. Part of keeping that atmosphere involves the implementation of certain rules aimed at keeping the peace. One such rule is checking in at the front desk before walking onto the court for your reservation. This helps us make sure that members are playing on their allotted courts, which goes a long way in keeping the vibes harmonious on the courts. At certain times, especially weekend mornings, the court schedule is packed tighter than a can of Portuguese sardines, so sticking to the reservation schedule is critical to avoiding conflict. I know that you may not want to walk up the hill from the parking lot, but that’s the price we must pay for being situated with one of the best views in the world. Thank you for helping us out and always checking in! 

Tennis Ladder Tournament, Free for Members 

Skip is organizing club singles ladders for OHTC tennis players. There will be separate ladders for men and women. First, he will be running a singles tournament starting on February 25th to establish rank on the ladders. The tournament is not a one-day event, rather players can schedule their own matches over the course of a month. Once the ladder rank is established, we will be adding all of the players into the iPlayMe2 platform. Players will then be able to challenge each other and enter their results directly into the iPlayMe2 app or website. iPlayMe2 uses the results to update the ladder rankings in real time. At some point, we hope to have a monitor in the lounge with a live feed of the ladder rankings! To sign up for the singles ladder play-in tournament on February 25th, please text/email Skip your name and approximating USTA rating at redondotennis@oaklandhills.com, 707-346-1682, or 510-424-7913.  

Skip will be organizing a doubles ladder play-in tournament in March to establish the doubles ladder. Stay tuned for details on that. 

Pickleball Tournament, February 25th and 26th  

Lada is organizing an all-gender, cash prize doubles tournament for February 24th and 25th. Saturday will be for players 3.5 and below. Sunday will be for players 3.5 and above. The price is $35 for members and $65 for non-members. Members sign up here! Call or text Lada with any questions, or for the guest sign up link at 510-424-7913. 

March will also bring a doubles pickleball ladder play-in tournament, so perk up your ears for that as well! 

A Note on Why Working Out in the Water is Good for You (from our Aqua Fit Instructor, Chrstine Alexander) 

As a long time Aqua Fit devotee and instructor at OHTC, I’ve done a lot of research about why working out in the water is so great for our health and general wellbeing. Here are just a few of the benefits: 

  1. Water supports 80% of our body weight thus making it easier on joints and better for people with arthritis, injuries, balance issues and for those who need a gentler exercise. But this doesn’t mean it isn’t a great workout. That’s a great thing about water workouts, you can work as easy or hard as you want. 
  1. The sound and feel of the water when you are exercising is soothing to both mind and body and can reduce stress and anxiety.    
  1. Water has 4 to 42 times more resistance than air so building muscle with water weights is easier than lifting weights on land. 
  1. Studies have shown that after just 12 weeks of aquatic aerobic exercise participants had made significant gains in strength, flexibility, agility and endurance. And water exercise lowers blood pressure too.  
  1. Working out with others promotes happiness.  Aqua Fit classes are a social activity that is both welcoming and supportive. We are a very friendly group! 

It is time to pull on your swimsuit, wear your rash guard or neoprene shirt for warmth, add water shoes, hat and sunglasses and join us in the pool.  Now is the perfect time to make a commitment to be the strongest and healthiest you can be. Join us in the pool Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sundays from 9-10AM, and make 2023 a year to prioritize your mental and physical health. We have three great instructors, so there is something for everyone.  

Feel free to email me with questions at fishinginc@aol.com. 

  • Chris Alexander, Aqua Instructor 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. 

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1/20/2023

Dear members, 

Please see the updates for this week: 

Crab Bash, February 11th, 2023.  5pm – 7pm 

Based on the reservations we have so far, it’s looking promising that the event will go on! Please RSVP no later than February 4th to social@oaklandhills.com, or on the sign-up sheet at the club entrance. $50 gets you in the door and feeds your soul: unlimited crab, two types of pasta, salad, and bread! Beer and Wine will be sold separately, but feel free to BYOB – wine glasses will be provided. ADULTS ONLY. 

Tennis Ladder Tournament, February 25th  

Skip is organizing club singles ladders for OHTC tennis players. There will be separate ladders for men and women. First, he will be running a singles tournament on February 25th to establish rank on the ladders. The tournament is free for tennis members. Once the ladder rank is established, we will be adding all of the players into the iPlayMe2 platform. Players will then be able to challenge each other and enter their results directly into the iPlayMe2 app or website. iPlayMe2 uses the results to update the ladder rankings in real time. At some point, we hope to have a monitor in the lounge with a live feed of the ladder rankings! To sign up for the singles ladder play-in tournament on February 25th, please text or email Skip at redondotennis@oaklandhills.com, 707-346-1682, or 510-424-7913.  

Skip will be organizing a doubles ladder play-in tournament in March to establish the doubles ladder. Stay tuned for details on that. 

Pickleball Tournament, February 25th and 26th  

Lada is organizing an all-gender, cash prize doubles tournament for February 24th and 25th. Saturday will be for players 3.5 and below. Sunday will be for players 3.5 and above. The price is $35 for members and $65 for non-members. Members sign up here! Call or text Lada with any questions, or for the guest sign up link at 510-424-7913. 

March will also bring a doubles pickleball ladder play-in tournament, so perk up your ears for that as well! 

Group Fitness Class Registrations 

Yulia has asked that all participants in group fitness classes please register for the classes on MyClubLives prior to showing up to class. We have had some issues recently with overcrowding, and pre-registering is the best way to remedy that problem. Please know that priority will be given to members who pre-register. Thanks for understanding.  

If you need help accessing or using the MyClubLives app or website, please email groupfitness@oalandhills.com or austin@oaklandhills.com, we’d be happy to help. 

New Stairway Construction 

The stairway going down to court 2 is in dire need of repair, so we’ve signed a contract to completely rebuild it. The work is tentatively planned to start on February 27th and will take 2 to 3 months to complete. Access to the facilities should not be impacted, but there is sure to be at least some auditory disruption. 

 Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. 

 

Austin Thompson 

General Manager 

Oakland Hills Tennis Club 

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1/13/2023

Dear members, 

Please see the updates for this week: 

End of Year Member Satisfaction Survey 

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to our survey about your experience at the club. I have analyzed every response, so no one has gone unheard. I care deeply about what members are thinking, wanting, and needing from the club. I realize that some of the same issues that existed when I first came on board in March are still pain points for people. I’m not ignoring these issues, rather I’m constantly trying to piece together a puzzle, considering the many factors to come with running a multidimensional brick and mortar business. I’m still, and will always be, learning. Do not hesitate to call, email, or talk to me face to face about whatever it is that’s on your mind.  

Here are a few common topics I’d like to address: 

  • Lane lines for lap swimming: Essentially, this is a labor issue. Most clubs leave out their lane lines 24/7. Because of our limited pool space, we would need to put the lanes in and take them back out every morning to accommodate free swimming and our water aerobics class. Please know that it is a labor issue that I really want to solve. 
  • Fitness classes: I understand that people want more classes before work and after they get back from work. If anyone knows any instructors out there that could make these hours, please tell them to contact groupfitness@oaklandhills.com. We are not the only club having a hard time finding new instructors. Unfortunately, clubs in the area are facing the same struggle. With that said, Yulia is trying very hard to find instructors to fill the gaps in our schedule. 
  • Member updates: In case you miss my weekly emails, I post them every week to the “Member Updates” page on our website. 

Crab Bash, February 11th, 2023. 5pm – 7pm 

The spots are filling up, but we still have not yet reached our threshold of 40 people that will allow us to put the event on. We just added our house DJ, Torrance Scott, into the mix (if you know you know!) $50 gets you in the door and feeds your soul: unlimited crab, two types of pasta, salad, and bread! Beer and Wine will be sold separately, but feel free to BYOB – wine glasses will be provided. Please RSVP no later than February 4th to social@oaklandhills.com, or on the sign-up sheet at the club entrance. ADULTS ONLY. 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. 

 

Austin Thompson 

General Manager 

Oakland Hills Tennis Club 

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1/6/2023

Dear members, 

Please see the updates for this week: 

End of Year Member Satisfaction Survey 

Please take a few minutes to complete our end of year member satisfaction survey. This will help us deliver the best experience possible. 

Crab Bash, February 11th, 2023. 5pm – 7pm 

$50 gets you in the door and feeds your soul: unlimited crab, two types of pasta, salad, and bread! Beer and Wine will be sold separately, but feel free to BYOB – wine glasses will be provided. Please RSVP to social@oaklandhills.com, or on the sign-up sheet at the club entrance. 

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12/23.2022 

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below: 

End of Year Member Satisfaction Survey 

Please take a few minutes to complete our end of year member satisfaction survey. This will help us deliver the best experience possible. 

Solar at OHTC 

We’re proud to announce that the club has signed on to a solar project set to provide close to 90% of the club’s electricity needs. The plan includes roof panels, as well as one row of shaded parking in the upper lot, and a shade structure in the pool area along the hillside. Best case scenario, the work will be completed before the summer high season begins, but there are numerous factors that could cause delays. 

Holiday Hours 

Please note the following changes to our hours of operation during the holidays. There will also be no babysitting on these days: 

  • New Year’s Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Day: 8am – 3pm 

Men’s Adult Locker Rooms Closed this Monday through Friday (Jan. 2nd – Jan. 6th) 

We will be doing some much-needed painting during this time. Please use the men’s family locker rooms during this period. Thank you for understanding. 

Dues Increase for 2023 + Year’s Dues in Advance 

Please take note of the new dues schedule, effective January 1, 2023: 

Tennis Individual – $198     Couple – $262     Family – $314 

Fitness Individual – $171     Couple – $226     Family – $280 

Discounts for a year’s dues paid in advance will not be offered this year.  However, if you wish to pay a year’s dues anyway, there will be no further adjustment in 2023. There will be no refunds for anyone paying in advance.  

If you currently pay your dues annually, please inform us before January 1st if you want to continue to pay annually, or switch to monthly. 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. 

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12/16/2022

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below: 

Sit with Santa tomorrow, December 17th, 12pm – 1pm 

The kids of OHTC will have the chance to make their holiday gift wishes known to Santa Claus himself. This will be a great photo opportunity next to our Christmas tree in the lounge. Don’t forget to bring your wish list! 

Carpeting Complete 

Thank you for your patience during the carpet installation. They were able to move much quicker than initially anticipated. Next up is replacing the carpet in our office. That particular project is facing some resistance internally; I think they’re just being lazy about cleaning up their desks! 

Holiday Hours 

Please note the following changes to our hours of operation during the holidays. There will also be no babysitting on these days: 

  • Christmas Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • Christmas Day: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Day: 8am – 3pm 

Dues Increase for 2023 + Year’s Dues in Advance 

Please take note of the new dues schedule, effective January 1, 2023: 

Tennis Individual – $198     Couple – $262     Family – $314 

Fitness Individual – $171     Couple – $226     Family – $280 

Discounts for a year’s dues paid in advance will not be offered this year.  However, if you wish to pay a year’s dues anyway, there will be no further adjustment in 2023. There will be no refunds for anyone paying in advance.  

If you currently pay your dues annually, please inform us before January 1st if you want to continue to pay annually, or switch to monthly.  

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. 

 

Austin Thompson 

General Manager 

Oakland Hills Tennis Club 

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12/9/2022

Dear members,

Please see this week’s updates below:

Holiday Party + Closures

The festivities kick off tomorrow night at 5:30pm and we could not be more excited! If you haven’t yet RSVP’d, that’s ok, please drop in. Remember, the night will feature music from our resident DJ, Torrance Scott, as well as gourmet food prepared by our snack bar wizards, David and Soo. Oh yeah, we’ll also have an ample supply of wine, beer, and bubbly. Dress to impress, or don your ugliest sweater, just be there!

Please note that the weight room and cardio room will be closed starting 9:30AM on Saturday until 12PM on Sunday. The group fitness room will close at 10AM on Saturday and will reopen at 8AM on Sunday. The 10AM Zumba class on Saturday is cancelled. Thanks for understanding.

Carpet Installation + Disabled Person’s Parking Changes

In order to accommodate the carpet company’s trucks, we will need to move the disabled person’s parking to the other side of the lot, almost right behind where they are currently located. We will be marking the new spots with blue signs. Carpet installation will start Monday night, December 12th.

OHTC Apparel Survey

What kind of apparel would you like to see in our pro shop? What colors do you fancy? You know I love a good survey, so please take THIS ONE to let us know. We may not win New York Fashion Week, but we might just become the most fashionable tennis club in the Bay Area!

Sit with Santa, December 17th, 12pm – 1pm

The kids of OHTC will have the chance to make their holiday gift wishes known to Santa Claus himself. This will be a great photo opportunity next to our Christmas tree in the lounge. Don’t forget to bring your wish list!

Dues Increase for 2023 + Year’s Dues in Advance

Please take note of the new dues schedule, effective January 1, 2023:

Tennis Individual – $198     Couple – $262     Family – $314

Fitness Individual – $171     Couple – $226     Family – $280

Discounts for a year’s dues paid in advance will not be offered this year.  However, if you wish to pay a year’s dues anyway, there will be no further adjustment in 2023. There will be no refunds for anyone paying in advance.

If you currently pay your dues annually, please inform us before January 1st if you want to continue to pay annually, or switch to monthly.

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club.

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12/2/2022 

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below: 

OHTC Apparel Survey 

You may have noticed the racks in the pro shop looking bare. 70% discounts will do that! Now that we have made way for the new, we want to hear from you. What kind of apparel would you like to see in our pro shop? What colors do you fancy? You know I love a good survey, so please take THIS ONE to let us know. We may not win New York Fashion Week, but we might just become the most fashionable tennis club in the Bay Area! 

Holiday Party, December 10th, 5:30pm 

The date is inching closer! Please RSVP by emailing social@oalandhills.com, or record your name in the RSVP binder at the front desk. Remember, this event is free and includes gourmet food, a hosted bar, dancing, and live music! The event is adults only, 21+, and there will be no babysitting services on the day of the party. Also, please be aware that the free weight room will close at 9:30am on the day of the party. We will be cancelling the 11am Zumba class that in order to prepare the room for the party. Thank you for understanding.  

Sit with Santa, December 17th, 12pm – 1pm 

The kids of OHTC will have the chance to make their holiday present wishes known to Santa Claus himself. This will be a great photo opportunity next to our Christmas tree in the lounge. Don’t forget to bring your wish list! 

Dues Increase for 2023 

After considerable thought, this is the new dues schedule effective January 1, 2023: 

Tennis Individual – $198     Couple – $262     Family – $314 

Fitness Individual – $171     Couple – $226     Family – $280 

Discounts for a year’s dues paid in advance will not be offered this year.  However, if you wish to pay a year’s dues anyway, there will be no further adjustment in 2023. There will be no refunds for anyone paying in advance. 

Giving at OHTC 

The club has two donation bins by the entrance of the clubhouse, one for clothing donations to St. Anthony’s, the other for non-perishable food items to the Alameda County Food Bank. Please consider donating to help those in need this holiday season. 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. 

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11/25/2022

Dear members, 

We hope that everyone had a joyful and gluttonous Thanksgiving!  

Please see this week’s updates below: 

Dues Increase for 2023 

After considerable thought, this is the new dues schedule effective January 1, 2023: 

Tennis Individual – $198     Couple – $262     Family – $314 

Fitness Individual – $171     Couple – $226     Family – $280 

Discounts for a year’s dues paid in advance will not be offered this year.  However, if you wish to pay a year’s dues anyway, there will be no further adjustment in 2023. There will be no refunds for anyone paying in advance. 

Sit with Santa, December 17th, 12pm – 1pm 

The kids of OHTC will have the chance to make their holiday present wishes known to Santa Claus himself. This will be a great photo opportunity next to our Christmas tree in the lounge. Don’t forget to bring your wish list! 

Holiday Party, December 10th, 5:30pm 

Please RSVP by emailing social@oalandhills.com, or record your name in the RSVP binder at the front desk. Remember, this event is free and includes gourmet food, a hosted bar, dancing, and live music! The event is adults only, 21+, and there will be no babysitting services on the day of the party. Also, please be aware that the free weight room will close at 9:30am on the day of the party. We will be cancelling the 11am Zumba class that in order to prepare the room for the party. Thank you for understanding.  

Associate Membership Discount 

Did you know that the club offers discounted membership fees for qualifying family members of current club members? That’s right, if you refer anyone in your immediate family for membership, they only pay $250 for the initiation fee. Immediate family is defined as mother/father, sister/brother, adult daughter/adult son. Email membership@oaklandhills.com with any questions.  

Giving at OHTC 

The club has two donation bins by the entrance of the clubhouse, one for clothing donations to St. Anthony’s, the other for non-perishable food items to the Alameda County Food Bank. Please consider donating to help those in need this holiday season. 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend! 

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11/18/2022

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below: 

App Update 

In an effort to consolidate the number of member facing tech apps, we are strongly considering finding a more efficient app that allows our members to book tennis/pickleball courts as well as swim lanes and fitness classes. This would mean foregoing the anticipated OHTC app in favor of another app that can deliver all of our needs in one place. If you’re feeling a bit of whiplash around this app situation know that I understand, and I am sorry, but I don’t want to move forward with something that is subpar. MyCLubLives will live on for the time being. I am happy to answer any questions that anyone has about this matter, shoot me an email at austin@oaklandhills.com. 

Holiday Party, December 10th, 5:30pm 

Excitement around the annual holiday party is building, we have over 150 reservations so far! Our aim is to get at least 200-300, so please RSVP by emailing social@oalandhills.com, or record your name in the RSVP binder at the front desk. Remember, this event is free and includes gourmet food, a hosted bar, dancing, and live music! The event is adults only, 21+, and there will be no babysitting services on the day of the party. Also, please be aware that the free weight room will close at 9:30am on the day of the party. 

Associate Membership Discount 

Did you know that the club offers discounted membership fees for qualifying family members of current club members? That’s right, if you refer anyone in your immediate family for membership, they only pay $250 for the initiation fee. Immediate family is defined as mother/father, sister/brother, adult daughter/adult son. Email membership@oaklandhills.com with any questions.  

Giving at OHTC 

The club has two donation bins by the entrance of the clubhouse, one for clothing donations to St. Anthony’s, the other for non-perishable food items to the Alameda County Food Bank. Please consider donating to help those in need this holiday season. 

Final Mindfulness Classes 

There are only two classes left for the mindfulness series that Laurie Grossman has been teaching over the past month and a half. Please stop by on December 1st and December 8th at 7:15pm if you are interested in bringing more mindfulness into your life. Email Laurie at lauriegrossman88@gmail.com with any questions you may have. 

Holiday Hours 

Please note the following changes to our hours of operation during the holidays. There will also be no babysitting on these days: 

  • Thanksgiving Day: 8am – 3pm 
  • Christmas Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • Christmas Day: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Day: 8am – 3pm 

New Carpet Installation 

Beginning December 12th, we will be replacing all of the old carpeting throughout the club, giving it a fresh, updated look. We hope you find the new color scheme appealing! Most work is anticipated to occur after hours, but expect some disruption. 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. Have a great weekend and a happy Thanksgiving! 

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11/11 /2022

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below: 

New OHTC App 

I know that we’ve been talking about it forever, but it looks like the stars are aligning for the release of the new OHTC App. I’m aiming to release the app next Tuesday, November 15th. If obstacles arise, I apologize in advance.  

What is this new app? 

Essentially, the new app, named OHTC, will replace MyClubLives. It will allow our members to: 

  • Make swim lane reservations. 
  • Make group fitness reservations and check the group fitness schedule. 
  • View massage bookings. 
  • Track meals and fitness goals. 
  • Update billing information and view payment history. 

The app also integrates with your smart fitness devices like, Apple Health, FitBit, MyFitnessPal, Withings, and Garmin. 

We will be sending an email to all members with an invitation link to download the app and register your account. If you believe that we have the wrong email address for you on file, then please get back to us with your most up to date email address. Please, DO NOT download the app ahead of time, as this might cause complications with connecting your current member account. 

Once the OHTC app is live, we will no longer be using MyClubLives, so any reservations you make on MyClubLives will not be valid.  

I know that a lot of our tennis and pickleball members want to have the functionality to book their own courts. Unfortunately, this will not be a possibility with the OHTC app, but we are in the process of finding another software solution for this use case. So, hang tight. 

Email membership@oaklandhills.com for any questions or concerns you may have regarding this process. 

OHTC Annual Holiday Party, December 10th, 5:30pm 

Making a magnificent come back after a two-year hiatus is our annual holiday party! Please join us for an evening of dancing, live music, gourmet food, and a hosted bar. Dress to impress, or throw on your ugly holiday sweater. It doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there. The event is complementary to our members, please RSVP to social@oaklandhills.com, or put your name down in the RSVP binder at the front desk. Adults only please, the event is 21+.  

Holiday Hours 

Please note the following changes to our hours of operation during the holidays. There will also be no babysitting on these days: 

  • Thanksgiving Day: 8am – 3pm 
  • Christmas Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • Christmas Day: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Day: 8am – 3pm 

New Carpet Installation 

Beginning December 12th, we will be replacing all of the old carpeting throughout the club, giving it a fresh, updated look. We hope you find the new color scheme appealing! 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. Have a great weekend! 

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11/4 /2022

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below: 

OHTC Annual Holiday Party, December 10th, 5:30pm 

Making a magnificent come back after a two-year hiatus is our annual holiday party! Please join us for an evening of dancing, live music, gourmet food, and a hosted bar. Dress to impress, or throw on your ugly holiday sweater. It doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there. The event is complementary to our members, please RSVP to social@oaklandhills.com, or put your name down in the RSVP binder at the front desk. Adults only please, the event is 21+.  

Holiday Hours 

Please note the following changes to our hours of operation during the holidays. There will also be no babysitting on these days: 

  • Thanksgiving Day: 8am – 3pm 
  • Christmas Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • Christmas Day: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Eve: 8am – 3pm 
  • New Year’s Day: 8am – 3pm 

Spooky Aquafit Class 

Check out these photos of our enthusiastic Aquafitters donning their costumes in the pool on Halloween! 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. Have a great weekend! 

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10/28 

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below: 

Ida Mah and Karl Pflasterer Win Pickleball Tournament 

We are proud to announce that Ida and Karl recently won Gold at the Alameda Pickleball Tournament last weekend. The score of the Gold medal match was 11-5. Way to go you two, big congrats! Best of all, they attribute their success to training with our pro, Barry Ko. Reach to out to Barry to sharpen your skills on the court. He can be reached at kopickleball@oaklandhills.com. 

Raider/Niner Tailgate, Sunday 

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! Stop by the club this Sunday for the Raider/Niner tailgate party in the lounge. Both teams are on the up, so good times are ahead. We will be selling beer and wine. Pizza will be available, compliments of the club.  Raiders and Saints kickoff at 10am.  Niners and Rams kickoff at 1:25pm. See you there! 

Wine Tasting Cancelled 

We regret to inform everyone that the cub will have to cancel the wine tasting event due to lack of response. We’re hoping that this will receive a better reception next year. 

Barry’s Next Pickleball Clinic  

Named, “Serving Up Returns” is scheduled for Thursday 11/3 6pm-7:30pm. This clinic will be focused on serve and return strategy.  There is also a bit of cardio planned since the nights are getting chilly, bring layers!  It’s designed for players who have played at least 3 months.  $25 per person, cash preferred, venmo accepted. Please email Barry at kopickleball@gmail.com to sign up. 

Mindfulness Class 

Laurie’s class is getting rave reviews. If you haven’t been yet, don’t be shy, come on by! The class occurs on Thursday evenings, from 7:15pm to 8:45pm. Please note that there will be no class this Thursday, November 3rd, as well as November 24th (Thanksgiving).  

Tech Help with Abdi 

I’ve been hearing great things about the tech help that members have been receiving from Abdi. As a reminder, Abdi would love to help you out if you are dealing with tech issues and need assistance. He is available on Mondays between 9am and 11am, and is happy to meet with people in the lounge. Please email Abdi at abrmnws@yahoo.com to schedule time with him. He can help with issues such as:  

– Phone / laptop slowness, performance tune-up  

– Concerns about viruses, security, firewall,   

– WiFi issues and connection problems  

– Backup services like google photo, iCloud, syncing issues  

– Data migrations from old laptops / phones to new one   

– Software installation / uninstall   

– System tune ups and performance speed up   

– File management   

– External devices connections and troubleshooting, like pairing Bluetooth devices, connecting external drives for backup purposes  

– Experienced with both Apple products, Windows and Android 

 

Thank you for staying informed about updates at the club. Have a great weekend! 

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10/14/2022

Dear members, 

Please see this week’s updates below:  

Wine Tasting, November 12th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM  

The annual Wine Tasting is a tradition at OHTC, and one that deserves preserving. No one has ever left this event thinking that they haven’t gotten their money’s worth, or that they didn’t have an absolute blast. For just $60.00 per person you get unlimited tastings, gourmet food, music, and the opportunity to purchase cases at wholesale prices (seriously, we got screamin’ deals). The event is also open to non-members; invite all your friends! Please RSVP to social@oaklandhills.com ASAP, we need at least 60 reservations to pull it off.   

Raider/49ers Tailgate, October 30th  

The 49ers are sitting atop the NFC West at 3-2, while the Raiders seem anchored to last place in the AFC West with a record of 1-4. But hey, that’s life as a Raiders fan, they are very good at finding creative ways to lose. Come cheer for our teams and enjoy a tailgate atmosphere at the club! The Raiders kick off at 10am against the Saints, and the Niners kick off at 1:25pm against the Rams. We will be selling beer and wine, and David Choi will be taking pre-orders for food. No purchase necessary to attend and guests are welcome. Here is the menu:  

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich/Fries: $18  
  • Bacon Cheeseburger/Fries: $15 (add patty + $3)  
  • Large Cheese Quesadilla: $12 (add chicken + $3)  

Email membership@oaklandhills.com with your food order by October 25th. No same day food orders will be accepted!  

50% Discount on All OHTC Branded Apparel  

That’s right, please stop by the pro shop and take a look. We have unisex cotton and athletic shirts, women’s fit athletic shirts, and hoodies in various children’s sizes. This deal pertains to all OHTC branded apparel, except hats.   

New Pickleball Clinic + Survey  

The next clinic will be “Dinking 101″. The clinic will cover the who, what, when, where, why and how of dinking, and will occur on Friday 10/21 6pm-7:30pm. This 8-person clinic is geared towards those who have been playing for at least a few months and know the rules of pickleball. $25 per person, cash preferred, venmo also accepted.  Please email Barry at kopickleball@gmail.com to sign up.  

Since we are still growing our pickleball program, we thought it would be a good Idea to survey our pickleball players to learn about the types of activities they’d like to see at the club. Please take this short, 2-minute survey so that we can better serve our pickleball community.    

Mindfulness Class  

Last night, Laurie Grossman masterfully led the first ever mindfulness class at OHTC. We had over 20 enthusiastic participants, but if you missed this one, don’t fret. We have five more classes slated for the rest of the year. Classes take place on Thursday evenings from 7:15 – 8:45PM (no class November 3rd or November 24th). Please email Laurie at lauriegrossman88@gmail.com if you did not attend the first session, and you think you might attend future sessions. 

Tech Support at OHTC  

Abdi Sabet, a generous member, has heard the grumblings of the tech frustrations that our members face. Abdi would love to help you out if you are dealing with tech issues and need assistance. He is available on Mondays between 9 and 11am, and is happy to meet with people in the lounge. Please email Abdi at abrmnws@yahoo.com to schedule time with him. He can help with issues such as:  

– Phone / laptop slowness, performance tune-up  

– Concerns about viruses, security, firewall,   

– WiFi issues and connection problems  

– Backup services like google photo, iCloud, syncing issues  

– Data migrations from old laptops / phones to new one   

– Software installation / uninstall   

– System tune ups and performance speed up   

– File management   

– External devices connections and troubleshooting, like pairing Bluetooth devices, connecting external drives for backup purposes  

– Experienced with both Apple products, Windows and Android   

  

Thank you for learning about this week’s updates. Have a great weekend!  

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10/7/2022

Hello Members,

Read on for important club updates.

New Pickleball Clinic, October 13, 6pm – 7:30pm.  

Barry Ko is ready to go with a set time for a pickleball clinic. The cost will be $25/member, payable by cash or Venmo to Barry directly. There is limited space, but he is thinking of adding a second clinic if there is enough interest. Please email kopickleball@gmail.com to reserve your spot or request more info.

Mindfulness Class  

We’re already getting a ton of interest for this offering, yay! Here are a few clarifications based on questions we’ve been hearing:

  • This series of classes will have no fee.
  • It is ok if you are not able to attend every session.
  • Please bring a notebook and something to write with.
  • The classes will take place in the evenings, here’s the schedule:
    • October 13 – 7:15 – 8:15 PM – INTRODUCTION
    • October 20 – 7:15 – 8:45 PM
    • October 27 – 7:15 – 8:45 PM
    • November 3 – NO CLASS
    • November 10 – 7:15 – 8:45 PM
    • November 17 – 7:15 – 8:45 PM
    • November 24 – NO CLASS
    • December 1 – 7:15 – 8:45 PM
    • December 8 – 7:15 – 8:45 PM

Updating Your Billing Information 

We know that people have been receiving texts and call about this, and we’re sorry that these messages may not be coming off in the kindest tone. There are several options available to you to complete these tasks:

  • You can update it yourself by logging into our new billing systems portal, MyiClubOnline (myiclubonline.com). You will need your agreement number to register, which can be obtained by request when registering, or by calling the club. MyiClubOnline is the preferred method for these tasks because there you can also view/download your dues history and history of other purchases made at the club. ABC does not email monthly statements like the old system did, so this will be the best way for you to see what you have been charged for.
  • You can call ABC and have them update it over the phone: 888-827-9262. Or email customercare@abcfitness.com.
  • You can call the club between 10 and 4pm and we can update the information over the phone.
  • You can bring your card into the club between 10 and 4pm and we can update it in person.

Glossary of OHTC Tech  

With so many changes recently, and more ahead, I thought it would be useful to give an overview of all the tech that’s turning the OHTC wheels behind the scenes:

  • ABC Fitness Solutions: the company that bills your dues and club charges.
  • MyiClubOnline: to check and update your billing info, and view/download your dues payment and purchase history. See the screenshot at the bottom of this email for more information.
  • iPlayMe2: to help organize tennis and pickleball play at the club. We will be setting up a club ladder soon through iPlayMe2 for men’s and women’s pickleball/tennis.
  • MyClubLives should be obsolete in about a month and will be replaced by our new custom branded app. The new app allows you to book fitness classes and swim lanes, view massage bookings, and has many other cool features. When this app is ready, we will send a download link to all members.

Raiders/49ers Tailgate, October 30th

As of late, the autumn wind has not carried success to the Raiders or the 49ers. Nonetheless, we march on with devotion for our teams. In that spirit, OHTC is hosting a tailgate party in the lounge on October 30th. The Raiders kick off at 10am against the Saints, and the Niners kick off at 1:25pm against the Rams. We will be selling beer and wine at the event, and David Choi will be taking pre-orders for food. No purchase necessary to attend and guests are welcome. Here is the menu:

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich/Fries: $18
  • Bacon Cheeseburger/Fries: $15 (add patty + $3)
  • Large Cheese Quesadilla: $12 (add chicken + $3)

Email membership@oaklandhills.com with your food order by October 25th. No same day food orders will be accepted!

Wine Tasting Event, November 12th 

The club’s wine tasting event, always the second Saturday of November, has been on hold throughout the Covid pandemic, but will take place this year on November 12th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The club is jumping through hoops to keep the price the same – $60.00 per person; not easy, with all the challenges, but we are determined to pull it off.  To do that, we need a minimum of 60 participants, though there is room for 90.  Please RSVP to social@oaklandhills.com. The event is also open to non-members. Wine will be sold wholesale by the case; the club makes no profit on either the wine sales or the event itself, however, sales tax will be added to wine purchases. Look forward to having a great time!

Those are all the updates for this week. Thanks for staying informed. Have a fun weekend!

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9/30  

Dear Members, 

How lucky are we to live in the bay area, where the weather is relatively moderate.  By contrast, the hurricane devastation in Florida is breathtakingly surreal.  For any of you motivated to help, a donation to floridardisasterelief.org is suggested; donations of any amount are solicited. 

Pay What You Want, Make-A-Wish Tournament, October 9th 

Speaking of donations, our fundraiser tournament for Make-A-Wish, slated for October 9th, needs an uplift. Signups are slow and time is running out. Pricing has been adjusted – any donation is acceptable to participate in either tennis, pickleball or both. Register here as soon as possible, we want to make this a success for everyone, but especially for Make-A-Wish. Non-members are also welcome to register, please spread the word.  If we do not get enough registrations to run tournaments, our pros will host clinics for those who have registered. This event is co-sponsored by Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc. and Piedmont/Montclair Rotary. 

Raiders/49ers Tailgate, October 30th 

As of late, the autumn wind has not carried success to the Raiders or the 49ers. Nonetheless, we march on with devotion for our teams. In that spirit, OHTC is hosting a tailgate party in the lounge on October 30th. The Raiders kick off at 10am against the Saints, and the Niners kick off at 1:25pm against the Rams. We will be selling beer and wine at the event, and David Choi will be taking pre-orders for food. No purchase necessary to attend and guests are welcome. Here is the menu: 

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich/Fries: $18 
  • Bacon Cheeseburger/Fries: $15 (add patty + $3) 
  • Large Cheese Quesadilla: $12 (add chicken + $3) 

Email membership@oaklandhills.com with your food order by October 25th. No same day food orders will be accepted!  

Wine Tasting Event, November 12th 

The club’s wine tasting event, always the second Saturday of November, has been on hold throughout the Covid pandemic, but will take place this year on November 12th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The club is jumping through hoops to keep the price the same – $60.00 per person; not easy, with all the challenges, but we are determined to pull it off.  To do that, we need a minimum of 60 participants, though there is room for 90.  Please RSVP to social@oaklandhills.com. The event is also open to non-members. Wine will be sold wholesale by the case; the club makes no profit on either the wine sales or the event itself, however, sales tax will be added to wine purchases. Look forward to having a great time! 

Call for Women’s Tennis Players 

Our Saturday and Sunday morning women’s doubles group is looking for more participants. They usually take the court at 9am and are looking for skill levels between 3.0 and 4.0. If interested, please shoot an email to vquong@earthlink.net.   

New Pickleball Pro (in case you missed it) 

  • We are delighted to introduce Barry Ko, our new pickleball pro. That has a nice right to it! Barry Ko is certified as a PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) Coach.  He has been coaching for over a year and a half, including creating and running a Fundamentals Clinic in El Cerrito.  Students in the past have appreciated the 1.5 hour long classes, especially because the extra time allows for more individual attention.  One student said “I love that Barry asks us what we’d like to focus on each week and he works it into what he has planned. He repeats tips and instructions before and during the drills which is really helpful for me.” 
  • Barry has won 4.5 Gold and Silver medals in Monterey and most recently, a gold medal in the Men’s Open Division in Concord! If you would like to get in touch with Barry for information about lessons or clinics, please inquire through pickleball@oaklandhills.com.  
  • If you have reached out in the past for lessons or clinics, please send another inquiry. Thank you. 

Have a super weekend! 

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9/23/2022

Hello Members, 

Today we officially say farewell to summer, and welcome the first day of spring. The seasons may change, but my updates remain ; ) 

New Pickleball Pro 

  • We are delighted to introduce Barry Ko, our new pickleball pro. That has a nice right to it! Barry Ko is certified as a PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) Coach.  He has been coaching for over a year and a half, including creating and running a Fundamentals Clinic in El Cerrito.  Students in the past have appreciated the 1.5 hour long classes, especially because the extra time allows for more individual attention.  One student said “I love that Barry asks us what we’d like to focus on each week and he works it into what he has planned. He repeats tips and instructions before and during the drills which is really helpful for me.” 
  • Barry has won 4.5 Gold and Silver medals in Monterey and most recently, a gold medal in the Men’s Open Division in Concord! If you would like to get in touch with Barry for information about lessons or clinics, please inquire through pickleball@oaklandhills.com.  
  • If you have reached out in the past for lessons or clinics, please send another inquiry. Thank you! 

Make-A-Wish Tournament 

We still have space for more people to register in our Tennis/Pickleball extravaganza. Help us support an amazing cause while having fun on the court! Register here. 

Drop-in Pickleball Play 

A few of our members have carved out a consistent time to host a pickleball drop in every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm. Contact Grace Vonquerner for more information: gracevq@aol.com, 510- 568-1893. 

Wine Tasting Event 

We are so glad to once again host one of our favorite events, the annual Wine Tasting. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the event for the past two years due to covid. This year’s event will take place on November 12th between 5pm and 7pm. If you have never been, let me fill you in. We have five tables with a variety of wines to taste. Delicious finger food is also included with entry. Best of all, we pass on our wholesale prices back to you, so you get seriously screamin’ deals on cases of wine. The price for entry is $60, and space is limited. Please email social@oaklandhills.com if interested. 

October 30th Raider/Niner Tailgate 

If you haven’t already, please save the date for an epic Raider/Niner tailgate at the club on October 30th. The Raiders kick off at 10am against the Saints, and the Niners kick off at 1:25pm against the Rams. Stay tuned as we will soon be selling tickets to the event, food will be included. 

Bayo Vista Member Usage 

The Bayo Vista Swim and Tennis Club will be closing their pool for repairs from October 14th to November 3rd. During this time, we are allowing their members to come up to OHTC for use of the pool, and only the pool. We have also instructed them that they are not to use the pool before 11am, as this is the time we allot to swim reservations for our members. We have a mutual agreement with Bayo, so if a similar situation comes up here at OHTC, they will avail their pool to us. These exchanges usually go over fairly well, but please let us know if you have issues. 

Lockers 

We bill lockers annually on October 1st. The cost is $100 for the year. We do have lockers available, so please let us know if you would like one. Having a locker at the club is very convenient and eliminates all that lugging to and from your car! If interested, please send an email to Boyd, the bookkeeper, at bookkeeping@oaklandhills.com. 

Fitness Email Opt-Out 

Reminding you all that you may opt-out of receiving email updates about fitness classes. If you wish to opt-out, send an email to membership@oaklandhills.com or groupfitness@oaklandhills.com and we will make sure you stop receiving those communications. 

Thank you for staying with me until the end. Have a fun weekend! 

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9/16 

Dear Members, 

Thank you for staying informed about important club updates. 

Snack Bar Closed Sunday and Monday 

Due to poor weather, the snack bar will be closed this Sunday the 18th, and Monday the 19th. Please also remember that the snack bar closes for the season at the end of September. 

ABC Billing 

ABC will not email out statements at the end of the month like Club Automation did, their platform does not have this capability. Those who used to receive statements in the mail with Club Automation will continue to receive them in the mail with ABC. For those who do not receive statements by mail, there are several options for learning about the details of your invoices: 

  1. Log into your MyiClubOnline account. Through this portal you can view your dues, purchase history, and update your billing information. This is the preferred method. 
  1. Call the club, ask for Boyd, and ask him to explain the charges on your account.  

Below is a help document on how to register for MyiClubOnline and a video providing an overview of its features. 

 Registering for MyiCLUB Account 

MyiClubOnline Overview 

People Paying Dues by Check 

  • Those who pay their dues by check probably received phone calls and emails stating that their dues are overdue. This was an error. From here on out, ABC will only contact members who pay by check after the 30th of the month that they owe for.  
  • Please note that we would much prefer your members paid their dues through credit card or ETF. So, if you currently pay by check and wouldn’t mind changing your payment method, please do so. 

Cycling Classes 

The cycling classes have been getting quite full, which is wonderful. However, we are encountering issues with walk-in members taking the place of members who made reservations online. To remedy this situation, we have told the instructors to conduct a roll call of all of the registered members so that they get first priority for riding. Hopefully this will solve the problem. 

MyClubLives Scheduled Maintenance  

The MyClubLives app will be inoperable on September 29th between 7pm and 9pm for routine maintenance. We apologize for this disruption.  

New “Member Updates” Section on Website 

A member suggested that I add my weekly update emails to the website somewhere. I thought that was an excellent idea! I will be posting all of the updates to this section of the website.  

That concludes this week’s updates. Have a great weekend. 

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9/9/2022

Hello Members,

Thank you for taking the time to review these important updates:

Make-A-Wish Tennis/Pickleball Tournament 

Sign-ups are live for our charity tournament on October 9th! Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. We will be running 4 simultaneous tournaments:

  • Women’s Doubles Tennis
  • Men’s Doubles Tennis
  • Women’s Doubles Pickleball
  • Men’s Doubles Pickleball

That’s a lot of play, so we will be utilizing every court for this amazing cause. The price is $100 per doubles team, or $50 per person. REGISTER HERE. There is one sign-up link for all four tournaments, so please make sure to select the appropriate tournament that you wish to play in. Plays starts at 9am. Hope to see you there. Send an email to austin@oaklandhills.com for any additional questions.

ABC Billing

Some of you be receiving emails from ABC Fitness Solutions asking you to update your billing information. This is not spam. ABC is our new club software and billing servicer. If you would rather tell us your billing information over the phone or in person, that’s fine too, just call and ask for Boyd the bookkeeper.

Pool Etiquette 

I would like to address a number of complaints I’ve been getting about certain behaviors by the pool:

  • Lifeguards are not babysitters. Parents, please do not think that just because a lifeguard is present that you do not need to monitor the behavior and well-being of your children. Also, keep in mind that our lifeguards are all back in school, so it is more imperative than ever that parents do their duty to ensure the safety of their children.
  • Cannonballing on top of other swimmers is not permitted – did I really just have to say that?
  • The baby pool is for babies and toddlers, not elementary school aged kids who are bummed they need to leave the pool during adult swim. Having bigger kids crowding the little ones in the baby pool is extremely dangerous.
  • Inebriation needs to be kept in check. Yes, we do sell wine by the pool at our Wine Downs, but we don’t sell all that much. Obviously, most of the alcohol that is consumed is brought by members, which is allowed. However, too often I’m hearing of parents being too intoxicated to keep tabs on their children and their behavior. This is totally unacceptable.

We take pool safety very seriously, and any violations of the above stated expectations are grounds for membership termination.

Keeping the Pool Clean

We test our pH levels everyday, so you can rest assured that if the pool is open, it is safe to swim. However, murkiness of the water has been becoming more of an issue due to increased use. How can we help prevent this?

  • Shower before you hop in the pool.
  • Wait a few minutes after applying sunscreen before jumping into the pool.
  • Stating the obvious again here, but do not let go of bodily fluids while in the pool.

Babysitter Policy

To remind everyone, we allow babysitters on family accounts, free of charge, with a few caveats:

  • They may not come to the club without the children.
  • They may not come to the club and drop the children off with our babysitters while they then go use the club’s facilities.

Opting Out of Fitness Emails

I get it, we send a lot of emails, but we have to make sure everyone is kept up to date with the goings on of the club. People have expressed the desire to unsubscribe from fitness class emails specifically. Well, now with our new communications platform, you can! If you would no longer like to receive emails about fitness updates, please inform over email at austin@oaklandhills.com.

That’s it for this week’s update. Have a cooler weekend!