Membership and Guests
Shareholders of the Valley Pond Corporation may become summer members of the pond, which entitles them and their registered household members to unlimited use of the pond and its facilities, bring guests during the summer season, and register for parties after they've paid annual dues each spring. Shareholders who elect not to pay annual membership fees are normally entitled to three free visits per season, but we have suspended this allowance for 2020 as part of our efforts to control visitation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. See 2020 Rules and Standing Rules and Policies for details.
Becoming a shareholder
Each year, the Valley Pond board invites 15-20 people from the waiting list to become shareholders in the Valley Pond Corporation. This involves purchasing a share and paying a one-time, non-refundable membership fee. Currently the membership fee is $2,500 and the share price is also $2,500 for a total of $5,000, payable by check. Shares are not transferable (except to adult children for a fee) and may be redeemed only by the Corporation for the original share price.
Shareholders may go to our 2020 Summer Registration Form to register household members. For 2020, the fees will be increased by $5 to offset credit card processing fees:
$305 for the first household member, plus
$220 for the next household member, plus
$135 for each additional household member or au pair (all au pairs must be registered)
NOTE: Guests and parties will not be permitted in 2020.
Guests must be accompanied by a member, who will be invoiced. The adult children of members may use the pond unaccompanied, but they must sign in as guests. Guest fees are as follows:
$5 per person per day Mondays through Thursdays.
$10 per person per day Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
To discourage overcrowding, guest fees double beginning with the member's 26th guest of the season unless the shareholder has two fully paid memberships.
A group of seven or more guests is considered a party and must be scheduled in advance by the member.
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