Space constraints kept my story in today's Daily News from including the entire e-mail that Valley Club president John Duesler sent to members this week, announcing the pending bankruptcy of the small, Huntingdon Valley swimming pool. So I'll paste in Duesler's letter, in full, right here:
"Friends and Families of The Valley Club,
"I am writing with a heavy heart to inform you that The Valley Club will be filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week.
"And while many will point towards our legal situation and negative media exposure this summer as the reason for this decision, the truth is that the club has struggled to stay out of the red for at least the last decade. Despite our most ambitious efforts and countless hours of dedication towards the club, we have been unable to grow our membership enough to sustain The Valley Club any longer. Indeed, we have not been profitable, for as long as I’ve been with the club. And our current debt from this year’s operation and legal fees now exceeds $100,000.