As we await another summer on the lake, the board has been working over the winter to not only update our mandate but to invigorate many of the programs on the lake. The feedback from the membership on our expanded mandate was positive, and we will be moving forward this spring with establishing a committee of those who volunteered to ensure that we are more involved in monitoring and participating in projects/policies that will affect the lake.
This year in addition to our regular children and youth activities (swimming, regatta, dances, land sports and movie nights), Camp Kawartha will be running a free two-day camp on August 21, and 22 for 5 to 12-year old’s with activities focused on environmental education in action. Their hope is to provide a week-long camp in 2018 similar to the camp currently running at Juniper. Information about registration is contained in this Bulletin.
Peter Raymont has once again donated his film, “Yukon Wild” to be previewed at the Pavilion. We would like to thank Peter for his time and generosity every year. Check this year’s summer schedule for other social and information events at the Pavilion. We are working to have a new website up and running for the summer in the hope that we can move away from paper communication in the near future.
This year is Canada’s 150th birthday, and we will be celebrating on the July 1st weekend with a family dance on July 1 and fireworks on Sunday, July 2nd. Our AGM will be in the 1st with the Craft Sale following on the 2nd.
Finally, as this is my last President’s message, I am more keenly aware of our responsibility as a board to involve the next generation of cottagers to ensure the USLA continues to be an engaging and energetic organization. We will be reaching out to all around the lake who are current, past or future members highlighting the benefits of membership and the importance of the continued involvement of a variety of ages and interests in the running of the association. We welcome any and all assistance and/or ideas about how we can continue to maintain the association as an important part of the Stoney Lake experience.
Have a safe and happy summer on the lake.