The snow and ice on the lake is melting reminding us that cottage season is just around corner. With that in mind it is a fitting time to reflect on the past year at Mink Lake and look ahead to the Spring and Summer of 2013.
2012 was indeed a very busy year for your executive with social events, pressing various levels of government on a number of issues and of course the reconstruction of the bridge on Dam Road. While there was no shortage of challenges on all fronts, your dedicated team on the association accomplished much.
For those who were not able to attend the AGM in September, I am pleased to inform you that your executive took steps to build upon our success this past year by modernizing our constitution and expanding the number of executive members. To that end we created 3 new positions on the board of directors including Events, Membership and Environmental. Elected to those positions in order were Bunny Chalk, Karyne Steele and Gordon Cohen. Bunny has been a long standing volunteer and member of the executive and I have no doubt that her energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the association will bring some excellent ideas to our existing and proposed events for next year. Karyne and Gordon are both new to the board of directors and have crucial roles for the association as we move forward. Karyne will be working to refine our membership process and membership base. Gordon will be monitoring and reporting on environmental issues that impact our lake. We are very grateful to have Bunny, Karyne and Gordon in these new roles.
The executive met in the Fall and have defined a number of strategic priorities for the upcoming year. They include exploring the development of a fully functional website wherein we could sell advertising to local merchants and contractors to help increase our revenues. Planning is already underway for our 2nd annual children’s fishing derby and we are exploring the possibility of a community picnic or barbeque for all members. We will work to streamline the membership process and will have environmental reports in each newsletter going forward. We will continue to lobby the local, provincial and federal government over issues such as the dam, speed signage and other issues as they come up.
In closing, I would like to emphasize that your executive is here to serve you. We welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas on how we can continue to improve life on Mink Lake for everyone. If you are not a member of the association, please take the time to register. There is a form on our website or you may contact any member of the executive for guidance on how to join.