The leaves have turned and fallen, and a quiet has come over the lake as another cottage season comes to an end. I personally am happy to be able to reflect on what was an absolutely fabulous summer living at Pike Lake.
With winter upon us, neighbourly relations are of utmost importance. I was struck by the many stories of neighbours helping neighbours this fall in response to the low water levels, such as rescuing landlocked boats and rafts, and offering a hand with the winterizing rituals. As was impressed upon me at our meeting with the Ontario Provincial Police, this is also important for protecting our property from burglary and vandalism. There are many things that we can do to safeguard our waterfront properties, but nothing beats the helpful presence of an active community, and the Pike Lake Community Association is an important means for developing that strength of community.
On that note, I am pleased to say that your PLCA Board has been busy! We are acting on many of your suggestions from the AGM in July 2016 and have taken steps to support a safe and healthy Pike Lake, such as by participating in water quality monitoring, safe boating initiatives, and emergency response networks. Also stay tuned for exciting opportunities to celebrate Canada 150 and our shared history at the Lake!
I am very pleased with the number of members that have come forward to volunteer with various PLCA initiatives. We have established several committees, such as a Special Edition Pike Lake Post Committee, and the Communications Committee, which will help make sure the Association is relevant to you and meets your needs. We are always looking for more volunteers; by getting involved you help build your Pike Lake community. You don’t need to be at the lake to participate (as some of our “snowbird” members can attest!); much progress is made with meetings in Ottawa or by phone and email.
Perhaps you would like to get involved with one of our Socials. Coming up next in January/February (weather dependent) is our walleye spawning bed enhancement project and winter social. This will be a great chance to come out and enjoy the winter landscape with your fellow Pike Lakers, enhance fish habitat, and for seasonal residents to do a mid-winter security check.
Finally, the Constitution Committee has been especially busy, gathering your input on the constitution renewal prior to preparing a final draft by May, and for vote at the 2017 AGM. In August, we hosted what was by all accounts, a successful Town Hall meeting. I would like to thank everyone who has completed the online survey. If you have not already, please take 5 minutes to complete the survey and submit by Friday December 2nd. If you have not yet received your invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to share and discuss with your neighbours!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Adrienne Fowlie Larocque
President Pike Lake Community Association RR3, Perth Ontario K7H 3C5