Spring 2018- Newsletter from BALA President Joel Casaubon to All Association Members

Dear BALA members,

As I sit here thinking about what to write, I find myself in an unfamiliar place, lacking in words to pass along to you. Spring has finally come and for the most part already gone, so I would like to welcome you all back to the coming summer of 2018. The winter was hard for many of us and for those of you who flee to warmer weather, I do envy you. Maybe someday we may all enjoy that sort of lifestyle. In the meantime, those of us who stay will carry on, braving the harsh New England winters, yet somehow managing amidst all the strife to make it through. I guess summer is always something to look forward to.

The BALA Board of Directors has continued their efforts to bring you value for your annual contributions to the cause. We have a few new committee members and we will be working diligently to bring new ideas and events to you this summer and into the fall, so make sure you keep us informed of your email addresses so we can be sure to keep you updated on our calendar of events.

The recreation committee spent the winter months planning several things they hope you will all enjoy. There were even a few events over the winter to engage those who didn't leave the area for warmer climates, and I am told they were both well attended and that everyone had a great time.

1. There was one Boating Safety course that took place already, but there is another one scheduled for July 28th at the Host Hotel. Check the calendar for updates.

2. A reminder that if you would like to order BALA logo items, you can do so by checking the web site. Our on-line supplier (www.logoup.com) has our BALA logo and stands ready for anything you want to order. Details on how to do so are posted on our web site.

3. The recreation committee is working on dates for "flotilla tie-ups" again. Remember, if you wish to participate but don't own a boat, give us a call and we will be happy to have someone pick you up. They are also planning numerous other activities so stay tuned for more details.

4. Our history committee is always looking to capture as much information as they can. John Puffer is willing to take any old photographs you might have, scan them in and get them up on our site for all to see. Feel free to contact John or any of the board members who can assist in getting the information to the right place.

5. As always, this organization doesn't run by itself. We have numerous committees that make it work and we are always looking for some help on these committees. It's a great way to give back to your association and to meet many of the lake's residents. If you want to get more involved, please step forward and let a board member know. We would be happy to introduce you and get things rolling.

6. Last, I want to take this opportunity to let all of you know that I will be stepping down this year as president. It has been an extreme winter for me and after a good deal of thought on the matter I have decided that it is time for someone else to take over the reins. As always, I want to give my greatest gratitude and Thank You to my Executive Committee members and to my Board of Directors as well as all of you who volunteer to serve on committees.The work they do throughout the year is, in my opinion, second to none, and I couldn't do this without their help. Please know I appreciate all their efforts and support as I am sure the rest of the membership does. Feel free to let them know when you see them on the lake or on the street.

Thank you again, and as always, "my ears and doors are always open" and I do appreciate any feedback from you, constructive or not. I hope you all have a great summer. Stay cool!

Best Regards,

Joel Casaubon
President BALA


Schedule of Summer Recreation Activities- check the BALA website for details:

June 8 - "Welcome Back" Flotilla
June 28 - "Full Moon Gazing" Flotilla
July 4 Weekend - Trick or Treat for Kids, Boat Parade, Light up Waterfronts after dark
(July 4th falls on a Wednesday so specific dates/times are yet to be determined.)
July 19 - Kayak breakfast from the Trail Road beach - 9:00 AM
July 28 - "Ripples on the Water" Flotilla
August 3 - BALA GALA
August 25 - Golf Tournament at Hemlock Ridge - 8:00 AM
"Star Gazing" Flotilla - 6:00 PM
September - (date TBA) Bocce Tournament
September 29 - Fall Gathering and Bonfire, Potluck