Fall 2017 - Newsletter from BALA President Joel Casaubon to All Association Members

Dear BALA members,

Spring is here and I would like to welcome you all back to the coming summer 2017. We survived another wonderful winter in New England and except for that nor'easter we had in April, it really wasn't all that bad. The mild winter did pose some interesting ice conditions though. We had ice and then we didn't have ice and then we had ice again. There were days when you could ice fish and fish from your boat at the same time. We even saw a few kayakers out on the lake in February. Brave souls to say the least. Anyway, our original concerns about filling the lake with water were put to rest after a few long weeks of spring rain. The lake is full now and we are ready to take on the summer.

The BALA Board of Directors hascontinued 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 updated on your email listing so we can be sure to keep you updated on our calendar of events. You may see a survey this summer asking you for feedback. Please take a few minutes to respond. Your committees depend on this feedback to help shape the activities and events they provide.

The newly organized recreation committee spent the winter months planning several things we hope you will all enjoy. There were even a few events over the winter to engage those of us who didn't leave the area for warmer climates. An ugly sweater contest/gathering in January and a "BALA at BABA" event in February were both well attended where everyone had a great time. I look forward to more winter activities as this committee continues to expand their ideas.

1. The Boating Safety course that was sponsored by SLAC (Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee) on May6thfilled quickly. A second course is being planned for later this summer. The tentative date for the next session will be July 29th. We had several attendees from Big Alum in this last session and the good news is that more and more people are concerned about boating safety and want to better understand the laws of the state.

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 "pontoon tie-ups" again. We will be trying out a few week end dates so that those of you who are not able to come during the week may tie up with us on the weekends. Remember, if you wish to participate but don't own a boat, give us a call and we will be happy to pick you up. They are also planning a kayak for the kid's event as well as a "selfie" event for our social media members.

4. Ourhistory committeeis still seeking 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 me or someone know. We would be happy to introduce you and get things rolling.

6. The Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee is also looking for one new representative from Big Alum Lake. If you would like to work this town appointed committee, they only meet about 6 nights a year, usually the 3rd Thursday of the month, then they break through the winter. Contact me for more information if you would like to serve.

7. Last, as always, I want to say 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 dothroughout 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 by 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 door and ears are always open" and I do appreciate any feedback from you, constructive or not. I hope you all have a great summer and I am looking forward to seeing you all out on the water. Stay cool!

Best Regards,

Joel Casaubon
President BALA


Just some important dates this summer: Check the web calendar for details on

1. First general meeting of the summer - 7/1

2. Pontoon tie ups - 6/9, 7/8, 8/9, 9/3

3. Boat Parade &Lake lightings - 7/2

4. Kayak Breakfast & Selfie Contest - 7/16

5. Wine & Beer Tasting - 8/4

6. Annual meeting - 7/19

7. Other new events coming.