AS with last year, the AGM will be held by Zoom rather than in person. It will take place on Wednesday October 20 from 7-8:30. Login details will be sent to members directly via email. Please email us if you require the login information.
The agenda for the AGM will be as follows:
Please note that only full members are able to vote during the AGM.
Please download and review the following before the AGM.
Please see the downloadable Financial Reports.
Your board continues to be very active in spite of the challenges of the past year. Actual expenditures, which reflect the varied nature of your board’s activities, are in line with approved budgeted amounts for the year.
Surplus funds are invested in two bank GIC’s of $18,291.67 and $20,873.21 which will mature December 2021 and November 2025 respectively. The GIC that matures in December 2021 earns 1.9% compounded annually. The second GIC is a 5 year variable rate GIC and interest is calculated on a simple annual basis starting at .5% in year 1 and gradually increasing each year to 1.25% in year 5. Interest is recognized on an accrual basis in these statements. The GIC interest is shared on a weighted average basis between the general fund and the Catherine Rathbun Environmental Fund.
The Catherine Rathbun Environmental fund grew by individual contributions of $445 ($1,470 in 2019) and allocated interest of $247 ($247 in 2019). Expenditures from this fund were for water quality testing in the amount of $1,305 ($1,305 in 2019) and was approved at the 2018 annual general meeting as required.
The remaining unrestricted surplus of $37,536 is available for the general purposes of the association.
a) Communiques (via email)
- 13 communiques have been sent since last AGM, open rate is around 75%
- we appreciate your replies to them, thank you
b) Website and Blog (weslemkoon.com)
- several updates to the website, including the addition of a page on the Cockeyed Loons as well as attached database (thanks to Jon Keeble for his work on this)
- on average 250 visitors / month - we aim to make the website easy to navigate - your feedback is very helpful
c) Facebook LWCA group
- currently 279 members (almost 100 more than recorded at last year’s AGM)
- posts include helpful information about boating & camping, photo contest particulars, general reminders about upcoming events, answers to members’ questions
d) LWCA Facebook Page
- information on environmental issues, safe boating, events and learning opportunitites
e) Instagram (lwca_ontario)
- currently 150 followers (anyone is able to join)
- photos of the lake with a focus on LWCA issues such as wildlife, conservation, weather
Membership numbers as of Sept 30, 2021
Members 221 (11 new)
Friends 21 (2 new)
Total = 242 (246 in 2020)
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Coliforms, E-Coli - August Sampling
Dissolved Oxygen (DO) and Temperature readings in 2021:
Clarity - Turbidity
Forest Management Plan (FMP)
Lake Associations additional protection request from Forestry harvest turned down by MNRF. They were granted a 30 meter protection around trails recognized by the province
Good news, LWCA’s previously agreed to additional setbacks for the harvest blocks close to Weslemkoon, Heath/Mink, and Arnott/McKenzie lakes will be part of the 10 year FMP.
Inspection of the MNRF approved FMP. August 2021. Final approval is delayed.
However, we have verbal and written confirmation from the Lead Forester at MLFI (Margaret Hatton) and the Regional Director of the MNRF (Sharon Rew) that our agreement for additional setbacks for the harvest blocks that impact Weslemkoon, Mink, and McKenzie Lakes will be in the final FMP.
The first annual work schedule of the next FMP will not have any of the harvest blocks of concern in it.
MLFI and MNRF will complete the viewscape analysis when the annual work schedule is slated for our harvest blocks of concern.
Thunder Box Project
Again, higher than normal use of trails and campsites this year due to COVID-19.
Higher than normal TP litter left behind. Thus Thunder Box construction and installation project.
Three years to achieve the installation of a Thunder Box at the following sites:
1. Mink Lake, big rock landing camp site… Jon Keeble, built, 2022 installation
2. Mink Lake, island camp site
3. Little Long Lake
4. Canoe Lake
5. Green Lake site on North shore… Perry Cornell, built and installed
6. Sundy Cove, by the cliffs
7. “Algonquin” Point (AKA Squaw Point)
8. Channel Island into Caverly’s landing… Will Vegter, done, built and installed
9. Picnic island west of Rockwell island… previously installed
10. Buck Lake
11. Little Wes
12. Shiner Lake
Work in progress:
Alan Thomas location TBD
Glenn Thompson location TBD
We need your stories, photos, memories, poems and ideas. Please make sure to share notes of passings, births and big birthdays or anniversaries too!
Please send along to firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch through the website or social posts and it will make its way to me. Items need to be submitted by the end of December to give us time to put it all together.
Please encourage your children to send in their stories and photos from the summer.
The Loon Call is only as good as the content within it - let’s continue to make it fun, relevant and all about our Weslemkoon.
Water levels were a little higher than the MNR target but within the range of “normal”.