by Rich Partridge
A large turnout, a beautiful day and the cheerful hospitality of Tina Fisk made for a successful 1998 Annual General Meeting. A number of challenging issues were grappled with and resolved (see the minutes). Action on other matters was deferred. In particular, property owners need to provide documentation to entrench the Covenant (again see the minutes) and the financial health of the Association must be restored.
The existence of our cottage association and the allied road committees provides many benefits to Minnicock residents. While these organizations are informal and often operate in an ad hoc fashion, they have nevertheless achieved important results for everyone. Without the volunteer efforts of the road committees we would be left alone to face the vagaries of nature (including the impact of beavers and erosion). Without the concerted volunteer efforts of Association members over many years, we would not have impressed on local politicians the absolute necessity of correcting the dangerous Buckhorn-Boundary Road intersection. Without the Association Newsletter most of us would lack essential knowledge about developments on Minnicock Lake. Without the hard work of the Charter-Covenant Committee, we would lack a common philosophy.
As with any voluntary organization, a core of people do most of the work. They do this because it needs to be done and, very often, because they enjoy doing it and have the time to do so. (It must be recognized that some do not have the time to devote to volunteer activities.) They also absorb incidental expenses connected with their duties such as long distance calls, postage and travel expenses, and are shy about making anyone aware about the nature of their contributions to the general cause.
I mention these facts for one reason alone: a small number of people carry out the work (which, as I have said, is the norm), but there is also a small group who have failed for some time to do anything to support the collective weal. If you are one of these individuals, I understand that life is busy and it’s easy to forget these things. However, if you have failed to pay your Association membership fees or your share of the road maintenance fees for this and past years, it is time to rectify the problem.
As of October 1, 1998, only 38% have paid 1998 Association fees. Our treasurer, Ann Harrison, will be mailing invoices to those who have not sent their $20 fees for this year and any earlier years. Only two-thirds of owners on the West Road have paid their 1998 fees and some have paid nothing for years. The committee will be mailing a progress report to everyone and invoices to those who have yet to pay.
Please get your cheque book out now and contribute your share to the community. If you can volunteer your time, now or in the future, so much the better. But if all you can give at this time is your share of the financial costs, that is very much appreciated. In the Spring Newsletter, we will list those who have paid (and those who have not).
If everyone contributes their share, we can balance the books and maintain the current level of services. If they don't, I will write and telephone them to make the point personally.
From the Partridge family, all the best in the holiday season and call with any ideas or concerns. I can be reached at 705-457-9369 (cottage) or 416-691-4511 (home).
We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.