I hope everyone got to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Now that we are in a new year, we have lots to report. We held two Town Hall meetings within the last two months. One was on December 10th at 6:30 PM, and the other was on January 4th at 1:00 PM, both in the clubhouse. Town Hall meetings are an open house to:
• Provide transparency around major projects that the trustees are considering, and
• Develop unity and trust within our diverse community, by being open about the challenges that we face together and allowing for discourse, so that diverse perspectives can be heard and considered.
At the meetings, we discussed security issues regarding our upland (above beach) and beach properties. We reviewed current issues challenging our community, such as young adults gathering late at night on our properties, and drug use on our properties, as well as theft, fights and destruction of property. We previewed new signs that will allow us to enforce codes of conduct at the Gill Park and Bud Merrill Pavilion. We also introduced new signs that we will be putting up in early spring, reinforcing our rights and rules affecting our private tidelands and the private tidelands of owners above the mean high tide. I want to thank the many who have done research to help put all of this together.
Soon, our membership drive will start and I hope that everyone, in addition to paying their dues, will find it in their heart to donate to the additional expense categories to help us make our budget. Only 30% of our income comes from dues, so if we don’t have successful fundraising events, or we fall short of our salmon bake projection, then it becomes very hard for us to pay our expenses. Also, please consider giving to the Generations Fund, so we can accrue money to maintain our properties for future generations. One of the projects that the Generation Fund could cover is helping to update the kids’ play area behind the clubhouse, which is very tired and in need of renewal. My goal for us, as a community, is to raise $50,000 this year for the Generations Fund.
We are looking for some individuals to help coordinate fundraising efforts, so if you feel inclined, please give me a call. Wouldn’t it be great to bring back the chili cook-off and breakfast for the community, and how about adding wine auctions and dessert runways? You don’t have to cook and, yes, you can have some wine, but the job is coordinating, not putting on the entire event. Please think about it.
Don Lantz, IBIC President 2019-2020