You are invited to an Informational Meeting At the L.O.T.O. Club House Saturday July 22nd 2017 at 3:00 pm. Karel Rogers a Representative of NEMO CCC, (Northeast Missouri Community Conservation Coalition) will share what has been happening regarding the CAFO, (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) that's located just 2 miles SE of Lake Of The Oaks, as well as what's happening with other Missouri CAFO's. Karel Rogers comes from West of Heartland, over an hour drive away. Karel would like to clear up some Misconceptions as well as hear your Opinions and Concerns. You are welcome to share any knowledge of CAFO experiences you have at the meeting. All are Welcome; we look forward to seeing you.
Another successful fundraiser is in the books. Our goal was $3,500 and with a final pledge received this week we raised $3,720!! Thank you to those that gave towards the new picnic tables for the Beach Shelter. This is just for the tables, the entire shelter project took many hours of volunteer work. Our Board of Directors initiated the project, thanks goes to them for doing so. It's heartwarming to see everyone come together and contribute in the different ways they can in order to realize a common goal for our community. The Lake of the Oaks is better because of it. The tables are on order and should be arriving soon!
Donations received as of 6/23/17: 18 donations for a total of $3,720
Thank you to our donors. Kathy and Rodney Krome Bob Bergman Loretta and Dan Musholt Kevin and Karen Semrow Bob & Bill Weckbach Joe and JoAnn Brewer Dave and Jae Powell Pete Henson Daryl and Carla Herron Bill and Carol Genck Gerald and Malinda Poulter Dave and Doris Sowell Richard and Mary Anne Bartlett Brent and Shannon Jarvis Mark and Julie Rector Mark and Fen Bigelow Gerald and Bev Percy Albert and Kathleen Kepple
To all our friends at the lake, Maria and I are not going to be able to do the hot dog cookout on Saturday at the new shelter. My mom passed and the funeral will be on Saturday. Many of you knew her and she loved the lake, our community, and all the gatherings at the Poulters and then the clubhouse. She always went to Hobby Lobby to buy something to donate to the raffle drawings. The lake was a place that she never had until we became owners, and she enjoyed it very much, as late as St. Patrick's Day weekend. The Shrine and the St. Patrick community were also special to her because they were so friendly. The dinners, fundraisers, masses, etc. were very meaningful to her.
My sister, Dona, and I are going to purchase a picnic table for the new shelter in her memory. Thanks to all for your understanding.
Please consider donating towards the fundraiser for picnic tables at the beach pavilion. See the long post below. You can buy a whole table and have a plaque attached to it with your inscription for $875. Send your donations to me. Please make the check out to my name as this drive is separate from the association.
Tom Hornstein 7 Prestwick Drive Pekin, IL 61554 Donations received as of 6/7/17: 17 donations for a total of $3,670
Thank you to our donors. Kathy and Rodney Krome Bob Bergman Loretta and Dan Musholt Kevin and Karen Semrow Bob & Bill Weckbach Joe and JoAnn Brewer Dave and Jae Powell Pete Henson Daryl and Carla Herron Bill and Carol Genck Gerald and Malinda Poulter Dave and Doris Sowell Richard and Mary Anne Bartlett Brent and Shannon Jarvis Mark and Julie Rector Mark and Fen Bigelow Gerald and Bev Percy
LOTO Association members: A couple of years ago we coordinated a fundraising effort to make improvements to the beach. We raised about $4,500 and the result was a greater use of the beach area by our owners and guests. It seems to get more popular every year. Now, our board is using our funds to invest in a picnic shelter (see the concept drawing attached). It's going to cost over $4,000, and that's with 100% of the labor donated. I would like to see if we can get enough donations to provide 4 eight foot picnic tables for the new shelter, and have them match the ones on the beach. With taxes, shipping, and 4 tables, we're looking at $3,500. They are expensive, but they are commercial quality and the ones we have look great after a few years. All costs in, each table will be $875. There will only be 4. One table will be handicap accessible at the end, meaning the table would extend past the seat so a wheelchair can be pulled up to it. That came to mind when thinking about our lake resident Patrick Stevenson (RIP buddy). If you and your family would like to pick up the entire cost of a table, I will have an engraved "Donated By:" or "In Memory Of:", etc. tag mounted to the table, first come, first served on that. You can message me to commit and I'll reserve the table for you. Checks can be made out to me as we did last time. They can be mailed or delivered by hand. I'll post totals on the Facebook page. If you donate, I will post your name but NOT the amount, unless you ask me not to post your name at all. The number of donors last time impressed everyone. Tom Hornstein 7 Prestwick Drive Pekin, IL 61554 309-642-9297 Feel free to message me or call me with any questions, comments, ideas, etc. Please share this with your friends on Facebook and those not on Facebook to get the word out. I will also post this on the Facebook. -Thanks, Tom
Well, here's some seriously awesome news. Our board took the initiative on this proposal. We're getting a picnic shelter down at the beach! It will be 16' wide and 38' long. It will be built similar to the covered portion of our clubhouse. It will be located up on the hill where the picnic table and grill are now. The old concrete that is up there will be covered and a new, larger pad will be poured. Bill Davis will be the project manager, and we should all be thankful for that. My guess is that there will be plenty of opportunities for those interested to pitch in and help. This is going to be a welcome addition to our list of amenities. A big thank you to our directors for making this happen!
For the homeowners. You have, or will receive, your ballot for the 4 available board positions. You'll see Beth Davis' name on the ballot, then there are other spaces for you to enter write-in candidates. I wanted to get the word out concerning people who are willing to be write-in candidates and serve. My sources are good but never perfect. So far I'm aware of Mark Bigelow, Joey Fryer, Joe Brewer, and Rick Adamire. If I hear of more, I will post them here. Please make sure you mail your ballots so they arrive by April 8th. The Annual Meeting is Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. It will take place at the clubhouse. If you can, please bring a finger food or dessert to pass. Drinks will be provided.
Let's think about this..... Our Board of Directors authorized the building of the new sign and the use of our association funds for materials for the sign itself. All of the labor that went into it was donated by a number of our fellow association members. Maybe you can't haul concrete or telephone poles but you can still participate just like those that built it. We have some volunteers who have offered to landscape around the new sign. Now we just need the additional funds to do it with. Would you consider a donation to the landscaping project?
Beth Davis has agreed to collect the donations. Today would be a great kick off because of the community dinner. We'll announce it today at the Labor Day dinner. Don't forget to participate in the raffle but maybe bring a little extra with you to give to the landscape project. You can also send it to Beth if you won't be at the dinner today. Everyone agrees how nice the new sign looks. Now is the perfect time to get end of the year specials on landscaping materials. Let's put the final touches on it!
The Association has the lake water tested about every other year. Testing was just completed in 3 areas, the beach, the boat docks, and from a dock near the south end of the lake. We were well under the recommended recreational limit of 235 E. Coli MPN. The results were 7.5 at the beach, 1.0 at the boat docks, and 4.1 near the south end of the lake. Keep Swimming!
We had some rain but we also had a great time. The Fishing Derby was better than ever, thanks to Sarah and Joey Fryer. Melinda organized a great pancake breakfast and fish fry later that day. Since the 4th was on a Monday, there were fireworks all weekend. Here's some video and photos in no particular order. Hope you were able to make it. Please remember the sponsors who were kind enough to donate to the Fishing Derby.
Shottenkirk Chevrolet & Lonnie Foust Dollar General Bank of Monticello County Market Pizza Hut Ayers Oil Company Chiropractic Clinic (our own Dr. Weckbach) Lake of the Oaks Homeowners Association
Some much needed work was done at the beach today. The ditch around the beach was dug out and regraded. Sand that had eroded into the water was reclaimed as well and used to fill in some of the low spots. It will all be finished tomorrow. A big thank you goes to our Association President, Mark Bigelow for donating the use of his tractor. About 4 hours were put in today and it would have been much more if we didn't have the proper equipment. Thank you to Hume, Daryl, and Bob as well.
The Kids' Fishing Derby will be on July 2nd at 9 am. Go fill up on pancakes from 7 to 9 at the clubhouse, but be ready to throw the lines in at 9. Sara and Joey Fryer were kind enough to take on organizing the derby this year. They have a number of sponsors from local businesses and it will be a great time. Numbers in the past have ranged from 30 to 50 kids. Owners, get all the young ones in your family, along with your guests, geared up and find a nice spot on the dam.
I had to make the call and now is the time. I've been watching the weather by the hour and in order to get everything at the last minute, I would have to make that happen tonight. The rain forecast went back up to 40% for Saturday at 1 pm on. I don't know what we would do with 100 plus hot dog buns. We'll find another weekend and announce it in advance, and we'll do that soon. I hope to get down Sunday afternoon after Antonio's graduation ceremony. You can heckle me then.
The hot dog roast to open up the beach season is this Saturday at 1 pm. We're watching the weather forecast for the weekend. If it looks like we'll get wet, we may postpone it. Maria and I are coming to the lake just for that. Antonio graduates on Sunday and although I hate giving up a long holiday weekend, I think my absence would be noticed at his ceremony. :-) I'll post any updates.
Years ago when I was looking for a lake front cabin I stumbled across a realtor ad for Lake of the Oaks. There was nothing on the web about our lake.
Everything had to be learned by chasing people down and making phone calls. I couldn't believe that in the age of the Internet, information about the lake was left in the Stone Age. I decided to do something about that when I became an owner.
Always interested in technology, I enjoy providing information and updates to fellow owners and prospects. Please let me know if its working.