Monday, May 18, 2015
We hope that everyone enjoyed the summer kick-off weekend known as May 2-4, and the Orr Lake Ratepayers have planned a season packed full of events to help keep the ball rolling. We welcome our neighbours in Elmvale and Hillsdale to join us for any or all of the events coming up. Invite family and friends, and mark these dates on your calendar now:
Sunday, May 31, 10 AM to noon - Bottle Drive. Drop off empties in support of community events at the park on South Orr Lake Rd or, if you live within the borders of the Orr Lake community, leave them at the end of your driveway on Saturday evening for pick-up.
Saturday, June 13, 9 to 11 AM - Perennial Exchange. Meet us at the park on South Orr Lake Rd with whatever you have too much of and pick up something new.
Saturday, June 27, 8 AM to 2 PM - Community Garage Sale. Just display your items in your own Orr Lake driveway and we’ll take care of the advertising at roadsides and in area papers. Don't want to deal with leftover items? Donate them, or your proceeds, to the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children for their garage sale in August. Call or text 905-716-2571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick-up.
Saturday, July 4, 9 AM - Golf Tournament. Come on out to beautiful Orr Lake Golf Club for fun and prizes. Only 72 spots available. $38 per person including cart for OLRA members, $48 for non-members.
Sunday August 2, noon to 3PM - OLRA Picnic. Admission is free to OLRA members (includes extended families), or $10/family for non-members. This year, in addition to races & contests with prizes for all ages, and BBQ treats at low prices we invite you to decorate your boat with a movie theme and cruise by for your chance to win. Also new this year is a lip sync contest, open to individuals or groups of all ages. Contact Susan Eccleshall at 705-725-4120 to volunteer time, or prizes for raffles & events, and don’t forget to bring your Young Naturalist booklets (see below).
Sunday, August 9, 1 PM – Annual General Meeting. Topics at this year’s AGM will include healthy shorelines and septic re-inspections, with presentations from many of our partners and associates. This is your opportunity to volunteer your time, which is desperately needed, and voice your concerns. We hope to see you all at Orr Lake Golf Club for this important meeting.
Young Naturalist Program. Geared toward children aged 9 and under, this program provides seven booklets of fun and educational activities covering the topics of wetlands, mammals, birds, herptiles (amphibians and reptiles), insects, plants, and fish. Collect and complete all seven, then bring all the booklets to the annual picnic to receive a Young Naturalist Certificate. If this program is well received, we will create a Junior Naturalist program for older kids. Check the board at the park approximately every two weeks for a new booklet. On the board, we also have an "I spotted a _____" clipboard. Write down all of the animals you have seen. In conjunction with this program, have your kids enter our photo contest. They can snap shots in three different categories - landscape, summer fun and wildlife. Email digital copies of photos to email@example.com. A prize will be awarded to the winners of each category.
We welcome volunteers for membership drive, clean-up, and picnic. We are also looking for a volunteer naturalist and artist, and if we are able to enlist the volunteered help of local musicians we would love to host a musical event. Contact us via phone or text to 905-716-2571, 705-725-4120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July is a busy month for our handful of volunteers but we’re trying to arrange another event or two so check this column regularly and also visit our blog at orrlakeratepayers.blogspot.ca. If you scroll down, you’ll find a link on the right that will allow you to have interesting and important updates delivered right to your email inbox. Meanwhile, be safe and happy as you enjoy our lake this season!