New Season, New Volunteers, and New Dates!

The Angle Lake Shore Club Board met Wednesday, February 15th to schedule the upcoming event dates for the 2017 season and to welcome four new volunteers to the team!  
Back Row: Judy, Steve, Marge, Drew, Debbie, Lonnie, Kari, Sandy, Julie
Front Row: Fuzz, Jim, Lynne, Tani Rae
New volunteer members include:
  • Lynne Caster – Events Coordinator
  • Drew Clark – Newsletter Editor
  • Kari Fogelman – Newsletter and Promotional Advertising
  • Sandy Goulet – Welcome Committee

A full list of assignments and duties can be viewed by clicking the link on the top of the blog site page labeled ‘About Us’. Please join us in welcoming our new volunteer and returning board members for 2017!

This year we’ve made an electronic copy of the 2017 Events Calendar available to you for download. Burn off a copy and hang it on your refrigerator to ensure that you won’t miss any of the exciting events we have planned for you and your family to enjoy! A schedule is also always available to view by clicking the link on the top of the blog site page labeled ‘Annual Events’. You can also access our online photo albums to view all the pictures taken during prior events!

The 2017 date and events are as follows:
  • SUN APR 16 – Easter Bunny Dock Hop
  • SUN APR 30 – Fishing Derby, Picnic and Raffle
  • TUE JUL 04 – Independence Day
  • SAT JUL 22 – Lake Bottom Clean Sweep
  • SAT AUG 12 – Floating Tasty Tapas
  • SUN OCT 29 – BOO Cruise SpOOtacular
  • SUN NOV 26 – Santa Christmas Tree Lighting
  • SAT DEC 02 – Members Only Christmas Party
  • SAT DEC 09 – Santa’s Christmas Cruise

In addition to the list of events above, we plan to continue our “Middle of the ‘L’ Social Hours” during the summer months. Any change to events, dates and/or times will be announced through the blog and via our quarterly newsletter.

The new and improved 2017 ALSC Board and Volunteer Member Team is looking forward to delivering a slew of quality events to our members and are eager to meet with you at each of these events!

See you out on the water, soon!

Building Community While Building Barges

In the spirit of a traditional Barn Raising, where material goods are created and community bonds are strengthened through a collaborative construction event, the Angle Lake Shore Club is announcing a call to action in assembling the final three barges needed for the launch site of the upcoming Fourth of July Fireworks Display.

This is one of those once in a lifetime moments, rarely found in modern times, where neighbors have an opportunity to come together to work collectively toward delivering on a major common goal.

Please send an email indicating your interest to participate in the Barge Assembly Program to: Due to space limitations, volunteer participation will be reserved on a first come, first accepted basis. A formal scheduled will be announced in the coming weeks.

When a community comes together
A barn raising is a collective action in which a barn for one of the members is built or rebuilt collaboratively by members of the community. Barn rising was particularly common in 18th- and 19th-century rural North America. A barn was a necessary structure for any farmer yet the assembly required more labor than a typical family could provide. Barn raising addressed the need by enlisting members of the community, unpaid, to assist in the building of their neighbors' barns. Because each member was entitled to recruit others for help, the favor would eventually return to each participant. The tradition of "barn raising" continues, more or less unchanged, in some Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities, particularly in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and some rural parts of Canada. The practice continues outside of these religious communities, albeit less frequently than in the 19th century.

Team building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks. It is distinct from team training, which is designed by education professionals to improve the efficiency, rather than interpersonal relations. Many team-building exercises aim to expose and address interpersonal problems within a business group. Team building is one of the foundations of organizational development that can be applied to groups such as sports teams, school classes, military units or neighborhoods. The formal definition of team-building includes:
  • aligning around goals
  • finding solutions to problems
  • building effective working relationships
Of all organizational activities, one study found team-development to have the strongest effect for improving organizational performance and could likewise deliver similar benefit to community organizations, as well.

There are proven personal benefits of community volunteerism. Surrounding oneself with new people who may be of different ethnicity, have different backgrounds and views, working together collectively not only promotes learning how to improve collaborative teamwork and build relationship skills, it reduces stereotypes, increases appreciation of other cultures, and works to allow people to discover others that they can relate to.

We urge you to consider taking advantage of this rare opportunity to join with other community members to achieve a successful common goal.