Your Dive Supports Our Food Drive!

Please consider joining with the ‘courageous’ few who symbolically leap into the new year by literally diving into the frigid waters of Angle Lake at the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The original concept of the plunge was simply a wacky thing to do. However, a more sensible reason has been introduced to support a local food drive effort to help reduce hunger in our area. 

We are encouraging all participants and spectators to bring donations of cash, check and/or non-perishable food items to be given to the Highline Food Bank to assist in their effort of providing meals to members in our community who frequently suffer from the effects of hunger. Food Bank shelves are typically quite empty at this time of year due to increased demand over the holidays. Non-perishable food donations and/or cash contributions are greatly needed to help restock the shelves to meet the ongoing demand that is present in our community. 

If everyone in our neighborhood would commit to donating just $10 each the Highline food bank would be in a far greater position to serve client needs throughout the entire year! And for every $10 donation, the donor will in return receive one additional chance to win some fabulous prizes!  See the Official Flyer for details. Non-perishable packaged food donations will also be accepted and be awarded additional opportunities for prizes.

2017 Polar Bear Plunge and Food Drive 
January 1st - New Years Day
Angle Lake Manor Club Private Beach Lot 
3419 South 194th Street. 

11:00 AM Gates Open, Light Refreshments Offered
12:00 PM The Big Plunge
12:30 PM Raffle Prize Drawings
01:00 PM Conclusion

There will be a fire burning to warm by and hot coffee and other refreshments will be available for participants and spectators to enjoy before the plunge. A small commemorative gift will be awarded to all participants that enter the water. Special recognition will be given to each participant that achieves Polar Cub Club status be swimming to the dive platform and back!

Hints and Safety Tips:
  • Dress Up in costume over your swimsuit to add whimsy
  • Come Early. Parking is limited. Carpool or come by boat.
  • Anyone with heart problems should consult your health care provider before participating. If you don't participate, you’re still welcome to join us and watch.
  • Do Not Drink. Alcohol does not warm you up. It accelerates hypothermia.
  • Do Not Stay In The Water Longer Than 15 Minutes. Body heat is lost 30 times faster in the water than in air.
  • Keep Your Outer Clothing On until swim time and remove any wet clothing before getting back into dry clothes.
  • Have Fun!

End of Year Progress Report

As reported in an earlier blog post (Mid-Year Check Point), the Shore Club Board of Directors had targeted two key items to focus additional attention on this year:
  • Getting younger families with children involved in lake activities
  • Bringing a major fireworks display back to the center of the lake.
The following is a year-end report on how the board made progress toward these two goals:

  • Family Centered Events
We had witnessed an increased attendance for the Spooktacular Halloween Boo Cruise and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony; however attendance for the Christmas Boats and Santa Cruise realized a slight decrease in the number of children particularly along the North Shore and Mobile Home Park.  The assumption is that the extraordinarily rainy weather may have prevented people from venturing outdoors to see Santa, or perhaps it was because many were satisfied with their previous visit and photo opportunities with Santa during the Tree Lighting Ceremony that prompted them to remain indoors warm and dry instead. 

While the newly added Hydroplane Racing Weekend was not sponsored by the Angle Lake Shore Club, we were very encouraged to see the number of families involved in the races and for our neighboring families who visited the racing pits to ask questions and get up and close with the race boats and operations. For all intents and purposes, this was a highly successful event and achieved all the goals and objectives of being a unique and interesting event for this area and we are hopeful that additional races to be considered in the future.
  • Fireworks Barges
At last report in June ‘16, the overall fundraising effort was at 70% of the targeted goal of $24,000. Unfortunately, the ‘gofundme’ online fundraising campaign that was created did not produce the results expected, falling far short of the $8,000 objectives. I am happy to report however that four generous donors had contributed a total of $550 through this online account with the funds having been combined to the overall effort.  To date, the club has received a total of $19,360 in private party pledges and cash contributions all from neighbors living on or in immediate vicinity of Angle Lake. 
It is also with great pleasure that we report that our volunteer laborers have completed building four of the seven barges required and were launched last weekend (12/18/16)! The remaining three barges will be completed within the upcoming months in 2017, thus ensuring the capability of returning a major fireworks display to the center of Angle Lake next summer!

Video Courtesy of Steve Beck

I personally am grateful for the many thoughtful and generous neighbors that make up our lake community, and I am truly amazed at what can be accomplished when we all come together.  

Thank you for your support.

You can expect another progress report in early spring at which time I’m hopeful that we can report that all barges have been completed and deployed; that the firework display contracts have been signed for a mid-lake Independence Day Show; and that Hydroplane Racing will return to Angle Lake for a second year.