Can you believe the new year is just around the corner? Before you know it we will all be back at the CSA to enjoy another summer of fun family activities and spiritual renewal. Earlier this month the Winter Board of Trustees meeting in Chicago took place and below are some of the highlights of the meeting.  

On November 11, the Board of Trustees and the Committee Chairs gathered at a conference room near O’Hare Airport for the Mid-Winter Meeting. Some of us traveled from Michigan, others from the West and East Coasts. We debated, discussed and made decisions concerning the business of the CSA. We looked back on the summer of 2017 and planned for the summer of 2018. What a gift the Assembly is to all of us, and what a pleasure it was to see summer faces as winter approaches.

At the meeting, Julie Walton announced that she will be stepping down from the position of Secretary. Julie has been doing a wonderful job and promises to continue through August of 2018. Ideally the new Secretary would shadow Julie this summer, assuring a smooth transition. If you or anyone you know would be interested in finding out more about this position, click here to take a look at the posted job description. I’m trying to think of a way to entice you to come work with me and the fun and fabulous BOT. It’s enjoyable! You get to know the inner workings of the CSA!  You get to see summer faces in November! Contact me if you’re interested at 

Keep an eye out for the Assembly News this spring to see the many thing to look forward to in the summer of 2018...Barbara Perry

Highlights from the Board of Trustees (BOT) 2017 Winter Meeting:
  • Our final financial statements for the year ending September 30, 2017 are in good shape with no significant changes from what was reported at the July Annual Meeting.
  • The Budget for 2018 was approved. The weekly fee is going up from $25 to $27 per week. The hourly employee starting wage will increase from $9/hr to $12/hr in order to be competitive with jobs in town. The automobile registration fee will increase $2 to $12 per season and will roughly cover projected road maintenance costs. No changes to boat fees, woods court tennis fees and WW&GL fees. The last time fees were raised was 2013.
  • The Bylaw proposal presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting and August Open Forum has been sent back to the committee for additional work. 
  • President Barbara Perry has formed an ad hoc IT Committee chaired by Betsy Barnard. It is charged with identifying CSA information technology needs and issues and proposing solutions. The main issue identified so far is updating and/or replacing the current office software system that is used to manage our membership and registration process. If you have IT expertise and would like to join this committee, please contact Betsy at 


The CSA Calendar has been set for 2018. Click here to see when you favorite events are happening!


The CSA was created by volunteers and continues to be a place we all want to return to because of the dedicated efforts of those who give their time and talents to our community. Please see the following opportunities below:

The Forest Care Committee is looking for additional members to help educate the membership about forest management including caring for trees, forest understory, and tree removal. Those interested should contact Julia Nerbonne at .

The ad hoc IT Committee is looking for Microsoft Access expertise to help update and support the Office software system. Contact Betsy Barnard at 

All committees would love to have new volunteers - they bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the committee's work. Everyone is welcome! Also, if you would like to be on the Board of Trustees volunteering for a committee is a great way to start getting involved. Contact the committee chair if you are interested - click here for a list of all committee chairs

  • With numerous requests for the addition of shade trees on Crystal Beach, the Ecology Committee with funding from the Women’s Association purchased 4, 10 ft. tall River birch. In addition, Nancy Baglan donated a Camperdown elm tree that at maturity has an umbrella-like canopy. The five trees were planted in early October, the optimum time, and members of the community have been watering the trees to help establish them.
  • At the July 2017 BOT Meeting the Forest Care Committee received $10,000 of allocated funding to treat Beech Bark Disease. 102 diseased Beech trees on CSA common property were treated by arborists during August and September. To learn more about Beech Bark Disease and how to treat your trees, click here.
  • Ticks have become increasingly prevalent in our area. Several cases of Lyme disease in children were reported at the BOT Meeting. The Ecology Committee has provided information about tick prevention and what to do in the event of a tick bite that has been gathered from the Michigan Department of Community Health. This information is provided for you on both the CSA website - click here to read more - and in the Ecology rack in the Assembly building. 
Employers overwhelmingly point to internship experience as one of the most important factors they consider in hiring new college graduates for full-time positions. Benefits include: learning about a field, gaining work experience, developing skills and making networking contacts. The CSA is offering the following internship to a CSA College Student that will provide meaningful work experience: Communications / Archive Internship. If you’re interested in the job, or know a student who might be, click here for the job description and application information. Apply by March 31, 2018.
Hear ye, Hear ye! Come one, come all. Starting in 2018 we will be taking an annual CSA picture of the congregation and choir for the archives. This year it will be on Sunday, July 8th. Be there or be square!