The trustees gathered prior to Thanksgiving for the final meeting of the year, and were joined by the other Board members, a good representation of Committee Chairs and many CSA members. We reviewed the summer of 2011 which saw the refurbishing of the Woods and Michigan Courts, the initiation of a multi-year program to restore sand on the Crystal beach, the growing interest in ecology of the CSA, the spirited participation of children and teens at the Monday night dances, T-ball, soccer, tennis, the operetta, and activities away from the CSA. Adults also enjoyed many engaging discussion groups and forums, and a super big turnout for their operetta. We all agreed that under the leadership of Paul Poehlein and Ken Cox, and the able support of the staff and Committees that it was a very successful summer. We saw the CSA providing spiritual support and respite from the pressures and challenges that face us away from this little corner of the world.
The Board spent this day pursuing its mission to oversee the stewardship of the CSA. This responsibility encompasses over 3000 feet of beach front on Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan, well over 10 acres of natural beauty of common property that is available for all members, and the many millions of dollars in cash and other physical assets such as the buildings, roads, tennis courts, and equipment. This stewardship, most importantly, requires preserving for the CSA’s one thousand plus members the spiritual and spirited foundation that has lasted for over one hundred years.
The Committees and associations, including the Pilgrim Fund, are the energy that drives all that we enjoy about the CSA. Without the tireless work of many enthusiastic, creative, and dedicated Committee Chairs, and the people that volunteer and are recruited, the Board would have little to consider. The committees are the life blood and it is important that each and every committee be in tune with the membership, seek out and recruit new members, encourage turnover, and challenge old and propose new approaches. Positive, incremental and creative change will keep the CSA strong and well prepared for the next generation.
The CSA is in good fiscal condition. There are major opportunities and challenges that will require good fortune and good planning. The ash boring beetle and other creatures will, most likely, affect our forest. Swimmer itch-say no more! We have noted demographic changes from more women working, and working in the private sector rather than education, to more seniors finding northern Michigan a nice place to spend six to twelve months. Many of these changes are beyond of our control. Yet, how we react will determine our future. If we approach this new world as it is, with an open mind and spirit of cooperation, the future is indeed bright for the CSA.
The summer of 2012 is fast approaching: stay connected at,
Fred Lauerman, President