In Memoriam ----- David Robertson

 On Saturday morning, at the 2020 Annual Meeting, the Waterfront Committee made this tribute to a long-standing Chairman of the Waterfront Committee, Dave Robertson, who passed away on November 18, 2019, three weeks short of his 94th birthday.

For well over 30 years Dave served on the Waterfront Committee and Chaired it for much of that time. Dave was also a longtime Head Coach and Director of Aquatics at New Trier High School and built the New Trier organization into a state and national powerhouse. Dave brought that same dedication and excellence to the CSA waterfront. He considered the development of the learn-to-swim “station method” as his major contribution to the world of aquatics, and it still serves as the model for CSA swimming lessons today. In addition, to establishing a strong foundation for CSA swimming instruction, Dave kept a sharp eye on the beach. Along with other Assembly members who were handy with lumber and tools, Dave made sure the benches, guard stands, rafts, and the doghouse were always in good condition. Another of his passions was canoeing, and he shared his skills and experience with novices at the CSA on numerous occasions. Dave's grandfather, David G. Robertson, started bringing his family to the CSA in 1905csacom032DRobertsonPixAnnotation 2020 08 05 222506. Dave loved spending time in the CSA woods, listening to the choir, hiking in the area, and (of course) swimming in Crystal Lake.

His daughter, Diane Robertson Tracy, a current member of the Waterfront Committee, shared this photo of Dave and his cousin, Dorothy Wynne posing in their matching bathing suits on the Crystal Lake beach in 1927, when they were two years old.

New Boat Compliance Procedure for the Crystal Beach

In recent years it is not uncommon to find that a third or more of the sail & motor boats, kayaks, and paddle boards in the CSA Crystal beach boat storage area do not have up-to-date stickers. Per the Rules and Regulations of the CSA - all boats of any type or size must be registered at the Assembly Office and the CSA boat sticker must be on each boat. All boats must be pulled up at least six feet up from the water. If members know that they will not be using their boat for a week or so, they should pull the boat farther up on the beach to leave room for boats in frequent use.

The Board of Trustees has received feedback that it is not fair that so many boats without stickers are getting “a free ride.” To increase compliance, the Board approved a plan to move unstickered boats to a Permit Detention Area (PDA) which is located behind the beach boat storage area, between the tree line and the road.

Starting Monday, July 10th 2017:

  • Every Monday a member of the Waterfront Committee will check for unstickered boats. When the owner’s name is clear on the boat, Ken Cox will call that day to give the owner a chance to promptly sticker the boat.
  • Every Wednesday the waterfront staff will move any remaining unstickered boats to the Permit Detention Area (PDA) - located behind the boats, between the tree line and the road. Owners will be responsible for getting a sticker and moving the boat back.
  • Please do not take it out on the waterfront staff. They are only doing their job.

ALL boats stored in the CSA beach boat storage area must have a sticker – even paddle boards. Here are the sticker prices:

  • Type A (butterfly): $10.00 per week 
  • Type B (larger):     $18.00 per week 
  • Type C: (kayaks, paddleboards and canoes): $5.00 per week

No boats need to end up in the Permit Detention Area (PDA)! If you already have a sticker, put it on your boat. If you don’t, pick one up at the office and get it on your boat. You have until the end of the day on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 to avoid the boat PDA.


The CSA has 2 waterfront areas for use by members – Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan.


Crystal Lake Rules: Crystal is a non-smoking beach

1. Trained lifeguards are on duty between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 pm, and only when their presence is indicated by a Red Cross flag at the top of the beach flagstaff.

2. All trash must be deposited in the receptacles provided. All disposable diapers must be taken back to your cottage.

3. Bonfires are not permitted on the Crystal Lake Beach except at the designated fire pit below the Crystal View.

4. Dogs and other animals must not be brought onto the beach at any time.

5. Beer and alcoholic beverages are forbidden on the beach.

6. Radios are allowed only with personal earphones.

7. Use of cellphones is strongly discouraged.

Lake Michigan Rules:


1. Everyone must stay off the dunes. The stairs to the beach are CLOSED due to high water damage.

2. All trash must be places in containers provided or taken back to your cottage.

3. The use of glass containers is prohibited on the beach.

4. Dogs must be on a leash on the CSA Michigan beach and all animal waste must be picked up by the owners for proper disposal.

5. Participants at beach parties are expected to keep noise (radios, voices, singing) at a reasonable and courteous level. Strict quiet hours are posted from 11:00 pm – 8:00 am. 

6. No alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or fireworks are allowed on the beach.

7. Fire Rules:

* Firewood may be gathered from the beach or taken down from your cottage supply. It is prohibited to climb the dunes to pull out dead tree roots or other wood for your fire.

* Fire sites are to be established and left for the next group to use again whenever possible.

* Fires must be doused with water prior to abandoning them.