Announcement: CSA Bathrooms Closed Summer 2020

Bathrooms on CSA common grounds will not be open for use this summer of 2020. We had hoped to make the bathroom at the Crystal View available, but we are unable to meet the stringent cleaning requirements set by the CDC and the local health department to keep us safe from this deadly virus. We understand this is an inconvenience, but our primary focus must be the long-term safety and well-being of our CSA community and the surrounding communities.

As a community-based facility, the CSA must be diligent in our efforts to follow precautions set forth by the CDC and local health department to do our part in reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. This includes frequent cleaning, at regular intervals, multiple times each day with an EPA-approved disinfectant of all “high touch surfaces” throughout facilities if they are open for use. Ideally, such cleaning of “high touch surfaces” (light switches, toilets, faucets, countertops, door knobs) would occur between each and every person who uses the facility, followed by a waiting period for the disinfectant to take full effect. In addition, PPE must be provided for those cleaning the facilities with such products, according to the CDC.

The CSA is not employing maintenance workers this summer, and volunteers although appreciated, may or may not be consistent in offering the cleaning that needs to be done to prevent transmission of this disease. Due to the highly transmissible nature of COVID-19, the fact that many who have it do not realize they have it, and employing no staff to properly train and execute adequate cleaning protocols, we will adhere to the recommendations from the CDC and department of health for our organization at this time.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. We wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to offering full services in the future.

CSA Board of Trustees

Officers of the Assembly

President: Holly Freeburg

3120 Sunset Dr,

Charlotte NC 28209

 (wtr) 281-687-3228

 (smr) 231-352-4129

Secretary: Jennifer Meeker

4213 Beach Dr. SW

Seattle, WA 98117

(wtr) 415-410-3403

(smr) 231-352-5081

Vice President: Beth Wolszon

1357 S Plymouth Court,

Chicago IL 60605

(wtr) 312-939-6271


Treasurer: Gary Dawley

392 Long Rapids,

Alpena, Ml 49707

(wtr) 989-356-6613

(smr) 231 -352-6019

Board of Trustees


Carol Edmonds, 2134 Robinson Rd PO Box 1026, Frankfort, MI 49635

Jim Gosnell, 10813 Long Shadow Ln, Houston TX 77024

Jeff Peoples, 17955 E Maplewood Dr, Aurora, CO 80016-3127

Shannon Wise, 1295 Mason Mill Ct, Herndon, VA 20170

Beth Wolszon, 1357 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60605


Bill Barnes, 3224 NE 42nd Ave, Portland OR 97213-1121

Molly Bazzani, 2609 White Oak Ct, Ann Arbor MI 48103

David Belknap, 909 W Lynn St, Austin TX 78703

Heidi McCaulley, 124 Frances Cannon Dr, Anderson SC 29621

Jane Taylor, 2911 Burlington Ct Ann Arbor MI 48105


Ed Allred, 5039 Proctor Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Alfie Bingham, 1201 Carriage Lane, La Grange IL 60525

Brooke Hammond Cunningham, 1189 Asbury Ave, Winnetka IL 60093

Diane Robertson Tracy, 1926 Ness Road, Frankfort MI 49635

Crissie Fuller Vitale, 653 W. Barry, Apt 3S, Chicago IL 6065

Women's Association: Nancy Gaffney, 3 Observatory Hill, Cincinnatti, OH 45208 

Managing Director: Ken Cox 449 Fairway Isles Drive, Venice, FL 34285

(wtr) 720-344-1115 (smr) 231 -352-9701

CSA Survey Results

The Board of Trustees is grateful to the 635 people who responded to our survey last year, representing a wide age range. In this longer-than-normal communication, we want to share with you the most important survey findings, and what you will see this summer in response to the feedback. The full survey results can be seen here - CSA Suvey Results..


We are pleased to report that the survey showed a high level of overall satisfaction with what the CSA offers, and the value delivered for the fees paid:

  • 97% of respondents rated their overall summer experience as excellent or good (with two-thirds saying excellent)
  • 89% of respondents rated the value received for fees paid as excellent or good (with 61% saying excellent)

People come to the CSA to spend time with family, enjoy nature, renew and enjoy friendships and get away from it all – this is the glue that holds us together. We also come for the broad range of fun and interesting activities. Children’s activities get better overall ratings than adult activities… and are a bigger draw. Our beaches are also a very important draw, especially for teens and young families.

Volunteers devote significant time to keeping our community running smoothly… and our fees reasonable. As with many organizations, we have struggled in recent years to get enough volunteers. We are encouraged that over a third of survey respondents said they want to volunteer more, but we need more/better ways to communicate opportunities and allow them to sign up.


Not surprisingly, we are being impacted by larger societal changes that will challenge us as we work to continue our traditions, and get multi-generational continuity and attendance:

  • Spiritual renewal and activities are less important to younger survey respondents
  • Work demands are the biggest deterrent to more time at the CSA, especially among those who say they are coming less frequently. Family circumstances and conflicts with childrens’ summer activities also have an impact

There are three primary Board focus areas from the survey:

  1. Continue to address swimmers itch: With the importance of the CSA waterfront, swimmer’s itch was a big issue in the survey. About a third of respondents with children ages 3 to 12… and 45% of teens… said swimmers itch deters or limits their time at the CSA.
  1. “Bond” 25 – 39 age group to the CSA: Our future depends upon building a lifetime pattern of CSA commitment and attendance for this age group, and the survey suggests we have some work to do:
  • This group was more likely than other age groups to have spent less time at the CSA in the past five years.
  • About a third rated our adult activities only “fair” or “poor” – much more so than other age groups.
  • For ages 30-39, swimmer’s itch is a bigger issue. And almost 1 in 5 in this age group said a preference for other vacation options limits their time at the CSA.
  1. Enhance quality/popularity of our teen activities: Renewing friendships, teen activities and other youth activities are important draws for teens.
  • Almost half of the teen respondents rated our teen activities only “fair.”
  • The good news is that volunteer opportunities are important to many teens. 33% of 13 to 18 year old respondents said volunteering contributes “a lot” to their decision to come more often and/or spend more time. Another 17% said it contributes “somewhat.”

In addition, there were a number of suggestions made in the comment sections of the survey. These have been passed along to relevant committees for consideration. Three specific areas the Board plans to address include:

  • Communications/Web site: People like the email communications introduced last summer, and want to see a more up-to-date Web site and Facebook page.
  • Expand Adult Leadership in Youth Activities: There were multiple requests to expand the role of adult staff in youth activities, in order to optimize safety and enjoyment, and to better mentor younger staff members.
  • Welcome and Include Newcomers. As we focus on enjoying our family/friends, activities, and even “our spot” on the beach, it appears we may sometimes come across as “closed” and/or unfriendly. We can all be part of the solution by being more aware of new people, and reaching out to include them.


A survey comment very effectively summed up the role of the Board in addressing the survey feedback: “While maintaining respect for traditions, continue to embrace the NEW - new people, new programs, new ways of doing the things that make the CSA what it is.” That’s exactly what the Board attempted to do as we set priorities and action plans for this summer. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Continue to work closely with The Crystal Lake Watershed Association to see that everything that can be done is being done to reduce/eradicate swimmer’s itch. This is obviously a multi-year effort, but Glen Lake results are encouraging. We will try to do an even better job of communicating when on-shore breezes may aggravate the problem, and will communicate products/ solutions people are finding to be helpful.
  2. Develop some alternate on-beach activities to encourage the community to congregate at our Crystal Lake beach. The beach is a pivotal piece of our culture. It’s where we meet, talk, laugh and make plans for “later,” and we don’t want to lose that to Swimmers Itch.
  3. Wi-Fi is coming to the CSA. We want to make it possible for people to spend more time at the CSA, by allowing them to conveniently stay in touch with their work and/or life back home. We will install Wi-Fi in the meeting room at the back of the Meeting House… where the digital age will not intrude on our community activities, and people will have a quiet place.
  4. Enhance volunteer opportunity communication/sign-up, including at registration, on the web site and Facebook page, and possibly at the tennis court and Crystal View. As part of this, we will look for opportunities for kids/teens to earn community service hours.
  5. Hire an adult staff member to supervise youth activities, with more direct oversight from Ken Cox.
  6. Continue to make progress in upgrading our Web site and Facebook page.
  7. Make activities more engaging, with better learning experiences, and more disciplined/structured implementation. This will be a multi-year effort. The very popular ecology activities are a good example, and were highly rated in the survey.

You will hear more throughout the summer in our weekly activity emails, and on our Web site. Please be sure to provide an up-to-date email address when you register, so you receive the weekly emails! The survey learning provides a great opportunity for dialogue and ideas, and this is just the start. As we did last year, we will be holding community meetings to get feedback. We also invite you to talk with any Board member, or Ken Cox.

Message from the President

 March 28, 2020

We know that COVID-19 has likely changed everyone’s life in some form or fashion. First and foremost, from myself and the Board of Trustees we hope you and yours are well!

The CSA Leadership Team is in communication, and as we learn more about the virus and government recommendations/restrictions, we will be ready to make a decision on how to move forward with a 2020 season. We will be in touch as soon as we know more on the website, by email and on Facebook.

As we face these current challenges, my key to getting through this is belief in God, trusting in myself and each other, listening to my heart, calming my mind, being patient with people, being kind, believing in a bright future and that we will persevere. I moved a lot during my career and the CSA was always the place I called home - the one place I could count on for connection with family, friends and rejuvenation. Hope to see you all this summer.

Good health,


Holly Freeburg
CSA Board of Trustees President