Dear fellow members and property owners,
It is a privilege to serve as president of your civic association for the 2000-2001 term. This job has been made easier by the dedication and hard work of all the previous presidents and boards of directors. The present board has a challenge before it to continue in the same manner. I am sure they will prove to be up to that challenge.
Chesapeake Isle is a very unique community not only because of its location and the beauty of it’s surroundings, but we also have the opportunity to have a part in maintaining this beauty. The civic association’s primary purpose is to protect, maintain and improve the value of our investment. But this cannot be done without your help! This is a SELF HELP COMMUNITY!! Maintenance of the roads, beach and harbor is being done by your friends and neighbors. Without their tireless efforts, the community would not be what it is today. Are you doing your share? When was the last time you were out to a community workday? If you are not participating, you are missing the chance to get to know your neighbors better while helping to maintain your community.
The response to the survey of members conducted by last year’s board showed the two major concerns of our members to be the condition of our roads and the continuing erosion problem at our bathing beach. This board has made them priorities. The further improvement of our roads is underway, guided now by our new roads chairman, Glenn Culler. In addition, by the time you receive this newsletter, you should have received a ballot and a packet of information explaining the proposed project to correct the beach problem. Please review that package carefully and return your ballot promptly. The board feels strongly that this is the best alternative for correcting the problem.
If the plan is approved, you may want to participate by making a cash donation, purchasing an interest bearing note or helping with fund raising activities. We have already received $500 in cash donations toward the project. Please consider being a part of this important effort to preserve our beach and enhance our property values. If you have any questions or want more information, contact me or any board member. If approved, we hope to start work in late November or early December and complete the project before spring in order to have the beach back in shape for the 2001 swim season.
As in previous years, your Social Committee is planning some exciting social events and I hope to see you there. Or, just drop in at 302 Rolling Avenue and say “hello”. Carol would love to tell you some of her crabbing stories.
It has been a terrific year so far for paid memberships in our organization. We have 239 member families in the civic association as this newsletter is being prepared with several new arrivals yet to be contacted. The record for paid memberships is well within reach before the end of this year. 240 members is the current record and it was set way back when annual dues was still $30.00 per year. It’s never too late for even you fallen away past members to climb back on the dues wagon!! We need all the dues money we can generate to keep moving ahead with the capital improvements we’ve undertaken.
Annual Meeting and Elections
The Annual Meeting was held at the pavilion on Sunday, August 27th and elections for board members were held at that time. Three incumbent directors were re-elected to a three year term on the board …… Dave Byler, Tom Cobley and Andrea Gilde. Also elected was first time candidate Harry Hite, who resides on Diana Way. We congratulate these neighbors on their elections and wish them three years of great accomplishments for our community. And a big thank you to those who ran but didn’t make it … may they try again and be more successful next time.
New Officers Elected to C.I.C.A. Board
Following the Annual Meeting, an executive committee was elected by the Board to lead them for the 2000/2001 term. The following are the new officers …
President..... Art Wood Vice President........ Dick Ullman
Treasurer..... Rob Green Secretary............. Andrea Gilde
At the board’s first business meeting in September, the resignation of Frank Strimel was accepted with regret and Verne Orndorff of Bennett Avenue was elected by the Board to complete the one year left on Frank Strimel’s term.
Chesapeake Isle Web-Site
We have mentioned the community’s web-site several times since it’s inception in 1999. For those of you with the ability to go to our web-site (www.chesapeakeisle.org ) you will find it is constantly growing. You can now access minutes of past meetings, past newsletters, photos of recent community events and much more.
We can now offer you an additional service via e-mail. The most up-to-the-minute directory of Chesapeake Isle property owners and renters is available to you by simply requesting one at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. This would be the ever-changing “master” copy as used by the Membership Chairman to keep track of the comings and goings of our current and former residents. Please allow a few working days for the Secretary to e-mail the most current copy back to you. You would then have the ability to print out an “up-to-the minute” hard copy for your family use.
Road Work Underway Once Again
As most of you will already know, we spent over $10,000 last fiscal year over and above our planned roads budget. The expenditure was to purchase 60 or so truckloads of the “new” asphalt millings, which became available as road surface material. We have had to tighten our belt and wait for the new fiscal year … and a new budget for road work. That new year and budget has now come to pass and you will see some increasing activity again in this area. We have received five loads of “double milled” (fine) product from the Roads Department free of charge and on several additional loads we only had to pay the freight. The millings themselves were free. We have also purchased a used roller for applying this product correctly to our roadbeds … this at a cost of $800.
Mike Szep, Sr., who has been our Roads Chairman for the past ten years, has announced his “retirement” due to the press of business at his workplace. We are indebted to him for his many years of service in a tough assignment. Mike continues to serve as a Board member and on several other committees, including being a working member on Roads.
A relatively new arrival to Chesapeake Isle, Glenn Culler of Turkey Point Road, has agreed to take up the challenge of the “roadmaster” and has begun in fine style. We wish him success in his vision for what our roads should be.
Tractor Problems Lead To Longer Grass On Lots
It has been a tough mowing season in the Isle. The heavy Spring rains translated into a lot of shorter times between mowings and our capacity to keep up was seriously challenged for that early part of the season. Then, just when the weather finally started to co-operate, we experienced a series of problems with the tractor that further impeded our ability to “keep up” with the late Summer and Fall growth. The tractor is being looked over by the dealer again as this newsletter is being prepared. We hope to have it back in top shape in time for a final mowing on all lots and community areas before the grass stops growing for the year.
Quite a few residents helped to keep the community areas looking good with their own lawn tractors during “the grass crisis” and we thank them for their time, gas and wear and tear on their equipment. Glenn Culler, with his larger tractor, was able to use our mower deck to cut the private lots as they began to get out-of-hand. We are in his debt, as well, and thank him for some extra evening activities he didn’t have planned.
Fall A Busy Time At The Harbor
As the boating season winds down, there are some important dates you captains need to keep in mind. Mooring Pull this year is slated for November 4th, but just as in seasons past the Harbormaster would appreciate hearing from you just as soon as you are finished with your mooring for the season. In this way, the harbor committee can get an early start pulling moorings while the milder weather is still with us. You can call Bill Dryden at 287-9598 when you vacate your mooring for the final time of the season.
Catamarans and Sunfish sailboats should be out of the harbor storage area no later than December 1st, while anyone transporting their own mooring back to their property should do so just as soon as possible after it is back ashore. Each year at this time, we experience one or two cases of someone taking the wrong mooring. This leads to a lot of extra work for the committee, who must drive around trying to identify the “missing” moorings and switch them to their rightful skippers. If you are transporting your own mooring, please be sure you have it correctly identified before taking it from the harbor area. They do have a tendency to look alike!! If you pick up your own mooring, please let the Harbormaster know for his records.
Finally, a word about winter boat storage. Boats are to be stored during the winter at the rear of your lot. If your lot is heavily wooded or inaccessible due to terrain features, please make arrangements to transport the vessel and trailer someplace else for the off-season. No boat or trailer is to be left on or near the Chesapeake Isle roads or right-of-ways.
We would like to acknowledge the work that Sue and Harry Seeley have put into making the Night At The Harbor socials such successful events. Although others helped out from time to time, Sue and Harry did the great bulk of the organizing, logistics and clean-up and should be aware of our appreciation of their efforts on our behalf.
A very special “Thank You” to Glenn Culler and Frank Strimel and Harry Seeley for their work to spread and roll the new asphalt millings on our roads. Thanks are also in order for Glenn and all the others who used their own equipment to try to keep up with the grass mowing while the community tractor was in for servicing at the dealer.
l Although too numerous to mention individually, thanks to all those who responded so willingly and swiftly on the Sunday morning that the Goodwins’ catamaran was found to be sinking. They deserve recognition for a heroic effort. Unfortunately, the vessel was mortally wounded and a successful outcome was not to be.
The Chesapeake Isle Directory………and Telemarketers
We have recently received complaints about a persistent and obnoxious telemarketer, who may be using the Chesapeake Isle directory to make his calls. The Board, nor any of its members, has ever given out a directory to anybody for such usage. No individual property-owner has the right to do so, either!! If you should receive a telemarketing call concerning septic system pump-out or anything related to that …. and the caller seems to be overly zealous in his “pitch”, please get whatever particulars you can get and notify the Membership Chairman at 410-287-9010 We are attempting to find out if one of our directories got into the hands of a telemarketer … and how that might have happened.
2000 Fleet Week A Real Challenge
The often quoted saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” could easily be applied to this year’s Chesapeake Isle Cruise Week. Deteriorating weather and some last minute changes in some personal schedules got our adventure off to a shaky start. Only two boats, Shatzie II (Bill & Karen Dryden) and Little Kidd II (Les & Dotty Fritz) , left the harbor on Saturday, the 16th and anchored that night in the Magothy River after riding out a 45-minute bay squall south of Poole’s Island. Ram Sack II (Jim & Elaine Weber) left the harbor on Sunday replacing Shatzie, who could only stay the weekend. Ram Sack rendezvoused with Little Kidd on Monday in St. Michael’s harbor. After touring the St. Michael’s area, both vessels spent two nights in Leed’s Creek just across from the St. Michael’s harbor due to poor weather conditions.
With the return of sunshine, they headed through Kent Narrows and up the Chester River, where they explored historic Chestertown. Cruising back down the Chester River, they found their way into Lankford Creek and then into Davis Creek to a very beautiful and bucolic anchorage. Another “two-nighter” awaited them here, also, due to small craft warnings for the entire bay on Thursday.
A fantastic day on Friday, and the forecast of more rain for the week-end , prompted both crews to head back to Chesapeake Isle while the weather was good. They arrived about 5:00 pm, just in time to cross paths with Harry & Joeann Hite, who were heading out to meet them for the final two days. Undaunted by the forecast, they went anyway.
Shatzie II with Bill Dryden and his brother, Wayne, headed out again on Sunday and sailed the entire “second” Cruise Week to the Rhodes River, St. Michael’s, Oxford and Cambridge … returning to the Isle on Saturday, the 30th.
While all crews will be eagerly anticipating “Fleet Week 2001”, there has been some early discussion about the possibility of picking a new Fleet Meteorologist and a “friendlier” weather week next year.
Low Turnout At Fall Work Day A Cause For Concern
Our Fall Clean-Up Day went off on schedule on Saturday, September 30th. with excellent weather in the offing to assist our efforts. Volunteer workers, sadly, did not measure up to the lovely weather and we had a hard time getting all of the listed tasks done. Some jobs had to be put off to a later time or for next Spring Work Day. The low turn-out is very worrisome to those who did come out to work. The average age of the volunteers was probably somewhere in the mid 50’s with most being over 60. The work that requires younger men with a little more muscle and endurance is getting harder and harder to accomplish by those younger guys that do come out. Of the dozen and a half new families that have come into the Isle in the past year or so, two of them were there. Our younger families with children who use the beach, basketball and volleyball courts and the piers and playground equipment were similarly very poorly represented. Folks, the people who are doing the work are reaching the stage where they will not be able to continue. The newer and younger residents have got to start to show a little more willingness to shoulder their share of the work-load. Paying your dues is most commendable and appreciated, but we are a self-help community and we need your participation in the process.
New Deck Shuffleboard Progressing Nicely
The new deck shuffleboard court in the pavilion area has been poured and the concrete worked to a high and hard finish. We will be painting the lines, finishing the surface and polishing it all in the near future. We are requesting the co-operation of all parents to instruct your children to stay off the shuffleboard court, especially with bicycles, skateboards or roller skates. We feel that even walking on the surface un-necessarily will shorten the life of the paint and finish. The asphalt basketball court continues to be available for all of the above-mentioned activities as it has been since it was completed.
Search Begins For Homes For The Progressive Dinner
The committee for the next C.I.C.A. Progressive Dinner is now prepared to accept your most gracious invitation to use your home as part of our next dinner, which will be held on March 17, 2001. Please contact either of the Co-chairs, Barbara Barr (410-287-3867) or Karen Dryden (410-287-9598), if you would be interested in hosting the cocktail hour, the dessert course or to be one of the homes for the entrée. (Six to eight guests for the sit-down portion of the evening.) The co-chairpersons will be more than happy to work with you or answer any questions you may have about what a progressive dinner is, how it works here and anything else you may need to know. For those who are looking forward to attending the next dinner, the actual sign-up sheet will appear in the January, 2001 newsletter.
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· Glass & Brass Coffee Table.............................. $50
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Date: October 28, 2000 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Chris Ann Szep (410) 287-2504
ome join us for the CICA annual Halloween Party. Dress in your favorite costume and come join the fun and games. Food will be served. Bring a decorated pumpkin for the contest. Community trick or treats will follow the party. Please bring a canned food item to donate to the needy.
Date: December 3, 2000 (Sunday)
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Place: Home of Dick & Erika Ullman
Contact: Sue Seeley (410) 287-0025
oin in on some pre-holiday cheer! Wish your friends and neighbors a happy holiday before the Christmas rush. Please bring your favorite wine and an hors d’oeuvre or cheese. A non-alcohol punch will also be served. See you there!
Date: December 16, 2000 (Saturday)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Joan Ferrick (410) 287-8595
he next social committee meeting will be on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion.
If anyone has any new ideas for activities for the community, please pass your suggestions along to Sue Seeley at 410-287-0025 or E-mail Janet McKenna at email@example.com . Some of our past activities have included pig roast, bull roast, ice cream socials, and bingo. Give us a call!
CICA Calendar of Events, 2000-2001
*Halloween Party October 28, 2000
Mooring Pull November 4, 2000
*Wine & Cheese December 3, 2000
Christmas Caroling December 16, 2000
Santa’s Visit December 24, 2000
*@Progressive Dinner March 17, 2001
Mooring Inspection Day
*Easter Egg Hunt April 14, 2001
Mooring Set Day
*Annual Spring Dinner April 2001 (To be announced)
Spring Clean-Up Day May 19, 2001
*Ladies Brunch June 9, 2001
*@Harbor Socials June 15, July 13
August 3, August 31, 2001
July 4th Celebration July 4, 2001
Annual Meeting & Electionsj August 26, 2001
Fall Clean Up Day September 29, 2001
Library Summer – to be announced
Volleyball Summer – to be announced