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Summer 2015 OCSA Newsletter

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Winter 2014 OCSA NEWSLETTER

 

 

Spring 2014 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Ray Schoeffler

Ray Schoeffler - OCSA President

SUMMER STARTS EARLY THIS YEAR AT OCSA:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MAY 26 FOR THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

The Board and management team are making plans for the big day.

New Member Orientation will be held in the new building from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

All new members are encouraged to attend. It will help you get acquainted with our policies and procedures and all that OCSA membership has to offer.

Each year OCSA holds a Memorial Day Picnic to kick off the summer season and it is always a big event. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pavilion #1.

As always, the Board and management team are working hard to make OCSA membership the Best Family Value anywhere!

We look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th and hope you enjoy the club all summer long!

A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Phyllis A. Vickers - Association Manager

It’s hard to believe we are about to start the summer season! Here are a few reminders to help us all to have an enjoyable, safe and fun season!

Membership Cards: As stated in the OCSA Rules and Policies, to protect your membership, a valid membership card must be carried by the member or spouse. The membership card must be shown upon request to any of the OCSA staff or member of the Board of Directors. OCSA reserves the right to check membership cards against the member’s driver’s license. The current membership card is a white plastic card that must have the black 2015 decal attached. Please note: if you have a registered vessel, it must have the black 2015 pennant style decal displayed.

Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted on OCSA property. Pets taken out on a member’s vessel must be transferred directly, without stopping, from the vehicle to the vessel. Upon return, the pet must be transferred directly, without stopping, back to the vehicle. Pets must be carried or leashed at all times. OCSA has provided a “dog walk” area by the exit gate for the comfort of your pet. Pets must be leashed and transferred directly, without stopping, to this area. All waste must be disposed of properly by the pet owner.

Facility Rentals: While during busy season (April 1 through Labor Day) we cannot reserve space on Saturday and Sunday, we have weekdays available, including Fridays, and remember, as a rostered member, you are always entitled to 10 guests at any time, including children, on a first come, first served basis!

 

Notice to Members:

Effective March 1, 2014, the exit gate will be locked at closing time and will not open automatically until the club opens the following day, so please be sure you and your guests are out the gate by the posted closing time.

 

An updated version of CPR

This short video illustrates the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack. You could very well save the life of a friend or loved one. Someone you share this video with might save your life.

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Our second annual Casino Night event was a huge success! The newest star was our Live Crab Game. Fun was had by all!

 

Send Us Your Pictures!

We would love to see photos of our members enjoying the club (past or present) for our newsletter and our Web site. E-mail high resolution photos to Dee Brandt, djbmco@mac.com.

 

From the Editors

If you have any ideas for the newsletter, please direct them to Phyllis at 407-876-2010 or ocsaclubmanager@gmail.com. We would appreciate any input you might have.

TEXTING: A NO-NO FOR BOATS

Are we in danger of losing our lakes? Discourteous boaters are jeopardizing water usage for all of us.

Watch this short video by pro wakeboader, Shaun Murray on responsible boating: http://vimeo.com/wsia/buddy.

 

 

Winter 2014 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Ray Schoeffler

Ray Schoeffler - OCSA President

We're “BETTING” SPRING WILL BE FUN: OUR SECOND ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT IS COMING ...

Our first Casino Night last year was so popular and successful we decided to make it bigger and better this year. Mark your calendars for April 12 and make your reservation for this fun-filled event. We have doubled the size and have added some great new games. Last year’s event sold out in just seven days, so make your reservations early! Use the Casino Night Form in this newsletter or go to ocsaclub.com and make your reservation online.

Membership renewal notices are in the mail, and are payable by March 31. Make sure you get your renewal in by that date since we still have a multi-year waiting list for membership.

The staff is working hard on resurfacing the docks, and we hope to have that project completed soon-- if the weather cooperates. This Spring we will also be working on boat storage stabilization and improvements, and some additional decorating in the new building at 9012.

Your patience and understanding during these improvements is greatly appreciated.

I look forward to seeing you at Casino Night or just enjoying OCSA this spring.

 

 

BUYING YOUR FIRST KAYAK

Kayaking is rapidly becoming one of the quickest growing activities in the world. Kayaks are fast, exhilarating and maneuverable in a variety of conditions. Understanding the purpose is your next part of selecting a kayak. How about we take a look at the 3 main kinds of kayaks and also what condition each of them is best suited for.

Probably the best choice for novices would be a recreational kayak. A recreational kayak will universally work nicely in all types of water for your basic casual use. As opposed to other kinds of kayaks, they are usually moderately shorter and wider, making them considerably buoyant and stable.

As the name would suggest, a touring kayak is excellent for longer kayaking excursions and tend to be larger to hold excessive loads. The majority of these kayaks are tandem versions and are known to hold any gear you may need on your kayak excursion. Unfortunately, turning these kayaks is difficult due to their longer length.

Sport kayaks are recommended by advanced kayakers because of their speed and long hull. You'll often find that sport kayaks are utilized for racing. Thanks to this they are most likely not the number one option for novices.

The next step to picking the perfect boat is to ensure it has the features you need. The sturdiness, price and weight of the kayak depend on the materials it is made out of, which must be considered when choosing one. Usually, kayaks are constructed with composites, PolyLink3, Polyethylene (PE), PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), Thermoformed ABS, and other materials.

Next, you will need to look for a kayak that has the dimensions that will work best for you. The longer a kayak, the more costly, quicker and steady it is. Shorter kayaks may not be as fast as longer ones, but they are usually cheaper.

The easiest way to find what kayak is right for you is to actually get in one. Good luck!

NOTICE TO MEMBERS:

Effective March 1, 2014, the exit gate will be locked at closing time and will not open automatically until the club opens the following day, so please be sure you and your guests are out the gate by the posted closing time

AN UPDATED VERSION OF CPR

This short video illustrates the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack. You could very well save the life of a friend or loved one. Someone you share this video with might save your life.

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BOATING TIPS: STAY SAFE ON THE WATER WITH THESE TIPS

If you are new to boating or even if you grew up on the water you should always use caution and learn some basic tips for boating safety. The safer you make boating the better time you and the whole family will have.

Make sure you have one life vest per person on the boat and one throwable floatation device and all must be coast guard approved. If the boat is going down do you have a life vest close by for you and everyone on the boat? If not you are already breaking the law in some waters and playing a very stupid and unsafe game. Invest in Coast Guard approved life vests.

Always fill out a float plan about your boat trip before leaving the dock and leave a copy with someone who will not be going on the trip with you. You can get a float plan template from the Coast Guard website or make up one of your own. A float plan details the time you are setting sail, where you are going, who is on the boat, the name of the boat and other information the Coast Guard will need in the event they need to find you. It takes less than 10 minutes to fill one out but could mean the world of a difference.

You may not be planning on staying out until it is dark, but you never know what could happen. Check all the lights on your boat to make sure they are working properly. You do not want to get caught out in the dark with no lights. It is unsafe, stupid and you would be breaking the law.

Pack extra maps, flares, a whistle, first aid kit, and an extra hand held radio or CB. In the event of an emergency you want to make sure you have extra supplies that could mean the difference in a making a bad situation better or worse. Maps in case you go down the wrong river, a whistle in case your boat’s horn is not working properly, first aid kit for injuries, and the extra radio in case the one your boat has stops working. Always abide by Murphy's law, and that is anything that can go wrong, will.

Monitor the weather for the day you will be out on the water. If they are calling for a good chance of rain of severe weather conditions do not risk it. Stay off the water that day. If it turns out to be a nice day, then oh well, at least you are safe. Tomorrow will always be another opportunity to enjoy the water.

Boating is meant to be an enjoyable experience and fool of fun for the friends and family. When you do not exercise caution it could turn into a deadly disaster. Whenever in doubt about a situation always be conservative and use common sense. If rough water conditions make you nervous or unsure about yourself or your abilities then it is best to stay off the water that day. Take the necessary steps to not endanger yourself or those that are on your watercraft.

A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Phyllis A. Vickers - Association Manager

It’s that time of year again when membership renewal notices will be sent out! (March 1, due by March 31). Be sure that we have your correct mailing address so you don’t miss the deadline. You can email your information to ocsaclubmanager@gmail.com

Just a reminder … during high season, April 1 through Labor Day, we are not able to book parties on the weekends. (Saturdays and Sundays). As always, you are allowed up to 10 guests, including children, at any time.

For your convenience, our daily closing times are posted both on our website as well as on two signs located at the club. Please be sure to note the closing time each time you visit so you are able to gather your guests and your belongings in time to exit the gate by the posted time.

 

 

Fall 2013 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Ray Schoeffler

Ray Schoeffler - OCSA President

FALL UPDATES AND NEWS

The busy Summer months are over and it's time for the club to work on some of our maintenance and improvement projects. By doing this work in the slower season, we can cause as little disruption for members as possible.

As we welcome the Fall/Winter months, our team will be taking on the task of resurfacing the docks throughout the property. The project is designed to extend the useful life of the dock surface and beautify the property as a whole.

The safety of our members and guests is always foremost in our minds along with striving to provide the perfect lakeside experience. We ask for your patience and cooperation during this process. We are confident you will agree the finished product will be well worth any minor inconvenience.

Throughout this project we will be closing small sections of the dock to allow the work to be done. Whether you are approaching from the water or from the property side of the facility, we ask that you take note of the yellow caution tape and orange cones that will be used to indicate which sections are closed. This will allow you to plan ahead and utilize the open areas of the dock safely. Please be aware that the floating dock will not be accessible while we are working on the attached stationary dock.

As always, the management and staff continue to work to provide you with the best boating and entertainment value possible.

Thank you,
Ray Schoeffler
OCSA President

 

THE BEAUTY OF NATURE AT OCSA

Amazing! These majestic eagles were all in the same tree at the same time, we just couldn’t get them all in the same shot!

 

Message From the OCSA Manager – Phyllis Vickers

Phyllis A. Vickers - Association Manager

A reminder to our Boat Storage members: Please keep in mind that the boat storage lot closes 15 minutes before the posted closing time for the club. At that time, you must have your boat secured and be out of the boat storage lot. If you miss the deadline, please speak with one of our Maintenance/Guest Service representatives so you can fill out the overnight, temporary storage agreement, remit the $5 fee and store your vessel in the temporary parking area. The vessel must be removed from temp parking by 10 a.m. the following morning.

Membership Cards: As stated in the OCSA Rules and Policies, to protect your membership, a valid membership card must be carried by the member or spouse. The membership card must be shown upon request to any of the OCSA staff or member of the Board of Directors. OCSA reserves the right to check membership cards against the member’s driver’s license. The current membership card is a white plastic card that must have the yellow, 2014 circle decal attached. If you do not have this card, replacement cards may be purchased for $15.

OCSA website: For your convenience, the current OCSA Rules and Policies can be seen on our Web site, ocsaclub.com. In addition, there is a new Facilities Map to help you and your guests find all the amenities the club has to offer. As you may have noticed, we have also added a new Message Board at the exit gate to keep you informed about what’s happening at the club. You won’t want to miss it!

Holiday Hours: OCSA will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, Tuesday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 31. We will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25 and New Years Day, Wednesday, January 1. We wish you and your family safe and happy holidays!

Fall/Winter hours: As the winter months approach and sunset shortens the daylight hours, our operating hours will be shortened as well. Of course our daily hours are always available on our Web site, ocsaclub.com, however, as a reminder, effective November 10, we will close at 5:30 p.m. each day until January.

 

An Evening of Jazz on the Lake

The first ever Jazz on the Lake was complete with the perfect sunset and fireworks in the background. You won’t want to miss the next one! More pictures can be seen on our Web site.

 

Summer 2013 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Ray Schoeffler

Ray Schoeffler - OCSA President

SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER ... BUT WE'RE ALL JAZZED UP FOR FALL!

 

With summer almost over, the Board and Staff have been busy planning the season-ending Labor Day bash.

The Memorial Day Picnic was a record-setting event and the new menu was a big hit. The Family Friendly Labor Day event will feature a large water slide for the kids and another brand new menu! Make sure you check out the flyer in this newsletter and come out and join us. The board and Staff have also been busy planning a new Fall event. The Spring Casino Night was so popular and so much fun the Social Committee decided to replace Oktoberfest with another exciting new event.

2013 OCSA Summer Fun

 

An Evening of JAZZ on the Lake....

It will be held Saturday, October 12 between 6 and 10:30 p.m., and is limited to the first 250 people to purchase tickets. The Committee was very lucky to secure The Greg Parnell Group which features Linda Cole (the niece of Nat King Cole) as the vocalist. Make sure you check out the flyer in this newsletter and purchase your tickets early since we expect to sell out fast. We think this will become another popular and fun annual event at the club. Whether you come out for a quiet sunset or come to one of our exciting events, I hope to see you enjoying OCSA soon!

 

Antique Outboard Motors Showcase

Stop by the club on Saturday, September 14 to enjoy an incredible display of approximately 15 boats and antique outboard motors built between 1918 and 1960. What a treat!

Antique Outboard Motors Showcase

 

Wildlife at the Club

The Wildlife at the Club is one of the best things we have to offer! From our Sandhill Cranes, to our newest family of ducks born right in the retention area of the new building, to our turtles coming to play in the volleyball court sand … spending the day at the lake always offers adventure!

Wildlife at the Club

 

Matthew finally caught the big one!

His previous two attempts to catch it resulted in a broken rod and broken line, so he was happy to finally get it to shore. Then carefully released him again!

Matthew finally caught the big one!

 

Message From the OCSA Manager – Phyllis Vickers

Phyllis A. Vickers - Association Manager

Here are a few reminders as you continue to enjoy your summer at the club!

  • Temporary Overnight Boat Storage: It is our pleasure to offer temporary boat storage on a limited basis. As a reminder however, it is essential that you meet with one of our associates to sign the waiver of liability and to pay the minimal fee of $5. This form must be completed each time you store your vessel. Additionally, please be mindful that your vessel must be removed from temp storage by 10 a.m. the following day. For your safety, at no time is it acceptable to leave your vessel without the proper documentation.
  • Overnight Trailer Storage: Several of our members choose to stay on lakes overnight and we are happy to allow you to leave your vehicle and trailer in our trailer parking area. However, it is imperative that you notify our staff before you launch your vessel for the night. This will prevent an after-hours call to the Sheriff’s department notifying them there may be someone in distress on the lakes.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted on OCSA property. Pets taken out on a member’s vessel must be transferred directly, without stopping, from the vehicle to the vessel. Upon return, the pet must be transferred directly, without stopping, back to the vehicle. Pets must be carried or leashed at all times. OCSA has provided a “dog walk” area by the exit gate for the comfort of your pet. Pets must be leashed and transferred directly, without stopping, to this area. All waste must be disposed of properly by the pet owner.
  • No Parking: There is no parking at any time in the circle, on the driveway or under the porte cache of the new building for safety reasons.

 

Sunset at OCSA: there’s nothing like it!

Sunset at OCSA: there’s nothing like it!

 

PINE CASTLE PIONEER DAYS

Last month Pine Castle Pioneer Days, Inc., a public charity, hosted a “Cookout for the Crawford House” in Blaine Hensley Hall to raise funds to move one of the oldest homes in Orange County. The Crawford House was built in Pine Castle by Paul Macy in 1909, and was the first electrified private residence south of the Orlando city limits. The house was recently donated to PCPD by the City of Belle Isle for use as an office and local history archive. It is currently located on the campus of Cornerstone Charter Academy, which needs the space for other purposes.

PINE CASTLE PIONEER DAYS

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donations may be mailed to: PCPD, P.O. Box 593175, Orlando, FL 32859-3175. For further information, please email pinecastlepioneerdays@hotmail.com or call 407-427-9692. Pine Castle Pioneer Days' 41st annual festival will be held February 22-23, 2014. Complete details on that event may be found at www.pinecastlepioneerdays.org.

 

 

Spring 2013 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Ray Schoeffler

Ray Schoeffler - OCSA President

HOW VERY LUCKY WE ARE..

Since being elected as your new President in March, I have had the opportunity to spend a lot more time at the Club interacting with the staff and members.

Although I have always enjoyed the Club and serving on the Board, the additional time spent here has given me a new
appreciation for how very lucky we are to be members.

Most of us became members for the convenience of launching our boats on one of the club’s private ramps to access the beautiful Butler Chain of Lakes. That benefit alone is well worth the annual dues, but it is only a small fraction of what OCSA has to offer. For the past several years, the staff and the Board of Directors have made a concerted effort to add, improve and enhance the facilities and management of the club.

If you are a new member, or have not been down to the club for a while, I encourage you to come explore the new and improved facilities and the added features for your enjoyment.

One of my favorite experiences is to come down on a slow weekday evening, sit on the back porch with a glass of wine and enjoy the breathtaking sunset over the lake. Come out and find your new favorite.

One of the most important improvements we have made recently is in the staffing and management of the club.

A couple of years ago the Board hired an outside consultant to look at our whole operation and recommend ways to update and improve. Based on this review, the Board put in place a plan to codify OCSA business and hire a professional manager. When long-time employee Kathy decided to retire, it gave us the chance to implement that plan.

We were very fortunate to find and hire Phyllis Vickers. Many members think that Phyllis was hired as Kathy's replacement but her position is much more comprehensive. The Board has been very happy with the results of this plan and Phyllis's performance.

I think you will all agree that the club has never looked better, and the staff has never been more efficient and professional. Stop in and give Phyllis and the entire staff the kudos they deserve.

As I said in the beginning of this letter, we are all very lucky to be members of this wonderful club. Membership is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. Please make sure you are aware of the rules of the club and abide by them. They are in place to make everyone's experience safe and enjoyable. Our staff is always friendly and professional but it is their responsibly to enforce the rules. Please treat them with the professionalism and respect they deserve.

Hope to see you enjoying OCSA soon.

2013 March Storm Targeted OCSA

 

RULES REMINDER: BIRD ISLAND IS A SANCTUARY

Bird Island on the Butler Chain of Lakes

The island at the northeast section of Lake Butler on the Butler Chain of Lakes is known as “Bird Island”.

It is owned by the Audubon Society and is off-limits to the public as it is a bird sanctuary.

The public is not allowed on the island itself but on a nice day on the weekends you will see many boats moored around the west side of the island in the water and enjoying the day in their boats.

The unofficial rule is that if your ankles are wet you are not in violation of the sanctuary rules. You should not be on the island itself. The island is frequently monitored by the local water safety patrol so please abide by the rules.

There seems to be some confusion as to whether you can tie up to the Cypress trees around the island to moor your boat. Cypress trees are protected in Florida so the best plan is to bring two anchors for mooring and don’t tie up to the trees.

 

MARCH STORM TARGETED OCSA

The heavy rainstorm that interrupted the Bay Hill Invitational also ripped through the Club property, breaking trees and turning outdoor furniture into flying missiles.

It was quite a storm! 

But most members never saw any damage. The OCSA team went to work immediately to be sure that members and guests were not affected by the damage left behind.

With a wedding just days away, and members eager to enjoy the facilities and lakes within hours of the severe weather, the staff worked tirelessly to remove debris, cut up fallen trees, pull furniture from the lake, replace ceiling fans on the porch and make repairs throughout the property. 

Special thanks to everyone who helped restore the club to normal so quickly.

2013 March Storm Targeted OCSA

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGER

Phyllis A. Vickers - Association Manager

One of my favorite parts of directing daily operations at the club is helping members plan special events and celebrations. 

Not many people have such an amazing venue to host the most important moments in their lives, and having the opportunity to be just a small part of that is a true honor and a pleasure. 

While during busy season (April 1 through Labor Day) we
cannot reserve space on Saturday and Sunday, we have week days available, and remember, as a rostered member, you are always entitled to 10 guests at any time on a first come, first serves basis! 

Please be sure to let your guests know, for their convenience, guest parking is just across the street.  If I can be of assistance in planning your next event, please contact me directly at 407-876-2010 or ocsaclubmanager@gmail.com

Have a great summer!!
Phyllis A. Vickers
Association Manager

 

CASINO NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS! Jackpot!

“Best Event Ever” was the comment heard throughout the night!  We think all who attended our First Annual Casino Night April 6 will agree everyone felt like a winner.

The stars were aligned for all 150 plus members and guests to have fun, food and wine while enjoying the music and games throughout the evening.  Our grand prize winners will continue their experience with a day at one of the Disney Parks, a dinner at one of the local Darden Restaurants and a stay at one of the Rosen Hotels.  We even had a surprise winner of a $100  gift card donated by TD Bank.

You won’t want to miss the next one!

2013 OCSA Casino Night Event a Huge Success

 

 

 

Winter 2013 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Karl A. Schuberth

Karl A. Schuberth - OCSA President

THE NEXT 80 YEARS…

 In 2011, OCSA celebrated its 80th Anniversary. In the two years since then, the OCSA Board of Directors and the staff, led in the past year by Association Manager Phyllis Vickers, have been working very hard to prepare your club, the
Orange County Sportsmen’s Association, for the next 80 years!

During that time, many changes and improvements have been made that we feel have put OCSA in a position to survive and thrive for 80 more years, and beyond, so members, their families and their guests can enjoy the unique wonder that is the Butler Chain of Lakes for generations to come.

These are just some of the enhancements we have been working on:

  • The introduction of our updated color OCSA logo now used on all OCSA signage, staff apparel, and all communications, like the new Web site and newsletter, to highlight the OCSA brand.
  • The new www.ocsaclub.com Web site, where members can get answers 24/7 on all things OCSA, including member amenities, facility rental rates, member events, and much more. Thanks to Kim Roberts Design for maintaining the site for us.
  • The new expanded, full color OCSA newsletter that offers even more information on ways to maximize and enjoy your OCSA membership. Thanks to member Dee Brandt, who makes the newsletter possible!
  • On the grounds, virtually every surface possible has been repainted, including inside and outside Blaine Hall, Pavilion 2, Pavilion 3, the privacy wall on Kilgore Road, the Caretaker’s home, all fencing, inside and outside of the restrooms, the swing and playground supports, and most recently the flag and light poles.
  • We are currently refurbishing and updating Pavilion 1 behind Blaine Hall with all new paint, electrical wiring and new ceiling fans for your continued safe enjoyment.
  • In addition, the existing logo signs have been painted, and we introduced a new signage package on the OCSA grounds that is both attractive and informative.
  • The older sofas and chairs on the Blaine Hall front porch have been replaced with new, comfortable wicker sofas and rockers, and Blaine Hall has been brightened with new beautiful window valences and cushion fabric for the sofa and chairs. We have also repainted and redecorated the Blaine Hall Boardroom which is available to rent for our members.
  • To enhance our members' experience, the canopies of the lakefront trees have been lifted for a more open view of the lake, we added environmentally friendly hand-dryers to the restrooms, dredged the boat ramps when the water was low for easier launching, totally refinished all of the wooden picnic tables and swings and added a safety handrail to the floating boat dock. Chaise lounges for more relaxing enjoyment of the lakefront have also been added.
  • Last but certainly not least, we were very proud to have the grand opening of the brand new 6,000 square-foot member clubhouse at 9012 Kilgore this past Labor Day.

You can see your OCSA membership now offers more than ever, and we hope to see you enjoy another season with your family at OCSA, when you renew your membership before April 1. Renewal notices are in the mail now, so please make sure we have your current address.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your president the past two years and to be part of all the improvements to the club. OCSA By-Laws state that a Director can only be President two consecutive years, so my term will come to a close March 31.

I want to thank the Board, the Staff, all the volunteers and my fellow officers Vice-President Brian Gibson, Treasurer Albert Gallof, and Secretary Jeannie Beagle for all their dedication, hard work and support the past two years. Last but not least, I want to thank the members that make our OCSA "Slice of Heaven on Earth" possible and made the past two years a very gratifying experience for me.

Rules Reminder and New Peak Time Start Date.

During the peak season, (defined as all Weekends and holidays from April 1 through Labor Day) by policy, members are permitted to bring a maximum of 10 guests to the club, at any one time, on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

As you know, there is only one official rostered member per family, so that means that a member may have only 10 guests at OCSA, including family members during peak season. Any member violating this policy may be subject to the normal charges that apply to parties at OCSA, or even lose their membership.

Peak Season Delayed Until May 1
Normally during peak season we do not permit members to reserve space for parties on weekends and holidays. As an experiment this Spring, we are delaying the start of peak season until May 1 so that OCSA members may reserve more space for parties in April before the club sees maximum usage in the busy months starting in May. If this test goes well, the Board will consider officially changing the start of peak time to May 1.

Please remember, group outings of 11 or more guests during non-peak season (defined as all non-holidays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and all weekends after Labor Day through March 31) that do not require reserved space, require advance notification to the OCSA business office/staff for scheduling purposes and approval.

 

Renewal Notices on the Way

The new season at OCSA is coming soon and your renewal notices will be in the mail by the time you read this.
Your Board of Directors is happy to announce that despite the completion of the brand new clubhouse next door and many other improvements, there is no dues increase this year, so your membership is now more valuable than ever!
If you have moved in the past year, please make sure you have notified the OCSA office of your new address to make sure you get your renewal notice. Please remember any renewal that has not been received before April 1 is considered late and will be charged a $50 late fee, so please renew on time.
You can pay your dues by check,  in person with a credit card, or online with PayPal. There is a small convenience fee for paying electronically.
This year when you renew, we will send you a small yellow “2014” decal to affix to your permanent membership card in the place of the 2013 decal. Please carefully follow the instructions enclosed with the decal when affixing it to your card and please don’t lose the decal. That is your proof that you renewed your membership.
If you have a relative or friend who would like to become an OCSA member, now is a great time to have them sign up on the wait list. Have them see the staff to fill out a waiting list form, or go to the Web site under "Become-a-member" and fill out the online form. There is no fee to get on the wait list.

Eva Meredith-Kral Retires

Eva Meredith-Kral Retires

After many years of dedicated service, Eva Meredith-Kral is retiring from the OCSA Board of Directors effective March 31.

Up until 2 years ago, Eva, with the help of Director Jeannie Beagle, planned and helped organize all the wonderful member events at OCSA, including all the holiday family picnics, the New Member Orientation, Oktoberfest, and the Lighted Boat Parade. Eva’s OCSA Director husband, Frank Kral, founded the Autistic Handicapped Children of Central Florida Annual Christmas Party, which will soon celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

For many years the Christmas party was held at OCSA until the event grew too large for OCSA to host it. Thank you, Eva, for all your service to the Board and the members of OCSA.
We are all better for it!

OCSA Director Election Results

Every two years, there are elections for either eight or seven OCSA Directors.

During this year’s election for eight directors the six current directors, Troy Atkins, Jeannie Beagle, Ray Schoeffler, Joe Sikora, William Toppari, and Mike Turner were re-elected. The two new Directors elected were Ken Petterson and Guy Walker.

Congratulations to you all! OCSA wants to thank all the members who took the time to vote ,and the candidates who participated in the election! The remaining Directors will be up for re-election in February of 2015.

2013 OCSA Election Results

BOAT LAUNCHING

OCSA Boat Launching

Boats must be prepared for launch in designated areas before backing down the ramp. Each ramp is a two-boat ramp.

Cars and trailers at ramps will determine the order of unloading/landing.

No boat may block the ramp access channels. This venue is for loading and unloading only. No prolonged standing in this area is allowed. After unloading, immediately relocate the boat away from the ramps. There is no parking or standing at all inside the South Ramp area or on the ramp side of the gas pump on the North Ramp. You may not realize that when your boat is parked in the “No Parking” area of the ramps, you block another member from safely launching or loading. It is very difficult to back up a boat or load it on a trailer in the best of conditions when it’s calm, let alone with another boat parked in the same confined area.

If you are unloading, please be considerate and move it all the way to an acceptable spot outside the “No Parking” area. If you don’t have anyone who can drive your boat while you are either getting or parking your trailer, we suggest using the North Ramp where there is more parking space for you and your guests on the lake side of the gas pump to park until you return. Also, please be considerate to members who may be launching a vessel and enjoying our club by themselves for the day. They may take a little more time to move their boat out of the ”No Parking” area, but their car and trailer is not blocking another member from safely using the second lane of the ramp.

Members join the Club primarily to launch boats. It is important for everyone’s enjoyment of our club to do whatever we can to keep the ramps available and safe. The Board appreciates your full cooperation in this effort. Unloading is prohibited when thunder and/or lightning are nearby, to allow for expedited boat loading. Power loading and unloading are strictly prohibited.

 

Fifth Annual Lighted Boat Parade

More than 450 OCSA members were on hand to enjoy the Fifth Annual Lighted Boat Parade, and free hot dogs, refreshments and holiday music on December 15.

Fifteen members decorated their boats, for this great holiday event for members and their families. OCSA awarded prizes for the top three decorated boats. We are happy to announce that first place went to Ben Carter, second place to David Semrau and third to Jeff Grunow. Thanks to everyone who participated and attended.

A big thanks also goes to Association Manager Phyllis Vickers and the OCSA staff, and Member Event Committee Director Jeannie Beagle and all the volunteers who made this such a fun holiday event!

2013 OCSA Lighted Boat Parade

 

 

Winter 2012 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Karl A. Schuberth

Karl Schuberth - OCSA President

AT LAST!

At last it’s here and ready for you and your family to enjoy!
After years of hard work and planning by your OCSA Board and staff, and with your enthusiastic support, your new clubhouse at 9012 Kilgore is finished and open! The grand opening was Labor Day and District 1 Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd was there to help with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for this exciting, new member facility. (More details inside.)

It was a labor of love for us and we think you will love it too! It’s got it all. It is air-conditioned and comfortable with lots of plush, soft seating and recliners.

You can enjoy your favorite sporting event on the 70 or 80-inch Sharp 240HZ TV, or relax outside on the huge, covered porch with rockers, picnic tables, high-top tables and conversation seating with a spectacular view of Lake Sheen.

Your OCSA board worked hard on the new 9012 building for a many years and they deserve your thanks. In addition to working on the 9012 project, the board has tirelessly maintained the high standards of clean, safe, family fun on the water that you have come to expect at OCSA.

If you want to show your appreciation, I encourage you to vote for all the current Directors who are up for re-election in February.

If you would like to run for a position as a member of the OCSA Board of Directors please follow the instructions below.

 

In Memoriam

James Thomas Bradford 10/9/1927-10/21/2012

OCSA has lost a very dear member of our family. James“Tommy” Bradford left this world for a better place recently and he will be sorely missed. Tommy served his country in the military, served our members as a Director for more than 20 years and, with a member number of “105”, you can only imagine how long Tommy was a member of OCSA. Tommy was awarded lifetime membership status a few years ago by his fellow Board members for his many years of service and was one of the foundation stones of our club. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Tommy we miss you!

 

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 15, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! Celebrate the holidays by decorating your boat and join our 5th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade.

Participating boats must be in the water by 5:15 p.m. and ready to go by 6 p.m.
Free hot dogs, chili, Christmas cookies and refreshments will be served. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to the top three member boats. Even if you do not decorate your boat, bring your family to watch the boats and enjoy refreshments while the boats are making their way out on the chain and back.

This year we will also be showing Christmas movies on the new 80-inch TV at the new clubhouse. If you have never attended, make this the year you check it out.

To reserve your spot in the parade, return this form, register on the web site, complete the form available at the OCSA office, or call 407-876-2010.

 

Free Wireless Internet at OCSA

We are working to bring wireless Internet to as much of our lakefront property and docks as possible. From the 9020 front porch, connect to the “OCSA 2” network. The new 9012 building will also have access.

 

CALL FOR CANDIDATES FOR OCSA DIRECTOR

Any member in good standing is eligible to become a candidate for OCSA Director. Members who desire to become a nominee/candidate for the Director position, MUST PERSONALLY PICK UP:

• A copy of the “Guidelines for Director Duties & Responsibilities” • OCSA By-Laws
• OCSA Rules and Regulations
• Commitment Statement

• Nomination Application
All are available from the OCSA staff. Candidates must submit a Nomination Application (not to exceed 250 words) suitable for review and publication.
A signed Commitment Statement is also needed.

A Nominating Committee will prepare the final slate of candidates and its results will be final. There will be no write-in candidates. All completed forms must be received in the OCSA office by January 5, 2012. They may be mailed to:

OCSA, Attn: Brian Gibson
PO Box 690367 Orlando, FL 32869

 

ELECTION DAY

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10 a.m. - noon.

REVIEW THE CANDIDATES AND PLEASE TAKE TIME TO VOTE!

 

9012 Grand Opening

After a lot of hard work from your OCSA Board and Staff, we were thrilled to cut the ribbon and open the brand new OCSA clubhouse on Labor Day. On hand to help OCSA President Karl A. Schuberth cut the ribbon was Orange County District 1 Commissioner Scott Boyd.

Commissioner Boyd was a tremendous help throughout the approval process and we are grateful for the role he played in making this new clubhouse a great addition for OCSA members.

 

Labor Day Fun!

After the grand opening of our new clubhouse, members enjoyed our annual Labor Day Family Cookout. We served hundreds of hot dogs and had a special flag ceremony, a waterslide for the kids, and a steel drum band that enhanced the holiday fun all afternoon.

 

Holiday Operating Hours

Just a reminder: OCSA is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day so our staff can be with their families. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve we have abbreviated hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the office will be closed on December 24 and 26, and January 2.

If you need information on our holiday operating hours, please check the web site for the holiday hours banner on the home page. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Staff of OCSA, we sincerely wish you a safe, and joyous holiday season!

 

Antique Outboard Motor Club

One of our OCSA members, Hank Wendt is a member of
the Antique Outboard Motor Club. The club met recently at OCSA and had some beautifully restored and working outboard motors and boats on display and on Lake Sheen. For more information and how to join contact www.aomci.org.

 

9012 Building Available For Rent to Members

We are now accepting rental requests for the new building on a limited basis.

The new hall holds up to 150 people, has a catering prep area with two refrigerators, a service bar for beverages and on-site restrooms.

The clubhouse also has a sound system which can play music from your iPod or mp3 player, which eliminates the need for a DJ. There are two widescreen TVs in the main hall which can be connected to your computer to display photos, movies or Internet content.

Tables and elegant, padded banquet chairs may also be rented, and the spacious porches offer your guests a spectacular view of Lake Sheen.

Check the OCSA web site for rental prices and the contract, or contact Phyllis Vickers at the office at 407.876.2010.

Have your next family wedding, anniversary, or holiday party on the lake at OCSA!







Fall 2012 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Karl A. Schuberth

Karl Schuberth - OCSA President

NEW CLUBHOUSE GRAND OPENING THIS LABOR DAY, SEPTEMBER 3!

After years of planning, lots of hard work, and your continued support, the OCSA Board of Directors is very happy to announce that Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd will cut the ribbon for the grand opening of your new OCSA Clubhouse at 10 a.m. on Labor Day, September 3.

Be there to see and enjoy for the very first time, your exciting new lakefront facility next door at 9012 Kilgore Road! You'll receive a free commemorative OCSA drink cooler, and after the ceremony, there will be music, hot dogs, chips and Pepsi soft drinks at our annual Labor Day Family Picnic.

As a special treat for the grand opening there will be a waterslide for the kids and a tropical steel drum band playing from 2 to 6 p.m.

The beautiful new clubhouse is approximately 3800 square feet of air-conditioned space with a main hall of about 2000 square feet and a 16-foot cathedral ceiling.

The building has restrooms accessible from both inside and out, a catering kitchen for special events, storage space and office space.

Members will have a magnificent view of the lake through 24 feet of sliding glass doors while they watch their favorite sporting events on the 80-inch and 70-inch HD flat- screen TVs.

Outside a large, covered porch on the west and south sides of the building takes full advantage of our beautiful, serene lakefront location. Members and their families and friends will be able to enjoy the view of scenic Lake Sheen and enjoy sunsets from new, comfortable patio sofas and chairs, and picnic and high-top tables, while being protected from the sun and rain. It's also the perfect place to sunbathe on a blanket on the green, grassy hills in front of the porch.

The building entrance is covered, and a pavered, circular driveway will allow members and visitors to be conveniently dropped off at the front door while being protected from the elements.

The landscaping is lush and provides a dense sound buffer for our neighbors while creating a quiet, calming paradise retreat for members.

Last but not least, your new building was built with every consideration possible to make it “green” and environmentally friendly!

OCSA wants to thank everyone in Orange County Government including Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Scott Boyd and the rest of the commissioners and the Board of Zoning Adjustment for their help and cooperation in making this new facility possible for our members.

Several OCSA members were part of the construction team and we would also like to thank them for their efforts:

  • Charlie Joseph, CE Joseph Constructors, General Contractor
  • John Link, John R. Link Architect
  • Ron Klein , Premier Plastering
  • Scott Bramlett, All-Florida Septic
  • Troy Atkins, Above All Septic
  • Norm Reynolds, Apex Painting
  • Bob Owens, Owens Audio Video Design

We would also like to thank our site engineer John Abignon at Florida Engineering Group, and Design Creations by Beverly Terry for their expertise.

Personally, I would like to thank the OCSA Directors who worked with me on the 9012 Building Committee, including Bob Krohn, Brian Gibson, and William Toppari, and OCSA Owner’s Representative Ray Schoeffler, and OCSA Contract Administrator Albert Gallof for the generous donation of their time

I also want to thank all of the OCSA Directors and Staff who worked so hard for the past two years on this project, and all past OCSA Directors, Staff and Members who continued our great tradition of family fun on the Butler Chain for 80-plus years and made this new member clubhouse possible. This new facility will be a great addition for our members now and for generations to come!

Enjoy!

See you at the lake,

Karl A. Schuberth President, OCSA

 

Labor Day Family Picnic

This year’s annual Labor Day Family Picnic will be Monday, September 3 and will also include the grand opening of our new member clubhouse at 9012 Kilgore Road. See the front page of this newsletter for more details.

At 10 a.m. we will have a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and we will be giving away a special edition commemorative OCSA can cooler to members.

After the ceremony, your Board of Directors will serve complimentary hot dogs, chips, lemonade, iced tea, Pepsi soft drinks, sno-cones, watermelon and desserts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In honor of the Grand Opening we will have a waterslide for the kids and in addition to the music and karaoke provided by Joanie Hall, we will have an afternoon of easy-listening tropical steel drum music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there. Come join the fun and celebrate the Grand Opening!

Christmas lighted boat parade Saturday, December 15, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner!

Celebrate the holidays by decorating your boat with Christmas lights and decorations for our Fifth Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade.

Participating boats must be in the water by 5:15 p.m. and ready to go by 6 p.m.

Free hot dogs, chili, Christmas cookies and refreshments will be served.

Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to the top three member boats.

To reserve your spot, return the form in this newsletter, register on the website, complete the form available at the OCSA office, or call 407.876.2010.

Free wireless internet at OCSA

you may not realize it, but there is free wireless internet service at OCSA. when you’re on the 9020 front porch, just scan for a wireless network and connect to the “OCSA 2” network. The new 9012 building will also have free wireless internet access. your board of directors is working to make wireless internet service available on as much of our lakefront property and docks as possible. look for broader coverage soon!

Memorial Day

Thank you for the great turnout for Memorial Day at OCSA. Your Board of Directors had the pleasure of serving you and a great time was had by all, despite a surprising thunderstorm!

RULES REMINDER: Pets

Animals are not permitted on OCSA grounds at any time, except in designated “walk” areas at the wall by the exit gate--look for the sign.

Animals must be on a leash or restrained by the owners during these “walk” events. Waste must be picked-up and properly disposed of by the pet owner. Pets must occupy the car or boat before, during, and after launching, and the car or boat must be used as the conveyance vehicle to any designated “walk” area.

Violation of this rule may result in immediate revocation of membership, subject only to Board appeal, review and reinstatement.

The only standing exception to this rule will be for service animals, which must always be restrained by the owner and must not pose a threat to anyone.

Member Facility Rental

In addition to all the fun on the water, OCSA members can also rent any of our facilities for their family events like barbecues, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties or weddings at our beautiful lakefront setting for a very modest fee. Dates fill up fast, so don’t hesitate to reserve your date for that special event! This includes the new building at 9012 Kilgore Road. After Labor Day and through March 31, you can also book weekend events. For more information and rates, visit the web site at www.ocsaclub.com and look under Facility Rental. For date availability please call the office at 407.876.2010.

 

 

 

Summer 2012 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Karl A. Schuberth

Karl Schuberth - OCSA President

Safety, Service Sensitivity

As we enter another boating season at OCSA, I offer a little food for thought in the form of three "S-words."

The first “S” is for Safety.

Boating is a wonderful recreational activity and a great way to spend time with your family and friends. While generally very safe, boating is not however, totally free of risk.

Take your time entering the OCSA property and launching your vessel. There are many adults and children walking through the property and crossing driveways, so please drive slowly. Make sure you have all the required safety equipment on board and your little ones are wearing the required life jackets. Tubing is fun, but if things get too crazy, people can get hurt. When driving on the water, frequently scan the horizon for oncoming boats and jet-skis, or canoes, kayaks and paddleboards that may be harder to see. Many accidents happen when drivers are distracted and looking the other way. If you are picking up someone in the water, it’s safer to circle around than to back up to get them. Have fun, but drive carefully. And when your day is done, get home safely. When exiting our gate, look both ways on Kilgore. Traffic can come quickly and we want to see you back again soon!

The second “S” is for Sensitivity.

OCSA is located in a neighborhood, and we are operate there by a special zoning exemption granted by the Orange County government because we have been good neighbors for 80 years. Please be sensitive to our neighbors as you enter or leave the property. Drive slowly on Kilgore Road. No tire squealing, please, and keep the music volume down. Many people live on Kilgore to get away from the noise and traffic of a subdivision or the city. OCSA has an 80-year history of respecting our neighbors, and we hope to be at least here for another 80 more. We all enjoy a great privilege. Let’s not abuse

Be sensitive to your fellow members as well. Please don’t block the ramp channels and keep others from launching their boats quickly and safely. After launching on the south ramp, please pull your boat around to the front of the dock before you park your car and trailer, so the ramps are not blocked. On the north ramp, please pull your boat to the lake-side of the gas pump to make room for others to launch.

Please be sensitive to the Butler chain eco-system also. The Butler Chain of Lakes has been designated by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation as "Outstanding Florida Waters" because of excellent water quality and wildlife habitat. We inherited it that way, and we have a huge responsibility to keep it that way for future generations. Please fix any oil and gas leaks in your vessels and use an oil sock in your bilge compartment to absorb any leaking oil. Ask any staff member for one. We have them at the club.

Please pick up trash you see floating in the water or on Bird Island. We need to do our part to keep the Butler Chain as pristine as it is now!

The third “S” is for Service.

We are always happy when members compliment the service our staff members Phyllis, Greg, Ron, Rob and Chris provide. It means we’re on the right track. They really enjoy helping you have the best experience possible while you are visiting the club. As good as they are, I have asked them to double their efforts to see what we can do to provide an even a higher level of service to our members.

OCSA has many amenities, and some are not readily visible. Click Here for a complete list of Member Amenities. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff for help. They probably have had the same question before and most likely can be of assistance. If you can’t readily find a staff member, ring the Member Service Bell by the vending machines on the porch at Blaine Hall and someone will come to help you.

The OCSA office is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Even if the office is closed, the staff can take payments and help you get a launch decal for your vessel.

And don’t forget, there are answers to virtually all of your OCSA questions at WWW.OCSACLUB.COM 24 hours a day!

Providing the best service possible to you is our top priority. We look forward to any suggestions you may have on how to improve OCSA. Send your comments to .

Have a great summer!

See you at the lake,

Karl A. Schuberth

President, OCSA

 

NEW OCSA Hat For Sale

We now have our very own OCSA hat for sale. It is white with our new full- color OCSA logo and is one-size fits all with a Flex-Fit stretch headband and made from comfortable, Cool-Fit stretch mesh.

Show your OCSA pride and get yours today! Available from any OCSA staff member for only $25.

Ramp Dredging and Power Loading

The lack of rain has really reduced the water levels in the Butler Chain and particularly in our ramp channels.

Your Board of Directors is aggressively trying to improve the ramp conditions.

We hope that by the time you read this, the work to move the sand from the shallow portions of the ramp to the deeper sections will be finished.

This uneven build-up of sand in the ramp area is caused by members power-loading and unloading their boats at the ramps. Power-loading and unloading is strictly prohibited in our rules.

Please back-up your trailer far enough into the water to load or unload by floating your boat on or off your trailer. All dredging is being done in accordance with Orange County regulations.

9012 Opening Soon!

Construction is moving right along and depending on the weather and a little luck, we hope to be open by July 1. Here are pictures of the building in process. Click Here for more 9012 construction pics. We are starting to take limited reservations for indoor events (weddings, anniversaries, etc.) at the new building for events scheduled in September and beyond. Contact Phyllis Vickers at the business office for more details.

Memorial Day Picnic / Yes it’s that time again!

This year’s annual Memorial Day Member Family Picnic will be Monday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your Board of Directors will host the event and serve complimentary hot dogs, chips, lemonade, iced tea, Pepsi soft drinks, snocones, watermelon and desserts. Music and karaoke for dancing, listening and singing will again be furnished by Joanie Hall. We hope you can make it!

Did you see the Stop Sign?

We all get eager to get our vessels in the water by the time we arrive at OCSA.

Please remember to slow down and stop at the stop sign by the main intersection closest to the lake. There can be many small children in this area, people crossing the ramp to get to the other pavilions, boats being towed out of the water and people backing out of their parking spaces. Please drive slowly. The speed limit on property is 5 mph.

Let’s have a safe, fun season!

Paddle Boards

The US Coast Guard now considers paddleboards vessels, and requires users to have vests on board when they are being used. Orange County is not enforcing this regulation yet but OCSA highly recommends that you wear a lifevest when using a paddleboard. OCSA requires members to have a launch decal for their paddle- boards. Decals can be purchased from the office or staff for $5. As a member, you can have up to three launch decals for your vessels.

No Wake Zone

Please respect the “No Wake Zone” buoys in front of the OCSA docks and elsewhere on the Butler Chain of Lakes.

“No Wake Zone” means that you should power your vessel no faster than what is needed to maintain steering control. Usually this is the slowest you can go and still be moving forward and your vessel will have “no wake” behind it.

There is a lot of boat traffic in front of our docks, so please take it slow and please oper- ate your vessel as far from the buoys in front of OCSA as possible so that your wake will not cause others' boats to bang against our docks.

The “No Wake Zone” also applies to the channels going between the lakes as well.

Disobeying the “No Wake Zone” can result in a citation from the water patrol and any member who violates the “No Wake Zone” in front of the club and endangers others is subject to having membership canceled.

New Officers Elected for 2012-2013

At the Board meeting in March, the OCSA Board elected officers. Let’s all support them as we continue to grow and improve our great club.

OCSA Club Hours

OCSA opens at 7 a.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, when it is closed altogether.

Closing times vary based on sunset time and are posted at the entrance, the center island at the south ramp and at the north ramp. You can also find the closing time for that day on the web site by clicking on “Closing Time Today” on the right side of the home page. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you plan to stay on your boat over- night, you must notify the staff ahead of time so they are not waiting after hours for you to come in from the lake.

During our peak season from April 1 through Labor Day, we are open an hour longer than usual on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so you can maximize your enjoy- ment of the club during this prime part of the season! Enjoy!

All your answers are at WWW.OCSACLUB.COM!

Don’t forget. Everything OCSA is on the web-site at www.ocsaclub.com.

How to get on the wait list, rent club facilities, club hours, Butler Chain maps, boating regulations and more are all on the site.

New Member Orientation

New Member Orientation will be on Memorial Day, May 28 at 9 a.m. at Pa- vilion 1 behind Blaine Hall. Please arrive a few minutes early to register. Refresh- ments will be served and you will have a chance to meet your Board of Directors and learn how to get the most from your OCSA membership. We'll also share many boating and safety suggestions. We are happy to have you join the OCSA family!

Please RSVP to our association manager, Phyllis Vick- ers, at 407-876-2010. Please feel free to leave a message if the office is closed. You can send an e-mail to as well.

After the New Members Orientation, please plan to stay to enjoy our annual Memorial Day Cookout, hosted by your Board of Directors, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music, grilled hotdogs, soda, chips and more will be available to make your holiday complete here on the lake!

 

 

 

 

Winter 2011 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Karl A. Schuberth

If you are like me, the warm, January weather already has me thinking of the upcoming summer months. Summer was always my favorite time of the year. When I was young, my parents took the family to my uncle’s lake house in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin every summer where I idyllically whiled away the days swimming, fishing and eventually learning how to water ski. Those were the days!

Then they bought their own lakefront summer home in Twin Lakes (for $15,500! I’ll take three, please!) and there was more water skiing, fishing and lots of laughter at family barbecues with my brother, sister, aunts and uncles and teaching my cousins, nieces and nephews to water ski. To this day, they will all tell you that those times on the lake with the family are some of the most cherished memories they have, and I know they were for my Mom and Dad, who are no longer with us. Thanks Mom and Dad, for making that possible!

Later on I became involved in show skiing and as a show director, helped found the Aquanut Water Ski Show in Twin Lakes, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. What a fun, exciting learning experience it was to create, organize and perform in water ski shows every week, while using our wits to survive on the donations from the audience. Later on we started competing in show ski contests, and we won several state and national titles. My wife and I came to Florida when I was hired to be the assistant show Director at Cypress Gardens. That was in 1979.

In 1985, shortly after we moved to Orlando, a friend gave me some of the best advice I have ever received, to join the Orange County Sportsmen’s Association. And I did.

My three children learned to drive a boat, jet-ski, fish, ski and wakeboard at our club. We made wonderful new family memories that will last a lifetime, and you can, too, when you renew your membership!

You will soon receive your renewal notice for the 2012-2013 season. Even though we are finishing OCSA’s second lakefront building for you to enjoy next door, at 9012 (more on that in this issue and on the website), there is no dues increase this year, nor is there one planned for the future.

You see, The Board of Directors realizes that the secret to our 80 years of success is providing a clean, safe, enjoyable lakefront setting on the amazing Butler Chain of Lakes so you, your family and guests can make your own wonderful lakefront memories for a very modest membership fee. Your OCSA Board of Directors and staff have been working very hard to make this another great year at OCSA. Don’t miss out on the fun and the memories! Renew today!

See you at the lake!

Karl A. Schuberth

President, OCSA

Welcome Phyllis, new OCSA manager

Please join us in welcoming our new Association manager, Phyllis Vickers. Phyllis is responsible for managing all office and grounds operations. Phyllis comes to us with more than 35 years of worldclass customer service experience including operating a Hallmark shop, managing retail pharmacies for Florida Hospital, and directing concierge, guest services and maintenance operations for a five-star timeshare property. After enjoying our club as a guest for two years, Phyllis became a member and then fulfilled a dream to become part of our great OCSA staff. She enjoys being part of the team that maintains our property in pristine condition and delivers the courteous, personalized service our members deserve.

Stop by the office to say hello the next time you visit the club!

New OCSA hat for sale

We now have our very own OCSA hat for sale. It is white with the full-color OCSA logo, and is one-size-fits-all with a Flex-Fit stretch headband. It's made from comfortable, Cool-Fit stretch mesh.

Show your OCSA pride and get yours today. Available from any OCSA staff member for only $25.

Make your own family memories this season at OCSA

There is so much to learn and enjoy from being on the water and OCSA, and the Butler Chain of Lakes can provide lots of great life experiences and cherished memories.

There’s no better or safer confidence booster than learning a new watersport, or learning to drive a boat or a jet-ski (or how to fix them when they break down!).

Is there a better way to learn patience than by fishing? Have you ever heard people laugh more than they do when watching someone being pulled behind the boat tubing? Have you ever seen a child’s smiling face after learning their first watersport on the lake?

What could be a better day than cruising the Butler Chain with friends or family on a nice sunny day? If you don’t have a boat, you can enjoy a nice family picnic or barbecue on our front porch pavilions and have the beautiful lakefront view while the kids play volleyball, swim, or fish off the dock.

Don’t miss a chance to experience these things yourself this season at OCSA.

New renewal stickers

Last year when you renewed your OCSA membership, we sent you a permanent membership card. This year when you renew, we will be sending you a small red “2013” decal to affix to your permanent membership card.

Please carefully follow the instructions enclosed with the decal when affixing it to your card and please don’t lose the decal. That is your proof that you renewed your membership.

Pet walk moved

During construction, we have moved the pet walk to the southeast corner of car and trailer parking by the tool shed. Our regular pet policy is still in force.

Members' children need their own memberships at age 23

If you are a member and your son or daughter turned 23 since the last renewal, please remember they need their own OCSA membership to use the facilities on their own.

For more details please contact our Association Manager Phyllis Vickers in the office or e-mail her at .

Rules Reminder

A valid membership card must be carried by the rostered member and/or spouse, and shown upon request of an OCSA staff member when using the facilities. To validate membership, OCSA reserves the right to check membership cards against the member’s driver’s license.

Any immediate family member under 16 must be accompanied by a rostered member and/or spouse. The rostered member and/or spouse are responsible for the minor’s conduct and personal safety.

Loaning a membership card to anyone other than an immediate family member is prohibited and will result in the suspension of membership. The immediate family member must be 16 or older.

Club classic photos

Here’s another great shot that illustrates our great heritage!

If you have a classic photo from the club please send it to us at .

Member amenities

In addition to our regular facilities, there are many amenities you may not realize we offer:

  • A fresh water shower by the restrooms
  • A microwave oven in Blaine Hall by the east entrance
  • An air compressor for inflatables, located near the southeast maintenance shed
  • A portable battery jumper/battery charger for dead batteries
  • FREE wireless Internet access near the office at Blaine Hall

If you have questions or require assistance for anything while visiting the Club, don’t hesitate to ask the staff. They are always happy to serve you!

Member Facility Rental

In addition to all the fun on the water, OCSA members can also rent any of our beautiful lakefront facilities for family events like barbecues, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties or weddings, for a very modest fee. Dates fill up fast, so don’t hesitate to reserve your date for that special event!

For information and rates, check the Web site at www.ocsaclub.com under “Facility Rental”, or, for date availability, please call the office.

Become a member!

Member renewals will be here before you know it!

If you have a relative or friend who would like to become an OCSA member, have them see the staff to fill out a waiting list form, or go to the Web site under “Become A Member” and fill out the online form. There is no fee to get on the wait list.

9012 Construction Underway

If you haven’t been to OCSA lately you have missed a lot!

The official OCSA groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of our second lakefront facility on the Butler Chain was December 10, and the walls are already up. This building will be in addition to Blaine Hall, and will take full advantage of the lakefront view with a 106-foot long by 18-feet wide covered front porch. The view is only one of the many other member-friendly features. CLICK HERE to open the Photo Gallery to see how much progress has already been made since the groundbreaking. Check out the outside elevations and floor-plan and more progress pictures on the website on the "New 9012 Building" Page. We still expect a late Spring completion, but don’t worry! Both boat ramps are still open during construction. For your safety though, the entire 9012 property is closed during construction.

OCSA and Daisy Troop 911

Here’s a photo of some members of Citrus Council Daisy Troop 911 and their troop leader presenting OCSA President Karl A. Schuberth with a picture of the troop as a thank you to OCSA for allowing the troop to have their weekly meetings at the club. OCSA is happy to help. Have fun, girls!

Send us your pictures!

We would love to see photos of our members enjoying the club so that we could possibly share them in our newsletter and on our website. We also would like to see any historical club photos so we can publish those as well.

E-mail high resolution photos to Dee Brandt, .

From the editors

If you have any information or suggestions that might be useful to our newsletter, please direct them to the editors Mike Turner and Karl Schuberth c/o Orange County Sportsmen’s Association or e-mail us at .

We look forward to hearing from you.

9012 loan signing

Here are OCSA President Karl A. Schuberth, Secretary Jeannie Beagle, Treasurer Albert Gallof and directors Blaine Hensley and Bill Toppari at the loan signing that got the ball rolling for the construction of the new member facility next door at 9012.

Everyone loves a parade!

Wow, what a parade!

With close to 20 boats all decked out in true holiday fashion, and more than 250 attendees cheering them on, it’s easy to say “fun was had by all” at our Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade on December 10. Directors, staff and volunteers kept the hot dogs, chili, apple cider and hot chocolate warm, while members enjoyed the Christmas music and a roaring fire in Blaine Hall. Everyone waited eagerly to see how the judges would make the difficult decision on who would be the prize winners. First prize went to member Bud Verschage, followed closely by Al Baerenklau and Nick LeLoudis. Congratulations to you all! Watch for the date in 2012 and be sure to make this event part of your holiday celebration.

Online Boater Safety Course

OCSA encourages all members, especially new ones, to take and pass a certified boater safety course for the protection of everyone on the Butler Chain of Lakes. Here are links to some online courses.

(OCSA has no association with any of these services).

http://www.boat-ed.com/Florida

http://www.floridaboatingcourse.com

http://www.americasboatingcourse.com or call 1-800-BoatABC (1-866-262-8222)

 

 

 

 

Summer 2011 OCSA NEWSLETTER

Message From the OCSA President-Karl A. Schuberth

Fellow OCSA Members,

I am happy to announce the launch of our brand new Web site www.ocsaclub.com!

This was one of the important goals I had when I had the honor and privilege of becoming your president last April and now it’s here!

I am also happy to introduce our first full-color newsletter which shows the web-site home-page to give you a feel for how easy the new site is to navigate and how much great OCSA information we have loaded onto the site for your convenience.

By using the Web site navigation tools, you can easily access all the information necessary for you to get the maximum use and enjoyment of your OCSA membership.

 

Here are some of the tabs you can select from the home page:

  • Become a Member, which includes an online form to get on the wait list.
  • Member Amenities, showcasing club facilities.
  • Member Events, with all the OCSA event dates and times, as well as reservation forms for the upcoming Oktoberfest and Lighted Boat Parade.
  • Facility Rental, with rates, contract forms, facility pictures and a rental request form to help you plan your own special member event at the Club.
  • Boat Storage, with information and rates and how to get on that wait list. Sorry, minimum wait is about seven years.
  • Rules and Regulations, with a complete set of club rules so members and guests can have a safe and enjoyable OCSA experience.
  • Boating Regulations, containing a list of all Orange County regulations, including all on-board required safety equipment.
  • Boater Safety, which leads to information on online boater safety courses. We strongly recommend that all members take a boater safety class.
  • Butler Chain, with information on the lakes and Bird Island, and links to printable maps of the Butler Chain.
  • Newsletters.
  • History, which has information on our storied 80-year history, current OCSA family photos, and “Club Classic” photos from the past.

 

Other features of the home page include dates and times of upcoming events, frequently asked questions (FAQ), a link to our location on Google maps, a printable map of the Butler Chain, and a link to the “Florida Wildlife Commission” site to get a fishing license so you can catch and release a nice big bass off the 9012 dock like Wyatt, who is pictured on our home page.

You can also find our e-mail address and phone number and the operating hours of both the office and the grounds.

If you are planning a day at the club or are out on your boat and wondering what time the club closes, just click on “Closing Time Today” and you will see the closing time for that day or scroll to the day you want.

You can also find pictures of the Directors and Staff, information for new members, and details on our very exciting 9012 building project on our lot next door.

We know the site will be a great, helpful resource for our members and you will find it easy to use with your favorite browser or smartphone.

I want to thank Kimberly Roberts of Kimberly Roberts Design for an amazing job of including all of our web-site design requests. If you need a web-site designed or have any issues or questions about the site please contact Kimberly at

 

Member Events

Memorial Day

Thank you for the great turnout for Memorial Day at the OCSA. Your Board of Directors had the pleasure of serving you and great time was had by all.

 

Labor Day Picnic

This year’s annual Labor Day Family Picnic will be Monday, September 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Your Board of Directors will serve complimentary hot dogs, chips, lemonade, iced tea, Pepsi soft drinks, sno-cones, watermelon and desserts! Music and karaoke for dancing, listening and singing will again be furnished by Joanie Hall.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

80th Anniversary Celebration on Labor Day

Eighty years ago our founders had the foresight to purchase our wonderful family boating site on the Butler Chain, and founded the Orange County Sportsman’s Association, originally called the Panther Club.

The Panther Club was a very successful institution created to relieve tired minds and bodies during the dark days of the Great Depression.

In 1933, the Association’s name was changed from The Panther Club to The Florida Sportsmen’s Association. The current name was adopted in 1941.

In our early days, quail, wild turkey, deer, and ducks were abundant. It was not uncommon for a pair of quail hunters to bring in a hundred birds in a one-day hunt.

One of our founders, Merlin Mitchell, served as club president for seven years and helped form The Florida Wildlife Federation in 1937. He also wrote and helped pass a Florida constitutional amendment creating the Game and Fresh Water Commission.

So you can see as members, we owe a great debt to our founders and we have a responsibility to carry on the legacy that is the Orange County Sportsmen’s Association.

For more about our unique history Click Here.

 

80TH Anniversary Cake and Commemorative Floating Keychain

To celebrate this great milestone, on Labor Day we will serve 80th Anniversary cake from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (first come, first serve) and give a free 80th Anniversary commemorative floating keychain to members who present their member card to the staff. One per member, please!

 

Past Presidents’ Ceremony

We would like all past OCSA Presidents to join us for the 80th Anniversary celebration on Labor Day. If you are a past President of the club, please contact us immediately so we can extend an invitation. We are presenting a special “Presidents Plaque” to all attending past Presidents!

 

9012 Unveiling

One way the board is honoring our special legacy is the building project next door at 9012 Kilgore Road. At 12:30 p.m. on Labor Day, we will unveil the front elevation of the building. We hope to break ground within two to three months and to be finished in the Spring of 2012.

Your Board feels this development will be a great asset to our current members and to generations to come. The Boards of the past 80 years had the wisdom, vision and fortitude to grow the club for the future. Our current board wants the same for our children and our children’s children.

 

Oktoberfest

The OCSA Oktoberfest is planned for Saturday October 15, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with great Bavarian food, beverages and live music by Dr. K and Friends.

Tickets are $29 per person or $50 per couple, payable in advance by reservation only. Make your reservation early; this event sells out quickly! Mail the Oktoberfest Reservation form with your payment. Click Here to Print

This event is always great fun. Don’t miss it!

 

Fourth Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Our annual holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be December 10 from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Decorate your boat with lights and celebrate the holidays with this cruise along the Butler Chain. Participating boats must be in the water by 5:15 and ready to go by 6.

Free hot dogs, chili, cookies and refreshments will be served.

Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will go to the top three member boats!

Click Here to fill out the Reservation Form

 

Antique Outboard Motor Club Event

One of our members, Hank Wendt is a member of an Antique Outboard Motor Club.

The local chapter is going to be meeting at the Club from 8 am-2pm on September 17th. Come out and see some antique outboards as old as 1918 and see some history in action!

 

Send Us Your Pictures!

We would love to see photos of our members enjoying the club so that we could possibly publish them in our newsletter and on our Web site. We also would like to see any Club Classic photos so we can publish those as well. E-mail high resolution photos to Dee Brandt, djbmco@mac.com.

 

Rules

Boat Launching

  • Boats must be prepared for launch in designated areas before backing down the ramp. Each ramp is a two-boat ramp.
  • Cars and trailers at ramps will determine the order of unloading/landing.
  • No boat may block the ramp access channels. This venue is for loading and unloading only. No prolonged standing in this area is allowed. After unloading, immediately relocate the boat away from the ramps. There is no parking or standing at all inside the South Ramp area or on the ramp side of the gas pump on the North Ramp. You may not realize that when your boat is parked in the “No Parking” area of the ramps, you block another member from safely launching or loading. It is very difficult to back up a boat or load it on a trailer in the best of conditions when it’s calm, let alone with another boat parked in the same confined area.
    If you are unloading, please be considerate and move it all the way to an acceptable spot outside the “No Parking” area. If you don’t have anyone who can drive your boat while you are either getting or parking your trailer, we suggest using the North Ramp where there is more parking space for you and your guests on the lake side of the gas pump to park until you return.
    Also, please be considerate to members who may be launching a vessel and enjoying our club by themselves for the day. They may take a little more time to move their boat out of the ”No Parking” area, but their car and trailer is not blocking another member from safely using the second lane of the ramp.
    Members join the Club primarily to launch boats. It is important for everyone’s enjoyment of our club to do whatever we can to keep the ramps available and safe. The Board appreciates your full cooperation in this effort
  • Unloading is prohibited when thunder and/or lightning are nearby, to allow for expedited boat loading.
  • Power loading and unloading are strictly prohibited.

 

From the Editor

If you have any information or suggestions that might be useful to our Newsletter, please direct them to Mike Turner, c/o Orange County Sportsmen’s Association.

I would appreciate any input you might have.

 

 

 

 

APRIL 2011 NEWSLETTER

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Albert Gallof

Spring 2011: Another cold, wet, winter has come to a close and the warm, bright, sunny spring is arriving with all its new color, growth and the promise of all the wonderful things that the new year offers. Your OCSA is busy getting ready for another great, wonderful year on our grounds and around the beautiful waters of the Butler chain. Your staff has been busy painting, cleaning, repairing and renovating our grounds and facilities. Making the club safe and ready for your enjoyment is always our top priority.

Please be reminded that Spring also brings with it your dues renewal notice. You should have already received this. This year, the Board of Directors felt it necessary to raise our dues. We realize that during these tough economic times, this might put a strain on some of our members, however, after much belt tightening and working as efficiently as we possibly can, rising costs and expenses have caused the board to make this decision. Please note that we have not had a dues increase since 2003! Your board is also still planning on moving forward with the development of our property at 9012 Kilgore Road. I have been describing this wonderful addition in the past few newsletters and we are presently in the design and bidding stage.

You are encouraged to pay your dues upon receipt of your statement. This will avoid any late payments and possible loss of your membership. Truly, the OCSA is still the Best Value that you will find anywhere!!!

Also, if you have friends or family that are interested in the club, please have them contact Kathy in our office. There may be a limited number of spots available this year.

For your planning purposes, please note that the following event schedule has been set for 2011. Please mark these dates on your calendar!!!

Annual Memorial Day Family Fun Day May 30

Annual Labor Day Family Fun Day Sept. 5

Octoberfest Event Oct. 15

3rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 10

Again, please be reminded to follow the clubs rules and regulations. If you need another copy, please call the business office. They will be glad to send you another copy. Also, please use the re-cycling containers that are provided and please pay special attention when tying down your boats at the docks. When tethering your boat, please wrap your rope around the posts a few times before tying off on the cleats. We continue to have these cleats ripped out of the posts because boaters don’t wrap. Please practice “SAFE WRAPPING”.

In closing, as my two years as President comes to a close, I wish to thank the OCSA Board and of course you, the members, for your help in making our club the wonderful, family oriented facility that it is. We have accomplished much and with a little luck, we will be seeing a wonderful new, multi-purpose building beginning to grow on our land at 9012. This is a dream that I have and its because of the hard work and dedication of your board, we will soon begin to see this dream come true. My thanks for a wonderful and truly rewarding two years as your President.

Please note that at the Board meeting in March, the OCSA Board elected new executive committee members. Please join me in welcoming this new executive committee and in pledging to work with them as we continue to grow and improve our great club. We have some huge challenges these next few years and they will need all your help and support.

The new Officers are:

President Karl Schuberth

Vice President Brian Gibson

Treasurer Albert Gallof

Secretary Jeannie Beagle

 

Again, please accept the Boards thanks for all your help and support. We continue to work diligently at keeping our club neat and clean, safe, well-maintained and orderly while still trying to keep that “old fashioned”, family-friendly atmosphere.

Enjoy this beautiful Spring and have a Happy and Safe time at the OCSA and see you on Memorial Day!!!

 

Best Wishes,

Albert Gallof

President – 2010/11

 

MEMBERSHIP NOTIFICATION OF CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Per our Corporation Charter, Article VII, Section II, please be advised that your Board of Directors has approved a constitutional amendment to the Charter Article X during it’s regularly schedule Board meeting on March 22, 2011. Charter Article X was established in 2003 and it set the Corporation indebtedness at $750,000. Your board voted in quorum, by majority, to increase this limit to $1,200,000 and to revise its Florida Charter accordingly.

Upon revision, Article X shall read: “The highest amount of indebtedness or liability to which the Corporation shall at any time subject itself, shall be the sum of 1 Million and Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000).”

The general membership is invited to appear at the Board’s next scheduled meeting on April 12th at 7:30 PM to discuss this issue. If 5% of the active membership contest this revision, the board will announce a constitutional referendum to conclude the issue.

The OCSA Board recommends your support for this amendment due to the following:

  • Adjusting for inflation alone, @3% per year, would translate to a corresponding year 2011 limit of app. $1.2 million.
  • Club levels have increased from its 2003 level of 1500 to its current 1800 (of which we are at 1700) and thus have a much greater capacity to service any worthwhile indebtedness.
  • Raising this limitation positions your board to obtain a preferred financing option for the construction of the new multi-purpose building on our property at 9012 Kilgore Road.

OCSA Memberships Available:

Please be aware that the OCSA has a very limited number of club memberships available. Each of you are aware of the enormous benefits you have as a member of the OCSA. Should you have a family member or friend that might be interested, please have them contact Kathy at 407-876-2010 for membership information. This is the first time in a number of years that there have been a limited number of memberships available. They will not last long!!!

ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE OCSA

The election was held on February 5th all seven incumbent directors were re-elected, each for a term of four years. Congratulations to Albert Gallof, Brian Gibson, Blaine Hensley, Bob Krohn, Kelly Owen, Karl Schuberth and John Stephens.

A special thanks to the election committee and all of the members and candidates who participated in the election process.

OUTGOING AND INCOMING

Our thanks to outgoing BOD President Albert Gallof for his staunch leadership over the past two years during this crucial time of expansion, kudos to you Albert.

Now it is time to support our new President Karl Schuberth as we move forward in this endeavor and as we strive make the OCSA the best it could possibly be.

MEMORIAL DAY – Monday May 30th

Welcome new members orientation 9 am to 10:30 am. Any other members who would be attending this orientation, please RSVP the OCSA , 407 876-2010 no later than May 26th. Refreshments will be served.

Immediately following the new members orientation your Board of Directors will host a Memorial Day Picnic from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for all members and their guest.

Complimentary food, refreshments and entertainment will be enjoyed by all. This is our way of showing appreciation to our members. We look forward to meeting and celebrating with you.

OCSA RULES

Guest policies: During the peak season (April 1st through Labor Day,) by policy, members are permitted to bring a maximum of 10 guests to the club. Group outings of 11 or more guests during non-peak season (defined as all non-holidays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays and all weekends after Labor Day through March 31st) requires advanced notification to the OCSA business office/staff for scheduling purposes and approval.

FROM THE EDITOR

Any information or suggestions that might be useful to our newsletter will be greatly appreciated.

Please direct them to the editor: Mike Turner, c/o the Orange County Sportsmen’s Association


JANUARY 2011 NEWSLETTER

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

As this holiday season winds down, I hope that each of you and all of your families are well and excited about the promise that the New Year holds.

We all hope that the cool, refreshing mornings we now have will also offer a new, clean, happy and refreshing start for a tremendous year in all respects. Your club will be here, as always, for the fun, entertainment and wholesome recreational activities you are accustomed to.

As stated in past newsletters, the OCSA Board of Directors is committed to finally developing the land we purchased in 2003 on 9012 Kilgore Road. We spent most of 2010 going through the rezoning process and working on the site and building plans. The site and building plans were approved by the Orange County Commission in October and the club is now moving forward with the next phase.

Here are a few of the major upcoming changes:

  1. The new building will be approximately 3800 square feet of air-conditioned space with a main hall of about 2000 square feet (about 25 per cent larger than the main room at Blaine Hall). The inside will include new restrooms, a catering area and storage/office space. A large covered porch on the west and south sides of the building will take full advantage of our lakefront location. Members and their families and friends will be able to enjoy Lake Sheen’s wonderful sunsets from a place protected from the sun and rain.
  2. The building entrance will have a paved, covered, circular driveway to allow members and visitors to be dropped off during special events.
  3. The landscaping will be lush and very tropical while providing a sound buffer for our neighbors.
  4. We plan to improve our sewage system by changing from a septic tank system to tying in with the county sewage system.
  5. We plan to bury all existing power lines.

As you can tell, the scope of our work is huge, but the board feels that it is extremely important to continue to move forward. Over the next months, we will finalize the design, submit for permitting, bid out the project and, if it is within our financial means, begin construction.

The OCSA Board has been diligent in its process and still feels that this development can become a reality. The boards of the OCSA of the past 70 years had the wisdom, vision and fortitude to grow the club for future generations. Our current board wants the same for our children and our children’s children.

Please note that the OCSA’s biennial election of board members will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. until noon.

You will be able to speak with all the candidates, but if you cannot make it, you will be able to learn about the candidates from a brief overview in this election packet. This election will seat seven (of 15 total) board members. They serve four-year terms and as volunteers, provide the leadership to operate, maintain and improve the club.

Please note the important information contained in this newsletter concerning the voting process. Your vote is an important measure of the membership’s support and of Board accountability. Please participate in this process!

As my two years as your President wind down, please accept my thanks and appreciation for the kindness, support and thoughtfulness that you have shown. The Board of Directors that I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with has shown great passion, interest, loyalty and resolve during a very busy time in the club’s history. I am truly fortunate to have been able to lead this wonderful “Band of Brothers and Sisters.” All individuals with great ideas, making decisions they feel are always in the best interests of the OCSA. My thanks to each of them.

Again, Best Wishes to all for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2011.

See ya’ at “The Club”!!

Albert Gallof

President 2009-2011

 

Election of Board Members. Please see the enclosed information for a brief biographical overview of each candidate.

Also included in the newsletter is your official ballot along with the voting instructions. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!

 

New Permanent Member Cards. Renewals are coming up in March so you should be excited to know that renewing members will be getting a brand new permanent credit card-type membership card that you won’t have to trim to fit in your wallet.

 

Renewals and Waiting List. Please take the time to update your address to make sure you get your renewal info on time. We will have limited openings this year, so if you have any friends or family who want to become members, have them call our office at 407-876-2010 to be added to our waiting list.

 

Contractors Needed. As soon as we finalize our construction plans, we will share more details with all of you. We hope to break ground in the next six months.

If you are a contractor with a commercial building license or if you have a specialty trade and would be interested in bidding on some of the work, please contact us as soon as possible. We are gathering cost estimates now.

 

FROM THE EDITIOR

Any information or suggestions that might be useful to our newsletter will be greatly appreciated.

Please direct them to the editior Mike Turner, c/o Orange County Sportsmen’s Association.


DECEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please accept our Best Wishes for a great Holiday Season. We wish everyone a safe, prosperous and wonderful time with your families.

Please note that the club will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (noting that the facility will be open from 8 am to 4 pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).

As stated in our last newsletter, the OCSA will hold its biennial election on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. The purpose of this event is to seat 7 Directors from the membership, to the volunteer OCSA Board. Top vote getters will serve four year terms beginning April 1, 2011. “Call for Candidate” information is included in this newsletter. We encourage anyone interested to feel free to run for the board.

Again, our Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Albert Gallof

President

 


 

CALL FOR CANDIDATES:

Members interested in becoming a nominee for OCSA Director must personally pick up a copy of the Director’s Commitment Statement (to be signed and returned), the OCSA By-Laws, and the Club Rules from the OCSA Business office. A brief letter of introduction, background, and request for consideration is also required. It must be suitable for posting/publication to the membership. Materials must be returned by January 5, 2011 to:

OCSA

Attention: Ray Schoeffler

Nominating Committee Chairperson

P.O. Box 690367

Orlando, FL 32869-0367

The candidate slate/selections will be determined by the Nominating Committee and decisions will be final. There will be no write-in candidates. A listing of the candidate slate will be published in the January 2011 Newsletter which will also contain further election instructions.

 

HOLIDAY REMINDER

The Orange County Sportsmen's Association will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. However, the facility will be opened for your enjoyment 8 am to 4 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

BOATING TIPS

Make sure that your boat has all the safety equipment required by law. Inspect your boat and equipment each time you use it. Remember your flotation device will not work if you are not wearing it.

OCSA RULES

A valid membership card must be carried and shown upon request of an OCSA Staff Employee when using the facility. The loaning of a membership card to any one other than an immediate family member is prohibited. (immediate family consists of children and full time students living at home up to the age of 23.) Such action will result in the suspension of membership. To validate membership, Orange County Sportsmen's Association (OCSA) reserves the right to check membership cards against the member's driver's license.

FROM THE EDITIOR

Any information or suggestions that might be useful to our newsletter will be greatly appreciated.

Please direct them to the editior Mike Turner, c/o Orange County Sportsmen’s Association.

To reiterate the sentiments of your Board of Directors, as expressed by it's President, Albert Gallof; we wish you and your loved ones a very Happy and Safe Holiday Season!


 

NOVEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Yes, Fall is here and we are truly thankful for this wonderful club that we all belong to!

Your club hosted two unbelievably successful events over the past few months. The Labor Day Family Fun Day was attended by a huge crowd that enjoyed a beautiful day of music, food and fun! Then in mid- Oct., the club hosted its annual Oktoberfest Event that was also enjoyed by a large group.

Also, please note that in October, the OCSA received approval from Orange County to move forward with its planned development of its property on 9012 Kilgore Road. As stated earlier, the club plans to demolish the old house and build a first-class, multi-purpose building that will offer our members another lake-front facility to use for either a place to come in, out of the sun or rain, offer additional rest room facilities and limited use for various special events. Final plans are being drawn and as soon as they are completed, we will post the look of this new facility in Blaine Hall.

Also, please note a couple of other very important up-coming dates:

3rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade - Sat., Dec. 11th . Parade begins at 6:15. Please call Kathy to reserve a spot. Food and Drinks will be supplied. Prizes will be awarded.

Board of Directors Elections will be in February. Please see information under the Call for Candidates.

In closing, for all of you that sent positive notes and comments in to Orange County regarding our zoning change request for 9012, we appreciate your help. I would also like to thank this years Board for all their help and support during this process. It was long and tedious and put a lot of strain on our board, however with their help and perserverance, we were able to move our club forward. We feel that we will soon have a wonderful addition to the OCSA. One that our members will enjoy for years to come and one that will work in harmony with our neighbors, the land, the water and all of natures creatures.

My Best Wishes for a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

See ya at the Boat Parade!

Albert


OCSA RULES

There shall be no water skiing or non idle speed operation of any boat or personal watercraft, (PWC) from OCSA beach property or within the waters defined by OCSA buoy markings.

 

BOATING TIPS

Any vessel operating in a speed zone posted as (idle speed no wake) must operate at the minimum speed that will maintain steerageway. The best example of this is to put a car's automatic transmission in "drive" and allow it to idle forward.

 

HOLIDAY REMINDER

The Orange County Sportsmen's Association will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. However, the facility will be opened for your enjoyment 8 am to 4 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

 

On Wednesday, November 24, the day before Thanksgiving, OCSA hours will be 6 am to 4 pm.

 

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

As stated in the President's message any one who wishes to participate in the lighted boat parade on the evening of Saturday December 11th, please call Kathy at 407 876-2010 to reserve a spot. Prizes will be awarded.

 

ELECTION- BOD, OCSA

For those members who are interested in running for the OCSA Board of Directors, there will be a Call for Candidates posted in the December Newsletter along with pertinent information and instructions. The elections will be held on February 7th, 2011

 

FROM THE EDITIOR

Any information or suggestions that might be useful to our newsletter will be greatly appreciated.

 

Please direct them to the editor Mike Turner, c/o Orange County Sportsmen's Association.

 

To reiterate the sentiments of your Board of Directors, as expressed by its President,

Albert Gallof, we wish you and your loved ones a very Happy and Safe Holiday Season!


 

AUGUST 2010 NEWSLETTER

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Wow – what an eventful summer at the club, with big changes getting ready to blow in with the Fall winds.

Another wonderful summer spent on the beautiful Butler Chain and in using the clubs great facilities. Numerous parties, cookouts, volleyball games, Scout meetings, weddings and of course, swimming and boating with your friends and families. This is what summer is all about. With a very tough economy, more and more members stayed close to home and used the club and your Board of Directors and the staff worked hard at providing the best possible place for all of these activities. Our membership has held steady at 1700, and we continue to juggle the wants and needs of as many members as we can, always mindful of our goals and in trying to protect our natural setting, our members and our valuable, beautiful natural resource.

The change I mentioned will be in finally beginning the development of our property on 9012 Kilgore. Your board has decided it was time to move forward with the demolition of the old house and the building of a new, multi-purpose, LEED certified - Green activity center for our members. In fact, the new look of the site and of the building and the landscape plan will be on display at a community information session for our neighbors on Sept. 16th. We will then have an open house for all our OCSA members to see what the future will look like at the property. This date has not yet been set due to the various governmental hearings that must be held first. We will definitely let everyone know as this process moves forward.

Also, please note the following events that will be up-coming:

Annual Labor Day Family Fun Day Sept. 6

Oktoberfest Event (flyer enclosed) Oct. 16

3rdAnnual Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 11

Watch for more information on all of these events.

Also, please remember to follow the clubs rules and regulations, be mindful that we are using re-cycling containers and please pay special attention when tying down your boats at the docks. When tethering your boat, please wrap your rope around the posts a few times before tying off on the cleats. We continue to have these cleats ripped out of the posts because boaters don’t wrap. Please practice “SAFE WRAPPING”. Also, your help in separating trash is very much appreciated.

In closing, please accept the Boards thanks for all your help and support. We continue to work diligently at keeping our club neat and clean, safe, well-maintained and orderly while still trying to keep that “old fashioned”, family-friendly atmosphere.

Enjoy and have a Great End of the Summer and a wonderful start to the Fall.

My Best Wishes,

Albert Gallof

President -2010


 

THANK YOU for the great turnout for Memorial Day at the OCSA. Your Board of Directors had the pleasure of serving you A great time was had by all in attendance.

LABOR DAY:

Labor Day picnic, Monday September 6TH, 2010, 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Your Board of Directors will be serving complimentary hot dogs, chips, lemonade, iced tea, cold Pepsi soft drinks and watermelon/desserts. Music for your dancing, listening, and singing will again be furnished by Joanie Hall. We look forward to your attendance.

OKTOBERFEST

The OCSA OKTOBERFEST is planned for Saturday,October 16th, 2010, 6 PM to 11PM. Ample beverages and great food, typical of this themed event, is included and will be enjoyed by all. Music for your dancing, singing and listening pleasure will be provided. Priced @ $29.00 per person or $50.00 a couple, payable in advance by reservation only. SEE ENCLOSED FLYER/RESERVATION FORM. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION EARLY. WE WILL SELLOUT.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

3rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade Saturday, December 11th, 2010.

THANKS PEPSI COLA

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Pepsi Cola Company, represented by Dave Merriman, for their generous donations of soft drinks for the OCSA member picnics.

LIVE FISH BAIT?

If you are interested in having live bait available at the club, Email us @www.ocsakd@hotmail.com

or call 407-876-2010

 

OCSA RULES

“All boats and personal water craft, e.g.: jet skies must maintain idle speed (no wake) within all waters defined by OCSA buoy markings. Negligence or hazardous actions may result loss of membership.”

Disregard for the above rule presents a safety hazard to other boaters who are maneuvering their water crafts within the “no wake” zone. It also creates a serious hazard and difficulty to those members who are in the process of launching or loading their watercraft. We implore all our members and their families to obey the law and our rules, and thereby operate their watercraft in a courteous and safe manner.

No boat shall block the ramp access channels. This venue is for loading and unloading purposes only. No prolonged “standing” in this area. After unloading, immediately relocate the boat away from the ramps.

 

FROM THE EDITOR

If you have any information or suggestions that might be useful to our Newsletter, please direct them to Mike Turner, c/o Orange County Sportsmen's Association. I would appreciate any input you might have.

OCSA MEMBER
EVENT CALENDAR

 

OCSA Casino Night
April 28, 2018

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New Member Orientation
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day Family Picnic
May 28, 2018

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Labor Day Family Picnic
September 3, 2018

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Music on the Lake
TBD 2018


CONTACT US

(407)876-2010


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