Message from the OCSA President – Ken Petterson
FALL NEWSLETTER 2018
The holiday season has come so quickly. I hope you were able to take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy all that OCSA has to offer.
The election of Board of Directors will be held on February 9, 2019. It’s time to let us know if you are interested in becoming an OCSA Director. Please read the Election of Board of Directors section below for more information.
The new fishing dock is complete. It has the same IPE wood as the fixed and floating docks and is a great enhancement to the property.
For your planning purposes, please note that the following event schedule has been set for 2019. Please mark these dates on your calendar!!!
Casino Night__________________________ April 27
Annual Memorial Day Family Fun Day______ May 27
New Member Orientation________________ May 27
Annual Labor Day Family Fun Day________ September 2
Music on the Lake_____________________ October 5
If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact the office.
Message From the General Manager – Debbie Warner
MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGER
We had a very busy year renovating and making the club the best it can be. We are so lucky to have the beautiful Butler Chain of Lakes and encourage everyone to keep the lakes safe and clean. Bird Island is a bird sanctuary and many pictures have been posted of trash that is left on the island. Please be respectful of the lakes, neighbors, and the island.
Annual membership renewals are due by March 31st. You will receive an invoice in mid-February and are encouraged to pay your dues upon receipt of your statement. This will avoid any late payments and possible loss of your membership. Please take the time to update your mailing address and email address to make sure you get your renewal information on time. Truly, the OCSA is still the Best Value that you will find anywhere!
This past year we have had several large groups of kids come to the club to take prom and homecoming pictures. The OCSA rule is that a member can bring up to 10 guests, including family members. If you bring more than 10 guests, then you must reserve an area. We had 75 children show up unannounced and disturbed many of the activities at the club, including parking in non-designated areas. Please contact the office if you are planning to bring a large group to the club.
The OCSA operating hours are on the website, www.ocsaclub.com. If I can be of assistance, please contact me directly at 407-876-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The office will be closed 11/21-11/25 and 12/24-1/2.
ELECTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS –
CALL FOR CANDIDATES
Any member in good standing, that has been an OCSA member for at least 5 total years, may submit an application to become a candidate for OCSA Director. Members who desire to submit a Board of Director candidate nominee application MUST PERSONALLY PICK UP:
- Nomination Application
- Commitment Statement
- OCSA By-Laws
- OCSA Rules and Policies
All are available in the OCSA Management Office or from the OCSA staff.
Potential Candidates must submit to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee the following:
- A completed and signed Nomination Application with Biographical content (not to exceed 250 words) suitable for review and publication.
- A completed and signed Director’s Commitment Statement.
Completed forms must be received in the OCSA Management office by 3:00PM on December 7, 2018. They may be dropped off at the OCSA Business Office or mailed to:
ATTN: Bill Toppari
PO BOX 690367
Orlando, FL 32869
The 3 member Nominating Committee will review all applications and prepare the final Slate of Candidates. Candidate selection decisions will be final. Thank you for your participation in the OCSA leadership election process.
ORANGE COUNTY ADVISES RESIDENTS TO PRACTICE LAKE SAFETY DURING HIGH WATER LEVELS
The Orange County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution on Sept. 18, 2018 urging operators of all watercraft vessels to slow down in areas 300 feet or less from docks, piers and shorelines. The resolution also encouraged property owners to mark submerged docks because of the potential navigational hazards of high water levels. Even though the water levels have dropped, it is always a good reminder to use caution and follow these safety measures when the water levels are high:
- Extra precaution should be taken while swimming, fishing or boating while water levels are high.
- Boating when water levels are high may cause waves that could damage property by eroding shoreline soils and possibly flooding homes along the lakefront.
- Low wake zones mean no hydroplaning. It takes some effort to get a vessel off the water and results in high wakes. Wake height should be no more than one foot.
- Large and heavier boats could create damaging waves even at low speeds. Take extra caution when cruising the lake.
- All watercraft should remain at least 300 feet from the shoreline whenever possible or travel in the center of the lake when approaching vulnerable shorelines. Maintain a slow speed and minimum wake when traveling within 300 feet of the shoreline.
- If you have electrical service near a facility (e.g., piers, outside lighting on seawalls, etc.) on or near the water, have a qualified electrical contractor disconnect the power to this service to avoid injuries and equipment damage.
- Do not touch debris blocking a drainage structure, storm drain or retention pond.
- Be mindful that high water levels may bring wildlife, such as alligators and snakes closer to your home and outside recreational areas.
BOATING TIPS / RULES
- Make Proper Use of Lifejackets. Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets? Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure. Remember your floatation device will not work if you are not wearing it.
- A vessel operator born on or after 01/01/1988 must have a State of Florida issued Boating Safety Identification card. The ID card and a picture ID must be carried while operating any vessel 10 HP or more.
- The operator of a Personal Watercraft (PWC) must be at least 14 years of age or 18 years of age if rented. The operator and passengers must wear a USCG approved personal floatation device.
- When two vessels are approaching each other head to head, both vessels must yield by changing course to the right (starboard).
OCSA RULES AND REGULATIONS
The OCSA rules and regulations can be found on the website, www.ocsaclub.com. We would like to remind everyone of the 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.
Service animals are allowed on the property for physical impairments. Under Federal law, businesses are allowed to ask 2 questions — 1) Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability and 2) What work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Please note that emotional support animals are not allowed on the property.
Did you know that it is against the law to leave your vehicle running while unattended? On occasion we have seen members/guests leave their pets in the car while out on the boat, sometimes with the windows down and other times with the windows up and the A/C on. Orange County is cracking down on pets left unattended in a vehicle – Orange County Code Sec 5-43. Law enforcement may be called if a pet is left unattended in a vehicle while on the property.
WHO TO CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
- 407-836-HELP – Call Orange County Sheriff’s office to report an incident or if you need help on the lake
FACILITY RENTAL AGREEMENTS
Our peak season is April 1st through Labor Day. During this time, we cannot reserve space on Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Lake Sheen Hall. We do reserve space Monday-Friday for all areas. The rental agreements are on the website, www.ocsaclub.com. Each rental agreement comes with a 6 hour timeframe which includes set-up and break-down time.