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“Party House” Major Focus of Board Meeting

October 27th Open Board of Directors Meeting

     “Party House” Major Focus of Board Meeting

By Buz Whelan

Although the discussion didn’t begin until over an hour into the meeting, the grievances over a short-term rental house on West Emerald Lake produced the most passionate remarks during the October meeting. Beginning with Mark Davis’ opening statement, which was comprehensive, residents from the general area of the house spoke, one after the other, on the rental’s damaging effect on quality of life. Speaker after speaker cited littering, garbage dumping, loud parties, fireworks far into the night, and a septic system that is overtaxed and sure to fail at some point in the near future. The discussion went on for about 45 minutes and showed evidence of the strain on affected members’ nerves. Board President Al Leslie assured the distressed group that the association attorney is working to resolve the situation, but it was unclear what form that resolution would take.

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ELDAS Reflects and Plans

by Buz Whelan

The Emerald Lakes Directors Alumni Society used their Sept 8th meeting to close out their second year and begin their third. In his final meeting as moderator, Buz Whelan thanked the members for their contributions and support. The Society members reviewed the recommendations to the board and events of the past year and began planning the next.

Society founder Pat Galderisi read a long list of recommendations made to the board, including CAI assisted orientation for new directors and establishing a septic policy, and concluded that the board had acted on approximately 75% of these. Asked to cite those she thought most significant, Pat listed these 10: Read the rest of this entry

New Member/Volunteer Appreciation Party Pictures

Lola Lauri

Cutting the cake is former board officer, Claire Abbazio, who held the longest continuous tenure of 13 years, along with current ELA Board President, Al Leslie.

On August 25, 2012, Emerald Lakes honored its many volunteers and welcomed its new members at a party at the Community Center.  The party was hosted by the Emerald Lakes Directors Alumni Society (ELDAS).  ELDAS member Pat Galderisi put together some numbers to help us appreciate how much our volunteers contribute to the community, “AARP says in PA each volunteer hour is worth $20.51.  With 128 volunteers giving approximately 3 hours per week times 52 weeks each year, these volunteers have saved our community $409,543.68!”  We didn’t check the numbers, but there is no doubt that ELA volunteers provide many valuable and important services in our community.  As Pat says, “God Bless Our Volunteers, they are unselfish and positive.”

Just a few of the army of 128 volunteers who keep Emerald Lakes going all year long.

Some of our newest members. Welcome to Emerald Lakes!

Our Wonderful Vols. seated left front, Robin Mastrocola, Tobi Barnett, seated right front, Jean Petersen, Marge Indri and Bill Henry.

New Members, L. to R. Tatiana, Yuri and Natalia Sokolov, seated back row, Mark Colville.

Volunteers Phil Botti and Nancy Pitcher.

L. to R. Pat and Eric Bergstrom, Bob Walsh, Gilda Spiotta and George Haab.

Our New Members – Tiesha Phillip and Family

Treasurer Earl Frank and V. P. Millie Bishop

Sue Lodato, Mickey Lammardo and Dolores Saintil.

L. to R. Margaret Fitzgerald, Bob Leon, Former Dir. Louise Leon.

Former directors Dale Walsh and Pat Galderisi greet volunteers and new members.

Nancy Jean and George Hesser.

Adrian Saintil, Rosario Lammardo and Former Dir. Claire Abbazio.


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