Halloween Party and Hayride by Pam Reid

This years Halloween Party was a total success. We had a great bunch of volunteers, weather was perfect, and we had a large turnout.

We had around 70 Barnes Lake Community members attend the Halloween Party and Hayride. There where so many little ones dressed in cool and scary costumes. There was cider, donuts, games, crafts for all ages and lots of laughs. Everyone had a terrific time!!!!!!

There are so many volunteers that I want to thank. Without these Barnes Lakes Hero’s this event would not be possible:

  • Mary Bentley, De Hartwell, and Shanna Mills in getting information out to the community.
  • Alex Nikora and Tom Petts who installed and removed the tarps for our craft room.
  • Chris and Lisa Johnson, Lisa was awesome in helping with crafts and Chris did an outstanding job as a hayride driver.
  • Dell Shoopman is awesome! He has been a hayride driver for many years.
  • Sandy Herweyer who was priceless in helping decorate, during the event, and clean-up.
  • Cece Stramsak, Cece orders and pick-ups donuts and cider, she helps set-up and teardown. Cece is simply amazing!!!!

Thanks Everyone!

Board Meeting – Barnes Lake Club – September 7th, 2022

Meeting called to order at 7:03 PM

Board Members Present: Pam Reid, Del Shoopman, Lacy Minard, Cece Stramsak, Pat Betcher, Derek Morey, Brian Menard, Alex Nikora, Teresa Rolland

Board Members Present: Pam Reid, Del Shoopman, Lacy Minard, Cece Stramsak, Pat Betcher, Derek Morey, Brian Menard, Alex Nikora, Teresa Rolland

Guests: Scott and Theresa Herrick, Tom and Laurie Petts, Ed and Sue St. Pierre, Cory and Travis Compeau, Burns Rolland.

Additions to Agenda: We discussed adding a lost and found to the BLC website (everyone was in favor), people depositing dog waste into other people’s garbage cans or not picking it up in yards (we’ll put a notice in the Observer), and unsupervised kids causing damage to park lots.

Minutes of Last Meeting: Cece Stramsak made a motion to accept the minutes of the July meeting and was seconded by Derek Morey. Motion carried. There are no August minutes this year due to the meeting being canceled on account of the power outage.

Treasurer’s Report: Brian Menard made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report and was seconded by Derek Morey. Motion passed.

Membership Update: We closed out the year with 220 members. Discussion ensued about how to garner more members.

Bills for Payment: Cece let us know there was a DTE bill for $70.24 and DeLong charged us $100.

Special Events Reports:

A. Coffee Hour: The next coffee hour is 9/17. Tom and Laurie Petts will be taking over for the Morey’s.

B. Beach Concert: The concert was a huge success. It was well attended and everyone had fun.

C. Barnes Lake Observer Summer/Fall: The articles are due September 12th. We will add a note about the lost and found and dog waste. Discussion ensued about whether to send this issue to everyone or only members. A roll call vote about where to send it resulted in a “nay” by all members of the board except for Dereck Morey who voted to send to everyone. There were more ideas shared about garnering new membership including welcome packets to all the new residents or a BOGO membership promotion.

D. Annual Picnic: This year’s picnic was up 13 guests and made $368 more than last year. It was a great event that was fun for everyone (minus the ridiculous heat). Pat took some great feedback from the attendees.

E. Halloween Party: Pam will begin calling around in October for volunteers. Since we scheduled around a lot of the other community events, we should have good attendance.

Beach/Pavilion Maintenance Report: The estimates we’ve gotten to fix the building are sky high so that’s an ongoing process. The gate has helped keep a large number of nonresidents out this summer. The ramp and dock were damaged by the barge used for dredging but the cement has been fixed and the dock will be soon.

Park Lot Maintenance: Alex reported that he’s been so grateful for the help on the park lots. Trees have fallen on G and M lot and have been taken care of. The trees on E lot have a quote from Steve Lovasz of $800 to remove. A motion was made to approve $800 to remove the two trees on E lot by Alex Nikora and was seconded by Lacy Minard. Motion carried.

Scouting Report: Teresa let us know that the Scouts had their Court of Honor in August. They’ll have a campout September 9-10 at the Morey’s. They’ve had 4 new Webelos attend the meetings and hope that they will crossover.

Barnes Lake Improvement Board: Burns informed us that we’ve had 4 sprays total this year. The purple loosestrife is still spreading and we need to take it out. In regards to the dredging, the bag burst on Oliver’s property and the damage was quite bad. The dredging company and insurance are currently sorting that out. The spoils from the dredge will be distributed back into the watershed at some properties around the lake. The rest of the dredge money will help restore Oliver’s yard. The cooperative lake management program will continue with more samples.

Correspondence: A thank you card from Bob Dismuke’s family

Old Business:

A. Lawsuit: We will find out tomorrow about the the trial dates.

New Business:

A. Free dues: Burns Rolland asked if we could as a club allow free dues for Oliver for the next 5 years since he’s been so accommodating about the use of his property for the dredge. Dereck Morey made a motion that the BLC pay for 5 years of dues for Oliver. A roll call vote ensued and it was unanimously voted through. Motion carried.

B. Road Commision: Questions were asked about what or when the road commission was going to work on the roads. Ray Hayes is still waiting on approval from the state. It was suggested that people can attend meetings at the township hall to get info and voice concerns.

Derek Morey made a motion to adjourn and was seconded by Brian Menard. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:06 PM.

The next meeting is October 5th at the beach pavilion.

Respectfully submitted, Lacy Minard

Halloween Party/Hayride by Pam Reid

Halloween Party/Hayride is October 15, 2022 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

  • Hayride Pickup Streets, to the Club House: Lakeshore, Indian Trail and Peninsula Drive.
  • Hayride Leaves the Club House to start pickup at 5:15 P.M.
  • Last Hayride leaves the Club House for a final pickup at 6:15 P.M.
  • Two hay trailers will be going around the lake, so if you miss one watch for the second trailer.
  • If you miss a hayride trailer, please feel free to use your own transportation to join the fun at the club house!
  • The Halloween Party activities will be going on until 7:30 P.M.

Come for cider, donuts, games, crafts for all ages!!! There is plenty of candy to go around! We love seeing all of the costumes!!!!!

We want this event to be a safe and a fun event. So, parents please watch your kids getting on and off the hay trailer along with watching them throughout the ride.

Dress for the weather! Most of the activities are in areas that have no heat.

While we have volunteers from last year’s event and we have an updated volunteer list for this year, we can always use a few more in making this event a success. If interested, please contact me (Pam Reid) at 810-241-4474.

If you would like to donate Candy to the party, please drop off donations at 1372 Lakeshore Drive the weekend before, or during the week of the party, or at the party setup the day of the event at the club house between 12:00 P.M. thru 1:00 P.M.

Mark your calendars for this fun event in October: Halloween Party/Hayride October 15, between the hours of 5:30 P.M. thru 7:30 P.M.

Barnes Lake Golf Outing 2022 by Rod Quick

Castle Creek Golf hosted this year’s successful BL Golf Outing on September 10th. 13 Teams with 52 golfers competed for bragging rights and incredible prizes.  Mother Nature cooperated this year and we had a beautiful Michigan late summer day to socialize with our neighbors and chase little white balls all over Lum.

Congratulations to the Janet Terwilliger’s Team for shooting outstanding golf and taking home the ST(Steve)-UD(Bud) Traveling Trophy. 

We were able to donate $940 dollars to the Barnes Lake Association Fund. Rod Mills did an outstanding job running the 50/50 drawing and Red Tees and Mulligan’s were also available for a small donation and many golfers took advantage of these to lower their score. 

ELGA Credit Union ran a Vegas Hole, Rod Mills/Morton Buildings donated several nice pieces of Morton gear, Dave and Katie Brandt passed out goody bags and several of our neighbors donated gifts to help make our raffle prizes special. 

A “BIG THANKS” to all the golfers and volunteers that made this year’s BL Golf Outing a blast. Also a “HUGE THANKS” to all the folks who gave generous donations of door prizes. 

Next year we will do it again on the second Saturday of September.  

Big Change!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kyle Bonner and Ryan Pilarski have graciously agreed to relieve Sue and I of our duties and will run the BLGO next year. Thank You! I’m sure you’ll do a great job with the help of Sam and Jenda! 

Thanks to all for your support over the years. Sue and I made many new friends and enjoyed our time golfing and socializing with all of you.

Rod Quick

Flotilla Recap by Rod Mills

For everyone that wasn’t there this year, Flotilla 2022 was held on August 13th in the small lake!! Weather wasn’t as hot as we would of all liked but fortunately the rain held off.  We had and a GREAT turn out and a whole lot of FUN despite the weather.

We had a  50/50 prize of $300 that went to a 6 person group that all pitched in on tickets. 

Special Thanks to John and Terri Allen for purchasing and selling Flotilla 2022 Can Koozies which they kindly donated all proceeds. There were also many others that pitched in items to raffle and sell.  Greatly appreciated!! 

Thank You to everyone that came out to float and donate. I believe we had somewhere around 20 boats tied up at one time.

Total for the day was $743.00 raised for Barnes Lake Club. Watch the Barnes Lake Club website for next year’s date. Hope to see you there!!

Rod Mills

Board Meeting – Barnes Lake Club – July 6th, 2022

Meeting called to order at 7:03 PM

Board Members Present: Pam Reid, Del Shoopman, Lacy Minard, Cece Stramsak, Pat Betcher, Derek Morey, Brian Menard, Alex Nikora, Teresa Rolland

Guests: Doug Macha, Burns Rolland, Deanna Hartwell.

Minutes of Last Meeting: Alex Nikora made a motion to accept the minutes of the last meeting and was seconded by Del Shoopman. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: We have 210 members to date. Deanna Hartwell and Teresa Rolland would like to help with getting welcome packets and information to new residents. Brian Menard made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report and was seconded by Pam Reid. Motion passed.

Bills for Payment: None

Special Events Reports:

  • A. Coffee Hour: June 18th was well attended. At the next coffee hour on July 16th Derek will be looking for new volunteers to run coffee hour.
  • B. Beach Concert: His band for July 16th has a scheduling conflict so he’s looking for a new one. If not, another activity will be planned.
  • C. July 4th Weekend: 
    • Fireworks: Everyone agreed that the fireworks show was great and that there was less traffic on the lake this year. In 2023 the show will be on July 1st and discussion took place about the rising cost of fireworks. Derek Morey made a motion to rebook with the same company as last year for the fireworks show and was seconded by Brian Menard. A roll call vote took place with all board members saying “Aye” and the motion passed.
    • Home Décor Contest: Del is going from 10 winners to 8 through default since 2 of the homes are not BLC members.
    • Bike Parade: Teresa reported that the only issue she has was people trying to launch boats at the start of the parade. At the beginning of the parade there were 5 kids and 7 adults but more joined in and at the end there were 13 kids. Lots of golf carts participated.
  • D. Annual Meeting: Pam reviewed our outline for the annual meeting and we discussed setting up.
  • E. Annual Picnic: Melinda Bradley and Carolyn Costello will take over the raffles. Pat and Alex will work together on set up and Linda Zukonik will organize volunteers. Pat’s daughter will run the kid’s games.

Beach/Pavilion Maintenance Report:  Alex shared suggestions on how to fix and stop the rot on the back wall of the building. He’s getting quotes on fixing the outside and is looking into steel siding for the walls.

Park Lot Maintenance:   On Park Lot K one of the neighbors has offered to put $300 towards a fence to keep the neighbor on the other side out. There has been a lot of conflict there this year and Alex is hoping that a fence will help. He will let us know once he gets a quote.

Barnes Lake Improvement Board:  Burns let us know that the dredge is scheduled to start tomorrow or Friday. They’ll start by laying the pipe this week. We will most likely have one more spray for weeds this year to keep them at bay.

Correspondence:  John Nowak reached out to the club wondering if there was someone he could rent a boat from on August 16 to the 18. Lacy Minard said she’d get back with him in the event she could help out.

Old Business:

  • A. Lawsuit: August 19th at 9 AM a meeting has been set up and we will have a date for the hearing.

New Business:

  • A. Alcohol: Teresa brought up the concern that one of the houses was handing out alcohol during the bike parade. The club felt that since this was a private household that we weren’t sponsoring it wasn’t cause for alarm.
  • Garage Sale: Brian brought up the low number of people that participated in the sale this year. Discussion ensued about ways to keep people informed about the events around the lake. We will work on putting up a bulletin board at the beach, adding QR codes to park lot signs, and look into who mans the Facebook page.

The Annual Meeting will be on July 9th, 2022 at 10 AM. The next monthly meeting will be on August 3rd, 2022 at 7 PM

Derek Morey made a motion to adjourn and was seconded by Del Shoopman. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Lacy Minard

2022 Barnes Lake Club Picnic by Pam Reid


The Barnes Lake Annual Members Picnic held on Saturday, August 6th was a total success, even with temperatures in the upper 90’s! This is another event that the Barnes Lake Club holds each year to support our Barnes Lake community and is a great day for everyone to meet our neighbors! The Barnes Lake Annual Member Picnic brings the community together to enjoy each other’s company, eat good food, watch kids play games, and win raffle prizes. This year the picnic had a greater turnout than years prior, with 13 more community members attending and an additional $ 368.00 raised. Our picnic is only successful each year because of this great community we live in and all of its volunteers.   

There are so many wonderful people that work to put this event together successfully. This year, Melinda Bradley took on a new role in the difficult task of getting all of the raffle items together.  Melinda and her team did an outstanding job collecting raffle items! I would also like to give a big thank you to the Barnes Lake Community Members who donated so many terrific items for the raffle! We are thankful to have Wally Dotson be such a big part of this event. This year, Wally used his woodworking skills to create a table for our raffle. His finished product was an oval table with a drawer to hold remote controls, along with a glass top. Below the glass top on the table, Barnes Lake was engraved into the wood with contours to show the lake’s depth painted in blue. Wally added a fishing boat to give it another degree of detail. It was truly an amazing piece!

There are many others that helped in making this event so wonderful for our community. Sending big thank-you’s to all of my neighbors below in being a part of our picnic this year:

  • Linda Zukonik and Pat Betcher event organizer’s, food pick-up and help as needed
  • Mo Bradley, Carolyne Costello, Sherry Osborne who collected and set-up raffle items prior to the event
  • Sherry Osborne who sold raffle tickets for Wally Dotson donated hand-crafted beautiful table
  • Alex Nikora, Ron Mills, Pat Betcher, Ozzi Osborne, and Rick Dickson who set-up canopies and moved the picnic table back and forth as needed for the picnic.
  • Rod Mills in selling raffle tickets
  • Mike and Toni Beauvais, Pat Rickord and Kathy Shabel who greeted people as they came to the picnic.
  • Lori and Rich Dickson, Jenele Thompson and Lori Campbell who served food to everyone
  • Samantha (Pats Betcher Daughter) ran the kid’s games.  This year she had a crazy game where the kids covered their heads with shaving cream and another kid through cheese puff balls at the kids with shaving cream trying to get them to stick in the shaving cream.  It was hilarious to watch, and the kids had a terrific time.
  • Mary Bentley assisted in getting information about the picnic out to the Barnes Lake Community
  • Boy Scouts who donated for our use and set-up their tents and canopies for the event.
  • Bryans Market who catered the event

To all who made this year’s picnic a success…..Thank-You!!!!!!!!  You are simply amazing! 

Again, we really hope more of you join the Barnes Lake Club for the minimal cost of only $50.00.  Please remind your neighbors and any new neighbors to join the Barnes Lake Club! The listof our paid members is on the Barnes Lake Club Website.  If your neighbor is not on the list, please encourage them to join. Help keep our Barnes Lake community and lake safe, friendly, and private. Joining is even easier with PayPal, in using PayPal and additional $5.00 is charged to cover PayPal fees.