Carl Rickmeier
President

Tom Quasius
Vice President

M. Scott Niederjohn
Treasurer

Brian Voight
Secretary

CLAA Board

Kathy Blanke
Peter Dietz
Tom Dinolfo
Jennifer Hansmann
Joe Jankowski
Aron Jarr
Sharon Kudirko
Bert Sartori
Adam Schroeder
Carrie Sommersberger

President's Message

Dear Crystal Lake Enthusiast,

Most of the ice went out this past Sunday, April 8th & the lake was completely ice free as the temperature surpassed 70 degrees on Monday. As I type this four days later, we have several inches of snow. That being said, every day is a day closer to summer.

Your Board held its first meeting of the year this past Saturday. Highlights include:

  • Pursuit of a 501©3 non-profit organizational status
  • Review of 2018 vs. 2019 Budgets
  • Team assignments (Financial, Social, Beautification, Water quality/weeds)
  • Assessment of short & long term goals
  • Establishment of a sportswear program
  • Jim Hansen approached the Board as he has an interest in spearheading a CLAA sportswear program. Jim received our full endorsement & you will see sportswear sample items at future membership meetings, available for order. Further, there will be a link on the website to connect to CLAA sportswear & Jim. A portion of each sale will go to the CLAA general fund, so shop early & often.

    MEMBERSHIP IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF ANY ORGANIZATION

    In 2016, only 52% of Crystal Lake property owners were members of CLAA. In 2017, 68%. Last year, 75%. Best of all, 2/3 of the applicants joined as CRYSTAL CLUB members. Please consider a Crystal Club membership. Additionally, please reach out to your neighbors & encourage them to join the association. The membership form is easily printed by clicking here - Membership Form.

    An annual highlight for many of us is Venetian Night. This year's event is scheduled for July 6th. Parade boats will gather at the big island at 7:30 p.m. & follow the Grand Marshall around the lake. Fireworks will follow at dusk. You will notice on this year's membership form that you are able to directly contribute to the CLAA Fireworks Fund. Sponsorship levels of: Red ($1,000), White ($500) & Blue ($250) are listed for your consideration.

    We thank Dr. Jeff Hansmann, Tim Schweitzer & Art Diedrich for their past years of hard work as they have stepped down from the board. At the same time we welcome Peter Dietz & Kathy Blanke as new directors.

    This year's Memorial Day-Summer Kickoff meeting/party will again be at Siebken's Saloon at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26th. Complimentary beer, wine & appetizers will be served at 7:15 p.m., so please arrive early.

    All my best and see you around the lake,
    Carl Rickmeier, CLAA President