View this email in your browser

The eNews
Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769              June 11, 2019

First Merchandise Sale of the Season
            Saturday, June 15th is the first 2019 DLIA Merchandise Sale, 10:00am-Noon. Soft texture apparel is featured this summer. Two new soft t-shirts designed by Julie Hays (daughter of DLIA members Lorayn and John Perkins) and SportTek shirts are back by popular demand. Also arriving this summer: a new-design notecard featuring Marge Beaver’s Photography-Plus aerial photograph of Douglas Lake, new hats, new blankets, new decals, and naturally…sale items! Look forward to 2020 with a new Douglas Lake calendar featuring fantastic photos from our members.
Sales are held at the Pellston Locker, just off Douglas Lake Road East of US31 in back of the Pellston Lodge. Celebrate Father’s Day with some new Douglas Lake gear!
One-Day Only Kayak Auction June 15th
            Two 101/2’ kayaks were donated to DLIA last month.  The kayaks are in great shape, have paddles and are ready to cruise Douglas Lake! You can inspect the kayaks and bid on one or both at the DL Merchandise Sale on Saturday, June 15th at Pellston Locker.  Bids will be taken from 10:00am-11:45 am.
This is a fund raiser for DLIA. Stop by and bid high! The winning bid(s) will be notified by phone or in person. Please be prepared to take your kayak home by noon when the DL Merchandise sale ends. 
2019 Douglas Lake Directories are here!
            Zone Reps will be delivering the 2019 DLIA Douglas Lake Directory to members this week. Several informational handouts will also be distributed with the Directory, including the 2019 DLIA informational flyer, the 2019 Volunteer Boat Assist Team (best to laminate or otherwise protect in waterproof Ziploc bag) to keep in your boat,  a DNR brochure describing new boating safety regulations, and information about the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s Shoreland Stewards Program.
            If your Directory contact information has changed, please update your membership information through the DLIA website under Membership tab and clicking on update/new member link.  
DLIA is looking for a Treasurer
            Can you work with spreadsheets?  Can you balance a check book?  Want to be more involved with DLIA?  Great! Sue Klaas will be wrapping up her second two-year term as DLIA Treasurer after the Annual Meeting, Monday, August 19th.  The Treasurer serves a two-year term, which may be renewed for one additional two-year term. The Treasurer’s principal responsibilities are outlined in the DLIA 2016 Bylaws published in the DL Directory.  Additional information is available from Joan Hartwig, Chair of the Nominating Committee. You can self-nominate or suggest potential candidates to Joan.  Virtually all of the Treasurer’s job is done through on-line banking so the Treasurer does not need to be in residence at Douglas Lake year-round. As with all DLIA Officer, Director and Zone Rep positions, the Treasurer is a voting member of the Executive Board and serves as an unpaid volunteer.
            Contact Joan at or email
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz June 29th
     DLIA is a participant in the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)’s 6th Annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz. The AIS Landing Blitz is a collaborative outreach campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through recreational boating and related activities. Thanks to Scott Davis’s leadership and some DLIA member volunteers, there will be a “meet and greet” with boaters on Saturday morning June 29th at the Douglas Lake Boat Ramp.
            Our Blitz hosts meet with boaters during the event period to share messaging that includes:
 DEGLE provides the “freebies” and outreach materials (examples, key chains, rack cards, towels, etc.). Please drop by on the 29th whether or not you’re putting a boat in the water. You won’t leave empty handed – and it’s always fun to catch up with DL neighbors and talk quality of life and boating on Douglas Lake. Check the DLIA Calendar at for time specifics.
LTBB Odawa Indians Fish Hatchery Tours
            The Little Traverse Bay Bands (LTBB) of Odawa Indians have a very active native fish stocking program in Northern Michigan lakes and streams.  Last October a small group of DLIA members toured their hatchery located just off Van Road in Levering.  At that time the hatchery was raising sturgeon and cisco.  At our request, the tribe is again offering two hatchery tour dates for DLIA members and families. The indoor facility is crowded with large fish tanks so the tour size is limited.  Tour dates are at 11:00am on either July 19th or August 20th. Reservations are required. Please email to reserve space specifying date and number of people who want to attend. Directions to hatchery will be provided.
[The following report of the DLIA Boat Ramp Committee was presented to the Executive Board May 24, 2019. It is shared with the membership as an information item and will be posted on the DLIA website under Membership Reports.]

DLIA Boat Ramp Committee Report – May 2019
The Douglas Lake Boat Ramp located at the end of Douglas Lake Rd. in Munro Township, Cheboygan County is in good operational condition.  The concrete sections making up the above water and below water portions of the ramp are intact and provide the necessary foundation for launching and recovering watercraft.  At this time the water depth at the end of the underwater portion of the ramp is satisfactory for launching and recovery operations.  It is possible that sand accumulation in the ramp area during upcoming months could require excavation to insure normal operation of the ramp.  The Ramp Chairman will monitor the condition of the ramp through its operational season and make arrangements for any excavation required.  The only other feature of the ramp area that may need attention is the northern side of the “right-of-way” at the waters edge where erosion from wave action is occurring.  It is the Chairman’s understanding that this maintenance is the responsibility of the township. Any future expenditure for ramp maintenance should be adequately handled by the current ramp budget.
Recommendation:  The Munro Township Supervisor should be contacted and made aware of erosion occurring on the ramp right-of-way and the need for future maintenance. [Update:  Executive Board meeting of May 24, 2019 received the Report.  Bill Hartwig, Community Relations liaison with Munro Township, will follow up with Township Supervisor about this recommendation.]
Submitted May 20, 2019 by Stuart Case, Boat Ramp Committee Chair
(Members: Grant Case, Kent Case, Stuart Case, Dave Fisher, Lloyd Flanders, Rich Gedert, Alan Grams, Pat Keiser, Keith Osborn, Chris Walts, Bob Watz) 
[The following report was presented to the Executive Board May 24, 2019.  It is shared here with the membership as an information item and will be posted to the DLIA web site under Membership Reports.]

DLIA News Team Report – May, 2019

Team members: Frank Beaver, Holly Gedert, Joan Hartwig (Chair), Jan Huntley, Sue Klaas, Margie Ladzick, Jayne Morse, Linda Orlow

Team planning meetings were held 07/12/18 and 08/02/18 to discuss content, team assignments and deadlines for both the Fall 2018 (10/01/18) and Spring 2019 (04/01/19) newsletters.  Team members were responsible for assigned article preparation, either writing articles or contacting community resources, who prepared articles.
The Fall 2018 edition was available via eNews or postal delivery by mid-November 2018, with the Spring 2019 edition via eNews or postal delivery available by mid-May 2019.  Fifty-three member households received black/white hard-copy newsletters in November; fifty-one member households received the black/white hard-copy newsletters in May.  In addition to those member households receiving hard-copy newsletters in the fall, approximately fifteen color copies were distributed by Bill Hartwig, CLIA Community Liaison, to Munro Township and Cheboygan County Road Commission members. Black/white Spring 2019 newsletters will be distributed to Munro Township, Cheboygan County Road Commission, and Cheboygan County Planning Commission.
Because the cost of 1st class postage rose from 50 cents/oz. to 55 cents/oz. this year, zone reps are encouraged to discuss the possibility of sending future newsletters to their members via email, rather than through the USPS.
Production cost totals
Fall 2018 Newsletter - $268.10
Spring 2019 Newsletter – $290.05                                                                          
Submitted by Joan Hartwig, Chair, DLIA News Team
Our Advertisers are waiting to serve you.
Click here for the list of our Advertisers
by Category  
On our website, click the advertiser for more information.
Douglas Lake Improvement Association    ─   Dues are $25 a year 
Mailing address: DLIA, PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769

See the new Membership tab for the 
New Member/Update Member Form
or send membership updates to 

Send News Articles and Obituaries to
The eNews is published twice a month on-season and
as needed (once a month) off-season.

The DLIA Newsletter is published twice a year - Fall and Spring.
The Spring Newsletter is distributed approximately mid-May. Deadline for news and obituaries for Fall Newsletter is 10/1/2019.
Note: We appreciate the obituaries being brief (300 words or less)
and relevant to Douglas Lake. News articles should not exceed 700
words unless approved by the editor. Please be aware
that any article or obituary may be edited to fit into the layout.

Add to your contacts  --> 
This will place the eNews and Newsletter into your Inbox.
Copyright © 2019 Douglas Lake Improvement Association, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp