Join the Whiteshell Cottagers Association Today
I am writing this report on Sun., July 17 and as of today’s date our membership level has climbed to 1,968, almost equaling the 2015 year-end total and outpacing last year’s membership drive by almost six months! To all new members and to all cottagers who have renewed their membership another year … A Great Big Thank You!
While membership in the WCA offers numerous benefits, perhaps the most important initiative we have ever undertaken is challenging the government on their proposed lease fee increases that would have in some cases exceeded 700 percent. For those who don’t know, after two years of hard work by the WCA, the Province finally agreed to freeze lease fees at the 2014/2015 levels. They also invited us to participate in the creation of a new formula that we anticipate will be fair and reasonable for all concerned. We expect that this process will begin in September, and the larger our membership base, the stronger our negotiating position. Conversely, if we enter into negotiations with a 50 per cent membership level, the Province might underestimate the degree to which cottagers oppose the astronomical fee increases we faced over the past years.
The information on the spreadsheet below is very telling and clearly shows the lakes where our membership campaign is doing well. But if your cottage is on Barren, Betula, Brereton, Dorothy, Falcon, George, Jessica, Nora, Nutimik, or Pointe du Bois, you should be very concerned. We need you and your neighbours help; we need your support.
Joining is easy. Either clip out the Membership Application from the Echo and mail it, together with your cheque, or go to our website at ‘whiteshellcottagers.com’, click on the membership tab and JOIN NOW!
Together we stand…divided we fall!
By Gary Kennedy