We are preparing for another great season of sailing, tennis, watersports, camp, and special events. I would like to take this time to thank Heidi Lange for her three years of strong leadership as the Club President. I am looking forward to working with our fabulous and dedicated Board of Directors, who continue to volunteer their time to ensure that the BLBC is a magical place for us all for years to come.
Returning staff leaders
We are pleased to announce that Scott Crawford has been hired as our new Club Manager. Scott is in his second year at McGill studying Economics and has worked at the club as a BLBC day camp counselor, where he has proven himself to be a responsible, enthusiastic leader. Scott will be joined by Antoine Brouillard who is returning as Head Sailing Coach, our seasoned tennis pros Vincent Tardif and Guillaume Jacob as well as many other returning staff.
Get ready for camp registration
Sailing, Tennis, and Day Camp registration will soon be available on the camp registration form. Camps (day camp, sailing and/or tennis) will run for up to 9 weeks from June 26 to August 25. Capacity for camps is limited, so please register early.
Sailing, Tennis, and Day Camp registration schedule:
- Begins March 7 for returning members
- Begins March 17 for new members
- Begins May 2 for guests and non-members
Mark your calendar
Come prepare the grounds on Volunteer Day on May 6. Then kick off the summer at our Opening Potluck BBQ on June 24. Invite your friends to this open house event—a great way to introduce people to the Club at no charge. Visit the calendar for information about Tuesday BBQs and other social events, sailing races, tennis tournaments, the annual regatta, and more.
You can subscribe to the BLBC calendar feed by clicking on the button below the calendar to receive the latest info on your mobile device or digital calendar.
Services back by popular demand
Our many popular offerings introduced last year in the Sailing, Tennis, Day Camp and Junior Club/CIT programs will continue this year.
The revamped Sailing Youth program and Junior Race program realized more than 40% growth in participation year-over-year. Our reputation is growing as a fun and competitive sailing program with 2016 nominations from the Fédération de Voile du Québec placing BLBC in the top 4 sailing clubs/schools, Antoine Brouillard as instructor of the year, and Howsen Cup as event of the year! Several of our sailors went on to compete nationally and internationally since last summer.
The Tennis program will expand with lessons on demand in the shoulder seasons before the Opening BBQ and after Labour Day weekend.
The Junior Club carves out activities for teens. The CIT program will continue to provide a role for teen members to participate in camps while gaining valuable work experience that prepares them for future summer jobs.
We are also happy to have Zack Shine’s Snack Shack return for a second year.
Our Club is what we make of it
The BLBC community relies on countless member volunteers to create the programs, manage and maintain facilities, plan events, and bring new ideas to improve the Club for all of our enjoyment. We are introducing committees led by Board members to provide contact points for all members to get involved. If you have ideas and want to lend a hand in shaping the BLBC, refer to the committee descriptions and get in touch with the committee heads through Scott Crawford at email@example.com.
Looking for your help with facility and equipment improvements
This year’s improvement priorities are docks, sailboats, safety boats, equipment storage, fleet repairs, and updating the canteen appliances. Collecting used equipment from our community is a first step in our Green initiatives and allows us to spend on other improvements. We are looking for contributions toward equipment improvements:
- Stove, fridge and/or freezer in good working condition for the canteen
- Sailboats, canoes, paddleboards, paddles
The Intermediate membership category will be lowered from 13 to 12 years of age to allow more campers to enjoy full membership privileges.
The non-member and guest policy is revised to limit participation to one week per summer. Non-members and guests have been permitted in the Sailing camps and Tennis camps over the past few summers to raise participation rates. All non-member and guest participants in sailing and tennis over the two previous summers will be invited personally to join as members to enjoy the Club all summer long.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to sharing another great summer with all of you at the BLBC!
Shane Velan on behalf of the BLBC Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors
Kim Alepin, Co-head of Sailing and Communications Committees
Sara Bradeen, Head of Social and Green Committees
Thane Calder, Co-head of Sailing Committee
Heidi Lange, Head of Tennis and Staff Committees
Emily Ritchie, Head of Day Camp, Swimming, and Staff Committees
Brigitte Roy, Secretary
Stephen Sager, Treasurer and Head of Facilities and Maintenance Committee
Shane Velan, President and Head of Finance and Infrastructure Committee
Donna Zamiska, Co-head of Communications Committee, Head of Community Engagement Committee
Our beautiful summer 2016 is already coming to an end. Last Saturday, at our Annual General Meeting, we presented our financial results to the members which turned out to be very positive. We had a true success with the regattas, the sailing as well as with their new programs introduced this season; day camps went very well, our new program for juniors had a good start; again, our tennis pros enabled our children to step up their game, and finally, Zack delighted us with his lunches, snacks and goodies. The weather was beautiful, which allowed members to fully enjoy our Club. As always, our instructors worked relentlessly to ensure the well-being of our children and the smooth running of the Club activities.
This year again, I want to credit our renewed success to the tremendous efforts and dedication of the members. It is due to your unfailing support and your participation to the activities that the Club maintains its stellar reputation, remains a magical site and continues to grow.
I have been President of the Club since 2014 and it has been a real honor and pleasure. It is now time for me to hand over the presidency to someone else. I am therefore very proud to announce the election of Shane Velan as President of the BLBC. Shane has been a member of the Board for the last three years. He is not only an experienced businessman but he also knows the Club very well. As a child, he spent his summers at the Club and his children are now attending the day camps. Shane will certainly be very committed in maintaining the culture and spirit of the Club and will certainly take it to another level of success.
We have many reasons to celebrate our past accomplishments and to envision the future with optimism. We have tremendously improved our infrastructures, through, amongst other things, the relentless efforts of Stephen Sager and other committed believers, our selection of activities and the operation of the Club in general have also improved over the years. Transitions open new opportunities, and I am convinced that Shane will be ready to seize them and meet the new challenges ahead of him with dynamism.
I wish to thank all board members whole heartedly who supported me during my presidency. Without their support, we would not have been able to reach such a level of excellence. Each and every one of them devoted considerable time and effort in planning and preparation of Club activities in order to ensure that all programs ran as smooth as anticipated. It is a constant commitment which is essential to the Club’s development and members’ satisfaction.
Again, I would like to wish Shane all the success in the world as he takes on new promising paths.
Hoping to see you all next year at the Club and that the rest of the year is enjoyable for you.
Retiring BLBC President
To all members,
Summer is approaching very fast and we are looking forward to seeing you all at the Brome Lake Boating Club, as well as greeting new members with a range of new activities. Last summer, all programs including swimming, sailing and tennis activities along with day camps were a true success and member participation to events was remarkable.
Our intention is to offer you another great summer with a variety of activities and events. The sailing committee is also very excited to present you with their new sailing programs and activities.
You will find the details, schedules as well as fees for all programs on the web site. Once again, we have recruited a great team of experienced staff members who are very excited and look forward to sharing fun moments with you.
Full session Day Camps will be running from Monday, June 20th, 2016 until Friday, July 29th , 2016 for all age groups. In addition, we will be offering half-day camp services for children of seven (7) years and older from Monday, August 1st, 2016 to Friday, August 12th.
Sailing Camps will also be offered to members and non-members throughout the summer from the week of June 20th, 2016 to August 12th, 2016. As mentioned above, our sailing committee has worked very hard to introduce to the sailors a variety of new programs and activities. In the Youth Sailing Program, you will find a camp for young sailors between the ages of 5 to 7, Wet Feet is designed to help young sailors feel comfortable on the water and to experience the sport of sailing in the most positive way. For fun and adventure, there is the Adventure Sailing camp in which teens will sail away for three days and two nights. Our Racing Program has been revamped and a Learn to Race class added for those who would like learn dinghy racing. It is also possible to register for the Race Team for the whole summer. We have added two new weekend classes, Family Sailing and Adult Sailing, which are designed specifically for families and adults. Finally, we continue to offer Private Lessons to accommodate your schedule, reservations required. Please take a look at our events calendar for news on weekly Saturday Races, Catamaran Race, Howson and Fisher Cups. These activities will be organized by our professional sailing instructors with the support of the sailing committee members.
In addition to the tennis activities and programs offered during the summer, we will also offer Tennis Camps to members and non-members that will run from Monday, August 1st, 2016 until Friday, August 26th, 2016. Our tennis pros, Ricky Twynam, Vincent Tardif and Guillaume Jacob from Orize will be returning and are looking forward to this summer. In fact, this summer Ricky will be organizing in August a two (2) week competitive camps and Ricky will be recruiting competitive tennis players to take part in these camps.
This summer, Caroline Des Rosiers will be assuming the role of BLBC Manager, therefore overseeing the management of all day camps, sailing camps and tennis camps.
It is our pleasure to welcome Zack Shine who will take over the management of the Snack Shack this summer.
Our famous Tuesday evening BBQs with La Ferme à la Table will begin June 28th , 2016 and will continue until August 9th, 2016.
With regards to initiation fees and annual dues, we made the decision to freeze these fees for 2016. The small contribution to capital fund will remain the same as last year.
The objectives for the Brome Lake Boating Club this summer are:
- To ensure members live a great experience during their summer at the BLBC
- To ensure the sustainability of the Club while reinforcing its image within the Knowlton community.
- To help contribute to the Knowlton community as a whole and to the Club members’ wellbeing so as to ensure that as many families, tennis fans and sailing lovers, continue to enjoy and discover this exceptional environment – a true gem.
- To ensure sound management of operations in order to maintain the financial health of the Club.
- To continue to invest in maintaining the quality of the equipment and the facilities.
The input and participation of members are important to the Board. I invite members who wish to bring specific subjects to the Board’s attention or to make suggestions to contact me.
We have the privilege to be surrounded by a dynamic and enthusiastic Board without which, the pursuit of the existing objectives and the launch of future projects for the Brome Lake Boating Club would not be possible. I have listed the Members of our team below. In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marc Trudel and Sandrine Duffar who contributed immensely in the enhancement of the sailing programs and activities.
Members of the Board of Directors
Heidi Lange, President
Brigitte Roy, Secretary
Stephen Sager, Treasurer
Looking forward to sharing another great summer with all of you at the Brome Lake Boating Club,
Brome Lake Boating Club