Baptiste Lake Association Mission Statement
The Baptiste Lake Association is a voluntary group of members committed to representing the interests of the residents of the Baptiste Lake area. The Association works closely with residents as well as all levels of government to conserve and enhance the environment of the lake and its surrounding area. The initial association was founded in 1949....

The Mission is to be achieved through the observance of the following goals and objectives:
  • To monitor water levels and quality on an ongoing basis.
  • To actively promote land use planning policies and programs for the lake which have a long range vision, and help retain the character of the lake.
  • To promote water and boating safety.
  • To inform lake residents about official plans, by-laws and building codes affecting their property.
  • To inform lake residents about government action which affects them.
  • To educate lake residents and others about the environmental impact of their actions.
  • To maintain membership in FOCA, BACA and other non-profit organizations dedicated to the cause of conservation.
  • To promote a sense of community among the lake residents through the support of social events.
  • To promote fire safety and prevention.
  • To promote, maintain and support links with the surrounding community.

For general inquiries or to find out how you can volunteer to help the BLA, please contact MyBaptisteLake@gmail.com. For more information on how you can help the BLA by becoming a BLA Member or by donating funds, please see our BLA Membership page.
Important announcements from the BLA

Decommissioning Fire Station 2 (Paradise Landing)
The following item is on the agenda for Council meeting the this Wednesday, June 16, 2021:

97-2021: That Council accepts the recommendations from the Fire Task Force Ad Hoc Committee; and that Council investigates the potential of decommissioning Fire Station 2.

For more information please click agenda and draft report.

Spring 2021 Newsletter
The Spring Newsletter was mailed on June 1 from Maynooth. It took up to 2 weeks for the 2020 Fall Newsletter to be delivered so if you have not received it, please wait a bit longer before contacting the BLA.

Also, the newsletter has been posted on the website at Spring Newsletter.

Recent Posts May 29, 2021
The News page has been updated with two posts regarding the FOCA Environmental Webinar Series and the latest FOCA Elert.

Obituary for Brian Marquardt
BRIAN GARWOOD MARQUARDT November 10, 1940 - May 30, 2021

A note from his family: My family and I wanted to share with the Baptiste Lake Association the sad, unexpected news of my dad’s passing. My parents have a cottage on Baptiste Lake in Redmond Bay. They bought the lot in 1969. Dad was a director on the association in the early 2000’s for about 5 years.
Memories and condolences can be shared online at full obituary.
Corinna Marquardt

Message from the BLA President
I am writing you as President of the Baptiste Lake Association (BLA) on behalf of the executive.  There has recently been some potentially libelous comments on another person’s facebook page regarding one of our Directors and the BLA.  These posts have been removed, as they rightly should be.  The accusations made against the BLA are actually libelous.  It is hoped that this is the last we will see on this.  If not, the BLA will take whatever action is necessary to stop these postings.  As you know, the purpose of the BLA is to protect the lake for future generations so that our beautiful lake remains the pristine lake it is.   All of us on the board remain committed to protecting the lake to the best of our abilities.  If any of you would like to assist the BLA please do not hesitate to contact us.  Contact information is available on the website.  Remember this is your association!

Recent Posts May 15, 2021
In addition to the three new posts immediately below regarding the Spring Newsletter, organising a Septic pump out and Website updates, the following pages have been updated:
the Community Events page has been updated with an item regarding a Cottage Succession Planning webinar.
the News page has been updated with a message from Kelly at Think Turtle Conservation.
the Lost and Found page has been updated with a message about a found top level of crib.

Recent Website updates
When a user logs into the BLA website, the 'Login as BLA Website Member' button is replaced with a 'Logout' button and text as to who is logged in. Also a user logout routine has been added. As was the case previously, a login is only valid for 30 minutes after which you will need to log in again to perform any of the three activities requiring you to be logged in.

Septic Pump-out by barge for Boat Access Cottagers
Pauline Hawkes is organising an opportunity for boat access cottagers’ septic systems to be pumped-out this summer 2021. It requires at least 10 cottagers, we last did it in 2016.
If you are interested please, call or email Pauline Hawkes

Home 613-332-4736 or Lake 613-216-2182

Letter from FOCA
The attached email was sent to the BLA Directors from the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA) upon renewal of the BLA's membership in FOCA.

If you are a paid up member of the BLA, you are entitled to certain benefits including the boat and cottage insurance program CottageFirst. Please see the attached document for all of FOCA's current member benefits and offers.

Dear Baptiste Lake Association Board of Directors.doc

FOCA Member Benefits CODES 2pg overview Feb2021.pdf

New discussion topics
Two new discussion topics has been posted on the Lake Talk-->Discussion-->Government And Politics page titled:
   Seasonal class for electricity delivery and
   Road Improvement Issues in HH.

Advertise Here!
For information on advertising on the BLA website and in the BLA newsletter, contact the BLA at MyBaptisteLake@gmail.com
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