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For 2016, the Balsam Lake Association will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 4th at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 519 in Coboconk on Hiway 48 just south of the intersection with Hiway 35. At this meeting, members will be asked to approve a new structure for BLA to improve its effectiveness for the future. We urge all members to attend and provide their support for this important new direction.

Hope to see you there.

  • Upcoming Agenda

    A Proposed New By-Law for the Balsam Lake Association

    By: Douglas Erlandson, April 9, 2016

    The Directors of the Balsam Lake Association have undertaken to restructure the Association so that it can operate in accordance with anticipated new Not-for-Profit legislation and so that it can better serve Balsam Lake waterfront and near-shore property owners.

    This restructuring is detailed in a proposed new By-Law that would govern the day-to-day operation of the Association. The full text of the By-Law is available on the Balsam Lake Association website at

    Key factors driving this restructuring are our current inability to generate any reasonable quorum for Annual General Meetings, difficulty recruiting volunteers to serve as Directors, and the need to have more broad-based representation from around the lake if the Association is ever going to achieve its full potential.

    Important aspects of the proposed new By-Law include:

    • ·         The Association will seek to have 13 Directors each representing a defined geographical area. These Directors will improve the link between the Association and property owners.
    • ·         The 13 Directors will constitute the Association eliminating the requirement for a large Annual General Meeting. Although the Balsam Lake Association has over 600 dues-paying members there has rarely been more that 15 to 20 people at an AGM.
    • ·         Balsam Lake waterfront and near-shore property owners will be defined as “Supporters” and their primary link to the Association will be through their area representative. Cottage and Road Associations, Ad Hoc Groups and individual Supporters will have the option of participating in the selection of their area representative.
    • ·         There are provisions within the By-Law to dissolve the Association if there is no longer a need for the Association or if financial support or volunteers are not forthcoming.

    Under the current structure of the Balsam Lake Association, the membership must approve changes to by-laws. Therefore, the Board will be seeking approval of the proposed By-Law at a General Meeting scheduled for 9:00 AM, Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 519 in Coboconk. The Directors of the Balsam Lake Association look forward to your participation in this important meeting.

    To reveiw the details of this proposed new By-Law, please click on the link below for a full copy of the document:


    Proposed New By-Law for Balsam Lake Association - 2016



  • Time and Location

    The Annual General Meeting for the Balsam Lake Association is to be held:

    Saturday   04 June, 2016  9:00 AM

    Doors open at 8:30 AM.

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 519 - County Road 48 # Hiway 35, Coboconk