The 2014 AGM: as if you had been there…

For those of you who could not attend the last AGM (July 13), these are the highlights of the meeting.

  • By-Laws. The proposed new set of by-laws was unanimously adopted.
  • Beavers. Population control will require a more significant investment.
  • Roads. There is hope for MacDougall Road, measurements and costs estimates are being done by Brownsburg-Chatham. Touch wood! A new and more secure entrance to Boyd road is being planned and Wentworth has a 250 000$ budget to execute. Municipality is also pressing MTQ to install guardrails on critical curves of Dunany Road.[pe2-image src=”” href=”″ caption=”Rainbow on Black Lake July 27, 2014  John Parsons” type=”image” alt=”IMG_0917-1.JPG” pe2_single_image_size_format=”N” pe2_single_image_size_height=”300″ ]

  • Lakes. Seven years of data show they are in good shape but we have not analyzed the periphyton (moss on rocks a few inches underwater) where early signs of deterioration would give early warning signals of deterioration. Make sure your premises are well drained, prevent run-off and reinforce your shoreline protection band.
  • Purple Bladderwort on Black. Richard Carignan, Quebec’s foremost lake specialist, will evaluate the situation in August.
  • Emerald Ash Borer. Buy your firewood locally to avoid importing the beast in our area.
  • Boat washing. You should always do so after an errand to a foreign lake. Start with a good visual inspection, wash with 2% Javel solution or leave boat in plain sunlight for five days. Invasive plants are a critical threat.
  • Activities and participation. Association encourages development of numerous social activities such as SPANK, Artists, walking club… etc  and helps to promote them with our communications tools.
  • Fish stocking. The plan for 2014 is to stock Boyd and Black with speckled trout whose presence is a good barometer of a healthy lake.
  • Security. We are blessed in Dunany. No significant incident to report.
  • Communications. Keep informing the DCA of changes in email addresses as, from now on, communications will go through the Internet including (soon) invoices and payments. Those still not on the Internet will however still receive snail mail and be able to pays their dues with checks.
  • Membership. 90% paid their dues in 2013.
  • Financial results. The 50th Anniversary Gala made a tiny profit. Clear Lake Fish Fund contributed 655$ which boosted the surplus to 1 815$.
  • Fees for 2015. Assembly voted unanimously to increase them to 40$.
  • DCA Board. John Riviere is our new Vice-President and Lois Finch has joined the Board.


4 thoughts on “The 2014 AGM: as if you had been there…

  1. Edith

    Hi Jacques,
    you are doing such a great job with a detailed update.
    This is just answering your request to leave you messages.
    Keep well.

  2. John Nolan

    Firstly, thank you Jacques for an excellent summary of yesterday’s meeting, as well as the ongoing updating and maintenance of this excellent website.

    Secondly, I would like to express my appreciation for the conciseness of the DCA meeting. I realize there is a lot of information to communicate and yesterday’s meeting struck the right balance between brevity and verbosity.

    Finally, I want to acknowledge the leadership of Robert Percy. The DCA has been blessed with a succession of remarkable presidents, and Robert’s contribution is a gratifying continuation of that legacy.

    John Nolan
    Black Lake