History

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History2017-06-08T18:01:39+00:00

The Little Lake Joseph Association (LLJA) was founded in 1992 by Ken Langmuir and George Clendenan in response to rapidly rising lakefront property taxation. It is managed entirely by volunteers who answer to the membership. Membership surveys have been held in 1999, 2002 and 2013. The results of these surveys guide the activities of the board and the association as a whole.

Over the years, the LLJA has built strong links to the members of the Seguin Township Council, the Muskoka Lakes Association, and many neighbouring lake associations. The mission of the LLJA has always been to make the precious lake environment safe and clean for everyone while ensuring that development and land use is in accordance with the Seguin bylaws. The LLJA has been monitoring water quality in cooperation with the Muskoka Lakes Association since 1999. The LLJA has lobbied for more equitable taxation, lower hydro rates, and improved arterial roadways.

The Annual LLJA newsletter, the Loon Call, has been an annual publication since 1999 and has evolved from a black and white photocopied page into a 20 page full colour publication in 2013 – all as a volunteer effort.

The association holds an annual family friendly cocktail party as a way for members to meet each other in a social environment. This event was held at the Art and Debbie Stone cottage on School House Bay from 1992 to 1995 at Carl Dares until 2015 and at the Guimaraes cottage in 2016 and 2017 since. The LLJA picnic/BBQ has never needed a rain date!

Ken Langmuir served as President of the association from 1992 to 1994 and George Clendenan from 1995 to 1996. Ken Langmuir returned to the presidency from 1997 to 2000. Walter McCormick served as president from 2001 to 2003. Dirk Soutendijk from 2004 to 2011. Ann MacDiarmid 2012-2016 and Mark Johnstone is the current President.

For a full history of the LLJA please refer to the historical Loon Calls which appear on LOON CALLS