Welcome to Fayson Lakes
The Memorial Day Picnic is Next Sunday, May 26th
Summer doesn't officially start until you've attended the Memorial Day Picnic! Please join us Sunday, May 26th at 5:30 PM on Main Beach.
Tickets are $15 for Adults/$8 for Children under 11/(Children under 3 are free). Tickets will be sold until Thursday, May 23rd. As usual please bring a dessert to share.
Please contact Stacey (973) 296-6138, Candace (973) 768-3594 or Tara (973) 214-1185 for wristbands.
A Few More Lifeguards Needed - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 31ST
18th Annual Fayson Lakes Fishing Derby 2019
The Fayson Lakes Annual Fishing Derby will be held on Main Beach, Saturday, June 8th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Rain Date: Sunday, June 9th). Registration is $5 per child, which includes: Breakfast, Prizes, Award Ceremony and Lunch. Pre-registration required. Click HERE to Download the Registration Form
It doesn't seem so long ago that we had our first fishing derby. Our first FLA fishing derby had about 30 kids show up. We fed them breakfast, fished the lake, and the kids with the biggest fish in their age category went home with a prize.
Well times change, and kids grow up. Some things never change here at Fayson Lakes, they just grow. Last year we had over 100 kids come out to fish. We fed our anglers, moms (and dads), breakfast and lunch; they fished the lake; and the winners went home with prizes. It was a monumental task, all staffed by volunteers.
The derby doesn't happen overnight, or over a weekend. It takes months of planning. The custom designed T-shirts, shopping for prizes and supplies, food for +300 (breakfast and lunch), set up, break down and leaving the beach in pristine condition takes time, effort and the energy of dozens of volunteers to make it happen.
Despite being "too old" to participate in the derby, we've had several FLA young adults who never forgot the thrill of "hooking a big one and reeling it in" volunteer to help make the day possible. This year we'd like to invite all the kids (now young adults) who have ever dropped a line in the water during the derby to come back and help us. We need: photographers, judges, cooks, setup/clean up, errand runners and shoppers to help make this event a success.
At the bottom of the event registration form is a box that says: Yes, I would love to help out with this fabulous event! Fill in your name and check the box; we need YOU to make this day memorable for the next generation of FLA kids. Or you can contact me personally at email@example.com to tell me you'd like to assist.
Thanks for your help in making this event a success.
The Board is going to undertake to remove unregistered and unusable boats from Association property this summer. If you have a boat stored on Association property, please make sure that it displays current year boat decals. Every effort will be made to identify and notify the owners of unmarked boats before they are removed. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Tanis, Trustee
The FLA Achievers to Publish 2019 Resident Directory
The FLA Achievers are publishing a 2019 Fayson Lakes Directory for CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY. Please help us with this endeavor and make sure to send in your information. There are two ways of providing your contact information:
- Return the Blue Sheet that was included with the Association Dues Mailing
- Electronically - Send your Address/First and Last Name/Home Phone/Cell Phone/Email Address to email@example.com
We are also selling ads for the directory. Please click HERE for Ad Form with rates and sizes.
Due Notice of Spring Membership Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the March Meeting of The Fayson Lakes Association will be held at the Fayson Lakes Clubhouse, 10 Clubhouse Trail, Borough of Kinnelon, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM, for the transaction of any business that may be legally brought before the meeting.
Proxy cards were mailed out at the end of February. A summary of the 2019 budget is shown on the proxy card, and the budget will be presented to the membership for approval at the meeting. It is important to return your proxy card if you are not going to be attending the meeting as we need 25% representation of the paid membership to obtain the quorum required to hold a legal meeting. You may either mail your signed proxy card back to the office or place it in the drop box at the front of the Clubhouse. Please clearly print your name and address on the card, and keep in mind that each member property has one vote. If you do not receive your proxy card by March 2nd, please contact the office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your proxy vote is valid only if you have paid your 2019 dues. As per Association by-laws, dues are payable by March 1st.
The FLA Board of Trustees
Replacement of Damaged Proxy Cards
It has come to my attention that a portion of the proxy cards for the March Membership Meeting were damaged at the post office, and some of you may have received only half of the card. If your proxy card arrived damaged or you did not receive a proxy card, please either download another proxy card from HERE or pick up a new one at the Clubhouse (they will be in an envelope taped to the front door). Thank you.
Cathy Luisi, Business Manager
WINTER 2018-19 - ICE SAFETY
As the ice skating season is now upon us, please review the following with your family to ensure safety:
In Fayson Lakes when the ice is safe for skating, a flag will be flown on each lake. The flag is white with a solid red circle. Skating is permitted ONLY AFTER the ice has been tested and the flag is flying. Please note, SKATING IS ALWAYS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
A volunteer who has been approved by the Fayson Lakes Board of Trustees is responsible for checking the ice for safe skating. The ice is deemed safe at 4 inches of thickness.
It is important to note that just because one lake has a flag flying to indicate safe skating, it does not automatically mean that the other lakes are safe. Please make sure to check for a flag on each of the lakes before skating.
- East Lake: Intersection of Lagoon Trail and Cabot Lane
- South Lake: South Lake boat launch where Lakeside Trail joins Dam Road
- West Lake: Main Beach
Ice Safety Equipment
Ice safety equipment includes ring buoys and safety lines. This equipment can be found at the following locations:
- East Lake
- Flagpole at the intersection of Lagoon Trail and Cabot Lane
- Boat Launch area at the intersection of Lakeside Trail and Twin Lakes Drive
- South Lake
- Near the flagpole at the South Lake boat launch area where Lakeside Trail joins Dam Road
- On shore at the end of Edgemere Terrace
- West Lake
- Near the flagpole on Main Beach
- On the back of Kellner's house at 15 Waters Edge
Skating on Doggie Pond is NEVER allowed
Skating at night is NOT permitted unless an approved program has been planned and is supervised by adult members of FLA.
Use same precautions as for ice skating or walking on ice. Ice fishing should not be done in areas used for skating. Holes dug into the ice should be clearly marked.
Snowmobiling is strictly prohibited on any lake at any time.
The red ball flag may still be flown for a lake when limited areas of open water (inlets and overflow areas such as the dam culverts) exist. IMPORTANT: DO NOT WALK OR SKATE WITHIN 30 FEET OF OPEN WATER. When possible, red paint, wooden markers or other similar items will delineate such areas.
- If someone falls through the ice, do NOT attempt a close-contact rescue.
- Use a close-by rowboat to get closer to the person or slide a ring buoy, pole, or ladder to the person.
- Instruct the person to hang on to the device and slowly wiggle out of the water onto the solid ice.
- Upon rescue, the person must immediately be taken indoors and treated for cold exposure because of loss of body heat.
- Call for an ambulance.
Anyone skating, ice fishing, or walking on the ice is required to wear a current FLA member or guest badge.
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE - No Off-Season Garbage Pick-up
A reminder to our membership that the Association does not have garbage pick-up after beach season. All trash barrels will be removed and stored for the winter. If you are going to be using the beach areas during this time, please be prepared to take your garbage home with you. Dog waste bags should be disposed of at your own home. Thank you for helping to keep our property clean.
The Fayson Lakes Association Board of Trustees
Gates at Main and Sabey's Will Be Locked
The Stonybrook Trail gates to the Main Beach back parking lot will be locked on December 1st and will be reopened following the Swim Club's plant sale in May. The gate between the small and large parking lots was locked on Labor Day and will remain locked to deter cars from cutting through the parking lots, which is unsafe for pedestrians. ALL VEHICLES/TRAILERS MUST BE REMOVED FROM BOTH PARKING LOTS BEFORE DECEMBER 1st. It's very important that members do not use the small parking lot to park their cars in the winter months as the lot must be left clear for snow plowing. The lot will be available for Clubhouse renters; and if more parking is needed for your Clubhouse rental, you can request that the large parking lot be opened (if snow covered, the renter is responsible for snow removal as per our Clubhouse Rental Agreement). Check our Clubhouse page for more information on Winter parking.
All three gates at Sabey's Beach should remain locked, except for the first gate, which is to be kept open during winter months for snow plowing. The combinations to these gates will be changed periodically. If you would like the combinations, contact a Trustee or call the office at 973-838-2043. Please do not share these combinations with non-members.
Fall Clean-Up 2018 - Volunteers needed!
Save the date: Saturday, November 10th - 9 AM - Rain date: November 11th
Your help is needed. Volunteers will be cleaning up the association property as well as raking and removing leaves. There is always plenty of work for every one of all skill levels. Please come down and help us, and meet up with new and old friends. We have a lot of fun and finish with a pizza party. Be the person who makes a difference, it will make you happier along with the others around you.
We will meet at Main Beach at 9 AM, or you can simply start working in your neighborhood such as Ladybug Park, Sabey's beach or Tobaggan Boat area. Feel free to contact Paul Tanis at 201-951-0788 or email@example.com if you have questions or can provide any special equipment for leaf removal or transportation to the Kinnelon Dump.
No worries if you can't get there at 9 AM or can only stay for a short time; we will be working until about 2 PM. Lunch for volunteers will be served at noon.
East Lake Halloween Event
After 18 years of hosting this event, my kids and their friends who helped me make it all possible have all grown up and moved away.
I am looking for a minimum of 4 actors (high school kids or adults) to be the show talent. If I could get a couple of dads to show up and help me build the set on the weekend of 10/27 that would also be much appreciated.
If interested in participating in this fun Fayson Lakes tradition, please call or email Ed Cox at (973) 214-1382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due Notice of Annual Membership Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of The Fayson Lakes Association will be held at the Fayson Lakes Clubhouse, 10 Clubhouse Trail, Borough of Kinnelon, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 10:00 AM, for the transaction of any business that may be legally brought before the meeting.
Trustees nominated to fill open positions on the Board will be officially elected at the Annual Meeting. Proxy cards will be mailed out at the end of August. It is important to return your proxy card if you are not going to be attending the meeting as we need 25% representation of the paid membership to obtain the quorum required to hold a legal meeting. You may either mail your signed proxy card back to the office or place it in the drop box at the front of the Clubhouse. Please clearly print your name and address on the card, and keep in mind that each member property has one vote. If you do not receive your proxy card by September 1st, please contact the office. Your proxy vote is valid only if you have paid your 2018 dues.
The FLA Board of Trustees
IMPORTANT - Please Send in Your Proxy Cards
Signed proxy cards are needed for the Annual Membership meeting on Saturday, September 15th. If you are not planning to attend the meeting, please return your signed proxy card now. Thank you.
The FLA Board of Trustees
Beach Badges Are Now Available
Happy Spring Everyone!
For those members picking up badges, they may be picked up on Saturday mornings starting April 7th. Typically, at this time of year there are quite a few members coming in to conduct other business on Saturdays; so it would be helpful if badge pickup could be done between 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
If you already paid to have your badges mailed, they will either be delivered to you personally or through the mail. Unfortunately, the cost to mail our badges went up again this year from $2.67 to $3.50; and in an effort to save the Association some money, some of the badge envelopes will be hand delivered. If you are just getting around to paying your dues, please consider picking up your badges instead of having them mailed.
REMINDER - The office will not be open on Memorial Day weekend to accept dues payments or to issue badges. If you would like badges for Memorial Day weekend, payment must be received by May 12th (last badge pick up day before the holiday weekend would be May 19th). Thank you.
Cathy Luisi, FLA Business Manager
START SPREADING THE NEWS - Upload your pictures for the Labor Day Slideshow
The Fayson Lakes Women's Club would like to help spread the word about the End of Summer Slideshow! Please contribute your photos to share and be a part of this special annual tradition at Fayson Lakes. The slideshow fosters pleasant memories all year of the awesome Fayson Lakes Summer. Instructions for uploading photos: Please upload your photos to this site - https://faysonlakesassociation.shutterfly.com/ and put in a specific folder. You can also download the Shutterfly app from https://www.shutterfly.com/mobile/ if taking pictures from the phone. Jen Tanis will be putting the slideshow together. The part of the project that takes the most time is downloading the photos from emails and texts, so please upload to link above. All pictures must be in by Monday, August 20th.
There will be a Lifeguard Course at Main Beach hosted by Drew University. It will be on Friday, August 17th, and Monday - Tuesday, August 20th - 21st. The cost is $350 per person. You must be 15 years old to take the course. There will also be a re-certification course around the same time for $270. Exact times and dates TBD. You can click HERE to sign up.
FLA NEEDS YOU...To Help Prepare the Labor Day Slideshow
The Association needs a volunteer to present the slideshow on Labor Day Weekend (Sunday, September 2nd at 8:00 PM). The slideshow is a wonderful Fayson Lakes tradition which, along with Awards Ceremony and Guard Clapoff, marks the grand finale and culmination of the Summer season on the beach. The slideshow fosters pleasant memories all year of the awesome Fayson Lakes Summer. Anyone who is interested in helping out, please contact Jen Tanis at 917-929-3964 or email@example.com.
The FLA Paver Fundraiser Has Been Extended
Become a permanent part of the Fayson Lakes landscape - FOREVER! Purchase a brick paver to be installed near the new swim lanes. Help support the Fayson Lakes Swim Team Pool Renovation Project. The new deadline for your order is Sunday, July 8th. Send your order form to Tara Jacobus at 10 Birchwood Trail, or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the below order form HERE.
BEACH BAND JAM is Back!
The 2nd Annual Fayson Lakes Beach Band Jam is happening on Main Beach, Saturday, July 28th. Continuous Music from bands of all ages starting at 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited to bring their beach chairs and blankets, enjoy the sunset, and rock out listening to live music from our local talent in Kinnelon. Musicians of all ages and genres, register NOW with email@example.com or call 862-200-1552. Click HERE to download the brochure.
TO ALL MEMBERS: Please Volunteer for Beach Patrol
To all Fayson Lakes Families, with the summer quickly approaching we are once again asking for Beach Patrol Volunteers. This entails having people from the community volunteer to patrol the beach every night during the summer season. Beach Patrol decreases vandalism and helps to keep our Fayson Lakes Association property safer. If you have not already indicated on your dues letter that you can volunteer, please call Ozzie Zor at (201) 572-1433 to schedule a date.
The Annual Memorial Day Picnic will be on Sunday, May 27th
Can you believe summer is here? The Annual Fayson Lakes Memorial Day Picnic is Sunday, May 27th from 5:30 - 11 PM. The summer kick-off event is a wonderful celebration of our community.
The Fayson Lakes Women's Club is looking for volunteers for the picnic. All members of the Lake are encouraged to pitch in for an hour or two to make the evening a great time for all. CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER SLOTS!!
For questions, please contact Jennifer Tanis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (917) 929-3964. Tickets are $15 Adults, $8 Children (under 11 - Children under 3 are free) and can be purchased through Jill Baxter email@example.com and Kate Simptner firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE FLA BOARD WANTS YOU...TO CONSIDER BECOMING A TRUSTEE
Any member interested in serving a three-year term on the FLA Board of Trustees should contact a current Board Member. The contact information for the current Board Members can be found on the "Office/Trustees" Tab on the website http://www.faysonlakes.org/contact/. The Association is especially in need of a person who would be willing to work as Beach Co-Chair.
A Big THANK YOU to All Volunteers for Pool Project
Fayson Volunteers Rock (Picture Doesn't Include All Volunteers)
Thank you to all the volunteers who made the opening of the swim lanes possible this summer.
Many of the lake members came out every day to help, gave an hour or several hours to make the swim lanes a reality for the Fayson Gators Swim Team - it was a true team effort! The commitment by many will have an impact for generations to come - thank you so much!
To celebrate all the work of the volunteers to complete the project, the Fayson Lakes Women's Club will be sponsoring a "Volunteer and Family" BBQ. If interested in donating to the BBQ, please email Jennifer Tanis at email@example.com or drop off your donation to 12 Birchwood Trail.
Important Reminder For Dog Owners
Please be reminded that Association by-laws state: "All pets or animals will be restricted from beaches and recreational areas."
The members of the Board are committed to upholding this general rule in our by-laws. Dogs are not permitted on either Main Beach or Sabey's Beach even when the beach is closed. If you are walking your dogs through either beach area, they should be on leash and kept off the sand. There are boat launch areas on all three of our lakes where dogs can enter the water to swim, and we have acres of wooded property for them to enjoy. We fully encourage you to utilize these areas to exercise your dogs.
As not everyone is a dog lover, we ask that you be considerate of others when walking your dog. All dogs should be on leash when walking through our streets. Please do not allow your dog access to private property or gardens. DOG WASTE MUST BE PICKED UP AND BROUGHT HOME WITH YOU - please do not deposit dog waste in someone else's garbage can or in the beach dumpsters, which are closed. Thank you for your cooperation.
Attention All Boat Owners - Winterize Your Boat
The Fayson Lakes Board of Trustees
Due Notice of Spring Membership Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the March Meeting of The Fayson Lakes Association will be held at the Fayson Lakes Clubhouse, 10 Clubhouse Trail, Borough of Kinnelon, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM, for the transaction of any business that may be legally brought before the meeting.
Proxy cards were mailed out at the end of February. A summary of the 2018 - 2019 budget is shown on the proxy card, and the budget will be presented to the membership for approval at the meeting. It is important to return your proxy card if you are not going to be attending the meeting as we need 25% representation of the paid membership to obtain the quorum required to hold a legal meeting. If you mail your proxy card back to the office, please plan for it to arrive before March 17th, or you may place your signed card in the drop box at the front of the Clubhouse. Please clearly print your name and address on the card, and keep in mind that each member property has one vote. If you have not received a proxy card, please contact the office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your proxy vote is valid only if you have paid your 2018 dues. As per Association by-laws, dues are payable by March 1st. Thank you.
The FLA Board of Trustees
Summer 2018 Lifeguard Application Posted
Use this link https://goo.gl/forms/LNJOP2bYtQSH7jUu1 to fill out the form online.
Winterfest Date Set
Labor Day Weekend Schedule Posted
Board Trustee Positions Open
- No fishing is allowed in the swim areas or swim lanes as this poses a danger to our members and the swim team participants.
- NO DOGS or pets are allowed on Fayson Lakes beaches. Please be considerate to the other community members and adhere to this policy.
Spring Earth Day
Save the date: April 29th, 2017 @ 9 AM (Rain Date: April 30th)
Your help is needed. Volunteers will be cleaning up, removing leaves, planting and preparing our beautiful common areas for summer. There is always plenty of work for everyone of all skill levels. A large turnout for these events reminds us of the traditions of Fayson Lakes. Neighbors helping neighbors for all of the membership to enjoy!!!
Please meet at Main Beach for coordination of work. Focus areas will be Main Beach, Sabey's Beach, and Ladybug Park.
No worries if you can't get there at 9 AM or can only stay for a short time; we will be working until about 1 PM.
BBQ lunch for volunteers will be served at noon.
Fix It Day - POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
New date: May 20th, 2017 9:30 AM (Rain Date: May 21st)
It's that time of year again! The weather is starting to warm up, the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming. What a perfect season to get the beach and the surrounding community property back into shape!
As always, the amount of progress made on fix-it-day is directly related to how much support and volunteerism we have. If you are able, please come to Main Beach at 9:30 on Saturday morning to find out what projects are going on and to see how you can help out! The past several years have yielded excellent turn outs and we have "fixed up" a lot of areas that needed some TLC. Hope to see you all there!
Fayson Lakes Women's Club Sweatshirt Sale
2017 Dues Reminder
Dues statements were mailed at the end of January and were due for payment by March 1st. If you have not received your statement, please contact the office at 973-838-2043.
Please note that if your dues payment is received after May 15, you may not receive badges in time for Memorial Day Weekend. The office will not be open on Memorial Day weekend to receive dues payments or to issue badges.
The FLA Board of Trustees
Help Wanted For Summer
Board of Health Notice
- www.turnthetownsteal.org - This website provides a quarterly newsletter with valuable information on ovarian cancer. These can also be obtained form the Board of Health in the Municipal Building in town.
- www.healthcare.gov - This website provides a wealth of knowledge for obtaining healthcare for adults and children and includes information on preventative care and immunization vaccines.
- www.peqtwp.org (click on Departments & Offices and then click on Health Department) - There are 2 links (Health Department Newsletter and Public Health TV) on the page which can be useful.
The Guardian Strip and You
- No docks, retaining walls, or personal beaches are allowed on the guardian strip.
- Boats may be moored or tied to the guardian strip with the permission of the property owner adjacent to the strip.
- The guardian strip should not be blocked off by debris or fences.
- Leaves and tree debris should be removed and not blown into the lake or stored on the guardian strip.
- All requests to make changes to the guardian strip, including tree removal, must be submitted to the Board of Trustees.
- There are rules about the use of pesticides and/or fertilizers which are especially important to follow if you are a lakefront owner.
Please contact Jim Jacobus, Trustee in charge of the Guardian Strip, email@example.com, (C) 973-214-7761, if you have any questions.
Those of us who live adjacent to the lakes in our community are very privileged to have such a resource in our back yard. However, with this comes some responsibility for maintaining this property for future generations of Fayson Lakers. No docks, retaining walls, or other structures are allowed on the strip so as to preserve the natural appearance of our waterline and anyone wishing to make alterations to the Guardian Strip must apply to the Board in writing. The aim is to keep the shoreline as natural looking as possible, while preventing the erosion of shoreline property.
While you can store boats on the Guardian Strip, since it was designed to allow all members access to the shoreline from a common area such as the beach, it should not be blocked off by debris or fences.
There are also rules about the use of pesticides and/or fertilizers, which are especially important to follow if you are a lakefront owner.
Please contact Jim Jacobus, Trustee firstname.lastname@example.org, (C) 973-214-7761, if you have any questions regarding the Guardian Strip.
Association members (wearing current badges) may:
- Collect the equivalent of one cord of ground wood, i.e., fallen limbs and branches.
- Operate chain saws to cut ground wood to a transportable size.
- Challenge anyone in the process of cutting a standing tree (even if that person is wearing a current membership badge).
Note that the Association has no authority over trees located on member properties; however, town regulations may apply.
FLA Communications Update
In an effort to communicate with our community, the Fayson Lakes Association Board of Trustees periodically sends out email blasts to communicate, remind our members of important events and share information. If you are not on the email distribution list and would like to be included, please provide your email address to: Cathy Luisi, FLA Office Manager at email@example.com. If anyone would like information included in an email blast, complete info (ie: write-ups or flyers) should be provided to the Fax/Email/Website Trustee, Ellen Zechmeister (973) 534-7064 firstname.lastname@example.org, in order for it to be included in the next scheduled email blast. The schedule is as follows:
- Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) - Email blasts will go out every week as needed. Please submit any info to the Fax/Email/Website Trustee in order to have it included.
- Off Season (Labor Day through end of February) - Email blasts will go out once a month or as needed. Please submit any info in a timely manner in order to have it included.
- March/April/May - Email blasts will go out approximately every 2 weeks as needed. Again, please submit any info to the appropriate trustee in order to have it included in the email.
Please note, the FLA Board of Trustees, at its discretion, may periodically send additional email blasts to communicate "need to know quickly" information.
The Fax is BACK - Get Ready for the Next Issue of the Digital Fayson Fax!
Please consider sharing your stories, memories, and news of all kinds with your neighbors and friends by submitting photos and/or write-ups to the Fayson Fax. Simply email text documents and/or photos as attachments, along with your name and a caption, to email@example.com, and we will do our best to include your feature in an upcoming issue. Submission Deadline: Thursday, June 20th.
Topics needed include, but are not limited to:
- Meet Your Neighbor
- These are Our Kids
- Creature Feature (pets/local wildlife)
- Fayson Athlete(s)
We also have writers who would love to interview you (in person or via phone/email) and help you tell your story! If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (by Saturday, June 1st).
Did you miss the first four issues of the digital Fayson Fax? Check your junk mail! Be sure to add email@example.com to your contacts so you don't miss our Summer issue coming in July.
The fourth edition of new digital Fayson Fax magazine was published in April. You should have received your copy in an email sent April 15th with a subject line of FAYSON FAX: Digital Magazine for the Residents of Fayson Lakes (April 2019). If you have not had an opportunity to read the newsletter, please check it out.
In an effort to keep our membership informed, to encourage community involvement, and to create a space where we can "meet" our neighbors and share stories, the Board of Trustees has decided to continue the publication of this digital newsletter with the hope that all members who have access to email will read it and consider contributing to its content. The Board does have plans to provide printed copies of the newsletter to those members who would like to pick up a copy at the Clubhouse. And if a member who does not use email is housebound, a printed copy can be mailed to them.
As you all know, our Fayson Fax magazine was suspended last October. We were hopeful that a new Area Director, working for the same publisher, would take over our magazine, but that did not happen. You may also know that one of our members, Carla Pastore, had been working as Associate Publisher for our magazine. Carla has offered to work with the Board to produce a new Fayson Fax newsletter.
Due to the exorbitant costs of printing and mailing, and the difficulty of getting someone to sell advertising to help defray these costs, the Board has decided to try out a digital newsletter format that will be delivered to your email address. Should the first issue be successful and well-received, future issues will be published 4 times each year (the same as was done prior to 2009 when N2 Publishing took over).
The Board and Carla have set an ambitious goal of getting the first issue published by early July. Members are encouraged to submit informational articles or human-interest stories for inclusion in our newsletter. Please email these types of stories directly to Carla as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, June 18th.
If there are any "Young Entrepreneurs" out there who would like to advertise services such as babysitting, lawn mowing, pet-sitting, etc., please send their name, phone number, email address, and service(s) offered to Carla at email@example.com to be featured in the Fayson Fax.
Classified advertising is free for Fayson Lakes residents, too. If you want your ad to appear in the July issue, please email Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember, all submissions for the inaugural issue of the Fayson Fax newsletter must be received by Monday, June 18th.
There are a few members who do not use email and therefore would not be able to receive a digital newsletter. Arrangements will be made to snail mail a copy of our newsletter to these members.
As was always the case, our Fayson Fax is only as good as the usefulness and enjoyment of its content; please consider being a contributor. In addition, if there is a member of any age who would like to work with Carla as a volunteer to help solicit (or write) articles and/or take pictures for our newsletter, please contact her directly at email@example.com.
Additionally, any information submitted for inclusion in the Fax should be publication ready. The information should not require editing by the trustee or The Fax personnel. Acceptable file formats are:
- Word documents
- PDF files
- JPEG files
- PNG files
Tribute to Ken Allerman - FLA Beach Director in the 50's & 60's
Ken was a wonderful husband, father, friend, mentor, teacher and coach. But when summer arrived in Fayson Lakes during the early 1950's and 1960's - Ken was our fearless leader - The Beach Director.
Ken encouraged and inspired strong teams of volunteers that made programs work at the beach. The volunteers became an integral as "Timers" to develop the popular the Sunday Swim Races. He further developed and enlarged the swimming program. The Swim Club continued to grow in number, and competitive meets with other lake communities were held on Wednesday evenings at each lake community. Fayson Lakes began to host AAU swim meets as well. Ken initiated what he called "the Mother's Hour," providing swim lessons for the adult who never had the opportunity to learn to swim as a child.
Monday evenings brought the much anticipated "Monday Night at the Movies" on the handball court. It was complete with the sale of penny candy and an ice-cold 10 cent soda. An outstanding Arts and Crafts program was initiated, under the volunteer leadership of Mrs. DeAngeles. An annual Water Ballet was initiated with influence by many volunteers, resulting in elaborate set design, choreography and announcing. Ken lead a very active, Activity Day each week. He would lead a group of children on brown bag lunch and bike tours through the valley; boat picnics to the island. And can you imagine - taking a group of children by bus to the old Yankee Stadium to see the greats such as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra - what a thrill! Then there were trips to Fairy Tale Forest and Wild West City which was complete with a ride in a stage coach being held up by "robbers." A camp area was cleared behind Sabey's Beach and dedicated to Ken as "Camp Allerman." Labor Day Weekend was a culmination of all the events of summer. It began with "decorations" by teenagers on the high dive; potato-sack races, spoon race, water balloon toss, etc. for all age groups - including our parents; one can't forget the Baby Parade; finally - trophies - for fishing derby, sailing club, swim races.
Perhaps you will have a better understanding of the man, Ken Allerman, by the following comments which were made by those children of the 50's and 60's who learned that Ken had gone to join the angels in January 2014.
Many have commented on how fortunate we were to have grown up in Fayson Lakes and Ken Allerman was the heart and soul of it all. He had an influence on many during their childhood years. Ken was an exceptional man who leaves a great legacy.
Ken instilled courage and bravery by getting generations of kids to leap off the high dive.
- Ken taught us rules for respect and developed our creative side by admiring our lanyards made in Arts and Crafts.
- Ken taught us responsibility by making us relinquish our badges in order to borrow kick boards, beach balls, and the highly coveted knock hockey boards.
- Ken taught us to laugh at our parents in the egg toss.
- Ken taught us to be safe in the water or else his highly trained life guards would come charging.
- Ken taught us to be serious by joining hands as a group to search the water for a missing person, which we never really understood as kids, but do as adults.
- Ken taught us we were individuals by calling us by name and knowing where our Mom was sitting with the Shady Ladies.
- Ken nourished our inner diva by bringing Broadway-worthy water ballet to the pool area.
- Ken taught us to save our pennies and them blow them all at the Penny Carnival.
- Ken taught us that children have their place - starring in the Baby Parade.
- Ken taught us humor by never, ever, even once, catching the culprits of the end-of-summer high dive "transformations" - the pranks of legends.
The one thing remembered most about Mr. Allerman was his smile. A smile can't be carved in stone, not his anyway. You earned a smile from him by just showing up, being ready to jump in.
So how best to honor the legacy of Ken Allerman? Do what Ken did - make life a beach, smile, jump in, and don't forget your badge!
The flagpole on main beach was rededicated in Ken Allerman's memory on August 1, 2015.