PINE ISLAND COVE BOOK CLUB
March was our last meeting for the season. We all enjoyed "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman for March and the discussion was one of the best of the year.
We will be waiting for Lillian's new list for the Library Discussion Group, coming this summer as soon as she gets it completed. She will mail or e-mail us the list so make sure your correct address is on Lillian's address list.
Bridge will be played in the Clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway so we know how many tables to set-up.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MEN'S CLUB
Who belongs to the Men's Club? The By Laws state each male, upon taking up residence in Pine Island Cove, is automatically a member of the Men's Club. There are no dues, no initiation, and no requirement to join. No membership role is maintained. Participation is voluntary.
Why does the Men's Club exist? To promote, support and assist in the welfare of the community by undertaking projects, and sponsoring work parties for the betterment of Pine Island Cove.
When are the meetings held? Meetings are the first Thursday of each month from and including October through April at 6:30 pm in the clubhouse.
What has the Men's Club accomplished this year? The Compound
maintained by the men’s club members. Each year there are trees to be trimmed around the perimeter. It takes up to 100 man hours per year to take care of trimming and pruning just the boat storage area. Trimming the canals is one of the primary objectives accomplished each year. The trees have to be kept out of the waterway so that navigation is possible all the way to the Sound. Canals within the park are also maintained as waterways. Extreme care is taken to be sure we don’t encroach upon nesting birds. We cannot trim beyond the edge of the waterway or into the water. We have to remember that the mangroves hold this island together so we cannot over trim them. Maintenance of the canals takes a crew of at least 10 men. Some ride the barge and trim and collect branches. The load is transported to designated areas and stacked. When all the trimming is done, we rent a chipper to reduce the branches to chips that are used to fill low spots in our work area. We spent approximately 14 days with 10 to 14 men doing this trimming, stacking and chipping. Well over 1000 man hours were needed to keep the waterways open and navigable.
The dock on Bass Lake was refurbished this year. It was originally built in 1992 at an estimated cost of $600. After 22 years, it was showing signs of weakness and wear. It took approximately a week to tear off the old deck, replace bolts holding the base to the poles, reinforce the base and then rebuild the deck and rails with new wood. The approach was extended and reinforced so there was less of a grade to walk onto the dock. The association paid the cost of around $1000. A bid to do the work by a contractor was about $3200.00; the Men's Club was able to do it for much less.
How can I help the Men's Club? Showing up for the work parties is most helpful. No one is asked to do more than they can physically accomplish and each person picks their own job and works at their own pace. Having fun and maintaining the camaraderie is a big part of this work. The men’s breakfast is also a good way to help. The breakfast provides us with funds to accomplish some projects we choose to do like maintaining the ball field or buying tools for the tool shed.
If any of our older residents need help with minor repairs, trimming, or even climbing a ladder to change a light bulb, we are here to help them. If you need some assistance, just tell a member of the club and we will try to have someone assist you.
So, tell me again. What does the Men's Club do? Our proposed mission statement is this, “Working together to promote Goodwill and Add Value for Pine Island Cove residents.”