2017 October Message from the President, Rich

Greetings from the president!

I’m Richard Bosowski and will be serving for the 2017-2018 election year. Hoping to see all of you at our future events as well as on the lake! Feel free to ask any questions or to express your concerns when you see me. Our meetings are every second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Brooks Township Hall except for the winter months of December, January, February, and March.

These meetings are open to our members as well as those who would like to join. Hope you plan to attend and have a great year!


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2016 November Greetings from the President

Hello, my name is Danya Vander Lugt. My family and I have had the pleasure of living year-round on beautiful Hess Lake for five years now. As a Michigander I have learned to appreciate every season, but fall is my favorite time of year, especially on Hess Lake. I love watching the lake quietly reflect the changing color of the trees, taking a lazy afternoon boat ride with my two dogs and witnessing the magnificent harvest moon rise over the lake. I know we all have cherished memories of time spent with family and friends on the lake and feel protective about what goes on in our community.

As we welcome new residents, I think it is important to clarify any confusion residents may have about the difference between the Hess Lake Improvement Association (HLIA) and the Hess Lake Board (HLB). The HLIA is a volunteer, leadership team that promotes community well being and plans social events for Hess Lake residents. Unlike the HLB, we have no mandate to make decisions regarding water testing, property taxes, septic issues, etc.

With so many potential changes coming to our area, I know that there are understandably a few “hot topics” that can spark rumors and lead to frustration. The purpose of the HLIA is to listen to the concerns and ideas of our residents and vote on the best way to move forward. We all need to be willing to work together on productive solutions as we continue to make our lake a fun and safe place for the enjoyment of all.

The HLIA begins each season with The Family Memorial Day Walk for Veterans and Carp Round Up in May, The Hess Lake Yard Sales in June, The Ring of Fire and Boat Parade in July, and The HLIA Members Picnic in August. These events are sponsored by the HLIA and the membership dues help to make it happen. Not only do you receive a sign, membership card and newsletter twice a year, but you become an informed resident of the Hess Lake community by becoming a member.

As we bid farewell to summer, I would like to encourage you to join us in some of these events and to attend the meetings we hold on the second Monday of the month in April through October at 6:30pm in the Brooks Township Hall. Your participation in the HLIA will help us continue to promote camaraderie and a shared vision of constant improvement for Hess Lake’s residents and neighbors!

See you on the lake,



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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Walk to Honor Vets

May 27, 2017
Please read the fall newsletter for options for donations. Contact Katie Lipner and Betty Bosowski for questions.

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March 2016 Note from President

The 2016 year will kick off with the first HLIA meeting April 11, 2016 at 6:30, Brooks Twp. Hall. Anyone who has an agenda item or would like to be on the agenda, please contact Ben Lester, President.
The officers for the 2016 year are as follows:
President: Ben Lester
Vice President: Darlene Bond
Secretary/newsletter:Diane French
Treasurer: Ramona Deters
All meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:30.
Please help to keep our lake clear of trash by making it a habit to pick up trash when out walking along the road.
The 2016 calendar of events will be posted after the April 11 meeting. The newsletter will be out the beginning of May with the dues envelop enclosed. Please plan to pay your dues early.
Submitted by Diane French for Ben Lester.

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June 2015 President’s Note

Please review this note that came from the DNR on the goose round up situation….

Thank you for contacting the DNR Wildlife Division with your question regarding goose relocation. On June 6, 2015, DNR confirmed cases of HPAI, subtype H5N2, in three free-ranging goslings from Sterling Heights in Macomb County. On June 15, 2015, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received confirmation that one additional gosling and one sub-adult goose (both from Macomb County) has also tested positive for HPAI.

As of June 16, 2015 goose round up and relocation has been suspended statewide. Lake Associations or others who were issued a goose round up permit were notified that goose round up and relocation activities have been suspended statewide, with the exception of approved situations where there are elevated health and safety concerns.

Updates and information regarding Avian Influenza in Michigan can be found online by visiting www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases and clicking on Avian Influenza.

Thank you for your interest in Michigan’s wildlife. Please let us know if you have further questions or concerns.

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April 2015 President’s Notes

I want to remind everyone the Spring Newsletter is coming out around May 1. The dues envelope will be included so please get your dues sent in soon. We have our calendar of events included and hope many will decide to participate. The Cat Fish Fry is especially fun and I hope more will attend this year. Cat fish is great especially when cooked by Terry Roelofs and his crew.
We also are looking for a couple more respresentatives for our HLIA Leadership group so if interested, please let me or your zone rep know.
The garage sales and boaters safety are the first week in June so please look at your newsletter for details.
The best way to be informed is to attend the June HLIA meeting, June 13, 10 AM at the Brooks Twp. Hall. There seem to be many questions posted on Face Book and I think you could get answers at the June meeting for most of them.
It looks like we will have a fun summer at Hess Lake this year!

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Typical Monthly Meetings Schedule of the HLIA

Annual Schedule for Board Meetings

Monthly Board Meetings are held on second Monday night of each month and start at 6:30pm and end at approximately 8:30pm. HLIA meetings are held at the Brooks Township Hall. Please join the HLIA and get to know your neighbors!

  1. March 
  2. April 
  3. May
  4. June
  5. July – Annual Meeting – 10:00am – Must be a paid member to attend.
  6. August 
  7. September
  8. October
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March 2015 President’s Notes

I just want to remind everyone the HLIA Leadership Team meets second Monday of every month at 6:30, Brooks Twp. Hall. All residents are welcome to come and hear discussions or bring a topic to be discussed. Remember, this team is voluntary! We work hard to hear what residents would like with regard to activities and also concerns.
I hope to see some of you at our meetings since there appears to be lots of chatter on Facebook. Is that a better site to have than this one? Do we need two sites? Is Facebook easier to use? Would love to hear your opinions.
Newsletter with dues envelope will be out around May 1, 2015, hope you will all join.

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June 2014 Resident Concerns – speeding issues

It has been reported by many residents that speeding is an issue around the lake. We would all agree with the number of walkers, runners, bikers and children playing that we need to do something about the speeders. Someone from the Sheriff’s Office will be attending our July 14 HLIA Leadership meeting to hear our concerns and discuss what might be done. Please come to this meeting if you can to support this issue. The meeting will begin at 6:30 at the Brooks Twp. Hall.

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May 2014 Carp Reduction Event

Due to cold weather and high lake level, we will be extending the carp reduction event until 8 PM Sunday June 8. We have prize money of $100, $60 and $40 for the turning in the top 3 numbers of carp! The fish can be dropped off each evening between 6 and 8 PM at the upper level at the launch.
Let’s get out and get some carp!

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