Summer 2011 TBA Newsletter

June 16, 2011

Hello Fellow Thunder Beachers! Given the past few weeks of grey and gloom, as well as below average seasonal temperatures, there was no shortage of traffic heading up north to cottage country for the start of the Victoria long weekend. Despite the weather, the beach was bustling with activity; boats being launched; gardening and cleanup around the cottage; the tennis courts back in full swing; and even a few swimmers taking the plunge in to the cold and frigid waters of the Bay. All positive signs that the spirit of Thunder Beach is alive and well! In terms of beach updates, our online membership continues to grow. We encourage people to keep visiting our website to keep informed and up-to-date on information, news and events in and around the beach. It is never too late to go online and register. EXECUTIVE MEMBERS NEEDED: The Executive is looking to recruit some new members. Show your stewardship and come and join a fun group! What position would interest you? Please contact us through the website. THUNDER BEACH ART SHOW: Back by popular demand … the Thunder Beach Art Show! This great event will take place on Sunday, July 3rd at the clubhouse, rain or shine from 1:00pm – 5pm. There will be painters, sculpturers, potterers, customs rug makers and live music by Karla Crawford and John Dymond. Download invitation. Artists include:
  • Cynthia Blair, Paintings, Midland
  • Marlene Bulas, Acrylics, Contemporary Landscape, Whimsical, Coldwater
  • Clautro, Sculpted Paintings, Acrylics on Wood, Contemporary Landscape, Midland
  • Ice Art, Jewellery, Midland
  • Debbie Grise, Paintings, Penetanguishene
  • Lisa Harpell, Marble Sculptures, Elmvale
  • Luba Huzan, Custom Rug Designs, Coldwater
  • Jennifer Lawton, Mixed Media, Abstractions from Life, Victoria Harbour
  • Jamie MacLean, Oils, Landscape, Toronto
  • Hugh Niblock, Water colours, Figurative, Midland
  • Sharon Nix, Paintings, Lafontaine
  • William Northcott, Author, Limited Edition: Thunder Bay Beach and Nearby Islands of Southern Georgian Bay – Email:
  • Donald Pettit, Oils, Landscape, Tiny Beaches
  • Rod Prouse, Abstract Landscapes, Acrylics and Mixed Media, Tiny Beaches
  • Lu Robitaille, Paintings, water colours, Lafontaine
  • Sylvia Tesori, Oils, Expressionist, Midland
Admission is free! Donations to the TBA would be greatly appreciated and accepted at the door. SAFE BOATING: At the AGM last year, members expressed serious concerns about the boating traffic, lack of spotters for water-skiing and tubing activities, as well as the increased boat speed inside the marked swimming buoys. Please be reminded of the following rules:
  • All operators of powerboats must have proof of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
  • Minimum age for operating a personal watercraft is 16 years of age;
  • Life jackets must be worn at all times;
  • Inside the swimming buoys is a “ZERO WAKE/SLOW ZONE”. Be on the lookout for swimmers.
Please make this a fun and safe boating season. DOGS: Be a responsible pet owner and remember:
  • dogs on the beach must be on a leash; and
  • please don't forget to stoop and scoop.
I look forward to another great summer and serving as your President. Kindest regards,

David Northcott

Click here to download the summer 2011 Thunder Beach Association calendar.

Children’s Program

By Kathy Mihaichuk The counseling staff has been hired and the planning is underway for another wonderful summer at the Thunder Beach Children’s program. The Children’s Program Counselling Team for the Summer of 2011 is as follows: Head Counsellor – Jacki Mihaichuk Counsellors
Katie Houston Grant Winter Molly Khorshid Jack Chapple Thomas Heron Jackie Orr Meg McCarthy Hailey Burton Courtney Blair Nels Guloien Curtis Kohler Matt Wilcox Meredith Bond Cassie Hanson Allana Brandt Brianne Hanson Brendan McCarthy Andrew Yull
Michael Garisto Ami Sangster Lauren Tighe Kinder Labatt Will McClanahan Spencer Standish
Our first day of camp will be Monday, July 4th and the last day of camp is Wednesday, August 31st. Please check the events calendar for the program schedule. Unfortunately our Wednesday Night Events had not been planned as of the press deadline for the calendar. Please check the Thunder Beach website prior to the end of June for the specific events to be held on Wednesday nights. Just a reminder, that registration for camp can be done through the Thunder Beach website. A registration table will also be set up at the July Field Day on Saturday, July 2nd. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact me at or by phone at (905)847-6238 or (705)533-1881.

Social Update

by Trudy Richard Tickets still available for Lobsterfest, August event and the Golf Tournament. Tables of 10 can be reserved. Please contact Susan Winter for tickets. Hope to see all there. They are always great events. Please call me if you have any questions. Valentines Day at The Beach Thunderbeach August 6th 2011 Ladies... Be prepared to be pampered and have some fun! Gentlemen... This is your opportunity to make up for your last February 14th! Dress... Red and white for the ladies! Music... The All Request Night. More details to follow....... Golf Tournament and Dance on August 20th Join us for a great day of golfing at Midland Golf and Country Club and a fun and entertaining evening with live music from Champagne Kitty and her band. Our menu this year will feature "The Georgian Bay Angus Beef Gourmet Burger" from chef Ivars as well as many other wonderful goodies. If you can't golf, then join us for dinner and dancing. Golf and Dinner: $135.00 Dinner only: $40.00

Luke Santi Memorial Tournament

This year’s flag football week was another winner!! Congratulations to the Jaguars who were undefeated all week and took first place! Runners-up were the Falcons, followed by the Chargers and Bills. Special THANKS to Tyler Richard and Gordon Smeaton for their leadership and organization. Also to Martha, Quinn and Matthew Smeaton who dedicate their time and energy. They all work throughout the year to ensure the tournament is a success and continues a TB memory for so many. Thanks to the coaches, so many of them played football with Luke! To Trudy Richard for her continuous support! Thanks to Susan Winter for organizing the annual tailgate party and all the parents who so generously donated food/beverages for ALL! The adult game was again a great finale to the week, and new this year was the addition of a women’s game earlier in the week. Both will continue next year! Next year’s tournament will be the week following the baseball season. The age restrictions will be 10 to 15 (your age on the first day of the tournament).

Sign up online here. If you are past 15 and interested in coaching or officiating, please email Tyler at

Tawny Richard Volleyball Tournament

Hey all players out there. This year's tournament will be held on July 16th and will be starting at 10:30 a.m. with registration times changing as well. Please check for updates on signs at Friendly Corner or at The Clubhouse. See you at the Beach,


TBA Clothing Line now available on-line!

The 2011 TBA Clothing line is available for purchase on the TBA website! This allows you to pre-order and purchase your TBA clothing. Clothing will still be available for purchase at the July and August Field Days…. But this option ensures you get what you want…before they sell out! Check out the clothing page here. Any questions regarding the clothing line, please contact Jeannette Lenneard ( )

The Wishard Spence Award

By Beth Hardcastle The Wishard Spence Award is given to recognize to a member the community who has shown an outstanding support and commitment to the association. Gail Moss Bradley was honoured this year for her years of devotion to the social aspects of the association. In the social director position of the executive committee for many years, she worked tirelessly coming up with new and different ways to engage the community with the social activities, was it Gail who initiated the Lobster Fest dinner. Gail undertook each these events personally, in the early years these events were not catered which meant an incredible amount of personal time was dedicated to the success of each and every event. Gail worked with endless amounts of enthusiasm and truly enjoyed the opportunity to initiate a social foundation on which the beach and it members will always enjoy. I was honoured to give this award to Gail, I had the opportunity to work with her for many years and yes I am still cooking the lobsters!!!She was a great beach advocate and a great friend of mine. Sadly Gail lost her battle to cancer early last summer, Gail’s daughter Tiffany received on her behalf.


HARRIS, Robert Died Feb 3, 2011 in Burnaby, BC with his family at his side. Robert was married to lifelong Thunder Beacher, Colleen Cameron Harris. He was admired for his many practical talents (as much as his practical jokes – who knew pigs could fly?) & will be remembered for his kindness, generosity of spirit and sense of fun, particularly at his favourite place, Thunder Bay Beach. Robert and Colleen would drive from BC each summer and stay until they had squeezed out the last of the warm weather. He was a man of many talents, to name a few: ‘Drop In’ Enthusiast (and ad hoc court handyman), Thunder Highlands Keener (keenest in the lost ball hunt, that is), An Original ‘Upcycler’ (read: trash into treasure) and last but not least, his legacy, Creator of the Thunder Beach Scrabble Tournament (king and master of the two letter word). Robert’s name would magically appear on the trophy year after year, though he hadn’t always won. His memory will always invoke a smile. Our condolences to his dear ‘colleen’ and extended family: nephew Jeff Martin (Jane) and their daughters, Jenny, Samantha and Alex; niece Leslie Smellie (Gord) and their sons Cam and Jamie; nephew Gary Martin (Pat) and their sons, Greg and Brad. Robert will be dearly missed as well by family in UK, US and Canada. In honour of Robert, tell a joke, play a round of golf, repair a ‘find’, ‘drop in’ to a tennis game, enjoy Scrabble on the beach, and please, turn up the Johnny Cash tunes.

Big Ben's Beatle Bash by the Bay Take part in a celebration of British culture featuring the ultimate tribute band The Cavern Beat. Saturday July 9th, 6:30 p.m. The Barn - 180 North Shore Drive, Cedar Point Click the invitation on the right to download.