Fall 2016 Thunder Beach Newsletter

November 22, 2016

President’s Message

Your Executive has already started planning for 2017, as we continue to enjoy another lovely Fall season.  If you read through the Newsletter you will see some of the highlights from 2016 which by all accounts was a successful summer for the Thunder Beach Association. We have had very positive feedback about our new tennis courts and playground, and our children’s camp, social and sporting events were all great successes. We continue to be in a stable financial position thanks to our robust membership, generous donors and advertising sponsors.

We have a very strong Executive team with everyone returning to serve for another year and we continue to be very fortunate to have so many great volunteers for all our various activities.  

But people do move on and we have some long serving members on the Executive so we do strongly encourage anyone who may be interested to get involved with the Executive. It is both personally rewarding and a great way to contribute to your community. And if you don’t want to be on the Executive you can still volunteer to help. You will see from Matt Ducharme’s tennis article that we need someone to step up and help out with the tennis this year so if you are interested please contact Matt.

Finally, I would note that the Wishart Spence Community Service Award nomination form is now on our website. Please take a look and consider nominating a worthy person from our Thunder Beach community. This award is not given out every year and is a special award which we want to be community driven and well supported. The Executive of TBA will review any nominations received before the Annual General Meeting next year. Thank you.

See you in the spring

- Andrew Macdonald


Thunder Beach Association Executive Slate 2016/2017

  • President: Andrew Macdonald
  • Vice President & Property Director: Matt DuCharme
  • Vice President: Gord Chapple
  • Vice President: John Philpott
  • Treasurer: Corey Dean/MacGregor
  • Social Director: Geoff MacGregor
  • Children’s Program Directors: Susan Butler, David Butler, Melissa Gage
  • Communications/Website: Mark Macdonald
  • Secretary: Tristin Carter
  • Past President and Sponsorship Director: Louise Leone 

Dock Company Directors 2016/2017

  • Bill McNamara
  • John Burns
  • Todd McCarthy


Treasurer's Report 2016

Another great summer at Thunder Beach!

The year end for the Association is December 31st, 2016 and we are still processing some invoices and receiving some payments so we don’t have a final statement available.  A formal financial statement showing income and expenses and our balance sheet will be available in the New Year and will posted on the website.

We are generally in a healthy cash position with approximately $29,000 in the bank and $ 24,000 in a GIC as of the end of September 2016 even after our big capital expenditures this year on the new tennis courts and the playground installation. A lot of the credit for this goes to our generous donors and supportive sponsors.

The social events were a great success and each event was profitable. Our profit from social events this year was $2,800.

The kids camp continues to be self-sufficient. This is primarily due to payments being made in advance online.

We held to the budgeted clubhouse maintenance contract (with Harbourview Property Management) fee of $17,000 (plus HST). 

We will continue to keep account of monies raised through tennis membership versus through general membership, to help plan for  future tennis expenses.

We are not forecasting large capital expenditures for next year but hope to address some improvements on the baseball diamond partly through money raised  by Doug Jones and his very successful baseball league.  

- Corey Macgregor  

Sponsorship Report

During the last 3 years you have seen our Membership Roster grow to include local advertisers who are supporting our association. The money raised by this advertising for 2016 was over $9000.00, and is being put to good use by your Executive  to maintain and upgrade our facilities and services (clubhouse repairs, children playground equipment etc.).

We would like to encourage you to support these local merchants every chance you have and thank them for their support of the TBA.  We hope this will ensure that they are back with us again next year.

We include their names here to remind you of who they are:

Sponsor List

Arbour’s Flower Shoppe

Huronia Storage

Penetang Quality Home Products

Standlith Design

Barber & Haskill

Jeanne McIsaac Realtor

Standlith Inc. Roofing Division

The Elegant Gourmet

Bayfield House Retirement Home

Joan Philpott Realtor

Phil’s Casual Dining Restaurant

Bourgeois Motors

JVL Home Improvements

Phil’s Catering (Lafontaine)

Phil’s Pub and Eatery

Cabinet Coaters

Ciboulette et Cie

Plumb Local

Total Painting

L.A. Café

Portfolio Management Corporation

Cottage Coppers

Lakeland Irrigation


Power Source (Generator and Electrical Services)

Dave Franden Painting and Decorating

Denturesby Denturist

Donway Ford

Lot 102 Restaurant

Main street computers

Make a Mess Art Studio


Top Notch Paint

Factory Recreation

Feast Catering

Midland Honda

Rawson’s Meat and Deli

Regional Sanitation


Rub of the Green

Fresh by Leanne

Vincent Salon and Spa

Froth Café

Munel’s Housekeeping and Gardening

New Era Grafix

Saturday Afternoons Home Store

Georgian Bay Veterinary Hospital

Pan Mai Restaurant

Shades of Green Tree Service

Simply Country

Wendy B’s Fine Foods

Girts Gubbins Realtor

Home and Cottage Centre

Panache Spa

SKS Construction and Renovation

Harbourview Property Management

Passion for Fashion

St-Amant Plumbing


- Louise O’Connor Sponsorship Director


Membership /Roster Report

We continue to have strong membership support and are probably one of the largest Beach associations in the area.  The membership income has basically remained the same over the last few years but we need to continue to encourage all our friends and neighbours to join the TBA.

Ellen Macdonald will be looking after the roster and membership for 2017. Her email is emac55@rogers.com


Social Report

Thank you all for making both of our events last year a huge success. Lobsterfest and The Great Gatsby were both completely sold out and special shout out to Carly Nettesheim for all her great work on the August theme. We will be back with three events next year. Lobsterfest will be as usual and our August event will have a brand new theme. If you have any theme ideas or would like to help out with an event, please email Geoff at gamacgregor@gmail.com. Due to increasing demand for tickets and our limited capacity, please note that tickets will only be available online for 2017 and will be non-refundable.

Lobsterfest: July 1st, 2017
August Long Weekend Event: August 5th, 2017
Third Event TBD

- Geoff MacGregor


Children’s Program Update

What a summer 2016 was!  Our Thunder Beach Camp was a lively and fun place to be.  The weather was hot, the kids were happy and the CIT’s and Counsellors were terrific! As Directors, we were so pleased to receive positive feedback from parents about the skill set of our team. Led by our amazing Head Counsellors, Betsy Smith and Emily Meyer, the group demonstrated commitment to ensuring the children felt welcome and safe, not to mention, making sure they had lots of fun!  Our Head Counsellors were wonderful to work with; always willing to help out and doing a great job of guiding staff and connecting with the kids.   

This year, we accepted applications for the Head Counsellor position(s) in September.  We felt it would be helpful to have the position filled prior to counsellor applications as Head Counsellors could then be more involved in the process.  We are thrilled to let the community know that both Betsy Smith and Emily Meyer have been hired for their 3rd year in this position, and know they have some great ideas for the 2017 season.   

As always we welcome ongoing feedback in order to help us reflect and make necessary changes and improvements to the camp.  In the coming year we look forward to hosting some of the time traditional favourite activities such as Halloween, Carnival, and the Talent Show but also look forward to introducing new ideas and events. In our ever expanding world of technology the Thunder Beach Children’s Program continues to work towards increased access to wireless payment options, a paperless registration process which will expedite the season-opening sign-in process, as well as an online application for all CITs and counsellors.  

Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, worked and attended the Thunder Beach Children’s Camp.  Hope to see you all in the summer! 


Once again application time has arrived.  Applications for counsellor and CIT positions for the Summer of 2017 are now available online:

2017 CIT Application

2017 Counsellor Application

The official deadline for submission is Friday, February 3, 2017.  We are seeking potential candidates for the positions of: Counsellor and CIT.  Please note that late applications (those received after Midnight on Friday, February 3rd) will not be accepted or considered for a position.  All applications will be done online through the google forms linked above.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Susan or Dave Butler at doingood7@yahoo.com or Melissa Gage at Melissa.gage@hotmail.com. 

- Susan and Dave Butler, Melissa Gage – Children’s Program Directors


Thunder Beach 2016 Maintenance Report

Maintenance covers the following areas – Clubhouse and washrooms, Garbage bins, Playground area, TBA field, Baseball diamond, Tennis courts, install and removal of buoys and clean up after the TBA parties.  Maintenance is an area that we need to continually look at improving.  We have partnered with Harbourview Property Management.  http://www.harbourviewpm.com

Harbourview Property Management would like to take this opportunity to thank the TBA and all of its members for another successful year.  It was truly a pleasure to work with all of the Executives and members to help facilitate some big changes in Thunder Beach this past summer.   
Our season started with the new construction of the playground at the clubhouse.  This included new equipment (that not only looks great but is more functional and safer for the little ones using it), updates to the electrical system and fans in the Clubhouse (all fixtures were professionally inspected and serviced) and a new waste disposal bin was introduced this year (making weekly and post-event cleanups much more efficient).   

Next season promises to be a homerun as we are working closely with the TBA Executive and Dr. Doug Jones to make some overdue improvements to the baseball diamond.  Furthermore, we are also currently collaborating with Tiny Township Fire Department to ensure that the clubhouse and washroom facilities continue to meet current standards and regulations.   
Harbourview would like to wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season and a happy new year.    

- Evan Lahaie, Founder COO,  Harbourview Property Management 

- Matt DuCharme TBA Maintenance/Property Director


2016 Fall Tennis Update

Andy Murray takes over as the No. 1 player in the world.  Remember dreams do come true if you work hard, have the right attitude and enjoy the game.

Summer of 2016 on the tennis courts was a huge success and the TBA Executive would like to thank all TBA members for making the re-surfacing of the courts a reality.  We can all enjoy and have fun on the new courts with the hope that it will improve our skills and level of play.  

The TBA Executive will continue to do research on various ways to make the tennis court area better and more functional for all members.  In the years to come - we are looking to add additional/more shaded areas, better viewing and sitting space (new benches), storage space for children’s program equipment and enhance the sign-up board.

Now that the tennis courts have been resurfaced it is time to concentrate on the members and getting more people to enjoy the game of tennis.  I had a few people over the summer ask me about “Drop In” and HOW can we promote this event to get more people to come out to play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  We are looking for someone to become involved with the tennis program with fresh ideas. The tennis duties include:  Organizing and running the Adult tournaments, monitoring the courts, making sure people have proper shoes/footwear, making sure the sign-up sheets are available and promoting Drop In.  As many of you know the tennis courts and tournaments do not “run themselves” it requires volunteers to step forward and get involved.  Please email me or call me if you are interested (this responsibility does not involve the person to be on the TBA Executive).

Remember you must be a TBA member and also be a tennis member to play on the courts – TBA memberships and tennis memberships can be purchased from TBA website when we open for the 2017 season.    We will once again use the shoe tag system as a part of your membership we will encourage the use of the tennis tags for all members (we will be monitoring the courts).

We would also appreciate your ideas, thoughts and feedback for this upcoming season matt.ducharme@sympatico.ca . It is important that we hear from you. See you on the courts.

- Matt DuCharme, Tennis Director


The Annual Tawny Richard Memorial Volleyball Tournament

The Annual Tawny Richard Memorial Volleyball Tournament was held on Saturday, July 16, 2016.   We would like to thank the Butler and Bolt family for graciously agreeing to host this event again on East Beach.  We got an excellent day again!  Congratulations to the winning team of Perfect 10, made up of Laura Jamer, Windemere Jarvis, Chris Chambers, Gary Hamilton, Greg Telfer, and Will Meyer.  Special thanks to the Richard family, and everyone who helped out, participated, or just came down to watch.  It was a great community day.  

- John Philpott


Thunder Run

The 32nd annual Thunder Run was another great success with perfect running weather and a beachfront finish. New to this year's race was a popular 4 km fun run which was in addition to the full 7.5 km race.

We had a record turnout this summer, with competitors as young as six joining others in their seventies! Congrats to all the runners. And a big congrats to this year's gold medalist - Somerset Jarvis.

- Chris Burkett


25 years of TBA Youth Baseball

The  core values of the Thunder Beach  Youth Baseball program are Safety, Community Building, Fair Play,  Leadership and Fun!  These values continue to be the compass points that guide us on our journey.

Thank you to all the players, parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles who supported our  25th Anniversary TBA  Youth Baseball program this summer.We had over 90 players and 16 coaches. A new 25th anniversary logo on the shirts and  commemorative  baseball caps made this season so special.

Thanks also to 30 people who supported the “Baseball Hat Program”. We raised $2,000 over the cost of the hats which will be designated to improvements to the baseball infield next spring.

Thank you to Donald and Irene Guloien who generously sponsored the coaches dinner at Tula’s. What wonderful volunteer coaches we had this summer. These young people are the future leaders of our Thunder Beach Community.

TBA Youth Baseball Coaches:

Will Meyer

Andrew Godin

Cassidy Miller

Robie Butler

Lily Law

Carter MacLean

Cole Vendatelli

Perry Guloien

Athena Mancini

Mathieu Delarue

Brendan Tighe

Kate Robertson

Jenna Johnson

Madi Lee

Jasmine Smith

Kirstan Tighe



- Doug Jones


2016 Luke Santi Memorial Flag Football Tournament

Thank you to ALL for a successful 2016 Flag Football season – our 13th season! We had the usual 4 team Tournament with 40 players. Congratulations to the Chargers and their coaches Andrew Godin and Perry Guloien on winning the Tournament Championship! We had perfect weather, and with the added heat, the spectator area moved from the field to the shady church steps!

THANKS to the Smeaton,, Santi and Houston families. Special thanks to head counsellors Betsy Smith and Emily Meyer for their leadership, commitment and organization. They continue to share Luke’s memory and spirit. Thanks to all the coaches who led and taught the young football players. We appreciate their time and energy during the week!  Thanks to Susan Winter for organizing the annual tailgate – what a treat! Thanks to Don Butler for helping to ref, Murray Cole working the chains, and Andrew Bolt for his drone camera work.  Thanks to all the parents who generously donated food/beverages for ALL!  The annual co-ed adult game, played after the Championship game, was a huge success with many former Tournament players and coaches returning.  

Plans have already begun for next year, the 14th season!  The tentative dates are: Monday, July 24th to Friday, July 28th. Reminder, the age restrictions will be 10 to 15 (your age on the first day of the tournament).  We are on the lookout for referees, ‘chain gang’ helpers, and volunteers to assist with the 2017 tournament. Please watch for further information in the Spring 2017 newsletter / TBA website for signup and contact information.  THANK YOU!

- Luigi Santi


FOTTSA & Municipal Update

Thunder Beach continued as a member of FOTTSA in the summer of 2016.  FOTTSA is a Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations, a non-profit focused on environmental and municipal issues facing shoreline associations in Tiny.    

FOTTSA monitors all meetings of the Tiny of Township council and posts information on Township matters at www.tinycottager.org. The FOTTSA publication, The Tiny Cottager, is also available on the website and is still circulated in paper copy to most residents of Tiny.  If you have any concerns regarding municipal issues with the Township of Tiny, you can email John Philpott, Thunder Beach’s FOTTSA representative, at jsphilpott@gmail.com regarding your concerns.  

There is an opening for a Thunder Beach member to take a greater role in FOTTSA as a board member.  If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please email John Philpott at jsphilpott@gmail.com.  

- John Philpott


Wishart Spence Award Nomination Form

The Wishart Spence Award is presented to a member of the Thunder Beach community who has shown outstanding community service.

This is generally awarded every two years or from time to time as determined by the Thunder Beach Association Executive.

Nominations from community members will be reviewed and considered by the Thunder Beach Association Executive. The award is presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Nomination Form