Spring 2019 Thunder Beach Association Newsletter

April 20, 2019

Presidents Message

As I mentioned earlier that “Warmer days are on the way” – I guess we will have to be patient with Mother Nature and keep with the “Best is yet to come” theory.

The TBA website is open for 2019 TBA memberships and all other TBA programming… do not delay, purchase online now. The deadline to purchase your membership to be included in the TBA members Roster is April 30th, 2019. This year, Field Day and Lobsterfest are on June 29th, and the August Field Day and Event Night is August 3rd.  And wait until you hear the theme for August’s event, it will be one you do not want to miss!

I would like to thank the TBA Executive team for their hard work and dedication, it is a pleasure working with this team and we will make the summer of 2019 a great experience for all TBA Members.  We are looking for new volunteers with fresh ideas to join the TBA Executive, if you have any interest please contact me directly.

The TBA Executive is looking to maintain and continue our traditions but we also know we need to evolve and embrace all the new ideas in this new world of digitization. From social media, to the way in which we make our purchases and how we communicate, and the new generation is teaching us how to keep up.  We have made positive steps towards making things easier for our membership, but we can do more, and we would love the new generation to be a part of this and get involved. I understand that everyone is busy but volunteering can be rewarding too and using technology today helps us to meet virtually but accomplish more.

The following is a quick reminder regarding Memberships.  We are looking for NEW members and we are asking that you spread the news to all, tell your neighbours and if you are 25 years old and older you are required to have your own membership. Each family member (25 and over) staying in same cottage requires their own TBA Membership… you cannot be grandfathered under your parents TBA membership. Think about this the next time you or your kids are enjoying field day or baseball.  Think about this when you are dancing the night away at Lobsterfest/Beach Ball. If you attend these events… be a TBA member - we have made it easy for you to register on line. The TBA Executive would like to thank all of those members that have registered and followed the guidelines.  We bring this to the attention of the TBA membership because the online registration allows the TBA Executive to study the demographic categories and “change” in our TBA community.

All memberships help the financial aspect of the TBA program but also makes the TBA community remain strong.   

See you at the beach

Matt DuCharme
TBA President 2019

2019 Summer Calendars

2019 summer calendars are available for download as PDF's at the links below.  

Social Update

Warmer days are just around the corner and we know you are all looking forward to some cherished time at Thunder Beach!  Please save the dates for the summers social events and make sure to purchase your tickets online.

Lobsterfest: Saturday June, 29th

Please join us for a Thunder Beach tradition, which has been taking place for over 25 years and marks the start of summer 2019!

AUG-toberfest: Saturday August 3rd

Grab your lederhosen, don your best dirndl and meet us at the Thunder Beach Bier Garten (beer garden) famously known as, the basketball court. This year we will celebrate a Thunder Beach style Oktoberfest with delicious themed food, great friends and stein’s of beer as far as the eye can see! Start planning your best outfits now, we can’t wait to see you there!

Melissa McGuire, Social Director

Children's Camp

Spring is here, which means summer is just around the corner. It’s going to be another exciting Thunder Beach camp season with thirteen returning counsellors and fourteen CIT’s on staff.

We are very pleased to announce that Andie Miller will be the Assistant Head Counsellor this summer. Andie will be working closely with Robbie Butler to be groomed as the next Head Counsellor. Her years has a Thunder Beach counsellor and enthusiasm will be a great addition to the camp.   

In addition to some of our traditional Wednesday Evening Events, we have been working hard behind the scenes to introduce some new events to the camp program (see below). Hope to see everyone out and participating in all the camp events this summer!


July 3rd Safari Night

July 17th Wye Marsh Birds of Prey

July 31st Harry Potter Night

August 7th Wye Marsh Wet and Scaley

Below we have provided a reminder of times and cost for camp throughout the summer.


Play School – ages 4-6 (6 is included in Play School as the 6 year olds have the option of being in Play School)

Junior Sports Camp – ages 6-9 (6 is included in Junior Sports Camp as the 6 year olds have the option of being in Junior Sports Camp)(The younger kids in Junior Sports Camp also have the option to do the Play School craft)

Senior Sports Camp – ages 10 and up



















BALL PLAY (4 - 5 year olds)

JUNIOR TENNIS (6 – 9 year olds)

SENIOR TENNIS (10 and up)









*Ball play is physical activities promoting hand-eye coordination and gross motor movement leading up to tennis play.

*The above scheduled timing will remain the same in the event of rain on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If/when it rains the children will report to the clubhouse for indoor activities.

*Please remember flip flops/sandals are not permitted during camp.








JULY (1 – 27)

$160  ($8 per day)

AUGUST (July 30 - Aug 24)

$160  ($8 per day)


$280  ($7 per day)



The “Flexible Family Plan” will remain in effect for the 2019 season.  This package allows families to purchase in advance 10 days of camp for the price of $130. This package will continue to be available throughout the summer. Just a reminder that this package must be purchased in advance, may only be used by children within an immediate family whose names have been registered in advance, and are non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be carried over from one summer to the next.

Register for camp now.

Camp scheduling information will be listed as part of the Children’s Summer Calendar which accompanies your roster.  Please feel free to contact Christine Lundy with inquiries or feedback at:


Looking forward to seeing everyone at the beach!

Christine Lundy
Camp Director

Thunder Beach Spring 2019 Maintenance Report

TBA Executive has reviewed the services and work performed by Harbourview Property Management and TBA has agreed to renew a 3 year contract with Harbourview Property Management.    

Just a reminder that maintenance covers the following areas; 

  • Clubhouse and washrooms
  • Garbage bins, Playground area
  • TBA field, Baseball diamond
  • Tennis courts
  • install and removal of buoys
  • clean up after the TBA parties
  • helping and on call for Children’s program and Head Councillors

Please feel free to offer your suggestions and ideas on how we can improve the TBA property… if you have not noticed, the Clubhouse Renovation is looking really good.  Thank you to all the TBA members and your contributions.

Rental of the Clubhouse

TBA Executive would like to remind the membership of the following:

  • Clubhouse CANNOT be rented in the months of July and August.  We have a couple of exceptions for memorials or daytime use limited to certain hours
  • Clubhouse Rental fees are different for members vs non-members.  TBA contract needs to be signed. We encourage everyone and all families to be TBA members
  • Interested parties can contact - Matthew DuCharme matthew.ducharme@ipc.com cell (647)669-2475

Thunder Beach Spring 2019 Tennis Report

Life is Always Better When I’m Playing Tennis …

What a great time for Canadian Tennis… it has been a very successful last month for our young Canadian players.  Congratulations to 18 year old Bianca Andreecu winning her first WTA singles championship at Indian Wells. Also Canadian ATP players Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime both made the semifinals of the Miami Open.  It was wonderful to watch… so grab a racquet and come to the courts or participate in Drop In every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Come out with the kids and play a game of tennis.

As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practiced self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both - winning and losing - get easier.     

Rafael Nadal

Tennis season for 2019 is here and we are preparing the courts for play. Harbourview and I have already discussed getting the nets up as soon as the weather cooperates.  

Register for 2019 tennis now. 

The TBA is looking for a Tennis Director (or maybe a few volunteers), someone who can bring new ideas and to shake things up at the courts.  It would be really nice to see some new members and perhaps spread the word to other people from other beaches … the tennis courts are not exclusive to Thunder Beach residents.  As long as you pay to be a TBA member and tennis member we don’t care where you live or address of your cottage.

TBA Executive is still looking at the issue of “cracks” in the tennis courts.  

Please remember you must be both a TBA member and a tennis member to play on the courts – TBA memberships and tennis memberships can be purchased from the TBA website.   Tennis tags will be used again for the 2019 Tennis season.

Dates for 2019 Adult Tennis Doubles Tournaments:

  • Mixed Doubles Adult – July 13th
  • Men’s Doubles Adult  – July 27st
  • Ladies Doubles Adult – August 10th  

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

Batter Up!

Thunder Beach Youth Baseball is about leadership, community building, making new friends, safety and most importantly, having fun!!

Over 80 children age 6 to 15 play on 4 teams.  Games are played Tuesday, Thursday at 4:00pm and 5:15pm beginning Tuesday July 2nd. 

The final tournament is on Friday July 19th.  

Register for baseball now.

We need volunteer coaches. Please contact: Doug Jones, djones000@symatico.ca, 705-533-2385, 519-575-1068

Traffic and Parking

One of the joys of being at the cottage is getting outdoors and going for a run or a walk. We walk to Tula’s for an ice cream, we walk the kids to camp, we take the dog for a long run.

And because we are at the cottage, there are NO sidewalks.

Be safe this summer…. WALK ON THE LEFT FACING THE TRAFFIC !!!

TBA Sponsorship

Need a plumber, an electrician, or a real estate agent? Cleaning the chimney or the septic tank? Planning a party or buying a new car?

We encourage all our members to support the businesses that advertise in our roster and our website.

Thunder Run

Spring is in the air. It’s time to dust off your running shoes and get training. The 35th Annual Thunder Run will be held Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 @ 3:30 pm.

The two race format is back by popular demand – the full 7.5 km race, covering both west and east shore, and a shorter 4.5 km fun run, covering just east shore. The start line is at the Clubhouse and the finish line is at the Burkett family cottage. 

Thanks again to Tyler Richard for the generous donation of Saucony running gear for the race winners.

Thunder Beach Dock Company: Notice to Members

Greetings to all returning Thunder Beach Gas Dock Members and soon to be Dock Members!

The Gas Dock will be open for business on the May long weekend, on weekends throughout June and on weekdays and weekends as of July 1. 

Our hours of operation will be as follows: 

Saturday, Sunday and holidays:  10 am to 4 pm (as of the May long weekend)

Monday to Friday:  11 am to 3 pm (as of July 1)

Please do not forget to renew your Dock memberships for 2017 ($160 per family).  Your membership support is an essential component of the Dock’s financial viability. 

Become a Dock Company member now. 

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

John Burns, Todd McCarthy, Bill McNamara

Farmer’s Market

Back upon popular request!  The Farmers Market will continue to be a Thunder Beach staple on Thursdays in July and August.

As the warm weather approaches I look forward to reaching out to our returning vendors, as well as welcoming new ones. 

I hope to introduce a wider scope of vendors, and connect our community to some new and exciting local talent!

Looking forward to seeing you all this summer!

Victoria Evans

Lights Out Thunder Beach

Participate in a new event this year, Lights Out Thunder Beach!  On Saturday August 10th we ask everyone to turn all outdoor lights off and keep indoor lights to a minimum so that we can enjoy the night sky to its fullest extent.

August 10th coincides with the Perseid Meteor shower which starts around July 23rd and ends around August 10th and will be at its maximum activity on August 13th.  

Get your candles and flashlights ready for an evening under the sky!

2019 Luke Santi Memorial Flag Football Tournament

This year marks the 16th year of exciting Flag Football at Thunder Beach!  The tournament, renamed in honour of Luke Santi in 2008, has enabled hundreds of boys and girls to participate and have fun.  We appreciate ALL the help from so many TB families and friends.

If you are interested in Playing, Coaching or Refereeing, register using the Sign-up Sheets posted by mid-July at the Friendly Corner Store.  Please register by Friday July 19th.  Team rosters will be posted at the Clubhouse and at the Friendly Corner Store on Sunday the 21st (late afternoon).

The fee is $20.00 per player. (Ages 10 -15 eligible as of July 22nd)

The tournament schedule is as follows: [ALL GAMES @ 3:30 & 4:30]

  • Monday July 22nd :  ‘Pre-Season’ - Practice Games
    • NOTE: Arrive in advance of your game to pay and pick up your jersey.
    • The ‘pre-season’ practice games will provide players and coaches a chance to familiarize themselves with the game and their teammates.
  • Tues July 23rd to Thurs July 25th: League Games
  • Friday July 26th:  Consolation and Championship Games
    • Followed by the Trophy Presentation
    • Followed by the popular Adult Game and the traditional Tailgate BBQ!

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Gordon, Martha, Quinn and Matthew Smeaton
Luigi, Shelagh, Andrea and Janelle Santi

The 21st Annual Tawny Richard Memorial Volleyball Tournament

The 22nd Annual Tawny Richard Memorial Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday July 20, 2019!  It’s a six on six tournament that has proven to be a great way to mix and mingle with Thunder Beachers regardless of skill level.  It will follow the same format as the last few years, where individuals are assigned to a team upon arrival and there is a small fee of $5 per player to cover costs.   Players must be 16 or older.  The Tournament runs in the day from 11:30 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m. Rain or shine! Last year, we added a souvlaki delivery which was a big hit thanks to the Friendly Corner Store. Details on how to sign-up will follow in the summer.  The winning team gets their name engraved on the Trophy which is kept at the Friendly Corner Store for all to see.

We would like to thank the Butler and Bolt family for graciously agreeing to host this event again on 12-14 East Beach Road (just a few cottages east of the Simcoe Country road right-a-way – you will see the nets on the day).  Remember to walk (not drive) and to respect their property and the neighbouring properties.  Looking forward to those Thunder Strikes and Deep Digs!  

John Philpott