Annual Meeting 2023

Dear OLG Member:
It is time for our Annual Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at the Catawba Island Club (CIC). Registration is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. (Directions are below.) For those attending the meeting in person, we request that you pre-register so that we can have adequate seating and hors d’oeuvres. Registering and driving instructions are included below.

We will also have a remote option for those who prefer via Zoom. The Zoom link will be opened at 6:50 p.m.

Because of the size of the audience, all participants besides the Chairman and the speakers will be muted. You’ll be able to see and hear the meeting, and there will be an opportunity to submit questions and vote during the meeting.

Registration for both in-person and remote is here.

The formal part of the meeting should last less than 20 minutes and will consist of only two items: a Treasurer’s Report and a vote to elect 3 members to a 3-year term to the Board of Directors.

Listed below are the candidates for the Board:

John Balliett (Vermillion)
Kent Kemmerer (Willowick)    
Mike Prout (Sandusky)

Mr. Balliett will be new to the Board, while Mr. Kemmerer and Mr. Prout are current Directors.

Immediately following will be three very timely presentations:

First, I will discuss what is happening with ODNR. I have not been communicating the things that are happening because everything is a work in progress that could change at any time. Let me recap the last 12 months. ODNR introduced legislation that would impact how it would interact with lakefront owners. It was SB 313. ODNR did not work with us in the development of this legislation, or even inform us about it, so you can safely assume that we were not pleased with it. There was a lot of behind the scenes work and I testified at a Senate Committee Hearing against SB 313. The result is that the Bill never got out of committee. Given that it was an election year, this means that SB 313 no longer exists. Any proposed changes to the current Law will need to be introduced anew.

Since late last year, OLG has been working with ODNR to develop a Bill that will be acceptable to both parties. We are close with respect to ODNR’s leasing program, but we have a very long way to go regarding ODNR’s permitting program. ODNR wants to get a Bill put into the Budget Bill which will be approved about June 30. If it is in the Budget Bill, there will be little opportunity to make comments or changes, given the nature of the Budget Bill. We are greatly opposed to it being in the Budget Bill unless we are in complete agreement with ODNR—something that does not seem likely in the short amount of time we have. We are hoping that any ODNR legislation stays out of the Budget Bill so that it has an opportunity for full hearings on the subjects involved. Further, if we cannot get the appropriate changes to ODNR’s proposed legislation, we anticipate filing another lawsuit against the ODNR. Come and hear the latest.

Second, We have invited Senator Theresa Gavarone to speak at the meeting. She is from Bowling Green and the district goes from Perrysburg to almost Vermillion. Senator Gavarone was the sponsor of SB 313. It should be noted that when she introduced the bill, she was told that there was no opposition to the Bill—she was not told that we never saw a draft. Senator Gavarone has been instrumental in keeping talks going between OLG and ODNR.

Third, Jim Stouffer, President of the Lake Erie Foundation, will speak about green algae and their efforts to bring about appropriate changes via a coalition of various groups and a multi-faceted approach.

As always, there will be a question and answered period where you may raise your questions, comments or concerns to the speakers. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Light hors d’oeuvres, coffee, and soda will be available.

Our activities and expenses have been mostly curtailed because of COVID. Therefore, we are not requesting dues to be paid this year. However, contributions are always welcome. If we file another lawsuit because of the proposed legislation we will be asking for dues/contributions.

If you plan to attend in person, please register as soon as possible as we need to provide a headcount to CIC.


Tony Yankel

Location: Catawba Island Club (“CIC”)
4235 East Beach Club Rd.
Port Clinton, OH 43452
Directions: From the East or West:

Take Ohio Route 2 and go toward Port Clinton as appropriate.
Follow Ohio Route 2 to Ohio Route 53 North. Take Exit 124 North.
Follow Ohio Route 53 North (W Catawba Rd)
Turn left (West) onto CR-30 (N West Catawba Rd.)
Turn right onto East Beach Club Rd.
PLEASE NOTE that parking is located at the pickleball court and gravel lot (across
from the golf shop). Shuttles will be available to bring all guests to the Pavilion.

Visit our eventbrite page here.
1) The link will take you to an internet site that has a summary of the letter above. Scroll down and you’ll see an area where you need to input your name, complete address, e-mail address and phone number.
2) When you’ve entered that information, scroll down a little more and “click” on the shaded box that says “Register.”
3) Once registered, you’ll soon receive an e-mail that confirms you registered. Please do not delete that e-mail. If you are attending in person it will have a qr code that we can take a picture of to help you register quickly (or we can look you up by name). If you are attending remotely it will include a link, unique to you, that you’ll need to use to access the Zoom meeting. And you’ll also receive an e-mail reminding you of the Meeting.

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