New CLSA website live.

The new website, created with new software has gone live. The temporary web address is, but entering will automatically redirect users to the new site.

If you are reading this, your bookmark has taken you to the old site. Delete and recreate your bookmark. The data on the old site will remain for the use of the new webmasters who are continuing to harvest and migrate information from the old site.

If you wish to access the old site in the future, use, but the new site is official and the old one will not be updated. The Members Only section also isn’t used anymore and won’t be updated. If, after a yearlong trial we will decide which will be used, we go ClubExpress, this site will be taken down.


New club software

The new club software contains many automated features. For example members will sign up for lift parties directly by accessing the desired event session in the new website and adding your name. The same is true for work parties. Each member will have their own login and will be asked to expand his bio if he wishes. Non-members will see a more limited website. You will learn details Saturday at the winter dinner, and when the site goes live you will receive an email with your login information.


John C. Pratt III, “Carl”, age 77 of Miami Township, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. He was born June 13, 1939 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of the late John Pratt II and Virginia Dion.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Jordan; and grandson, Christian Hain.

Carl is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie; son, David (Sherry) Pratt; grandsons, Sterling (Danielle) Hain, Taylor (Jamie) Hain, Derek Pratt; 5 great grandchildren; and 3 sisters.

Carl retired from NCR after 37 years of employment. He was an avid sailor at Cowan Lake Sailing Association and loved to build model airplanes.

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New club software

In the off-season, the club is installing and configuring a professional club software system by ClubExpress. It will computerize many of our club administrative functions and integrate them as well as add new capabilities. A new club website will be part of it.

Any members who have not been receiving our frequent listserv announcements should subscribe by contacting Patty Lawrence, Judy Hearn or Ken Irwin. Some who were previously subscribed became disconnected when they changed emails and didn’t notify us. There are also some corporate email systems that filter out such messages.

After the new software goes live, probably later this month, Jay Bundy will be taking over as webmaster who with Jim Blackburn is setting it up. The webnaster email remains


Winter dinner program

Be sure to plan to attend this year’s CLSA winter dinner. We have an outstanding program with Dawn Riley as our speaker. Certainly sailboat racing enthusiasts everywhere know of her accomplishments. Her bio was sent out to our club listserv.

Again, the date for the CLSA dinner is January 21, 2017 and the venue is the same as used in the last several years – Receptions in Loveland. Social hour begins at 6:00 PM. An official invitation will be sent after Christmas.

New gates

Real gates have been installed both at the entrance to the gravel road leading to the junior harbor area and to the boneyard. This should limit unauthorized vehicle access to these areas. Both will use club padlocks. More barriers will be installed to prevent drive around at the boneyard gate.

Sailing star

Sara Schumann qualified to represent the U.S.A. at the 2017 XXVIII International Palamos Optimist Trophy in Catalonia, Spain Feb. 12 – Feb. 20 at the Spring Team Qualifiers in New Orleans over Thanksgiving. Sara was also invited to join the US Development Team (USDT). Congratulations!


Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course

We are starting a new OCVN training in January for 2017. OCVN stands for Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. The course is offered in conjunction with OSU, and Erin and I coordinate the program for this area.

This is a quality program where people attend 10 full day sessions with some great speakers in various fields and tends to yield some fantastic volunteers for the parks. Course attendees gain knowledge and training in both classroom and field settings. Sessions will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month January through May. The cost for the course covers all the sessions, as well as needed course materials.

There are about ten seats left. These seats usually fill up quickly, so interested parties may need to move fast. Those who are interested can use the contact information included, or they are also welcome to contact me at this email address: if they have any questions about the program.

Obviously, it would be a wonderful thing for the park if some of the spots are filled with people interested in becoming involved with Cowan Lake. Please feel free to distribute the attached brochure and application to people or venues (such as libraries, churches, educational institutions, clubs, etc) that you think may be interested.

Sarah Blair

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Winter Dinner

Vice Commodore Carolyn Price advises us to “save the date” for the 2017 CLSA Winter Dinner to be held at Receptions in Loveland (same as before), on Saturday, January 21, 2017.