By Sam Laskaris
Joan Inglis believes a membership to the Lagoon City Community Association (LCCA) is one of the best deals around.
“It’s less than a cup of coffee a day,” said Inglis, a longtime member of the association who as of this June will have been living in Lagoon City for 35 years.
A single membership for the LCCA is $80 per year. And annual family memberships cost $140.
All Lagoon City residents are welcome to join the LCCA, a non-profit corporation. The association strives to promote, support and protect interests of its members.
The LCCA promotes cultural and social interests and provides a facility – the Lagoon City Community Centre – for the wide range of activities it offers.
The LCCA currently has more than 350 memberships. The majority of those are family memberships, translating into an estimated 700-800 members.
But membership numbers are actually down. Inglis said when she served as LCCA’s membership director from 2000 through 2006, there were more than 500 annual memberships.
“The demographics of Lagoon City have changed a bit,” Inglis said.
“A lot of the younger people moving in are using their places mostly on the weekends. And they’re very involved with their families and spending their time that way.”
The LCCA, however, continues to offer a wide variety of clubs, programs and events.
For example, the association continues to offer four summer barbecues, two in July and two in August.
These events attract almost a full house of 80 people to the association’s clubhouse.
“We can seat 90 but that is very crowded,” said Inglis, who is currently serving as the LCCA’s interim financial director.
The LCCA also offers a Mix and Mingle event most months. This is held on the first Saturday of every month, except in July and August.
“Everybody is welcome to come and chat with their neighbours,” Inglis said.
Other clubs and activities offered include a book club, bridge, euchre, darts, power walking, trivia night and woodcarving.
Though many of the activities are free for LCCA members, some do charge an extra fee.
The LCCA also publishes a newsletter nine times per year, which is distributed to members.
“There’s usually over 50 pages,” Inglis said.
“It’s very informative. And we get some advertisers which produces some funds for the association.”
More information on the LCCA is available on its website at www.lcca.ca or by calling membership director Nancy Mroz at (705) 484-1514.