Community News and Information

WORKDAY COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

As we plan for our first Workday for 2022, the Board is looking for someone interested in serving on the Workday Committee. You would be in charge of promoting Workdays and organizing volunteers for the tasks that need to be done. If you’ve been looking for a way to become more involved in your community, this is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors while improving our surroundings. Please email OrchidLake1@gmail.com with your name and phone number if you are interested. Thank you!

INTERESTED IN BECOMING CPR CERTIFIED?

Plans are underway to hold a CPR AED and First Aid Class for interested residents in May (date to be determined). The class will be on a Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Participants must be 12 or older, and the class will be limited to seven (7) individuals. If you’d like to get your certification, please email OrchidLake1@gmail.com to sign up. Provide you name, address and phone number. Depending on the response, a second class may be scheduled.

COMMUNITY GARDEN IS UNDERWAY

Work on the Community Garden is beginning. While it may not look like much at the moment, several residents have been busy germinating seeds like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, parsley, mint tea, lavender and more. If you know where we can get free straw or manure, or if you’d like to volunteer with preparing the garden for planting, please email OrchidLake1@gmail.com.

COMING IN 2022 – ORCHID LAKE DIRECTORY AND HANDBOOK

Plan are underway to create an Orchid Lake Directory of residents, which will also include an easy-to-use guide to our Bylaws, as well as community information. Contact hope.goza@gmail.com now to ensure you are included.

ANNUAL DUES

Annual Dues for Orchid Lake are billed each year in January/February and must be paid by March 1 of that year. Upon payment of dues, each resident/lot owner receives two membership cards for the year (April 1-March 31). Residents and guests must carry their membership card at all times when using lake premises.

Due are used for the maintenance (mowing, roadwork, snow plowing, beaches, dam, etc.) and upkeep/improvement of the public facilities owned by Orchid Lake Estates, Inc. All residents and lot owners have use of the OLE roads and facilities, so it is important that your dues are paid in a timely manner. This enables the Board to carry out needed maintenance, repairs and improvements. 

Our current due structure is:

      • Rental House w/one Lot – $105.00 (includes lease/purchase-rent/own)
      • All other Houses w/one Lot – $90.00
      • Lot – $47.00 (vacant)

Example:  Owner has one house and 3 lots:  $90.00 + ($47.00 x 2) = $184.00

If you experience difficulty in meeting your obligation and interested in setting up a payment plan to pay your dues, or for more information, please mail: Treasurer OLE, 1 Bass Avenue, Gum Spring, VA  23065

USE OF PAVILION FOR GROUP EVENTS/OUTINGS

Did you know that as a resident/lot owner at Orchid Lake, you are permitted private use of the Pavilion for small gatherings and parties? To reserve the Pavilion, a deposit of $100 by check must be placed with the Treasurer or Secretary of OLE.

The following are requirements for using the Pavilion for a private event:

      1. The sponsoring OLE member must be an active participant of the group sponsored, a member in good standing and must be present at all times during the activity.
      2. The sponsoring OLE member is responsible for all actions of the group. Guests must comply with OLE Rules and Regulations.
      3. Gatherings larger than 20 people will require special approval from the Board.
      4. Renters must get approval from the member (property owner) to reserve the Pavilion.

Once the event has occurred, the check will be returned/destroyed to the resident/lot owner if the following is done:

      1. The Pavilion is left with all facilities clean and functioning.
      2. All trash from the event has been removed and disposed of by the resident/lot owner.
      3. Should any repairs, cleaning or replacements be required, the $100 deposit will be used to cover the costs of those services.
      4. Any expenses over the $100 deposit will be the sole responsibility of the member who reserved the Pavilion and will be billed accordingly.

If you are interested in reserving the Pavilion for an event, please contact a Board Member to see if your date is available. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 30 – Memorial Day

June 2 – Meet Me on Main from 4:00-9:00 p.m. – On the first Thursday of every month from May through September, businesses in Louisa are staying open late just for you! Taste the flavors on Main at:

Shopping:

Music on the porch at The Cooke Building!

Looking for things to do this weekend, click here for more activities.