From the Board

September – From the President 

As you enjoy the cooler temperatures of September and the changing of the leaves, I’d like to update you on what has been happening here at Orchid Lake.

    • Sand was delivered at the end of August to the Turtle Street beach and spread by a wonderful group of volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped with the project.
    • The response to our survey sent out in July has been extremely positive and allowed us to learn what is important to our residents and lot owners. You are still able to respond to the survey at Orchid Lake Survey. Some areas of interest/concern specifically mentioned by residents/lot owners were:
        • Placement of benches on our beaches so residents and guests can enjoy the beauty of our lake;
        • Improve the appearance of the front entrance so it provides a more welcoming look when entering our community;
        • Replace/repair signage throughout the lake (several residents mentioned the Stop signs and other signage is faded and difficult to read); and
        • Ensure the health of our lake since it is a key component of why so many of us moved here.

Since many of you expressed concern over the future health of our lake and ongoing maintenance, the Board has decided to move ahead with having the Commonwealth of Virginia provide a no-cost analysis of the current health of our lake. More information about this study will be provided at the Annual Lot Owners Meeting in October.

Fall is a great time for cleaning up outdoors. Taking pride in the appearance of our homes and properties allows us to be proud of the community we call home.

Finally, two reminders:

      1. Per our Bylaws (Section III, D, 6) all boats must be removed from any OLE beaches or docking areas by October 1, 2021. Boats are only allowed to be stored at the boat landing from May 1 through October 1 at the owner’s risk.
      2. Plan now to attend the Annual Lot Owners Meeting on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. Details will be provided near the end of September.

Thank you for all you do every day to keep our community beautiful and make Orchid Lake a wonderful place to live!

Kathie Cavendish, President, OLE Board of Directors

August – From the President 

As we enter the last full month of summer, I hope everyone has had a chance to get out and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Even though we’ve had an extremely hot and dry summer, walks around the lake in the early morning or sunset are still an enjoyable way to get outside and de-stress.

Looking ahead this month, Louisa County Public Schools will be starting on Wednesday, August 11, so I ask that everyone use extra caution in the mornings and afternoons during pickup and drop off of students who live at the lake. Remember, our speed limit is 15 MPH. For parents who will be waiting with/for their children in vehicles, we ask that you pull onto the shoulder of the road off the asphalt as far as possible. This will allow residents leaving/entering the lake room to navigate safely.

In case you haven’t checked it out, our website has been updated and now contains information for residents/lot owners, current events happening in Louisa County, and coming soon, will be a list of local things to do and places to eat. To visit our website, go to www.orchidlake.net. If you have any suggestions, please use the contact form on the site.

With the update to the site, we’re looking for more photos of the lake throughout the seasons. If you have photos you’re willing to share, please send them to our Secretary, Hope Goza, at hope.goza@gmail.com. Files should be in a JPEG or PNG format.

We are also hoping to collect email addresses and phone numbers from all residents/lot owners in case of an emergency. If you are willing to share yours, please send to Hope or use the Contact Form on our website.

Finally, look for some renovations to our pavilion beginning in September. The Board voted at its July Board meeting to move forward the replacing the roof on the pavilion and storage shed. Our pavilion was most likely erected in the 1970s, and replacement of the roof is long overdue. The new roof will be paid for from your dues.

Have an awesome August, and I look forward to seeing some of you during my walks around the Lake!

Kathie Cavendish, President, OLE Board of Directors

From the Board – 7/15/2021

During this past year, as we navigated a world rocked by a global pandemic, we’ve had time to reflect on those things that are important in life. It gave us time to think about our path for the future and the differences we are seeing in our world. However, one thing that has remained constant has been the beauty of our surroundings.

Even though we did not hold our Annual Owners Meeting last year, our Board has been working to maintain Orchid Lake property. As we did so, we realized that we needed to plan for the future of Orchid Lake by preserving the beauty, tranquility and wildlife that is part of our life at the Lake. This is where we’re asking for your help.

Recently, the Board approved an amendment to our bylaws that allows the Board to accept gifts or purchase (finances permitting) strategically placed lots throughout the lake to increase our common areas and protect our environment. In the past, Orchid Lake Estates (OLE), has been gifted or approved the purchase of single lots in the Lake when for sale. These gifts/purchases have helped preserve our natural resources and allowed us to protect the natural habitat of the wildlife found in our community. As was previously done, these lots may be made available to residents who might want to purchase land adjacent to or across from their property at some point in the future.

Many of you moved here to avoid the overcrowding and traffic found in urban or suburban areas. You’ve expressed that our beautiful forested areas should be protected and are concerned when you see trees being destroyed to build new homes. Hearing the small steps the Board is taking to preserve and enhance our community, how do you envision life at the Lake five years, 10 years, or 20 years from now? To get you started, here are a few ideas.

On the single lot parcels owned by OLE, create small park-like settings with benches installed where residents can stop and enjoy the surroundings while out walking.

Install bluebird houses around the lake. Bluebirds are a protected species and building houses will draw even more of these beautiful birds of happiness to nest in our community. If you’re interested, the Board would consider holding a birdhouse building session at the pavilion, and we’d work together to get the houses installed.

Create an Environmental Committee that would look for ongoing ways we canprotect our lake and the woodland surrounding it. Any resident/lot owner is welcome to be a part of this committee.

While we have not been holding workdays currently, these workdays would be more frequent and last only a few hours tackling just one area of need. This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know your neighbors better.

These are just a few ideas for your consideration. If you have suggestions for preserving our community and its natural resources, please fill out the survey by clicking the link.

Our goal as we move into the second half of 2021 and beyond is to protect and preserve our surroundings and come together as a community.

Kathie Cavendish, President, On behalf of the OLE Board