What's in a name?
It's time to find out.
We have talked about a name change for several months and have written about it in the last two issues of the Lake of the Woods Area News. Now it is time to get down to business and find out what members of the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners think about a name change for our association.
There may not be many questions on the survey, but they are perhaps amongst the most important ones we have asked you in quite some time. Please take just a few minutes to read on and then complete the survey.
Eligibility to participate in survey:
The survey will be open to members of the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association only, with one vote allowed per current membership.
In order for your vote to count we will need your name, address, phone number, and (if possible) email on your submission so that we can confirm status of your membership and limit one vote per membership. Your personal information is confidential and will be used for purposes of validation only by LOWDPOA and will not be shared.
Survey closing date:
Survey responses will be accepted by mail, email or online beginning Tuesday, November 14 and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), Monday, December 21 to be valid.
Why consider changing the name?
The Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association was established by cottage and property owners on Lake of the Woods and surrounding lakes and rivers. While the main constituency of the association is and always will be property owners, our vision and mission appeals to an audience that is much broader than that and includes children and grandchildren of property owners, individuals and families who simply love the Lake of the Woods area but don’t own property, boat owners, canoeists, campers, and so on.
While there are issues such as hydro rates and taxation that are property owner-centric, others including environmental issues, lake use concerns, IISD-ELA and highway twinning are all important to this larger constituency.
With the average age of our LOWDPOA membership sitting at about 65 years old, there are two or three generations of cottagers who are not yet “property owners” but who love the lake and want to preserve it for future generations. Although we have always welcomed these “non” property owners into this association our name does not suggest this. While there is history in the name and what the association has accomplished over the past 50 years, based on your response at our recent annual meeting and subsequent discussions with owners, it is time to seriously consider a name change that embraces this inclusivity.