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Presidents Message August 2023

15 Aug

I hope that everyone is doing well!
First, a big thanks to everyone who organized our 4th of July event/fireworks show, and to those who financially contributed to fireworks. I heard that it was one of the best. Shout-out to Jesse, Ryan, Billy, and Justin!!
Now that school is back in session, please take extra caution when driving in the neighborhood and area. I continue to see drivers speeding through the neighborhood. Please review school bus rules which is provided on the front page of the newsletter.
Also, just a reminder that the park gate needs to always remain closed and locked, unless you have booked the park for a special event.
Stay tuned for details on future events in upcoming newsletters.
Thank you and be safe!
Rick Smallish

Presidents Message July 2023

16 Jun


It is almost officially Summer, and we are in the midst of Hurricane Season. It is not expected to be a busy season, however, please take steps to prepare your home and property just in case.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Father’s Day Tournament. Thank you, Matt Rock, for organizing a great event! Our next event is July 4th, and we are still accepting donations for fireworks. Please make donations via Venmo to @Rachel-Dance-7 or you can give cash directly to Jesse Dance. I know that everyone very much enjoys this event, and it would be great to continue to have an amazing fireworks show! We have not received the level of donations as we have in the past, so please consider supporting.
Details regarding the 4th of July Parade and event at the park can be found in the newsletter and it will be posted on Facebook. The event will be a cookout and potluck style. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided, and we would appreciate if folks could bring side dishes. Let’s come together and make this the best 4th of July event yet!
Thank you everyone!
I look forward seeing you around.
Warm regards,

Presidents Message May/June

13 May

I hope everyone is having a great Spring! Just a friendly reminder to please watch your speed
when driving in the community and area. There have been many reports of speeding. With folks
out for walks, kids playing, and the new Spring babies, it is important to be extra careful. A big
thank you to those who organized the Easter event, especially Nikki Rock. It was wonderful to
see everyone having a great time.

Also, thank you to Bill and Billy Akos for updating the light fixtures at the park. Our next
community event is the Father’s Day Fishing Tournament which is scheduled for June 18th.
Additional details will be provided in the newsletter.

Also extremely important is the upcoming Town Meeting with Orange County Government
officials where details will be discussed regarding the need for a drainage easement through
the park that will help to alleviate the flooding issues we have experienced. Orange County
officials will join our next POA Meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, at the Park.
The community is encouraged to attend.

Beyond that, our July 4th event will be here before you know it. As always, we appreciate
donations to ensure that we have an amazing firework show again this year. Please make
donations via Venmo to @Rachel-Dance-7 or you can give directly to Jesse Dance.

Warm Regards,
Rick Smallish, president

Presidents Message March/April

17 Mar

Hi Everyone,

Spring is finally here! As the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, we have some exciting events coming up that we’d like to share with you.

And speaking of community, we hope you’ll join us for our Easter Party and Egg Hunt on April 8th. This is always a fun event for the whole family, and we can’t wait to see everyone there.

As always, we want to remind everyone to look out for each other and prioritize safety. Please be cautious while driving through the neighborhood and keep an eye out for children playing outside.

Thanks for being a part of our community, and we hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Warm Regards,

Rick Smallish

Presidents Message January 2023

8 Jan

Hi everyone,
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!
A big thank you to everyone who helped us to have another fun Christmas Party.
Our annual Chili Cook-off Membership Drive is on January 28th, 4pm -8pm. There will be a discount if membership is renewed at that time or prior to the 28th. Also, if you have an interest in becoming a board member or would like information about bids, information will be shared at this event. Bids will be open for bathroom maintenance, lawn care, newsletter editor/delivery, and website maintenance. Information regarding bid submittal can be found on the IOP website, or ask a board member for details.
I look forward to another great year in our amazing community!
Warm regards,

Presidents Message December 2022

1 Dec

Hi neighbors,
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
Thankful that Hurricane Season is officially over. So grateful to our community for pulling together and supporting each other.
Also, a big thank you to the Boy Scouts for the clean-up of the park dock and pavilion.
Please mark your calendars for upcoming December events. Our Christmas Party is planned for Sunday, December 11th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Fried turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes will be served. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.
The Christmas Boat Parade is Friday, December 16th – lineup will start at 6:30pm at the South side of the lake. You are invited to join, or you can view the parade from the park dock. Additional details on both events will be provided on the IOP Facebook page.
Hope to see everyone out during the holiday festivities.
Stay safe,
Rick Smallish

Presidents Message September 2022

20 Sep

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all doing well, and the kids are off to a great start of the school year!
Just a reminder to drive cautiously, especially when children are getting on and off the school bus. If you are late arriving to the bus stop, that does not give you the right to speed your car up and try to cut the school bus off so that your child can get on. This was witnessed twice recently. Please leave with enough time to drop your child off safely.
We are heading into Fall and there are some exciting events planned for the end of the year. Please mark your calendars with the following dates. Additional details will be provided in future newsletters.
Halloween Party – Saturday, October 29th
Neighborhood Garage Sale – Friday, November 4th & Saturday, November 5th
Christmas Party – Sunday, December 11th
We are also into Hurricane Season so please be sure to takes steps to prepare.
As always, thank you for continuing to make this a wonderful and safe neighborhood!

Presidents Message June 2022

28 Jun



I hope everyone is having a great Summer!


We recently did some work to get our boat ramp back in shape. A big thanks to everyone who helped with this project. The work that was done is not a permanent fix, however, it should be a few more years before work is needed again.


We also had a great turnout for the Father’s Day Fishing Tournament. I hope that everyone who participated had a great time.

Our 4th of July celebration is right around the corner. This is one of the biggest events for our community and we need your help to make it a success. Jesse is organizing the fireworks show again this year and your donations are needed and appreciated. Cash to Jesse is always best, but you can also donate via Venmo to @Rachel-Dance-7. Billy Akos will be smoking pork butts so please come down to enjoy some great food and fireworks. You are also welcomed to bring a dish. I know we have some great cooks in the neighborhood!


Last but certainly not least, given that it is Summer break, there are a lot of kids and families out at about. We also have deer often crossing the road. PLEASE be extra cautious when driving in the neighborhood and the area.


Thanks everyone!




Presidents Message May 2022

26 May

I hope that everyone had a great Easter! A big thanks to Nikki Rock and everyone who helped with planning and on the day of to ensure that the Easter Celebration was a success. I would also like to thank everyone who came out to help with the park Spring cleanup. If you participated in the cleanup, please let Justin Mack know so that you receive a discount when you renew your membership. A special thanks to Dave McAlevy who donated a dumpster for the cleanup. This was extremely useful as we were able to fill the entire dumpster with debris. This contribution was made in memory of Dave’s wife who recently passed away and who had a love for the park and our community.
Our next event is the Father’s Day Fishing Tournament which is scheduled for June 19th. If you are a member, please join us to cheer the dad’s on and for a fish fry following the tournament.
With our July 4th event fast approaching, we are looking forward to another great event this year. This members only event will be held on Monday the 4th. Lookout in the newsletter for event details. As always, your donations are needed and appreciated. Jesse Dance will be organizing the fireworks again this year. Please reach out to Jesse or any IOP Board Member (names provided in the newsletter) if you are able to make a financial contribution. Cash is best, however, donations can also be made via Venmo to @Rachel-Dance-7. Just like everything else in the country, Fireworks cost have gone up and every little bit helps. We will again have a cookout and you are also welcome to bring a dish. Thank you, Billy Akos, for organizing the cookout again this year – last year was a blast! I appreciate everyone’s continued support so that our community enjoys a great party and fireworks show!
It is also important to note that the school year is coming to an end and the kids will be out and about in the neighborhood. Please be extra cautious when driving in the neighborhood.
Stay safe. See you all soon!
Rick Smallish

Presidents Message April 2022

23 Mar


I hope everyone is doing well!

As you may be aware, Al has stepped down as President of our association. A big thanks to Al for his commitment and service to the IOP community. I am excited to assume the role of President and look forward to continuing the great work of those who have come before me.

I moved to our beautiful community four years ago and like many of you, I have an appreciation and love for our community and what it offers – a safe, friendly, and family oriented environment. My goal as president is to maintain this. I am sure it’s the same for many of you – my blood pressure drops once I pass the Fire Station.

A little bit about myself. I am originally from Wisconsin. Go Packers and Badgers! We are a family of four with four pets (Bella, Axel, Harley, and Finn). I have worked in the construction industry for the majority of my adult life.

This is going to be a great year for our community. We will continue to plan fun activities for members, including the upcoming Easter Party. More details to come on that. We could also use your help for the Spring cleanup which is scheduled for April 9th, at 9:00 a.m.

Again, I am excited to be serving in the role and look forward to seeing everyone throughout the year.

All the best,

Rick Smallish