Archive | December, 2015

Holiday Decorating Contest WINNERS!

Congrats to our winners of the 2015 Holiday Decorating Contest:

26869 Kelli Ct.
26981 Bosse Dr.
36974 David Dr.

This year’s contest was very close! Thank you to our board of directors for taking time to drive around and judge the houses. A special thank you to our sponsors of this year’s event:

Hot Pot Chinese Restaurant
(301) 884-8188

Foxy Fish – Seafood Restaurant
(301) 884-4235

Tequila Grill – Mexican Restaurant
(240) 249-3380

Fiesta Café – Mexican Restaurant
(301) 884-9730

Newsletter – 4th Quarter 2015

Trunk or Treat – Better than Ever

On Halloween night, we all gathered at the park in Country Lakes for our annual Trunk or Treat event.  It turned out to be a great evening and a very successful event.  This year, our board members added to the atmosphere with extra lights and a bigger bonfire than ever before. We received plenty of positive comments about the event.

We had 14 participating “trunks” and approximately 300 kids come through to get candy, to enjoy the bonfire, and most of to all have FUN.

Special thanks to our board members and neighbors for participating and making it the best yet.  See photos from the event.

Community Clean Up Report

Saturday, October 24th, was our Fall Community Clean up day with participants and volunteers meeting at the pavilion to start. We had five individuals participating under the St. Mary’s Community Service program and two neighborhood volunteers.  The clean up concentrated on Yowaiski Mill Rd and Tin Top School Rd, from end to end and yielded 18 bags of trash. Our residents are making a huge contribution toward these Community clean ups and we appreciate it greatly.  We hope you will consider volunteering for the next clean up.

Meet & Greet – Board Elections

The most important event of the year for Country Lakes is when our board members and directors gather at the Christ Church Parish Hall (Zach Fowler Rd in Chaptico) in December. On that night (Tuesday, December 8) we elect our new officials for 2016. If you are interested in joining the board, this is the event you do not want to miss. We hope you see you on Tuesday, 7-9pm.

Santa’s Visit at Christ Church Parish Hall

We hope you can join us on Sunday, December 13, from 2-4pm to see Santa. This will be the 2nd annual event at the hall. We opted for an indoor location to avoid inclement weather.  This location is a short drive from Country Lakes on Zach Fowler Rd, in Chaptico. See you there!

Holiday Decorating Contest

The CLHA board will drive around on Thursday night, December 17th to vote on the best decorated houses in the community.  This year’s winners will receive gift cards to local businesses. Don’t forget to turn your lights on from 6-9pm so we don’t miss your display! We hope you all enjoy decorating your homes as much as we enjoy seeing them!

Pavilion Reservation Contract – Now Online

To reserve the pavilion, you must first submit the online request form at least 2 weeks prior to your event date. There is a contract that is also required and we have recently added it for download from the pavilion request web page. This will help expedite your reservation request. Keep in mind the following requirements with regard to the contract:

1. Reservations can ONLY be made by CLHA members.

2. Reservations are accepted on a qualified first come, first served basis.

3.  You must agree to the terms/conditions specified on the form.

4.  You must print out 2 copies of the form. Both the member and the CLHA event coordinator must sign each copy.  You keep one copy and the event coordinator keeps one copy. This is your “receipt.”

5. ATTENTION RENTERS: The owner of the property MUST sign the form and will be held responsible if ANY of the provisions in this agreement are violated.

Facebook Update

Have you seen the CLHA Facebook page? It’s an easy and quick way to communicate with your neighbors and board members directly. We currently have 353 followers and our posts often go viral, extending to “friends” of those followers as well. Our most popular post in the 4th quarter of 2015 reached more than 400 people on Facebook! It was an alert posted by a neighbor about suspicious activity in the neighborhood. We shared the alert on our page and it went viral. What a great way to stay informed as these events occur around you!  Join us today

Remaining 2015 Events


Tuesday, 8th – Meet & Great: Board Elections – Christ Church Parish Hall, 7pm

Sunday, 13th – Santa’s Visit – Christ Church Parish Hall, 2-4pm

Thursday, 17th – Holiday Decorating Contest, 6-9pm

2016 events will be posted in early January. Stay tuned.

Meet & Greet – Board Elections

Tuesday, December 8th, 7-9pm, your board of directors will gather at Christ Church Parish Hall to meet YOU (our neighbors) and elect our new 2016 officials!  If you have ever thought about joining the board, this is your best opportunity to mingle with other members and the directors and get your opinions heard. Please join us for this important event.