OktoberfestThe Association currently puts on seven annual events for its members in good standing.  They include the Annual Meeting, Cleanup Days (spring and fall), Annual Fishing Rodeo, Annual Memorial Day Picnic, July 4th Potluck Supper, Swim Lessons, Tennis Lessons, and the Annual Oktoberfest.

Other events include Bingo and Movie nights at the Pavilion, announced as scheduled. Please check the calendar to see upcoming events.

The dates for these events will be posted on the website, in the newsletter and on signs around the neighbor.  Volunteers are needed for each event.  Please contact a board member to express your interest.

Gem Lakes Recreation Association Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors calls an Annual meeting to status the Association’s finances, activities and events for the past and upcoming year in accordance with the Gem Lakes Recreation Association’s Bylaws.

The meeting is typically held on the third week in April at 7:00 pm.

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Karen, Johnny, Bill, Buddy, Vickie, and Rick at the 2009 GLRA Annual Meeting


Memorial Day Picnic

Join your neighbors at the Pavilion Saturday May 23rd to celebrate Memorial Day, the opening of the lake swim season, and the unofficial start of summer.  You are asked to bring a dessert (last name beginning A to G) or a side dish (last name beginning H to Z).  The Association provides the main course (Baked Beans included)  and beverages.  The picnic is followed by fun events such as boat races, a raffle, an egg toss, and a treasure hunt for kids on the beach.

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Come out and celebrate our Americanized version of the traditional Germanic fall harvest festival, typically the Saturday before Halloween. The Association provides the entire meal including bratwurst, knockwurst, hot dogs, sides, desserts and drink.  Lederhosen are optional.

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Fishing Rodeo

The annual fishing rodeo is usually held late April to early May. Residents bring their own rods and reels and the Recreation Association provides the bait. Prizes are given for biggest, smallest, and most fish caught.

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Fourth of July Potluck

Neighbors bring a dish to share and enjoy a friendly evening at the recreation area.

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Bingo & Movie Nights

Held on Friday evenings in the late spring and early summer. A game of bingo is followed by a family-friendly movie at the pavilion. Bring your lawn chairs!

Work Days

The Gem Lakes Recreation Area requires some cleanup each spring and fall to weather the year’s use.

The event is a Saturday morning, typically 9:00 am to Noon from May thru October.  Occasionally additional cleanup may be needed due to storms.  The Board of Directors asks your assistance to start and end the recreation area season.

Recreation Area Manager Johnny Spears

Recreation Area Manager Johnny Spears


Gary and John help out at work day

Gary and John help out at work day

Swim Lessons

Each swim season the Association hires a qualified Water Safety Instructor to provide swim lessons for children at the Swimming Lake.  Typically, the lessons run daily during the weekdays for one or two weeks.  The availability of lessons and a point of contact will be publicized in the Newsletter and on this website.