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It’s hard to believe that 2013 is going to be the fifth year for our poker run. When we have our run this year there will have been an opportunity to visit over 22 different cottage hosts on top of our regular visits to the marina and Schmeler hotel. What an amazing opportunity to get to meet not just the dock hosts but the other people on the lake who are participating.

I have had several conversations with new and long time cottagers who tell me about the great time they have had meeting people from around the lake that they did not know before. Or how they have gone past a certain cottage for years while boating and wondered who those people were that were enjoying themselves. Through this social event they have been given the opportunity to visit that dock to meet their fellow waterways members. And thanks to our very low participant fee of $10.00 we have raised over $1,500 for our Cecebe Waterways association to donate to needy organizations. The poker run is a free event if you choose to do it without the aid of a motor, and yes, it has been done!

This event only gets enjoyed by those who participate. Here is an opportunity for you to step up as a host dock this year. It does ends up being a lot of fun for the host docks and we get requests every year from people who have done it in the past and want to host again. However this program works best if we have new hosts each year if at all possible.

Please mark your calendar for August 17, 2013 to sign up as a participant or dock host. The poker run takes place between 11:30am and 3 pm. For more information contact me at mikek@bellnet.ca - 705 828 1279 if you are able to host (or just need further information) or know of an organization that would benefit from a donation from our proceeds. I could use one person to assist me this year at the end of the event to help collect the paperwork if someone is available.

I would like to take this time to thank Magnetawan Building Centre for donating the first prize each year since we started this event. Their generosity is always present in our community. If you happen to be in town please take the time to thank Al and Brenda personally for their support. See you on the lake!

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