In 2020 Income overall for the BRC Portion of the Club increased by 4.3% and expenses also increased by 7%. Property taxes raised 82% from $46,199.72 to $84,112.40 annually due to a change in the multiplier for Open Space parcels. This was not due to a change in assessments, and after consulting attorneys, there was no avenue for an appeal. I would like to remind Members that you may now pay your Dues online; please refer to the insert in this year’s mailings. If you choose to mail your payment with your dues information sheet, it must be postmarked by March 1st, 2021. Keep in mind that the last two weeks of February will be drop off only for Dues. All dues are processed in the order they are received and will be mailed to you promptly. I would also like to thank Mary, Lois, and Kilee as well as Scott and the Area Crew for all their hard work this past year. Please keep the Club clean, refrain from speeding, and keep in mind that this is a Family Club and please conduct yourselves accordingly. Dan Belcher Administration Director
I would like to thank everyone for their help in 2021. It was a challenging year with maintenance of the rafts, slides, and trampoline. At times during the season, some of the equipment was closed and I appreciate everyone's understanding and patience. I have purchased some new attachments for the trampoline and plan to add some features for the little ones this coming season. A few highlights of 2021 were the sandcastle contest, swim lessons, and our first annual swim night. All were a great success and we are looking forward to having these events again in 2022. Again I would like to thank all of our members for a great 2021 and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Rec in 2022.
Sincerely, Eric Tessler Beach Director
The area crew did a phenomenal job keeping the club clean, cutting the area grass, and trimming along the roads. This year they planted grass seed in the new camp ground. They also do a great job maintaining all the buildings. Special thanks to Scott, who always does a exceptional job keeping all the equipment clean and serviced.
Sincerely, Bud Montana, Area Director
Fishing - 2021
All in all 2021 was a pretty successful year for the fishing council! Although, 75 percent of past fish distributors for the club have closed their doors. We are lucky enough to have a few left that really try to take care of us, that is really helpful. We started the year out with a successful Ice Fishing Tournament, the members really seemed to enjoyed it. It was our first Ice Fishing Tournament, so hopefully we can continue to keep that going for years to come. That rolled us right into the Trout Opener and that seem to be another great turn out. We decided it was time to dig out the rearing ponds and get those back in working order. So, I ended up renting a long reach machine to get those cleaned up and back to where we can raise some really nice fish. We purchased some really nice automatic fish feeders and a pallet of fish food. I am happy to say the 3-5 inch perch and the 2-3 inch bluegill we raised ended up growing like you would not believe and at half the cost of what it is to buy them at adult size. We will continue to raise fish at the club as a way to increase our numbers while saving a little money to be spent on other fish that our harder raise. A huge thanks to the Directors that help with the dig. Also a big thanks to Scott Favero, Dean Geiss, and the rest of the Fishing Council who help keep the pumps running day in and day out. Memorial day weekend we had our Annual Cat Fishing Derby with some really nice fish caught! Thank you to everyone who helped us out with that. I know its something that the younger members of this club look forward to and after not being able to do it last year it was nice to see everyone out. I want to acknowledge all the Fishing Council members for all their hard work and always doing their best to be available when we have fish show up to be stocked. With out their help it would be pretty difficult to try and keep this fish program going, so thank you again. We will continue our 5 year plan that was implemented for Beaver, Moose, Lost, and Beach Lake, it will help to get as much structure in these lakes as possible. It will turn them around and also get forage increased in each lake! We are really starting to see the size of the Walleye and Perch increase so that's always a huge plus. Thanks for a great 2021 season I hope you all had a great year of fishing and a even better time at your club. Please remember if you're taking fish out of the lake please abide by all posted limits and try your best to fill out a card at the lakes card box or the main fishing box by the lake. It helps a great deal with calculating what each lake has lost and what needs to be stocked. If you have any questions feel free to ask one of the ladies in the office for my email address and I'd be happy to talk any fishing/club question you have. As always, please pick up your garbage and never speed through the club! Tyler Geiss, Fishing Director
For 2020 the Roads Council raised two spots on Outer Drive that had water flowing across the road. One of those spots we raised five feet to ensure there would not be another issued. We also spread grindings on the Outer Drive from the Pines to the Toboggan Hill. We fixed a few potholes in the tar and chip roads with cold patch. Shoulder stone was also spread along some of the tar and chip roads to help hold up the edges. We were able to pour a concrete pad for the dump station at Deer Park; replace a broken square of sidewalk at Deer Park restrooms; and poured a concrete patch across the road up by the gate. I would like to thank Scott and the Area Crew, Mary and Lois in the Office, and the Directors for all of their hard work. Special thanks to Justen and Bud for all their help throughout the year.
2021 was an eventful year at the club. We had three DJ nights, a band, two movie nights, exotic animal show, waxed hands, night swim, the fireworks, and the annual family picnics. I would like to thank all the members that came out to the events. A special thanks to Michele and Alan Kondrisack, Kelly Wilson, Eugene and Val Lestina, Jay Dixon, the area crew, the ladies in the office and all the directors for their help throughout the year.
Sincerely, Russ Toler Membership & Activities Director
This is my 5th season on the Board of Directors, 2021 was one of my most challenging years. Finding and keeping employees mostly due to Covid was nearly impossible. I would like to thank all the Employees that stayed and worked through it all. I would also like to thank all of the Board Members for helping each other out during the challenging times. Special recognition to Debbie Esparza for her 12 years as a BRC employee, wishing her a Happy Retirement.
Sincerely, PJ O'Reilly 2021 Concessions Director
Hello my name is Troy Ehringer. I would like to start off by thanking my fellow board members and the girls in the office for all their help and support throughout the year. I would also like to shout out a big thanks to Scott Favero who does a fantastic job keeping our club up and running and clean, and helping all of us board members with our council projects. I really appreciate all he does. As last year's camping director, I feel we had a good year and got a lot accomplished. We were able to replace playgrounds in the Pines and Coyote. We were able to repair, clean up and fix the well in Deer Park and it is up and running like new. With this we were able to save the club the expense of drilling a new well. A big shout out to member Kevin Fordonski and Will County Well and Pump for all your help. In conclusion, I would like to thank the Braidwood Recreation Club membership for all working together and helping make this an awesome club. I look forward to serving 2022 season.