A magical place, the Lake Caroline community welcomes you to a lifestyle where family is celebrated, and good neighbors become lifelong friends. Lake Caroline is a 3,000-acre planned community with resort style amenities. Residents enjoy walking in an 11-acre park, boating and fishing on the second largest, private lake in Mississippi, and golfing on a championship golf course. And because the land was developed with wildlife in mind, Lake Caroline is home to pelicans, herons, bald eagles, and deer, making it a haven for nature lovers.  
Newcomer
Access the Newcomer Packet here.
What’s New
1st Sketching Class a Success
To creatively start off 2023, this basic sketching class was hosted on January 17 by Caroline Creators and led by artist Candy Cain.  
 
Call for Board of Director Candidates
 
One of the most important decisions you can make as a member is to elect your board of directors. Strong board members make for a strong association. 

Please help us compile a strong group of candidates. This year the board is being expanded from 7 to 9 members. This change will support having the number of individuals and the diverse skillset necessary to govern an association of our size. 

What is the process?
  • Members apply to be a candidate for a one year term. 
  • Nomination committee interviews candidates.
  • Committee creates a slate of candidates who best match the needs of the association. 
  • Slate is presented to the membership at our annual meeting.
  • Membership votes to elect the board. 
What characteristics are needed? 

Relevant experience or background-Skills in business, Human Resources, and/or financial management are especially helpful. Seeking a treasurer with accounting or financial management background. 

Willing to commit your time- Board meetings are the third Thursday of each month-evening hours. A board packet is sent the week before and should be reviewed prior to the meeting. Time sensitive issues occasionally occur between meetings. These matters are handled as they arise, primarily via email. 

Big picture orientation-Committed to the best interests of the association as a whole. Able to set individual interests aside. 
 
Calm judgement, integrity and a strong commitment to customer service. 

Nomination Committee members?
Duff Suddeth
Gail Noe
Nancy Lehman
 
How do I apply? 
Send your resume or bio to Nancy Lehman by February 23rd to apply. 
 
Hummingbird Book Club Report
Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, really spurred insightful discussions last month. We also welcomed 3 new bibliophiles and we’re glad to see the return of inaugural members. Food, wine, and friendship were shared.   
 
On February 16 we are reading Educated by Tara Westover.  Julie Burge will be leading the discussion. It is based on real-life events of the author and is as thought-provoking as January’s read.  

Also, since our next meeting occurs near Mardi Gras, we'll celebrate. I’ll bring the king cake! Find some beads and we can second line out the door. Hope to see you there. And as always, bring a friend.
 
-Betty Macias
 
Location: Martinique Clubhouse
Time 6:30 pm
What to Bring: Beverage of Choice
Optional: Appetizer
January Issue of Stroll
The current issue of Stroll Lake Caroline is available.
 
Website Maintenance
Our website will be down for server maintenance from 8:30 to 9:30 am on Wednesday, February 8th for approximately 1 hour. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
A New Year, A New You!
Join the Ladies of Lake Caroline as we sponsor our first Neighborhood Awareness Meeting. This is a new event we will be sponsoring twice a year at no cost. We want to give residents information on topics we have seen a need for.
 
The agenda for this meeting will include: 
  • Good for the Body
  • Making New Friends
  • How’s your Memory, Keeping Sharp with Guest Speaker Karen Poteat, specialist in Cognitive Memory Loss
February 9
Bellevue Clubhouse
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
 
 
Change to Parking Rule
The rules and regulations regarding parking of certain vehicles on the street or in the driveway has been updated to clarify when and how often exceptions can be made. The rule relates to: motor homes, tractors, trucks, (other than pickup trucks) commercial vehicles of any type, campers, motorized campers or trailers, boats or other water craft, boat trailers, ATVs, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motorized go-carts and other transportation devices.
 
The following article relates to these specific vehicles, and not to automobiles and pickup trucks, (which is addressed in a different rule) nor does it apply to law enforcement vehicles.
 
Current Rule:
 
Parking of such vehicles is prohibited unless:
  1. Circumstances are temporary
  2. Prior approval is obtained from the LCOA office.
Addition to the Rule:
 
     3. Approval will not be granted for more than 7 days during a six-month period. 
 
Why this change is necessary:
 
In some circumstances members have parked vehicles frequently, informing the office after the fact. Or they have made frequent requests to park for short periods of time resulting in inconvenience to others, and negatively affecting the aesthetics in our community. Members have asked us to clarify the rule so that there is a clear limit on time allowed to park these vehicles.
 
An aesthetically pleasing neighborhood is important to member satisfaction, and to ensuring our property values remain high.
 
To request an exception, submit a Contact Us ticket, in advance, and wait for a response. If you have not received a response within 24 hours, or if this is an emergency request, please call the office at 601.898.1370.
 
 
Executive Director Search
Larger than 85% of Mississippi Cities
 
Our community has experienced a rapid rate of growth which translates to 2,187 properties. Since the average household contains 2.6 persons (2020 US Census) we can estimate that our community is comprised of about 5,686 individuals. That population is larger than 85% of Mississippi’s cities. To see if your Mississippi hometown is larger or smaller than Lake Caroline, click below:    
 
 
Executive Director Position
The board has made a decision to hire an executive director to replace our outgoing business manager. We have the largest community in the area and we continue to experience rapid growth. This position best reflects the complexity of the senior management role and allows us to recruit an individual who can implement our strategic priorities and position us to maintain high property values and a quality lifestyle.   
 
Ron Ohlmeyer will continue to serve as our Interim Business Manager until we hire an executive director. With Ron and the great staff we have, the transition should be seamless to our membership.  
 
Executive Search Committee
The search team is comprised of Johnny Barlow, Michael Estess, Ron Ohlmeyer, and Rebecca Rives.
 
Candidates can apply by submitting a resume and cover letter.
 
 
If you’d like to recommend someone, please contact them, and if they are interested, ask them to apply. Or, if you prefer to reach out to a search committee member first, please do so.
 
 
Line Dancing Class
The Caroline Creators Committee invites you to put on your dancing shoes or boots and learn basic line dancing steps including the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, Macarena, and Cotton-eye Joe. This fun-filled class will be led by Darlene Epple. 
 
Martinique Clubhouse
Tuesday, February 14
6:00pm - 8:00 pm
Cost is $11 per person (non-refundable)
Class is limited to 20 people
 
Save the Date: Annual Meeting
The annual meeting will be on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm at Bridlewood of Madison.
Wine Club February 3
The next Wine Club meeting will be Friday, February 3 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Martinique clubhouse. Please bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer to share. Members who plan to attend must register for the event, thus each person must register separately using their own login credentials. Answer each of the 3 questions until you see a Completed message. 
 
Upcoming Events
Wine Club February 3
 
LOLC Awareness Event February 9
 
Caroline Creators February 14
 
Hummingbird Book Club February 16
 
Watch News Notes for details on these special events.
See Weekly Events for events held weekly. 
 
Weekly Events
Bridge Club
Join us Tuesdays from 1-4 pm at Martinique. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. 
 
Ladies of Lake Caroline Social
Please join our weekly social hour Thursdays anytime between 1pm and 5pm at the Martinique clubhouse. Some of us play cards and others drink coffee and visit. 
Lake Level
January 27, 2023 - 4.6 inches above full pool
January 18, 2023 - 4.12 inches above full pool
 
For past lake levels Click Here for the Lakes Page then select Lake Level.
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