After six years as executive chairperson for Lake Days, Bob Day announced yesterday (Jan. 20) that he would be stepping down from the volunteer position.
Day cited personal reasons for his departure.
“I could return as chairperson, but I’ve chosen not to — I have other things I want to do in my life,” Day said.
As executive chairperson, Day coordinated the Lake Days volunteers and oversaw the week’s events.
Although Day had already announced he would be departing after last year’s Lake Days, nobody stepped up to run for the position during the group’s annual general meeting earlier this month.
Now that Day has stepped down, the Lake Days Society has been left without a leader and is facing an uncertain future.
Day speculated that if his position is not filled by another volunteer, the Lake Days Society may hire a paid employee to take the position, which would likely affect the admission price to the event for residents and visitors. He said that another option would be to continue some of the events, but without the Lake Days banner.
He also speculated that a sense of complacency and intimidation may have kept any residents from pursuing the position.
“I hate to scare people away, but for me the position was like running a business,” Day said. “It’s starting now, I’m getting about half a dozen phone calls a week, and I typically have to take a week off work before Lake Days starts.”
The Lake Days Society will be holding a second AGM and election next Saturday (Jan. 31) in the Country Grocer meeting room at 3 p.m.
The annual Lake Days celebrations are still planned to take place from June 7 to 14.