Welcome to Lake Keesus!
Lake Keesus is a beautiful 237 acre lake located in the Town of Merton, Waukesha County, WI. The LKAA - Lake Keesus Advancement Association was originally developed in 1930 and its main purpose is to protect and promote the interests of the people residing on the shores of Lake Keesus.
Lake Keesus has approximately 5.3 miles of shoreline and 216 houses. It is made up of 5 bays - Bull's Bay, Marquardt's Bay, Marshall Bay, North Bay, and Rice's Bay. The deepest part of the lake measures 42 feet. Please see the maps page for more information.
Annual Meeting / "Bags" Tournament
Thirty-Three Keesans attended the Annual Meeting on October 2nd where Dana Schumacher was elected Vice-President, Kenn Belter- Treasurer, and Rick Zimbric, Janna Fritz, Mary Poehls, and Ann Belter elected to two year Directorships. Congratulations to all and thank you for serving the people of Lake Keesus. Thanks also to Connie and Lloyd Carter for organizing the "Bags" tournament after the meeting.
The initial LKAA Membership Directory is now available! It also includes sections beginning on page 9 that list potential babysitters, petsitters, and yard work providers. It can only be accessed using a password, which will be sent out in the LKAA newsletter, and it cannot be printed because we anticipate that changes will be made on an ongoing basis so by accessing it online you will always have the most up-to-date information. Click here to access the directory.
Keesus Eye Spy Game
Welcome to the Lake Keesus Eye Spy game. Please enjoy it and let me know if you have questions or changes at email@example.com.
- Eye Spy Check List or Riddle List. Both are 2 pages and the Riddle List is more difficult than the check list
- Lake Keesus Map with house numbers
Remember that your guests have never seen this before. Print out a fresh copy for them and let them explore. Kids sometimes get bored on pontoon rides, so they might find this entertaining too. Enjoy, Tricia Engelking
Keesus Fireworks and Koncert
What a great Fireworks show "5 Star Fireworks" of Oconomowoc put on on the 5th of August. Thanks to all Keesans who donated money to make the show happen.
Nice music from Pete and the Hot Mess at the Kool Keesus Koncert on Saturday, the 6th. Thanks to the Bucher-Burns-Engelking-Tranchita families for providing the site for the show. Congratulations to Dean Strube who was the $500 winner of the Keesus Koncert fundraiser. Thanks also to all who bought a square to make the fundraiser a success.
4th of July Parade & Picnic
Over 200 Keesans enjoyed our 4th of July Parade and Picnic. Thank you to the Engelkings for starting us off and Steve & Ann Belter for hosting the picnic at the end of our route. A great time was had by all. Thanks also to the Maltby Family and all the Marshall Bay and other Keesan donors who helped pay for the fabulous Fourth of July Fireworks display. It was truly spectacular!
LKAA Family Picnic
54 Keesans loved the LKAA Family Picnic at the home of Jean Schlidt. Many thanks to Patty Mueller, Linda Timbers, Ginny Thorson and other LKAA members for organizing and providing food and snacks for the meeting.Thanks also to the Wiesehuegel family for providing the entertaining movie after the meeting.
Some of our Lake Keesus road signs are in need of repair or replacement; many include names of people who have moved off the lake. Your LKAA Board is looking for volunteers to be road captains on each road to help refurbish the signs and to help residents of their roads obtain signs. Rick Zimbric has found a local supplier to sell nameplates to replace worn plates or to order plates for new residents. The road captains would attempt to con- tact people on their roads who do not have road signs and arrange to have them ordered. If enough Keesans order signs, they may be obtained in pairs for just $15. Contact Kenn Belter (538-1291) if you'd like to be a part of the Keesus Kaptains Krew.
Tricia Engelking (414-520-5715) thinks it would be neat to have Eye Spy come to Lake Keesus. Help her put together an Eye Spy activity on the lake for residents and guests. An Eye Spy list will be posted on the LKAA website with unique and/or hidden items seen from boats in resident's (lakeside) yards. We need help to compile the list. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 1 unique or not so unique hidden item that people can look for when they're trolling on the lake. You might even include a riddle.
Thanks go to Rick & Pat Zimbric and Pete & Dana Schumacher who hosted Keesans at the two LKAA Fish Frys this Spring. LKAA appreciates their work and the efforts of all who volunteer to help LKAA serve the people of Lake Keesus .
The LKAA Board voted to make a $100 donation to Camp Whitcomb in memory of Emma Hansinger, Marge Paquette, Dee Piper, and John Brunner , LKAA members who died in 2015. The Board also donated $300 to Camp Whitcomb to sponsor campers for summer programs.
Thanks to the Larsons and Poehls and the hundred or so Keesans who gathered for the chili dump this year. Everyone had a great time on the snow-less ice in front of their homes on Bull's Bay.Chili Dump Photo Album
A wonderful time was had by the 89 Keesans who attended the 2015 Holiday Party at Camp Mason, Saturday night. Thanks to the following for making James Lodge festive for the LKAA Holiday party! Dana and Pete Schumacher for decorating the lovely Christmas tree; Linda Bartlett, Tricia Engelking, Janna Fritz, Patty Mueller and Connie Reddy for decorating and stringing lights plus Mike Timbers and Mary Schlumpf for lighting candles. Special thanks to Randy Ludin and Tom Schreibel who supplied the beer for the party. Janna and Steve did a great job fund-raising with their dice game.
Lake Keesus History Book
The brand new Lake Keesus History Book update was premiered and distributed at the Christmas Party and was met with rave reviews. The book was put together by Jean Schlidt, Mary Bock, Mary Schlumpf, Laura Milbrath, Nancy Matthisen, and Gloria Wiesehuegel with the help of many Keesans who contributed their personal stories of life on Lake Keesus. If you did not pre-order the book, there are copies available to purchase for $25. Checks must be made to LKAA or cash is great. Contact Jean Schlidt at 538-1537 or Mary Bock at 538-3810 to reserve yours.
Membership Dues Update
Your dues cover LKAA social events, operating/administrative expenses and fireworks. However, your dues alone do not cover 100% of those costs. LKAA has been operating with a surplus but it continues to dwindle annually due to our lake's unique tradition of a “Post July 4” fireworks show. For example, last year's LKAA fireworks cost approximately $38/member household. Member donations are used to assist funding the fireworks show expense. Some members donate, others do not. For those who have donated in the past, thank you! For those who have not donated because you believed your dues covered in-full the fireworks cost, and you are passionate about keeping the tradition alive, please consider a $25 donation. For those who believe fireworks are an unnecessary LKAA expense, please maintain your membership knowing your dues payment assists towards numerous social events and operating expenses!
Kudos to Brenda and Greg Larson for organizing the LKAA Pumpkin Karving event on October 24th. 20 hearty Keesans braved the cold showers to attend the LKAA activity.
Fantastic Keesus Koncert Saturday night by Andrea and the Mods. We counted approximately 150 guests. Kudos to Buchers, Burns, Engelkings, and Tranchitas for getting the party together.
Lake Keesus Koozies
The LKAA is selling can and bottle Koozies imprinted "Lake Keesus" to keep your favorite beverages nice and cold on our hot, humid summer days on the lake. They cost $4 each or 3 for $10 and are available right now! Stock up for Christmas presents. Contact Brett Engelking at 414-208-8101 or email@example.com to arrange pick up.
Would you be interested in volunteering at Camp Whitcomb/Mason? Contact Patty Mueller at 414-899-4677 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on volunteering. To see a complete list of volunteer opportunities, click on the Links Page.
Keesus Drink Coasters
Lake Keesus Drink Coasters are available to purchase. They were a real hit at the Winter Party. They come in wood or acrylic and may have customized wording. See https://sites.google.com/site/keesuscoasters/home to view the product and place your order.
Each Week: LKAA Email Updates are sent to LKAA members whose email addresses we have. Lake information during winter months comes only via email. Please send your email address to email@example.com as e-mail up-dates have become a weekly communications addition for the Keesus Newsletter. LKAA does not sell or share our email address list.