The Saugeen Cottagers’ Organization (SCOI) is a not-for-profit corporation registered in Ontario, Canada. SCOI represents cottage owners leasing land from the Saugeen First Nation on Reserves 28 and 29 in Bruce County. There are 4 cottage owners’ associations that fall within the purview of SCOI. Each association is based on a geographical location. They are, from north to south: Chief’s Point Cottagers’ Association; South Sauble Cottagers’ Association; French Bay Beach Association; and Block B Cottagers’ Association.
Cottage owners on the Saugeen First Nation reserves voluntarily register to become members of SCOI and at the same time automatically become members of their local association. Each local association sets its own membership fee in addition to the SCOI fee.
Membership registration is done online on the scoi.ca website and payment of SCOI and local association fees are by credit or debit card.
In addition, some of the local associations contract with Property Checks, a local company that does twice monthly inspections of cottage properties in the off season (October through April). Fees for this service, for those who want it, are collected at the same time as membership registration or on-line at any time post registration.
The following personal information collected by SCOI at the time of registration is as follows:
- Cottage owner’s name
- home address
- Email address
- home telephone # / alternate phone number
- winter vacation or a cell number if the owner is taking Winter Patrol
- cottage address – ERN (green) number and street name
- block and lot # (optional)
- name of author on comments received from members
This information is held by SCOI and shared only with designated membership and winter patrol coordinators in each local association. Names and contact information are also shared with Property Checks for those participating in the winter patrol program.
SCOI and the local associations do not see, capture, or retain any financial information.
Similarly, when cottagers sign up for membership, they are asked for their e-mail address and asked to create a password so they can sign on to the SCOI.ca site. Each time they want to sign on to the website they are asked for their e-mail address and password after which they can review or change their own personal information stored on the website (ie. a change in address/phone numbers etc..) or so they can access other information contained within the SCOI website. SCOI personnel do not have access to personal passwords. If a member forgets their password there is a “Forgot your password?” link they can click on to get a form that allows them to reset their password. This only works if the member is communicating from the same e-mail address they used when they registered.
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