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 Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, August 06, 2024 
All HRLA members are welcome to attend our monthly board meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except July & December). If you would like to join us at the next meeting, just shoot us a quick email to let us know you're coming. 

Our monthly meetings are held at Yarborough's Restaurant in Lexington and begin at 7:00 p.m. Or, like many of us do, plan to arrive early at 6:00 p.m. and enjoy some dinner first!

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Introducing Our Board

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Photo: Lee SnowLee Snow, President

My wife Betsy, and I have lived in the Crane Cove development since 2006. We and our two daughters love lake life. I have lived on High Rock Lake for more than 40 years. My Mom and Dad bought a lot in Anchor Downs in the early 1970’s, when I was just a kid. Back then, we worked clearing the land and we camped at that location. Later in 1977 they built a house where we lived as full-time resident. That is where I grew up and my Dad still lives there today.

I can’t remember a time that I have not been involved with the High Rock Lake Association. When I was 12-13 years old my dad was a board member when the group needed to pull together their efforts and finances to ensure Alcoa was keeping up the lake levels and went to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to work on an agreement. For years I joined my father at the monthly board meetings hearing firsthand of what is of importance to the 4,000 residents of the lake. That inspired me to continue to work with HRLA to help High Rock Lake be a fun and beautiful place to enjoy for years to come.

Board Term expires in 2025

Photo: Barry ChildersBarry Childers, Vice-President At-Large

I grew up on High Rock Lake and have made my living here, something that I am proud of, being the owner and operator of Childers Marine Construction. My entire adult life has been in Rowan County, and I currently live in Crane Creek.

Since I grew up as a ‘River Rat’, there are too many lake memories to choose just one as my best. But I can say I am most proud of how our communities surrounding the lake have rallied together to bring the HRL CleanSweep back to an annual event to engage our lake residents, recreational visitors and concerned citizens to do a good thing for our lake.

I became a HRLA member in 2000 because I know the lake, and want to ensure we keep our natural resource for generations

Board Term expires in 2025

Joyce Caron-Mercier, Board Secretary

We discovered High Rock Lake in 2009 and found a perfect weekend lake home. A few years later, we were hooked and moved to our Panther Point/Catfish cove full time in 2016. I am originally from Maine and lived in New Hampshire, Texas, and North Carolina. Lake living right here in Rowan County has it all for me.

My husband Paul and I have enjoyed our time learning about the lake, supporting lakeside restaurants, and of course showing off the many coves, beautiful scenery, and wildlife here to our visiting family and friends. I kayak when I can, or we you may see us out in our Yamaha Jet boat with our Great Dane Molly.

I work for the American Cancer Society, Charlotte and one of my coolest lake memories is when a dozen or so residents joined our inaugural lake luminaria night in September 2020. It was beautiful evening and raised money for cancer research through remembering those we lost.

I became a HRLA member in 2010,  started attending board meetings in 2015 and became a board member in 2017. I love posting photos from the lake, and promoting our lakeside community through our HRLA Facebook page.

Board Term expires in 2026.


Photo: AnnMarie ClarkAnnMarie Clark, VP, Memberships & Treasurer

My husband and I moved to High Rock Lake in 2014, residing in Swearing Creek, Davidson County. I am originally from New York City, spent more than 33 years in the greater Washington DC area, and am now retired after 31 years as a federal employee, working in the Intelligence Community.

Our lake life affords us to host our children and extended family at our home every year for a “Family Reunion”. A lot of time is spent on the lake – waterskiing, tubing, knee boarding and kayaking. “A good time is had by all.” My best memory is when our youngest daughter’s soon-to-be husband proposed to her on our dock surrounded by family. His comment thereafter, “It’s a good thing she said yes!”

I became a HRLA member in 2017 because a neighbor who had been on the Board for many years was moving and asked if I would consider serving. And I wanted to know more about what the Association was doing for its members and what was happening on the lake. Once on the HRLA board, I wanted to make a difference and began volunteering as an active member to make HRLA a more proactive association for its members.

Board Term expires in 2024

Our Board Members

Photo: Jim Crawford & SonJim Crawford

Jim lives along High Rock Lake near the Abbot’s Creek feed point (northern top of the lake near Lexington) and has enjoyed the nature and fun now for over six years.

"My favorite lake activity is watching the early spring nesting and hatching activities of the Great Blue Herons, ducks, and Geese in addition to being given expert fishing lessons by our Bald Eagles and Osprey along the shoreline."

Board Term expires in 2026

Photo: Cindy HartCindy Hart

Cindy and her husband Tim live in Anchor Downs, Salisbury. Cindy is a lifelong Rowan County resident and discovered lake life at High Rock Lake as a teenager and moved to High Rock as a full time resident in 2007.

The Harts, along with their children and grandchildren, can be seen enjoying the laid-back lake life year round. Cindy has been the voice of lake activities for years, including coordinating the inaugural Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival (for five years) and continues to man one of the mainstay Dragon Boat teams, Anchors Up. The neighborhood is very competitive and can be found strategizing weeks out at Waters Edge Dock and Grill.

Cindy joined HRLA's board a few years ago hoping to showcase the value of membership to High Rock Lake property owners as well as folks who just enjoy using the lake for recreation.

Board Term expires in 2025

Photo: Mike & MJ HarrisMike Harris

Mike and his wonderful wife, MJ, sold their snow blower in 2005, did an awkward but deeply committed happy dance, and left Ohio to relocate to High Rock Lake.

“We’d always wanted to live on the water. So, when we got the chance to move down, landing in Salisbury in the Waters Edge neighborhood was a no-brainer,” he’d say, smiling. “Better still, we’d found our forever home decades ahead of schedule, our happy place on the lake. How blessed is that?”

Mike is a semi-retired graphics designer and writer whose passion for storytelling and marketing was put on loan to us in the fall of 2022 when he agreed (after years of active HRLA membership and persistent nudges) to finally and officially join our board.

Board Term expires in 2025

Photo: Rick MonkEric 'Rick' Wayne Monk

I have lived on the main river in Waterford Pointe for years. My wife and I grew up on High Rock Lake and have many fond memories of it. Over time, I learned about the lake's history and wanted to learn more about its future. I joined the High Rock Lake Association (HRL) and eventually became a board member.

As a lifelong Lexington resident and restaurant owner, I have a strong connection to the area. Lexington Barbecue, which I own with my dad, benefits from visitors to the lake. Watching the sunrise and sunset over the water is my therapy, and I love to grill on Sundays during the summer. I have great memories of my family and friends tubing, skiing, and surfing on the lake.

As an HRL member, I want to ensure that High Rock Lake remains safe, clean, and friendly for everyone. 

Board Term expires in 2025

Photo: Rick & Darla WagnerRick Wagner

Rick and his wife, Darla live on the Flat Swamp leg of High Rock Lake. They have been HRL residents for 17 years, and enjoy the lake lifestyle. You may see them in their lime green and silver Mastercraft surf boat or catch them on their jet skis headed to Tamarac for lunch. With six children and 19 grands, it is always lake time at the Wagner's. 

High Rock Lake is truly Our Home, Our Lake and our Mission. 

Board Term expires 2026

Photo: Toni & Bobby Toni Wooten-Wright

I am a realtor and married 18 years this December to my teammate in life and our real estate business, Bobby. We moved to High Rock Lake in 2019 after he sold his business. We AirBnb an apartment in our house on the lake. We have five children, 3 son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, a significant other, 8 grandkids and 2 dogs. Prior to moving here, we lived in Yadkin County. We have lived on or near the Yadkin River our entire lives. I love selling real estate, hanging out with grandkids, reading books and riding horses.

Board Term expires 2024

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— Additional Board Members —

(Not Shown Above)

Henry Booke (2024)  |  Greg Edds (2026)  |  Jamie Hallman (2025)

Rick Ketner (2025)  |  Todd Yates (2026) 

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