Charles Lake was born, raised, and worked in New York City. Following his retirement in 2000, he moved to Glassboro, New Jersey where he worked for Home Depot and Michaels Arts & Crafts. In 2004, after a visit with some family members in the area, Mr. Lake decided to make the City of Lake Alfred his permanent home in 2008.
Mr. Lake retired after 50 years of service in the magazine publishing business. He held several positions, such as Assistant Art Director, Director of Production Operations, Production Director for Woman’s Day Magazine, three other monthly publications, and eighteen Special Interest Magazines. During his career he served on several committees, gave numerous educational presentations, such as the International Society of the United Nations, and was a recipient of several awards. Some of these awards were the Fellowship Award from the New York Club of Printing House Craftsman, Gold Key Award from the New York Technical College International Graphic Arts Society, Production Executive Hall of Fame Award, and the James E. West Award by the Boy Scouts.
Mr. Lake has always been involved in his community. Within his service in the magazine publishing business, he was elected President of the Association of Publication Production Managers twice. After retiring he volunteered for the New Jersey Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. He helped construct five houses within a thirteen home community and designed and maintained their website. Since he’s moved to Lake Alfred he has been involved with the East Polk County Habitat for Humanity, where he helped build the first Habitat house in Lake Alfred and is currently working on house number two. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Friends of the Library, teaches computer classes for senior citizens at the Library, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Polk Training Center. In response to the new Veterans Memorial project, Charles Lake designed and now maintains a website following the progress. www.veteransmemoriallakealfred.org.
In 2009, a year after becoming a resident, Charles Lake volunteered to serve on the City of Lake Alfred Planning Board. With planning board experience, Charles Lake submitted his application for consideration as one of the candidates to fulfill the remainder of a former Mayor’s term set to expire in April of 2013. During the election qualifying period, Commissioner Lake ran unopposed. At the first City Commission Meeting in March, Commissioner Lake’s constituents declared him elected. Commissioner Lake will now be serving a full four year term with his term set to expire in April 2017.
Mr. Lake’s philosophy is not to dwell on the past but use your experience to help improve the future. He has a strong sense of “paying it forward.” He says “I always tell people, who have worked with me, that when I teach you something you’re obligated to teach someone else.” From the feedback he’s received from his “students” it has been done and continues to go on.