Great East Lake Improvement Association
2010 Annual Meeting
July 10, 2010
The meeting was called to order at 10:02 am by President Bess Smith at Week’s Park, in Wakefield, NH.
The Pledge of Allegiance followed.
Bess introduced the current members of the GELIA board of directors.
The minutes of the 2009 Annual Meeting were accepted as written.
Chris McKay gave a brief overview of the Association’s financial status. The overall financial condition of the Association is very good. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report. It was seconded and passed.
Doug Smith informed the membership that that the board of directors have nominated Arnie Murray to become a member of the board. Doug gave a synopsis of Arnie’s desire to become a board member. A motion was made and seconded to accept Arnie Murray as a member of the GELIA board of directors. Motion passed. Welcome Arnie!!
Chuck Hodsdon gave a short presentation of some of the tools that he uses to measure the water quality of Great East Lake, including the secchi disk, to measure water clarity and oxygen monitor, to assess the amount of dissolved oxygen in the lake. Chuck went on to say that the secchi disk measurement has been up to 12.4 meters, which rates Great East Lake right up there with the clearest lakes in the country. Chuck also advised the membership that the Lake Water Quality reports were available for who ever would like a copy.
Chris McKay was very happy to inform the membership that the lake hosts have made 2 official saves and 1 unofficial save this summer alone with regard to discovering live invasive aquatic plants on boats about to be put in to the lake. The lake hosts have been doing a great job. The association has received a $500 grant from the State of NH to be used for the lake host program. Chris indicated that the money would be used to fund the lake hosts at the Wakefield launch on weekends.
Pat Theisen reported to the membership that as of today there are 389 members as compared to a total of 403 for the entire 2009 year. There are 17 new members of which 9 are new property owners. Pat indicated that she is pleased with the progress of the membership drive.
Dorothy Smith reported to the membership that there are 2 training dates coming up in August. On August 21, Amy Smagula from the NH State DES will be coming to the lake to provide a weed watching training seminar. There will be another training session on August 19th in Sanford ME.
Dorothy informed the membership that if any one was a weed watcher in the past and wants to continue to be a weed watcher, to please sign up again.
It was reported to the membership that it has not been a great year for loons. There are currently 4 pairs of loons on the lake. Two of those four have nested. One in the Scribner River and the other in the second basin. Two broken eggs were found in the nest in the second basin and it wasn’t readily apparent whether the eggs had hatched or been a victim of a predator. The Scribner chick was spotted the day before the Annual Meeting.
Linda Schier gave the membership a brief overview of the results of last year’s watershed survey. Indicating that 177 properties have been identified as having some type of erosion issue. Linda said that both of the Wakefield and Acton planning boards have been working together on road erosion issues and are taking advantage of various grants.
Newly elected Acton selectman, Ted Kryzak briefly addressed the membership. Ted was happy to see such an active organization on the lake. He said that he looked forward to working with the GELIA membership when it came to town issues.
Gary Field announced the winners of this years photo contest and presented the winners with various awards.
Band Concert/Flare Up
Bess explained to the membership that this year there will be no band concert due to budgetary constraints. Bess solicited volunteers for any one that is musically inclined with the hope of having the band concert return next year on a volunteer basis.
The annual flare is to start at 9:30pm. Bess told the membership that the association made sure that the flares do no contain phosphorus so they pose no threat to the lake, but she still suggested using a foil pie plate to catch the flare ash.
Boating Safety Course
Bess informed the membership that there are two boating safety course scheduled for August 14th and October 16th at the Acton town hall. The cost is $5.00 and the licenses are good in NH as well.
Motion to Adjourn
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at 10:32am.
The annual raffle commenced after the meeting despite the torrential downpour.