WLA 2020 Annual Meeting – Recap
The board of directors of the White Lake Association (WLA) held their annual meeting on Oct. 8, 2020. This meeting was not open to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The board discussed the fall membership campaign and the importance of attracting new members as well ad retaining current members. WLA membership has continued to increase over the past several years, allowing the organization to purchase additional testing equipment.
Both lake water and invasive plant testing were completed as scheduled, with the results submitted to MiCorps’ Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP), where all participating Michigan lakes sample findings are analyzed, catalogued and posted each spring. WLA’s prior year’s results can be seen on their website, whitelakeassociation.org, under Testing Results.
The No Wake Buoy program has expanded, thanks to generous donations from the city of Montague, city of Whitehall, Fruitland township and White River township.
The life jacket loaner stations, in conjunction with the Sea Tow Foundation, continue to see frequent use as boaters take advantage of this free, life-saving program.
The Scenic Drive launch ramp dock was vandalized on three separate occasions this past season. It was pulled for repair/reinforcement and was not replaced for the remainder of the year. It will return for the 2021 season. Also, WLA’s sponsor sign at the life jacket loaner station there was stolen. Fruitland township officials have committed to increased security there in the future, including security cameras. WLA members will patrol the area frequently, as well.
WLA officers elected for the 2020-2021 season are as follows:
David Hays – President
Elaine Harsch – Treasurer
Mark Trombly – Secretary
Sue Savoie – Marketing
Deb Hays – Communications
Chelsey Wabsis will continue to chair our scientific committee.