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KLA Fall Board Meeting
Are you curious about KLA’s Board meetings? Would you like to watch the next Board meeting on Zoom? It will be on Friday October 7th at 7 pm.
Historically, meetings were in person at a Board member's camp. Space limitations constrained attendance. Now, in the post Covid era, we utilize zoom for Board members. This fall, the Board is trying an experiment by making zoom access available to KLA members.
If you would like to observe the meeting via zoom please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive the zoom information and a copy of the agenda in advance of the meeting.
You can also review the minutes of Board meetings on the KLA website.
2022 Keoka Lake Mid-Season Water Quality Highlights
Keoka Lake has been visited 6 times this season and will be visited 4 more times before the monitoring season ends. Data collected indicates that this year’s water clarity on Keoka Lake is within the moderately clear range with the average clarity value being higher than Keoka Lake’s long term average. Total phosphorus concentrations are within the moderate range with the averaged total phosphorus concentration being lower than Keoka Lake’s long term average. To date, we have only one chlorophyll data point. This chlorophyll reading was obtained in late May and was within the low chlorophyll range. As more data becomes available, chlorophyll concentrations will most likely return to near average values. For the full report click here.
KLA UPDATE: THANKS TO ALL
from Richard Orr, KLA President
Saturday, July 9, 2022, was a landmark day for KLA. In the morning, the Annual Meeting of members gathered on the Wilkins House lawn to review the business of KLA and to enjoy the return of the traditional coffee and donuts. For a summary of the annual meeting click here.
But the highlight of the day was the KLA Celebration Party, thanks to the Party Committee, which was chaired by Cindy Courtney and included Lisa Hammett, Ginny Raymond and Jo Lynne Johnson, who served as Board liaison. To read a wonderful article about the party and see tremendous photos of this memorable event click here.
But KLA50 wasn’t only a party, it was the culmination a multi-year effort to celebrate the first 50 years of KLA and to help ensure that the lake is protected for the next 50 years. KLA50 started in 2019 and has been co-chaired by KLA Board members Jo Lynne and David Johnson. Over the last several years they have spent countless hours overseeing the multiple components of KLA50. Our thanks to them for their hard work.
The core of KLA50 was a Capital Campaign. Raising funds over a period of years, it was successful beyond all expectations. Thanks to the generous support of KLA members and friends, the grand total of donations and pledges revealed at the Celebration Party was over $145,500. Special thanks to professional fundraiser Bill Stockwell, who provided pro bono consulting services to the campaign; and to Charlie Tarbell who helped organize the campaign and who personally solicited many leadership contributions. For a list of those that made this possible click here.
The money raised will be maintained in a segregated KLA50 Fund under professional money management until the time it is needed to respond to milfoil, other invasive species, or another existential threat to the lake.
KLA50 also included publication of a book telling the history of the lake and of individual properties. Thanks go to the KLA Book Committee, which was led by Brenda Hambleton and included Nancy Eaton, Cindy Courtney, and Charlie Tarbell. Copies of the book are still available for purchase at the Waterford Library.
A historical retrospective of KLA was prepared at the Waterford Historical Society. Thanks to Nancy Marcotte and Nancy Eaton. The culmination of all these KLA50 activities was the KLA50 party. Not only was it a wonderful social event, but a financial success. The Committee was committed to not spending any of the KLA50 Capital Fund on the party, keeping the ticket price low, and ending up without a deficit. They succeeded by recruiting event sponsors and actively managing the arrangements as vendors increased prices. The Committee is grateful to the many KLA members who made contributions to support the party separate from their ticket purchase.
The party could not have succeeded without its other volunteers. Dodi and John Wait served as “Week Of” captains. Amanda Johnson managed the registration table. Patty Tingley organized the flower arrangements and Jane Trail provided flowers. Ginger Eaton designed the logo and Ginia Brannan produced the signage. The Stockwell/Eaton/Tarbell family not only donated the use of their meadow but also managed many of the logistics including set up, parking, and clean up. Many, many other people volunteered in other ways.
KLA50 is now coming to a close. Thanks to everyone who donated to the campaign or volunteered their time to make it a success.
WELCOMING YOU HOME
Keoka is more than a lake. It is a community of people that care about the lake, the environment, and the community. We work hard to protect this beautiful place. We want it to continue to be where memories are made for generations to come. Join us.
Keoka Lake Association (KLA) is a volunteer organization supported by those who love Keoka Lake -whether landowners along its shores, Waterford citizens/taxpayers who use and treasure the lake, or those who have experienced the lake and hold a special place for it In their hearts.
Keoka Lake is a beautiful spring-fed lake with an active community of lake lovers. Learn about our lake, its wildlife, and how to protect this special place for future generations.
Supported primarily by member dues, KLA is committed to maintaining the health and safety of Keoka Lake, especially in the face of the threat of invasives, both flora and fauna, and naturally-occurring and manmade environmental threats. Join us and become a member and a volunteer.