helped found KLA in 1971.
KLA50 Anniversary Celebration
by Larry Griffin
Eaton Meadow on the eastern shore of Keoka Lake, Waterford proved to be the perfect setting for the Keoka Lake Association 50th Anniversary Celebration on the crystal-clear afternoon of Saturday, July 9, 2022. Nearly two hundred members and friends of Keoka Lake Association (KLA) gathered (one year delayed due to Covid) to honor the half-century commitment of fervent volunteers who have sought to preserve the health of Keoka Lake for future generations to enjoy.
KLA50 Celebration Committee Co-Chairs, Jo Lynne and David Johnson, kicked off the festivities with an Ode to KLA and recognition of those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to create the success of the KLA50 Capital Campaign and Celebration event.
KLA Past-President and one of the Capital Campaign organizers, Charlie Tarbell, cited KLA’s mission to keep the lake clean, clear, and healthy. For years KLA has supported the Courtesy Boat Inspection and Plant Patrol programs to keep the lake clear of invasive plant species. Establishment of the critically important KLA50 Fund, supported by this Capital Campaign, raised money that will be needed to fund eradication. This is the third readiness component – being able to respond quickly, by getting divers in the water as soon as milfoil (or any invasive plant or animal) is detected. Rather than waiting for an infestation to occur, KLA has taken the proactive step of assuring readiness to address any situation that may arise.
KLA is fortunate to have 95% of lake property owners as members, and many other members who are lake users or friends of the lake. Many KLA members are also members of the Lakes Environmental Association (LEA). With this strong membership base, KLA is a phenomenal example of what may be accomplished when a group of dedicated volunteers harnesses the support of those who enjoy the benefits of a healthy Maine lake.
Aided by Jo Lynne and David Johnson, with a Reveal Board prepared for the occasion, Charlie Tarbell announced the Capital Campaign raised a “war chest” of over $144,500 to address the time not if, but when invasives or other dangers threaten Keoka Lake. Until the time the KLA50 Fund is needed to protect the lake, it is being held in reserve for that purpose.
Guests to the meadow were treated to hors d’oeuvres interspersed with sharing stories and narratives since they had last gathered pre-Covid. Second String, a local band featuring Colin Holme, Executive Director of the LEA, and other staff of LEA, performed as guests filled the Gala tent. Applause erupted when Martha Eaton, one of the two remaining founders of the KLA present, was announced as the raffle winner of the gorgeous handmade quilt depicting the four seasons on Keoka Lake.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE!
Tom & JoAnn Aiello
Del & Irene Angers
Joe & Aurelia Braun
Tod Brown & Nancy Godwin
John & June Caldwell
Tom Chadbourne/KAMP, Inc
Mark & Katherine deKanter
Al & Patty Graves
Brenda Hambleton & Mick Bosowski
Doss & Jonathan Hasson
John & Charlotte Huffman
Dan & Rosemarie Johnson
Merri Lee Johnson
Bill & Maureen Kennedy
Linda Kilburn & Bruce Peterson
Arne & Hannah Klepinger
Kokosing Vacation Club, Inc.
Mark & Carleen Lenassi
Seth & Amity Shlaes-Lipsky
Brent & Erin McCarter
Peter & Jane Morse
Michael & Paige Nalipinski
John & Claire Pendergast
Margaret H. Pierce
Bill & Janet Robichaud
The Rounds Family
Don & Diane Rung
Jim & Heidi Schellenger
Alan & Kathy Souza
Greg & Patty Tingley
Dan & Priscilla Treadwell
John & Dodi Wait
Bonnie Weiss & Ian Grosse
Barry & Ann Wickersham
DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF...
David & Ruth Abbiati by Joe & Tony Abbiati
George, Ginny & Carol Brett by Nan Brett
Phil & Helen Buchert by Al & Jean Struck
John A. Cashman by John & Karen O’Brien
Lawt Hammett, Jane Wilson Hammett, and Phyllis Hammett by Tom & Lisa Reynolds Hammett
Phyllis Hammett by Susan Plume
Dot & Ross Hubbard by Jim & Diane Flynn, Mary Flynn, Larry & Cathy Griffin, John & Ellen Hart, Brian & Moira Hubbard and Tom & Chris Hubbard
Aldie E. Johnson, Jr. by Amanda C. Johnson
Aldie E. Johnson, Jr. by David & Jo Lynne Johnson
Bud & Margaret Lazott by Steven & Janet Rung
Betty Miller by Carrie B. Johnson
Betty Miller by William Mason
James M. & Charlotte Longley Orr and Marian Morse – by Richard Orr & Cindy Courtney
Evy & Willy Robichaud by Bill & Janet Robichaud
Larry & Alice Rounds by the Rounds/Conway family
Laura Douglass Schaefer by Tom & Mole Schaefer
Edward I. Singer by Karen Wright
Howard & Dorothy Stockwell by the Stockwell/Tarbell/Eaton family
Jim & Rachel Tabor by Andy & Liz Tabor and Jim & Gretchen Tabor Heath
The Tyler/Cutler family by Denny & Ginny Raymond
DONATIONS IN HONOR OF...
Charlie Tarbell by Chip & Beth Mason
Tom & Lisa Hammett
David & Jo Lynne Johnson
Arne & Hannah Klepinger
Richard Orr & Cindy Courtney
Denny & Ginny Raymond
Tom & Mole Schaefer
Al & Jean Struck
Charlie & Antoinette Tarbell
OUR THANKS TO...
The Eaton family - use of their meadow
Liz Tempesta, Mole Schaefer and Jane Traill - the flowers
The Town of Waterford - use of the tables/chairs
Second String - the music
Ginger Eaton - KLA50 logo design
Ginia Brannan - the signage
Barb VanderZanden & Jan Beckwermert-the Anniversary cakes
Bill Stockwell - KLA50 Capital Campaign counsel services
the many behind-the-scenes volunteers
"Ode to KLA" by David Johnson
KLA50 Video by