Spring 2020 Membership Letter

The 6th and 7th Lake Improvement Association, Inc., PO Box 164, Inlet, NY 13360

Dear Neighbors:

On behalf of the 6th and 7th Lake Improvement Association Board, we are pleased to provide this 2020 annual membership letter

As we approach our summer season, we are all obviously mindful of COVID-19 and the changes it has brought upon us including what it means to our ADK lifestyles.  For our Association, probably the most visible aspect is our Annual Meeting/Picnic, which we typically hold on the first Saturday of August each year – this year that date is August 1st.

At this point, the Board agrees that we should exercise caution around this event and thus we intend to only conduct the Annual Meeting for the membership but forego the Picnic.  The Annual Meeting is the one opportunity we have each year to report out to the membership and vote on essential Association business.  Further, it is a requirement we do so under our Bylaws.  We intend to conduct the meeting while maintaining social distance, and we are asking everyone to bring their own chairs.  We are disappointed that we will not have the picnic but believe this is a responsible approach for this year.  We are planning on having the fireworks that evening.  Please check our website below for updates or changes to any this.

The Annual Association Meeting will be on Saturday August 1st at Fern Park.  The Annual Association Meeting will commence at 1100AM.  Please bring your own chairs.  Again, look for updates on the website in June/July.

Association Activities

Website

Just a reminder that we have the website and ask you to take the time to check this out.  You will also see there is a community email address.  Feel free to send us ideas, suggestions, even photos or other content you would like to share to 6and7lakes@gmail.com .  Our website is only as good as we make it!  We hope you like what you see and know that we will be working to make this even better over time.  The site also has a payment feature through which you can contribute to the Association and pay annual dues.

Invasive Species

The Association has made significant progress in our stewardship activities around invasive species.  In 2019, we contracted with the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) to conduct a lake-wide survey in both lakes – this was completed in Fall 2019.  This was followed by issuance of a report that summarizes the findings and mitigation options.  The Board is currently working with AWI to finalize this report and determine next steps.  As we do so, we will post the report on the website, and report out our recommendations to the Association.  Stay tuned!

Membership

We continue to strive to increase membership and community engagement by broadening our reach and visibility.  Truth be told, of the total eligible population around our lakes, only about 50% of us choose to support the Association.  It is certainly meant to be voluntary but we suspect that a portion of our community may not be fully aware of what we are trying to do on our collective behalf, in spite of our best efforts to communicate.  So, we are asking for your help here.  Please remind/encourage your neighbors about our Association as we all benefit from broader and more inclusive membership.

Another membership topic is our Board.  We have a rotating group of volunteers who participate in the various activities we undertake on behalf of the memberships.  Per our Bylaws, we have term limits and we are in need of at least two new Board members to replace retiring members.  As a Board, we generally have 3-4 meetings each year, and the group does a good job of dividing the workload amongst the group – like anything, you get out of it what you put into it.  Please consider joining us!

2020 Membership

Your membership contributions are important we ask that you join or renew for 2020 now. Suggested contributions are as follows:

Membership Dues                                                       $30.00

Fireworks                                                                       25.00

Invasive Species Fund (formerly Milfoil Fund)         30.00

    Total                                                                          $85.00

Please send your membership contributions to:

The 6th and 7th Lake Improvement Association, Inc., PO Box 164, Inlet, NY 13360

OR

On-Line through our website

Thank you for your support and we urge you to join or renew your 2020 membership as soon as able.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the other Board Members.  Otherwise, please remain healthy and I wish you a happy Spring and Summer 2020.

Sincerely,

Lowell McBurney

President, The 6th and 7th Lake Improvement Association, Inc.