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Ken Klehr, President

Looks like it maybe another late ice-out. As you remember last year's ice-out, based on records kept by the three generations of Gayner/O'Brien, was May 2nd (latest on record). With the cold weather and heavy snow this winter some experts are predicting another record setting ice-out. Keep your snowmobiles and fish houses handy.

A quick reminder that the Annual Lake Association Meeting, better known as Pork Chop Dinner, will be on Saturday, May 3rd (See Social Committee below for details). John Fink has been heading up this effort over the years. But I am sorry to say that John has decided to seek new challenges. He has been a Board member for 12 years with many valuable contributions to the Lake Association. These contributions are too numerous to cover but let me mention a few beginning with the Pork Chop Dinner, Pot Luck Dinner, and usually obtaining the largest number of prizes from local businesses for door prizes at the Pot Luck Dinner. He served as our focal point with Manuella and Stella. He obtained donations and money to help cover food costs. John does deserve credit. But there is a saying "behind every great man there is a supportive woman". With that I need to acknowledge Ruth too for her help over the years.  Again, thanks John for your service and dedication. We will miss you on the Board. Stay in touch.

With John Fink leaving there will be an opening on the Board and we are looking for a replacement. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested, contact me, or any board member.

This winter has been very busy for the Board. Starting with Ron Bubany and Cathy Klehr who are developing, enhancing and improving our membership data entry. These enhancements should create the capability to receive the newsletter via email instead of US Mail. The plan is to continue mailing the Spring Newsletter to everyone but the Summer and Fall Newsletter will give members the option of receiving the newsletter via email or through the postal service. We recommend the use of email. This new system will be implemented over the next several months. So bear with us during this transition. Ron and Cathy are to be commended for the time spent. It may sound confusing but more details will follow. We will discuss at the Annual Meeting. See Communications and Public Relations Report for more information.

We have been aggressive in pursuing grants in the past and this year is no exception. We have applied for grants in excess of $42,000. Our share of this cost will be $8700. These grants are through various agencies such as DNR, (State funded), Meeker County Association of Lakes (Meeker County Funded), and Crow River Organization of Waters (Mn Pollution Control Funded). One of the projects that will be funded, via a grant, will be the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The TMDL is an engineering analysis of Lake Washington that focuses on sediment and nutrient from the watershed. It will determine acceptable levels of contaminants. Another grant will be through the Meeker County Soil and Watershed District (State & County Funded) for an upgrade to a sediment pond. The other grants will help cover project costs for the management of Eurasian milfoil, water quality testing, and reduce the delivery of sediment into Lake Washington including sediment pond upgrade which Skip Sustacek needs special credit for spearheading this project. Our challenge is to obtain all of these grants and implement them this year.

With that said, I would like to thank you for your generous support through membership dues and contributions. This helps us to protect and preserve this precious water resource for us, and future generations to enjoy. If you are not a member, consider joining using the enclosed membership card.

Hope to see you at the Annual meeting, which will highlight feedback from the Membership Survey Committee. This portion of the program is very informative and will be presented by Caroline Ullom focusing on the survey results and where our focus should be in the future. So don't miss this part of the program.


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