Spring 2013 Note from the President
By Glen Johnson
The 2013 summer is behind us. I hope it was as enjoyable and safe for you and your families as it was for mine. I think even the new loon family in East Lake had a good summer.
The success of any lake association is dependent member volunteers. In our case, we are blessed with so many that are willing to serve and lend a helping hand.
First, a big thanks to Joe Buchannan, Jack Fortier and Bacco Construction, John Englund and the Newton Family and the Lies family for the change to the South Lake Dam which should help to maintain a constant water level on the lakes. (Rain also helps). Shelly VanPembrook, our Florence Town Clerk went above and beyond helping Joe correct 60 years of erroneous government records.
Carl Sundberg led our efforts with “Clean Boats, Clean Waters” along with over 25 volunteers to inspect boats over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. In another part of this newsletter, Carl will explain the fish stocking this fall that will be funded from the many individual contributions to the fish stocking fund.
Thanks to Ed Fattes who maintained Bass Island. Thanks also to Dale Ebert for installing and removing the two buoy markers in Middle Lake. Thanks to those of you who work to keep the East Lake and West Lake Channels clear.
Darlin Verley chaired the Grant Committee that worked with the DNR and Whitewater Associates on our rapid response grant so that we might have an assessment of North Lake with a plan of action. We continue to work with the County on the installation of a permanent boat wash at the public landing utilizing some of the funding from the grant.
Thanks to Sam McClain for storing our fireworks and the Florence Volunteer Fire Department for their presence on July 3rd. Thanks to Wendy Zambro for her work on the boat parade.
Thanks to those who planned the four successful SECOLA dinners. Please make a note of the dates for next year’s dinners in this newsletter and mark your 2014 social calendars. While you’re looking at 2014, mark July 19 for our annual meeting.
Thanks also to those of you who belong and contribute to the Florence County Lakes and Rivers Association. This organization serves as a central clearing for the County Lake Associations in our relationship with the County and DNR.
Thanks to Katie Reynolds for being our webmaster. Be sure to check out our website, SpreadEagleChain.org. You can also follow us on Twitter at @SpreadEagleWI. As the digital age continues to expand, if you have not already done so, please sign up to have your newsletter sent online.
Thanks to the SECOLA Board for your hours and willingness to serve.
That’s a lot of folks. To those who I have missed, please accept my apologies and know when I find out, I will have to live through the winter conscious of that embarrassment.
SECOLA’s success at enhancing our living on the lakes only comes through the effort of the many members who contribute their time and energy
Have a good winter season whether you here, back home at your places of work, or someplace in our warmer climates.
Spread Eagle Chain 'O Lakes Association, Inc. (SECOLA)
P.O. Box 413
Florence, WI 54121