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News from the SLA…We are Going Seriously Social

           Rachael DeWitt

During the winter months when the temperature drops to bone chilling, it can be hard to remember the warmth of the summer and the fun times had on the lake. Some of us spend our time inside bundled beneath a Snuggie, others brave the elements limiting as much exposure of skin as possible, and even others flee the snow entirely and move to a warmer state. Those of us who decided to stay in Central New York to embrace the cold, are now beginning to question our decisions and dream of tropical climates. It’s difficult to imagine that Skaneateles Lake, with a thick layer of ice out to the Country Club, will ever warm up to the point when we can swim in it again. During these frigid times, the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) is still operating under full swing thinking about the months ahead when once again we will be relaxing by the lake.

In order to continue to reach our audience during the months when we lose more than half of our lake’s population, we are beginning to take our message to new platforms. Keep an eye out for our presence on social media. We have accounts on Facebook (@Skaneateles Lake Association), Instagram (@skaneateleslakeassociation), and Twitter (@SkanLakeAssoc). On these accounts we will keep our audience informed of SLA events, the current status of the quality of our lake, important New York State policy actions, introduce you to our amazing team, and much more! Through these accounts we welcome our followers to send us a message sharing their concerns about the lake, share pictures of potential threats to the lake, beautiful pictures of the lake, and questions about the status of our work. Please give us a follow, share us with your Skaneateles and local friends, and invite those friends to like our social media pages. The more people we reach, the more effective our mission becomes. If you want to feature us in your posts tag us or use the hashtags: #SLA #skaneateleslakeassociation #clearlakepurewater.

Since the beginning of February, we have been taking measures to increase our following. In this short amount of time we have made some great progress. As of February 12th, our following has increased on Facebook from 186 to 264, on Instagram from 580 to 663, and we recently created a Twitter account.

Each platform has a link to our website (skaneateleslake.org) where our followers can learn more about our mission, become a member, and see what we are currently doing to protect our lake. If you are not yet a member of this incredible lake association, head straight to our website to sign up. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible. This is an important year to become a member with the Harmful Algal Bloom that was found in the lake last summer.

We are hoping these platforms will help us spread our message with more individuals, increase our member base, and engage a younger generation while informing them about the importance of keeping our lake clean. Help do your part by giving us a follow, sharing with your friends, and becoming a member. Thank you for your support.

Thinking ahead to the summer, please save Saturday, June 30th from 5 – 7 pm for the 2018 SLA annual meeting at Lourdes Camp.

The 2018 memberships and additional donations of the following will be sponsoring the Milfoil Boar for a day in the coming season:  Margaret & Angelo Scopelianos, Susan & Curt Andersson, Lynn Cleary & David Duggan, Johanna & Gianfranco Frittelli, Pam & Dug Hamlin.   The Milfoil Boat will be co-sponsored in the coming season by the 2018 memberships and additional donations from Mark Congel, Deborah & William Delaney, Jacqueline Bays & Joseph McCarthy, Kathleen & David Zappata, George Ann & Edwin Bock, Linda & Paul Cohen, Patty Orr.  We have also received Invasive Species Monitoring Steward sponsorships for the coming season from Ashley & Dennis Longwell, Anne & William Lynn, Meredith & Paul Torrisi, Elizabeth & Joseph Wood and Jacqueline Bays & Joseph McCaffrey.

Source:  Skaneateles Press

 

 

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association…..Membership Matters

Fran Rotunno Fish

There is much to say about the 2017 Skaneateles Lake Association Membership.  On the very positive side 823 individuals/families joined this SLA in 2017 which is 86 more memberships than 2016 (about a 12% increase).  Additionally, on the positive side, 109 individuals/families joined in 2017 who were first time members and a good number of those came in late in the season …after the bloom.  Hopefully, a realization of the importance of the SLA to the health of the lake was an impetus for new memberships.  We hope to see all 108 of those memberships rejoining in 2018.  Finally, we are pleased to be able to report and commend the 109 individuals/families who have been members of the SLA for SEVEN consecutive years starting in 2011 through 2017.  Sustained memberships are the backbone of funding for a non-profit organization and we hope that all 823 of our 2017 members will rejoin in 2018.

We are disappointed that 86 individuals/families who joined in 2016 did not rejoin in 2017.  If they had joined our membership for 2018 would have been over 900!  We hope that each of those 86 individuals/families will respond to a letter sent to them recently reminding them that we need them back for 2018.   THE MOST DISAPPOINTING MEMBERSHIP MATTER IS THAT OVER 400 INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES WITH PROPERTY ON THE LAKEFRONT OR PROPERTY WITH LAKE RIGHTS HAVE NEVER JOINED THE SLA.

Membership dues and the additional donations that support the efforts of the SLA are very important.  Being a steward of the lake, keeping eyes on the lake and following the “if you see something, say something” mantra of public safety is important, but we need every member to also be on the “membership outreach team” and encourage membership in the Skaneateles Lake Association.  We have available membership registration forms in an envelope with the following message printed on it:  “ If you live on the lake; if you boat, swim, kayak, sail or paddle the lake; if you fish the lake; if you drink the lake water; if the lake draws customers to your business; or if you just love the lake, shouldn’t you be a member of the Skaneateles Lake Association?  Join us today.  Registration Form & Mailing Envelope Enclosed or Go to SkaneatelesLake.org   Thank You!”.  If you would like a few of these envelopes to use to encourage membership in the SLA advise us via the “contact us” tab at SkaneatelesLake.org and they will be sent to you to use.

Please thank the following for their sponsorship of the Milfoil Boat: Ellen Brown & Carl Schramm, Alexandra & Richard Nicklas, Johanna & Gianfranco Frittelli, the Columbian Foundation, Norma & Dave McCarthy, Karen & Paul Black, Lynn & Gardner McLean, Nicole & Michael Falcone, Patience Brewster & Holly Gregg, and The Sherwood Inn.

Please thank the following for their co-sponsorship of the Milfoil Boat:  Kathleen & Ben Tarantino, Nellie Ramsden & Kenneth Hyde, Erica and Ken Byrne, Linda & Bruce Kenan, Ann & Gary Tyndall, Mary Beth and William Gleason, Annette & Peter Becker, Patricia & Ralph Troisi, Carol & Tom Fletcher, Christina Castle, Sandra Skiff, Ann Hinchcliff, JoDean & Timothy Orcutt, Meg O’Connell & Eric Allyn, Mary Jane & Gary Lowery, Deborah & Joseph Augustine, Beth & Bob Filiczkowski, Linda & Russell Ruthig, Lynn Bonniver,  Mary Pat & Dan Suits, Bev & Steve White, Gina & Geoffrey Wickwire, Nancy & Guido Van der Ven, Judith Krieger, Barbara & John Spain, Tammy & Stephen Down,  Nancy & Guy Easter,  and The Sherwood Inn.

Please thank the following for their sponsorship an Invasive Species Monitoring Steward for a day:  Robert Scheer, Catherine & Steven Fedrizzi, Emily & James Johnson, Mary & Richard Kokosa, Diane Forney, Julie Stafford & Michael Boudreau, Enid & Gabor Racz, Bob Honold, Emma & Patrick Delmonico, Susan Phipps Littlehales and The Sherwood Inn.

Please thank the following for their donations to the Hardy Fund which helps to support the Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Program:  Edward Spencer, Edward Carsky, Katherine McCarthy, Dawn & John Altmeyer, Martha Stephens, Pam & John Pidhirny, Beverly Quimby, Nancy Murray, Kendra & Donald Witter, Beverlee Akerblom, Robert Scheer, Gracia Kozio, Camille & Thomas Potter, Peggy & John Manring, Mary Jacqueline Keady and The Sherwood Inn.

You can jump in and join the SLA today at SkaneatelesLake.org or call 315-685-9106 and request a member registration form.

Source:  Skaneateles Press