Site photography courtesy of Matt Champlin

Donation to SLA means donation to you

A few weeks ago the SLA received a membership renewal with an additional generous donation.  Subsequently, I happened to “run into” the individual and thanked him for the support.  He responded, “I live on the lakefront.  It is a donation to me.”  At our first annual meeting of the SLA held in concert with the Finger Lakes Land Trust a few years ago one of the speakers emphasized the same thought, but he expanded it to have meaning for the entire lake community, not just those who live on lakefront property.  While I can’t, years later, quote him, in essence he said that if you live here in the lake community supporting the SLA in its work to keep this lake clear and pure is a no brainer and that your membership is a donation to yourself in support of the community in which you live.

Please keep the words and thoughts of both of these people in mind.  Look around your community and ask yourself what would it be like to live here without this beautiful lake and all of the quality of life that it brings to the community and JOIN the SLA for 2015 today.  You can join easily at You can enhance your annual membership fee by paying it by check thus saving us the fee we would have to pay to PayPal for a credit card or PayPal account payment.  If you do not have access to the internet call 315-685-9106 and I will send you a 2015 Registration Form and a return envelope.

If you are doing some shopping for Mother’s Day Support the SLA through Amazon Smile… Every Little Bit Helps

The Skaneateles Lake Association has registered with Amazon to be a recipient under their Amazon Smile Program. This program enables you to choose the Skaneateles Lake Association as the recipient of a donation from Amazon each time you shop on Amazon. com.If you are interested the procedure for using it is quite simple:

Visit Log in to your Amazon account. Search for “Skaneateles Lake Association, Inc.” Start shopping. Amazon will donate an amount equivalent to 0.5% of your purchases directly to the Skaneateles Lake Association. While the percentage is small it can be a significant contribution if a large number of our members participate.  There is no cost to the shopper. The donation comes directly from Amazon.  Please check it out at

 Source: Skaneateles Journal

Association active even in wintertime

While our beautiful Skaneateles Lake has been frozen in many areas the past few months, lake lovers, as I have mentioned before, have been using the lake as ‘home court” for many activities.  Despite the deep cold, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and of course, our Polar Bear Plunge have been part of lake life.

The Board of the Skaneateles Lake Association has also been very active this winter.  As we do on a regular basis, we have been analyzing our membership in preparation for full speed ahead with our 2015 membership campaign.  To date, we have sent out about 40 letters to some former members who did not join in 2014 asking them to help us “kick off” our 2015 campaign by joining early.  There are many others in the category of having been members in earlier years, but not members in 2014, and we will be making a special effort to get them to join this year as well.  We have also sent out over 100 letters to folks who joined in January, February or March of 2014 asking that they join as annual members for 2015 now.  It is so important for our funding that we know where we are early in the year and that we keep the funds flowing in throughout the year.

Our big news right now is that our website,, has been completely redesigned and updated.  There is so much information on it and so many ways you can use it to actually see what we do and what the results have been.  Please visit the website and let us know what you think of the content areas and the usability and, of course, you can use the membership section to join/rejoin for 2015.  We have already started to receive questions and comments from the “contact us” link.

Another really great thing that has happened during the winter is that the SLA Board has received two communications via our website from people who are not actually in the Skaneateles Lake community with some ideas about equipment or services that may support our mission.  We are in the initial stage of responding to these folks, but it was very heartening to hear from people outside our lake community with ideas for keeping our lake the beautiful body of water it is.

You can join the Skaneateles Lake Association by going to to complete your registration and pay your annual dues.

Source:  Skaneateles Journal