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News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

Membership Matters – verb and noun                                               Fran Rotunno Fish

Membership matters – verb. Yes, membership matters because each and every membership helps to substantiate the SLA as a significant organization. Memberships help to make the SLA a voice that will get attention and hopefully be a heeded advisor on issues that are vital to the health of the lake and watershed. Memberships are, in effect, a vote for the lake and votes count. When the SLA Board or our Executive Director, Rachael DeWitt, is meeting with government officials, the size of our membership is important in giving us a comfortable and impactful place at the table. As our membership has grown with close to 1000 households and over 1600 individuals, we have become a significant voice for Skaneateles Lake. Our growing membership gives evidence to the support of the lake community for the SLA’s mission, the focus of which is, and only is, Skaneateles Lake and its watershed. Every single membership matters.

Membership Matters – noun. These first few months of 2019 have elicited some great membership matters – stories – that will hopefully strike a chord with some who will then follow suit. One of our long- time members whose family has been in the lake community for over 100 years wrote to tell us that she realized that her adult children enjoy the family camp as much as she does. She gave each of them a present of a year membership in the SLA with good motherly instructions that it was up to them to keep their membership up thereafter. They committed to their mother that they would do so. Another lake community resident who was a long-time good friend of our Steward, Al Coon, wrote to say that he wanted to join the SLA and make a donation in Al’s memory. Our Steward, Al, continues to be a support to the SLA. We were particularly thrilled to have two young adults, children of long-time members, step up and join as members themselves and add that they would be reaching out to friends in similar situations – that is still under the roof of their parent SLA members, but adult enough to be members themselves.

If you have never joined the SLA or you need to renew you membership for 2019 you can do so online at or call 315-558-3142 for an Annual Member Registration Form.

We thank the following whose memberships and additional generous donations are:

sponsoring the milfoil boat for a day or multiple days – Dawn & Lew Allyn, Johanna & Gianfranco Frittelli, Loren Moranz & John Macallister, Jessica & Patrick Danial, Penny & Bill Allyn, Susan & Carl Andersson, Lynn Cleary & David Duggan, Victoria & Richard Meyer, Patience Brewster & Holly Gregg, Kathy & Paul Leone, John Osborn and an Anonymous Donor:

co-sponsoring the milfoil boat for a day or multiple days: Deborah & Joseph Augustine, The Coppo Family, Nancy & Guy Easter, Diedre & David Aureden, Beth & bob Filiczkowski, The Kelly Family, Linda & Bruce Kenan, Emily & Kristopher Konrad, Judith Krieger, Linda & Russell Ruthig, Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary, Mary Pat & Dan Suits, Nancie & Richard Way, Debra Hurley & Ira Coleman, Maureen & Brian Harkins, Kate & Mont Pooley, Anne & William Lynn, Rebecca Cohen & Brenden McGinn, Joan & Michael Niswender, Eleanor & Ben Ware, Deborah & Joseph Paduda, Julie & Joseph Scuderi, Twin Birch Dairy (Karen & Dirk Young) Karen Yuhas & Jack Riley, Vanessa & Michael Yates, Bartlett Tree Experts, The Jermy Family, Margaret Kelly, Donna & Raymond Kurlak, Mary Jane & Gary Lowery, William & Patricia McAvoy, and an Anonymous Donor;

sponsoring an Invasive Species Monitoring Steward for a day or multiple days: Gretchen & Buzz Roberts, Johanna & Gianfranco Frittelli, Laurel Moranz & John Macallister, Diane Forney, Christine & Edward Szemis, Bettina &Tom Smallman, Ashby & Dennis Longwell, Jen & Bill Warning, Michael Jenkins, Barbara & John Spain. Locust Lane Association, Emily & James Johnson, Barbara & Bot Bolton Smith, Chris & Bob Latella, Romaine & Richard Rood, Theodore & Joan Kuck and the Skaneateles Sailboat Shop:

contributed to the David Lee Hardy Fund in support of our Steward Program: Paula & Edward Conan, Sky Yoga & Wellness, Barbara & Bolt Bolton Smith, Chris & Bob Latella, Romaine & Richard Rood, the Skaneateles Sail Boat Shop and Richard Lynch


Source:  Press Observer

News from the Skaneateles Lake Associaton

SLA seeks community responses on watershed survey
Rachael DeWitt, SLA Executive Director

The Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) has partnered with Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS) to conduct an online survey regarding perceptions of Skaneateles Lake. The survey will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes of your time and will help the SLA with its strategic planning activities and visioning for the Skaneateles watershed. This survey is voluntary and confidential. Please go to the link below to

The survey asks respondents a variety of questions including those gauging familiarity with the lake, opinions on water quality protection efforts, what the most pressing issues are, how to best address those issues and more.We are hoping for 400 responses to the survey to ensure the answers are statistically significant.

At the end of the completed survey, you can enter a raffle to win (1) of (3) $100 Amazon gift cards for your participation (must be 18 or older to enter). Thank you in advance for your time! If you have any questions about this survey, please contact RMS at 315-635-9802 and mention the Skaneateles Lake Association survey.

If you would like to stay up to date with the work the Skaneateles Lake Association is doing and support our efforts, please join us as a member for 2019. If you joined early in 2018, it is time to renew for 2019. You can join/renew online at or call 315-558-3142 and ask for an Annual Member Registration Form to be mailed

Source:  Skaneateles Press