Going for 1000! Fran Rotunno Fish
The Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) has not taken an official vote on setting a membership goal for 2018, but informally we all agree that we should easily reach a membership of1000 and it is important to make every effort to do so.
In 2011, when the SLA evolved from its predecessor organizations (Skaneateles
Lake Pure Water Association, Inc. and the Tri-County Skaneateles Lake Pure Water Association), the SLA Board of Directors determined that its future financial stability and ability to carry out the activities necessary to fulfill its mission would require broad community support, not the limited large donations and one-time government grants that had funded its efforts in the past. Thus, SLA Annual Membership was born with efforts to reach a broad scope of the lake community to “spread the pain” of funding the SLA’s efforts.
In 2011, the first membership year, 293 families, individuals and businesses joined the SLA and in 2012 the membership grew to 548. While our membership grew from 639 in 2013 to 822 in 2017, the threats to our lake also grew. The scope of our action plan to protect the lake had to grow as we focused more expansively on milfoil control and preventions of the introduction of other invasive species, especially, the dreaded Hydrilla. Of course, the Algal Blooms of the Fall of 2017 and this past summer have further intensified the need for expanding our membership and support.
There is no reason why we cannot achieve a membership of 1000 for 2018. These are the families, individuals and businesses we need to join the SLA right now to achieve that goal.
There are 156 memberships paid between Oct. 2017 and Dec. 2017. If 100% of them rejoin, we will be well on our way to 900. They have all received renewal reminder letters in the past month or will be receiving those reminders in Nov. if they joined in Dec. 2017.
There are 177 memberships (74 of which are known lakefront or lake rights property owners) that were registered for a year or more between 2011 and 2017, but have not rejoined in 2017 or 2018. If they all jump in and join, we make the 1000-member goal.
And, we can do better than that! There are still 93 memberships registered between Jan. and Sept. 2017 that have not been renewed for 2018. All of these have received membership renewal letters and follow emails, when available.
Perhaps the saddest number to report is the approximate 500 lakefront and lake rights property owners who have never supported the SLA or its predecessor organizations via membership or other donation. Getting any of them onboard as members would certainly solidify achievement of our 1000-member goal.
Today there are two things you can do to surely get us to the 900-member goal, but we should be able to get to 1000 with your help. So, if you are in any one of the “missing from 2018 membership groups”, join now! If you have already joined go to our website (SkaneatelesLake.org), click on the membership tab and check over the list of current members. If you see anyone missing who should be a member and for whom a nudge from you would be helpful, please call me and confirm the status (as we have 30 anonymous members). Then, if appropriate give them a call and share your reason for SLA membership and why you hope they will join also.
You can reach me at 315-558-3143 for membership status confirmation, if you want to have a member registration form mailed or if you want to help us grow our membership and can put in some hours to help with the effort. With your help, we can make that goal of 900 and there is really no reason why we cannot reach 1000 members for 2018.
Source: Skaneateles Press