Letter From the President
Dear Members and Friends of MA COLAP,
This is the time of year we send you our semiannual issue of our newsletter Water Wisdom. In place of this edition, we are offering this letter report on the future of MA COLAP and our leadership objectives and needs. We hope you will seriously consider participating in some small part of our future agenda otherwise; MA COLAP may cease to exist.
At a meeting of the MA COLAP Board of Directors along with invited guests Ken Wagner, Ed Himlin, Mark Bellaud, and Will Stevenson held on May 14, 2013, we discussed several topics and drew some preliminary conclusions around the theme of the future of the organization.
- While current board members monitor state and local legislation and regulation proposals, more effort should be allocated to meeting with public officials to present lake and pond responses to such proposals. We should have a stronger voice in Boston.
- In addition to the annual winter workshop, regional workshops should be implemented around the Commonwealth to reach more lake and pond organizations. Such regional meetings might be in partnership with other organizations that address lake and pond issues such as the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.
- The web site should be continued but upgraded with more information on individual lake associations and more links to lake and ponds management resources. A Facebook page should also be developed.
- MA COLAP directors have played an important role educating lake and pond association members on management issues by publishing and mailing a semiannual newsletter. To reach a broader audience and be more cost effective, FUTURE NEWSLETTERS AND OTHER CORRESPONDENCE WILL ONLY BE DISTRIBUTED BY E-MAIL.
These are aggressive goals for a volunteer organization, but spread among nine officers and directors, should be manageable. Click here for an analysis of the current board with individual responsibilities and where we need your help. There are ample opportunities for new members to assume limited roles as MA COLAP moves forward. Please contact a board member to express your interest in guiding MA COLAP into the future and join us at the next board meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the room 312 in the Sullivan Building at Worcester State University.
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