We anticipate a hot 2011 summer. Your Association, empowered by a serious strategic reflection which it pursued last winter, is developing a 5 year plan based on many distinct actions. The first of which is a pilot project on alien lake grasses, the subject of our top story.
Many other projects are on the table and will be announced in upcoming journal editions.
These projects require time, money and effort. It is with this in mind that we chose to target a substantial increase in our 2011 membership. Our goal of 500 members is realistic and can be reached. A membership of 500 people, strictly on a budgetary point of view, only represents 15% of our financial needs. Reaching out for new members one at a time will require tremendous effort and hard work. By prioritizing this goal, we will reinforce our position amongst decision-makers; however, we will need constant support for our endeavors which over time will become increasingly visible. The lake needs our unwavering attention for its protection.
We also want to broaden our horizons and improve our ability to attract members from all areas of the lake and watershed, both to serve on our Board of Directors and on various committees.
Our Association benefits from the financial support of generous private donors that allows us to undertake and complete a number of projects. Recently, we received a substantial donation through the Masssawippi Foundation, whose legal mandate allows fiscal benefits to American citizens wishing to support our actions.
This is the beginning of a promising collaboration between our Association and the Massawippi Foundation, two separate organizations that should not be confused.
The Massawippi Foundation is in its first year of operation while our Association was established 40 years ago. Although we share, on many levels, the same vision, common interests and the same hopes, there is no legal link between the two organizations. They are completely independent from each other. The Foundation intervenes neither politically nor operationally on matters of the land or water, though it does raise funds to support activities compatible with conservation. In order to better understand this distinction, we encourage you to turn to page 8 (a space offered to the Foundation to promote their message).
The fact that we have different missions does not make us any less supportive of each other. Lake Massawippi remains the centre of our actions. It can only benefit from the actions of both organizations.