The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association (BDLIA) Annual Meeting was held at the Randolph Community Library on Saturday, August 27.
BDLIA Board of Director’s (BOD’s) President Karen Huber started out the meeting welcoming everyone and informing the 41 attendees of BDLIA’s updated mission statement and vision statement. Karen also introduced BDLIA’s four major pillars (1-Projects & Grants, 2-Community Engagement, 3-Essential Activities, 4-Fundraising & Volunteer Engagement).
Projects and Grants is where all partners--BDLIA, Beaver Dam Lake District (BDLD), Lake Development Corporation (LDC), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), etc.--come together within the Lake Management Committee to improve water quality, fishery, and wildlife habitat. Currently there are four current projects (Pillar 1) - Rakes Bay Planning Grant (BDLIA), Puckagee Springs Restoration (BDLIA), Walleye Stocking (WDNR), and Fishery Study (BDLD). Vice President and Lake Management Committee Chair Bill Foley updated the group on these projects. He provided an overview of the water sampling, restoration of shoreline and habitat, upland runoff, and the walleye in/carp out project.
For Pillar 2-Community Engagement, BOD member and Activities & Events Committee Chair Alan Mannel informed the attendees about the main events BDLIA holds annually - Great Beaver Paddle Fest, Fish n’ Fun, and pontoon rides and the Cardboard Boat Regatta at the Best Dam Fest.
Pillar 3-Essential Activities include administrative, equipment and maintenance, and lake maintenance. BOD Secretary/Treasurer and Finance Committee and Building & Property Committee Chair Isaac Pentinmaki provided the administrative-financials annual budget report and talked about BDLIA’s equipment (shed, pontoon, small & large jon boats, ATV) and the equipment’s preventive maintenance. He also discussed buoys, aeration, boat landing signage, and launch fee collections.
Karen also introduced Pillar 4-Fundraising, Volunteers, and Member Engagement. It was a good year for fundraising, and we started a fund at the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation.
Outgoing BOD member and Volunteer Management Committee Chair Susan Blachowiak Baloun talked about volunteer engagement. BDLIA is a volunteer led group, and there are many volunteer opportunities. Susan will continue to share information on the BDLIA Facebook page as she has done in the past.
BOD Member and Membership Committee Chair Mike Piotrowski explained the need for members to provide their email addresses. Communications with our membership is done mainly through emails. There is usually a monthly update and additional email announcements when necessary. Membership payments and donations can be made online. The website is updated as time allows. Online registrations are also now possible with our Association Management Software.
By-law changes to support our updated strategy were presented and approved.
Nominations and elections were held for the five BOD positions available. Susan Blachowiak Baloun decided not to run for re-election. Her service on the BOD was greatly appreciated, and we are pleased she will continue to be an active member and volunteer! Karen Huber, Pete Hupf, and Mike Piotrowski agreed to serve on the BOD for another two years. Jennifer Duke was nominated and approved with the other three current BOD members.
Karen presented “From Glaciers to Glacial Habitat” and continued the discussion after the annual meeting at the junction of County Highway CC and the Canadian Pacific Railway. This is the final piece of the Rakes Bay Planning Grant.
It is great to see the interest in Beaver Dam Lake and the Association! Let us know if you have any questions.