Annual Meeting

Please Join Us for Our 2017 Annual Meeting

Delicious whole fresh baked rustic Apple PiePlease join us Saturday July 15 at 6:30 pm at the Standish Municipal Center (Town Hall) for our annual meeting.

The evening will begin with a chance to socialize over a selection of homemade desserts (pies, cookies, brownies, etc) and drinks (coffee, tea, water).  Desserts are free, but donations will be very welcome.

We will raffle off some local art work and run a 50/50 raffle.

The business meeting will start at 7:00 pm and end no later than 8:30 pm. We will provide an update on water quality, invasive species, wildlife, etc. on the lake.  WLA members will vote on three new board members.

Membership dues may be paid at the door. However we ask that you try to pay your dues before the meeting. Dues can be paid here online.

So come meet your neighbors, have a great homemade dessert, and learn whats new on the lake.

2016 Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting

WLA 2016 Annual Meeting DinnerTHANK YOU to the nearly 60 people that joined us Saturday July 9, 2016 at the Standish Congregational Church. The meeting began with a silent auction and raffle, followed by a lasagna dinner prepared by the Congregational Church. We reviewed our recent “Risk Assessment Report”, heard from Forrest Bell of FB Environmental on Watchic Lake, congratulated eight new LakeSmart award recipients, and provided a status report on all WLA activities. Three new board members were voted on to the board, and three officers were voted into new positions.

Overall the quality of Watchic Lake remains good. We are fortunate to have no invasive plant species in the lake. Water quality remains good (secchi disk at ~4.5 meetings similar to past years), but is under pressure from polluted runoff from a number of locations.

They key message to our members is to protect the lake we need to reduce runoff! Whether it be by participating in LakeSmart or doing some research, we ask that you do your part to keep nutrient rich runoff water out the lake.

Again, thank you to all our silent auction contributors, members and sponsors for your support!WLA 2016 Annual Meeting Silent Auction

WLA 2016 Annual Meeting Cake

2015 Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting Summary

Saturday July 11, 2015, Standish Town Hall community Room. THANK YOU to all attendees!

Full DRAFT minutes of the meeting can be found here: 2015 DRAFT WLA Annual Meeting Minutes. A presentation was provided and can be found here.

President Patty Guenthner thanked association members and the board of directors for their support of the association and the work that it does to preserve the quality of Watchic Lake.

A special note of good news was the report of the sale of a large parcel of woodland betweent. 113 and Oak Hill Road to the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM). With this area being in the direct watershed for Watchic Lake, having it remain as woodland will have a major beneficial impact on the lake. Dale Rines was instrumental in the work that culminated in this acquisition.

SWOAM

Paul McNulty discussed the results of a survey sent to Watchic Lake property owners in the spring. The top concerns from the 81 respondents were 1) continue to avoid infestation by invasive species, 2) water clarity/quality, 3) protecting the loons, 4) managing runoff, and 5) maintaining septic systems.

Dave Bradbury reported on the dam. Minor repairs were made to the dam this spring and everything seems to be working well, requiring fewer adjustments to maintain the water level. Safety bouys are in place for the season.

Dam Bouys 1a

Treasurer Bob Joslyn spoke briefly about the solid state of the association finances. Click here for the 2015 Treasurers Report. Steve Center reviewed the Capital Fund. While the fund drive is complete, collecting pledges will continue for several more years, and donations are still being accepted. Members were encouraged to include the association in their estate planning, as well. Steve emphasized the need for a healthy reserve (given the lack of readily available local, state or federal funding), to be able to make an immediate response to threats to the lake.

Eben Joslyn reported on his monitoring of the lake, which measures many factors that affect water quality. Overall the monitoring results are positive and the lake continues to maintain favorable levels for a lake of our size and depth. The full report can be found here WLA Water Quality Report 2015.

Two pairs of loons were reported to be nesting on the lake. One pair has successfully hatched a chick. The nesting loons are being monitored by Biodiversity Research Institute.Loon on Nest 2015

Paul reported that membership is up this year by about 30% to 154, not including business sponsors. Membership represents approximately 119 of the 256 properties around the lake.2015 WLA Membership

Three LakeSmart awards were presented by Patty Taylor. Linda and Paul Martenson, Kim and Steve Lajoie, and Victoria Chesley-Brega had all met the criteria. Click here for more LakeSmart info.

The following nominations for board members for re-election to the board of directors were presented by Owen Smith: Patty Guenthner (1 year – filling the vacancy created by Eben Joslyn’s resignation), Patty Taylor (3 years), and Robert Joslyn (3 years). The nominees were elected unanimously.

The following nomination for new member to the board of directors was presented by Owen Smith: Nancy McNulty (3 years). The nominee was elected unanimously.

The following officer nominations for the board of directors were presented by Owen Smith: President – Paul McNulty, Historian – Donal Drew. Both positions were for two year terms.
The nominees were elected unanimously. Martha Drew continues as Secretary and Bob Joslyn continues as Treasurer.

The financial report for the current year and the minutes from the July 12, 2014, annual meeting were presented for acceptance and unanimously approved.

 

Earlier Annual Meeting Summaries