April 2016 Meeting Minutes
Yahara Lakes Association, Ltd.
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The Yahara Lakes Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2016, in the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board room.
The following members and advisors were present: Dick Adler, Roy Carter, Bill Fitzpatrick, Caroline Fribance, Mike Gerner, Carol Gillen, Annette Hellmer, Mike Jensen, Bob Miller, Allan Levin, Dick Pearson, Dan Schultz, Joe Tisserand, Sal Troia and Rhonda Arries
Members and advisors not present: Doug Bach, Luke Hutchins, Jerry Rekowski, James Tye and Debbie Waite
11:40 a.m. Call to Order: President, Roy Carter, called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m.
11:41 a.m. Minutes: Bill Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the March 10, 2016 meeting minutes. Carol Gillen seconded the motion. Motion passed.
11:42 a.m. Treasurer’s report: Sal Troia, Treasurer
Sal Troia reported YTD dues income of $11,410. Roy noted that donations are already favorable to budget as actual YTD is $3,215 vs a budget of $3,000 (and vs Total 2015 $4,830). Overall, net income to-date is $10,654.
A $100 contribution was made in March to the Lake Monona Sailing Club to sponsor the National C Scow regatta to be held in June on Lake Monona. Carol Gillen thanked the board for the contribution and support.
Joe Tisserand made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and budget. Dick Adler seconded the motion. Motion passed.
11:50 a.m. Special Events Committee – Co-Chairs: Dick Adler & Joe Tisserand
The YLA Spring Seminar organized by Dan Schultz will be Friday, April 22, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the American Family Insurance auditorium. To-date there are 31 confirmed attendees – Dan would like to have 100 attendees.
Carol Gillen sent the Spring Seminar flyer and invite to the Lake Monona Sailing Club, posted it on the City of Monona calendar and gave to the Monona Eastside Association. Bill Fitzpatrick will contact Dane Stewards to invite people through their communications. Caroline Fribance will try to recruit her neighbors. Mike Jensen will give the invite to Bishops Bay to invite their members. Mike Gerner will bring the invite to the Lakes & Watershed and will ask CLA to distribute to a select group of their donors as well. Rhonda will email the flyer and weblink to Board members so they can distribute it ASAP.
A second seminar will be scheduled in the Fall. Information learned from the Spring Seminar will help ensure success in holding future seminars.
The Annual Dinner event will be Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Blackhawk Country Club.
Joe confirmed the menu will be a 3 course meal featuring steak and shrimp. Joe added that it’s important to have all board members attend and to bring neighbors. Joe also asked board members to solicit area businesses for door prizes. In previous years, 50-60% of dinner attendees go home with a prize.
Mike Jensen noted that Barnes Landscaping has been actively working along Lake Mendota’s shoreline and would be a good candidate for a corporate sponsor. Mike Gerner noted there are a lot of landscapers that are specializing in lakeshore landscaping and they should be contacted to become members and/or to provide door prizes. Mike J. and Mike G. will follow-up.
The Annual Dinner invite will be included in the May newsletter and will be sent in an email blast in June. In addition to an email blast, Dick Adler requested that a direct mail invite should also be mailed to YLA members in June because electronic communication can be easily overlooked. Allan Levin also suggested taking a poll or asking at the registration desk how each attendee learned of the Annual Dinner event – i.e. electronic or direct mail – for effectiveness in future communications.
Roy Carter confirmed Dave Taylor to be awarded the Citizen of the Year for his efforts with Yahara WINS. Roy will also ask Dave Taylor to be the Annual Dinner guest speaker i.e. 20- 25 minutes for a presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A. This will be the only award given at this year’s annual dinner event.
12:35 p.m. Membership Committee – Chair: Roy Carter
Rhonda Arries reported 241 members year-to-date in 2016 (22 corporate and 219 individual members). vs. 380 total members in 2015. A full breakdown of membership is on http://yaharalakes.org/board-members-only/
Roy Carter presented a new member recruiting letter that he’d like to send to new lake property owners. Discussion included: remove the “etc.” and add “shoreland zoning and water quality issues” and add a “P.S. Please attend the YLA Annual Dinner.” This letter will be mailed to new lake property owners (as found on www.realty.com – lake properties sold within the last 12-18 months) along with the May Newsletter. They will be given a free 2016 membership (in the hopes they renew in 2017 and beyond).
Newsletter: Publishing schedule is February, May, August and November Carol Gillen summarized the news articles she has in process for the May newsletter. Bill Fitzpatrick will submit a ground water modeling article. Joe Tisserand and Dick Adler will submit an article for the Annual Dinner. Annette Hellmer will write a summary of the April Spring Seminar. Dan Schultz will write a summary of current lake legislation. Dick Pearson will submit a human interest story involving a boat collision that occurred in the 1920’s. Carol Gillen will provide an article regarding the C Scow Nationals taking place on Lake Monona in June. Carol asked that all articles be sent to her by May 16.
Allan Levin requested that hyperlinks be added to all the corporate sponsors listed in the newsletter. Rhonda Arries will follow-up.
12:50 p.m. Environmental Committee – Chair: Allan Levin
Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) – Mike Gerner and Bob Miller are CLA Board of Directors.
The CLA breakfast will be Tuesday, May 3 and will feature the CEO from Gunderson Health Care System to talk about the Springfield manure digester. A 3rd digester may be installed in the near future. Roy Carter asked for a motion for YLA to be a sponsor and get a table at the event. Joe Tisserand made the motion. Caroline Fribance seconded the motion. Motion passed. Rhonda Arries will send CLA a check for $2500. Please email Rhonda if you’d like to sit at the YLA table.
Bob Miller noted that Esther Beach (on Lake Monona) is undergoing significant improvements and expansion. Schluter Beach (on Lake Monona) also is undergoing a $1.4M project to improve its surroundings.
The Lake Guide, which James Tye discussed at the last YLA board meeting, is still a work in progress. James noted there are 119 businesses economically tied to our area lakes – fishing, restaurants, etc. CLA intends to publish a Lake Resource Guide which will be direct mailed to all lake owners, placed in the Isthmus, and distributed to the general public. There will also be an app for electronic users. James asked YLA to be a Lake Guide sponsor. He currently has 732 individual donors and has collected $169k for this project. His goal is to secure $250k. Mike Gerner stated that James is still working on the costs and logistics of putting this guide together and will keep the board posted with updates.
The CLA / YLA joint mailing will occur again this year – actual mailing is to occur Memorial Day weekend so the signing event for YLA board members will be the week of May 16.
Lakes & Watershed (L&W) – Mike Gerner will be meeting with L&W this evening. Mike noted there are 2 major L&W committees – 1 committee working on Infiltration (i.e. looking at water retention to prevent flooding, recharge the water table, etc.) and 1 committee working on reducing phosphorous. If board members would like to submit budget ideas, please forward them to Mike.
1:00 p.m. Government Committee – Chair: Dan Schultz Mbrs: Bob Miller Dan Schultz reminded everyone that legislation changed so no WI county could have zoning standards more restrictive than the state. Riparians in northern Wisconsin are frustrated with losing local control so are planning to create a statewide lakes lobby for riparians. This is something that could be very important to YLA and its members. James Tye has been asked to keep YLA informed of the formation of this lakes lobby group.
1:01 p.m. Riparian Issues Committee – Chair: Luke Hutchins n/a 1:01 p.m. Old/New Business: n/a
1:02 p.m. Mike Gerner made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Joe Tisserand seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Next meeting date is May 12, 2016