Election results

In a normal year the LOFA Annual Picnic would have been happening right now as I’m writing this. Considering that it’s 62 degrees and raining, maybe this is OK  after all! But while I feel safer staying at home, I sure do miss seeing my friends around the lake!

With 72 members on our mailing list, 12 of you voted through the link on our website to approve the budget for next year and the changes to the bylaws. Approval of the budget was unanimous; the vote to approve the bylaws was 11 in favor and 1 abstention.

The final board meeting for this year is scheduled for Sunday, September 6. Time and location will be announced when we get closer to the day.

Don’t forget to vote and pay your dues!

If you haven’t already, please follow this link right now and cast your votes to approve (or not, it’s up to you) the proposed LOFA budget for 2020-21 and the proposed changes to our bylaws. And, since there won’t be an annual meeting and picnic this year due  to the Covid-19 pandemic, let me take this opportunity to remind you to pay your dues! Many people pay at the picnic, but you can take care of it easily by visiting our Pay Your Dues page right here on this website. Pay online with Paypal or print out the form and mail it in with your check.

The deadline for voting is Thursday, July 30 and results will be posted here on August 2. I hope everyone is having a fun, and a safe, summer!

Curly Leaf Pondweed update

Volunteers have stopped pulling CLP on Rice Lake, Pike Lake, and the Turtle River for this year, as the plants have started growing their reproductive parts and disturbing them would only spread them more. But great progress was made, and the effort to keep these aggressive invasives under control will continue next year. Read Zach Wilson’s report on the work that has been done here, on Pike Lake’s website. As always, if you notice any invasives growing around Lake of the Falls, please let us know so we can inform Zach.

LOFA Board votes to cancel 2020 Annual Meeting and Picnic

At the LOFA Board meeting on Sunday, June 14, the board unanimously agreed to cancel this year’s Annual Meeting and Picnic due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In lieu of elections of officers, it was agreed to extend the terms of all officers by a period of 1 year. Voting on the proposed changes to the bylaws and the coming year’s budget will be conducted via email.

We really regret this decision but, in light of the current social distancing requirements, it seemed that there was no other way. LOFA members will receive an email at the beginning of July asking them to vote on the bylaws and the budget, which can be done easily by return email before the original date of the annual meeting. The minutes of the meeting can be read here.

Stay safe, everyone!

Zach Wilson’s Curly Leaf Pondweed Training

Here is the Power Point that Zach presented to volunteers at his training last week. Volunteers pulled weeds in Rice Lake over the weekend and are going to pull between Rice and Pike Lake on the Turtle River this week. Let’s hope for good weather!