April ebulletin

Lake misty morning

What’s in This Issue

This month’s issue features a description and the results of our first annual Spring Fundraiser, a call for messages supporting our recommendation to the County Commissioners to form a Lake Leelanau Preservation Board, and details of the Michigan Lakes and Streams Annual Conference which is took place online on April 30 and was free to attend for Michigan lake association supporters such as you. We hope you find this ebulletin timely and informative and welcome all and any feedback. If you have any comments, please send them to [email protected]

Our Spring Fundraiser Was A Huge Success!

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of supporters like you, our Virtual Auction raised just over $74,000, including the full amount of $13,000 in matching donations. In a nail-biting finish, bids for the 80+ auction items kept coming in right up to the 8pm deadline on April 14. Summer-themed auction items such as boat cruises and water sports were among the most popular items.

Besides the monetary outcome, we’re also celebrating:

  • The many local businesses who provided sponsorships, auction items, door prizes and cash donations
  • The many individuals and families who did the same
  • Our enthusiastic bidders, many of whom paid above market price for their auction items, thereby qualifying as donors for the difference
  • The many unsolicited comments we received expressing appreciation for our lake protection and preservation activities
  • Our talented and tireless volunteers who organized the auction

In case you missed the opportunity to participate, we’re keeping the cash donation window open until the end of May. Just click here to make a donation with your credit card, selecting 2021 Spring Fundraiser in the drop-down menu as the purpose of your donation.

County Commissioners To Consider Lake Preservation Board

As many of you know, the Leelanau County Commissioners will consider our recommendation to form a Lake Leelanau Preservation Board at their upcoming May 11th meeting. If you haven’t already done so, we’re asking all of you who agree with our recommendation to communicate your support to the commissioners  by sending an email to Chet Janik, County Administrator, and ask that he relay a copy of your email to all the Commissioners. Mr. Janik's email address is [email protected]  We’re already receiving a steady stream of copies of such messages and would love to receive one from you!

In case you haven’t yet seen Nancy Popa and Tom Hiatt’s April 13 presentation to the Commissioners, you can read/download a copy from our website here.

MLSA 2021 Annual Conference - Free Access to Session Recordings

The Michigan Lakes & Streams Association’s 2021 Annual Conference was held online on April 30. Sessions included such topics as aquatic invasive species, water quality, lakeshore insurance and property rights. Speakers from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives’ committees on natural resources gave keynote addresses at noon. Click here to see the full agenda and watch the session recordings. You can also sign up for MLSA email communications such as monthly newsletters, legislative updates and other important information.

Help Your Friends and Neighbors Stay Informed

Do you have friends or neighbors who care about the quality and beauty of Lake Leelanau but don’t receive our ebulletins? If so, please forward this ebulletin to them and all they have to do is reply with their name to [email protected]. We’ll take care of adding them to our mailing list for future issues.

Lake Leelanau Lake Association is a non-profit organization led by and for individuals, families and businesses who support its mission to protect and enhance the quality and beauty of Lake Leelanau and its surrounding watershed for current and future generations. If you would like to make a donation to support our programs, you can do so here on our website. If you would like to help our programs as a volunteer, send a message to [email protected]

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