Minutes from the 2009 Annual Meeting of Members
2009 Annual Meeting of Members
July 13, 2009,
1. President Paul Glendon called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
2. Board members present were Avery, Dashiell, Glendon, Grassmick, Igoe, and Jacobson.
3. Annette Dashiell gave the financial report. Net Income for the year was $787.33 bringing the associations net assets to $10065.32. In addition, there is a balance of $1,898.90 remaining in the grant for “The Beaver Island: A Great lake Jewel” video,
4. Jim Jones was presented by the nominating committee of the board to replace Dan Wardlow, who declined nomination for a second term due to family responsibilities. There were no other nominations from the floor. Jim was elected by unanimous acclamation. Pam Grassmick and
5. Paul Glendon introduced Don Uzarski, the Director Designate of the CMU Biological Station. Don comes from Grand Valley State University where he was Director of Great Lakes Research and Director of Great Lakes and Environmental Research. He spoke of various ecological and environmental research projects he has led. Don also mentioned that the 65-foot W.G. Jackson research vessel will arrive at Beaver Island on July 29 and will undertake three 1-½ hour research tours for Islanders so interested. (Don’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.) In response to a question from the floor, he indicated that longer-term plans for the Beaver Island Coast Guard Station include complete refurbishment of the interior of the facility as a boathouse, with additional office/lab space for coordination of aquatic research projects.
6. Paul Glendon introduced
7. Tim McDonough, Beaver Island Fire Chief, spoke about fire prevention initiatives, including a series of warning sirens on the various towers on the island (this will take time and money). He also mentioned an initiative to install warning signage describing fire risk (low, medium, moderate, high and very high) to be posted at campgrounds and other sites around the island (the association has offered to help with the cost). Volunteers are being trained to accurately assess fire risk in order to maintain the signs.
8. Tim then introduced Dan Jones from the DNR (Gaylord) who has 25 years experience in Michigan. Dan showed a video and discussed the “Fire Wise” program to reduce the
9. Pam Grassmick updated the association on several environmental issues. The survey of Beaver Island for Phragmites has just been completed. The survey was positive with only minimal stands found. High and Garden Islands have small infestations while Hog Island is heavily infested. There is minimal evidence of avian botulism this year. Jacque LaFreniere is now employed by the townships and has assumed responsibility for future Phragmites control efforts, including coordination of the contractors.
10. Bruce Jacobson reported for the Wildlife Club. There will be an open house with the Seney National Wildlife Refuge organization, which manages Hat, Gull and Shoe islands in the Beaver archipelago from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 22nd at the Peaine Township Hall. They are looking for public comment on the management of those islands. The wildlife club is encouraging attendance regarding the cormorant issue in particular, and generally for input regarding a 15-year conservation plan for Great Lakes islands under the dominion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was stated by an Association member that, although down, the population of area cormorants still approaches 50,000, each of which consumes more than a pound of small fish daily. The Wildlife Club’s control efforts have at this point been modestly effective. It was also noted that there is evidence that cormorant’s diet includes round gobies, which is probably a good thing.
11. Paul Glendon reported that an effort to establish a Beaver Island
12. The Great lakes Island Symposium at CMU is scheduled for August 28-30. It is hoped that we will have 100 attendees from various Great Lakes Island stakeholders, researchers, and policy makers (note: there are 32,000 islands in the Great lakes!). The purpose of the symposium is to help define priorities and to facilitate communication amongst the various organizations. Limited attendance by the public is possible if there is room, and a video of all presentations is planned.
13. Paul Glendon reported for Ken McDonald that the annual beach cleanup is scheduled for Labor Day weekend.
14. It was noted that the annual Beaver Island Blood Drive is scheduled for July 30. Members are encouraged to sign up and give (call Lars Larsen 448-2470).
15. The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.