This is a reminder that at the picnic on Saturday August 31 we are having a special membership meeting to finalize a change in the association dues from $20.00 to $30.00.
This is a change requested by the membership at our annual meeting this year.
Since we published the notice of this meeting and its purpose, some of the members have expressed concerns about the raising of the dues and have taken issue with some of the activities and ways we spend the association money. A couple of issues mentioned were the scholarship we give annually and the annual expense of the walleye stocking program. As president I am glad to hear from our membership. Our board of directors has the responsibility to represent you. If you don’t agree with something we are doing, we won’t know it unless you tell us. Any of the activities and projects we do is subject to be changed or eliminated if that is what the membership wants.
As for the scholarship; the board of directors had decided to give a scholarship to a Rib Lake High School student who is entering college in a conservation, ecological, or other field that relates to our purpose of Spirit Lakes improvements. That scholarship began at $250.00 and was recently raised to $500.00. We have also changed it to include a Prentice High School student if there is no Rib Lake High School student who meets the requirements. The reasoning for the scholarship was to show our appreciation to the local community for what they do to help the Spirit Lakes. All the fundraisers and activities we have would not amount to anything if the Rib Lake, Ogema, Westboro, Chelsea, Prentice and other area residents and organizations didn’t participate.
As for the walleye stocking program; the board feels that improving the walleye population in our lakes is a boost to the overall quality of the lakes. Because of our joint effort with the Rib Lake Fish and Game and the WDNR we are able to raise walleye and stock many area lakes for approximately $1.00 per fish. That is a considerable savings as opposed to buying the size fish we are stocking.
Other things we do annually are maintenance of the boat landing, furnishing the port-a-potty at the landing, donations for fireworks displays, donation to the Taylor County Sportsmen’s Club, membership in the Price County and Taylor County Waterways Associations, and others.
As I said previously the special meeting is being held to follow up on the directive from the membership to change the dues. It cannot be done by the board or even by the membership without it being included on the agenda for the meeting. So at this meeting everyone will get a chance to express their views on this subject. Please take part in this.
Joseph W. Burger (President of the Spirit Lakes Improvement Association, Inc.)