Following our very informal social hour with wonderful hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by the Augusta Country Club staff, the formal portion of our annual meeting commenced. After recognizing guests, and following the secretary’s report, the treasurer’s report, the membership report, and comments by Bill Kieltyka regarding the success of our lighthouse light through the winter months, Alan Claude a Farmingdale artist was introduced to discuss his willingness to contribute the large lighthouse print seen in the photographs below. Valued at $995, the print had significant interest and ultimately was purchased by Marylee Sanders for $1200 that goes to the CYCLA coffers thanks to the generosity of the artist! We hear that the painting will reside in Marylee and Randy’s Florida home and hope to see photos of that sometime in the future. Thank you Alan, and thank you Marylee.
The current commodore then recognized our sponsors, reminded guests of open boat-ins available to host, and moved on to the business portion of this year’s important meeting. First, officers and executive committee members for 2019 to 2021 were elected, then past Commodore Dennett introduced commodore elect, Bill Kieltyka, to bring forth two proposed by-laws changes for a vote. After he discussed the reason for the changes, the application to the IRS to become a 501c3 organization such that donations to the CYCLA are tax deductible (coincidently the approval of that request was received on this same day), members at the meeting formerly rescinded the existing by-laws and approved the proposed new by-laws. Thanks were also given to Avery Day from the law firm Stevens and Day LLP for the work done on our behalf regarding these necessary changes.
Our speaker for the evening was Tamara Whitmore, executive director of the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed who gave a visual presentation regarding the latest efforts that are being put forth to combat the invasive species that have taken hold in Annabessacook Lake and in our own Lake Cobbosseecontee. As well, Commodore Kieltyka presented a check from the CYCLA to the Friends in the amount of $10,000 (to be matched in kind by the Snider foundation!) that will be used to support their efforts.
Members in attendance were then reminded that they need to, “Spread the word” about the CYC Lake Association, and to follow us on our website at www.cycmaine.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainecycsite.
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