Saturday, the YMCA Camp Blanchard Dining Hall on the shores of Manchaug Pond was once again the location of this year’s annual meeting of the members.
Reports and updates from the president, treasurer, secretary and committee chairmans were given on topics ranging from water quality and the stormwater grant to boating safety and invasive species to the events held and planned for the fall. The Manchaug Pond Foundation, 501c3 public charity, was introduced with all its benefits in addressing current needs and future issues.
Also an election year, our Nominating Committee Chairman and 2nd Vice President presented a slate of officers and directors/area representatives approved by the membership for the 2010-12 term.
And our speaker, Representative Jennifer Callahan, is no stranger to Manchaug Pond…. Her door has been open to us, and she has solidly stood with us advocating, demanding the preservation of Manchaug Pond – She was there in Boston March 09′ as we attended a meeting with state agencies and officials looking at the issues of the lake’s waterlevel; on the Manchaug dam April 15 at MassDEP’s site evaluation; at the Sutton Town Hall July 7, 09′ at the Mass. Environmental Protection Act (MEPA) Public Hearing. She has responded to our emails, our phone calls and met with us during our years pushing for historic waterlevels.
And Saturday at our invitation she came to Manchaug Pond once again. Her presentation was right on target – starting with the history of great ponds and their preservation for the enjoyment of all citizens in the Commonwealth, and our efforts against the breaching of Manchaug Pond and our strong call for its protection by local and state decision makers.
Following the meeting, we all enjoyed a fabulous lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs and seafood chowder, salads, corn and more with those fudge Helen’s Bakery brownies and homemade ice cream.