Lake Groton Association Annual Meeting

And Cookout


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Preamble:  A meeting of the membership is required at this time by the bylaws of the association for the purpose of electing the trustees and clerk.  This meeting is also qualified to act on such business as may be brought before it.



1)      Call to Order-quorum confirmation (20 members required)

77 members present


2)      Introduction of new members

Bob and Sue Demers & family


3)      Volunteer Thank You


Donath family for water quality monitor

Jim Soutar for boat safety course, and welcome committee

Dave Spencer Groton pond .com web site…damn inspector

Peter and Alana Welch for 2010 federation of  lakes meeting

Dean Edson damn inspector

John LaRosa fireworks and milfoil team

Rusty Reader milfoil and association clerk

Paul Sykas  trustee and chef

Jon Desilets association president

John Lord trustee

Darlene Sprague association trustee and loon educator


4)      Email addresses Please. If you are not receiving email from me and you want to be kept up to date, please provide your email address. Please send them to We will not publish them in the directory unless you let us know you want us to.

Also: please indicate if you would prefer to receive meeting minutes, and newsletters via e-mail, or traditional paper mail


5)      Minutes 2009 see website.  Minutes were approved by motion


6)      Financial Report-Presented by Oreste Reader: see attached report.



Clerk statistics

·        2009 132 owners listed on our mailing list

·        12 life members

·        50 paid(active) members

·        43 contributors to fireworks display


·        2010 134 owners listed

·        11 life members

·        55 paid(active) members

·        55 contributors to fireworks display


7)      Moment of Silence for deceased members,-Midge Rossi and Eleanor Brock


8)      Nominations and election of two trustees to replace John LaRosa. Paul Sykas has agreed to remain a trustee.


Paul Sykas will stay on for another term.

Matt Coxon was appointed for one term.  Nominated by John LaRosa. 


9)      Nomination and election of Clerk/Treasurer position for one year

Oreste Reader was nominated, and elected for another year.


10)  Financial recommendations from the board of trustees

a.       $250.00 Groton Fast Squad

b.      $250.00 Groton  Fire Department

c.       $50.00 Loon Recovery Program

d.      Dues set at-$20.00 (includes one cookout ticket)


11)  Park Update- Lisa Fisher - Dept. of Forest and Parks

Park attendance up 20% from 2009, revenue up 11%


12)  Committee Reports


a.       Boating Safety Certification Course-Jim Soutar


12 successful completions.  6 had direct ties to families from the lake.

      2011 course dates: Saturday July 2, 2011 from 9:30am to 3:30pm

      Sunday July 3, 2011 from 9:30am to 2:30pm.


**you must register, and pick up course materials from Jim seven days prior to the course.  The pre-study, and written homework must be completed prior to the course.


b.      Welcome Committee-Jim Soutar and Milt Lamberton

Two new additions to the lake community

; the Leahy family, Dave and Angie, and the Demers family, Bob and Sue


c.       Federation of Lakes and Ponds-Peter Welch

                   Legislative updates reviewed, H.462, and H.488, and H.763.  Peter reviewed

                   The meeting agenda, and the items that were covered.  Web site for detailed  

                   review of Peter’s notes.


d.      Web Spencer

                   Keep sending your photos, and information to Dave.  Visit the web site, a lot

                   Interesting information about the lake, and lake history


e.       Lay Monitoring report.-Donath family

Report to be posted on the web site.  Overall, the average clarity was improved as compared to the 2007, and 2008 data.


f.        Milfoil Watch Team-John LaRosa

Looking for more volunteers.  If interested, click the contact box on the pond website, and send your contact information.

g.       4th of July activities-boat parade, fireworks, morning coffee.  2011 dates John LaRosa


Boat Parade: Sunday July 3rd, 1pm at the south end, clockwise trip around the pond.


Fireworks: Saturday July 2nd


Morning trustees meeting, and history society meeting/spring coffee at nature center, Saturday July 2rd at 8am


Fall meeting: Labor Day weekend, Saturday, tentative site: Boulder beach shelter, cook out to follow. 



h.       Groton Pond History-Dave Spencer: continue digging for the history.  E-mail items to Dave.  Check those deeds!


13)  New Business:

a.       Stillwater early closing-September 16th.  The gate will also be open each weekend thru Columbus Day from 9AM till 4 PM. If the gate is closed at these times it will not be locked.  Please close it as you leave and leave it unlocked. If you need another time please coordinate with Stillwater at 584-3822 until Sept. 16th or the maintenance shop at 426-3040 after that.


b.      Misc. Topics- car top boat launch study,   A meeting was held Friday 9-3-10 at the nature center.  There was a strong turn out by association members.  We do not want a 24/7 access.  The state departments involved with the project heard our concerns, and will gather the committee that made the recommendations, and consider our input.  To give additional feedback, or comments, send them to Susan Bulmer:  Another meeting will be scheduled to review the decisions made. 


c.       Damn repairs: currently the project is out for bid.  Should be underway from this October to July of 2011.


d.      232/Boulder Beach intersection:  current projects and revenue, made it not possible to change the Y intersection, to a safer T like intersection.  Project still in the works, possibly 2011.


  11)  Other Business:  It was asked Elizabeth Maloney to do an introduction of members to be familiar with names and people.  A table by table introduction followed.

            Dr Reichard mentioned that there was a lot of debris in the water after the fireworks display this year, and he was concerned.  John LaRosa said that NorthStar fireworks, who put on our show do not use the type of display that has parachute like material.  Can we possibly gather a group of volunteers for next year to be out early in the morning following the 4th of July’s activities to pick up any water debris?  Contact John if interested.


        12)  Adjournment  : I see snow flakes a fluttering, we have been here so long, I move to adjourn the 2010 Lake Groton Association annual fall meeting says John LaRosa….meeting adjournment motion carried.  Meeting adjourned 11:45am Whew….I am sick of typing!


Respectfully submitted:

Oreste Reader

Clerk/Treasurer of the Lake Groton Association

LAKE GROTON ASSOCIATION                            



Treasurer”s  Report  2009/2010


Balance as of  July 30, 2009        Certificate of Deposit             $2355.80

                                                    Petty Cash                                $33.13

                                                    Check Book Balance            $1217.96



                        Interest Income                        

                                    Certificate of Deposit            $8.25                            

                                    Check Book                          $2.38                                                                                                       Dues (2009 and 2010)                $3190.00                                         

                        Meal tickets for 2010 mtg              $105.00                 

              Extra donation for fast/fire squad               $50.00                  



Fast Squad Donation                                                  $250.00

Fire dept Donation                                                      $250.00

Loon recovery program                                                $50.00

Annual Meeting 2009                                                  $118.29                                         

                        Newsletter, postage, copying                $418.25                          

                        Federation Meetings, Dues                   $25.00

              Federation of Lakes and Ponds mtg                $25.00

                        Web Site Dues                                     $60.39                                                                                                                                    Bank Service Charges                           $4.00                         

                        Non-profit registration State of VT        $30.00            


Balance as of August 30, 2009             Certificate of Deposit                       $2371.58                    

                                                                        Petty Cash                               $33.13                                  

                                                                        Check Book Balance           $3011.83         


Fireworks fund                                      Balance 2009 post show:                $359.08          

                                                                         Donations 2010:                $3734.08

                                                               Cost 2010 show:                         $3000.00                                 

                                                               Balance 2010 post show:               $734.08**

**fire works monies included in check book balance