LWA Board Meeting Minutes

for May 8, 2021


Members present:  Ron Reich, Glen Goodwin, Kathy Pfaff, Janis Judd, Charlie McGlynn, Susan Tyra, Mark Wolf, Teresa Reding, Mathias Peterson, Lisa McCloud, Jim Patterson, Vicki Lipstreuer

Members absent:  Ross Lindmeyer, Scott Erikson, Pat Maranda, Dave Patterson

Visitors:  Bob Eddy – RALALA 


Meeting called to order at 9:04 am by president Ron Reich via Zoom

Approval of minutes from 9-12-20 board meeting motion made by Vicki/Charlie – carried



  1. Treasurer’s Report – (emailed to board members/see attached) Kathy moved $30,000 into savings account from checking account to get a little more interest.  CD rates are really low right now – no point in putting funds into a CD right now.   Motion to approve treasurer’s report made by Vicki/Susan – motion carried.

  2. AIS – update on the AIS/CLT payments for LWA work: Ross was unable to attend ZOOM meeting today due to technical difficulties with Zoom.  Glen reported that Ross will send a detailed report to board members. Ross applied for a $1,500 DNR grant and we were approved.  Freshwater will do our lake survey and PLM will do any AIS treatment as needed – as in past year.  Look for detailed AIS report in Spring newsletter

  3. Boat monitoring:  Donna is our new AIS technician.  No information from CLT AIS committee from Ross.  Planning to have Freshwater do AIS survey in July after weeds grow.

  4. Water Patrol:  Vicki reports Pat talked to Deputy Laderville (Cass County Sheriff) and we will do water patrol again this summer.  Patrol boat will be stored at Land O’Lakes Marine.  Water Patrols will start Memorial Day weekend

  5. Database/Membership/Communication:  Glen reports we have 260 members as of today all due to January invoices sent out.  75 donations given to general fund, 108 donations given to AIS fund with membership payments.  Last year membership topped at 299 total.  Two email blasts will go out soon – one for road clean-up and one for membership renewal reminder.  

  6. Buoys:  Adopt-a-buoy – Teresa shared we should look for information in Spring newsletter, we have permission from Cass County Sheriff Burch to pursue our program – people would just monitor buoys for major movement and report to Dave Braun or Teresa.  

  7. Loons, Wildlife:  Lisa reports the Loon Center won’t be completed until 2024 even though groundbreaking is this Spring.  Discussion held about LWA loon nest platforms, who puts them out, need to update list, etc.  RALALA has no organized loon platform program as lake has many islands for loons to nest on.

  8. Website:  Kathy welcomes new ideas for content

  9. Newsletter:  Susan indicated chairperson(s) still needed for newsletter production.  Writers are all on track with providing articles for Spring newsletter.

  10. Water Quality/Lake Level:  look for Dave Snesrud’s article/report in Spring newsletter

  11. Fisheries:  John Harris and Lisa chatted – no new report from DNR but look for his article in Spring newsletter

  12. Insurance Committee:  Jim looking into various companies/getting quotes from various agencies to see if we just want to renew current policy or change.  Also need to look into an officers and directors policy


  1. Review 2021 modified goals/tasks: (see attached). Glen suggests we identify goals in progress, those that have been achieved, those tabled, and/or inactive goals.  Vicki suggests we add a ‘status’ to each goal(done, in progress, tabled, etc).  Discussion held.  Glen/Lisa made a motion to donate $200 to the Loon Center – motion carried.

  2. Posting Minutes on Website:  posting of minutes to website starting May 2021

Other Business

  1. Membership categories/changes:  Vicki reports this task is in progress/on hold – related to by-laws task.

  2. Welcome Packets:  Susan asks for directors to help deliver packets to new property owners in own neighborhood if she is unable to make contact.  Last year there were 27 property transfers – many were inter-family transfers.  Three property transfers so far this year.  

  3. Shoreline Reclamation:  Ross & Scott should coordinate their efforts – no report, look for article in Spring newsletter

  4. Floating Ice Cream Social:  board decided to continue this summer activity

  5. Other:  Susan asked Bob Eddy from RALALA about the “Eyelids” program – it is a camera system at public boat landings, RALALA uses at both boat landings, cost about $10,000 just to set up.  Video is good quality, triggered by ‘mass’ sensor, information stored in the cloud, ability to view camera, audit, etc.  RALALA has them for times when DNR inspectors are not at boat launch – also has audio to remind folks to check their boats for vegetation, etc.  They have noticed a lot of boats come in and out every single day.

Glen shared that the online voting from August general meeting worked very well.  Should we adopt this – think about this – was easy to set up and use.


Next board meeting will be June 19th at 9 am on Zoom. No membership meeting on June 19th due to continued CoVid restrictions and CDC guidelines.

Charlie/Jim motion to adjourn at 10:23 am – motion carried.


Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary

Janis Judd

LWA Board Meeting Minutes for September 12, 2020

Zoom Meeting


Meeting called to order at 9:08 am by President Ron Reich


Members present:  Glen Goodwin, Kathy Pfaff, Ross Lindmeyer, Lisa McCloud, Mark Wolf, Ron Reich, Susan Tyra, Charlie McGlynn, Teresa Reding, Mathias Peterson, Janis Judd, Scott Erickson, Vicki Lipstreuer

Members absent:  Dave Patterson, Jim Patterson, Pat Maranda

Guests:  Linda Von Straton, Bob Eddy – RALALA Board members

Approval of minutes from August 8, 2020 (Janis emailed minutes to all board members) motion to approve minutes as presented made by Lisa/Glen – motion carried


Election Results:  Glen reports voting went well.  81 vote entries/13 were duplicates/68 validated votes – note for future if use online voting – make it clear only one vote per membership household.  Vote data available on LWA website – all comments for public view


  1. Reports. 

  1.  Treasurer’s Report:  (see attached) Kathy stated 475.00 memorial monies for Ted Johnson being kept separate as noted.  $1,081.06 apparel sales profit will be moved to AIS fund next month along with cap sale profits not yet listed on treasurer’s report

  2. AIS:  Ross updated board that the Crooked Lake Township (CLT) AIS grant monies paid for the lake survey and from the grant, we still have $1,100 to put toward EWM treatment – LWA will need to pay for remainder from our AIS fund.  Ross encouraged all to go look at Luscher’s Park shoreline restoration planting – he would like to present similar project to LWA for 2021 and get Boy Scouts involved.  Discussion held about boat landing inspectors being present all scheduled weekends.

  3. Boat monitoring/Township AIS:  Ross covered above

  4. Water Patrol/Not active this year:  Pat/Vicki – no report

  5. Database/Membership/Communication report:  Glen reports 295 members as of today

  6. Buoys:  Teresa talked to Sheriff Burch this week about “Adopt A Buoy” program, he will make a topical map and get it to Teresa.  Discussion held about how “adopt a buoy” program would work – Dave Braun would still be our contact person for all buoy concerns.  

  7. Loons/Wildlife:  Lisa took out loon nesting platform on Birch Bay, saw broken eggs.  She also observed 8 immature loons flying together – getting strength and practice for migration.  No report of bear sightings.  Active squirrels – dropping/throwing acorns at people!

  8. Webmaster:  Kathy added this year’s AIS treatment information and will add ice cream social pictures soon

  9. Newsletter:  Susan reports newsletter produced by a team; team needs articles for Fall newsletter by Oct. 5thand then newsletter will be sent to printer in early November

  10. Water Quality/Lake Level:  Dave Snesrud – no report – look for information in Fall newsletter

  11. Fisheries:  John Harris no report – Lisa talked to John, DNR might be doing a survey soon

  12. Insurance:  Jim emailed Ron – he and Vicki still filling out required forms to get a quote from company – Ron will follow up with Jim and email board with more information as it becomes available


II.  Planning

  1.  Review 2020 Goals/Tasks:  refer to September attachments to meeting agenda and Ron’s comments in RED.  

Organizational Development:  Vicki asked Linda (RALALA) if they have a succession plan – she and Bob Eddy (RALALA) shared it doesn’t always work/they are in the same place as we (LWA) are.  Bylaws – Vicki asked to move to 2021 goal/task list.  Formal audit process – Scott Erickson worked with Greg and Jackie Hegel – records in excellent shape and financial reports accurate. Scott agreed to head audit committee.  Insurance – Ron is following up with Jim Patterson.  

Continue to battle AIS:   Motion to rename our AIS line item as the “Ted Johnson AIS Memorial Fund” made by Ross/Scott.  Motion carried.  

Enhance Member Communication:  Ross feels LWA doing good job informing Lake Washburn property owners regarding identification of AIS and whom to contact – must continue this effort.  Glen doing great job with member communications (Next Door, email blasts, Newsletter, road signs).  Still have 100 Years on Lake Washburn History books for sale.  Sale of LWA logo gear will be an ongoing thing Vicki says – maybe not yearly, but ongoing.

Build Community:  Susan will continue the welcome package to new property owners.  Lisa will continue youth fishing contest.  Ice cream social was a hit – we had about 66 boats, gave out 238 bars of ice cream and 55 dog treats.  Ross looking to hold lake community gathering at the Scout camp – has a contact for Scout Camp property who graciously wants to help us with our ideas for event and might be good spot for shoreline restoration project/get boys to help/earn badges.  Ideas shared on combined activity with RALALA

Integrate Local Resources:  continue working with local DNR, contact the Loon center for speakers/opportunities

  1. Brainstorm New Goals/Tasks for 2021:  Ron asks if we should consider a lake stewardship program – Gull Lake has one we could use for a guide.  Ross – invite lakeshore restoration specialist who worked on Luscher’s Park as a speaker for our annual meeting.  Add “Adopt a Buoy” initiative under “Build Community” section on our goals/tasks



Motion to adjourn meeting made by Glen/Susan.  Motion carried. 

 Meeting adjourned at 10:46 am


Next board meeting will be May 8, 2021 – meet via Zoom before if needed


Minutes respectfully submitted, 

Janis Judd