Vermilion Lake Association Holds Annual Meeting

Vermilion Lake Association (VLA) members gathered for their annual meeting on Saturday, August 7 at scenic Camp Vermilion in Cook, MN, marking 53 years carrying out their mission to protect and improve Lake Vermilion. About 100 members and guests attended.

Informational tables surrounding topics of the Lake Steward program, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), shore lunch sites, loon preservation/count, and fisheries conservation were set up on the deck outside with VLA program leaders and staff from the St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District available to answer questions.

Cael Thompson, a Boy Scout from Iowa, displayed one of his two loon nest platforms that he built in support of our ongoing loon work. He spoke briefly about his project as a part of his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. Cale has visited Lake Vermilion for many years with his family.

A brief business meeting was held after a delicious buffet style meal of pulled pork, potato salad, and wood-fired brownies. Members re-elected board members Sheri Sawatzky, Pat Michaelson, Gary Haugen, and Jill Korpela-Bontems, along with new board member Nancy Watkins. By-law changes regarding monthly board meetings and Annual Meetings were approved. These changes will be available on the website.

The 2700-member Vermilion Lake Association – one of the largest and most active in Minnesota – welcomes all who care about Lake Vermilion and wish to protect her for the next generation. If you would like to join or volunteer, please check out the organization’s website or contact Pat Michaelson 612-306-7702.

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