Peter Menzies elected as Executive Vice President
Diamond Point business owner Carla Burhoe has been elected President of the Lake George Association’s Board of Directors for 2018-19.
Carla and her husband, Tom, own Canoe Island Lodge in Diamond Point, a resort that was founded by Carla’s mother and father, Jane and Bill Busch, in 1946. Carla and Tom took the property over in 1997.
“I am honored to have been elected to lead the Board of Directors for the Lake George Association for this year,” said Carla Burhoe. “The LGA is very fortunate to have such a caring and engaged Board of Directors, staff and membership. I know I speak for all of us when I say that we board members are happy to be involved with the organization with a 130-year history of protecting the Lake’s water quality.”
“The Lake George Association continues to do important work monitoring the Lake’s water and streams for problems, performing projects to stop stormwater and nutrients from flowing into the Lake, and reaching out to residents, visitors, students and others to familiarize them with ways to keep the Lake in great shape.”
“I am looking forward to working with the LGA staff and our partners around the lake – businesses, homeowners, schools, other non-profits and local governments – to ensure our critical work and joint protection projects continue,” she said.
Burhoe was elected to the one-year term at the annual organizational meeting of the Lake George Association Board of Directors in September 2018.
“Carla has been involved for many years in the community and the LGA,” said Walt Lender, Executive Director of the Lake George Association. “Her leadership and her ability to bring people together will be a tremendous asset to all of us working to protect the Lake’s water quality.”
The Lake George Association was founded in 1885 at the dawn of the conservation movement by local residents and business owners who were concerned about the conditions of the Lake and who came together to make a difference in the Lake’s water quality.
Burhoe joins a long line of citizen leaders (including her own family members) whose interest in the Lake extends past their property’s boundaries.
“My upbringing included observing the prototype of community service, and developing the instinct to serve the greater community … to give back. While my dad and mom were hewing Canoe Island Lodge from a wooded lot into the resort it is now, my father was a member of the board at the First National Bank of Glens Falls and a board member at Lake George schools,” she said.
“He was also president of the Lake George Park Commission for 10 years, and was part of the reason why the Commission introduced the marine patrol program.”
Family service is a common theme for LGA officers. A second resident with a long family history of service to Lake George has been elected as Executive Vice President of the Lake George Association Board of Directors.
Peter Menzies, of Bedford, NY, and Bolton Landing, first got involved with the LGA in college, and has held board positions and leadership positions in the LGA and the Lake George Land Conservancy.
“We all have the responsibility to protect the well-being of the Lake,” Menzies said. “My sisters, my parents – all of us take stewardship of the places we live very seriously.”
“What I really admire and embrace about the Lake George Association is that it is a community effort. Membership dollars go to tangible, effective programs that protect the Lake’s water quality now and also in the future.”
“The more participation we have, the more meaningful our impact can be as an organization,” Menzies said. “It also helps to build a critical mass around awareness of concerns, and creates a contagious spirit of participation that pushes community and conservation efforts.”
Lake George Association protects Lake George water every day. Made possible by our members and donors, the LGA’s actions support water quality protection, scientific monitoring, education and lake friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga. All of the Lake George Association’s actions focus on protecting Lake George now and creating long-term lake sustainability.