Peter Menzies of Bolton Landing and Bedford has been elected the new president of the Lake George Association Board of Directors.
“This organization is incredible — we have a 135-year history of protecting this treasure, and we’ve never been stronger, or better positioned, to continue to do impactful work to protect Lake George’s water quality,” he said.
Pete was elected at the annual organizational meeting of the Lake George Association Board of Directors, which takes place at the Board’s first meeting after the Annual Meeting of the membership.
The LGA’s 135th Annual Meeting of the membership was at the end of June. A recording of the presentations is available here: https://youtu.be/x-7rRu1Mutc
The Lake George Association was founded in 1885 at the dawn of the American conservation movement when local residents and business owners who were concerned about the conditions of the Lake came together to make a difference in the Lake’s water quality.
Our work – our obligation to that history – is this long-standing community partnership that supports the work of actual Lake protection.
And while the history of the LGA has brought it to where it is, the direction and the future are focused on continuing and expanding that protection. “I couldn’t be more excited and optimistic about the LGA’s future. This board and this staff are a smart and powerful combination — and we are going to continue to accomplish a lot working together,” Pete said.
“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.”
Crediting previous LGA work, Pete said, “The Lake is a better place because of the hard work that the LGA has carried on for 135 years.”
“Pete has been a friend and a supporter for a very long time,” said Walt Lender, the LGA’s Executive Director. “His leadership and his ability to bring people together will be a tremendous asset to all of us working to protect the Lake’s water quality.”
Pete has a long history with the Lake George Association and a deep love for the protection of Lake George.
“For almost three decades, I have had a connection to this organization as a volunteer and a board member,” Pete said. “I started by selling memberships door to door for Dick Swire, our former board president. I credit him and Victor Hershaft, our Past President, for engaging me as a board member.”
He follows Carla Burhoe, owner of Canoe Island Lodge in Diamond Point, who decided to step back this year as her business has changed dramatically because of the pandemic, and requires more of her attention.
“This summer is presenting new challenges for many businesses, including mine,” she said. “Pete and I had worked together as President and Executive Vice President, and I knew that he could step up and lead the LGA so I could devote my energies to ensuring Canoe Island Lodge, like the LGA, is here for many more decades.”
“I am thankful that he could step up immediately,” Carla said. “I am happy to support him and the LGA in any way that I can.”
Elected as Executive Vice President was Mary Caravella, who splits her time between Cotton Point in Bolton and Connecticut, where she is an Associate Professor in Residence at the UConn School of Business.
“From the first time I saw Lake George two decades ago, it has become such a special place in our lives and hearts,” Mary said. “I am proud to be able to be a part of the LGA’s legacy of protecting Lake George for future generations.”
Bill Dutcher, of Pilot Knob, was re-elected as Vice President. Bob de Buys, of Hague, was re-elected as Treasurer. Jim Casaccio, of Bolton, was elected as secretary.
For more information, please call (518) 668-3558 or see the wealth of information on our updated website at http://www.LakeGeorgeAssociation.org
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association goes to projects and programs that benefit the Lake and the watershed, protecting Lake George water quality now and in the future.