The Belgrade Lakes Association recently recognized Maureen Maslak and Bill Witkin for their many years of service as members of the BLA Board of Directors. Maureen and Bill received a standing ovation and the heart felt thanks of the large crowd at the July 31 BLA Member Reception and Annual Meeting.
Maureen became the BLA secretary shortly after joining the board in 1995. In that capacity she helped undertake the herculean job of compiling a list of Great Pond and Long Pond shorefront property owners. Thanks to her "door to door" and "dock to dock" efforts on both lakes, membership in the BLA more than doubled.
When the threat of invasive aquatic plants came along, Maureen was quick to recognize the danger to our lakes and take action. She helped start the Courtesy Boat Inspection Program and supervised it so well that our program led the state in the number of yearly inspections.
Bill Witkin joined the BLA board way back in the 1980s at the invitation of Eddie Mayer, surely becoming our longest-serving board member. In all those years, Bill always brought his positive outlook, sage advice and great wisdom to the board.
Bill's dedication to the BLA and our lake community was evident in his year round attendance at our meetings, traveling to Belgrade every month with his wife, Joan, from their home in Chappaqua, New York. Bill recently recalled driving all the way up in a snowstorm, finally arriving in Belgrade, only to discover the BLA meeting had been cancelled due to weather. Bill and Joan are also strong supporters of the BLA programs, like the STOP MILFOIL Capital Campaign.
Thank you, Maureen and Bill, for your many years of distinguished service and your lasting contributions to the BLA and this community. Your love of our lakes and work for their betterment is testimony to why you are so loved and admired. You are an inspiration to us all.
Founded in 1909 and believed to be Maine's oldest lake association, the Belgrade Lakes Association exists "to protect and improve the watershed of Great Pond and Long Pond." For more information, visit www.belgradelakesassociation.org.