View of outdoor tents with attendees walking.

The annual 2022 Lake Lanier Association celebration.

New committees and projects, a call for new board members and a new location are on the docket for 2023 with the Lake Lanier Association.

“The association had a very successful year in 2022 and that has positioned us for even more growth and progress toward our clean, full and safe lake initiatives,” said Amy McGuire, executive director. “We will be focusing our projects and programs to enlist even more member engagement for the coming year and hope to really up our game with volunteer opportunities and involvement.”

Perhaps the biggest news is that the organization will be moving into a store-front location during the first quarter of 2023. For the past 25 years, it had been headquartered in the North Georgia Community Foundation Building on Oak Street.

“This new location for our offices will help us even better serve our members as well as raise our visibility within the community and Northeast Georgia,” McGuire said. “As we approach our move-in date, we will begin planning an open house and other activities to showcase our new offices.”

The association has put out a call for new board members. Interested parties should send their resumes and a statement describing their skills and experience, as well as their value to the board.

“We’re looking for people who have the passion, expertise, ability and time to serve Lake Lanier and our mission,” she said. The board is made up of 15 members who will either serve as committee chairs, committee members or as project leaders to help us further involve our membership.”

New committees broaden services

Several committees have been established, led by board members, to expand the group’s programming. They are:

Social Committee: plan and manage special events, including the April Member Celebration, and pop-up events to encourage members to get to know each other.

Erosion & Sedimentation Committee: formed six years ago to more closely monitor storm-water runoff, erosion and sedimentation.

Business Sponsor Committee: Support current business sponsor involvement and further attract and recruit business sponsors.

Adopt-a-Lake Water Quality Testing: Collect samples once a month to help monitor water quality; training provided for this 22-year-old program.

Channel Marker Refresh: In partnership with the Corps of Engineers, help pinpoint locations of the red and green markers around the lake and implement a refurbishment plan.

“Of course in the coming year we will continue to grow our membership,” she said. “After all, it’s our members and supporters who make it possible to advocate for Lake Lanier.”

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