Lake Gaston Association Executive Director

The LGA added the Executive Director position to its staff on July 1, 2005. It is the only paid LGA position, part time at 20 hours/week, and was established primarily to provide continuity of effort and resident expertise for the Board of Directors who, as volunteers, experience considerable turnover.

Moira Underwood has held the Executive Director position since its inception and is considered the glue that holds the organization together on a daily basis.

Early into her tenure, she established a permanent LGA office in the Town Center in Littleton, NC giving the LGA its first ever base of operations. From there, she is effectively able to respond to queries and concerns from members and other lake property owners, as well as administer her many other duties and responsibilities. She was also able to eliminate the need for a separate Communications Committee by assuming responsibility for publication of the bi-monthly LGA Bulletin, oversight of the organization’s web site, and providing timely communication with the LGA’s members through pertinent emails, letters, a monthly newspaper column, and numerous public service announcements.

Additional duties include oversight of the membership data base, preparation and mailing of member renewal letters and reminders, preparation and mailing of solicitations for new members using county tax listings, preparation of displays for use at meetings and area festivals, development and administration of member surveys, and administrative and advisory support of the LGA Board and its Committees. The Executive Director reports directly to the President in the execution of her duties. She may be reached (252) 586-6577 or toll free at 1-888-586-6577, or at email address execdir@lakegastonassoc.com or info@lakegastonassoc.com.

Moira was born and raised in England, where she met her husband Jack at her work location at IBM’s Hursley Laboratory. They subsequently married, and she emigrated to the US in 1982 as Jack returned from assignment. They continued their careers with IBM in Raleigh. Both worked with colleagues who talked (especially Monday mornings) about their weekend homes on Lake Gaston. Moira saw the movie ‘On Golden Pond’ and she had to see Lake Gaston. They became weekenders in 1983, full-timers in 1995 and Moira joined Jack in retirement.

A year later with time on her hands Moira answered an ad for a columnist with The Littleton Observer, a weekly newspaper in Littleton. After two columns, she took the offer to become a reporter, and started her second career! Besides writing her column, news and feature stories, covering bake sales etc, her duties included typing copy, laying out the newspaper on boards with wax, and subsequently becoming editor of the newspaper. She was enjoying a second retirement when the LGA opportunity presented itself.

Moira has been a performer at Lakeland Theater Company, Mosby Ave., Littleton since 1997; has had a weekly radio program called “Moments with Moira” on 90.1 & 90.5 FM since 2000 thanks to her air sponsor Lake Gaston Supply; volunteers at the John 3:16 Center as the after school piano and guitar teacher; and when she met Jack in England, Moira was still competing in track and field events – discus and shot put.

From the Desk of the Executive Director...
A major part of my duties is to manage the LGA membership database from which comes the information you see in your membership renewal notice. These notices are scheduled to go out the beginning of October via US mail. Please take the opportunity to look over your membership information and update where necessary and return it with your dues.

 

However, those of you who live in Brunswick Estates, Clydes Retreat, Delbridge Estates, Eaton’s Ferry Estates, Ferncliff, Hunter’s Creek, Jack’s Landing, Laura Woods, Long Branch Shores, Merrymount, Pasture Gate, River Forest, Roanoke Shores, Summerwood, Timber Creek, Timbuctu and West Winds, your dues for 2020 will come from your HOA treasurer.

 

For those of you who have sponsored a new member(s), you will see your dues amount has been discounted by the number of new members who wrote your name on their application form as their sponsor - $5 per new member.

 

On your renewal notice, please pay particular attention to your email address – do we have the correct email address? I try to keep up with them when an email address is rejected by calling you or sending you a note by US mail to get your new address. However, if you do have an email address and it’s not on the ‘Email address:’ line, please write it in for me, and/or send me your latest email address if it has changed.

 

We do keep your email address confidential to the LGA we are very particular about that. You miss out on information that is date related that will be out of date by the next Bulletin, like a Lake Gaston water level advisory; it may be information that’s specific to the county where your property is located or of interest to all our members. All our emails start the subject line with LGA: and then the topic, about three a month. You can either read them, or delete unseen if the topic doesn’t interest you.

 

Please know that no member has access to our distribution lists. Even though you may use the name of one of our distribution lists to try and reach LGA members – it happens from time to time, all emails come into an approval box on the mail server. It takes my intervention to connect an LGA generated email to one of our membership email distribution lists. Emails on the mail server not generated by the LGA are deleted.

 

We do appreciate that you are members of the LGA and are helping us to increase our membership goal. Thank you!

 

Moira