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It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Jack Saunders on February 8, 2021. Jack was a pillar of the Lake Gaston community contributing his talents and time to many organizations in the Lake Gaston area. For the LGA, he was an invaluable member of our team, not only a member of the LGA Board of Directors, he was our Treasurer, and chair of our Public Safety Committee. 

More importantly, Jack was a close and dear friend. Jack’s spirit of friendliness, caring, and community giving will live on through his influence on all of us. 

We are all thankful for the opportunity to have worked with and alongside him. We truly will miss him, but will never forget him.

LGA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - APPROVED February 3, 2021
VIA Zoom
Note: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Board continues to meet via Zoom. This was our second meeting where we invited the membership.
Meeting called to order at 9:35 AM by President Don Carson. Those participating in the meeting were Directors Carol Warfel, Al Potter, Jeff Dowhan, Jeff Zimmer, John Cataldo, David Murphy, Judy Waters, Brian Goldsworthy and Executive Director Moira Underwood. We had a total of 28 attendees.
Today’s Agenda was approved. (JZ/JD)
Don explained we do not have a Treasurer report this month due to the excused absence of Jack Saunders.
Don then introduced Ms. Leanne Patrick, President/CEO of the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Leanne was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids and graduated from Meredith College. She spent some time in real estate before joining the Chamber last August.
Leanne explained the Chamber of Commerce has been around for over 400 years in some shape or fashion. With 450 members, the Chamber is an advocacy group to represent its membership around the lake in the 5 counties. Her task has certainly become more complicated due to the pandemic. The popular Business After Hours event has been a great opportunity to network and welcome new members. That is on hold but the Chamber has resumed ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses. She stated the Big Splash Raffle will take place this summer which is a great fundraiser for the Chamber. It was clear Leanne is rising to the challenge in this era of social distancing and has lots of ideas once face to face meetings can again take place.
Don thanked Leanne for speaking to the LGA and she will be presented with an LGA thank you coffee cup.
Don then asked if the Committee Chairs present had an update on their activities.

Jeff Zimmer, Lake Environment Chair, noted the committee is reviewing a video that the NC Department of Environmental Quality has produced which we plan to post on our web site. Jesica Baumann, Lake Manager from NC Extension, will be presenting the initial results from the 2020 vegetation management actives at an upcoming LKG stakeholders meeting. This will be the subject of the April LGA monthly meeting. Jeff concluded by stating his committee continues to meet in support of E coli testing kits, cage repair and vegetation planting as well as the fall vegetation survey. It’s an active committee and more volunteers are needed.
Education Chair Jeff Dowhan encouraged everyone to support your local elementary school by donating books.
Lake Clean Up Chair Carol Warfel noted the large amount of trash along our roads. Her committee is working on a clean up effort this spring. During the Q&A, a question was raised about the water level at the lake. Don responded the lake isn’t abnormally high. We have had a fair amount of rain end of last year and first of this year but Dominion is doing a good job keeping the water level within the range previously agreed (less than 200.5 feet above sea level). He reminded everyone if you live behind a culvert, it isn’t uncommon for the water level to be high since it takes longer for the water to pass through the culvert.
Our next meeting on March 3 will also be by Zoom and our guest speaker is scheduled to be Corey Chamberlain with Dominion Energy.
With no further questions or comments, motion by DM/JZ to adjourn and passed.
Meeting adjourned at 10:35 AM.
Respectfully submitted,
Brian Goldsworthy, VP and Acting Secretary

LGA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - APPROVED December 2, 2020
VIA Zoom
Note: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Board continues to meet via Zoom. This was our first meeting where we invited the membership.
Meeting called to order at 9:35 AM by President Don Carson. Those participating in the meeting were Directors Carol Warfel, Al Potter, Jeff Dowhan, Jeff Zimmer, John Cataldo, Jack Saunders, David Murphy, Judy Waters, Brian Goldsworthy and Executive Director Moira Underwood. We had a total of 27 attendees.
Today’s Agenda was approved. (David/JZ)
Jack gave a budget update and confirmed expenses remain below expected spend due to the pandemic. The organization is on firm financial ground.
As per the agenda, the Board unanimously approved the 2021 budget which was originally posted in the October/November Bulletin.
Although not an agenda item, for the benefit of the membership our first meeting in 2021 will be on February 3. Our speaker will be Ms. Leanne Patrick, CEO/President Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce. We do not meet in January.
After the first of the year we will post subsequent speakers/topics as plans are finalized.
Don then presented a power point presentation how the LGA worked through the pandemic year. It will soon be posted on the website.
During the Issues/Concerns segment, two issues were raised.
We had a question about the Chateau Hotel project and another question about the dues. It was explained membership is per household and not for each individual at the residence. As we write this, membership stands at (family/business). As to the former question, it was explained as of now the LGA is not taking a position either for or against this project.
Meeting adjourned at 10:18 AM.
Respectfully submitted,
Brian Goldsworthy, VP and Acting Secretary

We hope you will join us next year.  Thanks to all who made donations in support of the LGA.

The Lake Gaston Association will sponsor its Sixth Annual Community Paper Shred on Saturday, Sep 19th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The collection will be accomplished in the lower parking area at the Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department at 790 Lizard Creek Rd. The service is free to the public but contributions will be gratefully accepted. 

Items to be shredded can include any old paper records; staples and paper clips need not be removed, but please no three ring binders or heavy metal clamps. No computer memory discs or thumb drives. We can accept any amounts of paper for shredding that can be processed in the time period. 

The truck mounted shredder consumes about 10 book boxes/cases of paper every 8 minutes.   People can stand and watch while the paper is shredded.  The shredding is professional grade and is the same level of shredding contracted by banking institutions.