President’s Corner Summer Is Upon Us! I sincerely hope this newsletter finds each and every one of you in good health. Like folks across the world, we too are dealing with the Coronavirus disease as best we can given what we know at the time. The LGA is tracking the recommendations of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as State and local Departments of Health as they may apply to our activities. At the time of this writing, discussions have moved to how we could begin to reopen some businesses and broaden the limitations that have been put in place to slow the spread of the disease. Our highest priority is the safety and well being of our members and the community. So far, we have postponed most of our activities and meetings until such time as the threat has subsided and are evaluating how we might conduct our activities as the situation evolves. Even when restrictions are relaxed, we will be mindful of balancing the benefit of our activity and the potential impact on our community and our volunteers (many of whom may fall into the At Risk category). We must all do our part to minimize the spread of this disease. If all goes well, the spread will be checked and we will never know which of the protective measures succeeded. That will be a sacrifice worthwhile. As the Fish Spawning Season come to a close, we should see a return to normal lake water levels (199’-200’ above sea level), unless Mother Nature drives us into Flood Control Operations. It is always wise to secure boats (even those on a lift), kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, outdoor furniture, and the like so that high winds or waves cannot cause them to drift or blow away. Remember hurricane season begins in June and runs through the end of November. Current long range forecasts are predicting a higher than average number of storms this year. As many of you may recall, it is not unusual for one or more of those storms to end up coming our way. Enjoy the lake, be safe and be healthy. Don Lake Gaston – Special Place, Incredible People!
Birdwatchers and the general public enjoy watching Canada geese, ducks, and other waterfowl - all valuable natural resources. In many areas of the country, however, populations of nonmigrating, or resident, Canada geese, and ducks are increasing dramatically.
These birds require freshwater for resting and nesting and tender young grass and other succulent vegetation for food. The plentiful, well-manicured lawns of residential neighborhoods, corporate business areas, parks, airports, and golf courses provide excellent habitat. Geese, especially, can easily become accustomed to people and residential areas.
LGA Minutes for the February 5, 2020, Monthly Meeting Approved Lake Gaston Baptist Church
The meeting began at 9:30 AM with a welcome from President Don Carson. Don then led the assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and requested a moment of silence. In attendance we had Directors’ Jeff Dowhan, Jack Saunders, Al Potter, Tony Moran, Judy Waters, Jeff Zimmer, David Murphy, John Cataldo, Brian Goldsworthy and Executive Director Moira Underwood.
There were 34 members/guests in attendance.
A motion to approve the agenda was made by Jack Saunders, seconded by John Cataldo and passed.
Don introduced Board Member David Murphy who graciously shared his knowledge and expertise about Raspberry Pi which is a low cost credit card size computer. David spoke about how Raspberry Pi devices seamlessly connect to the Internet of Things and gave an example of medical devices used to monitor heart rate, pulse, etc.
A very interesting “show and tell” was displayed on the table in front of the room so attendees could actually touch and see a Raspberry Pi. David also explained how he is working with local middle school students enrolled in STEM (Science, Technical Engineering and Math) to actually build a device and then learn coding which can open doors to their future development. He cited a self driving shoe box size car and a robot. Interesting stuff!
We provided some committee updates which are elsewhere in the Bulletin. Attendees were reminded of the Annual Shred Day scheduled for April 25, 2020 at the RWVFD fire station on Lizard Creek Road.
During audience comments we had someone ask for an Identity Theft presentation since she was recently victimized. We also had a new member talk about their personal efforts to pick up trash on the roadway near their home We all agreed this was a great idea.
Those is attendance had no further questions and the meeting was adjourned at 10:55 AM.
Respectfully submitted, Brian Goldsworthy, Secretary