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Thorndike Pond
Conservation Association

Annual Meeting - 1998

Minutes of Annual Meeting
Meeting Place, Jaffrey Center, N.H.
August 1, 1998
President Jo Benedek called the 39th meeting of the Association to order at 11:07 AM   50 Members were present. Folders were distributed containing copies of the By-Laws, the financial statement, a list of members and maps. Jo began by suggesting a theme of Harmony with the environment and with each other. She also recognized the recent passing of members Bernard Holmes, Rowland Becker and Kenneth Russell. New member Lisa and Wayne Cooper, Pat Silbert were introduced, as well as new "old" members Don and Sallie Austerrmann.
The membership approved the minutes of the 1997 annual meeting,
Members approved the financial report as presented by Treasurer Ginnie Wile. The Treasurer's motion to continue the dues at $50 was passed unanimously.
Bill Jackson presented the results of the water testing that indicated the water quality to be good to very good. There has been a slight trend, toward increased algae. Recommendations were made to avoid using fertilizers and. to pump septic tanks regularly.
Jo Benedek reported on a visit July 20 by two Department of Environmental Services aquatic biologists who recorded all type of plants that were detected in the pond. They determined the pond to be in excellent condition and compared it favorably to Squam Lake. Another visit by DES personnel in September will be to do depth testing around the pond. A suggestion was made by DES to avoid adding sand to beaches, and noted that a permit is required before sand, can be added. Concern was expressed by members regarding the effects of high powered boats. Jo said she would be formulating a survey to be sent to all members concerning how they use the pond. Since there will be three foot draw down this year starting October 1, it was pointed out that a permit is required to use heavy equipment in the pond and should be applied for right away. There is a $2,000 fine for not having a permit.
Members approved the actions of the Board of Directors during the 1997-1998 year.
Members approved the slate of officers for the 1998-1999 year. They are: Jo Benedek, President; Don Strickland, Vice-President; Ginnie Wile, Secretary-Treasurer; Evie Hammerman and Lisa Cooper two year terms as Directors. Bernie Hampsey and Lee Bruder continue for another year.
The meeting adjourned at 12:41 for lunch at Melville Academy.
Respectfully submitted, Ginny Wile, Secretary/Treasurer