SCHROONLAKE-The Schroon Lake Association has been named Citizen of Year by the local chamber of commerce.
The lake-advocacy group is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011.
"They've been here 100 years; the board of directors decided its an appropriate time to honor the Schroon Lake Association," said Rosemarie Ritson of the chamber. "They have a long history of very good work in the community."
The SLA will be formally recognized during the chamber's annual dinner Tuesday, June 14, at Witherbee's Restaurant. The evening will begin with a cash bar social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $24 a person and can be obtained by calling the chamber at 532-7675. People will have a choice of entrees - prime rib, cedar plank salmon, rosemary chicken or vegetable portabello mushroom.
Helen Wildman, SLA president, will accept the honor from Laura Donaldson, chamber president.
It's not the first time the chamber has decided to honor an entire organization. Last year the chamber cited the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club. Several years ago the Schroon Lake Ambulance Service was honored.
The Schroon Lake Association traces its roots to 1911.
"One hundred years ago this year, the first president of the association, George Welwood Murray, expressed a concern of many; the lake was slipping through their fingers," said Nancy Belluscio, SLA secretary. "Since its inception, this volunteer group of dedicated year-round and seasonal residents has focused on preserving our lake to the benefit of all. Lester Speiser, a former president and vice president, has illustrated this in his pamphlet, 'The Rescue of a Lake called Schroon'."
The Schroon Lake Association was formed in 1911 by 36 people concerned about the life and purity of the lake.
"For 100 years, volunteers have come together to preserve and protect Schroon Lake," Belluscio said.
In the past century the SLA campaigned for an East Shore Road; it was involved in the first massive campaign against acid rain; stopped the use of harmful pesticides near the shore; and has helped maintain the concept of sustainable and environmentally safe development. The association has also funded the testing of the lake and the harvesting of invasive plants like purple loosestrife and Eurasian Water Milfoil.
The Schroon Lake Association will celebrate is centennial July 17, the day after the annual association craft fair, 1 to 5 p.m. in the town park near the boathouse and bandstand.
Helen Wildman, SLApresident, will open the event with a welcome to dignitaries and attendees. There will be ongoing displays featuring a time line of the association's accomplishments, a video about the organization, information about the current ecological issues that threaten the lake, and the newly-adopted lake management plan.
Music, a scavenger hunt, a performance by the SLA Aquanauts, food and beverage will also be part of the event. A time capsule, to be left for the future generation, is also being planned.
There will be no cost for any of the activities, but commemorative T-shirts will be on sale.
The Schroon Lake Association's annual general meeting, which is open to the public, will be on July 8 at 8 p.m. in the Boathouse Theatre. More information is available online at www.schroonlakeassociation.org.
"The SLA always encourages those who care about the future to join their efforts via membership and participation in the many aspects of the organization such as the arts and crafts fair, the duck race, purple loosestrife management, the milfoil scout program, water quality testing and the newsletter," Belluscio said.
The Schroon Lake Association is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the welfare of Schroon Lake, the Schroon River, and the watershed area. Since its founding in 1911, the association's motto has been "The purity of the lake; the welfare of the town."