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WAPOA Offers Annual Meeting Highlights

Web posted July 16, 2019
The social hall at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake provided a scenic backdrop for the 2019 Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) annual meeting held Saturday June 29th.

Members and guests were greeted by businesses and organizations working in tandem with WAPOA to protect and preserve water quality and our natural resources. After a short business meeting, featured speaker Greg Vandegrift, former KARE 11 reporter and current professor of journalism at the University of St. Thomas, spoke to the attendees and presented four videos capturing Greg’s passion for reporting about natural resources. His highly informative and descriptive presentation included a Reserve Mining Story from the 1980’s, a segment on the warming of Lake Superior, a story on what is being done to measure contaminants in the Minnesota Loon population as they travel from the Gulf of Mexico, the site of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, and a story highlighting a common man, Jack Rajala, and his work to restore the white pine forests of Minnesota.

New directors were elected to a first three year term: Kristie Roedl, Shoreland Restoration; Tom Paulbeck, Treasurer; Jim Schultz, Outreach; and Patty Norgaard, Land Use and Government Relations.

Retiring directors were recognized for their work and dedication to WAPOA: Gary Olson, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer; Fred Strohmeier, Water Quality; Joe Brodil, Aquatic Invasive Species and Watercraft Inspections, Pam Vaughan, Publicity and Communications; and Tom Watson, Land Use and Government Relations, and President (2013-2018).

In his message to the members, current WAPOA President Tony Coffey shared that the current board is working to increase individual, business and association memberships, grow relationships with civic groups and governmental units, and grow and develop the current board and strategy group structure.

With new directors in place, a new venue for the annual meeting, and a new strategy for communications, these initiatives are well underway. For more information about joining WAPOA and the organization go to www.wapoa.org

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