ALA 2015 Spring Membership Meeting
The Adirondack Landowners Association held their annual membership meeting on May 8/9 at Minnowbrook Conference Center on Blue Mt. Lake. "Early-birds" were treated to a special private tour of the Adirondack Museum with Museum Director, David Kahn. There was a short meeting of the ALA Board of Directors, followed by our evening social hour/reception. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary we had a special display of "story boards" which featured information and history on various ALA members...everyone enjoyed the chance to see what "the other guy’s camp" looked like! We then had a great dinner in the main dining room.
Following dinner we heard from Kathy Moser, NYS DEC Assistant Commissioner, Natural Resources. She presented us with a special proclamation from Governor Andrew Cuomo honoring the 25th Anniversary of the ALA. Kathy was followed by NYS Senator Betty Little and NYS Assemblyman Dan Stec...they two offered their congratulations on ALA’s first 25 years and presented us with a joint resolution from the NYS Legislature recognizing the milestone. We even had a custom cake for all to enjoy!
We ended the evening with entertainment from Bill Smith, a well known Adirondack folk singer and story teller. His down home humor and wit are always a treat.
Our Saturday morning meeting featured a presentation on the Past...Present...and Future, of the Adirondack Landowners Association. The old days were handled by two of the ALA’s past presidents, Bill Hutchens, Sr. and Peter Bertine...the current status of the ALA was left to Tom Williams and Wilbur Rice. The "futures" portion..and perhaps the most important part of the morning discussion fell to Neil Skotarczak and Justin Potter. They did a great job of engaging our members on both the challenge and the opportunities facing the ALA in the year ahead.
This was followed by the "members" portion of our meeting where we heard reports from ALA President Tom Williams and our Senior Advisor, Dr. Ross Whaley. Minnowbrook is a great venue for our meeting and it was obvious all the attendees had a great time in Blue Mt. Lake.