From the Captain’s Chair…
2021 has been an interesting year! Not only career-wise, as I have accepted a new position with the Presbyterian Home for Children but personally with my election as your President of LMLPA. I guess you could say that I earned my stripes as the Logan Martin Lake Cleanup Chair for almost a decade. After a 5-year break, I rejoined the Board in 2019 and was asked to once again head up the Lake Cleanup effort. My love of this association, its mission and the lake itself, drew me back. I am at home!
But what I am most excited about is the quality of the leadership of this organization. Serving shoulder-to-shoulder with Past Presidents, Linda Ruethemann, Mike Riley and Dee Parsons. Working with long-time Board members, Isabella Trussell, Margaret Mize, Lynn Lawrence, and Larry Davis is both a privilege and honor. The newest members are ready to take us into the future: Charity Mitcham, Arlene Johnson, Randy Sparks and Johnny Capps. I am grateful for each of them for their love of the Lake!
Whether at the Lake Cleanup, the Car Show or our all-new Membership Socials, I see so many familiar members/volunteers that give of the time and resources to make Logan Martin Lake a better, safer, and cleaner waterway for all of us Lake Lovers. We could not do what we do without everyone that makes up this precious community. All have worked so hard to help us succeed in our projects and mission!
It was under the leadership of the late Clay Wilson, that gave legs to our latest and possibly our greatest legacy, the Solar Lighted Buoy Program. The vision of past-president Tonja Ramey in 2019, to launch this program asking members, businesses and lake users to fund the purchase of solar-lighted hazard buoys was incredible. And then partner with ALEA Marine Police to place and replace existing buoys all across our beautiful lake improving the safety of the boaters that navigate our waters. To-date we have received donations to purchase and install over 65 buoys. We have even been able to acquire a “Buoy Boat” through donations. Our goal is to install 200 buoys by the end of 2023! Many thanks to everyone that has sponsored a buoy or a portion of a buoy. Lets keep this project alive and headed toward the goal. I am thankful!
In closing, it takes everyone of us to keep Logan Martin Lake a place that we can be proud of and enjoy this natural wonder…. 24/7/365 days a year!
Bud Kitchin, President LMLPA