The Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven Business Association presented a $2,000 check to the Northshore Fire Fund at their August meeting. The fund is a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization created to support the Northshore Fire District.
Shannon Stilwell, Founder and President of the newly developed nonprofit, said the cost of Fire District operations outpace revenue streams and have for the past 20 years.
Two recent attempts to pass a district-wide tax measure have failed.
“We know District residents in the 12 towns and communities along the County’s North Shore want and deserve improved services, timely response and better coverage,” said Stilwell. “So, we did some research and decided to form the nonprofit, following the path of other communities with similar challenges.”
Among other things, the nonprofit will make direct appeals to individuals and organizations to raise funds to purchase gear, equipment and technical tools needed to both meet current day standards and improve safety for the fire and medical response personnel assigned to the North Shore District.
In response to a question from the audience, Stilwell explained that the funds raised would not be used for employee salaries and benefits.
Stilwell expressed appreciation to the Association for their donation. “We have considerable work ahead, but the positive responses received thus far are encouraging,” she said.
In other Association business, a good news report by Association Treasurer, Janice Maschek, set the tone for a spirited discussion. “Our net income, thanks to the 2021 Catfish Derby is, $28,000 and with our savings we have a total of $41,000 in the bank” she said.
President Camille Gouldberg thanked Maschek for the report, crediting Dennis Locke, who Chaired the highly successful Catfish Derby this year, with shoring up the Association coffers. “We love giving money away to support our communities and thanks to you, we can give more this year” she said.
Locke reported 882 Derby entries in 2021 – more entries than in 2019, the last year the derby was held.
“Despite the COVID restrictions, our fears of not breaking even were for naught,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the results and are planning the return to a more traditional style derby in 2022. “
Locke added, “but It’s not me who should be thanked, the credit really goes to the entire team including the Derby Committee members and everyone on the Association Board.”
Gouldberg reported that the Annual Maxine Sherman Fire Works, postponed during the pandemic, was back on the table for possible return in 2022. “Discussions are underway,” she said.
Bev Van Pelt, a long time Association member and supporter, proudly announced that her grandson, Bill Murray, #97, would be playing for the New England Patriots in their Sunday (8/21) game against the New York Giants. Go Patriots!
And on that happy note, the meeting was adjourned to September 3rd.
Association meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month and are open to the public by emailing email@example.com. To become a member and for more information about the Association visit their website at www.clearlakeoaks.org