The Lake Vernon Community wants to preserve and enhance the future health of the lake and its shoreline. In 2003, the Lake Vernon Lake Plan was created to identify the values most important to LVA members, and develop long term strategies to protect and conserve them.
Top Values: - Peace and Tranquility - Water Quality - Undeveloped Natural Shorelines and Beauty - Wildlife and Fish
Working through its membership and Executive, the LVA works to ensure all residents, commercial operators and all levels of government understand their impact on the lake. This is accomplished through education & recruitment efforts, stewardship programs, and liaison with local governments and planning committees.
Through regular meetings, social events, the See Shore Newsletter, and this website, the LVA seeks to involve its membership in the life of the community, and provide them with information to help ensure their enjoyment of all Lake Vernon has to offer.
In 1860, surveyor John Dennis made the first recorded visit to the lower Big East River. Dennis named Lake Vernon after his student assistant Vernon B. Wadsworth. The lake was official opened for settlement through the Free Grants and Homesteads Act of 1868, giving free 100-acre parcels to settlers. Early settlers included Charles and Janet Hood, who constructed a dam and water-powered sawmill. By 1879, the Hoodstown community had a post office, 3 stores, 2 churches, a hotel and 12 homes. Further growth of the community was halted when it was decided that the railway would run through Huntsville in 1886. By the late 1890’s, tourism was an important part of the local economy. Huntsville’s growth, along with development of better roads and the availability of personal motorboats, made Lake Vernon an ideal cottage market.
As part of the Lake Vernon Plan, 27 areas of social, cultural or historic sites were identified through the Resident Workshop and Survey.
The LVA is a volunteer-driven organization. Executive and Board Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting for two-year terms, and are supported by other members in executing plans.
Volunteers are always needed! If you wish to help the LVA, please contact us today.
Current Executive and Board Members for 2015/2016 are:
Tracey Rast-President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Hastie-Past Presidentighastie@surenet.net
Shawn Gibson - Communications
Deborah Jestin - Secretary, Social Media
Martha Cepuch-Communications (Newsletter)
Mar McBrien Chair of Environmental Committee
Chas Clark - Membership- email@example.com
Sondra Von Dolder-Fundraising
Ken Thomson - Navigation markers
Elaine Rea - Regatta
Doug Jagger - Water Quality and Loon Survey
Don McKercher - Member at large
Together, we share the responsibility of preserving the natural beauty of Lake Vernon’s shoreline.
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