Results of Annual Meeting
The Land Trust celebrated 24 years of service at our annual meeting on October 18th. There were some major items on the agenda, including a proposed name change to Lakes Region Community Developers and some significant revisions to the by-laws. Both proposals were put forth by the Board of Directors in order to position the organization for success in pursuing the goals in our new strategic plan. The proposed changes were adopted unanimously by the members present at the meeting.
Members approved the following volunteers for a first term on the Board of Directors, to expire in October of 2020:
Members approved the following Directors for a second term, to expire in October 2020:
Following the Annual Membership Meeting, the Board of Directors conducted their annual business meeting and re-elected the following officers:
Message From the Director
Last week, we made presentations to Laconia Rotary, Gilford Rotary, and the Winnipesaukee Public Health Council about our expanded mission, new name, and new strategic plan. These conversations generated suggestions of properties that we should look at as we start to pursue other types of real estate development. We also got some great feedback regarding partnerships that could support our goal to expand our community building and engagement programming.
These productive interactions prompted me to wonder: what other great ideas are out there in the community? I thought that we should put the question out to all of you, our valued supporters. If you have an idea, are aware of a property about to go on the market, or you have a contact that could help us pursue the new goals in our strategic plan, please contact me at email@example.com or (603) 524-0747 ext 110.
We greatly appreciate the financial support that many of you give to this organization. We also value the collective wisdom and vast network that you possess. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!
New Members of the Board
The Board of Directors has gained three new Board Members. Peg Colburn, Megan Fairbanks, and Ben Wilson were approved for a first term that will expire in October of 2020. Their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge are welcomed additions to the Board.
Peg is one of the tenant representatives on our Board of Directors. She moved into our new River’s Edge Apartments on Union Ave in Laconia in September 2016. Peg worked as the accounting manager at Rivco in Penacook for 24 years before retiring in 1986. Peg and her husband Ken raised their four children in Andover and Penacook and were members of many local organizations. Ken passed away in 2011 after battling cancer. His illness was difficult to manage financially, so Peg decided to sell their family home and find herself an apartment near her daughter’s house in Laconia that she liked and could afford on her fixed income. Peg said about River’s Edge and the Land Trust, “This is not just an apartment to rent – we do so much more than that. The Resident Services program at the Land Trust has been helpful to me and I wanted to serve on the Board so that I can help my neighbors, the people I see in this building every day. We are a community.”
Megan is also a tenant representative on our Board. She and her family have lived at our Pinecrest Apartments in Meredith since 2009. Megan is a proud mom of four beautiful children who keep her very busy! Megan graduated from Plymouth State University in 2007 with a degree in early childhood education. As soon as her twin boys, age 3, are in kindergarten, Megan plans to work in one of our local schools. Prior to starting her family, Megan worked as an assistant teacher at Laconia Head Start. Megan and her family enjoy the outdoors and taking trips to the ocean. When asked why she chose to serve on the Land Trust’s Board, Megan said, “I joined to learn more about the projects that the Land Trust is involved with and to be a voice for all the tenants at Pinecrest.”
Ben has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones for the past eight years. Ben grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 with a history degree. After college, he pursued a career in the finance sector after being inspired by one of his grandfathers who was a stockbroker. Ben started his practice with Edward Jones in 2009 in the Portland, Maine area. He moved to the Lakes Region in 2012 to take over the Edward Jones office in Laconia. Ben and his wife Heather are currently building their dream home in Sanbornton, where they are active in their church. Ben had this to say about joining the Land Trust board, “I really like the idea of being able to have a hand in the development and advancement of this community.”
For other Board Member profiles click here.
Gilford Village Knolls III Update
Going Vertical! Construction of Gilford Village Knolls III (GVK III) is underway. The foundation is complete. Framing and building of the elevator shaft has begun. The project is on schedule and is due to be completed in summer 2018.
GVK III will feature 24 one-bedroom affordable senior apartments, a community room, on-site resident services, laundry, and recycling. GVK III will also be the first affordable housing project in New Hampshire to meet the Passive House standards. Through intelligent design, the 5 Passive House principles (thermal bridge free design, superior windows, ventilation with heat recovery, quality insulation, and airtight construction) will be met.
For questions regarding GVK III’s waiting list please contact Julia Moore at Stewart Property Management. She can be reached at 603.524.6673 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another Successful Tournament
The 2nd Annual Putt Putt Tournament presented by Meredith Village Savings Bank to benefit LACLT was a great success!
Beautiful weather, yummy food, and fun brought out 80 players and raised $10,000. Proceeds have gone to help LACLT’s Housing Development, Resident Services, Transitional Services and Housing for Homeless Families, and day camp scholarships for young residents.
A huge thanks to our sponsors, participants, raffle prize donors, host Pirate’s Cove, and The Common Man Restaurants/Tilt’n Diner, and The Great American Restaurants for the delicious lunch.
For pictures from the day click here.
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors!
Thank you to our Tee Sponsors
Don't Forget to Renew Today
We would like to thank all our members who have already taken the time to renew their support this year. With the help of our membership, we’ve built housing and created life changing opportunities for 24 years.
The only way we can carry out our mission is with the help of caring community members like you. Please help us again to provide wonderful, affordable places to live to those who so urgently need it. We hope you’ll take some time today and renew.
You should have received your renewal reminder in the mail. You can also click here to renew your membership and make your payment online. If you have any questions about membership or giving to LACLT, please contact Resource Development Director Caitlin Meaney at email@example.com or 603.524.0747 ext. 108.
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