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October 30, 2012

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December 15, 2010

I have been both fiscally and physically involved with LCI for the past several years. They are the sole environmental group to which I donate my time and money. Simply because they are far and away t... more

October 30, 2012

LCI has become the leading advocacy group , in the public or private sector, for Lake Champlain. As a board member I'm extremely pleased to see LCI's public perception evolve from a fishing derby promoter to a leader in the restoration and preservation of Lake Champlain. Hopefully, more people will become to understand the value of the lake and the need for more people to become stewards of this wonderful gem of nature. Thanks to those of you who have made the decision to assume a role of stewardship in this cause. It is apparent that many of you have chosen to support LCI with your time and your money. A great way to express your stewardship.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

December 15, 2010

I have been both fiscally and physically involved with LCI for the past several years. They are the sole environmental group to which I donate my time and money. Simply because they are far and away the most influential and productive organization involved in restoring and protecting Lake Champlain.
I must admit to a love affair with this grand lake. It was that love that caused me to become a resident of Vermont, after many years vacationing here. At no time am I happier and at peace than when I'm on the lake.
In addition to what it means to me personally, I also recognize the enormous economic engine that the lake is for the state of Vermont. Fishing people , like myself, contribute over $200,000,000 to the economy each year. In 2009 professional bass tournaments run out of Plattsburgh, N.Y. generated an estimated $8,400,000 to the PLattsburgh economy.

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The accomplishments of LCI are too numerous to recount here. A full listing can be found on their website. http://www.mychamplain.net/

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more staffing and funding.

December 15, 2010

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December 15, 2010

I have been involved with LCI since early 1980's, first as a particiapnt and then as a sponsor and currently as a board member. LCI is a best friend to Lake Champlain and her tributaries. This is because they raise public awareness to the issues threatening our waterways.

i have great
memories of the LCI Derby. some of the best times of my life were spent with my father, friends and family on this beautiful lake.

The next generation needs to be involved with the preservation of this treasure as well. Water quality will be an ongoing issue. We need to educate the public to make them aware of all that Lake Champlain International does for us and for our lake.

Imagine the unimaginable - Vermont and New York without a Lake Champlain! Let's keep it our most treasured resource.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The many Father's day fishing Derby's I have enjoyed with my friends and family. I have also been privlegded to see many other familes enjoy these events.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get more local participation from the local media on all the wonderful programs LCI offer.

December 14, 2010

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December 14, 2010

Simply put, LCI is one of the best advocates for clean water and great fishing on Lake Champlain. The Fathers Day Derby is the LCI signature event and brings awareness to this great resource that both Vermont and New York share. The slogan of this event "Family, friends, and fishing" captures the true essence of this organization, and now as we move in to our 30th year of the derby, we have gone "generations deep" and provided millions of memories to be shared by generations over and over again. Being part of these family memories and helping to create a weekend that some will never forget, makes LCI a top notch organization that has the best interest of the lake in mind.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

With the Lamprey Control Efforts put forth but VTFWD, NYDEC and with he help of advocacy groups like LCI; bigger, healthier fish are being caught every derby, and this is plainly seen in the falling of tournament records every year. Happy fish, happy people….LCI

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If had to change this organization I would put more effort into keeping the staff that makes this origination and these events run so smoothly, happier. With all the events and the work that LCI does takes a lot of time, and effort, and finding good staff to dedicate themselves to this organization is hard to do. I would put my best efforts forward in keeping the staff happy and well supported and reward them for their hard work.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you tell others about this organization?

Likely

How did you learn about this organization?

Chance

December 6, 2010

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December 6, 2010

I started volunteering with Lake Champlain International about 10 years ago, helping out with weigh station operations during the annual Father's Day Derby which is the organization's primary revenue generating mechanism.

I was very impressed with James, Keith, Danielle, Frank, Gray, and
the small team running the operation that when I was asked to become a Board member I readily accepted the invitation. The mission of the organization is something I very strongly support and was also a big draw for me to become a Board member.

In the time I've been involved with Lake Champlain International, we have grown from a plucky group working our hardest to simply survive to a thriving organization that has an ability to really focus on it's mission. It has been an impressive transition in that time, and I anticipate even better things to come as we continue to grow and diversify our organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching it grow and seeing us having an impact on water quality in the Champlain Basin through our activities like BLUE, and improvements in the fishery quality through our involvement with the local - and federal - agencies that regulate and maintain the fishery.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure it grows at the right pace.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

person to person request for volunteer help

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

growth and stability for the organization, ensuring no ground gained is lost from our efforts on behalf of the watershed

What is its top priority in the long run?

improving the health of the Lake Champlain Basin using a holistic approach to include water quality and fisheries health

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 5, 2010

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December 5, 2010

I have been involved with LCI since 2008 and am proud to participate to increase the viability of Lake Champlain. As a new board member I am delighted to dedicate some time to increasing awareness of LCI, to educate Vermonters on the issues our beautiful resource faces, and ways others can get involved to help make a difference too.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the happy faces of the hundreds of families that participate in the Father Day Fishing Derby, and have watched many Vermonters win some big prizes, including cash.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to distribute the educational materials throughout the State of Vermont so that all residents are aware of LCI and easily receive the message of how vital it is to protect this amazing natural resource! I feel that by doing this many others would get involved in making changes to increase the health of the Lake.

December 5, 2010

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December 5, 2010

In my professional life I own a shop that is geared toward fishing & hunting and teaching people how to be good stewards of the environment. For over 20 years my staff and I have taken thousands of individuals out on fishing adventures and becoming a Board Member with LCI was to make sure I help maintain our lakes, rivers, streams and ponds for future generations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working on YEAA fishing program

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved

December 3, 2010

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December 3, 2010

I serve on the board of LCI because the health of Lake Champlain affects me in almost every aspect of my life as a resident of the Champlain Valley. I want a clean lake so my kids can swim in the water without fear of getting sick. I want a healthy lake so that we can all enjoy the recreation opportunities and beauty provided by clean water. I want a lake that attracts tourists to visit and compels residents to stay because both are essential to maintaining the Champlain Valley as a viable economic player not only in the region, but world-wide. I have worked for LCI for many years and dedicated hundreds of hours to advancing its mission. I do this because of all the reasons mentioned above and because LCI has demonstrated not only a commitment to enhancing and protecting Lake Champlain, but a real ability to accomplish positive changes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen the results of LCI's stewardship efforts in watching the organization grow and expand its educational outreach, raising awareness about the importance of the Lake Champlain resource, the threats it faces and what can be done to protect and improve the lake.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its profile in the community and encourage more people to become members and commit to the mission of improving and protecting Lake Champlain

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Publicity

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Growth and sustainability

What is its top priority in the long run?

Ensuring the health of Lake Champlain

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I'm proud to be a part of an organization that meets the needs of anglers through fishing derbies, and, more importantly, also a stalwart championing the conservation efforts of Lake Champlain.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the continued efforts of both the local community and government to clean up Lake Champlain aided by LCI.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to get more people actively involved in this worth while organization.

November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

Having grown up on Lake Champlain, I understand how important the lake is to so many people like myself. The memories of swimming out to the raft with friends , fishing with dad and boating with the entire family will always be a part of me. Getting involved with an organization that watches out for the health of Lake Champlain and the rivers and streams that feed it, was an easy one. The time and energy I volunteer goes directly back into preserving what I have cherished throughout the years and will help ensure my children and others do not have the opportunities that clean water provides, taken away. Our Father's Day Fishing Derby brings together thousands of families and friends to celebrate our Lake Champlain heritage and I cannot think of a better, more exciting and cultural event I would rather be a part of. Seeing a youngster beside his family, holding that big fish, with a smile from ear to ear is what makes it a thrill for me. Our Lake is counting on everyone to pitch in and in many ways, big and small. Lake Champlain International, Inc is working diligently and tirelessly to get that word out and supplying solutions to our pollution problems.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing attitudes about our lake issues changing for the better.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The LCI, Inc staff has done an incredible job with the resources provided them and my only change would be to find a way to donate more than I am to help the mission progress faster.

November 19, 2010

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November 19, 2010

Lake Champlain International, Inc. is a tireless guardian of the health of Lake Champlain and its watershed. Through the diligent efforts of its staff, water quality issues and habitat conservation efforts are being addressed at the local, State, and Federal levels. Lake Champlain International, Inc.’s main fundraising events are its catch-and-release fishing derbies. These events not only attract thousands of people and inject millions of dollars into the Lake Champlain economy, they give scientists the opportunity to inspect and collect data on thousands of fish species and gauge the health of the Lake. With a solid track record of results and an efficient, self-sustaining organizational structure, Lake Champlain International, Inc. will continue to be a champion for the Lake for many years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as a board member.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase youth education efforts.

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