On December 12, 2019, the MWA Board of Directors discussed a letter that had been sent by the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association (“ML&SA”) in regards to the process of selecting candidates for election to the Michigan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) board. The discussion opened with an explanation of the letter from Michigan Lakes and Streams Association President Mike Gallagher, the thrust of which was that the process of selecting candidates for the MWA Board and the challenge of properly differentiating e-mail-based newsletters and other communications originating from each of the organizations.
MWA Vice-President Dick Brown explained that the Board member nomination process that was established at the beginning of MWA (when he was serving as ML&SA president) emphasized that the intention and purpose of the two organizations having shared board members was not for MLSA to exercise control over the activities of MWA (as stated in the letter) but so that both organizations would share a philosophy of protecting Michigan’s wealth of lakes and streams.
Scott Brown explained that the e-mail-based newsletters he creates and that President Frye reviews before being transmitted are primarily focused on educating members in regards to legislative and potential legislative issues, riparian legal issues, and to promote and publicize the activities of other organizations that MWA is a member of, including the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society, and the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership. MWA Board member Ed Highfield expressed his displeasure with the mean tone of the letter. It was also discussed by several members that, contrary to what was stated in the ML&SA letter, the existing By-laws had been followed in previous elections, and that all current members of the MWA Board had been properly elected in accordance with the current by-laws.
A motion was then made and passed to amend Article III, Section 1 of the Michigan Waterfront Alliance Bylaws to modify the language of the third sentence to read as follows:
The business, property and affairs of the corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors. The number of Directors of the corporation shall be not less than seven (7) or more than nine (9) persons. Members of the Board of Directors may be directors or officers of ML&SA.
The motion was discussed by all.
The question was called and the motion passed.
Michigan Waterfront Alliance looks forward to continue to collaborate with ML&SA in all ways to help protect and preserve Michigan’s lakes and streams.
Click here to read the letter that was recently sent to MWA by ML&SA