My husband and I recently attended a boat show in Minnesota and I sat next to a lovely woman who asked me where I was from and if I lived on a lake. I proceeded to tell her that I lived on one of the most beautiful and pristine lakes in not only the country but also the world.
We chatted for a few minutes and she began telling me about an incident that happened on their lake last summer. She said her small grandchild went running into the lake without his rubber bootees. She immediately ran in after him and stepped on a rock covered with zebra mussels. She felt the terrible pain of a bad cut, but got the child out unharmed. The family could tell that she was hurt and sat her down in a chair and tried to stop the bleeding. She began to cry, and her children were terribly distressed thinking that she was in great pain. She told them, "I am not crying for myself, I'm crying for our lake.” She told me that as a child she spent all day on and in the lake, and that is no longer possible. She needed 15 stitches and was uncomfortable for a couple of weeks.
We were interrupted at that point and I began to think about the future of our beautiful Flathead Lake. I thought how lucky we are to have a watchdog organization like the Flathead Lakers and a scientific research and monitoring facility like the Biological Station. We joined the Lakers as general members and have helped with small donations, but I recently decided to try to do more to help keep our beautiful lake remain pristine and free of invasive species and pollution. I recently became a board member of the Flathead Lakers and I hope that I can in some way help our lake protection organization in its noble efforts.
The precious little one in the picture is our youngest grandchild. We also have a great grandchild about the same age, and I want for them to always be able to enjoy the lake. And someday, to be able to bring their grandchildren here to enjoy our beautiful lake as we do now.
…I just joined the Lakers’ board of directors.