Save Maumee’s Members Meeting

Annual Member’s Meeting:
MONDAY November 6, 2017

~ Members Only~

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Save Maumee Grassroots Organization 4th Annual Members Meeting

Please join us:

DATE: Monday, November 6, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Don Hall’s Gas House, 305 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne, IN

2017 Members Meeting:

Hosted By, SMGO Inc. Board of Trustees

5:45-6:10 cash bar & free tea and coffee will be served
6:10  Call to Order Abigail King, President to report the progress of our Riparian Buffer Initiative! This was the second year ever, that Save Maumee had received federal grant support! We want to tell you all about how we are implementing the Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan!
6:15  Revealing Phase II of our Riparian Buffer Initiative with our October 2016 approved Federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant of $100,000 to support our work through Spring of 2018!
6:30 Other Save Maumee accomplishments and call to action
6:45  Dinner catered by Don Hall’s

7:00 Key note speaker: Marylou Renshaw – Branch Chief Watershed Assessment & Planning at the State of Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Marylou Renshaw Round Table Discussion & keynote parting comments:
Vice President will present motions for Board of Trustees and call a vote.

4 Board of Trustee Nominees: 

Jennie Nicklin, Nominated by Pres.

“Inri” Jonathan McKeithan Nominated by VP

Lauren Conklin Nominated by Pres.

Ellen Bauman Nominated by Pres.



Board Member Positions up for Re-election
Celia Garza, Vice President (since 2013)
Jain Young, Treasurer (since 2013)
Adjourn 8pm
This evening is a good ol’ Maumee River way to thank you!  You, and people like you have made our work successful through broad base support and 100% volunteer hours!  We want to see you!  We want to meet you!

Upon completion of our Official Member Meeting, music, laughs and good time elbow-rubbing.

  • Save Maumee Members and their families are encouraged to attend and vote!
  • Please bring others who are interested in becoming a Member and furthering our purpose! This evening will be a great time to invite your friends, family and coworkers, who have shown interest in our river work! Tell them to bring their cash and checkbooks, because this is a MEMBERS ONLY affair!
  • Save Maumee will FEED your body and ENERGIZE your mind with  inspiration. On this evening, delicious FOOD will offer a healthy variety of local options for the carnivore, vegetarian or vegan lover in you.  Catered by Don Hall’s Triangle Park and volunteers.
  • SMGO Inc. will be offering this event free of cost to our 2017 Current Members, so BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!  As we move forward in the coming years, we will utilize our Annual Member Meeting as fundraising event to support our mission, and fund projects for hands-on learning and outreach. Our future educational programs will be directed towards implementation of the Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan, which will complete our purpose:  To Save the Maumee River.

Annual Membership Options

Individual membership – $25
Student & Senior membership – $10
Family membership – $40
Nonprofit/Organization – $100
Corporate & Business Memberships – $150

All memberships are 100% tax deductible.

2016 Member Meeting
Keynote Speaker: Bowden Quinn, Chapter Director, Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter and Megan Anderson, Associate Organizing Representative for the Indiana Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club. Bowden Quinn discussed the Maumee basin’s current effort to reduce phosphorus in the Maumee watershed by 40 percent by 2025 with inside information as a member of an advisory group working with IDEM on its Domestic Action Plan to achieve that goal. He will also lead into the effects of coal on water quality, and his experiences across the state of Indiana supporting communities impacted by coal pollution and poor water quality. Megan Anderson discussed the local campaign in Fort Wayne to move the AEP-Rockport coal plant, on a path toward retirement and how we can truly clean up our waterways and our air by powering the city with renewable energy including solar, wind and energy efficiency.  She will discuss how to develop strategic campaigns around issues to recruit and develop volunteer leaders that build community and organize with purpose. More information at

2015 Members Meeting

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Gillespie, Associate Professor at IPFW, helped answer questions about trends (St. Joe) and potential affects (three rivers) of water quality.

The Maumee Matters
A glimpse into the beauty and horrors of the Maumee River.  Launching from Junk Ditch the platoon sailed all the way to Lake Erie after launching from the very top of the continental divide, totaling 141 miles.  The land crew feeds, moves and offers communication to the canoe crew.  Sleeping on riverbanks, logging pictures and coordinates of problems, and offering solutions, like only Save Maumee can. ~ Justinian Dispenza Filmmaker


2014 Members Meeting

Keynote Speaker – Scott Singer

  • Grew up on a medium-sized family farm in Defiance County, Ohio (Upper Maumee Watershed)
  • Attended Ohio State University
  • Graduated with a degree in natural resource management with a focus on wildlife
  • Worked seasonally for the Ohio Division of Wildlife
  • Worked with the USDA as a wildlife biologist in Pennsylvania,
  • Spent 12 years doing private land management around Farm Bill programs, in Pennsylvania
  • In 2012 Mr. Singer and his family moved back to Northwest Ohio to succeed in the management and preservation of the family farm
  • Scott, “lives to spend time with my wife Stephanie and three children, Reed, Savanna, Ayla.”

Warm Regards this Fall Season!

in 2013 YOU helped us to achieve IRS status as a charitable, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization through your purchase of an annual membership!

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