Save Maumee’s Members Meeting

Annual Member’s Meeting:
Monday November 4, 2019


~Thank you for your support~

You can still become a member today!

IF YOU’RE NOT A CURRENT MEMBER, you MUST R.S.V.P Ellen Bauman at 260-739-8748.  You can join us with as little as a $25 annual membership to support our work!

Save Maumee Grassroots Organization 5th Annual Members Meeting for all members!

Please join us:

DATE: Monday, November 4, 2019
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Welch’s Ale House
in the back called the Tiger Room
1915 South Calhoun Street  Fort Wayne, IN 46802

2019 Members Meeting Agenda DRAFT:

Hosted By, SMGO Inc. Board of Trustees

6:00-6:30 cash bar & free taco bar will be served

6:30 – Updates on Save Maumee Riparian Buffer Initiative

Vote to add Save Maumee Board Member, Tricia Clifton:

Tricia Clifton has been an asset to Save Maumee since she came to Earth Day in 2018 to plant a tree with her (then) 5 year old son, Earl Lee. She moved to Fort Wayne in 2017 with her family, from Portland Oregon and wanted to reach out in her local community to make it better.  Her son attends Arcola Elementary School, where his father attended!  Ever since planting his first tree, “Earlee” and Tricia love to help on the riverbanks, and they are both welcome helpers! Tricia is a lover of nature, with awe and respect for our shared planet.  She believes that small acts in our everyday lives are key to protecting it for generations to come. Tricia and her husband Tony think that they have found a home with Save Maumee volunteers because “these people are my tribe, and they are not only fabulous, but have enriched my life in so many ways!” Tricia wants to encourage anyone that wants to make a difference to get out to one of the events and help with the shovel ready projects!  She told the group in September 2019 that she is becoming good at identifying the native trees we plant, when compared to the invasive species! This is not a small task! We are so proud to call this hard-working positive woman our own!

7pm – Presentation with Lucas Stephens, Senior Research Analyst with the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) explaining the methodology behind a recent ELPC / Environmenal Working Group report that revealed that there are far more factory farms in the Maumee River Basin than previously thought.

Then, Associate Attorney with Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), Alda Yuan will discuss The Clean Water Act as well the litigation ELPC are already engaged in on Lake Erie understanding the reasons behind the nutrient pollution in the Maumee river watershed as well as some of the legal solutions they are engaged in or exploring.

Q & A

Adjourn 8-8:30pm


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.
IF you are not a member, please R.S.V.P Board Member Ellen Bauman with your name and how many will be attending 260-739-8748

  • 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. Taco Bar will be catered by Welch’s Ale House
  • SMGO Inc. will be offering this event free of cost to our 2019 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.

Membership Options

2018 Member Meeting
Keynote speaker, Dawn Slack, Chair of Indiana Council of Invasive Species Management Council regarding her work and how we can stop the spread of invasive species in our region to help improve habitat.  Aaron Goulet and Andrea Hamman voted in by members (2 year terms).  Executive position votes by members: Lauren Conklin Secretary and Abigail King remained President (since 2014).  Biographies of Board of Directors 

2017 Member Meeting
Keynote Speaker: Marylou Renshaw, Branch Chief, Watershed Assessment and Planning at State of Indiana, Indiana Department of Environmental Management discussing the work of the only regulatory body in the State of Indiana.

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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Information provided from the regulatory agencies upon request from Senator Kirk’s Office. June 2012 Alliance for The Great Lakes Report

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