Save Maumee’s Members Meeting

Annual Member’s Meeting:
MONDAY November 5, 2018

~ OFFICIAL MEMBER INVITATION ~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 4th Annual Members Meeting for all members!

Please join us:

DATE: Monday, November 5, 2018
TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Don Hall’s Gas House, 305 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

2018 Members Meeting Agenda Draft:

Hosted By, SMGO Inc. Board of Trustees

6:00-6:30 cash bar & free tea and coffee will be served

6:30-6:40  Call to Order Abigail King, President to report the completion of planting 2,780 trees along 1.4 miles of streambank through our Riparian Buffer Initiative!  We have been awarded another GLRI U.S. Forest Service grant to fund the Riparian Buffer Initiative through 2020.  We want to tell you all about how we are implementing the Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan!

6:45 Dawn Slack, Chair of Indiana Council of Invasive Species Management Council will be speaking on her work and how we can stop the spread of invasive species in our region to help improve habitat.

7:45 Vice President, Celia Garza will present motions for Board of Trustees and call a vote.

1. Board Member Positions up for Re-election
Abigail King, President (since 2014)
2. Board Member Positions up for Election
Lauren Conklin has been nominated as Secretary for the Board of Directors (Nominated by President)
We appreciate Alissa Hart, our Secretary since 2016! Thank you so much for your service!
3. Board of Trustee Nominees: See Biography’s here

Andrea Hamman nominated by President

Aaron Goulet Nominated by President

Adjourn 8:pm
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.  Catered by Don Hall’s Triangle Park and volunteers.
  • SMGO Inc. will be offering this event free of cost to our 2018 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

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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