Save Maumee’s Members Meeting

Annual Member’s Meeting:
Wednesday November 4, 2020


~Thank you for your support~

You can become a member today!

Please RSVP Lauren Conklin to attend this meeting, via EMAIL HERE or call her at (260) 203-7721. You can join us with as little as a $25 annual membership to support our work!

Save Maumee Grassroots Organization 6th Annual Members Meeting for all members!

Please join us:

DATE: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
LOCATION: J.K. O’Donnells 121 West Wayne Street   Fort Wayne, IN 46802


2020 Members Meeting Agenda:

Hosted By, SMGO Inc. Board of Trustees


Agenda: 6:00p.m. Call to Order, President

I. Opening & Presentation by Abigail King, Thank you’s, acknowledgements, Board Members and Elections, Save Maumee Projects
II. Election
A. Voting: Language change for Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Inc. Official Bylaws to change from Board of Trustees to “Board of Directors” to better describe the group.

B. Board Nominations nominated by Current Board of Directors 2020:
Andrea Hamman, Nominated for President (2021-2023)
Lauren Conklin, Nominated for Vice President (2021-2022)
Tricia Clifton, Nominated for Secretary (2021-2022)
Jain Young, Treasurer Recognized since 2012 (2021-2025)
Justin Schiffli, Nominated for Board of Directors (2021-2023)
Nicole Harris, Nominated for Board of Directors (2021-2023)
Rick Kinney, Nominated for Board of Directors (2021-2023)
Alex Hamman, Nominated for Junior Board Member (2021-2023)

III. Riparian Buffer Initiative Projects,
IV. The Site (Rose Avenue)

V. Jain Young, Save Maumee Treasurer & to present Rose Ave. Education Farm, through Heartland Community Projects

III. Lauren’s Presentation on SMGO future projects, Goals/Updates on Save Maumee and the future

Adjourn 8pm

THANK YOU TO OUR OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS. We wish you well and love your contributions to both Save Maumee and the world, Ellen Bauman & Aaron Goulet!

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 contact Secretary Lauren Conklin with your name and how many will be attending 260-203-7721

  • 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 2020 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

2019 Member Meeting 
Keynote speakers Lucas Stephens, Senior Research Analyst with the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) explained 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.
Associate Attorney with Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), Alda Yuan discussed The Clean Water Act as well the litigation ELPC are engaged-in with Lake Erie regarding the reasons behind the nutrient pollution in the Maumee river watershed as well as some of the legal solutions the ELPC are exploring.

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.

2014 Members Meeting


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

Keynote Speaker, Scott Singer who grew up on a medium-sized family farm in Defiance County, Ohio (Upper Maumee Watershed) and attended Ohio State University, graduating with a degree in natural resource management with a focus on wildlife discussed how farming and his Division of Wildlife background with the USDA as a wildlife biologist in PA spent 12 years doing private land management around Farm Bills programs in PA and how that is related to his family farm he has been managing and preserving since 2012.

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

Dr. Doug Kane’s views on Toledo Drinking Water Crisis

Dr. Doug Kane’s views on Toledo Drinking Water Crisis

Top 12 sewage polluters of the Great Lakes ~ June 26, 2012

Top 12 sewage polluters of the Great Lakes ~ June 26, 2012

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

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