Area residents named to advisory panels

“The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

LAKE COUNTY - It’s easy to have vision. It’s natural to dream dreams.

Offering willing service can be tough.

The community service offered by some in Lake County reaches much further afield than political or geographical boundaries that define the community.

A number of area residents, already known for their involvement in groups and organizations around Lake County, are also serving in capacities and roles largely unknown, unrecognized, and unappreciated by most folks around the county.

In September 2010, businessman Jim Faiella was appointed to the Off Road Vehicle Advisory Workgroup - a panel that advises and helps officials with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment determine policy regarding ORVs for the future.

In notifying Faiella of his appointment, Lynne Boyd, of the Forest Management Division noted:

“The DNRE appreciates your interest in participating as a member of this workshop. The ORVAW will be providing ORV recreational trail advice to the MSTAC and the DNRE relating to the state of Michigan’s trails program.

“We value the commitment you are making and believe your involvement on the ORVAW will be beneficial Michigan’s trail program.”

Faiella is not the only Lake County resident having an impact on DNRE policy panels.

Last November, Jeff McKnight was appointed to the Northern Lake Michigan Citizen Advisory Council.

In a note to McKnight, Rebecca Patrick, regional director of the Council  said:

“Your appointment provides a unique opportunity for you to be a part of a self-governed team to provide the DNRE with information ideas and emerging trends and initiatives.”

Patrick pointed out that in addition to his advisory function, McKnight would have an important role in carrying information and ideas back to the Lake County community keeping the public better informed of the DNRE’s purpose and activity.

“We look forward to your participation on the CAC,” Patrick told McKnight. “And thank you for your interest and commitment to Michigan’s natural resources.”

In addition to these recent appointments, Mike Batcke, owner of Batcke’s Baldwin Creek Lodge, holds an appointment with the Natural Resource Commission.

Also, Sandy Crandall, former Lake County Chamber of Commerce president remains active in promoting not only her home community, but also larger regional interests through her involvement with Michigan Great Outdoors and other statewide organizations and panels.

“I think these people deserve recognition,” said local businessman and former Lake County commissioner Rick Delamater.

“They take time from their personal lives to represent the citizens and business owners not only in Baldwin, but Lake County, the general region and the entire State of Michigan.”

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” - Douglas Adams