The Glen Lake Association has 15 committees run by volunteers and volunteer chairs who oversee multiple areas of our nonprofit organization. Please click a + sign below to learn more about individual committees.


Chair: Joan Kramps

The Auxiliary Committee provides the people power to do the mailing of the GLA newsletter and other correspondence, and provides assistance to other committees when addition people power is required to complete necessary tasks.

Chair: Vic Peirce

The Communications Committee educates members and the general public about watershed management issues and practices through its newsletter, website, informational brochures, press releases, newspaper and radio interviews, email blasts, informal gatherings and the annual association meeting.

Co-chairs: Lori Lyman, Bruce Alton

The Development Committee is responsible for establishing and managing fund raising activities to fund the current and future programs supporting the GLA goals.

Membership and business support have made water monitoring and water quality programming possible, and are the reasons the GLA is rated among the best lake associations in the state. Having an on-staff lake biologist and an actively engaged volunteer corps sets the Glen Lake Association in a class of its own. Learn more on our Get Involved page.

Chair: David Herr

The Finance and Investment Committee obtains annual budget requests from other committees and submits a consolidated annual budget to the Association’s Board of Directors for its approval. The committee also makes recommendations to the board on investment policy, required insurance coverage and the selection of independent auditors. Finally, the Committee reviews monthly financial statements and the results of the annual audit.

Chair: John DePuy

This committee is responsible for the buoys in Glen Lake, distribution of boating and water safety pamphlets, monitoring fishing issues, working with the state’s Department of Natural Resources on wildlife within the watershed, and working with local conservation officers to reduce illegal taking of game and fish.

Chair: Joan Kramps

The history committee collects, organizes and stores the records of the Glen Lake Association. If you have any old pictures, meeting minutes, newsletters or other information about the Glen Lake Association, please contact us.

Chair: Mike Litch

The invasive species committee runs the boat wash program at the Michigan DNR boat launch to help rid boats of anything that might hurt our lake, whether it’s plant or animal. We also monitor our water are shorelines to guard against species that include coltsfoot, the spiney water flea, the round goby, Eurasian watermilfoil, starry stonewort and hydrilla.

Chair: Bill Witler

This committee works to influence the long-term development of the Glen Lake area to protect, preserve, and improve it. We work with townships, Leelanau County, the National Park Service and other public and private organizations as required to achieve this objective.

Co-chairs: Cara Cassard, Tom Dutmers

The Membership and Records Committee handles membership renewals and solicitation of new members. Approximately half of the local riparians currently belong to the association. One need not be a riparian to belong, however. Please see our Get Involved page for more information.

Chair: Susanne Meserve

The Newsletter Committee publishes the “Alligator and Inspiration” three times a year. The most recent issue is available here; to subscribe to an e-version, click here. We are trying to move away from mailed copies of the newsletter, so email subscriptions are greatly appreciated.

Chair: Andy DuPont

The Nominating Committee chooses candidates for vacancies on the Board of Directors. All members are eligible. Instructions are mailed to all members in the summer and petitions must be received by July 15. For more information, email Andy Dupont.

Chair: Bill Meserve

The Water Level Committee monitors the lake and river levels and reports the results to the association and other interested parties and uses the readings to make adjustments to the Crystal River Dam.

Crystal River Dam

Chair: Andy DuPont

The Water Quality Committee monitors all the water and shores of Big and Little Glen Lakes, Big and Little Fisher, Brooks Lake and the Crystal River. We collect hundreds of water quality measurements each year so we can track changes and diagnose problems. Our boat wash helps prevent invasive animal and plant species. We conduct annual surveys to locate and remove invasive plants. Our Swimmer’s Itch program keeps infected ducks off our lake while we are studying advanced methods to prevent the problem. Part of our job is to inform and educate residents and visitors how to protect our watershed via the Glen Lake Guardian program.

If you would like to get involved and help, please contact Cal Killen or anyone in our committee.

Chair: Vic Peirce

The website committee is responsible for the design and updating of We keep you up-to-date on water levels, local weather, committee directors, businesses, member information and more. Visitors — and residents — are invited to contact the association with news, suggestions and questions.