Our Mission

Our Mission

The Glen Lake Association Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, preservation and continued improvement of the beautiful Glen Lake area in northern Michigan.

A bit about our logo

GLA logo 2016 RGBThe Glen Lake Association, since its beginning, has been about the business of protecting and preserving Glen Lake now and for future generations. Our new logo, with elements of the sun, earth, plants, sky, water, and the responsibility of us to hold the future of our water quality in our hands (symbolic), represents the full nature of our mission as we head into the future.

The sun (the yellow circle) is where it all begins and where all life is possible. The sun’s energy and warmth are what makes Glen Lake work. The earth (the color brown) reminds us that what happens on land affects the water. A large percentage of the water that comes into our lakes comes from the ground water in the form of springs, brooks, and creeks. And all that ground water has to be filtered by the soils in our watershed. In short, if we pollute the soils, we pollute our ground water that in turn, pollute the lakes.

The sky or air  (light blue) also represent an important part of how we protect our watershed knowing that rain and snow collect whatever is in the air and deposit it into the water. So again, when we pollute the air, it can pollute the water through all forms of precipitation.

Finally, the base of our logo, the beautiful water (turquoise) is what makes Glen Lake so amazingly attractive to the human eye. The water has been shaped like a hand with the fingers forming water drops and the sloping palm and grasses representing the ever-changing dunes and vegetation.  Each drop of water is precious and how we protect the water is largely in our hands. We want to protect the water “drop by drop,” which is the connection between our new association logo and the Glen Lake Guardian logo.

The story of the Glen Lake Association today and in the distant future is much about protecting and preserving the water but it is more than that. We believe that our new logo mirrors the association’s efforts to broaden our umbrella of protecting and preserving not only the water (“It’s all about the water”), but it is including the entire watershed as well.