75th Anniversary

GLA Celebrates 75 Years: Looking Back – Focusing Ahead

This year marks an incredibly important milestone for the Glen Lake Association (GLA).

In 2020, GLA is recognizing 75 years and is proud and grateful for its journey of protection and preservation in a fast-changing society with growing challenges and opportunities.

It was 1945 when a group of property owners convened the first association meeting. The mission was to protect the amazingly pristine and delicate natural resource known as Glen Lake and the connecting environs.

Since then, there have been many notable events–naturally-occurring and man-made–that have impacted the nonprofit and charted a course to the present.

For the next 12 months, the GLA board of directors is recognizing our anniversary achievement and the many members and volunteers past and present, (families, community members, policy makers and crucial partners), who were and continue to be an integral part of the voyage.

  • Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 75th Celebration on Thursday, August 6, 2020. More details to come.
  • Beginning in January, historical accounts of association events over the past seven decades will appear in the twice-monthly eBlasts, titled GLA Remembers. Sign up here to receive the eBlasts.
  • Watch for special events, volunteer opportunities, commemorative memorabilia, and more on our website, Facebook page and in eBlasts.

Special thanks go out to the 75th Planning Committee for their long hours researching history and planning the celebration. They include Lori Lyman–chair, Tricia Denton, Larry Faulman, Susie Haley, David and Susan Haughn, Sallyanne Morris, Ginny Rockwood, Pat Vredevoogd Combs and Shelley Walter.

GLA Remembers …

1934 – National Geographic Magazine Article
1945 – The Creation of GLA

Watch the GLA eBlasts for history stories yet to come… click here to receive GLA’s twice monthly eBlasts.

1945 – GLA’s First Steps
1945 – History of Lake Levels
1950’s – Fire-Fighting Sheds Erected
1954 – Court Orders Lake Levels Control & Monitoring
1950’s – Crystal River Lawsuit
1950’s – Boat Launch Installed
1960’s – 1960’s Sandstorm
1968 – Early GLA Newsletter
1970 – GLA Raises Dues
1967 – Dedication of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
1970’s – Study Cladophora
1980 – GLA Tackles Swimmer’s Itch
1983 – Zebra Mussels Reported
1990’s – Glen Lake Watershed Established
1996 – Boat Wash Established
2007 – “Road Ends” Signs Installed
2011 – First Stewardship Awards
2012 – Discovery Boat Sets Sail
2015 – Guardian Program Created
2015 – The Storm of 2015
2018 – Addressing Septic Ordinance
2019 – Board Implements Strategic Plan