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Clean, Healthy and Safe Water for Lake Menomin, Tainter Lake and the Red Cedar River Basin
Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association (TMLIA) unanimously voted to dissolve on December 14th, 2021.
The sustainability of TMLIA relied on volunteers investing their time in the roles of president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. After several years struggling to recruit board member positions and solicit greater engagement in the organization in general, honest discussions regarding sustainability started in earnest at the June 2020 monthly meeting.
A decision-making timeline began being formulated at the July 2020 monthly meeting. Invitations, agendas, and minutes for all these monthly public meetings were circulated to the membership and organizational partners via email as well as posted on TMLIA.org and Facebook.com/TMLIA.
Through the August and September meetings, a timeline was developed of benchmarks to guide our decisions and our final plan was announced at the 2020 annual meeting in October.
The November 2020 monthly meeting announcement came with a reminder that TMLIA would be operating without a president, vice president, treasurer, or secretary in the following year if no candidate nominations were received and how that could lead to the future of the organization being questionable.
It was also further stated how, if this became the case, the remaining governing members would spend 2021 responsibly starting the process of sunsetting TMLIA and dissolving our assets.
Several more correspondences went out in December 2020 reiterating the consequences of not meeting our established timeline, describing in further detail descriptions of the duties of the board member positions and an estimate of the time commitment, and offers of mentor support to interested and willing volunteers.
Despite all of this and due to a complete lack of nominations for any board member positions, TMLIA began 2021 operating without an official board of directors.
Because the vacancies remained unfilled throughout 2021, we were unable to list any acting board members for our Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions State 501(c)(3) report by the time we needed to file in September. This was our final trigger to begin the process of preparing to dissolve TMLIA.
The current TMLIA members, appointed board members, elected board of directors, and committee members that attended the dissolution meeting called specifically for that purpose felt a great responsibility to the organization. We did not take this decision lightly, and while difficult, we felt it was the right thing to do to honor TMLIA with the final dignity it deserves.