October 09, 2020| People
By: Roberta Schmidt
It was over three years ago when Donna and I met at a non-profit conference. She overheard me say to another colleague that I had just retired from a very, very full-time position and was ready to relax for a while. That did not stop her from handing me her card and telling me that the Lake Hopatcong Foundation was looking for a Development Director and it could be part-time. And that was the beginning of my experience with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and some wonderful colleagues whom I will keep dear to my heart always.
It has been my privilege to work with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and I have greatly benefitted from the experience. Four years ago, I would never have known about invasive species, water chestnuts, harmful algal blooms, and weed harvesting! But it has been getting to know the many incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters, who I now consider friends, that has touched me the most. I feel extremely fortunate to have been part of this remarkable group of people who believe so deeply in the importance of serving our communities and are so dedicated to Lake Hopatcong.
But now it is time to step away to spend more time with my family (especially my grandchildren), share some more activities with my husband, and volunteer for some of my community causes. I am not far, though, and I am sure I will see you at a future event, or maybe even on the deck of the Windlass one afternoon!
I know how hard the entire staff of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation works to provide programs and opportunities to enjoy and support our lake and I am impressed by the many ways this organization has grown in the short time I have been here. I feel honored to have been part of that growth and success. The Lake Hopatcong Foundation has only begun to know its potential and I am sure it will flourish for many years to come with the support of so many of you.
Thank you for welcoming me into the lake community and I wish all of you continued good health and happiness.