Summer 2006
Vol. 14 No. 2
"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them." - John Ruskin

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Nature Area Update

The Turtle

GINLC Involves Local Citizens in Water Monitoring

Happy Gardening

New Members Join the GINLC Board

Fundraiser Consultant Helps Steer Efforts

14th Annual Meeting Saturday, November 4 10AM

Did You Know?

Upcoming Events...

November 4
Annual Meeting
10:00AM - Noon
Centennial Farm

Nature Area Open
Saturday 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 6PM - 8PM
through end of August then
Thursday 5PM - 7PM

Closed during inclement weather
Last Day Open - October 28

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New Members Join the GINLC Board

Ken Tilp
Jake Adkins
In the cold of February, 1991, Ken Tilp moved to a new job in the Downriver area. He knew the second he drove across the bridge that Grosse Ile would be his home. The trees and open space are what attracted him to Grosse Ile, as well as the small town character of the Island. An avid vegetable gardener and general nature lover, Ken joined the GINLC Board in February and was recently appointed Treasurer. He joins other board members in their interest to preserve the heritage of the island.

Ken taught foreign languages in West Des Moines for 25 years before the move to Grosse Ile.

Jake Adkins grew up on Grosse Ile. He moved to the Upper Peninsula and lived there for many years. However, Grosse Ile called him and his family "home" and they made the decision to move back to the island. As an employee of the Department of Natural Resources, Adkins learned how to preserve and enhance quality of life. He will share this knowledge and enthusiasm with members of the conservancy as part of the board.