Career or former career/position: Family Doctor (semi-retired) now volunteering at a free medical clinic, Christian Minister for 10 years (now retired), medical missionary (26 trips mostly to Haiti), farmed off and on as I found the extra time
What I value about TWF: Making a difference in the water quality covering 114 sq. miles of watershed flowing into many of our lakes and ending up in the Gulf of Mexico.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? Working with so many others who have the same goals as I have for leaving our lakes cleaner for the next generation.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? By working with the farmers who have land adjacent to our watershed, working with the community and homeowners and the Clear Choices Clean Water project.
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? TWF needs funds to continue to move forward with many projects for making our lakes better related to cleaner water for recreation, better environment for fish and wildlife and maintaining or increasing our property values by having cleaner, clearer and better quality of water for all to enjoy.
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Career or former career/position: Attorney with the Law Office of Natalie M. Fierek, LLC, with practice focused on worker’s compensation and social security law.
I love the lakes. I love to swim, boat, just look at the water. My grandparents loved the lakes. My parents love the lakes. My kids love the lakes. TWF is determined to protect and improve the water quaility in our lakes and streams. Supporting TWF helps to ensure that my community, my family, my friends and future generations will be able to continue to benefit from and enjoy this wonderful resource.
Career or former career/position: Worked at a small manufacturing company for 42 years. Retired as VP.
TWF is an organization that makes things happen. One can see results whether it is an “on-the-ground” project or the enlightenment of individuals when they begin to understand the things they can do to protect our waters, no matter how small or how simple. Through education & showing results, TWF is making our huge watershed a better place to work & live & visit.
I have been around the lakes most of my life, both as a “laker” & as a full-time resident. It is heart-warming to know that an organization — TWF — is working to protect & improve our watershed. TWF is making a difference.
Career or former career/position: Assistant Director at the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College
What I value about TWF: As an undergraduate student, TWF provided me with my first professional opportunity to combine and refine my interests of nonprofits and freshwater biology. I was able to learn about the structure and management of nonprofits in the context of a dynamic, scientific setting that involves local residents and governmental agencies. To this day, TWF continues to give me and other volunteers many outlets to make meaningful connections with those in our community that our work affects.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? TWF works tirelessly to make environmental best practices accessible to anyone. From presentations for young children at summer camps to informational sessions with local leaders, the information TWF conveys is understandable and relevant to those that take the time to consider it, resulting in a significant positive impact in our area.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? As TWF’s work progresses over the years, more and more everyday people are becoming inspired to make better decisions that impact our waterways. By doing so, TWF is creating a community that collectively values and places importance on our natural resources.
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? I would hope that each and every person understands that progress is being made but recognizes there is still a long way to go. Our lakes and streams face constant, sometimes unseen pressures that require the special and undivided attention that TWF is well equipped to give. TWF has positioned itself well to connect people and resources that can create change; however, it requires the support of both time and money to continue this important work in our community.
Career or former career/position: Recently retired from 30 years of HR and recruitment at Johnson & Johnson and Depuy.
What I value about TWF: We are actively working to promote and implement solutions to maintaining our water quality for future generations.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? TWF is a combined effort of a diverse group of individuals from the Board of Directors, to scientists to farmers who actively join together. I’ve been coming to the lake since I was young and I want to provide that same lake for my grandkids and the future. We have foresight in the issues that could face our lakes and proactively work to prevent issues like blue-green algae that ruin water, property values, and livelihood. They have some issues now, but it is not too late!
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? Giving to TWF doesn’t have to be only monetary, it can be volunteering- that is not to say we don’t need the financial support too though. Healthy water is for everyone, vacationers, and the community and lake residents. Lakes are the quality of life in the whole area and we have them to thank for the economy. Think of supporting TWF as protecting your assets by providing significant funds. We have unfinished projects that are at the starting gate and just waiting to be funded. This is an ongoing effort – we can’t just contribute once, because we will always have more long-term projects to complete.
Career: Law Partner at Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin Law Firm
What is it about this organization that you value? Keeping our local waters clean benefits everyone!
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? Helping to keep our local waters clean is a personal priority of mine because clean water benefits everyone.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? By monitoring and analyzing issues and coming up with solutions to keep our area lakes & streams clean and safe for all.
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? This organization gets results!
Career or former career/position: Retired/Surgeon
What I value about TWF: TWF allows me to be involved in projects, education, and getting to know more people.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? By improving water quality and habitat.
Career: Manager of Marketing and Member Services at Kosciusko REMC
What is it about this organization that you value? When I was a little girl we had a small creek running through my backyard. Since then I’ve always been fascinated by the water and all that is in it. TWF works to protect and maintain clean, healthy water which is one of the greatest resources in our community.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? The greater good TWF has and continues to do will be felt for generations to come. I like the idea of not just fixing a problem but trying to stop issues at the source and/or preventing them all together and educating others to continue the good works done by TWF.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? Attracting and retaining talented people strengthen the area in terms of bringing new businesses and growing existing ones. Many people who consider moving to this area are amazed by the beauty and recreation available on our lakes.
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? The idea of water protection seems overwhelming because we have so much in our community. While we sincerely appreciate the larger donors, we want people without as much to give to know their gift has impact. Smaller amounts add up to a large amount which accomplishes great things.
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Career: Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
What is it about this organization that you value? The approach and dedication towards reducing and eliminating the sources of pollution in our watershed.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? Being involved in TWF, allows me the opportunity to have a positive impact in our watershed that will improve the quality of life for our community.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? TWF provides education and awareness to our community so that all members can take the necessary steps to support and sustain our watershed.
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? It is a very real possibility that the lakes we all love and enjoy, in one form or another, could become unusable. Without community support and involvement, TWF would not be around to continue to fix issues that impact our watershed. Donating to TWF monetarily or by volunteering time, is one direct way for each and every one of us to be able to contribute to preserving a key natural resource in our community.
Career or former career/position: Retired Mechanical Design Engineer. Lived in the watershed for the past 19 years. I am also on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Lakes Management Society. I was president of the Big Lake Association when we worked to get sewers on our lake. We have seen great success since the sewers have come online.
What I value about TWF: Their teamwork and commitment to improving water quality in our watershed.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? Working with quality people on a common goal.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? The improved water quality
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? If people could see the improvements TWF have made to improve the water quality in our watershed.
Career or former career/position: Joe Tynan is a retired senior executive (CEO, COO, President, and VP) with over 40 years’ business experience across a variety of industries: construction, industrial manufacturing, steel processing, plating and painting, animal production and consumer products. Joe spent the first 20 years with the General Electric Company beginning his career in sales and marketing, general management, and including international responsibilities when he was G.M. of the Latin America Construction Business Operations of GE. He and his business partner successfully started a consumer product business and ultimately lead to bring in a venture capital partner. He finished his career here in Indiana with Ambassador Steel Corp. (now a part of Harris Rebar, a division of NUCOR). Joe led the business acquisition and integration for Ambassador Steel.
What is it about this organization that you value? The fact that we work to solve the problems in the entire watershed and stop the pollution at the source not treat the results of pollution in our lakes and streams.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? I really enjoy meeting the donors who support our organization and hearing their stories about their love for our lakes. And I get great satisfaction as we complete projects that are sources of pollution to our lakes.
How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? Not really possible for TWF to make it a better place to live- It is God’s special place already! It is our job at TWF to keep it that way for others!
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? I hope knowing that their donation is having a direct impact on keeping our lake a beautiful place for them, their family and friends.