Laconia Native to Speak at Lake Advocacy Event June 21 in New London (397)

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) will hold this year's Lakes Congress on Friday, June 21 at Colby Sawyer College in New London.
The theme of this day-long educational networking event is "Volunteering for Our Lakes." This 20th Lakes Congress offers an excellent opportunity for lake enthusiasts, lake association members, state agency personnel, researchers, lake and watershed management professionals, and political leaders to exchange information, ideas, and experiences.
"We are thrilled that the 2013 Lakes Congress will be kicked off with a keynote address by Richard Ober, president of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation" reports Tom O'Brien, NH LAKES President.
The morning will begin with opening remarks and Ober's keynote address, followed by a presentation Mary Ellen Jackson, Executive Director, NH Center for Nonprofits and Gretchen Berger-Wabuti, Executive Director, Volunteer NH! on the topic of support available to nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire.
There will be two break-out sessions, each offering a variety of topics to choose from. Debbie Bolduc, life-long resident of Laconia and avid kayaking enthusiast will speak on the topic of Marketing 101 geared toward New Hampshire's many lake associations. As the founder and president of BizBuzz Marketing Partners, Bolduc is familiar with the struggles faced by small businesses and non-profits when it comes to getting the word out about the work they do and their need to grow their pool of volunteers.
"My love of kayaking and lakefront camping offers me the unique perspective into the mindset of the residents and tourists who enjoy (and perhaps unknowingly abuse) our lakes, not to mention plant and animal life that thrives there", Bolduc points out.
This presentation will focus on strategies the lakes association organizers can employ to communicate and build relationships with those who visit
and live in lake-front communities.
NH LAKES is a 501c(3) member-supported organization and the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire's ponds and lakes. It offers numerous educational programs and resources for groups and individuals throughout the year and represent their members before state government by advocating for policies that protect these natural resources for the benefit of all users. They advocate for such things as public access, safety, water quality, prevention of exotic invasive species, as well as the protection of shore land, watershed, wildlife and habitat.
For more information, to view the agenda and many presentations available, or to register for the event, go to or call (603) 226-0299.