August 18, 2016 Update
The following was recently sent to those who have contributed to the Higgins Lake Swimmer’s Itch Organization (HLSIO):
Dear 2016 HLSIO Supporters,
We are pleased to send you the attached report (below) prepared by the Office of the Michigan Attorney General covering financial information of the Higgins Lake Swimmer’s Itch Organization for the calendar year ending December 31, 2015. Please note that the HLSIO only spent 2.01% of its income for supporting services (primarily for printing and postage) which means that 97.99% of all contributions made by our donors last year went directly to our efforts to combat swimmer’s itch. This is extraordinary. Most charities spend from 20% to upwards of 50%, thereby reducing the dollars available for their respective programs. The HLSIO is able to operate at minimal support service costs because of the generous volunteers who support this organization without any pay.
We thank you for your tax deductible contribution this year as we strive to combat swimmer’s itch at Higgins Lake.
Additionally, there are tickets still available for the fundraiser dinner sponsored by Fred’s of Roscommon and hosted by Jim and Laura Witt on Thursday evening, the 25th of August. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at either Fred’s or Jim’s Collision prior to the dinner.
Again, we thank you for your support this year. If you haven’t made a contribution for 2016, please send your tax deductible contribution to:
Higgins Lake Swimmer’s Itch Organization
P.O. Drawer 665
Grayling, MI 49738
November 4, 2015
Dear HLPOA Members,
Attached (below) is a letter we sent Monday to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outlining our perspective of the Swimmer’s Itch issues at Higgins Lake. I believe the communication clearly details our position as well as outlines the course of events leading us to this point. Please understand we are taking this action because you affirmed to us through a resolution at the annual meeting that you support the HLSIO and their swimmer’s itch program with SICON. Additionally we do not believe our efforts to manage swimmer’s itch on our lake can be best accomplished using the lowest bidder. We are convinced our best opportunity to access Higgins Lake without fear of contracting swimmer’s itch is using the unmatched expertise and experience that SICON possesses.
As always, in the best interest of our wonderful Lake