Committees
The Foundation has created committees to help direct the course of the Foundation and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Citizen Advisory Committee
The Foundation recognizes that the participation of local citizens, property owners, business owners, and residents is important in helping the Foundation to achieve its goals. Therefore, community members, and others, may participate on the Foundation’s Citizen Advisory Committee.
Participants are encouraged to meet on a periodic basis to discuss issues that are important to the community and the Lake Ronkonkoma watershed and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Upon the submission of a registration form, any individual eighteen years of age or older may register to participate on the Foundation’s Citizen Advisory Committee.
There are no dues or minimum donation, or residency requirement to participate. Participants agree to work together, and with the Board of Trustees, to achieve the objectives and purposes of the Foundation.
The Board of Trustees shall appoint committee participant to be the Citizen Advisory Committee chair. The Citizen Advisory Committee chair shall report to the Outreach Secretary and will maintain a complete file on all committee activities. The Foundation shall keep a book containing the name, address, and contact information of each registered committee participant.
Participants receive no compensation from the Foundation and is not, as such, personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or obligations of the Foundation, and have no voting rights in regard to motions, resolutions, or other actions taken by the Foundation or the Board of Trustees.
No committee or participant shall implement any program, strategy, or plan without Board approval.
Any participant whose action or behavior within the Foundation is deemed a detriment to or a misrepresentation of the Foundation, as determined by the Board of Trustees, is subject to removal from the committee.

Technical Advisory Committees
The Foundation recognizes that the participation of technical experts in the areas of lake ecology and watershed management, finances and investment, community outreach and education, and grants and funding, is important in helping the Foundation to achieve its goals. Therefore, the Board of Trustees shall seek out experts with the requisite technical and scientific knowledge and invite them to participate on one or more of its Technical Advisory Committees as Technical Advisors.


Lake Ecology Committee
The Lake Ecology Committee reports to the Vice-president.
It's the responsibility of the Lake Ecology Committee to:
  • Develop, implement, and administer a watershed management plan.
  • Evaluate any public or private proposed development, program, and policy that may impact the watershed and make recommendations to eliminate or mitigate said impact.
  • Develop, implement, and administer stewardship and “lake-friendly” projects that will improve the water quality and ecology of the Lake and the surrounding watershed.
  • Develop, implement, and administer programs that will lead to the elimination and/or control of pollution and stormwater runoff within the watershed that will adversely affect lake ecology.
  • Develop, implement, and administer programs that will lead to the elimination and/or control of landscaping, lawn care, and fertilizing activities within the watershed that will adversely affect lake ecology.
  • Develop, implement, and administer programs that will lead to the elimination and/or control of sanitary and sewer pollution within the watershed that will adversely affect lake ecology.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with municipalities and private groups in the development and implementation of the above programs.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with the Outreach Committee in the development and promotion of the above programs and related educational programs and campaigns.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee reports to the Treasurer.
It's the responsibility of the Finance Committee to:
  • In conjunction with the Treasurer, prepare a proposed annual budget for the next fiscal year and submit it to the Board of Trustees for approval prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • Assure that all appropriate tax returns are filed with New York State and the Internal Revenue Service.
  • In cooperation with the Outreach Committee, prepare and execute strategies to receive voluntary contributions and seek other sources of funding from donors.
  • Review the annual report as prepared by the Treasurer and present an analysis at the first scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees after the beginning of the fiscal year.

Outreach Committee
The Outreach Committee reports to the Outreach Secretary.
It shall be the responsibility of the Outreach Committee to:
  • Develop, implement, and administer the Foundation's volunteer programs.
  • Publicize the volunteer programs to create better understanding and promote greater participation.
  • Develop detailed action plans and strategies to recruit and promote participation by volunteers.
  • Assist the Outreach Secretary in maintaining records of volunteers.
  • Develop, implement, and administer the Foundation's educational programs and campaigns.
  • Publicize the educational programs to create better understanding and promote greater participation.
    ▪ Develop and maintain a supply of volunteer promotional literature.
  • In cooperation with the Finance Committee, prepare and execute strategies to receive voluntary contributions and seek other sources of funding from donors.

Grants Committee
The Grants Committee reports to the Grants Secretary.
It's the responsibility of the Grants Committee to:
  • Assist the Grants Secretary in preparing and executing strategies to apply for grants, and seek other sources of funding.
  • Research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs.
  • Manage the process of supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program.
  • Coordinate with the Outreach and Lake Ecology Committees to understanding of the goals, purposes, and programs of the Foundation to identify projects and programs for which grants will be sought and to recommend the seeking of grants.
  • Coordinate the work of consultant grant writers that may be employed by the Foundation.