Founded in 2014, The Committee To Drain Lake Ronkonkoma is an informal body composed of concerned citizens from the Greater Lake Ronkonkoma Area, devoted to forging a bright future for the community of Ronkonkoma by draining Lake Ronkonkoma completely and starting fresh.
Read on to learn more about The Committee and how it functions.
The very first meeting of The Committee To Drain Lake Ronkonkoma was actually convened to discuss what could be done about the ongoing mess called Lake Ronkonkoma. Several options were discussed, but consensus quickly gathered around the obvious solution: drain the lake out, clean the entire area correctly, and then start over. The unanimous decision was made to abandon all other possibilities, and pursue the smart choice wholeheartedly. To reflect this, the first vote taken adopted the name The Committee To Drain Lake Ronkonkoma.
After discussing the results with friends and family, Committee members quickly realized that this solution had the potential to be a polarizing and divisive issue in the local community. Some people, despite all evidence to the contrary, were sentimentally attached to Lake Ronkonkoma and to leaving it as it is. Some individuals, in fact, became quite angry when confronted with the suggestion that the lake be drained.
It was in this light that the decision was made to adopt an informal, privately funded group that could remain anonymous. While The Committee members are comfortable answering for their beliefs, they did not feel it was fair for their family and friends to be harassed, persecuted or ridiculed based on the beliefs and actions of members. The resolution to protect the anonymity of Committee Members was passed unanimously, and cannot be overturned except by a future vote to the contrary.
To facilitate this requirement, The Committee also approved a plan to hire consultants and contractors to execute the vision and strategy supplied by The Committee. Special attention is given to selecting personnel that can "take the heat" of a controversial campaign.
Perhaps the day will come when a person can voice an unpopular opinion without fear of retribution. One thing is certain - this day is not upon us. Until such a time The Committee is content to operate in the shadows. This campaign is not about personal glory for the members. It is about making a positive step towards a bright future for everyone.
The Committee To Drain Lake Ronkonkoma meets at the start of every fiscal quarter - 4 times annually - in an undisclosed location. Attendance in person is strongly encouraged, but being present via video link is sufficient for a member to exercise a vote. All executive level decisions are put to a vote, with delegations made to Committee Members and hired staff for the purpose of carrying out the vision. This model has proven so effective that there has been no need so far to appoint Officers or executive level leadership.
The Committee currently retains the services of a Media Consultant on a part-time basis to manage the public-facing aspects of the campaign. To meet the needs of increased momentum, The Committee has discussed the addition of another part-time consultant or contractor to manage day-to-day operations. No resolution has been passed to date, but labor requirements occupy an consistent portion of The Committee Quarterlies.
Operations of The Committee To Drain Lake Ronkonkoma are privately funded and have been since the formation of The Committee. Donations are neither solicited nor accepted from the general public and cannot be in the future without a resolution by The Committee. Such a resolution is not anticipated.
The primary source of funding for Committee activities and initiatives is a "community pot" reserve, fueled by an Integration Fee for new members and Membership Fees for existing members. The amount raised using this model has thus far been sufficient to cover all overhead, labor costs and incidental expenses.
The Committee has passed several resolutions that provide for additional funding strategies, but so far these have not been employed. As The Committee looks towards more ambitious initiatives, serious consideration is being given to employing these strategies, or even crafting new strategies subject to approval by vote. If and when such changes are made, public announcement will be made and this section will be amended.