2020 Discussion Forum on Voting Options

Please use the comments section below this post to share any comments, concerns, or support you may have concerning the proposed referendum on voting options. This is a place to share your thoughts on the vote with fellow NIA members who may be looking for viewpoints prior to voting.

 

For your reference: 

Referendum on Membership Voting Options

In an effort to increase awareness of current issues relevant to the NIA membership and to increase participation in the decision-making process, the NIA Board of Directors proposes a change to the NIA By-Laws that would allow for annual meeting voting options to include a mail-in ballot, email, and website-based responses.  In-person voting at the Annual Meeting will continue and members will still be advised in writing of any proposed changes to the By-Laws at least 10 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

 

Proposed wording change to the NIA By-Laws:

Members not physically attending the Annual Meeting may vote for proposed amendments to these By-Laws by sending physical mail to the NIA address, sending email to the official NIA email address, or responding through other electronic means made available to the membership by the Board of Directors.  Enough information must be included with the submission so the Board of Directors may verify the identity of the member.  Votes must arrive at the NIA by the date specified in the solicitation.  The Board of Directors will take every reasonable precaution to ensure responses are valid and the results are accurate.

2020 Annual Meeting

2020 has been a year filled with surprises and challenges. We hope you and your loved ones have been able to stay safe and healthy. Like other organizations, we have been forced to rethink how we run events and communicate with members. Normally the Annual Meeting is held during the Children’s Party in August. The Annual Meeting is a chance for all members to learn about what improvements and activities the NIA has completed for the year, vote on proposed changes to our By-laws and Beach Rules, as well as review the Treasurer’s Report.

Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures limiting the size of gatherings, the Annual Meeting will not occur in-person this year. You will receive a Newsletter and Ballot in mid-August containing all the updates that would have been presented during the Annual Meeting. Please take the time to review this and mail back your ballot. The ballot contains 2 important items:

  1. Vote for 2021 open NIA Board of Directors seats (vote for up to 8 names)
  2. Vote to amend our By-laws to include the option of electronic voting for the future

If you have any questions/concerns/comments/suggestions, please contact us using our email address (niawestford@gmail.com). Thank you for another wonderful NIA beach season!

Best Regards,

NIA Board of Directors

July 4th Updates

School’s out and summer is in full swing.  We hope everyone is off to a great start and enjoying the sunny weather. With the coming July 4th weekend, we wanted to catch our members up on our current status.  We will be checking membership status more rigorously during holiday weekends, so please remember to bring your membership card.

Updates

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  •  If it is not possible to maintain social distancing OR the beach has reached the posted capacity, no more visitors will be allowed on the beach.
  • Please bring your membership cards to the beach. Board members will be spot-checking, so please be courteous.
  • No guests. Details Here
  • No parties.
  • Sanitize your picnic table when finished, members are responsible for sanitizing shared spaces, including the picnic tables.
  • Carry in, Carry out:  please take all of your trash and recycling with you when leaving.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the port-o-john at Sandy Beach.
  • The NIA operates 4 beaches, please consider using another property on a busy day.
  • Refrain from coming to the beach if in the previous 14 days you:
    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. cough, fever, shortness of breath)
    • Have traveled outside of Massachusetts
    • Have had exposure to someone with known or suspected COVID-1

2020 Mail-in Application

We are excited to announce our online registration for the 2020 season, but appreciate some of our members may prefer to mail in a copy of the forms.  Below is a link to the membership application and liability form.

2020 NIA application mail

liability_wavier_and_release_agreement

 

Please print both forms and mail them to:

Nabnasset Improvement Association

PO Box 1124

Westford, MA 01886

(checks can be made payable to: NIA)

2020 Spring Clean Up

spring-cleanup

Always lots of fun!

Here are the details:

  • Date: Saturday, May 16
  • Time: 8:30 AM at Sandy Beach, then we’ll spread out
  • Bring your tools to spread sand (rakes, shovels, etc).
  • We’ll bring the coffee and donuts
  • We are normally done by lunch

Thanks in advance for helping out!

2020 NIA Scholarship Application

Hello Members,

We are excited to announce the NIA will once again be awarding a scholarship to a graduating high school senior. Below is the essay application for seniors who do not attend Westford Academy. This includes graduates of Nashoba Technical High School, home school programs, and other accredited private high schools. WA seniors can go through the scholarship page on WA’s website.

Reminder: A child or grandchild of NIA members are allowed and encouraged to apply. They must have acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning or applicable trade school.

Thank you, members, for your participation. We’re looking forward to a great season and will keep you posted on upcoming events.

Nabnasset Improvement Association Scholarship Award

2018 Spring Cleanup

Always lots of fun!

Here are the details:

  • Date: Saturday, April 28
  • Time: 8:30 AM at Sandy Beach, then we’ll spread out
  • Bring your implements of winter-time destruction (rakes, shovels, leaf blowers, etc).
  • We’ll bring the coffee and donuts
  • We are normally done by lunch

Thanks in advance for helping out!