The majority of LGA's work is done at the committee level. Issues or concerns affecting the lake and our members generally fall under one or more of our committees, depending on the nature and scope. As a board, the LGA directs its efforts to those issues of a lake-wide nature, but county specific issues are addressed by the five county directors. Our activities tend to fall within one of the areas designated in our "Focus Items" link.
The Association was conceived in September 1988 by a group of concerned lake residents who realized that it was essential to protect the natural beauty of the lake while encouraging quality residential and commercial development. Because the property owners were spread throughout five counties and two states, many of who were part time residents with little or no voice or vote in local affairs, the founders determined that an organization that could speak with one voice to local governments on lake-related affairs was necessary. One of their primary concerns at the time was the high taxes being paid by lake property owners, hence the original name The Lake Gaston Taxpayers Association
The organizers quickly found, however, that the interests of their members, then numbering approximately 500 families, were much broader than simply tax matters. In the spring of 1989, this realization led them to change the name of the organization to the Lake Gaston Association. The original 12 Directors identified three objectives for the Association: