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Jim Tavares

Jim Tavares has been working in the camping field for over 30 years, and has been a Camp Director for 22 of them. Between 1994 and 2000, he worked at the old 4-H Camp on Page Street in Lake Pleasant. He recently moved back into the area and will be leasing to own the camp he worked at all those years ago.

Vice President

Peter Welch

Lake Pleasant Lodge
2839 State Route 30
Speculator, NY 12164
(518) 548-5253

Peter was born in Utica, and grew up in Deerfield, NY.  He has worked in construction; as a ski school director and marketing director for Holiday Valley Resort in western New York; as a condominium sales director and an addictions therapist.  Living in Speculator has given him the opportunity to pursue his hobbies of fishing and skiing.  Peter currently manages the Lake Pleasant Lodge.


Sue Swift

(518) 548-4813

Susan Swift and her family moved to Speculator in 1976 and operated Melody Lodge with her husband, George, for more than 30 years.  She managed the local Cub Scouts, and sat on the Lake Pleasant Central School Board of Education for 10 years. Susan is now retired and resides in Piseco, and is a member of the Hamilton County TWIGS and the Piseco Auxiliary.  In addtion to serving on the Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, she enjoys her grandchildren, cooking, gardening, and the outdoors.


Chris Turner

(518) 548-4499

Chris Turner is a long time resident of Lake Pleasant, part time since youth and full time more recently. He was an executive and a senior consultant in the energy industry, including many years at Niagara Mohawk (now National Grid) and international experience primarily in Poland. He was an owner of the Speculator Department Store for several years ending in 2006. His community service has included the Speculator Lions Club and a long involvement with the Lake Pleasant-Sacandaga Association, currently serving as Vice President-Gifting for the LPSA Board.





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