Meet MWA President & Founding Member, Jim Schneider

After moving to Morse 10 years ago, I discovered quickly that I knew nothing about the reservoir concerning the rules and regulations for boating, docks, lake ownership, regulatory and controlling agencies. It was very confusing trying to locate the correct agency to address issues about floating trees, Ecoli, algae, no wake zones, buoys, speed limits, etc. I had some knowledge of boating having spent a few vacations camping on Lake Cumberland with my wife and 2 boys. My father-in-law’s 14 ft. runabout provided my kids the opportunity to learn to ski, tube and fish.

In May 2005, a small group of 8-10 people formed Morse Waterways Association. We envisioned ourselves as home owners association for the lake. We met weekly to create a mission statement, setup a web site, open a bank account for donations and organize a public meeting. Our goal was to educate ourselves and to become a resource for people living on the lake. As a key member of this organization, I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of people living on the lake and have become good friends with many.

I spend most of my lake activities driving the boat for skiers and tubers, cruising the lake on my Seadoo, occasionally kayaking, and fishing in the evenings from my dock watching the sunset. Most of all, we enjoy entertaining our friends on our deck with some adult beverages and watching all the lake activity.

I am a partner in
Salt-Free Water Systems
which provides residential, commercial and industrial properties with environmentally friendly water conditioner systems. These systems are an alternative to traditional water softeners using no salt or chemicals. I serve the community through volunteer work Habitat for Humanity, Morse Waterways Association and the Upper White River Watershed Alliance.