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Welcome Tracy Hughes!

September 2, 2019

Hello neighbors, friends, and visitors of the Clear Lake Township! My name is Tracy Hughes and I am delighted to join Bridget as the Program Assistant for Conservation and Stewardship here at CLTLC. You may have already seen me or met me at a Knee-high Program, the SummerFest, or by Bridget’s side testing water quality this summer. You also may know me from the lifetime I’ve spent here at our beautiful Clear Lake. Nonetheless, I am thrilled to join our community in a new way, preserving and protecting our waters alongside all of you.

I grew up in nearby Fort Wayne and, like my husband Chris, I have spent every summer of my life here at Clear Lake enjoying lake life with my extended family and friends. In 2012, Chris and I moved here full time to raise our growing family. Evelyn, now 7, and twins Annie and Eddie, 5, attend Fremont Elementary and are, no doubt, growing up on the water (or ice) in their free time. Chris likes to point out that he is a 4th generation Clear Laker (Karen Hughes), I am a 5th generation Clear Laker (Jerry and Diane McArdle), and our children are both 5th and 6th generation! To say I have history here is an understatement. With this history, it is simple to say I love this place and will strive to protect our little slice of heaven to ensure it stands the test of time.

Since I dove into this job in June, I have enjoyed my work both in the office and out in the field. I previously served the Conservancy as the coordinator of our Knee High Naturalist program and a member of both the Education and Development Committees. It turns out I liked my work with Bridget and our many great volunteers so much that I wanted more! So, from Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, to Vanderbilt University where I earned a double degree in Elementary Education and Social Studies, to teaching Kindergarten in both Chicago and Fort Wayne, to preparing 3 wonderful children for full time school, I come to you now ready to continue educating all ages, preserving our waters, organizing our volunteers, leading our community, and welcoming you to the future of Clear Lake. I am honored to have this opportunity to work with you in protecting our beautiful Clear Lake!

Reach me at or (260) 527-1072.

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