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Donors Kickoff Playground Fundraising

This play equipment planned for Boulder Beach offers something new for both younger and older children. Stand-alone swinging, climbing, and balancing pieces will appeal to the older kids, and provide an approach to the multi-faceted play set. The play set includes two slides, a covered deck area, and a “Big Kahuna” fish climbing bridge. Nearby will be three swings, one enclosed to accommodate toddlers.

By Susan Thompson 

During a six-week period at the end of 2019, 20 couples, individuals and businesses donated nearly $10,000 to Friends of Lake Panorama to fund new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches. 

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity, with a goal of improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The Friends board’s current priority project is raising $70,000 for playground equipment, to be split evenly between Boulder and Shady beaches. 

Updates on LPA Projects from GM

John Rutledge, LPA General Manager, provides some project updates in this month's Q&A.

By Susan Thompson 

The Lake Panorama Association (LPA) staff already is gearing up for spring and summer projects, while managing the daily changes an Iowa winter can bring. This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, LPA general manager, includes information on several topics important to LPA members.

Q: The idea of adding a boat ramp on Lake Panorama’s west side was a recent topic of discussion at an LPA board meeting. Give us an update on that issue.

LPN Board of Managers Enters Fifth Year

By Susan Thompson 

A board of managers that oversees the Lake Panorama National operation is entering its fifth year. While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the LPN golf course since 1977, it has only owned the LPN conference center since 2005.

At the time the conference center was purchased, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as “LPN, LLC” to manage this wholly owned subsidiary. The Panorama West golf course and clubhouse was placed under LPN, LLC management in 2013. 

2020 Golf Membership Prize Winners Announced

By Susan Thompson 

There were 147 individuals, couples or families who purchased a 2020 golf membership at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West by December 31, and were entered into a drawing for seven prizes. The drawing was held January 4. Winners are: 

·      Custom set of irons – Neil and Jolene Wright

·      $500 LPN Diners Club credit – Barry and Marlys Metzger

·      Putter – Brian and Jen Denham

·      Michael Kleinwolterink print – Patsy Goss

·      FootJoy Shoes – Ted Erickson 

Coffee with the GM Update

By Susan Thompson 
At a December 5 “Coffee with the GM,” John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations, provided an update on several projects.
Rutledge started by reporting Bill Dahl and Corey Welberg had been re-elected two days earlier to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) Board of Trustees. Other trustees on the RIZ board are Doug Hemphill, JoAnn Johnson, and Larry Petersen. 

Family Memories of First Lake Panorama Promoter

Louie O. Hansen, known as the visionary behind Lake Panorama, is the man in the middle, standing in front of a sign that was erected on the hillside along Highway 44 west of Panora, where the first entrance to the lake is located. Courtesy of Louie O. Hansen family.

By Susan Thompson 

Long before I started researching and writing the book titled Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years, I had heard stories about Lake Panorama getting its start because of a Guthrie County Extension Director. 

I was active in 4-H as a child, so was familiar with the role of ISU Extension and its county offices. During my 15 years working for the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, I learned much more about ISU Extension. When we moved to Lake Panorama in 1998, I decided to track down some information on Louie O. Hansen. 

Friends of Lake Panorama President Talks about New Playgrounds

Jan Reinicke, President, Friends of Lake Panorama

By Susan Thompson 

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to supporting recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The charity is separate from the Lake Panorama Association, and is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. In this month’s Q&A, Jan Reinicke, current Friends president, talks about a new priority project, completed projects and future goals. 

Q. The sixth anniversary of the Friends of Lake Panorama is this month. Tell us about events so far. 

Friends of Lake Panorama Board Makes 2020 Plans

By Susan Thompson 

Friends of Lake Panorama is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. The board held its 2020 organizational meeting December 2.  

Two new members were appointed to the board. Jim Tibbles will complete the final year of Dave Furbush’s three-year term. Furbush, who has his Lake Panorama home on the market, resigned from the board in December. He has been a member of the Friends board since December 2014, and had served several years as vice president.