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Fifth Anniversary for Friends of Lake Panorama

The Sunset Beach playground was the first major Friends of Lake Panorama project completed. It opened in 2016.

By Susan Thompson

December 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of Friends of Lake Panorama. The first meeting of the 501(c)3 nonprofit charity’s board of directors was held December 3, 2013. Since then, the group has made steady progress towards its goal of improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama.

Over the past five years, more than $800,000 has flowed through Friends of Lake Panorama to support projects both large and small. Of that total, $150,000 came from the Lake Panorama Association, as Friends helped leverage the association’s limited funds for amenities. 

Pre-Orders of LPA History Book Available

A book detailing the history of Lake Panorama is now available for pre-orders. Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years, is a full-color, hardcover 96-page book. It’s sponsored by the Lake Panorama Association, and authored by Susan Thompson. 

The seeds of Lake Panorama were planted in the 1930s, when heavy rains caused flooding along the Middle Raccoon River. Early planners got the ball rolling three decades later, and the Lake Panorama Association was formed in 1968. The book is a celebration of Lake Panorama’s fascinating past, exciting present, and promising future.

"Coffee with the GM" Review

By Susan Thompson 

An estimated 40 people attended the December 6 “Coffee with the GM” held at the LPA conference center. These periodic events provide LPA members the chance to get updates on what’s happening within the Lake Panorama Association. 

John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN interim director of operations, began with an update on the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ). 

Extensive Renovations Complete at Panorama West

A bench has been installed near the Panorama West pro shop. The plaque on the bench states: With Deep Appreciation. In Memory of James and Joyce McLuen.

By Susan Thompson 

It’s been a busy year of construction at the Panorama West golf course. A new irrigation system was installed, and new sections of concrete cart paths were added. Old landscape beds surrounding the clubhouse were renovated, with new rock, shrubs and perennial flowers added. 

A gift of more than $473,000 from James and Joyce McLuen financed these major construction projects, along with other improvements. Twenty percent of their estate was directed to Friends of Lake Panorama to be used at Panorama West. 

Tidbits from Lake Panorama's History

This lighthouse was installed on the Lake Panorama jetty in 2009. It replaced a smaller lighthouse that stood in the same location for 33 years.

By Susan Thompson 

While researching and writing Lake Panorama’s history, I’ve discovered a couple of things. First, the history is fascinating. Second, there is a lot of it. If I included everything of interest in the book I’m writing, it would be much longer and more expensive than planned. 

I’ve found myself writing interesting or quirky details, which later I cut because of space constraints. So I decided to share some of these tidbits in the Lake Panorama Times. 

Women's Groups Kickoff Holiday Season with Fundraisers

By Susan Thompson 

Two events sponsored by two local women’s organizations will be held in early December, with proceeds going to scholarships for Panorama students. 

On Sunday, December 2, the Women for Panora’s Future (WFPF) will sponsor a Christmas home tour, featuring four Lake Panorama homes decked out for the holiday season. A stop at the Panora Library also is included. The first WFPF home tour was held in 1978.  

Lake Panorama Known for Family Time

Tiffany Thompson, who grew up visiting her grandparents at Lake Panorama, is shown in front of the lake home she and her family now own.

By Susan Thompson

Over the last couple of years, I’ve made occasional requests for photos and stories for a book I’m writing about Lake Panorama. As I talk with people who respond, a common theme emerges — Lake Panorama has always been a great place to spend time with family.

The latest example was a phone call from Tiffany Thompson. She and her husband Shane purchased their Lake Panorama house in March 2016. While they are relatively new to the lake, Tiffany’s love affair with Lake Panorama began when she was a child.