In the News

Rain Garden Installation June 10

By Susan Thompson

A rain garden is a perennial flower garden strategically located to capture runoff from rain that falls on parking lots, roofs, driveways and yards. On Saturday, June 10, beginning at 9 a.m., a rain garden will be installed along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot.

This project is sponsored by Friends of Lake Panorama, a nonprofit charity that is separate from the Lake Panorama Association. Funds raised by the charity are used for improvements at Lake Panorama’s two golf courses and three beaches.

LPA Annual Meeting Includes 2016 Reports, 2017 Outlook

By Susan Thompson

The 48th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association was May 13, with about 100 people in attendance. The meeting provided an update on activities during the past year, plus a look ahead at the remainder of 2017.

Mary Jane Carothers was elected to fill an empty seat on the LPA board, replacing Bob Batschelet who had completed a three-year term. Tom Jeschke was reelected to another board term. Jason Grossman and Les Marks also were on the board ballot. 

Swimming Pool at LPN to Open Memorial Day Weekend

The pool and spa at Lake Panorama National will open for the 2017 season on Memorial Day weekend

By Susan Thompson

The swimming pool and spa on the south side of the Lake Panorama National conference center is scheduled to open for the season Memorial Day weekend, and expected to remain open until the middle of September.

During the summer season, pool hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Private pool parties can be scheduled, based on availability, in two-hour increments at a cost of $150. 

Two New Granite Club Members, More Sought

A new member of the LPN Granite Club for 2017 is Jensen Sanitation. The company’s sign is posted on the tee marker on the 13th hole at Lake Panorama National.

By Susan Thompson

In 2008, 12 businesses made monetary or in-kind contributions to Lake Panorama National to support the construction of Spikes, the snack and restroom facility located between the first and 10th tees. In exchange, the businesses received a sponsorship sign on an LPN tee box. Several of these businesses have maintained their sponsorship ever since, while some have left.  

Two "Coffee with GM" Planned

By Susan Thompson

An effort to find new ways to keep lines of communication open between the Lake Panorama Association and LPA members will continue in 2017. The first “Coffee with the GM” was held in April 2015. These events provide LPA members the opportunity to discuss topics of interest in a candid, conversational format.

Limited Tickets Available for Beach Ball May 6

One item available on the Beach Ball live auction will be this live edge wooden bench, valued at $550. The soft maple bench, handmade and donated by Kurt Johnson, is six-feet long and sealed with an exterior oil finish so it can be used either inside or out. In addition to the bench, Johnson also has donated three bags board games for the live auction — one each for Iowa and Iowa State fans, and one to be custom-made based on the desire of the winning bidder.

By Susan Thompson

Ticket sales and table sponsorships have been strong for the 2nd annual Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball, which will be held Saturday, May 6. About 40 tickets remain for this fun evening at Lake Panorama National, with all proceeds supporting new sports courts at Boulder Beach. So far, 29 tables have attracted sponsors, but not all are filled. So there are limited opportunities for groups of eight, six or four to be seated together at a sponsored table. There also is space for one additional sponsored table.

Guthrie County Reappraisal Program Planned

By Susan Thompson

In 2014, the Guthrie County Conference Board, which oversees the county assessor’s office, approved a reappraisal project of all residential properties at Lake Panorama. As part of that project, door-to-door inspections of all residential properties at Lake Panorama will begin around June 1 this year, and are expected to continue through August.

Nikki Carrick, Guthrie County Assessor, says the purpose of the reappraisal program is to equalize property assessments so taxpayers are responsible for paying only their fair share of the property tax burden.

2017 LPA Annual Meeting May 13

Mary Jane Carothers

The 48th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, May 13, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Each year, the LPA annual meeting provides a formal statement of the association’s financial position, plus reports on activities during the past year and plans for the coming year.

Reports will be given by Tom Jeschke, LPA board president; Jim Spradling, LPA board treasurer; John Dinnebier, LPN director of operations; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager.