WSO Home Tour in its 44th Year

Five Lake Panorama homes will be featured June 7 for the 44th annual Women’s Service Organization (WSO) home tour. Tickets are $20, and include both the home tour and lunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.

WSO was established in the fall of 1972 when women who had worked together to help pass a school bond issue decided they enjoyed that process, and could further benefit the community as a formal organization.

The Panorama high school and middle school buildings that resulted from that successful bond issue have undergone two expansions since then. During the same time period, WSO has broadened its membership base, as well as its focus on a variety of Panora community efforts.

A renewable scholarship is awarded to a graduating Panorama student each year, making four scholarships paid annually. Additional annual donations go to the Panora Library, Food Pantry, Panora Streetscapes, Guthrie County Historical Village, Heritage Park, Tori’s Angels, Relay For Life, Panorama prom and yearbook. Other contributions are considered as projects become apparent.

The home tour is the WSO’s major fundraiser. The first tour group leaves the LPN conference center at 9 a.m., with three additional groups leaving on the half-hour through 10:30 a.m. Each group tours three homes before returning to the LPN for lunch, followed by tours of the remaining two homes. Participants are asked to arrive at the LPN conference center 20 minutes ahead of their tour time, in order to join the vehicle lineup, sign up for lunch and receive instructions and description sheets.

Various WSO committees work in advance to gather information for a one-page description sheet, and to determine the best order and route. The route isn’t always the most direct, but is designed for safety and to accommodate the parking of many vehicles at each home. Thought also is given to avoid road construction and crossing paths of other tour groups.  

Tickets may be purchased from any WSO member, or by calling Mary Beidelman at 641-757-0425.