Swimming Pool at LPN Now Open

By Susan Thompson

The swimming pool and spa on the south side of the Lake Panorama National conference center opened for the season May 15, and is expected to remain open until September 15.

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. 

The pool is a cooperative effort between the Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association and the Lake Panorama Association, with operations handled by Lake Panorama National.

Father-Daughter Team Create His Memoir

Jennifer Dilley and her father Gerald A. Jewett, Jr., show off the first print galley of the memoir Gerald wrote with Jennifer’s assistance.

By Susan Thompson

Often people reflect on the loss of a loved one by wishing they had done a better job preserving their life stories. Jennifer Dilley, who lives at Lake Panorama with her husband John, won’t have those regrets when her father passes.

That’s because she spent 14 months taking dictation as her father told stories about his life, then turned it into a book that is being well-received by readers.   

LPA Annual Meeting May 12

By Susan Thompson 

The 49th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, May 12, 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 Jim Spradling, LPA board president; Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer; John Dinnebier, LPN director of operations; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager.

LPA Members Weigh in on Boats

By Susan Thompson

Of the 503 Lake Panorama Association members who responded to an online survey last November and December, 467 answered the four questions related to boats on Lake Panorama.  

When asked to describe their opinion on the overall boating safety on Lake Panorama, 22 percent said they believe it is highly safe, with 60 percent saying it is moderately safe. Ten percent said it is moderately unsafe, two percent said highly unsafe, and six percent didn’t have an opinion.

What's New at Lake Panorama National?

By Susan Thompson

It’s been a tough spring for the two golf operations owned by the Lake Panorama Association — the 18-hole Lake Panorama National and the 9-hole Panorama West. John Dinnebier, Lake Panorama National director of operations, oversees both courses. In this month’s Q&A, we catch up on what members and guests have to look forward to whenever weather conditions allow.   

Q: Spring is here, but that certainly hasn’t meant much spring golf! What are conditions like at both Lake Panorama National and Panorama West? 

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.

Food Insecurity Prevalent in Iowa

Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa president and CEO, poses with a seed sign for the farm of Willard Hostetler. Growing up on a nearby farm in Greene County, Book walked beans for Hostetler beginning when she was 11 years old.

By Susan Thompson

All across Iowa, farmers grow crops and animals that end up as food consumed by humans. Our state has often been described as “the land of plenty” for this very reason. And yet one in eight Iowans and one in five Iowa children are impacted by food insecurity.

Food insecurity means a lack of access to enough food to lead a healthy, active life. There are more than 42 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger, including nearly 385,000 Iowans.

LPA General Manager Provides Updates, Answers Questions

By Susan Thompson

Two topics drew the most attention at a “Coffee with the GM” session March 9 — 2018 property assessment notices from the Guthrie County Assessor, and upgrades needed at the LPA water plant.

About 45 people attended the meeting at the Lake Panorama National conference center, where John Rutledge, LPA general manager, provided updates and responded to audience questions.