The Benches at Beaches project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Shane Goodman
Lake Panorama Times 

A survey conducted by Friends of Lake Panorama in April 2019 showed LPA member interest in additional amenities at Lake Panorama’s beaches. This led to Friends promoting high quality benches to families looking for options to memorialize a loved one.
In 2019, a bench on a concrete slab was installed at Boulder Beach in memory of Kim Lubeck. In 2021, a swinging bench was installed at the Boulder Beach playground in memory of Bill Priestley. Also last year, a swinging bench in memory of Lois and Dean Porath and a stationary bench in memory of Courtney Allen Sr., were installed at Sunset Beach.
This Benches at Beaches project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench. Benches can be purchased either as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. In late May, two swinging benches were installed for two couples interested in doing the latter.

Brian and JoAnn Johnson
Brian and JoAnn Johnson have lived at Lake Panorama for 22 years, first near the back of Horseshoe Cove. In 2008, they built their current home at the mouth of the same cove. Their swinging bench at Shady Beach was placed to take advantage of the afternoon shade, with a view of the playground, flowers, beach and Lake Panorama.
“We are only a golf cart ride away from Shady Beach, and it has been a special playground for all four of our grandkids,” JoAnn says. “They all swim and play in the sand there, and it’s where they learned to swing with me doing a lot of pushes. The older kids still talk about the merry-go-round that was there before the new play equipment was installed two years ago.”
“Our two oldest are twins, Colt and Montana Douglas, age 14, of Adair,” Johnson says. “They think of the lake as a second home and spend a lot of time with us. I used to push them in a double stroller down to Shady Beach. Our two younger grandchildren are Hadley and Walker Everson of Adel, ages 9 and 6, and they love the new playground equipment.”
Why were the Johnsons interested in donating a bench?
“We appreciate that Friends of Lake Panorama continues to have a vision for constantly improving the amenities here at Lake Panorama, and we enjoy participating in that,” Johnson says. “As for the swinging bench, it was a natural. We can swing ourselves now, rather than push swings for grandkids. It’s a great place to sit and watch the grandkids play and enjoy the view.”
The Johnsons chose the color green for their bench in honor of Brian’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The plaque on their bench has their names, topped by the phrase “Enjoy the Moment!”
“We chose ‘Enjoy the Moment’ to remind us, and everyone who uses the swing, that joy can be found in the simple things — a beautiful view, a quiet moment, a playground or beach with grandkids, or giving to Friends of Lake Panorama,” JoAnn says.

Larry Babcock and Susan Thompson
Larry Babcock purchased a house at Lake Panorama in the fall of 1997. Susan Thompson joined him there after they married in the spring of 1998. They lived in that home on the fifth hole of the Lake Panorama National Resort golf course until three years ago. That’s when they moved across the golf course to a condo on the eighth hole of the LPN golf course.
As avid golfers, they already appreciated Lake Panorama for its two golf courses. After purchasing a pontoon from Coulter Marine their first summer, they quickly learned to appreciate Lake Panorama even more. As family members visited, the golfing, boating and beach opportunities available made the Babcock/Thompson household a popular destination for day trips and summer vacations.
In mid-2013, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, asked Thompson to consider working with legal counsel to develop a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that could accept tax-deductible donations for recreational improvements.
Challenge accepted, and in July 2014 a letter arrived from the Internal Revenue Service saying Friends of Lake Panorama had been granted nonprofit status, and contributions would be tax-deductible to donors. Thompson has served as the Friends of Lake Panorama executive director since the beginning.
Babcock and Thompson have supported all Friends projects, both financially and as volunteers when needed. When the idea of promoting bench donations to current Lake Panorama residents who want to enjoy their own bench was proposed, the couple agreed it was another project they wanted to support.
Their bench is on a concrete slab near the south end of the Boulder Beach concrete wall. They chose blue in honor of the Chicago Cubs. Their bench plaque features the phrase “Keep Swinging!” Those words are a nod to their love of both golf and baseball, as well as their hope people will enjoy sitting in their swing and enjoy the view.
The current cost of either a stationary or swinging bench on a concrete slab is about $3,200. In keeping with the colors used for new playground equipment at the beaches, bench colors available are blue and green. LPA staff has identified several possible bench locations at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches. Those interested in discussing a bench sponsorship can email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org or call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536.  
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Roger Herman Santi

Posted 6/7/2022
Roger Herman Santi, 74, died May 9, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. Roger graduated from Madrid High School in 1965. In 1973, he married Cheri Zaruba. They made their home in Perry for 20 years then moved to Ankeny, where they lived for 20 years. In 2004, Roger retired from John Deere in Ankeny after more than 30 years. Roger was an officer in the Vittoria Lodge in Ankeny. For the last eight years, they have made Lake Panorama their home.
Roger is survived by his wife; sons, Tony (Jennifer) and Larry (Marci); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place, and no services will be held at this time. 
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Posted 6/7/2022
Donald Graham submitted this photo of Lake Panorama’s West Side campground hostess Pat Daniel. Graham offered: “In between the neverending work of tending the flower beds, maintaining the restrooms and welcoming guests at Lake Panorama’s west side campground, hostess Pat Daniel also models the proper attire for rain. Thanks, Pat, for all you and Denny do and for keeping the campers in the fashion loop! The ‘West Siders’ campers appreciate you!” 
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Posted 6/7/2022
Paulette Chambers, Sue Merryman and JoAnn Johnson planted petunias in front of the gazebo on Main Street recently. The Panora Garden Club’s theme for the year is “Watch us grow!”

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Trish Hart is a local photographer who specializes in Lake Panorama wildlife. Many of Hart’s photos are of birds, which she captures digitally as they sit on feeders on the deck of her home. This month’s photo is of one female and two male Baltimore orioles, feasting on grape jelly and fresh cut oranges.
These brightly colored songbirds are orange, black and white, and were named because they share the colors of the coat of arms of 17th-century Lord Baltimore. Baltimore orioles are common in open woods in spring and summer, and spend their winters in the tropics.
Baltimore orioles arrive in Iowa in the spring. Special oriole feeders like this one make it easy to offer cut oranges, grape jelly or a sugar water supplement similar to the flower nectar these birds like. The birds disappear from feeders as quickly as they arrive. This is because while they are nesting and feeding young, their diet changes to add protein for the young birds, which means they hunt insects instead of visiting feeders.
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music from Little Joe McCarthy.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The fifth Friends of Lake Panorama’s Beach Ball fundraiser will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National. Plans include 30 round tables with seating for eight, either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents. About 20 of those tables have been spoken for, with 10 remaining.
For the second year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members make an additional contribution to Friends, while getting some extras. The levels are:
• Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700 — includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
• Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150 — includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
• Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250 — includes 2 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Those interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing just dinner tickets, can contact Susan Thompson, thomcomm@netins.net, or 515-240-6536. Those with auction items to donate also are asked to contact Thompson.
The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music from Little Joe McCarthy. This is the third Beach Ball where McCarthy has provided live music in the outdoors setting. The singer, songwriter and musician is from the Omaha area and plays a mix of oldies, rock and country. Extra chairs will be available outside for those who have tables inside yet want to enjoy McCarthy’s music during social time.
There also will be a 50/50 raffle and both live and silent auctions. There will be three live auction items of particular interest to Iowa State University fans.
Jamie Pollard, ISU athletic director, who owns a Lake Panorama home with his wife Ellen, has offered a Cyclone Football package. It includes four tickets in the athletic director’s suite in the Jacobsen Building in the north end zone for the Sept. 24 ISU versus Baylor football game. This package also includes a parking pass, plus food and soft drinks during the game.
Two other items for ISU fans are a football signed by Coach Matt Campbell and a basketball signed by T.J. Otzelberger, both in display cases. These two items have been donated by Jay and Sue Merryman.
Another live auction item sure to generate some spirited bidding is the six-course gourmet dinner for six, offered by LPA members Bill and Karen Fitzgerald. Six wines will be paired with the six courses. The dinner would be served in the winning bidder’s home, prepared and served by the Fitzgeralds. At the 2021 Beach Ball, this dinner sold at live auction for $2,000.
For the silent auction, a wide selection of gift baskets, artwork, home décor items and gift cards will be available for bidding throughout the evening. The drawing for the 50/50 raffle winner will take place right before the live auction begins. The silent auction will end at the same time.
Registration will begin in the LPN dining room at 4:30 p.m. and run for one hour. Cash bars will be available both inside and outside beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running through the evening. The buffet dinner will be served in the Links bar beginning at 6 p.m.
Details on the 2022 Beach Ball, plus all past and current projects, are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.


The 2021 Beach Ball raised $25,000. Those funds were used to complete the Lake Panorama dog park, purchase three swings for the Sunset Beach playground, and enhance an existing trail near Panorama West. The Sunset Beach swings were ordered last fall and should arrive sometime this summer. Work is in underway to finalize improvements to the Panorama West trail, and the dog park opens June 10.
Earlier Beach Balls provided funds for new playground equipment at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches, and the sports courts at Boulder Beach.
The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors will meet in August to determine how proceeds from the 2022 Beach Ball will be used. One likely recipient is a multi-use recreational project on Lake Panorama’s south shore that received approval from the LPA board of directors at its May 24 meeting.
Items in the recreational concept developed by Friends and approved by the LPA board include a disc golf course, walking trails, a fishing dock, bird and bat houses, and a small picnic shelter near the entrance to the golf course and trails. Friends will work with Fin and Feather and LPA staff to explore options for the fishing dock and bird and bat houses.
Another project approved by the LPA board in June 2021 that may receive some 2022 Beach Ball funding is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Information on this project and the south shore multi-use recreational area will be available at the 2022 Beach Ball, and attendees will have the opportunity to make direct donations to these projects. 

Each section indludes a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Lake Panorama dog park will open Friday, June 10. It will be open daylight hours only, seven days a week. The main entrance gate is locked and requires an access code. Park users must call LPA Security to request the code. The security officer will ask some basic questions, such as name, vehicle information, and breed and number of dogs. The LPA Security phone number is 641-757-9035.
Once inside the main gate, there are two separate gates that are not locked but should remain closed except when entering and exiting. The large dog area is for dogs at least 15 inches at shoulder height. Small dogs can be in the large dog area, but owners are reminded it is possible for a small dog to be injured by a large dog. The small dog area is limited to dogs less than 15 inches at shoulder height; larger dogs are prohibited. Signs including this information are on each of the three gates.
There are two signs near the main entrance gate. One is a list of rules for dog park users to follow; the other recognizes donors who gave $500 or more to make the dog park possible.
Bryce Arganbright of Arganbright Construction was hired to install a 6-foot-high chain link fence 400 feet long and 150 feet wide with a dividing fence to create the two sections. He also poured a concrete floor and built a shelter for the entrance gates. Crushed rock along the inside perimeter of the fence provides a walking path, a weed barrier and will keep dogs from digging near the fence.
Brandon Brehmer donated his time to seed and fertilize the fenced-in area last fall and again this spring. In late May, he applied a broadleaf weed control. He plans to overseed and aerate in the fall. The park will be mowed weekly as needed, but because of weather and variability of the LPA maintenance staff schedule, no specific day or time is set. If users arrive at the park when it is being mowed, they are asked to wait until mowing is complete.
In each section, there is a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags. The water bowls fill by pushing a button on the side; the water drains out over 90 seconds to avoid standing water.
Two sugar maple trees were planted last fall, donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm. If additional trees are desired, the Isoms have offered to donate one tree for each tree purchased with planting done in the fall.
The dog park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road, near the east campground. There is a rocked parking area on the east end for users, rather than parking along the road or on the grass. The dog park was financed by $50,000 in donations through the Friends of Lake Panorama. 

10 Squared Plus Men to Help Fund GCFD Generator

Posted 6/7/2022
The Ten Squared Plus Men of Guthrie County recently presented a ceremonial check for $17,400 to the Guthrie Center Fire Department. The group was selected as the most recent winner. Accepting the check were, from the left: Gary McCool, Pierre Kellogg, Randy Sheeder, Chief Tom Langgaard, Dennis Flanery (who made the presentation to the group) and Chuck Cleveland.
The Fire Department plans to purchase a large generator for use in the fire hall. During a power outage, they will be able to utilize their facility as a warming center and to operate the doors and charging devices in a normal manner. 


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Posted 6/7/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Finland
Age: 1-2 years old
Available for adoption at: Panora Pets

More than a year ago, Panora Pets was contacted by a resident about four kittens that were trying to exist in an old shed during the stretch of winter with below-zero temperatures.  It took a few attempts at live trapping to capture them all, but, eventually, all were safe.  Three of the four have found homes, leaving only Finland, still waiting for his. He was extremely shy at first but has turned into quite a pest in seeking out love and attention. He’s continually reaching out and trying to snag any volunteer, attendant or potential adopter who walks by for some attention. He has discovered the joys of hanging out in the kitty tree. Finland generally gets along with other kitties, but when he’s in a feisty mood, he likes to pick on others. He has a beautiful chocolate tabby coat with pristine white accents on his face and paws, mesmerizing, wide-set green eyes, and a big freckle on his nose that makes him even that much cuter. 


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Posted 6/7/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Willow
Breed: Mini Goldendoodle
Age: 6
Owners: Sue and Brent Thompson

Willow enjoys taking boat and golf cart rides and greeting those who walk by her house. She likes hanging out on the dock with her family and friends. Pictured with Willow are:  Maci Masching, Kallie McMurphy, Braydi Smith, Grant Thompson, Trevor Phillips and Nick Thompson. Willow and her family have been enjoying lake life since 2018 and enjoy spending time here.

A total of 495 ballots were cast in the election for three people to serve on the LPA board of directors.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The 53rd annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association was May 14 at the LPN conference center. About 90 people attended, representing 44 voting members. It was announced the LPA currently has a total membership of 1,728, with 10 of those inactive, because 2022 dues have not been paid.
A total of 504 ballots were counted regarding whether to approve the adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions. The ballot measure passed easily with 484 yes votes, and 20 no votes, for a 96% approval.
The covenants serve as the foundation of the LPA’s governing documents and are an essential piece of LPA’s organizational structure. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. The updated covenants now will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder, and be in place until May 14, 2043.
A total of 495 ballots were cast in the election for three people to serve on the LPA board of directors. There were three people running for the three seats. New board members are Dennis Flanery, Mark Jorgensen and Dirk Westercamp.
Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer, provided the 2021 financial and audit report for the LPA and its subsidiary, LPN, LLC. The CPA firm of Meriwether, Wilson and Company conducted the LPA annual audit, reviewing financial statements and balance sheets from 2021 and 2020 of Lake Panorama Association and LPN, LLC.
Evans said the auditor’s report stated the financial statements, consolidated reports and consolidated cash flows for both entities were in order and that the methods used by staff to create the documents were in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
LPN, LLC reported an operating loss of $339,309 for 2021. Evans said LPN received a second federal Paycheck Protection Program loan in 2021, which was fully forgiven in the amount of $223,616. Once facility rent of $70,000 to LPA was booked, LPN showed a final net loss of $185,692.
LPA reported net income of $846,264 for 2021. Of that, $353,484 was for the yearly auditors’ adjustment for land sales expense. Evans said this is an accounting adjustment for tax purposes and does not represent new money coming into the organization. Copies of the auditor’s report are available at the LPA office.
Rich Schumacher, LPA board president, chaired the meeting. To open his president’s report, Schumacher thanked the many people who volunteer on four standing LPA committees, including water safety, building codes, land sales and appeals. He also recognized the four volunteers who counted ballots for the 2022 annual meeting.
“These volunteers don’t do this for their personal gain but rather because they know they are helping LPA members have a better experience here at Lake Panorama,” he said.
Schumacher reviewed two recent LPN, LLC projects. At the LPN, a new retaining wall was installed in the pond near the fifth hole. The second project was the removal of a total of 350 ash trees from the LPN and Panorama West golf courses. He reported the LPA has received the stump grinder that was ordered last fall, and work will begin soon to clear stumps on the two courses.
Turning to the LPA, Schumacher said the board takes a very serious look at the annual budget. “While each area of the staff looks at their numbers, projecting out needs for up to five years, the board considers the needs, and questions if it can wait or what is a priority,” he said.
For many years, the LPA board has been restricted by a past membership vote to raising annual dues no more than 5%.
“I’ve had members ask me to not increase the dues, and newer members say our dues are not high enough for what they receive,” Schumacher said. “When we looked at this year’s budget, we knew the 5% increase was necessary because of our increasing costs. That 5% increase will generate an additional $97,905.”
John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations, began his report with a look at the LPN.
“We have had some turnover in the food and beverage management team, which I know has been disappointing for our supporters,” he said. “I can assure you this has been disappointing for us, too. We are working with the LPA and LPN boards to review our approach to the food and beverage department.”
“Golf continues to perform well for us, with LPN memberships increasing by nine and Panorama West memberships increasing by four this year,” Rutledge said. “Overall, LPN, LLC is not a profitable subsidiary for LPA, but it’s also not a black hole. The LPA board continues to believe even though LPN is not a profit-producing investment, it continues to be an important benefit for LPA members.”
Currently, Rutledge is overseeing the LPN food and beverage department, and Royce Shaffer continues to manage everything else. Rutledge said the two of them welcome feedback on dining, golf or lodging experiences and have established a special email account for comments: feedback@lakepanorama.org
Shifting gears to the LPA, Rutledge said the annual seal-coating of LPA roads is “suffering from inflation. The 2022 cost will be $26,800 per mile, so we will treat about eight miles instead of the usual nine-and-a-half miles. Hopefully, material costs will come back down in 2023, closer to the $20,000 per mile range, and we’ll be able to increase the number of miles treated.”
Rutledge said the LPA Security department continues to play an important role for the association, covering water safety, land patrol, hunting management and other responsibilities.
“One item to highlight is the critical importance of invasive species rule enforcement,” he said. “Members who travel with their boats must comply to ensure the health of Lake Panorama into the future. This also applies to any used docks or lifts that are purchased from other bodies of water. We occasionally receive some pushback on this topic, but we stand firm. The lake is the lifeblood of this community, and we must do our part to avoid the negative impact of invasive species.”
Rutledge said the new water plant is functioning as designed, and almost all feedback from members has been “extremely positive.” He encouraged anyone who feels the water quality coming into their home isn’t what it should be to contact LPA.
A water main crossing at Sunset Beach is scheduled to be replaced this year at a cost of around $600,000. A similar main in Burchfield Cove failed in the winter of 2020 and had to be replaced on short notice. Rutledge said replacing the Sunset Beach main is “part of the natural process of replacing assets that are 50 years old.”
The lake dam undergoes an extensive review every five years, in addition to annual inspections, with the five-year review done recently. This was the first time a company was hired to send a diver underwater for a thorough inspection of the dam and components.
“The initial assessment is very good, considering our dam is 50 years old,” Rutledge said. “As with everything, there is a heightened sense of awareness as dams increase in age. We expect some routine repairs will be needed in the concrete portions of the dam. The cylinders and the bascule gate all are in good condition.”
Rutledge said the dog park, funded by donors through Friends of Lake Panorama, would open in June. He said past projects led by Friends, including playground equipment at all three beaches and the sports courts at Boulder Beach, are much appreciated and used regularly. He thanked the Friends board and all donors who have helped support the Lake Panorama community with these recreational amenities.
Next Rutledge turned his attention to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ). Expansion of the 180th Trail Basin is underway, and will be used for sediment storage once the current basin is full. A new wetland to help protect water quality flowing into Burchfield Cove is planned with construction hopefully underway this fall. A second wetland, also designed to help protect Burchfield Cove, is held up because of a conflict with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An onsite meeting was planned with Corps officials for the following week in an attempt to iron out differences.
Rutledge said dredging being done this spring in the Narrows would end before Memorial Day weekend. The dredge crew then will turn its attention to assessing coves and spot dredging.
Plans to rip rap the south shore are being made with the RIZ board requiring a signed contract that LPA will retain it as green space for at least 15 years. Rutledge said the project cost could exceed $750,000.
“We’re hopeful this work can be done this fall, but material supplies and fuel costs both are creating concerns about this tight timeline,” Rutledge said.
RIZ is projected to receive $3 million in revenues in the 2022-23 fiscal year.
“LPA dues generate about $2 million annually,” Rutledge said. “If we had to come up with $3 million annually to do the dredging and water quality projects now funded by RIZ, it would be very difficult. Even though that $3 million comes from LPA member-paid property taxes, without RIZ, we know that money wouldn’t all be coming back to us, it would be shifted elsewhere.”
Shortly after the LPA annual meeting adjourned, the LPA board of directors convened a special meeting to elect officers for the coming year. A slate of officers was nominated, and elected unanimously to take office upon adjournment of the special meeting. LPA board officers now are Rich Schumacher, president; Emily Donovan, vice president; David Finneseth, secretary; and Dennis Flanery, treasurer. n

The Panora Garden Club hosts the fundraiser.

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

An opportunity to see featured landscaping and gardens along Lake Panorama’s shoreline is planned for Wednesday, June 29. The Panora Garden Club is hosting this fundraiser to continue the many projects club members conduct to beautify the community.
Guests will remain onboard for a lake tour that will begin at the Boulder Beach docks and last 60 to 75 minutes. Boats will leave each hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with room for about 20 participants during each time slot. Refreshments will be available, and some vendors present at Boulder Beach for participants to visit before and after their boat tour.
Signs along the tour route will highlight the gardens and landscaping of Panora Garden Club members. Maps marking the coves will be distributed.
Tickets cost $20 each and will go on sale May 22. Call and leave a message or text 641-431-1440 with requests for number of tickets and desired time slot. Tickets must be paid for in advance of the tour date. Arrangements for payment and ticket pick-up or delivery will be made once your message has been received.
A rain date of Thursday, June 30 has been set. If the tour needs to be moved to that day, tour times will remain as originally set. If weather prevents this event, money paid for tickets will be considered a donation to the Panora Garden Club.

LPA security chief Corey Larsen says boat operators often misunderstand boat capacity rules. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Boating is one of the most enjoyed activities at Lake Panorama. With the main boating season fast approaching, the LPA security team is emphasizing water safety. Corey Larsen was named the Lake Panorama Association’s security chief in March 2021. He had been on the LPA security staff in a part-time capacity since 2018, working on both land and water.
Larsen says water safety needs to begin before a boat is launched for the first time each year.
“Members must have their Iowa DNR registration up to date and their current LPA stickers on the vessel before it goes in the water,” he says.
Since both fire extinguishers and flotation devices are key safety items, these are priorities for the Iowa DNR and LPA.
“Boats with greater than 10 horsepower are required by Iowa law to have at least one Type B-I fire extinguisher onboard the vessel,” Larsen says. “Some larger boats are required to have one B-II fire extinguisher, or two B-I fire extinguishers. Boat owners also need to check their extinguishers periodically to make sure these are ready if needed.”
Turning to flotation devices, all vessels are required to have at least one United States Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board. In addition, vessels more than 16 feet in length must have a throwable flotation device, excluding kayaks and canoes.
“Also, Iowa Law requires children under 13 years of age to wear their life jacket while the vessel is underway,” Larsen says.
Larsen says boat operators often misunderstand boat capacity rules.
“Most boats are rated for a maximum number of persons and a maximum total weight,” he says. “Boaters must remember they are not allowed to exceed either of these numbers. This is especially relevant with young people who weigh less than adults. Regardless of how small the passenger is, everyone counts as one passenger in the boat capacity limit.”
It is also important to know that, when anchored, at least one person must be on board the water vessel at all times.
“This goes for personal watercraft as well as boats,” Larsen says. “This becomes important when boaters decide to anchor and take a swim, or tie together with another boat.”
Lake Panorama essentially is a wide river. That why it’s critical for boaters to understand the various types of buoys deployed by the LPA staff each spring and obey rules related to these buoys. 
Centerline buoys mark the channel of the lake with boaters traveling on the right-hand side of the buoys. These buoys are marked with a flashing white light to be visible at night. Hazard buoys are placed in areas that are known to be shallow or hazardous. These buoys are not a guarantee of exact hazard location but are a warning to steer clear of that general area.
“Some hazard buoys are marked with a flashing amber light to ensure boaters steer clear of these areas,” Larsen says. “Remember, when boating at night, avoid amber lights, and stay immediately to the right of white lights.”
In 2018, a map showing the type and location of all buoys was proposed by the water safety committee and approved by the LPA board. The buoy map is available on the LPA website. Go to lakepanorama.org, click on the “Documents” tab, then the “Boating Regulations” tab to find both the buoy map and a map that identifies all Lake Panorama coves.
Also on the LPA website is a boating safety video that outlines specific rules related to Lake Panorama. It is under the “Helpful Links” tab on the home page. Information about Iowa boating laws is on the DNR’s boating website: www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Boating.
Larsen says boaters who don’t obey the rules related to buoys risk being stopped by a security officer and being given either a warning or a ticket.
“Also in place is a rule adopted by the LPA board concerning the moving of buoys by members,” he says. “Intentional vandalism or relocation of buoys will result in an automatic third offense, which, under LPA rules, is a $500 fine and loss of boating privileges for the season.”
The LPA schedule of boating fines also includes $100 for the first offense and $250 for the second offense. Larsen says LPA Security has the right to stop a boat at any time if a rule violation is suspected or to make sure all required equipment is aboard.
Another LPA rule restricts towing through the Narrows during busy times. The Narrows is limited to no towing (tubes, skiers, or any other towed devices) or wake surfing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Two platform signs remind boaters of this restriction.
“The reason for no towing in the Narrows at certain times is to promote safety,” Larsen says. “This is the narrowest part of the lake. During times of high boat traffic, we need to keep people safe. If boat traffic is especially heavy at times beyond those already designated, security officers have the authority to put the flags on the markers to show no towing is allowed. If security officers see you towing in the Narrows during the regular hours, or other times when it is deemed unsafe, they can issue a warning or a citation.”
There also is a rule against harassment of an LPA security officer.
“This means no one should use foul language, threaten or intimidate a security officer,” Larsen says. “A member or guest may be subject to having their privileges suspended or terminated for up to one year and be fined according to the LPA schedule of fines.” 
Larsen says LPA boaters must be mindful of invasive species regulations.
“Any vessel leaving any lake must be cleaned, all compartments drained, and the vessel should dry at least five days before re-entering Lake Panorama,” Larsen says. “The vessel owner will need to be able to show they have not been on an infested lake, have no water in compartments, no plant debris or mud, or any other sign of potential contamination. This is an Iowa law and is enforceable with a $500 fine. The LPA also has set fines for violators and for falsified information on questionnaires.”
Another LPA rule related to invasives species prevention requires members who want to bring in used pieces of equipment like docks or lifts to have the equipment inspected by LPA security.
“From the date of inspection and pending the equipment has been cleaned, members must find an offshore location to store the equipment for a minimum of 30 days,” Larsen says. “This allows any potential invasives to perish before the equipment enters the lake. Members should always call the LPA office ahead of time if they are considering purchasing a used dock or lift.
While it may seem like the LPA has a lot of rules related to boating, Larsen says much of it is just common sense.
“All boaters should practice safe boating. Make sure to stay far enough away from other boats and people being towed or wake surfing,” he says. “Have a plan for the boating party, which includes having a sober person operate the vessel.” 
Larsen says it also is important for LPA members to make sure their guests are familiar with the different types of buoys, plus Iowa DNR and LPA rules and requirements, before they are allowed to operate the member’s vessels.
“Again this season, I am making it a priority to get security boats out on the water,” Larsen says. “We will do our best to make sure the security boats are enforcing the rules and keeping people safe.”
LPA Security’s phone number is 641-757-9035. Contact LPA security with questions or concerns related to LPA’s rules and regulations. Members are reminded to call 911 in the event of a fire, medical or police emergency. 

New member orientation, voting and some fin and feather lake humor

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Posted 5/10/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Jolene and I attended “Lake Panorama 101,” the LPA’s new member orientation, on April 29 at the Lake Panorama National conference center. We had planned on attending one of these for the last few years, but COVID-19 and other conflicts seemed to steer our plans elsewhere. I thought this would be beneficial to new and old members alike, and I was right.
We joined about 20 people in the room for a great presentation led by Julie Wykoff and assisted by others. We learned about the many perks and amenities available to LPA members, ways to learn more, and ways to get involved.
If you haven’t attended one of these sessions, I would encourage you to do so. If attending in-person isn’t your thing, then check out the two videos that have been created. Visit www.lakepanorama.org or check out the story in this issue of Lake Panorama Times.

Make your voice heard and vote
In our recent years owning homes at Lake Panorama, and through a decade of visiting my in-laws here, I heard grumblings from lake residents who feel they have not been properly represented on the county level. The way the voting districts have been aligned, those sentiments make some sense. With new Guthrie County voting precincts and county supervisor districts, there is an opportunity now for lake residents to have that voice. But, as Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
I am not including this in my column to endorse any candidates, but I am asking you to take the time to vote however you see fit. Voter turnout in primaries is typically quite low, so your vote can — and will — make a difference. The primaries are June 7, and we included a story in this issue of Lake Panorama Times with information on when, where and how to vote.
If you are like me and have your primary residence elsewhere, then you can’t vote here, but you can educate yourself on the issues and encourage eligible voters to show up at the polls. 
If you are like me and are an independent, then you can’t vote in the primaries — but all is not lost. What you can do is declare a party at the polling site and then vote. Then, if you choose later, you can change back to being an independent.
Lake Panorama property owners deserve a voice in Guthrie County, but that voice only counts if you vote. As Susan B. Anthony said, “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”

Enough politics. How about a chuckle?
Here’s one for the feathers: A friend of mine lived on a lake filled with ducks, but he moved out when he got fed up with all the bills.
And here is one for the fins: Two guys were out fishing on Lake Panorama when a hearse and a funeral procession passed the boat on a nearby road. Bill stood up and held his fishing hat over his heart as the hearse passed by. His buddy Larry commented, “Gee, Bill, that was really nice and respectful.” Larry replied, “Well, after all, we were married 40 years.”

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Have a great month, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Our Communities Health Foundation is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A program that provides free books to young children is now available in Guthrie County. The Guthrie County Health Services established the nonprofit “Our Communities Health Foundation” to administer the program. It now is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which  first launched in 1995 in honor of her father, who did not know how to read. It is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books each month to children from birth to age 5, regardless of the family’s income.
The program started with books being distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee, where Parton grew up. It became such a success that, in 2000, a national replication effort was underway. It’s now available across the United States and has expanded globally to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
“We know education and literacy and health outcomes in a community are intertwined,” says Jotham Arber, executive director of the Guthrie County Public Health office. “Investing in a child’s literacy is investing in a healthier child and, ultimately, a healthier community. That’s why we in the health department look for ways to create and partner with programs like the Imagination Library. Our kids are the future of our communities. The more we can do for our children’s literacy, the healthier and brighter our future will be.”
The program got its start in Guthrie County with a $2,000 grant from the Panora United Methodist Church as part of the church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. That grant made it possible for the program to launch in the Panorama Community School District.
Liz Ratcliff, Panorama Elementary principal, says reading books with children strengthens their imagination.
“There are so many cognitive benefits when engaging children with literature at an early age, such as language development, listening skills and building empathy,” she says. “Children’s first teachers are their parents and caregivers, and having that bond from infancy through early childhood is so important for their well-being.”
Tamara Deal is the current chair of the Panora United Methodist Church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. She’s also a volunteer for Guthrie County Health Services, which is encouraging parents to enroll their young children in the program and encouraging donors to help expand the program in Guthrie County.
Deal has made presentations on child literacy to some local service organizations and has meetings with the Bayard Friends of the Library and Guthrie Center Lions scheduled.
“Statistics show the importance of children being exposed to books at a young age,” she says. “Three out of four people on welfare can’t read. Three out of five people in American prisons can’t read. Eighty-five percent of juvenile offenders have problems reading, and 45 million Americans cannot read above a fifth-grade level. Low literacy is estimated to cost the United States $2.2 trillion annually.”
The books are chosen by a panel of early childhood literacy experts, who review hundreds of potential titles to meet the needs of children as they progress from birth to age 5. All books are Penguin Random House titles because the Imagination Library has negotiated an agreement with that publishing company. This makes it possible to provide monthly books at a cost of just $2.10 per child. Every child in a specific age group, even twins in the same household, receive the same book title each month.
Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library leads to higher measures of early language and math development, and these skills are an advantage that carries with children throughout their school years.
Guthrie County has approximately 700 children 5 years old and younger. Currently only those living in the Panorama Community School district are eligible to enroll in the program. But as more funds become available, the program will expand to other parts of the county. Donations are tax-deductible.
Guthrie County Health Services encourages parents and caregivers of children from birth up to 4 years and 10 months old to register their children using a simple four-step online process at www.OurCommunitiesHealthFoundation.org. It takes about two months after enrollment for the first book to arrive. The final book comes in the month of the child’s fifth birthday.
Electronic donations to support the Guthrie County program can be made on the same website. Click on the red “Donate” button under Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library logo and follow the prompts. Donors receive a tax receipt via email once the process is complete. Donations also can be made by check and sent to Our Communities Health Foundation, 2002 State St., Guthrie Center, Iowa, 50115.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program has gifted nearly 200 million books around the world. More information about the program is available at imaginationlibrary.com. 


Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Ellie Brooks, who, with her husband Loy, lived at Lake Panorama for 23 years, has written a book and will be featured in an upcoming “Meet the Author” event in Des Moines.
The couple lived on the west side of the lake for 18 years before moving to a Boulder Cove townhome for another five years. They now divide their time between Surprise, Arizona, and a condo on Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
Ellie Brooks has been a genealogist for 40 years. In 2020, when normal life was impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Brooks used her genealogy experience as a volunteer with searchangels.org. Using DNA test results and traditional paper records, Brooks was able to help several adoptees identify their birth parents.
That volunteer work, and the stories she discovered and shared with her clients, inspired Brooks to write a fictional story about adoptees. “Amanda’s Journey—A DNA Adventure” features Amanda Springs, a young lawyer, who is searching for her biological family and discovers she was separated at birth from a twin sister.
Many Des Moines restaurants, local sites and sculptures are mentioned in the book, since the main character lives and works in downtown Des Moines.
On Wednesday, May 18, Brooks will participate in a “Meet the Author” event at Beaverdale Books, 2629 Lower Beaver Road, Des Moines. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and electronic versions. More information is available online at elliebrooksauthor.com.


Posted 5/10/2022

Registration for the annual Lake Panorama National Junior golf clinics is open. Young people ages 5 to 17 are eligible to attend. Two sessions are being offered this year with a limit of 24 students per session.
All dates are on a Wednesday and run for one-and-a-half hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Session One dates are June 1, 8 and 15, with a registration deadline of May 26 or until full. Session Two dates are July 6, 13 and 20, with a registration deadline of June 30 or until full. The registration fee is $55 per junior golfer.
Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional, says he and his staff are dedicated to growing the game of golf for juniors.
“Our junior golf clinics are conducted in a way that improves the skills of junior golfers, along with their life skills,” he says. “And while we will be focusing on fundamentals of the game, we also will be moving more toward getting kids ready to play the game.”
The LPN Junior golf clinics have two long-time sponsors — Lake Panorama Association and Guthrie County State Bank. For more information, or to get registered, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024. 


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Posted 5/10/2022

The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held its first quarter 2022 meeting both live and with the option of virtual attendance and voting. Three organizations were presented to the group.
Robyn Corkins spoke on the Bayard Community Center, which is in need of repairs and upgrades. It is used for many community events, both public and private.
Stacey Wedemeyer and Colleen Conrad presented for the Casey Service Club, which is the organization tasked with fundraising and organizing volunteers to bring revitalization and recreation opportunities to residents and visitors of the community. Included in their list of projects is to complete a walking path at the city park.
Paulette Chambers spoke on behalf of the Panora Garden Club.
After hearing all three presentations, the group announced a lump sum of $11,000 was presented to Panora Garden Club. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches.
“The Panora Garden Club is excited and eager for spring so we can begin working on Heritage Park, thanks to the generous donation of the 10 Squared Women,” said Paulette Chambers, president of the Club.
“As the north entrance into Panora, beautification of Heritage Park has been a long-time project for the Garden Club, but this donation will help us realize our goals of having a working water fountain for the thousands of bikers and walkers along the Raccoon River Valley Trail, dressing the walkways, removing over-grown brush, and planting new drought-resistant perennials,” Chambers said.
Comprised of approximately 40 volunteer members, the Panora Garden Club primarily focuses on making a positive impact on the Panora community by maintaining the landscaping at Heritage Park, Michael Mills Park, the Panora Library, and planting/decorating the pots along Main Street. Planning has begun to sponsor a Garden Tour of Lake Panorama in June via pontoon boat. The Club recently became affiliated with National Gardeners of America, which provides members with educational information on gardening techniques, an invitation to attend their annual conference, and a 501(c)3 designation for fundraising purposes.
Panora Garden Club meetings are scheduled by a consensus of the members for workdays, field trips and programs. The club welcomes anyone from the community who is interested in beautifying the area. No experience in gardening is required. Annual dues are $20. If interested in joining, check out the Facebook page for Panora Garden Club, or contact Paulette Chambers at 712-304-0077 or JoAnn Johnson at 515-975-9407.
10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those funds to work, right in our backyards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community projects and residents. To date, the group has donated $228,450 since its inception in 2017.
The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly, typically at Lake Panorama Conference Center, the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. The next meeting for 2022 will be on Tuesday, May 24. Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night.
10 Squared Women currently has approximately 105 members. Twenty organizations have been nominated, and the group encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. These have included Cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, City of Bagley (Library project), Daycare & Preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (KidZone) and Panora (Little Panther), Guthrie Center and Panora fire departments, School Backpack programs at AC/GC, West Central Valley and Panorama, as well as programs that benefit residents from all corners of Guthrie County: Guthrie County Helping Hands (habitat for humanity projects in Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Adair, Panora, Yale, Menlo, Jamaica and Bagley), New Opportunities, Panora P.E.T.S., Guthrie Activity Center, Tori’s Angels Foundation, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains, Guthrie County Historical Village Foundation, Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, Guthrie County Arts Council, St. Thomas More Center, Guthrie Center Christmas Lights project, Guthrie Center Revitalization, and now, Panora Garden Club.
Members are not required to attend meetings; however, in order for their vote to count, they must be in attendance at the live meeting or virtually. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.
One newer (and generous) member is so excited about what the group is doing, she has presented a challenge for existing members. At the May meeting, she will pay the first $100 worth of drinks (promoting to arrive early) and offer a drawing for two $25 gift cards to Bella Sorella. For each new person brought to the meeting, the member and the guest each get their name put into the drawing for the gift card. Members are encouraged to reach out to their networks with invitations. She strongly believes this can help build the group, really make a difference in these communities and have a little fun, too.
10 Squared Women is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. There may be some exciting announcements about upcoming meetings in 2022, so to learn how to get involved, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/10squaredwomengc, or email them at 10squaredgc@gmail.com. Membership forms and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email.


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Posted 5/10/2022
By Jolene Goodman

As the summer draws close, I am starting to prepare for the weekends when we will have guests at the lake. Experimenting as a cook has not been a focus for me for years.  However, pleasing my guests with interesting meals has me researching new recipes. I tried this one out on our staff a few weeks ago. It was a bigger hit than my standard cheese and sausage egg dish! I made it again this past weekend and invited our neighbors, Becky and Brian Peppmeier and Ron Masek,  for brunch.  The dish received praises again. Give it a try!  It will be sure to please your crowd, too.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and vice president of Big Green Umbrella Media.

Roasted vegetable egg dish

2-3 cups broccoli, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
8 oz. mushrooms
1 red pepper, diced
12 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 garlic clove minced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup (or more) mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat 2 large baking sheets and 9x13 with nonstick spray. Set 9x13 aside.
Place vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss.
Spread veggies on 2 baking sheets evenly. Roast for 20 minutes, tossing vegetables and turning pans occasionally for even cooking. Place one pan of veggies into 9x13. Reduce oven to 350.
Beat together eggs, milk, garlic and iItalian seasoning. Pour this over veggies in 9x13, slowly.
Add remaining pan of veggies over this, arranging evenly in pan. Sprinkle cheese over top.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until casserole no longer jiggles when you shake it and is golden brown.  Enjoy!

Lake resident Mike Woody and his wife, Sue, enjoy time away from Des Moines.

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

This issue of the Lake Panorama Times includes Michael C. Woody’s sixth column offering his opinions on recent movies. Woody has been reviewing movies on radio and television stations since 1986, but this column is the first time his reviews have appeared in print.
“I’ve always loved the movies. While working at a Des Moines cable company in the mid-1980s, I finagled a short movie review segment that ran locally on CNN Headline News,” Woody says. “That started my 35-year hobby of reviewing movies in central Iowa on several radio stations and an occasional TV outlet. I’ve worked with radio personalities from Marty Tirrell at KXTK to Steve Deace at WHO Radio.”
Currently, Woody can be heard talking movies with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales on KXnO 106.3 on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
He and his wife, Sue, live in Des Moines full-time and also have a home at Lake Panorama. This will be their seventh summer at the lake.
“We found our lake home thanks to Dr. Al Swett and his wife, Lisa, who live two doors away from us on Big Rock Cove,” Woody says. “Al and I were fraternity brothers at Iowa. We had been out to visit them many times when one of their neighbors listed their home for sale.”
Sue Woody is director of the Des Moines Library. Mike Woody has been in the advertising business since 1982. He owns what he calls a “boutique” advertising agency, named Capital Ideas. He has 15 to 20 local accounts, including the Iowa Cubs, Iowa State Bank, Goode Greenhouses, Iowa Radiology, K Renee, Wilson Toyota and more. He writes, produces and places all advertising campaigns for his clients.
Woody grew up in Peoria, Illinois, but his family moved to Sioux City when he was a sophomore in high school, so he claims Sioux City as his hometown.
“I attended the University of Iowa, wandering from pre-med to journalism, before settling on English with an emphasis on creative writing,” he says. “It’s ironic. I took a film criticism class and remember being told by the instructor that I had no future as a film reviewer.” 
Sue Woody was born and raised in Des Moines. She attended Lincoln High School and was a business major at the University of Iowa. The couple met in Des Moines at a wedding shower at her aunt’s house, where Mike and her cousin Dave had crashed while searching for their first jobs.
While Woody’s column includes reviews of movies that can be seen both on streaming services and in theaters, he’s not a big fan of watching streamed movies.
“In my opinion, all movies should be shown on the largest screen possible with a great sound system,” he says. “In Des Moines, that is the IMAX screen at the Palms Theatre in Waukee, just 15 minutes from my home and only 30 minutes from Lake Panorama.”
Asked to list his all-time favorite movie, Woody says that’s a moving target.
“My top three would always include ‘Casablanca’ and ‘The Godfather Part 2,’ ” he says. “The third film could be ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Chinatown,’ ‘The Exorcist’ or ‘Pulp Fiction,’ depending on the day.”
Mike and Sue have two grown sons, Tom and Jack, a feisty Fox Terrier named Buster, and two cats they adopted two years ago from a Lake Panorama resident.
While it’s too early to say if and when the couple someday will live full-time at Lake Panorama, Woody sees it as a good possibility. But it’s not necessarily the lake that will pull them in.
“I admit I’m not really fond of boating, but I have found lake life growing on me more and more each year,” Woody says. “I’m the weird guy who enjoys the winter months almost more than summer. I enjoy the peace and quiet in the dead of winter. If my work gets overwhelming, I throw it all in my car and spend a few days at the lake.”
One thing is sure. Woody will continue watching movies and share his insights and recommendations with others. 


Posted 5/10/2022

The Lake Panorama community changes each month. People who have been here for a while sell their property, new people buy that property, then find themselves with questions. A group of volunteers decided there should be an organized way to welcome new property owners to Lake Panorama. The result is a program titled “Lake Panorama 101.”
Three in-person sessions have been held, with 20 people attending the most recent one on April 29. Topics covered are the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, perks and amenities available to LPA members, ways to learn more, and ways to get involved.
Two videos have been created to share the information covered in those sessions. Start by visiting the Lake Panorama Association website at lakepanorama.org. The two Lake Panorama 101 videos are under the “Helpful Links” tab. Members who have questions after viewing the videos can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301, or the Lake Panorama National front desk at 641-755-2080.

Attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Plans have been finalized for the Friends of Lake Panorama’s fifth Beach Ball fundraiser. It will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National with seating available either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents between the conference center and the golf course.
Registration now is open for those who want to attend. There will be 30 round tables available with seating for eight at each. The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music, a 50/50 raffle, and both live and silent auctions.
For the second year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members will be making an additional contribution to Friends, while getting some extras. The levels are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250—includes 2 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Anyone interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing just dinner tickets to the Beach Ball, can contact Susan Thompson, thomcomm@netins.net, or 515-240-6536. Those with auction items to donate also are asked to contact Thompson.
The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors will meet after the Beach Ball to determine how proceeds will be used. One project already approved by the LPA board in June 2021 is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Other projects related to a recreational concept for Lake Panorama’s south shore are under discussion, such as a disc golf course and walking trails, and will be presented to the LPA board soon for consideration.
The 2021 Beach Ball raised $25,000. Those funds are being used to complete the dog park, purchase three swings for the Sunset Beach playground, and enhance an existing trail near Panorama West.
Details on the 2022 Beach Ball, plus all past and current projects, are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org. 


Jeremy King, the Iowa DNR conservation officer for Guthrie and Audubon counties, shares the steps that need to be taken and the reasons why. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Docks on Lake Panorama are governed by a State of Iowa law passed in 2008. Management of the program falls under the jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Jeremy King is the Iowa DNR conservation officer for Guthrie and Audubon counties. King grew up in Guthrie County and has been an Iowa DNR conservation officer since 2004. In this month’s Q&A, King reviews the rules and regulations for docks, as these impact Lake Panorama owners.

Q. Explain the reasons for the state law regarding dock permits and how this applies to Lake Panorama.
A. The intent of this law is to have a numbering system on the water like there is on land. This law also provides guidance on distance from property lines, how big docks can be, how many slips are allowed, and other things. Lake Panorama is a unique lake that provides private access to public water. Since the water is public, docks need to be registered. This is to help locate houses, or to provide an E911 address in case of an emergency, should it happen on land or on the water, so emergency crews can respond to the location faster.

Q. What are the various classes of docks, and which are most common on Lake Panorama?
A. There are four classes of docks. Generally, the only ones that affect residents of Lake Panorama are Class I and Class III. Class I docks are standard private docks that can have one dock with up to two hoists. There are additional restrictions on the size and configurations that can be used. There is no cost for a Class I permit, but it must be renewed every five years.
Class III docks typically are docks that don’t fall under Class I. The Class III permit application fee is $125 for one or more individual private docks. Each dock permit is issued for a term of five years unless a shorter term is needed due to specified circumstances. Here is an online link to the exact language regarding docks and how it may apply to your situation: www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/03-18-2015.571.16.pdf

Q. If someone is new to Lake Panorama and putting in a new dock/lift, what do they need to do to get their first permit? 
A. The best way is to go to www.iowadnr.gov/boatdocks. You will have to create a user name and password. Once you have done that and are logged in, it will walk you through the process of renewing, updating or initially registering a dock.
If someone purchases a home or lot and the dock/lift comes with the purchase, the dock permit is automatically transferable to the new owner of the shoreline property upon request of the new owner.

Q. What about Lake Panorama property owners who may have had a dock for quite a while but never gotten the necessary permit? 
A. They need to go to the DNR online link provided in the last answer and get the dock registered. Failure to comply could result in being cited to court and a fine. I have been patrolling Lake Panorama for more than 14 years, and since the inception of the dock laws, unregistered docks have been a growing problem. With over 800 docks on the lake, and new construction going up daily, it is hard for me to keep up with all unregistered docks.
There are enough docks now that are not in compliance that action is needed. For property owners who have docks that are not in compliance, they have until July 1, 2022, to get everything that way. After that date, citations may be issued.

Q. Do dock owners receive notification when their dock permit is about to expire?
A. Dock permits are to be renewed every five years, which is based on the date it was originally permitted, so the dates differ for each dock owner. If an email is on file for the dock owner, an email reminder is sent out. If there is no email, then a letter is mailed. Dock owners can begin renewing their permits on Dec. 15 of their renewal year.

Q When it is time to renew, what should the dock owner do?
A. To renew permits, dock owners need to log on to www.iowadnr.gov/boatdocks to access their account and renew their permit. They will need their A&A Account ID (or user name) and password to access their account. If they don’t remember their information, they will have to follow the prompts on the screen to recover it, or call the help desk at (515) 281-5703 for assistance. 
Once in the system, users can renew their permit from the account home page. Users can always call the DNR district office located at Cold Springs State Park near Lewis and ask for Holly at 712-769-2400 and she can assist in renewing their permit, once they are in the system. Holly cannot help them with IT or login issues. Holly can help most people over the phone if they are having trouble accessing or renewing their permit.

Q. Any final thoughts?
 A. Swim platforms also need to be registered and can be done in the same manner as docks. Here is what Chapter 16 says about permit criteria for rafts, platforms, or other structures: “A raft, platform, or other structure maintained on a public water body requires authorization in a permit. The raft, platform, or other structure may not be placed more than 250 feet from the shoreline, shall be equipped with reflectors that are visible from approaching boats, and shall be subject to the winter removal requirement unless specifically exempted by the permit.”
These need their own registration and signage, along with reflectors on all sides. This would include inflatable rafts people leave in the water. Some of the common ones we see at lakes are giant flamingos and swans — those technically would have to be permitted if they are left in the water overnight. We have had people leave these in the middle of lakes, and boats run into them when it is dark. That is why there are distance and reflector requirements.
Dock and swim platform signs with the address must face out toward the middle of the body of water. There are a number of them that are facing down the bank and are hard to find or see.
It’s important to make sure you are getting the correct dock permit based on the number of slips, size of your dock, and other things. There are some docks that have a Class I permit but should be a Class III because they have too many slips. Those will need to be brought into the correct class.
I recommend reviewing the DNR website link provided earlier to get caught up on all the dock rules and regulations. Anyone with questions can contact me either by phone at 712-250-0061 or email at jeremy.king@dnr.iowa.gov

LPA general manager addressed the condition of Sage Trail and said they will continue to advocate for improvements to the road and for “decisions to be made based on traffic counts, not political pressures.”

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

An LPA informational meeting was held April 28 to review proposed changes to the association’s covenants, plus other topics related to the LPA, Lake Panorama National, and Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).
Current LPA President Rich Schumacher opened the meeting, encouraging members to vote “yes” to adopt the proposed covenants. The LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. If approved at the May 14 LPA annual meeting, the updated covenants will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder and be in place until May 14, 2043.
After discussion on the covenants, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, turned attention to LPA projects.
“The annual sealcoat of our roads is suffering from inflation,” he said. “The 2022 cost will be $26,800 per mile, compared to about $22,000 per mile in 2021. Because of this additional cost, we expect to sealcoat eight miles this year, rather than our usual nine-and-a-half miles. We will re-evaluate the budget for 2023, and hope costs will come down by then.”
Rutledge said LPA has several infrastructure projects under review, but not yet finalized. A water main crossing near Sunset Beach is at the top of the list, with other items also being explored. Yet what he termed “a frightening period of inflation” is making all infrastructure projects cost more, so decisions are yet to be made on projects on the 2022 drawing board.
The Lake Panorama Dog Park, financed with donations to Friends of Lake Panorama, is nearing completion. Rutledge reported some final construction work is needed, and the turfgrass needs to become better established. It’s hoped conditions will make it possible to open the park in early June.
Rutledge reminded members this is the year DNR boat registrations must be renewed, a process that happens every three years. This must be done before LPA boat stickers can be received. LPA invasive species forms also must be updated this year.
Invasive species regulations apply to used lifts and docks.
“Some members have purchased used lifts that have been in other lakes,” Rutledge said. “LPA rules require these to be quarantined for 30 days and inspected by LPA Security before being put into Lake Panorama. So far, three people have purchased lifts from lakes we know are infested with zebra mussels. Two of those were found to have zebra mussels on them when inspected. LPA believes this demonstrates our strict protocol for quarantine is essential to protecting the lake. I encourage members to understand our invasive species rules are absolutely critical to the lake’s health.”
The lake was lowered earlier this spring to allow for an annual inspection of the dam. Rutledge reported there were no “red flags,” and the dam continues to be in good condition. He said the annual inspection always includes a review of the concrete portions of the dam, but this year the bascule gate that is raised and lowered to keep the lake at normal pool also was inspected.
Rutledge addressed the condition of Sage Trail, which runs on the east side of the lake from 200th Road to the Burchfield bridge. Requests to have that section of gravel road hard-surfaced by Guthrie County have been made, without success. Rutledge said the cost to do so would be at least $2 million, and this is money Guthrie County does not have. He said LPA will continue to advocate for improvements to the road and for “decisions to be made based on traffic counts, not political pressures.”
Turning to the LPN, Rutledge said recent staff shortages have caused hours at the Links restaurant to be scaled back.
“Servicing our scheduled events is our top priority,” he said. “A task force of LPN and LPA board members are doing a deep review of the LPN food and beverage operation, and all options are on the table. We hope the reduced hours are temporary, and we can soon return to expanded hours.”
The removal of ash trees from the LPN and Panorama West golf courses is complete with more than 350 trees taken out. Rutledge said this project cost $158,000 and would have been more expensive, and dangerous, if delayed until more trees were showing signs of being infected by the emerald ash borer. Stump grinding will be done by LPA maintenance staff this summer and will begin once a stump grinder ordered last fall arrives. About 30 trees have been replanted at LPN and nine at Panorama West.
Rutledge said Friends of Lake Panorama is raising money for a project in front of Spikes on the LPN golf course to account for the loss of trees in that area. Six metal poles will be installed in concrete footings, with two heavy-duty fabric sails attached to the poles at angles, 10 to 16 feet from the ground. The sails will be taken down each fall and reinstalled each spring. A total of $22,000 is needed for the project.
Engineers are reviewing options for installing rip rap on the south shore, with RIZ likely to fund this project. The initial cost estimate is $750,000, with 5,000 tons of field stone needed. Rutledge said obtaining that much stone will be difficult, so engineers are considering the use of  limestone under the water line in some areas. In exchange for RIZ funding this project, the LPA will sign an agreement that land on the south shore will not be sold or developed for at least 15 years. Work may begin this fall.
Expansion of the old CIPCO basin, which has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin, is underway. Once completed, RIZ expects the project to exceed $4 million in total cost. This will be the basin used in the future for dredging spoils once the current silt basin is full.
Land trades and acquisitions were completed in the last couple of years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and sediment basins.
“RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal/storage and the prevention of sediment entering the lake,” Rutledge said. “Two additional wetlands are planned, but one has been held up due to changing regulations. The west fork of Burchfield wetland should be a 2022 project.”
In closing, Rutledge said the RIZ budget for the July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, fiscal year includes about $3 million in annual TIF revenue this year.
“This continues to be a very important program for Lake Panorama,” he said.


Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Women’s Service Organization (WSO) fundraising home tour returns Friday, June 3 after taking the last two years off because of COVID-19 concerns. Five Lake Panorama homes will be featured with three on the west side of the lake and two on the east side.
Tickets are $25 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 worked together to help pass a school bond issue decided they could further benefit the Panora community as a formal organization.
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 and receive instructions and description sheets.
Several vendors will be present at the LPN conference center for participants to visit during their lunch break.
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.
Money raised through this home tour funds a renewable scholarship awarded to a graduating Panorama student each year, making four scholarships paid annually. Additional WSO donations go to the Panora Library, Food Pantry, Panora Garden Club, Guthrie County Historical Village, Heritage Park, Tori’s Angels, Relay for Life, Panorama prom and yearbook. Other contributions are considered as projects become apparent. 
Tickets for the home tour may be purchased by calling Mary Beidelman at 641-757-0425. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Panora Library.  

Dave Chubb and Amber Rowley left at the end of April. 

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Two key employees in the LPN food and beverage department have resigned to pursue other opportunities, which has resulted in reduced hours at the Links restaurant. Dave Chubb, who began as the department manager in late February, and Amber Rowley, restaurant and events manager since July 2021, left the end of April.
Special events and golf tournaments continue to be a priority, and all will be held as planned. Bill Moore, who has been LPN’s executive chef since May 2021, will lead the culinary team into the 2022 season. Kashley Sneller, who has been with the LPN for 11 years, now is the contact for events. To apply for a position in the conference center, call LPN at 641-755-2080 or email Sneller at ksneller@lakepanorama.org.
Hours for the Links restaurant have been scaled back until further notice. Current hours are Wednesdays through Fridays 3 p.m. to close, and Saturdays 11 a.m. to close. On Sundays when the weather and tee time reservations warrant, Spikes will offer a variety of freshly grilled items.
The LPA and LPN boards are working with current staff to review next steps to resuming a schedule that provides members more days and hours of operation at the Links. Watch for updates in the LPN Resort Weekly, which is distributed each Monday at noon via email, plus the LPN Facebook page.
Members are encouraged to provide comments at feedback@lakepanorama.org. John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, will handle feedback related to food and beverage and Spikes. Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, will handle all other LPN topics. 


Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

In April, Gov. Kim Reynolds awarded 35 projects with $2.26 million in state grants to launch youth internships across Iowa this summer. This is the fourth consecutive year for the Future Ready Iowa’s Summer Youth Internship program.
The grants will directly support efforts to increase the career opportunities available for Iowa’s youth, including in areas with at-risk or under-represented communities. Across the state, the $2.6 million will fund internships for an estimated 659 students from 85 Iowa communities.
The Lakeside Village on Lake Panorama’s eastern shoreline was awarded $136,000 to support 21 youth interns, including 15 who will be new to the program and six who were interns last summer. Interns will be provided eight weeks of on-the-job training as well as complete a certification in their field.
The internships are open to 15 students ages 14 to 21 years of age. Five students will intern in nursing, three in maintenance, three in culinary, two in activities, one in management, and one in marketing. Lakeside summer Interns will be paid to job shadow and complete on-the-job training while gaining certificates in CNA, OSHA, and ServSafe.
A new feature this year is the involvement of six Legacy students. Still employed at Lakeside after participating in the 2021 program, they will be eligible to continue their education and mentor the new interns. The Legacy students will be offered higher level coursework such as assisted living manager, advanced CNA and other certificate programs of interest. This also will be the first class of students at The Lakeside Village’s newly approved CNA school.
“Employers across the state have been stepping up and creating innovative ways to introduce themselves to our youth,” says Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development director. “Internship programs are proven opportunities to earn valuable skills that pay off in whatever career path our youth will take. Additionally, teaching our youth the value of work will help create a more stable and successful future workforce.” 


Posted 5/10/2022

On March 17, Tom Flanery of Panora announced he is running for county supervisor in Guthrie County’s 3rd District, which includes Cass Township, the town of Panora, and parts of Lake Panorama and surrounding rural areas. Flanery said if he is elected county supervisor, he would like to continue the good things happening in Guthrie County.
“I will be committed to common sense government and conservative with Guthrie County taxpayer’s money,” Flanery said. “I will be a strong advocate for making improvements for law enforcement, public safety, bridges, roads, bike/snowmobile trails, libraries, and our fairgrounds. I also plan to work with the cities and economic development groups to bring more jobs and economic opportunities to our county. If elected, I will strive to maintain and improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Guthrie County.”
Flanery and his wife, Kellie Flanery (Book), both were raised in Guthrie County.
“We’ve been married for 25 years. We moved back to our hometown of Panora in 2017 and currently have two daughters enrolled in the Panorama Community School District. I am a fourth-generation Guthrie Countian,” he said.
Currently, Flanery is a member of the Panora City Council and on the committees for the electric board, public works, public safety, and the Panora Veterans Auditorium.
“Throughout the years, I have volunteered for the Panora, Woodward Granger, and Perry Parks and Rec softball leagues,” he said. “I also have been a member of the Perry Elks and Panora Lions Club.”
Flanery worked as a natural gas distribution contractor for 18 years before being hired at MidAmerican Energy in 2008.
“In 2011, I went through a four-year apprenticeship program to be a journeyman lineman and am currently working as an electric serviceman,” he said. “I have extended hands-on knowledge of how infrastructure is built and budgeted. We have also owned several successful small businesses and understand what struggles businesses can face.”
In closing, Flanery said he feels his life, work, and volunteer experience will be an asset as a Guthrie County Supervisor.

Editor’s note: Lake Panorama Times has run profiles on other District 2 and 3 candidates in prior issues.

The county map approved March 3 by the Guthrie County supervisors cut the number of voting precincts from eight to six, with the number of supervisor districts remaining at five.

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

New voting precincts and changes in the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors districts mean voters may need to do some research before they head to the polls for the June 7 primary.
Supervisor districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect the most recent census numbers and ensure each supervisor represents an equal portion of the county population. The county map approved March 3 by the Guthrie County supervisors cut the number of voting precincts from eight to six, with the number of supervisor districts remaining at five.
The plan divides Lake Panorama into two supervisor districts, which had been expected because the lake community is spread across both Cass and Victory townships. During redistricting, townships generally are kept intact.
Lake Panorama is split between the Yale precinct (Supervisor District 2) and the Panora precinct (Supervisor District 3). Both of these districts represent open seats, since none of the five incumbent supervisors live in these newly drawn districts.
The Yale precinct includes Lake Panorama voters who live in the Victory Township portion of the lake, plus the towns of Yale, Jamaica and Bagley. Voting for this precinct will take place in the Yale Community Building .
The Panora precinct includes Lake Panorama voters who live in the Cass Township portion of the lake and the town of Panora. Voting for this precinct will take place in the Vets Auditorium in Panora.
Danielle Fink, Guthrie County Auditor, says all registered voters will receive a notice from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office informing them of their new polling locations.
“These will begin showing up within 30 days of the primary election,” Fink says. Voters also can use a link on the Secretary of State’s website to find their voting precinct: sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx
Fink says there are options for those who want to complete an absentee ballot, rather than vote in person June 7.
“If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, they may call our office at 641-747-3619, and we will mail them a request form to complete and return to us,” she says. “We will begin mailing requested absentee ballots May 18. May 23 is the last day we will mail absentee ballots, and the last day to request absentee ballots by mail.”
The absentee ballot request form also is available online: sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf.
People can vote absentee in person at the county auditor’s office in the Guthrie County Courthouse during regular business hours May 18 through June 6. The auditor’s office also will be open for absentee voting Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To vote in the primary election, voters must declare a party affiliation, either Democrat or Republican, and will vote only on candidates running in their chosen party. If someone is not yet registered to vote in Guthrie County, they can register at the polls the day of the election, and then vote. If the person’s driver’s license or approved identification shows his or her current address, nothing else is needed. If it does not, some other proof of residence will be needed, such as a utility bill or bank statement.
Those running as Democrats for a Guthrie County position include Jacki Sloss, Guthrie Center, County Supervisor District 1; Tom Flanery, Panora, County Supervisor District 3; Michael Herbert, Guthrie Center, County Supervisor District 4; and John A. Maschman, Coon Rapids, County Attorney.
Three people are on the Republican ballot for Guthrie County Supervisor in District 1 — Clifford Carney, Adair; Jerome J.D. Kuster, Guthrie Center; and Jack Lloyd, Bayard. Lloyd announced he has dropped out of the race, but that decision was too late to keep his name off the ballot.
Two people are on the Republican ballot for Guthrie County Supervisor in District 2 — Clinton Deardorff, Yale, and Brian Johnson, Panora. There also are two people on the Republican ballot for Guthrie County Supervisor in District 3 — Maggie Armstrong, Panora, and William Halling, Panora. For County Supervisor in District 4, JT Herron and Steve Smith, both of Guthrie Center, are on the Republican ballot.
Also on the Republican ballot are candidates for two county offices. Brenda Campbell, Guthrie Center, is running for county treasurer. Tristen Richard, Panora, is running for county recorder.
Supervisor Mike Dickson, of Stuart, lives in the newly established Supervisor District 5. He is not required to run this year, because he is the only incumbent residing in the new district. To maintain staggering of terms, the supervisors placed District 2 and District 3 in a hat, and drew for which district would be a two-year term to run again in 2024. Supervisor District 2 was drawn as the two-year term and will be on the ballot again in 2024 to run for a four-year term, along with District 5. District 3 is a four-year term to run again in 2026, along with Districts 1 and 4. 


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Posted 5/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Bond
Age: 5-6 years old
Available at: Panora Pets

The handsome Bond, named after fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond for his handsome looks and tuxedo coat, was rescued along with 20 other kitties that were living outside of a bar. All the other kitties have since been adopted, except for Bond. He has been looking for his forever home for more than two years. Bond is the strong, silent type that would do best in a less active home without young children. He’s a self-sufficient cat who enjoys a sun-filled window and chasing a laser pointer. Now who wouldn’t want a handsome James Bond living with them?  


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Posted 5/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Lilly
Age: 9
Breed: Shih Tzu
Owners: Dan and Gretchen Wilhelmi

When the Wilhelmi triplet children graduated from high school and went to college, Gretchen decided to get a dog that she could “mother.” Dan and Gretchen adopted Lilly from the Perry Humane Society when Lilly was 2 years old. She loves to go golfing with Gretchen, boating and riding with her “sister” Rosie (an English Setter) and Dan in the UTV. Lilly is a sweet, delightful, easy-going dog with a wonderful personality and loves to snuggle. She hates thunderstorms and fireworks, so the Fourth of July at the lake is a challenging time.

Great Crested Flycatcher

Posted 5/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In mid-April, Trish Hart snapped this photo of a bird that isn’t often seen at Lake Panorama. The Great Crested Flycatcher is more common in states further east and south. Iowa and states to the north and south are the furthest west these birds are found. They winter in Mexico and Columbia with some in Florida.
Once the birds fly north to their breeding grounds, they prefer to perch in the tops of trees as they look for their prey, then swoop after flying insects. They spend very little time on the ground and do not hop or walk. They have a distinct, high-pitched call, which Hart says caught her attention.
“I quickly got my camera out and started looking in the trees,” she says. “He was perched high on a branch near the lakeshore, likely on the hunt for a snack.”
These colorful birds feed on a wide variety of insects, including caterpillars, moths, butterflies, katydids, tree crickets, beetles and others. They also eat fruits and berries, which are a major part of their diet as they spend their winters in warmer climates.
The Great Crested Flycatcher prefers to nest in natural cavities in dead trees but will use large, abandoned woodpecker holes, nesting boxes and hollow posts.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit @NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 


Clint Peters acquired Sniper in 2019 and expanded the company with new offerings.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Clint Peters is a self-described “golf fanatic.” He was raised in Aplington, a town of about 1,000 people in northeast Iowa.
“Aplington basically had a nine-hole golf course and a Casey’s, so I grew up on a golf cart playing golf since I was young,” Peters says. “I have been a member at Lake Panorama National the last few years and play as many times a week as possible.”
He and his wife, Kristi, own two lots at Lake Panorama where they plan to build a home. Their daughter, Kaitlyn, and her husband, Chase, who were married April 2 and had their reception at Lake Panorama National, already have a home at the lake. Their son, Coby, is a student at Iowa State.
In 2019, Peters decided to turn his love of golf into more than just playing the game.
“The opportunity came about to acquire Sniper,” he says. “We took what was a putter company and transitioned to a golf ball, golf glove and accessory company. I’ve never met anyone who has lost two putters during a round of golf, so changing from putters to golf balls made sense.”
The first Sniper brand golf ball was released in 2020.
“We expanded with our Tour Series golf balls in May 2021. In 2022, we have three golf ball lines that cater to every level of golfer,” Peters says. “We build our golf balls and recommend them by a golfer’s swing speed to maximize performance and align them with the best compression for their game.”
Peters says the Sniper Tour Series golf balls are three-piece balls offering tour-level performance.
“Tour Blue is recommended for swing speeds of less than 105 mph and Tour Red for swing speeds higher than 105 mph,” he says. “In testing, our golf balls are performing incredibly well against the major brands and actually better than those balls in many statistics. Plus, ours are much less expensive than the major brands.”
A golf ball for lower swing speeds is being introduced in 2022.
“Our SS model golf ball is our low-compression, super-soft golf ball,” Peters says. “Unlike most super-soft golf ball competitors, this ball has the same urethane cover as our Tour Series balls. We believe this ball will be popular with players looking for distance but don’t want to lose greenside control. The manufacturer we chose is one of the best innovators in the industry and helped produce the core for Titleist golf balls for more than 20 years.”
Years of playing golf led Peters to create different packaging for his Sniper brand golf balls.
“I hated trying to put a box of balls into my bag and having empty sleeves in my bag and in every golf cart basket,” he says. “We designed our patent-pending tubes to hold six balls each. For the dozen, we hold them together with two rubber wrist bands. Companies, courses or charities can swap out and use their own bands.”
Peters says the tubes have exceeded his expectations in popularity.
“These slip right into the seam of your golf bag pocket, and you never have to toss empty sleeves away again,” he says. “Our tubes are sturdy, and, when empty, are perfect for storing tees and valuables.”
When Peters purchased Sniper in 2019, the former owner was donating a percentage of sales to charity. This practice has continued with a focus on military and first responder charities.
“We are fortunate to have one of our ambassadors be Jay Delsing. Jay played on the PGA Tour for 25 years and is a lifetime member of the PGA Tour. After playing our golf balls, he asked to join us, which was an unexpected surprise,” Peters says. “It’s a great asset to have his advice and blessings on our golf ball performance.”
Delsing has been personal friends with David Feherty for more than 30 years and connected Peters to Feherty’s Troops First Foundation. The Sniper website features an image and quote from Feherty.
“When we do not have a specified charity from an order, we donate to Troops First,” Peters says. “We also have done events for the national Salute Military Golf Association and similar groups, both local and national.”
The company’s website is www.snipergolfballs.com. Besides golf balls, the website includes a new Tour Glove line introduced this spring that has exceeded expectations and has two pros looking to wear, a couple of hat designs and some ball markers.
Peters says additional items soon will be available including shot glasses, cigar holders and ball markers, all made from Sniper golf balls. The 2022 Sniper balls will be released in April with the other new products available soon after.
Right now, the majority of Sniper sales are online. But for 2022, Peters says his golf balls will be available in about 20 retail locations and golf shops in five states, with the list where balls can be purchased in person growing steadily.
Sniper also has become an official partner of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, which is the largest multi-day junior tour in the world. And Peters is finalizing plans to become the ball sponsor of the 4,000-player APT Tour.
Starting this year, Sniper will offer logo golf balls for company handouts, golf events or individual personalization. Peters says any businesses or golf events looking for logo golf balls can reach out to him at thesniperbrand@gmail.com for information, plus special pricing for Lake Panorama Association members.

Both the LPA and LPN board of directors recently approved this project, as long as the $22,000 needed can be raised with private donations.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A total of 304 ash trees were removed from the Lake Panorama National (LPN) golf course this winter. Eight of those were big shade trees located around the Spikes snack shop and between the first and 10th tee boxes.
Plans are being made to plant about 30 trees on the LPN course this year. These would be planted by tree spade, but it will be many years before the same amount of shade the old trees delivered is available again around Spikes.
Kane Powell is an avid golfer, electrician and builder who owns Lake Panorama Realty with his wife, Dee. While talking with other golfers about the loss of shade around Spikes, he came up with the idea of checking into artificial shade options. That led him to Shade Sails of Iowa, LLC, located in Grimes.
Shade Sails are made of a heavy-duty fabric and come in many shapes and colors. A company representative developed a plan that would provide shade in a 40-foot by 80-foot  grassy area east of Spikes.
Six metal poles would be installed in concrete footings with two sails attached to the poles at various angles to provide shade throughout the day. The sails would vary between 10 to 16 feet from the ground. The varying heights help the sails shed rain and leaves and provide an architectural dimension to the installation.
Both the LPA and LPN board of directors recently approved this project, as long as the $22,000 needed can be raised with private donations. The Friends of Lake Panorama board agreed to assist with this fundraising effort, which allows donations to be tax-deductible.
LPA officials say they still will plant some trees in the area near Spikes, but those locations won’t be determined until this new artificial shade project is complete.
Powell says the sails would be a forest green to match the color of the metal roof on Spikes. If additional funds are raised, electricity could be run to the poles and lights strung. The sails would be taken down each fall and reinstalled each summer.
“Besides giving us back some shade in that area, this will provide a new venue for Lake Panorama National customers to enjoy,” Powell says. “It will be a place where golfers can gather before and after tournaments and should relieve some of the congestion when golf carts park in front of Spikes. The shaded area is designed for golf cart gatherings. For a special event, tables and chairs could be moved under the sails on a temporary basis.”
Once the money for this shade project is raised, the order will be placed. Powell says it will take four weeks from the time the order is placed until the poles and sails are installed. It’s hoped the $22,000 goal can be reached fairly quickly, so the “horseshoe” area in front of Spikes will be shaded by the time hot, sunny weather arrives.
Fundraising is off to a good start because of a $1,000 donation in memory of Dr. David J. Wang. A former Panora dentist and Lake Panorama resident, Wang died in 2002 at the age of 40. In 2018, his family, including wife, Grace, son, Tony, and daughter, Cassie, donated $10,000 to Friends of Lake Panorama. Wang was an avid golfer who enjoyed the men’s league and other golf events at the LPN. The bulk of the gift was used for renovations in the LPN dining room.
The family wanted the remaining funds to be used for a project on the golf course. When contacted about this Shade Sails effort, they quickly agreed this would be something their husband and father would have supported.
Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on a sign placed inside Spikes. All donors will receive a letter recognizing their donation for tax purposes.
Donations can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Donations also can be made using Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

Satisfaction, simplification and one fewer lake dog

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Summer is just around the corner at Lake Panorama, and I am ready to put a boat in the water, some sunscreen on my shoulders and a cold drink in my hand. But, like many of you, I still have some work to do to get ready for the season.

Immediate satisfaction
We had a new septic system installed last fall. It was one of those “investments” that we just needed to do. The dirt was left mounded so it would settle some on its own naturally. We will have it all smoothed out soon, and I plan to seed it. That, of course, was a good excuse for me to purchase a new riding lawn mower. And Jolene agreed!
Yes, I am one of those strange guys who actually likes to mow the lawn. It provides a little quiet time to be outdoors and not have to think too much. It also provides one of the few immediate satisfactions in life that allow a person to be able to make something look a lot better in a short amount of time. Painters get that satisfaction. Barbers, too. Most other tasks in life take a great deal of time to see results, which I will face again as I plant grass seed. Ugh.

Jolene and I sold our home of 17 years in Johnston this past month. We bought a home at Lake Panorama to have a place to relax, but owning two homes seemed to create more stress, as many of you already know. So to bring some sanity to our lives, we decided it was time for a change. We hope to spend more time at the lake, but we aren’t ready to live here full-time yet. So, with us being empty nesters now, we downsized to a townhome in Grimes. The benefits are many, including the fact that we are 10 minutes closer to the lake now, too. And the move forced us to go through 17 years of “stuff.”

One fewer lake dog
Unfortunately, we also downsized in a sad way.
A dog really can be man’s best friend, especially when that man has a wife and three daughters. A little male companionship — even from a dog — can prove to be a helpful thing. My buddy was an adopted miniature pinscher named Kobie. You may have seen him with me or heard from him. He traveled with me most everywhere and seemed to enjoy setting off the alarm in my truck. He was a bucket of muscle, able to catapult over a 4-foot fence. This was fun to watch the first time, but chasing him down grew tiresome quickly.
As the years went by, Kobie began to slow down. Some health issues caught up with him, and he began to have seizures. The most recent one proved to be his last. He didn’t care for the water much, but he did enjoy boat rides. As such, we were looking forward to being with this lake dog all summer. Kobie was our third miniature pinscher that we have had through the years, and he was the one I connected with the most. We may try No. 4 at some point, but we will go dogless for a bit and see what happens.

Lake humor
Let’s move on to a chuckle. Here’s one you may all appreciate. What do the letters in BOAT stand for?
Bring out another thousand.

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Royce Shaffer will continue to oversee the golf operation, lodging, information technology, accounting and facilities, and David Chubb is now the food and beverage manager.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The management structure of the Lake Panorama National (LPN) Resort is changing to better serve Lake Panorama Association (LPA) members and guests. The new structure will split management responsibilities between two people, one already on staff, and one who accepted a position with the LPN beginning Feb. 28.
The LPA has owned the LPN golf course since 1977 and purchased the LPN conference center in 2005. At that time, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as “LPN, LLC” to manage this for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary. The Panorama West golf course and clubhouse was placed under LPN, LLC management in 2013.
As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, LPA is required to pay taxes only on gains from land sales. Keeping the LPA and LPN, LLC operations separate protects the nonprofit status of the LPA. To keep this separation, in 2015 the LPA created and appointed an LPN board of managers with oversight provided by the LPA board.
“The LPA and LPN boards have been evaluating the LPN organizational strategy for several years,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations. “The common theme is there aren’t enough hours in a given week to pursue all of the goals we feel LPN should be pursuing.”
“LPN, LLC is a diverse and complex business with an annual budget of $2.2 million,” Rutledge says. “Make a list of all the various components of the LPN, and it gets lengthy — kitchen, restaurant, banquets and special events, Spikes snack shop, the pro shop, swimming pool and fitness center, golf course turf management, lodging, facility maintenance, and information technology. Throw in Panorama West under several of those categories, and it’s a diverse and demanding set of responsibilities.”
Royce Shaffer has been the LPN, LLC operations manager since December 2018, with Rutledge named LPN, LLC director of operations at the same time. Both had served as interims in these positions since the July 2018 departure of John Dinnebier, who was hired by Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny as general manager. Dinnebier had been LPN’s general manager since 2002.
Under the new structure, Shaffer will continue to oversee the golf operation, lodging, information technology, accounting and facilities. Shaffer earned a bachelor’s degree at Buena Vista University in 2003, majoring in finance and banking, with concentrations in management and computer science. He has worked at the LPN Resort in various capacities since 2002.
“Royce was integral in proposing and developing a recommendation for this new management strategy,” says Rutledge. “He helped me and the LPA and LPN boards understand the complex issues he has been facing on a daily basis. The truth is this is just too much for one person to handle. Royce has done an excellent job under difficult conditions, especially the last two years as the LPN navigated its way through COVID. I’m grateful he’s accepted this new role and know this is a win/win for both Royce and for LPA members.”
The new hire is David Chubb. As food and beverage manager, Chubb oversees all aspects of the LPN’s food and beverage operation, including the kitchen, Links Restaurant and Spikes snack shop. Chubb graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in hotel, restaurant and institution management and has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Rutledge will continue as LPN, LLC director of operations, although he says this new management structure will allow him to take a step back.
“Royce and David will provide direct, monthly reports to the LPN board of managers. Neither will be subordinate to the other. I will meet with them weekly and provide assistance as needed. But they truly are going to be empowered and responsible to run their respective components of the business,” Rutledge says.
“Segregating the LPN management effort into two components is something both the LPN and LPA boards believe will allow the organization to grow,” Rutledge says. “Improved financial performance and member experiences are the target. Everyone involved is excited about this new management structure, and we believe 2022 is going to be a great year at Lake Panorama National.” 


Posted 4/5/2022
The Lake Panorama National’s annual Easter Brunch will be Sunday, April 17 with reservations available every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Lake Panorama National Resort food and beverage team is offering a wide variety of both breakfast and lunch entrees.
Breakfast items will include such things as an egg casserole, scrambled eggs, an omelet station, bacon and sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and a waffle station.
Lunch offerings will include herb roasted chicken, sliced pineapple ham, roast beef carving station, pasta bake, herb roasted potatoes and sweet buttered corn. There also will be a mixed green salad bar, macaroni salad, fresh fruit and caprese salad. Top it all off with an assortment of desserts.
Cost is $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 4-12, and no cost for kids 3 and younger. The Links regular menu will not be available that day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080.


Posted 4/5/2022
The 2022 Lake Panorama Fin and Feather fundraising banquet will be Saturday, May 14, the same day as the LPA annual meeting. The event will be held at the Lake Panorama National Resort, with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. A dinner and silent/live auctions will follow at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.
Funds raised at the banquet, plus annual memberships and direct donations, are used to stock fish in Lake Panorama. More than $18,000 worth of fish were added to the lake last fall. Fish stocking totals for 2021 included 2,500 walleye, 1,000 smallmouth bass, 2,000 largemouth bass and 2,085 perch. The group also helps improve fish habitat and sponsors an annual fishing derby for children during Panorama Days.
Dinner tickets to the event are $35 each, with children 12 and younger $20. Another option is to join the Big Skipper Club at a cost of $125. This covers two dinner tickets, Big Skipper raffle ticket and an annual family membership. The cost of just an annual family membership is $40.
Supporters can either mail a check or register online with a credit card or PayPal account at the group’s website: panoramafinandfeather.com/banquet/.
If payment is made by check, make it payable to Fin & Feather and mail to Doug Hemphill, Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 110, Yale, Iowa, 50277, along with a completed membership application, which is available on the website.
Members who pay in advance will have their tickets waiting for them upon arrival. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for walk-in attendees.

On the ballot this year will be the adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and
Restrictions, plus the election of three directors.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The 53rd annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) will be Saturday, May 14, 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 Rich Schumacher, LPA board president; Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations.
An official announcement of the meeting will be sent to all LPA members in mid-April. Included in this mailing will be a ballot, plus a numbered envelope in which to return the ballot. Ballots must be returned in the numbered envelopes to ensure ballot authenticity. If an envelope is lost, contact the LPA office for a replacement.
On the ballot this year will be the adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions, plus the election of three directors.
The covenants serve as the foundation of the LPA’s governing documents and are an essential piece of LPA’s organizational structure. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. If approved, the updated covenants will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder and be in place until May 14, 2023.
Two informational meetings were scheduled to give members the opportunity to learn more. The first was Feb. 24. Another will be held Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m., at the LPN.
John Rutledge says the proposed covenants don’t contain any substantive changes from the covenants currently in place.
“Some formatting changes were made and some language cleaned up. But what these amended covenants say and do for the LPA hasn’t changed,” he says. “The LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants document. It is a concise and to-the-point document that is essential to LPA’s continued success.”
A copy of the proposed amended and substituted covenants will be included in the mid-April mailing, along with the ballot and information on LPA board candidates.
The question on the ballot will be: “Shall the proposed Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions for Lake Panorama Subdivision be adopted?” Members will be asked to mark “yes” or “no.” A simple majority is needed to approve the adoption.
Members are asked to deliver or mail their completed ballot in the numbered envelope to the LPA office before Friday, May 13. This allows the majority of the ballots to be counted in advance of the annual meeting. Ballots also can be brought to the annual meeting.
Three people are running for three seats on the LPA seven-member board. Gary Evans and Jim Spradling both are completing their second term on the board and are ineligible to run this year. Also on the ballot is the seat held for the past year by Julie Fulton. She was elected in 2021 to complete the final year of the unexpired term of the late Neil Wright.
The three candidates for these three open seats are Dennis Flanery, Mark Jorgensen and Dirk Westercamp. LPA bylaws require each board candidate to provide a 100-word statement. This year’s candidate statements are printed here in alphabetical order. 

Easter Dip Goodness

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Posted 4/5/2022
By Jolene Goodman

(Culinary.net) Easter is about coming together with loved ones, enjoying beautiful spring weather and eating your family’s favorite foods. The kids will be playing, adults will be chatting and all will be patiently waiting for the table to be set.
If you’re visiting and making memories with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while, there are few things better than diving into a marvelous Easter spread.
While eyeing the table, you notice all the colors popping off the dishes. Fruits and veggies make the feast come to life, but a warm Easter dip paired with rolls for dipping is a perfect way to start the festivities.
These Easter Bunny Rolls with Spinach Dip are as eye-catching as they are delicious. Not only will the kids love its shape, but the layers of taste will wow your Easter crowd.
To make this recipe, start by combining a 16-ounce package of frozen spinach, cream cheese and garlic in a skillet. Once heated, add mayonnaise, salt, onion powder, chili powder and Italian seasoning.
Add in Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses then stir until combined.
Next, roll out crescent rolls. Stretch the dough then cut into 24 rolls.
Form the bunny shape and scoop your spinach dip mixture into the center of the bunny and its ears. Sprinkle the spinach dip with mozzarella cheese before baking at 375 F for 18 minutes.
This dish is made for a crowd, served warm and full of cheesy goodness. You can watch as your family dips into the spinach and one-by-one, before you know it, the rolls will have disappeared and the dip will be devoured. Find more Easter recipes at Culinary.net.

Easter Bunny Rolls with Spinach Dip

Serves: 24
16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 crescent roll tubes (8 ounces each)

Heat oven to 375 F.
In skillet, over medium heat, cook spinach, cream cheese and garlic 3-4 minutes until cream cheese is melted. Stir in mayonnaise, salt, onion powder, chili powder, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir in Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Keep skillet on burner over low heat.
Remove dough from tubes. Leaving dough intact, roll and stretch into 18-inch ropes. Cut each rope into 12 pieces for 24 total.
On baking sheet with parchment paper, form bunny head by placing one piece of dough in middle then surrounding it with six more pieces. Use 13 pieces to form round body. Use remaining pieces to form ears on top of head.
Scoop hot spinach dip into center. Spoon small portions on each ear. Sprinkle ears and belly with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake 18 minutes, or until crescent dough is golden brown and thoroughly cooked.


Most items in Linda Burgess’ Reborn store are for sale, and the inventory changes constantly.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A Panora woman who says she has always liked “old stuff” is the owner of Reborn. This June, Linda Burgess will begin her seventh year in the store located at 132 West Main St. Reborn’s Facebook page says the shop “offers quality antiques, vintage, and stained glass at small town prices.”
Burgess has spent most of her life in the Panora area.
“I’ve always had an appreciation for antiques and collectibles,” she says. “When I was a kid, I loved all the old stuff my grandmother had.”
In the 1960s, Burgess worked in three different office locations as Lake Panorama developers sold shares and lots. She’s a history buff who worked for a dozen years at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Much of her time was spent as an on-site interpreter in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill, dressed in clothing of the era. Later, she worked at the Guthrie County Historical Village and Museum on the south side of Panora.
Before Reborn, Burgess rented the basement in the building just west of her current location, where she created stained glass pieces and had some vintage items for sale.
“I signed up for an adult education class, and 45 years later, I’m still doing stained glass,” she says.
When that building sold, she purchased the building where Reborn was born. She moved her stained glass studio to a back room. A wall was removed, remaining walls were painted, and the Reborn sign Burgess created was hung on the front of the building.
“I’ve been collecting things for many, many years,” Burgess says. “When I first opened the shop, I started mostly with things I already had. As those sold, I started buying things to keep up the inventory. I’m always looking and try to follow trends of what people are collecting.”
Linda and her husband, Marshall, live in a restored Victorian home less than a block from Reborn. “Sometimes I still buy something I like and take it home, then later decide I’m ready to bring it to the shop,” she says.
The couple has two daughters. Heather Robson lives in Waverly. Julie Burgess lives in Panora and works full-time from home. As time allows, she helps her mother by keeping the Reborn Facebook page active. Plus, the two of them “pick” together.
“Julie and I pick a lot,” Linda says. The pair frequents garage sales and estate sales in search of good deals. Sometimes people bring collectibles to Reborn to see if she’s interested in buying.
“We don’t go to auctions or do any online purchasing,” Burgess says. “Part of the fun is seeing what we can find on our own.”
Not everything Burgess has on display is for sale. For instance, there is a half-wall covered with advertising pieces and photos related to long-ago Panora businesses.
“I call this my Panora collection,” Burgess says. “People love to stand here and look at the old photos and advertisements.”
A poster promotes a movie showing at the Star Vu drive-in theater, once located on the west edge of Panora. There’s a framed newspaper ad for Bokirk’s department store, which was located in the building across the street from Panora Telco.
Most items in Reborn are for sale, and the inventory changes constantly. Pottery, crocks, copper boilers, wooden boxes, AE and Flynn dairy milk bottles and boxes, furniture, toys and games, jewelry, tin cans, framed prints, purses, hats, lamps, baskets, record albums, and so much more.
“We try to buy quality items,” Burgess says. “We focus more on quality than we do on quantity. It’s so neat when someone comes in and discovers something they’ve been looking for a long time. I love seeing the joy on people’s faces.”
Reborn closes each year right before Christmas and reopens by April 1. Once the shop opens for the season, Burgess is there Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“I love getting here each morning and seeing what the day brings,” she says.
After six years in the business, Burgess says she has a lot of regular, repeat customers.
“But every week I have new people come in,” she says. “We’ve developed a nice following through our Facebook page. Being on a major state highway helps. Sometimes people who travel a distance do a lot of research, and sometimes people just stumble onto us.”
Reborn is a member of the Iowa Antique Network, an online resource that provides information on antique shops across Iowa. Summer brings an uptick in business, but Burgess says being open three days a week means those three days are almost always busy.
Burgess is a big believer in shopping locally.
“There aren’t a lot of small antique shops like Reborn open anymore,” she says. “We have unique, one-of-a-kind items, and we enjoy sharing those with customers.”
Messages can be sent to Reborn through the shop’s Facebook page, but Burgess prefers people call the number listed. That’s her cell phone, which allows her to talk directly with potential customers about pieces that interest them. She’s also happy to make appointments, if the regular store hours don’t work for someone.
Give her a call at 641-757-0631. If she doesn’t answer, try again later. She’s probably busy picking another treasure for her store. 


Posted 4/5/2022
The third Lake Panorama 101 session will be Friday, April 29, 5-6 p.m., in the dining room at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Refreshments will be available, and drinks may be brought in from the Links bar.
The idea for Lake Panorama 101 came from a group of volunteers who believed there should be an organized, face-to-face opportunity to welcome new property owners to Lake Panorama. The first two sessions were held in spring and fall of 2021, with more than 30 people in attendance at each.
Topics covered during the presentation portion are the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, amenities available to LPA members, and resources for learning more and getting involved. There will be time for questions.
A flyer describing this project, along with the date and time for this upcoming program, is included in the packets new property owners receive from the LPA office. Yet the Lake Panorama 101 sessions aren’t limited to those who see the flyer in their new member packet or who are new property owners. Any LPA member is welcome to attend.
The book “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years” will be available for purchase at a reduced price of $25. The full-color, hardcover book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Book chapters describe six decades of planning and development. There are special topic chapters on Lake Panorama’s two golf courses, infrastructure and water quality efforts.
Those planning to attend the April 29 session are asked to RSVP by calling the LPN front desk during daytime business hours at 641-755-2080.

LPA Project Manager Lane Rumelhart gives updates on key projects.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Lane Rumelhart is in his third year as project manager for the Lake Panorama Association. He graduated from Central College in Pella in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and minors in biology and business management.
As LPA project manager, Rumelhart is responsible for managing the LPA building codes. He also manages some projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) and assists with LPA communications, the annual deer hunt program, and campground and beach management. In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart highlights the LPA building codes, plus talks about some ongoing and upcoming projects.

Q. What projects require a building permit or land disturbing permit? 
A. LPA requires permits for new homes, additions, detached and attached garages, storage sheds, gazebos, sun shelters, fences, pools, decks, three-season rooms and permanent docks. LPA also requires a land disturbing permit for any landscaping, new driveways, culverts, clearing, firepits/fireplaces, or any other project that will disturb dirt within 100 feet of the water or over 1,000 square feet of area. Members do not need permits to re-side or re-shingle a home, or to do inside renovations.
If a project does need a permit, the process is a bit different for each project and depends on both the nature of the project and the permit applicant’s level of preparedness. The first step should always be to contact me. I will get members and contractors all the necessary information on what I need to be able to approve a permit.
Between the months of March and October, members should expect a longer wait time. If a member and/or contractor has everything in order, we can process larger permit requests (homes, additions, garages) in 7-10 days. Smaller projects usually take 3-5 days. Once I have everything I need, it doesn’t take long to check lot stakes and a few other things to get members approved. The key to a smooth permit process is working well ahead of your planned construction schedule to ensure all paperwork is completed in advance.
If a member has questions on what does or doesn’t need permits, they can call me at the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or email me at lrumelhart@lakepanorama.org.

Q. When can we expect the new restrooms at both Shady and Sunset beaches to be open? 
A. The exterior of each restroom is complete. Kane Powell will be putting the metal roof on soon and then adding all the interior fixtures once the building is secure. These restrooms are one room and unisex. The previous bathrooms had issues with flooding and deterioration. These new buildings have concrete walls and a tin roof, making them maintenance free. These new restrooms should be completed before Memorial Day and ready for peak summer usage.

Q. The Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) has been instrumental in the construction of three wetlands that help protect Lake Panorama from sediment. What are your responsibilities for the ongoing operation and management of these wetlands, and are any new ones in the works?  
A. The Helen’s Cove wetland was built in 2016 and is on the east side of Sage Trail, northeast of the LPA east campground. The Hughes Cove wetland was built in 2017 and is north of 200th Road, near the Fin and Feather building. The Smith wetland was built in 2019 and is on the north side of 180th, north of Burchfield Cove.
In the spring, I watch the weather closely. If we are going to get a lot of rain in a short time frame, I raise the pool level on all three wetlands to catch as much water and silt as possible. I try to hold off on raising the pool level until the exposed perimeter of the pool has a chance to establish some vegetation. Certain plants that are native to wetlands help capture nutrients in the water. Blue Green algae blooms we see in the summer are a result of high concentrations of phosphorus in our lake. More plants to absorb these excess nutrients can really benefit the lake’s water quality.
We will be adding a smaller wetland, which will be 3 acres in size, north of the west fork of Burchfield Cove. Our plans are to begin work later this summer or into the fall. This wetland won’t be as large as our previous three but still will capture sediment from roughly 584 acres of watershed. The wetland meets requirements for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and should be eligible for CREP funding. We have plans for one other wetland north of the Smith wetland but have had difficulties with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers getting it permitted. We will continue to work with the Corps in hopes of finding a way to complete this project.

Q. You provide assistance to projects that are led by Friends of Lake Panorama. For instance, what progress is being made on the Lake Panorama dog park? 
A. Hopefully, the dog park will be ready to open sometime in June, or perhaps sooner. Right now, our biggest barrier will be to establish a good enough stand of grass to handle the wear and tear from dogs and their owners. Once the soil temperature increases a bit more, Brandon Brehmer will overseed the area in the coming weeks to help establish grass in some of the bare areas. We will need some rain and warm weather after he seeds to get good germination.
LPA will add rock on the east portion of the park just outside the fence to create suitable parking. We also have two picnic tables — one for each side of the park — ordered and on their way. Bryce Arganbright is finishing up the shelter and concrete pads around the park entrance. If Mother Nature is on our side, the park could open in late May. If we have drought conditions, it may be a while longer. We don’t want to open the park until the grass is in good enough shape that we don’t end up with muddy conditions.

Q. What else are you working on in the coming months?  
A. I am leading a replanting effort on the LPN and Panorama West golf courses to make sure trees are put back after taking out more than 350 ash trees. Right now, we are looking at areas critical to play. This will amount to about 30 trees at LPN and nine trees at Panorama West. After we get through one playing season, we will reassess and evaluate where other trees may be needed.
I’ve wrapped up all of LPA and RIZ’s farm leases for the 2022 year. As the 180th Trail Basin expansion project gets going again, I will be monitoring progress with Spring Lake Construction, along with Mike Monthei, LPN maintenance supervisor, and the help of our engineers from Shive Hattery. The bulk of the work for this project will take place this summer, as the elevation of the basin is raised about 17 feet to retain more sediment discharged from our dredge.
The two campgrounds are open, although water isn’t guaranteed until May 1, and the beaches will be utilized soon. I’ve been seeing more people at the sports courts at Boulder Beach. Our new website is running smoothly and has proven to be a nice upgrade for our community.
Signs of spring are everywhere. I may do 10 different things every day of the week, but that’s what I enjoy about working for the Lake Panorama Association.

Event registration will begin in May.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama will host its fifth Beach Ball fundraiser Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National (LPN). The format for the event will be similar to previous years with seating available either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents between the conference center and the golf course.
Plans are being developed including pricing for table sponsorships and admission tickets. Event registration will begin in May. Funds will be raised with a 50/50 raffle, plus both live and silent auctions. Items for the auctions are being accepted now. Anyone interested in donating auction items for the 2022 Beach Ball can email staff@friendsoflakepanorama.org.
The Friends of Lake Panorama seven-member volunteer board will meet April 25 to finalize plans for the 2022 Beach Ball. They also will discuss how profits from the event will be used. Projects chosen by the Friends board to promote at the Beach Ball will receive a percentage of pooled funds raised, plus all direct donations designated to a specific project.
One possible option is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. A goal of $40,000 has been set for this project.
A task force made up of both Friends board members and additional volunteers from the community is developing a proposal for recreational amenities on Lake Panorama’s south shore. The proposal will be presented to the LPA board this spring and is expected to include a disc golf course and walking trail, with additional amenities also considered. If approved by the LPA board, projects on the south shore could receive some 2022 Beach Ball profits.
The 2021 Beach Ball had a profit of $25,000. At that time, donations for the Lake Panorama dog park stood at $45,000. The Friends board voted to provide another $5,000 from the Beach Ball proceeds to reach the $50,000 goal.
Another $5,000 raised at the 2021 Beach Ball is being used for enhancements to an existing trail near Panorama West, with work planned this spring. Three swings will be added to the Sunset Beach playground this spring using $8,000 raised at last year’s Beach Ball.
The Friends board voted last fall to hold the remaining $7,000 in reserve until these three projects are complete, in case costs increase beyond what has been budgeted. If the funds are not needed for any of these three projects, the money will be applied to a new project.
Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Donations also can be made using Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at friendsoflakepanorama.org.

The park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road.

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Fundraising by Friends of Lake Panorama for a dog park kicked off in September 2020 after the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) board unanimously approved the plan at its August 2020 meeting. The park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road.
Construction on the park is nearly complete. Most of the work was done last fall with Bryce Arganbright of Arganbright Construction installing a 6-foot-high chain link fence 400 feet long and 150 feet wide. There are two sections, one for small dogs that are less than 15 inches at shoulder height, and one for large dogs that are at least 15 inches at shoulder height.
A single entrance is protected by a keyless lock. Once inside this gate, users can choose a second gate to either the large dog or small dog areas. Arganbright was able to get a shelter for this area built last fall before cold weather set in. By the end of April, he plans to finish work on the shelter, pour a concrete pad for the entrance and install the remaining fence and gates.
Crushed rock along the inside perimeter of the fence provides a walking path and a weed barrier and will keep dogs from digging near the fence. The LPA maintenance staff recently installed a gravel parking lot on the east side of the park. Some additional rock may be needed there as the ground firms up.
Last fall, Brandon Brehmer donated his time to seed and fertilize the fenced-in area. Despite the dry fall, seed germination did occur to get a turfgrass base started. Brehmer will be overseeding and fertilizing again this spring as soon as the soil temperature is warm enough for grass seed to germinate. Timely rains will be needed to get a turfgrass stand that can withstand the expected dog and human traffic. Opening of the park is planned for late May or early June and is dependent on how quickly the turfgrass establishment is complete.
Two sugar maple trees were planted last fall, donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm. If additional trees are desired, the Isoms have offered to donate one tree for each tree purchased, which could be planted in fall 2022.
The LPA has ordered two picnic tables and will be placing one in each of the two sections of the park. Water lines were run last fall for two dog water fountains that will be mounted on concrete near the park entrance, one on each side.
Four bag dispensers for picking up pet waste will be installed this spring with two near the park entrances and two in the far corners of each section. Two pet waste receptacles will be attached to the concrete pad within each side of the park.
A set of rules for responsible use of the dog park has been adopted and will be posted on a sign at the park entrance. A sign recognizing donors of $500 or more also will be posted at the dog park. Once a date for the park opening has been set, members will be able to call LPA Security to get the code to the main entrance gate.


Posted 4/5/2022
Lake Panorama Times 

Clint Deardorff is declaring his nomination for Guthrie County Board of Supervisors District 2. Deardorff will be seeking the Republican nomination for supervisor at the June 7 primary election. Under the newly established boundaries, District 2 will represent Yale, Jamaica, Bagley, the Victory Township portion of Lake Panorama and unincorporated areas north of Guthrie Center. Redistricting has resulted in District 2 being an open seat for the 2022 election.
Deardorff is a Guthrie County native, raised on the family farm near Yale. His wife, Heather, is employed at Farmers State Bank, and their three sons, Corbin, Connor and Carter, attend Panorama Schools. Clint is a fifth-generation family farmer who works closely with his father, Danny Deardorff, and uncle Greg Chaloupka on their farms in rural Yale.
Deardorff says there are several things Guthrie County does very well. It has a first-rate emergency medical service, several exceptional fire departments and a law enforcement community that is second to none. The county has been successful in encouraging new businesses such as the new locker being constructed in Guthrie Center. He hopes to see more businesses choose to make Guthrie County their home.
He is most passionate about the condition of some of the roads in our county, and he says that is one vital area that he would want to focus on.
“One of the biggest things I’d like to see improved in Guthrie County is the condition of our roads. I’ve traveled most of the roads in our county between checking pastures, raising crops and working for UPS, and I believe we have the ability to improve their quality for everyone without a huge influx of capital,” Deardorff said.
Deardorff enjoys being involved in varied organizations. He is a member of the BPOE, Calvary Chapel of the Raccoon River Valley, as well as serving on the Yale City Council. He is also passionately involved in the Heartland Highland Cattle Association (HHCA) based in Tunas, Missouri. He served five years on the board of directors, followed by a term as vice president and currently is the president of the association. The HHCA is a national organization that represents more than 600 member farms in 43 states.
“I’m very proud of the HHCA and the growth we have enjoyed as an organization. Through great teamwork with my fellow board members, our membership has grown exponentially during my tenure. These experiences have helped shape who I am today and will be an asset to me as a supervisor,” Deardorff said.
Deardorff also has gained a wide variety of experience and knowledge as an entrepreneur. He and his wife started their business, Deardorff Highland Cattle, 10 years ago. While developing this operation, he became well versed in running a business. He developed the full supply chain, from raising the cattle, to production of the beef used in their food truck, a true farm-to-table operation. 
Deardorff designed their mobile retail operation as well as secured the best lockers to process their meat to ensure a consistent product. He has sales experience from booking a variety of quality events throughout the Midwest and selling directly to consumers.
 “My experiences growing our small business from its founding to its success today will be an asset in helping my fellow supervisors prioritize projects that serve the best interests of the citizens of Guthrie County,” he said.
“I’m not just someone seeking a political position to glorify myself. I genuinely care about Guthrie County and the people that live here,” he said. “I believe that all the parts of this county are important to our vitality as a community. Whether you live at Lake Panorama, in one of our small towns, or in the rural areas of the county, your voice matters to me, and you all deserve a great place to call home.” 


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Posted 4/5/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times 

Name: Shortbread
Age: 8
Breed: Silver/Blue tabby with gorgeous green eyes
Available at: Panora Pets
Shortbread is active and loves to play. She would be an excellent companion for a home looking for an active, playful, affectionate and conversational cat. Shortbread would do great as an only cat due to her history, but she gets along well with dogs and children old enough to notice she can get overwhelmed. Once accustomed to her new surroundings and family, Shortbread would be a great fit for a household that likes energetic kitties. 


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Posted 4/5/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times 

Name: Gus
Age: 6
Breed: English Bulldog
Name: Phoebe
Age: 15
Breed: Shih Tzu/poodle mix
Owners: Kevin and Lisa Wingert
The Wingerts’ oldest son brought Gus home from Stimson Bulldogs in Clarinda.  Gus is loved by the entire family. They say he is sweet, gentle and laid back. He has been compared to the lovable donkey, “Eeyore.” The Wingerts have three young grandchildren who visit often.  When the house gets too loud, Gus will find a back bedroom or closet to retreat to. Gus is not a fan of water, as he prefers a view of the lake from a shady spot. Phoebe is a typical small dog with a big attitude. She’s always been the boss. She and Gus have become good buddies. Phoebe came from Gina Lloyd (Art on State, Guthrie Center).

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 4/5/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Many of Trish Hart’s nature photos are of birds, which she captures with her digital camera as they sit on feeders on the deck of her home or in nearby trees. This month’s photo is a male American Robin, perched in a tree and enjoying winter berries.
According to the Audubon Society, robins winter as far north as Canada. With the breakup of flocks prior to the nesting season, when we Iowans see our “first robin of spring,” it may be a bird that has wintered only a few miles away, not one that just arrived from southern climates.
Robins run and hop on lawns with an upright stance, often nesting on porches and windowsills. Nests usually contain four pale blue or “robin’s-egg blue” eggs. Incubation by the female is 12-14 days, and fledglings leave the nest 14-16 days after hatching. The male may tend to the fledged young while the female begins a second nesting attempt. Pairs usually raise two broods per season, sometimes three.
The robin’s rich caroling is among the earliest bird songs heard at dawn in spring and summer, often beginning just before first light. In fall and winter, robins gather by the hundreds in roaming flocks, concentrating at sources of food.
Hart launched “Nature’s Canvas Photography” in January 2021, offering custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

Student performance wins top award at speech festival 
AC/GC high school student group won the Critic’s Choice award in the Musical Theatre category.

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Eight students from the Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center (AC/GC) high school won a top award at the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) Large Group All-State Festival. The festival was held in Ames Feb. 19.
The student group, led by Kelsey Dinkla, won the Critic’s Choice award in the Musical Theatre category. In announcing his choice, Joel Waggoner, a Waterloo native and Broadway artist, said it was impossible to compare the musical theatre performances he had seen that day, but the one that touched him the most was “Come From Away,” performed by the AC/GC students.
Dinkla teaches vocal music for grades seven through 12 and is the head large group speech coach and theatre director at AC/GC. She grew up in Bayard and graduated from Coon Rapids-Bayard in 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2011, went back to school for music in 2017, and is working toward a master’s degree in music education. She has been teaching for 10 years with nine of those in the Guthrie Center and AC/GC School District.
“If you had asked me in December if I thought we would be named the best musical theatre group in the entire state of Iowa, I would have laughed,” Dinkla says. “Not because I didn’t believe in my kids, but because I know the reality of being in a small school. My kids are stretched thin between work, academics and activities.”
In Iowa state speech competitions, schools aren’t divided by class size, as is done in athletics. There are four districts, with AC/GC in the southwest district. Dinkla terms it “the most competitive and difficult district in the state. If you scroll through the Southwest District’s All State Nominations list, you will see several large schools, including many from the Des Moines metro area.”
Musical Theatre speech performances contain singing, dancing or blocking, and dialogue.
“This category is very broad and purposefully left open for interpretation. Some schools choose to perform just one musical selection, while others may perform multiple pieces,” Dinkla says. “At the end of the day, students are judged on their ability to tell a story through music but how they accomplish this is left up to each group.”
The Broadway play “Come From Away,” conceived by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is based on the book, “The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland” by Jim DeFede. It chronicles the events of 9/11 through the eyes of the local people of Gander, as well the 7,000 “Plane People” who were diverted to Gander when the U.S. airspace shut down.
“Because the rights to perform this show are not available yet, I wrote to Musical Theatre International and obtained special permission to use three songs from the show,” Dinkla says. “I chose the selections and crafted them together in such a way that would give audience members a small snapshot of the entire Broadway production.”
Around Thanksgiving last fall, the students began working on their performance. On Jan. 23, they received a Division I rating at the district contest at Ankeny Centennial High School. They advanced to perform at the state contest at Valley High School Feb. 5. On Feb. 7, they learned they would advance to the All-State Festival.
Musical Theatre performances can last 10 minutes.
“Our performance pushed the time limit, coming in at 9 minutes and 58 seconds,” Dinkla says. “It’s hard to put on an entire show in less than 10 minutes.”
Dinkla and her assistant coach, Colin Shawgo, have had groups nominated for All-State Large Group Speech each of the last five years, including three in 2022. Besides Musical Theatre, AC/GC students performed in both the group improvisation and group mime categories.
Dinkla says her goal for next year’s speech season is to continue to provide her students with a safe space to explore the art of communication through quality speech and theatre experiences.
“The awards and recognition are incredible, but that’s not why we do what we do,” she says. “Pulling together kids with different talents, abilities and experiences, getting them to rub shoulders with people they may have never dreamed of being friends with, and helping them conceptualize the true meaning of empathy in motion is the heart and soul of the AC/GC large group speech program,” Dinkla says. “I’m just lucky enough to be along for the ride.”