Annual meeting a chance to schmooze |

Annual meeting a chance to schmooze

The Lake Wildwood Annual Meeting is always a good time to enjoy the beautiful scenery at the lake and meet up with neighbors and friends. The year’s meeting will be held Saturday at Commodore Park and hosted by Association President Michael Lockhart and General Manager Bill Haushalter.

A big thank-you to the LWW Community Relations Group for sponsoring this event and to committee members Marion and Bill Stone and Bill Cowgill, who have been overseeing all the details.

First item of the day is the Art Flair exhibits sponsored by the LWW Art Club and coordinated by Jim Brown and Bryan Smith. All 85 members of the Art Club are invited to show two pieces of original art. Attendees at the annual meeting cast votes for first, second and third place “People’s Choice” awards.

Last year, the Art Flair had more than 40 entries and “People’s Choice” awards went to Paula Woodle, Ed Ritcher and Floy Preslar. After a barbecue lunch, the formal meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. On the agenda is the award for Citizen of the Year, the announcement of Art Flair winners, long-awaited results of two recent ballot measures, and installation of new board members.

There are so many people in LWW doing wonderful things in the community; it is inspiring to hear what individuals can accomplish when they live their passions. The nominees for Citizen of the Year include Beverly James Barnett, Jim Brown, Carol Hamilton, Myra Nichol, Carol Manfrin and Don Stressman.

Glenn Orren received the honor last year for his involvement on the LWW board of directors and on the Planning Committee, for his participation in the Little Theatre Group and as treasurer of the Penn Valley Lions Club, as financial advisor to the board of Allegro Alliance, and for his tireless dedication to helping seniors with their taxes.

The two ballot measures have created quite a stir and residents seem a bit anxious about the results. The first ballot seeks approval for a 120-day trial period of allowing motorcycles to be driven inside the gates of LWW.

Current rules prohibit motorcycle street riding and require owners to trailer their bikes to the entry gates or park them in the limited spaces near the gates. The motorcycle club is professional and outspoken in its request for a trial period but is up against long-standing rules and residents who fear they will lose the peace and quiet they love and expect in LWW.

The second ballot concerns four lakefront lots near the north gate that are owned by the LWW Association. The ballot is to determine if residents want to sell the lots or keep them.

What is done with the proceeds if the lots are sold or what is done with the lots if they are kept is not part of the ballot. There are two basic factions: The first group wants to sell the lots while market prices are high; discussion has run the gamut from selling the lots for homes or condos to using the proceeds to spruce up LWW.

Another group wants to keep the properties as long-term assets; some members feel any improvements needed in LWW should be covered with special assessments since our dues are low, relative to comparable developments. And there are some members who want to see the lots used for an upscale dinner club with meeting rooms and a marina that could be open to the public and be a self-supporting business venture. Saturday will tell how the majority voted.

Finally, Bill Stone, Bill Christofferson and Holly Tousand will be installed as new LWW board members. A board organizational meeting will be on Aug. 5 to elect new officers.

What more could you want in a day? Start with a beautiful environment and serve up great art and delicious food, sprinkle in a strong helping of ballot controversy for stimulating conversation, and top it off with stellar citizens making a difference in the community.


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