New GM jumps right in
The first general manager of Lake of The Pines was Carl Ladeck, hired in 1973 after Boise Cascade turned the community over to LOP Association. Since then, there have been nine other managers, including Ed Vitrano. Ed was the longest-serving manager with 10 years with the community. The current general manager is Bob Broyer, hired nearly two months ago.
I considered applying for the position of general manager, but suspect the board would not approve of my idea of constructing a floating Indian casino on the lake. While my idea would surely provide a source of income to fund improvement projects for years to come, it would be nearly impossible to enlist the sponsorship of Maidu Indians – the original inhabitants of the area. My less-controversial idea of carving up the back nine holes of the LOP golf course and marketing the parcels as “LOP Estates” would generate revenue and reduce the yearly homeowner dues, as well.
A more conservative and qualified candidate was chosen to replace Ed Vitrano. Bob Broyer shared with me some of his impressions of the community and his thoughts of the progress of ongoing projects. Bob described LOP as a “vibrant community” full of residents who support improvements he believes greatly benefit the members and add value to the property. He has taken on the task of overseeing two main improvements already in progress.
The first project, the maintenance yard, was necessary to protect and preserve equipment and provide more efficient storage. He also stated that this upgrade has improved employees’ morale by providing them with a better working environment. The second project is the swimming pool replacement, which will be safer, more attractive, and more functional. It will also provide the swim team with a regulation size pool so that records set will be official for the first time. An original completion date of December has been pushed back, but Bob did not want to “predict an artificial deadline” for the contractor to complete the project. He is confident, however, that it will be ready in February. February is the month that the Bear River High School Swim Team has requested to use the pool to get a “jump start” on their season. The LOP Board has tentatively agreed to honor that request.
One other improvement that will take place this year is a cosmetic update of the Sports Lounge. The lounge will be closed for the first three weeks in November while it is cleaned, painted and reorganized. Food and Beverage Manager Steve Lach is working out an extended food service schedule for the Clubhouse to compensate for the closure. Grand “re-opening” celebrations will be scheduled for the newly improved facilities.
The LOP Pro Shop has already been updated, and is ready to host the Bear River High School Baseball Golf Tournament and fund-raiser on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the LOP Golf Course. The format for the tournament is a four-person scramble, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $80 per person and includes green fees, cart, range balls, prizes, and a tri-tip and barbecue chicken dinner after golf. Space is limited, so contact Mark Giacomini at 268-9951 or 320-3606, or the LOP Pro Shop at 268-8337.
Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.
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