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VVA Board of Directors Meeting Call to Order

Susan Zalenski, lot 364, called the meeting to order, via GO TO, at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Mark Leggett, lot 72; Tony Gronniger, lot 2281; Celeste Armanees, lot 62; Troy Lesan, lot 576; Marvin McNabb, lot 28; and Mike Booth, lot 1259. Mark Leggett led in prayer.

Approval of Minutes

Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2020 board meeting. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed.

Committee Reports Handbook Committee

Celeste Armanees reported that the committee had met twice with Jason McTheeney and Dustin Royce regarding suggested safety rule changes for handbook. The committee will meet to finalize and present to the board in December.

Finance Committee

Troy reported that the Finance Committee met on November 5, via Microsoft Teams

Platform. Financial statements were reviewed. Budget numbers looked positive and Shad Mort confirmed that both Special Lake Expense and Special Road Expense would meet assessment amounts. He also reviewed Capital Expense items still outstanding. Expanded Retained Earnings categories were also reviewed. Missy Leggett will meet with Shad and Sally by Dec 4, to finalize lineitems to be included for 2021 budget. Sally and Shad have compiled a preliminary draft of the 2021 budget which has been distributed to committee members and will go to board members on Nov. 8. Any revisions will be made at the December Finance Committee meeting and presented to the board for final approval at the December meeting. Troy then referred to Finance Committee Chair, John Kmetz, for report on Funds Investment Proposal. John Kmetz reported: Our goal is to bring VVA finances into the 21st century and make our money work for us. That means we conform to industry-wide “Best Practice.” Most

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November 8, 2020 HOAs, non-profits, and charities industrywide hire a “money manager” investment firm to take on minimal risk to make a small (not guaranteed) profit. The alternative is to keep our growing cash operating budget (now at $2 million) under the mattress. That is great for zero risk but it’s not “Best Practice”. This project was no small task. It is a gargantuan project to collect, analyze, condense, present, then get approval by the board. But we have done so, and here it is. We recommend that the board adopt a “three bucket approach“ to cash management as previously laid out: bucket 1: cash / checking account for everyday needs; bucket 2: short-term investment for 0-12 month needs, includes operating needs and upcoming larger purchases over the next year; and bucket 3: long-term investment for 1+ year needs. We have completed the assessment process of four different advisers as advised by the board in October’s meeting, and we recommend the hiring of Morgan Stanley as our money manager to implement our investment plan with regard to [Continued on Page 14]

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Sun, Dec 13, 2020 6:30PM at lower level of the clubhouse.

All members in good standing are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you want on the agenda, you must notify the office on or before the Monday prior to the board meeting.

Lake Viking Quilters donate to Winston School Back in October, the Winston R-6 School District expressed its appreciation to the Lake Viking Quilters for the donation of quilts to be used as prizes for students and staff. Pictured are LV Quilters Laura Johnson, Shirley Leakey, and Jennifer Wineinger displaying some of those quilts.


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The Association provides dumpsters for the Beaches, Campgrounds and some Community Areas, for the purpose of accumulated trash in these areas, not day to day household trash. Please DO NOT dump building materials of ANY kind, such as lumber, sheetrock, shingles, etc. in these dumpsters.

Animal Rules & Regulations Allowing dogs to roam/animal bite: Dogs are not allowed off the member’s property and shall be contained by a fenced enclosure or controlled by a leash. Guests’ dogs are included. Any animal whether leashed or unleashed that attacks or bites a person, and after review of the circumstances, is deemed to be a vicious animal and must be removed from the lake. The owner of the animal is subject to a minimum $500.00 infraction ticket.

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Time once again for Toys for Tots In an effort to make the 2020 holiday season a little brighter Anyone wishing to make a donation can drop off new, the Gallatin Police will once again facilitate the Toys for Tots unwrapped toys to any of the drop off boxes located in the program for Gallatin and the Daviess County area. Gallatin businesses. Businesses wishing to become a drop-off point or anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to Anyone wanting to request an item can pick support the program can contact the Gallatin Police up a wish list form from Gallatin City Hall or Department at 660-663-3580. print out and complete the form from the Facebook page. All forms must be returned to City Hall no later than Dec. 13, 2020.

Required Documentation:

1. Photo I.D. for the applicant. 2. Address verification (Must live in Daviess County). 3. Children must live in your home full time; you must have custody of children. (If a child has been placed in your home by the court system bring verifying documents.) 4. Social security card or birth certificate must be shown when picking up toys.



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OCTOBER 2020 Lot 2138 Michael & Connie Harris Lot 1056 Brent & Lauren Hancock Lot 1061 Syler Construction, Inc Lot 1743 James & Peggy Embrey Lot 503 Ronald & Elisabeth Bachman Lot 2138 Michael & Connie Harris Lot MH155 Brian & Jill Ward Lot 1907 Michael Rudder Steven Purcell Lot 162 Lot 2081 Troy & Diane Sheets Lot 2463 Jeffrey & Natalie Gentry Lot MH153 Richard Robbins & Peggy Woodard Lot 1180 Timothy & Maureen Hellhake Lot 642 Rustic Rendezvous, LLC

Partnership to provide gift items for families in need Bright Futures Gallatin partners with the Gallatin R-5 School District and the Gallatin FBLA Chapter to provide gift items for Gallatin R-5 students whose families are in need during the holiday season. Students who signed up for this program at back-to-school registration will be prioritized as volunteers are assigned to students. Children not yet enrolled in school are not eligible for this adoption program. They may be able to receive gifts through Toys for Tots. Parents are asked to visit the Gallatin Bright Futures social media page to fill out a holiday form, adopt a student, adopt a meal, or to view FAQs about the GR5SD holiday program. The deadline to sign up if you are interested in being adopted is Nov. 16. Gift certificates from Dungy’s Supermarket will be purchased this year to provide a meal for the families who are being adopted. There will be three different certificates based on the family size (small - $50, medium - $75, large - $100). If you would like to be contacted about providing a gift certificate, please complete information on the Covel D. Searcy Facebook page. Anything in CHAMPS closet you need? The parents of Covel D. Searcy Elementary students are being asked to please contact Mrs. Wiederholt, CDSE School Counselor, if your child is in need of any items that may be found in the CHAMPS Closet. The school building is closed to visitors, but Mrs. Wiederholt would be more than happy to ‘shop’ for your student and send home any items that they may need. Send her an email at or leave a message at 660-663-2173 with a description of the need and sizes. Bright Futures and volunteers help make this opportunity possible.

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can be used to fraudulently bill federal health care The U.S. Department of Health and Human Servic- programs and commit medical identity theft. If es Office of Inspector General is alerting the public Medicare or Medicaid denies the claim for an unabout fraud schemes related to the novel coronavi- approved test, the beneficiary could be responsible for the cost. rus (COVID-19).

Five things about COVID-19 fraud

Scammers are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, the services are unapproved and illegitimate. In one fraud scheme, some medical labs are targeting retirement communities claiming to offer COVID-19 tests, but actually drawing blood and billing federal health care programs for medically unnecessary services. In another scheme, fraudsters are offering people a $200 Medicare prescription card when no such cards currently exist. Fraudsters are targeting beneficiaries in a number of ways, including telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits. These scammers use the coronavirus pandemic to benefit themselves, and beneficiaries face potential harms. The personal information collected

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Beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare or Medicaid numbers or personal/medical information. Medicare will not call beneficiaries to offer COVID-19 related products, services, or benefit review. • Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately. Keep in mind that if your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes. • Do not respond to, or open hyperlinks in, text messages about COVID-19 from unknown individuals. • Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites. If you make an appointment for a COVID-19 test online, ensure the location is an actual testing site. • A physician or other trusted healthcare provider should assess your condition and approve any requests for COVID-19 testing. • Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone claiming to offer HHS grants related to COVID-19. • Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number, financial information, or attempt to set up a COVID-19 test for you and collect payment information for the test. If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 800-HHSTIPS (800-447-8477).



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Troy Lesan, Vice President (2021), called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Due to an increasing spread of coronavirus in the area, the meeting was held at the Viking Valley Association Clubhouse to allow for social distancing. Members in attendance were Harlan Horst (2023), Jeffrey Speaker (2022), and Mark White (2021). Kyle Parkhurst (2023) arrived at 5:20 p.m. Also in attendance were Charlie Zitnik with DA Davidson, Roger Barker, water superintendent, and Diane Hulett, clerk.

Charlie Zitnik with DA Davidson provided the board with clarification on a timeline for financing, as well as information on interest rates and legal fees that will be applicable. Preliminary 2021 budget figures were presented for review with no corrections being made at this time.


board that both the fire hydrant installation and tube replacements done by Viking Valley Association have gone well with no apparent issues occurring to the main water line. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be Dec. 15, 2020, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. The meeting was adjourned at 7 p.m.

Superintendent Report: Roger reported that a portion of the water loss last month was due to a leak recently discovered in the southwest section of the lake. He also informed the

Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker


Harlan Horst moved to approve the minutes of the Sept. 15, 2020, Board of Directors Meeting. Mark White seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Due to the cancellation of last month’s board meeting, there were no minutes to approve for October.


There was no public comment.


There was no old business.


Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Harlan Horst moved to approve the September and October financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. The bid for audit services was submitted. A motion was made by Jeffrey Speaker and seconded by Mark White to accept the bid from Karlin & Long, LLC for the 2020 audit. All members were in favor; motion carried. Roger presented information from Bartlett & West regarding upgrades to the water plant. A motion was made by Harlan Horst and seconded by Mark White giving authority to Kyle Parkhurst, president, to sign the Bartlett & West 35% Design Bid Contract after it is reviewed by counsel. All members voted to approve; motion carried.

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Billy Joe Latimer 1948-2020

Henry Edsel Ford 1928-2020

Henry Edsel Ford, 92, entered peacefully into rest on Nov. 4, 2020. He was born in Kansas City, MO, on Oct. 22, 1928, to Fred James and Lenore (Beem) Ford. He grew up in Winterset, IA, and graduated from Winterset High School in 1947. He enlisted in the Air Force in December of 1948, and was sent to Radio Mechanic School and then to Alaska for two years. He married Bonnie Mae Hendersen on May 18, 1952. In 1958, he opened Ford and Garland Radio with friend Dean Garland. He and Bonnie lived in Des Moines until July 1993 when he retired and they moved to their long-time vacation home at Lake Viking where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends. They later moved to Hamilton, where they spent their remaining years together. Henry and Bonnie were active for many years at the Lake Viking Church. After Bonnie died, Hank moved to Bellevue, NE, to be closer to family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Bonnie, his parents, brothers Frederick J. and Robert C., sister Betty Ann and sister-in-law Shirley Ford. He is survived by sister-in-law Margaret Ford of Nampa, ID, nephew Craig Ford (Georgia) of Bellevue, NE, and niece Jeanne Johnson (Irv) of Des Moines, IA, great-nieces and nephews, and dear friends Gary and Anita Henry of Hamilton. A private family service was held Nov. 12 at Bellevue Memorial Chapel, with inurnment at Resthaven Cemetery, West Des Moines, IA. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hillcrest Health and Rehab (Magnolia Unit).

Wilton Adkins 1933-2020

Wilton Hugh Adkins, 87, Savannah, passed away Oct. 18, 2020, surrounded by family. Wilton was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Savannah to the late Merle Columbus and Crystal Ann (Schweizer) Adkins. He graduated from Rosendale High School in 1951 and was active in FFA, State Livestock Judging Team, 4-H, football and softball. Wilton was in the United States Army and served his country honorably from 1953 to 1955. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

Jimmy Jordan 1956-2020

Billy Joe Latimer, 72, Cameron, passed away Nov. 2, 2020. Bill was born Jan. 21, 1948, in Niangua, MO, to Howard and Iris (Forgey) Latimer. He graduated from Penney High School, class of 1966. Bill was a Union Representative for the UAW Local 31, until his retirement. Bill located to Lake Viking in 1995, He was active in the Lake Viking Church for a number of years and did extensive volunteer work at Gallatin. Bill volunteered for many years at the Seventh-day Adventist store. He is also responsible for constructing the case that holds the American Flag on the first floor of the courthouse. Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter, Heather Latimer; brother, Paul Latimer and brother-in-law, Merlin Bowman. Survivors: 2 daughters, Monica (David) Rogers, Cameron, MO, and Amber (Travis) Schalk, Osborn, MO; six grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Carter, Christian (Nicole) Rogers, Austin (Addi) Hughes, Daniel (Dayah) Rogers, Moriah (Bryce) Long, Adam Schalk; four great-grandchildren, Kailey and Jackson Carter, Elizabeth Rogers and Zimri Rogers; two brothers, Howard “Judge”(Judy) Latimer and Rick (Kelly) Latimer; four sisters, Mary Bowman, June (Gordon) Dailey, Helen (Jess) Swindler and Carolyn (Mike) Kelly; and sister-in-law, Pat Dryer. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at the Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Visitation: 10-11 a.m., one hour prior to the service. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences:

Jimmy Jordan, 63, Gallatin, passed away Sept. 23, 2020, at his home. Jimmy was born Sept. 28, 1956, the son of James P. and Darlene (Davis) Jordan in Kansas City, KS. He grew up in Kansas City and made his roots there, however the family moved several times across the country, because of his father’s military service. Jimmy was a 1975 graduate of Oak Park High School. While fishing, Jimmy met the love of his life, Norma Meade, in April, 2004. On Aug. 14, 2010, they were united in marriage at the Lake Viking Church in Gallatin. Jimmy had been a resident of Lake Viking for 20 years, loved living at the lake, and enjoyed fellowship at the Lake Viking Church. He was a member of the Chiefs Kingdom and was a sports fanatic. Jimmy was always willing to help and would give the shirt off his back. He loved to grill and was the life of the party. “Take it to the Limit One More Time” was his theme song. Jimmy was always playing pranks and telling tall tales. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include: wife Norma of the home; son Jacob Jordan of Kansas City, MO; daughter Jennifer Jordan; son, Chris Harrison of Gallatin, MO; brother Jon (Lynn) Jordan of Kansas City, MO; sister Julie (Rick) Cobb of Kansas City, KS; grandchildren Cali, Lexi, Jared, Justina, Kenzley, Dezlynn, Matthew, Colin; Aunt Kerry (Rick) Craig of Shawnee Mission, KS; Uncle John (Brenda) Davis of Belton, MO; other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Lake Viking Church in care of the funeral home.

After returning, Wilton married Beverly Jean Fothergill on June 5, 1955 at First Christian Church in Rosendale. They had four children, Kathy, Susan, Connie and Randy. Wilton and Beverly dairied until 1965. He farmed the remainder of his life. Wilton was also a substitute USPS Rural Mail Carrier, an Andrew County Judge/Commissioner for 10 years and presiding commissioner for four of those 10 years, a real estate salesman, helped his parents with construction, and was always “The Boss.” Wilton grew up attending the First Christian Church in Rosendale, and later served as a deacon and board member of First Christian Church in Savannah. He was a member of the American Legion Savannah Post #287, where he served as commander of Savannah Chapter and participated as Honor Guard Firing Squad for veteran funerals. He was on the fair board and helped manage the race track. He was also a project leader of 4-H, a Democrat committeeman, and volunteer for County and State

Emergency Management. He started Savannah Girls Softball Leagues and coached Adkins Construction Girls Softball in Savannah. They won state and played in a national tournament. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughters Kathy Yost (Don Buckley), Susan (Len) Zalenski, and Connie Blackford (Ron McNeely); son, Randy (Jane) Adkins; sister, Kathleen Potter; grandchildren, Jessica Yost Williamson, Vern Yost, Kathryn (Jay) Zalenski McDaniel, Amber Blackford (Robert Pickrell), Katie Yost, Austin Blackford, Michael Zalenski, Jayden Adkins Justice; great-grandchildren, Lilly Yost, Kayli Tasker, and Rylee Yost; and special family, Jimmy, Cindy, Téa, and Collin O’Rourke. Mr. Adkins was cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel. Visitation and Celebration of Life were held Oct. 22 at First Christian Church in Savannah. Inurnment was at Bennett Lane Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations be made to the North Andrew Scholarship Foundation Wilton Adkins Memorial.



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Lake Viking Quilters’ Corner . . .


a meeting place. They met for a while after the clubhouse was open again but they had already decided to stop meeting about a week By Troy Lesan Like everyone else, the Lake Viking Quilters’ routine was inter- before the clubhouse closed again during the end of September. Inrupted by COVID-19 hassles and restrictions. When the Lake Vi- terruptions – yes, but the quilters still kept up production, and these king Clubhouse was closed in late March, the girls temporarily lost pictures show the results

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911 Addresses and Lot Numbers to be displayed a) All dwelling owners (houses, mobile homes and dwellings of a similar construction) will have their lot number prominently displayed so that it is clearly visible from the roadway. b) Lettering and numbering needs to be at least 3 inches high and sign colors need to be contrasting colors so the sign is easily read. c) Owners having multiple adjoining lots may include on the sign at the principle residence. d) Lots with structures (shelters, sheds, boat or swimming docks, decks, etc.) will have their lot number(s) prominently displayed so that it is clearly visible from the water (on lake front lots) and from the road way. e) As of August 1, 2014, all docks must have their lot numbers displayed on the lower right side of the dock, facing the water. All lake front dwellings will have lot numbers clearly visible from the water. This rule is in place for your safety in case of an emergency! Safety, Fire Department, First Responders and Ambulance personnel need to be able to see your address and lot numbers to respond!



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Around a dozen folks were on hand at the Yacht Club to witness Harrison Fishery stocking Lake Viking with 800 walleye. Mike Feiden, one of the onlookers, commented on LV Facebook: “It was a fantastic day for our fishery!”

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Birding and Snow-Birding By Troy Lesan

Dwight and Sharon Svuba have owned a house at Lake Viking since 2001. Needless to say, with eagles, herons, pelicans, and even occasional loons, the Lake has been a good place for Dwight to pursue his hobby of photographing birds. Each winter, however, the Svubas transform into birds of sorts – snowbirds – as they winter in south Texas. There,

while residing in the McAllen/Edinburg area near the Mexican border, Dwight is able to shift his hobby into high gear with access to prime birding locations at large federal and state sanctuaries. Two of Dwight’s favorite locations are South Padre Island and the Estero Llano Grande State Park. These areas are major continental flyways and win-

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ter nesting habitats, where Dwight has been able to take some spectacular pictures over the years. He’s taken so many good pictures that he decided to share them by publishing a calendar each year, featuring some of his favorite photos. Below are some offerings from Dwight’s 2020 calendar.

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Bryson’s prayer, birthday wish, Christmas hope, New Year’s dream Bryson Sorrentino has a prayer for Thanksgiving, a birthday wish, a Christmas hope, and a New Year’s dream Bryson Sorrentino is a little boy from Pattonsburg who is always looking ahead. Right now, he’s looking ahead to the day he will hear the most wonderful words in the human language — cancer free! To know how much it means for Bryson and his family to look forward to the future, we have to take a look back into their past. Bryson was born in December 2012. He was in all ways a normal, happy, healthy baby and an energetic little boy. Then it was 2018 and Bryson was six years old and it was time for school. Bryson is a very smart kid. “He reads a children’s encyclopedia for a bedtime story,” his mother says. Bryson enjoyed learning, so school was fun for him. He had a great time in kindergarten at Parkway Elementary in St. Joseph. He had the absolute best teacher. He made many new friends at school and would come home with a new exciting story every day. Then school was out, and Bryson spent a fun summer playing baseball and dancing in a hiphop dance recital. It was time for a new school year in 2019 and Bryson, 7, couldn’t wait to start first grade. Bryson’s mom, Michelle Roberts, and his dad, Brandon Sorrentino, were also ready to start new things. Brandon and Michelle grew up 15 minutes away from each other. They met in 2011 and have been together ever since. Brandon graduated from the Bethany high school, and Michelle graduated from Pattonsburg. Michelle had attended Missouri Western for two years, but decided to put school on hold after their first daughter, Aria, was born. Now Bryson was 7, Aria was 4, and a third child, Claire, was 1. Michelle decided to resume her college classes. She remembers driving home after her first day of class and thinking about how happy she was to be doing something for herself again that would better her family’s life. Brandon, a graduate of DeVry University in Kansas City, was working in Saint Joseph as a customer service supervisor for the Postal Service. He bought a small starter home in St. Joseph. They were a young, healthy, growing family. “Life was perfect,” says Michelle. The year 2019 started off just as great. Bryson began first grade that fall, and his parents were excited because his teacher seemed just as amazing as his kindergarten teacher had been.

Then life turned on a dime. After Bryson’s first day of first grade, he complained of a sore throat. The next day he went to the doctor and was treated for strep throat. He continued to feel sick. He was taken to the doctor four more times over the span of a week and a half and was finally rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital. By this point, Bryson couldn’t walk, couldn’t turn his head because his neck was hurting so bad, and wouldn’t eat anything. Michelle and Bryson met in the emergency room at Children’s Mercy. Michelle recalls being told the devastating news, “The doctor came into the room and told us Bryson was very sick. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and his white blood count was 500,000. A normal white blood count is between 5,000 and 10,000.” Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of blood cancer. It starts in the bone marrow, the soft inner parts of bones. With acute types of leukemia such as AML, bone marrow cells don’t grow the way they’re supposed to. These immature cells, called blasts, build up in the body. These cells crowd out healthy mature red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Doctors don’t know why someone gets AML. “The first thing that they were telling us was it was nothing that we did wrong,” Michelle says. “It’s just happens sometimes, and they don’t know why.” Everything changed. Brandon and Michelle had a very, very sick little boy and he was the focus of their attention and concern. Michelle dropped out of college, and the two girls went to live with her parents. They relied on family to take care of their dogs and watch the house. The couple had planned on getting married in April of 2020. Luckily, all of their wedding vendors understood their situation and let them postpone the wedding. Bryson began a series of treatments. The goal of the AML treatments was to destroy unhealthy immature blood cells in his bone marrow and blood. Chemotherapy uses strong drugs to kill cancer cells all over a body. Bryson’s treatments lasted for a total of 30 days in the hospital at a time. He went through the 30-day treatments three different times. Bryson is as tough as he is smart. He battled through pneumonia. He was forced to be intubated because he couldn’t breathe on his own. He had a second chest tube put into place after the first one failed to drain fluid. He had fevers so high that the thermometer couldn’t read his temperature. He went weeks without eating food. He lost all of his hair twice.


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At one point, Bryson was sedated for seven days. When he was awakened from the sedation, he was really depressed. “He wouldn’t talk to us, only cry and scream,” Michelle says. “He would barely even look at anyone. He would scream and cry to the nurses when they would just ask him simple questions. Bryson is normally a very happy child, so this was really hard to see.” His parents tried to find fun things for him to do to make him feel better. They played games, took walks in his wheelchair around the unit, watched movies, and did crafts. Bryson showed no interest. “Then one day he just started talking, smiling and participating with us a little more and more every day, until he was his normal self again,” Michelle says. The first grade Bryson had looked forward to so much, had to be completed in the hospital. Care started at home For the first month Brandon and Michelle both stayed at the hospital with Bryson. They both felt like that’s where they needed to be at the time. It was very hard on the girls. Claire was barely 1 at the time and was still breastfeeding. “She would never take a bottle, so it was almost like we were ripped away from each other,” says Michelle. “She would cry all night because it just wasn’t something that she was used to. It got to where the girls would get upset at the simplest things throughout the day. Claire was so young that she didn’t understand why she wasn’t with us anymore and Aria knew that Bryson was sick, but she wasn’t aware of how sick he was.” Brandon and Michelle would take turns going home every weekend to see their girls. “After a while it just started to become our new normal,” says Michelle. “We started to take turns staying with the girls on the weekends. My parents told us that the girls were always really upset when we would leave them, but it got better as the days went on.” Michelle’s parents would bring the girls to the hospital as often as they could so the family could be together. The girls would try to talk and play with Bryson, but he was so sick that he would hardly talk to them. There was one point that Bryson was in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit). He was sedated, had a breathing tube, and tubes placed into his chest. His IV pole was lit up like a Christmas tree because he had so many medicines being pumped through his body. He didn’t look like himself at all. Aria had been asking all that day to see him. Michelle and Brandon weren’t comfortable letting her see him in the condition he was in. But at the same time, Aria was deeply hurt to not be able to see her big brother. “So, we decided to take her to him,” says Michelle. “It was so painful to see her look at him in that state. She gave him a hug, kissed his cheek, and told him that she loved him. We made the right decision to let her see him.” Stem cell transplant Bryson had a stem cell transplant that required another three months in the hospital. The higher the dose of chemotherapy Bryson was getting, the more cancer cells it killed. Yet high-dose chemotherapy could also damage his bone marrow and cause a dangerous drop in his blood cell levels. Bryson’s doctors did a stem cell [Continued on page 19]



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VVA November Board Meeting buckets 2 and 3. We recommend maintaining our current checking account with BTC for operational needs and bucket 1. We recommend approval to immediately move funds in excess of current operating needs into bucket 2 with Morgan Stanley to begin making the best possible return on low risk, short term investments on the balance of our cash. We do not recommend cashing in the CDs currently held with Edward Jones at this time. John thanked the representatives of the four firms that took the time to submit proposals. They were BTC Bank, Edward Jones, Morgan Stanley, and AXA. John recommended that “the board approve an amount into bucket 3 that is the excess of needs from bucket 1 and 2 (currently believed to be ~$500K) and to allow for investment in the low-to-moderate risk portfolio recommended by Morgan Stanley.” Troy Lesan made the motion. Celeste Armanees seconded; motion passed.

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Lake Manager Report (Shad Mort) tios that are made of concrete or any other

1. COVID-19 Precaution Update: Shad stated that office is still closed to walk-in traffic with business transacted on an appointment basis. Beach bathrooms also remain closed. Shad stated that with the continuing increase in COVID numbers, he did not expect this policy to change in the foreseeable future. 2. Fall Roadwork: 4.7 miles of chip and seal have been completed and feedback has been favorable. Patch work is also completed. Four under road tubes have been replaced with one more replacement anticipated soon. 3. Ramp gates: They continue to work properly since the new main circuit board was replaced 4. Winterization: Campground and beach facilities have been winterized. Association docks have been moved and ice aerators have been installed. 5. Cares Act Money: Positive news. DaStrategic Planning Committee Susan Zalenski reported that there was no viess County Commissioners have approved a grant to VVA for $1,050. This is in addition meeting. to loan forgiveness of $81,500 in Federal Activities Committee PPP funding which transitions the amount Committee Chair Mary Hibler called atten- into a grant. tion to the 2021 Activities Schedule in board packet and submitted Dan and Connie Weid- Financials Mark Leggett moved to approve the financial maier for approval as new committee members. Motion to accept Mary’s recommenda- reports. Troy Lesan seconded; motion passed. tions was made by Tony Gronniger. Seconded Guest Time by Celeste Armanees; motion passed. Susan 1. Lot 642, Alicia and Rodney Saunders reZalenski thanked the Activities Committee ported that the recent placement of a neighfor their hard work. boring dock blocked their lake access. Several requests were made to the owner by both Building Committee Marvin McNabb reported last month the the Saunders and the Building Committee Building Committee approved 12 permits, that the dock be moved by seven feet. No response. Marvin McNabb will check boundincluding 3 houses. aries and recommend issuing an infraction if Fire Department warranted. Tony Gronniger had no report.

Campground Committee

Mike Booth reported that the committee met in October. The committee discussed improvements for both campgrounds. The committee decided to work on an improvement plan that includes update and repair of shower houses, new signage, and upgrade electrical systems starting with Campground 2.

Lake Committee

The Lake Committee met in on the water inspections in October for a check on a few property maintenance items and a check of zebra mussel detectors. No zebra mussel presence was noted.

Infraction Committee / Safety

Mark Leggett made the motion for board approval of Ed White and Bob Shinogle as members of the Infraction Committee. Seconded by Troy Lesan; motion passed.

Dredge Committee

Shawn Hepinstall reported that work is ongoing at the Garney Basin. Some silt has been moved to the area, but the process became stalled when drainage pipes did not remain stationary and floated to the top. VVA staff is currently pulling old pipes and replacing them with heavier pipes and installing more filter fabric. An update presentation by Warger Engineering to the board is forthcoming.

Board Discussions

1. Annual Meeting Committees: President Zalenski called for board member volunteers for two temporary committees. Volunteers for the Annual Meeting Committee are Marvin McNabb, Susan Zalenski, Tony Gronniger, and Mike Booth. Volunteers for the Nominating Committee are Mark Leggett and Troy Lesan. 2. Trash Service: The trash service contract with Advance Disposal runs out in May 2021. Shad announced that an RFP would be going out for trash service with February 2021 as the target date for replies. Current RFP document was reviewed. Celeste Armanees stated that Monday pick-up also needs to be a condition on the RFP. 3. Rule change, VVA Handbook: Marvin McNabb referred to page 22. Existing rule PATIOS: Patios that are made of concrete or any other hard surface material must be kept at least 25’ from the waterline as measured at full reservoir. Sand based patios must be placed a minimum of 6 feet from waterline as measured at full reservoir. Marvin recommended that this rule be revised and expanded to also include language for limiting the size of dock enclosures. At present there are no dock enclosure restrictions. He made a request for a new rule. Per Marvin’s request Troy Lesan made the following motion: “Pa-

hard surface material may be a minimum of 6 feet from the waterline as measured at full reservoir. Patios closer than 25’ require an easement exception. Storage Dock Enclosures: On docks, Storage/Bar enclosures will be limited to 32 square feet with only one such enclosure per dock. Docks that do not currently conform will be grandfathered in. When existing docks are replaced or enclosures are replaced, they will need to be brought into compliance with the 32 square feet limit.” Tony Gronniger seconded; motion passed. 4. Agenda item on a building permit request: Flint Hibler asked that this be deferred because the contractor had agreed to submit new building plan to Building Committee. Item deferred. Relevant to this topic, Building Committee members Jim Miller and Flint Hibler both stated that there was a growing trend for building plans being submitted to the committee in which larger houses being built were designated with more “spare rooms” rather than bedrooms in order to circumvent septic standards. President Susan Zalenski acknowledged that this was of possible concern, and she asked for follow-up from Building Committee and Shad Mort. 5. Other business: Mark Leggett stated that VVA files contained numerous titles to retired association boats that were now designated as salvage titles. He noted that he had a party interested in purchasing seven of these at a price of $50 dollars each. He suggested “board approval of the sale of seven salvage titles with proceeds going to Safety.” Per Mark’s request, motion was made by Troy Lesan. Seconded by Tony Gronniger; motion passed.


Mark Leggett moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel and legal matters at 8:32 p.m. Tony Gronniger seconded; motion passed.


Robert Hayes, lot 389; John Kmetz, lot 73; Kim Spidle, lot 341; Flint and Mary Hibler, lot 183; Kathy Price, lot 153; Sue Wolfe, lot 1188; Alicia and Rodney Saunders, lot 642; Doug and Resa Wiltsie, lot 494; Jim and Ramona Miller, lot 455; Shawn Hepinstall, lot 543; Alvin Slavin, lot 181; Nadja McCubbin, lot 221; Anthony Dirks, Z-16; and Shad Mort, Lake Manager. Let the record show that these minutes are a record of the business transacted at this meeting and a sampling of the discussions. Comments and discussions are not reflected in whole or as actual quotations in the minutes, nor do they reflect all comments by members. Respectfully Submitted, Tony Gronniger, Secretary Board of Directors Viking Valley Association


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Lake Viking 2020 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Ramona Miller, Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Resa Wiltse, Janet Hillman, Leanne Lee, Vikki Walton, Janet Yuratovich, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact), Dan & Connie Weidmaier

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President, Susan Zalenski; 1st Vice President, Mark Leggett; 2nd Vice President, Mike Booth; Secretary, Tony Gronniger; Assistant Secretary, Celeste Armanees; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Assistant Treasurer, Marvin McNabb.

Building Committee Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Association office. Building permits are required to be approved by the Building Committee prior to the start of any construction as stated in the Covenants, Restrictions, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Viking Valley Association.

Crappie: Keep all crappie caught, within the state limit, which is 30 per day.

Kenny Southwick (Chairman), Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Lana Southwick, Kim Spidle, Carolyn Leeper, Terry Nibarger, Sue Wolf, Brad Trenkle, Don Leeper, Susan Zalenski (Board Contact)

Dredge Committee

Paula Hepinstall, Robert Hayes, Brett Bush, Shad Mort, Rick Roberts, Shawn Hepinstall (chairman), Mark Leggett (Board Contact)

Employee Board Contact Tony Gronniger

Finance Committee Mike Krehbiel (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Len Zalenski, John Kmetz, Lyle Alexander, Missy Leggett, Flint Hibler, Marvin McNabb, Celeste Armanees, Troy Lesan (Board Contact)

Handbook Committee

Donna Archibald (Chair), Mary Miller, Kyle Parkhurst, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact)


James Funk (Chairman), Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Jim Gibbany, Kyle Loehnig, Mark Leggett (Board Contact), Ed White, Bob Shinogle

Lake Committee

Shirley Leakey, Don Leeper, Carolyn Leeper, Bo Steed, Mike Krehbiel, Sherry Krehbiel, Eric Odette, Robert Walton, Troy Lesan (Board Contact)

Special Road District

Mark Leggett, Ron Spidle, Troy Knight

Volunteer Fire Department

Rusty Hendricks, Gary King, Tony Gronniger, Dennis Schlaiss, Riley Blades, Luke Threlkeld, Len Zalenski, Mark White, Mark Closterman, Anthony Dirks. Mike Booth (Board Contact). Fire Department meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the firehouse in the association main parking lot. If you have the interest and the time to serve your community, be sure to attend the next meeting.

Public Water Supply Dist. #3 Kyle W. Parkhurst, President, term expires 4/2023 - Sub-District #3; Troy Lesan, Vice President, term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #2; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary, term expires 4/2022 - Sub-District #4; Mark White term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #1; Harlan Horst, term expires 4/2023 - Sub-District #5; Roger Barker, Superintendent; Gary King, Water Operator; Diane Hulett, Clerk. Board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4 pm at PWSD No 3 office. Office Hours: 8am-4pm • Monday thru Friday. All payments for metered water bills are to be made payable to Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Daviess County, Missouri. You may abbreviate as PWSD #3. If you have any questions, contact the PWSD No. 3 office, 116 Waterworks Dr., Gallatin, Mo. 64640 (located at the water plant). Phone 660-663-2771. Online payments can be made at For the convenience of customers of Public Water Supply District No. 3, a drop box is available at the front door of the office located at the water plant for the payment of water bills. Payments received after 4 p.m. in the drop box will post the following day.

For the convenience of Association members, a drop box is available in the front door of the association office for the payment of association bills.

* Fire - Lake Viking Fire Dept. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911

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Bass: Release all bass 12” to 19”. Fishermen can keep one bass per day of 19” or longer.

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Property Owners

Marvin McNabb (Board Contact), Doug Wiltse, Jim Miller, Flint Hibler.

Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Mike Booth (Board Contact)

* DAVIESS COUNTY EMERGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . 911

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Viking Valley Association Board of Directors Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the clubhouse. All members in good standing are welcome to attend.

Campground Committee

Emergency Phone Numbers

Viking Valley Association Office Address: 144 E. Main, Gallatin, MO 64640 Office Hours: April 1 - Labor Day Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Day after Labor Day - March 31 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. You are responsible for your guests and their actions. It is your responsibility to educate them on the rules and regulations of Lake Viking. Lake Viking is private property, but all lots are owned by some other individual. Please do not drive or ride ATV vehicles or bicycles on neighboring lots, or walk across lots to fish or use others’ property without first getting the property owner’s permission.

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Fishery Guidelines

Walleye: Fisherman can keep Walleye at least 21” in length, release all catches under 21”.

Mowing Regulations You are required to have your lot mowed by May 1st, June 1st and September 1st of each year. If you do not keep your lot mowed, or hire a contract mower, the Association will mow it, and bill you $90.00 for each mowing.

The Association does not want to be in the mowing business. Please self-mow your lot or hire a contract mower to do it for you. All contract mowers are required to submit a customer list to the Association office. If you are not on their initial list, you may be accidentally billed by the Association, so please contact your mower early. The below listed mowers have registered with the Association office and can usually be reached in the evening. There may be other mowers who advertise in the Lake Viking News.

Contract Mowers Can Save You Money Jason Burns......................................... 660-605-2151 Mike Cline............................................. 816-465-0092 Eric Critten.......................................... 660-663-9122 Randy Gatton....................................... 660-663-9348 Mark Hoig................. 816-716-1896 or 660-663-4244 Ron Huston..............660-663-3234 or 816-390-5161 Jeff Johnson........................................ 660-334-0604 Jim Miller..............................................816-520-3280 Gary Salmon........................................660-663-9363 Lyle Hoover..........................................816-244-0752

Please Keep Control of Your Dogs Dogs are not allowed off the member’s property and shall be contained by a fenced enclosure or controlled by a leash. Guests’ dogs are included. Violation of this rule may be subject to an Infraction Ticket issued to the property owner.

Building Permit Notice Building Permits are required, but not limited to the following projects: fences, storage shed, shelters, decks, boat docks, boat houses, room additions, porches and any alteration of the roof line; and any other construction that requires large earth moving equipment, concrete trucks and other equipment that requires multiple axle trailers. Failure to comply with building regulations could result in a minimum fine of $500 and loss of lake privileges. Any construction not in compliance with these regulations could result in forced relocation of the structure.



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Watch When & Where You Burn! Anytime you are burning brush, etc., on your lot, make certain you are burning on your lot and not someone else’s property. Unattended burning is prohibited and burning is not allowed when winds are in excess of 15 mph and shall be subject to an Infraction Ticket and fine.

Member Reminders • Helmets are required to be worn when operating a motorcycle within the Lake Viking Subdivision. • Goose population control is hard to manage... The first step in this process is DO NOT FEED THE GEESE!

To Report Fire Only * Lake Viking Safety Patrol. . . . . . . . . . 660-663-2204 * Sheriff, Daviess Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660-663-2031 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or 663-2149 * Highway Patrol (Emergencies) . . . . 1-800-525-5555 *****************

* Maintenance Barn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660-663-2777 * Public Water Supply District #3 of Daviess County (Water Plant). . . . 660-663-2771 Roger Barker (Emergency after hours). 660-334-0100 * Lake Viking Marine, Inc., Lot #1000. . 660-663-3722 * Lake Viking Sales Office, Lot #Z-9. . . 660-663-2134 * Farmers Electric Co-op., Inc. During business hours . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-279-0496 After Hours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-927-5334 * Advanced Disposal Services, Inc . . 1-800-346-6844 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or 1-800-778-7652 * Windstream Telephone Company Customer Service (Residential) . . . 1-800-347-1991 Repair Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-782-6206

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Light up the holidays for our Meals on Wheels clients by donating to the Active Aging Resource Center's Light a Candle Program. Your tax-deductible gift provides nutritious meals, in-home safety checks, socialization opportunities, and helps older adults stay in their own homes and communities.

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Light a Candle this Holiday Season Please don't stop supporting the health & well-being of our Daviess County older adults during these traumatic times. This pandemic has severely impacted our nutrition programs & we are asking for your support.

Light up the holidays for our Meals on Wheels clients by donating to the Active Aging Resource Center's Light a Candle Program. Your tax-deductible gift provides nutritious meals, in-home safety checks, socialization opportunities, and helps older adults stay in their own homes & communities.

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transplant after his chemotherapy to replace his damaged bone marrow with young stem cells. Luckily, his sister Claire, who was only 1 at the time, was a perfect match. “She’s his little superhero,” Michelle says. Before the donation, Claire had to have shots in her upper leg to help her bone marrow release more stem cells into her blood. The doctors were really worried that they wouldn’t get enough stem cells because she was so small compared to Bryson. She actually surprised them and gave enough stem cells for two transplants if needed and extra doses in case Bryson needed a boost of stem cells throughout the transplant process. The donation only took one day. They put Claire to sleep and placed a catheter into her neck. She was then woken up and hooked up to a machine that would draw out her blood, filter out the stem cells, and push her blood back into her neck through a separate tube. She was awake throughout the procedure. It took four hours. She was very tired and weak once it was over. After the catheter was removed, she had a large bandage on her neck for a few days.


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With the help of Claire’s new stem cells, Bryson’s cells were able to grow into new, healthy blood cells. Family pulls together During Bryson’s treatments, Michelle and Brandon decided to move back home to Pattonsburg so that they could be close to family. “Being able to finally go home and have family all together again felt like a dream come true,” says Michelle. “People really went above and beyond for us. I was constantly getting messages from people letting me know that they were praying for us. I would also get cards in the mail almost every day.” When it was first announced that Bryson was sick, his uncle John Sorrentino posted on Facebook asking for donations for the family as his birthday wish. People pledged around $15,000. It was all from people around the communities. A T-shirt fundraiser was held, and Bryson picked out the design. A fish fry was held in Pattonsburg. Paradise Meat Locker in Trimble donated a portion of a weekend sales. An auction was held. Bryson’s uncle also had a golf tournament and all the money made went to the family. “The communities Brandon and I grew up in came together and helped us in so many unforgettable ways,” says Michelle. “We were able to focus on our son and our girls instead of the everyday life problems that we would also have going on at home. We will be forever grateful.” Cancer free! Then the day finally came that they heard the best words in human history. Bryson was cancer free! They were able to leave the hospital and live at the Ronald McDonald House for another two months.


Since they were no longer around nurses twenty-four/seven, they took on the nursing duties themselves. They drew blood, fed Bryson through his food pump, cleaned his Hickman, and administered all his medications. Finally, Bryson’s hospital stays were over. “Honestly, it felt very strange because we hadn’t been together in so long,” says Michelle. “It was almost like we had to relearn our whole routine. A lot can change within a year’s time. When this started, Claire was barely taking her first steps and when we were finally home, she was running everywhere. We had to relearn what works and what didn’t when it came to our daily routine.” Long before COVID came along, Bryson’s doctors decided he shouldn’t go back to school because he was too high risk. It was a disappointment for him and his parents to have to do second grade at home. Both he and Aria, now in kindergarten, are being homeschooled by Michelle. In January of 2021, Bryson will be able to stop his medications and have his one-year bone marrow test. If the results are negative, then he will have been cancer free for one whole year. “Thank you everyone for helping me and my family,” says Bryson. “When I grow up, I want to be a cancer doctor so that I can help kids just like me.”



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