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MARCH 2018

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VVA Annual Meeting of Members


March 4, 2018

Call to Order Jon Allen convened the meeting in the upper level of the clubhouse at 2:02 p.m. Shad Mort opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, and Jon Allen led in prayer. ~ Moment of Silence for lost members ~ Introduction of Board Members Jon Allen, president, introduced the current Board members: Phil Stockard, 1st Vice President; Flint Hibler, 2nd Vice President; Sherry Parkhurst, Asst. Secretary-Sergeant at Arms; Mike Booth, secretary; Troy Lesan, Treasurer; and Mike Krehbiel, Asst. Treasurer. Jon Allen thanked the ladies of the Homemakers and the Lake Viking Church for providing the refreshments for the meeting. One of the ladies in the church was recognized by Troy Lesan as being the last living Charter Member of the Lake Viking Church, who has been at the lake since the beginning. Norma has attended all but two Annual Meetings that the lake has had over the years. Opening Statement Jon Allen welcomed everyone and asked that the membership silence their cell phones and that we try to stay together on the issues before us today. We have important business to discuss today and since we only meet once a year, we need to do it right. Jon asked for a motion to accept the orders of the day. Sherry Parkhurst so moved, and Jon explained under Robert’s Rules of Order it did not require a second and is not debatable. Jon asked for a show of voting cards. By the Chair’s order he determined the motion carried. Approval of Minutes Jon Allen asked if there were any changes or corrections to the 2017 minutes. As Chair, Jon determined if there were no changes to be made to the 2017 minutes. He deemed them approved. Recognition of Committees Jon Allen recognized and thanked the committees and their chairpersons for all their hard work. Handbook Committee – Donna Redden Finance Committee – Mike Kemna Strategic Planning Committee – Sherry Parkhurst Activities Committee – Mary Hibler Building Committee – Flint Hibler Fire Dept./1st Responders – Tony Gronniger Campground Committee – Mary Hibler Lake Committee – Mike Krehbiel Cemetery Committee – Shad Mort Infraction Committee – Roger Lankford Recognize Award Winners Loa Parkhurst Volunteer of the Year Award – Activities Committee Julia Shank Board of Excellence Award – Shawn Hepinstall Nevin Burns Safety Awareness Award – Jason McTheeney Voting Instructions Instructions were in the handout. Floor Counters Jon Allen introduced the floor counters: Norm Larason, Jack Morris and Tom Johanson

Troy Lesan and Susan Zalenski were elected to serve three-year terms on the Viking Valley Association Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Members held March 4. James Funk will fill the unexpired term of Jon Allen, who resigned from the board at the close of the annual meeting.

Introduce the Voting Officers Jon Allen introduced the voting officers for the Board election. They were Sally Black, Rhonda Lambert and Nan Burge. Introduction of Candidates Jon Allen explained the candidate process. Each candidate was given five minutes to speak. 1. James Funk: James and his wife have been lake members for 5 years. James has served on the Campground Committee for the last 4 years. He has attended many Board meetings over these years and understands that the members want to be heard and that the information they provide is thought through very thoroughly. James believes that as Board members we need to listen because without the members there would be no Board, and without the Board there would be no lake. James has been a manager in retail for the past 30 years. He has led anywhere from 10 to 200 people. He would like to build a house on his lot in the coming years, so he wants the lake to move forward. James also referees sports for high school basketball and football. James says he will bring to the table his honest opinion, and he will lead with integrity and accountability. James asked the members to vote for him in confidence, so we can keep the lake moving forward. 2. Troy Lesan: Troy thanked members for attending the meeting and also thanked the other candidates for volunteering their time to serve on this Board. Troy and his wife Shirley have been lake members since 2001. Troy has served the lake in many ways: written articles for the newspaper since 2004, member of the PWSD#3 Board since 2007, Lake Committee since 2012, Volunteer of the Year (twice), wrote the 40th anniversary history of the lake in 2007 and again in 2017 for 50-year anniversay, elected to the Board in 2015 and has also served on the Finance Committee the past two years. This year Troy also served on the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee. Troy let the members know the 50th Anniversary Books will be available after the meeting. Troy feels his years of service have given him a great knowledge of Lake Viking. In the years to come we will face building a new silt basin, road maintenance, and replacing large culverts that have not been replaced in 50 years. 3. Sherry Parkhurst: Sherry joined the Board in 2017 when David Sandy resigned. Sherry took over the Strategic Planning Committee. Several things came to mind for Sherry when thinking about her experience here at the lake. Sherry thinks about the funding that is absolutely an essential for anything we are about to do. Coming by those funds is sometimes a difficult matter. Sherry explained the Clubhouse Renovation is relying on members’ donations. We all want things to move in a positive direction, but in order to do so funding is a big issue. The dredging project is ongoing and we are all concerned about the silt and the safety of the lake. We have had people step up who are able to research and present information on this issue. Sherry also feels that our rules and bylaws are very important for our safety and for our information to guide our members. Sherry appreciates the time she has served on the Board and would like to continue. Sherry taught English for 40 years. She would like to help continue with the work being done by the Board and members. 4. Susan Zalenski: Susan and her husband are full time residents at the lake. Susan spoke about 3 topics she felt were very important for running for the Board. The first was her contributions to Lake Viking: She is the creator of the Communications Team that was formed in 2017. Her and her team, Linda Allen and Dennis Schlaiss, have set up an e-mail and text messaging system to keep the members informed. Susan has also served on the Strategic [Continued on Page 4]

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From the Finance Committee: We want to thank everyone at Lake Viking for all the good work this past year and the great outcomes at the annual meeting. Because of all the good work, and the support of our community, today, we have a five-year plan in place that will guide us with specific, measurable, and accountable goals. The final membership vote for this 5-year plan, taken at the 2018 Annual Meeting was 105 for and 13 against.

To help make this plan more clear, below is a table illustrating the dues and assessments associated with the plan. As we manage forward, we will work to achieve the cash surplus goals each year, with the remainder of any excess funds being moved directly into a separate line item, “Deferred Maintenance/Capital Project.” In addition to any overages of cash beyond the surplus target each year, the new $40 Deferred Maintenance/ Capital Projects assessment will go directly to that line item. Please note this $40 is per member, not per lot. As a reminder to everyone, the results of this plan will be published quarterly, and just like this year all fees/assessments and the annual budget will be voted on each year at the annual meeting. We have a plan, we have accountability. Let’s continue to work together to make Lake Viking a great place to live and recreate. Again, the Finance Committee thanks you and looks forward to working with you in matters of mutual concern.


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Planning Committee and a committee to look at the pros and cons of the lake incorporating. Susan’s second topic is her qualifications. Susan has been in the business world for over 30 years. She started as a manager for Merriam Labs and when the company moved to New Jersey she did not want to relocate. Susan went to work for Johnson and Johnson and is still active in the company as a director. She has experience in strategic planning, managing people and managing budgets. The third topic Susan discussed was her vision for the lake. We have to bring our membership together and decide, what really want for our lake. We have to continue our financial stability, maintain the quality of water we have and we need some fresh eyes looking at how we can prevent the silt from coming into our lake. Jon Allen asked if there were any nominations from the floor and there were not. The ballots were cast and Jon reported the results would be announced as soon as the ballots are counted. Lake Manager’s Report Shad Mort wanted to thank the Board, the employees and all the volunteers that make this lake operate. Shad began his report with the Dredge Committee, which consists of Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Bob Hayes and Brett Bush. These folks have put a lot of time and effort into looking at all angles for us to make sound decisions on the dredging operations. Right now they are working on where to put the silt. The south sediment structure is full, so we are looking at pushing it out across the road or hauling it out and off the lake. Shad commented that Bob Hayes is a retired engineer and has called some of his contacts to help figure this out. Building a new structure has been discussed, but it takes a lot of planning and money. Shad reported on finances and commented the Board and the Finance Committee are listening. We have spent the last 11 months planning and discussing cutbacks, ways to build cash reserves and day-to-day operations. We cut back in several areas last year, such as road maintenance and parttime help. We have had about three years of mild winters so we were able to cut back the road work, but we can’t continue to go down this path. We can’t continue to make major cuts year after year. We need to build cash reserves. If something happens to our dam, it takes money to fix it. Shad thanked the members for attending. Finance Committee motions and discussion Jon Allen recognized the Finance Committee for all their efforts and hard work. Jon called on Glenn Miller to give the financial reports. Glenn started his presentation with a brief explanation of the Estimated Operating Cash Analysis. At the end of the year you take the cash on hand minus any debt incurred, less the estimated operating cash needed to get through from January to April and this leaves you the amount of actual cash reserves. In 2016 the analysis showed a very low cash reserve amount, but in 2017 it showed a substantial gain. This analysis was done for each of the past 10 years to show the cash reserves for each year. Glenn commented on the gain for year ending 2017 took a lot of hard work by the Board, the Finance Committee and Shad and his help. They managed to defer a lot of maintenance, which is good for the first year, but not a common practice for years to come. Mike Feiden, Lot 243, questioned the estimated operating cash and the year end 2016 cash reserves. Glenn began the formal part of his presentation, which is the 5-Year Plan. There are four goals of the 5-year plan: 1. Maintain current state of the lake through the annual revenue and expense budget process. 2. Increase annual assessments by 4% and limit increase in expenses to 2%, creating an annual surplus. 3. Use annual surplus to begin building unrestricted reserves for long term financial stability. 4. Annual operating surplus (less reserves increase) will automatically go to the Deferred Maintenance/Capital projects account. The annual budget and annual assessments will be voted on by the Association members each year and published quarterly reports will provide accountability and transparency to evaluate ongoing plan performance. The past 11 months a group of volunteers and two members of staff met

15 times for 2-4 hours each session, to develop a plan for short-term and longterm financial stability for our lake community. The first plan was published in the January Lake Viking News for the members to look at. In February, a first-ever Town Hall meeting was held for the members to come and hear an explanation of the plan. After much input through different sources of communication and after the Town Hall meeting, the Finance Committee went back to deliberate on the funding portion of the plan. The 5-Year Plan Rationale: 1. Long term planning is way overdue • Where are we going? • Where are we going there? • How are we going to get there? 2. We have to have Cash Reserves to protect the lake’s operation. 3. Additional funds are needed for our infrastructure. To have a plan that works, you have to set some goals: 1. Utilize our annual revenue and expense budget to maintain the current state of the lake. 2. The second goal is to increase annual assessments by 4% each year and cap the expense increases to 2% each year to fund rising costs and create a surplus at the end of the year. 3. Use the surplus to add to the cash reserves for long term stability. 4. Use the surpluses from the budget to create a new fund for deferred maintenance and capital projects. How this plan will work: 1. The Finance Committee will prepare a cash basis budget each year and present it to the Board for approval. The budget will then be voted on each year at the annual meeting of the members. *There are no automatic increases! 2. Quarterly cash basis financial statements will be posted in the Lake Viking News for members to monitor the execution and management of the plan. 3. If there is a cash surplus at the end of the year it will be used to increase cash reserves. 4. Any money in excess of the target goals will automatically go to the deferred maintenance and capital projects fund. 5. There will be ongoing analysis and adjustment. Every year the plan will be evaluated and adjusted as needed. The Plan summary: For 2018 this plan includes: • Net increase per owner over 2017 = $15.00 • No increase in base assessments • A new capital assessment of $40.00 per year, per owner • Quarterly progress reports in the Lake Viking News • Adding to our cash surplus • Building deferred maintenance and capital projects savings through new per-owner assessment and through budget surpluses in excess of cash reserve goals For 2019: • Net increase per owner over 2018 = $27.00 • Increase assessments by 4% • Increase expense budget by 2% • Analyze and adjust plan as needed • Vote on everything at annual meeting Benefits of the 5-year plan: • This plan should be attractive to potential buyers and builders. • Benefits current members with long term stability. • The plan is a guide to help the Board and committees to work in unity in moving the lake forward. • Provides transparency and accountability. Glenn proceeded by saying there are implications for both yes and no votes on the plan. [Continued on next page]

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Yes vote: • Five-year plan that can give guidance to our Board, committees and members. • Greater financial stability • Funding for much needed infrastructure improvements • Accountability for judging performance • Transparency for integrity No Vote: • No plan for the future • No funding for the future • Keep the “break and fix” short-term mentality • Reactionary, possibly unmanageable increases if there is a large failure Glenn opened a question and answer session: Mark Leggett, Lot 72, asked if the user fees were stricken from the 5-year plan and changed to a $40 assessment. Glenn replied, yes. There were other questions such as: why don’t we aggressively go after the members who are not paying? Glenn responded we are doing all we can do to collect from these people, which includes taking them to legal, collections processes and putting liens on property. It is Glenn’s belief that we cannot fund the 5-year plan by going after people who are not paying. Another member asked if the $40 would be voted on again next year and Glenn answered it would be voted on every year at the annual meeting. After the allotted time for questions and comments ended, Glenn Miller called for the vote on the 5-year plan. There were 105 votes for the plan and 13 votes against the plan, so the motion carried to approve the 5-year plan as presented. The next discussion and vote was on the 2018 Budget. Glenn explained the budget is a cash basis budget and we expect a breakeven year. A member asked if there were any big budget items planned for this year. Shad Mort responded by pointing out there was a list of capital expenditures in their meeting packet. Greg DeCamp, Lot 1035, asked about the fuel budget. Shad explained there were two separate line items for fuel, one for general maintenance and one for dredge. Greg also asked about the building permit fees change. Glenn Miller explained it is just an estimate because we don’t know how many houses or other permits will be issued. Another question was on the pool wages dropping from $11,000 to $3,000. Glenn Miller explained we would not have lifeguards this year, but only a pool monitor. A pool monitor will check cards for membership. Glenn Miller called for the vote on the 2018 Annual Budget. After a show of hands, the Chair announced there were 116 votes for the budget and one vote against the budget. The budget was approved. Glenn Miller then presented the 2018 Capital Expenditures for a vote. Shad Mort answered questions about trading the zero turn mowers every two years and also talked about the bid for clubhouse electrical work. Glenn called for the vote on the Capital Expenditures. There were 116 votes for the Capital Expenditures and 0 votes against. The 2018 Capital Expenditures were approved. The next vote was for a $25 gate fee for new members only. Last year a one-time, one year $25 assessment was voted in for installing a gate system at the Marina boat ramp. In order to keep up the maintenance on that gate it was put to a vote to charge a one-time $25 fee for new members only going forward. The vote was taken by a show of hands with 101 votes for the assessment and 0 votes against. The $25 assessment was approved. Vote on Assessments The last vote needed on finance was the current assessments, which are as follows: Special Assessment = $470.00 Special Lake Assessment = $90.00 Special Road Assessment = $30.00 Glenn asked for the vote on assessments and there were 105 votes for renewing these assessments and two against. The assessments were approved. Jon Allen informed the members the ballots had been tallied for the Board of Directors. Susan Zalenski and Troy Lesan were both elected for three-year terms. Jon announced that he would be resigning after the completion of this meeting, and James Funk will be appointed to finish the one year remaining on his term. Phil Stockard Motions 1. Phil Stockard moved that the Multi-Lot Assessment fee as described in Article IV – Annual Charges, Assessments and other fees, Section 5 pg. 8 of the 2017 Handbook be eliminated. Kitty Steed, Lot 444, seconded the motion. Robert Patch, Lot 1249, asked how much money would the lake be losing if we approved this motion. Phil responded the Association billed out $4,300 in 2017. Micha Stubblefield, Lot 1023, asked why we would want to remove that fee. Phil replied he believed it was more of a penalty for multiple lot owners to have to pay that extra fee. Multiple owners pay full dues and assessments and then have to pay that extra $10 for owning multiple lots. The motion carried 92 votes for and 19 votes against. 2. Phil’s second motion stated that, beginning with the 2018 Association Year, the Membership authorizes the Board of Directors to develop and maintain a Membership Referral Program whereas existing members who refer a new prospective member to purchase an Association-owned lot are provided a discount of fifty-dollars ($50) on the following Association year assessments, not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200) in any Association assessed year, and the program will continue until all Association-owned lots are sold or the program is discontinued by vote of the membership at any annual meeting. Member Realtors are excluded from receiving referral discounts. Mike Feiden seconded the motion. Len Zalenski, Lot 364, moved to amend the motion to


2018-19 Viking Valley Association Board of Directors President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Stockard 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Krehbiel 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flint Hibler Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Booth Asst . Secretary/Sergeant of Arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Funk Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Troy Lesan Asst . Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Zalenski state the $50 referral fee is not paid until at least one year’s assessments are paid by the new owner. The motion for the amendment passed with 93 votes for and nine votes against. The original motion with the amendment passed with 61 votes for and 9 votes against. 3. Phil Stockard moved that beginning with the 2018 Association Year the Membership authorizes the Board of Directors to provide an Incremental Assessment Program whereas any existing or new member who purchases Association lots will receive a discounted assessment on the purchased lot(s). The discounted assessments will be fifty percent (50%) of the Association year assessments for the first year of ownership, seventy five percent (75%) of the association year assessments for the second year of ownership, and the lot will be assessed full assessments on Association year three (3) of ownership. The agreement requires the member to maintain ownership of the lot(s) in good standing for three (3) years and the balance of full assessments for years one and two will become due immediately upon default of the agreement by the member. The membership further authorizes the program to operate until the Annual Meeting of 2020 at which time the program will terminate unless renewed by a majority of members present at the meeting. Upon termination of the program all agreements between the member and the Association will be honored to their completion not to exceed Association year 2023. This motion failed for a lack of a second. 4. Phil Stockard moved to make the Lake Viking Clubhouse available for non-member rentals. Carolyn Leeper seconded the motion. Nancy Serrone, Lot 583, asked who is going to be responsible for damage to the property caused by outsiders, damage to personal property and personal injury occurring from non-members being here at the lake? Phil responded there would be a contract signed by anyone renting the Clubhouse. Safety would have to monitor renters and keep them confined to the Clubhouse area and as for personal injury there would have to be a rider to the contract relieving the Association of any responsibility. Troy Lesan, Lot 576, asked for clarification what would actually be rented. Would it be the clubhouse and the surrounding grounds or just the clubhouse? Phil replied it is just for the clubhouse only and would not extend to the water or the beaches. Sue Morris, Lot 332, asked if the rental would include the pool, and Phil replied, no, it would not. By order of the Chair, after a show of hands the motion failed. 50th Anniversary Mark Leggett gave a recap of the 50th Anniversary that was celebrated in August of 2017. Mark asked the members what they thought was the biggest difference between the 40th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary. Mark informed the members the big difference was, for the 50th, we made money. For the 40th Anniversary the Association spent about $12,000 and fed approx. 3,000 people. For the 50th, based on the sponsorships, we made $8,100 for that event. Mark told the members about the book that was put together by Troy Lesan and that they would be available after this meeting. Mark is going to propose to the Board in April this money be used for one of two things. The first thing would be new street signs and put each sponsor’s name on a sign with a brass plaque. The other option Mark is proposing is an amphi-theatre behind the clubhouse that would be visible from the lake. Mark will get the cost together before the April Board meeting. Clubhouse Renovation Sherry Parkhurst introduced Carolyn and Don Leeper. The Leepers have volunteered to be the project managers for the clubhouse renovation. Carolyn’s son, Brad, has worked on the design for the renovation, which has been talked about for going on two years. Missy Leggett has also spent a lot of time on this project and passed it on to Carolyn and Don. There are a lot of things that need to be done. Carolyn thanked a long list of people for their help. They would like to do this renovation in phases. First and foremost they need money for this project. Some of the items they would like to work on include update the electrical, new lighting, new flooring and put an island in the kitchen. Maybe later in the project they would like to put in some big fans to help out with the HVAC. Carolyn asked the members for their donations to get this project off the ground and by donations they need money and volunteers. In Closing Jon Allen announced that Phil Marcum from Summit Gas will be available after the meeting to speak with members about the possibility of bringing natural gas to Lake Viking. Jon then asked for a motion to adjourn. Adjournment Mike Feiden moved to adjourn at 4:38 p.m. Mark Leggett seconded; motion carried. 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 these Minutes, nor do they reflect all comments by members. Respectfully Submitted, Mike Booth, Secretary Board of Directors


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The Polar DAWGS pulling Hercules’ Chariot won first place in costumes and was also top fundraiser. Pictured are (left to right, front row) Aryn Pajak, Will Johnson (Gallatin), Pierce Rash, Kamey Shaw, Jennifer Findley; (back row) Jim Rash, Austin Smith (Gallatin), Rocky Dunkin, Devin McGuire, Jeffrey Jackson, James Ross and Kurtis Brewer.

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11th Annual Polar Plunge at Lake Viking

by Troy Lesan Photos by Jeff Hower “Turn Your Inner Zeus Loose” was the official motto for this year’s 11th Annual Lake Viking Polar Plunge held on Feb. 24 which raised $31,600. It would seem that the plungers took those words to heart for the event. Prior to the event, St. Joseph Special Olympics Co-Coordinator Melody Prawitz was optimistic with 112 plungers preregistered. When registration actually opened, a mob of eager plungers stepped forward, in colorful costumes. Every year the plunge is a little different. The unique and exciting thing about this year’s event was student participation – groups from high schools at Chillicothe, Lathrop, Polo, and Trenton. There was even a sizeable group representing Lathrop Middle School that was responsible for good fundraising numbers. Once again, some of the old standbys were there – Jim Rash of Galt (always the top individual fundraiser) along with his son, Pierce, and the group from Chillicothe Corrections Center. These have gone into the cold water all 11 years of Lake Viking’s annual event. Both the number of participants and amount raised make this event one of the most successful Lake Viking plunges. Judy Rash, who puts in long days and a monstrous amount of volunteer hours as the event volunteer coordinator, was pleased with the turnout and would like to thank the following sponsors: Smithfield Hog Production, Lake Viking Marine, Barnes Baker of Trenton, Mi Mexico, Quality Inn & Suites, Max Curnow, Woody’s Auto, KTTN Trenton, Gallatin Fire Department, Lake Viking Association, Gallatin North Missourian and Tim Gilham …an impressive list! Judy Rash thanks The DAWGS team for all their help and for providing the concessions for the plunge. Thanks to all volunteers that helped prior to the event and the day of the event. We could not put on these events without the volunteers. Thank you, Lake Viking, for another successful event. Plunger Stats • Richard Smith, 1st Place Individual Golden Plunger Award as Gru from Despicable Me • Heather Swymeler, 2nd Place Individual Golden Plunger Award as Medusa • Kurtis Brewer, 3rd Place Individual Golden Plunger Award as Greek Warrior • The Polar Dawgs, 1st Place Team Golden Plunger Award as Polar Bears Pulling Chariot • Access II, 2nd Place Team Golden Plunger Award as Greek Goddesses • Chillicothe High School, 3rd Place Team Golden Plunger Award as Dalmatians Top Fundraisers • Individuals: Jim Rash $6,925; Ed Morris $3,995; Sheriff Greg Crader $2,130 • Top Team: DAWGS $6,925; Team Morris $4,490 • Top Schools: Lathrop Middle School $1,565; Chillicothe High School $915; Lathrop High Schools $700 • Top Law Enforcement: Western Missouri Correctional Center $4,587; Chillicothe Correctional Center $3,231; Platte County Sheriff’s Office $2,330

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Abandoned vehicle found on Association property; Daviess County Sheriff’s responded; Bridgeman’s towing, towed off vehicle, owner was found later and was directed to contact the Sheriff and Bridgeman’s


Report of crewmember walking off from job site at lake; coworkers were concerned about his mental state; looked for him while on patrol but he was not found; later update reported him at his Father’s in Gallatin


Made contact with member Gary Boswell; Mr. Boswell owns lot 2921 and has his RV parked on Association lot 2920; Mr. Boswell was given 30 days to move his Camper


Asked Contractor to move vehicle of the road way of Lake Viking Terrace


Worked traffic and attended Polar Plunge Event at Beach 1


Advised that a large section of ice broke loose and slammed into their neighbor’s dock; attempted to make contact with owner/member of dock, attempts were unsuccessful


Report of pig running loose near MH area of Rowboat and Reel; pig was not found


Asked contractor to move vehicle from Lake Viking Terrace; Contractor of Elite Guttering complied but did so angrily and voiced his opinions


Responded to home alarm going off; home found to be locked with no visible signs of forced entry


Notified from Daviess County dispatch of home alarm going off at Lot 165; was also notified from Dispatcher of a report of a silver Toyota or Honda Sedan with a man and woman occupying it in the area of home alarm; Car was not found, follow up of residence found it locked and no sign of forced entry; received another call of same vehicle reported above from the lake manager; he said owner/member of Lot 2164 observed his mailbox being gone through; follow up did not find vehicle but description was passed on to 1B and 1E


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Jason McTheeney received the “Nevin Burns Safety Awareness Award” for 2017. Jason is the Coordinator for the Lake Viking Safety Department.

Now that the Annual Meeting has concluded and it won’t be long until that beautiful sunshine warms our winter bones, I would like to take a moment to share some thoughts. First, I would like to express my personal thanks and deep appreciation to Jon Allen who served this last year as our Board President. Jon has been instrumental in moving the Association forward and has established a strong foundation for our community to continue that movement into the future. Jon, your leadership, advice and friendship will truly be missed and I wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Secondly, a big thank you to the membership itself for your input in the finance process and the passage of our first 5-year plan for the lake and the elimination of the multi-lot fee. It is a big step in moving forward into the future and enhancing our stability as a community On a personal note, it has been an interesting experience, to say the very least, to serve as a Board member for the past year, and I can truly say that I have learned a lot about the Association itself, its members and the wonderful employees who serve the members. I have nothing but respect for my fellow Board members, who have weathered the slings and arrows and yet come back for more as they have a true interest in the success of the lake. To Sherry Parkhurst who served, your input and knowledge has been truly beneficial to the board and the community as a whole. I welcome our newest Board Members, Susan Zalenski, who will serve a 3-year term, and James Funk, finishing the term of Jon, and I look forward to your input. I have learned (although I have always suspected) that we have top notch employees who go that extra mile more often than not and who are truly the glue that holds this community together. Until you have spent time in the office seeing what goes on in the background of running an operation this size or around the lake during the weekdays when the maintenance crews or safety officers are hard at it, you cannot truly appreciate all that they do. For them this is not an 8-to-4 job, and their passion for the success of the community drives me personally. For the majority of members who usually do not get to the lake until the weekends, I will let you in on a secret. When you arrive on Friday night, you see the “finished product” after a week of hard work by your staff. There is no doubt you are getting your money’s worth. A key component in the success of the lake is the value of our volunteers who work tirelessly, often without recognition, to bring forth the best of our community. These people frequently forsake time with their families or other outside interests to better our Association as a whole, and I encourage any of our members to seek out a committee

of which you may have an interest and volunteer what time you can to help us. We as a board and individual members cannot achieve our goals alone, however collectively we can do great things. There is no doubt that when you volunteer on a committee you will see firsthand just how massive an operation this lake community is and what an outstanding job our employees and volunteers truly do. As an Association we have rules and regulations that govern the operation and use of the lake to protect your investment as well as promote a safe atmosphere. I highly encourage each member to obtain a copy of the 2018 Handbook as soon as it is available and take the time to read it. If you are having guests out on the water, please take the time to go over the rules with them also. Remember, you as the member are responsible for your guests and their conduct. Last year we encouraged our members to ensure that they carried their membership cards with them when they were using our amenities, so we could get a feel for non-members within our community. There were some surprising numbers in the level of non-members removed from our community by our safety personnel, and this enforcement will continue in 2018. Again this effort is not to place hardship on our members in using our amenities, rather it helps to protect YOUR investment. Please keep your card with you when out and about. In closing, my fellow Board Members have nominated me to succeed Jon as the Board President for the 2018 Association Year. I am not sure if I should thank them for their confidence in me or understand that I am to be the token sacrifice. Understand that my objective, as is the entire board, is to protect the Association which in turn protects your investment. In doing so there is absolutely no doubt that I and the board as a whole will annoy and even anger some members from time to time, however we have some tough decisions to be made. It is our goal to strengthen the community and its foundation while moving into the future. While I am not an advocate for a lot of change I also understand that we cannot thrive without some change otherwise we become stagnant. The 2018 Board Members and their Committee Contact positions are as follows:


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REDUCED! Spectacular turn-key lake home on 2 lots! #10373 & 374 $649,000

REDUCED! 15 acres on outskirts of Lake Viking w/ beautiful home! #1015507 $417,500

NEW LISTING! Turn Key Lake Jewel! #10348 $385,900

REDUCED! Beautiful waterfront home in a quiet cove. #10155 $359,000

REDUCED! Lake Viking Waterfront Home. #10182 $325,000

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NEW LISTING! Inexpensive Lake Living! #10 MH-158 $64,500

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#1085.................................................................$900 #2301.................................................................$999 #MH-107 .........$1,000 Nice Mobile Home lot in a good area! #MH-112 ...........$1,000 Nice Mobile Home lot in good area! #2524..............................................................$1,000 #1574..............................................................$1,000 #1556..............................................................$1,500 #1829 & 1830 ............................................$1,500 ea #1613 & 2678 .................................................$1,700

Yacht Club Lots For Sale #3067 . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500 #3055 . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500 #3056 . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500


SOLD! Excellent location needing only a few final touches! #10335 $374,900

#1773 ..........................$2,500 Good View #1779.........................................$2,500 #2438.........................................$2,500 #1825.........................................$3,000 #1759.........................................$4,000 #1761.........................................$5,000 #1124............................$7,500 - SOLD #2405 & 2406 ..........................$12,500

#3043 . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500 #3081 . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500 #3101 . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500




SOLD! Panoramic lake views from this home!!!! #10124 & 125 $335,000

#1571 .............................$12,500 #1578 .............................$12,500 #2417 .............................$12,500 #2419 .............................$12,500 #2420 .............................$12,500 #2440 .............................$12,500 #2689 .............................$12,500 #2673 .............................$12,500

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NEW LISTING! Lot Ready for Fun in the Sun! #10475 $139,900

SOLD! Location & Price. #10219 $130,000

REDUCED! Beautiful view of Lake Viking from lot #134. #10134 $115,000

REDUCED! Lot with great amenities. Pretty treed lot. #10711 $100,000

REDUCED! Nice lot with great fishing! Good water w/covered dock & lift. #10245 $85,000

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Almost everything... you need to know about Lake Viking

Lake Viking 2018 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Marian Larason, Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Board of Directors President, Phil Stockard; 1st Vice President, Mike Krehbiel; 2nd Vice President, Flint Hibler; Secretary, Mike Booth; Asst. Secretary/Sgt. of Arms, James Funk; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Asst. Treasurer, Susan Zalenski. 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. Building Committee David Hibler, Dustin Hibler, Flint Hibler (Board Contact) Building Committee Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Association office. Building Permits require approval by the Building Committee prior to the start of any construction as stated in the Covenants, Restrictions, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of Viking Valley Association. Campground Committee Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Marion Crawford, Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Flint Hibler (Board Contact) Cemetery Committee Shad Mort, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Cemetery plots are available; contact the Association office at 660-663-2131 for further information. Communications Susan Zalenski, Linda Allen, Dennis Schlaiss Community Strategic Planning Donna Archibald, Deanna Sandy, Norm & Marian Larason, Tony Gronniger, Jana Hanson, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Susan Zalenski (Chair/Board Contact) Employee Board Contact Phil Stockard Finance Committee Mike Kemna (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Mike Krehbiel, Glenn Miller, Len Zalenski, Missy Leggett, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Handbook Committee Kyle Parkhurst, Donna Archibald, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, James Funk (Board Contact) Infraction Committee Roger Lankford, Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Tom Archibald, James Funk (Board Contact) Infraction Committee meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m., Lower Level Clubhouse. Lake Committee Troy Lesan, Shirley Leakey, Bill Cullen, Don Leeper, Carolyn Leeper, Bo Steed, Sherry Krehbiel, Mike Krehbiel (Board Contact) Special Road District Jeff Hower, Mark Leggett, Ron Spidle Volunteer Fire Department Jeff Johnson, Rusty Hendricks, Chris Feiden, Roger Lankford, Dallas Engel, Gary King, Tony Gronniger, Dennis Schlaiss, Riley Blades, Luke Threlkeld, Len Zalenski, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Fire Department Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month, 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 4/2020 - Sub-District #3; Troy Lesan, Vice President, term expires 4/2018 - Sub-District #2; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary, term expires 4/2019 - Sub-District #4; Gary Teegarden, term expires 4/2018 - Sub-District #1; Arlo Aschbrenner, term expires 4/2020 - Sub-District #5; Roger Barker, Superintendent; Gary King, Water Operator; Diane Hulett, Clerk. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the PWSD No. 3 office. Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. 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.


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Office Office Address: Address: 144 E. Main, 144 E. Main, Gallatin, Gallatin, MO MO 64640 64640 Office Hours: Office Hours: April April 1 1 -- Labor Labor Day Day Monday-Friday: Monday-Friday: 88 a.m.-4 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. Saturday: Saturday: 88 a.m.-12 a.m.-12 p.m. p.m. Day Day after after Labor Labor Day Day -- March March 31 31 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. 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.

Property Owners

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.

Fishery Guidelines

Bass: Release all bass 12” to 19”. Fishermen can keep one bass per day of 19” or longer. Crappie: Keep all crappie caught, within the state limit, which is 30 per day. 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 $60.00 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 ................ 816-583-4352 or 816-465-0092 Eric Critten ......................................... 660-663-9122 Dallas Engel ........................................ 660-334-1265 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

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!

Emergency Phone Numbers * DAVIESS COUNTY EMERGENCY ...................911 Ambulance - Fire - Rescue * Fire - Lake Viking Fire Dept ..............................911 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

***************** Important Phone Numbers * Association Office ............................660-663-2131 * Maintenance Barn ............................660-663-2777 * Public Water Supply District #3 of Daviess County (Water Plant) ....660-663-2771 Roger Barker - (Emergency after hours)....660-663-3600

* 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) 1-800-501-1754 * Repair Service ............................1-800-782-6206


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2018 Lake Viking Calendar of Activities March 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paint & Sip 3 p .m . March 24 . . . . . . . . . . . Wine & Cheese Tasting 6-9 p .m . March 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Easter Egg Hunt Campground 1, 2pm April 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Lake Garage Sales May 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cinco De Mayo 6-10 p .m . June 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poker Run 1-4 p .m . June 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4th of July Celebration Bazaar 8-2 and Fireworks in evening July 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kids Games in Park 10-12 August 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scavenger Hunt by Ranger 10a .m .-1p .m . Patio Party Lower Level of Clubhouse 8-11 p .m . September 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fall Lake Garage Sales September 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beer & Brats October 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Halloween Party Campground 1, 2-5 p .m . November 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fire Fighters Chili Supper December 1 . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Homes Tour 1-4 p .m .

New Clubhouse Fees As Of January 1, 2018

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Lake Viking couple led by the heart to Puerto Rico by T.L. Huffman

Penny and Drexel Kramme have been aiding the people of Puerto Rico ever since the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September of last year. Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities — it is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico. “This is not about us, alone; it is something so much more,” says Penny. “We could never do this without the certainty, deep in our hearts, that this is where God is asking us to go.” Drexel and Penny began their personal relief effort for Puerto Rico by working from You are invited to “Tag Along On Our Journey,” a Facebook page by the Krammes their house at Lake Viking and via the Gallatin Post Office. They packaged and mailed things like flashlights, batteries, dry goods, solar lights, children’s toys and feminine hygiene products. They would buy the donations one week and ship them the next.

This work actually began immediately after hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20. “If not for Jamesport Surplus and Jamesport Grocery, our shipments in September and October would have been much less,” Penny says. “Both of those gentlemen heard our cry for help, and either gave us discounted items or actual donations of product. Their big hearts allowed us to increase our shipments to Puerto Rico.” Next Penny found herself a member of the Fab 5, an online support team for Jason Maddy, a former Army Cavalry Scout who became founder and CEO of Veteran Disaster Relief. Maddy went to Puerto Rico of his own accord. “He’s been an overnight sensation with the media and was interviewed by about every major television network,” says Penny. Hurricane Maria brought widespread flooding, uprooted trees, decimated vegetation, and left much of the housing and infrastructure in Puerto Rico beyond repair. The island’s population suffered from a lack of basic resources. They had no water, food, power or medicine. All of that misery was compounded by a slow relief process. Roads and bridges were washed away or blocked by debris. Maddy was able to reach some of the most remote areas

where people needed rescued, areas others could not reach. He would take photos, locate the spot on GPS, and relay the coordinates and mark landing zones for the military so supplies could be dropped. “These are mountain-top rescues,” Penny noted. “Lives are in danger.” Maddy gained thousands of Facebook followers during his effort to search in the most remote locales of Puerto Rico’s mountainous terrain. He and wife Aliesha were not able to field all the comments he was receiving on his Facebook page and gave a shout out for help. That’s how the FAB 5, which included Penny, formed and became his support team. In the beginning they fielded all of the comments and private messages from family and friends looking for loved ones. Still recovering from Hurricane Irma two weeks prior, approximately 80,000 remained without power as Maria approached. When Maria hit, Puerto Rico suffered an island-wide communication blackout. The island was without phone service

or cell phone service or internet, and relied heavily on stateside communication relaying messages back to the island. Penny became Maddy’s logistical scheduler. “If he needed a hotel, if the jeep keys were lost…all the big and little things that couldn’t be



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handled with the sketchy communication system on the island,” she says. Maddy delivers much-needed generator kits. The kits include the generator, a chain and padlock, gasoline, and cash to buy more gasoline; as well as water filtering kits, and shelf stable foods. “Jason (Maddy) enDrexel and Penny Kramme continue to ship items from their home. If countered many frustrayou are interested in dropping off items or money donations for Puerto Rico, tions, and there were alplease take them to B Unique Salon (north of the Farmers Bank in Gallatin). ways logistical problems The Krammes are the landlords for the building and Bethany Vandiver has and bottlenecks that had agreed to be a drop-off point at her hair salon. to be handled regardless of what time of day or night they occurred,” Penny again the day after Christmas.” their friend — Rafael Rodriquez says. Penny and Drexel flew to of the Hot Plate Foundation (El A week before leaving for an Puerto Rico Christmas Eve and Plato Caliente Foundation) who on-the-ground outreach mission remained through to Jan. 4, on prepared the meal — delivered it in Puerto Rico, Penny was the an outreach trip. to Tent City on the afternoon of point of contact for Operation ViThey completed Operation Vi- New Year’s Eve. eques Miracle. eques on the island. Rafael Rodriquez and his Vieques is a small island to “People asked why we didn’t foundation set up a grill to help the east, still a part of Puerto just continue volunteering from feed people the day after Maria. Rico. our kitchen,” Penny says. “We This was in the San Juan, Puerto “It is incredibly isolated and wanted to look people in the eye, Rico, metro area. He set the grill could only be reached by ferry or touch them, let them know there up in his driveway for himself plane,” she said. is hope and they’re not forgotten, and his neighbors, and fed about A private donor with a jet of- hug them and pray with them. 10 people. The next day it grew a fered their services. It’s important to do that.” little bit. Then more. They stayed at a Eventually the foundation had base camp in Playa three restaurant kitchens and Fortuna, Luquillo, feeding 2,000 people per day. Puerto Rico, for 11 All the help is volunteer. And it days. is done with no electricity to cook “Not only did we the meals. sleep there after daily Drexel and Penny returned outreach, we also got home to take care of some perto know the owner and sonal things, but Penny left again family, and hear some on Feb. 11 for an extended period of their first-hand ex- of outreach in Puerto Rico. perience with Maria,” There is so much need. says Penny. “They “On Feb. 23, I visited with a welcomed us into gal who is at 156 days without their family events electricity,” says Penny. “She including Christmas lives in a barrio (suburb) known Eve and also New as Bo Guzman of the Rio Grande Year’s Eve. A forever Municipality. To keep her refrigfriendship has been erated items from spoilage, she forged with Jose and must run the gasoline generator Socorro.” 16 hours each day.” The outreach also Today, Feb. 28, marks 161 took food donations to days after the hurricane struck, Tent City in Luquillo and there are still many Puerto “So we secured a hangar at where 25 tents were set up for Ricans sitting on mountain tops an airport on the east edge of the people whose homes had been with their houses destroyed, no main island,” says Penny. “In just reduced to rubble. roof, no clean water, no electrica few days time the mission had “No one should be living in a ity, no communication, no conreceived enough donations to fill tent,” says Penny. “It was horri- tact. the hangar. The plane loaded and ble to see. It’s just a heartbreak“The need is great,” Penny flew to Vieques four or five times ing situation. Day to day, people says. “The burden is there; our a day transporting supplies – a are struggling.” hearts are there.” few days before Christmas and Drexel and Penny, along with

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CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, President (2020), called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan (2018), Jeffrey Speaker (2019), Arlo Aschbrenner (2020) and Gary Teegarden (2018). Also in attendance were Roger Barker, water superintendent, and Diane Hulett, clerk. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the January 16, 2018, Board of Directors meeting. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Due to the February meeting being cancelled because of weather, there were no February minutes to approve. PUBLIC COMMENT There were no visitors in attendance for public comment. OLD BUSINESS Troy Lesan nominated Jeffrey

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Speaker as secretary and Arlo Aschbrenner seconded before nominations were closed. With a unanimous vote, Jeffrey Speaker was elected secretary. Roger updated the board on information he received from two additional radio read meter companies. NEW BUSINESS The Viking Valley Association maintenance agreement was presented for approval with no changes from the previous year. Troy Lesan made a motion to approve the agreement. Arlo Aschbrenner seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Updating the bank signature cards was tabled until next meeting. Roger informed the board that Viking Valley Association transferred ownership of the cable television tower located on lot #3008 to PWSD#3. Continued on next page

Chapter Five Written by Carolyn Mueller Illustrated by Christopher Grant

O ne sunny afternoon, Sam

Word of the Wonder Dog spread quickly. Sam owned the Ruff Hotel in Marshall, and it was there that Jim gave many performances demonstrating his abilities.

took Jim to town to show off his intelligence. “You need to see how smart my dog is,” he told people. Sam told the story of how Jim had identified the trees and how he had always been a perfect hunting companion. He was met with doubt.

Sometimes Sam and Jim would leave the room and everyone would “I’m sure he’s a great dog, agree upon a task for the Sam,” they said. “But he’s dog to complete upon just a dog. He doesn’t actually ran right over to the man’s car and put return. When my father understand what you’re asking.” his paw on the plate! He then looked got back, all his owner had to say at the group as if to say, “See.” was, “Jim, do what they were talking “I’ll prove it,” Sam said. about while we were gone.” Jim would “I don’t believe it!” Mr. Van Arsdale’s Sam’s friends were gathered in town, complete the task! Sometimes it friends said. and a few of them had cars parked just would be to identify a certain person down the street. “He’s amazing!” or object. Either way, Jim always got “Jim,” Sam said to his dog. “Go and “He’s unbelievable!” it right. show this man which car is his.” Soon, word spread of my father’s People constantly tried to fool Jim. My father looked calmly at his owner, abilities. Those were the first cars Jim Sometimes questions were tricky. For then trotted over and placed his paw was asked to identify, but he once told example, when asked, “Jim, if we on the correct car, just as he’d done to me that in his lifetime he correctly had some money we wanted to keep the trees. Everyone was shocked. identified more than 1,000 vehicles! where the famous gangster, Al Capone, The people in town asked Sam to test couldn’t get it, where would we put “If he’s so smart,” one man said, “let Jim in other ways. it?” Jim went right to the safe and me give you the license number of my placed his paw on the door! car, and let’s see if he can find it.” “Jim, show me a man with a red Sam wasn’t so sure. He’d didn’t know if Jim knew anything about numbers! The man wrote the numbers 19-248 on a piece of paper. Sam showed it to my father. “Jim,” he said. “This man has a car with these numbers on the plate. Can you find it?” One quick glance and Jim was off! He

necktie.” “Jim, show me a man with a black mustache.” “Jim, show me a woman in a blue dress. Or white gloves. Or a yellow hat.” Question after question was thrown at him, and he always got them right, completing each task with ease.

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Each time a crowd saw Jim perform, people commented on my father’s eyes. Jim had big, chocolate brown eyes, like any Llewellin Setter, but there was something different there too. Anyone who met him could see real intelligence reflected in his eyes. It was as if this dog truly could understand.

Alex the Parrot Another animal in history able to correctly identify colors and objects was Alex the parrot. Alex was an African grey parrot owned by a researcher named Irene Pepperberg. When Irene began her work with Alex, people thought that an animal needed a large primate brain to understand language—like humans or gorillas. But Alex, a tiny bird, demonstrated what Irene called a “two way communication code.” Alex could identify 50 different objects and recognize quantities up to six. He could tell the difference between seven colors, five shapes and multiple sizes. Since parrots can mimic the sound of human language, Alex could say 100 English words! Of course, like Koko, Hans and Jim, Alex was met with doubt. Maybe the parrot was another case of training or the “Clever Hans Effect”? Still, people were amazed at Alex’s ability to communicate and identify objects with ease.

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Jeffrey Speaker made a motion and Troy Lesan seconded to amend the Water User and Tap Fee Agreements to include driver’s license and SSN information, and to change the name of Special Water Assessment Fee to One Time Customer Utility Deposit on the Water User’s Agreement. All members voted to approve; motion carried. A motion was made by Troy Lesan and seconded by Arlo Aschbrenner to increase the meter installation fee from $500 to $750 in order to cover costs. All members voted in favor; motion carried. Financial Report: The financial reports and bills for January and February were reviewed and discussed. Troy Lesan moved to approve the January and February financial reports as submitted and approve the

bills. Arlo Aschbrenner seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. DISCUSSION Superintendent Report: Roger gave a brief report on events he has attended over the past two months which included the MRWA Board meeting at Hermann, Water Rally in Washington, D.C., and the Annual Conference at Branson. He also reported on repairs that are being made to the raw water pump. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be April 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the water plant. Arlo Aschbrenner moved to adjourn at 8:55 p.m. Gary Teegarden seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker


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Bonnie Mae Ford 1930-2018 A memorial service for Bonnie Ford was held March 9 at the Lake Viking Church, Gallatin. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Lake Viking Church in her memory. Cremation was entrusted to Bram Funeral Home, Hamilton. Bonnie Mae Ford, 87, Hamilton, died on March 5, 2018, at the Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home, Hamilton. Bonnie moved to Hamilton with her husband in 2000 from Lake Viking, Gallatin, where she had lived from 19932000. They moved to Missouri in 1993 from Des Moines, Iowa. Bonnie was born on July 4, 1930, in Des Moines, to Harry and Ida (Benson) Henderson. She graduated from North High School, Des Moines, and then attended nursing school. She had worked as a bookkeeper for Foreman & Ford Glass in Des Moines, as a hardware consultant for Doors, Inc., and also as a homemaker. She was a member of the Lake Viking Church, Gallatin, the Ladies Aid at Kendall Chapel, south of Hamilton, and the Hamilton Ladies Bridge Club. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Frederick J. Ford and Robert E. Ford; sisters-in-law, Betty Ann Ford and Shirley V. Ford; and nephew, Steve Ford. She married Henry Edsel Ford on May 19, 1952, in Des Moines. He survives of the home. Other survivors include nephew, Craig (Georgia) Ford, Bellevue, Neb.; niece, Jeanne (Irv) Johnson, Des Moines; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and sister-in-law, Margaret Ford, Nampa, Idaho.

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SOLD! Location & Price. #10219 $130,000

SOLD! One of the few undeveloped hanger lots left. #13S-105 $16,500

Tier Lots For Sale 1085 - $900 2301 - $999 1574 - $1,000 1556 - $1,500 1829 & 1830 - $1,500 ea 1613 & 2678 - $1,700

1779 - $2,500 2438 - $2,500 1825 - $3,000 1759 - $4,000 1761 - $5,000 1124 - $7,500 - SOLD

1189 - $12,500 1190 - $12,500 2376 - $12,500 1578 - $12,500 1571 - $12,500

2405 & 2406 - $12,500 2385 - $12,500 2689 - $12,500 2417 - $12,500 2673 - $12,500


2419 - $12,500 2420 - $12,500 2440 - $12,500 2270 - $15,000 2258 & 2259 $25,000


Gallatin Publishing Company -- Ph: 660.663.2154

MARCH 2018

Lake Viking News

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