Booster Club 2019 Recap


2019 started out on a very sad note for the Booster Club as we lost our beloved leader, Larry Eberle.  But the members of the club rallied together and we made a conscious decision to honor dear Larry by making it the best year ever – and we came through in a big way!!  

Our spring membership drive was wildly successful, we took in over $26,000.  Contributors to the membership drive receive the coveted “Love the Lake-Moving Forward” tee shirt – this year in gray.  It is amazing to see how many of those shirts are around-both the previous years in red, blue and now gray!

Dale and Kathy Bailey and team have taken hold of our winter Buncos.  It is always a fun time – and often comes during a good time to get out of the house!  They are planning another one for this winter, keep an eye out for the date and join us.  

We partnered with The Lakeshore Marina and the DuBois/Brakefield/McGuirk family for an outdoor concert in the spring.  Gavin M played for an excited crowd on a great evening.  A perfect example of a family getting together, planning and executing an event for the good of the community!  Hope to do something similar again in 2020.  

Our Annual Family Reunion exceeded all expectations.  We tried a few new things that ended up being great ideas.  One was an “on-line” auction.  Many members joined in the fun to bid on some unbelievable items donated by our members.  In addition, the Ladies Auxiliary donated and worked an Ice Cream Social on Friday evening to kick off the Reunion.  Members came to the Community Center and enjoyed ice cream while checking out the silent auction items.  We had fire truck rides and a pumper, water races and games for the kids to experience.  We also experimented by taking credit card payments for the auction, something that worked out very well.  We ended up grossing over $10,800 for the Family Reunion!   It was so well attended, there was hardly room in the Community Center at times – even with the Blues Parade going on!

Among other things during the year, we finished up 2019 with two very successful events.  The Thanksgiving Dinner and Holiday Light Contest were AMAZING!!  Both free events aimed toward bringing our community together and both filled the Community Center with members.   The potluck Thanksgiving dinner brought out the unbelievable cooking skills of so many of our members!!  And the Christmas Holiday Lighting Contest brought out more holiday spirit than we’ve seen in Indian Hills.  We’ve heard loud and clear that folks want to see both of those events back next year!  

The premise of The Booster Club is that we work hard and have fun at the fundraisers, then the Booster Club Members discuss and decide how that money is spent in the community.  This has been the most successful year we’ve experienced by far and as Ed Hitzeman likes to remind us:  we have raised more than over 10% of what the Association  takes in!  Below is the list of items that was voted on and paid for by the Booster Club in 2019:

New Street Signs, Stocking the Lake, New Tires for Maintenance Vehicles, Installation of a Water Softener at the Community Center, Upgrade of the Electronic Sign, New Backpack Blower and Weed Eater, Speed Signs/Barricades, Water Patrol Boat Refitting, New Brush Hog, Mobile Radios, Security Cameras, Snow Plow, Thanksgiving Event Expenses, Christmas Event Expenses, Landscaping at Front Gate, Repair Corporate Seal Embossers.  

Please consider joining The Booster Club.  Our meetings take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:00 am at the Community Center.  We have some exciting things coming up in 2020, including the First Indian Hills Golf Tournament.  THANK YOU to all members who support the Club, whether it be in person or financially!

Personally, I was honored in early spring when the Officers of this club contacted me to become the President of this wonderful organization.  I thoroughly enjoyed leading this incredible group of Booster Club Members who are committed to making our community better.  We enjoy every moment of planning and executing our events with our fellow members and it proves what Indian Hills is all about.  As I transfer over to President of the Association, Beverly Campbell has stepped up to become President of the Booster Club.  I am confident that 2020 will surpass the incredible 2019 that we just completed!

Mary Beth Huffman

2020 ILPOA Board / Committee Assignments

At the December ILPOA Board Meeting the following Board Members were sworn in as members of the 2020 ILPOA Board of Directors. In addition, the new Board voted and approved on the following Officer and Committee assignments.

  • Don Kalista: 3 year term
  • Mary Beth Huffman: 3 year term
  • Bill Brumitt: 3 year term
  • Gary Campbell: 1 year term (completing the term previously held by Mark McLean)

ILPOA Officers:

  • Mary Beth Huffman: President
  • Don Kalista: Vice President
  • Scott Rockafellow: Treasurer
    • Chris Pinaire: Assistant Treasurer
  • John Richmond: Secretary

Committee Assignments:

  • Lake, Dam & Spillway: Bill Brumitt
  • Building Permits: John Richmond
  • Legal: Chris Pinaire
  • Office: Don Kalista
  • Security: Koren McGinnis
  • Roads & Maintenance: Gary Campbell
  • Nuisance Properties: Jeremy Huguet
  • Communication: Don Kalista
  • Lake Infrastructure Major Repair (LIMR): Co-Chairs – Scott Rockafellow / Chris Pinaire

Email Addresses:

Update from Maintenance

Our Roads & Maintenance team are currently out plowing and treating the roads. Maintenance has asked that if possible please stay off the roads so they can safely work to clear the roads. If it is necessary for you to leave the community please significantly reduce your speed and provide adequate distance between you and any vehicles ahead of you. Maintenance will be out throughout the day to plow and treat our roads.

Thanks to Maintenance for being out in the weather to keep our community safe!

ILPOA Roads & Maintenance

Our Community Cares!

This has been an emotional week for our community with the passing of our association President, Mark McLean. A number of our members were able to attend the visitation and funeral over the last two days. Mark’s family remarked that they had met a number of “Mark’s Lake Friends”.

Many tears were shed by friends and family and they also shared their favorite memories of Mark. I know many of you have also shared on Nextdoor and Facebook and we intend to provide your comments to Mark’s Wife and Kids (Emily, Gavin & Maisie) so they know how much their lake community appreciated Mark.

It was clear that Mark had a strong faith, a desire to be a better husband, father and friend every day, and a strong commitment to the community. Our hope is that through this tragedy our community will be drawn even closer together and we can all carry on his legacy because he certainly Loved the Lake!

Our Community Cares!

Emily McLean made us aware of a need to take care of the leaves at their lakehouse, which Mark had planned to do this weekend. Emily just asked if there was someone who they could call to take care of the job.

But rather than just forward a name and phone number, the request went out to the community and specifically the Indian Hills Fishing Club. Quickly a team of people from the club and others from the community showed up this morning (Saturday) and made quick work of the job. Knowing Mark, who giving back to the community was part of who is was, would have been proud of our community who responded so quickly to take the burden off of their family.

It is times like this that makes us even more committed to honoring Mark’s legacy by completing his vision / plans for our community. Mark, you will forever be in our prayers and always the example of what it means to be a part of a community!

Pictures provided by Mary Beth Huffman

Office Closed on Monday, December 9th

The ILPOA Office will be closed on Monday, December 9th so our office staff can attend the funeral for Mark McLean.

We encourage all of our members if they are able to pay their respects to the McLean family at the visitation on Sunday ( 3:00 to 8:00 at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd 63122) and/or the funeral on Monday ( 10 AM, The Journey Church, 625 Meramec Station Rd, Manchester MO 63021).

Our prayers go out to Emily, Gavin, Maisie and the McLean family during this difficult time. Your lake community will always be here to support your family any way we can.

Funeral Arrangements for Mark McLean

Visitation is Sunday, Dec 8th  3:00 to 8:00 at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd   63122

Services Monday December 9th  10 AM, The Journey Church, 625 Meramec Station Rd,  Manchester MO  63021

Sad Day for ILPOA

Two of the things we love the most about our community are our owners and how we come together as a community when we are faced with a big challenge.  Unfortunately, today we need to share with you some news that will once again cause us to come together as a community.

This morning, we were informed that Mark McLean, our association President, passed away suddenly. 

Mark was a friend to everyone and if you were having a problem, Mark would find his way to you to offer his help or to offer the tools needed to help. When someone had an issue with what was going on the lake Mark would make one of his “Cup of Coffee” visits.   With his Thermos full of coffee, Mark would sit with you face to face to listen to your concerns.

Please remember to take time to pray for Mark’s family in their time of grief and we will be sure to send out to you any arrangements that we receive from the family.