LMPOA (now known as the Beaver Creek Community Association) celebrated 50 years of serving the community on Saturday, October 6th. BCCA/LMPOA celebrated the occasion in style and with gratefulness for all the members who have worked so hard over the last 50 years.  A good time was had, and great food was served on the patio at Robbie’s, with some really fine  music from the Verde Valley Sweethearts.  Attendees laughed and talked and recalled times past when an 8-party phone line was replaced by a “modern” phone system, when floods and fire control were everyday challenges, and community cleanup meant a good deal more than some roadside trash and weeds.  Some of the challenges were conquered, and others remain with us today.  Neighbors have helped neighbors to get through those times, and we appreciate all the work they did in years past and are still doing today.

Current President Janet Aniol recognized the numerous individuals present who were active in the LMPOA, the Montezuma Rimrock Fire District, Rimrockers, and other community organizations. She gave a short history of the events, history, and people of the LMPOA from 1968 to the 1990s.

Past President Virginia Bartling, then Virginia Engle, gave a terrific talk about the not insignificant challenges of chairing the LMPOA during the mid-1990s. From midnight Executive Board Meetings to fielding constant phone calls from residents, to first-hand work on emergency flood control, working with FEMA and other agencies, and building the Fire District and the Fire Station Building, she did it all. Virginia led the association and the community through some interesting times, indeed. It was a real pleasure to hear her talk, and we are humbled and grateful for her leadership.

Major kudos to Mike Nelson and Phil Edwards for planning this event, Robbie’s for making the venue and music available, and all the Board members for working to bring it together.  Let’s get busy on the next 50 years!  What changes we’ll see, and what things we can accomplish together!