Of the four candidates standing for election to the SLLA Board of Directors, Sandy Sackmann has lived in Seven Lakes the longest. She and her husband John left jobs in Ohio to move to Seven Lakes to raise their children.
“In 1980, my husband John and I, and our two daughters, began to vacation at Seven Lakes," Sackmann said during the Wednesday, February 5 Candidates' Night. In 1985, we decided that we would prefer to have our children grow up in a small community.”
“When we first arrived, we worked at Seven Lakes Country Club," she said. Sandy worked in the Pro Shop and John served as business manager. While teaching in Findlay Ohio, Sandy had earned her master’s degree in education at Bowling Green State University.
“After a year at the Pro Shop, I missed teaching and applied and was accepted to teach at Aberdeen Middle School. After twenty-six years of middle school teaching, I was encouraged to go to Pinecrest [High School], where I spent my last fifteen years of teaching. I also was the golf coach at Pinecrest for the men’s and women’s teams."
After forty-one years of teaching, Sackmann retired in 2012. John is also retired.
“I guess I decided run for the Board because of my love of our community and the number of years that I have lived here," Sackmann said. "I would like to see things continue to progress. I don’t have a particular agenda because I haven’t had time to become active with the Board. My primary focus is in helping to maintain the quality of life we have in our community.”
Recognizing the importance of first impressions, Sackman said, “I think my greatest concerns are in the appearance of community and security. I think it is important to ensure that our rules and regulations are followed. We have a very beautiful community. If we care for it, then it will continue to be inviting to people who might want to come and move here. I also would like for the Board to give Security more power to deal with some of the incidents that occur around Seven Lakes and stop the vandalism and things like that.”
In Seven Lakes, there is always something for kids to do, Sackmann said.
“We moved here when our daughters were eight and ten," she said. "They were two of about ten children in the community. They had more than enough to do with the things that were offered here.”
“I would prefer to keep the stables here as long as we can afford to have them," she added. "It is a good opportunity for adults and youth. I am not in favor of horse shows or taking horses off premises. The horses were purchased by the Seven Lakes Landowners and need to be here for the use of the residents in Seven Lakes.”