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Uniquely Seven Lakes West…. Live like you are on vacation!
 
            The sparkling waters of the 800-acre spring-fed Lake Auman with its swimming, sailing, fishing, and recreational boating activities are available only to Members and their guests.
            In the Morganwood addition there are five-acre wooded lots where equestrians can enjoy their dream homes, surrounded by riding and nature trails. Non-equestrians may simply want the privacy and natural beauty this area has to offer.
            Enjoy the safety and security of living inside this 3000-acre gated community, while benefiting from the close proximity to one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals”, plus the charm of the nearby Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen villages.
            The West Side Park Campus features a beautiful, two-story Community Center with a library and a Great Room, which hosts numerous social functions and activities such as Yoga, Thai Chi, card clubs, cooking classes, and more. The Center is surrounded by outdoor amenities such as a swimming pool with summer water aerobics, a gazebo, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a nature trail.
            The Beacon Ridge Country Club and Golf Course, designed by renowned architect Gene Hamm, is one of the prettiest golf courses in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, and is also located within the gates of Seven Lakes West.
 
 
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~ Community News ~
The Dream Called Lake Auman
Posted on Nov 30th, 2016
A Brief History of Lake Auman
(An Oral History Through Interviews with Mr. Fred Lawrence)
 
     Originally, the majority of the land which would make up Seven Lakes West belonged to Clyde Auman, Billy Johnson and the MacDonald family. Mr. Fred Lawrence bought assembled acreage in 1976. He hired the engineering firm of Pate, Mullen & Associates to lay out the lake and design the dam.
 
 
     There were several ponds and a five-acre lake (Watts Pond) on the property. Mr. Lawrence found that there were approximately 30 springs within the property and he had the engineering firm test these springs to determine if there was sufficient water supplied by these springs to insure that the lake behind the dam would be filled.
     
     After hiring a Raleigh firm to test drill bore holes every 100 feet across the site of the proposed dam to test for clay content, the engineering firm approved the site and said that it would cost about $1,000,000 to complete the dam. These cost estimates escalated when the Army Corp of Engineers changed the specifications for earthen dams following the failure of a dam in Taccoa, GA. At that time Mr. Lawrence had already spent about $1,300,000 and the dam still required 35 to 40 feet to completion. The base of the dam had to be increased by 100 feet in width.
 
 
     During this time, interest rates had climbed from 7% to over 20% and gas prices had risen from $0.35 to a $1.35 a gallon. Mr. Lawrence did not have the capital to finish the project and was forced to sell the whole development to the Prigden brothers.
 
 
     Unfortunately, they did not have the capital either and Mr. Lawrence was forced to go to court to recover the land. By 1985, with the dam 25 feet short of completion, Mr. Lawrence was forced to declare bankruptcy. Attorney Don Billings was appointed trustee by the court and eventually took control of the development by order of the court. (note: Mr. Lawrence said that he had already spent $9,000,000 on Seven Lakes North, South and West and if the court had given him the same deal they gave Mr. Billings, he would have been able to finish the dam.)
 
Photo above shows how Pine Island was once accessible by a road!
 
     The dam was completed in 1986. The final dam construction cost was approximately $2,200,000. It stands 95 feet in height (to the roadway) and spans almost one half mile.
     The lake created contains almost 800 acres of surface and has an average depth of about 32 feet. There are points within the lake in excess of 100 feet in depth, the deepest being an area no larger than half an acre and measuring, at full pond, 107 feet. The lake contains an estimated 8.6 billion gallons of water, enough that it would take an hour and forty minutes to all flow over Niagara Falls.
     There are about 13 miles of shoreline. Carolina Fisheries stocked the lake with Largemouth Bass, Bream and Catfish in 1987 and fishing was prohibited until 1990. Lake Auman was officially dedicated in 1994 when it reached “full pond”.
 
Today’s Lake Auman that started with a Fred Lawrence dream
 
Note: This article was excerpted from “The 2012 revision of the Lake Auman Master Plan.” To read the full plan, visit the link below:
 
 
 

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Snowing at Kid's Christmas Party!
 
 
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~ Upcoming Events ~
Toys for Tots
Tuesday, November 15th to Thursday, December 15th
 
 
A collection box for the 2016 Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has been placed in the Community Center.  The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys and to distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.  All toys collected locally are distributed to needy children within Moore County.  The program is administered locally by the Sandhills Detachment of the Marine Corps League with distribution support from local social service organizations, schools and churches.  A second collection box within the community is at the pro shop at Beacon Ridge County Club and a box will also be available at the SLWLA meeting on December 13th.  The boxes will remain in place until December 15th.  Thank you for your generosity  and past support, each toy makes Christmas Day a brighter day for a child.
 
 
Garden Club's "Special Event"
Thursday, December 8th at Chapel in the Pines
The Seven Lakes Garden Club’s Dec 8th meeting is a “Special Event”: make yourself a holiday centerpiece with ‘pine cone flowers’ and live greens! Afterwards, enjoy an authentic “English Tea Party”. Bring your favorite tea cup – and wear your “fascinator” if you wish!
     The cost is $10 for members and $25 for non-members – but this includes your annual membership dues. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED – contact Carolyn Sink (89chsink@gmail.com or 803-942-2032).  This event will be held at Chapel in the Pines at 2:00 pm.  See flyer>
 

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~ Board News ~
The next Board of Directors Meeting is December 13 at 7:00 pm in the Great Room of the Community Center.  The new proposed annual budget will be presented for the first of two readings. All SLW members are affected by this budget, because it details how our dues and fees will be spent next year. All Members should attend and participate in the decisions being made for this community. See agenda>
 
Two motions had their first reading at the November 15 BoD Meeting. The first motion concerns limiting the length of time a Board-elected Director can serve. The second motion is to establish the Long Range Planning Committee as a permanent standing committee of the Association. Read the details here>  
 
From ARC the following two motions will be made:
1st Reading: Motion to amend SLWLA Standards for Design and Construction 7.04.1. 
1st Reading: Motion to add 7.01.7 Foundations. 
For details of these motions, See attached>
 
The Lake Committee has made a motion to make changes to Chapter 7 of the Rules and Regulations. This motion will be made to the Board as a first reading at the upcoming BoD Meeting. Read the details here>
 
The Legal Affairs Committee is starting a project to review our Rules and Regulations. We are interested in, and requesting, Member input for this project, such as: 
1. Which Rule or Regulation is too complicated to understand? 
2. Which Rule or Regulation is contradicted or in contradiction to any of our other governing documents? 
Email your feedback and input to legaldir@7lakeswest.com. Please indicate the specific Rule in question; offer potential language improvement; identify the impact of the Rule. Your input will make SLW an even better place to live.

~ Notes From the Office ~
Christmas cookies are great, but how about a donation instead? 
     Show the SLW guards your appreciation by dropping off a check or cash at the Community Center Office or you can mail your donation to:
Seven Lakes Landowners Association
5314 Seven Lakes West
West End, NC 27376
 
The Community Center Office will be closed the following days:
 December 23rd, 26th, & 27th for the Christmas Holiday and January 2nd for the New Years Holiday.
 
Community Management Information:
- Office Phone: (910) 673-5314 
- Office Hours: Mon, Wed, and Th 9-5; Tue 9-7; Fri 9-4; Closed: Sat/ Sun
 
Contact the Gate House
For the GPS address to give to visitors, use: 110 Lakeway Drive, West End, NC 27376
 
To contact the gate house to log in your visitors via email (preferred), use: sevenlakeswest@ussecurityassociates.com. You may also log in your visitors by phoning the gate at 910-673-3120.

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