Park President Gene VanKoevering

Gene’s Retirement Announcement

Letter from the Chairman of the Board

Almost seven years ago, Gene Van Koevering became our Park President. At that time he committed to the Board that he would stay in the position at least five years. He has exceeded that by two years and now has decided to retire. With his knowledge and leadership skills he has put Sandy Pines on a firm foundation for a bright future. He has developed an outstanding staff and put in place a 10 year plan for Sandy Pines. We will have opportunities to express our gratitude to Gene over the coming months. We wish him well in his retirement. We want to share with you his outstanding thoughts and words in his letter to the Chair of the Board

Don VanDoeselaar
Sandy Pines Board Of Directors Chairman

Letter from the Park President

May 13, 2019

To: Don VanDoeselaar, Chairman of the Board Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails, Inc.

From: Gene Van Koevering, Park President of Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails, Inc.

Dear Don,

Subsequent to much prayer and conversation with my wife Joyce, I have come to the decision to end my full time position and tenure as Park President of Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey Golf Course, as of November 30, 2019.

It is with an extreme sense of gratitude to have been given the blessing and opportunity to serve God, as well as the Board, Staff and Members in this position for 7 years. Much has been accomplished by Gods Grace and Leadership, with the help of many…yet much remains to be done. Although I realize that I have not served flawlessly, I can confidently say that I have served faithfully in my duties, by consistently placing the best interests of Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey Golf Course first in my planning and decisions.

Therefore I am confident in stating that Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey Golf Course are in a strong position with regard to all its resources, whether human, financial or structural. I believe strongly that a solid foundation is in place for decades of continued enjoyment, solid investment and emotional attachment remain in the future.

I came to Sandy Pines with the intent to serve in an effort to preserve the wonderful past, while preparing Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey for the future, and I am humbly grateful to all those who have made this task come as far as it has.


Gene Van Koevering
Sandy Pines Park President

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