Here is a partial writeup regarding the sale of the Land of the Vikings from District President Kathy Dollymore;
After the decision was made by the Third District Board, with the recommendation from the LOV Board, to cease operations at LOV the world was hit by the Coronavirus. The March 2020 3D Board meeting was held at LOV but LOV never reopened after that. The 3D LTD Board authorized a committee to be formed to find knowledgeable persons to assess the
property, investigate sale opportunities and basically put a plan together so that LOV could be closed and then sold in a professional, safe, legal, ethical and moral way to hopefully satisfy most if not all of our 3D membership.
It is a local fixture and has been a mainstay in the Sherman area for generations. We are thrilled to continue the legacy through (Name redacted for privacy) by his welcoming of our members and families for their visits, reunions and vacations at the same place they have so enjoyed in the
past. Meeting with him during a tour of the property gave me a positive feeling that another generations’ love of the facility will go on. All of this happened because of individuals who don’t give up and who are responsible for what happened here today.
We feel that the goal of keeping the history and culture of the property viable and updated will move forward with this new owner. Our beloved facility is being given a new lease on life. It may be under new ownership and may have the new name of Big Valley Lodge but the phone
number remains the same, guests will recognize the facility, the rooms, the rosemaling valances in the rooms and much of the décor. They will still be able to enjoy a drink at the beloved Viking Ship Bar. Families will still have the pool, the children’s playhouse with the dragon figurehead, volleyball, shuffle board and games to enjoy. Walk up to the falls in the Summer, enjoy the changing of the leaves in the Autumn and cross-country skiing in the