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June 13, 2011

Klines Resort celebrates opening of new clubhouse

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony, conducted by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, kicked off a full day of activities on Saturday (June 11th) to mark the Grand Opening of the new clubhouse at Klines Resort on Portage Lake.

A 'Grand Opening' celebration on Saturday marked the opening of this new clubhouse at Klines Resort. (Click on photo to enlarge)

The day’s lineup included a pancake breakfast, complete with piano music, a remote broadcast on WKZO Radio, a cookout, door prizes, an open house from 10 to 4 for homes within the resort that are for sale, music by the Three Rivers German Band, and as the finale, an ice cream social.

In concluding welcoming remarks that preceded the ribbon-cutting, owner Phil Kline said, “Today, we’re celebrating not the building.  We’re celebrating the community that is going to live in this building.”  And he thanked his family and said, “Their support made all the difference to getting this done.  I’m truly blessed today.”  (Phil_Kline audio_clip – :47)

Owner Phil Kline welcomed those who gathered for the ribbon-cutting that kicked off a day-long celebration of the new clubhouse at Klines Resort. In the background (left to right) are his parents, Paul and Joyce Kline, and son Joseph.

During an interview with the River Country Journal following the ribbon-cutting, Kline provided an overview of the new building, a 10,000-square-foot structure he described as “the living room of our community.  (Phil_Kline_audio clip – overview – :53)

Kline said the resort originated in the 1930’s and was acquired by his father, Paul, in the early 1960’s.  It’s grown over the years and now encompasses 245 sites with around 150 of them year “year-around.”

To hear Phil Kline’s welcoming remarks leading up to the ribbon-cutting, click here (3:43 – 3.41 MB).

For additional insights regarding Klines Resort and the new clubhouse, click on the following link to hear the interview with Phil Kline, conducted by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal:  Phil_Kline_interview (5:12 – 4.76 MB).

Ribbon-cutting participants were (left to right) Christy Trammell, president & CEO of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, architects Richard Cole and William Briggs, Greg Dedes of Cornerstone Construction Management, Phil Kline, Paul Kline, Tama Kline (with the scissors), Joseph Kline, and Chamber Ambassador Dale Leensvaart.


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