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Como clubhouse draws community

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Edwin Scherzer | May 11, 2014

TOWN OF GENEVA — Lake Como stands still against a backdrop of properties, marsh, water and time. Property owners here are a mix of Chicagoland summer-only folk and all-season tested residents living side by side.

They share one thing in common — membership in the Lake Como Beach Property Owners Association. The association was founded in 1926, somewhat out of necessity and partially to form a social society which maintains a simple structure of five board members and five officers.

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The physical structure formed was the Lake Como Beach Clubhouse. The clubhouse has played host to dances, parties, weddings and just about any other function you can imagine.

The year following construction of the clubhouse, the Lake Como Beach Women's Club was formed, for the purpose of “providing entertainment, promote social gatherings, get the members acquainted with each other and work for the welfare of our community at Lake Como Beach,” according to the LCBPOA website's history page.

According to Vice President Shirley Gorz, belonging to the association means pitching in everywhere.

“I've had every title there was in this place,” Gorz said. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, Gorz moved to Lake Como in 1987. She said the clubhouse has made the work and the memories worthwhile,

“It's a building that's a monument to the association,” Gorz said.

That monument, built in the mid-1920s, showed signs of wear and tear in the 1970s, and again in the 1990s, undergoing a facelift each time. About 20 years later, a more serious structural problem was discovered.

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