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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:42 am

The Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) office building is being renamed to honor Ralph Wagner as a result of his leadership for ALA, the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (LACSD) and the community overall. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on June 16, when the official name will become the Ralph Wagner Building. It is located at 870 North State Highway 173 in Lake Arrowhead.

At the regular board and membership meeting on Aug. 26, 2017, the ALA Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion by director Eran Heissler to designate the ALA office as the Ralph Wagner Building.

Heissler prefaced his motion with some historical background. After Boise Cascade was forced to divest all real estate it owned in California, Wagner and nine other locals formed an organization that eventually obtained complete ownership of the lake. ALA was established in 1974 with the leadership of local attorney Robert Eberheart.

Upon Eberheart’s death in March 1975, Wagner filled the vacancy, applying his knowledge in engineering and water issues. He was the first elected president of the board in 1975, and has served as president twice.

Due to his hard work with ALA and LACSD, the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce selected Wagner as Citizen of the Year in 1977.

In 2009, Wagner wrote a book entitled, “What Is It?” Available through Rim of the World Historical Society, the book presents facts about the mountain.

Currently, Wagner is an ALA director and serves as chairman of the Lake Operations and Maintenance Committee. He has been married to his wife, Ianita, for 38 years and they live in Point Hamiltair, where he serves as the president of the Property Homeowners Association.

Heissler said it was an honor and a privilege to present his motion to the board. Upon approving the motion, the directors, staff and ALA members at the meeting gave Wagner a standing ovation.

On its website, ALA stated, “Ralph is a visionary leader and one of the founders of the Arrowhead Lake Association. With Ralph’s professional training in engineering, experience and aptitude in the field of water resources, he has been instrumental in moving projects forward and helping the organization become what it is today.”

In addition, at its June 12 meeting, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution thanking Wagner for his valuable service and leadership in the mountain communities and congratulating him on being honored by ALA.

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