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Meet Our Board of Directors

Maintaining the business and amenities of Raintree is no easy task.  The 2021-2022 Board Officers and Directors below volunteer their time daily to maintain the directives of the Covenants.  See the Committees pages for more definitions of role.  Board members serve terms based on Annual Election results each September.

Originally from St. Louis. Dave and his wife, Pam, have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. They bought their property in 2016 and moved in 2017. Dave works full time in IT and also owns a successful Pool & Spa company! What he loves most about Raintree is "the opportunity to get involved and meet people."

Dave Wooldridge
President

Denny grew up in St. Louis and has been married to Dottie for 53 years. He spent 27 years in management with the postal service, and bought property in Raintree in 1988. He and Dottie built their house on Spring Lake and moved here in 2011. He previously served 4 years on the POA Board. Denny loves to fish and also to attend his grandchildren's various events.

Dennis Schwantner
Vice President

Barb is from Springfield, MO. She and her husband, Dan, have 2 children and 5 granddaughters! After selling the software business they built together, they bought and moved to Raintree in 2013. Barb’s love of flowers and plants led her to become a Master Gardener, which she applies for her contributions on the Raintree Beautification Committee. Her favorite thing about Raintree is “Grandma’s lake.”

Barbara Murrill
Treasurer

Born in Emmetsburg, IA where she was raised to do all the work farm kids had to do back then. She even had a side job breaking horses before she was 12! Deb has 1 daughter. She and her husband Francis moved into their house in 2002. She was recruited to the HOA Board on which she served for 12 ½ years before joining the POA Board. Deb loves the wonderful people in Raintree who support and celebrate each other.

Deb Enderson
Secretary

Adam grew up in Colorado and New Mexico, he went to a military high school and enlisted at the age of 17! He and his wife, Brandi, moved here in 2017, and have 2 young sons. Adam travels extensively for work, and loves being home because he believes "Raintree gives the best of everything: awesome views, pleasant fishing, and great neighbors." He knows Raintree will flourish once we unite and focus on improving our quality of life here.

Adam Crites

Originally from St. Louis. Dave and his wife, Laurie, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. They moved here in '96 while he was working at the Fenton Chrysler plant. Dave spends hours working on behalf of Raintree and is the lead singer of a band-at 60 years old! He loves Raintree because "it feels like living in a resort but is only an hour from downtown St. Louis."

Dave Getty

Originally from Ohio Tammy grew up on her family grain farm with acres of soybeans, corn, and wheat. She has 1 son. Tammy and her husband Steve,moved here in 2018 before moving to their “forever” Raintree home on February 7, 2020. Her favorite thing about Raintree is “there are no strangers. With just a wee bit of effort you can know nearly everyone! We live every day in Raintree as if we’re with our best friends on vacation in an unbelievable resort!”

Tammy Ponzar

Chris grew up in Kentucky and left there to serve 10 years in the Air Force where he developed his interest in IT. He and his wife, Rebecca, have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. They moved to Raintree in 2018. Chris says it is wonderful being surrounded by friendly, caring neighbors and see others experiencing what Raintree has to offer.

Chris Waller

Al is from DeSoto, and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He and his wife, Margann, have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. They bought their first property in Raintree in 2008 and moved here in 2010. Al loves golf, fishing, and wood working, and feels one of the best things about Raintree is the kind of down-home friendly folks he has met here that make him feel comfortable in the country.

Al Wideman

The Story of Raintree

Raintree is a beautiful gated lake community located in the rolling hills of Jefferson County, Missouri. Four lakes – Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter – lie within the gates., offering a variety of water sports, fishing, lake cruising, and floating. Most of the governance and operations of Raintree are performed by a 9-person elected Board of Directors and a number of committees – all volunteers.

Raintree was the concept of developers Norville and Kenneth McClain of Essex Contracting, Inc. and Jeremiah Nixon, an attorney.  The purchase of the first 825 acres for what was to become Raintree was completed in 1977.  In 1981 an additional 316.5 acres were purchased to become Raintree Forest, which was configured in 1- to 3-acre tracts.  Then in 1987 more than 300 additional acres were purchased which allowed the addition of Spring, Summer, and Winter Lakes.

The dam forming Autumn Lake was the first in Missouri built to new, rigid standards enacted by the State.  Raintree lakes are nestled at the bottom of hills throughout the development resulting in Autumn Lake having a watershed ratio of at least 11:1, which translates to 11 acres draining rain and snow melt into the lake for every 1 acre of the lake.  Water will always flow downhill.

The first Board of Directors to oversee the business of Raintree was appointed by the Developers in September 1981. Starting in 1982 there were elections held to replace or re-elect Board members.  In late 1983 the POA became incorporated.  Raintree roads and amenities were turned over to the POA in late 1984 by the Developers, who still maintained ownership of the Country Club, Golf Course, Tennis Court, and Central Utilities.  Eventually those were all sold to private investors, and although the POA/Property Owners had the opportunity to purchase them, choices were made not to take on the opportunities and responsibilities.  Covenants tie the Country Club to Raintree, although it is privately owned, and many enjoy the beautiful pool and 18-hole golf course.

Raintree now consists of approximately 1,800 acres, within which 3,162 building lots were structured, 39 miles of road, 4 lakes, 2 boat launch ramps, 20 campsites, a swimming beach, a picnic pavilion, a maintenance garage, and the Property Owners building.  Gates at each entrance are intended to provide privacy and prevent our amenities from being open to the public.  Nearly 900 custom homes are built throughout the community, many on multiple lots, with room for many, many more to build and become part of this beautiful lake community. 

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