Through travel and photography, Susan Hidalgo captures moments to share

By Ron Bower
By Ron Bower

By Leanna Walters
Facebook friends of Susan Hidalgo look forward to her frequent, lengthy trips to faraway destinations. It’s not that they don’t like to have Susan nearby; rather, it’s the daily excitement of possible posts which momentarily take you away from the Midwest, away from your computer screen, away from the carpool. . . and into the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of somewhere altogether different.
She has visited, and visually recorded her travels through Africa, much of Europe, Mexico, South America, China, Japan and Vietnam. In each place she visited she captured the moments that excited her, the ones she wanted to preserve and share.
Along with her photographs, artwork and objects from her travels provide an eclectic and visually stimulating background in her home. Several close family members were or are “heavy into the arts,” including her mother, now deceased; her children and her daughter in law. Their paintings and photo albums remind her of shared moments with people dear to her.
Her most recent odyssey, taken with her husband, Wayne, and Quivirans Becky and Eric Johnson, included five days in Cuba, where they did a circular tour of the island, including stays in Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuego and Havana.
Susan talks about walking through the streets of each city, her camera always on her neck, at the ready for snapping interesting sights that seem to beg for a back story. That’s the thing about Susan’s photographs. They invite the viewer to interact–to look carefully, piece together a narrative based on what you think you know–then step outside your comfort zone to consider a whole different construct.
For example, one photo, taken in a plaza, shows a 15-foot tall bronze statue of a naked woman sitting atop a rooster, armed with a huge dinner fork. Near the statue is an older man in a wheelchair, eyes fixated on body parts of the woman in the statue. Next to him is a dour-faced woman–probably his wife–her eyes glaring at his eyes. In the background of the shot is Becky Johnson, smiling broadly. Has she also spotted the couple and is grinning at the photographer to share in the joke? What, for heaven sake, does the statue represent? Even if you understand a naked woman on a giant rooster, why the dinner fork?
You can see Susan’s Cuba photos, and others, by visiting the LQPCSmugmug website, clicking on Member Galleries and clicking on Susan’s name. You can also enjoy her first First Friday exhibition (see details below). It’s actually her first formal exhibit outside the Lake Quivira Clubhouse, where she nearly always has one or more of her works on the Photo Club gallery wall opposite the dining room.

Several of Susan’s Cuba photos will be featured at
First Friday Artist Reception May 5

First Friday Reception – May 5, 5 pm to 9 pm
The Abundance show, featuring Susan Hidalgo’s Cuba photos, along with nine other artists. will run 5/5 to 7/1 at Perennial Places at
Premier Financial space, 1535 Walnut, Crossroad Art & Entertainment District, KCMO. The gallery is open on First Fridays, and future shows will feature new artists.

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Quiviran John Christy is KC President and Certified Financial Planner with Premier Financial Partners. Quiviran Kim Ansari is owner at Perennial Places and curator for the Abundance show.

Following are two of Susan’s Cuba photos which will included in the First Friday event.

This cigar-smoking woman was posed just-so in a picturesque doorway–hoping for donations from tourists taking her picture. Susan walked by and quickly shaped this shot while the woman was looking away. By Susan Hidalgo
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Susan loved seeing the restored cars of her youth in Cuba. She calls this a typical street/alleyway scene. The viewer must guess what has caught the eye of the young girls on the balcony.

 

Quiviran John Christy is KC President and Certified Financial Planner with Premier Financial Partners. Quiviran Kim Ansari is owner at Perennial Places and curator for the Abundance show.
Susan’s mother is 2nd to left in the front row. Circa 1939

Susan comes honestly by her love of travel and of photography. One of her most prized possessions is a thick, leather-bound scrapbook copiled by her mother, following a momentous trip to Europe in 1939 with several other young women and chaperones. The scrapbook is filled with photographs of historic buildings which would be bombed less than two years later–as well as fun and frivolity of a group of young woman seeing the sights.
Susan said before the age of cell phones, 24/7 news coverage and the internet, they were probably not aware, before they set sail, of how volatile Europe had become.
In fact, her mother and her companions caught one of the last ships home before civilian travel was all but halted. On reaching New York, European Jews onboard who were hoping to seek asylum in the US were sent back to Europe.
“It was history in the making,” says Susan of her mother’s trip. She also sees her own trip to Cuba as history in the making as that country begins to open its borders to US travelers. Having taken over a thousand photos on her recent trip, she chose for the First Friday exhibit those photos which she felt captured a contemporary look at Cuba on the cusp of change.

A page from the scrapbook Susan's mother compiled from photos and notes taken during her 1939-1940 European tour.
A page from the scrapbook Susan’s mother compiled from photos and notes taken during her 1939-1940 European tour.

 

A Summary of the March 28 Board Meeting

President Sestak opened the meeting by welcoming the new members of the Board of Directors; Bryan Albers, John Nelson and Tim Wilson. The new officers are Steve Sestak – President, Margaret Bowker – Vice President, Mary Linda Boling – Secretary, and Tim Wilson – Treasurer
Mr. Sestak invited attending members to share comments or ask questions. Leanna Walters took the floor, introducing herself to the new members of the Board and giving an overview of her role as editor of The Quiviran for the past fifteen years, providing the community a forthright view of community news. Ms. Walters explained the process involved in producing the monthly paper. Freedom of speech was emphasized as one of the important venues she provides for members to openly express their opinions on matters within the community. Letters to the Editor are printed as written unless they contain material unsuitable for print. Her policy has always been that letters must be signed in order to be placed in the paper. Quivira, Inc. contracts to have four to six pages of content in each paper.
President’s Report
Mr. Sestak complimented Ms. Walters on receiving the “Spirit of Quivira” award at the Annual Meeting. He also expressed his gratitude for her assistance in working with the Strategic Planning Committee in printing monthly articles, especially for last month’s front page billing on “Introducing the Options.” Additional recipients of Spirit awards were Tim Perkins and Chris Rone.
Membership Committee appointments for the month of April are Mary Linda Boling and Laurie Walker.
Mr. Sestak presented an update on the search for the next General Manager. Dennis Nighswonger will be retiring at the end of May, and the Board is hoping to have confirmation on a new General Manager by mid-April. The Search Committee has forwarded two excellent candidates for introduction to the Board and this meeting will take place on Sun., Apr. 9. Both individuals will be interviewed by the entire Board, and a Special Meeting will be held on Mon, Apr. 10, for the purpose of selecting the individual to be offered this most important position.
Mr. Sestak explained the structure by which he plans on running Board meetings during his Presidency. Department Heads will no longer be required to attend every meeting; however, should there be an item under consideration by a committee requiring feedback on the part of one of these professionals, they will be asked to attend to provide support for the committee chair. Several weeks prior to each Board meeting, Cindy Price, Administrative Assistant, will reach out to each Board member, seeking input on items they desire to have on the agenda. The intent is for the Board to deal more specifically with items requiring special attention or action items requiring a vote. Mr. Sestak’s desire is to provide more efficient meetings and refrain from discussions on issues not on the agenda and items first requiring committee attention prior to recommendation to the Board.
Marketing Committee
Ms. Bowker announced that Bill Eckinger has completed two three-year terms on the committee, and a motion was made and approved to invite Sherlyn Mason to fill this vacancy.
The Marketing Committee will be hosting a new member recruitment event on Sun., Apr. 2. Board members were encouraged to bring friends interested in Lake Quivira to this gathering, where appetizers and drinks will be provided. Additionally, two of our residents will be available to offer lake tours on their pontoon boats to ensure everyone fully experiences the beauty of this remarkable community.
Ms. Bowker reminded the Board that a recent member incentive has expired, and the committee recommended extending this program. The new offering being proposed will offer existing members an incentive of $1,000 for Country Club members, $500 for Junior members, and $100 for each Social member they recruit for membership. Recipients of these incentives would have the specified amount credited to their club account. To be eligible for this incentive, the sponsoring member must be identified on the prospective member’s application. Motion approved.
Golf Committee
Mr. Markley provided information received from Golf Professional Tom Aikmus regarding a request from The First Tee of Greater Kansas City, seeking to hold their annual benefit tournament at Lake Quivira on September 26, 2017. Tom Watson is a very strong sponsor of this amazing program for children and will be a participant in the event. The Golf Committee is honored to be asked to host such a prestigious golf tournament.
First Tee is a youth development organization, teaching young people positive values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence, while using the game of golf as a tool. The First Tee of Greater Kansas City helps over 8,000 young people each year to learn valuable life skills through a “seamless approach.” Participants learn to communicate better, develop self-awareness, set reachable goals and practice resistance skills while having fun and learning to play golf.
Lake & Residential Committee
Mr. Nelson presented the Board with a proposal from Mr. Sestak to switch dock sites, #340 and #351, assigned to his two residences. Motion approved. Additionally, Mr. Nelson provided information from a project Thomas Brown has been working on, involving the Mohawk/Navajo watershed, which encompasses approximately 180 acres. Repairs to the culvert by Duck Island will be postponed until it can be determined if there could be possible assistance from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The committee is also discussing the potential need to recruit an on-call civil engineer on a retainer due to the scope of work required on a number of lake and community projects. The committee believes receiving professional opinions on these matters could not only be beneficial to Quivira, Inc., but also would be in our best interests to ensure work is performed to proper specifications.
Safety & Security Committee
Ms. Walker announced that John Kieffer has completed two three-year terms on the committee, and a motion was made and approved to invite Scott Hanson to fill this vacancy.
Several safety issues pertaining to the Preschool Center were discussed at the most recent meeting. The committee is recommending the installation of a removable sign signifying a safety zone for children be placed in two locations in front of the building. Parents will be allowed to park in this area long enough to unload and load children, but aside from this, parking is not allowed. Gary Anderson will be asked to secure and install this sign.
Ms. Boling spoke on behalf of those individuals involved in ministry at Lake Quivira, asking that they be allowed to have guest stickers for their vehicles. Recently, one of the minister’s names was not found on the guest list and subsequently denied entry. The Board discussed and felt that due to the number of times these individuals need access, especially to minister to ill or older residents, it was appropriate to issue passes to these regular guests.
Mr. Braun discussed an ongoing problem at the guard gate whenever there is a power outage. Since the phone system is internet-based, the lack of power also means no telephone service; however, he has provided a solution to the problem. He had purchased a Verizon cell- phone for his dad and has given this equipment to the club. Bridgett Schmitz is contacting the phone company to see if a standalone line can be arranged to provide service from this phone.
Mr. Braun is also working with Ray Ansari to see if a backup power system can be installed at the gate to eliminate power loss issues for phones, the gate, etc. Once a solution is found, he will bring it to the Board for funding consideration. Power loads will need to be determined for the building prior to receiving any proposals solving the problem.
House Committee
Ms. Boling made a motion to change the current reservation policy for club events. The system now being used provides for a 24-hour cancelation. The committee proposes a 48-hour cancelation policy.
Motion approved. This policy change will provide additional time for the staff to react to any changes in the number of reservations with adequate time to adjust product production and staffing needs.
Due to the 4th of July occurring on a Tuesday this year, the Clubhouse will be open on Monday to provide more opportunities for members to enjoy the extended holiday. Ms. Bowker made a motion to close club operations on Wed., July 5, this year, thus providing staff with a day off. Motion approved.
Tennis Committee
Ms. Boling brought to the Board’s attention that two current committee members have fulfilled their terms, and another member has recently resigned due to work commitments. Mr. Braun reminded that the Bylaws state the committee must have a representation from the Quivira Tennis Club, Junior Tennis League and Summer Recreation Association. This issue was debated for several moments, and it was determined that representatives from these programs need to be secured for committee assignment. The matter was deferred to a future meeting.
Strategic Planning Committee
Mr. Sestak commented the committee spent time reviewing and fine tuning final details on the presentation made to the membership at the Annual Meeting. Several Board members shared they had received very positive feedback as to the content and quality of the presentation.
New Business
Mr. Sestak announced he will make an announcement at the April 25th Board meeting as to the names of chairs and vice chairs for each of the committees. Replacements for three vacated chair positions were announced at the meeting; Tim Wilson – Finance Committee, John Nelson – Lake & Residential Committee, and Bruce Braun – Restrictions Committee.
Ms. Walker was nominated and approved to fill the position of Assistant Secretary.
General Manager’s Report
Total Revenues for February were $305,200, compared to a budget of $294,000; a positive variance of $11,200. Dues continue to be slightly lower than projections, but all other revenue categories were greater than budgeted. Clubhouse Sales provided the highest variance, finishing the month $8,600 ahead of budget.
Total Expenses were slightly higher than projections, finishing the month $4,500 higher than the budget of $280,800. Clubhouse expenses of $106,600 exceeded budget by $9,600; several unbudgeted expenses contributed to this variance. Significant time has been spent on identifying sewer odors in the Clubhouse; a final solution is in sight. Kitchen payroll is also an area of concern being addressed by Clubhouse management. All other expense categories were lower than budget.
Through February, financial results are very close to plan. Net Operating Income for February was $20,000 on a budget of $13,200, or a positive variance of $6,800. This reduced the shortfall to only $1,900 on a year-to-date basis.

Quivira in Verse by Jeanne Jones

Allium Vineale
It isn’t what we planted but we have a bumper crop;
It’s thriving in our garden and it just won’t seem to stop,
No matter how we yank and dig and go on the attack.
Other weeds may wither but this stinker grows right back!
Perhaps we should resign ourselves and weave a wild bouquet:
A fragrant wreath of garlic bulbs to drive vampires away.

Steve Sestak elected Q Inc. Board President; new General Manager search underway

By Steve Sestak, President, Quivira, Inc. Board of Directors

I truly appreciate the exceptional turnout at the Annual Meeting last month. With the search for a new General Manager underway, a new Strategic Plan in process, and an earlier spring warm-up than expected, there is a lot going on right now. It is important that you are informed and contribute, where interested, to these many important activities that will position our community for the future.
It is an honor to serve as your next Board President. I would like to personally thank Patrick Pribyl for his leadership over the past year. I would also like to congratulate Brian Albers, John Nelson, and Tim Wilson for their recent election to the Board. I look forward to working closely with each of them as we address the various issues that are sure to arise this year and set a long-term direction for the community that reflects the diverse interests of the membership.
For those of you who don’t know me, my wife (Lynn) and I joined Lake Quivira as Associate Members back in 1998, then moved to the lake in 2004 where we raised our two children. I spent my 30+ year career in the Business Consulting industry assisting clients with a wide range of services and am mostly-retired after selling several divisions of my company over the past several years. Having served on the Board for the past two years and on several committees prior to that, I have to admit that Lake Quivira is one of the most unique and challenging organizations that I have worked with. But, it is also one that offers the most appeal, promise and opportunity, especially since it is the place I call home.
As you know by now, Dennis Nighswonger has expressed his desire to retire by the middle of this year. The Search Committee and the Department Heads have recently interviewed three candidates, selected from over 100 applicants, who were felt to best reflect the right balance of executive leadership, country club, and homeowner association skills and experience. Based on these interviews, the finalists have been identified and recommended to the Board for final interviews and selection. Once the best person is hired, we will host a Welcome Event to give everyone a chance to meet our new General Manager, as well as a Retirement Reception to give Dennis some well-deserved recognition.
Finally, on behalf of the Strategic Planning Committee, I would like to express my excitement about the many positive comments from our recent presentation of the Strategic Options. There remains much work to do to properly vet these options and determine which ones warrant further consideration and in what sequence. But, I am encouraged that we are on the right track and that the ultimate outcome will be a long-range Master Plan that balances the preservation of our unique culture with the enhancement of certain features of our Residential Community and our Country Club.
2017 is off to a great start. The community is already vibrant with golfers on the course, players on the tennis courts, walkers on our roads, hikers on our nature trails, boats being launched (on our new ramp) and children playing outside. Financially, we are right on plan, and a concerted effort is being made towards the beautification of our community. New member recruitment efforts have already secured several new members, and (with a little luck from “mother nature”) our lake will be back to full capacity very soon. This is always the time of the year when I cannot imagine living anywhere else.
See you “Around the Lake.” ~Steve

Proposed Rule Change: House Committee endorses new reservation policy for Clubhouse events

Proposed Rule Change
III. RESERVATIONS
C. Reservations for a Club sponsored event must be cancelled at least 24 hours 48 hours in advance of the event or the member will be charged for the event.

By Mary Linda Boling
A reservation is everything when events are being planned for LQ Members. With an accurate head count, Clubhouse management can budget appropriately for necessary staffing and purchase and prepare the correct amount of food and beverage for the occasion. When forty people say they’re coming, but only twenty show up, everyone loses.
For this reason, the House Committee has endorsed a new Reservation policy that ties a financial commitment to special event reservations. Going forward, members will be asked to make reservations for events such as the Lobster Boil with the understanding that they will be charged for the event unless they cancel 48 hours in advance.
This new policy helps our Clubhouse staff offer the types of events we’ve come to enjoy in recent years without the risk of a negative impact on the budget due to no-shows. It also helps the House Committee better understand the types of offerings to which our membership is most amenable. If a critical mass of members aren’t interested enough in any particular event to make a financial commitment, then the event can be cancelled. This is a win-win for all of us.
Members will be reminded of the new policy as programs and special offerings are presented in publications and e-blasts.
Therefore, the Clubhouse would like to require a 48 hour cancellation policy (a change from the present 24 hour cancellation policy). This is an industry standard practice. You are encouraged to review this rule change and attend the next Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, April 25, to express any comments.

From the Clubhouse Manager

April is here, and the flowers are in bloom! It’s time to get out and enjoy the weather by playing golf or tennis, then coming to the Clubhouse for some delicious food. Chef and I are proud to announce we will be rolling out our springtime menu on April 4. This menu will be a little different than past menus as we will have a Chophouse section. This section will allow you to pick whatever protein (meat or fish) and two chophouse sides to create your own dinner combination. As always, we will have other entrée choices and sandwiches, but if don’t find something you like, you can always make your own meal from the Chophouse selections.
Easter is coming up on April 16, and we will once again be having our Easter Brunch here at the Clubhouse. The Easter Bunny will be here too! Please make your reservations early to get the timeslot you would like. We will have seatings at 10:30 a.m., 11:00., 11:30, 12:30 p.m., 1:00, and 1:30. Times are already starting to fill up, so please make those reservations as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.
I sincerely hope to see all of you in the Dining Room this month. If you haven’t been by for dinner or lunch in awhile, please make the effort to come in and try out our new menus. Chef and his staff are doing some great things in the kitchen, and I think you will be highly impressed.
Cheers!
~Mark Allen, Clubhouse Manager

Property Manager answers spring clean-up FAQs

By Anita Bible
It’s that time of year when many of our residents and the contactors they hire are discarding old and dead yard materials and preparing for the arrival of green lawns and spring plantings. In the past several months, I’ve received a number of questions, as well as a few complaints, about the manner in which we handle yard waste.
The following Q&A is designed to answer a few of those questions and provide timely direction on “best practices” in caring for your property. In some instances, there are no hard rules, but rather desired practices designed to maximize the beauty and environmental stewardship of the beautiful area you call home.
Q: Is it ok to blow grass and leaves into the streets and culverts or the lake?
A: No. It is not appropriate for homeowners or lawn care professionals to discard of grass clippings or fallen leaves by blowing them into the street, culverts or the lake. Of course, a certain volume of leaves naturally blow into these areas and are beyond our control. However, too many leaves or lawn debris in the storm water system or lake can cause an excessive amount of algae growth. While the Lake needs some algae for a healthy food chain, too much can cause an algae bloom, turning the lake water a thick pea green color with a foul odor. Some algae can release toxins that can harm humans, animal life and fish. But even with non-toxic algae, blooms can be harmful. As the overabundance of algae dies, it decays, causing bacteria to use up the oxygen in the water. This can kill fish and other aquatic life, ultimately harming sport fishing.
Q: What’s the best way to dispose of fallen leaves or grass clippings?
A: At Lake Quivira, you have a couple of good options for disposing of these materials. Both options provide an environmentally sound and inexpensive way for disposal while keeping these items out of landfills.
First, you can take advantage of composting by using a small area on your property. Composting takes no more effort than bagging the leaves and finding a corner in the yard to debag them on the ground. You can add kitchen waste, such as fruits and vegetables, but no meat or bones. Make sure the compost area is moist and turn it over from time to time. Over time, you will have the perfect material for mulching plants or bedding material. Using compost for mulch adds nutrients back into the ground that were taken out by the natural processes of the tree’s growth.
Another option is to put these materials in the large dumpsters provided by the City behind the tennis courts. Please note that only natural materials should be put into these dumpsters.
Johnson County Landfill turns these materials into compost at a separate location from the trash landfill. Deffenbaugh also has an on-site gas recovery facility, converting landfill gas, a natural by-product of waste decomposition, into natural gas used to heat and cool more than 5,000 area homes every day, thereby providing a locally created renewable source of energy.
Q: Can contractors utilize the dumpsters to dispose of yard waste?
A: No. The dumpsters are provided for use by residents only. According to the City of Lake Quivira’s Water Quality Guidance, mowing contractors are responsible for removing and disposing of excess grass clippings, fertilizer, chemicals and other waste. These materials should not be blown into the street, storm drains, ditches, steams, the lake or into any area where they will be picked up by storm water runoff.
If you would like a copy of these guidelines, or if you have any questions or concerns about these issues, please send me an email at abible@quiviralake.com, or give me a call at 913-631-7707, ext. 103. I recommend you provide a copy of the Guidelines to your mowing service provider.
A final note: Earth Day & The Fred Braun Clean-up Day will be April 22. The City is arranging for Deffenbaugh to send a truck for large item pickup. Watch for more information about activities scheduled on this day from the City.
In compliance with the Storm Water Management Program
This article is an effort to educate the public and increase awareness of water quality issues, both residential and business; create opportunities for the public to take direct action to improve the health and sustainability of the community; and build support for the program goals, making initiatives more effective.

Anita Bible-Property Manager
abible@quiviralake.com
913-631-7707 #103

March 27 Membership Meeting was time to look back, look forward—and take care of business

Summary of
Annual Meeting and Board Meeting Following
March 27, 2017

The Annual Membership Meeting for Quivira, Inc. was held Monday, March 27, 2017.  The results of the ballot items from the meeting are reported as follows:
Spirit of Quivira Awards
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Spirit of Quivira Award:
Tim Perkins and Leanna Walters
Associate Member Outstanding Service Award
Congratulations to the recipient of the Associate Member Outstanding Service Award:
Chris Rone
Election of Directors (Ballot I)
Bryan Albers, John Nelson, and Tim Wilson were elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors.  At the Board Meeting, following the Annual Meeting, the Board elected the following officers for 2017:
President                      Steve Sestak
Vice-President             Margaret Bowker
Secretary                      Mary Linda Boling
Treasurer                      Tim Wilson
Golf Course Projects (Ballot II)
To authorize the expenditure of up to $88,000 from Long Term Capital Asset Reserve Fund for Golf Projects was approved by a vote of 187 in favor and 45 opposed.

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General Manager Dennis Nighswonger commends Accountant Bridgett Schmitz for her years of exemplary service and wishes her well in her new job at Indian Hills Country Club. By Ernie Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Pribyl, President of Q Inc., calls the meeting to order. By Ernie Block
Patrick Pribyl, President of Q Inc., calls the meeting to order. By Ernie Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using conceptual pictures, Steve Sestak explains amenities which some in the community have expressed interest in. Members will have the opportunity to provide additional input before a Strategic Plan is put together and presented to the membership for a vote. By Ernie Block
Using conceptual pictures, Steve Sestak explains amenities which some in the community have expressed interest in. Members will have the opportunity to provide additional input before a Strategic Plan is put together and presented to the membership for a vote. By Ernie Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Wright explains the Quivira Foundation, how members may contribute and what the Foundation does with the money. By Ernie Block
Jim Wright explains the Quivira Foundation, how members may contribute and what the Foundation does with the money. By Ernie Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Lake Quivira Mayor Mike Olson speaks of the close working relationship  between Quivira Inc. and the City. By Ernie Block
City of Lake Quivira Mayor Mike Olson speaks of the close working relationship
between Quivira Inc. and the City. By Ernie Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leanna Walters was the female recipient of The Spirit of Quivira award. Tim Perkins, the male recipient, recently moved to Florida and was not present to pick up his award. By Ernie Block
Leanna Walters was the female recipient of The Spirit of Quivira award. Tim Perkins, the male recipient, recently moved to Florida and was not present to pick up his award. By Ernie Block

Letters to the Editor – April 2017

Two Past Q Inc. Presidents share thoughts about choosing a new General Manager

By Larry Meeker and Leon Rieke, Past Presidents, Quivira, Inc.
The most important decision our Board will make this year is the choice of a new general manager. It is not an easy decision given the scope of the job. Few, if any, candidates will have experience in all the areas they will be charged with managing. Hence, the challenge will lie in prioritizing the skills where the Board opts for experience and trusting the candidate can learn the other skills.
As we often like to say, “Quivira is a unique community.” Part of that stems from it being both a gated community and a country club. Some of us like to think of it as a community with country club amenities. Even compared to other communities/cities, Quivira is unusual with its far higher than average level of volunteerism and associated clubs/organizations. Thus, it is not surprising that residents play a strong role in community matters. Just try to find another city in the metro area that achieves even half our voter turnout in government elections!
At the same time, we are a country club with valued off-lake members who contribute not only to our sense of community, but also to our financial well-being. Were it not for being a gated community where homeowners are required to be country club members, we would be two separate and distinct entities, a city and a country club. Instead, we have a combination home owner’s association and country club we call Quivira, Inc.
Not to be overlooked in all this is our City, which was formed so Quivira could retain its unique identity. Its primary services include enforcing building codes, maintaining roads outside Quivira, Inc. boundaries and providing police protection for residents. Although the job of Quivira, Inc. General Manager does not encompass any city responsibilities, it is essential for this person to be knowledgeable of city governance issues so residents can get the most from the Quivira, Inc./City of Lake Quivira relationship.
Since Quivira, Inc. first opted for a general manager position in the late 1980s, our general managers have come to the job with either city experience or country club experience and then set about learning the other part of the job. City managers bring strength in budgeting, money management and people skills. Their experience with roads, parks, policing and municipal amenities provides a sound basis for coordinating activities with our city, managing many of our assets and learning new jobs like golf course and clubhouse management.
In contrast to city managers, whose job it is to serve geographically defined residents and nourish community, country club managers run a business in a competitive world. Their job is to sign up and serve a membership from a much broader region without regard to political boundaries. Hence, their success is defined by membership numbers and how one competes with other clubs.
The Quivira, Inc. General Manager job clearly requires many skills and, most important, the ability to understand the tradeoffs between community and amenities that keep us in that sweet spot of being “unique.” It’s that sweet spot that gets residents to support a basket of amenities, many of which they may never use or, at best, see themselves using at a later stage in life. It’s that vision of living in a lifestyle community that compels them to put community over their own personal interests.
Our experience with these matters as past Presidents of Quivira, Inc. suggests it will be better to start with an individual with city management experience—preferably with a master’s in public administration—and let them learn the country club side of our operations, rather than vice versa. They are more likely to understand our “unique” situation at the outset and put our amenities in a community context going forward. Furthermore, we have excellent staff who manage the clubhouse and golf course, our primary country club amenities.
Regardless of who is hired, we all owe it to the new General Manager to help them understand the attributes of our community that keep new generations of residents seeing us as “unique.”

Fifty-year resident offers kudos for Quivira trails and trailblazers

My family and I have really been enjoying walking the Quivira Trails. What a great amenity for the Lake. We can get out and enjoy the natural beauty of our community. I have been living at the Lake for fifty years, and I believe that the trails are one of the most enjoyable and pleasant features that has been developed.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the members who obviously put in a lot of hours of hard work designing and clearing the trails.
I can’t help but compare these great additions, which cost us nothing, to adding expensive structures which will cost the membership a significant amount of money and will detract from the natural beauty of the property. The trails were by far the best addition.
~Frank Brown

Golfer waxes poetic over Blue Flag privileges

Due to some interim health issues I have qualified to use a golf cart blue flag to allow me to be on the fairways instead of being restrained to the golf cart paths. I have enjoyed saving the steps to allow me to continue to play. In fact, I have enjoyed the Blue Flag privilege so much that I am enclosing this “Ode to the Blue Flag.”
~Bob Lee

Ode to the Blue Golf Course Flag

Oh how I love my blue flag!
On the golf course it’s a reason to brag;
I can drive with freedom, no concern for direction!
Simply drive to the ball!
Second shot over,”let’s move on Rover,”
No steps to be taken at all!
When we get to the green
I can get closer it seems!
Having the privilege of Old Blue
We can usually play through!
Old Blue and I make up a twosome,
We can usually play through some,
No one seems to care.
Looking forward to the season
Which seems overdue,
I’ll appreciate it with joy,
As long as I have Old Blue!

City Clerk Report

By Diane Newton, City Clerk, City of Lake Quivira
Just a friendly reminder that the dogs tags may be purchased at the City Hall during regular business hours. The fees are as follows:
$15.00 for the first dog in each household.
$25.00 for second dog.
$50.00 for third and each additional dog in household.
These fees shall be due and payable on or before May 1.
Please provide a copy of the vaccine shots from your animal clinic.
Penalties on overdue license fees are:
$10.00 for each dog registered within 10 days following the date required.
$25.00 for each dog registered within 30 days.
$50.00 for each dog that is registered within 60 days of required date.
$100.00 for each dog that is not registered within 60 days of the date required.
The annual Pet Immunization Day will be scheduled on April 22, 2017, 1-4 p.m. at the Fire Station.
Please stop by City Hall for your 2017 tag accompanied by a piece of candy-always available. City Hall is also known as “Candy Hall.”