In setting up flu vaccination clinic at LQ, Whitney Sojka honors memory of her sister, Paige

(l to r) Quiviran Whitney (Thomas) Sojka, Alexis Thomas, Cheryl Thomas-Miller (the girls’ mother), and Paige Thomas, overlooking the skyline from the Sasre Coeur Basilica in Paris.
(l to r) Quiviran Whitney (Thomas) Sojka, Alexis Thomas, Cheryl Thomas-Miller (the girls’ mother), and Paige Thomas, overlooking the skyline from the
Sasre Coeur Basilica in Paris.

By Alexis Thomas
When Whitney Sojka’s sister, Paige Thomas, showed up for the Christmas holidays in Shawnee, Kansas, at the end of 2013, she was run down and ready to relax with family. Work had been busy and stressful the previous few months, and she was looking forward to seeing her nieces and nephews open the presents she had lovingly picked out for all of them. At her layover in Atlanta on Christmas Eve, she texted: “Just saw some mysterious lights and maybe some antlers flying by my plane as I landed!”
Unfortunately, that holiday was the last she would spend with her family. During her visit she contracted the flu and became very weak, but insisted on flying back to her home in Syracuse, New York, where she thought she would bounce back and get better. Shortly after returning home, she was rushed to the intensive care unit and passed away right after the New Year due to complications from the flu virus.
It was a harrowing and difficult time for her family, especially because there’s a good chance her death could have been prevented. Every year, the annual seasonal flu vaccine is readily available and significantly reduces the chances that individuals will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. Many people–like Paige–put it off or simply don’t know its effectiveness.
“I started the annual flu shot clinic at Good Shepherd in Shawnee, where my kids go to school, to honor my sister Paige and also to help others avoid this same tragedy,” Whitney Sojka, a registered nurse and resident of Lake Quivira, said. “This fall will be the third year at Good Shepherd, and I wanted to continue the success of that clinic and bring it here to Lake Quivira to make access to the flu shot easy for the community and keep everyone healthy.”
According to the CDC, flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations. A recent study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74 percent during flu seasons from 2010-2012. Another study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71percent reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77percent reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.
Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population.
The Lake Quivira Flu Shot Clinic will take place on Sunday, October 16, from 1-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse main floor Great Room. The Mothers Club is assisting in this effort and, in conjunction with Mayor Olson and HappyBottoms, is doing a diaper drive as a way to give Lake Quivira families a chance to double their abilities to give back to the community through a flu shot and a diaper donation to those in need. Ages 5 and older can get the flu shot, and most major insurances

Whitney’s sister Paige Thomas as a young girl of 7 or 8.
Whitney’s sister Paige Thomas as a young girl of 7 or 8.

are accepted. For those without insurance, the cost is $25 per shot.
Whitney works for Healthy Solutions, the company that provides the flu shots given at the clinics she spearheads, and says that this chance to give back to the community has helped her deal with the loss of her sister, who had a unique sparkle in her eye and love of life and family.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity, and we promise to make it as quick and painless as possible,” Whitney said. “My sister was a humanitarian and enjoyed helping others. This clinic helps me keep this spirit of helping others alive.”
If you have any questions regarding the flu shot, please contact Whitney Sojka at: whitneymsojka@gmail.com. Please arrive with your insurance card on October 16. High Dose and Preservative Free are available upon request prior to clinic.

A Summary of the August 23, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Directors held their regularly scheduled meeting on August 23, 2016. Following is a summary of the discussion and actions occurring at this meeting.
President Pribyl opened the meeting by inviting guests to make statements or ask the Board questions. Mayor Olson provided a couple of updates from the City, beginning with a reminder that the police force will be recognized with a special day at the beach on Sun., Aug. 28. This event will provide a meal for Lake Quivira officers and their families. The main purpose will be to recognize their service and show appreciation for their dedication to the community, particularly given all the events happening in our nation.
Work will proceed on resurfacing Renner Road beginning in October, from the west gate to the top of the hill. The spillway will undergo repairs sometime late fall or winter after the lake level is lowered. No costs have been determined for the project, but it is expected to require considerable expense to repair the problems.
Mayor Olson expressed his concern over any possible plan that might emerge to provide a community dock at any location on the lake. Discussion has taken place that such a structure would allow a place for Associate Golf Members to dock a boat as few alternatives are available for them at this point.
Marketing Committee
Ms. Bowker reviewed the membership update year-to-date: 19 Country Club members, 15 Social members. Unfortunately, there has also been attrition, but the reasons for resignations are being investigated. Upcoming projects include; updating the current website, as well as providing a new app for better access to club information.
Finance Committee
Mr. Starr addressed the Board about the 2017 budgeting process, giving specific dates for various deadlines for a special meeting of the membership to be held November 14, 2016. Committees have been encouraged for several weeks to evaluate projects they intend to present for consideration next year. Mr. Starr shared the response on projects has been quite active; however, it will be imperative that each project have confirmed numbers prior to consideration by the Finance Committee.
The schedule presented is as follows; September 15 – committee capital projects complete for presentation; September 23 – Finance Committee deliberates on all proposed projects; September 27 – Board review of projects; October 21 – Finance Committee final review; October 25 – Board votes on capital projects, equipment and operations budgets. Packets will be sent to the Foundation members by November 4.
Capital projects, under the Covenants and By-laws reserve funds, are designated to be used for maintenance, repair, and replacement of current capital assets. Common sense should rule when developing such ideas to determine if they are substantive enough to require coordination with the Strategic Planning Committee prior to presentation to the community. Projects should be “vigorously vetted” and contain well documented plans and costs to ensure accuracy and substantiated need.
Golf Committee
Mr. Markley reminded the Board he had previously brought a long-range plan for golf course improvement that would enhance both its appearance and enjoyment for all levels of golfers. This plan provides a number of changes that in some cases lengthens or shortens holes depending on which tees are being played. The course length can be adjusted from 6,700 yards to as little as 4,200 yards from forward tees. Additionally, Jeff is introducing cool season grasses in several locations around the course.
Mr. Markley sought Board approval for the aforementioned plan; however, no specific dollars have been developed for the proposal. It was suggested a good portion of the plan could be accomplished in-house with minimal expense to the club, but some would require financial assistance. Following discussion, the Board approved the plan with the caveat that funding would require budget approval.
Lake & Residential Committee
Considerable time was spent discussing the trail system being developed in the community. The only trail previously approved by the Board is the “Waterfall Trail” (#1). Mr. Brown sought and received approval from the Board to proceed with completion of all planned trails with the exception of #2. Funding for the trails is provided by the Quivira Foundation and other private sources, so no expense is anticipated to be incurred by Quivira, Inc. Bridges will be necessary on some trails, and these received Board approval; however, final inspection and approval for bridges and other structures must be obtained in advance by the General Manager
The next subject was the deer management program, which had been approved by the committee. The Committee worked in conjunction with Mr. Segebrecht and the Kansas Conservation officers to obtain information on deer herds and whether culling was a necessary practice. The decision as to whether deer management will be allowed on Quivira, Inc. property is one that will be determined on an annual basis and was approved for this season. The subject was raised as to the dates, allowable hunting times, and other rules for the hunting season. Mr. Brown was asked to publish this information in The Quiviran to be certain residents are aware of the times hunters could be present.
House Committee
Ms. Boling informed the Board there were no minutes from the last House Committee meeting since a quorum was not present. Two items were disclosed from the meeting. First, QMGA had approached the committee with a plan to renovate and expand the existing Men’s Card Room. This project, if approved, would be funded by QMGA, but they would need to work within the framework of the committee in the process of selecting chairs, tables, fabrics, etc. Additionally, the committee would want them to work with an approved decorator in designing the space, which will require a plan be submitted for approval.
Secondly, a proposal is being evaluated to produce a “Club Crawl” in conjunction with the Marketing Committee. This event would be held Thurs., Oct. 20, and would involve all Lake Quivira clubs, giving them the opportunity to share information about their club and invite participation from the membership. The purpose is to try and connect more members with activities in an effort for bonding and member retention. A standard club membership form will be developed, which will allow each member to select the clubs they would like to join and charge the associated fees through the standard billing cycle.
The appointment of Linda Segebrecht to the House Committee was unanimously approved.
Safety & Security Committee
Ms. Walker provided the Board with suggested changes to the Traffic Rules in the community. Several suggestions were offered as to items that should either be added or changed on the rules. Some Board members raised concerns that it appears numerous rules are being introduced, making it appear there are simply too many rules governing the community. Other members suggested it is imperative that rules be in place for the sake of safety. Rules are important to serve as the basis for enforcement. The Board was asked to review the proposed changes and send changes or recommendations back to Ms. Walker. She will bring these changes to the next committee meeting for approval and then return to the Board for final discussion and approval to submit for member notification.
Mr. Braun mentioned the importance of insurance for all members owning golf carts. Homeowner policies should be checked as to coverage for carts. In many cases, a rider might be necessary for coverage and this can be verified through the insured’s agent.
Restrictions Committee
Mr. White announced the committee is getting closer to providing the Board with guidelines for an impact fee associated for large trucks entering the property for construction projects. The issue of damage to streets from home construction is being addressed and property owners are being notified of the need to reimburse Quivira, Inc. for street damages.
Tennis Committee
Ms. Boling notified the Board of her desire to fill an open position on her committee with Sandy Whitaker. The nomination was unanimously approved.
Strategic Planning Committee
Mr. Sestak shared information on seven recent member input sessions held at various homes around Lake Quivira. Each meeting was attended by approximately 10 – 20 members, and the sessions have proven to be very informative. In the near future, several group meetings will be held at the Clubhouse to be certain anyone who has not had the opportunity to attend a previous meeting may do so.
New Business
The question was raised as to who approves the dispersing of Yellow Pages to homes in Lake Quivira. The consensus of the Board was this product is basically useless in today’s marketplace and should not be allowed at Lake Quivira. No one could answer the question of who is responsible, so the General Manager was asked to check into the matter.
General Manager’s Report
Dennis Nighswonger provided an overview for the financial statement ending July 31, 2016. This was not the best month for club finances, with the net result being a loss of $24,800 versus a budgeted loss of $6,900. Revenue for July fell below projections by $5,300, mostly due to banquet revenue being under budget by approximately $9,000.
Expenses for the month exceeded projections by $12,600 represented by a number of line items. Clubhouse was responsible for the majority of the variance with payroll being a significant area, partially due to the Lake Classic, as well as July 4th. Building repairs were $3,000 greater than budget, and utilities also exceeded budget by $4,000 as a result of exceptionally warm weather in July.
On a year-to-date basis, both revenue and net income continue to be ahead of plan. Net Income through July is a profit of $25,700 versus a budgeted loss of $11,000, or a positive variance of $36,700.

Prez tracks ‘our dues’ vs ‘their dues’ over time

By Patrick Pribyl, President, Quivira Inc. Board of Directors

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! I am happy to report Mark Kistler and I won the QMGA Member-Member tournament (Flight 2) a few weeks ago! I am now totally blaming my brother in law for our poor Lake Classic Member-Guest results! My 25 handicap (based on recent play) should easily be a 24.9 and trending lower! Between winning golf tournaments and kids back to school August has been a busy month.
A brief update on the Pribyl children front: Thomas has been dropped off at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, and we have yet to get the “come get me” call!.Hayden has been handling 2-a- days for the Rockhurst swim team for the past few weeks. For those of you not familiar with 2-a-days, let me give you the inside scoop.
Hayden needs to be in the pool and ready to start practice (only 22 miles away from our house) at 5 a.m. most mornings. This early morning practice ends at 7:00, then he heads to school for an 8 a.m. start. Once school gets out at 3:00, he heads back to the YMCA for the 3:30 swim practice, which ends at 5:30. Hayden usually gets home around 6:30, eats and does homework until he falls asleep. Rockhurst has enjoyed thirteen state swimming championships in the past fifteen years–always amazes me the dedication of these young athletes.
Now back to LQ Business! We are enjoying a good financial year through the first half of 2016 thanks to our wedding revenue and home sales. When Jamie and I joined as members back in 2002, I prepared a dues chart for all the area county clubs. I found that old spreadsheet the other day and thought I would share its content.
Back in 2002 we compared the following county clubs for membership; Blue Hills, Hallbrook, Milburn, Indian Hills, Mission Hills and Shadow Glen. In 2002 these six country clubs had average dues of roughly $470 per month compared to Lake Quivira’s dues of $325.
Now flash forward to today. Dues for these same six other county clubs have raised to an average of $775 per month, compared to Lake Quivira’s dues of $525. I would remind folks of the fantastic bang for your buck this club provides! If, on average, each of these clubs has 500 members, then Lake Quivira is leaving some $125,000 per month (or $1,500,000 per year) on the table when compared to what other clubs charge for significantly FEWER community features, the lake, perimeter property, and security are three huge examples.
I’m not advocating for a significant dues increase, but would be remiss if I didn’t point out the economics of our competition and the funding advantages others in our area enjoy. The main funding source we enjoy compared to other clubs is in our home sales. We average about twenty home sales per year, which generates roughly $400,000 in revenue (assuming new member buyers). If annual home sales significantly increase or decrease, this could have a big impact on our monthly dues structure.
Note that each month we fund capital and operating accounts.
The following is a both a primer and a refresher of how we fund our various cash needs. We have the following sources of cash (as of July 31, 2016): Dues from all types of members; Capital equipment assessments; Capital reserve assessments; New membership fees; Club house sales and pro shop income.
Day-to-day, normal operation of Quivira Inc. is funded by dues, clubhouse sales and pro shop income.
Equipment is funded by the monthly capital equipment assessment.
Capital improvements are funded by the monthly capital reserve assessment and new membership sales (all types).
This leads to three separate fund accounts which are accounted for separately and not co-mingled.
1) Current operating fund balance $ 361,000; 2) Capital equipment fund $ -63,000; 3) Capital reserve fund $ 738,000. Cash balance $1,036,000
The negative in equipment is because there are assessments to be collected over the remainder of this year.
We have begun financial planning for 2017. This includes continuing to update and refine our five year capital equipment and capital improvement plan and of course our operating plan. While this is primarily the responsibility of our professional management and staff, all standing committees are providing valuable input to this process and are appreciated.
As a club and a community we have much to be thankful for! We enjoy the use of one of the cleanest Lakes and one of the most beautiful nature settings in the Midwest all while having a secured entrance 24 hours per day 7 days per week. We enjoy a fun playable golf course, tennis courts, stables, vintage club house, walking trails and community engagement that far surpasses other clubs. Our membership is up thanks to the efforts of our Marketing and Membership Committee that is led by Lisa Phlegar! Year to date we have 16 new country club members, 3 new junior county club members, and 15 new social members. Welcome to all new members!!
Please be thankful for what we have and know that annual “cost of living” type dues increases will continue to be the message I preach. This allows us to keep all that we own in a condition that can be maintained and upgraded as warranted for all our enjoyment. Our Strategic planning process is in full swing – PLEASE stay and/or get involved in this process!!
Submitted with much appreciation ~Patrick

From the Chef’s Table. . .

Who turned off summer’s switch? I journeyed to work a recent morning, and it was hot and muggy my entire drive out. A system blew in midday out of the northwest and voila, the temperature dropped 25 degrees! Summer, ;however, reminded us that we were not through with her yet, because a few days later we spiked back up to high humitures. When cooler weather comes back into the fold, I think of baseball playoffs, college and pro football weekends and tailgating!
Speaking of tailgates, have you checked out our new LQ Favorites – Express Catering To-Go? Please call Shannon or Susannah and place a bulk order for Wings, Chili, Sheetzas (pan pizza) and much more. Pontoon float get-togethers or simply hosting a group at your dock? Please let me know how I can be of service to ease the burden of your catering needs.
The changes in the Catfish Café (formally Beach Grill) this year were a big success. Through July, revenues were up 68 percent over last year’s numbers in this area. Working closely with the House Committee, we listened to your feedback, enhanced/expanded the menu and trained more experienced adults to work this important member service. (Hand-made pizzas, colossal pretzels and a new soft serve machine represent just a few of those additions.) You responded with your feet and made more frequent visits to this area. And yes, the Big Bopper ice cream sandwich remains the #1 seller. Thank you, Rachel and Cindi, for doing a great job in better serving our members.
Fall season brings with it my new `a la carte menus. The House Committee has been sampling many of my creations, and we are crossing t’s and dotting i’s for the roll-out date of September 13. Italian Burrata, Trout Almondine and Chicken-Fried Prime Rib are just a few of the many changes. My culinary team has been working towards perfecting these dishes and per the feedback of the House Committee; I believe you all are in for a treat.
Families back to school/sports modes, we decided it’s time to take a good look at Friday evenings. The Fajita Fridays have run their spring/summer course, and we will be introducing (post Labor Day) “Throwback Fridays!” The emphasis on “Throwback.” I’ve created a list of many Friday specials of home style comfort meals, including Baked Orange Roughy, Salisbury Steak and a childhood favorite of mine – Braised Short Rib and Tomato Soup, with Egg Noodles. I will run two specials every Friday for the low “Throwback” price of only $9.75. This will include a choice of soup or salad and, of course, warm dinner rolls and butter. Stay tuned! Additionally, we will be reintroducing tablecloth service every Friday and Saturday for the next several months. As the cooler weather encroaches we want to present dinner service with a warm dining experience.
October is an exciting month for me and a few other area chefs here in Kansas City. We have been preparing for the IKA (a.k.a. Culinary Olympics), hosted in Erfurt, Germany. Very much like the Summer Olympics, this event is held every four years. As I type this, we are approximately sixty days away from our jet wheels touching down on a tarmac in Erfurt, where will be taking our supplies (just short of the kitchen sink)–pots, pans, mixing bowls and china for this prestigious competition. Representing the central region of the United States, we will be competing October 2t. Then October 22 and 23, individual team completion takes place. My team is comprised of Chefs Felix Strumer and Eddie Adel of the Culinary Arts Program of JCCC, Chef Todd Walline of Blue Hills Country Club and Pastry Chef Kathryn Ratzaff. The support staff of young apprentices will also be going, of course to make sure we have plenty of hot espresso to stay awake! Within the next few weeks, I will coordinate with Lisa Phlegar to provide the membership with additional information on tracking our progress. I’ll keep you posted!
Bon Appétit!
~Chef Michael

Culinary Olympics 2016: Chef Michael to compete!

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Chef Michael Lamping

By Lisa Phlegar, Director of Marketing & Membership
Lake Quivira Country Club’s Chef Michael Lamping heads to the Olympics . . . the Culinary Olympics 2016, in Erfurt, Germany, October 21 – 26.. The IKA/Culinary Olympics is the single most elite competitive culinary event for talented chefs from around the globe. Here they showcase culinary skill and innovation. Chefs from over fifty nations will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in several categories. The Kansas City team of five chefs will not only be representing the metropolitan region, but also the United States as a whole!
The team’s particular discipline of competition includes cold display presentations. Each member from the team will be responsible for one of the following categories: cold platter (feeding eight people), five course tasting menu (five hot courses displayed cold), four finger foods, four plated desserts and four petit fours. Our Chef Michael will be creating and presenting the five-course tasting menu.
This is a dream come true, not only for Chef Michael, but also for many chefs at this level in their careers. This opportunity is one that will remain with them for a lifetime. In an effort to perfect their craft, chefs will push themselves to compete. So, for the past two years, using their free time away from their employers, the team has worked long, hard hours to refine their discipline and prepare them for this singular opportunity . . . competing to win a GOLD medal!
Chef’s Culinary History
Chef Michael says he was “forced” into the culinary industry as a teenager. One Friday he came home from high school and was told, “Michael you’re going to wash dishes tonight!” So, he began working for a friend of the family on the weekends, washing dishes. Over time he fell in love with the kitchen concept. So, after graduating from high school, he began his culinary training and was quickly introduced to Chef Kevin Storm and started his apprenticeship at Bellerive Country Club.
Chef Michael was exposed to getting involved in competitions early in his career. As a junior chef, he became involved in helping the local chef chapter in setting up local competitions. As an apprentice, he went to the American Culinary Federation’s National Convention and won Nationals as a member of the youth culinary team. For two consecutive years, he won two gold and two silver medals. In 2001, he represented the Midwest at the Chaine de Rostisserie in the Young Chef Competition. As an adult, he has competed 22 times, winning several gold, silver and bronze medals.
In 2013, Chef Michael relocated to Kansas City, where he quickly forged a relationship with Chef Felix Sturmer, head culinary instructor at Johnson County Community College. In fall 2014, Felix began his inquiries into the IKA/Culinary Olympics. By spring 2015, they had a team in place and began competing with their first entry that summer in Orlando, Florida. Today, the team is busy preparing for competition at the next level, not only practicing and striving for perfection, but also organizing and shipping everything they will use in the Culinary Olympics competition, from every ingredient to every utensil.
Chef Michael’s Thank You
“To the members of Lake Quivira Country Club, I thank you for all your support! I can only pay it forward with what I’ve learned through this experience, in the hopes that my culinary journey is reflected in the finished plate set before you here at the Clubhouse. I look forward to sharing our results in early November.”
To learn more go to www.jccc.useed.net.

Quivira in Verse – By Jeanne Jones

Dog-Day Cicadas
We hear them buzz-buzz-buzzing in the trees all over town
(It seems like Mother Nature turns the volume up and down).
Those big-eyed bugs look scary when we meet them face-to-face,
We wouldn’t be surprised to learn they come from outer space.
No bigger than a thumb, it’s true, but what they lack in size
They more than compensate for by the way they vocalize.
Their constant conversation fills each summer day and night—
Are they longing to find love, or are they looking for a fight?
Eventually, they’ll go away and cease to serenade us,
When summer turns to fall we lose our soundtrack of cicadas.

Miss Tina’s Preschool Dance Classes will begin September 12

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By Tina Mullinix
It’s back to school time & back to dance! Preschool Dance classes begin on Mon., Sept. 12, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the preschool. The 10-week session runs through December 5 with a little recital for parents to show all we have learned.
We will work on rhythm & coordination while learning tumbling, ballet and tap. We will also perform a song. The 10 week cost is $105 (includes a facility usage fee).
Off lake members are welcome ,as are grandchildren. Feel free to contact the following past moms for referrals: Marti Lilja, Whitney Coulson, Leona Young and Betsy Norberg.Please call with questions or for more information: Tina Mullinix, 913-248-0501.

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Update on Strategic Planning Member Input Sessions

By Steve Sestak
Over the past month, the Strategic Planning Committee has been conducting Member Input Sessions hosted by various members at Lake Quivira. We would like to personally thank those members who have either hosted a session at their home or have one scheduled in the coming weeks. And, we would also like to thank those members who have attended and engaged in very informative discussions. At this point, we have completed seven sessions and have three others scheduled, plus several others still pending. On a combined basis, we anticipate hearing from more than 200 members.
But, we would like to hear from more!
If you were unable to attend one of the member-hosted sessions, we will be conducting several group sessions at the Clubhouse in September. In order to manage the size of each session, we are requesting that you try to attend the session corresponding with the first letter of your last name. However, if you are not able to attend your designated session, you are welcome to attend one of the others.
Session Date Last Name Beginning with…
September 7 “A” to “F”
September 13 “G” to “L”
September 14 “M” to “R”
September 15 “S” to “Z”

If you are still interested in hosting a Member Input Session at your home, please contact Cindy Price at the Quivira, Inc. office. If not, please try to attend one of the group sessions. It is imperative that every member takes the time to participate in one of these sessions to share their thoughts and opinions. Based on this member input, the committee will formulate various strategic options and considerations which will be presented back to the membership for further feedback.
Once again, the objective is not to strive to be like others, but to glean ideas that might make Lake Quivira even better and more unique in the future. Whether we decide to simply stay the course or to pursue specific improvements to our residential community or to our country club is dependent on your input and, ultimately, your support. The committee is working diligently to complete the development of the Strategic Plan in time for the Annual Meeting next March. However, there is no hard deadline and the necessary time will be taken to prepare a plan that is aligned with the interests of our members.
Thanks again to those members who have already taken the time to provide their input. For those who have not, please try to attend one of the group sessions in September.

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Resident believes without ‘strict measure or goals,’ deer culling at Lake Quivira should take a rest

I addressed the Board of Directors at the July meeting to inquire about Lake and Residential committee’s recent recommendation to continue to cull deer from within our city.
As would be expected in any community, there are divergent views on the subject. Likely in many LQ households there are dissimilar opinions.
Allow to me to clarify that while my personal view is that Lake Quivira’s natural assets are best left for nature to manage, I sought information from the Board of Directors on how the decision was made each year. I do not dispute that culling can be a form of conservation. Years ago when the local deer population was very large, it stood to reason that a culling of the herd here at LQ could be beneficial, the most notable precedent being the size of the herd within Shawnee Mission Park and the study and decision to manage the herd there.
Fast forward to the present, and my question to the Board was what measures do we have to provide for the most informed decision whether to continue with a hunting season each year. The answers I received are that it is not possible to know how large the herd is presently. And that the Lake and Residential committee continues to receive complaints. Some foundation members are concerned with their gardens, others with role deer may fill in proliferation of Lyme disease and others an encounter between a deer and car during deer rut season. There are also residents who wish to not have any hunting in our woods for concern of safety or are generally opposed to hunting. Others citing interest in LQ Trails believe it would be prudent to take a season off and assess.
The decision to cull deer was never for a perpetual program. It was said at the July board meeting there is a concern within the Lake and Residential committee that to not have a season one year could make it difficult to reach a decision to hunt another year. That alone would seem a poor reason to continue the program.
My statement to the Board was, it is unwarranted to continue with the annual culling of deer in absence of strict measure or goals. If there cannot be measures or goals, then it is incumbent upon the Board to rest the program at this time, and each year the L&R committee can discuss any need to have a hunting season based upon significant expansion of the herd or biological evidence of disease.
I attended the L&R August meeting this past week to listen to committee deliberation. The action from the meeting in July was to have another committee member speak with Johnson County and Kansas Wildlife officers. The takeaway from that is there was little will by any committee member to not go along this year for another hunt. This past week at the recommendation of L&R chairman, the BOD voted in favor, with one director objecting and another abstaining.
I maintain with the decision to continue to cull deer for the seventh consecutive year, that next year it should be expected an equivalent inquiry will be needed. Any decision should not be made in response to the loudest complaint toward wildlife or in the interest of Country Club members who wish to hunt within our private city of Lake Quivira. I acknowledge that with development surrounding LQ, there are pressures on wildlife that were not present twenty years ago. That said, recognize there are corridors on which wildlife travel to and from LQ, and absent factual data amounting to health concerns, the hunting within LQ should not continue. Let’s not have hunting within LQ turn into another club amenity or private club.
I encourage every Foundation member who has an interest in LQ wildlife to ask a director why they supported the motion on 8/23.
Respectfully,
~Stuart White

Unable to attend a Member Input Session, resident voices opinions in a letter

Dear Tom [Hall],
Thanks for your call this morning. Barry and I are in Montana and will not return until late September. However, we wanted to respond to the questions and hope you will share our thoughts at your meeting. I will also share them directly with Pat Pribyl, as I don’t know what the “next steps” are supposed to be.
What made you decide to move to LQ? We moved to LQ in 1997. Our primary reasons were that it offered a serene, secure, beautiful and understated oasis, with protected green space. We loved the diversity of the architecture, the sense of relaxation and peace, and the feeling that it was not important to “keep up with the Joneses” which seemed a rather prevalent attitude in much of Johnson County. We chose LQ specifically because it was unique and it wasn’t like the other upscale communities in this area. Frankly, we only joined the Country Club because it was a requirement of residency. Perhaps that makes us as unique as LQ was when we discovered it and moved here.
What features would improve our residential community? We were satisfied with LQ when we moved here or we wouldn’t have moved here in the first place. We are less satisfied today, not because of the facilities/amenities, but because of the seemingly endless efforts over the past couple of years to effect changes. The clamor for “improvements” appears to us to be driven by a vocal minority of residents who now want to change the place they chose to live – and place the cost of subsidizing their desires on their neighbors.
What new and expanded amenities would improve our country club? We would suggest a more objective way of asking this question would be “Are there new and expanded amenities, etc?” In our opinion, the country club is more than adequate when viewed in conjunction with the associated fees required to maintain it.
What funding options should be considered? Given that we are satisfied with the existing amenities, our answer is “none.”
Should additional residential development be considered? If so, what types of housing/locations are preferred?  Our answer is NO. And we feel this question has been pursued and answered several times in the past two years. The only possible new element is including consideration of the property across Quivira Lane. That would represent the only acceptable option to us and only if additional development is absolutely unnecessary.
Should we strive to add more associate members/should more amenities be added to attract them? Our first objective should be to meet the needs of our existing members. Satisfying current membership is probably the best way to get positive press and to attract people who value the terrific things LQ has to offer that the rest of our “competitors” don’t. LQ is unique and should be marketed on its singularity, not by adding some “me too” amenities. Selling a unique community is analogous to selling a unique home. Not all buyers will like it, but the right buyers will love it.
What other topics, issues, concerns would you like to see addressed in the strategic plan? Basically, our concerns for the LQ community are as follows:
Buying into the fallacy that LQ must change is frightening. Adding amenities just to be like other communities detracts from everything that makes LQ special in its own way. Specifically, we love the green space and the diversity in architecture. Adding patio homes and townhomes would be an eyesore in our opinion and sacrificing current green space is absolutely unacceptable.
Establish a deadline on further discussions of strategic planning. We feel that the conversation is being driven by a minority of members. However, the “silent majority” is required to be repeatedly involved in conversations/surveys/votes, basically rehashing past conversations/surveys/votes. Until a majority of ALL Foundation members – not just those who respond to flawed surveys and/or show up to vote -support strategic planning, we think we should have a respite from constant discussion of it.
And while this may be a little off the subject, it does involve the character of the community: Let’s stop creating new rules and regulations and enforce the ones we have. This is a pet peeve of ours. As an example, if an underage child is found driving a golf cart, deal with the specific situation fairly and consistently. Another instance involves the Q tags. Deal with the abuses on an individual basis rather than punishing those who did not abuse the privilege. The same holds true with the speed limit and traffic signs. Either enforce the rules or quit wasting money on the signs. We have enough security to enforce reasonable rules within our community.
Tom, thanks for following up with us. I had almost forgotten and I appreciate the reminder. I wish we could be there to share our own thoughts, but I hope you will do so in our absence. Thanks for holding the meeting!
~Vicki Fullen