LQ’s Dave White offers local insight into Kansas City’s Great American Pastime

By Charles Segebrecht

Dave White (right) sporting his “home” uniform; son David, his “away” uniform; each sporting excited smiles of anticipation. Each had their uniforms--even bats--signed by the likes of Cookie Rojas and Dennis Leonard.
Dave White (right) sporting his “home” uniform; son David, his “away” uniform; each sporting excited smiles of anticipation. Each had their uniforms–even bats–signed by the likes of Cookie Rojas and Dennis Leonard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting foul-ball posts blue, assisting umpires with radar, pitching to three batters before allowing a pitching change, moving pitchers two feet farther from home plate or requiring two infielders to remain on either side of second base– all of these are possible Major League Baseball changes in seasons soon to come. Why? To make for speedier games, to protect baseball players and to make games more fan enjoyable. Mr. K (as so many affectionately and respectively called him) would probably have been especially interested with the last two arguments. After all, Ewing Marion Kauffman was all about taking care of the “City’s” team players and expanding their fans’ experiences.

Unique to Kansas City’s fans is Royals Fantasy Camp in Surprise, Arizona, truly a Royals’ baseball fan’s dream experience. Thirty years ago, LQ’s Dave White was one of the one-hundred people attending this boys-of-summer opportunity to become an instant Major League Baseball player for a week. His memorable experience was in the event’s detail–everything for these instant athletes was designed to be authentic in what the actual Royals team see, feel and do. He and other newly crowned players found themselves in legitimate “home” and “away” Royals uniforms and on perfect grass without typical ground undulations, in a real ballfield with real dugouts, pitching mounds and orange foul ball posts; using the actual lockers, cafeteria and even urinals the major league players use. At Fantasy Camp, each team always consisted of twelve players (Dave batted #12 as cleanup) who rotate into daily-played, double-headers, ensuring each player an equal amount of play-time and at-bats (minimum 40). Real coaches and Royals players run the show, providing constant guidance–even scolding!
Fast forward with Dave’s thirty years of fond Camp memories. Why not again? But this time, with his forty-year-old son, David, on his team! The two unhesitatingly aligned to go. David’s opportunity came as a surprise gift from Dad for the recent January 2019 Camp. And for each, “the experience became surreal!”

David and Dave White arriving on their opening day of major league play in January 2019. Dave played here thirty years earlier.
David and Dave White arriving on their opening day of major league play in January 2019. Dave played here thirty years earlier.

Tickets proved scarce, having sold out within three hours. George Brett and Willie Wilson coached an opposing team, and Dave and David had coaches Cookie Rojas (for fielding) and Mike McFarland (for pitching) on their team. Each had friends and family in the grandstands. Frank White and other players were floating about, interacting and teaching the new players. Dennis Leonard played catcher and was always approachable, even as he was found getting massages in the locker room after practices and games. A professional Royals trainer was also present, providing heat and ice to the new MLB players.

(L to R) Mike McFarland, Dave White, David White, Cookie Rojas and Lee Norman, dressed in their MLB finest.
(L to R) Mike McFarland, Dave White, David White, Cookie Rojas and Lee Norman, dressed in their MLB finest.

Dave got to pitch and play second base with his actual age on his Royals jersey, and David played first base and outfield with Bo Jackson’s #16 on his jersey (David had grown up with the Royals). Dave received the Most Inspirational Award for his winning pitching, and David was recognized with the same award for his successful batting. Dave, as committed a player as he was, worked through his pain, having hurt his back the first day. Each tried to get into shape prior to playing their pro-ball and were supported by an aspect of the Camp program consisting of several months of supervised training with fielding, pitching and hitting at a Kansas City indoor facility. This didn’t prove to be nearly enough; each was surprised at how physical the game is even though it isn’t a contact sport.

Dave White at play and hitting it out of the Royals ballpark in sunny Sunrise, Arizona.
Dave White at play and hitting it out of the Royals ballpark in sunny Sunrise, Arizona.

Both marveled how the actual pros could anticipate a batter’s performance. The ball would always be hit as they predicted, all based on stance, swing, how the bat was held and, of course, their professional experience. Dave and David came away with greater game knowledge and gathered new respect for the players, especially considering the imminent start of another whopping, 162-game season. Helping wrap their heads around what played out each day, and further contributing to reality of their fantasies, was the “Ned Yost” interview with a fake audience in an actual press room.
David’s gifted experience is still very much alive for him–and certainly for Dave. What a father/son treat, especially when they are avid Royals fans. Dave had always followed the team closely. They spoke about their awesome experience as though it just played out and they were still physically sore! Perhaps David’s daughter, Royal (now three), and his son, Remington (now four), will participate with their dad in another thirty years–another great fantasy!

The Kauffman connection

The Kansas City Royals team was properly named. Originally named after the Kansas City Royal bar-b-que contest, the name later remained appropriate because of how Mr. K gifted the Royals to the Greater Kansas City Foundation (the team must remain in Kansas City and the team sale proceeds must go to the Kansas City community). The gift was typical of Mr. Kauffman. “The most generous man who ever walked the streets of Kansas City,” is how President George W. Bush described him. His legacy lives on with his Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, established to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in students and to strengthen education. According to Carl Schram, Kauffman Foundation CEO, Mr. Kauffman strongly believed, “Anyone deserved a chance. Smooth the road for them. . . there is enough risk as it is.”
President Bush further stated, “He used grit, determination and grace throughout his successful business career”—a career which started with selling eggs and fish door to door and ended with having 3,500 associates (never “employees”) and one-billion in sales. He would see to it the same grit, determination and grace would evolve within the Royals organization. This wasn’t just another business, but another family to him. If anyone within this Royal family needed anything, David said everyone knew to, “just call me.” Dave White remembers well how Mr. K preached and lived his golden rule: “Treat others as you wish to be treated.” He humbly believed, “If I could do it, then anyone could!” “He had a dream and vision that common people could do uncommon things,” according to Jerry Caulkins, a Marion associate.
Dave White was witness to Mr. Kauffman’s living, working and teaching how one individual can make a difference. Dave worked with Marion Laboratories in Cleveland and Detroit before becoming its National Administration Sales Manager in Kansas City. When talking with Dave, anyone can see and hear the positive Kauffman influence: “The more you give of yourself, the more you get in return” and “Those who produce share in the profits.” He would hire people smarter than himself; even with baseball. “I surrounded myself with excellence,” he claimed.
He always had an unwavering kindness to his stadium workers and compassion for shut-ins who relied on baseball for their joy. Examples of his legacy include a longtime police officer working the Royals dugout, who was given an opportunity this year to go to Fantasy Camp gratis. Another recent recipient of a free ticket was a young man who had recovered from a stroke and bypass surgery.
Son David White received more than expected with his Fantasy Camp gift. Yes to sore muscles, yes to a most wonderful father/son experience; but in addition, he was able to witness and experience first-hand Mr. K’s philosophies still at work making a positive difference.

 

Three members and one employee receive awards at Q Inc. Annual Meeting on March 25

Gary Anderson (left) is the recipient of the first-ever LQ Outstanding Enployee Award.
Gary Anderson (left) is the recipient of the first-ever LQ Outstanding Enployee Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Eckinger, Associate Member Outstanding Service Award winner
Bill Eckinger, Associate Member Outstanding Service Award winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Neill (front right) Spirit of Quivira Award.winner
Jerry Neill (front right) Spirit of Quivira Award.winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann White, (center) Spirit of Quivira Award winner
Mary Ann White, (center)
Spirit of Quivira Award winner

A Summary of the March 26 Board Meeting

Submitted by Quivira, Inc.
President Sestak opened the meeting and invited attending members to share comments and questions. Don Grodecki requested the Board review the construction time limitations for residential projects that have started and then stopped so they do not become a burden on the community.
President’s Report
President Sestak welcomed the two new Board members, Tim Arnold and Jennifer Wood, and recognized the reelected member, Margaret Bowker. He reported the four officer positions will remain the same as last year; Steve Sestak, President; Margaret Bowker, Vice President; Tim Wilson, Treasurer; and John Nelson, Secretary. He then requested the Board members notify him of their desired committee assignments, which will be presented at the April Board meeting.
President Sestak summarized the Annual Meeting from the previous night with positive comments and thanked all those involved with making the meeting a success. He expressed his concerns with the continued challenge in obtaining a quorum at these meetings.
General Manager’s Report
Mr. Goss provided an update on the construction of the Community Center. Two sides have now been completed. The weather forecast looks promising, and the installation of the wall panels should move much faster. The Golf Practice Facility is almost complete, but temperatures have delayed the range grasses from filling in. May 15 is the targeted opening date. The location of the teaching facility is being reviewed, and the construction of the parking lot is underway. The front entrance perimeter fence is progressing rapidly. The stone columns are being built, beginning at the gatehouse entrance and moving towards Quivira Lane. The fence panels will follow afterwards.
The ceiling in the Golf Pro Shop collapsed over the past weekend due to water damage. The shop will be closed and moved temporarily while repairs are made. The Board will be notified as further information becomes available.
New/Unfinished Business
President Sestak presented a preliminary ballot regarding the potential transfer of property to Quivira Community Center, Inc. He explained this is a necessary step before the application for property tax exemption can be filed. After a brief discussion, it was decided to defer this ballot to the next meeting so the membership has more time to better understand the benefits and implications of transferring this property. The upcoming Town Hall Meetings will be used to further inform the members and answers any questions on this topic.
Special Committee Reports
Quivira Community Center, Inc. (“Q2”). Russ French reported he and Mark Kistler are reviewing the Community Center Manager candidates and will be conducting initial interviews soon. The three committees are reviewing equipment requirements, operating policies and staffing plans.
Marketing Committee
Ed Markley explained the plans for an open house on May 8 to market the community to prospective members. The committee will work with Geary Goss and Lisa Smith to coordinate this event with consideration given to the current membership campaign.
Finance Committee
Mr. Wilson presented the January 2019 financial statements. Further efforts are underway to streamline the monthly close process and reporting package in order to deliver more timely financial information to the organization.
Lake & Residential Committee
Mr. Nelson announced “Fred Braun Day” on April 20, at 9:30 a.m., at the Sailing Center. The focus will be on roads, trails, shoreline and dock sites. Mr. Nelson also announced the City is holding Pet Immunization Day on April 13 at City Hall. The Nature Center should be completed by April 5. Options for securing access to the building are under discussion.
House Committee
Mr. Albers reported the main bar renovation project has been deferred to July when summer activity is underway and the bar area has less usage. The goal is to have the new bar open in time for the fall season, when activity levels in the main bar start to pick up again.
Golf Committee
Mr. Markley provided a background on the various options considered to provide electrical service to the Golf Practice Facility area. The request for a variance on the underground utility ordinance was denied by the City of Lake Quivira, leaving the only remaining viable option to install an underground line along Quivira Lane. A motion was made and seconded to approve the funding of up to $100,000 from the Contingency Fund to cover the unplanned cost to install underground electrical service to the Golf Practice Facility area. The motion was unanimously approved. Mr. Goss will contact the utility service provider to schedule the work immediately.
Tennis Committee
Ms. Treas thanked all previous members of the Tennis Committee for their service and reported the duties of this committee and many of its members have been transferred to the Sports and Recreation Committee under Quivira Community Center, Inc.
The Restrictions, Safety & Security, and Strategic Planning Committees reported no action items.

President’s Report – April 2018

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

I would like to congratulate Tim Arnold, Margaret Bowker and Jennifer Wood on their recent election to the Board of Directors. I look forward to working closely with each of them, as well as the rest of the Board, as we continue to execute against our budgets, operational goals and strategic plans. In case you have not heard, I have been elected to serve as Board President for another year. This will be my last year. . . I promise, and I look forward to seeing the strategic projects and operational changes currently underway through to a successful completion.
With the recent elections, the next step is to organize each of our committees. There are openings on virtually every committee, and this is your opportunity to play an important role in our community. We are looking for members who are willing to “roll up their sleeves” and help get things done. If you would like to get involved with one of our committees, please contact a Board member.
If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting, we are planning to host a series of Town Hall Meetings in April and May to further discuss the operating plans for the new Community Center. Over the past several months, the Q2 Board and each of its committees have been busy working on equipment selection, staffing plans and program development. Based on these preliminary plans, an initial operating budget has been developed, including the potential level of member dues required to operate and maintain this new facility. Before these plans are finalized, we welcome your questions and constructive input. Please attend one of these upcoming meetings, and, if you are unable to attend, please send your questions and comments to a Board or committee member.
2019 is off to a great start. After a tough winter season, the initial signs of springtime are here; boats being delivered back to the lake, golfers and tennis players starting to resurrect their skills and streets filled with walkers and kids. The coming months will see the completion of our front entrance renovations and the opening of the new Golf Practice Facility and Nature Center. I encourage everyone to participate in the Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 20. Let’s all do our part to make the community look as good as possible this year.
Remember, every guest is a prospective member, and every visit creates a lasting impression. It is time to show off the amazing progress underway at Lake Quivira.

Lake Quivira vs. Zebra Mussels

By John Nelson

From Kansas Department of Wildlife and Tourism
From Kansas Department of Wildlife and Tourism

First identified in 1988 in the Detroit River, it is believed that zebra mussels were brought into the Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway in the ballast water of ships from the Black and Caspian Sea in Europe. Once initial infestation had occurred, the spread of zebra mussels occurred rapidly throughout the Midwest and East Coast. With females laying thousands of larvae at a time, they will quickly overcome any body of water. The primary cause for further contamination of additional waterways occurs from the transport of the zebra mussel larvae in contaminated recreational boats and bait buckets between lakes and rivers. Once a lake is infested, a noticeable sign is the presence of crystal clear water, which many individuals identify as a healthy lake condition. In actuality, the opposite is true. Zebra mussels feed by filtering water, rapidly removing all the plankton and nutrient particles from the water. These particles are what cause the cloudy appearance in lake water and provide nourishment and protection for fish and other aquatic species necessary for a healthy lake and ecosystem. They also significantly reduce the oxygen levels in the water, which enhances the growth of blue algae.
Today, over 40 lakes and almost every major river throughout Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri are contaminated with zebra mussels. They are ranked as one of the top three aquatic invasive species threats to Kansas waters by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Most recently, the City of Lawrence has identified zebra mussels in parts of the city water system. Additionally, Lake Miola near Paola, Kansas, is now contaminated simply because they purchased and moved used dock flotation materials to the lake from Lake Lotawana in Missouri. The Lake and Residential Committee, working closely with Midwest Lake Management, tests Lake Quivira on an annual basis for the presence of zebra mussels. To date, no zebra mussels have been found.
In order to combat the spread of zebra mussels to Lake Quivira, almost eight years ago, based on information provided by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and other State and Federal agencies, the Lake Quivira Board of Directors implemented a strict quarantine requirement for all watercraft entering our lake. Today, there is still no known treatment available to eradicate zebra mussels once contamination has occurred. For this reason, prevention through quarantine is still the primary control method used by states and municipalities across the country to control the spread of this invasive species to their waterways.
Lake Quivira Quarantine Rules are very specific relating to the control of zebra mussels. All watercraft, new or used, including but not limited to pontoon boats, motor boats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and all boat trailers must go through a two-week quarantine period at our Lake Maintenance Facility located at 4600 Renner Road. Additionally, all boat and dock site equipment, including outboard motors, paddles/oars, foam knee boards, swim floats; and dock materials, including ladders and flotation materials, must be reported and undergo the same quarantine period prior to being brought into our community. No live bait can be brought into the lake unless it was purchased from Minnesota Bait or Cabela’s and brought to the lake in the original bag with proof of purchase. Guests are not allowed to bring any bait to the lake. In 2016, additional rules were implemented related to the use of sand for dock site construction purposes. In that most of the local construction sand comes from the KAW River, a contaminated river, all sand used for dock site construction or beaches must be kiln dried (heat treated) and purchased from an approved vendor. Verification of such purchase is required by Lake Quivira Security. Most recently, the Lake and Residential Committee implemented new rules concerning the use of only “new” encapsulated foam flotation materials for all floating dock construction or refurbishment. Violation of any of these rules would be subject to a fine and loss of lake privileges.
At times these rules may seem onerous. However, the health of our lake and golf course (lake water is used for irrigation) is of utmost importance for our future enjoyment and property values. Everyone is asked to do their part in controlling the spread of zebra mussels into Lake Quivira. For further information, please feel free to contact Gary Anderson, Manager LQ Lake Maintenance, or any member of the Lake and Residential Committee.

Boating 101: Equipment and Maintenance

By John Nelson

Now that the lake has thawed and winter 2018 is a past memory, we can finally start thinking about enjoying one of our greatest assets, Lake Quivira. As we look forward to the upcoming boating season, this is the time to remind our friends and family about the importance of safe boating and begin to prepare ourselves and our boats. Before getting out on the water, you should first check that you have the proper equipment on board to protect you and your passengers in the case of an emergency. Secondly, in order to insure a safe and problem free boating season, now is the time to check the mechanical and electrical systems on your boat for any signs of deterioration.
The United States Coast Guard has outlined minimum safety equipment required on all boats operating on US waters. Even though Lake Quivira is not under the jurisdiction of the US Coast Guard, the rules and guidelines they have established are still applicable. The most basic piece of equipment required is a properly sized US Coast Guard approved life jacket (PFD) for every person on board the boat. This also includes kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, etc. Please keep in mind that a life jacket is designed to keep an unconscious person afloat face up until help arrives. For this reason, a child can’t wear an adult life vest and vice versa. Additionally, all life jackets should be checked annually for signs of wear. If the vest shows any signs of damage, significant fading from the sun or the outer shell is torn, the life vest should be immediately replaced. When on the water, it is important to remember that LQ rules require any person aged 12 and under to wear a life jacket at all times while on the boat. Since most children object to wearing a life jacket, it is best to let them pick out their own life jacket. Comfort and style is an important aspect of a child’s willingness to wear the life jacket.
Other required equipment includes a fire extinguisher, a noise making device to attract attention, a basic first aid kit, a paddle or oar so you can get back to shore if the engine fails and navigation lights. Noise making devices can come in many forms, including a hand-held air horn, an electric horn or as simple as a whistle. The navigation lights should include side lights consisting of a green starboard light and a red port light; and a white all around stern light. Small power boats should have at a minimum a white all around light displayed at a location above the deck and preferably at the highest point on the boat. Kayaks, canoes and small sailboats should have at a minimum a bright flashlight. While on the water, the lights should be displayed 30 minutes before sunset until 30 minutes after sunrise.
Most boat owners would agree that the best maintenance program for a boat is preventive maintenance. Therefore, you should check your boat completely prior to the start of the season. Primary items to check are the fuel system for any signs of deterioration or leaks, the engine to insure you have proper cooling water flow, and the battery and electrical system for any signs of corrosion or deteriorating wiring. These are checks that can be made individually or by a third-party mechanic. In order to avoid the dangers associated with charging batteries by the use of electrical cords run across the road or hanging in the water around your dock, now would also be the time to invest in an inexpensive solar charging panel for your boat. Early preventive maintenance can save you an embarrassing situation when your guests are ready to go boating, but the boat won’t start.
The beginning of a new boating season is also a good time to check your floating dock for any loose boards and to make sure the connecting cables have not corroded to the point of failure. This would also be an appropriate time to invest in a new set of dock lines. Every year, our Lake Maintenance and Safety staff spends considerable time chasing down boats that broke loose simply due to UV degradation of the dock lines intended to secure the boat to the dock. More information on these subjects can be obtained in the LQ Dock Site Licensee Guide available through the Q Inc. office.
Let’s all work together to make 2019 a safe and enjoyable boating season. We hope to see you all on the water

Growing Up Quiviran by Kathy Finlen Simpson

Four-legged friends are among the best neighbors at Lake Quivira

It was about ten years ago when I spotted him for the first time. We had just moved to Lake Quivira. Frank was the first neighbor to drop by and introduce himself. He was friendly. Very friendly. But we soon discovered his hospitable demeanor masked an ulterior motive. After surveying the furniture, boxes and other household items staged in our garage, Frank found what he wanted and made a quick get-away.
It didn’t take long to realize this four-legged welcome wagon was actually a cunning thief. He stole from us as well as others in the neighborhood. I once saw him leaving the scene with an empty fertilizer bag. He stashed it with the rest of his loot — an eclectic array of mostly trash — on secure, high ground on the west side of the home he shares with Dave and Judy Blankenship. The more valuable items, such as that missing shoe, were displayed on top of the street signs at the intersection of Apache and Terrace Trail so neighbors could reclaim them on their drive by.
Dan Adams, who lived across the street with relatives Corky and Phyllis Nason, reported putting a brownie in a zip lock bag on the hood of his car as he fumbled for the keys. It was gone in a flash. Dan said he later saw Frank clenching the empty zip-lock bag securely in his mouth.
Dave and Judy rescued the handsome pup in 2009. At first glance, the black lab looked like many of the others at the Lake. Further observation revealed a zany look in his eye, a clue to his larger-than-life, lovable personality.

Frank was hoping for a holiday treat when he struck this pose in front of our Christmas tree.
Frank was hoping for a holiday treat when he struck this pose in front of our Christmas tree.

Despite his thieving ways, Frank won us over almost instantly. No one loved him more than our dog Copper, an older lab-mix who hit the senior living jackpot when we moved to the Lake. Just the mention of “Fr” sent Copper into a tizzy.
Frank became a regular at our house. Maintenance men on annual service calls would inquire about our big black dog. Our son Miles had his senior picture taken with him. I once spotted Frank in our living room during a party mingling with our friends. Now, it wouldn’t be a party without him.
Frank often keeps me company in my home office, especially during thunderstorms, when the big fella turns to mush and needs some extra TLC. He has snored through many conference calls and barked during a few of them too.
Not everyone has shared our affection for Frank. Like other young pups, Frank has gotten into his share of trouble, especially in the early years. One unfortunate incident landed Frank into home detention for a year. I would spring him loose for leashed walks around the lake. That’s when I realized his enormous popularity, or more precisely, notoriety. I likened those walks to going to prom with the most popular kid in school. No one had a clue who I was, but everyone knew Frank and greeted him warmly.
On one of those walks, I discovered Frank was not a swimmer. The next time, I wore my suit and I coaxed him into the water. He took to it – well – like a lab. Years later, he spotted me walking on the other side of the cove and swam across to impress me.
My love for Frank and the other dogs in the neighborhood is nothing new to Lake Quivira. Neighbors have been sharing, caring for and enjoying each other’s dogs since the very beginning, almost the same way they do with kids. Although you won’t find it in the rulebook, neighbors have dutifully assumed responsibility to discipline a dog or a kid. And if the situation got out of hand, you took it up with their owner or their parent. Kids knew how it worked, and so did dogs. It was pretty simple back then when I was growing up and, for the most part, it still is today.
Frank still misbehaves on occasion, and so does my dog Chula and the other dogs (and kids) at the Lake. We are fortunate to have a supportive community that realizes the enormous joy and richness they bring to our lives.
A mature Frank is no longer a thief and mostly oversees the neighborhood from his perch in the Blankenship’s yard. When I look in my rearview mirror and see him running after me, he brings a smile to my face. When he’s right there when I get out of my car, I am enchanted. When he greets me with a toothy grin, a wiggly body and his tail wagging so fast it looks like a propeller, I count my blessings for my sweet neighbor Frankie. . . and for the good life we share at Lake Quivira.