An epic coronavirus tale eventually ends happily for this LQ couple

By Charles Segebrecht

Susan and Wayne Hidalgo in front of the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore the day before boarding the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Susan and Wayne Hidalgo in front of the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore the day before boarding the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story” ~Orson Welles

This story of Susan and Wayne Hidalgo begins in July of 2019, when they knew warmer weather would be a major criterion for their January 2020 cruise destination decision. With a focus on the sunny Pacific rim, Asian ports of call began to becon–Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan. . . . As experienced cruisers, each could begin imagining warm ocean air and views from their private cabin balcony, feeling secure on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The adventuresome couple have cruised every year since 2000, some years up to four cruises. They have visited every continent, including Antarctica., “We’re running out of places!” Wayne claims. They enjoy meeting new people, and what better place than the trappings of a cruise ship–right?
Despite thorough trip planning, unexpected obstacles can stem from curious exotic foods, uncomfortable weather, money hassles, incomplete communications, closed attractions, questionable personal safety, undependable transportation, wrong directions, barely adequate lodging–even illness.
Prior to their departure for another cruise, Wayne completes an already scheduled total physical validating his excellent health. He has rarely used antibiotics and has never stayed a night in a hospital. Susan, too, is in great shape. Their positive health feedback is one more reason to celebrate New Year’s Eve as they depart the USA via United to Singapore for four-days before boarding their cruise ship for a carefully researched, four-week cruise.
January 2, 2020
Arriving in Singapore, Wayne and Susan check into the Fullerton Hotel (5-star, of course!). They have visited Singapore before, so begin to cruise, on foot, through familiar territory, enjoying life and a warmer climate, with no knowledge of a growing health concern in Wuhan, China.
January 6, 2020
The Carnival Cruise Line in Doral, Florida, is one of the largest vacation companies in the world and owns Princess Cruises. One of the Princess’s vessels is the Diamond Princess with a capacity for 2,670 guests and 1,100 crew ($500 million US to construct). Susan and Wayne have chosen back-to-back cruises; the first, a fourteen-day cruise from Singapore to Yokohama (Tokyo’s port), with scheduled stops in Hong Kong, Taipei, and Osaka. This passage’s guest list is comprised primarily of Germans, Americans, Australians, New Zealanders and a few Japanese. Susan and Wayne settle into a spacious room with a balcony on the starboard side of the ship, a room they will eventually occupy for both legs of their cruise.
They find the ship very comfortable; designed and appointed primarily for Japanese with befitting meals and sushi bars, typical communal baths, and toilets with too many buttons–all perfect for their adventuresome spirits. They see nothing in their available news about growing health concern in China. Nothing about how China’s health authorities had confirmed on December 31, 2019, that dozens of cases of COVID-19 were being treated–well before the Hidalgos had boarded the Diamond Princess.
January 20, 2020
Arriving in Yokohama, Japan, a turnover occurs in the passenger manifest for Susan and Wayne’s second part of their cruise. Over a thousand Japanese passengers board–over half the ship’s capacity– consisting of happy grandparents, many children and their parents. Their obvious festiveness is a function of this being a holiday cruise for these close families now onboard for the next fifteen cruising days. The ship will travel as far south as Hong Kong, returning to Yokohama, Japan. At the end of this second cruise leg, Wayne and Susan are expecting to fly back home from Tokyo, only 24.5 miles from Yokohama.
The Japanese culture is community oriented, just as Wayne remembers the United States being in the 50s. Groups of ten gather at large lunch tables, laughing and singing and celebrating–something. Susan and Wayne are relishing–actually, loving it.
Boarding with the new passengers is an eighty-year-old man traveling just to the scheduled stop of Hong Kong. The cruise line allows such passage. The Diamond Princess sets sail, travels to three more ports in southern Japan and then two more in Vietnam before reaching Hong Kong. No one is aware this individual is immediately tested and confirmed to have COVID-19 when arriving in Hong Kong. (The Princess Cruise Lines is notified sometime later.)
In the meantime, Susan and Wayne continue cruising to Taiwan and for a stay in the port of Okinawa (where some of the oldest people in world live) before returning to Yokohama. During this time and in typical cruising fashion, they systematically dine with an American woman and her mother and another American couple from California. The husband works at a university, likes computers and is especially fond of 50s and 60s cars. He and Wayne hit it off. Neither Susan nor Wayne knows China has locked down Wuhan on January 23, 2020.
February 2, 2020
Four days before arriving in Yokohama, rumors are circulating. The subject of the older gentlemen comes up at their dinner table. The husband from California says he had been on a bus with the older gentlemen during a cruise line shore excursion before the man disembarked in Hong Kong. Susan and Wayne had not participated in this port visit. Wayne isn’t concerned.
Unbeknownst to the Hidalgos, they remain in a vacuum of needed information. What little they now know is slowly seeping in from CNN, MSNBC and Fox.
February 3, 2020
Three days before arriving in Yokohama, the group is again at dinner. Astute Wayne notices his new acquaintance is less gregarious. The friend leaves the dining table for a while, returns and eats little. Reflecting later, Wayne recognizes he and Susan were once-removed from direct contact with a COVID-19 infected individual by eating meals with someone who had direct contact. It was the beginning of what we now define as a COVID-19 community.

The arrival of the Japanese Health Minestry onto the Diamond Princess, clothed in protective gear and intent on administrating WHO coronavirus tests.
The arrival of the Japanese Health Minestry onto the Diamond Princess, clothed in protective gear and intent on administrating
WHO coronavirus tests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 4, 2020
The day before arriving in Yokohama, Wayne is witness early in the day to their mealtime mate still behaving atypically. Later the same day, the Japanese Health Ministry boards the Diamond Princess, visiting rooms. They eventually visit Susan and Wayne’s and confirm the Hidalgos have had meals at the same table with the less gregarious husband and meal companion. Wayne balks at being tested by the health ministry because he is still feeling just fine; he has even been monitoring their own temperatures. The authorities return, and Wayne gives in to swab testing. He truly believes they will waltz right through this.
All passengers are quarantined this very day to their respective rooms based upon whatever the health ministry has found. Still, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in all of Japan.
February 5, 2020
The cruising ends upon arrival in Yokohama. The vessel immediately docks with starboard side to port–convenient for Susan and Wayne because of their balcony view of nearby Tokyo, of Mount Fuji in the distance and of the growing number of reporters (over 100) on shore behind an obvious line of demarcation. Wayne has by now heard of other ships being quarantined in the world–but offshore–unlike them. He attributes this anomaly to the Japanese respecting their own–over a thousand onboard.
The ship occasionally returns to sea to replenish its water supply for the desalination system but always returns to port. Susan once exclaimed, “Look, Wayne! You are on Australian TV!” Wayne had been waiving from their balcony to the crowd of reporters below.
Gloved and masked cabin porters bring them three banquet meals each day. Susan and Wayne leave trays in the hall upon finishing meals. After twenty-four hours, they still have not received feedback on their testing.
One ship room in the inboard area (no windows) has four teenage daughters. To lend a helping hand with their sanity, the ship allows them out to an area of the promenade deck. When Wayne asks why they switch their deck location from time to time, the ship staff say they always try to cleverly keep the girls downwind.
February 6, 2020
On the second day in port, Wayne witnesses from his balcony perch ten passengers disembarking into ambulances. Wayne assumes only ten people have tested positive. He is wrong and will soon learn Susan and he have also tested positive. The walkway to the ambulances is completely encapsulated; even ambulances are covered. All help is fully garbed.
February 7, 2020
On the third day in port, Susan and Wayne are instructed, along with eight others, to pack a small carry-on within the next two hours for an overnight. Luggage is to be left in cabin rooms. (Interestingly, they still have not received their luggage as of March 24.)
Susan and Wayne continue to see themselves as lucky. They are transported to Tokyo’s Ebara Hospital (its specialty: infectious diseases). They are in the second wave of people removed from the ship, and they still feel fine, displaying no conspicuous symptoms. Wayne demands Susan and he travel together in the ambulance and have a shared room at the hospital They are a team, he explains, still traveling together; everyone obliges. Neither is scared upon arriving to the hospital. Wayne attributes this to simply being naive to the new virus and having no associated symptoms.
The hospital is the most efficient Wayne has ever seen, albeit the first he has ever spent a night in. Gowned and masked staff clean every surface thoroughly each day; if close to either Susan or Wayne, they wear an additional face shield. Wi-Fi is initially not available in their hospital room; nor is TV. In Japan, a patient must go to the commissary and purchase a card to plug into the television for it to function; same goes for the use of the room’s refrigerator. Other oddities to Americans familiar with hospitals: patients must bring their own soap, shampoo, gowns, towels, snacks and food. Eventually, Wi-Fi becomes available in their room and WhatsApp is downloaded, allowing Susan to freely talk daily with their children, grandchildren and very much-appreciated friends, keeping her spirits high.
Blood and x-rays are taken upon arrival to the hospital and soon confirm each has contracted coronavirus. Their doctor is in her thirties, and over time it seems to Susan and Wayne they are her only patients. Her advice to getting well early on is to rest and allow their own immune systems to function. She also says, “If the virus manifested itself with more severity, we will talk about it.”
An HIV-related drug is mentioned as a possibility. On hearing this, Wayne worries the situation could be getting serious. (That drug is never needed.) A representative from the US Embassy in Tokyo visits early on and provides much needed clothing for each–even North Face shirts for Wayne.
If they have to wait it out, this facility and staff could not be better, Wayne concedes. The staff and doctor typically bow upon entering their shared room. Four vitals are taken three times a day with lots of respectful bowing.

 Susan and Wayne’s physician and two of their supporting nurses at the Ebara Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.
Susan and Wayne’s physician and two of their supporting nurses at the Ebara Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 10 to February 27, 2020
After two days in the hospital. Wayne begins to show some of the typical virus symptoms. Susan does not, and in fact, never displays any. Wayne’s fever comes on gradually but never goes higher than 99.5 degrees. He experiences aching and lack of appetite, but no headache or shortness of breath. His x-rays show mild pneumonia, and he generally feels lousy. A note of inspiration: Susan and Wayne attribute the relatively mild cases each experience to their long-term, healthy lifestyle.
It is explained to them an identifiable marker in their individual blood work can be used to monitor the severity of their infection. It will register a trackable level defining a direction the infection is taking. Wayne’s sampling is taken a total of five times, showing initially a rising infection trend. Prior to his fourth sampling, mention is made again of the experimental HIV drug. His next to last sampling, however, shows the virus at the three-week mark has dropped dramatically; no HIV drug required. Susan’s marker level continues to always remain low.
Susan and Wayne receive three meals a day. Wayne is animated while explaining the hospital’s cuisine: “Gourmet by anyone’s standards; udon noodles, unbelievably fresh fruits–wow!” Their meals are always brought into their hospital room, which fortunately feels spacious with its broad view of Tokyo.
Wayne and Susan settle into an eventual routine with WhatsApp communications from the home front, meals, room cleaning, Netflix favorites and of course, the vitals. Periodicals arrive several times, indirectly, from a daughter who has a friend living in Japan. A very efficient medicine is the plethora of mailed grandkid pictures (all nine)–more essential than anything else, even the five lbs. of chocolates! Wayne begins to feel better after the initial twelve days in the hospital.
Finally, a negative test for each on or about February 27! The next test is again negative, although the results arrive late due to the elevated number of tests now being administered. The third tests for each on the 28th are once again negative–reason to celebrate! All COVID-19 tests have been provided by the World Health Organization.

The arrival of the Japanese Health Minestry onto the Diamond Princess, clothed in protective gear and intent on administrating WHO coronavirus tests.
The arrival of the Japanese Health Minestry onto the Diamond Princess, clothed in protective gear and intent on administrating
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February 29, 2020
“Be ready to leave in two hours.” Leaving the hospital, a staff member says they may go anywhere in Japan they wish. “It felt fabulous!” beams Susan. “What about an invoice?” inquires Wayne. The hospital’s words: “Don’t worry about it.” Susan and Wayne pack what little they have between themselves and venture down a long hallway. The entire nursing staff are waiting for them with masks on; upon their approach, they all take off their masks and clap and hug each–very emotional for all. Susan has developed a special rapport with the nursing staff. Throughout their ordeal she believed if she took care of them, they would take good care of Wayne and her.
As they walk out of the hospital, neither can believe it. Susan exclaims, “This is unbelievable – fresh air!” Before they can head to the States, the CDC requires six additional hurdles, which include undergoing another nasal swab and remaining in Japan for a minimum of five more days. Only then can they get a CDC clearance letter canceling their present state of “Do Not Board,” allowing access to an international airline. Princess Cruise Lines, in the interim, sends a concierge from Anchorage, Alaska, to make sure they are treated right and have everything they need, such as a comped stay at the New Prince Hotel for the required five days, as well as making all travel accommodations – including covering business class upgrades.
On their first day in Tokyo out of the hospital, they do what they do here–walk. They walk for approximately three-and-one-half miles, and with each step Wayne begins to feel old football injuries surface. (He has since returned to his old self after being on his back for so long–pain free.) On the initial walking excursion, they purchase a Tokyo souvenir: a new suitcase. And their world keeps getting better –continued healing with the arrival of their son, Merrick, in Tokyo, as planned. They relax, eat and continue walking together and getting stronger. A first meal in a restaurant consists of what each had been hungry for: a hamburger and fries.
These improving walkers notice something on an outing in a La Jolla-like neighborhood, triggering what Wayne had thought of at the beginning of their adventure so long ago: the close-knit Japanese community and how they care about each other. Sidewalks everywhere have center lanes of textured concrete for the vision impaired with additional identifying lines warning when turns are imminent. Wayne imagines the millions of Yen spent for such caring.
Arresting an imagined need, Wayne reaches out to Quivira friend, Dr. John Weigel, finding him fishing in Texas. Dr. Weigel knows everyone at KU Med. and recommends an infectious disease doctor for backup if found to be necessary. The referred doctor awakens Wayne at 2 a.m. Tokyo time to tell him, “Stay away from hospitals unless necessary!” Soon, Susan and Wayne breeze through Japan’s customs and immigration – without a single scrutinizing look!
March 5, 2020; A Happy Ending
Their arrival in Minneapolis immediately begins to resemble a familiar movie to Wayne. “The customs and immigration officers know who we were but feign ignorance.” Susan and Wayne are directed to a door marked “CDC.” The officials in the small and crowded office state, “Your passport says you’ve been gone for approximately sixty days; have you been on a cruise?” They certainly know the answer, but continue on with, “Papers, please.” Right out of Casablanca! Susan and Wayne hand them their DNB clearing letters, and off they go on a final flight.
Probably the last one
Each agree to the closure of traveling on large cruise ships. But a river cruise? Possibly! They will definitely travel again; it’s in their blood. Wayne envisions taking a European road trip next with a Michelin map in his copilot’s hands. They are an invincible team. And see the commitment here in print: three grandchildren have yet to take the traditional, international Hidalgo trip each is promised. Wayne and Susan admit they are grateful for the outcome and clearly recognize how much closer each is to their children and to all nine grandchildren. Susan says, “It’s a blessing”; “Contentment” Wayne describes it.
Now sitting in front of their glass wall overlooking their back yard of sixty acres of nature–with the ship out or their minds–each is contented, healthy and feeling fortunate to be getting back to their regular routines at Lake Quivira. Our community is thrilled to have them return whole from their adventuresome cruise. Emails, black box notes and mailed letters of welcome and good cheer have poured in. Sixteen golfing buddies are awaiting Wayne’s return to the LQ links; Wayne promises, “Soon!”
And here, we find an appropriate stopping point—a stopping point with a very happy ending, indeed—to the story of Wayne and Susan’s experience within the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bloomberg News Update; March 17, 2020
Food service employees aboard the Diamond Princess hastened the spread of Coronavirus on the stricken cruise ship, ultimately contributing to more than 700 cases, according to a government study. [Some deaths have resulted.]
First cases were detected among passengers, the virus spread to members of the crew, according to the study published Tuesday in the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. On February 2, a food-service worker became the first known case among crew, and such employees accounted for ¾ of early laboratory confirmed cases among staff. The report said those workers prepared food for other members of the crew.
The report highlights the risk of exposure in crowded settings like ships, gyms and concert venues.
When passengers were asked to go into a two-week quarantine in their cabins, crew members continued regular duties and delivered meals to guests. The workers remained in their cabins when they weren’t on duty.

Wayne and Susan by a train car in Singapore. While their days of cruising on large ships may be over, the two inveterate travelers will continue to seek out further adventure--perhaps a European road trip!
Wayne and Susan by a train car in Singapore. While their days of cruising on large ships may be over, the two inveterate travelers will continue to seek out further adventure–perhaps a
European road trip!

Safe Boating is a Community Responsibility

By John Nelson
A sure sign that summer is coming to Lake Quivira is the sight of Lake Maintenance putting our boats back in the water. As we look forward to the upcoming season, now is the time to remind our friends and family about the importance of safe boating and begin to prepare ourselves and our boats.
Boating safety involves three important steps. First, you must have your boat prepared mechanically. Secondly, have the proper equipment on board to protect you and your passengers in the case of an emergency. Finally, it is the responsibility of the boat owner and anyone who operates the boat to possess certain boat handling skills and understand the safe rules of boating on Lake Quivira.
Most boat owners would agree the best maintenance program for a boat is preventive maintenance. 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 which can be made individually or by a third party mechanic. Early preventive maintenance can save you an embarrassing situation when your guests are ready to go boating and the boat won’t start, leaving everyone stranded on shore or worst case, on the water.
The most basic piece of safety 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, Lake Quivira rules state a person aged 12 and under must wear a life jacket at all times while on the boat. And anyone, no matter the age, being towed behind a boat should also wear a 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. The navigation lights should include side lights, consisting of a green starboard light and a red port light; and a white stern light. Kayaks, canoes and small sailboats should have at a minimum a bright flashlight. The lights should be displayed 30 minutes before sunset until 30 minutes after sunrise.
As the operator of a boat, you are ultimately responsible for the safety of your passengers and any damage that could possibly be incurred by you operating the boat in an unsafe manner. Before heading out on the water, the prudent owner will first ensure that his boat is not over loaded. By Federal Law, every boat should have a placard indicating the maximum capacity for that boat. The capacity is based on the buoyancy capabilities of the boat and its ability to not tip over when the specified weight limit has been maintained.
As with driving a car, boat handling skills are developed over time and with practice. The most basic skill involves understanding which boat has the right of way over another. On the water, since there are no traffic signs, the most basic rule that applies to right of way conditions is based on a boat’s ability to maneuver. Kayaks and canoes always have the right of way over all boats, followed by sailboats, and then power boats. Basically, this means on Lake Quivira, no matter the situation, pontoon boats and powerboats must always yield the right of way to all other types of boats. However, recognizing not everyone is paying attention or understands this rule, collision avoidance through common sense should always prevail.
The most common damage caused by a boat is the wake produced by excessive speed. For this reason, on Lake Quivira, boats should never be operated above idle speed between the buoyed area on the lake and the shoreline, at night, or whenever in close proximity to other boats and swimmers. Additionally, in order to control the flow of boats on Lake Quivira, the club rules require all boats to move in a counter-clockwise direction when operating on the lake.
Finally, as a boat owner and operator, you should always be cognizant of potentially dangerous situations while on the water. One of the most dangerous occurs when passengers are allowed to hang over the side of the boat while the boat is moving. Occasionally, children are seen having fun splashing their legs in the water off the front of a boat as it is moving. On a pontoon boat, if they fall off, they will be drawn directly between the pontoons into the engine far more quickly than the boat could ever be stopped. For this reason, basic common sense should always prevail, and no one should ever be allowed to hang off the side of a boat while it is moving. When pulling a skier or a float, it is always a good idea to have a spotter on the boat and display an orange flag. Additionally, other boats operating in the area should never follow in the same path as a boat towing an individual.
Let’s all work together to make 2020 a safe and enjoyable boating season. Boating safety is a community responsibility, and we must all do our part. We hope to see you on the water.

A Summary of the Annual Election Voting & 2020 Operating Dues

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on the two ballots. A total of 280 ballots were cast representing more than 70 percent of our Foundation Members and achieving the required quorum. Below are the voting results:
Ballot #1 – Annual Election, Quivira, Inc. Board of Directors
·        Tim Goodger
·        Jack Matchette
·        John Nelson
Ballot #2 – 2020 Operating Dues Increase
·        155 Yes, 125 No – PASSED
Congratulations to Jody Brazil for being elected as the new Associate Director.
A special thanks to Debbie Peed and Lisa Smith for helping to administer the voting process and to Phil Lupo, Giovanna Michaelis, and Mike Olson for serving as ballot counters.
 ~Board of Directors

The President’s Report – April 2020

By John Nelson, President, Quivira, Inc. Board of Directors

Every year at this time, the Quivira Inc. Annual Meeting signals the start of spring when the numerous activities available around the Lake will soon be kicking into high gear. This year has actually brought on several new challenges for our community with the pandemic brought about by the new virus; COVID-19.
Even though the business portion of the Annual Meeting was delayed due to the social distancing guidelines implemented by the state, county and city, we did conduct our Annual Election of Directors, as required by our By-Laws. As was announced previously, I would like to welcome newly-elected Directors Tim Goodger, Jack Matchette and Jody Brazil to the Board. Each of these individuals brings differing strengths, and I look forward to working with them all. Needless to say, I was honored by being elected to a second term on the Board. During the March Board meeting, the following Board members were elected as officers of the corporation for the coming year: John Nelson – President, Eric Vossman – Vice President, Tim Goodger – Treasurer, Leslie Treas – Secretary, and Jennifer Wood – Asst. Secretary. At this time, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize and thank our outgoing Board and officers whose leadership and dedication to LQ was beyond reproach: Directors Tim Wilson, Bruce Allen and Ed Markley; and Officers Steve Sestak, Margaret Bowker and Tim Wilson.
As we navigate through the ever changing guidelines of controlling the spread of Covid 19, I assure you the Executive Board is in communication with county and city officials almost daily to make the required adjustments to protect our residents, members and staff. The most important part we can all do to assist with this effort is to adhere to the social distancing recommendations by our health officials. LQ has supported this through the closure of many of our amenities and the cancellation of all one-on-one and group activities. Our primary goal through this process is to minimize member contact when possible, but still provide basic services and activities to support our residents’ needs and health. We would like to thank you in advance for your support of these initiatives.
Recognizing that all of these actions will reduce our income levels for the foreseeable future, we are closely monitoring all expenses and adjusting accordingly. Through February, Quivira Inc. has booked Gross Revenues of $770,202, versus a budget of $767,686; and a Net Operating Profit of $33,817, versus a budget of $31,778. March will be our first month truly affected by the Covid 19 epidemic. Recognizing these actions will have a direct effect on our staff, I would like to thank the many individuals who helped form and have donated to the “Quivira Cares” fund to assist our hourly employees by supplementing a portion of their lost wages when their working hours were affected by the Covid 19 restrictions. The goal of the program is to raise $30,000 in order to provide assistance through the next three pay periods, running through April.
As we face these new challenges, I am very confident that the strength of the Lake Quivira family will prevail.

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What’s New at ‘The Q’

Quivira Community Center, Inc. (Q2) Report
By Mark Kistler, President, Q2 Board of Directors

“United we stand, divided we fall” ~Father John Dickinson
This phrase is often used to inspire unity and collaboration. Given the “new abnormal,l” I can’t think of a better phrase to address our new-found challenges of today. In the spirit of “social distancing,” the Q2 Board and committee chairs had a fantastic and productive meeting via webex this past Thursday. A few of us even had our web camera’s on (very hip and cool!).
Given these unprecedented times, great progress continues to be made. Eric Vossman and McAnany Construction have done phenomenal work grading the outside of the building and ensuring effective downspouts and necessary drainage is in place. Irrigation will be installed soon, followed by sod. The pool and jacuzzi has been filled with water, and tile work is almost finished in the men’s, women’s and family locker rooms. Lockers will be installed soon, and the front entrance reception desk is almost complete. The elevator is operational, mirrors have been installed in the upper level weight/cardio area and the tennis curtains are in. A reminder that the provisional rules and regulations for the Community Center can be found on the Lake Quivira Website. To date we have heard very little feedback since they were posted back in November 2019. Please take the time to review and let us know what you think.
Regarding operations, staff hiring plans are in place and ready to execute once we have a set opening date. We are also in a good place regarding technology readiness with Northstar. Building supplies, furnishings and cleaning services have been secured, and plans are set for displaying merchandise in the lobby area. Generous member donations have allowed us to purchase a high-end espresso machine, and Chef Michael is working on menu items for the kitchen and “grab & go” case.
On March 14 we hosted the Lake Quivira Foundation for a tour of the Community Center, followed by lunch at the clubhouse. Derrick Wilde conducted an excellent tour, and the food Chef Michael prepared was fantastic! The Lake Quivira Foundation was instrumental in underwriting the hiring of an architect to create initial building drawings for the Community Center. They also provided funds to build our new basketball court and grade land east of the tennis courts for future outdoor pickleball courts. The Foundation has also been supportive of the Mothers’ Club “Project Play” initiative, as well many other projects around the lake. The members of the Lake Quivira Foundation deserve our appreciation and thanks! Kudos go out to Derrick, Chef Michael, Margaret Bowker and Lynn and Steve Sestak for organizing and hosting such a classy event.
In closing, a congratulations and a thank you. Congratulations to John Nelson, for not only his re-election to the Quivira, Inc. Board, but also for his election as Board President. Per the Q2 by-laws, John will now join the Q2 Board as an ex-officio member, replacing Steve Sestak. A big thank you to Steve Sestak for his countless hours of dedicated service as both Quivira, Inc. Board President and an ex-officio member of the Q2 Board. You have been phenomenal to work with, and I know I speak for all when I say thank you!
Our next Q2 Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, at 6 p.m.. As things stand right now, it will be conducted once again via webex.
Enjoy the warming weather, blossoming trees and the longer days of light. Thanks to all for leading

Meet Torian Jenkins, American Culinary Federation Youth Team USA 2020 Winner

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By Aline Zimmer
Hidden away in the LQ Clubhouse kitchen is Torian Jenkins, apprentice to Chef Michael. Torian recently returned from the 2020 American Culinary Federation (ACF) competition in Stuttgart, Germany, with two medals, ranking 10th in the world among youth teams. His team set up food preparation in a “small box” kitchen where teams cannot see each other. They follow the rules set for them, competing against teams from such countries as Mexico, Canada, Wales, Sweden and Switzerland.
When he entered high school in Wichita, Torian thought he’d be in sports. He took a cooking class during his sophomore year because “who doesn’t want to eat during school!” He found he was comfortable in the kitchen environment and felt energized there. He continued to take cooking classes and showed an aptitude for the craft. “If anyone can take cooking skills further, you can,” said his chef while steering him to an opportunity in the Wichita area. He toured Johnson County Community College’s culinary building and its four industrial kitchens and decided it was the place to pursue his education. He is now finishing his training there and will be a sous-chef when he graduates in May.
Working full-time at Lake Quivira since August 2017 has been part of his training. To become a certified sous-chef requires 6000 hours of experience doing everything from butchering protein to creating stock, washing dishes and learning to take inventory among other business skills. He keeps a logbook of hours and recipes. The kitchen staff are like family, and they have built a level of trust and loyalty providing the base to be innovative. Torian will sometimes pitch ideas for dishes Chef Michael will try in the weekly specials. If you are ever offered parsnip and pistachio ice cream, you’ll know who came up with that idea! Kudos to Chef Michael for his guidance of bright young stars like Torian.
Sustainability now plays a large part in how many apprentices and chefs approach cooking. If chefs take a salmon filet and use more of the fish, such as the belly, they reduce waste and increase the value of that filet – “that’s the difference between a cook and a chef.” He also practices keeping his station spotless, an important aspect of being a top chef. He practices discipline in class, in the kitchen and in competitions.
Torian aspires to the highest rank of Master Chef. His common-sense approach to food and his drive have given him a leg up, and his knack for making friends and connections has opened doors. At age 20 he has a bright future ahead of him. He hopes to keep expanding his skills by competing in the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a competition for young chefs that begins regionally and expands from there.
No doubt you’ll hear the name Torian Jenkins years from now and remember when he was an apprentice at Lake Quivira.

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