In January, Associate Members received a ballot by mail for the 2017 Associate Director Election. The Board of Directors of Quivira, Inc. includes one director who is elected by the Associate Members. The term of the Associate Director, Ed Markley, concludes at the end of March. Mr. Markley has decided to seek re-election for a second three-year term.
The election for the Associate Director is held by mail ballot, and the results will be announced at the Membership Meeting on March 27, 2017. We must have completed ballots from over 50% of the Associate Members to establish a quorum for the election. Every response is important. If you have misplaced your ballot, please contact the Quivira, Inc. office for a replacement ballot.
Ballots must be returned by February 28, 2017.
Please feel free to call Cindy Price at 913-631-7707 if you have any questions.
By Dawn Gabel
Katie and David Schleicher shopped for nearly three years to find just the right property at Lake Quivira to raise their son Charlie. You see, they needed to find a home they could insulate on all six sides.
“We were pretty much building a Yeti cooler,” explained David, a Certified Passive Design Consultant and President of Prairie Design Build. Passive design is a high standard of low energy usage and high internal air quality for living spaces.
How does one turn one’s house into a Yeti cooler? One way is a lot of insulation. The walls of the Schleicher home have three to four times more insulation than a minimum build home in Johnson County.
Windows are considered part of the wall. The Schleichers’ triple-pane windows are made in Ireland with German hardware on them and perform with three times the efficiency of normal windows. The exterior doors are of the same construction and require special hinges to support their weight.
To further insulate, they actually de-nailed all the siding of the house, saving it rather than filling the landfill. They took it off all the way down to the studs.
“We left some of the exterior sheeting on, but then added six inches of a type of Styrofoam to the outside. Then we applied a rain screen system on the outside of that, which allows for managing water that comes into the house and has no other way to come out. Finally, the original siding was put back on.”
From the inside, they applied a membrane facing the studs, wrapping the entire house like a Gore-Tex jacket. For good measure, they added another two inches of insulation to the inside of the house before the sheetrock so when they’re hanging pictures, they don’t put a hole in the jacket.
Even the roof and floor have several times more insulation than the required standard. “We added a ton of insulation to the roof and into the crawl space and placed all mechanicals out of the crawl space so the only thing there is storage,” said David.
Really thick windows and doors, super insulated and airtight, keep the heat created inside in. Then the sun is allowed to heat up the house.”
“Luckily, we were able to capture some views and also have really good southern orientation,” said David. During the winter, the sun tracks low enough to heat the space. Add to that the air tight feature, so nothing that is being heated inside the home is escaping. Summer cooling is aided by blocking the sun with eaves to prevent heat from coming in.
David explained every time your air conditioner or heater turns on, it has to pull air from somewhere. “It eventually gets to the cold air return. but there’s a time between when it is outside and it hits the cold air return that you going to breathe it. It comes through the walls, so the walls are your filter. Whatever is in the wall is what you are breathing–that plus the outdoor air, which may be full of pollen.” The Schleicher home removes 99 percent of the pollen and dust in the air.
Since a passive house is sealed extremely tight, the home has to bring in fresh air through a manual duct outside, where it is filtered before it comes in. Air from the bathrooms and the kitchen are exhausted back to the duct.
“We don’t have normal exhaust fans,” David said. “The house has fans in the bathroom that run nonstop. You can’t hear them because they are so quiet, but they dump back to a machine that transfers the exhaust air with the fresh air. So, we’ll take 20-degree air that’s coming in from outside and mix it with our 70-degree air inside. We do that by bringing in this constant fresh air. All through the night all we have is premium fresh air.”
Since there are no vents to the outside other than plumbing vents and one exhaust for the fresh air maker, the dryer doesn’t vent to the outside.
Rather, they have what’s called a heat pump dryer or a condensing dryer. Instead of having a hole outside your house which is constantly draining energy, this dryer actually takes the moisture and drains it through the plumbing drain.
Finishing touches are LED lights throughout, super efficient appliances and an induction cook top. None of the materials in the home give off gas. There are no Volitile Organic Compound (VOC) finishes on anything, so the Schleichers aren’t breathing anything harmful.
Their water heater is a heat pump type, which looks like a normal water heater, but has an additional piece on top to allow for taking air from inside the house and producing 67 more times heat through it–far more efficient than electric or gas.
And the water heater is on a re-circulating pump for the master bath, so they never have to wait for hot water. Furthermore, it’s adaptive so it learns when they are taking a shower.
Two areas of the house have a flat pitch roof, so getting the drainage just right was important To get the years out of the south roof, they used standing seam metal, which is, for the most part, a lifetime roof.
“Likely, we will never need to replace it. And the way the roof’s pitched, it’s perfect for solar panels. Once we get solar on, we will be net zero/net positive. Solar prices are dropping significantly, so we are just biding our time before we purchase them.”
Air quality from internal sources is also a high concern while living in a passive build. “When you build a house that is air tight, you have to be really mindful of what you’re putting into it because it could be harmful to breathe and live in,” explained David. He used for an example, Windex–”not a good thing to be breathing if the fumes cannot dissipate quickly.” While most homes have the equivalent of a 3 ft. by 5 ft. window not even being installed in their home if you summed up all the air leakages, the Schleicher home reduces it down to about the size of a business card so the infiltration is just not happening.
The interior of the home has clean lines. An added design feature is a deep grey limestone from Kansas called Plaza Gray. “It’s a natural stone purchased through Carthage Stoneworks, sourced from the Flint Hills,” explained David. Other design features are natural Danish oil finished white oak floors and screwless electric plates, giving the whole home a crisp, clean look.
As the country was coming out of the recession, David believed it was time to innovate. “We were a company that never worked or built spec homes. Unfortunately, we witnessed the Kansas City area definitely has one of the lowest building standards in the country. We wanted to change that–not just for the environment, but for people–so they could have a healthier home that would last forever instead of a short amount of time.”
With these beliefs in mind, he traveled to study at the Illinois Institute of Technology and became certified. Also on his team are a building scientist and another passive consultant. While his home is the first retrofit in the Midwest, they also built the two first speculative passive houses–which have just been sold–across from the University of Kansas Medical Center at 39th and Rainbow.
“We grabbed four lots down by the KU Medical Center to bring this type of building into the market,” explained David. They started with two homes that would meet standards. They purchased prefabricated walls, combined with their chosen windows, from a factory in Lawrence, which now specializes in this type of construction.
“Literally, the first two homes came out of that factory,” said David. “The concept had previously been tested in or near Virginia, but a company out of Lawrence called Prosoco started another company called Build Smart, and we have been using Prosoco’s products and we already had a relationship.”
Due to the prefabricated walls, the houses went up extremely fast, thus helping to lower labor cost, which is important due to a higher building cost per square foot on the passive homes.
“When we purchased the lots we were trying to find an area that was not as affected by the housing recession,” said David. “We were also going to be building at a higher price per square foot, so we needed to find an area where the homes weren’t built to save land cost, and that’s what we were able to do. We were able to buy the land extremely cheap and then build a passive house with ninety percent less energy, coming in at market rate.”
Three of the homes have sold now, all without a realtor and off the beaten path, and two of them are almost complete. The third is a custom design contract, and they still have the fourth lot. “We have several other passive house projects in design, and these are on the custom end. Passive houses are definitely something we will be sticking with.”
David explained the passive house concept started in Germany thirty years ago, and that country is years ahead on the products, materials and strategies in the market. As of yet, the high efficiency windows and doors cannot be sourced in North America.
Passive home build price is lowering, explained David. “We start building homes at $200 per square foot. We used to see and hear there was probably a ten- to twelve-percent premium to build a passive house, but I think it’s becoming much lower. Companies like Build Smart in Lawrence and window manufacturers that are getting more competitive are driving that cost down.
“As you’re building the house and improving the thermal efficiencies of it, you start to reduce the size of your mechanical equipment,” said David. Their home used to have a five ton air unit, now they are running the house on a one ton.
“There is a lot of savings in that–thousands of dollars. We are starting to see some of the savings right out of the gate in mechanical equipment. It’s going to be a cost parody before we know it. The bigger the house, the less insulation you have to put in the walls, so there is some argument that building a passive house on a grand scale is actually cheaper per square foot. And then you reap all the benefits.”
David said the industry is projecting that between 2020 and 2025, the building code will be at or near passive levels. He was fortunate to meet with the chief architect at the Department of Energy, who brought together David and ten to twelve other builders from across the country to share ideas and challenge each other to help change the home building industry.
“The Department of Energy communicated the raising of building standards was near, especially when it comes to energy efficiency to help or reduce the impact we are having on climate change,” said David. “The more people who live in these things, the more ‘salespeople’ we are going to create. Then even more people will get in the market. More builders will soon be building this way because there is a demand.”
Quiet and comfortable living is David’s family’s experience in a passive home. “We hardly hear anything–thunderstorms, sirens, anything,” said David. “We sleep through them.
“In our old house, it would lightening and shake and wake the dogs up and make them bark. It’s definitely, a higher quality of life.
“I like the windows and the views outside and the quietness. That’s a big upgrade for us. “Plus the comfort. It’s been twelve degrees, and I’m in here in shorts. I’m sleeping in t-shirts and shorts year round.”
David believes the most beneficial part of their home, however, is not the energy efficiency, but rather, the health benefits. “We have been in here fifteen months now, and I have had only had one cold.”
Mr. Braun opened the meeting stating he had prepared a presentation for the Board, but was doing so as a member of Lake Quivira, not as a member of the Board. He stated people need to appreciate and be good stewards of the environment, and feels lately there have been some areas where the club is not observing this practice.
The main point of his presentation was the fact that there are limited places for items such as used sand, tree branches/trunks and other salvaged items to be stored at Lake Quivira. Due to the lack of such space, it appears some of these items are being stored in areas which create a visual nuisance or even encroach on trees, perhaps killing them. Debris is being stockpiled for recycling, but at the expense of potentially impacting the community visually, as well as, environmentally. Mr. Braun provided several pictures taken to substantiate his opinion on the subject.
It was suggested the Strategic Planning Committee determine an area where such debris could be stored in the future and the staff exercise greater diligence in eliminating unwanted refuse. Mr. Braun also suggested finding an area where Quivira, Inc. could develop a community composting program to assist with this dilemma and provide solutions for the ongoing problems we face.
Jeff Eldridge, Golf Course Superintendent, advised the Board that one of the greatest struggles he faces pertaining to refuse are the leaves dumped near the maintenance facility, by members and contractors. He has no way of dealing with these unwanted materials. Marketing Committee
Ms. Bowker, Marketing Committee chair, updated the Board on membership recruitment for 2016. New members included the following: 19 Country Club and 13 Social families, as well as 27 new families from home sales within the community. Not everyone realizes the impact of these new memberships, but they represent over fifty new families who are now part of the Lake Quivira community. However, 28 resignations were received during 2016, and this is a concern on the efforts for growth within the overall membership.
Lisa Phlegar, Marketing Director, has conducted exit interviews with each family resigning from the club. The findings from these interviews were as follows; 3 – policy change, 13 – memberships being underutilized, 2 – moving from area, 6 – individuals transferring to assisted living or retirement facilities.
Ms. Bowker stated that during the past year, eleven members helped recruit friends or family to join Lake Quivira. There will be a membership recruiting event on April 2. This will be a Sunday afternoon occasion to which members will be encouraged to invite prospective individuals to attend. The format will be light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and an opportunity for visitors to see the beauty of Lake Quivira first hand, as well as learn more about membership possibilities. Tours of facilities will be arranged, and members will be on hand to offer pontoon rides around the lake.
The Marketing Committee introduced a temporary membership incentive program to assist in attracting new members during the difficult winter months. Ms. Bowker made the following motion; “New members joining during the months of January, February and March, dues to be waived until April 1, 2017. Individuals joining under this program will pay the monthly minimum, but have immediate access to all club privileges associated with their category of membership.” Motion approved.
Secondly, the following motion was made and approved; “New members may choose the option of paying their initiation fee in five equal, monthly payments without interest over the first five months of membership. The effectiveness of the plan will be evaluated at the end of the year as to continuance.” This option will be available for all Country Club and Foundation members.
Mr. Brad Botteron was in attendance at the meeting representing The Foundation and their desire to provide a new electronic sign at the front gate. Ms. Bowker informed the Board the Marketing Committee fully endorsed the proposed plan as they believe it will be a tremendous vehicle to market community and club events.
Discussion followed as to the best location for the sign–whether it should be placed where the current sign is or if it would be best to move it inside the gate closer to the fire station. No final determination was made on location; however, the Board unanimously approved support for the new signage. Finance Committee
Mr. Starr reported the committee had met briefly following the member budget meeting in November. No significant direction was gained from their discussions and the general consensus was the budget approved by them for member ratification was a responsible budget, and they made no recommendations for further change.
One area of total agreement with the committee is their belief that an annual two- to three-percent increase in dues is not only reasonable, but necessary to sustain operations on a cost of living basis. The committee agrees properly communicating with the membership to gain their understanding and approval for these increases is vitally important. There are only a very limited number of line items which can be reasonably cut on an annual basis, and simply attracting and maintaining qualified staff dictates payroll increases. Furthermore, expenses never decrease, but always edge upwards.
Presently, there are a few minor adjustments which can be made to the budget; however, it will be necessary to draw down the reserve in order to offset the negative balance.
President Pribyl provided an update on the work in identifying a 501(c)(4) expert to advise Quivira, Inc. on marketing policy. Communication has been established with a renowned individual in California who has a great deal of expertise, as well as experience working with clubs in our situation. Thus far there has been no expense associated with procuring information.
Quivira, Inc.’s CPA firm will attend the Board’s Executive Session on February 28 to ensure they concur with the opinions being received from the California connection. Golf Committee
Mr. Markley discussed the recent decision by the membership to vote against the proposed golf course capital projects for 2017. The Golf Committee feels strongly these items can’t be placed on hold for another year, especially when necessary projects are already seriously behind schedule. The Committee voted unanimously to ask the Board to place the defeated measure back on a ballot for the Annual Meeting in March.
The Golf Committee’s position is that the funds are available; however, permission to utilize these funds must be approved by the members. Their feeling is the project list submitted for the members to vote on in November would have been approved if it had been presented in a more distinct manner. Therefore, it will be important to provide a clearer vision on the importance of these items in maintaining the integrity of a valuable asset, the golf course.
Mr. Markley believes if the capital items are properly vetted to the membership, there is a reasonable expectation they will approve the expenditures in March. There was an additional reminder that if the expenditure is approved by the members, it will not require an increase in dues. The Board approved placing this capital request on a ballot for the Annual Meeting. The motion included a commitment to re-prioritize the list of projects and reduce the requested funds proposed in November. Lake & Residential Committee
Mr. Brown spoke of the past discussions within his committee pertaining to the possible entry/exit transfer fees for boats being handled by the Maintenance Department. Gary Anderson and his staff spend considerable amounts of time over a period of approximately five months, transferring boats in and out of the lake. The committee recommends offsetting the time spent by the crew providing this service with a fee of $50 each time a boat is either removed from or placed back onto the lake.
Mr. Brown made the following motion; “All boats dry docked and launched by staff will require a $50 service fee.” Motion approved and will be effective immediately.
Mr. Brown also announced his committee is pursuing engineering firms with expertise in sediment control. The Navajo/Mohawk tributary watershed produces 120 gallons of silt an hour during a storm, producing two or more inches of rainfall. One firm has looked at the issue, and a second firm will be providing options and proposals at the February committee meeting. The watershed is 180 acres, but Quivira, Inc. owns only 60 acres; therefore, it is important to understand surrounding development and if assistance is available from other municipalities.
The following motion was made; “Initiate dialogue between Quivira, Inc. and Shawnee in regard to developing a plan for containment of watershed impacting our lake.” Motion approved. Restrictions Committee
The committee has been doing considerable research over the past several months as to the feasibility of introducing an impact fee for construction traffic involved in various projects within Lake Quivira. There is no question the number of construction projects taking place in recent years has caused significant damage to the streets in the community. Approximately $200,000 is budgeted annually for minor repairs and asphalt overlay for the streets. Unfortunately, the ongoing damage occurring far exceeds this meager attempt at street maintenance.
The recommendation from the committee is to charge a fee of $40 for every 3-axle construction truck entering the community. This will be charged directly to the homeowner. It is estimated a larger new home build would possibly generate $16,000 in fees, which would be used for upkeep on the streets. An example of the significant traffic generated by a major home being built was given, and this one project had 442 heavy trucks entering the gate.
Questions were raised by attending members as to when the fee would begin being enforced and if a home was already under construction, would they be responsible for the fees? The Board was unable to provide specific feedback on this issue, and it was determined the matter should be returned to the committee for further review and clarification. Safety & Security Committee
Mr. Braun began with a directive from the committee seeking Board support to make the area in front of the Pro Shop and Pre School facility, War Eagle Way, a no parking zone. The exception would be during the times when children are being dropped off or picked up from school. Mr. Braun made the following motion; “A No Parking sign be installed on War Eagle Way on both sides of the street to enhance the safety for all children.” Motion approved.
Mr. Braun provided pictures of various areas around the Quivira, Inc. property line where fences are either in disrepair or falling down. There are a number of locations where fencing has been cut providing direct access for trespassers to enter the property. Gary Anderson will have his crew make repairs in several areas.
One area of particular concern where outsiders enter our property is from the Siler property. Mr. Braun has received bids on a fence that can be installed across the entrance to assist in preventing people from driving up the road. The proposed fence would be hog wire with wood posts, as well as, a metal gate across the driveway which can be locked. House Committee
Ms. Boling informed the Board of an opening on her committee and proposed Ms. Jeanne McGrath to fill the position. Board approved.
The committee is implementing a new policy pertaining to member club events and the need for a cancellation policy. The policy will be when a member makes a reservation for an event and decides to cancel; the cancellation must be received at the Clubhouse no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Inside this 48 time-frame, members will be charged the cost of the event.
The committee will begin the process of seeking an architectural firm to work with in developing a design for the lower portion of the Clubhouse. The sum of $15,000 was approved for this portion of the work by the members in November. Ms. Boling asked the Board to forward the names of any firms they believe should be considered by the committee. Associate Committee
Mr. Markley discussed how his committee had expressed disappointment with the outcome of the voting on budgets at the special meeting in November. Steve Sestak and Landy Boling provided Strategic Planning updates to the committee at the last meeting, and they found the information to be most informative. It was the feeling of the committee that as members of the club they support ideas for facilities enhancing the value of their membership, and they are willing to pay their portion to accomplish these goals. Strategic Planning Committee
Mr. Sestak shared with the Board some preliminary findings from his Strategic Planning Committee report. He will be publishing an article in The Quiviran, (read article in this publication), providing greater detail on these findings to ensure members feel fully informed on the results of their extensive study. President’s Report
President Pribyl informed the Board that all paperwork has been signed to proceed with the process of seeking de-annexation of three parcels of land from the Unified Government and Kansas City, Kansas. Additionally, paperwork has been filed providing the right of the City of Lake Quivira to annex these parcels. This item will be addressed by the Unified Government at their February meeting. General Manager’s Report
Total Revenue for December was $340,000 versus a budget of $328,800 or a positive variance of $11,200. The upside on revenue was principally due to Clubhouse sales exceeding projections by $14,700. Expenses for the month of $358,000 were greater than budgeted by $14,200. The Board made the decision to provide Christmas gifting for the employees at the November meeting; therefore, most of the variance in expenses was due to this expense. Building & Grounds also exceeded budget, but this was a result of purchasing a significant salt supply for street maintenance.
Net Operating (Loss) was budgeted at ($15,000) and the actual loss for the month was ($17,500) or a difference of ($2,500).
The financial result for 2016 actually finished the year with a better bottom line than budgeted. Revenue for the year was $4,328,600 as compared to a budget of $4,272,500 or a positive variance of $56,100. Clubhouse Sales were $42,000 greater than projected, and Pro Shop income also finished positive to budget by $5,400. Expenses for 2016 were slightly higher than budget with a negative variance of ($5,200) on a budget of $4,337,600.
Net Operating (Loss) for 2016 finished the year with a (Loss) of ($14,100) versus the budgeted (Loss) of ($65,100) or better than projections by $51,100.
By Patrick Pribyl, President, Quivira, Inc. Board of Directors
The hunt for a new General Manager has officially begun. Recall that it is Dennis’ current intent to retire sometime this summer. In order to keep this hiring process transparent, the Board is working a few different avenues for potential candidates. The first is to take advantage of the tremendous stature Dennis has in this industry and utilize his existing relationships to secure potential candidates.
The second avenue is to retain a local executive search firm to help in our candidate search. As President, I will appoint a selection committee made up of current Board members who want to participate and seek Lake Quivira members who have executive recruiting experience. If you are a member with these skill sets, please give me a call. My intent would be to have a good cross-section of members on this selection committee. I would look to have the selection committee finalized at our February Board meeting.
The Board approved a General Manager profile to be utilized during a Club Managers Conference in February which Dennis will be attending. The position will also be posted on the Club Managers Association of Americas (CMAA) website. It is our expectation that several leads will develop from this initiative, and others will surface from the broader search.
As a reminder, Tim Wilson is currently leading the Nominating Committee and will be providing an update during our February Board meeting. He and his team are working hard on your collective behalf to find members to fill our three Board openings.
As the Board prepares for the upcoming Annual Membership Meeting on March 27, we will be providing stewardship reports as developed by our various committees. This is our way of providing as much communication as possible between now and March regarding the activities and progress of each of our committees. Some of these reports will be longer and more detailed than others.
For example, I have asked the Golf Committee to develop a five-year look-back on the activities associated with the upkeep of the golf course. I also asked this Committee to illustrate what is needed over the next few years so members get a sense of areas needing attention.
On the financial front, the Finance Committee is still evaluating the positive impact of advertising in The Knot. It appears our wedding and banquet bookings are picking up. This, coupled with a favorable overtime ruling, puts us in much better shape than what we discussed in November.
The in-house, year-end numbers have been finalized, and we came in significantly better than our budget. I will defer to Dennis’ financial review elsewhere in the paper. We live in paradise and have much to be thankful for.
Submitted with appreciation. ~Patrick
By Mary Linda Boling and Anne Simms, House Committee
A reservation is everything when events are being planned for LQ Members. With an accurate head count, Clubhouse management can budget appropriately for necessary staffing and purchase and prepare the correct amount of food and beverage for the occasion. When forty people say they’re coming, but only twenty show up, everyone loses.
For this reason, the House Committee has endorsed a new reservation policy that ties a financial commitment to special event reservations. Going forward, members will be asked to make reservations for events such as the Lobster Boil with the understanding that they will be charged for the event unless they cancel 48 hours in advance. Occasionally, members will be asked to buy a non-refundable “ticket” to events such as the New Years Eve Party because of the significant upfront financial outlay to hire a band, purchase decorations and create a memorable menu.
This new policy helps our Clubhouse staff offer the types of events we’ve come to enjoy in recent years without the risk of a negative impact on the budget due to no-shows. It also helps the House Committee better understand the types of offerings to which our membership is most amenable. If a critical mass of members aren’t interested enough in any particular event to make a financial commitment, then the event can be cancelled. This is a win-win for all of us.
Members will be reminded of the new policy as programs and special offerings are presented in the coming year.
The House Committee and Clubhouse staff look forward to bringing LQ Members another year of fun and memorable events at the Lake.
Boat Transfer Fees:
Effective immediately, there will be a $50 service charge for Quivira’s Maintenance Team to remove boats from the lake and launch boats into the water.
A Boat Storage Agreement will need to be on file at the Q. Inc. office prior to contacting Gary Anderson to arrange for your boat to be moved.
This is a very fresh and simple recipe that complements almost everything from chicken and fish, to vegetables and a baked potato. Chimicurri is very basic, but it contains bold and refreshing flavors that make it a Central/South American condiment that utilizes the acid and fresh balance of herbs and citrus. We currently feature this amazing addition to our hand-cut steak selections on our a la carte menu. My recommendation for this wonderful accompaniment would be the 12 oz CAB rib eye. Enjoy this at the club, then try it at home. Enjoy!
Chimicurri: (1) bunch of cilantro, ( ½) jalapeño, roasted and seeded, (2) garlic cloves, (1) each lemon and lime, zested and juiced ,(2) Tbsp rice wine vinegar, (.5) tsp crushed red pepper flake, ( .5) cup 80/20 olive oil
Roast and seed the jalapeño. Puree all ingredients except oil. Once puree is smooth, blend in oil season with salt and pepper. Store chilled for an hour before use. Shelf life, 3-4 days.
On a final note, two of our apprentices will be representing Lake Quivira at the American Culinary Federation regional conference and competition. Gabe Edrosa, third-year student, accepted the nomination for National Junior Chef of the Year. Competing against three other young talents from the central region, winning would put her in the national spotlight in July for the full title of National Jr. Chef of the Year. Kalya Cupp, second-year student, is now is a member of the Junior Chef culinary team. Her team will compete against fourteen other teams, and with a win will advance to nationals. Both have worked very hard, not just here, but also managing work, school and practice. Only one word can be used to describe their efforts: dedication!
I am so proud of these two talented apprentices, regardless of the outcome. Their efforts and continuing dedication is a success for me! Bon Appetit!
~Chef Michael Lamping
Who is ready for SPRING! Old Man Winter has shown some compassion for the KC area, and I will take it. Where else on the planet could you enjoy winter and spring weather all in one day? Winter will be over before we know it, and as we move closer to spring, I would like to mention some club events that are approaching. For starters, we moved Fried Chicken Night from Wednesday to Fridays, and now on Wednesdays we are now featuring Pasta Night. For pasta night we offer two a la carte pasta features, ranging from fettuccine Alfredo, to goat cheese and spinach tortellini’s, to veal and pork meatballs served with buttered spaghetti and marinara.
The second upcoming event is our Candlelight Valentines’ Day Dinner on Tues., Feb. 14. This event will be similar to our very successful Holiday Candlelight Dinner, as we will feature a creative, prix fixe menu you and your sweetheart can enjoy in the candlelit ambience of the Lake Quivira dining room. Please contact Shannon to reserve your table today! Also, please note a la carte and to-go service will not be available on the evening of the 14th.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to remind everyone to please make a reservation when you are planning to dine in the Clubhouse. I understand that on occasion you have a last minute craving and decide to stop by the club on your way home. That’s great! We will always welcome walk-ins.
But when it comes to the dates of the 10th, 20th, and 30th of the month, the dining room can become very busy with members trying to utilize their minimums. For example, on Fri., Jan. 20, we served 120 members and families in a one-hour timeframe. If you have never worked in food and beverage, I will let you know that 120 members dining off of the menu in an hour is a lot. There are some nights when we won’t do half that number in an entire evening.
The culinary and service staff performed wonderfully, and food made it out to the tables in the appropriate amount of time. However, the challenge was that we started the night with only four reservation, and ended up having every table in the bar and dining room full by 6:30 p.m.
All we are requesting is that if you have a free moment, and you know you will be dining with us, please make a quick phone call to let us know you are coming. That way the staff can be prepared on where we will be seating you, and we can serve everyone in the fastest way possible. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
The new menu and wine list have received rave reviews so far. Please stop in and join us for a meal soon.
~Mark Allen, Clubhouse Manager
Lake Quivira Country Club Illicit Discharge Response Plan
The purpose of this plan is to provide a comprehensive Local Illicit Discharge Response Plan for Lake Quivira Country Club (Lake Quivira) with offices located at 100 Crescent Blvd. Lake Quivira, Kansas, in support of City Of Lake Quivira Ordinance No. 291, Regulating Stormwater Maintenance and Illicit Discharges, for the City of Lake Quivira.
This plan applies to all employees, contract employees, residents, members, guests, and outside contractors while within the boundaries of:
Lake Quivira Country Club
100 Crescent Blvd.
Lake Quivira, Kansas 66217
Reporting of Illicit Discharge
Identify location of discharge
Immediately Call Lake Quivira Security Office, (913) 631-4820, or 911 in the case of a major discharge
Try to stop or control the situation without jeopardizing your personal safety
As capable, assist Lake Quivira personnel with initiating containment procedures
The General Manger or their designee is responsible for the implementation of this Emergency Response Plan.
The following individuals are responsible for carrying out the specific requirements of the Emergency Response Plan
Primary Contact: Lake Quivira Property Manager
Alternate Contacts: Lake Quivira Lake Maintenance Manager
Other individuals may be designated by Lake Quivira
Training and Emergency Equipment
The Primary Contact will provide appropriate training for all personnel deemed necessary for managing emergencies that are likely to occur within the boundaries of Lake Quivira Country Club.
The following response materials will be maintained on-site at the storage garage located immediately behind the Lake Quivira Administration Building:
Illicit Discharge Containment Kit
Oil absorbent Pads
Oil Dry Materials
Personal Safety Equipment
Access to these materials can be obtained 24 hours a day through the Responsible Parties or On-site Security Personnel.
Procedure for Containment
Remove discharge products
Notify proper authorities
Following containment, Lake Quivira personnel will identify other sensitive areas at risk and protect them accordingly.
Note: The use of detergents or other surfactants are strictly prohibited from use in response to a discharge located on Lake Quivira property.
Appendix I –
Lake Quivira Dock Site Location Map
Written by John Nelson, with help from Anita Bible*
*In the January 2017 issue, John Nelson’s co-writer for the Illicit Discharge Response Plan was incorrectly identified. It should have stated Anita Bible.
This article is an effort to educate the public and increase awareness of water quality issues in both resident and business, creates opportunities for the public to take direct action to improve the health and sustainability of the community and build support for the program goals making initiatives more effective.
Making my rounds out and about on Lakeshore Dr I am usually in the car when it’s this cold outside. However, today I happened to be doing some dock inspecting and was taking a leisurely stroll. My eyes are drawn to the beautiful lake with the fog floating just above it and the mesmerizing eagles–all twelve of them–just sitting there in all their glory. Amazing! I dropped my ink pen, and as luck may have it. noticed dog poop right next to it (lucky because I would have stepped in it since I was so busy looking at the eagles instead of where I was going). Walking along the lakeshore side (you know where the gravel meets the street?) I am surprised to see not just one, but several piles of “Doo-Doo.”
Did you know when owners neglect to pick up after their animals, pet waste gets left behind and can wash into storm drains? The waste then becomes a pollutant in the runoff that drains into local waterways, lakes and rivers. On land, as well as in the water, the waste left by our pets can spread harmful diseases through numerous types of bacteria and parasites.
Be aware that:
When animal waste ends up in the water it decomposes, using up oxygen. During summer months, low dissolved oxygen levels harm fish and other aquatic life.
The majority of water pollution comes from small sources–especially at the household level.
Many towns have “pooper scooper” ordinances requiring pet owners to pick up and remove fecal matter from public property, as does The City of Lake Quivira.
The City of Lake Quivira Storm water Management Program stipulates pet waste as a surface water pollutant, as well.
In closing I wanted to mention, it’s a great time, now that the lake is low, to take a peek at your seawall (water meets wall). I have noticed many in disrepair–even crumbling–something you most likely wouldn’t be able to see when the lake is up. The spillway gate will shut, filling the lake as of March 1.
~Anita Bible-Property Manager