An Open Dialogue With Quiviran Artists

By Charles Segebrecht

We sometimes get a surprise. We think we know someone–a spouse, a close friend or good LQ neighbor–and suddenly ours eyes are opened to their talents, to their creativity and to their artistry. This is when you should take a moment to take in what you are seeing and perhaps start a conversation to understand not only the art in front of you, but also the story behind their process, thinking and masterpieces. I was lucky enough recently to do just that.
Museum studies show visitors are sometimes categorized as streakers, strollers or scholars. Most are streakers, spending a few seconds in front of any work which includes reading the wall label. To counter this speedy approach, an international movement called Slow Art Day is getting off the ground. We’ve heard of slow food, slow reading, mindfulness. . . and now slow art.
After taking a quick selfie in front of a painting, turn and attempt to absorb what you are viewing. A Harvard art historian calls it immersive attention; her students look at one painting for three hours. Quoting T.S. Eliot, when we view art calmly and slowly, art can transport us to “The still point of the turning world.”
Forget all the art history books with someone else’s interpretations–these are just opinions based on their life’s experiences; formulate your own opinions and assess your emotions; share these judgements and feelings with friends at museums, or wherever you find yourself. You may find yourself surprised as bonds deepen.
To get you started, here are snapshot profiles of a few of our talented Lake Quivira artists.

Letting It Flow

 Mary Linda Boling in her conveniently located home studio near the heart of the house. (Photo by Landy Boling)
Mary Linda Boling in her conveniently located home studio near the heart of the house. (Photo by Landy Boling)

Mary Linda Boling can use her painting as another way to keep a diary. As she paints a Tuscany scene from a photo taken from a recent trip, her experienced smells, tastes and feelings come back to her. Using her art, she can again travel to familiar places without leaving home. Mary Linda humbly states anyone can be an artist. Ever tried water coloring? It is one of her present mediums, and she has even taken classes in at the KC Art Institute to hone her skills. Degas said, “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Acrylics are another tool of hers, but unlike water colors, is a more “flexible” medium allowing for corrections. Pictures and places allow for her inspiration to flow; working from a blank slate is the toughest for her.
She doesn’t sell her impressive work; she gives it away to lucky recipients. Speed is her preferred approach to projects, but it isn’t reflected in her graceful works. Oils dry too slowly for her; water colors certainly dry quickly. She has done eye-popping graphic design for LQ club advertising flyers, charity organizations, parties and ads gratis.
She acutely knows she must create to be fulfilled and happy, whether with cooking, interior design, photography or her painting. Her painting passion and intention to improve encouraged her to organize and run the very successful rotating artists’ shows in the Clubhouse. A seat on the Board and new time constraints put the kibash on the program. She intends to start the shows when time again allows.
To refine her skills and remain objective, she meets twice a month with a painting group including Eva Foster and Susan Wiens. They share ideas, methods and tricks, nurturing each other’s talents.

The Colorist

Susan Wiens in a corner of her spacious studio and holding a tray of glass. “The glass tells me what to do!” (Pic by C. Segebrecht)
Susan Wiens in a corner of her spacious studio and holding a tray of glass. “The glass tells me what to do!” (Pic by C. Segebrecht)

Her grandchildren call her Grandma Moses. (The real Grandma M. began painting in earnest at the age of 78!). Susan Wiens began her talented art career in 2002–later in life, albeit nowhere near Moses’ age.
Susan will openly tell you, “It began from desperation.” She had been diagnosed in 2000 with Parkinson’s and was beginning to experience a difficulty with keeping an orderly focus on her daily objectives. A good friend introduced her to glass mosaics, which proved to be a life-changing event. By perfecting mosaics, she now has controlled focus throughout any day. An unexpected bonus: glass became the start of a very satisfying art career.
Kansas University Medical Center has been featured on KSHB-TV regarding their work with Parkinson patients and their abilities to focus; Susan’s routine supports the outcome of this KU study. Susan never misses an hour each morning in her studio, laser focused on either drawing, cutting, assembling or painting, while working with canvas, glass, copper or steel; she calls it “an absolute experiment!” It gives her such conspicuous pleasure to be able to do it; “Art is for me!” Susan has shared her outcome and taught her artistic skills to other Parkinson’s patients. Another bonus: she discovered she loves teaching – and confides she wants to try so many other things.
Her friends in the LQ art community call her the colorist. Color brings her absolute joy and it will to you, too, if you ever see her home interior! “I have to have color around me, and in all I create! Color speaks to me and allows me to say something using it–and I have lots to say.” Her mastery of colors and their relationships baffle other experienced local artists. Susan will suggest she is not an artist, but based on a well-known definition, she must be if she can tell you what shade of green lichen on the trees is. She is a natural with her mediums– with intensity! She shares how her enthusiasm for art is “out of here! The work makes me do what I normally never would have done!”
She will accept commissions, but never lets the commission aspect get in her creative way. If she doesn’t personally like the piece in the end, it gets broken, and she moves on with freedom. If the client doesn’t like it 110 percent, Susan keeps it. She and Gail Kinner occasionally team up on projects they donate to charity organizations, and use their same freedom of expressions in these works. “If the bidders don’t like an item of ours, they simply don’t bid!” Nothing so far has come back home.

Slow Art

Karen Harding takes a moment from her art to talk art (pic by Leanna Walters)
Karen Harding takes a moment from her art to talk art
(pic by Leanna Walters)

Water colors are fresh and require quick decisions by the artist. Oils can allow for flexibility, allowing you to get to study your subject, allowing you to slow down brush strokes and then recreate its detail. Karen Harding chose oil as her preferred medium in the late 70s for these very reasons. She finds what she has to say and to expressing how she feels can be best done through her canvas. Her ability to create an intensity in a subject with, say, a single brush stroke in or around an eye contributes to her satisfaction, as well as creating what she calls “lost edges” or “negative spaces.” And example of a negative space could be a subtle incompletion on the eyeglass frames of a subject, suggesting a light reflection or helping to create a visual reality. (Now you know these exist, look for them in any gallery.) One aspect Karen uses to define an artist is one who notices the negative space in a subject.
Karen considers herself fortunate to have developed a skill to communicate in such a way. It didn’t come quickly, and she is still learning every day. She has studied under many teachers for whom she is very appreciative. She has found her steadfast medium and uses it to paint primarily for herself and family. Sixty-two of her paintings now wallpaper John’s and her living room. Presently, she has no plan to pursue any other medium to use for redecorating purposes. In addition to her personal gallery, her work is represented in collections in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Ecuador and Mexico.
Three hours a day is average for her painting, and she considers it a privilege. Her art supplies travel with them on cruises or whatever life adventure John and she pursue. She prefers painting realistic scenes including portraits. Occasionally, she will enter a juried show because she believes such skilled judgement is needed to further develop one’s skill. Additional art classes and her practice will never cease, as she is committed “to what may be.”

Self Described Trash Addict

             Marta Bainum nestling up to “War and Peace,”comprised of shell casings, Dad’s military compass, mirrors, firing pins, field jacket snaps and zippers, war and peace buttons, brother’s Vietnam medal, Girl Scout pins, Dad’s Okinawa tour medal and much more! (pic by C. Segebrecht)
Marta Bainum nestling up to “War and Peace,”comprised of shell casings, Dad’s military compass, mirrors, firing pins, field jacket snaps and zippers, war and peace buttons, brother’s Vietnam medal, Girl Scout pins, Dad’s Okinawa tour medal and much more! (pic by C. Segebrecht)

In a previous life, Martha Bainum had been a food stylist for twenty years with clients such as Wolferman’s, Jack Stack, Reveal Crock Pot, Williams Sonoma and Applebee’s. Preparing her for this career was an earlier, seven-year stint as a dietician; she learned “how food works” e.g. she can paint a raw turkey to look perfectly baked! She unknowingly learned the “art of food,” and became a food stylist, sometimes working with former Quiviran photographer Ernie Block. When her family moved to Lake Quivira, and she began looking for something new, her husband supported her idea of pursuing creative time. She knew such time fed her soul and began to “try all kinds of crafty stuff,” settling on “taking junk, studying it and letting it come.”
Marta always begins her art projects with an unusual blank canvas (a pot, stick, clothes rod, ketchup bottle or broken rake) and begins her remarkable creations with applications of other discarded items (thread, buttons, dryer lint, wire, beads and/or zippers–anything, especially items with color!). Color is critical to Marta; “I live color; it excites me!” Other than this, she doesn’t know where her new project is headed, except it will be another experiment challenging normalcy. Contributing to her projects with unusual discarded items are the generous likes of Leanna Walters, Jenny Ashby, Cindy Meeker and Connie Huerter.
The color in African art makes her feel alive–visually stimulating–and influences the color of some of her pieces. Faces don’t appear in her projects because she doesn’t want creations to look human. Don’t ask her to do a defined item; she’ll freeze; “creativity is stolen away–it won’t happen.” As a project evolves, discarded items (she occasionally refers to these as trash) become whole again. The “whole” portfolio of her work – by design – is ingeniously bold!

Disney River Cruise

Bob Lee and a nearly completed Velociraptor in his LQ garage studio. (pic by C. Segebrecht)
Bob Lee and a nearly completed Velociraptor in his LQ garage studio. (pic by C. Segebrecht)

Picasso said, “Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Bob Lee has this figured out. First, he practiced dentistry and learned how to work with his hands. He retires to play golf for ten years. He retired again and pursues his childhood art inclination “to make sure I don’t play golf again.” He hasn’t been to any juried shows or studied at the Art Institute, but he has had the scrutiny of his art by many grandchildren visiting his personal gallery on and around Treasure Island. Their squeals of delight in seeing a giraffe, a sloth, a snake or even a bear are as true as the tears an adult may experience when viewing a classic.
PVC pipe, a Dremel, a hand-held blow torch, a few nuts and bolts and wild-animal colored paints are his materials and tools of his art. Fifty critters–not all native to Lake Quivira–are handmade by Bob while spending his winters in Florida. He is like the other featured artists in this article: he cannot not do this! He has even been known to miss his Florida happy-hour because of his engrossment in a one-of-a-kind creation.
As he sketches his wildlife on the flattened PVC pipe (cut lengthwise and flattened with heat from the torch), he confesses he erases as much as he outlines. He utilizes no math in his manufacturing. The higher math is done by his accountant sister who receives math problems such as: “The height of the turkey in my picture is the length of a pencil and the width is about half a pencil; how many pencils is it if I want it to be three feet tall?” Sis calls back with the math answer, Bob proceeds with his Turkey layout “and I don’t have to talk to her again until Christmas.” Bob jokes, “When painting, I try not to drink from the paint rinse cup!”
When his creations are occasionally stolen, he is philosophical: “I like making them, so I make them again!” Some need occasional repair. Otherwise, if they aren’t Baroque, he doesn’t fix them!
Bob’s art scene and popularity have expanded. Bryan Albers recently hired him to make an additional fifty barnyard creatures (chickens, pigs, cows, etc.) for along the railroad tracks at the Agricultural Hall of Fame ride in Bonner Springs. He would also agree to commissions by doing anyone’s dog for $40–but must be able to preserve his artistic freedom!
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Reach out to these and the other talented artists we have in our neighborhood. They would eagerly open their doors to their galleries and share with you their talents. Be more than a museum streaker. Study their art, examine your feelings and have a conversation. Unlike at the Nelson Atkins, our artist neighbors will be present. We’re fortunate. Our community is strengthened as everyone learns of previously unknown artists, and the artists learn from us.

A Summary of the October 23 Board Meeting

Submitted by Quivira, Inc.
President Sestak opened the meeting and invited attending members to share comments and questions. The Board of Directors continued the discussion from previous months’ meetings on the considerations involved with forming a new homesite on lot 498. Leanna Walters spoke on the need for transparency with the membership. Bill & Shay Biron and Nancy Hyde expressed their continued concerns regarding the findings and interpretation of the Covenants. Mr. Sestak reiterated the Board’s sole objective is to ensure that the Covenants are being complied with and stated that he plans to write an article in the next Quiviran to share the findings and conclusions with the members.
President’s Report
No report.
General Manager’s Report
Geary Goss reported the status of the new Golf Practice Facility. The artificial tee surface has been placed. and the bunkers will be installed and should be finished this week. Mr. Goss said the steel has arrived for the Community Center, and the vertical columns will be going up next week. He recommended limiting use of the parking lot by contractors and restricting traffic down the stretch of Crescent Boulevard near the dam during construction hours over the next four to six weeks due to an increased amount of heavy construction vehicles. Mr. Goss reported all three parking lots will be seal coated and striped on October 29.
New Business
Member Ballots. President Sestak stated the ballots will be similar to last year. Two strategic projects will be on separate ballots to allow members to vote separately on these projects; the front entrance perimeter fencing and the point of access for the new parking lot at the Golf Practice Facility. Mr. Sestak requested consideration of one additional ballot to extend the start date of the dues assessment for the Community Center for Country Club and Social members to better align with the anticipated opening. Ed Markley and Dan Bock spoke on the feedback they have received from other members and support this delay. Mary Linda Boling made a motion to delay the assessment for Country Club and Social members until July 1, 2019. Motion seconded and passed by a vote of 6 to 3.
2019 Operating Budget. Tim Wilson presented an overview of the proposed operating budget for next year. The budget assumes twenty additional Associate members, higher Clubhouse revenue and increased staff wages, especially in the Clubhouse and Grounds Maintenance, to allow us to better compete for resources in the strong job market and reduce the level of turnover experienced this year. The budget also includes a recommended five-percent increase in operating dues for all membership categories and an increase in the service charge to help offset the higher payroll costs.
Mr. Wilson reported the 2019 operating budget was unanimously approved by the Finance Committee. Mr. Sestak noted a letter will be sent to all members explaining the operating budget and the recommended dues increase. Budget revenue meetings will be scheduled in early November to allow members to understand and ask questions on the budget prior to the vote. Mr. Wilson made a motion to approve the 2019 operating budget; unanimously approved.
Lake & Residential Committee
John Nelson gave an update on the new community barn; construction work began this week. He reported the Ducky Waterfall Derby II raised more than $5,000, and additional interest came forth totaling $12,750. Funding for the nature center is near completion.
Safety & Security Committee
Mary Linda Boling noted an increase in underage drivers of golf carts and said the committee is working with the City of Lake Quivira to enforce the safety of drivers.
House Committee
Bryan Albers updated everyone on new Clubhouse personnel. Mr. Albers reported a very busy fried chicken night last Thursday and spoke about fixing the problems and needing to encourage reservations to help avoid similar situations in the future.
Tennis Committee
Leslie Treas stated the committee is starting to have discussions on guest policies and fees and working with Graham Battle to research other clubs and determine how their policies and fees compare with Lake Quivira’s.
Community Center Committee
President Sestak stated we are still awaiting a decision from the IRS on the 501(c)(3) application upon which the new board will be activated, starting with the operating budget and policies.
Strategic Planning Committee
Margaret Bowker reported the construction phase of the Gateway project is beginning. The Quivira Lane city marker will be worked on first, followed by the Holiday Drive West and East markers.
The Marketing, Finance, Restrictions and Golf Committees reported no action items.

President provides brief history of Lot 498 and summarizes findings and conclusions

During the past several board meetings, there has been extensive discussions on the Eric & Katie Vossman properties at 410 Navajo West. Earlier this year, the Vossman’s purchased an unplatted five-acre tract with a home on it and the adjoining Lot 498, which is vacant. The question is whether or not the Vossman’s have the right to sell Lot 498 to a third party to build a home.
This is a complex matter that has raised a number of questions on these properties, including whether the five-acre tract is part of Quivira, Inc. and is subject to the Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions and Dedication of Easements (the “Declaration”) and whether the tract and lot were ever formally combined into a single building site. Pete Heaven, legal counsel for Quivira, Inc., was engaged to advise the Board of Directors on this matter. Several neighbors and other members have attended the recent board meetings to express their opinions, including the history of the properties and their interpretation of the Declaration.
Throughout this process, the sole objective of the Board of Directors has been to ensure that the Declaration is being properly applied. This is not a matter that it has the authority to vote on. The remainder of this article provides a brief history on these properties, the opinions from legal counsel on key questions raised throughout this process, and the findings and conclusions.
A Brief History on the Vossman Properties
In 1965, Luther and Frances Tilman deeded Lot 498 and the unplatted five-acre tract to Quivira, Inc. Tilman acquired the tract in 1946 and Lot 498 in 1948. Tilman owned several lots at Lake Quivira, including 498, and filed a Dedication of Homesite on three of them to make them one building site. There is no record where Tilman dedicated Lot 498 and the five-acre tract as a single building site, as was done with the other three lots.
The chain of title from there was Quivira, Inc. to Franklin, then Churchill, then Lipsey, then Brogi, then Shafer, then Vossman – each deed from Quivira, Inc. had both the lot and the five-acre tract separately described on it. Quivira, Inc. re-acquired title to the properties before each homeowner purchased.
Throughout this chain of ownership, there is no record that more than one set of dues assessments has ever been charged on the lot and the tract. It can also be assumed that a single transfer fee has been charged on each conveyance. On the other hand, the lot and the tract have always been titled separately with separate property tax statements.
Is the Five-Acre Tract part of Quivira, Inc.?
According to Article XI, Paragraph 2 of the Declaration, the owners of contiguous land may by written agreement with Quivira, Inc. subject said land to these restrictions and covenants causing such land to be accepted as a part of Quivira Lake. While it is clear that the five-acre tract was deeded to Quivira, Inc. by Tilman in 1965, the approval of the Restated Declaration in 1994 by both the Brogi’s, who owned and listed both the lot and the five-acre tract on their attestation, and Quivira, Inc., with the authority of its Board of Directors, further evidences that the five-acre tract is part of Quivira Lake. The 1998 conveyance to Shafer and the 2018 conveyance to Vossman clearly subject the five-acre tract to the Declaration, which would make no sense if the tract was not part of Quivira, Inc.
According to Article XV, Paragraph 2 of the Declaration, the acceptance of a deed or conveyance or the entering into a lease or the entering into occupancy of any residence shall constitute agreement that the provisions of the Declaration are accepted by the owner, tenant or occupant. Since all deeds are deemed to be written agreements with Quivira, Inc., this also satisfies the question whether the five-acre tract is part of Quivira, Inc.
Does the Lot and the Tract represent a Single Building Site?
According to Article VIII, Paragraph 2 of the Declaration, to create an “un-severable” single building site combining multiple lot(s) and tract(s), the following has to take place –
The owner must execute an Agreement dedicating the lot(s) and/or tract(s) as one single building site and renouncing the right to erect more than one residence;
Quivira, Inc. must approve the Agreement; and
The Agreement must be recorded with the Register of Deeds.
After an extensive search, no such agreement combining the Vossman lot and five-acre tract into a single building site was found with the Register of Deeds of Johnson County. A similar search on other past and recent combinations were found. While the properties may have been considered and treated as a single building site in the past, the prohibition against severing them only arises when there is an agreement to dedicate as one single building site and that agreement is properly recorded. If not done, the two properties are severable.
Findings & Conclusions
At this point, I believe the Board of Directors has satisfied its responsibility of ensuring that the Declaration is being properly applied to this matter. The findings support that the five-acre tract is part of Quivira, Inc. and subject to the Declaration. And, no formal agreement has been produced showing that Lot 498 and the five-acre tract were ever formally combined into a single building site. Contrary to a recent article in the Quiviran, this is not a matter of “subdividing lots” since, in this case, the lot and the tract were never formally combined. However, that article was correct in that the opportunity to amend the Declaration to address situations that are prone to different interpretations, such as this one, is coming up soon.
Recently, the Vossman’s began listing Lot 498 for sale. That is their right as a property owner. According to our legal counsel, Quivira, Inc. has no basis to restrict this sale other than assume certain obligations if membership is denied, including the options to purchase the property or procure a third-party purchaser. The sale of this lot will create a new Foundation Membership within the current limitation of no more than 400 total homesites. Furthermore, upon listing this lot for sale, the Vossman’s are now being charged for an additional set of monthly dues.
While I am sure this conclusion will not be supported by every member and there will continue to be different interpretations of how the Declaration was applied to this matter, I believe that proper diligence has been applied. I also appreciate the civility that all members involved have demonstrated throughout this process. It has restored my confidence that people can still have disagreements without being mean-spirted towards each other.
~Steve Sestak
President, Board of Directors

 

President’s Report – November 2018

By Steve Sestak, President, Quivira, Inc.

Throughout this year, we have experienced a high amount of turnover and struggled to recruit and retain employees. This challenge is not unique and is being experienced in every industry. The strong job market and low unemployment rates have created high demand and driven higher wages for many of our skilled and unskilled positions. The impact of these staffing deficits is not limited to lower service levels, but must also recognize the significant amount of time it takes to recruit and train new employees only to have them leave when presented with a better job opportunity.
To compete for the best talent, we must become more competitive with our wage levels and pursue other methods to attract, reward and retain the best performers. According to a recent Private Club Advisor report, the average annual turnover in the club industry is 34 percent. Imagine the impact on your company if you lost one of every three employees each year. In researching how other area clubs are dealing with this situation, virtually all have moved to market-based wages and have eliminated the sharing of a portion of the service charge which has historically been used to make up the difference, but has often created confusion with both the employees and the members.
For 2019, the Board is proposing the same percentage of Capital Dues increases as in recent years. A slightly higher percentage is being proposed for Operating Dues to implementing market-based wages and increasing the staffing levels in several departments. To reduce the level of dues increase that would otherwise be required, the service charge will be increased from 15 to 20 percent for dining and club events and from 20 to 25 percent for banquets. These levels are consistent with other area clubs, and the total amount will be retained by Quivira, Inc. to help offset the higher payroll costs. The new wage levels for Clubhouse wait staff are deemed to be inclusive of a customary level of tip income. Therefore, future tipping should be viewed as optional for those who want to reward exceptional service and no longer as a means of making up for the lower wages paid to these employees. These are prudent steps to ensure each of our departments is staffed with the proper number and quality of employees and to avoid the continuation of the high turnover rates experienced this year.
Each year, the Finance Committee and the Board works diligently to develop budgets that balance the needs of the community and the country club with the objective of maintaining very competitive dues levels. This year has been no exception and took extra time to evaluate different solutions to address the impact of the strong job market on Quivira, Inc. Each of the budgets has been approved, but is predicated on your approval of the proposed dues increases.
As a reminder, the Annual Budget Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 26, at 7 p.m. Advanced voting will be available for those who cannot attend. Please make it a priority to attend the meeting or vote in advance. In addition, we will be hosting a series of Budget Review Sessions in early November to help you understand and allow you to ask questions on each of the budgets.

 

Duck Island Review, by A. W. Pelican [aka Jeanne Jones]

En route to the Gulf Coast recently, I decided on a whim to break up the long flight at a place I noticed near the Kaw River.
I’ve traveled this route many times before so I’m well aware that this is flyover country, but for some reason this year I wanted to check it out.
All I can say is…WOW!
The accommodations are fantastic, with plenty of wide rocks for lounging and fresh water for swimming and snacking.
The all-you-can-eat buffet is open 24/7, featuring a nice variety of smallish fish and other goodies such as crawdads.
I met several lovely mallards and a boisterous group of Canada geese during my stay; everyone was friendly except for a few standoffish herons (typical!).
My initial plan to spend a day or two turned into almost a week, that’s how much I enjoyed myself.
The reason I did not give 5 stars is that my appearance attracted quite a few paparazzi, although most kept a respectful distance.
Despite the unfortunate lack of privacy, I recommend Duck Island as a delightful and convenient rest stop for my fellow travelers.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

By Chuck Fisher
By Chuck Fisher

Letters to the Editor

Member urges yes vote on new entrance to parking lot at Golf Practice Facility
Like many others that pass down the 7th fairway or Quivira Lane, I’ve eagerly watched the development and growth of what is going to be one of the best golf practice facilities in the city and a terrific complement to our golf course and Lake Quivira. Not only will it be an area for practice and game improvement, it can also be a showcase for the types of amenities Lake Quivira is committed to providing its existing foundation, country club and new prospect members alike.
All the more reason why suitable access to this area can only enhance its appeal. That is the reason why I’m endorsing and soliciting support for a separate and secure entrance for vehicles to a parking lot that is already included as a part of the final practice facility. This secure, separate entrance will only make casual use of the practice area more convenient for both country club and foundation members, and there is no better way to redeem value from what Lake Quivira has to offer than through the ease of utilizing its amenities.
In November there will be a ballot item to approve building an entrance onto Lake Quivira property, into this restricted parking lot at the new practice facility. I hope that other Country Club members will voice their support for this entrance, followed by a successful vote in its favor by the Foundation members.
~Mike Lutz
Country Club Member since 2006
Thank you, Good Samaritans
Tuesday evening, October the 2nd, two young men were delivering appliances at Lake Quivira. They turned south off Pawnee Rd onto Terrace Trail East with a large truck and promptly encountered a Quivira road trap called a dead-end with steep inclines. Instead of backing out of the road trap like an experienced trucker would have done, they attempted a driveway turn around. “CLUNK”—the big truck high centered in the driveway and they were stuck!
In desperation, they tried to extricate their vehicle by cramming old mattresses under the back wheels to no avail. I learned of their predicament and called Quivira, Inc. and requested an operator and the backhoe to pull them free. Debbie stated that all operators had gone home. Our General Manager, Geary Goss, was in a meeting with lawyers and the President of Quivira Inc., Steve Sestak.
Surprisingly, after I briefly spoke with Geary, he and Steve soon arrived on the scene with a tractor and a log chain. After considerable effort, we managed to pull the truck out of the driveway.
This was a Good Samaritan moment by Geary and Steve to help two young working men in fear of losing their jobs. Geary and Steve hold significant positions at the Lake and had no obligation to help, yet they were willing to get involved, get their hands dirty and provide assistance.
These two distressed young men felt bad that they forgot to thank Steve and Geary for their help. I am thanking them in behalf of these young men for their kind deed. The Lake community should also be appreciative of their helpful efforts and for maintaining the Lake Quivira Altruistic Spirit.
~Arlo S. Hermreck, M.D.

COATS FOR KIDS CROSS-LINES CHRISTMAS STORE 2018 – Help keep a child warm this winter!

Donations due November 30!

By Teresa Biron
Each year Lake Quivira Community Ministry donates coats to the Cross-Lines Christmas Store in Kansas City, Kansas. The Christmas Store is a place where families living in poverty can “shop” for much needed items for their children. Last year over 500 families, screened and selected by Cross-Lines personnel, participated. We are anticipating at least that many this year.
While Cross-Lines has many items on their wish list for their Christmas Store, one of the greatest needs is for warm, washable new winter coats for children, newborn through teens. With your help, the Quivira Ministry wants to once again supply the Christmas Store with coats in sizes 6 boys and girls through 3x adult men and women. Last year Quivirans contributed over 600 coats to Cross-Lines through this coat drive. Our goal is to repeat this amazing generosity for the families who will be visiting the Christmas Store this year.
We have found for $30 or less, you can purchase a new washable winter coat that will be worn every day by a child or teen throughout the cold winter months. That’s a lot of “bang” for your charitable buck!
We need your help!
Please consider making a donation of a coat and/or money to buy a coat during the months of October and November. By December 1 we will deliver all the coats to the Cross-lines Christmas Store.
You can contribute to this coat drive in one of two ways:
Drop off a new washable coat to my home at 520 Mohawk West or call me at 913-231-6659 and I will be happy to come and pick up the coats. Off-lake members may drop off coats with Anne Simms in the SaddleBrooke Neighborhood, 14603 W. 49th Street, Shawnee 913-961-9951.
Make a donation and ask us to be your shoppers. With your donation our shopping elves will purchase coats and deliver them to the Christmas store. Please make checks payable to: Quivira Ministry, with a notation on the memo line “Coats for Cross-lines.” Checks may be placed in my black box or mailed to me, Teresa Biron, 520 Mohawk West, LQ 66217.
This is a wonderful way to truly make a difference in the life and welfare of a child during this coming winter. Thank you for your generosity.

Would you like to be a Buddy to a new member?

By Mary Linda Boling
Remember a time you did something new? What a difference it makes to have a warm smile and welcoming hand at the door.
We are looking for a few enthusiastic Quivirans (families, couples and individuals) to be buddies to new members. There’s a lot to explore at Lake Quivira, and a personal connection is the best way to jumpstart a successful experience at the Lake. It won’t take a lot of your time, but the results could be enduring.
If you like to meet new people, want to share what you do at Lake Quivira and be available to answer questions about LQCC, you might be the perfect “Buddy.”
Lisa Smith, our membership manager, will be the LQ matchmaker. She meets all new members, provides their orientation and learns their interests. Lisa sees the Buddy Program as an opportunity for new members to connect quickly and easily to the Lake. From the trails to the courts, kids’ programs to adult clubs, your knowledge and friendship will help guide new members through the many choices we all enjoy.
To become a Buddy, contact Lisa at 913-647-4958 or at lsmith@lakequivira.org
To kick off the program, a New Member Mixer will be held next month at the clubhouse. Have a glass of wine or a cup of tea with the 2018 new members and share the things you know and love about LQCC.