Community spirit and volunteerism – Keys to successful Holiday Bazaar

2017 bazaar putzierBy Gayle Best

I am always amazed at the spirit of giving and community involvement at Lake Quivira. Months before Holiday Bazaar, as vendors are being selected, I often hear feedback from our past vendors that the LQ Bazaar is their favorite vendor event in Kansas City because of the organization and how our community works together as a welcoming team. This was evident again during the 2017 Holiday Bazaar. A huge cross section of Lake Quivira members volunteered this year for one or more of the over 125 positions it takes to support the two-day Bazaar. These positions covered cashiering, back-office accounting, bake sale assistants, raffle sales, greeters, vendor set-up, vendor loading/unloading, and security. Also, over seventy of our own bakers delivered all kinds of delicious goodies Friday morning.
As chair of Holiday Bazaar I am not successful without strong individuals who are leaders of key areas. I would like to recognize them:
2017 bazaar ann and jeanne cashieringLinda Segebrecht, Garden Club Treasurer, was responsible for “the money.” This involved training/organizing cashiers and the back-office accounting team who helped with balancing and troubleshooting of all the sales receipts. Final accounting is still in process, but I can report we were very successful!
2017 bazaar bake saleChristy Heller and Lisa Vedock were outstanding co-chairs of the Bake Sale. They had so much fun last year as co-chairs that they brought their creativity and enthusiasm back again. The Bake Sale was record breaking again with well over $5,000 profit thanks to the huge response of baked goods, along with the silent auction proceeds from multiple in-home Chef dinners and desert-of-the month initiative.
Jeanne McGrath was chair of the Raffle, which had record breaking profits over $5,500. Jeanne did an outstanding job soliciting raffle donations, which included nine raffle packages representing something for everyone. Randy Reed worked closely with Jeanne. Screams were heard during the drawing by the winners of the courtside KU tickets and the Fathers Club Yacht Club cookout!
2017 bazaar luncheon from Lisa CoffmanAnita Link headed up the Ladies Champagne Luncheon again and had great menu ideas which resulted in our Italian Holiday theme. Peggy Hughes brought tremendous creativity to the table with her 26 one-of-a-kind candy bouquets which we will enjoy seeing this entire holiday season. Thanks to Shannon Brown for her oversight and attention to detail. Close to 250 ladies attended the luncheons.
Lisa Walsh worked tirelessly and did an outstanding job organizing and updating our Bazaar Facebook page and keeping our social media flowing. Thanks also to Lisa Phlegar who handled our internal marketing e-blasts.
Kristine Brady provided printed materials for the banner, posters and street signs using designs created by Mary Linda Boling. Also, thanks to Linda Cruse who coordinated this effort.
Christi Stewart rallied the troops and provided energetic greeters with flashing necklaces, creating that first impression at the front door!
IMG_7837After developing the holiday decor design for the Clubhouse, Peggy Hughes was able to see her plans materialize when a group of decor volunteers under her direction turned the Clubhouse into an elegant holiday setting the Monday before Bazaar. I saw many people wandering around the Clubhouse admiring the decor team’s work. Early the week following Bazaar the decor was completed with the addition of beautiful trees and wreaths in the Ballroom. So beautiful and ready for holiday events!
And last, I can’t forget my partner in crime, Riva Noack, who worked side by side with me in the wind and cold as we transformed outside pots and urns from fall to holiday/winter. Special thanks to Lori Keller who gets things ready so we can do our own magic.
A special shout-out to the vendor unloaders/loaders who worked tirelessly: Leo and Dana DeSpain, Dave Jones, Dick and Barb Johnson, Gene Koski, Bruce Rimbo, Ray Reed, Peg Coughlin, Steve Terbovich.
2017 bazaar sherry metcalfOf course, the thanks would not be complete without all the help from Q Inc staff, headed up by GM Geary Goss. Thank you to those with whom we worked closely, including Shannon, Richard, Danny, Lisa P, Sherry, Cindy, Gary A, Lori and, of course, Chef Michael and his wonderful staff.
Thanks to all for your support of Garden Club!