Large Clubhouse gatherings in October bring first-timers to Quivira

By Kent Best, President, Q. Inc. Board of Directors

Greetings, Friends & Neighbors:
Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out to the crowd,
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…
~Jack   Norworth/Albert, Von Tilzer, 1908

If you were not at the Sunset Terrace “pop-up” party for the Friday, third game of the World Series, you missed a fabulous community gathering of 175 Quivirans with two big-screen TV’s, plus our new patio heaters furnished by the Garden Club. Double kudos to Steve Terbovich, Gary Anderson, John Welter and staff.
It was Thursday morning the 30th and as my wife was leaving for work we asked each other “What happened to October?” She mentioned she had a Christmas Bazaar meeting that evening and asked me if I had gotten my mother’s and Greta’s airline tickets. “No and no.”
We had two Board meetings, our company had its national three-day training in Denver, I visited my sister for a significant birthday, attended our fall recruitment fair at University of Nebraska Kearney, how about the Annual Pumpkin Patch, I worked in Blytheville, Arkansas to get familiar with the Nucor steel business there.
And then, yes, one month of your Kansas City Royals! Whoosh, October gone! Our Kansas City Chiefs have won four of their last five, and the Jets are here Sunday. The Kansas City area had one heckuva an October. The entire country was able to see us at our very best!
Our Clubhouse was at its very best in two large group settings this past month. First, we held the Lee Jeans 125th Anniversary celebration. Lake Quivira received rave reviews for our setting. Many Lee employees from all over the nation obviously had never heard of Lake Quivira, but the largest surprise was how many of the local people had never visited Lake Quivira–or in some cases didn’t know it existed. Lake Quivira owes a huge thank you to Gayle’s sister, Sherry Hensler, for selecting our venue for this large Tuesday night event. Second, the KCK Community College Endowment Association held their annual fundraiser for 300 at LQ, and they have already re-booked for next year!
There were some very amusing conversations heard from the Lee visitors: Are we in Kansas or Missouri?.Kansas. So we’re in Kansas City, Kansas? No, Lake Quvira, Kansas. Where’s Kansas City, Kansas? Over that ridge to the NE. Where’s Kansas City, Missouri? Straight over that ridge east. Where’s Royals Stadium and Arrowhead?.About 10 miles straight east. Where’s Lawrence, Kansas?.Over that ridge to the west. What’s over that ridge? The dump, I mean landfill, I mean a refuse collection region. Where’s K-State? Oh, about 90 miles west/NW–out in the middle of nowhere. Why would they put it out there? We like it that way–you know, some open space nearer nature, easier to breathe fresh air and far enough that parents don’t just drop in to see what’s going on.
So. . . you are your own city, and you’re right here, but no one knows you’re here because they can’t see you unless they fly over in daylight, but you host big gatherings and muse to yourselves every night about how lucky you are to go eastside or over the dam and to your driveway and scream, “I am Home!”.Yes..
So what are some of your challenges? Oh we’d like about 10 to 15 additional off lake members, sell about 7-10 homes and maybe squeeze out another dozen beautiful days for golf. You’re spoiled. We know.
Things simmering:
Board working on GM search
Strategic Planning adjustments
Budget preparedness; operating and capital
HVAC on Clubhouse
Golf hole #2 and steps
Chins up, shoulders back, march forward, use peripheral vision.
Hope everyone had a safe Halloween. Wishing you a happy and thankful Thanksgiving! Let’s get ready to Gobble Wobble!
“Nothin’   you can’t handle
Nothin’ you ain’t got
Put your money on the table
And drive it off the lot”
~Boz Scaggs…1976

See you around the Lake. Please wave!

Proposed Change to Rules and Regulations

II. Licensing & Transferring – Dock sites—
Trading of docksites among individual licensees is allowed only with prior written approval of the Quivira, Inc. Board of Directors.  Quivira Inc., will favorably consider transferring and re-licensing of dock sites between existing members in cases where both members agree to such a transfer and both dock sites fully conform to the Lakeshore Rules and Regulations; provided, however, that the parties to any transfers shall state in the request that their lake Quivira homes are not listed for sale under contract as of the date of their request and  said request will be considered null and void should a contract be accepted on the house during transfer process. All new License Agreements requested from (approved by-delete) Quivira, Inc. relating to any such transfers will also require each party to affirm that their Lake Quivira home is not (listed for sale-delete) under contract as of the new License’s effective date in order for it to be effective. If such trade is authorized by the Quivira Board prior to a contract offer, the listing real-estate agent must be notified immediately to allow the listing to reflect change of dock site location.

*Items with strike-throughs are currently in the regulation and should be deleted.
*Bold wording is the new revised wording to be added to regulation.

Reasons for amendment:
Homes may be listed for sale a long period on time. Potential dock site trades are not considered till knowledge of pending home sale is discovered by other Quivira residents.
Homes listed for sale often are for very long periods of time and the owner is tied to no trades. A trade could benefit the seller and even the potential buyer of the property (for example: dock site closer to the listing property).
In the event of a change, a realtor can change the dock site number with the click of a keyboard and the existing listing will reflect the new dock site number immediately for the information of potential buyers. Should a potential buyer return to the site prior to making an offer the realtor would know immediately to include current information into the contract offer.  Realtors can also notify potential buyers that have already visited the property to advise them of a dock site change.
Respectfully submitted:
Terry L. Barnett

Summaries of the October Board of Director meetings

A Summary of the October 13 Board Meeting

Vice-President, Dr. Eric Johnson, called the Session of the October 13, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting to order at 7 p.m.
Comments and Questions From Members
Betsy Vossman asked for an update regarding the acquisition of the Siler property. Chuck White reported that Quivira, Inc. has closed on the purchase of the property.
Vicki Fullen stated that she had received a favorable judgment from the State of Kansas for removal of penalties included with her personal property assessment bill for boats and golf carts.
Mayor Hidalgo reported that the City Council discussed the relocation of Quivira Lane to the east and estimates the cost to be over one million dollars. Mayor Hidalgo commented he would like to discuss the possible annexation of the Meadows property by the City of Lake Quivira with Kent Best and Warren McCamish.
Patrick Pribyl asked if the Board of Directors had ever considered the addition of a marina to accommodate members who do not have access to a dock site. Ron Chapman responded the idea has been discussed but determined to be cost prohibitive.
Approval of Minutes
Ed Brennan made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 23 meeting with  changes. Dave Starr seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
New Business
The Directors were asked to consider a request by a member for a refund of boat storage fees paid from December 2010 to August 2014 (after the boat was sold). Following discussion, the Directors asked that more information be provided. Ed Markley agreed to contact the member and provide a report at the next meeting, and the request was tabled until the October 28 meeting.
The Lake and Residential Committee asked for preliminary approval to changes in verbiage to the Dock Site Transfer Rules and Regulations.  A motion was made by Eric Johnson to have the new rules published for the members to review. Warren McCamish seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Eric Johnson moved to eliminate the additional Board of Director meeting voted on at the last Board meeting. A discussion ensued. Chuck White stated he would like to continue the additional meeting to allow Tom Aikmus to become more familiar with the Board operations. Ron Chapman added the purpose of the additional meeting is to improve communication and expedite the process of selecting a new general manager. Martha Voight and David Starr agreed that continuing the additional meeting would be beneficial.
Dave Starr reported he has asked the Finance Committee to review the GAB Robin’s Report and be prepared to discuss solutions for addressing future expenses at the next committee meeting. Mr. Starr emphasized the importance of presenting a financial report to the membership which clearly defines future funding requirements. Mr. Starr added the Finance Committee will be discussing several items to present to the Board at the October 28 meeting. Dave Starr also mentioned the entire GAB Robins Report is now on the website for all to review.
Chuck White moved to approve the Restriction Committee’s decision to approve the Variance for 213 Apache Trail West, a 2-foot setback. Mr. White assured the Directors the house will line up with the other houses on that road. Warren McCamish seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Chuck White moved to approve the Restriction Committee decision to grant a 30-foot setback to a side yard at 508 Lakeshore West. Warren McCamish seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
General Manager’s Report
Tom Aikmus reported his first ten days as the Interim General Manager had gone well.  Mr. Aikmus stated he has been attending committee meetings, a City Council meeting and working with department managers to become more familiar with the position. Mr. Aikmus added he will continue his role as Head Golf Professional while filling in as the Interim General Manager. Tom stated that he would be available at the Quivira, Inc. office, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as at the Golf Shop Tuesday through Saturday during normal business hours.
Other Business
It was decided to handle an issue at the Executive Session; questions will be handled on October 28.
With  no further business discussions, the meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

A Summary of the October 28 Board Meeting

The Board of Directors for Quivira, Inc. met on Tue., Oct. 28.  Following is a summary of the discussion and actions that occurred at the meeting.
City Report
Mayor Wayne Hidalgo reported the City received seven dispensers for animal waste stations, obtained through the Johnson County Storm water Management Advisory Council program. Mr. Best stated he had met with Tom Aikmus and Jeff Eldridge to discuss placement of the waste stations within the community. Once locations have been determined, the residents will be made aware of their placement.
Search Committee
Kent Best reported the committee will meet with a firm on November 7 to discuss the search for a General Manager. Tom Aikmus is currently acting as Interim General Manager until the position is filled. He is available at the Quivira office daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the remainder of the day at the Pro Shop. Mr. Best thanked Tom for fulfilling the responsibility of Interim General Manager.
General Managers Report
Tom Aikmus reported a net income of $17,125 in September, compared to a budgeted net income of $10,296 for the month. Operating revenues were $16,000 below budget in total. Clubhouse revenues were $18,000 less than budgeted as banquet food and beverage sales were less than anticipated. A portion of the variance can be attributed to a wedding scheduled for September 27 that cancelled in July. Operating expenses were $23,000 below budget, the majority of which was attributed to saving in wages and benefits in both the General and Administration and Golf Maintenance departments. Year to date the net operating income stands at $125,498, which is $147,042 greater than budgeted through the third quarter.
Safety and Security Committee
Ed Brennan stated the committee is considering a rule to address excessive noise after hours and monetary fines for repeat violations.
Ed Brennan reported Kathy Niemeyer has been filling in as the Interim Safety and Security Manager since May. The Security Manager has been a part time position the past several years, and the Safety and Security Committee recommended the directors approve making this a full time position going forward. The directors approved the full time position going forward.
Go Royals!
Due to excitement of World Series Game 6 and several wanting to be able to watch the game, a motion was made to adjourn the meeting. Committee reports will be given at the next Board of Directors meeting, which is scheduled for November 10.

Sharon Rensenhouse walks 750 km on the Camino de Santiago

On June 24, Sharon Rensenhouse posted on Facebook: “My first shopping trip for my pilgrimage through Spain.”

By Dawn Gabel
Sharon Resenhouse now knows every ounce is serious when you commit to walking the Camino de Santiago, also known at the Way of St. James, located mostly in Spain.
Hence, the guide book for the trail, which has a detailed list of kilometers between villages, ended up shredded with only a few pages left to bear witness to her 750-kilometer pilgrimage. “Every evening I would add up how far I thought I could go and plan my evening stay ahead, but I tore apart the guide book as I went to get rid of the weight,” she said with a smile.
Sharon’s goal of walking the trail which has brought solace and understanding to thousands of souls for thousands of years was both an outer and an inner journey for her.
“There were many times I wanted to give up,” she said. “The first day, after I was through racing with the power walkers for ten hours, I burst out crying. I asked myself, why did I do this? It was such a mistake.”
It was evident to Sharon that she had not prepared as she had intended to for the arduous trek.
Sharon’s father had passed away just before her trip. “My time was not my own before I left, so I was not ready for the physical part of the trip at first. I also thought it was

Sharon, her father Charlie Rensenhouse (center), and her brother John at Renee Kelly’s a few months before Charlie passed away.

going to be a rolling walk, kind of like walking around Quivira five times a day. Instead, I got there and it was scary mountains.” Sharon had also had surgery on her knee, which was still giving her troubles.
Furthermore, her clothing was not right for the elements. “In the beginning I looked like a homeless person,” she admitted. “I had brought too much to carry and no jacket. There are photos of me wrapped in a blanket walking because I was cold and not prepared for it. I progressed and dressed right and sent my belongings ahead each day.”
Being unprepared was not just a physical miscalculation, it was also emotional. “I was so frustrated because I don’t make decisions very well,” said Sharon. “I was afraid, and wondered, ‘Who do I travel with? How far each day? Where do I stay?’
“It was all too hard. But then I learned to relax, and I knew I would find the right people and there would always be a room somewhere.” She believes this revelation is one of the miracles she received along the way. “The trail has been walked on for thousands of years, and that held power for me,” she said.
The route is dotted with small churches, and Sharon took time along to way to reflect and learn about herself. “I would light a candle and say a prayer, and then thirty minutes later an answer would come to me.”
The first two weeks of the journey were hell, recalled Sharon, because everything in her body ached, and her feet were bleeding. “It was steep and rocky, but once I got into the rhythm of it, I looked forward to it. The physical act of walking was cleansing–I fell in love with walking. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and get to walking once I got comfortable with it.”
Trekking the Camino de Santiago was also a challenge socially. “In the beginning I was afraid to be alone, even though I went alone,” Sharon said. “I latched onto a friendly group of energetic travelers. They were from everywhere; South Korea, Germany, Copenhagen. They averaged 43 kilometers a day, and after four days, I was okay with being alone because they practically killed me with that pace.”
The Camino is not a group travel experience; rather, it is a pilgrimage trail on which many people each day walk, bike or ride horses.
“I did ride a horse one day on a very steep portion of the trip. I rode with a group of people from Australia,“ Sharon added, noting there were stables available along the routes.
She started meeting new people every day. “We ate together in the evenings. I met so many wonderful people as we gathered to eat and drink wine in the evenings. Meeting people was not the problem I thought it was, which was another gift from the Camino.”
She slept in hostels for half the trip with open communal sleeping–so there were smells and snoring in the night. “The price is very reasonable, but halfway through I decided I had met enough people to be comfortable with my journey, and I realized I would meet more without the hostel experience. So I started to reserve private rooms along the way.”
Along the Camino, the symbol of the scallop shell marks the pilgrim’s way. The shell symbolizes the experience of letting go and of the many paths that bring people together on the trail. “You meet people on the trip, and then they have a different travel agendas and they are gone. It is a constant experience of trusting fellow travelers and then letting go. I eventually got good at it,” she said.
Most travelers carry a document called the credencial, which marks their progress. “Every village we went to, we received a stamp in the book. At the end of the trail in Santiago, they add up your progress and give you a certificate of completion that shows how much of the trail you completed.” Sharon completed 750 kilometers during her 35 days on the trail, five days of which were non-travel due to healing of her feet and resting.
More than 100,000 certificates were given out last year to travelers on the pilgrimage route. Sharon felt it was never crowded, yet there was company. “They had us keep our boots in cubbies outside of the hostel. Many times there were fifty to sixty boots in the cubbies, but one time my boots were the last to leave. Because of that, because I am slow, I did not see anyone for the whole day. I learned I had to leave in the middle of the pack if I did not want to be alone.
“You could walk alone or you could team up with people. I loved to walk in silence in the morning for four or five hours. Then I would get tired, so I would team up with somebody for the day and chat. That made the last few miles easier.”
Sharon walked seven to eight hours a day and averaged seventeen miles a day, most of it rocky and uphill.
After she realized she could port her bag ahead, it became a game to find it at each town. “It was always such a miracle that I found my bag each day. It might be at a bar, or sitting in the open with no one protecting it.
“One day I rang the bell at the hostel I had sent my bag to and no one was there. There was a fellow on a ladder across the street and he started knocking and then went next door and got the neighbor. She came out, but neither of them spoke English. We communicated enough that she went looking in the back of the hostel and opened the gate, and there in the yard was my bag. I got to thinking, if that man hadn’t gotten down and that lady wasn’t home. . . what would I have done? But in the end, what I needed was there. That is another thing I learned on the Camino.”
Sharon kept friends and family in contact via her Facebook page when she could get access. She recorded her memories of new friends along with way with interview videos,

Posting on September 10: “Scared moments on the road.”

asking fellow travelers why they came on the pilgrimage trail. “There were young people who had just graduated or were taking a year off for travel. There were other stories of past experiences that had changed lives so much that this trip they had brought spouses or friends along.”
Although Sharon documented her journey in a slide show she shared at the Clubhouse in early October, she felt she failed to adequately capture the true beauty of the area and her experience. “The landscape was breathtaking. There are stops along the way that have such meaning. One of them is with a stone that you carry from the beginning of the trail, and you leave it at the site, which is on a mountain peak. It is a symbol of leaving your burdens behind for the rest of the trail. There were letters, teddy bears, stones and many other things pilgrims had left behind. It was very moving.”
Sharon reflected on the lessons she came back with from her trip: “I tried to think on the Camino to do things the easy way. It was still a tough journey, but I taught myself to do things the easy way,” she said.
“Take care of yourself and enjoy your life. The miracle of the Camino is in its simplicity. I know from others that I will keep having revelations, and I am really looking forward to the future of receiving the gifts from my journey.”

Drawing Bored by Bob Lee

Saddle Pumpkin Patch – October 18

LQ Holiday Bazaar – save the date

Obituary – John E. “Jack” Wahlstedt

Jack Wahlstedt of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Lake Quivira, passed away September 18, 2014, surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Jack was born May 18, 1934, to Arthur C. and Mary A. Wahlstedt in Kansas City.
He is survived by wife, Pat; sons, Eric (Diane), Mike (Laura) and John (Cathy) and eight grandchildren, Eric, John, Elizabeth, Alexander, Garrett, and Nathan Wahlstedt; and Joseph “Max” Compton and Jacob Compton.
Visitation was  September 27 at Visitation Catholic Church, Kansas City, followed by Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army, The Epilepsy Foundation and The Upper Room, an organization that provides education in the urban core of Kansas City. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary – James Edward Deegan

James Edward Deegan, 80, of Lake Quivira, died September 24, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne, and two children, Tim and Anne, and Anne’s husband Gary. He is also survived by two grandsons.
Jim worked as the head chemist for Hallmark Cards until his retirement. He was an avid golfer, reader and bridge player.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Services were October 4 at Merriam Christian Church.

Quivira Marketplace – October 2014

2011 BLUE EZ-GO TXT: Golfers’ Dream Cart. 12” custom wheels, red & blue seats, sand bottle, coolers, bag cover, horn, I-pod kit. Christi, 913-710-4743. 10/14
COMPUTER REPAIR and TUNEUP: Pickups and deliveries on Fridays. Ted Holdahl, 785-371-3206 6/15
HOUSE CLEANING: Reliable, dependable, detail oriented. Very reasonable rates. References available upon request. 913-244-2557 or email 12/14
HOUSE CLEANING; ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 6/14
HOUSE SITTER:  former Quiviran couple looking for house sitting arrangement in Lake Quivira during the winter months. Call  Bruce Davidson at 913-302-6611. 10/14
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years experience. Insured and bonded. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495. 10/14
V’S CLEANING: Call us today! We love to clean! Customized home and office cleaning, 913.271.3181, 12/14
WANTED: If you have a dock for rent, please call 441-6308. 10/14
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