Kids Snag the Awards at Fishing Club Crappie Day

By Chris Rone
Crappie Day photos by Dieter Kinner
The Lake Quivira Fishing Club sponsored the first Crappie Day event last Saturday, and it was a lot of fun!
We began with a thirty-minute Crappie Fishing Clinic put on by Brent Chapman, where he showed the kids and some of us adults some great fishing methods and techniques. He showed how to use a slip bobber and jigs and shared his minnow hooking method. The crowd was fired up and ready to go after his fishing school for the small fry.
Eleven different boats departed with gift bags from Raymond Bates and Mondo Tackle, Brent Chapman sponsored Eagle Claw tackle, minnows from the fishing club, and their new found crappie clinic skills. The fishing was good for some and not as good for others, but it did not rain on us, so all was good. The boats returned at noon for the weigh in and lunch provided by the club. We gave out prizes for seven different categories, and six of the seven prizes were won by kids! We considered this a success for our first Lake Quivira Crappie Day. Many delicious Crappie were sent home with their fishermen.
The Fishing Club agreed it was good to see a lot of kids participate. We hope we created and mentored some new sportsmen and sportswomen. See you next year.

Deffenbaugh’s Trash Pickup Schedule for Weeks With Holidays

Hoiday Schedule
If your scheduled pick-up day falls on or after a weekday holiday, our team will collect your residential waste and recycling one day later that week. All other holidays will be on regular pick up days.

Kansas City Metro Area Observed Holidays
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Photo Club Flint Hills field trip rescheduled to June 12-13; stay tuned for the results

By Leslie Treas

By Susan Hidalgo
The May LQ Photo Club meeting was a trip to the beautiful Kauffman Gardens. A fabulous evening was perfect for photos of flowers, statuary, water features and some of our photographers. We capped the night off with dinner at Houlihan’s restaurant in Fairway.
The next LQPC meeting is Tues., June 9, at the Clubhouse at 7 p.m. The program will be presented by Zoe Kaufman, who is an excellent macro photographer. She has an exquisite eye for beautiful and intriguing macro photos.
The Flint Hills event was scheduled for May 8-9, but was changed due to weather and is now scheduled for June 12-13.  Expert photographer and instructor Bill Thomas will lead the group. The outing should produce some spectacular photos.

By Ron Bower

By Becky Johnson

Tennis Talk – June 2015

By Tim Oberhelman, Lake Quivira Tennis Pro

The first annual Memorial day family fun-fest tournament results are in!
The Champions are, Shelly Sneed and Mark Metivier!
2nd place goes to Allyson Braun and Christi Metivier
3rd place John Bichelmeyer and the “Rookie” Whitney Coulson.
Congrats to you all, maybe next year we can build the draw to more players.
We had 11 tennis club members take advantage of this event as well as 8 jr. members. Please give me some feedback on how to get the word out better about our events. As you know all schedules are listed in the enews the Quiviran, and Tennis Club Members receive e-mails with all the schedules. We use the board at the gate as well and are considering placing signs after the gate entrance. Please offer up any suggestions and ideas you may have so we can build our program.
Lisa Vedock is the winner of the free lesson from the event, congratulations.
So, the summer is starting, please come check the board at the clubhouse for ALL the upcoming events, we have added 3 and would love to have them packed this summer.  Our next event is the Margarita Mixer Friday June 12th, which is always a fun event, so put it on your calendar.  As always, I am here 6 days a week for lessons both group and private. Lets have a great summer! ~Tim

Pond reconstruction is complete! Photo by Susan Hidalgo

By Peggy Hughes
Thanks to you for your support! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful community, and your support enables Garden Club to continuously beautify our grounds. Thanks so much for participating in our fund raising programs. Pontoon Crawl and Holiday Bazaar are coming up and are our major fund raisers of the year, so thanks ahead of time for your continued support.
Those attending our Iris garden trip to Gower, MO, had a lot of fun on the bus, roaming the gardens and shopping! Be sure to look for lots of new Iris varieties popping up next spring in some of our gardens. Many of us purchased unique varieties of Iris, learned a lot about planting and maintaining our Iris gardens and had fun viewing all of the beautiful, unique varieties at the Comanche Iris Gardens. The lunch chef prepared for us was a huge hit (thank you, Chef Michael), and the homemade muffins prepared by Jeannie Gardner were another hit. Hope you can join us next time, and be sure to attend some of our upcoming events.
The Coronado Island Project is now complete. It was finished within budget and on time thanks to Julia Cotter and Jeff Eldridge.  Julia and Jeff met daily with the crew and made sure expectations were set and met. The entire area has now been updated and repaired as promised. Thanks, Julia and Jeff, for all of your hard work. Thanks to you, and funding by Garden Club, we have this beautiful area complete with the colorful annual flowers to admire every time we come through the gate.
Save the date! Pontoon Crawl will be August 29 this year. The theme is Pirates of the Q-ribbean. More details to come, but this will be a very fun event, so plan to join us. Atlantic Express will be our entertainment for the evening.
Be sure to attend Garden Club’s June 18 program, Gardening 101, featuring Jessie from Family Tree Nursery. Jessie is always so helpful with our many questions and is full of great ideas for our own gardens. Plan on 9:45 a.m. for coffee and the meeting at 10 a.m. The chef always prepares a great lunch for us, so plan to be part of this great group of people and join us for an informative program and delicious lunch. This also gives you a chance to be “in the know” regarding what Garden Club is up to. Watch for additional information coming out soon from Jeannie Gardner regarding the June program, and email her at with any questions.
As for the July program, are you ready to add some crazy art and color to your garden? Join us for a fun, creative, decorative, glass garden project You will make your own beautiful, fused glass garden stake with many colors and design ideas for you to choose from. Find your inner gift of creativity, and come join us for a fun event which requires no prior glass experience or expertise. All the materials are included in the price of $20. Darcy from Bearden’s Glass will conduct our program. You will learn a lot about how to get started in the world of glass art. Reserve July 16 to attend our Garden Club program and participate in this fun project. Come back on July 23 (Darcy will fire them) to pick up your finished garden stake. This program will be limited to thirty people, so it will have to be on a first come/first serve basis. Reserve your spot now by emailing Jeannie Gardner at or
For updates on other Garden Club projects, see the following updates from Carol Neill and Gayle Best
The annuals have been planted. Here is what you see from the moment you approach the gate
By Carol Neill

“Some work so others can play.” Photo (and caption) by Dave Starr, who caught these workers in action while he was playing golf.

First of all, let me acknowledge the Garden Club volunteers who worked so hard to do the planting! On May 6, we were fortunate to have the following volunteers show up, even with light rain: Gayle Best, Julia Cotter, Peggy Hughes, Anita Link, Becky Merwald, myself Carol Neill, Riva Noack, Pat Warner and Donna Williams, with assistance from Adam Goscha from Grounds & Maintenance.
As a Garden Club member, I, along with others, have been asked, ”Who pays for the annuals, bulbs and all the flowers we see?” The answer is simple: Garden Club uses funds from their annual fundraisers, Holiday Bazaar, Pontoon Crawl and every five years, the Homes Tour. It is a surprise to many that Quivira, Inc. does not supply the funds to purchase our seasonal beautification.
Are you surprised, too? It’s you, the members of this community and your ongoing support through these fundraisers that give us the means to purchase annually the bulbs, annuals and mums we all enjoy. It gives this community the “curb appeal” we have all become accustomed to. Garden Club feels this is a vital part that we, as members and supporters, play in this community–the beautification that helps bring in the outside functions of weddings, parties and golf tournaments. You must admit, we do show well once you make that turn off Holliday Drive.
Without the on-going support of its members and this community, we would not be able to hopefully brighten your day each and every time you drive through the front gate, bring a guest to dinner and walk to the Clubhouse entrance or enjoy a relaxing evening on the Sunset Terrace. If you have a guest for a round of golf, enjoy the plantings provided for you with the flower baskets at #13 rest stop or the yellow hibiscus by the steps and lantana planted at #16 tees.
We purchase our summer planting material from Family Tree Nursery. We buy directly from their farm where they give us a commercial discount. Even with the discount, our cost for the annuals alone is approximately $6,000. You, as a member of Garden Club and supporter of our events, make all of this possible. Thank You!
Now that you know where the funds originate and are spent, let me give you the information on what has been selected for our annuals this season. Let’s first start with the front gate. Gas Station Island: Coleus “El Brighto” is planted as a back ground to lantana ”New Gold.” The Welcome sign is framed by Alocasia, better known as Elephant Ear plant. The middle planting is the coleus “El Brighto” with a front border of begonia “Whopper Bronze Red.” Directly in front of the sign, for accent, is lysmachia, also known as the common creeping jenny, “Goldilocks,” with its bright chartreuse color and low growing habit. In the planter in front of the Security upper bed is gomphrena “Las Vegas White” with a front border of wandering jew “Red.” The lower bed is caladium “Hearts Delight” with a border of trailing vinca Cora Cascading called “Polka Dot.” The Exit Arm is also planted with a repeat of the caladium and gomphrena, with creeping jenny accent.
Let’s move up to Coronado Island, the Clubhouse and parking lot entrance. Coronado Island is planted with a back ground of the celosia “China Town” and bordered with lantana “New Gold.” The Parking lot entrance area is planted with the celosia “China Town” and an accent of lantana “New Gold.” Clubhouse beds: back ground of coleus “El Brighto,” celosia “China Town” and border of lantana “New Gold,” Pro Shop: coleus “El Brighto” and lantana “New Gold.”
The plant urns from the parking lot and the entrance to the clubhouse are identical. They include coleus Kong Jr. “Green Halo,” torenia “Summer Wave Blue,” wandering jew “Red” and creeping jenny once again for accent of chartreuse color. All can tolerate sun as well as shade. The next six urns, east, south (beach) and patio are also identical in plant material. Coleus “King Crab,” lantana “New Gold,” wandering jew “Red” and creeping jenny.
Sunset Terrace has fourteen planter pots of various sizes. I will start with the 30” pots: coleus “Glennis” with vinca Cora Cascading “Polka Dot” and wandering jew “Red.” Next the 36” pots: canna “Cannova Red Shades” with ipomea, common name sweet potato vine, variety “Emerald Lace.”  These are located within the groups of five pots and a stand-alone by the dedication plaque. Also in the group of five are the 24 ½ “ pots, which contain coleus “Yellow Fin Tuna,” torenia “New Wave Blue” and vinca Cora Cascading “Polka Dot.” Our final pot combinations are located on either side of steps to the beach from the patio. You will find caladium “Raspberry Moon,” wandering jew “Red” and vinca Cora Cascading “Polka Dot.”
There is one other bed that was new last year and is a wonderful accent to the golf course entrance. We call it the Memory Park bed: planted with the coleus “El Brighto,” celosia “China Town” and lantana “New Gold.”
Chef has herb garden again this year
By Gayle Best

Photo by David Walters

The Garden Club award-winning canoe, entitled “Bird Watching at the Lake,” is back again, perched just west of the Sunset Terrace. The Overland Park Arboretum 2013 Container Event first place winner was successfully converted last year to an Herb Garden, which allowed LQ Executive Chef Michael to have the freshest herbs available at any time. This year, the canoe herb garden is headed up by Gayle Best.
The first order of business was cleaning up the canoe, which was wintered in the LQ maintenance area. As expected, after two years of direct sunlight, the scene on the south side of the canoe was not able to be salvaged. Karen Harding, one of our very talented artists, created and painted a new scene in keeping with our bird watching theme. Gayle met with Chef Michael and received input regarding suggested changes prior to planting. He felt last year was nearly perfect, however asked that cherry tomatoes and peppers for salsa and Mexican dishes be added. After battling rain and wind, the canoe was painted and planted in time for all to enjoy during the Memorial weekend.
In early June, Chef will start harvesting the herbs, which include various species of oregano, dill, rosemary, basil, thyme, lavender, mint, and nasturtium, an edible flower. Peppers and tomatoes will be ready mid-summer. In addition, our citrus tree from last year, already has two blooms–very exciting!
Please come visit our canoe. If you are interested in being an herb garden watering volunteer, contact Gayle Best at gaylembest@gmail.

LQ Triathlon entries limited to 120—register early

By Leslie Treas
Get your FINS on … get your WHEELS on … get your TREADS on … and get ready for the …
Lake Quivira Triathlon – Saturday, September 5
The LQ Triathlon sprint course begins with a 500-meter swim, starting at east side ramp; followed by two loops of cycling around the lake (approximately 8.5 miles); and finishes with a 5K run on the flat, south side.
All participants will get a race shirt, swim cap and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.
With a cap of 120 participants, this Americana-style community event will fill up fast! Register now at the early bird rate by logging on to the brand-new, triathlon website:
Volunteers Needed
It takes a village–or a Quivira community, anyway. Be a part of the fun by volunteering to help on race day. Volunteers are needed to hand out water, keep an eye out for traffic, monitor the road course, lend a helping hand to swimmers finishing the swim  and serve pancakes, to name but a few of the many opportunities to get involved. Sign-up on the LQ Tri website using the link above. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt and free breakfast.
Whether you are a participant, volunteer or community supporter, there will be plenty of fun, fanfare and festivities for all!

The entry fee is $25 for individual, $50 for team, if you register by June 30.
Register from July1 through September 3, and the cost is $50 for individual, $70 for team.

Drawing Bored by Bob Lee

QMGA Member/Member Match Play coming up in June

By John Carson
Following nearly a week of rain, Sat. May 9, turned out bright and clear. Despite a sodden golf course, the 2 + 2  event was squeezed into the very wet month of May. Shown below are the results the tournament.
Flight 1 – First, John Hoover, Don Cox, John Cotter and Eric Dunn; Second, Bob Harbour, Mike Noack, Robert Sanders and David Blankenship; Third, Dennis Jarman, Thad Millard, Tim Congrove and Dan Sheldon.
Flight 2 – First, Phil Yates, Joe Jones, Ryan Lilja and Scott Yates; Second, Mark Pereira, Robert Foust, Paul Weise and Tim Arnold; Third, Dick Johnson, Warren McCamish, Steve Terbovich and Hal Jones.
Flight 3 – First,  Bob Smith, Gerald Watts,  Wendell Rone and LQ Golf Shop; Second, Joe Walsh, Sean Phillips, Jim Dorsey and John Christy; Third, Ed Brennen, Terry Barnett, Ernest Block and Ron Nicholis.
Special Events – Leon Harms and Bruce Bowman
Upcoming Events
The next QMGA sponsored event is the Member/Member Match Play (QMGA Classic) on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, with dinner on Friday, June 5. Be sure to stop by the Golf Pro Shop to sign up your team. Following that is the Lake Classic, Wednesday through Saturday, July 8-11.

June packed with fun events for QWGA golfers

By Linda Cruse
April showers bring May flowers, but what will May’s record-breaking showers bring? Our fingers are crossed for less rain and fewer cart-path-only golf days in June.
June is probably the busiest month of the golf season for QWGA, featuring an informal guest day on June 9, the three-day Pocahontas Classic Tournament on June 15-17 and the 18-hole member-member tournament on June 23-24.
Activities begin the first week in June with a celebration of the Kansas Women’s Golf Association centennial anniversary. Everyone playing June 3 will receive a special gift, and the 18-hole player who scores 100 will receive a pro shop gift certificate and centennial memento.
This year’s Pocahontas has the theme “Black, White and Bling.” Monday’s activities will include a par three challenge and 18 holes of a best ball competition, followed by a cocktail party. On Tuesday, participants will compete in an 18-hole “Step Aside Scramble,” followed by gross and net derbies. The tournament will conclude on Wednesday with a 3-2-1 18-hole competition, followed by an awards banquet. I hope you’ve made plans to be part of the fun.
Eighteen-hole members will also participate in the two-day member-member tournament on June 23-24. Two-member Lake Quivira teams will compete followed by lunch in the Clubhouse on the second day. Additionally, the annual AQL Tournament has been scheduled for June 24 in Leavenworth. Golfers from Alvamar, Lake Quivira and Leavenworth compete in the annual event. Please sign up in the pro shop and contact Jill Ferrel for more information.
Don’t miss out on these fun events. Signup information is available in the pro shop. See you on the course!

Quivira in Verse by Jeanne Jones

Bluer Than Blue
The bluebird sang a song of woe:
“My mate is gone! Where did she go?
My heart is breaking in my chest—
Five eggs are left upon our nest!”
We shake our heads and heave a sigh,
Convinced are we that she did die.
But is it true her end was gory?
Maybe there’s a different story…
She laid the eggs, then said, “Oh, gee,
I’m having an epiphany.
To stay at home is such a drag!
Motherhood is not my bag.”
She saw her chance and off she flew,
Leaving Mr. Bluebird blue.
(As for him, let’s speculate:
He missed her ‘til he found a mate
more suited to the nesting life.
He’s happy now with his new wife.)