Pontoon Crawl “Jersey Shore” Style is September 6

By Gayle Best

Plans are complete for the annual Lake Quivira Pontoon Crawl being held Saturday, September 6 from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Tickets are $40/person.  Our theme this year is “Jersey Shore” which offers so many fun possibilities. Some of you will want to identify with the working class Italian from the recent “Snooki/The Situation” era, while others will think of the “Frankie Valli/Jersey Boys” era.

This will be an awesome event sponsored by Garden Club and you won’t want to miss it as we turn our beach area into a Jersey Shore Boardwalk.  Don’t forget, you don’t need a Pontoon boat to attend.  You can travel by boat, car, or golf cart.  The evening includes:

  • Jaspers Restaurant, a Kansas City legend, will provide our main course at East Park.  Jaspers was established in 1954 as a small neighborhood Italian restaurant similar to what you would find in the Jersey Shore area.  Beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided at East Park, along with a full chit bar.
  • “Change Up” the very talented young band that played for us at East Park last year will be back there again.  They may be adding a few Frankie Valli songs to their play list!
  • Drive up or drive through the specialty drink station on our sailing “boardwalk.”  This will be the “happening” place as everyone congregates to be seen and to drink this year’s east coast Pontoon Crawl specialty drink.
  • Karen Davis Project Band at Sunset Terrace – Lake Quivirans of all ages love this great dance band!
  • Kansas City’s “The Funnel Cake Truck” will drive up and entice us with funnel cakes or fried oreos just off the beach area
  • Speaking of the beach, you must visit and play the Jersey Shore-like arcade games, view our festive lights and walk the boardwalk to the “Shoreline Bar” just south of Sunset Terrace where a full chit bar will be offered along with complimentary soft drinks and of course as always the rest of our specialty drink.
  • Who will be Mr. Lake Quivira Shoreline?  Nominate your favorite guy and see who our lovely judges select in our Promenade of Jersey Guys.

Pontoon Tickets will be offered by chit or check.  You will get an e-mail soon for easy ticket ordering.  Questions or tickets, contact LQpontooncrawl@gmail.com. As always, Pontoon Crawl profits benefits the Lake Quivira beautification initiatives.

Drawing Bored – By Bob Lee

Obituary – Charles Kimmerle Rensenhouse

Charles Kimmerle Rensenhouse passed away at the age of 89 on July 3, 2014, at Park Meadows Memory Care in Overland Park. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, August 1, at 5 p.m. at the Lake Quivira Sailing Dock. Anyone who was touched in some way by the extraordinary spirit of this remarkable man is welcome to join the family in bidding him a loving farewell. Casual attire.
Charles was born January 12,1925, in Cassopolis, MI, to Mary “Bonnie” and Proctor D. Rensenhouse. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie (Haines) and Jean (Diman), as well as one brother, Proctor “Jim” (Rensenhouse). In 1948 he fell in love with and married a beautiful young woman he met on a train and invited to play bridge with him. Her name was Beverly Ann Conway, and she too precedes him in death.
Charles grew up in Scarsdale, NY (Westchester County), where his second-grade teacher recognized him as a “natural born leader,” but had concerns that he was leading his peers in the wrong direction! Fortunately, the fears were unfounded as he grew to be the captain of the football team at Scarsdale High School and went on to get an engineering degree from the University of Southern California. His family would summer at a home in Birch Lake, MI, and it was on a train back to school at USC that he met his future bride.
Upon graduation, he went to work for General Electric in Schenectady, NY, but was soon lured away by Essex Wire to supervise, at age 29, a factory in Sycamore, IL, that employed 351 people. His brother, Jim, had gone to Kansas City to run a wholesale electrical supply company and soon called Charles for some help. He moved the family to Prairie Village, and, with his brother, acquired both Rossner Electric Supply in Kansas City, MO, and Foley Electric Supply in Kansas City, KS. Charles took charge of the Foley location and, out of that store in 1963, started the retail business, RensenHouse of Lights, which remains in operation to this day. The two wholesale companies were eventually consolidated into the larger Rensenhouse Electric Supply, and it, too, remains in operation to this day.
Always an avid sportsman and lover of the great outdoors, Charles built a home for his family at Lake Quivira, in 1961. He served as Lake Quivira’s Board President for a number of years and spearheaded the decision to resist annexation attempts by Shawnee and declare itself an independent city. The venerable old Clubhouse there still stands today in large part due to his efforts.
While at Lake Quivira, he was very active with the Sailing Club, sailing a Y-Flyer, and would compete at national regattas in that class. His tenacity in the face of high winds earned him the nickname “Hurricane Charlie,” and he sailed his best when the conditions were most challenging. He was also an avid golfer, a sport that would serve him well, long into his life. He played at courses all over the world and enjoyed the (self-given) nickname of “World’s Greatest Putter!”. Once in a while, the name actually rang true.
Charles retired in 1985 and, with his wife Beverly, began spending time in various locales, always somewhere unique. He first built a summer home near Buena Vista, CO, on Chalk Creek, next to a natural hot springs that filled the swimming pool. Then came a house overlooking the dramatic landscape of the Anza-Borrego Desert in Borrego Springs, CA, where they spent many happy winters, golfing and socializing with other retirees. And, finally, another home in Bend, OR, where they enjoyed the perfect summer temperatures of the high desert. After the death of his wife, Beverly, he returned to the Kansas City area and was always a favorite within the caring communities where he lived. “How you doin’, Charlie?” “Horrible!” he would say, with a twinkle in his eyes.
He is survived by three children, Nancy Nixon (John) of Ouray, CO; Sharon Rensenhouse (Nelson Mann) of Lake Quivira, John Rensenhouse (Darren Sextro) of Kansas City, MO; and three grandchildren, Carrie Hickman (Paul) of Madison, WI; Christopher Nixon (Amy) of Overland Park, KS; Kyle Rensenhouse of Kansas City, MO; and one great-granddaughter, Stella Nixon of Overland Park, KS.
If you wish to make a contribution in his honor, please direct it to either Kansas City Actors Theatre, P.O. Box 22510, Kansas City, MO 64113, where his son works, or the Wright Opera House, P.O. Box 17, Ouray, CO 81427, where a daughter’s passion lies. He will be missed. Deeply. We write this in the hope these words can last as a testament to his delight in and upon this earth.

Ridings look for smooth transition from social members to LQ residents

By Aline Zimmer
Larry & Kathie Ridings – 326 Lakeshore West (Hall) The Ridings are not new to Lake Quivira, having been longtime social members, but are delighted to have purchased a house to renovate and eventually move into.
They have many friends at the lake, so the transition will be an easy one. Larry is a neurologist with a private practice, while Kathie is a registered nurse at Shawnee Mission Hospital–clearly a couple who care for other people. They hail from Texas and currently live in the Saddlebrooke neighborhood.
Their three children are Lucas, 15; Ethan, 13; and Kyndall, 11. Sparky, a lab/border collie mix and Max, a cat, complete the family. Black pets are the hardest to find homes for, so it’s no surprise that the couple who care for people in the healthcare industry also care for pets that might otherwise have been ignored.
The Ridings boys both play ice hockey; Lucas for Rockhurst High, Ethan for the KC Stars. Kyndall’s passion is softball. In their leisure time, the family is drawn to the water. Their water play involves boating, tubing and generally enjoying the outdoors with friends. Lucas is learning how to invest in stocks; who knows, he may be a member of the Men’s Investment Club someday. He was sporting a Baylor t-shirt and is likely to be Texas-bound once he completes high school.
What does the family say about Lake Quivira? “People wave, and it feels like one big family. It’s an oasis.”
We’re happy to have the Ridings join as foundation members. Welcome!

At Lake Quivira it is a very short canoe trip from farm to table

Located just to the west of the Clubhouse, what appears to be just a land locked canoe used as a decorative planter is really much more. The Garden Club and Chef Michael Lamping make this boat float in a different fashion. In addition to the decorative flowers it is filled with a variety of herbs, basil, thyme, rosemary etc. Chef Michael routinely picks the produce from the canoe to enhance the Clubhouse cuisine and your dining experience. Photo by Becky Johnson

By Jamie Pribyl and Cheryl Scheele,
Keepers of the Canoe Garden

The next time you eat at the Clubhouse, keep your eyes open for some local herbs that are likely to appear on your plate. It is probable they were sourced from the Garden Club canoe, located just outside the dining room windows. Less than sixty days from planting, this canoe container garden is in full operation.
Basil and nasturtium have been used as table and platter garnishes. Opal basil has appeared in Caprese salads, and soups have floated chive blossoms.
Michael Lamping, like most chefs, appreciates having herbs at his fingertips for adding flavor and enhancing presentation. He is also mindful of the benefits of ingredients that are fresh, local and minimally processed, so he was anxious to get some plants growing here like he had enjoyed at his previous posts. He made a few inquiries which found their way to the Garden Club. With a little help from Lenora Wuattoux, herb specialist, and two-time Garden Club featured speaker, the herb boat was born. The canoe is actually repurposed from the Garden Club’s winning entry in the 2013 Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens 2013 container vvent.
Together with groups such as the Lake Quivira Garden Club, Chef Lamping is hopeful a working herb garden will be a permanent extension of the Clubhouse kitchen. As he mentioned, given the large amount of available growing space here at Lake Quivira, it would just be foolish not to.

From the Chef’s table – August 2014

How fleeting a kitchen’s quiet time can be each day. I recently stayed late to button up my kitchen one night. . . just days after the end of another Lake Classic. On occasions, I do this to confirm my end-of-day staff is abiding to procedures to properly clean and close a kitchen. After the closing line cook turned off the last gas valve, I made my rounds to be sure all was in proper order. As the last steward began to mop the floors, I flipped the off switch to the loud ventilation hoods and headed to my office. With how busy my kitchen can get six days a week, quiet time to reflect and then write this monthly column becomes a scarce commodity. As I listen to the soapy water being squeezed from the mop bucket just outside my door, I have found a peaceful moment to begin to write. The first thought that comes to mind as I type this note? “Life is learning. And learning is life!”
This quiet time brings me back to my early culinary student days where I was a dishwasher swirling a mop head across a greasy floor. All I heard in my head as I completed – what appeared to be a simple task – was the Executive Chef’s voice (not so subtly, I might add), lighting me up about how I could never expect to be Executive Chef one day if I could not even learn how to strive for perfection on something as basic as sweeping and mopping a floor! I learned at an early age in my career that to be successful in the culinary business, you need to seek perfection in all you do, regardless of how menial the task may seem. I smile at these memories, and glancing at a clipboard punch list hanging on my wall, I am amazed how in just the matter of several hours, my morning crew will be turning on all the equipment in a clean kitchen. . . to bake fresh muffins for Grab-n-Go, crack eggs and start making soups and sauces for the rest of the day’s production.
An apprentice at one of the Big Four country clubs in the St. Louis area, I learned that a kitchen’s day begins from planning that may have started weeks prior to executing a culinary experience. But no matter how complicated we can make things for ourselves in the planning process, I can always take comfort in the thoughtful advice from my mentors, “It all goes back to the basics!” Regardless if you are a seasoned line cook with over ten years of experience  or a culinary student just three months on the job, they both have to know you cannot succeed at making a great chicken noodle soup without first making the perfect chicken stock. Do we properly make a club sandwich? Does my team completely understand this sandwich will only be as good as the product that goes into building it, i.e., fresh roasted turkey breast and properly cleaned lettuce? We try NOT to take for granted the simplest of tasks when attempting to deliver quality to our members. Behind the scenes, the building-blocks of the lattermost goals of a kitchen brigade begin with teaching the basics. The kitchen is my classroom, the kitchen is my sanctuary.
“We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities.”  ~Joshua Waitzkin
I learned a lot about Lake Quivira, especially with the execution of the annual Lake Classic Member-Guest. I am proud to say this experience as your chef has become a new culinary epiphany thus far! From uniformed chefs cooking burgers (to order) to taking full advantage of local, home grown peaches and tomatoes, the near-perfect weather represented the proverbial cherry on top. We received many positive comments about this very busy week, but also know how much we can learn and build upon this experience for future Lake Classics and events. I am grateful to be a member of the LQ management team.
The World Association of Chefs (WAC) teamed up with the American Culinary Federation to host a recent seminar here in Kansas City. As I scribe this note from my desk, I am also getting ready for a contest (not unlike the television shows Top Chef and Master Chef), during which my colleagues will judge my garde manger talents. (I will share my results in the next Quiviran.) This “cold food” craft is another area to display my wares here at Lake Quivira.
Summer is quickly slipping into the “Dog Days” of Summer, and with this comes the impending change in seasons. The produce and product coming to market will also change, as we will begin seeing colorful squashes, tomatoes, carrots and melons. During these hottest times, nothing beats a chilled, spiced melon soup or a grilled fresh tuna steak sandwich! (My mouth is beginning to water.) John Welter and I have also been communicating in changing things up a bit with our weekly special nights, including shifting from Build Your Own Pasta Night, Slider Fridays and Sunday Cookouts. (Think – New England Clam Bake; Fish Fry; Family Fried Chicken Nights?) We will keep you posted.
Lastly, a shout-out “Thanks” to the Dixieland sponsors for Thursday, June 26! A great time was had by all because of Byron Whitaker, Warren McCamish, Dave Starr, Dick Johnson, Jim Lewis, Gary Caler, Kent Best and Steve Terbovich. Thank you!
In closing, I can already taste the fresh morning espresso which already has my name on it just hours from this place in time. Reflecting on the past only readies me for a promising future.
Bon Appetite!
~Chef Michael

President’s Column – August 2014

By Kent Best, President, Lake Quivira Board of Directors

Greetings Friends & Neighbors:
“All you want to do is
Ride Around Sally Ride,
You better slow that Mustang Down”    ~The Wicked Wilson Picket, 1965

July was one of the most spectacular months of all time in terms of activities, guests and overall great feelings at Lake Quivira. With the 4th of July falling on Friday, July 3rd became a holiday into its own. The word I heard was that July 3rd may have been one of the busiest days ever on our golf course. Not only were guests pouring through the gates to visit for the 4th, but many were staying or visiting for the Lake Classic Golf Tournament.
I need to find another bucket of kudos for the Quivira staff on many fronts. It is so common for any of us to receive accolades for our Golf Staff to run a tournament like the Lake Classic effortlessly. Believe me, it looks and feels like that, but the fact is it takes their “can do attitude” to make it look like that. Thank you, Tom and your guys. Great job!
We heard about a gazillion comments that the greens on the course were as good as any of the guests or the members had seen here. Jeff Eldridge and his team just flat kicked butt!
Kathy’s security team worked a lot of hours for the 4th, the Classic and many weddings and events that they tended to.
Due to the long weekend on the 4th, we opted for a second sweep cleanup using Deffenbaugh on Saturday the 5th. Gary’s guys just get it done when the call arises.
And then we have this train that has left the station so to speak as John Welter and the entire Clubhouse staff have been running their fannies off for quite some time. Chef Michael and the kitchen staff work in odd conditions at best. The fact is: they are shifting, shuffling and skipping to a very fast beat, and we have to evaluate how we can help them do their jobs. For right now, we can thank them for efforts. Members, don’t forget to just say thank you now and then; they are doing a heckuva job. That doesn’t mean they don’t make a mistake here and there, but you know where I am coming from.
Back in March many of you were aware our kitchen received a less than stellar review due to some infractions the health department found. If you remember, we now fall under the guidelines of the State of Kansas jurisdiction versus the Wyandotte County jurisdiction. We found the rules and/or guidelines were a different playing field. After the infractions back in March, they came back a couple weeks later, but the damage or information was in the KC Star etc.
Last Monday, the quarterly visit came upon us as a minor surprise; however, they found our kitchen in tip-top shape. We had one minor infraction, and it is something beyond our control until we buy a new piece of equipment. Congratulations to John Welter, Chef Michael and his staff! I think we have one Saturday evening unbooked until Christmas, and next May, June and July are already full. Shannon Brown is a tremendous complement to John W. and Chef Michael!
With all the receipts and monetary applications, it is appropriate to thank Bridgette Schmitz, Debbie Peed and Cindy Price for all their efforts at Q-Inc. also.
For those in attendance at the July 17 Garden Club meeting, we saw the opening view of the Strategic Plan as addressed by long-time member Warren McCamish. I thought it was an excellent presentation. We had a diverse cross-section of our community represented, and the approximate seventy men and women in attendance were very engaged, asked questions, and provided good feedback. The plan is to have many small group meetings around the lake, where members can ask questions and add their views as we are compiling the data to attempt to “get this right”! As we want every member to attend a meeting and have a chance to voice their opinion and provide feedback, we are logging all attendees, and towards the end, will follow up with those who haven’t yet attended.
As many of you are aware, we have a great deal of construction on the west side, and we are working with the contractors, the City and our own staff to alleviate some of the traffic issues. We don’t have every item covered, but we’re at least dealing with the glaring issues and we will be improving this whole process. Safety is a paramount issue! We know that!
The GM search committee was basically idle in July due to scheduling issues. But as I mentioned in the June board meeting, there will be a great deal of activity in August, September and October. As was mentioned in the summary, the Board of Directors are completely informed and agree with the order of the steps of the process that we are working through.
Every time I see the State Farm commercial, I am so glad that Jake is a guy and wears khakis and I always smile, too cool!
If you are into golf, was the Rory, Sergio and Rickie run into the Sunday final about as good as it gets?
Before you know it, school will be starting. But first we have many folks going on their August sabbatical or vacation, which may give some of you a false sense of driving security. This means we still observe the driving laws, the stop signs and general safety precautions that keep Lake Quivira the fabulous place it is.
Hey LQ–we play where we live; we live where we play!
“Get outta my dreams, get into my car
Get outta my dreams, get into the backseat
Beep Beep!”
~Billy Ocean, 1988.

See you around the Lake. Please wave!

A Summary of the July 22, 2014 Board Meeting

The Board of Directors for Quivira, Inc. met on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The following is a summary of the discussion and actions discussed at the Board Meeting:
After calling the meeting to order, Kent Best asked if there were any comments from those members visiting the Board meeting. John Beck opened by asking about an update on the search for a new General Manager. This was followed by a 45-minute discussion involving several Board members and some of the visitors who voiced unhappiness to Kent regarding the lack of specific information and perceived secrecy by the search committee. It was determined during the session that a special executive session would follow the adjournment to give a full and complete report of the search process to all Board members. That meeting was held.
New Business
Dave Starr suggested Q Inc. fund musicians for Sunset Terrace. Chris Becicka suggested funding also include musicians for Clubhouse activities such as art receptions. Steve Terbovich made a motion, which passed, to allocate $2,000 for this type of entertainment through the end of 2014.
It was also discussed there is dead tree very close a power line at hole #12 that is ready to fall down and needs to be taken care of.
Financial Report
Dave Starr reported Net Operating Income through June was $160,000 better than last year. Net Operating Income for June was $9,400 against a budget deficit of $16,900. Year to Date Net Operating Income through June was $93,700 against a budget deficit of $2,800 for a cumulative positive swing of $96,000, taking into consideration these numbers reflect the lack of expense for General Manager salary.
Dave reported all areas are ahead this year except the golf shop, which is down by $14,000 due to rainouts and fewer rounds by members and guests. Clubhouse revenue continues to be doing very well.
Golf Committee
Warren McCamish reported the Golf Committee and Associate Committee met jointly on June 15. Warren shared that our #2 green was poorly designed in 2004 and is slipping towards the pond. Our golf course designer has given us a proposal to design the fix. Warren stated we need to get started on the project before there is a crisis causing serious financial costs in repairs. Warren moved we accept the proposal, and Ed Markley seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Lake and Residential Committee
The Committee did not meet for the month of July. Ron Chapman said the committee would like to keep the deer harvest going for the deer population. Ron moved to keep the harvest at a limit of 25. Steve Terbovich seconded the motion, which passed with 8 in favor and 1 opposed. There was also a brief discussion about several dead trees needing to be removed.
House Committee
Steve Terbovich moved he would like approval from the Board to replace House Committee member Roger Vossman, who resigned, with Jon Stewart. Eric Johnson seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously. Steve also requested the Board consider the purchase of a beverage golf cart, which he feels would pay for itself very quickly.
Restrictions Committee
Chuck White announced the Committee did not meet for the month of July. He stated there was one approval for a building permit.
Safety and Security Committee
Ed Brennan mentioned there was a party on July 3 at the sailing dock which elicited several complaints about the noise until late into the morning. Ed said the police were called numerous times to control the noise level. He said the police were not able to handle the issue because Lake Quivira has no noise ordinance in place. Ed asked that the Board consider appointing a sub-committee to look into the City having an ordinance on noise and how to enforce this issue.
Ed stated the county has stopped the use of the siren other than for tornado alert. Ed mentioned we should think about sending out an E-blast when LQ does have an emergency.
Lake safety rules will be reevaluated regarding ensuring there are lifeguards on duty for large beach parties after normal lifeguard duty hours.
Tennis Committee
Ed Brennan stated there was no committee meeting for the month of July. Ed reported the tennis shop finally got their much needed ice and water machine installed. He also stated he now has drawings for the extension of the tennis deck.
Associate Member Committee
Ed Markley mentioned the goal for the Associate Committee is to enhance the experience at Lake Quivira for the Associate members in hopes they will be more involved and better informed. He said he would perhaps like to have a joint meeting with the Safety and Security Committee this next month.

Warren McCamish, Strategic Planning Committee chair, presents the first public viewing of the Plan to approximately 70 people at the July Garden Club meeting. Warren is available to talk to other small groups or clubs and also plans to schedule several meetings in the Great Room over the next six to eight weeks.

Strategic Planning Committee
Warren McCamish gave an update on the first formal presentation of the Draft Strategic Plan which was requested by Garden Club. He expressed he was pleased with the outcome. There were about 70 in attendance. All members are encouraged to attend a meeting which presents the plan and allows members to ask questions and receive answers.
Warren will be scheduling about three meetings over the next six to eight weeks which will be held in the Great Room. Additionally, small neighborhood groups or activity club members are encouraged to contact Warren for a presentation for their group.
Marketing and Membership
Eric Johnson stated that there was no committee meeting for the month of July. He moved to add Terry Williams to the Marketing and Membership Committee, leaving two slots open for other committee members. Steve Terbovich seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.
Eric shared with the Board that we have had a total of three new members join this past month; one Country Club, one Social and one Foundation. Eric also stated there are five more membership applications currently in the works.
Eric mentioned there will be a mobile app for our website coming very soon. He moved the Board approve an extension contract for six more months for our search engine consultants. Steve Terbovich seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Bob Lee’s plastic fantastic menagerie is on display—you just have to look

Bob Lee and his PVC gorilla

By Dawn Gabel

The gorilla was in the back in the tall weeds, peering at the boat riders; probably a silver back, because of his black and white fur. An elder male staking his claim and making sure the naked apes did not come ashore.
But then he was gone–perhaps poachers Shanghaied him to a zoo in China. The locals were sad to see him gone. Little did the gorilla creator Bob Lee know that his nearly life-sized gorilla was partying it up with some locals until the runaway showed up for the 2013 4th of July celebration.
Found standing at a corner on Lakeshore with a beer taped in his hand was the silver back. “It is fine that people have fun. He was none the worse for wear,” said Lee about the wandering gorilla from his PVC menagerie.
Lee put the large plastic gorilla back in the jungle. He placed him deep in the weeds and brambles where it would be difficult to get and where the larger presence was not bothersome to neighbors.
“He disappeared again,” said Lee, only slightly exasperated. “Until this July 4th,, that is, when Kathy [Niemeyer, LQ security guard] came by with him on the back of her security cart.  It was quite a site,” said Lee as he chuckled.
The gorilla and the rest of the animals, approximately thirty altogether, are a part of the lake landscape now. What started seven years ago on a whim for long-time resident Bob Lee has become an expected delight to many children and adults who take the slow and cozy trip through the southeast portion of the lake.
Although the gorilla is idling the summer away in an undisclosed retreat, the remainder of the animals; including penguins, zebras, giraffes, etc., are hidden–and not so hidden–as you go through the newly dredged channels surrounding Treasure Island.
“We made a list for a couple of grandmothers that asked so their grandchildren could make a game of finding the animals. My wife and I went slowly through, counting and finding them all. It isn’t easy to do, even for me, after seven years,” said Lee.
It started innocently enough with a giraffe. “I started making the animals when Pat and I wintered in Fort Meyers, Florida,” said Lee.  “There were a few in the yard as we

Bob's yardbird

pulled in.” Lee learned that the animals were made with PVC material, a product used for plumbing pipe.  “I needed something to do when the weather didn’t cooperate with my golfing.”
He explains the process: “The PVC pipe is heated with a blow torch, not too much, but enough to make it pliable. I draw an outline from a photo or cartoon off the internet.  I freehand an idea of what I want.”
From there he pulls, cuts, molds and refines until the plastic takes the shape of the animal he envisions.
“It is dirty work,” said Lee. I wear goggles, and I am covered from head to toe in a white plastic dust. I mold it, cut it and even use my knuckles to form the bulge of the eyes, with gloves on because it is hot. Then I sand and cut until it looks the way I want.  The painting really gives them life.”
Lee does it for the joy of creation and the enjoyment of others. “I get mostly positive comments,” he explained. “Of course the kids like them. I would say there are only a couple of people on the lake that don’t care for them, but if I have 988 who smile and say thanks and two that complain; I think that is pretty positive.”
There are new additions every year. This year when the area was dredged during the coldest months, while Lee was in Florida, he was pleasantly surprised that several of the animals were saved and put up on the banks, out of the way. Lee makes approximately thirty new animals over the winter months, but not all end up at Lake Quivira.
Many are given away in Florida, and there are several in his yard here at Lake Quivira. A large rat snake is placed strategically in the canoe garden where there are tomatoes. The birds and squirrels never bother the garden with the PVC snake standing guard. A particularly beautiful peacock greats visitors to the drive, and a wise old owl keeps watch day and night towards the street.
Left behind in Florida, a large, nearly life-sized alligator tricks many into stopping at the site where it is displayed near a canal near where the Lees winter. “People stop their cars and back up to look. You know they think it is real when they do that,” said Lee with a satisfied laugh.
A man of many talents, Lee is a retired dentist, but is well known for his musical accomplishments and is also a self-taught piano tuner. He took up cartooning twelve years ago for The Quiviran and has enjoyed adding the animal creations to his list of creative outlets.
A few years ago he was charmed by the movie, The March of the Penguins, and made two emperor penguins for the tour and placed wooden eggs between their feet, just as they were in the movie. The next year, he had two babies by the penguins as if the wooden eggs had hatched. They were a popular site.
Lee relays the rest of the story: “The penguins were taken, or maybe a storm got them I thought at the time.  Then, the Hankos let me know the penguins without the babies were at their build site earlier this summer. I was surprised since it had been a while. After cleaning and repainting, they are now the newest figurines on the tour.”
On reflec-tion of why he goes to the trouble of making the animals, placing them in the weeds, mud and brambles and then having to replace them due to various reasons, Lee is philosophical about it, “I like to keep busy, and it pleases me when others enjoy them.”

The self-guided animal hunt has 31 animals—see if you can find them all!  Good Hunting!

Toucan (new), Egret, Anhinga, Zebra, Puma, Swan, Giraffe, Deer, Loon (new), Fox (new), Owl , Mountain lion, Monkey, Eagle, Baby bear, Osprey 1, Osprey 2, Baby bear 2,Snake
Owl, Skunk, Egret, Ibis, Great blue heron, White ibis, Cormorant, American egrets  2 Penguins 2

The Quivira Marketplace – July 2014

19” PIRELLI WINTER SNOW TIRES: Like new. $750. 913 961-4166 original price $1500
COMPUTER REPAIR and TUNEUP: Pickups and deliveries on Fridays. Ted Holdahl, 785-371-3206 ted.holdahl@gmail.com 6/15
DOCK WANTED: Off Lake Member would like to rent your dock.  Current dock owner sold his house, so I must find another. Reference.   Bret 913-449-7241. 7/14
FLYERS: Fast and reliable flyer delivery to every house at the lake. 5 years of experience. $30-Call or text Adam: 913-284-1694.
FLYERS: Need something delivered to every mailbox in Lake Quivira? For fast and efficient service, call or text Sam Welch at 901-7193. $35 for delivery to 385 mailboxes.
FOR SALE – 2007 TRITON 208 SILVER MODEL 20’ PONTOON BOAT: 2006 Mercury 25 HP 4 stroke. Excellent condition, lightly used. Depth/fish finder & CD player. New battery. Complete cover for winter & custom individual seat covers. Stored/serviced annually with Frank’s Marine. Incl. 2-person inflatable with tow rope & life jackets. Dock 188. NADAguides.com/boats lists low-to-average retail value $9,750 – $11,110. Available after July 4. Price, $9,00. Call Roy Worthington, 913 962-4557. 7/14
FOR SALE BY OWNERS – 265 TTW: 3BR 2.5B on 2 flat lots in a secluded private setting with year round lake views. Stunning landscape that includes 2 ponds with water features. Windows galore! Hardwood floors! Open kitchen great for entertaining. Private master suite. Extended 2 car garage with work area. Invisible fence for pets. Six person Spa w/cover. Deep water dock #5.  Call 913-248-9595    $649K  See pictures at  http://kansascity.craigslist.org/reo/4526771628.html
FOR SALE: 2007 SUNTRACKER PONTOON BOAT w/25HP 4-stroke Mercury engine. Excellent condition. $8500. 631-0271 or 707-7991. nc
FOR SALE: PAIR OF VINTAGE SANSUI SP3000 STEREO SPEAKERS. Great sound. Beautiful wood enclosures, lattice fronts – can double as end tables. Original owner. $150. Roy Worthington, 913 962-4557.
GW INVADER/1983: Johnson/trailer, new interior, motor needs minor repair, sold as is, $1500 OBO. 913-522-5550. 7/14
HOME AND/OR LOT: (1 acre, stretches back to Terrace Trail East) for sale by owners.  455 Lakeshore Drive East.  3+ bdrm, 2.5 baths, dock is directly in front of lot.  Pictures and more information at www.cafechris.com.  For serious inquiries before we turn this over to our realtor, call Chris at 913.302.1003.
HOUSE CLEANING: Reliable, dependable, detail oriented. Very reasonable rates. References available upon request. 913-244-2557 or email miranda2557@gmail.com.
HOUSE CLEANING; ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 6/14
HOUSECLEANING! Servicing the Johnson County area since 2002. Excellent references/licensed/insured. Please call/text/email today! Virginia Burnham, Owner V’s Cleaning, 913-271-3181, or vrstewartop@hotmail.com 12/14
KC METRO (AKA) C. A. GREEN CONST. MASONRY CARPENTRY & CONCRETE: specializing in brick, block, stucco and stone. Retaining walls, chimneys, all types of masonry. No job too big; no job too small. Free estimates. Contact Anthony  Green, 913-602-4508. 8/14
‘O2 CLUB CAR CART: gas, lights, windshield, light gold color. 913-284-9500.
PONTOON, 2005 BENNINGTON: 22’, 4 stroke, has BBQ & summer/winter covers. See dock 212. Dealer recommends price of $10,200. Sell for $9,200. Call 631.0337. 7/14
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years experience. Insured and bonded. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495. 10/14
SUNTRACKER PARTY BARGE PONTOON: 1998, Mercury 25HP, redone factory upholstery, good carpet, gas grille. $3800, 913-284-9500.
V’S CLEANING: Call us today! We love to clean! Customized home and office cleaning, 913.271.3181, vrstewartop@hotmail.com  www.vscleaning.vpweb.com 12/14