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Culinary Spotlight – September 2015

By Anne Simms
When Pantry Chef 0915 clubhouse culinary Joe Bankston2 (1 of 1) talks about his job in the Lake Quivira kitchen, one gets the sense that food preparation is more about the expression of a long-developed value system than simply appearance, taste and nutrition. Joe seems to connect the food he prepares directly to the person who will receive it. “I don’t feel right unless food goes out right, as if I was doing something for a guest (in my home). I want to be sure that it is prepared properly and with a touch of love.”
Joe is not a professionally trained cook. In fact a large part of his career was spent in the United States Army. He joined the LQ staff 13 years ago when he decided to find a place to practice and grow his culinary skills. According to Joe, the LQ kitchen has many culinary challenges and opportunities. “If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and learn, this is a great place to learn.”
Joe honed his culinary skills early in life under the tutelage of his mother whom he describes as a “Domestic Chef” specializing in Cajun, Creole and “old South cooking”. Early in Joe’s life, his mother became ill and was bed-ridden while his father was gone for long periods of time, serving in World War II and the Korean War. At age 7 or 8, Joe had to cook for the family.
His mother’s bedroom was adjacent to the kitchen and from there she could supervise her young son by calling out ingredients, measurements and directions. She would tell Joe exactly what to do, and he’d stand on a soap box to prepare food, taking samples to his mother to taste. Joe says it took him about a year to learn, but learn he did; and now when he cooks, he feels there’s a little of his mother in everything he makes. “Learning to cook at such a young age taught me discipline and the meaning of good— with food, you know whether it’s good the minute you taste it.”
The Club Sandwich on the menu is a longtime favorite of the Lake Quivira community. Maybe that’s because Joe has a process in place to ensure that each sandwich is prepared consistently day after day. In fact, his 13 year tenure in the clubhouse has provided a certain institutional memory in the kitchen. And beyond his Pantry Chef responsibilities, Joe’s knowledge of food preparation runs deep, a fact that was confirmed in a discussion about modern preparation of Southern staples like collard greens and fried green tomatoes.
Joe expressed a sincere appreciation for the members of Lake Quivira and their continuous investment in excellent equipment and support of the food services team. The next time you order a cold item such as a Caesar Salad or Club Sandwich, take a moment to savor the care and experience that is folded into the flavor and texture of the dish, compliments of Pantry Chef Joe Bankston. And by the way, Joe mentioned he has a bit of experience as a photographer. . . but that’s probably a conversation for another afternoon when the kitchen isn’t calling!

From the Chef’s Table – September 2015

Summertime. . . where did it go? It seems like yesterday that I was tuned in to ESPN radio while tuning up my mountain bike–for my outdoor runs with my dogs (well, they do the running). The MLB analyst was predicting the Cleveland Indians were going to have a breakout year in the American League Central, and nobody was going to catch the Dodgers in the National League. That’s why I’m so glad I was born (and raised) in the “Show Me” state. Our two “First Place” teams of Missouri are now posed to go deep into October (and hopefully the first week of November), and the so-called experts of Spring Training were soooo wrong! Being a prodigal son of St. Louis, my heart (and cheers)are with my Cardinals. But I must admit with the Royals dominating local air time on Fox Sports nearly every day, I’m starting to find ways for wanting them to win also. They are a team that is becoming hard not-to-like. (Sorry, if it comes to the Second Act of the ’85 I-70 Series, I will be dressed in solid red!) Baseball has me believing again!
Referencing winning teams, I’m tickled with the Garden Club’s winning decision to trust me to execute the catering needs of the annual Pontoon Crawl. Sold out at 600 people, we were hopping with our Pirates of the Q-ribbean themed event. What a sight! The decorations and props were spectacular, and witnessing such a huge draw only had me smiling! ‘One of Dennis’ favorite things to say when we execute beyond expectations? “I like winning!” So do I!
Speaking of winning, I believe the House Committee and Shannon have secured dates for Royals’ Watch Parties on the Sunset Terrace. Sunday, October 11, is near a definite first-round of the Playoff date (the Royals would have to lose the rest of their games this year to blow their huge lead). If they make it to the American League Championship series, we are looking at Tuesday, October 20, for our second watch party. And when they meet the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, we will definitely host a watch party on Friday, October 30!
Lastly, you may have noticed we have shifted our specials in the Clubhouse. Wednesdays are the day of the week we feel we can (and will) increase dining patronage. The first Wednesday is Fried Chicken Night; the second we host a Taco Bar; the third, Build-a-Burger; and the fourth – Pasta Bar Night. This may take a couple of months to gain traction, and we do hope you vote with your feet and continue to find (delicious) excuses to turn off your stove and head to your home away from home here at 100 Crescent Boulevard.
Please view me as your personal Chef. . . I am at your service!
Bon Appétit!
Chef Michael

President’s Report – September 2015

By Ed Brennan, President, Quivira, Inc.

During the past few months there has been considerable activity surrounding the renovation of hole #2 and the #3 tee. The Golf Committee, chaired by Ed Markley, has done a tremendous job in working with Todd Clark, an architect with CE Golf Design, to design the renovation. The Finance Committee, chaired by Dave Starr, has developed a sound plan to finance the renovation.
As I have mentioned in a previous report, the Board is committed to keeping the membership informed in a timely fashion of actions contemplated by the Board. In this particular instance, there have been numerous articles in The Quiviran, e-news, black box, etc. We had a town hall meeting and even a meeting onsite at hole #2 to give the membership an opportunity to visualize firsthand the anticipated changes and to ask questions.
We believe these efforts played a significant role in the approval of the renovation by a vote of 132 in favor and 93 opposed. We appreciate the fact that 225 members of our community took the time to seriously consider the project and to vote.
The positive response enables us to improve a significant asset in our community. Maintaining and improving our assets, whether it be golf, the lake, the clubhouse, etc., puts us in a much better position as we continue to market our community and, I believe, certainly enhances our home values. Construction will begin in a few weeks. Thank you for voting.
The construction of the wall in front of the Clubhouse is nearly complete and the security cameras have been up and running for some time now.
The Board will continue to address the issues important to our community and will keep the membership informed.
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Kids are back in school, so everything is quieter at home. PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY AND OBSERVE OUR SPEED LIMITS!

A Summary of the August 24 Board Meeting

President Brennan introduced Mr. Brad Botteron to the Board as the president of the Lake Quivira Foundation. Mr. Botteron made a presentation of the Foundation at the annual meeting in March. The Foundation provides opportunities for members to make financial gifts to certain projects at Lake Quivira as determined by the Foundation to fit its guidelines. The Foundation would also consider a proposal from the Quivira, Inc. Board to participate in a project deemed beneficial to the community or club. Projects would require the approval of the Foundation membership.
One idea discussed by their committee would be a possible walking trail at the south end of the property or perhaps beautification of certain areas around the lake. The Foundation currently has $110,000 in their account, and it is their desire to have a number of fund raising activities in coming months to significantly build this total. The first fund raiser is scheduled for October 10, which will be a gala event hosted at the home of Jim and Susan Wright. Tickets are $150 per person; however $125 of each ticket is tax deductable.
City Council Mayor Mike Olson provided information on a number of issues the Council is currently working on. The next meeting will be held September 1, when a representative from Deffenbaugh Industries will make a brief presentation and answer any questions anyone might have on their facility.
Mr. Olson stated his awareness that a few concerns had been raised by guests and a few residents regarding flags being flown at Lake Quivira on various holidays. He wanted to be certain everyone knows the City will fly flags on the dam on any occasion they deem appropriate. Mr. Brennan assured everyone that Q. Inc. will continue to fly the flags on the five dates previously approved by the Board of Directors, as well.
President’s Report
President Brennan discussed with the Board the fact that Patrick Pribyl, Board secretary, is often out of town on business, thus rendering him unavailable to sign important documents in a timely manner. Mr. Sestak volunteered to fill this role as he is typically available on short notice. The Board voted and approved Mr. Sestak as the assistant secretary.
The Golf Committee has been discussing a new plan for renovating hole # 2, as well as #3 tee box for some time. Thus far, no official vote for approval had been taken by the Board. Mr. Brennan informed the Board that both the Golf Committee and Finance Committee had taken official votes at their last meetings and had recommended the proposed plan for renovation to the Board. The plan has been provided to the general membership for review on several occasions, and approximately sixty members attended the Town Hall meeting held on August 17.
Mr. Markley, Golf Committee chairman, moved “that the Board approve the expenditure of $325,000 for the design and construction of #3 tee box and #2 green requiring a loan of $275,000 to be paid over a period of 60 months. The cost per Foundation, Associate Golf and Junior Golf member beginning in September would be $10 per month or could be paid in advance in the amount of $550.00, thus saving each member $50. The remaining $50,000 of the proposed total cost would come from an existing 2015 budget for cart path construction.“ Motion approved.
Mr. Sestak was asked to update the Board on the progress of a sub-committee appointed by Mr. Brennan to review the Miscellaneous Rules pertaining to guest passes and automobile stickers. The committee has met and agreed to the importance of more closely identifying individuals having access to the community; however, there is agreement it can often be a sensitive subject, so the committee is being diligent in their evaluation of any possible changes to the rules. The committee will meet again the first part of September and will endeavor to have a recommendation to the Board for the September Board meeting.
Mr. Brennan brought to the Board’s attention that Quivira, Inc. currently owns three dock sites, and two offers have been received on two of the sites. Dock site #38 has been valued at $25,000, and an offer has been received for $21,000, along with a trade for site #320, which is undeveloped. Motion approved.
Additionally, dock site #95 is being sought by a member who does not own a site. The seawall at this location is in disrepair and leaning significantly inward, towards the lake. It would be the responsibility of Lake Quvivra to provide these repairs; however, the buyer is willing to purchase the site for $6,000 and perform all necessary work to bring the dock site to proper standards. Motion was approved for the sale; however, the new owner will be required to go through normal channels working with the Lake & Residential committee to approve the work.
Mr. Brennan mentioned in the previous month’s Board meeting, conversation had taken place regarding potentially moving the budgeting earlier to have a membership vote prior to year end. It is extremely challenging developing a budget effective January 1 when the membership does not vote on capital budgets until the March meeting. Dennis Nighswonger was asked whether it was feasible to consider this change, as it would move up the budgeting process considerably for the staff. Dennis informed the Board he was under the impression this was a distinct possibility, so he and Bridgett have already begun the necessary procedures to have a budget prepared by October. This change would require having a meeting of the membership in either November or December. The Board agreed to implement this change; therefore, a member meeting will be scheduled in the fall.
Dennis Nighswonger was contacted by Jim Bell, the individual doing the work rebuilding the wall in front of the Clubhouse. Apparently, Mr. Bell’s measurements used for his quote were inaccurate, and he was short 103 feet in making his calculations for his bid. The amount of variance to the proposed bid of $49,500 was $11,500. Following discussion the Board felt that Mr. Bell has been involved in numerous projects around the community, and though his bid should have been properly calculated, it was agreed to pay the additional amount which should have been in the original bid.
General Manager’s Report
Operating loss for July ($16,000); however, budgeted loss for the month was ($36,000) or a differential of $20,000. Dues continue to remain ahead of schedule, and the good weather in July resulted in an uptick in guest play, resulting in a positive variance of $4,300 for the Pro Shop. Clubhouse sales were greater than budgeted in August, contributing an additional $20,000 positive variance. Total revenue finished the month ahead of budget by $26,000.
Expenses finished slightly greater than budget by $6,300 on a budget of $437,000. The majority of the increased costs were associated with increases in labor and other hard costs due to the additional banquet revenue. Clubhouse operations were scheduled to lose ($12,600) in July; instead, the loss was better than projections, finishing with a loss of ($5,700), or a positive variance of $7,000.
Security expense was greater than budget in July by $4,500 due to a number of staff members taking vacations, as well as, an increase in the number of staff scheduled for the July 4th events. Aside from these mentioned factors, there was nothing out of the ordinary in the way of variances. Net Operating Income year-to-date is $40,000, as compared to a budgeted loss of ($5,500), for a positive variance of $45,000.
Mr. White commented with all the weddings the Club booked in 2015, it would seem there would be a greater benefit to club operations than what has been experienced thus far. He questioned whether many of these events had been booked too inexpensively and would we be better off raising the prices, perhaps losing some events, but receiving greater financial gain. Dennis shared that price increases had been initiated for many of the events in 2015; however, he agreed there is still a level of price increase available, maintaining our competitive edge, but providing more revenue. Additionally, Dennis stated John Welter will be taking an even closer look at labor for 2016, and the club will not book marginally profitable functions.
Jeff Eldridge had been asked at the July Board meeting to provide the Board a short presentation on WOTUS, Water of the United States, which functions under the Clean Water Act. This Federally regulated program has jurisdiction over every aspect of runoff, whether it be specifically water or soil modifications that could trigger changes to items being dispersed into lakes or streams. This includes all waters in 100-year floodplains where waters regularly run off.
The main issue confronting Lake Quivira is the golf course and lake. The way the system is designed, no chemical applications can be made by either commercial or private means without first securing a permit. Under the strict interpretation of the law, a tree could not be planted without first securing a permit. Currently, bills are being presented in Congress to stop funding this ruling. Numerous agencies have filed lawsuits against the EPA as it is deemed unrealistic in the desires to control the environment. Ninety-five percent of the state of Missouri and 90 percent of North Dakota would be impacted by WOTUS. Jeff will provide further updates as they become available.
Strategic Planning Committee
Mr. Warren McCamish has divided his committee into teams with the intent of narrowing the focus of their attention and therefore creating greater efficiencies. The Real Estate Development and Amenities teams are working diligently in their defined areas and have made great headway with charged tasks. Both teams are beyond concept stage and are now working on costs to see if goals are feasible. During the next month it is anticipated the teams will be able to unveil the projects and their anticipated costs. Data should be available for review in the next thirty days. The Siler property is the main area of interest at the present time as the most likely area to develop patio homes.
Finance Committee
Mr. Dave Starr reiterated that the Finance Committee voted approval for the support of the #2 golf hole renovation. Questions were raised as to the necessity of borrowing for such a project when it appears there are funds being held for other designated projects from which money could be borrowed. No proposal was made, but Mr. Starr wanted the Board to be aware members are asking these questions.
Golf Committee
Mr. Markley reported work was nearly complete on the water feature on hole #15, as well as rebuilding the bunker on #13 fairway. These projects should be complete by the end of August. Work will commence on rebuilding part of the wall on the lake by #8 green on October 1 and will take approximately three weeks.
Lake & Residential Committee
Mr. Sestak announced a dock site exchange between two members, dock site #184 and #93. These transfers were approved by the committee. Board approved.
Mr. Sestak apprised the Board of an amendment the committee has made to the deer management program whereby only members are allowed to participate. In years past a number of very qualified non-members have been part of the management program. The committee felt non-members were being provided an opportunity to utilize Lake Quivira for a hunt that should be reserved specifically for members. Should these individuals desire to participate, then they should consider membership in the club.
It has come to the attention of the committee that some members have replaced or added to sand on their beaches, and there is a distinct possibility this sand could contain Zebra mussels. This is an issue which has not received the attention of the committee in the past; however, there is a definite concern with the fact no controls have been instituted thus far to ensure the safety of sand brought into the community. The committee is developing a location from which sand must be secured to be certain it contains no larvae.
House Committee
Ms. Boling informed the Board that the House Committee formed a group of individuals to research new tables and chairs for the dining room and lounge. Their findings bring them to a point where they believe the original budget to replace the furniture hinders their ability to provide the Clubhouse with quality furniture. The committee believes it is very important to select well constructed chairs using fabrics that will hold up to several years of use before being replaced. The chairs currently being used in the Clubhouse are nearly fifteen years old, and the quality is obvious based on the number of years they have been in service.
The committee has determined it best to hold off ordering furniture until additional funds can be procured in the 2016 budget, thus allowing them to purchase quality chairs that will last. It is also the desire of the committee to move carpet into the 2016 budget, which would allow completion of all facets of the renovation in January of 2016.
The committee is planning a family luau for September 13 with special entertainment including hula dancing. Discussions are also underway regarding having a special event featuring Bourbon tasting with a company providing a cigar roller. The question was raised as to whether cigar smoking could take place on the patio, and the decision was made to allow it for a special event where most people attending would undoubtedly be smoking cigars. The membership will be made aware of this venue and location in the very near future.
Safety & Security Committee
Mr. Steve Sestak has agreed to become the new chairman of the Safety & Security Committee. The position was previously held by Mr. Chapman, who will now be the vice chair.
Marketing & Membership Committee
Ellen Kelley is working on a member recognition event specifically recognizing new club members. The date is yet to be determined. Additionally, she is developing a special tag line for Lake Quivira to be used for marketing purposes including the club’s website. Ellen also received a compliment for her excellent job in working with Tom Aikmus to film a short segment on the number #2 golf hole renovation. It was very well done, as were the comments made by Tom in the video. Ms. Voight also mentioned it is the desire of the committee that an individual be hired to work on marketing, and this position would be proposed in the budget for 2016.

The Borbergs’ journey toward enlightenment involved a dose of disillusionment in the ‘new China’

The Borbergs and Elder Master Sharon Sourd from Boulder stand with her school’s stone tablet at The Shaolin Temple. The tablet is a statement of Sharon’s affiliation with the Timple.  (l to r): Bob Borberg, Sharon Sourd, Mo Borberg and Nancy Borberg.

The Borbergs and Elder Master Sharon Sourd from Boulder stand with her school’s stone tablet at The Shaolin Temple. The tablet is a statement of Sharon’s affiliation with the Timple.
(l to r): Bob Borberg, Sharon Sourd, Mo Borberg and Nancy Borberg.

By Dawn Gabel
Nancy and Bob Borberg, with their daughter Maureen (Mo), experienced China and Tibet with new, sometimes sooty, eyes.
“The dogs bark at the sun,” exclaimed Nancy while speaking of the extraordinary times they had this past summer. “In the lower area of China, the cities are so dirty and filled with smog, you rarely, if ever, get to see the sun. You see the sun in the mountains.”
That was not the case when they visited China four years ago.
This is their second trip to China with the Kung Fu of the Shaolin Temple school in Weston, MO, where they are working on their third-degree black belts. The black belt levels take years to complete and involve not only self-defense fighting, but also hours of meditation. Although they are not Buddhist, they do practice the meditative discipline.
The Borbergs took this trip with the elder master, 8th black belt; and grand master, 10th black-belt, along with other students. The trip was to learn not only skills of the fight, but also to demonstrate or perform for others.
“We trained with them in Hong Kong and met up with the whole school there, then flew to Tibet,” Nancy said. “It was both a learning and tour for our family.”

Experiencing the wonders of Tibet was made difficult for Mo and Nancy due to altitude sickness. At an altitude of 12,000 feet, Mo had a congestive cough, and both were ill enough to receive oxygen.
“We thought it would be like the Colorado Rockies, where we have lived before, but it was much higher. We kept Bob busy most nights giving us oxygen.”
While in Tibet, they saw the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, the miraculous Potala Palace. “Bob and I loved Tibet and would go again,” said Nancy, who was not sure their daughter felt the same way.
Mo, however, offered assurances to her mom: “Tibet was amazing even though it was hard to breathe. I loved visiting all of the temples and palaces,” she said.
Lausa, Tibet, was a memorable experience of modern meeting ancient for Nancy. “It had been rural, and it looked like while no one was looking, the Chinese government went in and built a city,” she said. “The city is built, but no one lives in it yet. So it is this twilight zone–it is really creepy with thousands of condos and a lonely cement contractor driving around. We were told the government would eventually move people in. Most of the people touring that area were Chinese until very recently. We were some of the first American tourist to see the area. It is heavily guarded, and they check your passports.”
After their adventures in Tibet, the family took a flight back to Hong Kong and to Chang Du.
Mo really appreciated Hong Kong. “I thought China was amazing! It was filled with all types of different cultural experiences. My personal favorite was Hong Kong because it was right on the water and sunny every day. There was a park called Kowloon Park that had a giant pool right next to our hotel! It even had a bird sanctuary filled with parrots, toucans, flamingos and all kinds of others.”
She also loved the Chinese art of foot massage. “They are so amazing and after traveling so much make you feel so much better.”
Up the family traveled into the Chinese Himalayas. “These are not the American Rockies,” said Nancy, “They go straight up, so there are carved steps into the mountainside so you can get around.”
Although the Himalayas do not look like mountains of North America, their tourist towns do. “Ohmay Mountain has a mountain town similar to our Colorado mountain towns, with tourism as the focus. Locals go on vacation to the mountains because it is not only cooler air, but it is clean air. There is skiing during the winter, but the summer enjoyment of the mountains is for air quality.”
Nancy was amused that the Chinese do not focus on summer sports as Americans do. “They don’t mountain bike there; only Americans mountain bike there. They don’t take part in exercise like we do–it is more of a social thing. Every night in the summer they have aerobics in the square. They dance in the square–in high heels–but they do dance!”
The Chinese love their new trams, trolleys and lifts. “They are like in Disney World. You pay for each one and it is very expensive after a while. They have live shows every night as in American tourist spots.”
Mo felt much better in the Chinese mountain areas and ran from peak to peak. The Borbergs were lucky to hit a time with few visitors. “The mountains are usually mobbed with

The Borbergs visit the Great Wall of China

The Borbergs visit the Great Wall of China

people and lines,” said Nancy. “We got lucky, and our travel group basically had this mountain to ourselves.” So Bob and some of the higher belt level martial artists decided to run up the mountain to where the rest would meet them and then hike the peaks. Nancy and Mo rode the lift.
The hiking group was told it was a four-hour hike, and Bob jogged it in less than an hour. “The Chinese did not seem to know how long it would take because it did not seem to be something the Chinese would ever do,” Nancy said with a laugh. “They bring lunch and go very slow, if they hike it at all.”
By this time, Mo was feeling better and excited about hiking. There was no smog like there was down below, and she ran and ran. She had wanted to walk on a plank road (boards mounted in the side of the mountain with a sheer drop down). But when they got to the plank road it was raining and it was closed. At the top of this mountain was a tea house, the highest tea house in the world.
Nancy felt as if the entire country except the mountains was smog filled. “If you can get up high enough, you can see the sun,” she said. “The water is dirty also. It is funny because the Chinese government is constantly running commercials that the air is being cleaned, and if you go away and come back over a period of time, it is clearly not cleaner and people know it. But they keep saying, it’s fine; it’s clean!”
The Borbergs thought it odd that the locals have quit wearing masks. “Chinese nationals in America tell us they never go without a mask in China because of the smog, but the people there are now going without masks—not even in Hong Kong.” Nancy used a heavy duty inhaler while on the trip and had a rescue inhaler with her the whole time because the smog was so bad.
Nancy and Mo found the Chinese government’s spin on history darkly amusing. “We were riding in a tour bus, and the Chinese guide said, ‘Over in that square is a statue of Chairman Mao. Chairman Mao is much respected for what he do for the people. People believe everyone makes mistakes.’
“The entire bus was laughing. Mass genocide? Well, it was just a mistake. That will stick in my mind forever. It is now a catch phrase with my daughter and me: ‘Everybody makes mistakes!’”

Mo as a brown belt (right) and the Borbergs’ instructor, April Littlejohn, performing at the Shaolin Temple in June 2011.

Mo as a brown belt (right) and the Borbergs’ instructor, April Littlejohn, performing at the Shaolin Temple in June 2011.

The Shaolin Temple was a major part of the trip for the group. But again, things were different than four years ago. Very different.
The last time the family was there it was a beautiful monastery. “The parking lot was a dirt lot and we walked around all day visiting the temple and visited the Abbott personally,” recalled Nancy. The Abbott is the leader of the monks of Shaolin.
This time, there was a huge city at the bottom of the temple. Also disturbing to the Shaolin group from America was the addition of schools at the base of the temple area where the monks were teaching students, young men 9 to 15, to fight. Nancy and Bob were told the 30,000 trained boys would be going into the military.
“In Buddhism, there is not a belief in fighting except for self-defense,’ said Nancy. “So, there is little worse than a monk teaching for the military.
“The monks are peaceful. It seems they have been hijacked by the government. They are forced to teach and train in the schools. The 15-year-old boys that graduate are then sent into the military or into corporate security companies,” said Nancy.
Along with the schools is a giant tourist city with shops for souvenirs, food, and random entertainment. The monks cook for the tourists. This was also odd to the group.
“Monks live off of the gifts from others. Praying, meditating, giving wise advice is rewarded with their needs. They take a vow of poverty, but here they are cooking and running restaurants, selling trinkets at the base of their monastery. It is sort of against everything in their religion to do things like this for money.” Nancy was surprised and saw only a few monks actually in the temple–not like four years ago.
“They would not let us walk,” Nancy exclaimed. “There are tram rides everywhere, but eventually we took off and walked. In China, that throws a big wrench into the system and0915 feature three in life jackets everyone is up in arms. We kept walking and felt like rebels.”
While walking, they visited the old cemetery for Shaolin monks, which goes back centuries. It was the commercialization of the temple that rattled them most. ”It is Disneyland with souvenirs and crazy music all over the place that sounds like a ‘small world ride.’ Our elder master was shocked.
“We got up to the temple, and it was a whole day with tour guide negotiating to see the Abbott. Last time we just walked up to see him. Mo sat on his lap. He talked to her and we talked to him. He is a nice man and taught us things about Kung Fu. It was a wonderful experience.”
The group believed the tour guide seemed to be paying people off to get them in to see the Abbott. Nancy and Bob, along with the group, believed the leader of the Shaolin looked as if he were in confinement and being forced to speak and act in a politically correct way.
“From what everyone said, this was very different. He had a strange way of speech. He was telling us, ‘This is not what it is about.’ He kept saying we need to meditate. ‘Go back to America and meditate and be peaceful and Kung Fu fighting is not what it is about.’
“We did not have a private audience as we had before. Only the masters had an audience with him, but they did not tell us what was said. They did not say and we would not ask. Then we left. We did stick around to see who else got to see the Abbott, and it seemed like they were all people who were very wealthy.”
Nancy related a telling moment from the visit that seemed to exemplify the changes in China for them. “As we were leaving, we saw an advertisement for a nightly celebration where they put the Abbott on stage and do a show and people pay–like Bollywood or Disney style–with the Abbott in the center.
“It would be like the Italian government telling the Pope that the Rockettes are backing you up!” Nancy said with a bewildered shake of her head.

Welcome! by Aline Zimmer

Jeanne McGrath

Originally from Shawnee, Jeanne has relocated to LQ from Fairway. When a close friend moved away, Jeanne decided to find a new place with a strong sense of community. She has a summer home at Table Rock Lake, and, already a lake girl, she finds her new home here a perfect fit. Complete with a view of the lake, screened porch and on a single level, the house has already been pressed into service for entertaining friends and family.
Jeanne runs Holmes Drywall, a family business she’s been with since 1981. Her daughter, Vanessa, is poised to take it over whenever Jeanne decides to retire. Her son, Ryan, is in the construction industry with his father and lives in Shawnee.
Work consumes much of her day, but Jeanne plans to make time for boating and kayaking. She loves to cook and is interested in resurrecting or recreating the gourmet club. Good food calls for good wine, which Jeanne enjoys with her friends.
Someday she’d like to own a horse when she’s finished remodeling, decorating and gardening. Welcome to the Lake, Jeanne!

Amanda Stinger and Ian Mohrmann
Amanda and Ian are originally from the Kansas City area and were living downtown when they decided it was time for a move. They sought both safety and a sense of community, a

Amanda Stinger/Ian Mohrman

place where their children could safely roam. They discovered Lake Quivira on the map, called to take a tour and the rest fell into place. It’s a big change for them: they define themselves as urban pioneers and have been very involved in the downtown area. Amanda led a team that raised $350,000 to build a playground in an underserved neighborhood.
Ian is Director of Operations for Integrated Wealth Solutions, a financial planning company, and his passion is soccer. He coaches his daughters’ teams and is on the Board of the Brookside Soccer Club, which serves nearly 5,000 kids. He started The Soccer Lot, through which he organizes leagues and tournaments for adults in the downtown area. In addition to soccer, Ian looks forward to fishing and learning golf. His grandfather golfed until age 90, and Ian is game to give it a try.
Amanda is Director of Labor Relations for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, a position she embraced in 2014. Prior to joining KCATA she spent time fundraising for the playground and earned an executive MBA from UMKC. She enjoys running and plans to spend time learning tennis and golf. She has joined the Thursday night ladies’ golf league.

The couple have two daughters. Sylvia is eight and very active in soccer and outdoor activities. She likes nature, insects and getting into the dirt. Stella is six and also very active. She enjoyed girls’ day out at the Summer Recreation program. Both girls had fun in the classes they took and the sunny, homey atmosphere of Summer Rec.
The family just bought a golf cart and is happily enjoying the beach, their dock and fishing. Welcome to the Lake, Amanda, Ian, Sylvia and Stella!

Larie and John Nelson

John and Larie wanted to move from the west coast to be near their granddaughter in Piper, and it was the lure of the water that drew them to LQ. When Larie found Lake Quivira while searching on the Internet, she called a local realtor to help them find the right house.
Raised in Chicago, John learned to sail at age ten and built his first boat with his father, which set the course for his lifelong love of boating. After marrying Larie, who is from the Emporia area, they moved to Houston, where he worked in the oilfield service industry until they bought a marina in south Texas. They sold the marina in 2008 just as property values were beginning to plunge and spent the next nine months cruising The Great Loop on a Nordic Tug. They travelled 7,000 miles over the waterways of eastern North America and loved every minute of it.
When the trip ended, they settled near family members in Bellingham, WA. Their son had attended the University of Kansas, and when he married and had a child in the Kansas City area, it was time for another move. The Nelsons are now near their grandchild Leah, as well as other members of Larie’s family, and closer to Texas, where their daughter and John’s brother both live.
Larie is interested in improvisational theater and has been pursuing a second degree in theater. She will look into local degree programs as well as improv opportunities. She’d like to learn bridge and join the active bridge community here. John will continue boating and plans to pick up his golf skills where he left them thirty years ago. Another hobby he enjoys is classic cars.
Visiting family keeps the two busy, as does their dog Jax, who was rescued from eastern Washington. He’s getting used to the heat, bicycles and golf carts. Welcome to the Lake, John and Larie!

Happy 239th Birthday, USA!

By Susan Hidalgo

By Susan Hidalgo

By Susan Hidalgo

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By Ron Bower

By Leon Barnes

By Leon Barnes

Tennis Talk by Tim

Wow did we get lucky this summer? As I write this column on July 12 at 1 p.m. it is 100 degrees outside–too hot to play and just right for swimming.
This is the best summer for me so far at Lake Quivira with all of the help I have received from you and the kids. The Youth Adult Tournament had over 24 teams the day after the 4th, which says something to your love of the game.
Keep it up; we still have a long way to go to get to the place I think we can, but we are on a great path!
Next year if you don’t have a child to play with, let me know ASAP, as we have many kids with no one to play with and who would love to be part of this great tradition.
Our JTL teams are all in the top 25 percent of the teams in the city! They have had a great summer and have really worked hard to get better.
We need more 10-and-under players next year, so please contact me if you have a child in that range who has taken lessons or is part of the rec classes so we can be ready next year.
I will be here on the weekends this fall to continue what we do on Saturday mornings, and there is time afterwards for private or group lessons, as well.
~Tim Oberhelman

These Cub Scouts have Gone Fishin’

By Chris Rone
The Lake Quivira Fishing Club helped member Scott Coulson and his son host a Cub Scout Pack fishing tournament on July 11. Scott is the Pack Leader, and 16 Cub Scouts joined in the fishing tournament at the beach and sailing dock for a morning of fun.
Many bluegill and a couple of nice bass participated in this morning of fun, and all of them were released back into the lake with minimal wear and tear.
Every single one of the Cub Scouts caught fish, and for many it was their first fish!
Many shouts and screams of joy were heard that morning. A new pack of sport fisherman were encouraged, and it was a lot of fun.
Thanks to Rob Barrackman and his son for helping and coffee, Brent Chapman for some great fishing tips, and the Fishing Club for some minor coaching.