The Mayor’s Report – December 2017

Mayor Olson, wearing a bright red suit, welcoms the crowd  and introduces LQ Volunteer Fire Department members,  past and present. Photo by Dieter Kinner.
Mayor Olson, wearing a bright red suit, welcomes the crowd
and introduces LQ Volunteer Fire Department members,
past and present. Photo by Dieter Kinner.

Wow…the Fireman’s Ball was awesome! We had dozens of current and former firefighters and over a hundred Quivirans. Perfect weather, a great band, killer fireworks and tons of love created a memorable night for all. Many thanks to Brady Lilja, Charlie and Christina Gomer and Randy and Leslie Treas for making this party a success. I would also like to thank Waste Management for their generous contribution to the event. We will miss our devoted fire department and are forever grateful for all they have done to protect and support our community over the last 71 years.
At the November meeting, we had a long discussion about the City of Lake Quivira’s bonding capacity. If passed by a public vote, bonds can be used to finance a variety of public improvements. We learned the state of Kansas allows a city to bond up to 30 percent of the city’s assessed value. Based on this, the City of Lake Quivira could issue approximately 8-10 million dollars in bonds. Although we don’t have any current plans to utilize a bond to finance an improvement, it could be an option in the future.
We are in the first phase of the spillway repair project. Polymer gel is being injected into the base and sides of the spillway. Injections into the base are going well with the voids being filled. There has been some difficulty with the injections into the sides due to the extremely thick concrete. This phase is expected to be completed next week. The overall repair plan will be evaluated based on the success of this phase. Phase two is expected to be completed in 2019 and will likely require concrete work.
I would like to congratulate the winners of the recent city election. Brady Lilja will serve an additional term as a councilman. John Christy will fill Betsy Vossman’s council seat and Ben Kalny will be our new mayor. Ben will appoint a council member to fill his council seat. Their terms start in January.
The next City Council meeting is Monday, December 4. I hope to see everyone there.
See you on the water!

Sandi Beck to play host to volleyball great

Rosie Wegrich
Rosie Wegrich

By Sandi Beck
On December 15, Sandi Beck will welcome high school friend Rosie Wegrich, who will be coming to Kansas City to be inducted into the National Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Rosie has been playing volleyball for as long as she can remember. She played beach volley ball and in 2005 was honored with a plaque on the Manhattan Beach Volleyball Walk of Fame.
She played on the International Professional Volleyball Association team with greats such as Wilt Chamberlain, playing against Mexico and Canada. She took home the IVA’s Most Valuable Female Player Award three times and was named to the All-Pro team on four occasions (1976-1979). The Association existed between 1975 and 1980. She captained the Aztecs at San Diego State University at the same time she was playing on the IVA team.
Rosie started her coaching career in Minnesota as the third ever coach and recorded 71 victories in two seasons. She moved on to Tucson, AZ, where she helped the Wildcats to over 250 victories in 15 seasons, which were the most in program history until current head coach Dave Rubio surpassed that mark in 2006. During this span they made nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament and were a mainstay in the AVCA Coaches Poll since its inception in 1982. In 1988 she was named the AVCA Northwest Region Coach of the year.
Rosie cemented her hall of fame career after moving to the NCAA Division II’s Cal Poly Pomona. Still at the helm after a quarter of a century, she has over 400 wins to her name as a Bronco. She is one of the all-time wins leaders at the Division II level, while leading nine teams to the NCAA Tournament. Six different players under her tutelage have garnered AVCA All American honors.
She has also had an amazing impact on the sport by the number of players she has inspired to coach. In addition, Rosie has produced many videos on how to play volleyball.
Sandi is thrilled the induction is to take place in Kansas City on December 15, so she will be able to attend and then have some time to show Rosie around Lake Quivira.

Quiviran earns MFA at LSU

Cassidy Ann Creek
Cassidy Ann Creek

Cassidy Ann Creek, daughter of Connie and Condy Creek, graduated in August with a Master of Fine Art in Studio: Sculpture from Louisiana State University. Prior to graduation, Cassidy held her Master’s Thesis show in April at the Foster Gallery in Baton Rouge. The exhibit was a multi-media, collaborative installation entitled, The Truth About Your Monsters, an immersive exhibition formatted as a walk-through, storybook environment.

This excerpt is from her published thesis:
“My work explores story sharing through collaborative art making scenarios with children and adults. Through these collaborative exercises I am interested in observing how nonlinear stories are created through play. In my recent exhibition, The Truth About Your Monsters, I fabricated an immersive environment that represents a setting of a children’s fantasy story. Interactive stations placed within the setting invite viewers to contribute to the story through imaginative play and drawing.”
Cassidy is currently teaching gifted students in visual art education for St Tammany Parish School in Slidell, Louisiana.

LQ members approve Beach Pavilion to be funded through Mothers’ Club fundraising and The LQ Foundation

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By Jennifer Wood
As one of the many exciting initiatives passed on the 27th of last month, the Beach Pavilion is one that will bring a much-needed amenity to many at Lake Quivira. The pavilion project has been designed and proposed by Mothers’ Club and is being funded in whole by the Mothers’ Club fundraising efforts, in concert with generous matching support from the Lake Quivira Foundation.
The permanent beach pavilion, which will replace the temporary white tent that comes in each summer for Summer Rec, will sit just to the south of the current tent location, and immediately behind the playground on the beach. The pavilion will be a permanent architectural structure, designed to complement the other permanent LQ structures in the immediate vicinity. The footprint of the structure will be similar in scale to the temporary tent, but will bring year-round use to the beach site.
Use of the pavilion will be available for all members and will be functionally operated by the Country Club. While details are still to be resolved, it will be an additional amenity facility that can be scheduled and reserved for events through the Club and open to any members when not reserved.
The pavilion will be a welcome, year-round addition to the beach area and certainly a benefit to the kids of the LQ Summer Rec program.

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Community spirit and volunteerism – Keys to successful Holiday Bazaar

2017 bazaar putzierBy Gayle Best

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

LAKE QUIVIRA COMMUNITY MINISTRY: The Little Church with the Big Heart

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By Barb Prater
Do you have holiday traditions? Special foods, family get-togethers, activities? We at Lake Quivira Community Ministry, just like a family, have holiday traditions which have become special to us over the last 29 years.
We celebrate Lighting the Advent Wreath for the four Sundays preceding Christmas. As different couples or individuals read the litany, we light candles and share in this ancient expectancy of the Messiah and renew our desire for his second coming.
Advent is denoted by a period of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and prayer. LQCM’s Advent Study offers thought-provoking sessions to deepen devotion and commitment. We meet in each other’s homes to keep the time more personal. In a non-judgmental atmosphere, lots of discussion takes place.
Spearheaded by various LQCM individuals through the years, the Cross-Lines Christmas Store Coat Drive has annually resulted in 500 to 825 children’s and adults’ washable, winter coats. Many Quivira residents and other people in the community contribute coats or donate money for this cause, while others work shifts or are in charge of other aspects of the Christmas Store.
So many folks here make sure others have a Merry Christmas. Some days before Christmas several LQCM warblers gather to go Caroling around the Lake. A little bird tells us of a few homes that would appreciate a few hymns of the season. Our songbirds brave the cold to bring smiles and warmth to those in need of cheer. Afterwards, hot cocoa and homemade cookies await the group at a cozy fireplace.
The Cross-Lines Christmas Eve morning Pancake Breakfast grew out of a perceived need. Five days a week, people are served breakfast and lunch, but not on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Some folks at Lake Quivira Community Ministry stepped in and started flipping flapjacks and making sack lunches to go. Now even if a schedule prevents someone from serving, they can contribute food to make it a continued success.
LQCM’s gift to the Lake community is our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. Many traditions started from the very beginning or developed over the years. As the service begins there are many tall white pillar Memory Candles on the altar table and in the ballroom windows dedicated by members in honor of loved ones. The beautiful Poinsettias surrounding the altar are also in honor or in memory of loved ones. The Chrismons Tree (a combination of the words Christ and monogram) is a Christmas tree of white and gold Christian symbols, helping to remind us we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday. Ancient and new, simple and complex, these symbols represent Biblical and theological concepts. Children and grandchildren are so precious to us, and during this family service a special Children’s Moment is just for them. Through visuals, or drama, or humor, or participation, the children become involved in Christ’s story.
Two or three charities are chosen for the Christmas Eve Offering for gifting to local, national and international organizations. The LQCM congregation selects these each year based on need and world events.
Holy Communion is served on Christmas Eve, as well as the first Sunday of each month. The elements are provided to each person who dips a piece of bread in the cup. Three communion stations help lines move along, and the communion servers will even go to someone unable to move to the front. How about joining us this year?
Personal growth and reflection, service to others, and beautiful family worship is what December is all about for us.
December 3 – (Advent I) Mark 13: 24-37, “The Welcoming Committee” Pam
December 10 – (Advent II) Mark 1: 1-8, “A Time and Place” Ira
December 17 – (Advent III) John 1: 6-28, “Giving a ‘Light’ Testimony” Pam
December 24 – (Advent IV) Luke 1: 39-56, “Connections” 10 a.m. morning worship at Cross-Lines, 7th & Shawnee, KCK Ira
December 24 – Luke 2:1-14, “Shepherding in Christmas” Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 5:30 pm Clubhouse Pam
Many blessings to you. For more information, contact Roy Worthington, 913-962-4557, hankw1945@gmail.com. LQCM invites all to become Friends of our LQCM Facebook Page to learn more about our activities and service and to see pictures of our group.