Now that membership approval has been obtained on both the Community Center and the Golf Practice Facility, the Finance Committee is beginning its work to secure the financing and funding for these two important strategic projects. One component of this funding is the opportunity to make a one-time, advanced payment for each project in lieu of making monthly payments. This approach was used for the Hole #2 Renovation Project back in 2015 and served to reduce the amount of loan required to finance that project.
The Advanced Payment Program for the Community Center and the Golf Practice Facility will be offered in two stages. For the Golf Practice Facility, a letter will be sent to all Foundation, Country Club and Junior Country Club members next week. This letter will include instructions should you elect to participate in the Advanced Payment Program for that project. The payment of $2,500 may either be paid directly to Quivira, Inc. by December 31, 2017 or it can be included in your January 2018 invoice. If we do not receive your response by December 15, 2017, your January 2018 invoice will begin reflecting the $15.00 monthly assessment for the Golf Practice Facility.
For the Community Center, the initial Design Phase funding will be limited to the Foundation Members. The January 2018 invoice for all Foundation Members will begin reflecting the $60.00 monthly assessment for the Community Center. These funds will be used for the detailed design work on the Community Center, as well as the funding necessary to properly evaluate each of the potential financing and funding alternatives for the Construction Phase. Once these alternatives have been thoroughly researched, the findings and recommendations will be presented to the membership. Unless a better financing and funding alternative is determined, a similar request will be made in late 2018 for those eligible members to elect to participate in the Advanced Payment Program for the Community Center.
The objective of the Advanced Payment Program is to allow members to make a lower one-time, advanced payment for each project than what would otherwise be paid by each member in the form of regular monthly payments over a sustainable period of time. In deciding which payment approach you would prefer, please consider the breakeven point compared to the total of monthly payments is roughly fourteen years and the Advanced Payments will not be transferrable across memberships. We encourage you to strongly consider participating in this program to reduce the amount of loan required on these projects.
~Tim Wilson, Chair
By Steve Sestak, President, Q Inc. Board of Directors
First of all, thank you for the exceptional turnout at the Annual Budget Meeting last month. I cannot recall a recent year where a quorum was reached before the meeting and 90 percent of the membership submitted votes. After many months of preparation, presentation and discussion, the greatest sign of appreciation was the significant number of members who took the time to vote on these very important ballot items this year.
The consensus of the membership is that you expect more at Lake Quivira. By providing better service and more high-demand amenities, the ultimate outcomes are improved member experience, increased membership levels and higher home valuations. You have approved the necessary investments to make these a reality; it is now up to us to deliver the results. This work has already started.
Through the remainder of 2017, the Quivira, Inc. team will be preparing to execute against the new Operating and Capital budgets. The Strategic Planning Committee will be organizing the various tracks of work related to each of the Strategic and Quick Win projects. These will be concerted efforts with each of the Standing Committees to ensure we engage the best minds and the right outside professionals to make the best decisions for Lake Quivira.
It is time to demonstrate to the market that things are happening at Lake Quivira, and, for those who want to share in this exciting progress, now is the time to join. We have engaged Creative Golf Marketing, a leading consultant to the private club industry, to build on this momentum through a creative member marketing campaign. To those who are not members today, join now or risk waiting in line after our membership is full and the cost to join is higher.
Whether you supported a particular ballot item or not, it is time we come together as Quivirans and support the decisions which have been made. There is a lot of work ahead to execute against these plans, and I suspect there will be more controversial decisions to make along the way. Thank you for your support and for the confidence you have shown in your Board and our General Manager to make these plans a reality.
Chris and Marcia Herre, Country Club Members
Chris and Marcia are new country club members who live at Lake of the Forest where Marcia grew up. She swam in meets at LQ as a child and remembers the diving boards with fondness. Chris also visited LQ with childhood friends and recalls sailing on the lake. Chris is a golfer who has been a member at three different clubs over the years and enjoys the LQ course. He is an architect and co-owner of Rose Design Build, a firm that specializes in architecture and construction management. Marcia is a CPA who takes care of the bookkeeping and accounting at the firm.
The couple have two daughters, Lindsay, a KU grad who is in sales and marketing in Los Angeles; and Emily, a Washburn grad who is a nurse in Waldo. Dogs Molly and Candy keep them company. Chris enjoys painting and drawing and plans to join the men’s golf league and check out the Bible study group. Marcia and Chris enjoy travel and hope to ice skate on the lake when it freezes. Welcome to the Lake, Chris and Marcia!
Jonathan and Kerri Brocker
The Brocker family recently moved from Saddlebrooke, where they resided for the last thirteen years. Their neighbors, the Millards, first introduced them to LQ, and they joined as country club members nine years ago, but became sidetracked when their second daughter was born.
Their three girls are what finally brought them here as residents. Jordyn, 9, likes drawing, music and making friends. She’s an explorer, who, on a bike ride around the lake, took a wrong turn and headed down Holliday Drive. She was brought back and now wears a tracking bracelet. Tessa, 7, is rarely home because after a short school day she heads to an Olympic training facility in Blue Springs, where she trains as a gymnast. She has her sights set on competing in the 2028 Olympics and willingly gives up typical childhood activities to train at a high level. Alyssa, 6, enjoys soccer, dance and swimming in cold water. A future Polar Bear Plunge candidate?
Jonathan is a pharmacist with WalMart. He has been at three different locations over the last fifteen years. He earned his degrees from KU after beginning his college education on a golf scholarship at Allen Community College, so naturally he is a golfer. Kerri sells prefab interior construction with DIRTT, and her official title is DIRTTbag. She also graduated from KU, where she was on the swim and dive team. In her spare time she does crossfit.
Dogs Gus and Bella are becoming used to a smaller yard and love to ride on the golf cart. Be on the lookout for this very active family around the lake. Welcome, Kerri, Jonathan, Jordyn, Tessa and Alyssa!
Darren and Jenny Bonawitz
Jenny and Darren hail from Salina and knew each other from grade school on up. They began dating near the end of high school in 1991 and married in 2004. Jenny attended Phillips Junior College before finishing her business degree at Ottawa University. She handles bookkeeping at Darren’s company, NOVA8 Ventures, which invests in telecomm and technology start-ups. Darren earned his electrical engineering degree at Kansas State University (although he has been a Jayhawk fan since youth when his dad brought gear home from a conference).
The couple have two boys. Adrian, 23, has an animal science degree from Kansas State and works on a farm near Salina. He has been buying and selling cattle since age 15 and has always had his mind set on ranching. He is in the process of obtaining a real estate license to sell land. Gavin, 11, is in the sixth grade at Mission Trail Middle School in Olathe. He enjoys video games, baseball, golf and hanging out with friends. Included in the family are bulldog Arnie Palmer and cat Mollie, along with guinea pigs Chase and Tulip.
Jenny, Darren and Gavin currently live in Cedar Creek and will renovate their LQ home with intent to use it as a summer house until Gavin graduates from high school, at which point they will move here permanently. They wanted a summer home without the long commute and are finding the community to be friendly and welcoming.
Darren likes golf, fishing, poker and late nights. Jenny volunteers at a nursing home and would like to start a non-profit someday. She is heavily involved with her church and enjoys tennis, reading and travel. She’s a Cubs fan and recently attended a game with Adrian. Welcome to the Lake, Jenny, Darren and Gavin!
Bob and Lainie Satsky
Bob’s job brought the Satsky family to the Midwest from Texas, but their daughter’s horse was what drew them to LQ. Bob is VP of Market Intelligence at Bluescope, a manufacturer of metal buildings that has its U.S. headquarters in Kansas City. Lainie was previously an elementary school principal for fifteen years before transitioning to at-home mom about a year ago. They are both Texas Tech alumni who met walking home from church.
The couple have five children. Stephen is a freshman at Texas Tech and studies economics. Caroline, 16, is a junior at St. James Academy and takes care of dog Marley. Kate is in the eighth grade at St. Joseph. She boards and rides her horse Dirt (they didn’t choose the name) at the Saddle Club. Tom is in the third grade at St. Joseph. He likes to ride the golf cart and look after dog Buddy. Joe is a year behind Tom and enjoys fishing.
They all love the beach, lake and outings on their pontoon boat. The family enjoys the outdoors and has spent a lot of time camping and travelling in their motor home. They take one family cruise each year and have been to China and Hawaii. When asked what they look forward to, they mentioned snow, big skies, going to kids’ events and watching the kids play outdoors with their new friends. You’ll be seeing them out and about year-round. Welcome to the Lake, Lainie, Bob, Stephen, Caroline, Kate, Tom and Joe!
To our Lake Quivira Fire Volunteers: thank you
Just thinking of the past and want to say thank you for all the many times you were at my side. I would open my eyes and there you would be, smiling at me and taking care of me. It has been a good feeling to have had such good neighbors.
I will miss you, thank you.
Benevolent Board member advocates for his constituents
To those of you who expressed to me your inability or unwillingness to pay significantly higher dues, I would like you to know I passionately conveyed your concerns to the other board members.
To The Quiviran
Jean and I no longer live at the lake, but we still love the place. There are at least 5 apartments here at Claridge Court occupied by former Lake Quivira residents. I share my copy of the Quiviran with some on them on occasion.
Although I no longer have a vote; I still have a voice. I am interested in the future of the community because I have some family and many friends there. It is hard to let go after thirty years.
I also want to thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep the public informed and aware of impending issues that seem to be endless. I have great respect for your hard work and efforts to print both sides of issues and varying opinions from all members.
Please continue to mail us The Quiviran. We really enjoy the newspaper.
~Chuck and Jean White
By Aline Zimmer
Ever wondered what the lake feels like on January first? Of course, you haven’t! But come out anyway to ring in the New Year like a polar bear. What better way to wake up your senses and shake off any weariness from the night before than to feel the cold sand underfoot and the even colder water as you take the plunge. We had 27 brave souls last year and collected over fifty food items for Harvesters.
When: January 1, 11:00 a.m.
Where: LQ yacht club to start, plunge from the beach
Why: Bragging rights
Who: All hardy souls and interested onlookers
We’ll be collecting canned and boxed food for Harvesters, so whether you take the plunge or just want to watch the foolhardy bears, bring an item of food to donate, and be sure to have warm clothes and thermos of coffee or hot chocolate to warm yourself afterwards. Event will be cancelled if the water is iced over or if there is lightening or a snowstorm.
Contact Aline Zimmer with any questions.
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!
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.
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.