Take the 2nd Annual LQ Polar Bear Plunge!

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2017 Polar Bear Plunge

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.

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.

LQ Photo Club December Meeting: Portrait Photography

By Leslie Treas
SAVE THE DATE: December 12,  7 — 8:30 p.m.
Clubhouse Great Room
EDUCATIONAL TOPIC: Indoor Portrait photography
Taking better photos of people indoors
GUEST PRESENTER:
Randy Braley  http://www.randybraley.com
BRING YOUR CAMERA! And get ready for a hands-on learning session. Tripods are encouraged.

This month’s discussion will be indoor portrait photography, including approach and composition, tips for best lighting, some use of equipment and positional strategies. We will practice taking portrait photos inside the Clubhouse with guidance from our guest presenter.
All are welcome!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Lake Quivira Thursday, December 7

1210 santa bell ringerBy Corky Nason
The Lake Quivira Men’s Bible Study has been meeting at Lake Quivira for more than twenty years. We meet on the second and fourth Friday of each month in the Lake Quivira clubhouse. More than twenty years ago, Bob Kimball, one of our charter members, offered that we should be more involved in the community and suggested we ring for the Salvation Army in December of each year. This idea was unanimously agreed upon and we set out to ring the bells in the first two weeks of December at the gate and in front of the clubhouse. If my memory serves me correctly, the first time we rang bells we collected $275. We also found out that it was a very happy time to ring bells and we became reacquainted with many people who we saw very little of during the year. It was a time to renew wonderful friendships. Some of our members have dressed up in Santa suits and in various other Christmas outfits. Of course, we’ve had some very cold days and some very nice days.
The good news about our bell ringing is that two years ago we collected a little more than $11,000 and last year it was around $10,500. What a wonderful Christmas present for those people in need. I’ve been advised by the Salvation Army that our one-day total is the greatest one-day total of any bell ringing in the greater Kansas City area. I’ve always known Lake Quivira was a giving and generous place to live, and this is only reinforced by the great support we are able to provide to the Salvation Army.
This year, we will be ringing again on December 7. We hope that we can continue our march towards bigger and better giving days. But more importantly, we can meet with old friends and make Christmas a lot happier for people who do not have all the advantages that we have at Lake Quivira.

Thanksgiving Day Gobble Wobble: Game On!

1117 gobble wobble illustrationBy Bob Lee
The thirty-seventh annual Gobble Wobble, a walk or run around the lake, will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. in front of the Clubhouse on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, regardless of the weather!
The first 52 finishers will be awarded a playing card indicating their placement in the event. The Gobble Wobble was originally begun as a race, but has evolved into a family, fun event. A live turkey, donuts and coffee will be available prior to the trek.
Come on down, see your neighbors and earn your Thanksgiving dinner.