By Lake and Residential Committee, John Nelson, Chairman;
Photos by Ernie Block
Today, Lake Quivira’s boundaries encompass almost 1,200 acres. As we are all aware, within those boundaries exists one of the most distinctive communities in the Kansas City area. Other than the obvious; a beautiful lake, professional golf course and 394 unique home sites, there exists parks and greenspace second to none for a community of this size. Of these, the 126 acres located on the Southeast corner of our community offers our members one of the most natural and protected greenspace and watersheds in the local area. Home to the Saddle Club, the Equestrian Center located on this property provides a place for the boarding of horses, open pastures for grazing, and areas to ride for all experience levels. Additionally, this area is the primary hub for our extensive Nature Trail system which now encompasses over 13 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and riding paths. Participation in these combined activities is now approaching almost 150 members.
Founded over 40 years ago, the Saddle Club, operating out of the Lake Quivira Equestrian Center has grown the past couple years to the point that at any one time, up to 15 horses are boarded on the property. Current facilities include a series of fenced and open pastures, a 21 stall horse barn, a riding corral, a barn for hay storage and a 30+ year old barn used for the integration of new horses to the facility, medical treatment and short term over flow.
Established less than two years ago, the Lake Quivira Nature Trail system, overseen by the Natural Resources Committee, is made up of 12 active trails. Due to the natural uninhibited setting available in this greenspace, eight (8) of these trails originate or pass through the Equestrian Center area. Additionally, located immediately adjacent to this property is the LQ Campground which has been utilized in the past by our local scout groups and family events including the annual Father-Children campout held every Labor Day weekend.
In order to provide an improved member experience and greater access to these amenities through education; the Saddle Club in conjunction with the Natural Resources Committee, with support of the Lake and Residential Committee, has been evaluating various opportunities for the future. It was determined after much discussion; that the construction of a Nature Center building to replace, due to its present condition, the front barn at the Equestrian Center would meet these goals. Funding for the project would be obtained through a community wide fund raising effort directed by the Saddle Club and the Natural Resources Committee, with no capital money being required from Quivira Inc. Specifically, no dues increase or assessment would be required of our members for this amenity.
After construction, the Nature Center would provide stall space for the proper medical treatment and integration of our horses. The center would be further complemented by an all-purpose room, much needed storage space for trail and Saddle Club equipment, and an open air porch. The new facility would establish a focal point for our trail system, by providing a gathering location, educational displays and maps, and a place to sit and relax after a long hike. Other opportunities would be available for the Photography Club, our local scout troops, and the Summer Rec Discovery Program. In all cases, the facility would allow these groups to have a meeting location in the environment they experience through their normal activities. Lake Quivira members would also be afforded the opportunity to establish a community outreach program for nature education through our local school systems by allowing the science teachers access for group field and study trips furthering our “Tree City” status and other environmental initiatives.
As required under the Quivira Inc. By-laws, a majority membership vote is required for the replacement of any existing building located on common grounds, even when project funding would not be provided by Quivira Inc. or its membership through dues and/or capital project funds. For this reason, at the August Board of Directors meeting a motion was approved for the placement of a ballot item on the November General Meeting Agenda allowing for the removal of the current front barn at the Equestrian Center (Saddle Club) and replacing it with a new Nature Center building funded 100% through 3rd party fund raising efforts. All design and construction parameters would be reviewed and approved by the Restrictions Committee prior to construction. Once completed, the building would become a Quivira Inc. asset and be available to all members.
A Lake Quivira community Nature Center would be a true amenity, provided at no direct cost to the membership, and further establish ourselves as a one-of-a-kind, family friendly community that continuously promotes our core values of Commitment to Environmental Stewardship, providing Quality Amenities and Services, and Preserving the Lake and its Natural Assets.
A Litany of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of the Reverend Al Hager (1923-2017) at Lake Quivira Community Ministry
By Barb Prater
Loving God, we of Lake Quivira Community Ministry offer these our thanksgivings for the life and ministry of Al Hager. For Al, who showed up on his first Sunday in a suit and tie, attempting to start worship on time in a preschool building where people wouldn’t quietly take their seats; who, being an astute and flexible soul, adapted quickly; who came to Quivira expecting to serve for just a few months and ended up staying for over twenty years; who gave us leadership and direction, who helped us understand how to organize ourselves as a congregation and found ways for everyone to share their gifts; who in teaching from God’s Word, helped us become prayer warriors, missionaries and the doers of God’s work; who challenged us with his messages, boldly addressing situations few congregants dealt with while sharing richly from his personal experience; who helped us understand that forgiveness takes time and agape, challenging us to wish the best for those who had hurt us; who embraced silence in the presence of God; who welcomed everyone with his smile, worked to create a place for all ages, helped resource a children’s Sunday School class and presented Bibles to our children; who was mentor, father-figure, spiritual guide, wise sage, and pastor; who was a dear friend to us all and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you, God, for blessing us with Al Hager. Finally, God, we thank you also for the gift of Dot, Al’s great partner in ministry, who generously listened and shared insights with all. We offer these thanksgivings in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
~Written by several LQCM members
Dr. Reverend Al Hager was a lifelong learner, attending Oklahoma City University, Garrett Theological Seminary, University of Edinburgh, and Menninger Foundation in Pastoral Care. He is well known here for building up Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village from one-room to 2,600 people, serving from 1955 to 1981. But his other service was varied and world-wide. During WWII, training as an Army Air Corps pilot, he was derailed with a parachute accident, so he landed as an assistant in the chaplain’s office.
In the early 50’s Al served as Chaplain at Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. Al served from 1981-87 as the Kansas City District Superintendent for the United Methodist Churches. As part of a Kansas mission outreach delegation, he talked with US Embassy staff in Moscow and Jerusalem. After his first retirement Al took a pastorate in Chislehurst, England, and another year in the Bay of Islands Uniting Parish in New Zealand, returning to lead the LQCM flock for over twenty years. Frank Leadley, lay minister of the Bay of Islands church, says, “Al brought with him a great depth of spirituality and a scholarly approach, coupled with a personal warmth which enabled him to relate very capably to people at all stages of their spiritual journey.”
Rev Ira, Rev Pam, & Rev Al Pope help you on your spiritual journey .
October 1: Philippians 2: 1-13: “What the World Needs Now” Ira
LQCM 29th Anniversary Breakfast Service – Sailing Dock
October 8: Matthew 22: 1-10: “Weddings” Ira
October 15 Rev. Al Pope, Pastor Emeritus, gives the message
October 22 Rev. Al Pope, Pastor Emeritus, gives the message
October 29: Deuteronomy 31:1-12, Matthew 22:34-46: “Legacies” Pam
Many blessings to you. For more information, contact Roy Worthington, 913-962-4557, email@example.com.
By Carol Neill
First, as you read the next article, please remember, I am only the messenger–just conveying the rules set by the Golf Shop and committees. Now that we are near the end of our QWGA season, I would like to pass along some remarks I have overheard and have seen on our course and practice area this season. According to our Lake Quivira Golf Shop, please review these items for next seasons play. The next items are the actual wording from our regulations governing golf clothing for all areas of play and practice, and I quote:
“Proper golf attire, including shirts and shoes, is required at all times on the golf course and practice areas. The following list includes examples of apparel that is unacceptable:
* Proper golf attire is required for all members, their families and guests always on the golf course, the driving range and the practice areas.
* Men’s attire includes a tucked in collared shirt, slacks or Bermuda length shorts.
* Women’s attire includes golf shirts, slacks, skirts, shorts or dresses consistent with current acceptable golf fashion.
* Children are governed by the same rules of attire as adults.
* Lake Quivira is a soft/no spike facility.
* The following examples are unacceptable: t-shirts, denim, tank tops, cargo shorts, workout/gym clothes and swimwear.”
* Please contact the Pro Shop if you have any questions (revised 1/2017)
Please note the last item in bold print. These clothing items are unacceptable for the golf course and all practice areas. The comments I have overheard and have seen are what concern some members. Just be aware of the proper attire when practicing or playing. It will be appreciated.
Now, let’s get back to end of season play. We have three dates for you to mark on your calendar. First, QWGA 18-Hole Closing Day – October 10. QWGA 9-Hole Closing Day – October 11. There will be a QWGA Awards Dinner the evening of the 11th at 5:30 p.m.
Second, Robert Streb, PGA Tour Professional, is hosting a fund raiser golf event benefiting St. Jude Hospital October 9 at Lake Quivira.
Finally, for the ladies who are in City Play aka WGAKC, your Closing Day is October 11 at The National. You may sign up for any of these events in the Pro Shop.
It’s been my pleasure to bring you the monthly QWGA articles this season. Enjoy the cool autumn days before we begin to wish our “snow bird” friends safe travels until spring of 2018.
By John Carson
The Club Championship was a drawn-out event due to rain delays as August 2016 turned out to be the wettest August on record. But all matches were eventually completed. Listed below are the results.
Club Champion, Jackson Foth; Senior Club Champion, Kevin Murry; Super Senior Club Champion, Jim Wise; Handicap Division Flight 1, Ken Noland; Handicap Division Flight 2, Jim Merwald; Handicap Division Flight 3, Jack Carson; Handicap Division Flight 4, John Stewart
The next-to-last QMGA event for the year, The Three Man Shamble, was played in good weather on September 23. Listed below are the results.
Flight 1. 1st T – J. Foth, D. Cox & J. Hoover, 1st T – J. Cotter, D. Bock & D. Sprague; 3rd – G. Gehring, S. Rempel & M. Carroll; 4th – D. Jones, B. Harbour & K. Murray.
Flight 2. 1st T- K. Londeen, S. Yates & A. Griener, 1st T – B. Bailey, T. Layton & E. Marx; 3rd – J. Folsom, C. Sheppard & L. Harms; 4th – L. Gardner, J. Harding & R. Cruse.
Flight 3. 1st – L. Lindelow, B. Wengert & D. Oppliger; 2nd – D. Karley, T. Kliss & C. Gomer; 3rd – R. Bechtel, M. Metivier & B. Cretcher; 4th – C. Fajkus, B. Bowman & J. Dorsey.
The rough has been aerated and over-seeded. For the best results of the over- seeding, golf cart traffic should be limited to the fairways between the entrance and exit posts.
By Leslie Treas
All are welcome to join the LQ Photo Club on Thurs., Oct. 5, at the
Nelson Atkins Museum for the photography exhibit:
Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933–1941
Meet in the Nelson Atkins front lobby at 6 p.m.
We’ll tour the exhibit and grab a bite somewhere fun afterward.
Next LQ Photo Club Monthly Assignment: Natural Light Portraits
By Gayle Best
The Holiday Bazaar tradition continues: This longstanding Lake Quivira event sponsored by Garden Club is set for November 17, 1 to 8 p.m., and November 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public, so invite your family friends and co-workers. The Bazaar is situated on two floors of our Clubhouse. Visitors can enhance their shopping experience by enjoying the open bar in the ballroom, as well as the main dining facilities or a buffet casual lunch in the lower level. Friday evening we will have holiday entertainment.
Champagne Luncheon: Garden Club is sponsoring a ladies’ holiday luncheon on both days of the bazaar. This has been a special event for years. You will be met at the door with champagne, festive holiday decorations, followed by a fabulous lunch. Menu and drink details are in process. Call Shannon at the Clubhouse at 913-631-4821 to make your reservations. Lunch will be served at noon both days.
Bake Sale: Our giant Bake Sale is renowned! This also is a longstanding tradition and features delicious homemade baked goods all prepared by our Lake Quivira bakers. Our Bake Sale team will be reaching out to volunteers to bake items for sale. We sell goodies such as cookies, cakes, pies, fudge, cinnamon rolls, along with gluten free and low fat items.
Raffle: Be sure and visit the Garden Club Raffle Booth for a chance to win one of our donated prizes. We are putting together a great selection of donated prizes this year!
Something for the Guys: We will again be encouraging the guys and kiddos to come Saturday morning to visit the Bazaar, shop for Mom, and have complimentary drinks and refreshments.
Volunteers: Besides needing lots and lots of people to bake for our Bake Sale, our Committee Chairs will soon be gathering volunteers to work shifts for the following: Raffle Booth, Bake Sale, Front Door Greeters and Cashiers.
Contact Gayle Best at GayleMBest@gmail.com or 913-481-6269 if you have any questions. Visit our holiday bazaar Facebook page: facebook.com/lakequiviraholidaybazaar
By Jeanne McGrath
Hello friends, we have bid summer farewell as autumn has officially arrived, but as of this writing, she has been slow to show off her cool breezes and brilliant colors. With canning and freezing of late summers vegetables well underway, we also want to savor the last of our garden herbs.
Garden Club welcomes our fall speaker, Lynn Soullier, master gardener, on Thurs., Oct. 19. We will begin with a breakfast prepared by Chef Michael, followed by our garden club meeting then on to a demonstration by Ms. Soullier on how to infuse vinegar and oil with herbs, to give us the gift that keeps on giving all winter long. Join us as we learn about drying and infusing our homegrown herbs, extending their life to be enjoyed in hearty soups, stews, and salads.
There is no cost for this program. I encourage you to attend. This will be our last meeting of the year, filled with plenty of garden club news, events and schedules. Come early and enjoy coffee, fellowship and breakfast beforehand. If you are not a member of garden club, please join us and we’ll get you signed up. The year is by no means over! Our holiday bazaar in November, a long standing tradition her at LQ, will be here before we know it . Any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Teresa Redlingshafer
On the last Sunday in September over 150 LQ fans gathered together at the second annual Ultimate LQ Tailgate Party. The weather was warm & breezy, we had a great crowd, we made a few bucks that will go to help support the LQ Photography Club, the LQ Saddle Club and LQ Trails, and Whitney Sojka, along with Linda Lilja and two nurse friends provided Flu shots for over seventy people!
And the food? Oh My! We had folks grilling all kinds of goodies and over 25 entrants in the Crockpot Challenge! Everyone who attended had the opportunity to taste all the delicious creations! So who are the 2017 LQ Crock Stars? Cathy Owen’s White Chili was awarded first place, Bridget Vani’s Old Settler Bean came in second and A.J. Delaney’s Jambalaya took third.
LQ newcomers Taylor Pruitt & Robinn Scholfield took home the coveted Tailgate Trophy awarded for their festive tailgate setup, mingling with the crowd introducing themselves and sharing their homemade candied bacon with all their new LQ friends.
Putting on the Ultimate LQ Tailgate Party and offering Flu shots takes lots of work! Thank you to all the kids and adults who attended, donated items and those that came forward to volunteer in any way to make this event twice as big as last year. Thanks friends, for your help in putting on another great LQ event! Because ultimately what really matters is a courageous spirit and a generous heart.
Cathy Owen’s White Chili 2017 Crockpot winner
3 limes (including zest)
1/2 cup tequila
Red pepper flakes
3 16-oz cans of Great Northern Beans
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
2 large onions chopped
5 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 (4 oz) cans of green chilies
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups grated
* Remove fat and tendons from the chicken and place the chicken breast in a container that can be covered.
* Zest 1 of the limes and sprinkle the lime zest over the chicken breast. Juice all 3 limes and pour the juice over the chicken breast. Pour the tequila over the chicken and add 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the chicken and marinate for 3 hours.
* Heat olive oil in stock pot and add onion and garlic, green chilies, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cloves
* Add chicken stock and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
* Grill the chicken breast for 5 minutes and pour remaining marinade over the chicken breast on the grill. Turn the chicken breast and grill the second side for 4 minutes. THIS IS REALLY DEPENDENT ON THE SIZE OF THE CHICKEN BREASTS. Grill until chicken breasts are done. Remove the chicken breast from the grill and cut into small cubes.
* Add the cubed chicken and 1 cup of cheese to the chili and stir until the cheese melts.
* Ladle into bowls and serve with remaining cheese, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.
* Season with salt and pepper, if necessary.