Community Center at LQ? You decide!

Building Exterior
Building Exterior

By Landy Boling for the Strategic Planning Committee

The best way to describe Lake Quivira is “community.” It is a sense of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common core values, interests and goals. Community is a primary factor driving members to Lake Quivira and causing them to stay. It is also what is missed most by members who leave. The purpose of a new Community Center is all about “community.”

Aerial View
Aerial View

The proposed Community Center could become the focal point of our community, a place where members gather for group activities, social support, recreational activities and other purposes. This year-round, indoor facility would encompass a Recreation Center, Wellness Center and Youth Centerm offering something for every member of Lake Quivira–young, old and in between.
Envision each day. Young parents drop their children off at the Preschool and join friends for their choice of exercise. Whether it’s weight or cardio training, fitness classes, laps in the exercise pool or a walk around the mezzanine track, all are possible. A stop in the well-furnished locker rooms, equipped with steam and sauna rooms, to freshen up could follow. Then, a casual visit with friends in the lobby area to grab a quick refreshment and share the day’s stories could complete the experience.

Recreation Center
Recreation Center

Throughout each day, retirees and other members arrive to do a quick work-out and grab a cup of coffee while visiting with their friends. The recreation center is full of activity with structured times for indoor tennis, pickleball, volleyball, basketball and other sports.
The multi-purpose room becomes a common meeting location for social clubs, family events and additional youth activities.
As each day ends, the late-night crowd trickles in for some well-deserved personal time. We are a community of active people who love to run, walk, hike

Cardio Level
Cardio Level

and swim–we could make that commitment to wellness year round right here at Lake Quivira.
The proposed site for the Community Center is the area currently occupied by Tennis Courts #1 and #2, the Hitting Wall and the Basketball Court. This area was selected due to its declining grade which would best suit the height of the Recreation Center and the ability to capture lake views from the top-floor cardio level. It also offers a natural drop-off zone for children, away from traffic, leveraging the current circular drive near the dam. Located next to the main parking lot for ample parking, it is also a quick walk to the Clubhouse to grab the next meal.

Main Floor Plan
Main Floor Plan

A full-time Community Center Manager would operate this new facility. Staffed throughout each day, along with regular programming and scheduling of fitness trainers, spa services and teaching professionals, someone would always be there to help. Additional office space is provided for a future, full-time, racquet-sports professional. Unlike other outdoor amenities, this facility would be open year-round for those who call Lake Quivira home throughout all seasons of the year. No more driving “out of the gate” for these sorts of activities.
To fund the building of this new facility, members would be offered the option of either a one-time, advanced payment or incremental monthly dues. Operating and maintenance costs would be additional, but the recruitment of as few as 20 additional Country Club members and 45 additional Social Members (both within our established limits) would fully cover these annual costs without any additional charge to the current members. Other area clubs that have made this sort of investment have experienced much higher levels of membership growth. The benefits to home valuations and fewer days on market to sell our homes should more than offset the required investment.
XXX-XX-XXXX DIAGRAM TEMPLATEAll of this (and more) can become a reality at Lake Quivira. And, it can all happen “inside the gate” with the proposed Community Center. But, it can only happen with your support. Please vote on November 27.

Welcome! By Aline Zimmer

1117 welcome michelle and gregGreg Miller and Michelle Tayler
Having moved from California’s Bay area, Greg and Michelle are pleased to have found a lake on which to live. They own, a service that delivers prepared meals to seniors and others who appreciate easy meal preparation. A significant amount of the business is derived from gift-giving on such occasions as childbirth, illness and funerals. Michelle is a registered dietician and has developed meals that are preservative-free, diabetic-friendly, gluten-free, etc.
Their distribution center was established in Kansas City in 2007, and they waited until their youngest child finished high school before moving closer to the business operations. Michelle, who grew up on Lake Michigan, searched for waterfront property in the KC area–which brought them to Lake Quivira. They wanted a house that would not require renovation to give them time to run the company. Their goal is to grow it to the point where managers can take over the day-to-day operations, allowing Greg and Michelle a little time away from the business.
Collectively they have five kids, the youngest now at Washington State University. Three dogs reside with them: Scooter, Rocky and Pebbles. Rocky once jumped into California’s American River from which Greg had to rescue him. We’ll see if he tries to leap into Lake Quivira. The couple does not have much free time, but they enjoy walking the dogs, gardening and fishing. Greg collects U.S. stamps, and their daughter has a collection of 450 panda stamps! Welcome to the Lake, Michelle and Greg!

1117 welcome jones family luke kristen ryan bradBrad and Kristen Jones
Recent Shawnee residents, Brad and Kristen had been visiting friends at Lake Quivira for years before deciding it was time to make it their home. Brad is a Shawnee Mission Northwest grad who attended Baker University. He is Regional Credit Analyst for True Value Company and helps entrepreneurs open stores by working with them from a financial perspective. He has been in the financial services industry for over twenty years and recently completed his MBA.
Kristen grew up in a small town and loves the feel of Lake Quivira. She has spent over twenty years in education, beginning as an elementary school educator and now as the Principal at Prairie Elementary. She attended Graceland University as an undergraduate and earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership at William Woods University. Next on the list: a doctorate degree.
Collectively they have three children. Luke is 20 and currently working. He plans to attend school to become a dental hygienist. He enjoys photography and anything outdoors. Dawson, 17, is a high school senior living in Miland, MO, with his father. He is an outdoorsman who likes to hunt and fish with dog Ollie as a constant companion. Ryan, 14, is a student at Monticello Trails Middle School. He is more of an indoors kind of guy and enjoys building things, but may make an exception to learn golf. Cat Mika rounds out the family.
The couples’ interests include trips on their Harley-Davidson Road Glide and all KC sports teams. Brad golfs, and Kristen wants to learn the game. They enjoy exploring new restaurants in Kansas City and returning to favorite barbecue spots and wineries. Welcome to the Lake, Brad and Kristen!

Corrections to last month’s White Chili recipe

Editor’s Note: It was brought to my attention by reader and cook extraordinaire, Cindy Meeker, that the words “cheese” and “chicken stock” had been omitted from the Ingredients list in the Tailgate Party article (October 2017 Quiviran). Following is the corrected recipe:

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
6 cups chicken stock
3 cups grated cheese
Sour cream
Tortilla Chips
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 the 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. Remove the chicken breast from the grill and cut into small cubes. THIS IS REALLY DEPENDENT ON THE SIZE OF THE CHICKEN BREASTS. Grill until chicken breasts are done.
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.

William Commodore Bainbridge Jr. – Obituary

1117 obit bainbridge in uniformWilliam Commodore Bainbridge Jr. – September 1, 1917 – October 3, 2017
William C. Bainbridge Jr. (Bill) was 100 years old when he went to be with his Lord andSavior Jesus Christ on October 3, 2017.
He was born the eldest child of Nelda and William C Bainbridge Sr. He has now joined his wife of 62 years, Evelyn, his brother Richard and two sisters, Lois Haymaker and Anne Bailey. He is survived by his four children, Bill Bainbridge III of Newton, KS, Marsha Carpenter of Dallas, TX, Jean Bainbridge of Dallas, TX, Mark Bainbridge of Lake Quivira, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Bill graduated from Alma College In 1939 with a teaching degree in history. Teaching jobs were scarce at the time, so he worked in construction until he joined the Army Air Corps in March 1941. Prior to the beginning of World War II the army began cutting back on flight training, and Bill was honorably discharged after only eight weeks of service.
Although Bill thought his dreams of becoming a pilot had ended, his mother encouraged him with a Scripture, and he went on to pursue civilian flight training. He worked nights in a warehouse to pay for flight time. He earned his primary and secondary licenses in December 1941, and thereafter his advanced commercial, instrument and instructor’s licenses in September 1942.
In October 1942 Bill was hired by TWA as a co-pilot on DC 3’s, flying routes out of the TWA home base at what is now KC Downtown airport. On a flight to Albuquerque, he kindly went back to assist a flight attendant named Evelyn, who was in the back, working alone on her first flight. For many years, Bill told friends he knew then that he had met the love of his life on that flight. It wasn’t until months later when they started dating, that both realized the other was single.
1117 obit bainbridges bw sizedAfter they married, he and Evelyn found property at Lake Quivira, and Evelyn, ever the artist, designed a house that Bill himself built for their growing family. Bill, Evelyn and the children enjoyed the house for the next fifty years. He and Evelyn shared their home and hospitality with hundreds over the years, often hosting events for youth groups and international students.
Bill often acknowledged God’s blessings on his life and freely shared them with others. He lived by example, tithing and giving generously from the time he earned his first ten cents on a paper route.
He cherished time with his grandchildren, teaching them to fish and water ski. He taught the canoeing merit badge to Boy Scouts. With friends, he and Evelyn enjoyed many canoe trips on Arkansas rivers. They often hosted Bible studies in their home.
During his career Bill moved up from DC 3s to Martin 202s and 40’s, then Lockheed Constellations, Boeing 707s 720s, 727s and, finally, Boeing 747s, which he flew from 1971 until he was required by US law to retire as a pilot.
TWA was one of only two US international “flag” carriers during Bill’s career, and in his 35 years with TWA, Bill flew all over the world, often going all the way around the world on his trips. He was always congenial with passengers, and narrated the sights along the trip.
Upon his retirement, Bill continued flying for non-US based air carriers, flying out of Pakistan, Indonesia, India, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. During this time, he and Evelyn lived in Pakistan and Uruguay and enjoyed the people and cultures of many countries. From 1979 to July 1982 he was chief pilot of Aero Uruguay, a cargo carrier based in Montevideo, Uruguay and Luxembourg, flying special cargo such as lambs to Argentina and dairy cattle to Moscow. Bill found an adventure wherever he went, including mastering the art of para surfing on layovers in Senegal. In 1983, TWA re- hired Bill to help interview and evaluate prospective pilots, and he continued that activity until 1986.
Bill recalled that during his flying career he had ten engine failures, one engine fire and other in-flight incidents such as bomb scares, hydraulics failures on a 707 and a 747 and various passenger problems. Upon his return home from his trips he always reported the trip was “routine.”
At age 95, Bill, as part of a charitable event, achieved a life-long goal of skydiving by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane tethered to an instructor.
In the words of a publication of retired TWA pilots, Bill has now “flown West.” Fly on, Bill. You will always be missed by those who knew and loved you, and we look forward to being united with you in heaven.
Bill’s life was celebrated on October 7 at Lenexa Baptist, followed by a reception. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to Lenexa Baptist Church.

Labor Day 2017

Will Brown,13, performed an Indy Grab while wake boarding behind a Boston Whaler steered by his father, Thomas Brown, on Labor Day. The photo was taken by Ron Bower from a pontoon boat in the middle of the lake.
Will Brown,13, performed an Indy Grab while wake boarding behind a Boston Whaler steered by his father, Thomas Brown, on Labor Day. The photo was taken by Ron Bower from a pontoon boat in the middle of the lake.

Tom Watson Hosts 19th annual ‘The First Tee of Greater Kansas City’ event at Lake Quivira Country Club

(left to right) Tom Watson; Tony Tappan, Vice President, The First Tee of Greater Kansas City;  Brigette Chirpich, Executive Director, The First Tee of Greater Kansas City; Tom Aikmus, Head Golf Professional, Lake Quivira Country Club
(left to right) Tom Watson; Tony Tappan, Vice President, The First Tee of Greater Kansas City; Brigette Chirpich, Executive Director, The First Tee of Greater Kansas City; Tom Aikmus, Head Golf Professional, Lake Quivira Country Club

By Lauren Mezzacasa, Communications & Office Manager
The First Tee of Greater Kansas City
Golf legend, Tom Watson, hosted The First Tee of Greater Kansas City’s 19th annual “A Day for Kids” golf tournament and clinic at Lake Quivira Country Club Tuesday, September 26. This event is a fundraiser to benefit “The First Tee of Greater Kansas City.” This youth development organization teaches young people positive values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence while using the game of golf as a tool. This year the event was a sell-out, and Mr. Watson noted that the participation at Lake Quivira was the biggest yet for The First Tee of Greater Kansas City’s event. For more information on The First Tee Greater Kansas City go to
The participants who donated to the cause dear to Mr. Watson began their fun filled day at the driving range where Mr. Watson demonstrated his driving and chipping skills. He also answered golf technique questions explaining via show and tell.  From there the participants ventured out to the golf course to play an 18-hole shamble and where they also had the opportunity to play with Mr. Watson on hole #8.
Furthermore, sports legend and former Lake Quivira resident, George Brett, was one of the event’s participants. It was truly a memorable occasion for all who attended.

Lake Quivira Triathlon 2017: an individual, team and community celebration

The Lake Quivira Triathlon is an amazing event that combines a healthy purpose with camaraderie and family togetherness. Lake Quivira itself is a special place but when you have exciting events integrated into its natural resources it creates an unrivaled experience.
Having attended the event five times, I have had fun watching it grow from 70 athletes to a cap of 120. With up to 400 people involved, including family, friends and volunteers, it’s one of the biggest events at Lake Quivira.
My full gratitude goes to Mendy Jarman, Annie Noland, Dave Schieffer and so many others for making this fun and memorable event a reality.
~Thomas Brown

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