A deer, a hover-craft and the cold. . .

0118 deer rescue sized blackBy Franklin J. Watson, LQ Security Manager
LAKE QUIVIRA, KS, December 27 – When Joe Heller [resident on Lakeshore South] calls me, it is 3 degrees outside. Joe says he believes he sees a deer in the lake by Blessing Park. I get into the Lake Quivira Security Vehicle and drive over to Blessing Park.
When I arrive, I see the deer in the lake out from Treasure Island. I immediately call Gary Anderson. If anyone knows what to do, Gary will. He has been here a long time, I believe twenty-eight plus years.  Gary states he is on his way.
I also call the on-duty Lake Quivira Police Officer. Todd Bledsoe answers. Officer Bledsoe and myself go back a long way, just about thirty years, from our days at the Leavenworth Police Department together.  Officer Bledsoe is also en route.
Officer Bledsoe and I talk about the situation when he arrives. He says he will call Lake Quivira Fire Chief, Mark Stephan, before we call the Shawnee Fire Department. Chief Stephan is on his way.
The deer appears to be cold and tired, but makes a couple of attempts to get out onto thicker ice.
Gary Anderson arrives, and I tell him Chief Stephan is on his way.
With the Lake Quivira Security, Police, and Fire Departments on scene, we are all determined to get the deer out of the lake.
Chief Stephan puts out a non-emergency alert and is joined by additional fire department personnel [Randy Treas, Bill Biron, Jack Treas). They deploy the Fire Department Hover-craft and navigate towards the deer. The deer gets up and onto firmer ice and runs off into the woods.
Chief Stephan drives over to the shore-line and states, “I have had that effect on the ladies all my life.”  The LQ Fire Department packs up their equipment, and everyone leaves the scene.
When I leave Blessing Park it is 5 degrees.

Just two weeks earlier, this happened:

0118 fish black blackOn December 13, Jay Lucas caught a 22.5-inch, 7+ lb. Largemouth Bass.
Photo by Phil Gehring

They painted the town red on New Year’s Eve at LQ

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Sherry Metcalf created red feather/flower arrangements for the tables.

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Gary Anderson and crew hung 100 red lanterns.
Gary Anderson and crew hung 100 red lanterns.


The dance floor was packed all night.
The dance floor was packed all night.
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Even the martinis were “painted” red.





























Some guests opted for quiet conversation in the Piano Bar.
Some guests opted for quiet conversation in the Piano Bar.

Welcome! by Aline Zimmer

1217 welcome marcia and chris herre bw sizedChris 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!

1217 welcome brockers bw sized gsJonathan 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!

1217 welcome darren gavin and Jenny bonawitz bw sizedDarren 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!

1217 welcome satsky bw sized gsBob 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!

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.

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.