Strategic Plan Update: Introducing the Options

By Steve Sestak
This is the fourth in a series of articles intended to keep Lake Quivira members informed as we develop the Long-Range, Strategic Plan for Quivira, Inc. Over the past several months, articles have been published that summarized the history of Lake Quivira and previous long-range planning efforts, outlined the structured process being followed by the Strategic Planning Committee, and presented the preliminary findings derived from the analysis of membership demographics, competitive trends, and member input over the past year. The intent of these monthly articles was to provide some background on the strategic planning effort and explain the basis for the various strategic options that the Committee believes should be considered.
This article introduces the Strategic Options. The Committee has spent the past several months objectively evaluating the findings and defining options to address some common and recurring themes for both the residential community and the country club. These are simply OPTIONS. Expect them to be further refined, enhanced and possibly discarded as they are reviewed and evaluated by the members. The plan is to present the Strategic Options at the Annual Meeting on Monday, March 27, followed by several months of member review and critique in order to develop a Master Plan which is reflective of the consensus of the membership.
Strategic Options have been organized into the four categories; Community Appearance, Member Amenities, Associate Members, and Residential Development. The remainder of this article focuses on the first three categories. In order to further define the Strategic Options for Residential Development, a member survey is being prepared to determine which housing types, locations, and other development factors would potentially garnish to requisite level of member support to warrant further consideration.

Community Appearance

Front Entrance Signage – a Welcome to our Communty All pictures are concepts only. Further work would be required to determine final design.
Front Entrance Signage – a Welcome to our Communty. All pictures are concepts only. Further work would be required to determine final design.

These options are intended to enhance the overall appearance and functionality of the community, including the Front Entrance, Roads & Storm Water, and other Community Projects. The Front Entrance is the “first impression” of the Community; what members and guests experience when they enter the front gate. These potential projects include renovation of the Guardhouse, new Front Entrance Signage, and new Perimeter Fencing from the Guardhouse along Holiday Drive and Quivira Lane.

Perimeter Fencing Concept
Perimeter Fencing Concept

With respect to Roads & Storm Water, the first step would be to engage a professional engineering firm to expand the 2013 study to address road materials, replacement strategy, pedestrian lanes, curbs, gutters, ditches, culverts, and other enhancements to improve the quality, safety and aesthetics of the roadways and better handle and disperse storm water in high-volume areas. Each year, funds are approved for pavement overlay, but an overall strategy is needed to determine whether the amount is sufficient and used properly to improve the quality and functionality of our roads and to replace and upgrade storm water systems throughout the community.

Beach Pavilion
Beach Pavilion

Other Community Projects include constructing a Beach Pavilion next to Crescent Beach to replace the temporary tent which is often erected throughout the summer, replacing traditional Road and Community Signage with signs more reflective of an upscale, resort community, and evaluating and implementing enhanced infrastructure and technology to improve Communication Services throughout the community.

Member Amenities
These options are intended to enhance the experience and usability of current members and attract future members and prospective homebuyers. They represent a broad range of options that align with the needs of a diverse membership

Community Center
Community Center

Community Center. The initial concept for this new center combines a Recreation Center and Youth Center into a multi-purpose facility to support indoor sports, recreational activities and youth services. Once the Youth Center is relocated, the existing space could be retrofitted to house the Administrative personnel.

Wellness Center
Wellness Center

Wellness Center. This center should incorporate fitness equipment, classrooms, locker rooms, and an optional indoor aquatic center tailored not only to the fitness minded, but also to members requiring rehabilitation and therapeutic treatment. Another option would be to expand the Community Center to include the Wellness Center. Combining these facilities would reduce project and operating costs.

Golf Practice Rnage
Golf Practice Rnage

Golf Practice Range. An expanded and enhanced practice range to provide distance and capability for better players and alleviate the traffic congestion and risks of the current practice range.

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool. A full-sized competition pool to facilitate youth swim meets, training, lessons and other aquatic activities. Optional children’s pool and hot tub should also be considered.



Golf Complex Patio Area
Golf Complex Patio Area

Golf Complex. This complex should be located in the current location of the half-way house to allow for more direct supervision of golf course activities and should include the pro shop, locker rooms, golf cart fleet storage, and a new casual restaurant facility and patio area for use by both golfers and other members, as well as events.

Golf Cart Storage Facility
Golf Cart Storage Facility

Other Options.
Convenience Store. A small “on-property” general store to allow members to purchase standard staple and grocery items. The nearest stores are at least a fifteen-minute drive from Lake Quivira.
Cyber Lounge. A coffee shop and lounge area, equipped with high-speed internet, to serve as an informal meeting place.
Blessing Park Pavilion. Similar to the Beach Pavilion, consideration should be given to a restroom facility for boaters and East Side Park events.
Beach Enhancements. A professional study should be conducted to review the quality, safety and usability of the beach facilities.

Associate Members
The current deficits with Associate Member Limits should be addressed by the Member Amenities outlined above. Offering these amenities would not only increase the ability to attract prospective members, but should also help to reduce attrition rates by offering a broader range of amenities to be used by all family members.
Additionally, the following enhanced or expanded amenities would address deficiencies associated with capacity, availability and usability of golf and lake resources.
These deficiencies do not allow these members to enjoy the benefits they are paying for and do not create the level of country club experience that these members expect.
Golf Cart Storage Facility. This facility should be designed with suitable capacity to provide for any eligible member who elects to own and store their golf cart. An indoor hitting area could also be included in this facility for practice during inclement weather.
Boat Storage. Due to docksite limitations and quarantine requirements, a location(s) should be selected to provide for on-premise boat and trailer storage. Covered parking could be incorporated on the back side of the Golf Cart Storage Facility.
Men’s & Women’s Lounges. The current “card rooms” located on the first floor of the Clubhouse should be upgraded to provide an area where golfers and other club users can cleanup, relax and enjoy Clubhouse services. This should be addressed by the House Committee as part of the proposed remodel of the first floor of the Clubhouse.
Next Steps
Similar to Member Input Sessions conducted last year, the Committee plans to organize meetings to facilitate the review process. Once the options have been thoroughly reviewed, refined and prioritized and it has been determined which ones align with the consensus of the members, the Master Plan will be developed and presented to the Board of Directors for approval. The Master Plan will be structured in multiple phases with corresponding Strategic Projects that consider certain priorities, independencies, seasonality factors, funding schedules, and governance implications; each project and associated funding will be subject to formal member approval.
When the Strategic Planning process was relaunched one year ago, we committed to not prescribe a single solution. Rather, we would present various options, based on an objective evaluation, supported by practical cost estimates and funding strategies. Throughout this process, the objective has been to keep the membership well-informed and equipped to make the appropriate decision. Developing a long-range plan that reflects the consensus of a diverse membership is a challenging task. Whether the ultimate decision is to do everything, do something or do nothing, the Committee is encouraged by the active participation and constructive feedback from the members and looks forward to further dialogue as we work together to define the future for Lake Quivira.

David and Katie Schleicher’s passive retrofit home on Hillcrest West is insulated like a Yeti cooler

 David and Katie Schleicher in their retrofit passive home on Hillcrest West.
David and Katie Schleicher in their retrofit passive home on Hillcrest West.

By Dawn Gabel
Katie and David Schleicher shopped for nearly three years to find just the right property at Lake Quivira to raise their son Charlie. You see, they needed to find a home they could insulate on all six sides.
“We were pretty much building a Yeti cooler,” explained David, a Certified Passive Design Consultant and President of Prairie Design Build. Passive design is a high standard of low energy usage and high internal air quality for living spaces.
How does one turn one’s house into a Yeti cooler? One way is a lot of insulation. The walls of the Schleicher home have three to four times more insulation than a minimum build home in Johnson County.

Made in Ireland, these triple paned windows had a long trip to make before offering this view of the LQ neighborhood.
Made in Ireland, these triple paned windows had a long trip to make before offering this view of the LQ neighborhood.

Windows are considered part of the wall. The Schleichers’ triple-pane windows are made in Ireland with German hardware on them and perform with three times the efficiency of normal windows. The exterior doors are of the same construction and require special hinges to support their weight.
To further insulate, they actually de-nailed all the siding of the house, saving it rather than filling the landfill. They took it off all the way down to the studs.
“We left some of the exterior sheeting on, but then added six inches of a type of Styrofoam to the outside. Then we applied a rain screen system on the outside of that, which allows for managing water that comes into the house and has no other way to come out. Finally, the original siding was put back on.”
From the inside, they applied a membrane facing the studs, wrapping the entire house like a Gore-Tex jacket. For good measure, they added another two inches of insulation to the inside of the house before the sheetrock so when they’re hanging pictures, they don’t put a hole in the jacket.
Even the roof and floor have several times more insulation than the required standard. “We added a ton of insulation to the roof and into the crawl space and placed all mechanicals out of the crawl space so the only thing there is storage,” said David.

The windows and doors are three inches thick. Special hinges support the weight of the highly insulated door to their home.
The windows and doors are three inches thick. Special hinges
support the weight of the highly insulated door to their home.

Really thick windows and doors, super insulated and airtight, keep the heat created inside in. Then the sun is allowed to heat up the house.”
“Luckily, we were able to capture some views and also have really good southern orientation,” said David. During the winter, the sun tracks low enough to heat the space. Add to that the air tight feature, so nothing that is being heated inside the home is escaping.  Summer cooling is aided by blocking the sun with eaves to prevent heat from coming in.
David explained every time your air conditioner or heater turns on, it has to pull air from somewhere. “It eventually gets to the cold air return. but there’s a time between when it is outside and it hits the cold air return that you going to breathe it. It comes through the walls, so the walls are your filter. Whatever is in the wall is what you are breathing–that plus the outdoor air, which may be full of pollen.” The Schleicher home removes 99 percent of the pollen and dust in the air.
Since a passive house is sealed extremely tight, the home has to bring in fresh air through a manual duct outside, where it is filtered before it comes in. Air from the bathrooms and the kitchen are exhausted back to the duct.
“We don’t have normal exhaust fans,” David said. “The house has fans in the bathroom that run nonstop. You can’t hear them because they are so quiet, but they dump back to a machine that transfers the exhaust air with the fresh air.  So, we’ll take 20-degree air that’s coming in from outside and mix it with our 70-degree air inside.  We do that by bringing in this constant fresh air. All through the night all we have is premium fresh air.”
Since there are no vents to the outside other than plumbing vents and one exhaust for the fresh air maker, the dryer doesn’t vent to the outside.
Rather, they have what’s called a heat pump dryer or a condensing dryer. Instead of having a hole outside your house which is constantly draining energy, this dryer actually takes the moisture and drains it through the plumbing drain.
Finishing touches are LED lights throughout, super efficient appliances and an induction cook top. None of the materials in the home give off gas. There are no Volitile Organic Compound (VOC) finishes on anything, so the Schleichers aren’t breathing anything harmful.
Their water heater is a heat pump type, which looks like a normal water heater, but has an additional piece on top to allow for taking air from inside the house and producing 67 more times heat through it–far more efficient than electric or gas.
And the water heater is on a re-circulating pump for the master bath, so they never have to wait for hot water. Furthermore, it’s adaptive so it learns when they are taking a shower.
Two areas of the house have a flat pitch roof, so getting the drainage just right was important To get the years out of the south roof, they used standing seam metal, which is, for the most part, a lifetime roof.
“Likely, we will never need to replace it. And the way the roof’s pitched, it’s perfect for solar panels. Once we get solar on, we will be net zero/net positive. Solar prices are dropping significantly, so we are just biding our time before we purchase them.”
Air quality from internal sources is also a high concern while living in a passive build. “When you build a house that is air tight, you have to be really mindful of what you’re putting into it because it could be harmful to breathe and live in,” explained David. He used for an example, Windex–”not a good thing to be breathing if the fumes cannot dissipate quickly.” While most homes have the equivalent of a 3 ft. by 5 ft. window not even being installed in their home if you summed up all the air leakages, the Schleicher home reduces it down to about the size of a business card so the infiltration is just not happening.
The interior of the home has clean lines. An added design feature is a deep grey limestone from Kansas called Plaza Gray. “It’s a natural stone purchased through Carthage Stoneworks, sourced from the Flint Hills,” explained David.  Other design features are natural Danish oil finished white oak floors and screwless electric plates, giving the whole home a crisp, clean look.

As the country was coming out of the recession, David believed it was time to innovate. “We were a company that never worked or built spec homes. Unfortunately, we witnessed the Kansas City area definitely has one of the lowest building standards in the country. We wanted to change that–not just for the environment, but for people–so they could have a healthier home that would last forever instead of a short amount of time.”
With these beliefs in mind, he traveled to study at the Illinois Institute of Technology and became certified. Also on his team are a building scientist and another passive consultant. While his home is the first retrofit in the Midwest, they also built the two first speculative passive houses–which have just been sold–across from the University of Kansas Medical Center at 39th and Rainbow.
“We grabbed four lots down by the KU Medical Center to bring this type of building into the market,” explained David. They started with two homes that would meet standards. They purchased prefabricated walls, combined with their chosen windows, from a factory in Lawrence, which now specializes in this type of construction.
“Literally, the first two homes came out of that factory,” said David. “The concept had previously been tested in or near Virginia, but a company out of Lawrence called Prosoco started another company called Build Smart, and we have been using Prosoco’s products and we already had a relationship.”
Due to the prefabricated walls, the houses went up extremely fast, thus helping to lower labor cost, which is important due to a higher building cost per square foot on the passive homes.
“When we purchased the lots we were trying to find an area that was not as affected by the housing recession,” said David. “We were also going to be building at a higher price per square foot, so we needed to find an area where the homes weren’t built to save land cost, and that’s what we were able to do.  We were able to buy the land extremely cheap and then build a passive house with ninety percent less energy, coming in at market rate.”
Three of the homes have sold now, all without a realtor and off the beaten path, and two of them are almost complete. The third is a custom design contract, and they still have the fourth lot. “We have several other passive house projects in design, and these are on the custom end. Passive houses are definitely something we will be sticking with.”
David explained the passive house concept started in Germany thirty years ago, and that country is years ahead on the products, materials and strategies in the market.  As of yet, the high efficiency windows and doors cannot be sourced in North America.
Passive home build price is lowering, explained David. “We start building homes at $200 per square foot. We used to see and hear there was probably a ten- to twelve-percent premium to build a passive house, but I think it’s becoming much lower. Companies like Build Smart in Lawrence and window manufacturers that are getting more competitive are driving that cost down.
“As you’re building the house and improving the thermal efficiencies of it, you start to reduce the size of your mechanical equipment,” said David. Their home used to have a five ton air unit, now they are running the house on a one ton.
“There is a lot of savings in that–thousands of dollars. We are starting to see some of the savings right out of the gate in mechanical equipment. It’s going to be a cost parody before we know it. The bigger the house, the less insulation you have to put in the walls, so there is some argument that building a passive house on a grand scale is actually cheaper per square foot.  And then you reap all the benefits.”
David said the industry is projecting that between 2020 and 2025, the building code will be at or near passive levels. He was fortunate to meet with the chief architect at the Department of Energy, who brought together David and ten to twelve other builders from across the country to share ideas and challenge each other to help change the home building industry.
“The Department of Energy communicated the raising of building standards was near, especially when it comes to energy efficiency to help or reduce the impact we are having on climate change,” said David. “The more people who live in these things, the more ‘salespeople’ we are going to create. Then even more people will get in the market. More builders will soon be building this way because there is a demand.”
Quiet and comfortable living is David’s family’s experience in a passive home. “We hardly hear anything–thunderstorms, sirens, anything,” said David. “We sleep through them.
“In our old house, it would lightening and shake and wake the dogs up and make them bark.  It’s definitely, a higher quality of life.
“I like the windows and the views outside and the quietness. That’s a big upgrade for us.  “Plus the comfort. It’s been twelve degrees, and I’m in here in shorts. I’m sleeping in t-shirts and shorts year round.”
David believes the most beneficial part of their home, however, is not the energy efficiency, but rather, the health benefits. “We have been in here fifteen months now, and I have had only had one cold.”

Obituary – Karen Thiele Somers

0217 obit karen somersKaren Thiele Somers (72) of Minneapolis, formerly of Lake Quivira, peacefully entered the Kingdom of Heaven surrounded by her loving family on July 13, 2016.
Karen had a zest for life and shared her always present joy with everyone. Her passion and greatest source of happiness came from being a loving wife to John for 52 years, an extraordinary mother, a larger than life Nana, caring sister, nurturing teacher, loyal friend, enthusiastic Twins fan and faithful servant of Jesus Christ. Karen used her endless energy, infectious personality, and creative spirit to entertain countless friends at her beautifully-decorated tables with gourmet meals, fun conversation and of course abundant laughter. Her door was always open as she cared for all through her inclusiveness and knew how to make people feel precious. Karen was, quite simply, perfect!
The world was first blessed with Karen on September 13, 1943, in Norton, KS, where she surprised her parents as the unexpected twin sister to Sharon. She grew up on a farm with her eight siblings, attended a two-room country school and graduated from St. John’s Academy & College. She met her husband John while working at The Lucky Strike Cafe, and they married on September 5, 1964.
Karen earned a degree in education at KU, and her love of the arts continued while she worked in KU’s art department. She began her career as a 5th grade teacher and then lovingly raised her three children in Lake Quivira, Ottawa, KS, and Edina, MN.
Karen gave her time passionately to numerous organizations, including church, as a deacon, school, Cancer Kids, Junior League, and as president of PEO. Karen continued her teaching career at Highlands Elementary in Edina as a reading/math specialist.
One of Karen’s major accomplishments was compiling her son Spenser’s writings and publishing the book “Eating LIFE cereal with a bigger spoon than most.” In retirement, she used her deep enthusiasm and knowledge of art as an Adventure Guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, leading hundreds of school children on gallery tours. Karen and John traveled the world and enjoyed immersing themselves in many cultures.
Her grandchildren were her lifeblood, and there were rarely limits as she showered them with love through baking, fishing and playing games. As she gracefully battled ALS, Karen was comforted by her faith and love of Jesus as He led her on the journey to reunite with her son, Spenser. Knowing they are together warms our hearts, and we suspect Heaven is now even more welcoming, loving and joyful with Karen’s presence.
Karen is preceded in death by parents, Franz and Elsa Thiele; brothers Karl and Raymond; and her precious son, Spenser John Somers. She is survived by adoring husband, John; her cherished children, Samuel (Diane Hotten-Somers) and Sage Gustafson (Peder); her six treasured grandchildren, Reese, Abigail, Spenser, Emma, Margaret, and Hope; her siblings, Erwin, Eileen, Charlotte, Loren, Wanda; and her twin sister, Sharon; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and too many friends to count.
Karen left an indelible mark on everyone she encountered with her faith and love; she will be deeply and forever missed. Karen’s life was celebrated at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis on July 21. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Spenser Somers Foundation ( at 5221 Wooddale Ave. S., Edina, MN 55424.


In my opinion, one of the best things to happen to The Quiviran since I have become editor stems from the participation of the Photo Club in our community, chronicling the events, the wildlife, the large and small moments at Lake Quivira.
They post their photographs online at for our enjoyment–and the enjoyment of several hundred thousand other visitors. The Club allows me to borrow from the site. When there’s a time crunch to get out the next issue following an event, photo club members have even been knows to format and send me photos ASAP, burning the midnight oil to do so.
Through the years I’ve witnessed such growth in photography skills from the Club members! I try to find and use photos that tell a story, and it’s often tough to narrow down the great possibilities.
Thank you, Photo Club members and all others who submit photographs. Pictures add immeasurably to the quality and enjoyment of the paper. And they provide a time capsule for future historians of LQ. As Cloyce Wiley, my predecessor, often said, “Photographs are the bread and butter of community news.” (He had a special soft spot for shots of Cub or Brownie Scouts lined up at a City Council meeting or the fire station.)
While I’m on the subject of photographs: here are a few more observances, plus suggestions:
* It’s fine to ask for volunteers from the Photo Club to cover your event. But to expect big coverage in the next Quiviran without sending an accompanying story dilutes the power of the photographs. Let us know when the event happened, how much you made, interesting anecdotes, i.e. a story. I predict attendance at that same event will increase next year if you do this.
*You may suggest photos you’d like to use, but I make the final decision about which to include. Good photos accompanied by interesting cutlines have a greater chance of being used.
*Please include the name(s) of the photographer(s). I try to give photo credit when it’s readily available.
* It’s OK to send cell phone pictures, but the quality may not be as good as camera photos, even even though it looks great on your screen. It’s like using margarine vs. butter in baking.
* I’m getting better about picking and converting photos from color to black and white, but I apologize in advance if a photograph has lost some of its punch in the process.
~Leanna Walters

Quivira in Verse – By Jeanne Jones

A Conversation

Said little eagle to his ma,
“Let’s go fishing on the Kaw!
Our beaks are strong, our talons sharp—
We could catch some river carp!”

From mother eagle this reply,
“First you have to learn to fly.
Fishing on the river’s fun,
But ask me when your homework’s done.”

An inside look at ‘Black and White,’ the Clubhouse New Year’s Eve gala


image1By Mary Linda Boling
Photos by ML Boling and Lisa Coffman
Lake Quivira revelers waved good bye to 2016 and ushered in 2017 in black and white style at the annual Clubhouse New Year’s Eve Gala. It was a night to remember, studded with sparkling details and highlighted by delicacies fit for royalty.
The Lake Quivira ballroom was transformed into an intriguing, black and white-themed palace. Black tablecloths, silver chargers, white china, striped table runners and a beautiful fresh flower arrangement of white hydrangeas and white roses decorated each table. The glowing vases featured floating black and white pearls anchoring a stream of bubbling clear “champagne” balloons that drifted to the ceiling. The ceiling shimmered with special lighting that made an underwater effect on the dance floor. The effect was ethereal.
dscn5558-1The Great Room became a cozy piano bar. Suzanne Hern entertained the revelers with one beautiful piano serenade after another. Attendees had a chance to see old and new friends and catch up with each other. At the ringing of the chimes, it was time to move upstairs for dinner.
What a fun setting to enjoy the beautiful meal that followed…
For all who attended the New Year’s Eve party at the Clubhouse, Chef Lamping created an exquisite dining experience. The meal began with sumptuous appetizers: smoked pork belly and apple terrine, horseradish gelee, bacon gremolata, salmon crudo cornet with crème fraiche and caviar, asparagus wrapped mushroom and ricotta triangles that were served during a lively cocktail hour.
The first course was the chorizo and Manchago tartlet, red pepper coulis, olive, caper, and orange relish with baby greens dressed with smoked tomato vinaigrette
This special first course began as sixteen individual tarts sliced into portions. Chef Lamping had the idea for this tart but could only find one tart pan the correct size. He was undaunted! He baked each tart, one at a time! (see photo) This is the care and detail that goes into creating a celebration meal.
The entree was served in a beautifully presented plate of herb crusted tenderloin with paprika marinated shrimp, fried potato with jamon crumb, roasted garlic-eggplant puree, cipollini onions, and baby carrots. As I visited each table the accolades were enthusiastic, “best meal ever for New Year’s Eve – or anytime!”
Not to be outdone by the main course, the dessert arrived: opera cake with coffee butter cream, and salted ganache, marcona almond and vanilla ice cream. Spectacular!
After dinner, the Suburbans kept the dance floor full all night, pausing at 11:00 to allow for enjoyment of petite hard tacos with braised chicken, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, sour cream and tomato, along with petite black bean burritos.
Some revelers enjoyed a visit back to the piano bar after dinner and the mellow tunes offered by Suzanne. It was especially nice to have two options after dinner.
Our Clubhouse manager, Mark Allen, researched and found a most delightful beverage to toast the New Year. Many thought it was the best champagne ever!
As you can imagine, it takes the work of many people to make an event like this happen. We want to thank Sherry Metcalf for arranging the beautiful freshdscn5541-1 flower centerpieces, Shannon for planning and executing every interesting detail (floating pearls! and artful menu cards), Richard for his care with set-up, Chef Lamping and his staff for the wonderful food and Mark for making sure everything happened as it should.

I also want to thank the house committee, who dreams up events like this and aids in making them happen. They are: Bryan Albers, Annie Brown, Lisa Coffman, Dianne Fowler, Peggy Hughes, Bruce Rimbo, Lynn Sestak (she made the 200 black and white party favor cookies), Linda Segebrecht, Anne Simms and Dave Starr. From marshaling bundles of balloons to offering to help anywhere, they are a great team.
Thank you to all who attended. It was a great way to welcome 2017 and the good things yet to come at the Clubhouse.
~Mary Linda Boling

dscn5554-1 img_0021





dsc_0076-1 dsc_0089-1