A Warm Day at the Silt Pond
We came across some turtles
As they sunbathed upon logs,
Soaking up the noontime rays,
Communing with the frogs.
We didn’t mean to crash their scene,
We tried–too late–to stop,
They gave the word and all we heard was:
Robinn Scholfield and Taylor Pruitt
Taylor and Robinn are Kansas natives who met at K-State where they dated for three years before drifting apart for the next twenty-seven years. They reunited and have been married now for four years. Taylor is semi-retired, was previously a manager with the Federal Aviation Administration and now helps Robinn with her business. She owns Bravada Wigs and Extensions in Overland Park, a specialty store offering extensions and addressing solutions for thinning hair and medical conditions.
Collectively they have three children. Jordan is a sales manager with Collabera, an IT recruiting firm in St. Louis. Jacob is a software engineer with Honeywell in KC and Kelsey is with a PR firm in Las Vegas. At home are Tank, a mastiff boxer mix, and Boo, a Lhasa Apso.
Taylor was first exposed to Lake Quivira a few years ago when he brought his mom out for a wedding reception. As this summer approached they considered joining LQ as country club members to take advantage of the golf and water amenities. As they discussed it, daughter Kelsey pulled up a listing for a house in LQ, and the seed was planted. Between July 1 and Labor Day they sold their home in Overland Park and purchased their new one. That was one well-nurtured seed that quickly grew to fruition!
Taylor enjoys golf, cooking, fishing and helping his mom who lives in town. He is active with the Overland Park Chamber and completed their Leadership Overland Park 2017 Program. Robinn also likes golf and fishing, as well as paddle boarding. She’s involved with Johnson County Young Matrons (JCYM) and helps to raise money and volunteer her time for six charities in Johnson County. They both enjoy travel, the more exotic and off the beaten trail the better. They honeymooned in Croatia and Taylor has run with the bulls in Pamplona. They’ve been warmly welcomed here and feel they know more people’s names in six days than they knew in six years in Overland Park. They’re already plunging into activities like the LQ Tailgate Challenge at which Taylor’s candied bacon was deemed the crowd favorite and took the trophy! Welcome to the Lake, Taylor and Robinn!
Lauren and Tyler Lawrence
Tyler and Lauren are both from the KC area. Tyler attended Shawnee Mission Northwest before going to KU, where he was a quarterback for the football team and played in the Orange Bowl. Lauren was a student at St. Thomas Aquinas, then played basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners. Now she is an English teacher and basketball coach at Shawnee Mission East, while Tyler is an attorney for a firm in Corporate Woods that specializes in medical malpractice litigation.
They are a young family, with Addison, their busy 14-month-old son, and Kennedy Rose, born September 14 and just five days old when we met. It was the children who were the impetus for the move from the West Plaza area to LQ for the lifestyle and amenities.
Lauren intends to learn golf and join the Thursday Ladies’ golf league. Being an equestrian, she hopes to have a horse at the Saddle Club in the future. Tyler enjoys hunting, hiking and fishing and has been known to fish in the lake before work. Both are avid sports fans who attend college football games and follow the Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC. Addison loves the golf cart and takes daily rides with mom and dad to the stables and beyond. Blair, aka Queen B, is their loyal cat who follows them from room to room. Welcome to the Lake, Lauren and Tyler!
Walter E. Jenkins, Jr., of Lake Quivira, after a long, full life, passed away on September 6, 2017. He was born in Brazil, Indiana, on November 3, 1929. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Tikie, a daughter, Jen Augustine and her husband Jon, two grandchildren, Alix Augustine and Eli Augustine, Eli’s wife Nicole and one great-granddaughter, Genevieve. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Jenkins, Sr. and Ruby Baldridge Jenkins and three siblings, Robert Kuykendall, Mary Ellen Leonard and Jerry Jenkins.
Walter served in the Army during the Korean conflict and attended the University of Hawaii and University of Indiana, finally earning an MBA from Northwestern University.
He lived in Naperville, IL, for over thirty years while he spent most of his career at the First National Bank of Chicago as a vice president. He became a part of the bank’s international department, traveling throughout the world. Thanks to his job, Walter and Tikie had an adventurous life, living in such far-flung places as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore and traveling extensively. Walter was on the first American team that did a financial deal in what was then the People’s Republic of China.
After retiring from the bank, he worked for Harvard University in Jakarta as a consultant to the World Bank and for the RTC in Kansas City. He enjoyed sailing and golfing. He also got a kick out of being mistaken for Paul Newman and asked for an autograph. After retirement, Walter and Tikie moved to Lake Quivira.
Walter generously donated his body to research at KU and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Crossroads Hospice or your favorite animal welfare charity.
By Leanna Walters
On Friday, August 18, Bob Borberg competed in the United States Rowing Masters’ National Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and won first place in Men’s 1x Sculls. He was back to work at Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, a restaurant he and his wife own at the Legends, for the lunch rush the next day. He drove.
If you’re up early, walking the lake, taking the kids to school, going to work, you sense Bob’s drive, his dedication to the sport of rowing, a year-round, nearly-every-day pursuit, usually 40 to 50 miles a week except when the lake is iced over.
Bob, in his late 40s, admits he was nervous going into the race. Although he raced through college and spent over a decade training for an Olympic spot that eluded him, the last time he raced head-to-head against anyone was in 2014, and before that, in 2008.
Why now? “I like to race,” he says, simply. “If I lived closer to competition, I’d race a lot. If you’re able to put a carrot in front of yourself to chase, it gives you more motivation.” Oak Ridge was drivable, the date worked into his schedule, and they had boats from a top manufacturer available for competitors for use for the race.
Historically, and practically, the sport is more prevalent on the Eastern seaboard, the West Coast, the South, the Pacific Northwest—in cities and colleges with boat houses on the water’s edge and memories of competitive boat races attended by thousands and broadcast nationally like super bowls today.
Bob didn’t start rowing until attending college at K-State. “A large majority of rowers don’t pick it up until later,” explains Bob. “It’s a sport of longevity,” he says, pointing to Lake Quivira’s last rowing phenomenon, Fred Braun, who rowed into his 80s, logging each mile, celebrating each thousand miles, reaching 21,000 miles on Lake Quivira.
K-State had a good team, faring well against top teams in the Midwest and giving some of the east coast schools a run for their money. Bob made varsity his second year, and his team competed in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia (the largest collegiate regatta in the United States) his senior year.
After earning an engineering degree, Bob put a career on hold to train with the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, living “hand to mouth” from 1991 to 1997. He and Nancy were married in 1996 and moved to Colorado in 1998, where he stored a boat close to lake Grandby. He continued training part-time through 2000.
Much as a seasoned bridge player can recall the cards, the bids, the play in games long past, Bob remembers the details of each qualifying race that could lead to a spot in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
In Atlanta, team members were housed in local homes, and he and his doubles partner both contracted food poisoning. In 2004, he made it to the semifinals in New Jersey; in 2004 he trained in singles, only to see two-time Swiss Olympic medalist, Zeno Mueller, obtain American citizenship and declare himself a competitor in singles.
As a team member, Bob has competed in both sweep rowing (every other rower pulls with one oar on the same side of the boat) and scull rowing (each rower has two oars, one on each side of the boat). He likes the symmetry of sculling. And through the years, partly from necessity, competition has evolved from eight-man boats, to doubles, to single.
At Oak Ridge, Bob raced in the heavyweight, 40-49 age bracket. At 6’4” and 188 pounds, he says he’s small for a heavyweight. In 1990, when training for the National Finals, his coach told him he was too small and put him on a lifting regime to increase his weight to 220 pounds. “Weight can be an advantage, but I felt it slowed me down in the boat,” says Bob, who started running off-road to shed the excess weight.
Although Bob appears a picture of good health, he’s gone through periods of injury, including a debilitating back injury in 1994 caused from doing squats. At that time he moved to Newport Beach, CA, to heal.
As recently as three years ago, back spasms from the injury threatened his ability to row. But a chiropractor, seeing that Bob was plagued with bone spurs, deteriorated vertebrae and an arthritic spine, developed a stretching routine for him perform after rowing. Bob adheres to it faithfully and says his back spasms have ceased. He believes it’s the combination of rowing and stretching that allow him to function without pain, on and off the water.
Recently, Bob’s daughter Maureen expressed an interest in learning to row. Bob has coached other individuals and teams, but realized the problems inherent in a dad coaching his daughter. “I told her right from the start, when we were in the boat, I was her coach.” She understood that and picked it up quickly. But whenever the daughter/dad dynamic started to creep in, Bob reminded her, “I love rowing alone.”
Lately, Maureen is all about ballet. That’s fine with Bob, who believes “you don’t need to be super competitive at a young age to succeed later.”
Bob says at Maureen’s age–she’s a freshman in high school–sports programs need to be fun while stressing sportsmanship and fundamentals.
As for Bob, he found his sport a long time ago. “I like rowing because it’s both physical and mental,” he says. “When I shove off in a boat, I’m somewhere else. I leave work and drama at the dock.”
We are preparing for another fun session of dance held in our preschool classroom. It will begin on Monday, Sept. 11th from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. There will be twelve lessons, with the last being a little recital for parents on December 4. Reserve these dates!
I hope your child can join us. If you have not gotten an enrollment form or need more information or references, just give me a call.
~Tina Mullinix, 913-248-0501
A Familiar Recipe
Take a yellow school bus,
Add a pile of leaves,
Turn down heat,
Allow to cool,
Mix in shirts with sleeves,
Slice off bits of sunlight,
Sprinkle with a tear,
Put a fork in it—
Summer’s out of here!
Robert Gould, 82, a longtime resident of Lake Quivira, was born July 29, 1935, and passed away July 31, 2017. Graveside Services were August 4 at the National Cemetery in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, followed by Final Departure Celebration at Lake Quivira.
Contributions may be made in Robert’s name to Catholic Charities Hospice or The Aleethia Foundation, www.aleethia.org/support/index.php.