Letters to the Editor – October 2017

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE QUIVIRA STAFF
We would like to publicly thank Geary, Mark, Shannon, Chef Michael, Richard, along with Brenda and Frank from Security, and all the wonderful staff at Lake Quivira. We hosted our daughter Bailey’s wedding, cocktail hour and reception at the Clubhouse several weeks ago. The Quivira team didn’t miss a beat with the quality of venue, food and service provided.
As Lynn was completing a few finishing touches an hour before the ceremony, she felt something give in the back of her dress. She asked Shannon if she could check her clasp thinking it had come undone. Shannon calmly handed her the clasp that had broken, grabbed the seat cards from her and said she would take care of them, and sent Lynn on her way to repair her dress. At about the same time, Steve received a phone call from Mark (wisely not Lynn at that point in time) and said they needed to think about executing a Plan B. Mark and Geary diligently watched the radar as rain moved into the area. Nobody panicked. The staff quickly pulled cushions and tablecloths off the patio prior to the brief shower. Afterward, they wiped down the chairs for the wedding guests, not once but twice, and quickly replaced all the items on the patio. Shannon had the procession lined up and ready to start right on schedule. Amazing! The blessing of the slight cool front left us with a comfortable temperature for the wedding and cocktail hour and a beautiful overcast sky at sunset.
The cocktail hour was enjoyed by the 300 guests with a well-staffed bar and roaming, delicious appetizers. The quail eggs with sweet bacon were the hit of the hour. Afterward, the crowd filed up to the ballroom for Chef Michael’s delicious, perfectly-prepared dinner, executed nearly flawlessly and with timing the Kansas City Symphony would appreciate. Champagne was poured and delivered in time for the toasts at the end of the meal. The wedding cake and ice cream were ready to serve shortly thereafter. Seating and the entire meal service for 32 tables was executed within an hour and fifteen minutes! All hands were on deck–even Sherry and Lisa! A timely, warm, late-night snack was gobbled up, and guests continued to dance and enjoy the open bar refreshments with little to no wait. Thank you, Guillermo, Latonya, Bruce, Jasmine, Liz, Morgan, Penny, Danny, Joanna, Tyler, Amanda and anyone else we might have missed. Your well wishes and service were greatly appreciated.
From the initial meeting with Shannon, to the tasting with Chef, to the final run-through meeting, to the seamless execution throughout the night, we could not have been happier. There was clear and constant communication on both sides. Shannon provided invaluable advice in several areas for the evening. Mark was engaged as well in meetings and planning. It was tremendously clear to us that the Lake Quivira staff gave 110 percent They interacted with guests throughout the evening. We really felt the love and warmth from the staff, family and friends who helped celebrate Connor and Bailey’s nuptials that night. They couldn’t have had more fun, and we could only be happier if the evening was free.
Next time you have an opportunity to host an event, please consider the clubhouse. There are those nuances that you can’t put your finger on exactly, but you know it comes from the heart of people who care and do their best to make your event relaxing, enjoyable and successful. You knocked it out of the park for us, Lake Quivira. Thank you!
~Steve and Lynn Sestak

THANKS FOR THE TAILGATE WINDFALL

Thanks to Teresa and Geof Gehring for their hard work putting together the 2nd Annual Tailgating Party. Looks like it was a perfect day for a great party.
We are especially appreciative of their making the Lake Quivira Trail System one of the beneficiaries of the proceeds. This summer’s storms were hard on several of the trails and bridges, so we’ll put the money to good use.
~Mike Cooper, Chairman
Natural Resources Committee

LQ PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB extends a huge thank you to all who supported the 2nd Annual Tailgating Fundraiser for LQ Clubs. A generous donation was made from proceeds of the event to support expansion of the next LQ Photo Club Exhibit in the clubhouse. The theme will be Travel Photography. Be sure to look for it this fall!
~Leslie Treas

The Quivira Marketplace – October 2017

2012 PRIUS IV FOR SALE: Original owners, 53,000 miles, averages 45.6 miles per gallon. Black exterior, gray leather interior, heated seats and lots more. Looks great and runs great! Still under 5-year warranty. $14,000. Hall and Jackie Jones, 913-220-3301.
BOAT COVERS, BIMINIS, UPHOLSTERY AND MORE–KEILMAN KUSTOM CANVAS: 816-694-6254. Visit my website Keilmankustomcanvas.com. Call for free estimates. 11/17
HAFITZPAINT LLC: Interior, exterior painting and handyman services. Local references–over 20 years in business. Liability & Workers Comp insured. 913-562-8921. hafitz021@hotmail.com. 11/17
HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER: Ranch, all one level living – 2 bedrooms – $379,000, Hillcrest East – call 913-631-5385, Kendall Stephenson. 10/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years’ experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 6/18
HOUSECLEANING: V’s CLEANING has been serving the Johnson County area since 2002! LQ references provided, licensed/insured. Contact Virginia Burnham for your quote today! 913-271-3181 or vrstewartop@hotmail.com 06/18
MOBILE MARINE SERVICE: Winterizations, tune-ups and engine repair performed at your dock by a factory-trained technician. Call 417 725-5746 and ask for Mat. or email mat@hydrotecmarine.com for pricing and details.
PIANO TEACHER COMING TO LAKE QUIVIRA: Are you ready to take piano lessons? I have over 20 years of teaching experience and am looking to add both children and adults to my studio. The best part is, I will come to your house! Call for prices and schedule. Suzanne Lee-Hern (Bob Lee’s daughter) at:  913.461.4008.
PIANO TUNING, $110: Call Bob Lee, 913-488-5807
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years’ experience. Fully insured. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495.
VISION DETAIL: Mobile detailing. We come to you! Boats, Cars and Trucks. 574-276-0094, Seth Pine Owner. Visiondetailkc@gmail.com. Facebook.com/ visiondetailkc 10/17
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.

Do you have photos of Duane Everhart?

If you’ve lived at Lake Quivira since the 80s, you remember Duane Everhart, the guard at the gate. If you don’t go back that far, you can see his likeness on a brass plaque on the stone wall behind the sign board at the front entrance.
Duane’s daughter, Sonya, was the school bus driver in those days. I heard several years ago that Sonya had relocated from Kansas City, KS, to a home in the Ozarks near where a sister lived. Because of health issues, she recently moved back to town. Soon after she moved, the home in the Ozarks where her possessions were stored was subject to an arson fire, destroying nearly all her mementos of her father.
Sonya hopes some of her Lake friends may have photos of or articles about Duane If so, please contact me, and I’ll take care of copying them and returning them to you. She’s particularly interested in portions of John Olson’s book, In Quest of Quivira.
~Leanna Walters, 913-221-6810

Guanyin and the Spirit of Quivira – Letter to the Editor

0917 letter meeker illustrationBy Larry Meeker

Perhaps my favorite piece of art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum is the “Guanyin of the Southern Sea” Bodhisattva. Unlike Buddhas, Bodhisattvas forgo Nirvana until everyone else has attained enlightenment; hence, their reputation for compassion as they stay behind to lead the rest of humanity to a better life.
Guanyin is regal, yet relaxed and approachable, seated on a humble rock ledge that could easily be the very surmountable border that separates our world from Nirvana. Its nuances—an upright posture, an arm resting on a knee, eyes neither open nor closed that suggest a mental state somewhere between the present and some far-off future—give it a spiritual life. Time seems to slow when you step into the room with this 1000-year-old sculpture as Guanyin’s composure washes over you with an invitation to contemplate a better life.
The encounter is similar in many ways to the feeling I get when approaching Quivira. It’s easy to envision Guanyin resting on our unassuming split-rail fence that, like Guanyin’s rock ledge, is more boundary than barrier. It’s a fence from another time and another place that slows time down and extends its own special invitation to a better life with a more spiritual side.
The spiritual sides of Quivira and Guanyin are undeniable and complex. What other explanation is there for many of us considering ourselves to be home when passing under our antiquated “LAKE QUIVIRA” entrance sign rather than reserving that feeling for our garage? Like Guanyin’s statue, the sign itself exudes a sense of regality from another era just as our clubhouse—though necessarily modernized—still echoes conversations of weddings, firemen’s balls, Halloween parties, annual meetings and simple gatherings with friends from decades past. These first impressions of Quivira are without pretense and are as open, genuine and welcoming as Guanyin.
The experience does not end there. Our eclectic mix of housing speaks to an organic growth where teardowns, renovations and additions reflect an extended conversation about the balance between our personal spaces and our environment. Nature has clearly been an equal partner in those conversations showing her approval by cloaking us in foliage that hides much of our footprint half of each year.
At the very core of Quivira, nature reigns. The lake reflects her moods while the forest creatures render a fuller meaning of home. It’s the perfect setting for a conversation with Guanyin.
As objects, however, Guanyin and Quivira are nothing special: a piece of wood someone has carved; a piece of land shaped by nature and generations of people. There are many wood carvings and many communities carved out of nature on our planet. However, the unique ways in which each of these has been shaped have imbued them with spirits that can transport us to another time and another place. . . perhaps Nirvana. They are ideas made visible through a delicate balance of regality, composure, approachability and even history.
During a portion of our strategic planning process we interviewed realtors. The on-lake realtors intuitively understood this dichotomy of object and spirit when they summed up their challenge as one of selling potential residents on a lifestyle: a lifestyle that results in a home here selling for more than it would sell for elsewhere. It was equally telling that the one off-lake realtor was more focused on amenities—objects—and the need for Quivira to keep pace with other country clubs.
Quivira’s strategic planning process has focused only on objects: possible new things and some old things we might want to change. They reflect different people’s wants and visions for Quivira and range from large scale building projects to seemingly minor things such as replacing the split rail fence with something more formal. It will thus fall to each of us to discern how these proposals relate to the spirit of Quivira, a sprit—like that of Guanyin—that lies in the subtleties: nuances easily overlooked when one is in a hurry.
As proposals for change both large and small come forward, “Guanyin of the Southern Sea” will be an important reference point for me as I ask: Will this project make Quivira more pretentious or more inviting? Will it preserve the sense of mystery that comes from our delicate balance of people, housing and nature? Will it encourage time to slow as we enter this unique space and invite each of us to explore the space between today and Nirvana?

Quivira Marketplace – September 2017

1978 BOSTON WHALER FOR SALE: Body and motor in great condition, well maintained, 2002 Tohatsu motor – $3500 OBO; 913-710-4743. 9/17
1992 18’ TRACKER BASS BUGGY, $650: 913-461-7097. 9/17
BOAT COVERS, BIMINIS, UPHOLSTERY AND MORE–KEILMAN KUSTOM CANVAS: 816-694-6254. Visit my website Keilmankustomcanvas.com. Call for free estimates. 11/17
2012 PRIUS IV FOR SALE: Original owners, 52,248 miles, averages 45.6 mpg. Black exterior, gray leather interior, heated seats and lots more. Looks great and runs great! Still under 5 year factory warranty. $14,500. Hal and Jackie Jones: 913-220-3301.
BOAT FOR SALE: Totally restored 1960 Alumicraft boat with original trailer and motor. Gayle Martin, gmartin11@kc.rr.com, 913.362.6216.
BRIDGE, ANYONE? If you want to learn to play Bridge or brush up on your skills, we are offering lessons on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Women’s Locker Room at the Clubhouse. Call or email Sally Chew, 913-461-5181, or allchews@gmail.com for details. 9/17
HAFITZPAINT LLC: Interior, exterior painting and handyman services. Local references–over 20 years in business. Liability & Workers Comp insured. 913-562-8921. hafitz021@hotmail.com. 11/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 6/18
HOUSECLEANING: V’s CLEANING has been serving the Johnson County area since 2002! LQ references provided, licensed/insured. Contact Virginia Burnham for your quote today! 913-271-3181 or vrstewartop@hotmail.com 6/18
PIANO TEACHER COMING TO LAKE QUIVIRA: Are you ready to take piano lessons? I have over 20 years of teaching experience and am looking to add both children and adults to my studio. The best part is, I will come to your house! Call for prices and schedule. Suzanne Lee-Hern (Bob Lee’s daughter) at:  913.461.4008.
PIANO TUNING, $110: Call Bob Lee, 913-488-5807.
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years’ experience. Fully insured. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495.
UPHOLSTERY!!! Why buy new furniture when we will make yours new again? P-Kay’s upholstery. Home, business, boats, RV, custom pillows, cushions and furniture repair. 816-213-3315. 9/17
VISION DETAIL: Mobile detailing. We come to you! Boats, Cars and Trucks. 574-276-0094, Seth Pine Owner. Visiondetailkc@gmail.com. Facebook.com/ visiondetailkc 10/17
WHALER FOR SALE: $4000 OBO, 913 302-6569. Runs great, interior needs some TLC.
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.

Marketplace – August 2017

2008 20 FT. LOWE’S SUNCRUISER: Very low hours. Dock 16. Seat covers. Call Leon @ 913-669-6465. 8/17
BOAT FOR SALE: Totally restored 1960 Alumicraft boat with original trailer and motor. $2500. Gayle Martin, gmartin11@kc.rr.com, 913.362.6216.
2014 CLUB CAR PRECEDENT ELECTRIC GOLF CART $3,200: Excellent condition, blue color, high-speed code, folding windshield, bag cover, sand bottles. Strong batteries! Grant 913-488-7111. 8/17
BOAT COVERS, BIMINIS, UPHOLSTERY AND MORE–KEILMAN KUSTOM CANVAS: 816-694-6254. Visit my website Keilmankustomcanvas.com. Call for free estimates. 11/17
HAFITZPAINT LLC: Interior, exterior painting and handyman services. Local references–over 20 years in business. Liability & Workers Comp insured. 913-562-8921. hafitz021@hotmail.com. 11/17
PIANO TEACHER COMING TO LAKE QUIVIRA: Are you ready to take piano lessons? I have over 20 years of teaching experience and am looking to add both children and adults to my studio. The best part is, I will come to your house! Call for prices and schedule. Suzanne Lee-Hern (Bob Lee’s daughter) at:  913.461.4008.
PIANO TUNING, $110: Call Bob Lee, 913-488-5807.
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years’ experience. Fully insured. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495.
UPHOLSTERY!!! Why buy new furniture when we will make yours new again? P-Kay’s upholstery. Home, business, boats, RV, custom pillows, cushions and furniture repair. 816-213-3315. 9/17
VISION DETAIL: Mobile detailing. We come to you! Boats, Cars and Trucks. 574-276-0094, Seth Pine Owner. Visiondetailkc@gmail.com. Facebook.com/ visiondetailkc 10/17
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.

Letters to/from the Editor – August 2017

Not a tweet–but could have been. . .

We have a Carolina Wren who chose to inhabit our black box [533 Hillcrest East]!  Please do not disturb!  She has a very sharp beak!!!
Thanks,
~Pat Warner

Longest Day raises $$ for Alzheimer’s research

I want to thank everyone who contributed and participated in my paddleboarding event for the Longest Day, on June 17, for Alzheimer’s Association. We had a lot of fun and raised $800 to go toward research.
I hope to do it again next year!
Sincerely, T
~Teresa Biron

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A photographic thank-you

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Letters to/from the Editor – July 2017

Thanks, Quivira. . .

for the head nods, hugs, cards, food. . .
On behalf of our family, I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to the neighbors in the community we have called home for the past 34 years. Through the most difficult of times, we were lifted with a head nod, a hug, a card with heartfelt words, an abundance of food and the support that helped in ways that can’t be described.
It’s a testament to this community that such caring for each other exists.
~Ernie Block

for helping teens who need it and for fostering community service among our youth. . .
A heartfelt thank you for the community support that we received for our Mothers’ Club community service project to benefit The Blue Door Project.
We delivered a full van of donations including:
– over $400 in gift cards to movies and restaurants
– over 100 toothbrushes and 100 tubes of toothpaste
– 5 large bags of clothes
– over 50 bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash
– board games, outdoor games and gaming systems
– two large boxes of food
– and much more!
Thank you again. It was wonderful for our kids to be able to give back with the support of an amazing community.
The Blue Door Project is a Kansas City non-profit whose mission is to provide housing and care to teens in the foster system. To learn more about The Blue Door Project visit www.thebluedoorproject.org
~Shayla Hammeke, Missy Christy and Jennifer Wood

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for quietly setting a good example.
Early a.m., Saturday, July 1: As I was on my way to taking Oskar, my dog, on his morning walk and golf cart ride, I spotted this fellow picking up dead limbs, probably from a recent storm, along Lakeshore, and loading them into a John Deere maintenance cart. It looked a little like our General Manager, Geary Goss.
A short time later, at the brush dumpsters behind the tennis courts, I got a better look. It was Geary, all right. I asked him if this was covered in his job description. He told me he had spotted the branches and really wanted everything to look nice for the guests who would be arriving that day for weekend festivities.
Was he dumping the branches in the area marked “No Dumping”? He was not. Rather, he was taking the branches, an armload at a time, and depositing them in the dumpsters, sans plastic bags.
About fifteen minutes later, as Oskar and I finished our walk, Geary was picking up cardboard on the parking lot around the recycle container and putting it where it belonged and doing the same with glass that had missed its mark.
Multiply the “power of one” by 900+ residents of Lake Quivira. What a difference we could make.
~Leanna Walters

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Quivira Marketplace – July 2017

13 BOSTON WHALER WITH 25HP EVINRUDE: Comes with a trailer. Ready to go for summer! $3000. Call John, 816-665-1977.
1995 YAMAHA ELECTRIC GOLF CART including rain cover, $500 OBO.  Call Scott Hanson 816-536-7859.
BABYSITTER/PART-TIME SUMMER NANNY: Soon-to-be 15 yr old available.  Please email stacymotsick@gmail.com to inquire. NC
BOAT COVERS, BIMINIS,  UPHOLSTERY AND MORE–KEILMAN KUSTOM CANVAS: 816-694-6254. Visit my website Keilmankustomcanvas.com. Call for free estimates. 11/17
CAR FOR SALE: 2007 FORD TAURUS SE, 98K miles. Reliable vehicle in excellent mechanical condition. $2,900. 913-948-7403 7/17
GW/INVADER: 10’ Invader for Sale 20HP Outboard Motor. From Lake Quivira. Wants to come home. $2300 or best offer. 913-707-7805. 7/17
HOME FOR RENT: 590 Lakeshore West. 3BR/3BA on 3 lots surrounded by acres of Greenspace. 913-948-7403. 7/17
HOUSE FOR SALE: 491 Navajo Lane, 5 BR, 4.5 BA, 3 acres, photos on Zillow. $795k. Buyer’s agents welcome.  913-948-7403. 7/17
LOST: NEON GREEN KAYAK belonging to Libby Terril disappeared off our dock 6 to 8 weeks ago. If you have seen it or found it, please contact Ro Terril at 816.210.0122. Thanks so much!
NEEDED: FRESH BLOOD. The LQ Trailblazers are looking for additional help during this vegetative growing season. Contact Mike Cooper, 913-638-1234.
PIANO TEACHER COMING TO LAKE QUIVIRA: Are you ready to take piano lessons? I have over 20 years of teaching experience and am looking to add both children and adults to my studio. The best part is, I will come to your house! Call for prices and schedule. Suzanne Lee-Hern (Bob Lee’s daughter) at:  913.461.4008.
PIANO TUNING, $110: Call Bob Lee, 913-488-5807.
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years experience. Fully insured. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495.
TEENS FOR HIRE: Power Washing / Boat Detailing / Dock Clean Up / Yard Work / Odd Jobs.  913-980-1007.7/17
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.

Letter to the Editor

Welcome to Lake Quivira:, A Community Connected by Dreams
By Larry Meeker
Welcome, Geary Goss, to Lake Quivira. As our new General Manager, you have joined a truly “unique” community. Just ask anyone and they will tell you we are unique, and don’t be surprised if they explain it differently. Our mystique is difficult to define.
Like suburbia that is often considered a manifestation of “The American Dream,” Quivira is the manifestation of our sense of uniqueness. But, don’t be fooled and mistake our amenities for that uniqueness. Many communities have gates, country club amenities and even hiking trails; that doesn’t make us unique. Our uniqueness resides in a state of mind that tells us we are home when we drive through the front gate.
Although each of us defines that state of mind in our own personal way, there is a collective state of mind that evidences itself in different facets of our community. For example, we revere our history.
The plaque at the front gate commemorating Duane Everhart, a long-time guard who served from before World War II until his death in 1988, is a strong testament to our sense of community. Community is not just the residents; community reaches out to our country club members and occasional employees such as Duane. This is a place where very different people can come together and relish their kinship.
Our antiquated “Lake Quivira” entrance sign may look a bit odd to some because it spans only our entrance lanes. That’s because we had to save the sign when we widened the entrance and put a new guardhouse in the middle. We opted to renovate and expand our existing clubhouse in 2000, when a new clubhouse that would have cost only $500,000 more would have been far more functional, encompassed the pre-school and golf pro shop, accommodated management staff and had nearly 5,000 square feet of space left over for exercise equipment.
Our history is important to us because we sense our uniqueness has deep roots in that history, and we are reluctant to make major changes that might endanger our uniqueness. Perhaps the loss of green space—another attribute of our history—or having homes built next to the golf course nixed two of the three relatively recent development proposals. Or, maybe having a new development where homes would look like a typical suburban development felt out of character with our eclectic appearance. When we’re not exactly sure where those roots lie, we are reluctant to dig too close to them.
The mere fact that we’ve talked about new amenities and housing development for the 42 years I have lived here is also a window on Quivira’s uniqueness. Although action has been minimal and change slow, conversations have been long and often complicated. Those conversations alone, however, are part of the glue that binds us together and creates community. Sometimes the quest is as important as the goal.
Our sense of history, our sense of community and our continuing quest for Quivira’s future make us self-referential. We set our own standards and don’t look to others as a guide to our destiny. At times, that is challenging, such as when we court country club members. For us, however, those members are more than outside members; they are part of our Quivira family. . . something you can’t get at other clubs. Perhaps that’s why many of them ultimately buy Quivira homes and move here permanently.
Our amenities don’t have to be first class or serve all our needs. If you want to jet ski you need to go elsewhere, just as if you want a championship golf course you need to play elsewhere. It’s our sense of community that compels us to support a diverse set of amenities, many of which we may never use.
So, welcome, Geary, to your new family. We look forward to our conversations with you about our past, our present and our continuing quest for Quivira’s future. Some of us truly believe Coronado found his city of gold right here at Quivira; we’re just not sure what to make of it. So don’t be surprised if we are hesitant in our actions, and be sure to engage all of us in the conversations about our future.