Letters to the Editor – December 2017

To our Lake Quivira Fire Volunteers: thank you
Just thinking of the past and want to say thank you for all the many times you were at my side. I would open my eyes and there you would be, smiling at me and taking care of me. It has been a good feeling to have had such good neighbors.
I will miss you, thank you.
~Betty McAnay

Benevolent Board member advocates for his constituents
To those of you who expressed to me your inability or unwillingness to pay significantly higher dues, I would like you to know I passionately conveyed your concerns to the other board members.
Benevolently yours,
~Bruce Braun

To The Quiviran
Jean and I no longer live at the lake, but we still love the place. There are at least 5 apartments here at Claridge Court occupied by former Lake Quivira residents. I share my copy of the Quiviran with some on them on occasion.
Although I no longer have a vote; I still have a voice. I am interested in the future of the community because I have some family and many friends there. It is hard to let go after thirty years.
I also want to thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep the public informed and aware of impending issues that seem to be endless. I have great respect for your hard work and efforts to print both sides of issues and varying opinions from all members.
Please continue to mail us The Quiviran. We really enjoy the newspaper.
~Chuck and Jean White

 

 

The Quivira Marketplace

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FALL IS HERE! Call Gabe for free estimates to clean flower beds, rake, blow and pick up leaves. Also, winterization of irrigation systems. Call 913-217-5408. LQ references 12/17
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
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.
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 – No more excuses. Let’s make the healthy choice for this community – by Eric and Annie Beatty

The strategic planning initiatives before us this November are without a doubt the most exciting and quite possibly most important decision we will make as a community towards improving and insuring our long-term sustainability. Our hardworking, entrusted LQ Board and residents have truly done their due diligence in sitting down with almost every one of us over the last two to three years in researching the needs of our community. They have hired professional consultants who have helped us learn exactly what our club needs to be successful in the future. Let us address the common excuses and concerns which limit our mission for improving our community.
Excuse #1. Its too expensive, and I just don’t want to pay more for anything.The hard truth is that according to our Board’s analysis, new membership recruitment to LQ has declined 25 percent in 2017 from that of 2016, and we are forfeiting approximately $400,000 per year in lost revenue. We are watching our neighbors’ homes sit stagnant on the market for years and property values decrease. The strong demand for a Community Wellness Center exists. Whether it is this year or the next, the demand for these missing amenities will not diminish what current and prospective residents are looking for. Postponement of adding these amenities will undoubtedly result in more expensive costs to build them in the future. Furthermore, we will regret a future where we will be debating costly member assessments to afford future budgets while having no long-term solutions to improve membership, low home values, and still no amenities to show for it. This is simply near-sighted, poor judgement to assume that no action will improve our situation. In short, we can’t afford to do nothing.
Excuse #2. It’s not necessary. Lake Quivira is fine the way it is. We don’t want to change it. Our past, current and prospective members feel otherwise since Lake Quivira’s inception in 1928. Lake Quivira have stayed relevant by adding amenities which have attracted new members and homebuyers by changing. We have added the golf course, improvements to the clubhouse, beach facilities, tennis courts, preschools, trails, and even the clubhouse menus to adapt with changing demands of its residents. Despite how wonderful Lake Quivira is, five months of the Kansan year are simply too uncomfortable to enjoy most of our prized outdoor amenities. Families have different job requirements, time constraints, traditional parenting responsibilities and free time availability than in the past. We just don’t offer some of the core amenities that people are looking for anymore. The community wellness center and golf facility will fill a massive void for these changing times. For those concerned about changing the culture of a community that we’ve all fallen in love with, The LQ Board, its committees and residents have certainly shown due diligence in responsibly researching the wants and needs of the community so that these projects only serve to protect and improve the value of our special community and insure our long-term sustainability. We will still be Lake Quivira, just greatly improved. To dispute that future adaptation to remain successful isn’t necessary is complete and utter nonsense.
Excuse#3. I don’t think we’re going to gain any new members by building this. If our entire country or community believed in this pessimistic mantra, we would be in sad shape. Yes, there is cost and risk in building something new, but we have everything to gain. Professional consultants and precedent of local equivalent country clubs have illustrated the addition of our proposed club amenities does directly increase membership and thus revenue. Personally, we know of several friends who have unfortunately elected to buy homes in other communities with amenities that LQ does not offer, such as work-out facilities, covered tennis courts, a pool, Rec/wellness centers, etc. People demand amenities we don’t offer. Let us not be so arrogant as to believe our community is meeting the demands of new homebuyers or our current residents today.
Excuse #4. I won’t benefit from this. Never before have we had an amenity that can be enjoyed by so many throughout the entire year. The enhanced value from physical wellness to overall community social interaction will be immense, not only during the five cold months of the year, but even throughout the hot days, the rainy days and evenings. Improved local preschools for our future generations, activity rooms for kids and teen centers with year-round wellness services and activities for all ages year round. This is a healthy choice for all of us. Approval of the improved golf facilities echoes every improvement we have passed with maintaining and improving the amenity we have in the golf course. If you own a home at Lake Quivira, your home value will increase. If you don’t use a single amenity the community has to offer, at least you’ll be making a smart investment in your property value, which will indeed benefit you directly.
Excuse #5. What happens if we do nothing? Take a look at the last five years of us doing nothing. We are hemorrhaging $400,000 of lost revenue per year on decreasing membership. Imagine what we could have done with those millions of dollars in lost revenue over the last five years alone and what we stand to lose in the future. Take a hard look at how many homes are for sale and how long their stagnation on the market, and their deceased sale values. Stagnation and decreasing members and corresponding dues revenue will continue. We will likely be met with new costs and challenges in the future, and we will be likely forced to assess our members or increase dues to meet future costs and still have nothing to show for it. If we’re not getting better, we’re getting worse. Meanwhile, competitive country clubs and communities will continue to meet the demands of their members and leave us lacking in amenities and/or paying more for them later on. Look at the simple analysis of what we have to gain and lose with this vote.
If we Vote “No”
Declining membership and revenue
Lower home value
Not providing amenities for our current and prospective members to enjoy year-round.
Vote “Yes” on all initiatives.
Increased memberships and revenue
Increased home value
Improved member experience and new year-round amenities
What about the other “Quick Win” privately funded projects?
Lastly, it would behoove us to all support the beach pavilion, gate entrance changes, and Stable/Nature Center. For those critics, I’d fittingly ask that you not to “look a gift horse in the mouth” and simply vote “Yes” and say to those generous members who have contributed, supported and made efforts to improve our community, “Thank You!”
Look at the simple analysis of what we have to gain and lose, and you will see that voting “YES” on all strategic projects is the prudent and financially responsible choice to meet the long-term demands for our current and future members. Stop the negative thinking and your excuses, and be a part of the excitement and positivity we all have the unique opportunity to be a part of.
Respectfully,
~Eric and Annie Beatty

Letter to the Editor – Added amenities could maximize membership potential – by Brian Bailey

Kudos to the Strategic Planning Committee for doing a great job of asking, listening and developing a long-range plan that will better the community, provide new amenities and position the club with a competitive “product” to retain and grow our Associate Memberships.
Having served on the Membership and Marketing Committee for several years, I’ve witnessed, firsthand, the challenges of attracting new members and retaining existing members. Lake Quivira has many unique qualities (nice golf course and a beautiful lake setting), yet, we continue to struggle with Associate Member retention and new memberships. Why? The feedback we have heard time and again from resigned and prospective members:
*“There is nothing for us to do 3-4 months a year at Lake Quivira.”
* “You have a nice golf course but inadequate practice facilities.”
* “Where is your fitness center?”
Many fiscal challenges are easily resolved by maximizing our memberships. Our Associate Members make up 20% of our revenues so maximizing our membership levels is important to our community for our financial stability.  By not hitting our limits of 150 Country Club Members and 100 Social Members, we lose $400,000 in revenues each year.  Our country club competition, with newer facilities and fitness centers, is very attractive to prospects, most of whom have grown up with gym memberships.  For our residential prospects, many area communities (Lenexa, Shawnee, Merriam, KCK) have added or plan to build community centers.
Let’s take the next steps to develop the amenities new members are seeking while providing Foundation Members with additional amenities that are becoming more common. By doing so, we will: maximize our membership potential (which creates significant revenue streams),enhance our home values, decrease real estate days on market, and provide enhancements to our community that we can all enjoy with family and friends.
I encourage you to VOTE YES for the proposed Community Center and Practice Facility as well as the enhanced Lake Quivira Entry and Nature Center!
~Brian Bailey

Letter to the Editor – In support of funding for 2018 Strategic Plan projects – by John and Julia Cotter

We would like to say thank you to current and past Board of Directors, Strategic Planning Committee and sub-committees and anyone else who has been involved in preparing the current Strategic Plan. We have lived at Lake Quivira for 33 years. During these 33 years, we have seen several Strategic Plans and sat through several Strategic Plan meetings. We think the current plan is the most well thought out and doable, will enhance membership growth and make Quivira a better place for both current members and members yet to come. We understand and appreciate all the volunteer time that has gone in to preparing this plan.
The 2018 Community Center and Golf Course Projects, resulting in a $75/month dues increase, $60 for the Community Center and $15 for the Golf Course, has our full support. We understand there will probably be some Quivirans who will realize no benefit for $60/month for a Community Center. However, there are many Quivivans who will use this facility extensively, particularly younger members with children. The proposed Community Center will include a Wellness Center, Youth Center and Recreation Center. A Recreation Center has almost become mandatory in attracting new members.
The proposed Golf Course Project including a new practice facility along #7 fairway, makes the most sense of anything we have heard before. This facility will include but not be limited to an area for private lessons, 30 stations to hit from, more than doubling the current 13, and a driving range that will accommodate hitting any club, including the driver. We think this proposed Golf Course Project, which includes course improvements, will help us keep our existing off lake golf members and attract new members, particularly avid golfers.
By May 2020, Lake Quivira will be debt free from all existing loans. Both the $60/month for the Community Center and the $15/month for the Golf Course Projects will be for 20 years. We think this is an investment worth making for the benefit of the entire Lake Quivira Community. We appreciate all of those who have gone before us to make Lake Quivira so attractive to move here 33 years ago, and believe we now have a responsibility to do the same for future members.
~John and Julia Cotter

Letter to the Editor – Community Center Could Facilitate Friendships and Enrich Lives by Effie and James Bradley

We would like to thank the Strategic Planning Committee for listening to what we as a community want. For the first time in the fifteen years we have lived here, we are excited about development plans. The new community center envisioned by the committee serves everyone, young and old, golfer and non-golfer, preschoolers, tennis players, pickle ballers and people like us who just like the walk and swim laps.
This center will be about more than brick and mortar and exercise machines. As non-golfers we have often envied the camaraderie of Quivira’s golfers and the programs available to them. This center creates a space where this can happen for all of us. New programs will be developed, yoga classes, personal training, indoor tennis or pickle ball matches, massage. Best of all, we can participate in these activities with our friends and neighbors without getting into our car and driving to some gym.
The Quivira Community Center is an investment worth making. Its design fits into the landscape and will complement the club. The advantages of a center like this will not only give us rising property values and more members, but more importantly, it will also give us a space where we can build friendships and enrich our lives in this beautiful place that is our home.
~Effie and James Bradley

Letter to the Editor – How Should I Vote? by Larry Meeker

I had not planned on writing about the upcoming capital project votes. However, I’ve had many people ask me how I’m voting and changed my mind.
As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee I can assure you that much thought and many conversations have gone into each of the proposed projects. This is also the most extensive and expensive list of projects to come before the membership at one time in the 42 years we’ve lived at the lake. Collectively, they have the potential to reshape our community on many fronts. Hence, they deserve thoughtful consideration and a vote from each of us. My votes and rationales are as follows:
YES–Beach Pavilion: This is a much-needed structure that will enhance the usability of the beach area, a part of our community that makes us unique. My only question: why isn’t Quivira, Inc. funding it?
YES—Nature Center: This project will further enhance the trails project, which I believe is the most important enhancement to a unique Quivira asset since we’ve lived at the lake. Twenty-five years from now our green space will be the defining attribute of Quivira if we don’t develop it. The nature center will help more people appreciate our natural amenity and lessen the chances for future development of that area. Again, I question why this project needs to be done with private funds.
NO—Golfing Improvements: I strongly oppose raising dues for additional golf course amenities because it will have a long-term negative effect on my home value as well as the character of our community. The golf course is by far our most expensive asset to maintain. Whether or not we play golf, we each pay for it. I believe, as I always have, the golf course is an important amenity which in moderation adds value to our homes.
The more we raise dues because of the golf course, the more likely the next buyer of each of our homes will only justify their purchase if they play golf. Over time, this will make Quivira even more of a golfing community and make future home values even more dependent on the fickle popularity of golf.
Enhancements to our golfing amenities will do little, if anything, to attract more off-lake members. If we didn’t already have a golf course, I doubt we would build one today, expecting to attract off-lake members. Most country clubs are situated to attract nearby residents. We have virtually no potential draw from Wyandotte County, and most people nearby in Shawnee lack the means to join a country club. Our club is largely for us and those who want to play a unique, beautiful—walk in the woods as opposed to a tour of residential backyards—and challenging course.
Finally, moving the driving range will trade one set of problems—proximity to Crescent Lane and length—for inaccessibility in the new location.
NO—Community Center: As much as I like the idea of a community center, I believe this project is far too grandiose in scale and cost. It’s as though we’ve tried to put something in it for everyone to get it passed. It deserves further study. If we feel like we need to spend more money, I’d rather see us spend it on roads, culverts the beach pavilion and the nature center–things which would clearly enhance our home values.
Whatever your views, I encourage everyone to carefully consider all that is being proposed and to register your opinion with a vote.
~Larry Meeker

Letter to the Editor – Lake Quivira at an Inflection Point by Jim Wright

Core Value-Economy. One of the core values of our wonderful community is economy, which is a positive when applied to the practice of prudent investment and judicious expense management. Economical practices imply that enterprise value is maintained or improved. False economy allows the enterprise value to decline in the absolute or to decline on a comparison basis to the marketplace.
Observations. Golf and social membership dues and related income are very important to LQ. Off-lake members allow for the assets of LQ to be more fully utilized while not impacting member access to any significant degree. Today we have a gap between the authorized and actual golf and social memberships of 34 and 54 respectively. Closing just half of the gap on the two off-lake membership categories would increase dues and food income by $200,000 per year. This equates to approximately $40 per month per each Foundation Member. Why does this membership gap exist? Having served on the Marketing and Membership committee for the last five years, I believe the answer is not that we have a pricing or advertising problem, but rather that we do have a product problem. The most prevalent reason provided by prospective members who reject LQ is the lack of a fitness center and a competitive golf practice area.
Our Home Values. As Foundation Members we own a 394th share of Q Inc assets. While these shares are essentially illiquid, the condition, market relevance and overall appeal to new home owners impact a fairly liquid asset held by all Foundation Members: our homes. I am told by our realtors the average days on market at LQ is nearing a recent high and is longer than similarly priced homes in Johnson County. When I first began shopping for a home at the lake in 1990, there was very significant premium on LQ housing. That premium has been significantly reduced. I believe both the extended days on market and loss of price premium can be partially attributed to the lack of a fitness center and the marginal golf practice facilities.
Economy or False Economy. Some members believe the financial stewardship by our leaders over the years has been suspect and that our dues have been allowed to increase unchecked. I offer the following. Our dues are $200-250 lower per month than competitive, mid- range KC area country clubs.  Additionally, we spend $200 (per member household) each month on security, roads and lake maintenance costs that other clubs do not have. It would appear that we have been more than prudent managing our expenses. Have we been practicing False Economy, have we been harvesting the uniqueness of LQ, have we allowed this wonderful community to lag the market place expectations? The answer from prospective golf/social members and home buyers would appear YES.
Inflection Point. We are at an important inflection point and we have only two choices. Approve the community center and the golf practice center and the related $80 per month dues increase. The other choice is to vote to allow Lake Quivira to decline relative to new member and new home buyers’ expectations. We have no status quo option. The $80 per month will add up to $9600 over the next ten years. I believe it is a very safe bet that the average home will be worth more than an additional $9600 in ten years with a YES vote. Additionally, we and our families will enjoy the two new centers.
This is our time. One of the unique attributes of LQ is how groups and individuals who made selfless contributions to the community are remembered and honored. We, the Foundation Members of 2017, will be remembered for the decision we make this month. Will we protect, promote and preserve or will we harvest this wonderful community?
Respectfully,
~Jim Wright

October fun on Terrace Trail West

These pictures are from our annual TTW Oktoberfest. We have it in the alley behind Olsen, Walsh and Harms homes. It is German potluck from 5-7 pm then open to all of LQ. It gets a little bigger every year. Just another fun, LQ get-together!
~Teresa Redlingshafer

1117 Mark Pereria, Joe Walsh and Mike Olson under the tent.
Mark Pereira, Joe Walsh and Mike Olson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making the best of a rainy situation.
Making the best of a rainy situation.

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The Quivira Marketplace – November 2017

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: 1867 BOSTON WHALER in good condition, well maintained, runs good, 2002 Tohatsu motor, $2750 OBO, 913-710-4743. 11/17
BOATS FOR SALE: 1998 Anniversary Edition Boston Whaler, Very Nice Shape, lt blue/wood interior, Runs Perfect $5,500. 1985 Skeeter Bass Boat-Fiberglass – LOW, LOW HOURS, 2007 (25 HP Yamaha Motor) Excellent Condition $3,500. Call Eric at 913-909-5890.
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, 480 Hillcrest East – call 913-631-5385, Kendall Stephenson. 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 06/18
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.
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.