I, Robert G. Hudson, 81, passed away March 24, 2016.
I was born in St. Louis, MO., in 1934. I graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, served in the Army, then moved to Kansas City. In 1968, I bought a small local business. Because of extraordinary, loyal, competent and caring employees and managers, it succeeded and prospered.
In 1978, I became moved by the power and purpose I discovered in Unity Church’s teachings and way of thought. I began classes, and in 1983 became an ordained minister. I served churches in Kansas City, San Antonio and Vero Beach, Fla.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with leukemia cancer. I was blessed to have the very finest and caring treatments at St. Luke’s Hospital. I’m grateful for the loving care they gave.
My life has had more than its share of error, pain and self- centeredness. Yet, it has also been one of love, rich and rare relationships. I believe our ultimate opportunity and responsibility is growth in awareness and being.
I thank all of you who, along my winding road, opened doors and windows to greater seeing of Life and Love. My loving and loyal wife, Sharon, has, throughout our enriching marriage, stood beside me, and been my friend, my love, my teacher and ultimately my nurse angel. God bless you, dear. I’ve been blessed with four bright, creative and caring children, Tom, Matt, John, Kate and grandson, Hudson. My wide family has made me so happy and grateful. Forgive my failings, kids, and thanks for overcoming them!
I have been gifted by my friends and loves over the years who have helped me to grow, value and wake up to wonders, beauty and treasures of Life I might never have known without you. I am grateful. Finally, I thank God for the gifts of life, love, forgiveness and the awareness of our ultimate and eternal Oneness. I am grateful.
Memorial service were Sat., Apr. 2, at Unity Temple on the Plaza. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be made to St. Luke’s oncology Department.
After a ten-year battle with early onset Alzheimer’s, Pamela Van Saun died peacefully in Shawnee, KS, on April 18, 2016, at the age of 66.
Pamela was born in Kansas City, MO, to Bill and Mary Lee Boswell and raised in Torrance, California. She graduated from United States International University at Point Loma in 1973 with a degree in education. She soon began her career as an elementary school teacher in California and continued her lifelong passion for impacting the lives of children.
Having been adopted, Pamela began a journey in 1978 to find her biological family. In Kansas City, she found her birth parents, Jim and Alma Bahr, along with five younger brothers.
Those who knew Pamela remember her vivacious, empathetic, fun-loving and friendly personality. She brought so much love and joy to those who knew her.
Pamela is survived by her loving husband, Mark; daughter, Katie; biological father, Jim Bahr; brothers, Ray, David, Chris and Quinn Bahr; and step brother. Michael Boswell.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mary Lee Boswell; biological mother, Alma Bahr; and brother, Jimmy Bahr.
Pamela’s family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Shawnee and Michelle Langenberg for their dedication and care.
A Celebration of Pamela’s life will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., on June 26, at the Lake Quivira Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Little Hooves and Big Hearts, 1600 Durant Road, Oracle, AZ 85623; www.littlehooves.org.
Edmun F. Davis, III “Eddie,” 74, of Merriam, KS, passed away April 12, 2016.
He was born November 27, 1941 to Mr. and Mrs. Edmun F. Davis II of Charleston, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Glendora; mother, Kathern; son, Berry (Shannon); daughter, Bonnie; and son Brett (Jennifer); granddaughters, Ashly Martinez (Juan), Audrey, Vaughn and Lake; sister, Karen Kinder; brothers, Jim and Jack, as well as a large extended family and many friends.
A private burial will be held by the family. A visitation was held April 16 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church inMission, KS, followed by a celebration of life and reception.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Parkinson’s Foundation of the Heartland, 8900 State Line Road, Suite 320, Leawood, KS 66206.
Dr. James R. Belfield, age 54, of Lake Quivira, went to the Lord on April 10, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial was April 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shawnee, with Burial in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Lenexa.
Jim was born June 18, 1961, in San Antonio, TX. Jim spent his childhood in Fair Hope, AL, where he attended Catholic elementary school and learned to swim, fish and sail. A favorite time in Jim’s young life was the year spent living on a sailboat with his parents, twin sisters and brother. It was in Alabama that he acquired the good manners and southern charm he carried with him for the rest of his life.
The family moved to Pittsburg, KS, where Jim and his siblings rode horses, bailed hay and swam in the strip pits. He attended Pittsburg High School, where he played football and was crowned Homecoming King. Jim graduated from Pittsburg State University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Jim moved to Kansas City to attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Belfield enjoyed a successful career as a dentist, practicing in Salina, KS, the Kansas City Plaza area and Mission, KS, for several years before opening his own dental practice in 1993 in Lenexa.
Dr. Belfield was very active for years in professional organizations as a member of the Seattle Study Club, and Peer Advisory Group. Jim shared his dentistry talent with the Kansas Mission of Mercy 501(c)3 organization.
Jim loved life. He treasured his family, celebrating life events and especially attending Hannah and Jacob’s sporting events. He was a talented golfer and a proud member of the Lake Quivira Men’s Golf Club. Jim enjoyed snow skiing, traveling and his Bible study groups.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Gretchen Belfield, and his sister-in-law, Tina.
He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Kimberley (Mayer) Belfield; their children, Jacob and Hannah; siblings, Steve Belfield, Robin Carson (Troy) and Dawn Pointer; brother-in-law, Carl Mayer (Sherri); and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jim is loved by many and will be missed dearly.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to an organization founded by the Belfield family, born out of Jim’s passion for helping others: Belfield – Make Kids Smile Fund, c/o Merit Bank, 10000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210.
Join your friends and neighbors for a casual, fun evening at the Sailing Dock on June 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments, beer, wine and live music, all in support of the Lake Quivira Foundation. Bring lawn chairs, lounge on your boat or plan to sit at the picnic tables and kick back.
Entrance fee is $20 per person, and $15 of that will be tax deductible, so you can support the Foundation and have a great time celebrating the start of summer.
Please make checks payable to the Lake Quivira Foundation c/o Cathy Goodger and place them in her black box, or mail them to Cathy at 356 Lakeshore Dr. West.
We look forward to seeing you there.
A mid-year insert to your spiral bound 2016 LQ Directory is in progress.
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By Dawn Gabel
The power of girlfriends supporting each other has changed Betsy Stewart’s life. Tas Philas, Aramaic for girlfriend, is what Betsy calls her mission.
“Six years ago I was hosting a meeting for the India missions from our church, Westside Family Church, in our home,” recalls Betsy, “Unbeknownst to me, the topic of micro finance in India came up.” (A micro loan is typically a very small, often short-term loan made to an impoverished entrepreneur, as in an underdeveloped country.)
The leader talked about the need for funds for women to get out of poverty. He said they needed somebody to go to India and interview the women who have taken out these loans and report on their success and how their lives were changed.
Betsy was just attending the meeting, not directly involved–yet. “But it came to me while I sat there that I would go,” she says. That was it. Betsy had recently retired. She committed herself to working on the interview project. Accompanied by her daughter, she met with the head of the mission. She describes the experience as “life changing.”
“This fascinated me. For only a hundred dollars, we can get women to a place where they are starting a business and able to put their kids through school. They can release themselves from the snares of poverty.”
On her journey to India, Betsy interviewed the women who at that time had been through the loan process and had already seen success. Some were on their first loan, and some were on their tenth loan.
One of Betsy’s interview experiences while in India included a meeting in front of a brothel where the women came out to apply for loans to start small businesses to get them out of the prostitution trade.
Most of the people being helped by the mission are from the Dalit caste, which is the lowest level of the caste system and are referred to as untouchables.
Many of the women require instruction on supply and demand, profit, loss, bookkeeping and other business basics. Groups of ten women at a time meet regularly to train on such basics.
Another local challenge is the established money lending system in India, a form of loan sharking that has a high interest rate–around 10 percent or more. Lenders hurt people or destroy property such as burning a home down if payment is not received.
“Our interest rate is 1 percent,” said Betsy. “We have to educate the recipients what interest rate is and why our loan will not cause injury to family or property.” Loan repayments go into a pool for further loans. Taking into account the length of time for training and sustainability of the new business, the projection is five years for repayment.
For a hundred dollars, a woman could buy a sewing machine–pedal not electric–since electricity is erratic. The money might be used for livestock purchases such as a goat for breeding, a cow or chickens. Other businesses include basket weaving, vegetable gardening and other food products for resale.
Betsy found that the determination of the women to make the business work was impressive: “In one instance, a woman got up at 4 a.m. and traveled two hours every day to get fresh fish from the coast to sell in her village. She had to do it every day since there was no refrigeration in her village. Her business did well.”
The micro loans have shown a positive influence on families that were at odds within. Many of the micro loan recipients have the women’s husbands working with them in the business. There is evidence of less alcohol use and spousal abuse in the families participating in the program.
There are other micro loan programs available to help in the area of India that the mission program works in, which is the southeastern coastal region, in the Andhra Pradesh state. Other programs differ in their repayment structure.
“Although I have heard good things about them, I understand that the groups work with social pressure to influence the women on loan repayment,” says Betsy. “This project uses small groups of ten women, sometimes even smaller groups of women in the village, and instead of pressuring the woman, they share their lives with each other and understand the individual’s struggles. The group commits to repaying the loan if the individual cannot. There is no shaming with pressure. It creates a community that focuses on empowerment, stability and strength.” It is one of the points the mission uses for revival of the village.
The revitalizing of the village is a comprehensive plan that looks at overall health of the people as well as the economy. The parent organization for the micro loan is Water for Life. Their mission is to dig fresh water bore wells and provide clean water for small communities. It is difficult to run a business if there is no clean water. Other resources provided include dental care and food.
Since her time in India, the micro loan program came to a near stop due to illness of the mission leader and his subsequent death. “But it is being revitalized now,” said Betsy. “
Although it is a national mission, there are a couple of dozen people locally involved in the project. Westside Family Church has put fresh money and energy into the project this year by donating $10,000. Each group of ten women is given $1,000 or $100 per woman. Betsy is committed to raising funds for the next phase of loans. Her goal is $50,000 in six months.
“That would provide direct impact to 500 individuals with loans so the program can go to more and more villages,” she explains. “Research shows it takes five years for a group of ten women to become self-sustaining.
She is the leader of her support group and president of fifteen groups. She leases land to raise mangos and cashews, which is seasonal. She also owns land for vegetables, which are not seasonal. She has market stands in six villages.
She borrowed 5,000 rupees (approximately $75) ten years ago, which was repaid in 1.5 years. She has had five more loans and always pays back on time. She has been successful in saving money back and is building a home that is not a thatch hut. Her group also meets monthly, and she says to have both emotional and spiritual relationship within the group. Her goal is to help others do as she has.
Suramma ’s Story
She is a single woman who has a vegetable stand in the market of Tuni. She purchases vegetables from another woman in the program who raises the crops.
Prior to her business ownership, she was a prostitute whose parents trafficked her when she was a child. She has two children who were conceived while she was a prostitute and is a single parent.
Over her business history she has taken out 10+loans and paid them all back. Her support group of women owners meets once a month and hold each other accountable. She says the best part of having her own business is that she is independent and can be self-sustaining.
Just a friendly reminder that the dogs tags may be purchased at the City Hall during regular business hours.The following license fees shall be due and payable on or before May 1.
$15 for the first dog in each household.
$25 for second dog.
$50 for third and each additional dog in household.
Please provide a copy of the vaccine shots from your animal clinic.
Penalties on overdue license fees are as follows:
$10 for each dog registered within 10 days following the date required.
$25 for each dog registered within 30 days.
$50 for each dog that is registered within 60 days of required date.
$100 for each dog that is not registered within 60 days of the date required.
The annual Pet Immunization Day will be April 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Fire Station.
Please stop by City Hall for your 2016 tag, accompanied by a piece of candy–always available. (City Hall is also known as “Candy Hall.”)
By Leanna Walters
Staci Cross had always wanted to open a restaurant–a place she, herself would enjoy going and finding delicious foods she craved. In time, It could become a franchise…
That dream placed her with roughly 40 percent of the adult population.
Here’s the difference: Staci followed through on her dream. On Monday, April 4, Enjoy Pure Food + Drink celebrated its Grand Opening at 10573 Mission Road in Mission Farms.
The concept is fast-casual, featuring organic, plant-based cuisine (chicken and fish included) and cold-pressed juices and smoothies–all to eat in or carry out. Rounding out the offering are an espresso bar, kombucha on tap, organic wine, and a grab-and-go cooler.
To ensure the food is enjoyed by the greatest number of people–not just die-hard health nuts–Staci hired one of Kansas City’s preeminent chefs, Michael Smith, of Michael Smith Restaurant and The Extra Virgin fame, to develop the menu and to teach her own cooks to prepare his creations. The results include five salads, five bowls, five small plates, five sandwiches, five breakfast offerings, plus a smattering of soups and sides made from primarily organic ingredients (at least 85%), local where possible. See examples of menu offerings on page 10.
For the ZING! juices (cold pressed daily) and smoothies (blended on the spot), Staci enlisted the expertise of international experts, The Juice Goddess and The Blender Girl, to develop the recipes. All juices and smoothies are organic, vegan, paleo and free of gluten, dairy, whey and soy. Each bottle of juice contains approximately two pounds of produce. To minimize the sugar content in the juices, they are made with more vegetables and less fruit. See page 10 for examples.
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Until a few years ago, Staci had always worked full-time. And many of those years involved traveling to over fifty markets for the business she and her husband Brian started, Baby Basics. A vegan or vegetarian for the past 25 years, she often had a hard time finding foods that suited her taste and lifestyle. She and Brian talked about the need for a casual restaurant where one could find unprocessed food that tastes amazing.
Flash forward to 2010. Stacey had a “whoosh” moment when she realized she actually could and would start such a venture. Still, she says, she “sat on it” awhile.
2012 – Staci attended the National Restaurant Association Conference in Chicago, where she looked at “tons of magazines” and displays and talked to experts in the field. Following the conference, she continued studying trends in health and wellness and began formulating a concept.
2013 – With the help of a financial consultant, Staci started constructing a business plan and raising funds from investors.
2014 – Staci’s original plan was for more of a lifestyle place–somewhere to meet others, re-center, and eat. When she did the math, however, she realized she needed to ”get efficient and trim down” the concept to a smaller space.
2015 – Staci gave herself an ultimatum: raise the remainder of the money and find a place by September 30, or “forget about it.” On September 28 she saw an interesting storefront at Mission Farms, right next to Fusion Fitness (picture a stream of hungry, health-conscious people!). Voila!
The last few months have been a whirlwind of hiring, overseeing construction, designing and ordering accoutrements, taste-testing the proposed menu items. “I’m having a blast,” says Staci. “I love being here!”
In retrospect, Staci says the time leading up to the Grand Opening were necessary for growing into the role of a restaurant owner. For the past several years, she served as a prayer chaplain, and later as vice president, then president of her church. “It taught me how to be a leader under stress,” she says of her tenure.
Her experiences in her church also reinforced the role of service. “It’s all about service,” she says of the restaurant. “It’s a place to be healthier and find joy in life.
“That’s how I serve. I help people be happy. There’s always the opportunity to lift someone’s day with something that’s pure, healthy and natural.”
10573 Mission Road
M-F 6:30 am – 8 pm
Sat – 9 am – 7 pm
Sun – 11 am – 7 pm
Enjoy seats 30 indoors and 10 outdoors, weather permitting.
No reservations; carry-out available
Order Online coming soon
The menu at Enjoy features five each of the following: salads, bowls, small plates, sandwiches and breakfast. Below is just one example of each.
Salads (small or large) Nourished – Massaged kale, walnuts, mushrooms, dates, goat cheese, coconut bacon, roasted squash, grain croutons, maple-cider vinaigrette. Bowls Italian Riviera – Zucchini “noodles,” broccoli, roasted mushrooms, marinara, pepita seeds, fresh oregano, shaved parmesan. Gluten-free or regular pasta may be substituted. Small Plates Guacamole Goodness – Serrano chiles, lime, tomatoes, organic blue + white corn tortilla chips. Sandwiches Mexacali Cool – Organic chicken, avacado, cheddar, cilantro-hemp seed pesto, Mexican coleslaw, cumin seeds, wrapped in wheat tortilla. Breakfast Clean Livin’ – Acai, almond milk, banana, blueberries, vanilla protein. Toppings: Organic GF granola, coconut flakes, almonds, flax seeds.
Five cold-pressed juices and five smoothies (see examples below), plus iced tea, hot tea, kombucha, coffee drinks and “Bulletproof Coffee” with brain octane MCT oil.