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
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.
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?
You can make a difference in the life of a child!
Each year the Quivira Ministry donates items to the Cross-Lines Store in Kansas City, Kansas. The Christmas store is a place where needy families can come and shop for much-needed items for their children. Last year over 800 needy families who were screened and selected by Cross-Lines personnel shopped by appointment for items to give their family members for Christmas. We are anticipating at least that many this year, as well.
While Cross-Lines has many items on their wish list for their Christmas Store, one of the greatest needs is for warm, washable winter coats for children, including teens. With your help, the Quivira Ministry wants to once again supply the Christmas Store with warm coats for the shoppers. Last year Quivirans contributed over 600 coats to Cross-Lines through this coat drive. Our goal is to repeat this amazing generosity for the needy families who will be visiting the Christmas Store this year.
We have found for $30 or less you can purchase a washable winter coat which will be worn every day by a child or teen throughout the cold winter months. That’s a lot of bang for your charitable buck!
We need your help!
Please consider making a donation of a coat and/or money to buy a coat during the month of November. By December 1 we will deliver all the coats to the Cross-lines Christmas Store. Please help us keep a child warm this winter.
You can contribute to this coat drive in one of two ways:
Drop off a new, washable coat to my home at 520 Mohawk West, or call me at 913-231-6659 and I will be happy to come and pick up the coat(s).
Ask me to be your shopper, and with your donation I (or my shopping elves) will purchase coasts for you and deliver them to the Christmas store. Please make checks payable to: Quivira Ministry, with a notation on the memo line Coats for Cross-lines. You can put it in my black box or mail it to me at 520 Mohawk West.
This is a wonderful way to truly make a difference in the life and welfare of a child during this coming winter. Thank you for your generosity!
~Teresa Biron, 231-6659
Let’s start with an update on the spillway project. The project was put out for bid early October. We received five bids from qualified contractors ranging from $225,000 to $385,000. After reviewing the bids, the lowest one was selected. The first phase of the repair work will begin Thursday, November 16, and should take no more than ten days to complete, depending on the weather. This phase involves the injection of a polymer gel material into the area surrounding the spillway. The polymer will fill the voids and hopefully stop the flow of water that has been undermining the spillway. There will be no blasting or jackhammering in this phase of the project. We expect a nominal amount of noise and a minor impact to traffic on the west side of the dam. Most of the equipment will be staged on Renner.
By now, you might have noticed that a large section of Renner was resurfaced in late October. It was great to get this completed before winter.
Waste Management periodically makes charitable donation to various organizations. This year they focused on fire departments. I would like to thank them for their $5,000 contribution to the Lake Quivira Fireman’s Ball, which they presented at the October City Council meeting.
City elections will be held on Tuesday, November 7. There are two Council seats available as well as the job of Mayor. Ben Kalny is running uncontested for Mayor. Brady Lilja and John Christy are running for the two available council seats. After eleven years of service, Betsy Vossman has decided to retire. Her service to the community has been spectacular, and I encourage all of you to personally thank her.
Our next Council meeting will be held on November 6 at 6:30 p.m. You are always encouraged to attend.
See you on the water!
A Dubious Distinction
I’ll never be described as fast;
In races I’m most often last.
Vocal talent? That I lack;
My singing voice is known to crack.
I’m not too good at games of skill;
Never have been, never will.
But put me in the open air
And no one else has got a prayer.
It’s plain that I’m above the rest:
Biting insects like me best.
Greg Miller and Michelle Tayler
Having moved from California’s Bay area, Greg and Michelle are pleased to have found a lake on which to live. They own MagicKitchen.com, a service that delivers prepared meals to seniors and others who appreciate easy meal preparation. A significant amount of the business is derived from gift-giving on such occasions as childbirth, illness and funerals. Michelle is a registered dietician and has developed meals that are preservative-free, diabetic-friendly, gluten-free, etc.
Their distribution center was established in Kansas City in 2007, and they waited until their youngest child finished high school before moving closer to the business operations. Michelle, who grew up on Lake Michigan, searched for waterfront property in the KC area–which brought them to Lake Quivira. They wanted a house that would not require renovation to give them time to run the company. Their goal is to grow it to the point where managers can take over the day-to-day operations, allowing Greg and Michelle a little time away from the business.
Collectively they have five kids, the youngest now at Washington State University. Three dogs reside with them: Scooter, Rocky and Pebbles. Rocky once jumped into California’s American River from which Greg had to rescue him. We’ll see if he tries to leap into Lake Quivira. The couple does not have much free time, but they enjoy walking the dogs, gardening and fishing. Greg collects U.S. stamps, and their daughter has a collection of 450 panda stamps! Welcome to the Lake, Michelle and Greg!
Brad and Kristen Jones
Recent Shawnee residents, Brad and Kristen had been visiting friends at Lake Quivira for years before deciding it was time to make it their home. Brad is a Shawnee Mission Northwest grad who attended Baker University. He is Regional Credit Analyst for True Value Company and helps entrepreneurs open stores by working with them from a financial perspective. He has been in the financial services industry for over twenty years and recently completed his MBA.
Kristen grew up in a small town and loves the feel of Lake Quivira. She has spent over twenty years in education, beginning as an elementary school educator and now as the Principal at Prairie Elementary. She attended Graceland University as an undergraduate and earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership at William Woods University. Next on the list: a doctorate degree.
Collectively they have three children. Luke is 20 and currently working. He plans to attend school to become a dental hygienist. He enjoys photography and anything outdoors. Dawson, 17, is a high school senior living in Miland, MO, with his father. He is an outdoorsman who likes to hunt and fish with dog Ollie as a constant companion. Ryan, 14, is a student at Monticello Trails Middle School. He is more of an indoors kind of guy and enjoys building things, but may make an exception to learn golf. Cat Mika rounds out the family.
The couples’ interests include trips on their Harley-Davidson Road Glide and all KC sports teams. Brad golfs, and Kristen wants to learn the game. They enjoy exploring new restaurants in Kansas City and returning to favorite barbecue spots and wineries. Welcome to the Lake, Brad and Kristen!
By John Carson
This year’s Closing Day QMGA Tournament had a few interesting twists to it. First, the format was altered so that the players had two size cups to putt to. One was larger and afforded the player to record the strokes taken to hole out on the larger cup. The other cup was standard size and afforded the player to add one half of a point to the score taken to hole out on that cup. This made for some interesting decision making on the greens for the two-man teams.
The second twist was a thunder storm which halted the derby after just one hole. So, the derby was cancelled, and the results of the tournament will stand as shown below. 2017 QMGA 6-6-6 “Big Cup” Closing Day Results
Flight 1. 1 – Kevin Murray and Dave Jones, 52.5; 2 – Steve Rempel and Geof Gehring, 55; 3 – Eric Dunn and Jack Carson, 56; 4 (tie) – Kent Noland and Jeff Kembel, Jackson Foth and Mark Sittenauer, 57.
Flight 2. 1 – Robert Sanders and Bill Biron, 56; 2 (tie) – Joe Jones and Ryan Lilja, Warren McCamish and Dick Johnson, 57.5; 4 – Charlie Gomer and Sean Phillips, 58; 5 – Herb Atwater and Brian Bailey, 59.
Flight 3. 1 – Scott Yates and Jim Erickson, 55; 2 (tie) – Hal Jones and Steve Terbovich, Dennis Irwin and Steve Roellchen, 57; 4 – Jay Lucas and Pat Voight, 57.5; 5 (tie) – Bill Eckinger and Dave White, Fred Neuer and Wayne Hidalgo, Leon Harms and Larry Gardner, 60.5.
Flight 4. 1 – Steve Lanigan and Thomas Kleiss, 53.5; 2 (tie) – David Starr and Russ French, Rick Bechtel and Bert Cretcher, 57.5; 4 – Eric Johnson and Sam Hayes, 62; 5 – Don Resch and Gene Koski, 63.5. Course Conditions
The fall over seeding is complete, and some areas of the golf course are roped off to prevent foot traffic from damaging the growth of the fragile, new grass. Most of these were areas where the Bermuda grass was killed off and cool season grasses were planted.
QMGA Board Elections
Three members were elected to the QMGA Board. Incumbents Kevin Murray and Randy Cruse were re-elected for new, three-year terms, and John Cotter was elected to a three-year term.