City offers ways to pick-up (large items), clean-up (the community) and re-up (your dog)

By Mike Olson, Mayor, City of Lake Quivira

April looks to be a busy month here at Quivira. On Sat., Apr. 15, we will hold our annual large item pickup. A few days prior, a reminder will be placed in the black boxes, listing the items that are not eligible for pickup. The collection usually starts at 7 a.m. and will continue throughout the morning. If you place items out the night before, don’t be surprised if one of your neighbors decides to spare them a trip to the landfill!
The next Saturday, April 22., we will host the Second Annual Fred Braun Community Clean-Up Day. This is a great event for young and old. Put on a green shirt and bring your family to the sailing dock at 10 a.m. We will split into teams and spend a couple of hours roaming the lake looking for trash treasures. We will regroup around noon at the sailing dock for burgers and dogs. Please contact Christina Gomer if you would like to bring a side item or dessert. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and to make your community a better place!
Also on April 22, our annual dog registration and immunization will take place at the fire station from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a convenient way to get your dog up to date on shots and to register with the City for 2017. Please note: all dogs must be registered by May 1. If you can’t attend the immunization event, stop by City Hall during regular business hours to register. You’ll need your payment and a current vaccination record.
Please join us at the next City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on April 3.
My boat is finally out of quarantine and ready to start dragging me around the lake. Can’t wait to see all of you on the water for what promises to be a fun spring and summer!

QMGA scribe speaks of modernization of the Rules of Golf

By John Carson
On March 1, 2017, the R & A* and the USGA* issued thirty proposed changes in the Rules of Golf. These proposed changes have been five years in the making. Listed below is the timeline for the implementation of these rules.
March 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017- Feedback and evaluation
Winter 2017-2018- Review and Approval Period
Spring 2018- Announcement
January 1, 2019- Rules take effect
The proposed changes are mainly to simplify some of the rules and to help speed up the game. One can go on to view the proposed changes and make comments on these proposed changes.
2017 Lake Classic
On March 16, 2017 this year’s Chairman for the Lake Classic, Roy Owens, sent out to all members of the QMGA an electronic copy of the application, sponsorship form and an informational letter for the Classic. The Lake Classic will be held on July 12 through July 15. Completed applications are due back to Roy by April 28. If you did not receive a copy or overlooked it, hard copies are available at the Pro Shop. or you can contact Roy at
2-Man Cross Country Scramble
Although there was quite a bit of golf played this last winter, the Pro Shop sponsored a tournament which gave the members a chance to get our early and knock some of the rust off of their golf swings. The day was typical of the fine, unseasonable type days we have enjoyed this past winter. Listed below are the results of the tournament.
1st Flight. 1st Gross (43) – Thad Millard & Eric Dunn; T-1st Net (40) – Jeff Kembel & Kent Noland, Phil Yates & Jeff Welch; 3rd Net (42) – Willie Weems & Collin Weems ; T- 4th Net (43) – Steve Rempel & Mike Carroll, Joe Walsh & Eric Vossman.
2nd Flight. 1st Gross (49) – John Cotter & David Sprague; 1st Net (40) – Larry Lindelow & Bill Wengert; 2nd Net (42) – Brady Lilja & Scott Johnson; 3rd Net (43) – Darrin Karley & Charlie Gomer; 4th Ne (44) – Herb Atwater & Byron Whitaker; 5th Net (45) – Steve Roellchen & Don Gerling.
Special Events. Closest to the Pin #2 – Collin Weems; Closest to Pin # 4 – Joe Walsh; Closest to Pin #9 – Bill Wengert.
* R & A stands for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. They have been the governing body when it comes to the rules of golf in the UK since the game was first played in Scotland. Since 1952 they join forces with the United States Golf Association  (USGA) to be the joint governing body that controls the rules of golf, in effect making the rules of golf universal throughout the globe.

Spring is bursting out with golf events for Quivira lady golfers—at LQ and elsewhere

By Carol Neill,
It’s already the second day of spring, and that means our Opening Day is not far away. In fact, it’s April 4! If you haven’t yet signed up to play, please visit the Pro Shop and sign up. Start time will depend on the weather, of course. The best way to received continued information for our 18- and 9-Hole ladies will be to join the QWGA website. Haven’t joined yet? Well, what are you waiting for? Go to “” and sign up. You can also get information on the Quivira Ladies Facebook site.
On May 9, our first big joint QWGA 9 & 18 Hole combined tournament will be the “Big Hole Step Aside.” Play will begin at 2 p.m. with a cocktail party followed by pizza and salad for dinner. Jody McCamish has designed this tournament, and it is guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Sounds like a great time to bring your camera and click a lot of fun, candid photos for our next Quiviran. If you already have photos from our mild 2017 winter, please email them to me at Please include names of people in the photos.
Eighteen Hole ladies, don’t forget regular play days are every Tuesday. Please sign up at the Pro Shop by the Saturday before. We are looking forward to having a great turnout of players this summer and invite any 9 Hole ladies who would like to join us to come along. I promise we don’t bite! We just enjoy playing with our friends and always have an open invitation to all QWGA members. Who knows, you might really enjoy the extra nine holes. We do.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Pocahontas, member/guest. The dates are June 19-21. It will be a 4-person team again. That seemed to be the most requested format for the most fun. We are about having fun!
The QWGA Board is meeting March 30 to complete the calendar for 2017m which will include all important dates for the WGAKC (Women’s Golf Assoc. of KC aka “City Play”) for Lake Quivira and “Team Play” events. There are eleven clubs participating in WGAKC. Team Play will be organized by Becky Johnson this year, and signup sheets for these events are in the Pro Shop. Look for the QWGA notebook by the computer.
For WGAKC you must have a handicap of 26.9 or below. Halleluiah! There is a Senior division (65 and older) for $5 more. This is a wonderful opportunity to play other courses around the city and meet new friends and playing partners. If you would like to join WGAKC, you must send $55 made payable WGAKC with the following information.
USGA Handicap Index (as of 11/1-16), 26.9 or below
Address, phone #, email address,
Member Club: Lake Quivira CC, plus club charge acct#
Mail all to: Kathy Campbell, 1326 NW 47th St., KC, MO 64116
Opening Day is at Milburn C.C. on April 20
Let’s start off with a positive spring in our step–or rather golf shoes–and try something new! Play on Tuesdays and then sign up for WGAKC or Team Play events. Who knows? You just might get hooked!
Until next month, send me those candid photos, and I’ll see you at the course.

Charlotte Strah Kirchner – Obituary

0417 obit kirchner charlotte photoCharlotte Strah Kirchner, 79, former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away March 5, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ., after a year-long battle with cancer.
She was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Pittsburg, KS.. She spent her childhood in Arkansas, Kan., graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1955. Charlotte graduated from Kansas State University in 1959, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She taught school in Kansas City, KS, before marrying Dr. Fernando “Ferd” Kirchner in 1962. Charlotte was Ferd’s assistant, typing and editing many medical papers for him and later became the manager of his ENT medical practice.
They lived at Lake Quivira until 1989, when they moved to Tucson, where they were members of Skyline and La Paloma Country Clubs and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
Charlotte was a prolific gardener, golfer, tennis player and volunteer, active with Junior League of Kansas City, Nelson Art Gallery, KU Medical Center’s Women’s Auxiliary, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, El Jardin Garden Club and Reading Seed Literacy Program.
She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Laura (Tom) O’Malley, Phoenix, AZ.; Melissa (Randy) Bright, Destin, FL.; five grandchildren, Erin and Tara O’Malley and Georgia, Halle and Kirch Bright; and twin sister, Charlene Strate of Vail, CO. Charlotte’s husband of 54 years, Fernando Kirchner, MD, and sister, Mary Jane Strah preceded her in death.

Fernando Romero Kirchner, MD – Obituary

0417 obit kirchner ferd photoFernando “Ferd” R. Kirchner, MD, 86, former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away January 4, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. He was born in Mexico City, Mexico, on Dec. 19, 1930, where he graduated with honors from medical school at La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Ferd then trained at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, S, completing his residency in general surgery and otorhinolaryngology.
Ferd met and married the love of his life, Charlotte Strah Kirchner, in 1962. They made their home at Lake Quivira.
He was a professor at the KU Medical School for twenty years before going into private practice in Kansas City, KS. Ferd received numerous awards for his research and development of improved surgical equipment and techniques.
He enjoyed his retirement years in Tucson, where he was an avid golfer at Skyline and La Paloma Country Clubs, making double digit holes-in-one. Ferd also spent time fishing and volunteering with the Pima County Public Library. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Ferd and Charlotte were married for 54 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Laura (Tom) O’Malley, Phoenix, AZ.; Melissa (Randy) Bright, Destin, FL; five grandchildren, Erin and Tara O’Malley and Georgia, Halle and Kirch Bright; and sister, Bertha Romero Kirchner Aguilar, Mexico City, Mexico.

Mary Frances Lally Bates – Obituary

0417 obit bates photoMary Frances, age 90, Shawnee, former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away March 17, 2017. She was born June 27, 1926, to John and Frances Lally. She attended Bishop Ward High School and graduated in 1943. She married Ralph C. “Rope” Bates May 10, 1947.
Mary Frances was a member of St. Joseph Catholic church and retired from the Shawnee Mission School District after twenty years.
As members of Lake Quivira County Club, she and Rope enjoyed golf and built many friendships during their thirty years there. She was an avid KU basketball fan and would watch as long as the score wasn’t too close, and then she would get too nervous to watch.
In her later years at Shawnee Hills, she was one to never miss a game of Canasta, or any card game, with her new group of friends, or enjoy a good book.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2006; infant daughter Carole Anne; and brothers Tom, John and Ed. She is survived by her four sons, Ron (Sherry), Ralph (Debi), Raymond (Evelyn); and Randy; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; sister Betty Rafferty; sisters-in- law Joanne Lally and Martha Lally; and numerous nieces and nephews.
True to her proud Irish heritage and strong Catholic faith, it was only fitting that she died on St. Patrick’s Day, wearing green beads.
Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial were March 22 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in hawnee, followed by burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shawnee, KS; Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO, 64114; or a charity of your choice . Online condolences may be left at

Patricia Peithman Baker – Obituary

0417 obit baker photoPatricia Peithman Baker, former resident of Lake Quivira, was born Dec. 26, 1920, to O.W. and Cora Lamm Peithman at Knob Noster, MO. She was a descendant of a pioneer land owning family who settled in Pettis County (Sedalia, MO) 150 years ago on her mother’s side and a direct descendant on her father’s side of the Peithmans, going back to 1380 in Northern Germany.
She went to college at Missouri Valley in Marshall, MO., and CMSTC in Warrensburg, MO. Patty came to Kansas City in 1941 and became a consultant for the Sonotone Hearing Aid Co., where she was the top woman consultant in the United States for four years.
She married Harvey L. Baker on July 28, 1946, and together they founded the Keystone Sunday School Class at Washington Ave. Methodist Church in Kansas City, KS. She was a member of the Church for over sixty years and was a co-owner of Baker Printing Co. for 25 years. She was a member of several circles at Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of the choir for over fifty years.
She belonged to the Junior League of Wyandotte & Johnson Counties and the McDowell Music Club. She was president of the Naturalization Council of KCK for eight years, helping foreign born war brides assimilate into the American way of life.
Patty lived at Lake Quivira for 44 years and was a very active member and officer of the Quivira Mother’s Club, the GWGA Golf Association and the Quivira Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, on Dec. 9, 2014. Patty is survived by son, David Brent Baker and his wife Cindy; two grandsons, Wesley B. Baker and his wife Mary, and Jackson W. Baker; two great grandchildren, Kayla and Aidan; and sister, Louise Barrett of California.
Private graveside services were March 15, at the National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Trinity United Methodist, KCK or the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice . Condolences may be expressed at: .

New members always welcome at LQ Photo Club

By Jim Regan and Leslie Treas

April Meeting

At the April 11 meeting, Jim Regan will demonstrate various methods of photo presentation using the Lightroom Slideshow module. Friends, family and new members are always welcome to attend the 7 p.m. meeting in the Lake Quivira Clubhouse.

Field Trip?

As the field trips that our group have taken together in the past have been a ton of fun, as well as a great, hands-on way to learn to take better photos, there is much interest in doing this kind of thing again. Many of you remember the overnight trip we took to photograph the Konza Prairie in the Flint Hills with Bill Thomas (owner of Crick Camera Shop and instructor at KC Art Institute). He has offered to take our group on another trip somewhere. If we want to do it (in June), where should we go?
Overnight photo trip ideas: Train, van or carpool to Hermann, MO, picture-book, 19th century German village about two hours from KC
Local field trip ideas:
Somerset Vineyard and Winery in Paola offers wine tasting tours and often have music and other special events. They also serve tapas and other light fare.
Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 179th and Antioch, a 300 acre park with many photo opps.
* 13 gardens with more than 1,700 species of plants;
* Trails that traverse rocky bluffs and bottomland paths;
* 180 acres of prairie, home to native grasses and wildflowers;
* Fauna, including birds, dragonflies, deer, snakes and other wildlife;
* Formal and informal educational activities.
Please reply with your ideas!