What’s New at ‘The Q’?

Quivira Community Center, Inc. (Q2) Report
By Mark Kistler, Q2 Board President

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. I’m thankful for this great community and to work alongside hardworking volunteers who truly power this incredible place to live. I am also thankful that at last month’s annual membership meeting, ballot item #2 authorizing monthly dues of $37.50 was approved, along with ballot item #6 authorizing a $75,000 reserve fund for the community center. The passionate involvement of our membership and the record turnout of voters reminds me of a great quote: “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” ~Anonymous
As you drive / walk by The Q, you will notice the construction fence has been taken down. The exterior of the building is pretty much complete and can now be enclosed for the work to be done inside (great timing given the change in weather!). The final grade around the building is scheduled to start this month. Handrails are up, drywall is in progress, stairs to the upper and lower levels are about to be poured and we have electricity! The final version of paint (gray and white) has been selected, and basketball goals have been installed. Given we now have electricity (heat), we plan to hold our next Q2 board meeting inside the community center in order to conduct a walk-through and discuss a readiness assessment for initial opening.
Speaking of basketball goals, the cost to purchase and install the goals was supported by a member’s thoughtful and generous, tax-deductible, charitable contribution. The Q2 Board received its first grant application for facility enhancements, and it was readily approved. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, Q2 can accept charitable contributions such as this to fund projects that help improve facilities, equipment and operations of the community center. If you are like me, this is the time of year for tax planning, and if you are so inclined to make a charitable contribution to Q2, please reach out to me or any board member to discuss.
The Q2 Board, through the work of its three hard working committees, has developed a series of provisional rules and regulations for the new community center. Work began at the committee level about six months ago and the rules have gone through several reviews by both the Q2 Board and the Quivira, Inc. Board. The intent is to use them to guide the initial operations, both in general and for each area of the community center. They will be further refined as we learn how best to govern this new facility and each of its areas. They are being made available for member review so you can find them posted on the Lake Quivira website www.lakequivira.org; under Member Central, click on Community Center. Feedback can be provided by contacting community center manager Derrick Wilde via e-mail dwilde@lakequivira.org or by contacting a member of the Q2 Board or its committees. The plan is to monitor the reasonableness and effectiveness of each of these rules during the first several months after the community center opens before they are formally approved.
Other items of note: the Q2 Board reviewed what Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) items have been ordered to date and when they are scheduled for delivery. We discussed 2020/2021 school year tuition and fees for the Pre-school and came to an agreement. The Youth Services Committee will begin preparing enrollment information packets for prospective parents who want to enroll their children for the upcoming school year. A reminder that the community center will have two classrooms available for the Preschool. There are currently twelve children enrolled, and the hope is that we can increase the number to twenty-four (two classrooms of twelve children each).
We also discussed plans for hiring front desk attendant(s) and a facility coordinator, which were approved as part of the community center’s 2020 operating budget. Derrick is working to create a Q2 “swag” website, where members can order fitness related athletic clothing, swim caps, goggles, etc. with the Q2 logo on them.
As you can see. there is a lot going on with this new amenity. The next Q2 board meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 19, at 6 p.m. Thanks to all for leading!

 

NARRATIVE FROM COUNCIL MEETING ON NOVEMBER 4, 2019

Mayor Ben Kalny and the following Councilmembers were present: Gayle Best, John Christy, Brady Lilja, Bruce Rimbo, Dave White.
City Staff. The following staff members were present: Erin Leckey, City Administrator/ Treasurer; Kathy Bounds, City Clerk / Court Administrator; Fred Grenier, Chief of Police/ Building Official; Ellis Rainey, City Attorney.
Recognition of Visitors: Randy Burgess, Bill Cole, John Nelson.
Mayor Kalny called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Councilmember Rimbo led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Kalny welcomed visitors and opened the floor for public comments. There were no public comments.
Mayor Kalny thanked Bruce Rimbo and Dave White for their dedication and service as Councilmembers for the City of Lake Quivira. He presented each with a plaque inscribed with their name and years of service as a token of his and the city’s appreciation. Bruce Rimbo served on the Council from 2016 -2019. Dave White served on the Council from 2011 – 2019.
Mr. Rimbo and Mr. White thanked everyone and expressed how much they have enjoyed serving on the Council, serving the citizens of Lake Quivira and working with City Hall staff.
Motion: Councilmember Rimbo made the motion to approve the minutes from the October 7,
2019 Council meeting. Councilmember White seconded the motion. Vote: 5-0 – motion carried.
Bill Cole presented the bylaws and Watershed Agreement for Johnson County Stormwater as discussed in a previous meeting. The Watershed program replaces the County-wide program, and the City has to enter into the Watershed Agreement to be part of the program. Mayor Kalny entertained a motion for the City of Lake Quivira to enter into the agreement to participate in the Watershed program with Johnson County Stormwater.
Motion: Councilmember White made the motion for the City of Lake Quivira to enter into the agreement to participate in the Watershed program with Johnson County Stormwater. Councilmember Rimbo seconded the motion. Vote: 5-0 – motion carried. The Watershed Agreement was signed by Mayor Kalny and attested by City Clerk Bounds.
Mr. Cole reported on the spillway project, noting other than some work to the gate, it is functional and not in need of immediate repair. His recommendation is to begin long-term planning for the spillway project in 2020, and to budget for construction to begin in 2021.
The Treasurer’s Report was submitted by City Treasurer Leckey. Councilmember Lilja made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted. Councilmember White seconded the motion. Vote: 5-0 – motion carried.
*A copy of the Treasurer’s Report can be obtained at City Hall.
City Treasurer Leckey reported Sean Gordon, our previous auditor, has started his own CPA firm (Gordon CPA LLC), and he matched the quote from the lowest bidder for auditing services. He also locked in the rate, at a lower rate than the lowest bidder, for three years. It was agreed since he matched the lowest bid and he is already familiar with our city from previous audits, that the city would retain him as our auditor. The audit is expected to take place on January 20, 2020, and should only take a day to complete.
Police Chief Grenier reviewed his monthly report, noting he had nothing new to add.
City Administrator Leckey reported she is still working on the first responder’s mapping project and anticipated having more information to provide soon.
City Clerk Report was Submitted. No additional comments.
Mayor Kalny reminded everyone that November 5 is Election Day and encouraged everyone to vote. Mayor Kalny voiced concern about the road conditions on Holliday Drive just west of Renner Road on the north side where it dips, noting he contacted the Unified Government about this issue in the past, and they were helpful in providing patch work. He encouraged the Council to consider rectifying this situation in the near term.
Councilmember Best reported holiday lighting around the City Hall building should begin next week and noted the Canopy Company will be installing them. She reported the Recycle Education Program had a lighter attendance than was hoped for, but a lot of good questions were asked by those who were in attendance. She reported John Blessing with Waste Management, who facilitated the event, was pleased with how it turned out.
Councilmember Christy reported the Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5
p.m. on Saturday November 30. There will be a local choral ensemble performing Christmas music. Following the tree lighting, the event will move inside the Clubhouse. Complimentary hot chocolate and cider will be served. Mayor Kalny suggested the city purchase mugs with the new city logo on them and have the Clubhouse offer those to folks as a “buy a drink, keep the mug” option as a way for the City to promote and support the efforts of the Clubhouse staff.
Councilmember Lilja gave an update on the deer harvest program, reporting the hunters have seen fifteen deer so far, and that one doe has been harvested. The deer harvest program runs through November 24. He also reported on the status of the new website and notification app, noting there has been a delay in launching due technical issues, but he is working closely with the developer and is optimistic we are close to the project being completed. The City will advertise through multiple media platforms to notify the community when it goes live.
Councilmember Lilja also reported he and city staff met with CBIZ, the city’s insurance carrier, to go over 2020 policies and rates. Staff from CBIZ will be at the December meeting to go over this information and answer any questions.
Councilmember Rimbo gave an update on the roadway project and reported the project has been completed and the pothole repairs look good.
Councilmember White reported on the gas station. He noted there was an incident where a customer thought he was charged for gas he didn’t receive; however, Terry Presta researched it and was able to resolve it, with Mr. Presta and the customer mutually determining the customer did receive the gas he pumped and was charged for. Councilmember White said he was happy to see the security cameras are now installed at the gas station. Chief Greiner reported as of today, November 4, they are active and recording live video.
Councilmember Best reported the large item pick up and shred it date is scheduled for Saturday, November 9. Flyers were delivered to black boxes notifying residents of the date and what time they needed to have items out for pick up, as well as what would be accepted. The flyer also included information about the shredding event.
John Nelson gave an update on the Duck Cove project, reporting he anticipates Lakeshore Drive West being open by November 15. The box culvert has been poured, and he is optimistic the project will be completed before the end of December.
Bill Cole presented an invoice from Foresight Solutions, LLC, in the amount of $3,450 for services rendered 01-01-19 through 10-31-19 relating to OPTI work for the city. Mayor Kalny thanked Mr. Cole for his services.
Building Official Grenier presented a plumbing quote from Russell Bloom Plumbing in the amount of $1,925 for repairs and upgrades to city hall restrooms. Other options were discussed and the item was tabled.
Motion: Councilmember Lilja made the motion to adjourn at 7:43 p.m. Councilmember White seconded the motion. Vote: 5-0 – motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

Growing up Quiviran: Remembering the angels among us – By Kathy Finlen Simpson

It happens every year around Christmastime. That song by Alabama comes on the radio and I am transported. These words bring back memories of all those people in my life who have impacted me in big and small ways.
“Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give,
To guide us with a light of love.”
The angels among us at Lake Quivira have not always been perfect by any measure. They are simply good folks who extend kindness, generosity and love to others. These change agents create a positive momentum that can’t help but rub off on the rest of us. Their actions make the Lake so much more than a country club. We are a community that cares for one another.
Here are a few of the angels among us from the collective memories of some grown-up Quivira kids and others.
Mary Louise Lobue – While small in stature, Mary Louise was big on hospitality when she resided at the Lake with her husband George during the 70s and 80s. Perpetually cheery, Mary Louise always wore a smile. The Lobues made a point of welcoming every new family to Quivira with an invitation to dinner at their home.
Martha Chapman – Martha and her scout leader husband Dick Chapman lived at the Lake for 35 years until 2006. She was more than competent in the kitchen but her real forte was baking her heavenly angel food cakes. From all types of family celebrations to funerals, you knew you were touched by an angel when Martha dropped off one of her coveted cakes.
Betty McAnany, Jeanne Blessing and MaYoung Lee – These ladies understood the value of networking before it was the thing to do. They routinely issued that first invitation to involve new members and neighbors in golf or another Lake activity. Their introductions made getting plugged in so much easier.
Bob Lee – This uber-talented gentleman has blessed Quivirans in countless ways, especially by founding and hosting one of our most treasured annual events. The Gobble Wobble, a Thanksgiving Day tradition here since 1971, lets Quivirans start our day giving thanks while running or walking around our beloved lake. Clearly this was a heaven-sent idea manifested through a faithful servant.
Frank Brown – One of the adults I admired most growing up at Lake Quivira was Frank Brown. I remember in 5th grade, Mr. Brown was our Webelo Pack leader. He took us on our first camping trip across from the horse pastures, and he let each of us have turns driving his car while sitting on his lap at Shawnee Mission Park. But the thing I admired most was that he wore blue jeans. That was cool. A dad who wore jeans! Of course, years later the one I admired most was Frank’s daughter, who thankfully said “YES” when I popped the question. ~Mark Bainbridge
Gary Anderson – This recently retired, Lake & Residential Manager treated Quivirans as if they were family. Whether opening the pre-school, clearing the roads in winter or setting up chairs for an event, Gary had a personal touch that assured you he would make it happen.
Tim Perkins – Thanks to the considerate actions of this former resident, widows across the Lake magically had their driveways cleared in winter. Who can you call when your husband is in the hospital and your smoke alarms randomly go off at 2 am? Tina Mullinix called her neighbor Tim, who silenced the alarms and provided a shoulder to lean on.
Cathy Goodier – So many mourn the recent, untimely loss of this devoted wife and mother, steadfast friend and accomplished businesswoman. During my one and only chance meeting with Cathy at Blessing Park, she inquired how I might help a young man she knew. If you must leave only one impression about yourself, may it be that you cared most about helping another.
Doris Smith – When you say angels among us, I definitely think of my Grandmother Doris Smith. She also was nicknamed our “Green Grandma” by my bother for her love of the outdoors, gardening and plants. Her home Lake Quivira was her favorite place to be, where she stayed busy cooking, cleaning, taking care of her family and serving others. Everything was done with a joyful heart. Grandma Smith taught by example. I am grateful she instilled the Psalm 23 in all of our hearts. ~Kim Ansari
Norma Lee Winters – This festive Quiviran knows how to celebrate a holiday. Her outdoor decorations add color, fun and humor our lives, and even catch the attention of the neighborhood dogs. ~Betsy Vossman
Dr. John Huff – Generations of Quivira native sons and daughters got their working career started at Lake Quivira. The Lake benefited from minimum-wage help and we benefited from the job experience. Sometimes work at the Clubhouse was followed by skinny dipping at Crescent Beach and drinking beer, which was bought with fake IDs. Girls didn’t participate, although they once stole all of our clothes. One night my misadventure began with smashing a beer bottle over the edge of the swimming dock (“I christen thee swimming dock”). My coworker, John Huff, Jr., fortunately knew a good doctor: his father. Dr. Huff was woken up and sutured my foot. No anesthesia necessary for I was feeling no pain. Not wanting my parents to find out, I asked him if we could keep this private. Dr. Huff replied, “I don’t print things in The Quiviran.” A thousand pardons, Dr. Huff, the story is now being printed in The Quiviran.
My life lessons: Doctor-patient, lawyer-client and clergy-parishioner relationships are cloaked in secrecy privileges for good reasons. And, don’t skinny-dip and expose yourself to sharp objects. ~Mark Brown
Barbara Brown – There was no greater and more loving angel to me as I was growing up at Lake Quivira (1969-1989) than Barbara Brown, mother to Mark, Holly, Bart, and Kelly; and wife to Frank Brown. They lived next door to me on Terrace Trail South. She was always so kind, welcomed me into their loving and vibrant home, and was always genuinely concerned for my welfare and my happiness, especially in the years that followed my parents’ divorce. She was a true angel who cared for me and many others! ~Staci Ketchum Cross
Evelyn Bainbridge, Margie Braun, June Caler, Martha Chapman, Marlo Gould, Karen Harding, Bitsy Jeffries, Charlotte Kirchner, Phyllis Nason, Judy Oliver and Nan With – Growing up at Lake Quivira, I remember my mom, Barbara Brown, and her circle of friends who were “Angels Among Us” for our family. These ladies and others were always “there” for us. From every-day life to special events or difficult times, they shared meals and comfort food or came over for fun conversations and laughter sitting around the kitchen table. Many times, prayers and encouragement were the need. They were there with an abundance of help and hope. These women have been lifelong friends and mentors for me and will always have my heartfelt admiration and appreciation. ~Holly Brown Bainbridge
The LQ GUARDian Angel – My angel was never a Lake Quivira member, yet we all knew him, and he knew everyone: man, woman and child. He was an integral part of Quivira for many years. As a small boy, he sat on his father’s lap as he drove a bulldozer, clearing trees and digging out the valley that would become the lake.
Later when he was a teenager, he helped build many of the rock walls at the end of the coves. When World War II (WWII) started, he joined the Army and served overseas in Europe. After the war, he returned to Kansas City and got a job at Lake Quivira.
My family moved to Lake Quivira in 1959 when I was six years old, and that is when met him. In the summer he dragged the beach in the morning. During the school year he was our bus driver (in those days Quivira had its own school bus), and all the kids wanted to sit up front to open and close the doors. He also drove the fire truck in times of need.
When he was working his day job at the lake, a few of my friends and I would go and sit in his little house and listened to him tell stories while he chained smoked Pell Mell unfiltered cigarettes. We learned a lot from him (some we couldn’t share with our parents).
Back in the early days, a lot of the equipment the maintenance department used came from him. Most of it was WWII surplus equipment.
He never sought or wanted to be in the limelight, yet he was always there when needed. He was loved by one and all. I see his face and name every time I drive through the gate. That’s where we all see his plaque. His name is Duane Everhart. ~John Huff, Jr.

Mayor’s Report – December 2019

By Ben Kalny, Mayor, City of Lake Quivira
The City of Lake Quivira is excited to roll out our updated website and mobile app with our new branding. We encourage all residents to view the new website at www.cityoflakequivira.org. Along with the website is a free mobile app available in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store for Android devices. The app is free to download. It will provide lots of information on our website such as meeting detail, announcements and other important information about your city government. We are particularly excited about the emergency notification functionality that can be leveraged to send out immediate notifications in the event of an urgent situation or emergency. If you’d like this app, simply go to your device’s store and download it for free. You will be asked to accept notifications. You must select “yes” if you desire to receive notifications.
This is our first version, and we will continue to add content and a credit card payment option for dog registration, garbage stickers, building permits and other options in the future. You will be hearing more about the City website and app as the functionality evolves and matures. Thank you to our incoming Mayor Brady Lilja and City Clerk Kathy Bounds for their hard work on this project that will benefit our city for years to come. I think this upgrade to our web presence is an excellent reflection on our City and something I am proud to be a part of as I exit my post as your Mayor.
Concluding my term as Mayor is a bittersweet notion. On the one hand, I will greatly miss the pleasure of serving our city with such a tremendous team of committed individuals. On the other hand, I know our great city will benefit from the talents, focus and new energy of individuals who will usher our municipality into the next season.
As I survey some of the areas for which the city has responsibility, I am pleased to report the state of our municipality is excellent. We are in very competent hands.
City Hall – During my tenure as mayor, we conducted an employment search which resulted in the hiring of our new City Clerk, Kathy Bounds. It is a delight to work with Kathy, who is a true professional. Our city will benefit from her excellence for many years to come.
Financial – Erin Leakey serves our City as both Treasurer and City Administrator. Where do I start? Erin could not be more reliable and trustworthy. She is highly competent and keeps us all on track.
Police – Chief Grenier is someone in whom I have complete confidence. He is fair-minded and has a deep care for the health and safety of our community. We are fortunate to have Chief Grenier and his team protecting us.
Fire – Working closely with the City of Shawnee Fire Department ensures that our City is protected by the most current technologies available in this arena. We are spoiled to be protected by the capable hands of Chief John Maddox and his team of professionals with the Shawnee Fire Department.
Court – Judge Dan Parker not only knows the law, but as a resident of our city, he also knows Lake Quivira. We are a unique city. Having our matters adjudicated by one with a lens that is “Lake Quivira informed” is tremendously helpful to us all.
Board of Zoning – Under the tremendously dedicated leadership of Mark Brown, our Board of Zoning Appeals has the important and delicate responsibility of protecting our community by navigating nuances of our zoning considerations. This is one of those very important areas to which one may not pay much attention. However, if not done well, we would be painfully aware. This important board protects our city with both effectiveness and diplomacy.
Stormwater Management – As I have referenced on many occasions, stormwater management will only be more and more significant for our city as time goes on. From watershed management to illicit discharge considerations, we are so fortunate to have the volunteer commitment of Bill Cole serving as our representative on the Stormwater Management Advisory Council. I would be remiss to not mention the incredible dedication of John Nelson, as well, who has been absolutely instrumental in ensuring that our City benefits from funding opportunities for stormwater management.
Our new Mayor, Brady Lilja, could not be more qualified to usher us into the next season. He is competent, fair minded, experienced, and brings a multi-generational commitment to the post. It is with great appreciation as well as comfort that I pass the gavel to the worthy leadership of Mr. Lilja. I know we are is great hands.
Sincerely,
~Mayor Ben

Letters to the Editor

TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOVERNANCE IDEAS FOR NEXT YEAR
By Mark Jacobs
I am writing to commend the Quivira, Inc. Board of Directors for their thoughtful responses and comments at their November Board meeting on the results of the votes from the Member Meeting that took place the previous evening.
Irrespective of the results of the votes, the record turnout shows we have an engaged membership who are passionate about the financial health and long-term direction and prosperity of our community, and I am heartened our Board members see this engagement as recognition of the hard-work, commitment and service they put in, for which we should all be grateful.
As we move to final month of this year, it is my hope we can apply some of the learnings from 2019 to maximize and continue these levels of member engagement. Therefore, I humbly offer some suggestions to the Board of actions they could take to facilitate continued Transparency, Accountability and good Governance in 2020:
Transparency
Improve Quivira, Inc. Monthly Financial Reporting
Make copies of the Quivira, Inc. monthly financial reports available to any Foundation Member who requests one, without a waiver
Go back to the previous report format, which included previous year / historical columns
Do not have separate departments for items such as utilities, housekeeping, taxes, and insurance: apply the “matching doctrine,” with these expenses allocated fairly within the appropriate departments, offset by the revenue they generate
Institute a 2020 Monthly Financial Dashboard
– Provide the membership with an easy to understand, ‘quick glance’ report, showing financial performance versus budget, with narrative if necessary, published each month in The Quiviran.

Publish the previous encumbrance documentation
Publishing documentation detailing the previous encumbrance of the land used as collateral for the Cornerstone bank loans should be easy to do, would pose no confidentiality issues and would put this issue to rest once and for all.
Accountability
Provide Audit Report Presentations at the March 2020 Member Meeting
Make every possible effort to have the 2018 and 2019 Quivira, Inc. audits completed for the March 2020 Foundation Member meeting
Present a high-level summary of the 2019 financial performance, with learnings and action plans for 2020 as appropriate
Perform a Community Center 90-day “check-up/check-in”
The membership understand we will learn a lot in the first year our Community Center is open about the associated revenue, expenses and managerial intricacies of its operation. Publish a high-level summary of the findings and learning gained from the first 90 days and how these compare to the 2020 operating plan and assumptions so that we can all be part of ensuring the success of our new amenity.
Large Event Financial Risk Management
For large member events such as the annual Golf Classic and Pontoon Crawl, institute a process where the Finance Committee review and approve the financial and operational plans prior to the events, as a check-step to prevent large and unexpected losses. Consider a similar process for large non-member events.
Governance
Nomination Committee extended outreach
– I hope the Nomination Committee seek and encourage candidates for all committees that span the largest possible cross-sections of our community, and include those members who have been vocal in expressing alternate points of view this year; make them part of the solution in 2020.
Improved 2021 Budgeting Processes
Start the budgeting process earlier next year to ensure all 2021 budgets are completed and circulated to Foundation Members at least a month before the November meeting. This would give members more time to review 2021 plans and ask appropriate questions in a controllable manner.
Ask department heads to provide short summary rationales / business cases for key proposed capital expenditures, so that the membership can understand these budgets better.
Agree a new long-term contract for The Quiviran
– The Quiviran is a newspaper by and for the Lake Quivira community, editorially independent from Quivira, Inc. and its Board of Directors. As such, it performs a vital role in enabling good governance and facilitating the high levels of transparency and accountability we all aspire to. Agreeing a new contract with The Quiviran sends a positive message to the community that its vital place and role it plays in our community is assured for the long term.
With initiatives such as these, we might then be in the right position to explore the broader strategic issues around “Community or Country Club” that Board President Sestak outlined so well at the Membership Meeting.
Until then, I hope the Board will count on all of us for support in ensuring the financial health of Quivira in 2020 and beyond, with Clubhouse operations on a more stable financial footing, and our new Community Centre successfully established.

KANSAS CITY AUDUBON BIRD CLUB EXPLORES LAKE QUIVIRA
By Mike Cooper

On Saturday, 11/9/19, on behalf of the Quivira Natural Resources Committee and Trailblazers, Kendall and I hosted a KC Burroughs Audubon Society field trip to LQ.  Eighteen birders from metro KC, Lawrence and Topeka enjoyed a crisp, sunny day telescoping the lake for rare gulls, migrating ducks, grebes, and loons.
After walking Trail #5 around the stables silt pond and the Trail #3 loop around the south settling pond, 49 species had been recorded, including a new-for-LQ Virginia Rail, unfortunately dead on the south dam road, and a second-ever Long-tailed Duck.
All participants, most also new-to-LQ, were very complimentary of our new Nature Center, lake, community, and the encircling woodland buffer from urbanity. In particular, they were interested in how we Quivirans have been able to protect from developers the precious, irreplaceable, intact, contiguous, un-partitioned, non-fragmented, tenuous, fragile ecosystem of forest, trails, streams, wetlands, pastures and lake.
I answered, “It hasn’t been easy for 40+ years, especially lately!”

VOLUNTEERISM IN JEOPARDY?
By Tom Hall

I, like a number of fellow Quivirans, am deeply concerned about what’s happening here.  But the cause for my concern is not that we’re questioning some legitimate issues, but how they’re being addressed. Often accompanied by half truths (at best) and purposefully misleading “facts,” communications are being circulated with the clear intent to question the honesty and integrity of our Board members and other volunteers who work hard on our behalf. It’s healthy to have an honest debate about our concerns; it’s not healthy to impugn the character of the person you disagree with.
As I write this before the budget meeting, I have just read John Kasich’s book It’s Up To Us, where he challenges us to follow ten guiding principles. While I’d recommend the entire book, I wish everyone would read and adhere to his seventh principle he calls “Get Out of Your Silo.” That principle challenges us to search for the truth by considering other points of view that may differ from our own.  Here’s a correct quote from Mr. Kasich that really got my attention: “That means taking the time to study an issue before weighing in on it in a public way.”
So specifically, here’s my biggest concern: Volunteerism is such a strong component of the Quivira culture and a big part of what makes us special. Will that continue if volunteers are continually attacked?

WE ARE COMMUNITY
The recent events here at LQ – disagreements, public challenges, overt arguments, delayed financial statements – have challenged us to look at one another’s views, as well as to speak up. We all have opinions. And, we are all different. We are young and we are old, working and retired, new as well as life-long residents. Many of us have raised kids here, experienced illness even death of a loved one, divorce and financial challenges. Yet, on one issue we are all alike. We love LQ. For many of us it’s nature’s abundance in which we thrive. To others, golf or horses or the ability to build one’s dream. But my point is this place was designed for difference.
Just look at our houses – each is completely different from the others. Most are expressions of who we are. We are unique. So, please let’s respect one another as we go through this process. No more heckling. No more judging one another for speaking up. No more snide comments to neighbors who think differently.
We all want what’s best. Many just want openness and facts before we increase dues for the joy of living here. This is not personal. It’s about community. Working through our differences with respect and listening.
Let’s look for the common good. It is emotional, but it’s not personal. We need to be about community.
~Betsy Stewart

EDITORIAL: THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS
By Leanna Walters
As the ballot results from last month show, these are interesting times for Lake Quivira. Are we a Community or a Country Club? How should membership dues be spent? Do the Clubhouse losses this year indicate broader fiscal management issues?
In a city as diverse and vibrant as Lake Quivira, these are just a few of the questions facing us, and with opinions seemingly evenly split, it appears it is not just a small group of malcontents posing them.
I don’t pretend to have easy answers myself, but I do know the dedicated volunteers on our Board of Directors and various committees make difficult choices and then face scrutiny from the membership about these decisions. It’s always been that way.
At the same time, the best leaders, those who create enduring economic and societal value, recognize and embrace the “obligation to dissent.” Put simply, you cannot be an effective leader in business, politics or society unless you encourage those around you to speak their minds, to bring attention to issues and concerns and to be as direct and strong-willed in their evaluations of you as you are in your strategies and plans for them.
Are we forgetting there is such a thing as the “loyal opposition”? Isn’t our community complex enough to have gray areas about which good people can disagree? Do we really believe those members of our community expressing constructive opinions and openly disagreeing are any less sincere in their motivations and willingness to do what they think is right?
Both dissenting and accepting dissent take guts. And when we embrace dissent, we get the engagement and attention of the best minds in our community, meaning we are more likely to get the best outcomes.
I, for one, celebrate these Quivirans—they’re also volunteers–who are willing to express alternative points of view, and I will continue to champion their free expression here, in the Letters to the Editor pages of The Quiviran, as well as the other means we have as a community to communicate with each other.

2019 Holiday Bazaar: A great community effort!

By Gayle Best

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The Lake Quivira Holiday Bazaar was held November 22 and 23 and was a huge success. There was a steady stream of people that seemed to never stop. Saturday at midday I looked out the front door of the Clubhouse and was shocked to see a temporary parking lot set up on the old golf range filled with cars! What a great idea to help manage the crowd size. All of the team leads, 145 shift volunteers and countless bakers of delicious goodies should be proud of their participation, and I thank you all very much for your involvement. We have the best community ever!
As of publishing, our Treasurer Cindy Lanigan is compiling the final numbers, which are expected to be even better than last year’s record-setting level. Garden Club receives a percentage of vendor sales. That, plus booth fees, proceeds from Bake Sale, Raffle, Wine Pull and in-home Executive Chef Dinners will allow us to gift back a wonderful, special project to the Community in 2020.
The Ladies’ “Spectacular” Champagne Luncheons featured dishes from well-known New York City restaurants, which supported our overall theme, The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It was a complete sellout with 280 members and their guests attending. Chef Michael and his staff outdid themselves! Also great to see all of the business in the bar all Friday afternoon and into the evening. Why can’t every Friday be like this?

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Thanks and recognition go to our Holiday Bazaar Leads/Co-leads:
Cindy Lanigan, Treasurer, plus her group of sales recorders/technology people, who spent hours both days keeping on top of all the money!
Mary Ann White, Frenchie Eckinger and Jeanne McGrath – Raffle
Heather Wachsnicht, Amanda Frasier, Bridget Pereira and Michelle Coffey – Bake Sale
Lorri Claiborne, Sandy Allen and Meg Schemmel – Wine Pull
Jen Wood – Front Door greeters
Mary Linda Boling – Graphics
Kristie Brady, printed materials for posters, banners, street signs and invitations
Anita Link – Champagne luncheon
Linda Burns, Colleen Irwin – Clubhouse decor
Lisa Walsh, Meg Schemmel – Social Media and Volunteer Sign Up Genius
Riva Noack – my partner in outside holiday pots and urns.
Special thanks to all who donated their time to helping vendors unload and load their products. You all really got your daily 10,000 steps in!
A huge thank you to the Q Inc. Staff. This was by far the very best-managed event I have been involved in at Lake Quivira. Thank you to Faith, Chef Michael, Richard, Katie, Peter and Justin and all of their staff. Job very well done.

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Lake Quivira’s Project Play Initiative – Building thoughtful play spaces for kids of all ages

Project Play Initiative FlyerThe Lake Quivira Community Center will host several play spaces for children, including an outdoor youth playground situated front-and-center.
We believe that these play spaces can appeal to our LQ childrens’ collective sense of wonder just as the natural lake surroundings do year-round.
Mothers’ Club wants to make these play spaces as beautiful, family-friendly and thoughtful as possible. Will you help?
Our goal is to raise $100,000 to provide our community with sensory-based, nature-inspired play spaces that will appeal to all ages. We can’t do it alone!
The Lake Quivira Foundation has committed a $2.00 match for every $1.00 contributed to this initiative over the first $50,000 raised.
Your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation can be mailed to Mothers’ Club Treasurer Erin Leckey, 302 Terrace Trail West, or to Lake Quivira Foundation Treasurer Annie Noland, 116 Terrace Trail South. Please specify “Project Play” in the memo.
All donations are appreciated! Donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized on our Playground Plaque.
For more information on Project Play, reach out to us at lqmomsclub@gmail.com
Thank you for your generous support!

Halloween, Christmas and Project Play keeping Mothers’ Club busy

By Liz Wolfe
The Mothers’ Club holiday season is always jam-packed with activities for the whole family.  We kicked off this year with a wildly successful Halloween party, beginning with our popular costume “fashion show,” documented by Ron Bower, one of Lake Quivira’s most generous and cherished photographers.
The runway show was followed by a new favorite: a scary ghost story told by Lake Quivira’s theater maven, Megan Schemmel, who told a scary (but not too scary) ghost story to the crowd. Comments following ranged from “Wow, that was scary” to “Is that a real witch?”–a sure sign of a successfully told tale. Pizza, treats, and dancing to the selections of DJ Bryan Albers followed, and finally, indoor trick-or-treating was provided for those too cold-averse to make the trek down Hillcrest East.
December brings the Mothers’ Club Christmas Party with Santa and the Clubhouse’s Santa Brunch on Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is open to all Quivirans and their families. Join us for crafts, letters to Santa and a visit from St. Nick himself. Then enjoy a brunch buffet at the Clubhouse. Be sure to RSVP for the Clubhouse brunch (913-631-4821). Pictures with Santa and activities are complimentary for Mothers’ Club members; you can join LQMC for $25 at any time. Non-members are still welcome to participate in Santa photos for $5 per child.
Project Play Initiative
Finally, Mothers’ Club is hard at work designing and fundraising for our Project Play initiative, which aims to construct beautiful, thoughtful, sensory-based indoor and outdoor play spaces, reflective of the natural beauty of Lake Quivira, at our new Community Center.
We aim to raise $100,000 to fund this initiative and would love the support of the LQ community. The Lake Quivira Foundation has committed a $2 match for every $1 contributed to this project over the first $50,000 raised.
Casino Night
Please support our efforts by attending our biennial Casino Night fundraiser on February 29, 2020, or consider making a tax-deductible donation to either the Lake Quivira Mothers’ Club or the Lake Quivira Foundation, both 501(c)3 organizations, before the end of the year.  All donations are greatly appreciated! Contributions above $1,000 will receive recognition on our Playground Plaque.
For more information on Project Play or any of our LQMC activities, reach out to us at lqmomsclub@gmail.com. Checks can be made out to Lake Quivira Mothers’ Club and delivered to LQMC treasurer Erin Leckey at 302 Terrace Trail West; or to the Lake Quivira Foundation and delivered to LQF treasurer Annie Noland at 116 Terrace Trail South.  Please note that your contribution should be directed to the Project Play initiative.