Reminder to all: Rules for Youth Operating Golf Carts

0617 golf cart clip artQuivira, Inc. Rules & Regulations Chapter IX Traffic, Page 1 (revised 1/2017)
V. Golf Carts
B. Youth Driver Rules
1. Family members who are at least fourteen (14) years of age, but under sixteen (16) years of age must have at minimum a Kansas Instruction’s Permit and shall be required to register with Quivira, Inc. and participate in the Golf Cart Safety Program presented by Quivira, Inc. Security to be eligible to operate a golf cart without adult supervision. The Learner’s Permit or copy of the permit, must be on his/her person while operating the golf cart.
2. Family members who are at least twelve (12) years of age, but under fourteen (14) years of age shall be allowed to operate a golf cart only with an adult member (21+) or family member (21+) seated next to them.
3. Guests under sixteen (16) years of age shall not be allowed to operate a golf cart on Quivira, Inc. roads and common grounds.
VI. Licensed Operator Only
Other than certain youth drivers permitted to operate a golf cart subject to the requirements of Section X. B. 2. Above, motorized vehicles used on Quivira, Inc. roads must be at least fourteen (14) years of age and have at minimum a Kansas Instruction’s Permit. License or Instruction Permit must be with driver when driving golf cart. State of Kansas restrictions placed upon drivers with an Instruction Permit will be enforced on Quivira, Inc. roads for operation of licensed motor vehicles. Operators of motorized vehicles used on Quivira, Inc. roads over sixteen (16) years of age must have a valid Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance.
If you are 14 yrs. of age and wish to take the “Golf Cart Safety Program” class, to be eligible to legally operate a golf cart, please contact our Security Manager, Kathy Niemeyer.

City of Shawnee to assume firefighting services at LQ, effective January 1, 2018

By Mike Olson, Mayor, City of Lake Quivira

After months of negotiating, the City of Lake Quivira has reached an agreement with the City of Shawnee regarding contract firefighting services. The contract will effectively end the volunteer fire department that has served us well for decades. Chief Mark Stephan will remain on staff for the next year to ensure a smooth transition.
The decision is not a reflection of the quality of our department. Changes in the county requirements in recent years have made it increasingly difficult for small departments to exist.
For years, our volunteers provided immediate medical attention and firefighting services, while professional firefighters were on route from the closest station which was fifteen minutes away. We are fortunate Shawnee now has a station that is three minutes from our emergency entrance.
The ten-year contract is effective January 1, 2018, and will renew every five years thereafter. We anticipate liquidating the fire department assets in 2018.
This was a hard decision for me personally. As a lifelong resident and former member of the department, I am sad to see this great tradition end. Those who have served understand the level of commitment that it takes. As residents, we have had caring members of our community on call 24/7, ready to provide aid to our families, friends and property. I urge all of you to personally thank the members of our Lake Quivira Fire Department.
It’s only June, but it is not too early to start thinking about the 4th of July. Please note the dam will be closed for traffic following the parade and will not reopen until the show is over and the dam is cleared of all debris. The west gate will be staffed, but will be used only for exiting traffic. Last year we received several requests to start the show a little earlier, so watch for the first burst shortly after dark. Remember, private fireworks are not permitted in the City of Lake Quivira. Please resist the urge to launch your own show. If you do, you will be fined.
I look forward to a long, warm, safe summer on the lake. I will see you on the water!

Volunteers provide facelift for Tennis Pro Shop

By Shelley Sneed
The 2017 tennis season is off to a great start! With the hiring of our new Tennis Professional Jon Renberger, we have added a wonderful addition to LQ’s tennis program. Please give him a warm welcome when you see him.
There are also many changes that have taken place to our Pro Shop area thanks to the giving people of this great community. I would like to personally thank Christi and Jon Stewart, Lisa Vedock, Amy Kentfield, Christy and Joe Heller, and Robin Kistler for taking time out of their busy schedules to give the area a much-needed facelift. They deep cleaned, power washed the deck, painted the interior walls and trim, removed old shelving, painted the large flower pots, painted tables and chairs, hung slat wall, added seating indoors, painted the bathroom, added a rug, new mirror and artwork–and these are just a few of the wonderful things they accomplished.
These improvements not only benefit those who play tennis, but our lake community as a whole. Please stop by and take a look.

Tennis Talk by Jon Renberger, LQ Tennis Pro

I have been the new tennis professional at Lake Quivira for about a month now, and I could not be more happy and excited to be here!

Just weeks ago, I was also hired as the head girls’ and boys’ tennis coach at the new Olathe West High School, where I will also teach English. I join Olathe West from Olathe South, where I taught College Preparatory English IV and head coached the girls’ and boys’ tennis teams the past nine years.
I was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas, am a 1990 KU graduate and have a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Baker. I have 26 years of head high school and collegiate tennis coaching experience, and I am professionally certified by the United States National Tennis Association.
At Olathe South, I became a Kansas Tennis Coaches Association Board member, was the State of Kansas 6A Boys’ Coach of the Year in 2012, was a Regional COY four times and was an NAIA Champions of Character COY nominee in 2014. During ten years at Lawrence Free State High School, my teams won numerous Sunflower League and 6A regional titles, were state runners-up three times and I coached two All-American singles players and four state champions. I was the Lawrence Public Schools COY in 2002 and 2008, State of Kansas Overall Girls’ COY in 2002, and the National Federation of State High School Associations Kansas Girls’ COY in 2003. I also head coached tennis for one year each at Nickerson High School, Sumner Academy and Olathe North.
My collegiate experience includes two years as the head men’s coach at Ottawa University and two years as the head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Saint Mary. I make the short drive to Lake Quivira from Overland Park where I live with my wife, Dionne, and our three children, Jonni (15), Jessi (12), and Drake (7).
During this past month, I have already met dozens and dozens of enthusiastic Lake Quivira tennis members and conducted several Junior Tennis League clinics, Stroke of the Day, and Cardio tennis clinics.
The tennis courts will be busy these next two months with summer recreation tennis Monday through Thursday mornings from 8-12, JTL clinics and matches Monday through Thursday afternoons from 12-3, women’s league on Monday evenings, men’s league on Tuesday evenings, the first ever Lake Quivira ladies Tencap team playing on Friday mornings, and Stroke of the Day and Cardio clinics from 8:30 to 10 every Saturday morning.
There will also be additional activities such as Tennis Family Fun Day on Monday, May 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. and a tennis racquet demonstration day on June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, when a representative from Wilson will be here to share the latest in exceptional tennis equipment. The annual youth/adult tennis tournament is scheduled for July 1, and Poker Tennis from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sat., July 29.
I cannot wait to meet everyone at Lake Quivira who has or desires to have a passion for tennis–the greatest lifetime sport!


Eighth Quivira Triathlon set for Saturday of Labor Day weekend

By Aline Zimmer
What better way to start Labor Day weekend than with the annual LQ Triathlon on Saturday, September 2? Now in its eighth year, it has become a family tradition for some and a fun challenge for everyone to see how quickly they can complete the 500 meter swim, two bike laps around the lake and a 5K run. The early-bird individual entry fee is just $25 through June 30, so it pays to register today before the price goes up. The fee will rise to $40 in July and $50 in August.
The event is open to all members and their guests, ages 16 and older. Teams must include at least one Lake Quivira member, and all three members must register at the same time.
Your entry fee gets you a t-shirt, swim cap, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and the recognition of being one of Quivira’s triathletes. It’s a bargain at $40 for individuals and $70 for a team. Friends and guests can purchase tickets for the pancake breakfast at the event for just $5 for adults (16 and over) and $3 for kids.
If you want to participate without racing, consider volunteering your time. You’ll get a free shirt, all the pancakes you can eat and the fun of cheering for your friends and neighbors. The triathlon can’t take place without volunteers, and our amazing community rises to the occasion each year. Volunteers help on race day to hand out water, keep an eye out for traffic, set up and decorate and much more.
For more information and to register as an individual, team or volunteer, visit Come be part of a unique and healthy way to end the summer.

Calling all stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers and canoers

By Teresa Biron
The Longest Day on June 17 is a fundraising event to show our love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to raise funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Will you please join me?
I would be very grateful to anyone who has a SUP, kayak or canoe to join me. Would you also be willing to share your board or kayak with anyone who does not have one and would like to try it? We will be meeting at the Yacht Club pavilion on June 17 at 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Any and all donations are appreciated. If you would like to participate, please give me a call or text at 913-231-6659 or email me at Everyone who wants to try a SUP must bring their own personal flotation device.
If you are unable to participate but would like to make a donation, you can go to my fundraising page at Scroll down to The Longest Day info, Tap on it. Tap on “Find A Participant” and put in my name Teresa Biron.
I will also be serving hot dogs, chips and water bottles for those that work up an appetite for this activity! Each item will be $1.
I hope to see you there. Thank you.
PS: I would like to make a collage of our loved ones. If you would like yours included, email me a picture.

Lake Quivira Tennis Club Joins local Tencap League

(l to r) Nancy Wedel, Lisa Coffman, Robin Kistler, Amy Kentfield, Lisa Vedock, Christi Stewart. .Not pictured: Mary Ball, Christy Heller, Leslie Treas, and Lynne Sestak. Photo by Lynne Sestak
(l to r) Nancy Wedel, Lisa Coffman, Robin Kistler, Amy Kentfield, Lisa Vedock, Christi Stewart. .Not pictured: Mary Ball, Christy Heller, Leslie Treas, and Lynne Sestak. Photo by Lynne Sestak

By Amy Kentfield
Lake Quivira has joined the Tencap interclub tradition in Kansas City. Our tennis program has grown, and a group of women were ready to take it to the next level. Tencap provides people the possibility of playing great tennis with other clubs around the city and facilitating new friendships along the way. It is also a wonderful opportunity for members of other clubs to be introduced to our tennis tradition and the beauty at Lake Quivira Country Club.
Summer play began the week of May 5. Teams play on three courts each week for a minimum of eight regular season matches. So far, we have played at Carriage Club and hosted a Woodside team at Lake Quivira. Relaxing after the match with a beverage and good company are all a part of the interclub tradition.
If you have any interest in starting another Lake Quivira Tencap Team, contact Kathy Gates at, or Jon Renberger at

LQ Tennis Club Summer Schedule 2017

Mon., May 29 – Memorial Day Family Fun Fest & Meet the Pro – 9-11 am
Sat., June 10 – Demo Days after Cardio Tennis – 10-noon
Come play and Demo racquets from Manufactures Rep

Thurs., June 22 – Margarita Mixer (Adult Only Event) – 6-8 pm
Sat., July 1 – Youth-Adult Tournament – 8 am-noon
Sun., July 2 – Rain out Date
Sat., July 29 – Poker Tennis (Adult Only Event) – 9-11 am
August TBD – End of Season Tennis Event – TBD
Men’s and Women’s Drills
Start Date – June 5th, 6th
Women play Monday nights – 7 – 8:30 – Pro Terry Miller
Men play Tuesday nights – 6:30-8:00 – Pro Jon

Stroke of the Day (8:30 -9 a.m.)
Cardio Tennis (9-10 a.m.)
The SOD is FREE, and the Cardio is $10
Stroke of the Day
Saturday, June 3 – Backhand
Saturday, June 10 – Approach Shot
Saturday, June 17 – Volley
Saturday, June 24 – Overhead
Saturday, July 1 – No Clinics
Saturday, July 8 – Lob
Saturday, July 15 – Drop Shot
Saturday, July 22 – Poach Volley
Saturday, July 29 – Poker Tennis

Welcome! By Aline Zimmer

Marcia and Dick Rippey
Marcia and Dick Rippey

They’re baaack . . . with cool cars and all that jazz

After ten years away, Dick and Marcia Rippey have returned to live at Lake Quivira. Dick lived here for 45 years and Marcia for 13, so they know the community well.
Dick grew up in Wisconsin and has always been around lakes. Now retired, he was District Manager and then Regional Manager at Armstrong in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Marcia, born and raised in Kansas, was an anesthesiologist for 34 years. After they married they moved into Marcia’s Cape Cod house on Lakeshore Drive, which quickly felt too small given Dick’s collection of “play” cars. A six-car garage with a house at Lake Winnebago lured them away.
But the garage provided happiness for a brief period. After a while they missed their friends, the golf course and the friendly atmosphere. Marcia kept her eyes and ears open, and when they found their current house, complete with a spacious garage and lots of windows, they jumped on it.
Marcia has a son who recently moved from Prairie Village to Dallas, a daughter in the Denver area and two granddaughters. Dick has three children, two of them in the Kansas City area. Richard is an engineer, Catherine works for Medicare and Ted is a Dean at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
The couple have a multitude of interests. Dick enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and tennis, and raced cars for eight years. Among his collection of autos is an Austin Healey from 1967, the last year they were manufactured. Marcia enjoys painting watercolors and is learning to play the dulcimer. They also run a jazz record business that dates back to 1947, and they travel to jazz festivals in Wisconsin and other states.
The Rippeys say it is nice to be back home, where they’ve picked right back up with traditions such as Fred Braun’s clean-up day. Friends have welcomed them with phone calls, visits and loaves of bread.
Welcome back to the Lake, Dick and Marcia.

LAKE QUIVIRA COMMUNITY MINISTRY: The Little Church with the Big Heart

Marilyn Brown
Marilyn Brown

By Barb Prater
Do you love to sing?  At Lake Quivira Community Ministry we love to sing all through the worship services.  We have many hymns and songs that have become our favorites through the years.  Bob Lee plays the piano and until recently, Paul Brown played the washtub bass.  LQCM members sing out much loved hymns from the traditional hymnal, enjoy contemporary songs that glorify the Lord in our praise book, and often choose from the eclectic collection of songs in the blue notebook.
The old blue song notebooks were in great need of reviving, so David Simms, previous lay leader, suggested we use some donated LQCM memorial gifts to make new songbooks in memory of Paul Brown.  Marilyn Brown (Paul’s wife) and Mendy Jarman (Paul’s daughter) thought this was a wonderful idea.  A devoted committee set to work going through the songs of the praise book and blue notebook to select, eliminate, order, number, copy, and collate.  New bright white song notebooks were created that are alphabetized, easy to use, and copyright compliant.
Marilyn Brown was asked to think of some favorite Bible verse, quote, or hymn memorable to her husband Paul.  It took a while, but the hymn “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” kept coming to her mind.  Written by Spanish liturgical composer Monsenor Cesareo Gabarain, it is based on Matthew 4:18-20.  Paul was a sailor and loved playing that song on his washtub bass with Bob.  The line from the hymn, “Now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me, by your side, I will seek other seas”, is placed on the songbook front in loving memory of Paul Brown, because we know Paul is seeking other seas now.  Also on the front cover are four beautiful Lake Quivira photos, in the quadrants of the cross, showing the four seasons.  The hymn and photos seems to express how meaningful the lake environment is to LQCM and our worship.
Marilyn says, “When the morning came for the dedication, David suggested bringing Paul’s bass (and his ever-present hat) to the service.  What a nice idea.  It was a wonderful service, with David and Bob making special remarks about Paul.  Having our family present was also very special.  With Susan presenting her beautiful cross, it was a day to be remembered.”
June worship services will be led by Rev Pam Bauer Nolan – except June 25.
June 4:  Acts 2:1-21:  “Pentecost:  Christ on Earth in Wind and Fire”
June 11: Matthew 28:16-20:   “Our walking orders….”
June 18:  Matthew 9:35-10:8:  “Entrusted with GREAT (never fake) News…..”
June 25: John 20: 19-31   “Who are We Protecting?”       Ira
For more information, contact Roy Worthington, 913-962-4557,