New Committee could measure ‘Quirky Potential’ of Prospective Members

By Amy Hinerman

After years of speed bump fun and riotous security ideas, I have retired from the Safety Committee. Feeling a sense of loss, I thought about other committees here at the lake, but nothing seemed to fit me. For a while now, however, I’ve been considering a new, revolutionary committee. It requires some outside-the-box thinking, but I think you’ll like it.

We need a New Member Worthiness Committee. To accept a new member, and open our gate and our hearts to them, they should undergo an extensive evaluation. Consider it a “Rush Week” of sorts. We need to keep our unique edge. It’s too darn easy to become an actual living, breathing Quiviran, other than forking over all that money.

Administering several personality tests would be the crux of the committee. Although it’s quite arduous, I’ve heard good things about the MMPI test, or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Hey, I like that – we would “inventory” our potential new members and set up a system cataloging the personality aspects of each person, along with their various hang-ups. We can almost guess what committee they will join. Then, in keeping with our wonderful sense of community, the test results could be distributed lake-wide via blackbox upon completion.

Rorschach inkblots would also be helpful in determining their outlook on life, i.e., if they see a butterfly, a uterus, or pan fried catfish.

Of course, the most important job of this committee, other than having fun being nosy, is to make sure one is quirky enough to be a Quiviran, with hopes of someday earning the exalted title of Quirky-viran. We’ll devise our own test, full of silly, nonsensical questions, and closely monitor their reactions, looking for warning signs of having no sense of humor, or the worst case scenario, having no personality whatsoever. We’ll have a clear signal to communicate our disapproval, like a gong, and to avoid uncomfortable friction or pandemonium, a trap door.

To put our member wannabes at ease for these tests, we could use our homey LQ Office. We’ll dim the lights, throw some pillows on the floor and light some candles. On the rare occasion, if deeper insight is warranted for someone borderline worthy, group hypnosis could be used. How someone imitates a washing machine or clucks like a chicken can say a lot about a person.

An Editorial From and About the ‘Peanut Gallery’

~ By Leanna Walters, Editor and Publisher, The Quiviran

I’m encouraged when I hear about Quivirans taking an active part in their local governance—attending City Council, Board and committee meetings, making their feelings known through writing letters to the editor and website or stuffing them in the black boxes, discussing issues with friends and neighbors–even circulating petitions.

This month, for example, larger-than-normal groups of Quivirans gathered at both the City Council and Board meetings, eager to present their cases. I did not attend the City Council meeting, where the topic was trimming the security budget. A survey was circulated prior to the meeting, and the survey creators were there to present their findings.

I did attend the June Board of Directors meeting. I commend the people who attended to support the reinstatement of golf privileges to a fellow Quiviran and who brought a petition signed by still more Quivirans. Such a showing takes organization and leadership.

However, I found the decorum of some of the members of the spectator group totally inappropriate. Board members were shouted down as they tried to explain their rationale of wanting to act cautiously. Thinly veiled threats (“If you don’t take action, we’ll. . .”) were tossed about with glee. It reminded me more of a smackdown than a business meeting.

Finally, a voice of reason and sanity (Anne Gill) carefully summarized what she was hearing from both groups (the Board and the petition signers) and suggested a temporary compromise, which was acted upon by the Board.

Unless we Quivirans want our governance to take place in closed executive session, I suggest we turn toward civility.

Reader Lauds Council for Proactive Budget Measures

~ By Barb Johnson

Chris Rada and I would like to thank all of you who took the time to complete our recent survey about our security at Lake Quivira. By participating, we were able to help educate residents about how Lake Quivira, Inc. and the City of Lake Quivira operate to assist the residents. Results and comments obtained through the survey were given to the City Council, in conjunction with other information.

Last week, the City Council decided, unanimously, to adjust the hours of police coverage. In this period of declining revenues, it is imperative that the council find ways to fund larger expenditures like upgrading the dam and sewers while still providing the protection to which Quivira residents are accustomed. We commend the Council for their efforts to be fiscally responsible. Even though police hours have been decreased, our security is uncompromised because the 24 hour coverage at the gate is a far better deterrent to crime than spotty police coverage. In addition, Quivira Inc. security still provides another 16 hours of coverage inside the gates, and the city provides an additional 18 hours of security through trained police officers.

We urge residents to attend future council meetings so they can see the work the council does in a voluntary capacity because of their interest and concern for our community.

Again, we salute the tough decisions the Council has made for the residents of Lake Quivira.

~Barb Johnson