Yacht Club News – September 2010

Joe Hornstra

By Charles Segebrecht

Joe Hornstra has recently found he cannot not sail. Following our tempting (we don’t like to compete alone), he raced his Laser on several Sundays … and as it happens, quickly become another one of us addicts. We sailors are sympathetic to his plight, knowing personally of human frailty and how easily one can succumb to the intoxicating trappings of nautical lore, cool stainless hardware, puzzling sailing vernacular, sinewy yacht lines, unique wind & sail sounds and exquisite competition. He’s going down a wayward path leading to great expense, lost weekends, perpetual boat envy and always wanting to sheet-in to ride the edge of near-capsize yearning for just one more dopamine fix. With Joe newly indoctrinated and certainly hooked, we welcome him into the LQYC fold.

Gathering people together with a similar addiction can sometimes help an individual with his or her own plight by allowing them to more clearly see they are not alone. Personal flaws become more apparent to the individual, ramifications of their waywardness become clearer and their desire to personally heal can grow stronger as they become more honest with themselves. Interesting how it doesn’t work this way within the Yacht Club gatherings. In fact, the opposite is true. A powerful reward system–not unlike the one found with LQ golfers, or LQ equestrians, or LQ gardeners or LQ bowlers–manifests itself as we assemble by actually nurturing our common affliction. We sail and revel together, validating each other’s like imperfections while on the water and at the marina. This reward system within the Yacht Club providing us sailors/friends a strong addictive pleasure proves to be simply our community at work.

So we fragile sailors/friends will remain crippled. Joe will never recover. When a die-hard sailor like Chris Dalin, now living in San Marcos, CA, presents the Yacht Club with a significant cash gift as he recently did, he knowingly contributes to our affliction. When Colin Hayden recently donated a refrigerator to our cause, he also contributed. When Donis and Don Peck gave the Yacht Club a complete sail board setup, they fed into our reward system, thereby preserving addiction. When Jill Ferrel sailed for her first time on a recent Sunday with good friend and experienced sailor, Gene, she unknowingly validated our Club diversion as she also began to dabble with a possible new personal addiction.

The Lake and Residential Committee and Board of Directors have recently also contributed, not only to the Yacht Club, but to the entire community. Thank them, regardless of your diversion preference–golf, garden, bowling, equestrian, sailing, etc.–for seriously guarding everyone’s number one community asset, the lake, against a Zebra Mussel infestation.

After considerable research, contemplation, personal time expended and deliberation, they have come up with a temporary protocol allowing boats not requiring a trailer to enter the Lake (kayaks, canoes, sailboats) to travel off-lake and return following a 140 degree washing (at boat owner’s expense and by a defined vendor) and a ninety day quarantine period–with no exceptions. The Kansas Fish and Game recommends only a fourteen day quarantine or washing.

I applaud the Committee and Board for perhaps erring in the direction of caution, requiring both a much longer quarantine and the hot water washing. Do recognize their seriousness. The mussel issue is absolutely nothing for a Lake Quivira resident to take cavalierly.

The National’s Regatta for the Sweet 16s is scheduled for the second weekend of September and will be held this year at Twin Lakes, Iowa. A respectable group of sailors (perhaps in number only) will be representing Lake Quivira in this year’s event. Lake Quivira hosted the Nationals’ event last year with 28 participants – and we probably have hosted for the last time at our Lake venue because of the Zebra Mussel issue.

Upon our return from Twin Lakes to Lake Quivira property, all our participating boats will be placed into the ninety-day quarantine after the contracted and requisite hot water power washing. And then shortly thereafter, we afflicted sailors will begin the typical withdrawal symptoms from the season. . . and we and everyone around us will begin to hope for ice very soon.

Definition: sheet-in – a sheet on a yacht is a rope used to maneuver a sail’s surface area farther out to sometimes relieve pressure or in to sometimes increase wind pressure

Diversion: The Chicago-to-Mackinac Island Regatta is the world’s longest fresh water regatta. The 102nd race event was recently held from July 23 to July 25. Go to www.mackinacblog.com

9 Hole Ladies’ Golf – September 2010

Judy Gerling

By Kris Davidson

Congratulations to all who survived playing in hot, muggy weather. August included a very fun special event day and a well-attended and exciting Blue Ribbon Guest Day, planned and executed by Sharon Cormack and Nancy Hyde. Lots of ladies wore blue to celebrate the theme. A special blue ribbon created a unique method of shaving strokes (all legal, of course!). Best score of the day went to Dee Sedler and her guest Debbie Hawkins, and team member Isa Parra. Judy Gerling scored the longest putt. And best of all, everyone won some cash! Can’t beat that for a good time.

The Two Day Medal Tournament, after some rain delays, finally got completed. Congratulations to the following winners: 1st Flight – 1st place, Dee Sedler with a net 73, 2nd place, Susan Castle, 76;  and 3rd place Vesta Haydn, 83. 2nd Flight – 1st place, Judy Gerling, net 72;  2nd place, Susie Hawkins, 87; and 3rd place, Mary Weigel, 88.

Don’t miss the upcoming event on September 8. The annual Rally for the Cure is being organized by Ev Bates and Vesta Haydn and promises to be fun with lots of prizes and chances to donate for this very important philanthropy. This event is being dedicated to the memory of our good friend and 9 hole member, Jean Dorsey. The $20 entry fee is an investment for the future and for some goodies from the Rally for the Cure organization. Sign up now!

The 9 hole Challenge will be September 14 and 15. This event is a tournament of 18 holes done in two days to determine the best 9 hole golfers, based on gross scores. Join the fun and sign up today.

Also, mark your calendars for our final 9 hole scramble and fall luncheon on October 6. It’s always a nice way to end the season. Finally, the 9- and 18-hole closing day is on October 12.

QMGA News – September 2010

By Gerry Wigginton

August was a moderately competitive month for QMGA members. August 7-8 was tied up with the QMGA Member-Member event, featuring a 2 man best ball the first day, followed by a 2 man quota format on Sunday, followed by a playoff to determine the ultimate winner. The results are as follows:

Flight 1. Round 1 (Net Best Ball)  – T-1st, Tim Congrove & Thad Millard, Jim Atwell & John Cotter, Phil Yates & Jeff Welch, 62. T-4th, Mike Cooper & Russ French, Jim Bramlett & Bart Bergman, 63. Round 2 (Quota) – 1st, Paul Sedler & Frank Mann, +9; 2nd, Robert Foust & Matt Kornfeind, +5; 3rd, Dick Johnson & Warren McCamish, 0; T-4th, Kevin Murray & Dave Jones, Jim Wise & Landy Boling, Dave Blankenship & Geno Huenink, -2. Overall – 1st, Paul Sedler & Frank Mann, 56; 2nd, Robert Foust & Matt Kornfeind, 65* (Won in a Playoff), 3rd, Jim Atwell & John Cotter, 65; 4th, Kevin Murray & Dave Jones, 67; 5th, Tom Drysdale & Steve Hull, 68; 6th , Jim Wise & Landy Boling, 69.

Flight 2. Round 1 (Net Best Ball) – T-1st, Jim Belfield & Geof Gehring, Ed Brennan & Ron Chapman, Harry Stewart & Stoney Stoneburner, 60; 4th, Condy Creek & Keith Grigsby, 61. Round 2 (Quota), 1st, Steve Terbovich & Jim Lewis, +7; 2nd, Kent Best & Steve Roellchen, +6; T-3rd, Jerry Maier & Craig Arnold, Rich Enochs & Brian Bailey, -1.

Overall. 1st , Steve Terbovich & Jim Lewis, 56* (Won in a Playoff); 2nd, Kent Best & Steve Roellchen, 56; 3rd, Ed Brennan & Ron Chapman, 62; 4th, Rich Enochs & Brian Bailey, 63; 5th, Jerry Maier & Craig Arnold, 64; 6th, Jim Belfield & Geof Gehring, 65.

On August 19, the QMGA Guest Day event was held. This has been a monthly event throughout the season with lunch, golf, dinner and prizes. Using this format, with a scheduled tournament each month, the QMGA has seen greater interest and attendance over the last two seasons. Results were as follows: GROSS. 1st, James Mullinix, Jeff Jaworski, Pete Krsnich, Ray Rollins, 127; 2nd, Steve Beyer, Mark Kelso, Dennis Horowitz, Pete Cirrintano, 136; 3rd, Jack Carson, Dick Carson, Steve Hull, Marc Nardella, 138.

NET. 1st, Terry Barnett, Bert Braud, Ken Berndt, Dave Carpenter, 107; 2nd, Terry Williams, Sal Cali, Don Resch, Mike Simmons, 113; 3rd, Whitey Kuhn, Bill LaFever, Tom J. Hall, Dave Fellers, 115.

Special Events. #4 Longest Putt, Terry Barnett; #8 Closest to Hole (50+), Dave Carpenter; #13 Longest Putt, Russ Thomas;#16 Closest to Hole (under 50), Terry Barker.

The 2009 Club Championship featured a 2 weekend event. Results of the first part of the event, played on August 21-22, are listed below, thus determining the Qualifiers for the Club Championship Match Play August 28-29.

Championship Flight : Jackson Foth, Logan Coffman, Thad Millard, Roy Owens.

Sr. Championship Flight. Dick Johnson – Cannot play in Match Play, Chris Ehlers, Bob Harbour, Jim Bramlett, Steve Terbovich – Cannot play in Match Play, Jim Wise.

Flight 1. Kevin Murray, Blake Welch, Steve Hull, Jim Belfield.

Flight 2. Doug Catt, Tom W. Hall, Pat Voight, Steve White

Flight 3, John Beck, George Winters III – Cannot play in Match Play, Ralph Schultz, Condy Creek, Gerry Walker.

Flight 4. Harry Stewart, Richmond Enochs, Charles White, Miguel Parra.

The second half shall be played on August 28-29, consisting of Match Play. Good luck to all who could play on both weekends.

During September, the QMGA has scheduled a 3-Man Shamble on September 12 at 8:30 a.m. Entry deadline is Thurs., Sept. 10. Our last event will be on September 24, consisting of a Super-Six format, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Two man  teams will be divided into 4 flights. Following the event, there will be an election for the new QMGA board members. If you have a nominee or would like to submit your name for consideration, please contact Dave Jones, our current president. This is a three year commitment and would allow you to maximize your input and participation in this organization, which is so selflessly dedicated to providing the best golf experience for the members of Lake Quivira.

QWGA News – September 2010

By Linda Cruse

Cooler weather arrived just in time for the QWGA 18-hole women’s Two-Day Medal tournament, held August 24 and 25. This year’s flight winners were: First flight: Jody McCamish, first; Linda Cruse, second; and Pat Sandow, third; second flight: Jackie Maier, first; Judy Stanion, second; and Beth Hall, third; and third flight: Carolyn Lynch, first; Karen Folsom, second; and Martha Voight, third. Thanks to Jody for planning a delicious lunch following the second day of play.

QWGA women are gearing up to compete against members of the Quivira Men’s Golf Association in the fifth annual Rival Cup, set for Sun., Sept. 12. Men and women will compete in a match play tournament. The women tied the men last year, which allowed the women to retain the trophy gained in the previous year’s win. Other September golf events include an 18-hole QWGA guest day on Tue., Sept. 21.

Team match play will continue through the end of the season. Make plans now to attend the QWGA 9- and 18-hole closing day event on Tue., Oct. 12. Golf will be a fun 9-hole scramble with lunch and awards to follow. A closing day meeting will be held to elect next year’s board. Watch the pro shop and Q-mail for more information, and be sure to sign up in the sign-up book in the pro shop.

Humor by Hinerman – September 2010

By Amy Hinerman

This summer, we took a road trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. We visited Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse and enjoyed beautiful mountains, fresh air and a delightful sense of patriotism. But the highlight of our trip was accidentally arriving at the 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Righteous!

You may know this is an event whereby motorcycle enthusiasts around the country, perhaps even the world, gather for one week to show off their bikes, many of them costing as much as a starter home.

This year, unbelievably, 800,000 bikers were expected. Most of these folks were authentic–covered with ink, black leather and studs–and were sunburned, windblown, rode hard and over-the-hill. Kinda like unhealthy sadists who look like they’d beat the crap out of you if they only had the energy. Bless their hearts. They’re a dying breed, being taken over by doctors and lawyers with their BMW motorcycles, Starbucks lattes, miniature ponytails and tiny “Carpe Diem” tattoos. Good grief, what is this world coming to?

We walked among the dozens of tents set up and bought some “Sturgis” t-shirts so we could be biker-ish when we got home. A couple of times, it was necessary to steer our teenager away from displays of panties with shocking X-rated verbiage and a few bawdy mannequins. Although it was not as wholesome an environment as Branson or a KOA Kampground, we’re stuck with him, so we just called it a “real life education.” It was great fun.

Hey – let’s all ride to Sturgis next year. Let’s rent some Hawgs and hit the road!

Calm down, I know we need to make some adjustments. For one, I’ve seen how Sturgis folks travel–studded saddlebag thingies hanging over the side of the bike the size of a lunchbox for luggage. From what I gathered, they contained items like frosted lipstick, two or three tank tops, a travel pillow, Jack Daniel’s and Aqua Net hairspray that doubles as deodorant.

Being a tad more persnickety, we’ll have to rent some mini U-Hauls and try to pass them off as motorcycle sidecars. That way we’ll have all our necessities like curling irons, deep tanning creams, pleather pants (they’ll never know), medications, earplugs, hand sanitizer and our CPAP snore masks.

We’re Quirky-virans–we can do it! We’re more than Hawg-worthy, baby. We’re Hawg-elicious!

LQ Preschool – 2 Slots Remain

By Amy Powers

Last Call for ALL Preschoolers

Is your child or grandchild preschool age? We are gearing up for the 2010-2011 school year, and we only have two spots left! We would love to have your child or your grandchild join us this fall for a fabulous year of learning, growth and development.

LQ Preschool is a licensed, 3- and 4-year-old program which runs three days per week during the school year. Our program is designed to prepare children for kindergarten by instilling a love for a lifetime of learning and a sense of community.

Please join teachers Amy Powers and Debbie Foust for a fun-filled year of learning.  But you must act fast. Preschool begins on September 7. Please call Amy Powers with any questions, 913-422-0402. We are having a parent meeting on September 1 at 5:30 p.m. to go over all of the ins and outs of LQ Preschool.

There are extended day classes, such as Music, Art and Spanish, and other opportunities available for preschoolers who are interested through the Mother’s Club.

Preschool Dance Class to begin September 8

By Tina Mullinix

Do your pre-schoolers have visions of ballerinas and tapping toes? Fall is here and a pre-school dance class is just what your little one needs to encourage rhythm and coordination, balance, grace and agility. On Thursday from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m., it’s sure to become one of their favorite things to do.

It’s easy to enroll. Just call me with any questions before September 8. We will begin on September 16, and the last lesson, on December 9, will be a recital for parents to see all we’ve accomplished. The 12 week session is $108. Call Tina Mullinix to enroll, 913-248-0501.

Garden Club News – September 2010

By Barb Prater

Pontoon Crawl Saturday, September 11, 6-11 p.m.

“Salute to the Red, White and Blue” – so bring it on to wear and decorate your pontoon boat for the 2010 Pontoon Crawl. You don’t want to miss out on the Lake’s best party of the year. Where else could you eat great, all-American food, drink good beer and wine and dance to the Valentines Old School Knights, all for $35 a person? We can all do our part. I will do my Anti-Rain Dance for good weather, and you can buy your tickets from Betsy Vossman at 550 Hillcrest East.

LQ Garden Club Meeting, September 16, 10 a.m.

Garden Club members and their guests can learn about “Fall Gardening – Putting Things to Sleep” at the September meeting. Jonah Nelson from Family Tree Nursery will be sharing his expertise with us at the Clubhouse. Contact Nancy Hyde for a reservation  – nhyde2@kc.rr.com or 631-8058.

Lake Quivira: the “Trashiest” City?

Deffenbaugh says per household it picks up the most trash and bags at Lake Quivira of any city they contract with. Wow! Lake Quivira needs to consider some changes because of the Johnson County Board of Commissioner’s new Solid Waste Management Plan, projected to be implemented January 1, 2012. 1) Firstly, unlimited recyclables will be picked up (yeah for that).  2) Bags of yard waste will no longer be picked up by Deffenbaugh on their usual routes.  (Oh, boo, what am I going to do with all my bags of grass clippings, weeds and leaves?)  3) There may be a “Pay-As-You-Throw” plan using special stickers to identify extra bags or containers, as other cities have initiated (that might bankrupt the piggybank of my retirement account).  4) Lastly, haulers can separately collect yard waste bagged and bundled by residents at the resident’s own expense (Yowser!).

Getting the Dirt on Composting, or “Are You Ready to Rot and Roll?”

Diana Hockman, the guest speaker at the shared August 21 meeting with The Green Alliance, is a Master Gardener from the Johnson County Extension Center. As a backyard composter, then a Master Composter, Diana offered us another solution to the landfill problem posed by all that lawn and garden debris. Composting allows us to recycle all those leaves, grass clippings and kitchen waste, converting it to a useful product used as a mulch around the garden. (I used to do this with my kids when I taught school, and now it has come right around again!) What better way to reduce the amount going to the landfill, get our yard waste taken care, have a beneficial product in the end and help us save money?

Diane has five simple Rules of Rot to help the home composter with Composting 101:

Rule 1: Mass/particle size. This is a fancy way of saying, How big is the pile, and how big are the particles in your pile? You don’t need an expensive bin, but it is better to contain the pile, ideally from 3x3x3 to 5x5x5, with shredded leaves and clippings instead of whole pieces.

Rule 2: Ideal ratio of Browns (1 or 2) to Greens (1). Yard waste is divided into two categories. In a nutshell, Browns are tree-based, and Greens, still rich in nitrogen, are green-plant based. So, two bags of shredded leaves to one bag of grass clippings, etc., are put in layers in the compost pile.

Rule 3: Moisture needed is 50% – needs to feel like a damp sponge.

Rule 4:  Oxygen needs to be present so microbes work quickly and there is no smell.

Rule 5: Time. Fast composting is one to three months (active).  Slow composting is six months to one year (passive).  Temperatures can be from 158 degrees down to zero.

If you would like to try composting at your own home (or even business), there are several books on the subject (like The Rodale Book of Composting), and an easy to follow guide from the Johnson County Extension Center called “Making and Using Compost at Home”.

The Gardening Hotline is 913-715-7050 and garden.help@jocogov.org and the Johnson County Environmental Dept. number is 913-715-6900 and http://www.jocorecycles.org/.

Can you dig it?

Mayor’s Report for September 2010

By Larry Meeker

The world economy continues to be sluggish. Chairman Ben Bernake says the deep economic contraction has ended and the broad stabilization in the global economic activity is in the beginnings of a recovery. For most of us, we are still suffering the effects of the recession, and it may continue for another year.

Lake Quivira has proven to be resilient, but is not immune to a lack of consumer confidence. Our membership levels have been flat this year–47 members short of our annual goal of 550. We have not seen a full membership since 2002, so the Board has endorsed our public relations committee recommendation to reduce the cost of country club memberships. Many competitive clubs have eliminated initiation fees, offering potential members to merely start paying the monthly fees. Fortunately, our club is not in as poor a financial condition as our competitors. The investments we have made in our golf course, clubhouse and quality staff has served us well. That said, we have struggled to make our monthly budget all year.

The biggest area of distress is the banquet business; it continues to suffer in the number of events and the amount of money spent per event. I met with John Miller and Martha Voight last month to get an outlook for the rest of the year. We are projecting a three percent (3%) deficit by the end of the year. While this does not sound bad, it amounts to over $100,000. Annually, the Board estimates our revenues and expenses to be neutral.

We are looking at ways to cut expenses for the rest of the year to minimize the loss. The challenge is to maintain services with reduced revenues. One of our core values is to maintain affordable fees for the current members and future members. We are also evaluating alternatives to make up the deficit. Our choices include a one-time member assessment of approximately $200, a cut in employment levels or drawing from our operating reserve. At the end of the day, we will use a combination of these alternatives to minimize the cost to members. When the club faced this situation last year, John Miller and his staff did a great job reining in the budget to almost break even. We used approximately $25,000 of the operating reserve to balance the budget.

I am again asking the business community to consider utilizing the clubhouse for meetings and lunches to increase our revenues. I am asking each member to make a conscious effort to invite your friends and associates to visit our community. The pontoon crawl is coming up in a few weeks. What an excellent opportunity to share one of our great events of the year.

Our committees continue to be busy addressing the changing needs of our community. We have been considering allowing a third party to handle our police department. After a great deal of input from our membership, Safety and Security recommended we maintain control of the police department. We are now considering ways to make the police department and Q Inc. more cohesive with the goal of better utilization of staff and cost savings.

Several years ago, the City Council updated the dog ordinance. I recently heard from a number of residents very upset about the dog population that roams the community. Most of the dogs are well mannered, but we have a few that get into trash and are unwelcomed guests at docks and neighboring homes. I personally have installed an electric fence; it’s very effective keeping our family dog, Noodles, in the yard. I expect this issue to be addressed at future City Council meetings.

Early this fall we will start the expansion of the patio outside the nineteenth hole. This will require us to lower the lake earlier than usual. Once we have a firm date to start construction, notices will be sent to all members. This welcome addition will be a great asset next year for use by the members and as another venue for outside events.

We have approximately 75 members whose docks still have the old foam floats. I want to remind these members that after 2011, each of these docks must be updated with encapsulated floats. There are a number of contractors who can help you; please call the office if you need a few names.

As I write this article, we are coming up to Labor Day and the end of summer. We had such a long winter, I am sorry to see summer end. The good news is that fall is my favorite time of year. See you around the lake.