2009-2010 Membership Program

2009/2010 Membership Program

**Half Price Dues:  Until May 1st, 2010**

Lake Quivira is sponsoring a Membership Recruitment Program.

We are offering reduced initiation fee levels for new members who join during this special promotion.

The details are summarized below.

Program runs from October 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010

Dues will be at regular rate starting May 1st 2010 Continue reading 2009-2010 Membership Program

Joe Biron: the nuts ‘n bolts guy of the LQ Fire Department

ByJim& JoanDavies

What do you think when you see a car with those special “Fire Fighter” license plates? One may get teary eyed or may experience a big lump in his throat knowing that firefighter is willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice, at any time of the day or night, to rush out and if necessary put his or her life and health at risk to help save someone else’s life or property. This firefighter is willing to selflessly help any individual or many individuals if that is what the emergency situation requires. Continue reading Joe Biron: the nuts ‘n bolts guy of the LQ Fire Department

Police urge Quivirans to be wary of phone scams

By Burdel Welsh

For immediate release Nov. 16, 2009–

People posing as relatives incarcerated in Canada are scamming residents of Lake Quivira and other cities in the Metro area. Tonganoxie police officer Tom Wiles said there were two reports in recent weeks of the specific phone scams. Lake Quivira Police have received one report. Wiles said it’s likely scammers are finding elderly people’s phone numbers and other information on the Internet and calling them, posing as a grandchild in dire need of help. In the Lake Quivira case, the caller posed as a nephew.

When person answers the phone, the scammer replies “Grandpa?” or “Grandma?” The officer said the person on the line informs the elderly person that the person is in jail in Canada and needs bail money. “They will tell you where the nearest Western Union or Money Gram is,” Wiles said. “And tell you where you need to wire them the money. Once money is wired, normally they will call back and say they will need more money.” They also tell you they are very embarrassed and do not tell their parents or other relatives. Wiles reported that one scam cost a caller $3,500 and another nearly $6,000. The Lake Quivira amounts were just under $3,000, but the second check was stopped by Western Union, who refused to send it.

From supposed lottery winnings to purchases through the Internet, scams are numerous.

Wiles provided these tips in dealing with potential scams:

• If someone tells you won the lottery over the phone or e-mail, but you have to send them money, that’s a scam. “Number one, if it sounds too good to be true it is,” Wiles said.

• Don’t give out any personal information about yourself over the phone.

• A “big red flag” is if someone tells you not to tell anyone about this matter.

• Never give out credit card numbers or bank account numbers through the phone.

• Be equally careful when it comes to someone calling about energy bills. “If they’re going to shut off electricity or gas, you would have received many notices prior to that being done,” Wiles said. “If they say they’re the electric company, hang up and call the electric company, the number you have for them.”

• If someone’s purchasing an item from you through the Internet, be cautious. If the buyer sends a money order for more than the price agreed upon, it’s probably a scam.

Wiles said a call to the bank can determine whether it’s a scam. He also said in instances in which the money order is for more than the price of the item, the person asks that you send back the difference in a money order — a certain scam.

• Type in an address for a link rather than clicking on a link in an e-mail.

• Wiles also advised scammers can become aggressive.

“They will tell you they know where you live,” Wiles said. “They will threaten bodily harm to you if they don’t get what they are asking for.” If anyone receives calls of this nature, Wiles said you should hang up and call your police department. The 24 hour number for Lake Quivira is 913-782-0720.

Tom Wiles is a full time officer for Tonganoxie Police and a part-time officer for Lake Quivira Police.

Interfaith Council Educational Opportunity

By Pam Peck

The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, as a part if its “Sacred Texts” book club, has arranged with the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Shawnee for a look into the Bhagavad-Gita, the original scriptures of the Hindu/Vedic faith. This book club is open to the public and will meet six times during 2010 at the Hindu Temple, 6330 Lackman Road, Shawnee, for discussion of pre-selected sections of the Gita with venerable members of the Temple. This rare opportunity in our neighborhood will give insights into the oldest religion on earth. The book club will meet on the third Tuesdays of alternate months, at 6:30 p.m., starting January 19. The preferred version for this study of the Bhagavad-Gita will be available through the Temple.

In subsequent years, the book club will read and discuss at other locations from the Qur’an, the Bible, the Kabbalah, Sutras of Buddhism, Tao/Confucius classics and other texts in order to educate the residents of our city to the diverse global traditions represented in the metropolitan area. It is the purpose of the Interfaith Council to “build the most welcoming community for all people.”

The Council also sponsors two other book clubs that will meet in 2010 at the Plaza branch of the public library: Interfaith “101,” for a general knowledge of global faiths, and Interfaith “Lite,” which will mainly focus on fiction, biographies and poetry.

If you are interested in participating in any of these spiritual explorations, contact Pam Peck, 268-8212, pcpeck99@hotmail.com.