LQ Photo Club December Meeting: Portrait Photography

By Leslie Treas
SAVE THE DATE: December 12,  7 — 8:30 p.m.
Clubhouse Great Room
EDUCATIONAL TOPIC: Indoor Portrait photography
Taking better photos of people indoors
Randy Braley  http://www.randybraley.com
BRING YOUR CAMERA! And get ready for a hands-on learning session. Tripods are encouraged.

This month’s discussion will be indoor portrait photography, including approach and composition, tips for best lighting, some use of equipment and positional strategies. We will practice taking portrait photos inside the Clubhouse with guidance from our guest presenter.
All are welcome!

Richard “Rich” David Hawkins – Obituary

1217 pbot hawkinsRichard “Rich” David Hawkins, 73, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2017, at the KC Hospice House in Kansas City after a short battle with lung cancer. During his illness, he was comforted and cared for by his family and many friends.
Rich was born in Washington, MO, on June 5, 1944, and graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1962. He attended the University of Missouri, where he studied engineering and business and was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He worked thirty years in the floor covering business, and in 1993, he and his partner Keith Robinson founded Side Pockets, an upscale sports bar and billiards parlor that has seen almost 25 years of success in the KC area.
Rich was an avid golfer as well as a nationally-renowned billiards player, known for his trick shots and skillful playing.
He is survived by his wife, Susie; daughters Bridget VanMeter, Brenda Patton (Ray), Barbara Switzer; grandchildren Joshua Lindburg (Stephanie), Nicole Sheeley (Jonathan), Sarah Patton, Kaleb Backhus, Chase and Elliott VanMeter, and Samuel Switzer; two great grandchildren; brothers Jack Hawkins (Connie) & Tom Hawkins (Linda Farris), sister Susie Venable (Galen), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rich is preceded in death by his father Ernest Hawkins (1914-1979) and his mother Neola Hawkins (1920-2003). A traditional service was held on November 25 at Lee’s Summit Bible Church. A Celebration of Life was later that day at Lake Quivira Country Club.
Donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice House or Lake Quivira Foundation, 100 Crescent Boulevard, Lake Quivira, KS 66217, in honor of Richard Hawkins.

Harriette “Muffy” Marshall Olson – Obituary

1217 obit muffyHarriette “Muffy” Marshall Olson “flew away” (as she always liked to say) on November 22 after 94 years filled with fun, adventure and happiness.
She lived a life for the ages, as full as anyone could ever hope for. There were lows, such as the loss of her mother when she was ten, and the loss of her beloved brother when his troop ship–the legendary U.S.S. Dorchester–was sunk by a German torpedo in 1943. And there were highs, ranging from being a fashion model in Chicago during World War II, to what was probably the highest point of her life in the 1980’s as she ran her own business, Olson Quivira Real Estate, while her five children graduated from college and her husband, Colonel John E. Olson enjoyed his retirement.
She spent 25 years in real estate and loved nothing more than listing and selling homes from her lakeside house at the south end of Lake Quivira. She started the Lake Quivira phone directory, sponsored many youth baseball teams and served as an outspoken leader within the community.
Muffy grew up the daughter of Major General Richard J. Marshall, who became the “right hand man” to American icon General Douglas MacArthur. He was Deputy Chief of Staff to MacArthur and is said to have spent more time at MacArthur’s side throughout World War II than any other officer.
Muffy attended Gunston Hall Girls Finishing School along with classmate Margaret Truman and was part of the last graduating class in 1942 before the school closed because of the war. She married West Point graduate John Olson (1917-2012), then a major, in 1947. He had fought in the Philippines and survived Japanese prison camp.
Muffy and John have now joined granddaughter Annie, and are survived by six grandchildren and their children, Eric, a lawyer in Missoula, Montana and wife Mary; Jackie, a real estate agent in Shawnee; Suzie, a science writer in Sonoma, California and husband Ralph; Randy, a filmmaker in Los Angeles; Mike, the current Mayor of Lake Quivira, wife Lisa and daughter Cara.
A celebration of life will be held at the Lake Quivira Clubhouse on December 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Quivira Foundation.

The Quivira Marketplace

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FALL IS HERE! Call Gabe for free estimates to clean flower beds, rake, blow and pick up leaves. Also, winterization of irrigation systems. Call 913-217-5408. LQ references 12/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years’ experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 6/18
HOUSECLEANING: V’s CLEANING has been serving the Johnson County area since 2002! LQ references provided, licensed/insured. Contact Virginia Burnham for your quote today! 913-271-3181 or vrstewartop@hotmail.com 06/18
PIANO TEACHER COMING TO LAKE QUIVIRA: Are you ready to take piano lessons? I have over 20 years of teaching experience and am looking to add both children and adults to my studio. The best part is, I will come to your house! Call for prices and schedule. Suzanne Lee-Hern (Bob Lee’s daughter) at:  913.461.4008.
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.

New Year’s Eve at LQ

1217 new years eve party sizedBy Anne Simms, House Committee

Paint the town red: informal: go out and enjoy oneself flamboyantly.
Synonyms: celebrate, carouse, have a good/wild time, whoop it up, live it up, party, have a ball.

On New Year’s Eve, Lake Quivirans will Paint the Town Red as we kick up our heels and count down the hours to 2018. The House Committee invites one and all to don their favorite red attire and gather at the Clubhouse for a celebration befitting the end of a year that promises exciting changes in the days ahead for our community.
Fine dining, sparkling libations and music to make you move and dancing ’til the cows come home await party attendees. The House Committee and Staff have creative ideas to keep revelers in the pink as they celebrate in red.
From 7 to 8 p.m., champagne and cocktails will be served in the Great Room Piano Bar with passed appetizers and music provided by Suzanne Hern. Then it’s up the stairs to the red-trimmed ball room for a three-course gourmet dinner designed by Chef Michael.
Dance the night away to the music of The Suburbans. Returning for an encore presentation, they will be playing a broad selection of music, requested by the House Committee, that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of toe tappers and multi-genre dancers. For those who enjoy a quieter venue and the opportunity to chat, the Piano Bar will reopen in the Great Room following dinner.
To top off the evening and welcome in the New Year, Chef Michael will offer a late-night snack of waffles and chicken garnished with black eyed peas for good luck.
Tickets are $75++ per person until December 22 and $100++ per person December 23-29. Gather your friends to create a table of any size, or choose to be placed at an open table to meet new friends. Vegetarian options are available, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Bottles of champagne and wine may be pre-purchased to be ready and waiting at the table.
Call Shannon at the Clubhouse at 913-631-4821 to purchase tickets, organize your table, pre-order wine and to make dietary requests.
For New Year’s Eve, don’t stay home and be blue over missing a great event. Paint the Town Red at the Lake Quivira Clubhouse. Whoop it up, party, have a ball and start 2018 with a flamboyant bang!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Lake Quivira Thursday, December 7

1210 santa bell ringerBy Corky Nason
The Lake Quivira Men’s Bible Study has been meeting at Lake Quivira for more than twenty years. We meet on the second and fourth Friday of each month in the Lake Quivira clubhouse. More than twenty years ago, Bob Kimball, one of our charter members, offered that we should be more involved in the community and suggested we ring for the Salvation Army in December of each year. This idea was unanimously agreed upon and we set out to ring the bells in the first two weeks of December at the gate and in front of the clubhouse. If my memory serves me correctly, the first time we rang bells we collected $275. We also found out that it was a very happy time to ring bells and we became reacquainted with many people who we saw very little of during the year. It was a time to renew wonderful friendships. Some of our members have dressed up in Santa suits and in various other Christmas outfits. Of course, we’ve had some very cold days and some very nice days.
The good news about our bell ringing is that two years ago we collected a little more than $11,000 and last year it was around $10,500. What a wonderful Christmas present for those people in need. I’ve been advised by the Salvation Army that our one-day total is the greatest one-day total of any bell ringing in the greater Kansas City area. I’ve always known Lake Quivira was a giving and generous place to live, and this is only reinforced by the great support we are able to provide to the Salvation Army.
This year, we will be ringing again on December 7. We hope that we can continue our march towards bigger and better giving days. But more importantly, we can meet with old friends and make Christmas a lot happier for people who do not have all the advantages that we have at Lake Quivira.

Community Center at LQ? You decide!

Building Exterior
Building Exterior

By Landy Boling for the Strategic Planning Committee

The best way to describe Lake Quivira is “community.” It is a sense of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common core values, interests and goals. Community is a primary factor driving members to Lake Quivira and causing them to stay. It is also what is missed most by members who leave. The purpose of a new Community Center is all about “community.”

Aerial View
Aerial View

The proposed Community Center could become the focal point of our community, a place where members gather for group activities, social support, recreational activities and other purposes. This year-round, indoor facility would encompass a Recreation Center, Wellness Center and Youth Centerm offering something for every member of Lake Quivira–young, old and in between.
Envision each day. Young parents drop their children off at the Preschool and join friends for their choice of exercise. Whether it’s weight or cardio training, fitness classes, laps in the exercise pool or a walk around the mezzanine track, all are possible. A stop in the well-furnished locker rooms, equipped with steam and sauna rooms, to freshen up could follow. Then, a casual visit with friends in the lobby area to grab a quick refreshment and share the day’s stories could complete the experience.

Recreation Center
Recreation Center

Throughout each day, retirees and other members arrive to do a quick work-out and grab a cup of coffee while visiting with their friends. The recreation center is full of activity with structured times for indoor tennis, pickleball, volleyball, basketball and other sports.
The multi-purpose room becomes a common meeting location for social clubs, family events and additional youth activities.
As each day ends, the late-night crowd trickles in for some well-deserved personal time. We are a community of active people who love to run, walk, hike

Cardio Level
Cardio Level

and swim–we could make that commitment to wellness year round right here at Lake Quivira.
The proposed site for the Community Center is the area currently occupied by Tennis Courts #1 and #2, the Hitting Wall and the Basketball Court. This area was selected due to its declining grade which would best suit the height of the Recreation Center and the ability to capture lake views from the top-floor cardio level. It also offers a natural drop-off zone for children, away from traffic, leveraging the current circular drive near the dam. Located next to the main parking lot for ample parking, it is also a quick walk to the Clubhouse to grab the next meal.

Main Floor Plan
Main Floor Plan

A full-time Community Center Manager would operate this new facility. Staffed throughout each day, along with regular programming and scheduling of fitness trainers, spa services and teaching professionals, someone would always be there to help. Additional office space is provided for a future, full-time, racquet-sports professional. Unlike other outdoor amenities, this facility would be open year-round for those who call Lake Quivira home throughout all seasons of the year. No more driving “out of the gate” for these sorts of activities.
To fund the building of this new facility, members would be offered the option of either a one-time, advanced payment or incremental monthly dues. Operating and maintenance costs would be additional, but the recruitment of as few as 20 additional Country Club members and 45 additional Social Members (both within our established limits) would fully cover these annual costs without any additional charge to the current members. Other area clubs that have made this sort of investment have experienced much higher levels of membership growth. The benefits to home valuations and fewer days on market to sell our homes should more than offset the required investment.
XXX-XX-XXXX DIAGRAM TEMPLATEAll of this (and more) can become a reality at Lake Quivira. And, it can all happen “inside the gate” with the proposed Community Center. But, it can only happen with your support. Please vote on November 27.

Series of budget review meetings offered prior to Annual Budget Meeting

In order to properly prepare you to vote on each ballot, a series of Budget Review Meetings have been scheduled to review each budget and answer any questions. Each of these meetings will be held in the Clubhouse Great Room on the following dates I times:
• Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
• Saturday, November 4, 9 am – 11 am
• Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
• Saturday, November 11, 3 pm – 5 pm
• Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
All members are encouraged to attend at least one of these meetings. This is your opportunity to understand what is included in each of the proposed budgets and how each of the proposed dues increases was determined. All questions are welcomed.

A Summary of the October 24 Board Meeting

President Sestak opened the meeting and invited attending members to share comments and questions.
Leanna Walters requested permission from the Board to have historical copies of the Quiviran digitized and posted on Newspaper.com. Once digitized, the documents would be preserved and accessible from their website for searches. The Board thought digitizing the papers was a good idea, but requested some time to think through implications of public access to these documents.
Mayor Olson stated the repaving of a section of Renner Road would begin October 24, and work on the spillway would begin on November 16. Another large item pickup is scheduled for November 4, and that evening will be the Fireman’s Ball. Mayor Olson will develop a list of what is and what is not acceptable for the pickup, and the list will be put into the black boxes.
New Business
Mr. Sestak stated the main topic on tonight’s agenda is the Operating Budget. Each Department Head presented their proposed operating changes for 2018 to improve member experience and address past service deficiencies. Mr. Sestak explained these sorts of improvements will result in increases to the Operating Budget next year. The Operating Budget will continue to be reviewed and refined this week. The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on October 31 to approve the Operating Budget, then it will be reviewed with the members at a series of Budget Review Meetings starting on November 1. The Operating Budget will be approved by the Board of Directors at the Special Board Meeting scheduled for November 10, then sent to all members for additional review prior to the Annual Budget Meeting.
The Annual Budget Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 27 starting at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Meeting packets and ballots will be sent to all Foundation Members at least ten (10) days prior to this meeting, and advanced voting will begin on Monday, November 20.
Committee Reports
President Sestak asked each committee chair to keep their reports short and focus on action items only. No action items were reported by the Marketing Committee, Finance Committee, Golf Committee, House Committee, and Tennis Committee.
Lake and Residential Committee
Mr. Nelson presented a dock site licensee guide and asked the Board to review it. This comprehensive guide will establish some important guidelines for dock site maintenance, floating dock maintenance, boat mooring, and winter storage. The final document will be easily accessible, i.e., on LQ website, for members to be able to access and review.
Restrictions Committee
Mr. Braun made a motion to have additional text added to an existing rule under Construction Regulations, Site Grading and Surface Water. The text would give the Committee more authority to request a professional drainage study and other analysis to ensure proper storm water management when improvements are made to residential properties. Motion approved unanimously and will be posted in the Quiviran for any member notice and feedback.
Safety and Security Committee
Ms. Walker spoke on the broad range of dog issues. Mr. Goss stated we will follow and post the Ordinances of the City of Lake Quivira regarding dogs and encourage the people to call the City regarding any violations.
Strategic Planning Committee
President Sestak noted the recent Member Meetings were very well attended. The next step is to put the finishing touches on the Master Plan. This plan will be presented to the Committee this Thursday for approval, then sent to the Board of Directors for review. Approval of the Master Plan and the proposed 2018 Strategic Projects will be sought at the November 10 Special Board Meeting.
Mr. Braun inquired which projects would be included on the ballots for the Annual Budget Meeting in November. Mr. Sestak indicated that the projects would include the Community Center and the Golf Practice Facility. Additional ballots are required for the Beach Pavilion and the Nature Center since these structures are located on Dedicated Areas.