The annual Lake Quivira Yacht Club Clean-Up Weekend was held this past weekend. This year members worked in the SNOW!
Check out the photos here!
Check out pictures of the latest improvement to the pavilion!
2018 Pavilion Improvement
Sailors and Friends:
Be some of the first to try out your new dance floor at the Yacht Club! A new and much improved patio surface beneath the pergola and pavilion has recently been completed … you must come see it, walk on it, dance on it, spill coffee or anything else on it – you won’t believe it!
Please attend your annual Yacht Club Work Day on April 7th. Bring gloves or rakes or paint brushes or shovels – and do bring the kids and your dancing shoes! Come early and hopefully leave late; if necessary, we’ll continue the music while wrapping up loose ends on Sunday, the 8th.
Music, camaraderie, coffee, soft drinks and waters provided. You can BYOB as well – it is, after all, a yacht club! Also promised: no tasks will be too daunting; all are essential, however, to make our one-of-a-kind venue really shine just in time for booked springtime marina parties.
Please arrive around 9:00 AM (or whatever works) … stay for just a cup of coffee, or for an hour or for all day gathering the magical satisfaction always derived from simply messing around in a marina!
See you on the 7th!
-Charles S. (913-927-4475)
The first newsletter of 2018 is ready. Take a look and see what's new!
By Charles Segebrecht
A recent Yacht Club article in The Quiviran presented alternate facts on individual Lake Quivira clubs by defining each as the best club. Once again, there is no suggested false news in this general aphorism. I’m pleased to share this truthfully presented news has gone uncontested to date–but not without an inquiry from this paper’s editor asking me, “Are you in counseling?”
Our community club members gather a variety of satisfactions by simply belonging and participating, and in doing so, make the clubs the worthwhile diversions they are intended to be. We sometimes witness the activities of the best clubs to which we don’t belong, and often read of their members’ pursuits, accomplishments and educational ventures. It’s satisfying for us to see our community healthy, active and growing as we watch from the outside these best clubs functioning, or better yet, by belonging and getting down and dirty on the inside making your clubs work.
In recent weeks (work weeks!), our Yacht Club members have certainly gotten down in the back and dirty on the outside–even developing cases of poison ivy and poison oak–as they also gathered satisfactions from many jobs well done! Nature has a way of continually coming at the marina grounds by way of eroding soil, weathering surfaces, tearing flags and encroaching wild growth. Leslie Treas empowered all of us worker bees with her marina vision to fight back, successfully disallowing nature to have its way. Despite the presence of despicable ivies and menacing thorny vines, our use of Randy Treas’ power tools allowed us to prevail. Literally, tons of wild vegetation have now been cut and piled by Joe Biron, Leslie Treas, Joe Bartels, Rose Davied, Dave Walters, Bruce Braun, Dave Schieffer and Randy Treas–only to have the roadside piles magically disappear. Our suspicions are Gary Anderson and associates had a big helping hand in this. Thank you, once again, for your typical, unsolicited support.
The YC flag pole was repainted and the American flag was replaced by Joe Biron as he again risked life and limb experiencing an annual and dangerous weather phenomenon–20 MPH and higher winds. Why do white caps cover our lake every time/every year he takes to the top of our flag pole? Joe survived once again, allowing for theatrical climbing next year.
Many deteriorating dock boards have been amended by Dave Walters. The dock surfaces are again secure and safe after the recent winter months. Bollards have been repaired and/or replaced. Bushes have been trimmed, good ivies planted and beach cleaned.
In addition to our exterior marina spring cleaning, Dave Schieffer, our resident IT expert (who single-handedly brought our club into the 21st Century), has created an efficient, on-line cleaning schedule geared to correspond with all marina activities and rentals and creating associated hands-free dependability with our cleaning staff. If you haven’t visited our website, do so at LQYC.com. Joining this best club, or checking available dates for reserving the pavilion, or checking club news, etc. has been made very easy–thanks to Dave. BTW: the early bird club dues amount expires and raises to $75 in mid-May.
Notice #1: Youth sailing lessons are scheduled for June 10, June 17 and June 24!
Notice #2: Adult sailing lessons are scheduled for June 4 and June 18!
Notice #3: Save the date! Tribute to Burning Man returns on June 24!
Definition: worker bee – those who wonder every day at work if this is going to be the day they scream accidentally, “Shut the %#@$ up!” or just scream to themselves.
Diversion: go to Americascup.com
Most of us had a taste of true independence in our younger days. We experienced times with critical decision making regarding survival–jobs, housing, next meals, etc.; quiet days of settling into new environments with absolutely no support team in place; and days (hopefully weeks/months) of no communications with parents or friends, i.e. no cell phones! For many of us, our apron string connections ended with departures for colleges or the service, and family/friend communications consisted only of occasional letters. Today, many young adults (misnomer) remain tethered throughout each day with family and friends–parents, as well as their children–thus, remain forever codependent. In our younger days, we didn’t have the luxury–and detriment– afforded by Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and/or Snap Chat.
Regarding my younger days: I truly divorced myself several times from any support structure I may have had when traveling south on Lake Volta,* escaping the desperateness of northern Ghana using all kinds of sailboats. Another separation was traveling north from Colombia, S.A., using the same wind driven transportation means, as I strived to get back to the States. Neither adventure included enough money–and certainly no cell phones. They did, however, include hunger, thirst, body rashes and dysentery and required total self-reliance. The bottom line: learn how to sail. Sailing can make a difference. Knowing sailing can save a life–your life!
What a segue to a request to join the LQ Yacht Club! There is, however, lots of truth and evidence to the above. We are witness every day to our youth being totally absorbed with their electronic devices–even while driving golf carts here at LQ. But I’ll bet you’ve never seen the use of a cell phone on a Sweet 16 or Sunfish. I’ve always called this sailing sport a diversion because it requires a sailor’s concentration on knowledge, experience and conditions, and all-the-while practicing self-reliance. Once the basics are learned, he or she can sail anything anywhere–for pleasure, in competition and even for escapism. No cell phone required. And how convenient the Yacht Club makes it; lessons are available right here at your lake. Simply visit LQYachtClub.com.
Recently, I came across a Bluetooth anemometer device a sailor can use defining wind speed anywhere on the water (Google: A&B ABM-200 Wireless Airflow; $75). But, why?! The wind is and will be what it is. The speed makes no difference in pleasure sailing and is inconsequential in racing (remember: when racing, it’s all about tacking with wind shifts). Another smart phone use when sailing is a directional defining app (Google: Compass App). Again, why the need here at LQ? On large water, I get it; but here, there is no argument. Still another smart phone use when sailing: a GPS speedometer app (google speedometer.mobil). Really?! I probably would have lost races to Randy and Leslie if I had been messing around with my phone app, trying to define just how much faster I was going than they, instead of concentrating on boat handling and racing basics.
In other words, phones are left ashore–safe, dry and of no use when sailing. Let messing around with boats be all it can be. . . a true diversion, a sport continually teaching self-reliance, a life-long learning activity giving lucky sailing children liberty–the kind of liberty gifted to you in your younger days by your parents as you left the nest.
Definition: Lake Volta – largest manmade lake in the world covering 3,280 square miles covering 3.6 percent of Ghana’s land surface
Diversion: Google body rash pictures
It’s a fact! The Garden Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! Anywhere we look, we take it in and enjoy colorful splashes and natural shapes they’ve conceived, planted and continue to nurture–and nurturing our esthetics while they are at it. Unselfishly, they paint our neighborhood, wowing us and visitors alike. Ask yourselves what our islands, curbsides and planting beds would look like without this best club always doing their best! Monthly educational meetings are held with outside speakers such as Family Tree Nursery. Familiar Club attributes: the annual Pontoon Crawl, LQ Homes’ Tour and the butterfly garden in east park. To join, simply contact Gayle Best (GayleMBest@gmail.com) or Randy Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org). They will make it simple for you join in and dye your thumbs green!
It’s an irrefutable fact – The Tennis Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! Did you know a tennis pro is on staff all summer? In addition, they make available: cardio tennis (I assumed all tennis was cardio!); tournaments – with trophies included; men’s and women’s tennis nights for those with energy to burn; junior tennis competitions throughout Kansas City; and, of course, bright night lights. Contact Shelley Sneed (913-940-0595) to get your questions answered and to join in the exercise they make sure is fun!
It’s a known fact – The Photography Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! Have you ever seen their jaw-droppingly beautiful art in our Clubhouse? Ever wonder how they take these incredible pictures? Contact Leslie Treas (email@example.com) and begin learning how you, too, can someday hang in a gallery setting. Monthly meetings feature educational themes such as editing, storing pictures and close-up photography. Interested in nude photography? Well, this club is not for you. An interesting twist on their education: they have actual homework – monthly photography assignments putting to use their lessons.
It’s a given – The Father’s Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! They have two primary, heralded events. First, the Friday of Father’s Day weekend is the annual Father’s Club Float. There is little formality other than sharing ideas on becoming better fathers and building camaraderie. Participants have even been known to pack a soda, green tea or even a couple of beers to share with friends. The other event is the Father/child campout on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend across from the horse stables. Labor Day 2016 featured 50 tents, 100 kids, a campfire, S’mores and ghost stories. The Father’s Club is open to fathers of young children, fathers of older children, grandfathers, non-fathers and anyone awaiting an appearance on Maury confirming fatherhood status. To join the only club to boast a 100 percent survival rate matching Southwest Airline’s highly regarded safety record, contact John Christy (firstname.lastname@example.org), who, nevertheless, will be quick to deny any club authority.
It’s a certainty – The Yacht Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! A Club mission is to create experiences supporting the adage, “There is nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats.” The members promote sailing by offering private and group lessons for all ages and experience levels, allowing for pleasure sailing or participation in local and regional regattas. Yachts are available to help members get their feet wet. Check out the Club’s trophy case in the lower level of the Clubhouse. To join, visit lqyc.com and click the “Membership” tab; click then on “Become a Member”and pay with either “Credit Card” or “PayPal.” Using this new website, anyone can visit the marina’s activity calendar to find scheduled sailing activities, Club parties, marina pavilion rentals and can even schedule and pay for personal rentals (follow the friendly pull-down menu system to search, schedule and pay). Feel free to contact any of the Club officers if assistance is ever needed.
It’s plain truth – The Mothers’ Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! For parents, grandparents or those who just like the little scalawags! Community service, education and fun events are the Club’s focus. Typical annual events are Police Officer’s Appreciation Day, flu shot clinics (sounds fun!), and kid’s Halloween, Easter, Fourth of July and Christmas parties. Internet literacy education for parents and teens is another part of their mission. Club Treasurer, Erin Leckey (email@example.com), is the go-to contact to join forces with this fun, youthful group.
Hook, line and sinker – The Fishing Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! These folks are our Lake’s advocates. They objectively measure, accurately test, methodically inventory, individually educate (hooked me on fly-fishing!), reliably survey, and systematically preserve everything good pertaining what is in, goes into and comes out of our lake. (Note: do not take their fly-fishing seminar. . . it will cost you thousands!) Contact Steve Sestak (913-962-2654) for more information on how to better wet a line and preserve your lake.
As the aphorism goes, the Saddle Club is the best club at Lake Quivira! Have you looked at this Club’s facility recently? It has never looked so good! They are upgrading everything, and as they have time, they ride, teach riding and even teach road etiquette on horseback. The annual Pumpkin Patch festival is a hit with every LQ child, as is the opportunity to get up close, touch and even ride – all encouraged! Just don’t feed the horses, and watch where you step! Contact Leonna Young (Leona@maxrieke.com) for information on getting high on horses.
The fact of the matter is this body of alternative facts is our community at its best. It is not an all-inclusive listing (Wine, Gourmet, Investment, Aerobics, Bowling, etc.), but provides a suggestion of the factionless groups making up Lake Quivira. Consider belonging to each Club, whether as a participant or not, and thus, making each Club stronger and fueling their contributions to the whole. Not every club makes a physical splash like the Garden Club, but each certainly educates, entertains and fulfills, allowing for a healthier community! Hope to see you on the water!
Definition: fly-fishing – casting thousands of dollars into a bottomless body of water, and lovin’ every minute of it!
Diversion: take up sailing and/or fly-fishing and read How to Read Water; Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea, by Tristan Gooley
Your Lake Quivira Yacht Club now has it's own Facebook page! Click here to check it out. Be sure to Like and Follow!
Effective January 15, 2017, the Yacht Club Pavilion can be rented online. At that time, email requests will no longer be accepted.
By accessing the Lake Quivira Yacht Club website, members will be able to view available dates, register, and pay online.