Bob Borberg is National Masters Champion in Men’s 1x Sculls

Bob Borberg of Lake Quivira, winner of the Men's Rowing Masters National Championship.
Bob Borberg of Lake Quivira, winner of the Men’s Rowing Masters National Championship.

By Leanna Walters
On Friday, August 18, Bob Borberg competed in the United States Rowing Masters’ National Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and won first place in Men’s 1x Sculls. He was back to work at Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, a restaurant he and his wife own at the Legends, for the lunch rush the next day. He drove.
If you’re up early, walking the lake, taking the kids to school, going to work, you sense Bob’s drive, his dedication to the sport of rowing, a year-round, nearly-every-day pursuit, usually 40 to 50 miles a week except when the lake is iced over.
Bob, in his late 40s, admits he was nervous going into the race. Although he raced through college and spent over a decade training for an Olympic spot that eluded him, the last time he raced head-to-head against anyone was in 2014, and before that, in 2008.
Why now? “I like to race,” he says, simply. “If I lived closer to competition, I’d race a lot. If you’re able to put a carrot in front of yourself to chase, it gives you more motivation.” Oak Ridge was drivable, the date worked into his schedule, and they had boats from a top manufacturer available for competitors for use for the race.
Historically, and practically, the sport is more prevalent on the Eastern seaboard, the West Coast, the South, the Pacific Northwest—in cities and colleges with boat houses on the water’s edge and memories of competitive boat races attended by thousands and broadcast nationally like super bowls today.
Bob didn’t start rowing until attending college at K-State. “A large majority of rowers don’t pick it up until later,” explains Bob. “It’s a sport of longevity,” he says, pointing to Lake Quivira’s last rowing phenomenon, Fred Braun, who rowed into his 80s, logging each mile, celebrating each thousand miles, reaching 21,000 miles on Lake Quivira.
K-State had a good team, faring well against top teams in the Midwest and giving some of the east coast schools a run for their money. Bob made varsity his second year, and his team competed in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia (the largest collegiate regatta in the United States) his senior year.
After earning an engineering degree, Bob put a career on hold to train with the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, living “hand to mouth” from 1991 to 1997. He and Nancy were married in 1996 and moved to Colorado in 1998, where he stored a boat close to lake Grandby. He continued training part-time through 2000.
Much as a seasoned bridge player can recall the cards, the bids, the play in games long past, Bob remembers the details of each qualifying race that could lead to a spot in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
In Atlanta, team members were housed in local homes, and he and his doubles partner both contracted food poisoning. In 2004, he made it to the semifinals in New Jersey; in 2004 he trained in singles, only to see two-time Swiss Olympic medalist, Zeno Mueller, obtain American citizenship and declare himself a competitor in singles.
As a team member, Bob has competed in both sweep rowing (every other rower pulls with one oar on the same side of the boat) and scull rowing (each rower has two oars, one on each side of the boat). He likes the symmetry of sculling. And through the years, partly from necessity, competition has evolved from eight-man boats, to doubles, to single.

Bob had no pictures of himself at Nationals. But he did text this picture of his medal to his wife, Nancy, on his way home.
Bob had no pictures of himself at Nationals. But he did text this picture of his medal to his wife, Nancy, on his way home.

At Oak Ridge, Bob raced in the heavyweight, 40-49 age bracket. At 6’4” and 188 pounds, he says he’s small for a heavyweight. In 1990, when training for the National Finals, his coach told him he was too small and put him on a lifting regime to increase his weight to 220 pounds. “Weight can be an advantage, but I felt it slowed me down in the boat,” says Bob, who started running off-road to shed the excess weight.
Although Bob appears a picture of good health, he’s gone through periods of injury, including a debilitating back injury in 1994 caused from doing squats. At that time he moved to Newport Beach, CA, to heal.
As recently as three years ago, back spasms from the injury threatened his ability to row. But a chiropractor, seeing that Bob was plagued with bone spurs, deteriorated vertebrae and an arthritic spine, developed a stretching routine for him perform after rowing. Bob adheres to it faithfully and says his back spasms have ceased. He believes it’s the combination of rowing and stretching that allow him to function without pain, on and off the water.
Recently, Bob’s daughter Maureen expressed an interest in learning to row. Bob has coached other individuals and teams, but realized the problems inherent in a dad coaching his daughter. “I told her right from the start, when we were in the boat, I was her coach.” She understood that and picked it up quickly. But whenever the daughter/dad dynamic started to creep in, Bob reminded her, “I love rowing alone.”
Lately, Maureen is all about ballet. That’s fine with Bob, who believes “you don’t need to be super competitive at a young age to succeed later.”
Bob says at Maureen’s age–she’s a freshman in high school–sports programs need to be fun while stressing sportsmanship and fundamentals.
As for Bob, he found his sport a long time ago. “I like rowing because it’s both physical and mental,” he says. “When I shove off in a boat, I’m somewhere else. I leave work and drama at the dock.”

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Board Meeting Summary – August 22, 2017

President Sestak opened the meeting and invited attending members to share comments and questions. Mayor Olson provided an update on the spillway project scheduled for late fall. At that time, the lake will need to be lowered. The City is looking into installing a second water level alarm to provide notification when the spillway gate needs to be opened. He also spoke about the recent increased odors from the landfill and encouraged everyone to download the “Shawnee Connect” app to report any issues. Mayor Olson continued his report by stating Shawnee and Overland Park decided not to pursue the proposed gun range. He wrapped up his report by announcing the Fireman’s Ball will be held on Sat., Nov. 4. The City will also be sponsoring a second, large-item pick up that day.
Mayor Olson expressed his disappointment at not having lifeguards on duty or an open shack bar last Saturday. He continued by saying he doesn’t understand why we don’t have security patrolling the community on Friday and Saturday nights. Furthermore, he said next year we need to have regular lake patrol throughout the summer months to enforce our rules and regulations–these are important services which must be included in the 2018 budget.
President’s Report
President Sestak noted there will be three Special Board Meetings this fall specifically focused on the 2018 budget. The first meeting, scheduled on Fri., Sept. 8, will focus on capital projects. The second meeting, scheduled on Fri., Oct. 6, will focus on the operating budget. The third meeting, scheduled on Fri., Nov. 10, is tentative should an additional meeting be required prior to the Annual Budget Meeting on Mon., Nov. 27. Each of these special meetings will begin at 8 a.m. and are in addition to the Regular Board Meetings each month.
General Manager’s Report
Mr. Goss spoke about the recent storms and the impact they have had on drainage and debris issues. He continued by saying the Monday golf outings will start again on Monday, August 28. He said Chef Michael is working on creating some new fall menu items, and the Club is working on having music on some Friday nights. On September 1, the Club will have an “Around the World” buffet. This Thursday and Friday will be very busy helping to get ready for the upcoming Pontoon Crawl.
New Business
Mr. Nelson introduced Chad Johnson from Olsson & Associates and described the recent project to review our roads and storm water infrastructure. Mr. Johnson spoke about his company’s background and qualifications for this project, then explained the scope of their work. The project included a review of 115 culvert pipes installed under the roads. The focus was on condition rather than capacity and did not include a review of culverts on private residences. The project also included a review of road conditions to determine which ones were in greatest need for repair and replacement.
Mr. Johnson presented an evaluation of the condition of the culvert pipes. Most of the culverts are in fair to good condition. However, six culverts in poor condition and should be replaced over the next several years. He then presented an evaluation of the condition of the roads. He explained the various forms of cracking and which ones indicate the need for immediate attention. Roughly 20 percent of the roads were rated in poor condition. These sections were highlighted as having three plus years of life remaining. Sections highlighted in fair condition have five to ten years of life remaining, and those in good condition have twenty plus years of life remaining. Sections with highest traffic volume should be addressed first, and consideration should be given to completing projects in the same area at the same time and staging the projects so as not to restrict access during periods of construction.
Mr. Nelson explained this report will be used to develop a master plan for the replacement of roads and culvert pipes over the next five years. The goal will be to address the poor condition roads first, then several of the fair condition roads. When addressing each section of roads, there will also be an emphasis on storm water management and safety. Of the six culvert pipes identified in poor condition, several will be addressed this year, while the remainder will be planned for next year.
Mr. Johnson then talked about the Johnson County Stormwater Management Program. He explained a retail sales tax of up to 1/10 of 1 percent is levied by counties in Kansas for purposes of storm water management and flood control improvements. Johnson County has a program which subsidizes up to 75 percent of the costs of qualified projects. Mr. Nelson said there are three projects they are looking at to see if they qualify for this program and encouraged members to investigate others that might qualify.
President Sestak spoke about the importance of developing a planning discipline for roads and stormwater systems to inform the members of planned projects and ensure proper funds are set aside for planned replacements, as well as routine maintenance. While the number in poor condition was lower than expected, each will need to be addressed at some point in the future.
Marketing Committee
Ms. Bowker thanked those who attended the last meeting to listen to the presentation given by Creative Golf Marketing. She spoke on the yearly loss in dues, minimums and other associated fees when our membership isn’t full. The committee recommended hiring Creative Golf Marketing for the Phase I assessment and giving Mr. Goss the option to negotiate the Phase II contract, which would encompass a full-year membership drive. There was concern regarding the timing of this initiative since the approach and marketing materials might change pending the member vote on certain strategic projects. Ms. Bowker concurred the plan would be to move forward with Phase I, then hold off on Phase II until after reviewing the results of the Annual Budget Meeting.
Finance Committee
Mr. Wilson stated there was not a meeting in August; however, he and Mr. French met with Mr. Goss and Ms. Lahey on the progression of the budget process. He said they are looking at setting up some special Finance Committee dates over the next sixty days to make sure they accomplish what is needed. Mr. Goss spoke about the continued computer issues and that our IT company will be putting together a proposal to improve the performance, connectivity and reliability of our computer infrastructure.
Lake and Residential
Mr. Nelson spoke about the construction of a nature center to replace the front barn at the Saddle Club. The project would be 100-percent funded through member donations and private fundraising efforts. Per the Bylaws, in order to demolish an existing structure or erect a new structure on dedicated areas of common grounds, a membership vote is required, even if it is not funded by Quivira, Inc. A motion was made for a ballot item to be included at the Annual Budget Meeting in November to approve the replacement of the front barn with a new nature center. Motion was approved unanimously.
Mr. Nelson said, moving forward, it is recommended that members who want to do anything to their dock sites need to complete a simple application form. This will ensure all work is properly documented in the dock site history. Mr. Nelson asked a sentence be removed from our current rules regarding normal maintenance. A motion was made and approved to accept the proposed rule change. The change will be published in the Quiviran and voted on next month.
Restrictions Committee
Mr. Braun said the Committee approved an application to remove and build a new house at 314 Terrace Trail West. A railroad tie repair project was approved at a different residence. Several other residences were approved to have work done. Mr. French spoke on the tree house topic. The sub-committee has been researching how other HOA communities deal with this matter. He continued by saying some language has been drafted regarding size, height, structure, etc. The Committee will review the content and come back next month to see how they want to proceed.
Safety and Security Committee
Ms. Walker stated the August minutes will be coming to the Board via e-mail. Mr. Braun asked how to get in touch with our Security Manager. Ms. Walker stated he will have a dedicated cell phone. Mr. Braun inquired about the Security Manager’s hours, and Mr. Goss said Mr. Watson rotates his hours.
Tennis Committee
Mr. Goss said they had a meeting last week with the contractor, who will be getting them a price proposal on the revisions to the deck.
Strategic Planning Committee
President Sestak stated concept design work on the Community Center and the Golf Practice Range is in development. Planning work is also underway on the Front Entrance. These initiatives will help further develop these potential strategic projects with preliminary site plans, floor plans, renderings and cost estimates required for formal consideration by the membership. The Committee is also working on the Master Plan with the goal of presenting to the Board next month.

Miss Tina’s Pre-school dance class starts September 11

0815 preschool dance at the matDon’t let your child miss out!

We are preparing for another fun session of dance held in our preschool classroom. It will begin on Monday, Sept. 11th  from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  There will be twelve lessons, with the last being a little recital for parents on December 4. Reserve these dates!
I hope your child can join us.  If you have not gotten an enrollment form or need more information or references, just give me a call.
~Tina Mullinix, 913-248-0501

Proposed Rule Change: Dock Site Building or Renovation

Community input welcome at the September 26th Board Meeting

III. Building or Renovation
Proposed Rule Change –
No docksite may be established, built or renovated until location; plans and specifications (including trees, shrubs, materials, as included in Article IV) are submitted in writing to and approved by the Lake and Residential Committee. Upon approval of the Lake and Residential Committee, a docksite improvement permit will be issued. The permit shall be posted in a location visible from the road prior to and during construction. Under no circumstances may construction or site preparation be initiated without a posted permit. However, normal maintenance of existing walls, docks, etc. will not require a permit, so long as such maintenance conforms to the Lakeshore Rules and Regulations. Also, Quivira, Inc. management may approve a permit for replacement or installation of a floating dock provided the dock conforms with the Lakeshore Rules and Regulations. (Article III. Revised 04/27/04)

Prez speaks of balancing operating & strategic priorities

By Steve Sustak, President, Q Inc. Board of Directors

Finding the right balance between operational and strategic priorities is a challenge for any Board of Directors. Factor in that Lake Quivira is a homeowners’ association, a country club, and a small business all wrapped into one. Add to that the onboarding of a new General Manager during the busiest time of the year. The challenges can be overwhelming.
While much has been published about our long-range planning efforts, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the significant effort to improve our operations. Most members are not aware of what needs to be accomplished behind the scenes to get the job done. I am, and it is amazing what our General Manager and his staff are able to do with the resources they are given. From antiquated systems to the lack of sufficient staffing, it should not come as a surprise when there is an occasional problem. As we set our sights on the 2018 budget, we need to start providing the resources they need to deliver the level of service we expect.
Now that summer is over, the Board will take some time to review what went well and what didn’t. These learnings will be considered as we develop the plans and budgets for next year. Overall, I would generally say we had a successful summer, but some improvements are definitely needed. On the residential side, the major rain storms experienced this summer highlighted some serious road and drainage issues which must be addressed. On the country club side, a range of staffing and service issues must also be addressed, as well as another year with virtually no membership growth. These issues exemplify the range of operating, capital and strategic issues the Board must consider. As we develop the 2018 plans and budgets, it is not a matter of choosing between these areas. It is about finding the right balance which will not overwhelm the affordability factor.
The Quivira, Inc. team and the various committees have already started to formulate their recommendations. The Finance Committee will review and assess these recommendations and associated funding implications. The Board will then be asked to review, prioritize and approve. By the time budgets are presented to the membership, more than one hundred members will have weighed in during the process. Now is the time to suggest improvements you would like to see. The decisions made this fall will set the tone for next year and beyond.

Linking Member Experience to Service Levels/Budgets

By Tim Wilson, Chair of Finance Committee; and Russ French, Vice Chair of Finance Committee

What experience does each member expect? What level of service is required to deliver this experience? And, what needs to be budgeted to deliver this level of service? These might seem like simple questions, but they highlight the challenges often encountered when the answers are not properly aligned. In preparing the 2018 budget, we will be taking a different approach than used in recent years; the goal is to properly align service levels and budgets.

It all starts with Member Experience. This one would be easy if all members desired the same experience, but such is not the case. To some, it is a secure and beautiful residential lake community that is well-maintained. To others, it is a full-service country club with the range of amenities and services they want to enjoy. And, to others, it is a suitable balance of both. This makes our situation unique from those who are either a homeowners’ association or a country club. Despite the varying views, Member Experience should be based on the following standard.
Members and their guests will enjoy a high-quality and high-service experience every time in facilities and venues which are well-staffed, well-maintained and well-equipped at all times.
0917 qinc financeNext, Target Service Levels must be established to deliver this standard. What are Target Service Levels? Thanks for asking! This is where the process has often broken down in previous years. They are the operating practices which deliver the Member Experience and define the cost drivers in the Annual Budget. When should certain dining venues be open? What should be the wait time between ordering and food delivery? What services should be provided by the golf staff, the tennis staff, others? To what standard should our roads, amenities and common areas be maintained? Establishing and communicating these and other service levels is essential so all members know what to expect. The Annual Budget, not the Member Experience, has dictated the Target Service Levels in the past–not the other way around. This needs to change.
Once Target Service Levels are established, an Operating Budget to properly fund them must be developed and funded. Last year, the proposed Operating Dues increase was not approved for a variety of reasons. It serves no benefit to rehash the reasons, other than to recognize the impact. Certain measures were taken to reduce funding to meet the budget, which often led to lower service levels, and thus, a poor member experience, and, ultimately, member complaints. Member expectations did not go down, nor did the cost to deliver the same level of service. As members and stewards of this wonderful community, we must do better to ensure this does not happen again.
Being in the service business implies a budget which is attentive to the needs of all members. It also implies we staff and equip ourselves properly, provide a competitive compensation program which will allow us to retain an exceptional team, and account for anticipated cost increases. The Operating Deficit in this year’s budget is not going away and is going to increase as our operating costs increase. The magnitude of these cost increases is directly dependent on the service level expectations of the membership. The objective of the budget process is to provide the Quivira, Inc. team with the resources necessary to deliver the Member Experience you want. This will be our top priority this year. As members, we need to decide whether to lower the Member Experience to support a lower Operating Budget, or increase the Operating Budget to achieve the desired Member Experience. We cannot do one without the other. . . and we cannot do either without proper funding.
The Annual Budget Meeting has been set for Monday, November 27, at 7 p.m. There will be regular communications as we work through the budget process, and a Special Member Meeting will be scheduled in early November to present and discuss the Operating Budget in advance of the Annual Budget Meeting. This will also be the topic of many of the upcoming Committee and Board Meetings. We welcome your input during this very important process.

Do you have photos of Duane Everhart?

If you’ve lived at Lake Quivira since the 80s, you remember Duane Everhart, the guard at the gate. If you don’t go back that far, you can see his likeness on a brass plaque on the stone wall behind the sign board at the front entrance.
Duane’s daughter, Sonya, was the school bus driver in those days. I heard several years ago that Sonya had relocated from Kansas City, KS, to a home in the Ozarks near where a sister lived. Because of health issues, she recently moved back to town. Soon after she moved, the home in the Ozarks where her possessions were stored was subject to an arson fire, destroying nearly all her mementos of her father.
Sonya hopes some of her Lake friends may have photos of or articles about Duane If so, please contact me, and I’ll take care of copying them and returning them to you. She’s particularly interested in portions of John Olson’s book, In Quest of Quivira.
~Leanna Walters, 913-221-6810

Guanyin and the Spirit of Quivira – Letter to the Editor

0917 letter meeker illustrationBy Larry Meeker

Perhaps my favorite piece of art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum is the “Guanyin of the Southern Sea” Bodhisattva. Unlike Buddhas, Bodhisattvas forgo Nirvana until everyone else has attained enlightenment; hence, their reputation for compassion as they stay behind to lead the rest of humanity to a better life.
Guanyin is regal, yet relaxed and approachable, seated on a humble rock ledge that could easily be the very surmountable border that separates our world from Nirvana. Its nuances—an upright posture, an arm resting on a knee, eyes neither open nor closed that suggest a mental state somewhere between the present and some far-off future—give it a spiritual life. Time seems to slow when you step into the room with this 1000-year-old sculpture as Guanyin’s composure washes over you with an invitation to contemplate a better life.
The encounter is similar in many ways to the feeling I get when approaching Quivira. It’s easy to envision Guanyin resting on our unassuming split-rail fence that, like Guanyin’s rock ledge, is more boundary than barrier. It’s a fence from another time and another place that slows time down and extends its own special invitation to a better life with a more spiritual side.
The spiritual sides of Quivira and Guanyin are undeniable and complex. What other explanation is there for many of us considering ourselves to be home when passing under our antiquated “LAKE QUIVIRA” entrance sign rather than reserving that feeling for our garage? Like Guanyin’s statue, the sign itself exudes a sense of regality from another era just as our clubhouse—though necessarily modernized—still echoes conversations of weddings, firemen’s balls, Halloween parties, annual meetings and simple gatherings with friends from decades past. These first impressions of Quivira are without pretense and are as open, genuine and welcoming as Guanyin.
The experience does not end there. Our eclectic mix of housing speaks to an organic growth where teardowns, renovations and additions reflect an extended conversation about the balance between our personal spaces and our environment. Nature has clearly been an equal partner in those conversations showing her approval by cloaking us in foliage that hides much of our footprint half of each year.
At the very core of Quivira, nature reigns. The lake reflects her moods while the forest creatures render a fuller meaning of home. It’s the perfect setting for a conversation with Guanyin.
As objects, however, Guanyin and Quivira are nothing special: a piece of wood someone has carved; a piece of land shaped by nature and generations of people. There are many wood carvings and many communities carved out of nature on our planet. However, the unique ways in which each of these has been shaped have imbued them with spirits that can transport us to another time and another place. . . perhaps Nirvana. They are ideas made visible through a delicate balance of regality, composure, approachability and even history.
During a portion of our strategic planning process we interviewed realtors. The on-lake realtors intuitively understood this dichotomy of object and spirit when they summed up their challenge as one of selling potential residents on a lifestyle: a lifestyle that results in a home here selling for more than it would sell for elsewhere. It was equally telling that the one off-lake realtor was more focused on amenities—objects—and the need for Quivira to keep pace with other country clubs.
Quivira’s strategic planning process has focused only on objects: possible new things and some old things we might want to change. They reflect different people’s wants and visions for Quivira and range from large scale building projects to seemingly minor things such as replacing the split rail fence with something more formal. It will thus fall to each of us to discern how these proposals relate to the spirit of Quivira, a sprit—like that of Guanyin—that lies in the subtleties: nuances easily overlooked when one is in a hurry.
As proposals for change both large and small come forward, “Guanyin of the Southern Sea” will be an important reference point for me as I ask: Will this project make Quivira more pretentious or more inviting? Will it preserve the sense of mystery that comes from our delicate balance of people, housing and nature? Will it encourage time to slow as we enter this unique space and invite each of us to explore the space between today and Nirvana?