Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County
Ramada Inn – Madison Street Diner, 420 SE 6th, Topeka, KS
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Vice-President, Bill Riphahn, called the regular monthly meeting of KAB to order at 12:00 p.m.
Bill Riphahn, Marge Heeney, Paula Hladky, Willard Epling, Judy Gatewood, Joan Graves, Maggie Kelley, Mary Snyder, Jim Robinson, Tim Harrington, Marlaina Webb and Philicia McKee.
Minutes: A motion was made to approve the November minutes by Paula Hladky, and seconded by Willard Epling. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Financials for October, November and December were reviewed by Philicia.
President’s Report: Bill Riphahn, reported.
Philicia had the privilege of meeting Gary Black, the new District Manager, for Waste Management in October. We wish Greg Traver the very best as he returns closer to his home, but still with WM.
Tricks, Treats, and Tulips was held on October 29. It was a beautiful Kansas autumn day with better weather than we could possibly hope for. We had 11 valiant volunteers help plant 7,000 tulips that day. We will all enjoy their efforts next April.
On November 1st our KAB elves finished the decorations for our tree donated to Festival of Trees. Thanks to Judy Gatewood and Nila Miller for helping with those. The auction was held on December 2. Our tree made $125 for Sheltered Living. Topeka Community Cycle donated a custom fit bicycle and Asset LifeCycle donated a recycled computer to have for gifts under our tree.
Philicia met with Tronnie Blair and Joan Graves in December. They will host a tour for the Materials Recycling Facility in celebration of America Recycles Day this year.
The taxes for 2016 are completed and will be sent shortly.
Events and volunteer opportunities: Philicia reported. This was deferred as we reviewed the entire year’s calendar.
By-law revisions were voted on. Marlaina made a motion to accept the by-laws as revised. Maggie seconded; motion carried.
The 2017 calendar was reviewed. The 2017 will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.
Recycle Bowl changes were mentioned. We would like to continue, but just don’t have the funding. Options for the CLPP grant were discussed. The upcoming trails grant was mentioned. Also, the 40th anniversary garden potential was thought to be a good idea. Tire recycling will be pursued with Performance Tire.
The following reports were distributed:
Business Committee Report
We received a quarterly check from the Dillons program. If you shop there and haven’t signed up, please support KAB. Thanks to Frito Lay and Cartridge King for making copies for Get Down and Get Dirty.
Government Committee Report
We received the quarterly grant from Shawnee County and the third and fourth quarter checks from the City. We are so appreciative of the support we receive from them, as well as the City of Topeka. Without them, we simply would not exist.
Shawnee County Solid Waste had a very successful tire recycling event on October 15 with 1,666 tires collected for recycling.
Community Organizations Committee Report
Crossroads Wesleyan Church
Members of the church took over the Garden of Hope and worked many hours this year making that a huge success.
Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens
The Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone that would like to serve on that board, please contact Philicia.
Friends of Ward Meade and Old Prairie Town
A new “Friends” group has been formed for Ward Meade Botanical Gardens and Old Prairie Town. Philicia is on the board of FOWM and they meet the third Thursday of each month.
Highway Action Team and Neighborhood Action Team
Crews were out in November collecting 26,200 pounds of litter. We so much appreciate the contribution of these valuable citizens to our community.
Jeans for Giraffes
This program has been discontinued.
KAB Storm Troopers
A new program with volunteers cleaning out the storm drains in their neighborhoods. Storm Troopers are: Cale Herreman, Doris Schmidt, Frank Forgy, Frito Lay Green Team, Gale Elliott, Jamie Slack, Jan Gast, Lacey McKee, Larissa Amundson, Linnea Hoyos, Lynda Davis, Maggie Kelley, Marsha Sheahan, Mary Lou McPhail, Mary Sue Carreno, Nila Miller, Renee Hall, Roetta Kremer, Steve Southerland, Susan Miller, Richard Johnson, and Wayne Stander. Our newest storm troopers, Renae Jeffries, Frank Weinhold, John Carlson, Elaine Schwartz, Sonya Cottrell, Donna Collie, Nancy and Roger Houck, Timothy Long, Randy Clear and Stephen Forgy.
KAB Trash Troopers
Volunteers pick up litter as they walk. Trash Troopers in action are: Arlene Crawford, Clint and Martha Kegel, Clista Seals, Frank Forgy, Jan Northcraft, Jeanie and Gary Anderson, Jeff Hansen, Jenny Justice, Jerri Blassingame, Joan and Robert Graves, John Holt, Ken and Marie Carlat, Kenny Bennett, Leonard Gonzales and friends, Linda Wallace, Maggie Kelley, Maggie Pinick and son, Mary Kirk, Mary Lou McPhail, Mike Smith, Nancy and Roger Houck, Nicole Vanhollebeke, Nila Miller, Paula Hladky and Willard Epling, Raymond Fertig, Renee Hall, Rolling Meadows, Sarah Leach, Sharon and Mr. Avery, Sherry Clayton, The Villages, and Vicky Walters. Welcome our newest Trash Trooper: Stephen Forgy! Remember if you know of someone who picks up litter on their own, please have them report in as Trash Troopers! This is critical for our funding and also for trash bag donations.
The members contributed 844 hours on the average last year.
NIA’S and NA’s
No reports at this time.
Jean and Delores Gunther continue to recycle and reuse with the First Methodist Church. Sherry Clayton is recycling for her area.
C.B. Richard Ellis Company has the area at 21st and Wanamaker and 29th and Topeka cleaned up every day, Monday through Friday. Wal-Mart Superstore, Kansas All Industry Placement Facility, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Jimmy Johns, Westridge Mall, Chili’s, Scotch Fabric Care, Quality Inn and Quick Lane Tire have all indicated that they are part of this program sending their employees out to pick up litter.
Topeka Audubon Society
Members of Topeka Audubon worked 195.5 hours in November!
Topeka Beautification Association
Jerold Binkley works 8 hours per week beautifying our community. David Hedstrom and Bill Stumpff also volunteer to improve and beautify our community. Topeka Beautification meets the third Saturday of every month.
Topeka Community Cycle Project
Topeka Community Cycle Project collects and repair bicycles for re-use and they donate these to children. Last year they had 1,000 volunteer hours.
Vivien worked at the Children’s Discovery Center and in and around Topeka for 18 hours in November.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Bob Saathoff and other church volunteers work every month making certain the church landscaping is pristine.
On November 10th Philicia made a presentation about KAB at The Cosmopolitan Club.
Eisenhower Middle School holds beautification and cleanup activities every day at their school throughout the school year in their “Tend Your Nest” program.
St. Matthews has a rosary garden and many active volunteers caring for that.
Avondale West has six students cleanup their school grounds twice a month all school year long.
Christ the King has their student council clean up the school grounds an hour per month.
Holy Family holds two cleanups per year working in their Oakland neighborhood.
Topeka Lutheran holds an all school cleanup in late July and mid-September.
McEachron student council cleans and beautifies their school grounds each month.
Philicia met with Knollwood Neighborhood Association on December 12 to update them about our activities.
Communications Committee Report
On November 9th, Philicia recorded a show for WIBW AM with Karey of Realty Executives. In December, she is giving non-profits the opportunity to tell her listeners how they can help in our community.
City Channel 4 runs general slides every day about volunteering with KAB.