May, 2017

Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County
Ramada Inn – Madison Street Diner, 420 SE 6th, Topeka, KS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
President, Tim Harrington, called the regular monthly meeting of KAB to order at 12:00 p.m.

Those present:
Tim Harrington, Kim Qualls, Paula Hladky, Willard Epling, Judy Gatewood, Joan Graves, Maggie Kelley, Mary Snyder, Randy Standingwater, Marlaina Webb, Aaron Grams, Bill Riphahn, Kathy Wade, and Philicia McKee.

Minutes: A motion was made to approve the minutes by Joan Graves, and seconded by Maggie Kelley. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Financials were reviewed by Treasurer, Paula Hladky.

President’s Report: Tim Harrington, reported.

On March 22, Philicia represented KAB at the Hills Pet World Water Day. Also, on March 25 and 26 at the Skinners Open House. On April 1, the City of Topeka held their information on services day, and KAB was a part of that also. Philicia also spoke at the Knollwood Garden Club on April 14.

We were a part of the History and Environmental Fair at the museum was held April 21. There were 70 exhibitors and more than 1,100 fourth graders and adults attending.

Get Down and Get Dirty was our biggest and best yet, held on Earth Day, April 22. We had 1,750 volunteers participating during Earth Day week. Thanks to 76 team captains and volunteers for making that happen. Thank you so much to Waste Management of Kansas, Frito Lay, Bimbo Bakeries and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Topeka for providing a wonderful lunch to 1,000 volunteers. Thank you so much to our t-shirt sponsors: Bimbo Bakeries, Custom Tree Care, Edward Jones, Strathman Sales and Target. Thank you to our gift sponsors: Judy Gatewood, Moore Martial Arts, Old Chicago, Residence Inn of Marriott, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, Strathman Sales, The Burger Stand, and the YMCA. Thanks also to Custom Tree Care and Lynn Hultquist for trimming and removing dead trees for Get Down and Get Dirty. And for Adam Moser who removed the debris the following week. If you have the opportunity, please thank our sponsors.

Tulip Time, Tulip Festival and the new event Tulips at Twilight were all hugely successful. These are some of the most beautiful events offered in Topeka. Don’t miss next year’s opportunity.

We have received a grant check from national Keep America Beautiful to help enhance a local trail.

We were also very honored to receive one of just five grants offered nationwide by Pepsi Cola. We will be recycling for this grant on June 3, July 4, July 11-15, August 19, and September 30 and October 1. This is going to be very labor intensive, and I hope that you will be able to help with that. We will need someone with a truck for each event. We will hold a special planning meeting today after our regular meeting if you would like to stay for that.

Events and volunteer opportunities: Philicia reported.

May 13 TBA/KAB work in Crestview or Snyder Cabin Gardens 9 a.m. – noon (volunteers needed)
May 14 Mother’s Day
May 15-19 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
May 18 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Gardens of the Master Gardeners-Kathy Wade
May 20 Topeka Cemetery 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. lunch afterwards-mowing/cleaning stones (volunteers needed)
May 25 Planting at Ted Ensley Gardens– meet at 37th and West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
June 1 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Exciting new plants, roses and shrubs for 2017
June 3 Recycling with Pepsi at the Food Truck event at Kansas State House– (volunteers needed)
June 3 Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 131 NE 46th 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
June 6,7, 8 Summer Sizzle–Topeka Bible Church
June 10 TBA/KAB work in Crestview or Snyder Cabin Gardens 9 a.m. – noon (volunteers needed)
June 12-16 TARC-1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
June 13 KAB Monthly Meeting, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Ramada Inn Madison Street Diner, 420 E. 6th
Topic will be: Curb Appeal, Elsie Gibeson
June 15 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Master Gardeners History/Garden Problems-Jamie Kidd
June 17 Re-schedule of Earth Day free day Free Landfill Day 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 p.m. Rolling Meadows Landfill
Free Yard Waste Disposal 8:00am – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:45pm-Garick Yard Waste Facility, I-70 and MacVicar
June 18 Father’s Day
June 29 Weed Elimination Day Ted Ensley Gardens– meet 37th and West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)


Kathy Wade presented about the Master Garden Demonstration gardens in Topeka and Shawnee County.

The following reports were distributed:

Business Committee Report
We received a grant for Get Down and Get Dirty t-shirts from Bimbo Bakeries in March.

We also received our trash bag donation from Glad®. Thanks to them for providing these each year!

Niagara donated 40 cases of water this year for our events.

Government Committee Report

On March 28, we had the opportunity to present at the NPDES meeting. There were also updates on erosion control and from Tom Vlach of Shawnee County Solid Waste.

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
The Friends of Ward Meade meets the third Thursday of each month if you are interested in serving, contact Philicia.

Highway Action Team and Neighborhood Action Team
Crews were out in April collecting 3, 040 pounds of litter. We so much appreciate the contribution of these valuable citizens to our community.

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, Stephen Forgy, The Villages, and Vicky Walters. Welcome our newest Trash Troopers: Alice Brooks and her neighbor! 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.

Master Gardeners
The members contributed 948 hours on the average last year.

NIA’S and NA’s
Greater Auburndale had a cleanup on February 12. They put up a sign asking people to pick up after their dogs. I thought that was a great idea.

Recycle Rangers
Jean and Delores Gunther continue to recycle and reuse with the First Methodist Church. Sherry Clayton is recycling for her area.

Take Ten
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 274 hours in March!

Topeka Beautification Association
David Hedstrom and Bill Stumpff 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.

Topeka Lions Club
Dr. Saylor worked in Shunga Park on March 11.

Vivien Smith
Vivien worked at the Children’s Discovery Center and in and around Topeka for 38 hours in March.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Bob Saathoff and other church volunteers work every month making certain the church landscaping is pristine.

Education Committee
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 have 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.

Hope Street Academy recycles, holds a horticulture class and has students working in a community garden.

McEachron Student Council members and their parents helped paint Playground Equipment and cleaning up litter off the school grounds on May 6th during Share Fest. They also cleaned litter out of parents cars and washed them on Saturday, May 13th.

Philicia spoke at the Tennessee Town NIA meeting on January 9th. It was very informative and she learned a lot about what is happening in central Topeka. Also the Rolling Meadows NA on January 16 and Greater Auburndale on January 23. On February 7, she spoke to Sunrise Optimist Club. On February Philicia spoke to the Homeless Task Force, and on February 23 to Hi-Crest NIA and Valley Park NIA.

Communications Committee Report
City Channel 4 runs general slides every day about volunteering with KAB.

Topeka Capital Journal ran an article about our March meeting on March 8.

Topeka Capital Journal ran articles about Tulip Time and the included events, on March 26, April 2 and April 5.

Topeka Capital Journal ran an article about Get Down and Get Dirty on April 19. They also put that on their CJOnline website. They also had articles about our events on April 12 and April 26

Topeka Capital Journal an article on Curb Your Clutter on April 12.

WIBW had coverage at 6 and 10 on April 22 about Get Down and Get Dirty.

Topeka Capital Journal ran an article on May 3 about our Planting Day at Lake Sha

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