June, 2017

Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County
Ramada Inn – Madison Street Diner, 420 SE 6th, Topeka, KS
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Vice-President, Bill Riphahn, called the regular monthly meeting of KAB to order at 12:00 p.m.

Those present:
Paula Hladky, Willard Epling, Judy Gatewood, Joan Graves, Maggie Kelley, Jim Robinson, Sarah Leach, Elsie Gibeson, Lacey McKee, Aaron Grams, Steve Grenus, Bill Riphahn and Philicia McKee.

Minutes: A motion was made to approve the minutes by Jim Robinson, and seconded by Judy Gatewood. Motion carried.

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

President’s Report: Bill Riphahn, reported.

KAB volunteers planted annuals at Ted Ensley Gardens on May 6th. We found out that this is World Naked Gardening Day, and plan to have some fun with that next year.

Some generous KAB supporter, participated in the aluminum can bonus program and donated that money to KAB. We don’t know who it was, but thank you!

We kicked off the recycling activities for our Pepsi grant on June 3. Citizens Academy of the Topeka Police Department managed the recycling for that event. We will need volunteers for recycling on July 4, Spirit of Kansas. If you are available to help that day, please contact Philicia.

We were able to re-schedule our Earth Day Celebration Free Day. We were able to recruit another sponsor for tire recycling with Shawnee County Health Department and KDHE. Thanks to Rolling Meadows, Garick Yard Waste, Performance Tire, SNCO Health Dept. and KDHE for making this great event possible for our Shawnee County residents. Please don’t miss this great opportunity!

Thanks to all volunteers that helped on May 20 with our Topeka Cemetery event. Also, thank you to our food sponsors: Waste Management, Frito Lay, Pepsi Cola and new sponsor, Marco’s Pizza.

I hope that you didn’t miss the great articles in the Topeka Capital Journal on May 21st about our charter member, Marge Heeney. We were very sad to learn of Barney Heeney’s passing, and send our condolences out to Marge and her family.

Thanks to volunteers who helped at Snyder Cabin Gardens on May 13 and June 10th.

Ken Carlat led 100 volunteers from Future Farmers of America to do an amazing work day in Dover helping residents with beautification.

First Christian Church had volunteers out with KAB working at Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee on June 3.

Topeka Bible Church had a group of youth for their Summer Sizzle event work with KAB. On Tuesday, June 6 we worked at BRB Contractors doing beautification, June 7 we worked at Ted Ensley Gardens, and June 8 we worked at Westlake in Gage Park.

Paula Hladky and Willard Epling also held cleanups in the Perry area in June.

As you know, our City funding is in jeopardy. Thank you to everyone who wrote to our city council in support of KAB.

We were approached by Bernard Heeney about the possibility of a garden at 12th and Lane. “The Marge and Barney Heeney Memorial Garden.” As you know, this was a favored spot of our beloved Marge. If we can locate funding to put in a garden there, will the volunteers of KAB be willing to work there and keep it beautiful?

Events and volunteer opportunities: Philicia reported.

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 – 4:00pm-Garick Yard Waste Facility, I-70 and MacVicar, free tire recycling, Performance Tire, 1735 N. Kansas Avenue from 8 a.m. – noon. – 4 tires per household

June 29 Weed Elimination Day Ted Ensley Gardens– meet 37th &West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
July 4 Recycling with Pepsi at Spirit of Kansas– (volunteers needed)
July 8 TBA/KAB work in Crestview or Snyder Cabin Gardens 9 a.m. – noon (volunteers needed)
July 11 KAB Monthly Meeting, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
Topic will be: Field trip to Cedar Crest Mansion
July 11-15 Recycling with Pepsi at the Fiesta Mexicana– (volunteers needed)
July 12 Worm composting workshop-1740 SW Western-1:30-3:00 p.m.–$10 fee
July 13 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Bees and Butterflies-Elsie Gibeson
July 15 Tentative date for Community Appearance Index
July 17-21 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:00
July 27 Sun and Sweat Day at Ted Ensley Gardens– meet 37th and West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)


Elsie Gibeson presented a beautiful and informative presentation about Curb Appeal.

The following reports were distributed:
Business Committee Report
Many corporate partners of KAB offer small donation grants to non-profits to supplement their employee volunteer contribution. OneGas is one of those organizations. After an employee volunteers for a pre-determined number of hours, they will make a monetary contribution. Thanks to Jerry Bragg for his service and donation from OneGas. Please check with your employer to see if your efforts could be supported with a monetary donation as well.

We received a donation of 24 professional grade Orang U Tongs from Arc Mate in June.

Thanks to Target for their generous donation to KAB for next year’s Get Down and Get Dirty t-shirts.

Government Committee Report

Thank you to everyone that sent emails or made phone calls to your city council people. The budget committee has recommended zero funding for KAB in 2018. We can only hope that the remainder of the city council will see the value and benefit of our contribution to this community.

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.

Barbara Fregon and her Friends group cleaned up 13 miles of the Landon Trail on June 10.

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 May collecting 28,820 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, Donna Collie, Doris Schmidt, Elaine Schwartz, Frank Forgy, Frank Weinhold, Frito Lay Green Team, Gale Elliott, Jamie Slack, Jan Gast, John Carlson, Lacey McKee, Larissa Amundson, Linnea Hoyos, Lynda Davis, Maggie Kelley, Marsha Sheahan, Mary Lou McPhail, Mary Sue Carreno, Nancy and Roger Houck, Nila Miller, Randy Clear, Renee Hall, Roetta Kremer, Sonya Cottrell, Steve Southerland, Susan Miller, Richard Johnson, Stephen Forgy, Timothy Long, and Wayne Stander. Welcome to our newest Storm Troopers: Susan Phagan, Gary McDonald, Paul Porter, Sonja Winslow, Deb Webb, and FranSeymour-Hunter.

KAB Trash Troopers
Volunteers pick up litter as they walk. Trash Troopers in action are: Arlene Crawford, 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.

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

ShareFest, one of our civic partners, had a record 1,600 volunteers this year. This was just two weeks after our record setting Get Down and Get Dirty. Aren’t the people in this community incredible?

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 64.5 hours in April and 106 in May.

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 and friends were out this month on the Shunga Trail cleaning up June 10.

Vivien Smith
Vivien worked 52 hours in April.

Wabaunsee Group
Our friends at Lake Wabaunsee held a cleanup on May 6. They cleanup up 10 miles of roadways.

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 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.

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

This month, KAB had a presence at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield volunteer event, Coffee in Your Corner, and at the City of Topeka beautification grant workshops.

Communications Committee Report

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

Topeka Capital Journal ran information on our events on May 10, May 24 and June 7.

Topeka Capital Journal ran articles on May 21 about our charter member, Marge Heeney. They also ran an article on Topeka Cemetery on May 21.

Philicia did a phone interview about Topeka Cemetery on WIBW AM that ran five times. KSNT had coverage on May 20 and 21, and WIBW had coverage on May 20 at 6 And 10. Topeka Capital Journal also posted on their website beginning May 27.

TCJ ran an article about the city budget on June 11.

Philicia appeared on the Sunday morning Karey Brown and Realty Executives show on June 4.

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