Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County
Ramada Inn – Madison Street Diner, 420 SE 6th, Topeka, KS
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Vice-President, Bill Riphahn, called the regular monthly meeting of KAB to order at 12:00 p.m.
Kim Qualls, Paula Hladky, Willard Epling, Judy Gatewood, Joan Graves, Maggie Kelley, Bill Riphahn, Jim Robinson, Ken Carlat, Aaron Grams, Randy Standingwater, and Philicia McKee.
Minutes: A motion was made to approve the minutes by Paula Hladky, and seconded by Jim Robinson. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Financials were reviewed by Treasurer, Paula Hladky.
President’s Report: Bill Riphahn, reported.
On August 26, we partnered with Washburn University for their “Little Event.” We had volunteers work along our busiest corridor, Wanamaker Road.
We need some good strong volunteers for our Trails Grant on September 23. We will be planting trees along a trail in Gage Park.
On September 9, TBA worked with KAB at Snyder’s Cabin Garden in Gage Park.
Don’t forget to sign up for Apple Festival on September 30 and October 1.
Events and volunteer opportunities: Philicia reported.
September 14 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.–Bulb Planting for Spring-Elsie Gibeson
September 18-22 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
September 23 Gage Park Trails grant project 9 -11 a.m. (volunteers needed)
September 28 Perennial cut back Ted Ensley Gardens– meet 37th &West Edge Rd-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
September 30 & October 1 Apple Festival 10 am – 4 pm (volunteers needed)
September 30 & October 1 Recycling with Pepsi at Apple Festival– (volunteers needed)
October 5 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Perennials & Evergreens-Diane Green
October 7 Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 131 NE 46th 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
October 10 KAB Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, 12: 00 – 1:00 p.m.– Big Gage Shelter House
October 16-20 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
October 21-22 Mother Earth News Fair, ExpoCentre
October 27 Tulip Prep or plant at Ted Ensley Gardens– meet at 37th and West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
October 28 Tricks, Treats and Tulips 9 a.m. – noon, Ted Ensley Gardens (volunteers needed)
Philicia discussed the new partnership with TBA for their Garden Tour. If you know of someone that has a nice garden, please ask if they would be interested in being a part of the tour.
Ken Carlat presented a program about tulips.
The following reports were distributed:
Business Committee Report
Government Committee Report
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
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 Fran Seymour-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.
The members contributed 948 hours on the average last year.
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?
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
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.
Vivien worked 23 hours in July.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Bob Saathoff and other church volunteers work every month making certain the church landscaping is pristine.
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.
Philicia and Joan Graves presented information about KAB and Shawnee County Solid Waste on August 16.
Communications Committee Report
City Channel 4 runs general slides every day about volunteering with KAB.
Topeka Capital Journal ran an article on our upcoming events on August 30.