Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County
Ramada Inn – Madison Street Diner, 420 SE 6th, Topeka, KS
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Vice-President, Bill Riphahn, called the regular monthly meeting of KAB to order at 12:00 p.m.
Paula Hladky, Willard Epling, Judy Gatewood, Joan Graves, Maggie Kelley, Mary Snyder, Jim Robinson, Aaron Grams, Lacey McKee, Randy Standingwater, Kathleen Cummings, Bill Riphahn and Philicia McKee.
Minutes: A motion was made to approve the minutes by Paula Hladky, and seconded by Judy Gatewood. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Financials were reviewed by Treasurer, Paula Hladky.
President’s Report: Bill Riphahn, reported.
KAB was represented at the Topeka Water Festival on September 21. There were 1,000 fourth graders attending that day.
On September 23, we planted trees in Gage Park along 10th Street. Thanks to everyone that helped with that, and to Shawnee County Parks and Rec for providing us with the opportunity to make our trail more comfortable for our walkers. MARS held a litter cleanup on September 23. Also, Auburn Lions Club held a paper shred that day.
Apple Festival was held on a picture perfect weekend. Making this a two-day event was a success and dates for next year will be October 6 and 7.
Philicia met with Girl Scout Troop #2240 October 17.
Our last outdoor event was Tricks, Treats and Tulips, held on October 28th. It was a really cold day, but 14 valiant volunteer braved the frigid weather and planted 8,500 tulips. Thanks to all who helped with that event.
We will be partnering with Topeka Beautification on their annual Garden Tour next year. If you know of anyone that has a beautiful yard and would be willing to allow us to send the general public to them for viewing, please have them contact me.
Events and volunteer opportunities: Philicia reported.
December 2 Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 131 NE 46th 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
December 12 KAB Christmas Social—tour The Woodward 12:00 – 1:00–$8 admission
December 18-22 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:30
Discuss January tree trimming event
Nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors were presented. There were no nominations from the floor. Paula Hladky moved to accept the slate of officers as presented, Maggie Kelley seconded, motion carried.
The new officers are:
President Bill Riphahn
Vice-President Tim Harrington
Secretary Kimberly Qualls
Treasurer Paula Hladky
KAB Committee Chairpersons
Business Committee: Jim Robinson
Business Committee: Willard Epling
Communications: Danielle Lang-Shaw
Communications: Sherry Clayton
Community Organizations: Steve Grenus
Community Organizations: Judy Gatewood
Education: Maggie Kelley
Education: Mary Snyder
Ethnic Diversity: Marlaina Webb
Ethnic Diversity: Shirley Kral
Government Committee: Aaron Grams
Government Committee: Joan Graves
IT and Social Media: Mary Snyder
IT and Social Media: Roger Nixon
Bill Riphahn then presented a fascinating history of several parks.
The following reports were distributed:
Business Committee Report
MARS held a litter cleanup on September 23. The collected 20 pounds of litter and 14 pounds of recycling.
Government Committee Report
Community Organizations Committee Report
Auburn Lions Club
The club held a paper shred on September 23 collecting 4,650 pounds of paper.
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
In August, the teams collected 32,200 pounds of litter, in September our teams collected 30,380 pounds of litter, and in October they collected 27,180 pounds of litter.
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. We partnered with TBA this month to plant 2,500 tulips at Legends where Mr. Binkley resides.
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 52 hours in September.
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 spoke with Girl Scout Troop #2240 in October.
Communications Committee Report
City Channel 4 runs general slides every day about volunteering with KAB.