July 2015 Around Town 7


Reasons to Shop Lee’s Summit

The Lee’s Summit Chamber is coordinating a local shopping contest to promote and encourage buying in Lee’s Summit. The contest runs Aug. 1 through Sept. 7. All entries are entered into $1,000 prize drawing to be held at the completion of the contest.

The Shop Lee’s Summit campaign educates and encourages residents to purchase goods and services in Lee’s Summit to improve the quality of the community. When residents spend in Lee’s Summit, the additional sales tax dollars go towards improving the community and supporting its many needs.

Forms will be available online at 
LSChamber.com as well as the Lee’s Summit Chamber office, 220 SE Main Street. Each form must be accompanied by five original receipts from five separate locations (no minimum purchase necessary).

Student’s Photograph Headed to National Competition

Eleven-year-old Finnley Casey was recently awarded First Place in the state of Missouri for her PTA Reflections art entry. This Lee’s Summit 5th grader submitted a black and white image of a puppy she took at Wayside Waifs, a local animal shelter. The topic of the art competition was “The World Would be a Better Place If…” Casey’s submission was titled “Take Me Home,” and in her artist’s statement described that the world would be a better place if people would adopt pets from local shelters rather than buying from pet stores. After winning first place at her elementary school, Casey’s image then went on to compete in Jefferson City for the statewide judging. The photo scored the highest for the entire state of Missouri in the Intermediate Division of Photography, grades 3-5. Her photograph has now been sent to Washington D.C., where she will represent Missouri in the national PTA Reflections competition.

Mom Event at Summit Fair 
Supports Hope House

On Saturday, May 2nd, Summit Fair raised more than $900 for Hope House – Lees Summit during the Give a Little, Get a Lot for Mom event. Each customer that purchased a tote bag for $10 received a mini jar candle from Yankee, a Nicole Miller necklace, an infinity scarf, mini OPI nail polish, a cupcake provided by Smallcakes and much more. Summit Fair Stylist Jana Meister was at the event and showed customers all the different ways to style their new scarves.

Symphony Names New 
Executive Director

Diandra Meyers was named new executive director for the Lee’s Summit Symphony. Meyers has served as the marketing communications and events manager for the Family Conservancy since 2008. A Lee’s Summit resident and native, Meyers will replace Gloria Helmer, who is retiring as the Symphony’s executive director after four years with the local organization.

“We are very excited to have Diandra on board,” says Shannon Lawrence, Symphony Board of Directors president.

Meyers has 15 years of experience in marketing, events planning and strategic communications at both non-profit and corporate organizations.. She and her husband, Chris Meyers, have two children, Reid, 8, and Dash, 5.

Student Receives Money Smart Kid Scholarship

Faith McDonough, seventh grader at Summit Lakes Middle School, was selected as one of the Money Smart Kid Scholarship winners by CommunityAmerica Credit Union.

“We were very impressed with all applicants this year, especially Faith,” says Amanda Clark, CommunityAmerica Credit Union public relations manager. “Faith exemplified everything that we look for and answered the essay question as if she was an adult managing a budget for years.”

In support of Money Smart Month of Greater Kansas City 2015, CommunityAmerica Credit Union sponsored the Money Smart Kid Scholarship Essay contest. This is the sixth straight year CommunityAmerica has offered this scholarship. Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to answer this year’s Money Smart question with a one-page essay of 300 words or less.

At Home Now Open in Lee’s Summit

At Home, the home décor superstore, recently opened a location in Lee’s Summit. The 87,000 square-foot store, located at 601 N. State Highway 291, marks the fourth store in Missouri and the first in the Kansas City area for the big-box specialty retailer of home décor products.

At Home allows customers to express their personal style by choosing from an expansive selection of more than 50,000 items—including seasonal and holiday décor, patio furniture, home furnishings, wall art and decorative accents, rugs and housewares. Employing an everyday low pricing model, At Home is dedicated to allowing customers to affordably make their house into a home.

This new location brings 25 jobs to Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities.

“City Blues” Painting 
Wins Award

Lee’s Summit artist, Tina Garrett’s fine art work, “City Blues” 30″ x 40″ oil, received an ARC Purchase Award of $6,050 in the 11th Annual ARC Salon. The international competition, in tandem with the 8th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition, is the pinnacle collaboration of American and European artists and the most important competition for representational art in the Western world. Official awards ceremonies and exhibition will be held in November at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. The ARC Salon winners will also exhibit in New York City, at the Salamagundi Club January 18th to February 4th 2016.

“I’m honored to be recognized and ever grateful to ARC, who’s map of ateliers led me to SAS where in 2012 I found my most influential teacher, Romel de la Torre. I’ve had the most amazing teachers and am so proud to offer that same master quality training locally,” says Garrett.

To learn about Tina’s work, visit TinaGarrett.com.

Frontier Justice Donates Range Fees to Detective

On April 23rd and 24th, Frontier Justice donated all range fees to Lee’s Summit Detective Josh Ward to help pay for medical and living expenses as he recovers from a rare, deadly infection. A total of $3,000 was raised and donated directly to the family during those two days.

Additionally, a GoFundMe account has been active since Josh was hospitalized. To date it has raised $37,451 of its $70,000 goal. People can still donate by following this link: GoFundMe.com/s88zm54v.

Frontier Justice may eventually do another benefit for Ward later this summer. Visit Frontier-Justice.com for announcements.

Lee’s Summit CARES has selected Rachel Nelson-Segobia as its new director effective July 15. Rachel was selected from 34 applicants for the position.

Rachel is a 2001 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School. She attended Valparaiso University in Indiana and received a bachelor’s degree in international economics and cultural affairs in 2005. This past year, she completed her master’s degree in nonprofit administration at Louisiana State University. Her work experience includes The Girl Scouts of Riverland Council in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as a district field executive from 2005-2009, USA Girl Scout Overseas – North Atlantic in Pisa, Italy, as the director of membership and marketing from 2009 – 2012, and the Department of Children and Family Services in Shreveport, Louisiana, from 2012 – 2015.

She will follow Roby Little, who has served as the director of Lee’s Summit CARES for the past 14 years. Roby’s official last day with LS CARES was June 30, and she has been involved in helping transition Rachel.

Chamber Hires Director of Special Events

The Lee’s Summit Chamber is excited to announce Stacy Needels as the new director of special events. Needels has years of experience working events and festivals in Lee’s Summit and the Kansas City metro area.

Most recently, Needels served as development manager for JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in Kansas City. Prior to that, Needels was the events and promotions director for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, where she coordinated the Downtown Days Festival and Piccadilly Gala, along with many other events.

“I am so happy to be back in Lee’s Summit,” says Needels. “The Chamber is an incredible organization and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone.”

Needels will provide staff support for the Leadership Lee’s Summit program, education committee, annual gala and golf task forces and Oktoberfest committee.

Signature Massage Offering Unique
Massage Therapy

Signature Massage continues to provide cutting edge treatments and the latest, Thai massage, which is deeply rooted in the cultures of Thailand and India, is one of them. The massage includes a series of stretches, holds, rhythmic rocking and accupressure.  This massage technique is the perfect complement to any exercise and/or physical therapy program, and can increase flexibility and range of motion. Typically a 60-minute session can relieve pain and muscle tension, improve circulation, and strengthen and rejuvenate the body. Visit SignatureMassageKCMO.com for more information or call 816.525.7171.

Salesperson of the Year Joins Ellerman Team

Brent Sledd, the 2014 KCRAR Salesperson of the Year Recipient and a 33-year real estate veteran, will join The Rob Ellerman Team as the vice president of sales – Kansas and emerging markets. Rob Ellerman, the principle and founder, will continue to serve as the CEO and team lead. Brent will play an integral role in The Rob Ellerman Team’s focus on the growth of their business in Kansas, along with expansion strategies and opportunities in other markets. He will also continue to list and sell homes as before.

“With Brent, I am gaining a trusted and respected partner that has a shared commitment to delivering exceptional service to both our current and future clients,” says Rob.

Brent will be leading The Rob Ellerman Team operations at the College Boulevard office of ReeceNichols led by Dianna and Harvey Kinnard.

Metheny Music Foundation Awards Scholarships

The Metheny Music Foundation recently awarded its annual music camp and summer studies scholarships at the Lee’s Summit History Museum. Lee’s Summit is the hometown of 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny and his brother Mike, the Foundation’s chairman. The museum opened in April and it features an exhibit recounting the 100-year history of the Metheny family in Lee’s Summit.

“Metheny Music Foundation awards are given to qualifying Lee’s Summit students in the fields of band, jazz, orchestra, vocal, and any other forms of music where the student shows passion and potential,” says Mike Metheny. Since 2007 the Foundation has helped more than 30 students attend summer music camps throughout the Midwest and as far away as Texas, Michigan and Boston.

In 2013 the Metheny Foundation also introduced its first college music scholarship named in honor of William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight. Mrs. Knight was the aunt of Mike and Pat Metheny and a 1935 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School.

“The recipient of this year’s Knight Award is multi-instrumentalist Quinn Mosier,” says Metheny. “Quinn is primarily a string bass player, but he sounds very good on just about anything he plays. Or sings!” Mosier received his scholarship onstage at the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra concert in May.

Summer scholarship recipients for 2015 are: Shane Anderson (string bass), Miranda Chaffin (tenor saxophone), Micah Ruiz Esparza (voice, various instruments), Quinn Mosier (string bass), and Charles Nord (string bass). Anderson, Mosier and Nord will be attending the KC Bass Workshop, Chaffin will attend the UMKC saxophone camp, and Esparza will attend Camp Electric in Cedarville, Ohio.

LSNHS Awarded in Heart of America 
Shakespeare Contest

Two Lee’s Summit North High School sophomores recently won awards in the Heart of America Shakespeare Sonnet Contest. Coleman Crosby won first place, and June Somsanith won honorable mention in the high school division (9th through 12th grade). The students are pictured with Shakespeare bobbleheads and will receive additional prize packages through the contest. Their winning sonnets are at KCShakes.org.

Sprouts Famers Market Plans Lee’s
Summit Location

The arrival of Sprouts Farmers Market in Lee’s Summit recently took two big leaps forward.

Officials at Sprouts in Phoenix, Arizona, have confirmed a lease has been signed for the former Office Max building at 800 NE Missouri 291 Highway. Diego Romero, corporate communications manager, says further details would be released in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Also this week, a building application permit was filed with the City of Lee’s Summit’s Development Center. The application includes details on the location and make-up of the store, which will include the current 26,886-square-feet of space plus a 3,681-square-foot addition to the building. Exterior updates are also mentioned on the application.

The building permit also mentions amenities that will be offered inside Sprouts, including produce, dairy, deli, a dining area and a meat counter.

Area High Schools Earn ‘Best Schools’ Honor

Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School were recognized as among the top 25 high schools in Missouri through U.S. News and World Report‘s annual “Best High Schools” ranking this spring. The local schools were among just seven Kansas City metropolitan-area high schoolhttp://issuu.com/lifestylepubs/docs/lee_ssummitjuly2015finallr?e=10131829/13872457s to be featured in the national magazine’s top 25 high schools for Missouri.

All three schools earned a silver medal this year. Among the Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools, LSNHS ranked 14th, LSWHS ranked 18th and LSHS ranked 24th in Missouri. There are currently more than 600 high schools in the state.

Alexa Armstrong Named Student of the Year

Summit Christian Academy (SCA) recently recognized senior Alexa Armstrong as the SCA Student of the Year.  Alexa has attended SCA for 14 years and was a member of the volleyball, track and field, and softball teams. She also participated in drama and was the coordinator for the SCA International Program. Alexa is the daughter of James and Shelley Armstrong of Lee’s Summit.

“SCA is truly blessed to have such an outstanding student like Alexa,” says SCA Administrator Linda Harrelson.  “She is making a difference in the lives of not only the SCA students, but internationally with her Christ-like attitude and leadership with our international students.”