November 2015 Around Town 2

Heavenly Olive Oils Celebrates Anniversary

Heavenly Olive Oils, located in Summit Fair Shopping Center, celebrated their 5th anniversary in October.  Owners, Steve and Mindy Anderson declared this a “Customer Appreciation Day” as Chef Mike Silber, of Silberspoon’s Catering, prepared pulled pork sliders, and other delicious recipes using their ultra-premium imported extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars for the guests to taste.  More than 200 faithful customers and friends stopped by to celebrate and sampled the amazing food.   Also, KC Chief’s Chaplin, Phillip Kelley, joined the fun as he visited with customers and autographed his book, “Divine Disturbance – Broken to Build.”  Three lucky customers received Heavenly gift baskets that were raffled at the end of the day.

Steve and Mindy said, “We feel very blessed to have celebrated this milestone and know we couldn’t have done it without our wonderful customers and amazing staff.”  As the holidays approach think Heavenly for some tasty healthy gifts!

Lakewood Garden Club Poinsettia Sale

Ho, ho, ho! It’s time for the annual Lakewood Garden Club Poinsettia Sale. The Lakewood Garden Club Poinsettia sales have generated thousands of scholarship and community enhancement revenue over the years for numerous high school graduating seniors representing all area high schools in addition to Lakewood beautification projects. The sculptures at most every Lakewood entrance, including the wind sculptures on the north point have been donated to the community by the Lakewood Garden Club through proceeds from this fundraiser and others.

This year, Lakewood’s Garden Club is pleased to continue with this holiday tradition by offering two poinsettia sizes and three color options to enhance anyone’s Holiday decorating style. The 6.5-inch pot is available for $14 and the 8.5 inch pot is $26. Their lush, longlasting 6- to 8-bloom decoratively wrapped poinsettia plants are available in a vivid red, soft pink or white color with deep green foliage. They are locally grown by Farrand Farms. For more information or to place an order, please contact Ellen Hamilton, poinsettia chairperson, at 817.525.7171.

District Aquatic Center Provides Swimming and Fitness Programs​​

The Lee’s Summit School District Aquatic Center offers a wide variety of swimming and fitness programs.

American Red Cross swimming lessons are available beginning with preschool courses and progressing through advanced instruction. The Aquatic Center’s swim team conditioning program focuses on perfecting strokes, refining turns, speed and endurance.

Several swim leagues are offered at the Aquatic Center. The next offering — the winter swim league — is hosting an open house on Nov. 14. The winter league is designed for swimmers who are interested in a recreational swim league and considering competitive swimming in the future.

Additional programs include water polo, diving instruction and aqua aerobics. The Aquatic Center also offers open swim times and is available for rental for parties and special events.

The center is located at 3498 SW Windemere Drive in southern Lee’s Summit. For more information, visit or call 816. 986.1465.

New Location for RBC Wealth Management

The Leawood branch of RBC Wealth Management recently moved to a brand new location across the street from our old location in the newly built Pinnacle V Building.  The new location allows us to remain in Leawood and better serve the needs of our valued clients in this great community.  The new address is 4001 W 114th St, Suite 200 in Leawood.  For more information, please visit

School Citizens’ Advisory Committee Honors Judy Noland

Judy Noland receives a certificate from Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, in recognition of her 44 years on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC). A retired Lee’s Summit R-7 staff member, Mrs. Noland joined the CAC in 1971 when she was asked by Dr. Bernard Campbell, long-time superintendent, to serve on the team. She has represented parents, students, staff members and citizens over her 44 years and  frequently shares her expertise in the early-childhood area with the group. She will continue to serve on the group, which formed in 1952. The mission of the CAC is to facilitate communication and partner with the R-7 Board of Education, superintendent and community to ensure a successful and innovative school system that maximizes each student’s potential.

Where You Shop Matters

In a recent national study, 75 percent of individuals who described themselves as being community minded believe that shopping close to home makes them a better neighbor.

When you spend money right here in Lee’s Summit, you generate sales tax dollars to meet the needs of your community. Sales tax revenue helps provide funding for our streets, parks, schools, fire and police departments. Think about it – would you even consider calling the Overland Park or Independence Police or Fire Departments in case of an emergency?  Of course not. According to the Huffington Post, spending $100 at a local, independent business means $68 in local economic activity versus spending $100 at a big box retailer which translates to only $48 in local economic activity.

We challenge you to shop small this holiday season. Small Business Saturday is November 28 and presents the perfect opportunity to get out of the hustle and bustle of shopping malls and into locally owned businesses to show your support. Downtown Lee’s Summit is offering special promotions and giveaways throughout the day for the chance to win prizes, including round-trip Amtrak tickets, bed and breakfast stays and more. Remember, where you shop matters. Visit for more information.

Main Street Board Names 
New Director

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street (DLSMS) board of directors promoted Donnie Rodgers Jr. to the position of DLSMS executive director. Rodgers, who lives in downtown Lee’s Summit, has been the assistant director of DLSMS since February 2014, and has serves as the staff liaison to the newly-established Community Improvement District in downtown Lee’s Summit.

Rodgers has spent his professional career working in Missouri downtowns and Missouri Main Street programs, including more than five years as Community Development Coordinator for the Urban Districts Alliance in Springfield. There he helped establish and implement a Community Improvement District, a task successfully repeated after his move to Lee’s Summit. His work in Springfield was recognized by 417 Magazine, naming Rodgers one of its “Top 20 Under 30” in 2011.

“Lee’s Summit is truly a special place because of the people who call it home, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work beside such a dedicated and passionate group of small business owners, volunteers and neighbors,” says Rodgers.

SCA Head of School Visits 
Capitol Hill

Summit Christian Academy (SCA) Head of School Linda Harrelson recently returned from Capitol Hill. Harrelson was one of 24 school administrators from across the country to be selected to attend the Legislative Conference through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

The conference centered on legislation that could affect Christian education and included school choice, religious freedoms, and first amendment issues regarding tax credits and how it may affect tax exempt status. At the end of the conference, administrators met with federal lawmakers to discuss the legislative issues.

“It was a very informative conference and I enjoyed following up the conference with meetings with federal lawmakers such as Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and the aides for Senator Roy Blunt, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, and Claire McCaskill,” shares Harrelson.