December 2015 Around Town 6

Local Talent Teams Up On New Book

Gatherings in Bloom-Table Art for All Occasions features the floral artistry of Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs and the beautiful photography of Freeland Photography. It focuses on the intimate moments at the table that brings families and friends together. It is filled with beautiful images of table decor, floral design, and hometown stories from the author about her inspirations and floral passions.

The book is available online at or on or by emailing

City Announces the Appointment of New Assistant City Manager

After a lengthy national search, the City of Lee’s Summit recently announced the appointment of the City’s Development Center Director Mark Dunning as the assistant city manager, Development and Communications.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to fill this role with the City and look forward to working with the Mayor and Council, Mr. Arbo and the City’s Management Team and staff in this new capacity. A great foundation has already been established in the Development and Communication areas within the City, and being selected to lead continued efforts in these areas is exciting. I look forward to continuing to enhance and build relationships with community stakeholders and all of the great opportunities we have ahead of us,” says Dunning.

In his position, he will be responsible for serving as the point of contact, liaison, and project expert for economic development within the City and actively collaborate with many important regional partners. He will also be responsible for the management and oversight of the Development Center and the Communications and Marketing Division.

A Lee’s Summit High School graduate and a lifelong resident of this community, Dunning has spent the majority of his professional career employed at the City and has steadily moved up the ranks within the organization.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Central Missouri, and has earned eight professional certifications.

He is married to Alison and they are the parents of Evan and Anna.

Eagle Creek Church Expands and Plans 
for Christmas

Eagle Creek Church is one church that meets in three different locations and they make it their mission to make everyone feel at home at Eagle Creek with a concert style worship experience that creates a warm environment for people to experience the love and grace of Jesus.

They recently purchased more than 17 acres on 291 South Highway and hope to break ground soon on a new 34,000-square-foot facility.

At Eagle Creek, Christmas time is one of the most exciting times of the year. Each worship service in December includes special creative elements that build up to their Christmas services.

Eagle Creek will have a total of seven Christmas services this year: December 18 at 7 p.m., December 19 at 5:30 and 7 p.m., and December 20 at 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary Hosts Russian Delegation

Lee’s Summit hosted six delegates from Siberia through the Congressional program, Open World. The purpose of the group’s visit was to observe how Americans care for visually impaired children. Rotarian Dan Hall spent a year preparing for and organizing the delegates’ itinerary to maximize their experience of American culture as well as providing ample opportunities to observe services for the visually impaired. From the city of Novosibirsk, Siberia, the delegation included an opthamologist/eye surgeon, a psychologist, 2 librarians, a kindergarten teacher and an attorney. Additionally, Open World provided two Russians who offered facilitation and interpretation services. Eight Lee’s Summit families hosted the Siberians in their homes, and formed life-long friendships with the warm-hearted, vibrant and generous personalities, also debunking many of the out-dated Cold War area stereotypes and misunderstandings of “Siberia” and “Siberians.”

Register Today for Gen-Real Conference

The Olathe Bible Church invites area women and teenage girls to save the date for their GenReal Conference being held February 26 and 27, 2016. at the church’s Olathe location ( 13700 W. 151st St.) The conference will take place on Friday from 7-11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Genreal (genuine & real) is a multi-generational conference designed to give answers to female-specific issues from the Word. The Genreal conference will be packed with energizingGatherings in Bloom-Table Art for All Occasions features the floral artistry of Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs and the beautiful photography of Freeland Photography. It focuses on the intimate moments at the table that brings families and friends together. It is filled with beautiful images of table decor, floral design, and hometown stories from the author about her inspirations and floral passions. teaching of the Word, music, games, gifts, coffee bistro, brunch, and hanging out together. Plus, every girl’s conference needs chocolate!

Learn more at

Synergy Services Breaks Ground on New Children’s Center

Responding to growing demand, Synergy Services recently broke ground on a new Children’s Center to be located at 4512 N. Antioch Road in Kansas City, Missouri. The campus will include a 10,000-square-foot facility to shelter and provide services to children throughout the metro who have experienced abuse, neglect or serious family crisis.

The new children’s center will double the capacity of the current shelter. Capacity which is needed, based on the fact that the agency had to turn away 300 children last year due to limited beds and other resources.

“By relocating our children’s center to a dedicated facility, we can utilize the space formerly occupied at SafeHaven to also expand and improve our services for the women and children housed there,” said Synergy’s executive director, Robin Winner.

Learn more about Synergy’s work or donate online at

LSNHS Swimmers and Divers Compete At State

The Lee’s Summit North High School Swim and Dive team had great success this year at Missouri state competition. LSN swimmers won The Subruban Gold Conference this year. The team consisted of these boys: Brady Benefiel, Josh Littell, David Maksin, Joel Springer, Kyle Meyer, Jacob Burton, Jake O’Bryan, Dylan Groves, Zander Davidson, Brandon Olson, Jordan Stark, Jon Voss, Daniel Valmassei, Joseph Madrigal, Liam Bresette, Grant Godard, JP Hynes and Jonathan Thomas.   Liam placed 1st in the 200 free and 500 free. We placed 1st in the 400 free relay: David Maksin, Grant Godard, Josh Littell, Liam Bresette.
LSN placed 7th at the 2015 MSHSAA Boys State HS Championships. Liam Bresette placed 1st in the 200 free, broke the current state record of 1:38.86 by swimming a 1:38.15. Liam also placed 1st in the 500 free, missing the record of 4:27.89, by swimming a 4:29.90. Josh Littell placed 5th in the 200 IM by swimming a 1:55.48 and placed 5th in the 100 fly by swimming a 51.73. The 400 free relay team of David Maksin, Grant Godard, Josh Littell, Liam Bresette placed 8th overall.

LSN junior Daniel Valmassei placed 5th in the diving event, earning 14 points for the team and All-State designation. He broke a new school record for 11 dives with 487.90 points; the old record was 404.50. Junior Jordan Stark also participated.

Eastland Giving Circle Presents $30,000 Grant to Pro Deo Youth Center

The Eastland Giving Circle recently presented a $30,000 grant to improve health and nutrition for children in the area to Pro Deo Youth Center. Since it was started in 2010, the Eastland Giving Circle has awarded more than $140,000 to improve the local community through charitable giving.

This year’s celebration was particularly special because the giving circle has grown to more than 100 members. Members attending the event participated in a champagne toast for their success in exceeding the goal of 100 members.

Each member makes a small contribution so that collectively the group can give to a project that will make the biggest impact on Eastern Jackson County. In the process, each member learns about needs in the community and has the opportunity to vote on a project that she believes will make the biggest difference.

“We are ordinary women making an extraordinary impact in our community,” says board member Jane. “During this season of giving, we are thankful for the generosity of all our members and for the important work being done in our area by the nonprofit community.”

For information on joining the Eastland Giving Circle, go to Click on “Give” and then on “Contribute to Someone Else’s Fund.”  By clicking on the link for the Eastland Giving Circle you’ll be able to make a credit card donation.