Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kansas City
We meet Thursdays at Noon
the Gallery Event Space
14th & Main
Kansas City, MO 64105
 

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Upcoming Information
April 19, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent of KC Public Schools. He will help us present the Education Excellence Awards and speak about the future of the KCPS.
Dr. Mark T. Bedell is one of the top young educational leaders in the United States. His personal, educational and career experiences make him uniquely suited to serve as Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, MO. He is a talented, caring teacher and administrator who is doing the hard, systematic work necessary to ensure that every child and every family has an equitable opportunity of making their dreams a reality.
 
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Fisk in 1997. His classroom experiences fueled Dr. Bedell's passion for serving students and drove him to learn how to be an even better teacher, colleague and administrator. He went on to earn a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and administration from Tennessee State University in 2000.
 
Throughout his path through graduate school, Dr. Bedell demonstrated an increasing ability to apply what he had learned to practical situations that led to direct and long-term improvements for his students, his co-workers, his schools and his school systems. While serving as a principal in places like Houston, his observation of students struggling to stay in school due to lack of wrap-around support prompted Dr. Bedell to study school culture, climate and dropout prevention at Nova Southeastern University, where he was named a Doctor of Education in 2015.
 
His background, classroom and school experience made Dr. Bedell a natural choice for the Superintendent's post at KCPS in 2016. He came to the school system committed to listening to and learning from students, parents, staff and community members. Dr. Bedell devoted hundreds of hours to public engagement in just the first few months of his position. With the stakeholder guidance, he crafted and enacted a post-entry plan which made the central office more effective and efficient, improved School Board governance, and increased staff morale.
 
Dr. Bedell has reignited trust in KCPS, sparked a new excitement among families and prompted the much-needed focus on equity in order to guarantee that every student has a legitimate shot at success. His personal, educational and professional journey prove that this is exactly the type of goal that Dr. Bedell was made to accomplish.
 
As we approach our 100 year anniversary in 2024 and continue to serve special needs children of the Kansas City metro area, we are focusing on what makes the Rotary Youth Camp a truly exceptional place.  We are the only camp in the metro Kansas City area that serves children with a broad range of special needs.  Organizations that use our camp include the Boy Scouts, Campfire USA, ARC of Clay and Platte Counties, Midwest Brachial Plexus Network, Joshua Center and others.  We provide children an outdoor camping experience at no charge who may otherwise not have that opportunity.  These children are able to participate in a variety of activities including swimming, campfires, basketball, archery, crafts and other outdoor pursuits.  
 
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Contact Us:

P.O. Box 412457

Kansas City, MO 64141

office@rotary13.org

 
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Speakers
David Brain, CEO, Brown Cow Capital, LLC
Apr 26, 2018
Decoding Coworking: It's the Future (Coworking spaces in KC - How it works/advantage/disadvantage)
Andra Watkins, New York Times Best-Selling Author
May 10, 2018
Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace
 
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