As you may know we have changed our program for Camp Enterprise and it will be held on one day only being Saturday March 4th, 2017 at the Bloch School of Management on the UMKC Campus. While the format is different we still have a stiff budget and are in need of donations. We no longer receive a matching amount from Camps 4 Kids so we are in need of lots of sponsors. Any amount is welcomed. Checks can be written to Rotary Youth Camp Association with a Memo line for Camp Enterprise. Or Mandy can take Credit Cards.
We sincerely appreciate your consideration.
Camp Enterprise Chair 2017
Rotary Night at the Kauffman Center!
Plan to come Downtown to Helzberg Hall on Friday, March 3rd – 8 PM. Tickets range from $20 to $55, but ALL ROTARIANS will receive a 20% discount on tickets in any price range. When you call the KCPA Box Office at 816-994-7222, or order on-line at www.kauffmancenter.org, use Promo Code “Rotary” to receive your 20% Rotary Club discount!
Tony DiPardo, our Rotary friend, musician, and trumpet player will be remembered and honored at the concert.
Check Out this Rotarian Magazine from 1914!
Last week, on Union Station's Facebook page, a 1914 "Kansas City Edition" of the Rotarian Magazine was shared - which featured the construction of Union Station. This edition of the Rotarian is a time capsule in itself of not only Kansas City, but our Rotary Club, (the members wrote all of the features in the magazine.) You can follow this linkfor the entire digital copy. Enjoy!
This week our speaker is Matt Riggs, Outreach Coordinator, MARC Solid Waste Management District. His topic will be "Recycle More at Work: An Important Partnership."
Our Speaker this week is Matt Riggs.
Most of what we throw away doesn’t need to be thrown away at all: it can be reused, recycled or composted. Matt Riggs, Outreach Coordinator for the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District (MARC SWMD), will give an engaging presentation that shows why recycling is important, that there’s more to it than just tossing a can in a bin, and that we all can recycle more at home, at work and beyond.
Matt’s job includes providing recycling outreach and education throughout the Kansas City metro area, coordinating the Kansas City Environmental Education Network, and overseeing the MARC Green Team. He has an alter ego by the name of “Eco Elvis” which he uses to “edutain” people about recycling and environmental issues.
Pres. Peter Ho called the meeting to order in our home away from home, the Kill Devil Room, and in recognition of Presidents' Day next week he asked all the past presidents to stand and say their names and their years as President. For most, this was an easy task especially for the recent Past Presidents. Some of the more senior ones just said they were President "a long time ago". P.P. Carl Bolte, however, clearly remembered that his presidential term was in the years 1932 and 33... A round of applause expressed the group's appreciation for these folks' service.
Moving right along, P.P. Chuck Eddy led us in a fine rendition of "My Country Tis of Thee", accompanied as usual by the aforementioned C. Bolte, affectionately known as the Piano Player. After the pledge to the flag, Eric Bubb gave the invocation, and David Harvey welcomed most of the guests. (Those he missed took it upon themselves to introduce themselves.)
Pat Bolin did a great job of sharing some memories of our recently departed member, Ken Beardsley.
Phil Kinney took the podium to remind us of the ongoing fund raising campaign for the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation. One can become a Fellow with a $1,000 gift to the foundation or be a Sustaining Fellow with a commitment to making ten annual $100 donations. Phil called to the front Tony Andresen, Charlie Huffman, Brad Kleindl, Bill Madsen, and Linn Mills, all of whom who had recently become Fellows or Sustaining Fellow with their gifts.
Jane Lee reminded us about the coming Literacy KC Spell-Off Party on Feb 21, 5:30 pm at the Parkway Towers. A $100 ticket gets you in for a meal and a spirited good time as this year's Spelling Bee team is selected.
Christy Chester said that there will be a KC DAY sponsor party at the Camp next Wednesday starting at 4:00 pm, and there still is a need for painters.
Linn Mills said that the Shoes for Orphan Souls is off to a great start and urged us to bring shoes or donations.
Chuck Eddy reported that Tony Dipardo will be remembered at a performance of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra on March 3 at 8:00 pm.
Joe Privitera was thanked for doing the Bagel Run.
Tom Van Dyke introduced our speaker for the day, Gary White, who is the co-founder of water.org. His topic was "Market based approaches for safe drinking water in developing countries". For the past 25 years, Mr. White's entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, innovations that now serve as a model in the sector. Today, he traced the history of this work. The basic innovation of his model (as tenuously grasped by this scribe) is to work with local resources to develop new methods of access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and to use investment capital to fund micro financing for poor people so they can pay for their water and sanitation needs.
Instead of asking major donors for donations to support water projects, Mr. White's model asks them to make investments which fund the creation of better water and sanitation resources at costs that are manageable for poor people. The donor receives a return on his investment. Mr. White's remarks were supported by numerous charts on the screen.
Any attempt on the part of this scribe to present an accurate recounting of his presentation surely would be full of errors. So I refer you to the website, "water.org", which does a beautiful job of explaining the history and business model of Mr. White's organization.
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Below is an important message from Literacy KC. They are having an Open House to show you how their work is changing lives in KC. Rotary Club 13 is doing its part to support teaching adults to read! How? By participating in its major fundraiser, the Corporate Spelling Bee with Rotary Club 13's team.
Hoping to see you THIS Tuesday Feb. 21 at 5:30 at Parkway Towers 4545 Wornall Road ( just off the Plaza)at our Rotary Spell Off party to get our Rotary Spelling Team put together for the Literacy KC Spelling Bee fundraiser coming up soon. To enter our Rotary team, we need your help to collect the $3000 entry fee to support Literacy KC. Please contribute $100 and join us for food, drinks and fun! We need you, and Literacy KC needs you. And we want to see YOU there! Please come!
See the Literacy KC note and invitation below:
You are invited!
Visit a Literacy KC class, and see how your support will change lives!
Please join the Literacy KC Executive Director, staff, and board members for an hour long behind the scenes look at Literacy KC.
Learn about the scope of adult low literacy in our community, as well as our new programming and partnerships. You will meet students, tutors, and instructors, and even observe a class in action!
It was colored pin - 2 dollar bill night last week. But not many bills were handed out. The lane conditions were pretty slippery. The normally dry area ten feet in front of the pins had oil on it. This made it hard for bowlers counting on their ball to break into the pocket for a strike. We will try it again next week after Ward Parkway Lanes fixes the oil pattern. The Rotary league was not the only bowlers complaining about this situation.
Peter Ho finally made the right adjustment to the difficult oil problem. He released his ball from a different spot and powered it to the pocket. He ended up with a 200 and 203. Mary Tikwart throws a slow straight ball. So the excess oil didn't affect her game. She was 7 pins short of a 200 came. Dee Reynolds picked up the 4-10 split and Kara Bennett covered the 4-7-10. Well done all.