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Jun 08, 2017
Tony DiPardo Lives On
Jun 15, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
The American Royal: Its Move and Its Future
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Upcoming Events
Women of Rotary and Friends Event
Avenue's Bistro in Brookside
Jun 13, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
No Meeting
Jun 15, 2017
Board of Directors Meeting
Mark One Electric
Jun 21, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 22, 2017
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Changing of the Guard
The Gallery
Jul 06, 2017
Kansas City Rotary Club Annual Picnic
Rotary Club Youth Camp
Aug 06, 2017
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kansas City's Rotary Youth Camp Featured on
As Past President Marc Horner put it, "It took 92 years to make it into the Rotary International newspaper but here we are. For those of my friends who are not in Rotary, this is what that Rotary Camp entrance just east of Lake Jacomo means to so many of us!"
We couldn't have said it better! Please take a moment and read this fantastic article by RI Staff writer Arnold R. Grahl.

Happy Birthday June Celebrants!
6/1  Bill Gray
6/2  Travis Soden
6/4  Courtney Brooks
6/6  Tom Kirkwood
6/7  Kermit Bright
6/7  Charlie Huffman
6/9  Rita Kelly
6/10  Taten Stamm
6/14  Marla Svoboda
6/15  Mike Thome
6/15  Kent Verden
6/16  Ross Donnell
6/17  Rich Ambler
6/19  Bill Mumford
6/25  Tom Davis
6/26  Sandra Benton
6/29  Dick Berkley
6/29  Bill Buckner
6/29  Dick Retrum

It's Almost Dragon Boat Time!
And... we need YOUR help!
If you are interested in signing up to row with Club 13 for the Annual Dragon Boat competition this year, please contact Robin Rusconi to get signed up!
Everyone is welcome!

Rotary Night at the Zoo

June 22, 2017

$15 per person with RSVP

Must RSVP by June 19th or

$20 at Gate without RSVP

Kids 3 and under free


Schedule of Events

4:30 pm – Event Begins

5:00 pm – Lorikeet Feeding

Penguin Chat

5:30 pm – Seal Lion Show

North American River Otter Chat

6:00 pm – Snakes Keeper Chat

Orangutan Keeper Chat

6:30 pm – Elephant Demo

Gibbon Keeper Chat

7:00 pm - Tiger Keeper Chat

Bobcat Keeper Chat

7:30 pm – Goat Yard Keeper Chat

Polar Bear Keeper Chat

8:00 pm – Event Ends

Food and Refreshments

5:00 to 7:30 PM

Next to the Penguin Exhibit

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Cookies,

Lemonade and Ice Water

The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
June 8, 2017
Our Speaker this week is Patti DiPardo Livergood. She will be speaking about the Life and Legacy of Tony DiPardo.
Patti DiPardo Livergood became a professional singer with her Dad’s (Tony DiPardo) band while in high school. Throughout her singing career, Patti’s performances include some of Kansas City’s finest Country Clubs and Night Clubs to being an ‘Opening Act’ for such great National Entertainers as Lee Greenwood, Merle Haggard, Mickey Gilley and Randy Travis to name just a few.  Civic celebrations such as Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial, KU Med Center celebration, The Kansas City Chiefs 101 Football Banquet for over 35 years, numerous Gala’s, stage-shows and multi-media events such as the Ace National Convention, 1st Marine Division National Convention and many Wedding Receptions and Private Parties at area hotels including The Westin, Hyatt, The Inter-Continental, Downtown Marriott and Muehlebach.
After a 3 year performance at Kansas City’s most romantic hotel, The Raphael, Patti produced and recorded her first CD, “The Road To Romance”, along with renowned Pianist, Greg Richter and Jazz Quartet. In 1998, The Road To Romance became a reality to Patti as she met and married the ‘love of her life’ Robert. Patti re-located to New England with Robert for his work and they continued to travel back to Kansas City for each Chiefs home game and other music performance events.
For 20 seasons of Kansas City Chiefs Football, Patti was the 2nd generation Music Director for the TD PACK BAND.  The band was comprised of some of Kansas City’s BEST Musicians.  Sharing the bandstand with her Dad, “Mr. Music, This hot, rockin band performed for over 200 Chiefs home games at Arrowhead Stadium for most huddle breaks, 1st down celebrations along with touchdowns, kickoffs and timeouts!  Pregame entertainment included a mini concert with Patti and TD PACK BAND entertaining the fans. In addition to the TD PACK BAND, Patti has had the honor of singing our National Anthem at Arrowhead over 40 times for Chiefs games.  Honors for other events to sing the Star Spangled Banner include Nascar at Kansas Speedway, Wizards Soccer Games and numerous Regional and National Conventions.
In 2005, a year of celebration, Patti co-authored the autobiography, “Life, Love, Music & Football”, The Tony DiPardo Story.  Published by Sports Publishing, a world renowned company that ‘fell in love’ with this true love story about the exciting life of Tony & Doddie DiPardo. In conjunction with the release of the book, Patti assisted with starting up The Tony DiPardo Music Foundation, a non-for-profit organization offering instrumental music scholarships to area high school students.
In 2008, Patti produced the entire production of Tony DiPardo’s 95th Birthday Celebration Bash at the Hyatt with over 600 guests for Auction, Dinner, Show with net proceeds of $50,000 going to Tony’s Foundation.
After 20 years, in December of 2008 The TD PACK BAND concluded its reign on the bandstand at Arrowhead.  It was the day the music died, yet concluded with an awesome presentation to Tony from Chiefs Owners Clark Hunt and the First Lady of the Chiefs, Norma Hunt. In 2010, Patti was asked to join the Staff of the Chiefs Organization as Special Projects Coordinator. Overseeing the Red Coater Program (Community Outreach Group) and the Red Friday Project.
Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
June 1, 2017
President Peter Ho called the meeting to order, and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dan Doty provided the Invocation. Our weekly 50/50 drawing continued. We were at a Special Location on the UMKC Campus at Bloch Executive Hall of the Henry W. Block School of Management.
Mandy Sheldon remined us about the Celebrate Rotary Dinner coming up on June 17th, 2017 and the always popular (& worth your while & great value – your most humble scribe’s opinion) Rotary Night at the Zoo on Thursday evening June 22nd, 2017.
Peter Ho introduced Dr. Jeff Hornsby, Ph.D. the Executive Director, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Jeff Hornsby came to his position arriving at UMKC almost 4 years ago to the day. The Regnier Institute was endowed (funded) by the Bob Regnier Family Foundation. UMKC Regnier Institute, within the Business School, focuses on entrepreneurship programs, degrees and has a business incubator. The Entrepreneurship School has classroom learning, as well as experimentation (try it and practice it.) and a Mentoring program (this is the “secret sauce” of the process).   The rest of the presentation was provided by various professors or program students.
Tony Mendes (Associate Director of the Regnier Institute) has his Psychology, worked at the Kaufman Center before UMKC and graduated from Rockhurst. Tony’s emphasis is in the cross campus initiative and discussed his area’s Programs in terms “Community and Cross-Campus Partnership”. This focuses on the multidisciplinary nature of Entrepreneurship. So, for example, Engineering students and biology students can get a feel for entrepreneurship in their curriculum and create multi-disciplinary courses. The focus would be for how to commercialize their properties.  UMKC is trying to infuse entrepreneurship into other non-business school areas.
Next Bryan Boots (Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship Scholars Programs Coordinator) works with a program to provide critical, regional need for early-stage entrepreneurial support. The students are involved in comprehensive, academically-based, rigorous training in a safe environment.  (These are students in the Business – Entrepreneurship Program).  There are two components to the program – Content and Mentoring. There are two or three month long modules,  in the form of 16 workshops that focus on legal, marketing, finance, fundraising, ideation*, team building, presentation skills, and management.   (* the formation of ideas or concepts)
Next Mack Healey, originally from South Dakota, is newly graduated from the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mack won several Business Plan Competitions. Mack is a bartender by trade, but has come up with a more comfortable shoe for individuals who work on their feet, standing up, such as bartenders etc. The program has and will continue to be helpful to him. This author’s take away is that commercial products like his could grow into Kansas City businesses and help grow the local economy.
Next Andy Heise, (Assistant Director, Incubator Programs – Arts Entrepreneurship) spoke about the “Bloch Venture Hub” in partnership with the Country Club Bank. This incubator facility is located in the County Club Bank building on Southwest Trafficway (4343 Belleview Ave, KCMO).  This provides an ideal location with meeting space and workshop space. Currently there are 8 active ventures. This is focused on the Arts Community and works with the Kansas City Art Institute as well.
Next Phillip Gonsher, Assistant Director, Mentor Programs, Entrepreneurship Curriculum Coordinator, discussed the Mentor Program.  Mentors are principally concerned with education entrepreneurs and assisting ventures to be commercially successful. The Mentor Program provides group and individual coaching. Currently there are 150 + mentors and 400 + Spring semester volunteer hours by mentors, including classroom lectures, speaker’s bureau, and one-on-one meetings. In fact, now the mentors have built a network among themselves.
Next Ben Williams, Assistant Director, Enactus Advisor, spoke regarding getting the students involved outside of school.  In this program, students work up business plans.  In fact the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge Competition generates student motivation with awards of up to $20,000.    The First Wednesday program again focuses on business plan creation and presentation. 
Dr. Jeff Hornsby concluded and closed the UMKC program. For an interested few remaining after the meeting, Dr Jeff Hornsby gave us a guided tour of the building.  Impressive.
[This author’s takeaway was threefold:  1. This focus when coupled with the regular business school classes will greatly assist the graduates in the business world. 2. With the entrepreneurship infusion into other areas (i.e. engineering or medicine etc,), this could greatly assist in forming the next KC companies to grow, develop, and strengthen the overall metro KC economy.  3. This really sets UMKC apart from traditional universities.]
President Peter Ho concluded the meeting with a quote from Michael Dell of Dell Computers “Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people . . . or find a different room.”
*You can watch this and other meetings on our You-Tube Channel. Click Below.*
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