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Jun 01, 2017
Entrepreneurship at UMKC
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
Program Committee Meeting
Kill Devil
Jun 08, 2017 11:00 AM
International Service Committee
Jun 08, 2017 11:00 AM
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

You are invited!
Join the Rotary Club Auxiliary for a tour on June 1st of the Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden at Loose Park. Lunch will be a box lunch in the Library at Loose Park at 11:30 followed by a tour of the gardens at 12:30 with rosarian John Riley. Please call
Peggy Gray 816-753-2616 to make reservations by noon Tuesday May 30,2017.

Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley

Thank you to the following Club 13 Rotarians who came out for work day Saturday: Jerry Cooke, David McCaughey, Susan Prestia, Denny Bolte, Rick Hughes, Bill Buckner, David Hanzlick, Phil Kinney, Michelle Biondo, Sherri Hahn, Kara Bennett, Kenn Miller (& son Kyle), Paul Searcy, Jim Huffman, Bill Madsen (& son Graham). They were joined by Bill and Cheryl Juls, and Dan Hall from the Lees Summit Downtown Rotary Club and Kevin Klein from the Eastern Independence Rotary Club.


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 Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Glory Over Everything” by Kathleen Grissom on May 22, 2017, 6:30 PM at Rainy Day Books. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
About the book:  The year is 1830 and Jamie Pyke is keeping a deadly secret.  Although he is passing as a wealthy white aristocrat in Philadelphia society, Jamie is really a runaway slave, hiding in plain sight, still hunted.  But Jamie’s carefully constructed world begins to come apart when his beloved young servant Pan, whom he has sworn to protect, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.
Tracing the boy to a North Carolina plantation, Jamie risks his life to save Pan from the fate he himself barely escaped as a child.  Fortunately, a fearless slave, Sukey, has been mothering the terrified young boy, planning to get him out on the Underground Railroad.  As the ruthless slave hunters close in, the three make a run for freedom through the Virginia backwoods and the treacherous Great Dismal Swamp, where they are faced with another desperate choice.
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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
May 25,2017
This week we will hold a Celebration of Life for our Rotarians who have passed away in the last year.
Please join us at the Rotary Youth Camp this Thursday at Noon. 
We will be remembering:
Ken Beardsley
Dr. Gerald Lee
Alex Petrovic
Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
May 18, 2017
David McCaughey, subbing for President Peter Ho, called the meeting to order at 12:10 pm.
Harlan Stampler led the group sing along acknowledging our May birthday members, followed by “God Bless America”, accompanied by Carl Bolte on the piano.  David led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Charlie Rogers delivered the Invocation and Mandy Sheldon welcomed our guests: Rachel Barnett, guest of Neil Barnet, Josh Neudorf, guest of Steve Burger and Matt Helle, guest of Jim Porter. Announcements included thanks from Christy Chester to all who particpated in last weeks Youth Camp work day, along with a reminder that another work day would be on May 20th. Jan Armstrong  reminded us that the annual Dragon Boat Races is coming up on June 10th, asking for anyone interested in participating to please sign up. Dick Retrum announced the Centennial Banquet and Celebration to be held at 6pm on June 17th, when Rotarians from Africa and other area clubs will joing to celebrate our centenial birthday of our Rotary Foundation. 
Woody Davis introduced this week’s featured speaker, Colleen McCain Nelson, who is Vice President of the Editorial Page of the Kansas City Star.  A Salina, KS native and KU grad, Collen has been in Kansas City for about 5 months now, and is excited to be back in the midwest, after living and working in other cities for the past several years. She started her journalism career as a summer intern at the KC Star, while attending KU, followed by reporting jobs in Wichita, Topeka, a brief stint in  Ft. Worth, TX, and then 12 years at the Dallas Morning News; 6 years as a reporter and 6 years on the editorial board.  In late 2011 she was asked to cover the presidential campaign for the Wall Street Journal.  She then spent the next 5 years covering the White House and 2 presidential campaigns.  In 2016 she split her time between the White House and the campaign trail, traveling mostly with Hillary Clinton and some time with Donald Trump.  This gave her “an up close and personal view of both candidates, which was fascinating”. Colleen shared several stories of her experiences covering both candidates during the 2016 presidential campaign.  Following the campaign season, Colleen came back to the midwest and began her new position with the Kansas City Star.
Her inital goal and task at The Star, was to build up an editorial board that can match up with any newspaper in the country.  While still building the team, to date she has been able to attract a group of all-star journalists with a range of view points.  The editorial board is endevoring to make this ‘a community conversation” by inviting experts throughout the community to offer their perspective on issues.  Colleen touched on the topic of “fake news” and how newpapers need to do a better job of differentiating themselves from the partisan news organizations.  She stated that the Star is trying to be transparent as possible, to show us how they discuss issues and come to their opinions, so as not to be just an echo chamber of a particular view point.
To close, Colleen provided thoughtful and insightful responses to several questions asked by the audience covering topics including; political partisanship, the prevalence of anonymous sources in news reporting, her level of surprise on the outcome of the  presidential election, the ethicality of information leaks provided to journalists, the direction of newspapers with respect to paper vs. digital versions, tomorrow’s lead story, and amount of classified information that gets leaked and reported by the press.
David McCaughey thanked Colleen for speaking with us and adjourned the meeting till next week.
Don't forget - you can watch this program as well as other speakers on our You Tube Channel. Click below.
What's in a Hashtag? Social Media for Rotarians
Rotarians and social media go together like selfies and hashtags – which means Rotarians have to get on board with social trends too. And if everything I just said sounds like I’m speaking another language, no worries. We’ve got some tips to get you hashtagging in no time.
Let’s start by answering the age-old (or at least as old as Twitter) question: “What’s a hashtag?”
A hashtag is the “#” symbol placed in front of a search term or phrase to indicate to a social platform and users, “you can click this and see other posts mentioning the same hashtagged content.” Sometimes you’ll hear the word “hashtag” in reference to the search term being associated with a post and sometimes people use it to reference only the “#” symbol.

Where Can I Use Hashtags?

Most widely-used social media platforms support hashtags. Here’s how:
  • Twitter – Use hashtags here to tie your tweets to conversations outside your immediate network. If you want to jump into the #Rotarians conversation, to promote #EndPolioNow, incorporate both hashtags into a tweet. Once you publish a tweet with hashtags, they become links to conversations involving the same hashtag.
  • Instagram – These hashtags tie photos together. This is very similar to Twitter hashtags but the emphasis is visual versus bites of information.
  • Facebook – Publishing a Facebook hashtag is as easy as publishing a Facebook post. Click published hashtags to see other posts that use the same tag. It’s less conversation-focused and more about sorting by topic on Facebook. This is especially true as many users have robust privacy settings that may not allow you to interact with their posts.
  • Pinterest – Pinterest hashtags are only clickable in pin descriptions. Although generally functional, hashtags are not instrumental for Pinterest users.
  • Snapchat – There are no hashtags here. But Snapchat has an answer to that in geofilters. We won’t go too far into them now, but filters allow users to show where they are with preset graphics. Snapchat connects users to more personalized, smaller networks so hashtags are not the name of the game.

Why Create or Participate in Using a Hashtag?

Aside from the importance of being familiar with current communications trends to effectively reach your current audience, the real bottom line of creating and using hashtags lies in recruiting an outside audience. As you create event buzz in the form of hashtagged photos, videos, and posts, you garner positive awareness for all the awesome things Rotarians do.
Rotary Night at the Zoo
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