Congratulations to Chris Wray!Last Monday, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt appointed our own Chris Wray as the Deputy Treasurer of the State of Missouri.This puts Chris in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Treasurer's office -- investing the State's money, monitoring banks who have state deposits, etc. For more information, click here.
This week our speaker is Chris Kuehl, Managing Director - Armada Corporate Intelligence. His topic is "The Presidential Election Impact, 2017 Outlook and Beyond."
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Christopher Kuehl (PhD). Chris is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. He has been Armada’s economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations in the last ten years. He is the Chief Economist for the National Association for Credit Management and is on the Board of Advisors for their global division – Finance, Credit and International Business. He prepares NACM’s monthly Credit Managers Index. He is the Economic Analyst for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and writes their bi-weekly publication, Fabrinomics, which details the impact of economic trends on the manufacturer.
Chris is the chief editor for the Business Intelligence Briefs, distributed all over the world by business organizations and he is one of the primary writers (with Keith Prather) for the Executive Intelligence Briefs. He also makes close to a hundred presentations each year to business and industry associations in the US and overseas. He is on the Board of the Business Information Industry Association in Hong Kong and serves as a resource for the media and for many trade publications.
Chris has a doctorate in Political Economics and advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years prior to starting Armada.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article66690297.html#storylink=cp
President Peter called the meeting to order touting the first day of the “50/50 Raffle” benefiting the Youth Camp. Charlie Huffman led the Club in singing Happy Birthday to our January celebrants followed by a rendering of “America, the Beautiful” with Charlie in especially fine voice accompanied by “the one, the only,” Carl Bolte. Peter led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Joan Caulfield’s touching Lunch with God invocation. Before he leaves us temporarily for Brazil, Peter gave special recognition to Steve Nichols for his marketing and other fine work on behalf of the Club. Marc Horner then bestowed a Paul Harris Fellowship on Steve to make certain he knew we meant “Thanks!” Sally Bibb gave a fervent pitch to consider a bequest to the Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund. Slightly out of order, Michelle Biondo welcomed our four guests, none of which were out of order. Jane Lee reminded us of the Club’s Guest Day on January 19 and suggested that an appropriate elevator speech to potential guests is that our Club is a “Force for Good” locally and around the Globe. May the Force be with us! Dick Retrum then encouraged attendance at the New Dinner Theater’s presentation of the “Fabulous Lipitones” with your fellow Club members.
Peter introduced Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum. Cheptoo, a native of Kenya and a 32 year resident of Kansas City, started at the KC Library working her way up to Assistant Director, before accepting her current position. She explained that Kenyans are runners, and it was evident that she is not one to sit idle. She is passionate about using jazz as an ambassador for education and change. The American Jazz Museum has many projects including the mural series from 12th and Vine to 18th and Vine depicting the history of KC jazz and the unifying influence jazz can have in a community. Soon, travelers to KCI will see live jazz performance in the concourses. The KC Jazz Academy, providing education and performance opportunities for 3-18 year olds, has been a rousing success in its first year. The Museum not only houses the Blue Room featuring great, nightly live performance by local and international artists but also presents exhibitions such as the current Spectrum exhibit using art and music to bring awareness to autism. While recorded jazz will celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Come Memorial Day, the City will be treated to a 3-day music festival. Cheptoo acknowledged that one of the Museum’s challenges is the perception that the 18th and Vine district is not safe. Several, including this writer, can attest that the perception is, in fact, false. Cheptoo also noted that perhaps the bigger challenge is convincing KC to embrace jazz and the rich heritage the unique American art form occupies here. Jazz is alive and well internationally but could be embraced by much larger local audiences. Get out and enjoy and spread the word: Kansas City is Jazz!
President Peter adjourned the meeting with an apt quote by John Coltrane: “When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from the hangups… I want to speak to their souls.” Amen!
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The commitment to Service Above Self is what defines us as Rotarians, and the Rotary Foundation is one of the main vehicles we use to serve others and make the world a better place. Here’s your opportunity to define your Rotary legacy and support the Rotary Foundation for its 100th anniversary.
District Governor Kim Lesage and District Rotary Foundation Chair Cassie Venters invite you to participate in the Rotary District 6040 Centennial Legacy Campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. The Campaign goal is to raise $2,650,000 for The Rotary Foundation by April 10, 2017.
Contributors who make a minimum commitment of $10,000 in cash, Rotary Direct pledges, or a bequest will be invited to attend the Centennial Legacy Dinner, to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Rotary International President John Germ will be the keynote speaker.
Contact Club 13 Legacy Dinner Campaign Table Captain Sally Bibb firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.