There will be a Special Informational Meeting immediately following the Rotary program on Thursday, January 26, with remarks from Rotary International Major Gifts Officer Andrew Kerr. Andrew will give detailed information on the current District 6040 Legacy Campaign,will field your questions and will make an appointment for a personal meeting with you if you want. This campaign provides an opportunity for Club 13 Rotarians to define their Rotary legacy and support the Rotary Foundation for its 100th anniversary.
Bu Dick Retrum
Those of you who read the Bowling News on a regular basis might have noticed there was not a column in last week's Buzz Saw. With only a few stats to report and my lack of imagination, this week's report will include two weeks of news.
Matt Burkart found a job in St. Louis and will no longer bowl with our league. However, if he joins Club 11 we might see him again rolling against us in the Columbia, MO match. Pat Van Hooser will also be leaving our lanes after finder her dream job in Florida. We wish both of them well.
John Lawrence rolled a 224 last week and Dick Retrum reached 201. This week John burned up the lanes with a 206, 216 and 226 for a 648 series Nate Ourada rolled a 204, Pat Van Hooser picked up the 5-10 split and Eric Bubb joined us for the first time this season as a sub.
Dick Retrum's team, "The Deplorables" won all four games today and will be in the first place position at the start of next weeks play. One of his teammates suggested we needed a new team name, "this one isn't working for us." Well...lets wait and see what happens.
New Theatre Restaurant
The Fabulous Lipitones
February 9, 2017
What happens when a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping high B-flat? The 3 surviving members are scrambling to find a tenor before a national competition. When they hear golden tones being sung over the phone at an auto body shop, the three Lipitones are sure they have their 4th... but when they meet him in person, he's not quite what they expected. An uproarious comedy with pitch perfect harmonies.
This week our speaker is Dr. Bernard Franklin. His topic will be "Workforce Development with Changing Demographics."
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Bernard Franklin. Franklin received his master’s in Counseling and Behavioral Studies from the University of South Alabama and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration, with an outside emphasis in Family Studies from Kansas State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kansas State University.
In 1984, he began his higher education career at the University of South Alabama as Director of Student Activities and Minority Student Affairs and followed with a similar position at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He served as Assistant Dean of Student Life and Director of Leadership Development Programs at his alma mater, Kansas State University. He was formerly the President of Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley in Kansas City, MO.
At the National Center for Fathering, Franklin served as Vice President and Urban Director where he was on the cutting edge in establishing education efforts to urban men. He completed a two month journey to West Africa to research the fathering heritage of African American men. Franklin recently published a chapter in the book, “The Faith Factor in Fatherhood: Renewing the Sacred Vocation of Fathering.” The Morehouse College Research Institute presented Franklin the Vision Award for his "pioneering work in the area of educating men on the importance of fatherhood.”
Franklin has been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in Kansas City. His work and contributions to urban boys was recognized in the opening chapter of Bill Cosby’s book, “Come On People” (2008). The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce honored him with their distinguished Leadership Award for contributions to urban education. Franklin is also a past recipient of the Urban Hero award presented by the Downtown Kansas City Council.
Franklin serves on a number of healthcare and community-centered boards.
Franklin has consulted on a wide range of topics including leadership, diversity, urban education, urban father and family issues on a local, national, and international level. He is regarded as a leader in articulating the issues of urban men, youth, and families. His main desire is to be a loving father of a daughter (Christina), and three sons (Brandon, Morgan, and Blake) as well as to empower people to act, and to change the world… one person at a time!
Peter Ho started out our meeting with awarding Jane Lee recognition and a reward for helping to promote and organize an excellent guest day. Our Meeting & Arrangements committee were our greeters this week. Charlie Huffman was our song leader and in honor of guest day, we sang Welcome to Rotary. Legendary Carl Bolte played the piano leading us into Peter Ho's Pledge of Allegiance. Ray Doswell gave a solid invocation discussing Martin Luther King Jr, the Rotary Creed, and giving thanksgiving for our blessings. Miles Gill, a new Rotarian, had the task of introducing a number of Rotarian guests. Karl Roscoe will be released from the hospital on January 20th which is excellent news and the "Get Well" cards sure helped him leave so quickly.
The 50/50 drawing entered it's 2nd week and half the funds go to someone who is lucky and the other half to our the Rotary Fundation (later in the meeting, a guest of a Rotarian would be so lucky to win the $$$). The board members for the Rotary Youth Camp Foundation were introduced with Phil Kinney serving as President and Denny Bolte as VP along with 4 other members. Randy Sisk had the Camp Enterprise Announcement and our big event is coming on Saturday, March 4th and we need to raise $5,000. Randy gave a $100 check, but contact Randy if you can help support him! Brandon Ehlers served as our Bagel Run volunteer. Dick Retrum mentioned we still have tickets available for the New Theater Event on February 9th to see George Wendt from Cheers perform for just $45 and to contact him for more information.
Marc Horner had the privilege of introducing our speaker, Chris Kuehl, at today's meeting. Chris is a well known Economist and Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. You can read Chris Kuehl's write-up/biography in last week's minutes, but this will focus on his topics spoken today.
His speech started talking about the fact the election of 2016 was able to make meteorologists and economists look good for a change (he was talking about the fact both professions are wrong so often, but looked great compared to our Presidential nominees). Chris Kuehl mentioned the fact interest rates went up in December and we could see 2 or 3 more interest rate hikes in 2017 after not seeing anything for almost 10 years. Inflation showed up during 2016 for the 1st time in almost a decade and it was from wages and job shortages. Chris added we have 8 to 9 million jobs available in the United States and 8 to 9 million people unemployed. He stated there are 500,000 industrial jobs available and the average age of a welder is 67 years old, 300,000 truck drivers needed, a ton of construction jobs available and the wait time in Dallas for a drywall crew is currently over 1 year. One of the main problems is workers are being poached for higher pay. We also have the strength of the US Dollar going up in value.
Currently 25% of the money in our markets is foreign money and this isn't going to change unless Europe gets their act together which is unlikely. The USA is still having major challenges paying for infrastructure and this will only continue. Trump appears to be taking the Reagan approach and will act as more of a CEO while President. He will use the survival of the fittest with his people in charge and people who don't necessarily even like each other. Chris noted 83% of Kansas is deficient for broadband in rural areas. He also discussed the topics for Regulation (most are done per law) vs. De-Regulation. Tax reform is needed, but is slow to happen and Economists want tax breaks for people who actually spend money.
Mortgage rates will continue to go up and could effect the housing market. Millennials are slow to do anything and some of this involves the huge student loans which force them into multi-family and renting. They do spend for more money on travel, concerts, nice dinners, than Baby Boomers who were often married and having children by 20 to 22 years old.
There was also discussion about the National Debt, Healthcare Reform (25% of our GDP is on Healthcare). Most of our peer countries are closer to 8 to 10% of their GDP. Chris talked about 92% of people never use car insurance and the fact the lowest unemployment rates are always in the middle of the United States from North to South.
Dr. Bernard Franklin will be our speaker next week, January 26th, and his topic will be "Workforce Development with Changing Demographics."
Closing Slide: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. Words spoken by John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States
Well the Chiefs had a tough loss to end their season and became 1st team in NFL history to score multiple TD's in a NFL Playoff game without allowing a TD and lose. Guess we only have 2.5 months until baseball season begins!
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District Governor Kim Lesage and District Rotary Foundation Chair Cassy 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.