We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322





Aug 10, 2017
Anybody Can Be Hacked
Aug 17, 2017
Impact of the Hispanic Community on KC Economy
Aug 31, 2017
Royal's World
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Upcoming Events
Women of Rotary & Friends Pool & Poolside Party
Rotary Youth Camp
Aug 08, 2017
KC Rotary Club Foundation Board Meeting
Kill Devil
Aug 10, 2017 10:30 AM
Leadership Summit for Committee Chairs
Kill Devil Club
Aug 17, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 06, 2017 4:30 PM –
Sep 07, 2017

Bagel Run
200 Thousand Bagels Delivered 
In it's 9th year as a KCMO Rotary Club 13 Community Service... the Bagel Run has officially exceeded the 200,000th bagel delivered to the Salvation Army ARC. Also as a great volunteer group we have delivered over 3,000 lbs. of Creme Cheese.
MY PERSONAL Thanks for all those over the past years who have volunteered their time (..and $$$$..) to make this a successful community service project.
The KCMO Salvation Army ARC give its grateful thanks, as well.
Kent Verden
Bagel Run Committee

Call for Bowlers!
We begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and end in mid-April. As last year, each week we'll bowl three games, 4:30 to 6:30 Wednesdays at Ward Parkway Lanes, 89th and State Line. We'll bowl for 28 weeks with time off for holidays. As usual, we'll compete against the St. Louis League in April, and celebrate in May at our Bowling Awards Banquet.
It’s a great way to get acquainted with your fellow Rotarians – from our club and others – and earn Tyro points! And it’s always great fun!
You do NOT have to be a good bowler. We use the handicap system so it’s a level playing field. You don’t have to have the equipment. Balls and shoes can be rented at the alley.
• Weekly pay-as-you-go: $15 per week (Total: $15 x 28 = $420)
• Pay for entire year up front: $400
• One-time, up-front league fee: $65
To sign up, email or call Jane Lee, League president:
816-876-9839 / 816-333-0403
Or use the sign-up sheet we’ll have available at meetings. Please let us know if you’d like to join the league by Aug. 11. Don’t miss out on this 100-year-plus Club 13 tradition!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Jane Lee,
League Prez

Shoes for Orphan Souls
Members of Kansas City Rotary Club 13, are you interested in traveling with the Buckner Group and fellow Rotarians to deliver shoes to the children of Guatemala? The trip will take place during Fall 2017. The exact date is to be determined. For further information, please email
Larry Lunsford at or call Linn Mills at 505-402-6630.

People of Rotary
We are happy to announce the launching of “People of Rotary” on Facebook
With the help of David King, and possibly more people who enjoy writing, we will be posting articles periodically that will be spotlighting and telling the story of the members of our Club.
Our second “People of Rotary” feature is on Christy Chester - you can read it at this link and you do not need a Facebook account! 

Members, click here to log in to Clubrunner.
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
August 3, 2017
We hope you can join us at the Annual Family Picnic at the Youth Camp!
If you have not registered, please do so here!
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
July 27, 2017
President David McCaughey called our meeting to order about 12:12 pm on July 27th, 2017. The weather was nice after our 2nd major storm since Saturday had crushed the area last night with as much as 5 inches of rain reported in places. Bob Lager was our song leader for God Bless America and then President David was the leader for Pledge of Allegiance.  George Heymach provided a very warm invocation discussing how God is present during times of family turmoil and times of loss. President David had a moment of silence for the passing of Jerry Meiners. Jerry apparently had skin cancer which they thought was caught by his Doctor, but then the cancer spread throughout his body and he passed away last Thursday, July 20th.  He will be missed by many Rotarians along with his very large family. David Harvey was our Welcomer and we had 5 guests of Rotarians and 2 visiting Rotarians today.
Club Anniversaries were celebrated for Glenn Crawford 1 year, Randy Sisk 19 years, Charlie Rogers 28 years, Mike Horton 32 years, & Bill Mitchell 37 years. The golf tournament for End Polio Now was presented by Jodi Sundaram & Mark Betrand. It has been scheduled for Monday, August 14th, 2017 and is located at Staley Farms in the Northland. Cost is $150 per person and $550 per team and more information can be provided at Breakfast & Registration 7:30 to 8:30 am and shotgun start @ 8:30 am. David King honored Christy Chester who has been such a wonderful Rotarian for such a long period of time and was our recent Camp Leader for the past year. Dan Neonen has the difficult task of filling Christy's shoes so good luck Dan!  
Jane Lee mentioned it's time to signup for bowling which begins September 6th and goes thought April. Cost is just $15 per week and we need players!  David M added there will NOT be a meeting next week so don't show-up at the Gallery event space. Dick Retrum spoke about our Rotary Annual Picnic scheduled for Sunday, August 6th from 2 to 7 pm and the last day to signup without being charged $5 per person is Thursday, August 3rd. There will be a petting zoo this year which is new along with tree climbers, bingo, swimming, food, games, & beverages provided.
Jim Porter introduced our speaker, Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, the 15th President of William Jewell College. She earned her Ph. D. from TCU and her undergraduate degree at Hiram College. She is a very qualified and sharp lady as Jim mentioned during his introduction of her. She is blessed to me the mother of two actives sons, Alec who is 14 years old and John who is 11 years old. She was named 40 Under 40 by the Lincoln Journal Star in 2012 and she's among the youngest college Presidents in the United States. She's also the first woman to serve in this capacity of President @ William Jewell College.
Dr. Walls discussed at length Partnerships and also focused a great deal of the conversation on What is Critical Thinking? She noted it's vital to every organization with regards to problem solving and important to implanting any kind of change. She also added William Jewell was founded in 1849 and is located just 20 minutes from Downtown KCMO in Liberty, MO.  Many of the students spend their Junior year of college studying abroad at Oxbridge College. Other highlights are 98% of William Jewell graduates are either employed are enrolling in graduate school 6 months after graduation.  She also noted William Jewell is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation and she mentioned known as the nation's Critical Thinking College. Dr. Walls gave some nice praise to Susan Chambers, the Chair for the Board of Trustees for William Jewell.  She noted the college has over 18,000 alumni and is expanding on courses and degrees frequently.  
President David added the following slide to end today's program:
Optimism is a happiness magnet.  If you stay positive good things and good people will be drawn to you.  
Mary Lou Retton quote
Hope to see the majority of Rotarians at the Annual Picnic August 6th and once again, don't come to Rotary next Thursday! Also, GO ROYALS! Winners of 8 in a row including the 16-2 beatdown of Detroit last night.  Hopefully it's another October to remember this year! 
Thank you from Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith
I have admired and appreciated the Kansas City Rotary Club since I learned about it thru Bill Cox, who served as the DG for your district in 1982-83. I also had frequent contacts with your club when I was a director elect at the time of the Kansas City convention, and your club served as the host club for the convention.
However, the Out of Africa event (June 16/17) gave me a broader opportunity to work with your club than any of my previous experiences, and I am pleased to say that I was both impressed and gratified to witness the ability and commitment of your club members to do things properly and proudly.  It was a tremendous treat that I will always remember and cherish!
Incidentally, I was in Evanston last week for the first time in several months, and I scheduled a meeting with the Chief Fundraising Officer for TRF, Eric Schmelling, to explain the significance of your club’s check for $536 as I presented the check to him.  He appreciated your willingness to replicate the original value of your club’s initial gift of $26.50, but in the value of today’s dollars. (see photo above)
In Memory - Jerry Meiners
Gerard J. "Jerry" Meiners, 78, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving wife and family on July 20, 2017. Jerry was a lifelong resident of Kansas City, MO, attending St. Francis Xavier Grade School, Rockhurst High School, and Rockhurst University. Rain or shine, he walked to these schools every day, as he lived two blocks away from each of them. Beginning with his sophomore year of college, and upon advice from his father who died later that same year, Jerry enthusiastically focused on a career in public accounting.
At age 21, he was the youngest CPA to receive both his CPA Certificate and his license to practice. After graduating in 1959, Jerry completed service to his country in the US Army. He then began his 44-year CPA career as a partner in the firm of Donnelly Meiners Jordan. After retirement, Jerry assisted his sons and daughters in their family businesses.
Jerry was a former member of the Rockhurst University Board of Regents, President of Rockhurst University Alumni Association, and Recipient of the Alumnus of the Year for Outstanding Service in 1993 and the St. Ignatius Award in 2016 both from Rockhurst University. Jerry was a Founder and Trustee of the Vitae Foundation and for 23 years, Chair of the Vitae Golf Classic later named in his honor, The Jerry and Kaye Meiners Pro Life Golf Classic. He received the Vitae Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service from the Vitae Foundation. Jerry served his profession and community as President of the Missouri Society of CPAs, Serra Club, and Sertoma Club. He served on Boards for the St. Joseph Health Center, Wyandotte Pregnancy Center, Seton Center, Sisters of St. Francis, Little Sisters of the Poor, Donnelly College, and The National Catholic Community Foundation and was a Trustee of the Forster-Powers Charitable Trust and proud member of numerous other civic and charitable organizations.
Jerry was a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Kansas City for 42 years. He was an avid fisherman, boater and golfer, and an Emeritus Member of Blue Hills Country Club. Jerry was a man of tremendous faith who celebrated daily mass and for 40 years attended an annual Ignatian Retreat. He was a scout leader and basketball coach for his children's teams. He served on the St. Thomas More Pastoral Council and School Board. Like his son Bill, Jerry was an Eagle Scout Bronze Palms and a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 51 years Kaye; his eight children George (Katie) Meiners, Gerard (Whitney) Meiners, David (Kelly) Meiners, Mary (David) Braddock, John (Kelly) Meiners, Elizabeth (Mike) Muckerman, Bill Meiners, and Virginia (Patrick) Stanton; 16 grandchildren; his sister Pat (Jim) Flaherty; and in-laws Rosemary and Bruce Gilbert, Tom and Jo Kammerer, Carolyn and Tom (dec.) Stewart, John and Beth Kammerer; and, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 27, followed by visitation until 8 p.m. at St. Thomas More Church, 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 28, at St. Thomas More Church. Private Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family suggests masses or donations to the Vitae Foundation, Seton Center, Wyandotte Pregnancy Center, Rockhurst University, or Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Condolences may be expressed to the family at
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