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The Gallery
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Jun 29, 2017
Coming of Age KC - What's Next for Baby Boomers
Jul 06, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
Lunch & Learns Available
Jul 27, 2017
Critical Thinking and the Future of Industry in KC
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Upcoming Events
Changing of the Guard
The Gallery
Jul 06, 2017
No Meeting at Gallery
Jul 13, 2017
Lunch & Learn at Greater KC Community Foundation
Greater KC Community Foundation
Jul 13, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn at Sheffield Place
Sheffield Place
Jul 13, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
KCRCF Investment Committee
Kill Devil
Jul 20, 2017 11:00 AM
KCRC Foundation Meeting
Kill Devil
Jul 27, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
No Luncheon Meeting
Aug 03, 2017
Leadership Summit for Committee Chairs
The Gallery
Aug 03, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Kansas City Rotary Club Annual Picnic
Rotary Club Youth Camp
Aug 06, 2017
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Summer Camp 2017
By Laurie Mozley
This past week at camp we hosted Cass County Family Services.  They brought out 50 campers.  This week Gillis Center will bring their residential and day treatment campers out.  The new windows and cabin siding continue to be a big hit with all the groups!

Rotary Night at the Zoo!
We had almost 200 Rotarians and guests for Rotary Night at the Zoo. Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the beautiful evening! And special thanks to the Kansas City Zoo & Dutzel's Catering.


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Speaker
June 29, 2017
Our Speakers this week are Kay Barnes and Sandra Aust Mellinger. The topic is "What's Next for Baby Boomers."
Our Speakers this week are Kay Barnes and Sandra Aust Mellinger.  Kay and Sandra have joined forces on programs for aging adults in conjunction with the National Coming of Age Organization. Through workshops at Park University as well as places of business, they are helping older adults think about "what's next" - not just in in work or retirement, but in life. The classwork ranges from exercises for getting to know yourself, to topics like Medicare and Medicaid.
Kay Barnes is a former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri and a professor at Park University.
Sandra Aust Mellinger is the CEO of Coming of Age KC and has made a career of working in Senior Health Care.
Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
June 22, 2017
President Peter Ho called the meeting to order at 12:10 pm. Bob Lager led the group sing along with a “Royals” version of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” followed by “God Bless America”, accompanied by Carl Bolte on the piano.  Peter then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Craig Bittner delivered a touching Invocation with a prayer written by his young son. Thea Neal welcomed our guests: Kevin Cattaneo, guest of Eric Bubb, Morgan Wiedenhoeft, guest of our speaker Lynn Parman and Gabriel Chishimba visiting us from Africa, guest of Christy Chester.  Announcements included Dick Retrum reminding everyone of the Rotary Zoo Night the Zoo, and Chuck Eddy announced the upcoming Annual Club Picnic
Woody Davis introduced this week’s featured speaker, Lynn Parman, who is President of the American Royal to deliver her presentation entitled The American Royal: Its Move and Its Future.
Lynn began by providing some background and historical information about The American Royal which has been based in Kansas City since 1899.  One of the key objectives is to provide educational opportunities, scholarships, and competition to youth and adults.  The School Tours Program coming in late September will host over 5700 local elementary students and gives them the opportunity to learn about agriculture through educational exhibits and a youth rodeo performance.  The AG STEM Toolkit is focused on presenting STEM career opportunities to middle school children within a 100 mile radius. The group’s mission statement was recently updated.  The new mission is to impact the future of agriculture.  The vision is to be a national platform for agriculture and its purpose is to inspire and motivate dreams.  Lynn then shared some of the new things the American Royal is now doing, including a new web site and app to help better educate the public about who and what they are all about today.  Turning to events, Lynn explained that all events are utilizing the Disney 5 step quality program for putting on shows.  The Annual BarBQ has moved to Labor Day weekend at the Speedway in KCK, which will be expanded to a weekend festival, including live music from local artists, a carnival, a marketplace, and a local breweries providing libations.  The Livestock Show, which is one of the top 5 in the nation will be held October 18-29.  American Royal puts on 6 horse shows throughout the year and the ProRodeo will be held September 29-30, with a live music show following the rodeo.   Last October, a new facility to be built at Village West in KCK was announced and there has been a lot of progress to date. The design phase will be complete in the next month and the intent is to begin construction late this year.  Fundraising has begun and is going well. The intent is to be in the new facility in 2019. Lynn encouraged everyone to participate in Governor’s Program as a great way to connect with the community and helping to impact the future of agriculture. 
President Peter Ho thanked Lynn for speaking with us and offered the closing quotation before adjourniing the meeting till next week:  “The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone.  If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble; but if we work upon immortal minds...we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity”    Arch C. Klumph, 1916-1917 President of Rotary International, Founder of The Rotary Foundation.
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Rotary International Convention
Throughout the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, June 10-14, the 100 years of the Rotary Foundation was celebrated and references were made to the first contribution of $26.50 in 1917. Rotary International President John Germ from Chattanooga, Tennessee, chaired the convention and welcomed famous and influential speakers to the stage: Bill Gates who outlined the final push to end polio, Jack Nicklaus who serves as an ambassador for polio eradication, Ashton Kutcher who leads an effort to combat human trafficking and Andrew Young who is a former Ambassador to the United Nations.
Twenty-one Club 13 Rotarians and spouses attended the Convention and had a great time at the Club 13 dinner at Pittypat’s Porch and the District 6040 reception. To give Club 13 special recognition, Stephanie Urchick, a Rotary Foundation Trustee from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, came to the District event, addressed the group and personally thanked Club 13 for the $26.50 contribution. Kansas City Rotarians spent time in the Club 13 Booth meeting and exchanging banners with Rotarians from around the world. The theme of the booth was Kansas City Rotarians are the first to take action: First to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation, first to fly the Rotary flag, first to establish a Youth Camp and one of the first to start a Rotary bowling league. 
It was a motivational and enjoyable convention and many Club 13 attendees have already registered for the 2018 convention in Toronto.