A new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an orphanage or impoverished community. Your financial contribution towards the project “Shoes for Orphan Souls” will give a needy child better health and a brighter future. Make your check payable to, K.C Rotary Club Foundation and note “Shoes for Orphan Souls. Please consider volunteering your time to help with this important project. Contact, Linn Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-402-6630.
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Mark T. Bedell, Superintendent of Kansas City, MO Schools.
We are honoring our Educational Excellence Students this week.
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Mark T. Bedell. Bedelljoined Kansas City Public Schools as Superintendent on July 1, 2016. Bedell previously served as the assistant superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) in Maryland.
Bedell has presented at several national and state-level conferences on best practices in education including at South by Southwest, The My Brother’s Keeper Symposium, and the AASA Digital Consortium. He completed his doctoral dissertation at Nova Southeastern University on school culture, climate and dropout prevention for ethnic minority students from low economic strata.
Bedell is a motivational speaker and presents on what it’s like to overcome obstacles as a youth and realize and achieve one’s dreams. As superintendent, he hopes to focus on student-centered learning, culturally relevant curriculum, and social and emotional supports for students.
Bedell has a wife and three children and lives in Kansas City. All three of his children are students in Kansas City Public Schools.
The meeting began with Pres. Elect David McCaughey taking the podium in the absence of Pres. Ho. After calling the meeting to order, P.E. McC. asked all those with April birthdays to stand. Only one or two stood, so the invitation was extended to anyone who knew someone with an April birthday, and finally to anyone who just felt like standing... So, those remaining seated sang Happy Birthday. Then Sir Charlie Huffman came forth to lead us in singing God Bless America, to the splendid accompaniment of the keyboard virtuoso and Denny Bolte's kid brother, Carl. Who did OK.
Kenn Miller brought forth a thoughtful invocation, and visitors and visiting Rotarians were welcomed by Miles Gill. P.E. McC. recognized and thanked The Gallery's wait staff ladies for their ongoing kind and patient service. The aforementioned C. Bolte took the mike to introduce and thank his friend, Harold West, who has helped Rotarians sell newspapers on Mr. Bolte's street corner for the last 54 years, more or less. Linn Mills reminded us that there are only two weeks left in the project, "Shoes for Orphan Souls". While donations have been good, more are needed.
Howard Mick expressed his thanks for the great support of the sponsors of our just completed Greater Kansas City Day effort. More detailed reports of that activity to follow. Since the funds from the aforementioned effort support our Camp for Kids, Christy Chester said a big Thank You! to everyone who helped to make the event a big success.
Past Pres. Chuck Eddy introduced our speaker for the day, a man very well known to all of us for his previous programs at our meetings, "The Godfather of Kansas City Sports Broadcasters", Frank Boal. For the benefit of those who just arrived in Kansas City yesterday, or who do not own a TV set, Frank has been the sports guy on the evening news since 1981 - for Fox 4 until 2009 and since then with Channel 41 "NBC Action News."
Frank began his football days as a running back at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1964 his team went undefeated and was the #1 ranked team in the state (PA, wherever that is). From there Frank went on to Villanova U, where he was a three-year starter, racking up over 3,000 yards of total offense, and still holding the school record for punt return yardage in a career.
Today, Frank provided some thoughts and predictions about the Royals and Chiefs. I think his bottom line for both is that "They will have regular seasons". Making the playoffs? Maybe. In response to numerous questions he talked about the future of TV sports broadcasting, and how new communications technology (think: Cell phones) is changing the public's immediate access to sports information. He also discussed Title 9 and its impact on school sports programs. Finally, he surprised many in the room by reporting that his last day on the job will be June 21, after which he will be enjoying retirement, although still continuing his radio work.
You can watch this meeting on You Tube - just click on the link below.
There is an upcoming opportunity to buy a Rotary shirt that honors the Club’s $26.50 contribution to the Rotary Foundation and helps promote our Rotary Club both in Kansas City and at the Atlanta Rotary Convention. The shirts are available from the J. Wilbur Company in men’s and women’s sizes, are wrinkle and shrink resistant, and have a long lasting professional look. The Convention Committee has selected Autumn Orange as the color in order to “stand out” at Rotary events and coordinate with the Kansas City booth at the Atlanta convention. The shirts cost $20 and orders need to be placed by April 28th.
Please place your order directly with Lainie Wilbur email@example.com and, if you are in doubt of what size to order, Lainie will have shirts of various sizes at the April 20th Rotary lunch. While the shirts are of particular significance to those attending the Atlanta convention, all Rotary Club 13 members are welcome to order a shirt. The shirts will be unique to our Club.
It only took two games to win the Championship match last week. The best two out of three was decided by 62 pins. Dave Boone's "3 Guys & a Gal" won. Dennis McKeehan's "Final Four" with 46 pins as a handicap could not hold back the high rolling team they were up against. Dave Boone, Kay Roscoe and Patrick Lawrence consistently bowled over their averages. That was the key to victory. Henrik Andersen was also above his 166 average and picked up the 5-7 split but it wasn't enough.
This is the last Bowling News column until next season. It has been a pleasure reporting on the weekly achievements of the league. The next time you hear about bowling will be at Rotary lunch on April 27th with the results of the match against the St. Louis Rotary Club. Wish us luck!
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Glory Over Everything” by Kathleen Grissom on April 17, 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.