Last week at Rotary, Dick Retrum was recognized for his recent Bequest to the Rotary Foundation. The Bequest Society was established to recognize support for the Permanent Fund of The Rotary Foundation through bequests – gifts at death. Bequest SocietyMembers provide substantial support for The Rotary Foundation’s Permanent Fund, which generates interest in perpetuity for humanitarian and educational programs. Thank you Dick for this generous gift! Please click here for a video presentation of Dick's Bequest Society recognition.
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Monday, February 20, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Rainy Day Books
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Muralist” by B. A. Shapiro. 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:
When Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?
Rotaract Kansas City's
When school is out for the summer, most children are thrilled. However, for more than 8,000 children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Kansas City area, this is often a scary and stressful time. Thousands lose stability, access to daily free meals and a place to feel safe and cared for. Most homeless shelters do not accept unaccompanied youth under 18 and there are minimal options for children of working parents who cannot afford day-care.
Rotaract Kansas City’s CAMP RISE seeks to provide a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 8-13 who are currently homeless in Kansas City. CAMP RISE aims to celebrate independence, resilience and empowerment. Our campers will gain new and exciting experiences, valuable life-skills and most importantly, the freedom to be a kid away from the strain and uncertainty of homeless living.
Click here to learn more about Camp Rise and how we can help!
Rotarians Having Fun!
It was another fun evening at "The Fabulous Lipitones" at The New Theatre Restaurant! Enjoy the pictures below.
This week our speaker is Gary White, CEO of Water.org. His topic will be:"Market based approaches for safe drinking water in developing countries."
Our Speaker this week is Gary White.Gary is the CEO and Co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. (Water.org is the resulting organization of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners, co-founded by Gary in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon). He developed Water.org’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. Gary also developed and now leads WaterEquity, an innovation of Water.org focused on raising and deploying social impact investment capital.
Over the past 25 years, Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, innovations that now serve as a model in the sector.
Gary is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and the Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. Gary is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.
Gary was selected as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2009 and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014 he was named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water.
Gary’s educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
After PresidentPeter Ho called the Spouses Day Rotary meeting to order, Past President Chuck Eddy led us all in "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by PresidentPeter Ho leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. John Lawrence provided the Invocation. Michelle Biondo welcomed and introduced guests. This week’s Greeters were members with February birthdays. In recognition of Valentine’s Day, President Peter Ho recognized the married couples in attendance. Our weekly 50/50 drawing continued.
The Rotary Club Youth Camp Association Board and Committees were recognized. The Officers and Board of Directors are: Christy Chester (Chair & President), Paul Searcy (VP), Kara Bennett (S/T) Board members: John Christensen, Bill Madsen, Linn Mills, Dan Nenonen, Sara Shafer-Henry, David McCaughey (ex-officio); Camp Enterprise – Chair Randy Sisk; Golf Fund Raiser – Chair Susan Prestia.
The February Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 2/15/17, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Others may “sit-in” by dialing (712) 775-7000 (code # 1058175#).
Joe Privitera did the Bagel Run last week. Sally Bibb spoke about Club 13’s involvement with the adult literacy project, the Corporate Spelling Bee. There will be a warm up party at the Parkway Towers on 2/21 @ 5:30 for $100 for you and a guest. The Club 13’s goal is to raise $3,000 (as well as win the subsequent actual competition – which Club 13 has done from time to time!)
PROGRAM - SPEAKER:
Peter Ho introduced our speaker, Dr. Tony Jones, who has completed his second year as the President of the KCAI (Kansas City Art Institute) after retiring in 2013 as the President of the Institute of Art of Chicago (AIC). Among several leadership positions, Tony has served as the Director of the Glasgow School of Art (1980-1986), the Director of the Royal College of Art, London (1991-1996) and the President of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tony shared with us that he is also a “Commander of the British Empire” but alas Great Britain no longer has an empire. Tony spent 19 years in Chicago. Tony has spoken previously in Chicago to the Rotary Club #1 (the mother church – so to speak).
Initially Tony came into KCAI as an interim president, he is now the president. KCAI and AIC have shared “DNA”. In 1897, several Kansas City individuals visited the Art Institute of Chicago, representing the KC Sketch Club, wanting to convert it to a more permanent enterprise. The Question was could we do it. So the AIC sent members to help organize the KCAI curriculum. So when the KCAI called on Tony to visit the KCAI, it was like the reunion with the cousins. Tony visited KCMO and loved it. Whenever you come in to an organization you review their strengths and enrollment. There has been a dip in enrollment. This was due in part to overall demographics (less high school graduate generates fewer potential KCAI students). Also Kansas City people generally don’t know about the KCAI.
Questions to address: What is “KC” about the KCAI? The defining characteristics, values, (mid-western). WHY COME HERE? KCAI has one the top three ceramics schools in the nation! People come to the KCAI, like other IA’s, to learn (or polish) how to make things. KCAI has a GREAT location tucked in between two outstanding museums, Kemper Museum Contemporary Art and the Nelson Atkins Museum. In a sense KCAI is the factory between the two show rooms. Today computers & hand animation are very important. Q: what is the number one program in AI? ILLUSTRATION – storytelling - very much in demand. In Missouri over 100,000 taxpayers report their profession or occupation as being in the creative industry. Consistent with storytelling, KCAI will be adding a creative writing program.
Look at the landscape and assets. The school is partially housed in the Queen Ann style Vander Slice Mansion. With a gift from the W. T. Kemper Foundation all 168 windows are being replaced. Also there will a return of the “Southern Terrace” to the grounds.
RESPECT THE PAST & BUILD FOR THE FUTURE. In addition to the Queen Ann style mansion there is a new black steel building for the current day’s needs. Today’s student is different. The Digital Revolution is seen as the Digital Evolution. And the student want new tools. A new tech lab is being built, to be able to build proto types. KCAI is one of the few schools which pours bronze (very very hot & potentially dangerous). KCAI blends technology. We know how to make things. People like and need to be able to MAKE things (i.e. weld steel, nail wood and pour bronze).
Financial Developments at KCAI: the Greater Kansas City Foundation (GKCF) has announced a three-part investment in KCAI. (1) $50Million gift to the KCAI Foundation; (2) $5M gift for campus repairs and (3) a “2 to 1 Challenge” (for every $1 personally raised; GKCF will match with $2 !) The David T. Beals Trust at UMB is also involved, resulting in the new 4,000 square foot digital laboratory, the “David T. Beals Studios for Art & Technology”. Just out this morning, a new $10M gift from the GKCF to KCAI to build a new residence hall on campus.
Community Development at KCAI. (1) Hallmark is involved in a Mentor Program – helping in teaching. (2) Creativity needs some structure within which to flourish. Students need business skills as well as art skills, so KCAI is working with the Block School of Business (UMKC) on an entrepreneur program.
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Kenneth Lee Beardsley, 83 years, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on February 8, 2017 suffering from Lewy Body Parkinson’s Disease. Services will be held at the Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS on February 13, 2017. Visitation from 10:00-11:00 am. Service at 11:00 am. Private burial in the Bonner Spring Cemetery.
Ken was born March 5, 1933 in Russell, KS, to Lloyd & Frances (Shaver) Beardsley. He graduated from the University of Kansas, was a Lambda Chi Alpha, and a lifetime member of K. U. Alum. Association. He married Marcia (Hininger), his college sweetheart on Oct. 8,1955, and they has two daughters, Jennifer Fales (John) and Allyson Di Nitto (Martin). He has four grandchildren, Brent Fales (Larkin), Ashlea Fales, Elizabeth McKittrick (Stephen), Christopher Di Nitto and one Great granddaughter,, Kailynn Fales. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea & in the Reserves. He retired as a Captain. He retired from Harcros Chemical Co. after 35 years as the Brand Sales Manager & Regional Director.
Ken was a 35 year member of the K.C. Rotary Club #13 & a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a 60 year member of the Masons. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Nelson Gallery Friends of Art. He loved to read & travel. He traveled the 50 states, six continents & five oceans. The family would like to thank all of the people who helped Ken at the Tallgrass Creek Continuing Care Facility & Crossroads Hospice Helpers, 11150 Thompson Avenue, Lenexa, KS. 66215
Plan to come Downtown to Helzberg Hall on Friday, March 3rd at 8 PM! Tickets range from $20 to $55, but ALL ROTARIANS will receive a 20% discount on tickets in any price range. When you call the KCPA Box Office at 816-994-7222, or order on-line at www.kauffmancenter.org, use Promo Code “Rotary” to receive your 20% Rotary Club discount!
*Tony DiPardo, our Rotary friend, musician, and trumpet player will be remembered and honored at the concert.*
Nate Ourada (Shawnee Rotary Club) has been bowling with our league for many years. Today he was the only bowler who reached the illusive high game mark. He rolled a 230 and 222. Kara Bennett (fellow team mate) declared "He was on fire." Kara pulled down many spares in her three games and picked up the 4-6 and 5-7 splits. Henrik (shockingly) Andersen picked up the 5-8-10 split and John Lawrence covered the 2-4-10. Congratulations all.
Susan Prestia's team, the "Pick Ups" have moved into first place by one game. Wesley Gill was 38 pins over her average and 9 pins short of a 200 game. Henrik Andersen was 67 pins over his average with a 573 series. Looks like more than just one bowler was on fire.
We are still looking for a new spot for lunch on the April 25th trip to Columbia. A few suggestions have been made but nothing confirmed yet. Harpo's was given serious consideration but fraternizing with the enemy was thought to be in poor taste.