The Literacy Committee had a fun Spell Off party to compete for the spellers to benefit Literacy KC at the Corporate Spelling Bee in April.On our Rotary Team will be Joan Caulfield, Michael Dean (husband of Marla Svoboda), Valerie Myers, and Dan Nenonen.
In order to enter we must contribute $3000 to Literacy KC.We are still short $500 of our Entry Fee.Please consider making a contribution by writing a check to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation marked Spelling Bee so our team can enter.Thanks so much for all who have contributed, pledged and those of you who will support Literacy KC by sending in your check this week!
Camp Enterprise # 39 was a successful day. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Bernard Franklin got things going with an inspiring address then Dr. Jeff Hornsby and Scott Ezzell presented the UMKC business canvas that students would work through for the day. The students were attentive and came up with some incredible new business ventures to present to our judges. These young people are our future and if these campers are any indication of what we can expect I am very encouraged.
Thank you to everyone that volunteered and or contributed to our Camp Enterprise 2017.
Camp Enterprise Chair 2017
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM for the discussion of the book “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings. All Rotarians and guests are welcome. We meet at Rainy Day Books, 2706 W. 53rd. St., Mission, KS 66205.
About the book:
1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck – in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle: James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life.
1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California after making his way alone across the country. Haunted by the broken family he left behind, he finds some solace collecting seeds for a naturalist in the redwood and giant sequoia groves. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert’s past makes an unexpected appearance, he must decide whether to strike our again or stake his own claim to a home at last.
ROTARY NIGHT at the NAIA Tournament
Don't miss the NAIA Rotary Appreciation Night! This will be hosted Friday, March 17th from 2:00 PM-5:30 PM. For just $15.00 you will receive a ticket into the courtside group seating area with other Rotarians! If you are interested in obtaining tickets for this, please contact David Wingerson at email@example.com or at 816-595-8142.
Peter Ho called our meeting to order about 12:12 pm on March 2nd, 2017. March Madness is coming quickly now (RCJH!). This week's greeters were the New Members and Sponsors. The Patriotic Song leader was Bob Lager for America the Beautiful. Peter Ho was our leader for the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Searcy did a great job with our Invocation discussing how we need to give Thanks for our blessings, food, day, etc. Miles Gill was our Welcomer.
Peter shared the sad news Milton Clarke, a former board member has just recently passed and Phil Kinney gave a very touching tribute to Alex Petrovic and discussed the Memorial in his name. Alex was a former President for the Plaza Rotary Club and had been involved with Rotary for over 30 years including more than 10 with Club 13.
Jane Lee's vocal chords received a workout introducing 3 new guests.
Jim Huffman comes to Club 13 from the non-profit industry and he resides in Lee's Summit and is a former Pitt State Gorilla. Corben Gailey is a financial advisor who lives in downtown and has a Degree from the University of Missouri. Thea Neal works at Hallmark and she also lives downtown and sent to Michigan State for Undergraduate Degree and Duke for her Masters Degree. Tony Andreson introduced our final new member, Sherri Hahn. Sherri has chaired the District 6040 Foundation Dinner previously and works in the Gas & Energy sector. She's also one heck of a bicyclist.
Howard Mick is chairing our KC Day and announced Price Chopper has stepped up as our presenting sponsor! We have also received over $30,000 in sponsorships, but still need Rotarians to reach out to their contacts, companies, etc and support this event. Dick Retrum gave a final pitch for Rotarians to attend "Hard Habit To Break" on Friday, March 3rd @ 8 pm at Helzberg Hall. Please consider donations to Shoes for Orphan Souls!
Peter Ho had the privilege of introducing our speaker, Stacey Paine, President of Crown Center, Hallmark Corp. Her topic was "The Continued Evolution of Crown Center." Stacey is a graduate of Missouri, but she has a child who's attending Harvard on the Kaw (RCJH KU!). She started out by providing a video on Crown Center. It was noted the Hall Family had their HQ's at 25th & McGee in 1956. However, they wanted to create a city within a city. Their huge master plan even included Walt Disney's involvement. Phase I for Crown Center construction began almost 50 years ago in 1968. The projects kept expanding in the 1970's & 1980's with Kaleidoscope and more recently to Sea Life & Legoland in recent years. The patio of Crown Center still has the Mayor's Christmas Tree, Ice Skating (a renovation is needed sooner than later per Stacey), Irish Fest, and free movies during the warmer months.
Stacey Paine noted Crown Center strives to be a vacation destination with top notch hotels, entertainment, restaurants, etc. They also have over 2M square feet of Office and the retail is 100% leased with over 40 shops and restaurants. The American Restaurant is still used for special events and Skies restaurant won't be opening again anytime soon. Stacey Paine was very excited about the 425 residential units being added at the south end of their property to help connect with Union Hill's neighborhood.
Bill Buckner was the lucky 50/50 winner and he donated his winnings back! You're a great guy!
NO MEETINGS on March 9th or 23rd! Woody Cozad will be our speaker at the meeting on March 16th.
Closing Slide: "If a man goes into business with only the idea of making a lot of money, chances are he won't. But if he puts service and quality first, the money will take care of itself. Producing a first-class product that fills a real need is a much stronger motivation for success than getting rich."
JC Hall, Founder of Hallmark Cards
Well let's hope the weather stays awesome through the Spring and maybe another local team is hoisting a trophy (they reside in Lawrence) come early April!
Royals spring training is here and let's make sure to support the Boys in Blue at home games this year as well.
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Things are happening out at Rotary Camp this week! We had two Blue And Gold Cub Scout banquets this past weekend as well as a Boy Scout troop spending the night. Some of them learned about staking down their tents! This week the Missouri Search and Rescue K9 group is having training out here. Jackson County has sent their road crew out to help with the lower road and parking lot drainage. Thank you Frank White! Mark One has almost completed the list of electrical repairs out at the camp.Thank you Joe Privitera! Phil's crew is almost done residing the lift station and a Boy Scout Troop is coming to do service projects this Saturday.
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 505-402-6630.
There are just seven weeks of bowling before the match with the St. Louis Rotary Club on April 25th. A sign up sheet will be available soon. We need a strong showing to bring the traveling trophy home.
Bowling achievements today included John Lawrence rolling 8 strikes in a row for a 255 in a warm up game. But once league play started his pin count dropped off. Dick Retrum matched his season high with a 224 (a clean game) Nate Ourada 213, Tom (no way) Talkington 211 (his first for the year),Peter Ho 203 and Kay Roscoe 203. This was the second week in a row Kay rolled over 200. Kara Bennett covered the 5-7-9 split and Dick Retrum picked up the 2-4-7-10. Congratulations all. The lane conditions were just right.
Susan Prestia's team, "The Pick Ups" is in first place by four games with Dennis McKeehan's "Final Four" in second by one game. His team won the first half of the season. But Dave Boone's team "Three Guys & Gal" is just a half game behind and with seven weeks left...anything could happen.
Re-printed from the Kansas City Star - March 1, 2017.
Alex Petrovic, Jr., 68, of Prairie Village, KS, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2017, surrounded by his family. For Alex, family always came first. He cherished his wife Peggy and together they shared much of their time with their children and growing circle of grandchildren. Alex was born June 14, 1948, in Independence, MO, the second of six children, to Alex and Frances (Diesko) Petrovic.
Alex grew up in Sugar Creek and graduated from De La Salle High School in Kansas City. He received his BA in political science from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. After college he went on to become a Certified Financial Planner. Alex had a long career as a financial advisor working for Waddell & Reed and BMA Financial Services. In 2002, Alex branched out on his own to form Petrovic Financial Services, an affiliate of Raymond James. In October 2015, he merged the operations of his firm with his son Alex III's firm, Petrovic Weaver Financial Services. He was a "Smart Money Expert" on- air panel member, participating regularly on KCUR's "Up-to- Date" financial segments.
He leaves his beloved wife, Peggy (Ferraro); his sons, Alex Michael Petrovic III (Dasha Skrypka) and John Daniel Petrovic (Kara Swink); his step- children, Sarah (Meeder) McNamara (Reed), Katherine (Meeder) Robinson (Mark) and Michael Meeder; his five siblings, Frances Padow, Teresa Petrovic, Christopher Petrovic, Mark Petrovic and Anastasia Rock. Also the grandchildren who became the stars in his sky: Aiden, Jackson, Harper, Benjamin, William and Charles.
After his wife and family, his passions were golf, the Royals, sharing lattes with friends and Bruce Springsteen. Alex possessed an easy charm; his piercing blue eyes and warm demeanor easily won him many dear friends. Alex was committed to his community. He was an active member of the Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club, including serving as the Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Club's Foundation. He was also a founding member and President of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club. For the past 29 years he could be found selling newspapers on the Royals' opening day to raise money for the Rotary Youth Camp.
Over the years Alex has served multiple charitable organizations in addition to Rotary; he was a regular volunteer at the Kansas City Catholic Worker House, a Volunteer of the Year for the Marillac Home for Children and Board President for the Bridge Home for Children, serving on its Board for 26 years. Alex died after a short illness of acute myeloid leukemia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society or the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation.