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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 816-595-8142.
Our Speaker this week is Woody Cozad, President, Cozad Company. His topic will be "It's Time to Face the Beast: Reforming the Regulatory State."
Our Speaker this week is Woody Cozad. With more than 30 years of political and legal experience, Woody ensures client interests are protected and enhanced at the state and federal level. Prior to founding Cozad Company, Woody practiced law with Stinson Morrison Hecker for more than 20 years. Woody acted as national coordinating counsel for Travelers Insurance Company and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and worked extensively with the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served as general counsel for the largest property and casualty insurance liquidation in U.S. history.
Woody served as chairman for the Missouri Republican Party from 1995 to 1999. Under his leadership, the party coordinated key campaigns to shift control of the Missouri Congressional delegation to the Republican Party for the first time in the state’s history.
In 1991, Woody was appointed as a member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. During his six-year tenure, he guided the reorganization of the University systems’ finances. As a result, MU received the highest possible bond rating from the two major industry rating agencies.
Former Missouri Governor John Ashcroft appointed Woody chairman of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission in 1985. During his term, Woody helped persuade Missouri voters to approve a fuel tax initiative for the first time in three decades. Woody also worked under former Missouri Governor Kit Bond as chairman of the Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority. In 1982, the authority issued a $1.2 billion in bonds for hospitals and public schools.
Woody is currently a board member of the Missouri Transportation Development Council and has been recognized by The Federalist Society for his contributions to law and public policy.
Woody earned a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in 1960. He earned a law degree from the University of Missouri in 1972. In 1978, Woody married Linda Hickerson of Independence, Mo. Linda has served as president of the Quality Hill Playhouse, board member of the Missouri Repertory Theatre, and president of the Junior Service League of Independence and of the Junior League of Kansas City.
With the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 23, we have decided to cancel our Noon luncheon at the Gallery – and instead offer four business-hosted Fireside Luncheons. Four of our member's organizations have graciously agreed to host members at their businesses on March 23, from 12:00 – 1:00. Boxed lunches will be provided at each location, but RSVPs are required, if you do not RSVP, you cannot be guaranteed a lunch. Seating is limited at each location – so RSVP as soon as possible for your choice. The Fireside at City Union Mission is full.
There was a new high game reached today. Dave Boone rolled all strikes and spares for 12 frames and ended with a 247. This was his first 200 plus game for the season. Peter Ho came close with a 243, Dee Reynolds had a 213 (her first of the year), and John Lawrence 200 and 213. Wesley Gill picked up the 2-10 split and Mary Tikwart covered the 5-7. Very nice bowling today. Congratulations everyone.
Our lunch plan for the Columbia trip has been confirmed. We will stop in Arrow Rock, MO., about 45 miles west of Columbia, to dine at "Catalpa". According to reviews, this award winning restaurant will provide a fine meal that will sustain us for the battle with Club 11.
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!
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. Click here to register.
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.
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 email@example.com 505-402-6630.