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Speakers
May 04, 2017
Faith Always Wins - a Personal Story
May 11, 2017
Where Freedom Stands: A brief summary of major civil liberties and civil rights issues
May 18, 2017
Politics and the Editorial Page
May 25, 2017
Celebration of Life
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Upcoming Events
KC Rotary Foundation Board Meeting
Kill Devil
May 04, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
New Member Welcome
May 11, 2017
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
May 13, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
May 20, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
May 22, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Program Committee Meeting
Kill Devil
Jun 08, 2017 11:00 AM
 
No Meeting
Jun 15, 2017
 
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 22, 2017
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 

Shoes for Orphan Souls
 
Thank you Rotary Club 13 members for your donations and support to this year's "Shoes for Orphan Souls" project.
Due to your generosity, 641 pairs of shoes and 45 pairs of socks will be delivered to Chillicothe on April 29, 2017 for the Shoes Roll Call of Clubs.

ROTARY SHIRTS FOR SALE!
 
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 lainie@jwilbur.com. 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.

 
Join us for the next Ramblin' Rotarians!
 
Rotary Club of Lenexa
Friday, April 28 at 12:00 noon
Northpointe Building at Lakeview Village
(Lakeview's address is 9100 Park St., Overland Park, KS)
Click here to see a map.
 
Chief Bryan Dehner of the Overland Park Fire Department will speak on “The Big March Fire” in Overland Park.
Click here to sign up.
 

Rotaract KC's CAMP RISE
 
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.
 
If you would like to make a donation to Camp Rise, Checks can be made payable to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation with “Camp Rise” in the memo. Mail check to: Rotaract c/o Camp Rise, 700 East 8th Street Unit 6T, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Click here to learn more about Camp Rise and how we can help!


 
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Kansas City, MO 64105
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Celebrate Rotary

Celebrate Rotary

...Rotary fellowship and
The Rotary Foundation Centennial


Centennial Banquet and Celebration


6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017
Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites

Join us...
... as Rotarians from Africa and area clubs come together to enjoy fellowship and celebrate the centennial of our dynamic Rotary Foundation that has been a powerful, life-saving force throughout the world.


Start off at the Presidential Reception where you will get acquainted with other Rotarians as well as our African guests – a great way to build friendships and develop relationships. You’ll also meet Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith and other senior Rotary leaders.

Celebrate Rotary  

...Rotary fellowship and
The Rotary Foundation Centennial


Centennial Banquet and Celebration


6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017
Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites

Join us...
... as Rotarians from Africa and area clubs come together to enjoy fellowship and celebrate the centennial of our dynamic Rotary Foundation that has been a powerful, life-saving force throughout the world.


Start off at the Presidential Reception where you will get acquainted with other Rotarians as well as our African guests – a great way to build friendships and develop relationships. You’ll also meet Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith and other senior Rotary leaders.


The Centennial Banquet will feature our honored guest, Ray Klinginsmith. The Kansas City Club will be honored for its $26.50 gift that launched the foundation.
After the banquet, hit the dance floor and “get down” and live it up!


Schedule & Fees

6:00: Presidential Reception: $26.50
7:00: Dinner & Dance: $40
For those under age 40: $20
Hosts of African Guests: $75
(all events plus Saturday lunch)
Attire: Rotary casual


Registration: http://celebrate.rotary13.org

This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
April 27,2017
 
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Michael Rea, CEO, RX Savings Solutions. His topic will be "Why Prescription Drugs Cost So Much."
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Michael Rea. Dr. Rea founded Rx Savings Solutions after routinely witnessing consumers struggling to pay for their medications. He noticed quickly at that time that consumers were paying much more than they needed to, which was attributable to a lack of information available to them. He set out on his mission to arm consumers with this information and add efficiency and transparency back in to the world of pharmacy through a patented software. Dr. Rea has been involved with research surrounding pharmacy transparency for over 13 years. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University.
 
Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
April 20, 2017
 
     The meeting room was full of visitors, including the student winners of this year's "Service and Leadership Awards" and the adults who accompanied them to the meeting.  Pres. Peter Ho opened the meeting with a reminder to the students that Rotaract is a category of Rotary Clubs specifically intended for students and other young people, and urged them to learn more about this opportunity.  Also mentioned were the members of the "Meeting and Greeting Arrangements Committee" who met and greeted folks arriving for the meeting.  (Well?)
     "God Bless America" (we need the help) was the patriotic song today led by Master Musician Charlie Huffman, and accompanied by his trusty side-kick, the frequently alert and capable piano player, one C. Bolte. Pres. Ho called on the Rev. Woody Davis to say the invocation, but there were suggestions from the floor that doing the Pledge to the Flag usually precedes the invocation.  Anyway, both things were done eventually in the correct order.
     Thea Neal introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians - and the guests of the students being honored today.  Pres. Ho mentioned that the process of club strategic planning proceeds with more retreats in the works.  He then called for announcements from the Announcements Bar.  No announcements were forthcoming, so we moved on to the program.
        Howard Mick did the honor of introducing our speaker of the day, the Superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS), Dr. Mark T. Bedell.  It quickly became apparent that Dr. Bedell brings several very important attributes to his job:  First, he is a very intelligent and articulate leader and speaker.  Second, he understands the wide range of cultural/economic/political factors that must be addressed if the capabilities of the district's students are to be fulfilled in their academic performance.  Third, his childhood family environment was very similar to that of many of the district's students, making it possible for him to connect with the students, and to express an understanding and appreciation of the challenges they face every day.
        Dr. Bedell came to the KCPS superintendent job last summer.  Most recently he was an assistant superintendent for the Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland.  He completed his doctoral dissertation at Nova Southeastern U. on school culture, climate and dropout prevention for ethnic minority student from low economic strata, i.e., exactly the issues faced by students of the KCPS.  Today he discussed the many factors that affect the KCPS and its students, and the initiatives he is creating to deal with these factors.  It is clear that he grasps the magnitude of the challenges faced by the KCPS, and that dealing with those challenges will require the cooperation and involvement of leaders in every aspect of Kansas City life - cultural, economic, and political.  His vision is clear and his leadership qualities appear to be excellent.  Listening to him talk makes one sense that a new wind is blowing in the community.  Good for him!  And good for the KCPS!
        Coming down from that high, we moved into the ceremonies to award the scholarships to this year's Service and Leadership winners.  And what a fine group of young people they are!
Ricardo Acosta, from East High School
Tre'von Adams, from SE High School
Chebet Buckner, from Penn Valley Early College Campus
DeAndrea Castro, Missouri Options Program
Shalexis Davis, from Central High School
Khalil Odums, from Paseo Academy
YeMaya Robinson, from Lincoln College Pre
Karla Rodriguez, from NE High School
        Finally, a big shout-out (as Pres. Ho would say) to Alan Warne for doing another excellent job this year of leading the scholarship grogram.  Thank you, Alan!
 
 
 
Changes to the Dictionary Project
IMPORTANT Changes to the DICTIONARY PROJECT
 
Chris Hope,  the Volunteer Master-Mind who brought  the Dictionary Project to Greater Kansas City, has retired from the project to pursue other interests.  The ending of his involvement could mean the end of the much loved Dictionary Project for RotaryKC .  Chris handled all of the details to put the dictionary resource books into the hands of tens of thousands of children.
 
The Literacy Committee of Rotary 13 has recommended pursuing the Dictionary Project for the Kansas City Missouri Public School District, IF there is sufficient support, commitment and “buy in” from the whole club.  Watch for an email with details about plans to keep the Dictionary Project alive for KCMO schools. 
 
We hope you will plan to get involved:  Join the committee, sign up in pairs or solo to make presentations to KCMO schools, help to count out dictionaries for schools, add "Rotary KC" stickers to each book.  With your support the Dictionary Project will be better than ever!
 
Barbara Dolci, Chair
Literacy Committee
Rotary Book Discussion Group

Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Glory Over Everything” by Kathleen Grissom on May 22, 2017, 6:30 PM at Rainy Day Books. (*Please note the date change) 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.
 
Click here to sign up.
Out of Africa - In to Kansas City