Posted by David King
Last Week's Meetings
April 12, 2018
Meeting in the Kill Devil Room, our home away from home, things commenced when Pres. David M. called the meeting to order and turned the mike over to Dr. Chuck Eddy, who led us in singing Happy Birthday for the current celebrants.  Dr. Eddy was accompanied by the amazing…. Piano Man, one C. Bolte who did a pretty good job at the keyboard.  David Hanzlick brought forth a “seasonal invocation”, a delightful poem reflecting on the things in our world and lives that we frequently do not notice. 
Mandy welcomed our three guests and visiting Rotarians. The aforementioned C. Bolte, wearing his other hat as Chairman of the secret Selection Committee for Quality Hill tickets, announced that the Committee (really?) had selected Kara Bennett as this week’s winner of two tickets to a performance at the aforementioned venue.  Exactly how that selection was made is anybody’s guess.  Prof. Bolte also expressed a big thanks to the KC Star for their support (in many ways) of the just concluded (and 29 previous years) Kansas City Day event.
Carl DiCapo reminded us that next Thursday, April 19th at 10 a.m., at Ilus Davis Park (across the street from the entrance to City Hall) there will be a dedication ceremony for the just completed monument honoring The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City, Inc., an organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the unique and rich heritage of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, both in Missouri and Kansas, through advocacy, education and restoration. Ilus Davis Park is named for a man who was in public service as a KC City Councilman (1948-1956) and served two terms as Mayor of Kansas City (1963-1971). (from the Internet)  Pres. David said the Chilean GSE Delegation will be attending this ceremony and will be our guests at next week’s meeting.
Howard Mick reported that the winners of our annual Education Excellence awards from KCPS schools will be at our meeting next week to receive their awards, and will be accompanied by the School Board President, Dr. Mark BedellLinn Mills reminded us that the Shoes for Orphan Souls project is drawing to a close, with only a bit of time remaining to make donations.  Check with Linn for opportunities to help with the remaining activities.  So far, the tally is 937 pairs of shoes and over one thousand pairs of socks.  Dan Nenonen reported on Youth Camp activities.  Check with him for work day opportunities.  He also mentioned the Spring Golf tournament – check with him.  Mandy said that there will be a cookout at the camp for the GSE team on Apr. 19, and a party at Boulevard Beer Hall on the 16th for them. David Hanzlick apologized for the cancellation of the last First Friday get together, and the next one will be on May 5.
At a recent KC Royals game, a special recognition was made for our Paul Searcy for his work on the KC Day event.
People of Rotary Scribe David King talked about his recent interview with Perry Atha.  Bottom line:  Perry is a most impressive man.  Read all about it on the Club’s People of Rotary Facebook page.
Jan Armstrong introduced our speaker for the day, Sherri Kirkpatrick, who is the President and Co-Founder HealthEd Connect. Her topic is "Rotary Club 13 and HealthEd Connect: Together for Zambian Kids."
In 2009, Sherri and her husband, Jac, co-founded HealthEd Connect, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of empowering women and children through evidence-based health, education, and advocacy programs.  Health workers supported by HealthEd Connect have delivered thousands of babies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, provided well-baby and prenatal care to villages in Malawi, and served as front-line health care workers in Nepal.  Recent programs in Zambia have included the establishment of schools to provide affordable education for over 1400 orphans and vulnerable children.  Sherri has served as a consultant to the Soviet Children’s Fund, been selected as a World of Children honoree, and received the Kansas City Chapter United Nations World Citizen of the year award.
Ms. Kirkpatrick’s today was a most inspiring story about working with Zambian women and girls to bring them education, better health, and most importantly the self confidence to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.  She presented numerous examples and statistics to illustrate the impact of her programs on the women of Zambia, and the neighboring countries!  Rotary has been a major partner in her agency’s work, providing the financial assistance and guidance to build schools and improve access to medical care. 
It’s no wonder that Jan Armstrong has devoted so much of her time and energy to assisting Ms. Kirkpatrick with her work in Zambia. 
Take a minute and go to HealthEd Connect’s website to learn more about their work.
Pres. David’s parting thought for the day:
You either get better or bitter.
It’s that simple.
You either take what has been dealt to you
And allow it to make you a better person,
Or you allow it to tear you down.
The choice does not belong to fate.
It belongs to you.        
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