The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
April 1, 2021
Our Speaker this Week is Matt Doherty, NCAA Basketball Coach. His topic is "Rebound: From Pain to Passion - Leadership Lessons Learned."
Matt Doherty played and coached basketball at the University of North Carolina. He started on the 1982 National Championship team with NBA greats Michael Jordan & James Worthy. The program was led by legendary Coach Dean Smith. After one year as the head coach at Notre Dame, Matt took over the UNC program and led them to the 2001 Regular Season ACC Championship while being named AP National Coach of the Year.

Since his time at UNC, Coach Doherty worked as the head coach at FAU and SMU in addition to working at ESPN, the Indiana Pacers and the Atlantic 10 Conference. He currently runs the Doherty Leadership Practice and is a Vistage Chair along with being a weekly radio guest on WFNZ and WBT in Charlotte, NC.

Matt is married to Kelly and has two children, Tucker and Hattie. They reside in Mooresville, NC.
You can purchase a personalized copy of the book through Matt's PayPal or Venmo account. The cost is: $19.50 which includes shipping.
Venmo: @Matt-Doherty-12
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Last Week's Meeting
March 25, 2021
The meeting was held via Zoom with Rotarians and guests participating from their homes and offices. Approximately 45 people joined in the meeting.
President David brought the club with the camp for kids to order at 12:00 sharp with words of welcome. Participants quickly transferred to Zoom breakout rooms or round-table discussions, where the conversation question was what one skill do you think everyone should have?
When all returned to the combined session at 12:08, President David called for the playback of Charlie Huffman and Carl Bolte singing My Country ‘Tis of Thee recorded at Carl’s home. Followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, Sherri Hahn’s invocation brought wisdom from Mother Teresa on what truly matters, anyway, to the group.
President David identified three individuals with club anniversaries this week: Jerry Cooke, 28 years; Ed Knisley, 28 years; and Ross Donnell, 23 years. Regular guest Jackson Granstaff, hosted by Tony Andresen, joined the group again.
Announcements made by Linn Mills included an update on the Shoes for Orphan Souls campaign. To date, the effort has acquired 602 pairs of shoes and 1300 pairs of socks. Campaign leaders are discussing an option to retain some percentage of the inventory for use in greater Kansas City, with the balance of items travelling on to Honduras.
President David introduced Club 13 member and featured speaker Bill Kort to the assembly. Bill has been active in financial advising in Kansas City since 1970. His career, after attending the University of Wisconsin, has included years as a broker, an adviser with A.G. Edwards, and a capstone period with Wells Fargo, from where he retired. He maintains as a source for analysis of the media climate and the investing climate. Bill’s presentation to the club was titled The Secular Bull Market: Where Do We Go From Here?
The term secular bull market, as Bill explained, refers to a gradual trend upward in market performance across a stretch of time, occurring in response to an early phase of bear market conditions. The current bull market began in 2013 and has largely continued with only a modest pause for the 2020 pandemic. Valuations for securities have appreciated steadily from eight years ago through today.
Bill noted that the pandemic pause in markets occurred in part because of computer-based trading. Where algorithms make routine investment decisions, it’s easy for many asset managers to allow their computers to follow the market’s lead. There was much knee-jerk selling in the second quarter of 2020 as a result, despite a hurried fiscal response from Washington and unemployment clustered in only certain sectors of the economy. The market recovery in the second half of 2020, Bill argued, has largely been V-shaped for securities—fairly fast and fairly robust.
In looking to the future for asset values, Bill believes that the glass is half full. With the multiplier effect of continued government stimulus, the growth in savings rates among the populace, and the drop in household debt, the upward cycle will continue further. But, he cautioned, that it is always a cycle, and the mania of momentum traders will eventually turn bearish. Interest rates go both up and down.
Questions from the viewing audience for Bill covered topics including the national debt, the Exxon Mobile board, working from home’s effect on commercial real estate, immigration and labor supply, and the entertainment industry.
At 12:54, President David thanked Bill for his comments and presented the customary Club 13 pen to him in appreciation.
Next week, our guest speaker will be NCAA basketball coach Matt Doherty. His presentation is titled REBOUND: From Pain to Passion—Leadership Lessons Learned.
President David further noted that club members were originally classified by the main products that they sold. The club roster read something like a grocery list of eggs, bread, butter, coffee, flower, and so forth. For example, the donor of the land to the Rotary Youth Camp, Bob Gees, carried the classification of Celery.
President David concluded the meeting by citing Sylvia Plath: "I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life."
 The 4-Way Test closed the session.
Ecology Committee Update
Under the leadership of Jan Armstrong, the Ecology Committee has been revived and has several projects in the works!
The first, is the Monarch Project. Rotary club 13 is partnering with the Rotary Club of Monterey, Mexico, KCS Railway Co and Suburban Lawn and Garden to sell Milkweed plants with 50% of the proceeds sent to the Monterey Club to purchase fir trees necessary for the over-wintering environment for the Monarch butterflies. We are also looking at building a Monarch Way Station at the Youth Camp for the enjoyment of our campers and the public.
A popular project we hope to bring back from past years, is the trip to Dunn Ranch Prairie for Rotarians as well as children from the KC Indian Center.
Click here for a look at some animal activities at the ranch.
Other potential projects include downtown roof top gardens, ecology related programs for campers at the Rotary Youth Camp and a visit by the Zoo Mobile to the Youth Camp.
The committee plans to have 2-4 Rotary lunch programs, during the year, on topics such as the Monarch butterflies, alternate energy, flooding issues on the Missouri River and other possible topics.
We will keep you updated as things progress and hope that the Satellite Club and lunch club members will help out!
Just what is the Gee’s Trust and why does it matter?
If you do not know the answer to that question, you are not alone.  Most people know that the Kansas City Rotary Club is “the club with the camp for kids”; thank you Jane Lee, and they know that the camp is focused on disadvantaged and differently abled children.  Folks may even know how long the camp has been accepting campers.  And hopefully, all of us have read the article that Rotary International published several years ago that shared our camp’s story with the Rotary world.  So, just what is the Gee’s Trust and why does it matter.
In 1923—24, Robert W. Gees was President of the Rotary Club of Kansas City. He and his wife Clara owned 40 acres of land in eastern Jackson County adjacent to what is now the Jackson County Park and Lake Jacomo. Mr. Gees wanted the property to be used as a youth camp which would be maintained and operated by Rotarians to provide the youth of Jackson County, who might otherwise be denied such privileges and benefits, the advantages of camping. Mr. Gees' own words were : "Contact with nature and the out of doors, amid forest and hills, far removed from the dirt and grime and noise of the city, under proper supervision and instruction, is conducive to the improvement of the physical and moral life of the citizen, and thereby promote the general welfare of the State and Nation”.  
It was decided that the youth camp could best be operated by a separate, not for profit corporation. On December 3, 1923, the Rotary Club Boy's Camp Association came into existence. The Association consisted of all of the members of the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri and the board of the Rotary Club also served as the Youth Camp board of directors.
On May 12, 1924, Mr. and Mrs. Gees leased the property to the Association for a period of ten years, with the Association having an option to purchase the property. Because of their generous nature, the Gees realized that the money to purchase the property was needed instead for camp improvements, such as a cook house, mess hall and a suitable swimming hole.  So, on January 10, 1928, Mr. and Mrs. Gees deeded the property to the trustees of the Robert W. and Clara M. Gees Trust. The original trustees were A. Allen Taylor, H. Porter Fones, Raymond M. Havens, Oscar W. Thomas and New England National Bank and Trust Company. The trust recited the fact that the premises were being used and occupied for the purposes of a youth camp by the Rotary Club Boy's Camp Association and directed the trustees to continue the Association as a tenant "so long as it shall, in the judgment of said trustees, use and occupy said premises for the purposes mentioned in this trust.
On March 29, 1957, Jackson County, Missouri filed a suit against the trustees, the Rotary Club and the Association in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri at Independence. The purpose of the suit was to condemn a portion of the trust property for the construction of a Jackson County Park and Lake Jacomo. In January of 1958, the trustees received a court award and an easement, conveyance, and agreement to provide access to and use of the camp well. Even with the easement, the loss of the condemned property necessitated the rebuilding of the camp water supply system.
Since 1971 Jackson County has leased 12.28 acres to the Youth Camp east of the camps property. The camp needed the additional acreage to support our parking lot, remote tent camping as well as the two lagoons which handle the waste from the camp buildings.
In 1977 a separate Board of Directors was created to run the Rotary Youth Camp Association so that the Club board no longer carried the dual responsibilities of running the club and the camp.
The Trustees meet once a year with the Camp Director and the President of the Rotary Youth Camp Association to review the report of the camp’s performance in the previous calendar year. The Trustees must visit the camp at least once in each calendar year to validate the condition of the property.
The current Trustee’s are Marc Horner; Chairperson, Kermit Bright, David McCaughey and Matt Meyer.
Thank you!
Thank you to Kara Bennett, Mary Kingsley, Linn Mills, Dian Scott, Madaline Walter and Lainie Wilbur for volunteering to clean and organize the games and shelves in the Dining Hall this weekend! Great Job! You can check out a list of "Front Porch Projects" at camp here.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia.  The book is available by mail order through the Rainy Day Books web site or call the store for curb-side pickup.  The discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, April 19, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
About the book:
In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state – and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long.  No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi:s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing  sides to work at Frannie’s.  Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality-TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner.  But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
*We are currently meeting virtually via Zoom*

By David Hanzlick
The Rotary theme for April is Maternal and Child Health. Rotary’s unprecedented efforts to eradicate polio will be remembered as transformative for humanity – reducing polio cases worldwide to fewer than 30 cases in two countries in 2019 from 350,000 cases in 125 countries in 1986.
Any yet, Rotary’s work in maternal and child health goes well beyond the Polio Plus campaign. For more information, visit this link
Our own Dr. Ted Higgins has been deeply involved for many years in improving health care in Haiti. Ted will speak to the Club on April 8 to discuss this important work.  He has built a surgical center and hospital that is managed by a Haitian staff. If you would like to read ahead, please take a moment to read this article about Ted in his medical school alumni magazine.
On a different note, I would like to thank the committees and groups within the Club who have signed up to work at the Camp. Women of Rotary have staked out two dates. The board will have a workday this Saturday. Please find the complete listing of tasks to be performed elsewhere in this edition of the Buzz Saw.
Also of note, Greater Kansas City Day will take place on Tuesday, May 18, in partnership with the Kansas City Monarchs and HyVee! Please save the date and watch for additional details!
Have a great week and remember, “Rotary Opens Opportunities!”

Apr 08, 2021
Establishing a Surgical Center and Hospital in Haiti.
Apr 29, 2021
A Virtual Tour of the Truman Library and Museum
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Upcoming Events
Community Service Committee
Apr 07, 2021
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Apr 07, 2021 4:30 PM
Membership Committee
Apr 08, 2021 10:30 AM
Bagel Run
Apr 10, 2021
Satellite Club Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
Apr 10, 2021
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Apr 14, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy lanes
Apr 14, 2021 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Apr 17, 2021
Parking Lot Party
Bibb Engineers Parking Lot
Apr 22, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bagel Run
Apr 24, 2021
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Shoes for Orphan Souls
By Linn Mills
Our dedicated Shoe shoppers, Brad Kleindl, Mary Bright, and Diane Scott, are doing an outstanding job. Thus far, 675 pairs of shoes and 1,370 pairs of socks are purchased and donated.
To celebrate the 20th year partnership with Buckner International, our District Shoe Cheerleader, Larry Lundsford, has set a goal for the District to donate 20,000 pairs of Shoes. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Club 13 will deliver 2,000 pairs of shoes to the District Shoe Roll Call on May 22nd.
Thank you for the generous donations from Sally Bibb, Bob Lager, Lonnie Lawton, Carl Bolte, Dennis McKeehan, Mary Kingsley, Marc Horner, Kermit Bright, Dr. George Gordon, Brad Kleindl, Woody Davis, David Hanzlick and Marianne Sports.
You can still donate to this worthy cause until May 12th. Please make your checks payable to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation and note in the memo line, “Shoes for Orphan Souls.”  Please mail your check to our Shoe Chair, Linn Mills, 147 NW Pointe Drive, Kansas City, MO. 64116.
Your gift can be the first step out of poverty. New shoes put children on a path to Health, Education, Hope, and Opportunity.
For additional information, please free to contact Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
by Allison Kelly
Work continues on the platforms we are building outside the cabins. Concrete is being poured today. Our Monday volunteers have been working hard to get the camp ready and safe for summer camping. This project will allow our campers to eat in smaller groups and outside, ensuring the health and safety of all. Having concrete pads outside the cabins will also allow for a more accessible spot for our campers to hang out with their cabin mates throughout the years.

The Satellite Club met on Tuesday, March 23rd via Zoom with Eryn Realmuto serving as Moderator. Following networking and lively discussion led by Eryn, Sarah Taylor gave an update on upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute sessions. Rotarian Michelle Biondo of the Seton Center spoke on “Offering Help, Giving Hope.” She began her presentation with a video on the history and current clientele of the Seton Center. Michelle then highlighted the current services which include dental services, a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, a thrift store, and older adult services for neighbors in need. The meeting ended with a discussion of hands-on volunteer opportunities. Rotarian Jessica Block gave an overview of two upcoming projects: Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a project to build beds for children in need and Geeks for Kids, a project to build “cars” for children with handicaps. The group then discussed a Front Porch Project at the Rotary Youth Camp and decided to work at the Camp on a Saturday in April. Details will be emailed to the Satellite Members. Next meeting will be live and in person on the Patio at the Brickhouse on April 27.

Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13!
Our season is winding down, just a few more weeks to go. Who will win the 2nd half? Who knows at this point, but the team led by Chris Grimsley is in a commanding lead. 
200 games:
Will Patrick-222 and 236
Henrik Andersen-231
Notable splits:
Peter Ho had the 4/5 split 4 TIMES!! Well done Peter!
John Lawrence had a 6/7, which from my vantage point two lanes over looked really cool.