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By President Kara Bennett
As I continue to review the past six months, I take pride in what the Community Service Committee accomplished. At that committee's first meeting, it was decided to create “fun” service projects. There were lots of ideas floating around.  It was suggested that we volunteer at the Soup Kitchen again and we are. The first Monday of each month we volunteer at NourishKC to serve food.
Members asked that we run a Coat Drive and we did. All coats collected will benefit the City Union Mission, Inc. The Bagel Run continues and the committee supports it with assigning monthly captains to make it run smoothly. In addition we joined with two District areas of service, the Pins for Polio, and the Food Fight between District Governors to support area hunger through Harvesters. 
With the creation of the Venture Fund we needed to develop the process for applying for projects that will be funded. The Rotary Board approved the process at the July meeting. It continues to be tweaked to stream-line the process. The first step in the Venture Fund process is the Community Service Committee. They review the idea and make sure it addresses all the necessary steps to accomplish the goal. The Community Service Committee helped create the format for how the ideas should be presented. This format is a great outline of the Who, What, Why, How, Where and When of the project.
Once a proposal is approved, this committee helps implement it. Each project does have a captain that oversees and publicizes the project but, utilizes committee members and the full Club membership to get it done. This year we accomplished three Venture Fund projects. The first one presented by the Ecology Committee was approved in August. In September we took students from the KC Indian Center to the Dunn Ranch Prairie, The Nature Conservancy. It was great!
The other two projects were just implemented last week. Volunteers visited Gordon Parks Elementary School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to bring Christmas Joy to children and youth who are less fortunate. I am looking forward to reading about both events soon. Captains will present a written report to the Board. 
Going into the New Year there are other Venture Fund projects planned and approved. The committee will continue to support those it started this year In addition, a Kentucky Derby Party for Polio is planned in May.
Please continue to funnel your ideas to this committee. We are ready and able to fund service projects. The Community Service Committee is another great team of people that have been very active these past six months and have done a ton of good work. I am looking forward to next year to continue this great journey.
Thank you!

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Bagel Run
Jan 05, 2019
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Jan 07, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Plaza Lights: A Rotary After Hours Event
Polsinelli Law Firm
Jan 08, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jan 09, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 09, 2019 4:30 PM
Membership Committee
Jan 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Jan 12, 2019
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 16, 2019 4:30 PM
Community Service Committee
Jan 17, 2019 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Jan 19, 2019

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This Week's Meeting
December 27, 2018
This week's meeting is the Children and Grandchildren's Luncheon featuring the Amazing Terry Magelssen and the "Magic of Christmas."
Last Week's Meeting
December 20, 2018
Tom & Jerry Party
First - a little background on the name "Tom & Jerry Party." The "Tom and Jerry" got it start with a journalist in Britain by the name of Pierce Egan. This took place in l820 when he developed a drink of Egg Nog with Brandy and Rum and called it "Tom and Jerry". I have been asked this question a zillion times and this is the answer. (editor's note, the club would serve this drink at the annual holiday luncheon)
We are familiar with William Hanna and Joseph Barbara that turned this into a comic situation with Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. Tom could never catch Jerry. This was done very cleverly and many of our children and Grand Children laughed at the antics of these two characters. In the meantime; H &B  laugh all the way to the bank.
In l964, on the Broadway musical scene, came a production that held the record for the longest running musical in the history of show business-its name FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. I saw it twice, once at the Music Hall in downtown Kansas city and once at Starlight Theater. The opening scene, sung by the entire cast was a song called TRADITION. That is what we had at Rotary last Thursday.
Tom and Jerry day: it has been a tradition of Club 13 for as long as anyone can remember. The singing of Christmas Carols, the announcement of the slate of officers, and peace and good cheer all around.
Harlan Stamper, Charlie Huffman, Bob Lager, and Chuck Eddy led us in all of the old favorites. And to accompany us was the ever talented maestro, Carl Bolte Jr. It's a fun time-come and see next year if you missed it this year.
David Hanzlick will be our President elect elect--congratulations--it is a wonderful, warm feeling of acceptance and accomplishment. Great work DavidThe rest of the slate of officers are: Eric Bubb - Secretary/Treasurer, Neil Barnett - Director, Jared Campbell - Director, Leslie Gasser - Director. 
The "winner" of the Ugly Sweater contest was Tom Van Dyke.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Date: Monday, January 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
“We Were the Lucky Ones” is set in the spring of 1939 with three generations of the Kurc family doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer.  The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland.  But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable, and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. 
“We Were the Lucky Ones” is a novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that propels readers from the jazz clubs of Paris to the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag.  This is an extraordinary story of love and hope in the face of one of the twentieth century’s darkest moments.
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Happy Holidays!
Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through, 
The joy that you give to others, 
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing, 
The poor and lonely and sad, 
The more of your heart's possessing, 
Returns to you glad. 

~ John Greenleaf Whittier