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May 24, 2018
May 31, 2018
Hear from our own Leslie Gasser about her experience in Chile.
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Upcoming Events
Rotary After Hours
Harry's Country Club
May 22, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Memorial Meeting at Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
May 24, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary at First Fridays
19th & Baltimore
Jun 01, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Women of Rotary and Friends Event
Jun 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 14, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Changing Of the Guard Luncheon
The Gallery
Jul 05, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Spelling Bee for Literacy KC
By Jane Lee
Seen any creature lately that you would describe as rectirostral? No? Not sure?
Well, you would if you’re an ornithologist. The word describes a creature that has a straight beak.
But our spelling whizzes are no birdmeisters. Our three-member team quizzed out on the word at the Literacy Kansas City Corporate Spelling Bee recently to come in 5th of nine teams. Well, who would know such a word? Really!
But such is the level of words in the higher reaches of the Bee. Our team members – Dan Nenonen, Joan Caulfield and Valerie Meyers – round after round accurately spelled words most of us have never encountered. And for that, we are more than proud.
They were cheered on by a group of us who yelled quite well, waved pom-poms, blew horns, rang bells and were generally boisterous. All in all, it was a grand night for Rotary Club 13!
Now, when you see a straight-beaked bird, you can amaze your friends by crying out, "Look, it's a rectirostral."

We are looking for volunteers to be on the Rotary team during the Dragon Boat Races! Join our team of Dragon Boat Rowers - and compete against others during the Annual Dragon Boat Festival. The Races are to be held Saturday, June 9 starting at 10:00 AM.  The practice session will be the week before on Saturday. See Jan Armstrong for more info.

This week - we feature Thea Neal. Click here to read Thea's profile.
And if you missed the past few People of Rotary, you can still read them! Click on the links below.
Click here to read about Steve Burger!
Click here to read about Perry Atha!
Click here to read about Pat Recker!
Click here to read about Sherri Hahn!

Members, click here to log in to Clubrunner.
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
May 17, 2018
Lunch  learns available at:
There is also a Fireside at Peter Ho's Office at 5:00 PM.
You can click on the links above to sign up.
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
May 10, 2018
President David McCaughey called the meeting to order at 12:10 pm. Charlie Huffman led us in singing “Happy Birthday” to this month’s Rotarian birthdays, followed by “America The Beautiful” accompanied spritely on the piano by Carl Bolte. David then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chas Marks delivered the Invocation, which was a memorable quote from St. Francis of Assissi.
Mandy Sheldon introduced this week’s guests which included, Jenn Mann, a guest of today’s speaker Andra Watkins, Irma Schroeder, guest of Sherri Hahn, Jay Shimmens, guest of Henrik Andersen, and Kevin Fiman, a visiting Rotarian from Anchorage, Alaska. President David noted Club Anniversaries for Arlinda Vittetoe (9 yrs), Joanna Sebelien (15 yrs), Rich Ambler (1 yr), Chas Marks (1 yr), Overton Durrett (18 yrs), and Dennis O’Dell (41 yrs).
Announcements included the Rotary Night at the Zoo (June 14), next week’s regular luncheon will be Lunch and Learns (May 17), also a 2nd Rotary Camp Workday will be held on Saturday 5/12 from 8-12. The Annual Dragon Boat Races will be held June 9th. Contact Jan Armstrong for more info or to join the Club 13 race team. Paul Searcy gave an update on the Kansas City Day event, which currently stands at over $300,000 in in gross revenues collected.
President David then introduced this week’s featured guest, New York Times best- selling author, National Book Award nominee, and decorated Rotarian, Andra Watkins of Charleston, South Carolina. Andra gave a spirited and humorous accounting of her experiences walking the entire length of the Natchez Trace, accompanied on the 5 week trek by her 80 year old father which she chronicles in her most recent book; “Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace”. A self-described ‘dysfunctional family’, along the trip Andra and her father share experiences that bring them closer together and create memories they will never forget.
President David’s closing quote before adjourning the meeting till next week: “Intelligent individuals learn from everything and everyone. Average people learn from their experiences.  Stupid people already have all the answers.”     Meeting adjourned.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Club 13 Venture Fund

I am very excited to announce to you a new initiative that I, along with President-elect Kara Bennett, KCRC Foundation President Phil Kinney, and our respective boards, have been working towards for several months – the Club 13 Venture Fund!

The Venture Fund consists of money provided by the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation, to be used on community projects that benefit the youth and community of Kansas City. Over the next three years, the Foundation has committed up to $50,000/year for these projects.

“The foundation feels that supporting the Venture Fund idea is a very positive use of the Foundation's assets,” said Phil Kinney. “The financial support for the Venture Fund will not reduce the amount of money that is sent to the camp each year.”

As Kara Bennett said at our May 3 luncheon – the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of this fund is focused around YOU, the club members. It will be up to YOU to suggest projects, and champion their success. The goal is to make a difference by showing that we, Club 13, are People of Action in Downtown Kansas City, and to be relevant to our community.

“This money has the potential to spark interest in our club and to fund many worthwhile projects to support the needs of children in our downtown area,” said Kara.

We won’t be able to do this without you, our members. Kara is forming a new committee to put these ideas in action. If you would like to participate, please let us know. And, we need your ideas for projects – ideally “one and done” events where we can volunteer or lend a hand for one day. But the sky’s the limit and all ideas are welcome.

I hope you are excited as the Club and Foundation’s leadership is for this amazing opportunity! We not only have the opportunity to “Make a Difference” – but to “Be the Inspiration” to our community!

Please reach out to David, Kara or Mandy if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Youth Camp Update

Summer is coming!  Thank you to Club 13 Rotarians: Rusty Macy, Phil Kinney, Terry DeFraities, Bill Buckner, Denny Bolte, Paul Searcy, Tony Andresen, Bill Madsen ( & son), Dan Nenonen (& Susan & son), Kara Bennett, John Reynolds, and Jim Huffman; and KC Marriott volunteers Machele Stewart and Janelle McCollum for helping out at the April work day.


Additionally we would like to thank the participants at the May work day:  Jerry Cooke, Denny Bolte, Kara Bennett, Phil Kinney, Terry Defraities from Club 13 along with Baylee Delaurier and Eric Brown from the Waldo/Brookside Club.  The Boy Scouts from Troop 195 were also in attendance to get the OutPost and Auxiliary tents up, thank you David and Trenton Werner, Cooper Franke, Wesley Murphy, Brenden Hale, Kyle Moor, Kaleb Kenyon and Paige Kenyon (as well as those who might not have signed in).


This next weekend we will be hosting a Cub Scout Family camp out of approximately 100 people.  This is our last off-season group.

The first campers arrive June 1st.  If you would like to come out and share a meal with any of the groups this summer just let Laurie know and we will have a place set at the table for you!

Rotary Night at the Zoo