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Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Jan 16, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mark One Electric
Jan 18, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
International Service Committee
NE Corner
Jan 19, 2017 11:00 AM
Foundation Development Committee Meeting
Kill Devil Club
Jan 19, 2017 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Mtg
Jan 19, 2017 11:15 AM
Literacy Committee
NE Corner
Jan 19, 2017 1:00 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
Kill Devil
Jan 26, 2017 10:30 AM
New Theatre Restuarant Fabulous Lipitones
New Theatre Restaurant
Feb 09, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join us for the next Rotary Book Discussion Group!
Monday, January 16, 2017, 6:30 PM at Rainy Day Books
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” by Christopher Scotton.  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:
After seeing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, fourteen-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent to live with Kevin’s grandfather.  In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods.  Determined to stop the massive mountaintop removal operation that is plundering the town’s heritage, Kevin’s grandfather attempts to rally the citizen against the “company” and its powerful owner.  When Buzzy witnesses a brutal hate crime, a sequence is set in play that tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in a struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.

Check out’s modern, new look!, the public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to Rotary International's entire website: first, and then My Rotary.
For many people, the website is their introduction to the great work that Rotary members do to improve lives around the world. It’s meant to create an emotional connection that inspires potential members, donors, and partners to get involved. The latest changes to the public site do that, and more.
Some of the updates will be obvious: a modern design, increased use of imagery and graphics to tell our stories, and better organization of content to help readers find out who we are and what we’re doing. Other changes, like the improved readability and speed of the site, will be a welcome surprise.
These upgrades are made possible partly by the dues increase the 2016 Council on Legislation passed to allow Rotary to provide additional support to clubs and districts. As part of its work to refresh My Rotary, RI will also update Rotary Club Central and the Club and District Administration pages — more information about these improvements will arrive in the coming months.
Visit to see all the enhancements to the public site.

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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Gallery
61 E. 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
January 12, 2017
This week our speaker is Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum. Her topic will be "Jazz and K.C. - the Role of the American Jazz Museum."

Our Speaker this week is Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner. Cheptoo is the Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum, one of the major assets of the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The museum shares a building and a lobby with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Since it opened in 1997, the museum has sought to celebrate American jazz and Kansas City’s musical history. The Blue Room, a jazz club adjacent to the museum, has become a popular venue for music and spoken-word performers.


A native of Kenya, Kositany-Buckner moved to the U.S. in 1983 when she was 19, earned a degree in computer information systems from Central Missouri State University and settled in Kansas City, where two of her brothers had already moved. She and her husband, Byron Buckner, have two daughters.

She assumed her duties at the museum in March, 2016. To do so, she left her job as deputy director of the Kansas City Library, where she had worked 25 years.

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Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
January 5, 2017
Pres. Ho called the meeting to order, and thanked the attendees for braving the cold and snowy roads to make it to the meeting.  The song, My Country tis of Thee, was led by maestro Charlie Huffman, with accompaniment by one C. Bolte at the keyboard.  After the Pledge, Henrik Andersen gave a thoughtful invocation that included bits of wisdom from his Danish heritage.
P. Ho reminded us that there will be a strategic planning session at his office on Jan. 28, at which members of all of our boards will meet, along with any other members that would like to attend.  Also he said that beginning at the club meeting next week there will be a "50/50 raffle", with proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation (the beneficiary will change each month.) 
Club member Michelle Biondo thanked the Club members for their support of the recent event at the Seton Center.
Tony Andersen reported that this year's bell ringing raised over $6,000 for the Salvation Army, and thanked all the Club members who participated.
Former Pres. Chuck Eddy reminded us that we will have the opportunity to attend a performance of "The Fabulous Lipitones" at the New Theatre Restaurant on Feb. 9. Check with Mandy or the Club website to register and for details.
Mandy thanked Larry Hill for organizing the runners for the Bagel run.
Former Pres. Jerry Cooke introduced our speakers for the day, Sister Andrea Kantner and Michael Straughn from the Franciscan Mission Warehouse.  Their topic was "The Power of  One, Addressing Fundamental Needs Worldwide."
Sister Kantner told the story of her mission work beginning in 1977 when she helped to open a mission in the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil until today, when the Franciscan Mission Warehouse is sending shipping containers of medical and other needed supplies to missions all over the world.
Michael Straughn recently joined the Franciscan Mission Warehouse after a career with the Habitat for Humanity.   His mission is to help the sisters market the services of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse and realize their potential to provide dignity and medical support for people around the world.  His dream?  Someday facilities like this one will be working in every metropolitan center of the U.S. 
Their story is an amazing testimony to the things that can be accomplished when a  person is filled with a vision and the determination to make that vision a reality.  For more information about the work of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse, see their website:
**REMINDER - You can watch past programs on our YouTube Channel. Click below.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Results
On behalf of our Club and the Salvation Army, the Bell Ringing Committee would like to thank the many members, their families and friends who braved the elements again this Holiday Season to help the Salvation Army raise the funds needed to provide critical help and hope to those in need in our community.
The numbers are in and we had another very successful year! Our Club rang a total of 110 hours over four Saturdays, and we raised $6,478. That’s an average of almost $60 an hour, the best we’ve ever done!
We are always looking for ways to improve this experience for members and to increase what we earn for the Salvation Army. If you have any suggestions, please share them with us.
Again, thanks to all and Happy New Year,
Tony Andresen
Dennis McKeehan
Tim Tholen
Steve McMahon
Bowling News
The new year is upon us, the Chiefs play the Steelers at Arrowhead, K-State gave the Jayhawks a run for the money, the second half of Rotary Bowling has begun and Henrik Andersen is still shockingly consistent.
Everyone was in good spirits after the holiday break. Only a few complained that their bowling ball had gained a few pounds. 
Matt Ho (Peter's son) joined "Al's Pal's" as a sub. He was still on break from his studies at K-State. His first game was a pin short of a 200 game. He's been bowling off and on with the league from an early age. Good to have you back Matt.
John Lawrence rolled a 204 and 215 but these scores were not announced. Anything below 230 or better is dismissed as a poor showing in his case. Dennis McKeehan picked  up the 6-10-8 split. Congratulations.
Ted Middendorf, Kara Bennett and Pat VanHooser are in Florida enjoying more comfortable weather. Nothing to report on their bowling skills.
Tournament of Roses Parade
Did you watch the Tournament of Roses Parade last week? Kansas City Rotarian Doug Nelson was lucky enough to be there in person and snapped this great shot of the Rotary International parade float entitled "Doing Good in the World." The float won the "Princesses' Trophy" - which is awarded to "the most beautiful float under 35 feet."