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The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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(816) 842-2322





Guest Column by Community Service Chair Barbara Dolci
The Community Service Committee has been very busy this year. The team of Denny Bolte, Eric Bubb, Lee Brumitt, Katie McCalla, Tony Andresen, Dick Retrum, Chas Marks, Preston Hardge, Jerry Cooke, Craig Bittner, Paul Searcy, David McCaughy, and I have been responsible for vetting proposals for Venture Funds that are then sent to our Board of Directors for approval. 
Projects your Club has worked hard to make a difference in the lives of youth in our community are: The Ecology Project for the youth of the Indian Center.  Those are the same kids that spend a week at our camp each summer. We provided them a field trip to visit the Dunn Ranch part of the National Conservancy that preserves natural prairie land on which herds of bison live freely on the range. 
We provided for a Holiday Dinner and presents for St. Francis Community Services youth who live in foster homes as well as those of the drug and alcohol abuse program. 
At Gordon Parks, a KC Charter School, we provided hats, mittens, socks, and a new book for each school child. 
Your club volunteers also served  at the Boo at the Zoo event, Reach Out and Read event at Gordon Parks, served food at Nourish-the Community Kitchen, collected bagels and cream cheese for Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center (Bagel Run), gave numerous coats to the cold and needy, we fought at the Food Fight for hunger, and bowled pins for Polio. 
Coming up this spring, we will provide for new planting beds to be built at Sheffield Place, funds and volunteers for Camp Enterprise, and awards for outstanding KCMO students, and we will provide Hands On help for the Kentucky Derby Party for Polio on May 5.  Put that date on your calendar for a great day of fun and giving for Polio!
This summer, our Rotoract Club will be providing a camp for homeless youth, Camp Rise housed at our own Rotary Youth Camp. 
Each month we look for ways to be of service in our city. make a difference in the lives of our youth.  YOU have those ideas, because YOU are involved in your community. 
 If YOU look a little further, dig a little deeper, dream a little longer, wonder “WHAT IF???” Bring that idea to the committee.  We will help you thresh it out, come up with a plan and help you pull it together.  Make a difference with kids you care about!  Together we can make it happen, because WE ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION!
Mar 07, 2019
The Essential KC Hospital
Mar 14, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Mar 04, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Mar 04, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 06, 2019 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Mar 09, 2019
Camp Enterprise
UMKC Bloch School
Mar 09, 2019
Women and Friends of Rotary
Mar 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 13, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 13, 2019 4:30 PM
Lunch & Learn at Habitat for Humanity KC
Habitat for Humanity KC
Mar 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn at KelCon
KelCon Technology
Mar 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Ramblin' Rotarians
A great group of Club 13 members rambled over to the Kansas City, KS club meeting last week. Pictured with KCK Club President Melissa Seiben are Jan Armstrong, Sally Bibb, Linn Mills, Kara Bennett, Chuck Eddy, Courtney Brooks and David McCaughey.

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Click here to read about Linn Mills!
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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
February 28, 2019
This Week's Speaker is Pam Whiting, Vice President of Communications, Greater KC Chamber of Commerce. 
Pam Whiting is a familiar voice to many Kansas Citians.  She was a reporter, news director, and so-called “morning personality” for many years as half of the popular “Dan & Pam” morning show.  She also was a reporter for KMBC-TV and hosted a talk show on KCPT-Channel 19. 
Pam currently serves as Vice President/Communications for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to that, she served as Press Secretary to then-Mayor Emanuel Cleaver II.
She was selected as a Missouri “Influencer” in The Kansas City Star’s election Influencer series. 
She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, dog, and two cats. 
Last Week's Meeting
February 21, 2019
President Kara Bennett enthusiastically called the meeting to order. Chuck Eddy led us in God Bless America with Carl Bolte smiling and accompanying on the Bublitz keys. President Kara led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jerry Cooke delivered a prayer of presence.
Mandy Sheldon welcomed three guests of our members. Several Rotarians were celebrating Club anniversaries:  Sally Bibb and Gary McEachen (23 years) and Sherri Hahn and Jim Huffman (2 years). Tom Davis then bestowed a third Paul Harris Fellowship on Jim Porter. Paul Searcy gave a welcome notice that Greater KC Day (and baseball weather) is just a little over a month away and it’s time to sign-up for your favorite street corner. Contact Christy Chester if you are looking for a spot. Linn Mills reported that Shoes for Orphan Souls is off to a great start, but more monetary and/or shoe donations are needed.  David King then introduced his latest biographical subject, Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College, with an inspirational chronology of her journey including obtaining college degrees, college teaching stints, and now the leadership position at the MCC. Read all about it at Rotary’s “People of Rotary” Facebook page.
Our speaker, Travis Boley, was then introduced by the aforementioned Mr. Searcy. Boley, the Association Manager of the Oregon-California Trails Association, headquartered in Independence, MO, presented a fast-paced description of what’s going on across the country and locally in the development of a rather vast trail system. In the fifty years since the enactment of National Trails Act in 1968, 30 new trails have been developed nationally and certified as either “national historic” trails or “scenic” trails. All 50 states now have one or both type of trails. Various trail routes criss-cross the KC metropolitan area including the Westport Route originating in the River Market area in the 1830’s and the Independence Route founded in 1927. The trails compete with commercial and residential development and can be found, among other places, in one’s back yard, close to your neighborhood Lowe’s store, and in and around the highway system. The National Park Service has provided abundant monument and road signage as the trail system remains a source of educational interest, exercise, and tourism, one of Boley’s objectives. Mr. Boley spoke about some of the local developments including the Three Trails Transit Center and Trailhead and the Red Bridge route east of Holmes Road near Minor Park. Mr. Boley pitched the upcoming symposium entitled “Truman and the Trails” scheduled March 14-16 in Independence. The symposium will focus on the role of Independence in the development of the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe Trails and Harry Truman’s ties to the trails. Tours of the Independence Route and the Westport Route will take place as part of the symposium. 
Kara left us with a quote from President Truman: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Lunch & Learns
With the Big 12 Tournament in town on March 14, we will be cancelling the luncheon at the Kill Devil Club. Instead, we have several Lunch and Learn opportunities lined up for you! See one you like? Go ahead and sign up. Space in limited at each location. (Lunch will be provided.)
- The Arts Asylum - hosted by Evie Craig. Limit 15. Sign up here.
- Habitat for Humanity KC - hosted by Melissa Jones. Limit 12. Sign up here.
- KelCon Technologies - hosted by David McCaughey. Limit 10. Sign up here.
- MarkOne - hosted by Joe Privitera. Limit 20. Sign up here.
- Hardhat tour of J. Rieger Distillery with Dan Nenonen. Limit 5. Details and sign up here.
Shoes for Orphan Souls
The 2019 “Shoes for Orphan Souls” campaign is in full swing. When you donate shoes, they will be received by one of the world’s most vulnerable children. New shoes put children on a path to: Health, Education, Hope and Opportunity.
A new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an orphanage or impoverished community. Your financial contribution towards the project, “Shoes for Orphan Souls” will give a needy child a brighter future.
To make this project successful, the “Shoes for Orphan Souls” committee will need your financial donations and volunteer time. Please make your checks payable to K.C. Rotary Club Foundation and note: Shoes for Orphan Souls. Thank you for lifting the spirts of underprivileged children.
For additional information, please contact Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Asymmetry” by Lisa Halliday. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205

About the book:

“Asymmetry” explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, “Folly,” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. By contrast, “Madness” is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.
Bowling News
Long time bowler, Kay Roscoe returned to the lanes last week after hip replacement surgery. However, the following morning she decided she would rehab the rest of the season and return again next September.
John Lawrence rolled 232 and picked up the 6-7-10 split. Chris Grimsley rolled his first 200 plus game of the season with a 221 and Will Patrick had a 209. Congratulations all.
Good to see Paul Searcy on the lanes today. He was a sub for Henrik Andersen. He truly understands the team, "handicap bowling."  Ask him to  explain.
Rotary Youth Camp News
The camp is busy in sprite of the cold/snowy/warmer/muddy conditions! This weekend we had a Girl Scout Service Unit event on Friday and a Boy Scout overnight/Cub Scout Blue and Gold award banquet Saturday and Sunday. The roofs are getting repaired from the summer storms and the lift station pump replacement is finished.
Reach Out and Read
Several club members volunteered at Gordon Parks Elementary last week as part of the District's "Reach Out and Read" campaign to celebrate Rotary's 114th birthday. Below, Barbara Dolci and Dennis McKeehan read to students.