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Guest Column by Dick Retrum
A horse named Polio won the day at Tim Tholen's Derby party. Not really, but $1,488.00 was raised during the event for the Rotary International Polio Fund. Those attending included Club 13 members, the Waldo Rotary Club, friends and neighbors and prospective members.  
The menu was fried chicken, potato salad and coleslaw. There was a nice assortment of refreshments at the bar including all the ingredients for the traditional Mint Julep.  
With in an hour of the start of the race all 20 horses were auctioned to eager buyers. $743.00 was put down on the ponies. At the start of the race people crowded around two large TV's (one inside - one out) to cheer their horse to victory. From the money collected we planned to pay the winner $300.00, second place $150.00 and third $50.00. By the time the experts figured out who one, everyone agreed to donate their winnings back to the Polio Fund. 1st - Tim Tholen, 2nd Eric Bubb, 3rd Barbara Dolci - thank you for your contributions!
A silent auction was held during the party for a unique bottle of bourbon designed for the Kentucky Derby. A collector's item for sure.  Dennis McKeehan bought it and donated it to the cause. By the end of the day, John Lawrence had the highest bid of $130.00. This was over twice the amount Dennis paid for it.
Before the evening came to a close there was a bonnet judging contest. Nine ladies entered with beautiful and unusual head pieces. Peter Ho's wife Lois won hands down. She walked away with a bottle of wine as her prize.
For six hours we enjoyed Rotary fellowship, ate good food, raised money for a great cause and had a good time at Tim's house. Everyone agreed we would do this again next year. Tim's place is available... can we count on you?
Check out the photos at the bottom of the Buzz Saw.

May 16, 2019
"I am An Alcoholic": Alcohol Abuse and Management
May 23, 2019
Remembering our Members
May 30, 2019
Non-Criminal Legal Aid for the Poor
Jun 06, 2019
Looking Ahead
Jun 13, 2019
Financial Fraud and Abuse of Elders
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Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
May 11, 2019
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
May 11, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Women and Friends of Rotary
Tannin Wine Bar
May 14, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Community Service Committee
May 16, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
May 18, 2019
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
May 18, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
May 25, 2019
Satellite Club Meeting
May 28, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 01, 2019
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
750 Paseo
Jun 03, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
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Mayoral Forum
June 9, 2019
You may have seen this advertisement in the KC Star. Rotary Club 13, along with many other community organizations will be co-sponsoring a Mayoral Forum on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 PM at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. You are all encouraged to attend. We will have a representative on the panel to ask questions.

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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
May 9, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Jerry Mackey, Steamboat Arabia Partner. His topic is "Unearthing the Steamboat Malta: Another Big Dig."

Jerry Mackey is from Independence and owner of the HiBoy restaurants. In 1988, Jerry joined Bob Hawley and his sons David and Greg, along with David Luttrell in the search for the Steamboat Arabia. The four-and-a-half-month excavation resulted in the discovery of the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world. 

Now, Jerry Mackey, once again alongside David Hawley and David Luttrell, is joining a new team of adventurers determined to unearth the sunken steamboat Malta.

The steamboat Malta sank in late August 1841 while loaded with Indian trading supplies for the American Fur Company. Aboard the sidewheeled steamer was cargo for Peter Sarpy, Papin & Robidoux and other Chouteau trading posts and merchants along the Missouri River. Some of the freight was destined to unload in Independence, Missouri, for passage along the Sante Fe Trail to Bent’s Fort in Colorado’s southeast corner. There were no casualties when the Malta went down, but the boat and its cargo of trading supplies proved a valuable loss. Over time, the Missouri River cut a new channel and moved, leaving the boat buried deep under what is now a Missouri farm field near Malta Bend, Missouri.

Last Week's Meeting
May 2, 2019
President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order. Woody Davis led us in America, the Beautiful while our attentive piano man led us in God Bless America - or something like that. The newfangled version needs some work! President Kara led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Chas Marks delivered the invocation.
Dana Hetrick welcomed four guests of our members. Several Rotarians were celebrating Club anniversaries:  John Reynolds (32 years), Richard Atlas (26 years), Mary Kingsley (14 years), Larry Taft (13 years), and Brad Kleindl (6 years).  Mandy Sheldon asked for volunteers for the Bagel Run on May 11 and 18. Dan Nenonen, President of the Youth Camp Board, announced Camp work days on May 11 and 18 and asked for volunteers to help spruce up the Camp for the upcoming season.
Our speaker, Tony Kostusik, was then introduced by a parched Jerry Cooke. Kostusik, a long-time member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, brought his enthusiasm for cosmic-traveling meteorites to the podium. He started by tracing the history of the science of astronomy starting with Ptolemy who lived from 100-170 AD. Ptolemy wrote treatises which, among other things, correctly opined that the sun rose in the East and set in the West. About 1400 years later, Copernicus discovered that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our universe and mathematically developed the theory of “retrograde motion” which traced the movement of stars and planets around the Sun. But let’s not forget Galileo, the father of modern physics, who used a telescope to confirm Copernicus’ findings and begin identifying unique traits of planets and their moons. After Galileo, better telescopes were developed thus setting off a heightened study of the universe, including things that fell from said universe on to the Earth’s surface.
It is now known that over 90% of meteorites are made of stone, 5% are made purely of metal, and the remainder are combinations of the two. Kostusik was particularly interested in meteorites with seemingly random combinations of metals embedded within stone or vice versa and other mysterious features. Our speaker is part of a worldwide community that observes and collects meteorites. Several photos of famous meteorites and craters caused by cataclysmic results of impacts on Earth were shown.  Mr. Kostusik speculated whether meteorites are the product of a purely scientific world or are part of creation? Our speaker leans toward the latter, and if you saw the specimens he brought, you’ll understand why.     
Kara left us with an apt quote from Carl Sagan: “Even these stars, which seem so numerous, are as sand, as dust – or less than dust – in the enormity of the space in which there is nothing.” We left the meeting to ponder the universe and the mystery of it all.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Camp Rise
Rotaract Kansas City is proud to be entering our third summer of hosting Camp Rise, a free overnight summer camp opportunity for youth in Kansas City living at or below the poverty line. Held at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee Summit Missouri, Camp Rise is an all inclusive experience for our campers. Upon arrival, campers receive a backpack full of all the gear necessary to enjoy their time at camp and then take with them in preparation for the new school year. In order to provide these backpacks we rely on the generosity of our community! Please help us by visiting our Amazon wish list! All items purchased directly benefit our campers and a portion of Amazon wish list sales are donated right back to the Rotary Youth Camp! Click here for the Amazon wish list.
Camp Rise is also seeking a diverse group of individuals age 18 to 35 to come volunteer as summer camp counselors! This volunteer commitment is overnight from July 13 - July 18, 2019. More information about Camp Rise and this incredible volunteer opportunity can be found on our website or by emailing us directly
Thank you for your consideration and your continued support of Rotary!
Rotary Youth Camp News
Things are happening at the Rotary Youth Camp!!! The Out Post  tent platforms are poured as well as the Adirondack Cabin pads. The cabins are being framed (as the rain allows) and will be finished soon. The pool is being sandblasted in preparation for painting and the grass is growing. This past weekend we hosted Boy Scout Troop 11 along with their Venture Crew. They worked on the Outdoor Cooking merit badge. These Scouters attend the summer session for the Boy Scouts and the girls come out for Girls Can Camp. Don’t forget to RSVP for the Work Day this Saturday, or there could be a serious doughnut shortage.
May Birthdays
May Birthday Celebrants
Julie Jenson  5/7
Ford Miller  5/7
Ken Smith  5/7
Randy Wisthoff  5/10
Perry Atha  5/12
Latoya Goree  5/12
Tom Van Dyke  5/12
Greg Kallos  5/14
Mark Snow  5/14
Jerry Cooke  5/16
Joe Privitera  5/17
Keith Roney  5/19
Bob Benson  5/23
Lon Lawton  5/23
Terry Kilroy  5/24
Bob Lager  5/27
Robert Thompson  5/31
Kentucky Derby Party
Enjoy these photos from the Kentucky Derby Party.
Thank you Tim Tholen for hosting!
    Lois Ho won "Best Hat"