The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
August 29, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Henry Wash, Founder, Higher Aspirations. His topic is "Lost Boys: Breaking the Cycle and Creating Opportunity."

Henry Wash is an example of how mentorship can affect life-change. Wash earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in African American Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Urban Affairs. Wash has over a decade of experience in nonprofit human services work. Growing up in Kansas City, Wash saw many peers, including his brothers become attracted to “street life”. Wash chose a different path and became a protégé’/mentee of the late Thurman Mitchell (KCTV 5) and the late Henry W. Bloch, who helped fund his education.

Wash’s life-experience, education and relationships with many area business leaders lend to his credibility and effectiveness. He trains and shows the mentors how to teach the mentees to navigate through life-challenges in order to enter professional or corporate environments. Wash has completed Pathways Train the Trainer; Evidence Based Practices/ Criminogenic Needs Training; Advance Group Facilitation, Motivational Interviewing Training and is now a Minister in Training. High Aspirations has a training module that is used to train all High Aspirations mentors. The mentors take a pretest before and post-test after the training. They are also required to complete an evaluation. Of the original group of young men involved in the High Aspirations program 86% have moved forward successfully. The young men are doing one of the following: attending post-secondary education school (two year or four-year college or trade school), working full time, or serving in the US Military.

Last Week's Meeting
August 22, 2019
President Joe Privitera called the meeting to order. Charlie Huffman led us in our old Club theme song, Welcome to Rotary, penned by that Broadway-inspired legend, Carl Bolte, followed by an infrequently sung, but easy to sing, patriotic song, You’re A Grand Old Flag. President Joe led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jan Armstrong followed with a compelling poetic prayer for peace.
Mandy Sheldon welcomed four guests of our members and one visiting Rotarian from Topeka. Several Rotarians were celebrating Club anniversaries:  Rick Kappa (27 years), Terry Kilroy (31 years), Richard Moseley (31 years), and Rick Powell (31 years). President Joe reviewed a proposed amendment to the Bylaws involving composition of the Nominating Committee providing a rare opportunity to thank the attorneys. The members shall vote soon. Bryan Montelongo of Arvest Bank reported on some unnamed “fraud” which was discovered and apparently resolved favorably providing a rare opportunity to thank the bankers. Even better, learning about the Rotary mission through his work, Bryan announced he was interested in joining Rotary and a boisterous group clap ensued.  
Our speaker, John O’Connor, was then introduced by Joan Caulfield pulling double duty – both welcoming Mr. O’Connor to the podium and also pinning him as a new member of Club 13. O’Connor, a well-traveled educator with stints as a middle school teacher, principal, and athletic director, now serves as the President of Cristo Rey Kansas City. CR provides a Catholic, college prep high school education to 300 students enhanced by an innovative corporate work study program to culturally diverse students with economic need. The school is located at Redemptorist at Linwood and Broadway.
O’Connor started off by tracing the history of parochial schools across the country. In the 1960’s, 5.7 million kids were enrolled in Catholic-sponsored schools. That number has now reduced to 1.8 million due to a drop in those choosing a Catholic vocation, a reduction in the number of children born to Catholic families, a change in values due to introduction of more and more consumer-driven desires competing with the cost of funding a Catholic education, and the enhanced offerings of public schools.
Despite this, O’Connor touted the educational opportunities available through parochial schools and CR stressing education of the whole student, service opportunities, small class size, and community building. What makes CR unique is its network of employers providing corporate work study for students while helping fund its operations. A Win-Win.
Our speaker brought two impressive students with him, Ian and Jennifer, both of which gave brief presentations of their work work study experience and sincere explanations why they like CR. All in all, interesting presentation from a fellow Club 13 Rotarian!
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Proposed Bylaws Change
The Board of Directors has recommended a change to the Club Bylaws, pertaining to the election of the Nominating Committee. The proposed amendment will be voted on at the Sept. 5 Rotary meeting.
The bylaws state "The By-Laws of the Club may be amended at any regular meeting, a quorum being present [60 or more members], by a two-thirds vote of all members present, provided, however, that such proposed amendment shall be offered at a meeting at least two weeks preceding the vote upon the same and that a written or printed copy of the proposed amendment, with notice of the time and date of voting, shall have been mailed or emailed to each member at least one week before the meeting at which the vote shall be taken."
The suggested change is as follows:


. . . .

Nominating Committee

Section 2.

(a) The Board of Directors shall appoint five (5) members in good standing, who with present to the Club the names of ten (10) members in good standing from which five (5) members shall be selected in the following manner: The Club shall vote by ballot for five members on the list presented by the Board of Directors, and the five members receiving the highest votes, plus the five most recent past Presidents of the Club who are members in good standing, shall constitute the nominating committee.

New words are in bold.

Deleted words are in strikethrough.

We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Family Picnic at the Rotary Youth Camp
Sunday, October 13, 2019
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