This Week's Meeting
May 18, 2023
This week's speaker is Laura Ziegler, Community Engagement Editor, KCUR NPR Kansas City
I partner with communities to uncover the ignored or misrepresented stories by listening and letting communities help identify and shape a narrative. My work brings new voices, sounds, and an authentic sense of place to our coverage of the Kansas City region. My goal is to tell stories on the radio, online, on social media and through face to face conversations that enhance civic dialogue and provide solutions.

I have been a producer with NPR in Washington D.C. and a national NPR reporter covering the Midwest. 

Last Week's Meeting
May 11, 2023
President Eric Bubb welcomed all to the Club with the Camp for Kids at a temporary location called “No Other Pub” in the heart of the Power & Light district. We stood for the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer emphasizing service by Stacey Carrow. Tom Woolwine led us in the singing of The Birthday Song for those with May birthdays. Mandy announced that Jackelyn Nofsinger Smith has joined our Club to great delight to those in attendance. President Eric recognized the following Club anniversaries:  Overton Durrett (23 years), Joanna Sebelien (20 years), Mary Kingsley (18 years), Brad Kliendl (10 years) and Sandra Benton (10 years). Bob Lager has been in Sick Bay and will soon be moving in with his daughter. Once moved, Bob would love to hear from you.
President Eric reminded us of the upcoming Greater Kansas City Day festivities, including the Pep Rally on Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m. at the Gran Falloon on the Plaza. Greater KC Day is officially the following day and if you haven’t signed up, please see previous e-mail and any spots available. Eric thanked the sponsors. A few more tickets are available for Club members for the night at the New Theatre Restaurant on May 23 for the presentation of “The Million Dollar Quartet.” Lastly, the day for Geeks for Kids’ delivery of specially engineered cars for disabled kids is June 3 at Aristocrat Motors. An e-mail has been sent and registrations must take place through the Geeks for Kids website. Rain-out day is June 17.
Tom Cochran, Resource Development Director at Salvation Army, then introduced his boss, Major Kelly Collins, the Divisional Commander for Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri. As a fifth generation Salvation Army officer, Major Collins has literally given her life to Salvation Army and knows nothing else. She has served officer posts in Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan and was called to Kansas City with her husband to oversee the 21 congregations making up this region. Major Collins serves many roles, not the least of which is that of minister of the Salvation Army, which is at its heart an evangelical church of the universal Christian Church.
The Salvation Army began in 1855 in London through the work of William and Catherine Booth and is now an international movement with a footprint in over 130 countries. While primarily a church, it also performs vast social outreach serving the needs of people around the world. Its mission is to provide programs to meet needs without discrimination. At her post, the Salvation Army has many programs financed through a $27M budget. The Salvation Army derives 70% of its revenue from Christmas fundraisers, consisting of the well-known kettles, mail solicitations, and other holiday events. One of the biggest programs operated in this region is the Adult Rehabilitation Center which is funded through the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store and Donation Center. The Army has three homeless shelters located in Independence, Olathe, and St. Jo, where qualified residents are enrolled in the Pathway of Hope program, the goal of which is to break the cycle of poverty and develop productive and self-reliant citizens. The Salvation Army has food programs, provides utility and rent assistance, provides assistance during the holiday season, runs youth programs consisting of after-school, tutoring, and sports, to name a few, operates a music program for youth and adults, assists veterans, provides emergency disaster services, and like Club 13, has its own Camp for Kids known as the Three Trails Camp in Independence. The list goes on and on. The Salvation Army has a para-military structure and like Major Collins, officers devote their lives to the Army. Officers move when told to move and live in the houses made available to them, sight unseen. Talk about “Service Above Self!” Thank you, Major Collins
After the presentation, President Eric read a quote from Marie Osmond, “Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.” The meeting ended after saying the “Four Way Test.” 
Greater Kansas City Day
For those new Rotary members, Greater Kansas City Day began about 40 years ago as a partnership with the Royals and the KC Star to raise funds for the Youth Camp. We sold newspapers on street corners all over town on Royals Opening Day. It was a Kansas City tradition to be out there and more often than not in freezing cold, windy and rainy conditions. 
So, fortunate for us, the Monarchs stepped up and have become a great new partner! They are a wonderful locally owned organization. The Legends Field is incredibly family friendly. Parking is free and it's very easy access in and out. All the seats are great!
Like last year, we are selling hats and vouchers for a donation of $20 dollars, but here's what changed:
  • First, the seats are upgraded from Outfield Bleachers to Infield Reserve, and much better seat for the same price, good Sunday - Thursday. No Fridays, Saturdays or Opening Day.
  • We are making presentations at most of the local Rotary clubs and have already sold nearly $6,000 in ticket packages!
  • David Hanzlick has continued great work in Sponsorships and has raised close to $20,000 for Greater KC Day and the Regatta in September.
  • Thirteen sites have been identified, including Roasteries, Sutherlands, The Negro Leagues Museum, Union Station and others - to sell ticket packages on Monarchs Opening Day, May 19th. These will be promoted on TV and 810 radio. 
  • There is a kick off Pep Rally at the Granfalloon on the Plaza over Happy Hour on Thursday, May 18th! The Monarchs Jazz Band will be playing, Monty the Mascot will be there, as well as celebrity athletes Warren Moon, Christian Okoye and Frank White! We could still use a couple volunteers to sell ticket packages at the Pep Rally.
  • A group of 26 Club 13 Rotarians will be cheering on the Monarchs on Opening Day from Home Plate Reserve seats!
Geeks for Kids Delivery Day
Please join us for the Geeks for Kids Delivery Day Celebration on June 3 (or the 17th if we get rained out on the 3rd). Delivery Day is the best day of our year, and we hope that it will be one of your favorites too. It’s like Christmas on steroids. Join us as 64 kids receive the #Power2Play.  

Sit back, enjoy the fun and celebrate the freedom, opportunity and joy you made possible. Or, dive in and experience that joy up close - help the kids, talk with the families, and learn what your gifts mean by serving as a volunteer.

We need 100+ good-hearted volunteers to make this event a success.  After all, it's a big job to:
  • Welcome guests
  • Play with the kids until it is time to receive their cars
  • Work on a pit crew to do a final fitting and training
  • Guide our new drivers around the test track
  • Make sure everyone is fed, happy and safe
  • Load up the kids' vehicles to take home
  • And, when necessary, to transport their cars home when their families cannot do so
Please feel free to invite your friends and family.  Everyone is welcome at LEARN events.  Just give us a heads up about the number of people who will be joining us so that we will be sure to have enough food, water, etc.

Click here to register!
The Details
Date: Saturday, June 3
Rain Date:  Saturday, June 17
Time: 1 to 5p for Guests
11a to 6p for Volunteers
Location:  Porsche Kansas City
9400 W. 65 Street, Merriam, KS 66203
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book The Omega Factor by Steve Berry.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome. The group will meet at Rainy Day Books, however, Zoom will be available for those you cannot attend in person.
Date: Monday, June 12, 2023, 6:30 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
The Ghent Altarpiece is the most violated work of art in the world.  Thirteen times it has been vandalized, dismantled, or stolen. Why?  What secrets does it hold? Enter UNESCO investigator, Nicholas Lee, who works for the United Nations’ Cultural Liaison and Investigative Office (CLIO).  Nick’s job is to protect the world’s cultural artifacts—from countless lesser-known objects to national treasures. When Nick travels to Belgium for a visit with a woman from his past, he unwittingly stumbles on the trail of the twelfth panel for the Ghent Altarpiece, stolen in 1934 under cover of night and never seen since. From the tranquil canals of Ghent, to the towering bastions of Carcassonne, and finally into an ancient abbey high in the French Pyrenees, Nick Lee must confront a modern-day religious crusade intent on eliminating a shocking truth from humanity’s past.  Success or failure—life and death—all turn on the Omega Factor.
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Upcoming Events
New Theatre - Million Dollar Quartet
New Theatre Restaurant
May 23, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Bagel Run
May 27, 2023
Dinner at the Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Jun 01, 2023
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 03, 2023
Geeks for Kids Delivery Day
Porsche Kansas City
Jun 03, 2023
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 10, 2023
Board of Directors Meeting
Jun 14, 2023
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Jun 15, 2023
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 17, 2023
Bagel Run
Jun 24, 2023
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The Rotary 13 Satellite Club will NOT meet on Thursday, May 25, but instead will meet on Thursday, May 18, joining the Rotary 13 lunch Club at the Granfalloon Restaurant & Bar, 608 Ward Parkway, in the Country Club Plaza, from 5:00 PM through 7:00 PM.  This event is to kickoff Greater Kansas City Day on May 19 with appearances by special celebrity athletes, Monty the Monarchs’ mascot, and the original Monarchs Jazz Band. There will be drink and food specials and Monarchs ticket giveaways.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
by Laurie Mozley
It’s that time again!  Come out Saturday, May 20th from 8AM to noon and get the camp ready for summer!!!! There is a variety of jobs for every skill level, planting, weeding, painting, cleaning, mowing, weed eating, setting up games and sports areas. Donuts and lunch provided. Help polish our crown jewel!


Hall of Fame

Stinson LLP

Grand Slam

Jan Armstrong

The Bubb Team ReeceNicols-the Village

Home Run

Terre & Tony Andresen

Barbara & Larry Dolci

Rusty & Cathy Macy

Alex Petrovic

Kara Bennett

All Star

Bob & Sally Bibb

David & Janee Hanzlick

William Kort



Richard Atlas


John Petrovic