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

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(816) 842-2322






By President-Elect Kara Bennett
Every year we renew a contract for our weekly lunch meetings. We have been reviewing the existing contract to see what works and what does not.
To keep our cost down we have been experimenting with a buffet and a much improved table layout in the Kill Devil space. I have received lots of feedback about these changes and with a few tweaks I think we got it right.
There will be a door installed between the kitchen and the Kill Devil space to quiet the noise from the kitchen. Additionally, the Gallery is allowing us to have removable signage in the front entrance with a "stick-on" Rotary decal for the windows. If you know of a company that makes these decals, please let us know.
With the new contract we will be in the Kill Devil space more often but, will have access to the larger room when we need it for special meetings.
I am pleased to report that we will not have to raise our membership fees to continue meeting at our current location. 

Upcoming Events
Rotary After Hours at Rockhill Grille
Rockhill Grille
Jun 19, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Fireside at Pat Recker's Home
Pat Recker's Home
Jun 20, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Camp Enterprise Meeting
Jun 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Changing Of the Guard Luncheon
The Gallery
Jul 05, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Board Meeting
Mark One Electric
Jul 11, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Happy Birthday to our June Celebrants!
6/1  Bill Gray
6/4  Courtney Brooks
6/6  Tom Kirkwood
6/7  Kermit Bright
6/7  Charlie Huffman
6/14  Marla Svoboda
6/15  Mike Thome
6/16  Ross Donnell
6/17  Rich Ambler
6/19  Bill Mumford
6/25  Tom Davis
6/25  Kent Verden
6/28  Gary McEachen
6/29  Bill Buckner
6/29  Dick Retrum

This week - we feature Marie Whitmer. Click here to read Marie's profile.
And if you missed the past few People of Rotary, you can still read them! Click on the links below.
Click here to read about Thea Neal!
Click here to read about Steve Burger!
Click here to read about Perry Atha!
Click here to read about Pat Recker!
Click here to read about Sherri Hahn!

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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
June 14, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Al Pugsley, Electric Car Enthusiast. His topic will be "Revolution to Transportation: Role of the Electric Car."
Al Pugsley started flying when he was 15 years old, and he purchased a WWII trainer with two other boys and learned to fly. He went to work for TWA in 1963. He became Captain in 1967 and retired after a 30 year career with the airline. He got his first electric car in 2006 and has been driving electric ever since. He will share with his observations on the progress of electric cars and their potential impact.
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
June 7, 2018
President David McCaughey called the meeting to order.  A smaller than usual crowd was on hand perhaps due to the onset of summer travel. Chuck Eddy led the singing of God Bless America with Carl Bolte, “The Maestro,” accompanying on the keyboard. President David led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Jared Campbell’s invocation of hope and vision. Mandy Sheldon welcomed three guests and two visiting Rotarians including Bill Moran, now of the Plaza Club. Bill encouraged Club 13’s participation in the Games for Good, a Plaza Rotary event on October 6 featuring 40 non-profits at the WWI Museum. Several Rotarians were celebrating Club anniversaries:  Pat Bolin and Tom Terry (27 years), Dick Retrum and Wayne Stallard (14 years), Dan Nenonen and Marla Svoboda (11 years), Bill Madsen (9 years), and Bob Moffat (8 years). Phil Kinney, President of the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation, then made an exciting announcement that the Foundation, in conjunction with the Rotary Youth Camp Association Board and the Club 13 Board, has agreed to pledge up to $1M through four annual increments of up to $250,000/year to the Youth Camp for various capital improvements. Dan Nenonen, Board Chair of the Youth Camp Association, has been instrumental in developing a list of Camp projects. The list includes replacement of sewage pumps and pool equipment, upgrading and maintaining the landscaping, improving Camp communications and its electronic footprint, and purchasing a new or gently used front loader. The Camp’s’ 100th Anniversary takes place in 2024 and with the projects slated to be completed by that time, the Camp will be in tip-top shape! Jared Campbell then pitched the Rotary Club After Hours event at the Chamber on June 19. David King followed with a nice presentation of and tribute to long-time Club 13 member, Marie Whitmer, a woman of many hats, figuratively and literally. Read her interesting story on Rotary’s “People of Rotary” Facebook page which can be linked through Club Runner.
President David then introduced our speaker, Gwen Grant, President and CEO of Urban League of Kansas City. Grant’s presentation, “Urban Concerns: Good News and Challenges,” was followed by a Q&A session. The Urban League is a civil rights and human services organization formed nationally in 1910. The KC chapter was formed in 1920. Among the good news is the “Central City Economic Development” sales tax of 1/8 cent which is expected to raise $8.6M over 10 years for commercial and residential development and minority business development. According to Grant, the challenge is how to use the tax inclusively to benefit the African American community and how to leverage the tax to multiply the economic impact in the City’s core. Other good news is the black unemployment rate of 5.9%, the lowest rate since 1972, the date the Civil Rights Act was passed. Traditionally, black unemployment has lagged behind other segments of society but presently, this is not the case. There are still employment challenges facing the black community such as transportation and pay scale issues. Although the City Council passed a so-called “Livable Wage” mandating minimum wage of $10/hour, Missouri state law prevents rates above the state minimum wage of $7.70/hour. It’s up to KC businesses whether to adopt the City Council resolution or follow state minimum wage laws Other challenges facing the black community are poverty, crime and violence, blight, and poor health. Although our speaker did not come with answers to those long-standing issues, it was suggested by one sage in the audience that education is a key component.
David left us with this word: “You may think your light is small, but it can make a big difference in other people’s lives. Let your light shine.” And so we left to bask in the sunshine and to let our respective lights shine in the community.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
KC Rotary Club 13 Foundation Pledges 1 Million Dollars Over Four Years for Rotary Youth Camp
The Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, MO is approaching its 100th birthday in 2024. With that date in mind, the Youth Camp Board of Directors put a plan together for much needed camp improvements and maintenance to be completed by the Camp’s Centennial. Camp Board President Dan Nenonen presented the plan to the Kansas City Rotary Club 13 Foundation, which then stepped up to pledge $250,000/year for the next four years to pay for the camp improvements.
The first campers at the Rotary Youth Camp arrived in 1924, and four years later in 1928, the property was put in trust to be used perpetually for a youth camp. The camp has been a signature project of the Rotary Club of Kansas City ever since. The Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation supports the camp every year, providing nearly half of the yearly budget.
Planned projects over the next year include upgrades to the existing barn, which is older than camp itself, maintenance to the pool house and equipment, as well as landscaping improvements.
Each year, hundreds of campers of all shapes, sizes and abilities visit camp at no cost. It’s truly a life-changing place, one that Rotarians in Kansas City are proud to support and continue supporting so that we can continue to provide a camping experience for all kids.
If you wish to help the camp fulfill its mission, please visit the camp website
Dragon Boat Team
Congrats to the Club 13 Dragon Boat Team, which took 3rd Place on Saturday at the Dragon Boat Races!
Rotary Night at the Zoo