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

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By President Kara Bennett
Our Rotary District Governor, Julie McCoy, visited our club meeting this past Thursday. If you didn’t attend the lunch you missed an excellent presentation. I would suggest you watch it on-line. We learned that Julie and Marc Horner have started a food fight. Not the kind of food fight we see in movies where food is being thrown on walls but, the kind of food fight that feeds people in need.
It is a great service project for all of the clubs in the district. The McCoy/Horner food fight is all about helping others. Clubs in the district have been put on one team or another.  Of course, we are on the home team of Horner. We have until October 19th to accumulate as many points as possible for the Horner Team.
There are three parts to how points are scored. If you donate food the team gets 1 point for every pound collected.  If you give money the team gets 4 points for each dollar and, if you volunteer at Harvester or something like it you get 10 points for each hour you worked.
Our Community Service Committee will organize how we go about obtaining these points and help us keep track of our efforts. Team Horner is being formed now. Tony Andresen will lead the effort.  If you want to help him organize the food fight let him know.
Regardless of which team wins, we know people in need will be the “big” winner. Game On!!!

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Don't Miss Rotary After Hours This Week!
Join your fellow Rotarians at Brown & Loe, 429 Walnut, KCMO. This week's speaker, Crosby Kemper, has tentatively agreed to stop by, providing that he is clear following his scheduled Library Board of Directors meeting. 
We hope you can join us for food, fellowship and fun! Light appetizers will be provided.

We are starting off a new year with People of Rotary! Last week's honoree was Barbara Dolci. Click here to read more!
And you can also catch up on our past features!
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
August 30, 2018
Our Speaker this week is R. Crosby Kemper, Director of the KC Public Library.
R. Crosby Kemper III is the Director of the Kansas City Public Library. Educated at Pem‐Day, Andover, Eton and Yale, Crosby is the former CEO of UMB Financial Corporation. He is the editor of, and contributor to Winston Churchill: Resolution, Defiance, Magnanimity, Good Will published by the University of Missouri Press.
In 2003‐04, he chaired the Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Missouri for Governor Holden. He served on numerous boards, including: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which operates Monticello; Kansas City Symphony; Union Station; Lapham’s Quarterly; Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; and the National Churchill Museum. He co‐founded and is chairman of The Show‐Me Institute, a libertarian public policy think tank for the state of Missouri. In 2017, he was elected chair of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition board, a national organization working to improve broadband access for anchor institutions and their communities.
In 2008, Crosby received the Difference Maker Award from The Urban League of Kansas City; and he and the Library received the Gold Medal for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In 2009 he was inducted into the Mid‐America Education Hall of Fame by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association. In 2010 he was appointed to the Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission by Governor Jay Nixon, and received the William F. Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service from William Jewell College and the 2010 Harmony Humanitarian Hoffman Legacy Award. The KCPL series Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III is a two‐time Emmy winner.
Last Week's Meeting
August 23, 2018
President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order. Charlie Huffman led us in the Club standard, God Bless America, with the copious comping of Carl Bolte on keys. Chas Marks delivered a thoughtful invocation followed by President Kara leading all in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Meeting and Greeting Committee was recognized for their pre-meeting hand-shaking and pleasantries.
Several Rotarians were celebrating Club anniversaries:  Terry Kilroy (30 years), Richard Moseley (30 years), Rick Powell (30 years), and Rick Kappa (26 years). Tom Davis, Foundation Chair, articulately recognized the most recent Paul Harris Fellows, Courtney Brooks and President Kara, for their $1,000 contributions to the International Foundation and also acknowledged “Continuing Supporters,” Bill Buckner, Marc Horner, and Peter Ho. President Kara remarked what fun it was for the Ramblin’ Rotarians to travel to the KCI Rotary Club and encouraged similar trips to other such metro clubs. Rick Hughes then encouraged all to attend the After Hours event at Brown & Loe in the River Market on August 28. Camp Work Day is Saturday, September 8. Jane Lee announced the return of the “Ask the Exec” series beginning with September 25’s event at Tom’s Town Distilling Co. David King, feeling the heat of a time limit, delivered his continuing bio series with a succinct presentation of Barbara Dolci, a “delightful” person who gets things done! Check out the details on Rotary’s “People of Rotary” Facebook page which can be linked through Club Runner.    
Marc Horner then introduced our speaker and his “most favorite human being on the face of the Earth,” District Governor Julie McCoy. After a standing ovation for her commitment and work in the District and beyond, McCoy showed a video-taped message from Rotary International President Barry Rassin explaining this year’s theme, “Be The Inspiration.” President Rassin commented that the BTI logo depicts a wave or a “Force of Nature” symbolizing Rotary’s good work around the world. Ms. McCoy then discussed her own “Force of Nature”-type Rotary journey beginning 30 years ago when Women in Rotary was first launched. She then discussed the various District programs, including the current membership tool, “Each One Reach One!” She discussed her experiences with the Rotary Youth Exchange, through which she met her German “daughter.” She touched on various other aspects of Rotary including the Group Study Exchange, the now 17-year old Shoes for Orphan Souls project through which 350,000 pairs of shoes have been delivered to impoverished areas in Central America, District Grants, and Global Grants. She gave examples of programs which have obtained grants. Interestingly and not surprisingly, Club 13 has many members involved in leadership and administration of District programs under our speaker’s command. As she was greeted, she was thanked appropriately at the end of her presentation as the members stood and applauded her efforts.
Kara left us with this word: “If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” We then picked up our umbrellas and continued our way into the rainy day. But, we do need the rain!
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Book Discussion Group

Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne. 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 - Click here to register

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: Rainy Day Books

2706 West 53rd Street

Mission, KS 66205


About the book:

This is a story of Ireland from the 1940’s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man.  Cyril Avery is not a real Avery – or at least that’s what his adoptive parent tell him.  And he never will be.  But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?  Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.  At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he cam from – and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more. 

Ecology Committee Project at Dunn Ranch
The Ecology Committee and Club 13's new Venture Fund has arranged for an outing on September 22nd (Saturday) for at least 40 American Indian students to the Dunn Ranch near Eaglesville, Missouri. The purpose is to provide them with the opportunity to see and learn about many acres of wild prairies of grasses and flowers that have never seen a plow. They will also be able to see a large herd of bison that roam these grass lands. The event includes a lunch served in an outside sheltered area with grilled bison burgers, hot dogs and a variety of picnic items. The ranch will provide tractor drawn wagons with seats to tour the grounds.
The trip starts at 8:30AM from the Heart of America Indian Center and will return there not later than 6:00PM. The students and staff from the Indian Center will ride a chartered bus. Club 13 members wishing to join this field trip are welcome but will need to drive or car pool with their own vehicles.
Please contact:  Dick Retrum - 913-648-7543, Jan Armstrong - 816-210-0903 or Mandy Sheldon at the Rotary office to secure your reservation.