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Kansas City, MO 64105

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By President-Elect Kara Bennett
There is a Community Service Committee forming now. Barbara Dolci will be the new Chair of this committee. Our goal is to create fun projects monthly for our members to serve the community.
There are lots of ideas floating around. A few of the suggestions are that we volunteer at the Soup Kitchen again, visit Veterans at the VA Hospital and, pack backpacks at Harvester, just to name a few.
The Committee Preference Sheet will be available June 11th. Sign up if you have an interest.
Jun 14, 2018
Revolution in Transportation: Role of Electric Car
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Upcoming Events
Women of Rotary and Friends Event
Jun 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jun 13, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 14, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary After Hours at the Chamber
Chamber Board Room at Union Station
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

Rotary Auxiliary Luncheon
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS
Boxed Lunch @ 12:30 PM
Tour @ 2:00
Hostess: Phyllis Brennan
If you would like to join the Auxiliary for this Luncheon, please call Marcia Beardsley 913-648-7792.

We are looking for volunteers to be on the Rotary team during the Dragon Boat Races! Join our team of Dragon Boat Rowers - and compete against others during the Annual Dragon Boat Festival. The Races are to be held Saturday, June 9 starting at 10:00 AM.  The practice session will be the week before on Saturday. See Jan Armstrong for more info.

This week - we feature Thea Neal. Click here to read Thea'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 Steve Burger!
Click here to read about Perry Atha!
Click here to read about Pat Recker!
Click here to read about Sherri Hahn!

Members, click here to log in to Clubrunner.
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
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
This Week's Meeting
June 7, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Gwen Grant, President and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas City. Her topic will be "Urban Concerns: Good News and Challenges"
In addition to providing leadership and direction for advancing all Urban League programs and its mission, Gwen Grant is engaged in numerous civic and community organizations, including the Executive Committee of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Board of Directors, President of the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) Buildings Corporation Board, KCPS Superintendent’s Business/Economic Development Advisory Council, Kauffman Foundation KC Scholars Implementation Committee, Citizens to Abolish Poverty Education Committee, Black/Brown Coalition, YMCA QALICB Inc., Board of Directors, YMCA System Wide Diversity and Inclusion Council, and more.
Ms. Grant is a Ruckette on KCPT’s RUCKUS show – a weekly political free-for-all that looks at the news of the day and the issues that face Kansas City in a lively roundtable format. The first female CEO in the affiliate’s 98-year history, Gwendolyn is a strong and passionate advocate for social justice and economic empowerment for African Americans and women. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Leadership Award for Advancing Racial Equity, William Jewel College Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Community Service Award, and the National Urban League Association of Executives Academy of Fellows designation.
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
May 31, 2018
After President Elect, Kara Bennett, (our incoming soon to be President, filling in for David McCaughey) called the meeting to order, Harlan Stamper led us in patriotic song with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by President Elect Kara Bennett leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Glenn Crawford  provided the Invocation.  Mandy Sheldon welcomed and introduced our guests.
Kara noted this month’s Club Members’ Anniversaries: Brandon Ehlers 2 yrs, Jon Kemper 35 yrs, Kermit Bright 37 yrs, Marc Horner 24 yrs,
Mike Regan 31 yrs, Henry Leonard  27 yrs, Carl Cleveland 2 yrs
Two new members were welcomed into Club 13:
Austin Klarin of Northwestern Mutual  was introduced by Neil Barnett
Sean Putney, Senior Director of Ecological Operations at the KC Zoo was introduced by Jan Armstrong
Martha Voight discussed the new Rotary Golf March Play Tournament & Sign Up Sheets
David Hanzlick reminded us of Rotary Club 13’s outreach into the First Fridays at the Cross Roads. Club 13 has a both at 19th & Baltimore near the Benjamin Moore Paint Store, commencing at 5:30 pm. Dave is encouraging volunteers to hang out there and share the Rotary message and attract possible new members.
Rotary Night at the KC Zoo is coming up June 14th. You need to reserve quickly to get the reduced admission fee! There are new attractions and it will be a good time!
PROGRAM:  Our presentation today was a multi media (video & slide show) from our District 6040 GSE Team.  The  foursome were:
Rolfe McCoy – Team Leader, St. Joe, Ernesto Marquez, Club 13 (CPA) (also a fluent Spanish speaker), Alan VanZandt-Dominquez, St Joe East club   (TV anchor & reporter), Leslie Gasser, Club 13 – Our Presenter.
The foursome spent 20 days in Chile, South America  and got to know the Chilean people, Rotary Clubs (I counted 14 club banner returned to just our club.)  the geography, the economic, the history etc. This was very educational, enlightening and entertaining.  Over the 20 days the Team travels the distance equivalent to driving from Kansas City to Chicago. Rotary is BIG in Chile.  They have a Chilean Rotary song, sung at their meetings. There were copies at each of our tables for reference.  The Chileans were very welcoming with a lot of food (always with beef). The Team met with 31 Rotary clubs.
As an overview the GSE Team (Group Study Exchange) learned about Chile’s culture, industry, business and infrastructure. The Team visited mainly the southern Chile.  There was great Chilean interest in our GSE Team with a media blitz and a report in the national media (national TV). For reference, Chile being in the southern hemisphere was experiencing “fall” and cooler temperatures than we in the northern hemisphere experiencing “spring”.
The Team shared with us information including Chile’s arts, infrastructure, medical technology, their bee & honey industry and the beef  industry.   
With the previous government, Chile was more isolated based upon its geography with deserts to the north, the Andes mountains to the west, Antarctic to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. A number of years ago the Chilean people threw off a more isolated and repressive  government in lieu of a more democratic and open government.  There has helped allow the economy to grow. To be inclusive with the rest of the world, Chile also made the decision to start teaching English in the grade schools for their population to become bilingual.  
In addition to the expected Hispanic influence and national language, there is a strong German influence in southern Chile, which began around 1850. With the German influence, the facial complexion of many Chileans is lighter, much like in the USA. There are also lots of Catholic Churches with a strong influence on the communities.
The Team got to see a lot of facets of Chilean industry. Chilean industries include cooper mining, pine timber, surgeon fish – caviar, salmon farming, lots of markets with hand made goods, skiing (big in Chile) with the Andes mountains. The Team also visited medical technology businesses, bee & honey operations and of course beef industry related.   
As to infrastructure, Chile has a pristine and 1st rate highway system. Chile is 2500 miles long (north to south) by 250 miles at the widest, being blocked off from Argentina by the Andes which reach 12,000 to 15,000 feet.  As a result, besides the skiing, Chile has good access to hydro electric power with the mountain water moving from the Andes down to sea level.
Chile also has a huge immigration problem with refuge from Venezuela, Columbia and Haiti. At least with Venezuela and Columbia they speak Spanish which is helpful.  The Haiti refugees speak French.
After some Q & A and District Governor, Allen’s presentation of professional briefcase type bags to the Team members, Kara thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Night at the Zoo