The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
May 6, 2021
Our Speaker this Week is Travis Boley, E.D. Oregon California Trails Assoc. His topic is "May 1841 - 180 Year Anniversary of John Bidwell First Wagon Train to California."
Travis Boley, OCTA’s Association Manager since 2003, was previously Executive Director of the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, MO, and curator in sports museums like the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, and the International Bowling Museum in St. Louis.

He is a leading voice for urban retracement trails and spent the previous decade using the KC area as a laboratory. Travis serves on his city’s planning commission and board of directors for his local Rotary Club. He lives in Independence, MO and earned a BA in history from the University of Missouri-KC and a masters in historical administration from the University of Kansas.

A Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to members, if you would like to visit as a guest, please email Executive Director Mandy Sheldon.

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Last Week's Meeting
April 29, 2021
Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance were offered by president, David Hanzlick.
Patriotic song was masterfully presented by Charlie Huffman and Carl Bolte who sang a rendition of, My Country Tis of Thee
Prayer was offered by Harlan Stamper who read a piece from a book by a Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich had fled to France and started a meditation village during the war times. Peace with every step: The path of mindfulness in everyday life.  Each of us is given a new day with brand new hours to spend. 24 brand new hours to live each day.  Use them for peace, joy, and happiness for ourselves and others.
Break out room question:  What do you prefer for a vacation:  Mountains, Ocean or Plains?
Interesting note that Pres. David Hanzlick likes the mountains, but being from the plains, does not like vacations that have to drive in the mountains.
Anniversaries: Karl Bublitz, 36. Terry DeFraties, 26. Howard Mick, 32. Karl Roscoe, 33. Richard Atlas, 28. John Reynolds, 34. 
Jessica Block about Mind Drive: supported by venture fund and club. Volunteers needed for Monday, May 3. Check your email and Buzz Saw for details. 
Linn Mills shared update on Shoes for Orphan Souls: Goal is 2,000. Saturday, May 15 she is having a packing event at her home. Need 3 volunteers to help.  She will be taking donations up to that date. 
David McCaughey shared about greater Kansas City Day. Selling Pennants in front or Negro Baseball Museum, May 18 from 7:00am – 9am. $500 sponsorships available to get Monarch tickets, pennant and tours. Sign up to assist in the sale.
Tom Davis – Foundation Event  May 22.  In lieu of the foundation dinner we will have District 6040 will hold a virtual event.  Go to 6040 web site. Keynote, raffle, prizes. We can have a watch party at Rotary Camp with the Lee Summit club. 32 spots for members to attend. $30 catered dinner and cash bar.  Donation suggested at $100 to go to the foundation. 
Other events: June 5 Memorial Picnic at camp. June 12, Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build. July 1 COG at Camp. 
Harlan Stamper introduced our speaker for the day, Dr. Kurt Graham. 
In July, 2015, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced Dr. Kurt Graham’s appointment as the Director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Dr. Graham has extensive experience in the library/museum world. He directed the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Kurt was specifically hired here to the Truman Library to complete this renovation to bring the Library up to date and relevant to a new generation.
Dr. Graham started by sharing that we have been renovating the current Library. We are close to open the renovation to the public. Covid may limit the numbers, but it will open. Rod and Myron helped to do the video tour of the museum. 
Tallgrass and lifelong learning present the video of the Harry S Truman Library renovations which was recorded on March 5. There is a new doorway to the gallery and hall which will be the main entrance. More windows and natural light come in as well as a direct view to the courtyard where the Truman’s are buried.   
The library now starts with a standing Theater to give the context of Truman becoming president. Next, Truman’s early life that formed his character.  Family and courtship with Bess. Culminates with theater that shows his involvement with WWI. This is where he learned he could lead. 
Next Gallery is business and family life, politics and  to becoming a Missouri senator. 
Next Gallery of first 4 months of presidency.  Most decisions needed in this time from dropping bombs to end the war which ends the gallery. The blast that brought peace.
Next gallery is bringing the world back together domestically and face world issues. There is a globe listing problem and then the walls show everything he did to address those problems. You can enter the globe and learn what the war did to their families in the world. Berlin airlift plane to learn about this drop.  At the back is a Rubble theater which speaks of the cold war. Projection mapping to do the show on each of the piles of junk to learn about that era. 
There is a gallery for the recognition of Israel room will have traditional exhibits but also a media piece that will show Truman to recognize Israel.  May 1948 was also moved to the desegregation decision and then a run for Presidency. The train stop tour where people thought he would lose, until he defeats Dewey.  President in his own right. Fair deal was introduced. Farm aid, minimum wage, national health insurance, affordable housing, social security. All issues we are dealing with today.  His tTerm starts with promise and challenging issue.  Communism is at hand with fear.  Interactive game and questions to see if people are kept employed or removed because they are a threat. Could you be trusted?: is the interactive computer game. 
Korean War effects second term to the 38th parallel.  General MacArthur is a part of this.  From perspective of soldiers and why America was involved. 
The final Gallery is the return to Independence as a citizen. 1957 he dedicates the library in Independence.  Mural is still there for Independence and the move out west. He told Benton to paint democracy. He focuses on history and story of his town, not on Harry Truman. They have also kept the gallery on time in Washington and the Presidential room replica which will remain the same. 
As you exit, the renovations will allow you to see windows into the courtyard where the Truman’s are buried. Only half of the presidential libraries have the actual president buried on the site of the Library. 
Dr. Kurt Graham was hired to raise the funds and to this renovation. To date, they have raised over $30 million for the renovation. $27 million to construct and additional dollars raised for programming. National Archives needs to approve for opening. President Dave and others thanked Dr. Graham for this great tour and presentation. 
Rotary in History: The Clubs’ 600th Member was Harry S. Truman, who was granted Honorary membership in 1971. 
Rotary Quote: “When in doubt, duck.”  Malcom Forbes submitted by Tim Thalen. 
4 Way test was recited to close the meeting.
Greater Kansas City Day
Greater Kansas City Day is Tuesday, May 18! This year we are partnering with the new Kansas City Monarchs. We are very excited for this new opportunity to be a part of Kansas City History. Our major fundraiser for the event will be selling commemorative pennants on opening day, May 18 - the Monarchs have also include a voucher for two game tickets with each pennant! 
We have two locations that we will be selling at: the Negro Leagues Museum at 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, and outside the Monarchs Stadium at the Legends Shopping Center in Kansas City, KS. We need 10 volunteers at each location. If you would like to purchase a bundle of pennants to sell at your place of business, that would be welcomed as well! 
Please click here for the sign-up information, or contact Mandy for bundle sales. All proceeds will go directly to the Rotary Youth Camp!

2021 Greater Kansas City Day
Groundbreaking Sponsorship
Join us this year in kicking off a brand new Greater Kansas City Day! Your 2021 Groundbreaking Sponsorship will set this fundraiser up for success for many years to come. Make history, and be the first ever sponsor of Greater Kansas City Day with the Kansas City Monarchs.

Groundbreaking Sponsors will receive:
• Social media recognition through all channels
• Scoreboard recognition on Rotary Day at Legends Field
• Negro League Baseball Museum Tour by Bob Kendrick
• (2) 2021 Monarchs Pennants with (4) ticket vouchers included
Contact Mandy for to sign up to be a sponsor!
Shoes for Orphan Souls 2021
In four weeks, the 2021 "Shoes for Orphan Souls" project will be complete. The committee will need three volunteers to help with packing shoes on Saturday, May 15th at 10:00 a.m. We will be meeting at the home of Linn Mills.
Thank you to donations from Sally Bibb, Bob Lager, Lonnie Lawton, Carl Bolte, Dennis McKeehan, Mary Kingsley, Marc Horner, Kermit Bright, Dr. George Gordon, Brad Kleindl, Woody Davis, David Hanzlick, Marianne Sportsman, Lee Brumitt, Neil Barnett, Howard Mick, Jan Armstrong, Tony Andresen, Richard Helmuth, Barbara Dolci,  Richard, and Sarah Beyer.
Looking for volunteers to help on May 20th with the transportation of Shoes to the Shoe Caravan stop in Liberty.
You can still donate to this worthy cause until May 12th. Please make your checks payable to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation and note in the memo line, "Shoes for Orphan Souls." Please mail your check to our Shoe Chair, Linn Mills, 147 NW Pointe Drive, Kansas City, MO. 64116.
Your gift can be the first step out of poverty. New shoes put children on a path to Health, Education, Hope, and Opportunity.
For additional information, please free to contact Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.  The book is available by mail order through the Rainy Day Books web site or call the store for curb-side pickup.  The discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, May 17, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
About the book:
For Whom the Bell Tolls is set near SegoviaSpain, in 1937 and tells the story of American teacher Robert Jordan, who has joined the antifascist Loyalist army. Jordan has been sent to make contact with a guerrilla band and blow up a bridge to advance a Loyalist offensive. The action takes place during Jordan’s 72 hours at the guerrilla camp. During this period he falls in love with María, who has been raped by fascist soldiers, and befriends the shrewd but cowardly guerrilla leader Pablo and his courageous wife, Pilar. Jordan manages to destroy the bridge; Pablo, Pilar, María, and two other guerrillas escape, but Jordan is injured. Proclaiming his love to María once more, he awaits the fascist troops and certain death.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
*We are currently meeting virtually via Zoom*

By David Hanzlick
May is Rotary Youth Service Month. Rotary has a long and proud history of developing the next generation of leaders through such programs as Interact for high school students, Rotaract for university students and young adults, and the Rotary Youth Exchange program that provides international exchange experiences for high school age youth, among many other initiatives.
I am pleased that Club 13 through the leadership of Kimberly Beatty and the Educational Excellence Committee will support the College Accelerated Program at Metropolitan Community College. The program provides dual high school and transferrable college credit for courses that students from Kansas City Public Schools take on the campus of Penn Valley Community College. Committee members will review applications and select the students for the 2021-22 year. The students will, among things, develop a video that demonstrates the impact of the program on their lives. This program is supported by the Club’s Venture Fund. 
For more information on Rotary’s commitment to youth service, visit this link.
On a different topic, the Club continues to be very busy with service opportunities this spring. Please be sure you have reserved the following dates on your calendar:
-May 18 – Greater Kansas City Day to raise funds for the camp. GKC Day is now a partnership with the Kansas City Monarchs. Volunteer signups are needed from 7 to 9 a.m. on May 18 to sell pennants at the Negro Leagues Museum and at the Monarchs’ Stadium at the Legends. This event raises funds for the Rotary Youth Camp. Click here to volunteer.
-May 22 – Foundation Dinner – Club 13 is partnering with the Lee’s Summit Club to hold a watch party at the camp, starting at 6 p.m. Watch for additional details.
-June 12 - The Sleep in Heavenly Peace project provides beds for children in need. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to noon. To volunteer, contact Mandy.  To learn more about this project, visit:
-Every Saturday – The Bagel Run! 
And please remember that the Rotary Youth Camp also offers opportunities for service. Please contact Laurie Mozley for the list of projects that still need to be completed.
The club also provide numerous opportunities for fun and fellowship.
  • The annual memorial service and family picnic will take place on June 5 at the Camp – watch for details.
  • The Changing of the Guard will be held on July 1 also at the Camp. Regular weekly meetings are scheduled to resume in July at The Gallery! 
Have a great week and remember, “Rotary Opens Opportunities!”

May 13, 2021
May 20, 2021
Taking the Four-Way Test to School
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Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary
May 11, 2021
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
May 12, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
May 15, 2021
Book Discussion Group
May 17, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Greater Kansas City Day
May 18, 2021
Bagel Run
May 22, 2021
Foundation Celebration at the Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
May 22, 2021
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Patio at Brickhouse
May 25, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bagel Run
May 29, 2021
Bagel Run
Jun 05, 2021
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Thank you to our "Groundbreaking" Sponsors for the 2021 Greater Kansas City Day
Terre & Tony Andresen
Barbara & Larry Dolci
Janee' & David Hanzlick
Leawood Rotary Club
Rusty & Cathy Macy
Schleicher Law Firm
Joletta & Tom Woolwine
Contact Mandy if you would like to be a sponsor for this year's Greater Kansas City Day!

The Satellite Club met on Tuesday, April 27th, 5:30 PM in person on the Patio at the Brickhouse, 400 East 31 Street, KCMO, with Amelia Ahluwalia serving as Moderator.  Following lively discussion and networking, Jessica Block spoke about the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” project.  The project includes building and delivering beds to disadvantaged youth in the Kansas City area and received a contribution from the Club 13 Venture Fund. A work day is scheduled for June12. Kara Bennett gave a summary of the service group “Bridging the Gap.” BTG works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy and community and is the premier organization in the area providing environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,500 volunteers annually.  It was agreed that in a future month the Satellite Club would participate in a BTG project. It was then reported that Camp Director Laurie Mozley suggested the Front Porch Project at the Rotary Youth Camp that was scheduled in April and canceled due to weather be held on Saturday, May 22. The meeting ended with the Four Way Test. Next meeting is May 25.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
Happy May! We are one month away from summer and that means one month away from summer camp! After not having camp last year we are more excited than ever to welcome campers back for overnight camping! Starting in June we will be back in full swing, creating Life-changing moments for the youth we serve.