The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
February 18, 2021
Our Speaker this Week is Michael Saxton, Assistant Air Show Director. His topic is "Best Air Show in America: Blue Angels and More."  
Mike began his career as a nuclear power engineer and officer in the U.S. Navy, leading ship warfare and operational teams, after which he transitioned to commercial industry launching products, developing organizations, and growing successful companies. Trained originally in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and nuclear power engineering via the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Navy, Mike completed his formal education via a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University. Outside of work, Mike serves as the Asst. Director of the KC Air Show, recognized as the 2019 show of the year by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet team.

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Last Week's Meeting
February 11, 2021
The meeting was held via Zoom with Rotarians and guests participating from their homes and offices in various time zones. Approximately 87 people joined in the meeting.
Pre-meeting chatter was focused on the overseas participants and news from their countries. President David brought the group to order at 12:03 with words of welcome. Participants quickly transferred to Zoom breakout rooms or round-table discussions, where the conversation question was which seat is best to claim when flying—aisle, center, or window?
When all returned to the combined session after five minutes, President David called for the playback of Charlie Huffman and Carl Bolte singing Welcome to Rotary recorded at Carl’s home. Followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, Barbara Dolci’s invocation emphasized reflection and thanks as went into the coming holiday weekend.
President David identified two individuals with club anniversaries this week: Blake Fry, one year; and Aren Ryan, one year. There were many guests to introduce at the meeting—a slide with names was shown—with farthest away being in Zambia, from southern Africa.
For the benefit of the guests, Tony Andresen shared a summary of Club 13’s activities. The list, when viewed all at once, is impressive: Rotary Youth Camp, Harvesters, Westside Community Action Center, Dragon Boat Races, Bowling League, Salvation Army bell ringing, Shoes for Orphan Souls, Satellite clubs, Women & Friends of Rotary, and the monthly book club. With a large membership, our club can accomplish many things with great meaning for the wider community.
Jan Armstrong introduced our guest presenter, Dr. Barbara Pahud, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UMKC’s School of Medicine. Dr. Pahud works at Children’s Mercy Hospital and has helped with evaluating and distributing the Astra Zeneca COVID vaccine in high-risk communities in greater Kansas City. Her presentation was specific to the pandemic, and how vaccine development is working to fight it.
Just as there have been pandemics before, there have been conspiracy theories before surrounding vaccines. Apprehension about vaccines as a medical innovation are nothing new. But the pace at which scientists have been able to develop vaccines in the last 12 months have been impressive. To be specific, the virus (SARS-COV-2) causes the disease (COVID-19) and its variants. The genetic composition of the virus is comparatively small, when looked at in light of the genetic makeup of large organisms like the human body. The smallness of the SARS-COV-2 genome has been an aid to pharmaceutical researchers in deciding how to attack the virus.
The goal of a vaccine is to trigger a prompt immune response when the target virus arrives. That response produces anti-bodies. To stream-line the ‘how vaccines work’ explanation, Dr. Pahud made a culinary analogy: sharing the vaccine is like sharing a recipe. It can be (1) verbal, like a whispered suggestion, (2) a formal recipe sent in an envelope, or (3) a prepared dish like takeout. Just as you prompt the body to make antibodies with varying levels of detail, the specificity of getting food instructions or the food itself to a person has a sliding scale. Different pharmaceutical companies are approaching the pandemic across this range of options.
As the COVID vaccine search started in the spring of 2020, researchers were hoping for efficacy in the 30% to 40% range. The vaccine trials, with elevated success rates north of 70%, are very encouraging news.
Dr. Pahud fielded a range of questions gracefully on topics ranging from disease mutation to underlying vaccine ingredients to the COVID pass rate between those already vaccinated and those not.
President David thanked Dr. Pahud for her comments and presented the customary Club 13 pen to her in appreciation.
Next week, our guest speaker will be Mike Saxton of Kansas City’s Air Show. His presentation is titled Best Air Show in America: Blue Angels and More.
President David concluded the meeting by referencing the wise works of Thomas Merton: “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” The 4-Way Test closed the session.
Shoes for Orphan Souls 2021
Thank you to all Rotary Club 13 members who have supported the “Shoes for Orphan Souls” project for the last 19 years. Due to the Corona Virus, this will be a challenging year to shop for shoes. However, with continued financial support, this year, we can and will be successful.
The majority of the Big Box Stores (Walmart and Old Navy) online sites to include Amazon, are selling children’s shoes above the average cost of $5.00 to $8.00. The committee will continue to monitor these sites for bargain deals. Our shoppers are still doing physical shopping for shoes and socks.
To financially support this effort, please make your checks payable to the Kansas City Rotary Foundation and note “Shoes for Orphan Souls.” Please send your donations to the attention of Linn Mills, 147 NW Pointe Drive, Kansas City, Mo. 64116. For additional information, contact Linn at or 505-402-6630
Satellite Club Meeting
The Satellite Club will meet on Tuesday, February 23, 5:30 PM via Zoom with Diane Scott and Dennis McKeehan tag teaming as Moderator.  Following networking, Rotarian and former CEO of City Union Mission, Dan Doty will speak on “Homelessness in Kansas City.”  With the extreme cold temperatures, this is a very timely topic. All Club 13 Rotarians are welcome to link in.
Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
We are excited to start hosting campers again! Following Jackson County guidelines, we feel it is safe to welcome campers back to the Rotary Youth Camp. This weekend we are reopening to host a Boy Scout troop, which will be the first campers we have had on our grounds since last March! And, most of the weekends between now and summer are already booked!  
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
Happy Birthday, Rotary!
February 23 marks the 116th anniversary of the international movement known as Rotary. The day is also called World Understanding and Peace Day. Little did Paul Harris and his three friends realize what they were starting when they met in room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago.
From that day to today, Rotary as grown to a membership of 1.2 million members in 35 clubs representing 200 countries. 
As the last two columns have outlined, Rotary has worked tirelessly on behalf of international peace and understanding. Perhaps the single greatest achievement of Rotary has been the dramatic reduction in polio around the world.
Rotarians have contributed $2.1 billion to immunize three billion children in 122 countries since 1985. From 350,000 cases in 125 countries in 1988 to fewer than 30 cases in two countries each year today, polio has been nearly eradicated. Rotarians can take pride in that fact, yet efforts must continue. It’s estimated that if eradication efforts stopped today, polio could re-emerge and paralyze as many as 200,000 children a year with 10 years. Learn more at
Rotarians can take great pride in all the work the organization has done and is doing here and around the world. 

Speaking of outstanding service initiatives, in last week’s historical slide, I had a typo.  The slide should have said that the Rotary Youth Camp opened in 1925 rather then 1945.  I regret the error and look forward to the Camp’s centennial.    

Feb 25, 2021
"Covid 19: Impact on Vulnerable People and Our Response"
Mar 04, 2021
Honor! A History of People of Color in the Military
Mar 18, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Satellite Club Meeting
Feb 23, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy lanes
Feb 24, 2021 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Feb 27, 2021
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Mar 03, 2021 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Mar 06, 2021
Women and Friends of Rotary
Mar 09, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 10, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy lanes
Mar 10, 2021 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Mar 13, 2021
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Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary!
Not sure what cosmic stars lined up, but we had an INCREDIBLE week!!
John Lawrence-222 and 234 for a 629 series plus a 3-6-7-10 split!!
Kenny Addison-232 and 234 for a 645 series
Henrik Andersen had a 232
Will Patrick had a 202 and a 212
Karl Roscoe picked up a 5-7 split
Curtis Grimsley-213 and 224
Peter Ho- 202 and 242 for a 603 series
Joel Silwa-200
Not looking good for the Columbia trip with St Louis, still having people concerned about the travel and exposure, but I am in contact with them and may try for a virtual bowl off. Keep an eye out for details.