The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
June 16, 2022
Our Speakers this week are Liz Shchepetylnykova & Vitaliy Sharlay, Ukraine Refugees.
From the Courier-Tribune: "As the number of Ukrainians fleeing their homeland surpasses 2.5 million, one couple who was able to flee and make their way to Kearney, along with their host family, are doing what they can to help those not able to get out.

Liz Shchepetylnykova and her husband, Vitaliy Sharlay, were able to take refuge in the Northland in February thanks to the generosity of the Harper family. The locals are one of many families across America doing what they can to provide aid the Ukrainians.

For Shchepetylnykova and Joann Harper, it was a bittersweet reunion. Shchepetylnykova was a foreign exchange student hosted by the Harpers 16 years ago. The pair have stayed in close contact through the years. When she lived with the Harpers, Shchepetylnykova attended North Kansas City High School.

As scholars and human rights activists, the pair have been raising awareness of the issues facing Ukraine and other nearby countries for years. The pair are using their connections to help fight the information war, pushing back against Russian propaganda, and provided humanitarian assistance to those displaced."

You can watch meetings Live on Facebook @RotaryClub13, Thursdays at Noon.
Last Week's Meeting
June 9, 2022
The meeting began with Pres. Andresen announcing that we would begin with a recitation of the Pledge to the flag.  So we did.  We then observed a moment of silence in recognition of the passing of long-time club member and former president, Karl Roscoe, who died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
Linda Zesch brought the morning invocation, one of thanks for the memory of Karl Roscoe’s service to the community and for our many blessings.
We sang Happy Birthday under the guidance of Maestro Bob Lager, accompanied by the piano player, one Carl Bolte, for a whole bunch of members with June birthdays, 18 to be exact.  You know who you are..
Pres. Tony, for the benefit of the relatively new members, reviewed the history of Rotary and of our Club, and then members introduced their numerous guests.
Anniversaries of their joining Club 13 were recognized for Pat Bolin, 31 years; Tom Terry, 31 years; Dan Nenonen, 15 years; Kelvin Beatty, 3 years; and Eric Burger, 3 years.
Announcements included:
Jan Armstrong expounded at length about the coming Dragon Boat races this Saturday. (It was a huge success, due in no small part to the efforts of this scribe.) There will be a meeting of the Program Committee this week (June 16th at 10:30 before our meeting).  Input about program ideas is welcomed! See Mandy for tickets to the KC Current soccer game on June 19.
Jared Campbell introduced our speaker for the day, Tom Gerend, who is (and was the first) executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority.  Mr. Gerend reported that since the system opened in 2016, it has carried over 10 million passenger trips, won numerous state and national awards, and most importantly, has stimulated over $3B in economic development in downtown KC!
He also reported that construction is underway for extensions of the line, southward to the MU campus and north to the bottoms adjacent to the river, and he showed depictions of the new designs and technology that are being used to design the new stations along the line.
He quoted numerous statistics to show the first phase of the streetcar system along Main Street is happily exceeding all projections of the economic impact it would have along that line. Most importantly, it is contributing to the growing health of the KC downtown area as numerous buildings are opening to house people who are choosing to live in downtown.  And an increasing number of businesses are opening to serve the needs of those new downtown dwellers.
The cost of the construction and opening of the streetcar system is shared by federal dollars and local taxes.  Rather than charge for rides on the street cars, the authority found that the increase in the tax base brought about by the presence of the system has been more than enough to fund its ongoing operations.
Plans are being made for the eventual expansion of the streetcar system to all major population and business centers of the core of KS’s downtown – including extensions to KC, Kansas!
This scribe is a relative newcomer to KC, and it is so refreshing to see such great things happening to build the quality of living and the economic health of the region.
See KC Streetcar - RideKC | Free to Ride - Public Transportation System for more information about the system and plans for future expansion.
After a review of coming meetings, we heard the quote for the day, “Many times the wrong train took me to the right place.”  Paulo Coelho, Brazilian
Dragon Boat Festival
Great job Rotary Club 13 Dragon Boat Team!
June Birthdays
June Birthday Celebrants
Bill Gray, 6/1
Courtney Brooks, 6/4
Kermit Bright, 6/7
Charlie Huffman, 6/7
Ross Donnell, 6/16
Rich Ambler, 6/17
Linda Zesch, 6/17
Jessica Block, 6/20
Aren Ryan, 6/20
Pete Sotta, 6/23
Tom Davis, 6/25
Kent Verden, 6/25
Sandra Benton, 6/26
Stephen Fennell, 6/26
Stacey Carrow, 6/27
Gary McEachen, 6/28
Bill Bucker, 6/29
Tucker Clark, 6/30
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
Jun 25, 2022
Satellite Club Meeting
Jun 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Changing of the Guard
The Gallery
Jun 30, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jul 02, 2022
Bagel Run
Jul 09, 2022
Women and Friends of Rotary
Jul 12, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jul 13, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jul 16, 2022
Bagel Run
Jul 23, 2022
Westside Back to School Pep Rally
Westside CAN Center
Jul 29, 2022
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Jun 23, 2022
Music Opportunities in Kansas City: Listening and Performing
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Honor Through Sacrifice: Gordon Lippman, Decorated Military Hero in Three US Wars
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Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
The group last week was to be Down Syndrome Innovations, the storm Tuesday night changed everyone’s plans. So after coming Tuesday during the day, they spent the remaining days of camp at their center. The camp was without power for a few days, but now everything is up and running. Our staff is tie dying their shirts this year and they are turning out great!