This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting - Jan. 12, 2023
Our Speaker this week is Dennis Hennessy, New Theatre Restaurant.
The New Theatre & Restaurant | Kansas City's Star Attraction
Dennis D. Hennessy (Director) is an accomplished director with more than 100 productions to his credit. Last season, he directed Morgan Fairchild in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER at New Theatre. Dennis has directed for Kansas City Actors Theatre, most recently MORNING’S AT SEVEN in 2019, St Nicholas in 2020 and THE PRICE by Arthur Miller in May of 2022. Dennis & his business partner, Richard Carrothers, own and operate New Theatre & Restaurant which opened in 1992. From 1972 through 1992 they operated both Tiffany’s Attic & Waldo Astoria in Kansas City. Both have produced for the stage in New York and Los Angeles as well as in London and have produced film and television for the major studios and networks in Los Angeles. Both Hennessy and Carrothers were honored with the Philanthropist of the Year Award by Non-Profit Connect and the Doctor of Philosophy Honorius Causa degree from UMKC, where both are alumni. Besides UMKC, Dennis studied at the famed Goodman Theatre School of Drama and Harvard University in arts administration. Dennis feels he’s one of the fortunate few to work and make a living in the theatre. In his spare time, he rescues man’s best friend, dogs. Like actors on stage, dogs are of the moment and eager to make you laugh and think. Along with his pack of dogs, his godchildren, David & Jacki, help him maintain a joyful perspective of life.
Last Week's Meeting
January 3, 2023
President Eric Bubb began this, our first meeting of the new year, with a welcome and a wish for a happy new year.  We recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States, and to the republic for which it stands.  Member Henrik Andersen brought forth an invocation of thanks for our blessings and hope for the new year – In Danish (his native language) and in English
After welcoming our guests, we noted the club anniversaries for the following members:  Bill Buckner (55 years); Bob Lager (34 years); John Miller (53 years); Jim Porter (49 years); Keith Smith (46 years); Matt Meyer (26 ears); Christy Chester (32 years); John Gillis (11 years); Joe Privitera (11 years); Robert Thompson (18 years); and Tom Van Dyke (18 years).
Sick Bay report:  Overton Durrett and Alan Warne are both receiving care in care centers.
Greeters today were past presidents.
Kara Bennett reported that the Entertainment Committee is making plans for the new year, including Fireside Chats at members’ homes around the metro area.
P. Bubb thanked the Rotary Caroling Campers (aka the Barbershop Quartet) for their great performance of Christmas carols for last week’s meeting, accompanied by the Piano Player, one Carl Bolte, at his home.
Further thanks were due for the helpers with moving Laurie’s things out of her house at the Camp in preparation for some home renovations.
Bagel Run Volunteers who deliver bagels and cream cheese every Saturday to the Salvation Army Center were thanked – a project that has been going on for about 15 years!
Upcoming events were reviewed – see the Buzzsaw for detail.
Kara Bennett introduced our speaker for the day, Ms. Jan Armstrong, whose topic would be a review of her worldwide adventures in the service of people and animals.  Jan’s introduction in the announcement of this week’s program in the Buzzsaw did a good job of highlighting her worldwide projects.  I’m assuming that if you’re sufficiently computer literate to be reading this report, you also can read that Buzzsaw article – so I will not repeat it here.
Here are a few bullet points from her presentation today:
>Jan grew up in a family for whom community service was a given.  She was exposed to service on the worldwide stage by a great aunt whose stories were fascinating.
>During WWII her family lived in Oklahoma where her father was stationed at a Navy station. (Yes, the US Navy in Oklahoma..)
>Her first post-college job was in Hawaii, where she learned what it is like to be a minority in a population made up mainly of Asians
>Later, while working in the laboratory of a hospital in Washington D.C., she accepted an offer to work in the laboratory of the National Zoo.
>She quickly discovered that working with animals from around the world resonated with her very core.
>Her subsequent travels around the world made her realize that the people around those animals were in need of as much help as the animals themselves.
>She has worked with several national and worldwide organizations, including Rotary International in setting up projects to meet the needs of people in the third world.
>I could continue these tidbits for many pages.  Just know that when you are visiting with Ms. Jan Armstrong, you are in the company of a lady whose experience, knowledge, personality, and deep human qualities are unique.  The qualities of really remarkable people are not evenly distributed in the population, and Ms. Armstrong is one in a million.
The Rotary meeting ended with a review of coming meeting programs, a quote from Michael Altshuler, “The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you’re the pilot.”
And a group recitation of the 4 Way Test.
Geeks for Kids
Geeks For Kids design and build custom, electric ride-on cars for kids with movement limitations. We have the opportunity to continue our support of Geeks For Kids at the Build Event on February 4th. 
The Build Event is from 8:30am-4:30pm and is split into two shifts. You can sign up for 8:30am-1:30pm, 11:30am to 4:30pm or stay for the whole day. We are looking for approximately 20 volunteers for the morning shift and 20 volunteers for the afternoon shift. It is important that you are able to stay for your entire shift. There is a job for everyone regardless of skill level and lunch will be provided. 
The Build Event will be held in the Downtown Underground at 1501 W. 31st Street, Suite 419, Kansas City, MO 64111; the Downtown Underground cave complex is just west of Penn Valley on the west side of downtown and just off 1-35.

Please sign up via the following link. This takes you to the schedule and you will register for the February 4th Build Day. You will receive a confirmation email with additional instructions and contact information for the day of the event. Contact Eric Bubb at with any questions.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.  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
Date: Monday, January 30, 2023, 6:30 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth.

Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Jan 18, 2023 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jan 21, 2023
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Jan 25, 2023 4:30 PM
KC Rotary Club Foundation Board Meeting
Jan 26, 2023 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Jan 28, 2023
Fireside @ Matt Meyer's Home
Matt Meyer's Home
Jan 31, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Geeks for Kids Build Day
Downtown Underground
Feb 04, 2023
Fireside @ Tony Andresen's
Tony Andresen's Home
Feb 06, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fireside @ Marc McCarty's
One Park Place
Feb 09, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Jan 19, 2023
Jan 26, 2023
America's Guest
Feb 02, 2023
Ensuring Safety at Work and Home Through Self-Defense
Feb 16, 2023
Feb 23, 2023
Mar 02, 2023
Flying Is In This Guy’s DNA- What He Knows About Airport Terminals
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Rotary Firesides
As many of you know, the purpose of our Fireside Chats is to provide fellowship opportunities for our members by offering social experiences in small groups typically at the members’ homes or sometimes workplaces in the evening. Over the years the Firesides have been very popular, and later this month and the first week of February we are offering three more.
The Firesides will be held at: (all will be from 7:00 - 9:00 pm)
Matt Meyer’s in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday, January 31st
Tony Andresen’s in Mission Hills on Monday, February 6th, and
Marc McCarty’s in midtown at One Park Place on Thurs, February 9th
Because the point of Firesides is being focused on small social gatherings, we limit the number of each to 12 Rotarians. The hosts will provide refreshments, but it’s not a dinner situation. Beverages and light snacks. Click on the links above to sign up!

Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13!!
Well, the bowling league got started last week after the holiday break. It was good to see everyone back and in good spirits! As predicted, we were all a bit rusty and in need of some practice! Only one 200+ game, but a few great splits.
Curtis Grimsley 6/7/10
Patrick Cussen 5/10
Ted Middendorf 3/7/10
Stephen Bubb 207
Have a great Rotary week!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
We are renovation ready! The MMG finished up the prep work this beautiful afternoon. A huge thank you to KC Dumpster for providing the camp with a dumpster to fill!
The camp hosted a Girl Scout Service Unit Derby Race Day on Saturday.  Look at that track!!!