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61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Feb 22, 2018
United States v. T.J. Pendergast
Mar 01, 2018
Kansas City Baseball: Its Exciting History
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
A Conversation with Vivien Jennings: The Public and Private Side of Authors
Apr 05, 2018
100 Yard World
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Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Meeting
Mark One Electric
Feb 21, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 21, 2018 4:30 PM
Camp Enterprise Committee Mtg
Gallery Alcove
Feb 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Rotary After Hours
Tower Tavern
Feb 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 28, 2018 4:30 PM
Camp Enterprise Committee Mtg
Back of Kill Devil
Mar 01, 2018 11:00 AM
One Light Social Event
One Light
Mar 01, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Mar 05, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Camp Enterprise 2018
Henry W Block Executive Hall
Mar 10, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Women of Rotary and Friends Event
Mar 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Kill Devil
Mar 15, 2018 10:30 AM
Greater KC Day Newspaper Sales
Mar 29, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Group Study Exchange Team Visit
Apr 14, 2018 – Apr 19, 2018

Shoes for Orphan Souls
A new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an Orphanage or impoverished community. Your financial contribution towards the project, "Shoes for Orphan Souls" will give a needy child better health and a brighter future.
Please make your checks payable to K.C. Rotary Club Foundation and note "Shoes for Orphan Souls". Please consider volunteering your time to help with this important project. Contact; Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
John Lawrence rolled a 209 and his team the "Bowling Stones" won all the games today and moved into first place.  Carol Retrum bowled 60 pins over her average and Susan Prestia continues to be the most improved on the league.
Eric Bubb was breaking in a new ball today. It is weighted to hook into the pocket. The trick is to learn which mark to release the ball and at what speed. In Eric's case, the right speed will be difficult to find. The rocket man will have to slow it way down for his new ball to pay off.
                           KEEP ON ROLLING


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
February 15, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Larry Campbell. His topic is "Rolling Down the River - Discovering the People and Places Along the Mighty Missouri."
Dr. Campbell spent his career working in mathematics and mathematics education, mostly split between College of the Ozarks near Branson and Missouri State University in Springfield. He is now officially retired from MSU and is running AfterMath Enterprises, LLC, an umbrella organization for all the activities in which he is engaged. Besides doing talks, programs, & workshops for civic/community groups and schools, he also puts out a (free) Weekly Photo/Sharing e-mail which combines his photography hobby with several other Monday morning brighteners & tidbits for the week.  He also writes a bi-weekly educational column for the Springfield News-Leader. During late summer 2016, he spent seven weeks following the Missouri River (by car) from its source in Three Forks, MT to where it ends near St. Louis. That is the subject of his talk this week.
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
February 8, 2018
After President David McCaughey called the meeting to order, Charlie Hoffman led us in patriotic song with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by President David McCaughey leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Leslie Gasser provided the Invocation (Prayer of St. Francis).
Phil Kinney introduced the new Rotary Foundation Fellows for gifts to the Foundation in the amount of $1,000. Members can start with a $100 contribution and contribute thereafter to reach the $1,000. New Fellows were presented with their plaques. Their names are also permanently added to the Rotary Youth Camp's Fellowship Ring. Those Fellows recognized today were Neil Barnett, Carl Cleveland, Richard Helmuth, Rick Kappa, Ed Knisley, Gerald "Jerry" Meiners, J. Harlan Stamper, & Dallas Ziegenhorn. Jerry Meiners' Fellowship was awarded to his widow, Kaye, and son, George. Jerry passed away last year and had been a Club 13 member for 27 years. His Award was in special recognition of Jerry's years-long efforts in obtaining substantial financial support for our Club's Foundation and the Youth Camp.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: It was noted that we will have a GSE Team visit (Group  Study Exchange) from Chile and volunteers are needed. Linn Mills reminded us of our local Shoes for Orphan Souls activities, fundraising and the Roll Call gathering with our locally collected shoes. The Golf Outing is scheduled for TOP GOLF on April 24th Kansas City Day is coming up on Thursday March 29th Sponsors and volunteers are needed.
MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: David King highlighted Dr George Gordon, the retired minister of the Country Club Christian Church (CCCC). According to David there are two types of "preachers", the performer and the healer. The performer can be a powerful leader and cause things to happen. His strength is from his mouth. The healer instead listens, comforts and good things begin to happen. George, a healer, retired 9 years ago after 32 years as the minister at CCCC at least 600 weddings and 700 funerals. In honor of George's service, the CCCC dedicated a prayer room in his honor, for quiet, solitude and healing. In this Valentine season, upon inquiry, George's greatest accomplishment is learning how to love my wife the way she needs to be loved. And if George only had one hour to live - he would like to spend it in a walk with his wife.
PROGRAM - SPEAKER: Sally Bibb introduced our speaker Larry Lunsford, an outstanding Kansas City resident. Larry is a CPA and the CFO of the Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Inc in KCMO and a member of the Plaza Rotary Club. Larry has had a long involvement with Rotary and Rotary International. Larry's signature project is the Shoes for Orphan Souls project. We heard how there can be a confluence of factors in creation of a project. (We will get back to that.)
Larry's Rotary awareness or involvement began in 1982 when he was sponsored by his hometown Rotary Club of Macon, Missouri, as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to Australia. The Rotary journey commences. Larry joined Rotary in 1991, served as the President of the KCMO Plaza Rotary Club in 1997-98 and served as the District Governor of the Missouri District 6040 (North Missouri including KC) in 2001-02.   Larry has served in various Rotary capacities thereafter and has been appointed with his wife Jill of 32 years to serve as Aides to the R.I. President-Nominee Mark Daniel Malone and his wife Gay, for the 2019-2020 Rotary year!
Alright back to the confluence topic, when Larry was about to become the Missouri District 6040 District Governor, he was looking for a project that could connect the 50 Rotary District Clubs among themselves with a District wide group project and connect with Rotary International. (This scribe's observation: Sometimes there are forces greater than ourselves at work.) Larry and Jill were in Dallas Texas on a personal visit and staying with an old Macon Missouri relocated friend. Larry was still pondering his Rotary connecting project. One night, his Macon, now relocated to Dallas, friend was eager to show Larry what was going on at his Dallas work. He put in a VCR tape, showing what his employer, Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid, did. Suddenly it fell into place. Collect shoes, send them to Buckner in Dallas Texas, to sort, organize and transport the shoes overseas to children in orphanages. Larry himself has been to orphanages in Russia, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic delivering shoes to orphan children.
Now 17 years later, this has become a major project. Rotary members fill a UPS trailer, after Rotary members have a packing party, boxing the shoes for easier loading. UPS hauls our container (at no charge) to B&N RR, which ships the container to Dallas (at no charge). (Side Note: The UPS truck yellow & white banner "Collecting Shoes for Orphan Souls" with the cute graphics was designed by our own Charlie Huffman.) Buckner organizes the shoes by size and gender and then ships them around the world. Larry shared some of his personal experiences at the orphanages in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Guatemala.
End o(Meeting Quote provided By President David McCaughey: "GREAT THINGS DON'T COME FROM COMFORT ZONES."
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Camp Enterprise 2018

Camp Enterprise is an intensive one-day experience where qualified high school juniors and seniors will come together to explore the fundamental challenges of launching a new business venture.

This year, we will host a select group of 90 students to come and interact with business, civic, government, and educational leaders to learn firsthand about starting a business, managing a new venture, and the responsibilities that come with being a part of the next generation of business professionals.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 10th 2018 at Bloch Executive Hall on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Our partners at UMKC will provide a great opportunity to use their state-of-the-art facilities, technology, and Business faculty to compliment the foundation values that, for more than 40 years, have made Camp Enterprise a special and unique experience.

The Rotary Youth Camp has a long and proud history. In the 1920’s, Robert Gees, a dedicated Rotary Club member, came up with the idea to create a recreational camp for the youth of Kansas City and the city’s surrounding areas. Over the years, the camp has evolved into a city-wide effort to educate the city’s youth on the value of free enterprise, business management, entrepreneurship, and business ethics.

We’re excited to meet this year’s participants, and we know you will take away new skills, new friends, and great memories from the experience!

For more information visit the website at and watch this video.

Help Support the Group Study Exchange
Join us to support Rotary’s 2018 Group Study Exchange!
Please click on the link below and indicate your area of interest. We will contact you after you have submitted. 
Event: 2018 Group Study Exchange (GSE) - Chile (District 4355 – Southern Chile)
Dates: April 14 – April 19, 2018
Details: The goal for Rotarians in both countries and team members will be inspired to create humanitarian service and volunteer service projects after the exchanges and based on what they learned through the GSE experience. 
What do host clubs provide –
  1. Home hosting, including meals.
  2. Itinerary of local service and volunteer projects that could be replicated in another culture, visits to individuals in the same occupation as the team member, social events, cultural events.
  3. Entrance fees to events on the planned itinerary, if required.
  4. Contact Rotary clubs in your area to arrange visits to Rotary clubs, inclusion of Rotarians from other clubs in social and cultural events.
  5. Transportation to and from the club’s host area and as needed to implement the itinerary.
  6. Optional – small gifts or club banners.
Visiting Team Names and Occupations
Team Leader:
Brenda Calderón: Spanish-English Translator and Master in University Pedagogy
Team Members:
Camila Morales: Engineer in Business Administration with a major in Marketing
Cristián Soto: Dentist
Karl Hund: Industrial Design
Mario Henríquez: Kinesiologist
Please click on this link if you are interested in helping in one of the following areas:
  • I am interested in hosting one or more night, please provide details. Dates: April 15, 16, 17, 18, (guests travel to another club on the 19th).
  • I have a service project that may be of interest to our guests.
  • I can translate.
  • I can provide transportation.
  • I can take our guests to a cultural event.
  • I can arrange for a guest to visit in their area of interest