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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
Sept. 5, 2019
 
Our Speaker this week is Fr. Thomas Curran S.J., President of Rockhurst University. His topic is "High Education: Rockhurst University as a Jesuit Institution in That Milieu."

The Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., began his tenure as the 14th president of Rockhurst University June 1, 2006. Fr. Curran was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1984. In late 2011, he entered a three-year transitional period as part of the process to become a member of the "least society" – the Jesuits. In May 2015, Fr. Curran made his final vows to complete the process and was fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

Fr. Curran is well grounded in the philosophy of Jesuit higher education. In addition to earning degrees from two Jesuit universities, he previously served as associate vice president for university relations and assistant to the president at Regis University in Denver. There, he headed major gifts and corporate relations staff, directed the annual fund and had daily oversight of the university's capital campaign.

In addition to his fund-raising responsibilities and work for the president, Fr. Curran was a religious studies faculty member and a university ministry team member and retreat leader.

Before joining Regis, Fr. Curran served as president of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., a Catholic high school operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. While in that role, he founded Nativity Preparatory School, a middle school for low-income boys, where he also served as executive director.

Fr. Curran's wide variety of interests is apparent in his own educational background. He attended La Salle University and earned a B.A. in politics from DeSales University, an M.A. in theology from DeSales School of Theology, an M.A. in Liberal Studies, public policy and government from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the Catholic University of America and an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph's University.

Among Fr. Curran's many honors and awards are the Monsignor Thomas J. Reese Award for Outstanding Community Service from Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington; the St. Thomas More Award from the St. Thomas More Law Society, Wilmington, Del.; a City Council Commendation and a Mayor's Service Award, both from Wilmington; and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Last Week's Meeting
August 29, 2019
 
After President Joe Privitera called the meeting to order, we were led patriotic song by Charlie Huffman with the masterful and modest, Carl Bolte, on the piano, followed by President Joe Privitera leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Linn Mills, led in an invocation after sharing some Labor Day facts (the first Labor Day parade occurred in New York City in 1882.  President Grover Cleveland signed the 1894 bill declaring Labor Day a national holiday.)
 
Club Anniversaries were noted  as follows: Ed Corley (33 years), Diane Scott (16 years) 
 
Courtney Brooks provided us with a quick up from the International Committee.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Dave Hanzlick  reminded us that Rotary Club 13 is “taking it to the streetsactually at 18th & Baltimore, in front of the Benjamín Moore paint store for FIRST FRIDAY (Sept 6th 5 to 7:30 pm) with Karl Roscoe’s 1948 Lincoln {you gotta see this top of the line car !!!} and Rotary Wheel of Fortune) fun for all & good for civic visibility & membership. (NOTE: This event has been cancelled - see column on left).
 
Joe’s update on “mis-clapped” collections for the Camp – up to $22 voluntarily contributed.
 
PROGRAM
Tony Andresen introduces our speaker, Henry Wash and his mentoring program “High Aspiration."   This is one of those really uplifting community programs. Henry grew up in Kansas City (around 23rd & Cleveland) and the public-school system. Henry saw a number of his peers including his brothers become attracted to the “street life”. With broken homes, 54% of  black male high schooler do NOT have a mentor in their lives.  Less than 60% of black male freshmen graduate from high school.  It is a small percentage (less than 4%) of high school black male freshmen will graduate from college in the normal 4 to 5 years following high school.
 
Henry Wash caught a break by receiving a mentoring opportunity with H & R Block. Anxious at his first meeting, he was greeted by several H & R Block employees, one of whom introduced himself as Henry Block.  Henry Block asked Henry Wash what he wanted to do with his life.  Henry Wash blurted out “I want to help people.” Henry Wash feared that he had just blown his opportunity. Henry Block congratulated him.  Henry Block (now “Uncle Henry”) became Henry Wash’s mentor and even visited Henry Wash at his 23rd & Cleveland home.  Henry Block’s mentoring became an 18-year commitment on his part. Henry Block instilled in Henry Wash that there are no shortcuts. 
 
Higher Aspirations tries to become a role model – mentoring program for young KCMO African American males.  Higher Aspirations (H.A.) now has a facility at 27th & Charlotte. Young men have to prove themselves for admittance.  H.A. provides examples of what a man should be.  H. A. seeks to instill personal self-discipline, morals and values.  H.A. presents a way for them to become Their Better You. Members provide service to the community. Henry Wash wants H.A. to be his members’ “Gang” with which they can identify.  A big piece of the mentoring is focused on better educational results.  If a person can’t read or write, how will they provide for themselves?  And they will have to provide for themselves – so crime is the available means of support.
 
Now Higher Aspirations is at Stage 1, meeting on Saturday with 70 members and 10 active mentors.  Plans are in the works for Stages 2, 3 & 4 of 70 members each.  H. A. is private funded and provides services for youths ages 8 to 18 years.  Interestingly a large component of member recruitment is generally from mother to mother. 
 
There was quite a bit more to the presentation with a lot of slides.  I suggest that for more information etc regarding the social- educational background and Higher Aspirations itself, see the Rotary Club 13 podcast (a video tape of the August 29th meeting with the slides).  As a side note, Bill Dunn and our own Carl DiCapo are familiar with and/or involved with High Aspirations.
 
President Joe Privitera  wrapped up the meeting with a Power Clap.
 
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Home Hosts Needed for Foundation Banquet Nov. 2
As I am sure you are aware, we are having a Rotary Foundation dinner at Arrowhead stadium on November 2nd. There will be Rotarians from all over northern Missouri coming into town for the event.  There is a Chiefs' game on Sunday the 3rd that is going to make it hard to find a hotel room in town.
 
We would like to offer these Rotarians the option of a home stay in place of staying in a hotel.  I have stayed at Rotarian’s homes before when traveling to a Rotary event and it is a fabulous experience. Lasting friendships can be created.
 
Please let Dan Hall know at danhall6040@att.net or 816-803-1048 if you can host a Rotarian couple in your home.  Dan will pair you up with an out of town Rotarian and let you know who it is.
 
Thanks in advance for your support.
Rotary Youth Camp News
Happy September from the Rotary Youth Camp! This Labor Day we want to thank all the volunteers who have spent countless hours keeping our camp glistening and in tip top shape! It takes a community to do what we do out at camp, and generous members such as yourselves make all the difference!
 
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary
The "Patio" at Pierponts at Union Station
Sep 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Board of Directors Meeting
MarkOne
Sep 11, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 11, 2019 4:30 PM
 
Ecology Committee Meeting
Sep 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Bagel Run
Sep 14, 2019
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 18, 2019 4:30 PM
 
Program Committee
Sep 19, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Bagel Run
Sep 21, 2019
 
Ramblin Rotarians in Overland Park, KS
Doubletree Hotel
Sep 23, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Satellite Club Meeting
Brickhouse
Sep 24, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
 
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Rotary at First Fridays Cancelled
by David Hanzlick
 
Changes were recently announced regarding vendors on the streets at First Fridays. Vendors will be prohibited in the area where Rotary has had our table.  Therefore, we are cancelling the September edition of Rotary at First Fridays in the Crossroads with the hope of resuming in May of 2020.  
 
I greatly appreciate everyone's willingness to participate. Let's keep an eye out for other ways that we can promote Rotary through collaboration among the clubs.

 
Family Picnic at the Rotary Youth Camp
Sunday, October 13, 2019
 
We have moved the date of the annual picnic to October when it isn't so HOT at camp! We are beginning to plan for this fun event - think "Octoberfest" - hayrides, S'mores, trivia... lots of activities! Stay tuned for more info!

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