The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
September 3, 2020
This Week's Virtual Meeting Speaker will be Tricia Bushnell, E.D., Midwest Innocence Project. The topic will be "Who Decides Justice?"
Tricia Rojo Bushnell is the Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project, which works to free innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit. She is responsible for managing all aspects of MIP and serves as its lead attorney, representing clients in court and in clemency proceedings. Prior to joining MIP, she was an assistant clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, a fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, and an associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles. A California native, Tricia is the first in her family to go to college, receiving her B.A. from Bucknell University and her J.D. from NYU School of Law. She has served as the president of the ACLU of Missouri and on the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Diverse Business Committee. Currently, she is the president of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of 68 innocence organizations around the country and the world.
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(This will be a Zoom MEETING, not a WEBINAR)

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Last Week's Meeting
August 27, 2020
The meeting began with a welcome from Pres. David Hanzlick, who hustled us off to the usual breakout rooms. There our assignment was to discuss the question, “Who is the oldest person you have known and what advise have they given you?” John Miller spoke of his 103 year old aunt who told him to “do all you can with the time you have.”
Our patriotic song was “My Country Tis of Thee.” led by the video of Charlie Huffman and C. Bolte.  After, we did the Pledge to the Flag.
Jan Armstrong brought forth a thoughtful invocation through poetry by Mattie Stepanek who had a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. Title - About Normal. Normal won't be normal for a little while, but it will be okay because it's life I believe in.  Believing in Someday:  Maybe someday we will make the world a better place with peace and a future. "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."
The Welcome was given by Club 13 Satellite members: Dennis McKeehan, Kael Martin, Robert Thompson, Eryn Realmuto from Truman Medical Center. There were two guests: Todd Breton from Sugarland Rotary of Texas.  Rick Beyer introduced Kerry George from GE sales group. 
Club Anniversaries: Rick Kappa, 28 years. Terry Kilroy, 32 years. Rick Powell, 32 years. Ed Corley, 32 years.
Downtown Committee chair Evie Craig announced that we are close to the purchase and installation of a hydration station for KC. Jared Campbell found the project. and a District grant for the project has been submitted. 
Pres. David said thank you for contribution to the Paul Harris House project.
Thank you for our Bagel run August helpers: Chris Boland, Kelvin Beatty, Dallas Ziegenhorn, Michelle Biondo and Diane Scott.
Westside Backpack project and dictionaries distribution was a great success. Thank you Mary Kingsley, Linn Mills, Barbara Dolci, Terry Davis.
Our next Rotary After Hours event will be a BYOB “Picnic in the Park Experience” (PPE) at Loose Park on Tuesday, September 1st starting at 5:30 p.m.  We have reserved the Loose Park Pavilion which is on the northeast corner at Wornall Road and 51st Street; so this is a rain or shine outdoor event. There is plenty of parking.  Bring a folding lawn chair or two if you have them. Lawn games will be provided. We will practice social distancing, wear face masks, and have disinfectant wipes and face masks for those who need them.
David McCaughey introduced the speaker. Marc Horner is a part of Club 13 and is the Past District Governor (PDG) and spoke on "My Year as District Governor: Good News and Rotary Challenges."
Marc lives in Shawnee, KS. He has been a member of Club 13 since 1994, Past President in 2011-12. He was Rotaract Committee Chair 2012-16, Camp Enterprise Committee Chair 1997-98, Chairman of the Kansas City Community Based Rotaract Committee 2011-2015, Rotary Camp Association Board of Directors, 1998-2007 and Camp Board President 2005-07. Marc is currently the Chairman of the Rotary Youth Camp (Gee's) Trustees. He was Assistant  Governor 2012-2015, District Annual Funds Chair and member of the Foundation Committee 2014-2017, Faculty Member of the Heart of America Rotary Leadership Institute 2014 - Present, Committee member District 6040 Centennial Legacy Celebration Dinner 2016-2017. Marc is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor, a Rotary Foundation Benefactor Level 2, a Rotary Youth Camp Senior Benefactor. Marc is also over the Gees Trust that was set up in 1925 to watch over the camp property. 
Marc took time to praise Linn Mills as district secretary, saying she did a fantastic job.
Things a DG has to do:
  • President-elect Training (PETS), which is for all incoming Presidents. 
  • The Foundation dinner, which Leslie Gasser helped organize. Marc said that it was a great dinner, with record giving for the dinner at $72,000 dollars.
  • Polio plus drive became the Chinnery challenge, which was built on the name recognition of Carl Chinnery.
  • Two events that made friends – two study group change 4026 Dominican Republic and 9210  Zambia, Malawi. Our team went there and had a great time there. He said today that everyone is fine after the current storm Laura. Through the relationships there have also been project grants in those countries. 
  • Shoes for orphan soles is in its 20th year this year for collections. Marc talked about his experience picking up all the shoes throughout the district. It was fun to see the clubs and how they collected shoes. Club 13 had over 200 shoes. 
  • Planning for a district conference. Covid cancelled this event, but a lot of work went into the preparation.
  • Grants - The DG gets to get to select the grants and activities. The district gave over $320,000 in grants to club projects. Many of these COVID grants are just finishing. With leftover money. the district did some international projects to Malawi for PPE, did food banks as well to northern Missouri. 
  • DG Marc visited 55 clubs and there are many high points. The large fund raisers the clubs do.  St. Joe East's Wine Fest. At the Kirksville club, he visited projects and really saw how important club support was in the community. "I did not think small projects for benches, etc were important.  But when I got to the cities, I saw that rotary is the only organization to keep these communities beautiful and up to date." 
Troubles & Challenges:
  • Not being able to finish the year with the district conference. March 11 stopped everything. No one knew zoom. But Club 13 got up and running so fast and you are to be congratulated. Some small clubs are meeting face to face because of small attendance. The district lost 93 members, which is a challenge and giving has dropped with the virtual rotary set up, polio giving is down 7%. 
  • Foundation giving has dropped 25% and no way to gain this back. 
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly is a leading program in the world for youth development. It had to be cancelled and this is a sad point for these young people. 
  • Membership in North America is a real challenge.  Africa on the other hand is growing. 
  • Being DG has become a real job that makes it hard to do your own work. Growing Leadership in our clubs is a goal. We need leaders who have a buy in and will lead that club. 
  • What do we do after Polio is gone in the world? Afghanistan and Pakistan are the remaining countries where work is needed to be done.
  • We have so much influence in communities of the world. Rotary is critical to them, more than we feel in the US.
President David thanked PDG Marc for his presentation and announced next week's meeting speaker will be Tricia Bushnell from Midwest Innocence Project, she will speak on, “Who Decides Justice?” On September 10, 2020, the program will be Pauly Hart on “Lead to Read KC” since September is Literacy month.
Did you know…The bowling league started in 1916.
Past president Quote of the week…”Simply stated, it is sagacious to eschew obfuscation.” Norman Augustine, 1986 as quoted by president Matt Meyer 2009-2010.
And we ended as always, with the Four Way Test.

**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**

Rotary After Hours Event
BYOB Picnic in the Park is Tomorrow and the Weather Looks Great!
A reminder that it’s not too late to register for the “Picnic in the Park” at the Loose Park Pavilion tomorrow, September 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Please join us for a fun evening outdoors and of much missed fellowship! Bring a folding lawn chair or two if you have them. Peter Ho is providing lawn games. 
The Loose Park Pavilion is on the northeast corner of Wornall Road and 51st Street. It is very accessible and there is plenty of parking right in front.  
We will practice social distancing, wear face masks, and have disinfectant, wipes and facemasks for those who need them. Click here to register to attend this event.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  The book is available by mail order through the Rainy Day Books web site or call the store for curb-side pick up.  The discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, September 14, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
About the book:
When, in 1922, thirty-year-old Count Alexander is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik  tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel near the Kremlin.  An indomitable man of erudition and wit, Rostov must now live in an attic room as some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.  Unexpectedly, the Count’s reduced circumstances provide him an entry into a world of emotional discovery as he forges friendships with the hotel’s denizens.  But when fate puts the life of a young girl in his hands, he must draw on all his ingenuity to protect the future she deserves.  Hailed for its humor, intrigue, and beautifully rendered scenes, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the Count’s endeavor to become a man of purpose.
Harvesters Event August 27
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31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
**In-Person Meetings are cancelled until further notice.**

by David Hanzlick
Rotary and Literacy
September has been designated by Rotary International as ‘Basic Education and Literacy Month.” 
Few issues have greater impact on the daily lives of people than the ability to read and write. Globally, an estimated 775 million people fifteen years of age and older are illiterate. That’s seventeen percent of the world’s population. The gender implications are also startling as there is a twenty percent difference in literacy between the sexes. 
Here at home, one in six school children in the U.S. does not achieve grade level reading proficiency by the third grade when children move from learning to read to reading to learn. Lack of reading proficiency at this stage of life makes it far less likely that the child will complete high school.
So what is Rotary doing to address the challenge of basic education and literacy? 
In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. Through this organizational emphasis, more than half the world’s 34,000 Rotary clubs address the full range of literacy and mathematical challenges for primary, vocational, and adult learners as well as teacher training.C Click here for more information.  
Rotary Clubs around the world – including our own Club 13 – actively promote literacy programs. 
Club 13 has long standing relationships in Zambia to strengthen literacy by supporting elementary education. Over the years, the Club has worked in partnership with Zambian Rotarians to purchase kitchen cabinets and supplies for a school kitchen, to supply desks and chairs for the classrooms, and to provide students with electronic devices that contain all necessary curriculum materials in their tribal language and in English. The Club is currently working with our partner Club to provide an ‘ablution block’ or sanitary restroom facilities for the school, which currently uses a privy located at a nearby church.  Both projects make education more accessible for all children, but especially for girls who face particular challenges staying in school. [Thank you to Jan Armstrong for assisting with this summary.]
Here at home, Club 13 has carried out many projects through the years. We have long supported Literacy KC through the KC Spelling Bee. The Club distributed dictionaries to third graders in the Kansas City Public Schools. Club 13 members have been actively engaged with mentoring youth who are transitioning out of foster care and teaching them basic life skills. We have also participated in Lead to Read KC, reading to 3rd graders. In the face of the pandemic, the Club used the Venture Fund to assist organizations that provide academic and other enrichment activities to disadvantaged children, including organizations that use the Rotary Youth Camp. Most recently, volunteers from the Club helped with backpack distributions for children served by the Westside Neighborhood organization. The backpacks included dictionaries for the third through sixth graders. 
As Rotarians, we can be proud of the ongoing work to address the challenges of literacy at home and abroad. Rotary’s literacy initiatives are yet another way that ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities!”
To learn more about Rotary’s literacy initiatives, visit: Teaching Teachers Key Literacy and Supporting Education.

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Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary Happy Hour Via Zoom
Sep 08, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting (via Zoom)
via Zoom
Sep 09, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 12, 2020
Rotary Strategic Planning Retreat
Rotary Youth Camp
Sep 12, 2020
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Book Discussion Group - VIA ZOOM
via Zoom
Sep 14, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Happy Hour Via Zoom
via Zoom
Sep 15, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 19, 2020
Satellite Club Meeting
Sep 22, 2020
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 26, 2020
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Youth Camp Update
by Allison Kelly
Have you followed us on Facebook? A great way to support the camp and our mission is to join our social media community! Like and follow our page, then invite your friends to do the same!  We want to grow our camp family, and continue to support those who need us most- you can help us accomplish that!

The Satellite Club met on the Patio at the Brickhouse on Tuesday, August 25th, and despite the heat, there was reasonably good attendance. The Patio is quite large and social distancing was observed. In addition to lively conversation the topic of service projects was discussed. The Satellite Club is investigating the possibility of taking ownership of an ongoing service project with many suggested projects offered. The group will discuss this further at the September 22nd meeting. All Club 13 Rotarians are welcome to attend.