This Week's Meeting
November 9, 2023
This week's speaker is David Eaton, CPKC, Dir. of Business Development Mexico. The topic is: "MOMA Hope Rotary Friendship Tour."
In his role, David Eaton supports the development of CPKC’s transnational services. With nearly 20 years at the railroad, Mr. Eaton held several leadership roles, including Vice-President Business Development and Customer Service, as well as Vice-President of Operations, overseeing the transportation, operations support and network operations departments. Over the past few years, Mr. Eaton was accountable for customer service, feasibility on-boarding, business intelligence, marketing and nearshoring promotion in the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Eaton joined Kansas City Southern de México in 2005 as Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Right of Way Protection. He moved to the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing position in 2009. He was responsible for the carload business unit, including the Industrial and Consumer, as well as the Chemical and Petroleum teams in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Mr. Eaton is headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico. He holds a law degree from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Commercial Law from the Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITESM). He currently serves as President of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Monterrey Division, is a 28+ year member of Rotary and is past president of the National Freight Transportation Association (NFTA).
Last Week's Meeting
Nov. 2, 2023
President Tom Davis, called the meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Linda Zesch provided us with a prayerful Invocation. Mandy went around the room allowing introduction of our guests (5).
Club Anniversaries were noted as follows: Bill Mumford -  33 year   Nov 1st, Peter Ho – 23 years  Nov 2nd., Brent Worley –  22 years  Nov  3rd  
This week’s Greeters were the Entertainment Committee.
Rotary Holiday Party  -- Kara  Bennett, announced the “Jingle and Mingle” Rotary Holiday  Party- Thursday December 14th , 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  More details to follow.
Lee Brumitt announced the upcoming Harvesters’ Picking & Sorting Event on Thursday November 16th from 6 to 8 pm at their facility.  You can sign up with the QR codes on the table handouts.
Tony Andresen reminded us of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing sign-ups.  We have three Saturdays November 18th,  December 2nd & 9th at various locations.
2023 Rotary Election – Slate of Officers:
For Secretary/Treasurer/PEN (President Elect Nominee) – Neil Barnett
For Directors:Tucker Clark, Blake Fry, Marc McCarty, Nick Pryor, Pete Sotta, Tom Woolwine
Other Upcoming Events:
Thursday November 30th   “5th Thursday After Hours”  (no luncheon meeting that day)
Vivien Jennings (Rainy Day Bookstore) introduced our speaker, David Von Drehle, author of the “Book of Charlie” [or Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year Old Man] with the presentation topic of Stories About Thriving Through Change.
It starts in 2007, when David moved to Kansas City and noticed that his new neighbor was in a swim suit washing his girl friend’s car at age 102. Shortly thereafter began a 7-year friendship.  David would visit Charlie in his den, listening to his stories and philosophy. Initially the book was intended to pass Charlie’s way of living to the author’s kids.
Charlie’s stories in the book follow Charlie’s life in a century of change. The transformation of the world in Charlie’s lifetime was dramatic.   Charlie was born before radio and later witnessed I-phones.  Charlie learned to drive (& drove across America to California) on dirt roads to later see us land equipment on Mars. Charlie lived through 1918 Spanish Flu, an international epidemic, killing upwards to as many as 100 million worldwide, not so different from our recent Covid influenza. Charlie endured the Great Depression in which fully 1/5 of Americans were unemployed and the nation’s GPN shrunk by 1/3.  In the 1920’s we were a nation divided with openly declared KKK members in politics.  He witnessed the upheaval of WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War.  The MESSAGE here is while today’s headlines and problems appear insurmountable, we have been through all this before.
On a personal level, in Charlie’s lifetime, he watched the construction of KCMO’s Union Station.  After high school with two other friends, he drove a Ford Model T from KCMO to Los Angles, California. There were no highways, but rather dirt farm roads and paper maps with notes. Side note, back then LA was a “little town with orange groves”, and in fact was smaller than St. Joseph, Missouri. By the time they reached LA, the Ford Model T was shot.  Resultingly to return home, Charlie and one buddy hopped railroad boxcars to make back to KC. This was not easy as there was railroad labor unrest and strikes, resulting in additional railroad security and their being thrown out of the boxcar in the middle of Nevada. Without a lot of options, they sneaked back around the train and climbed onto & behind the “cow catcher” (because they couldn’t be seen) for the next 100 plus miles. 
Charlie went to medical school in the 1920’s before penicillin & anesthesia (modern medicine) and thus before a lot of surgery. The science of Medicine was soon to change. By Charlie’s middle age everything he had learned in medical school was obsolete. Charlie gave up his medical practice to serve in WWII.  During WWII, penicillin and anesthesia were developed. With penicillin, diseases could now be treated.  With IV anesthesia, internal surgery could now be preformed. Previously there has been NO anesthesia medical school training, Charlie enrolled in the Mayo Clinic’s new 90 Day educational program and thereafter Charlie began his new medical career.
HOW  SHOULD WE  LIVE?   With courage, purpose, and optimism with all of life’s changes.  Charlie’s philosophy was the Greek ”Stoicism”, which in part is the understanding that there are a lot of things we cannot control, BUT we can control our Will in responding. Outside items such as war, disease, family loss are outside of our control.  We need to make those distinctions and let go.  Charlie’s life was fun and meaningful (with his medical practice, he helped people). One of his keys to a long life was to enjoy your work. In 2014 Charlie passed as age 109.  At age 108, he moved out of his house and into Claridge Court, retirement community.  Charlie continued to make friends through out his life. When you live to 109, you need to make new friends, as you lose friends and loved ones.  Otherwise your “world” shrinks.
President  Tom Davis  wrapped up the meeting with the Four Way Test.
[as an ongoing scrivener’s note: our local Club 13 Rotary organization is comprised of at least three  interrelated groups (like a three-legged stool), each with its own separate board, officers & focus.  KCRClub 13 with its various committees and weekly luncheon meetings with speakers;  KCRCFoundation (primarily to financially support the Rotary Youth Camp); and the Rotary Youth Camp, near Lake Jocomo, in Lees Summit, MO]
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s time to kickoff our annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing Drive! THIS YEAR OUR HELP IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER! There are opportunities to ring on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the first two Saturdays of December.
Volunteers Needed for Harvesters Event
We are scheduled to volunteer at Harvesters on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Please click the link below for more info and to sign up for this event!
The Volunteer Engagement Center is a vital part of Harvesters’ mission to mobilize the power of our community to create equitable access to nutritious food and address the root causes and impact of hunger. In this area, volunteers sort and repack food, which assists Harvesters in feeding more than 226,000 neighbors each month. 
Holiday Party
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary
Chaz Restaurant in the Hotel Raphael
Nov 14, 2023
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
MarkOne Electric
Nov 15, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Nov 15, 2023 4:30 PM
Harvesters Sorting & Packing Event
3801 Topping Ave.
Nov 16, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bagel Run
Nov 18, 2023
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nov 18, 2023
Bagel Run
Nov 25, 2023
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Nov 29, 2023 4:30 PM
5th Thursday After Hours at Minsky's
Minsky's Pizza
Nov 30, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 02, 2023
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Nov 16, 2023
Lessons in Leadership - How the KC Current is Changing Women’s Sports
Nov 23, 2023
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Rotary Bowling League
By Tim Tholen
Happy Monday Rotary 13!!
The bowling league made it another Wednesday last week. As usual, good times and Rotary fellowship were the norm for the night.
200 games:
Will Patrick 224
Matt Ho 267
Peter Ho 211, 204, 215 for a 630 average 
Kay Roscoe 6-10
Will Patrick 2-10
See you all Thursday!!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
This past weekend the Rotary Youth Camp was host to the first of many Thanksgiving meals.  The Boy Scouts prepared the meal for their families after completing several community service projects for the camp.  For some reason they were is quite a hurry to check out Sunday morning, I guess they had plans??? 🏈🏈🏈
Camp Centennial Memory
This flagpole still stands tall at the Rotary Youth Camp beside the gazebo shelter.  It lost it’s finial on one of the windy days this year.  We are working on getting it put back on.  Does anyone know a pole climbing acrobat???  The story of how the flagpole came to the camp is in the accompanying articles.

November Birthdays
Ed Knisley, 11/2
Fred Drummond, 11/4
Jane Lee, 11/4
Randy Sisk, 11/8
Bob Hechler, 11/12
Madaline Walter, 11/20
Jim Winn, 11/21
John Reynolds, 11/25
Jared Campbell, 11/27