This Week's Meeting
April 4, 2024
This week's speaker is Carol Davit, Executive Director, Missouri Prairie Foundation.
As executive director, Carol Davit oversees the operations of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a 58-year-old land trust, including Grow Native!, its 24-year-old native plant marketing and education program. She has worked for 26 years in conservation and environmental communications, development, administration, and leadership for private and nonprofit conservation groups, and also municipal and state governments. Editor of the Missouri Prairie Journal since 1997, Carol writes articles on native gardening, has edited field guides, and enjoys speaking to groups about native gardening, prairie conservation, and related topics. She is also the chair of the Missouri Invasive Plant Council. Carol lives in Jefferson City with her husband and son.
Last Week's Meeting
March 28, 2024
Tim Tholen began the meeting in the Kill Devil Room at noon with a welcome to members and guests.  All stood for a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an invocation by member Jim Porter.  Guests were welcomed, and Club Anniversaries were noted for Nick Pryor, 3 years; Jerry Cooke, 31 years; Ross Donnell, 26 years; and Jan Armstrong, 28 years.
Today’s meeting’s greeters were Monday Camp Volunteers.
Announcements included:
+P.P. Eric Bubb reviewed a detailed list of activities associated with Greater KC Day on May 16, including a PEP rally at the Negro Leagues Museum on May 16th. See the Buzzsaw for complete information about this important club event.
+Lee Brumitt reviewed a “Bed Build Event” on April 13 entitled “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” on April 13th starting at 9:00 am, Oak Grove, MO  See Lee Brumitt or Mandy for details.
Today’s speaker was Dr. Ivan Batlle, whose topic was “The Contemporary History of the Dominican Republic”  Dr. Batlle grew up in the Dominican Republic and received his medical training at Tulane U. and practiced medicine in New Orleans for 12 years. The last 18 years have been in Kansas City. 
Dr. Batlle’s remarks today took us on an extensive review of the history of the birth, growth, and ongoing difficulties of the Dominican Republic.  Obvious were his love for the country of his birth place, and his extensive knowledge of that country’s history.
It is beyond the scope of this report to attempt to summarize the details of Dr. Batlle’s report.  The good news is that the meeting was recorded and is posted on Club 13’s website, where you can listen to his complete presentation.
After a group recitation of Rotary’s 4Way test, the meeting was closed.
Greater Kansas City Day
We have a block of tickets available behind home plate - section 101.
YOU MUST purchase your ticket by this Thursday, April 4 to sit in this group. 
Tickets are $26/each.
Click here to purchase. 
Native Plant Sale
The Rotary Youth Camp is excited to host a native plant sale on Friday, May 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m! The camp is located at 22310 NE Colbern Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64086.
Native plants beautify landscapes and help support songbirds, pollinators, and other cherished wildlife. At the sale you may purchase native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees, vines, sedges, and seed directly from growers such as:
Music and light refreshments will be available. Walking tours of the camp, it's history and facilities as well as the surrounding ecology will be led by the Kansas City Rotary Club.
Stroll through the sale and purchase plants or, if you prefer, pre-order plants directly from the vendor and they will have your order waiting when you arrive! Place your pre-order directly with the grower and let them know you'll pick it up at the Rotary Youth Camp sale.
A wealth of information, resources for planning your garden, design templates, and other best management practices can be found on the Grow Native! website.
(photo by Kiley Friedrich, Monarch Joint Venture)
Shoes for Orphan Souls

“It’s that time of the year again! District 6040 will partner with District 6080 and Buckner International to improve the lives of underprivileged children worldwide, in the USA, and in our home communities. A new pair of shoes protects a child's health, supports the opportunity to improve their education, and provides hope.

The Kansas City Club 13 International Committee will end it’s 23rd year of the Shoes for Orphan Souls Campaign in April to get ready for the Shoes Caravan on the weekend of April 19-21, 2024. Our district efforts will culminate alongside the efforts across the state of Missouri at a Joint District Conference at the Margaritaville Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks! District 6060 has already begun a “Let’s Bury Larry (in shoes)” campaign. The shoe goal this year is to collect 50,000 pairs of shoes across the state of Missouri this year

We were thrilled with our first and second annual pickleball tournament last year, but we still need support to past lasts year's 1,009 shoes & 516 pairs of socks. We need your help to support this shoe drive so we can reach Linn Mill's last record shoe and sock counts. Tiny Shoes will be on lunch tables for our Rotary lunch on March 7th so remember you cash!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book Horse by Geraldine Brooks.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome. The group will meet at J. Wilbur Company.
Date: Monday, April 8, 2024, 6:30 PM
Location: J. Wilbur Company
3242 Roanoke
Kansas City, MO 64111
About the book:
Kentucky, 1850.  An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South.  When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union.  On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. 
New York City, 1954.  Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.
Washington, DC, 2019.  Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American at historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse – one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.
Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science and love and obsession.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Women & Friends of Rotary
Regazza Food & Wine
Apr. 09, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Program Committee Meeting
Apr. 11, 2024 11:00 a.m.
Bagel Run
Apr. 13, 2024
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build Day
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Shop
Apr. 13, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New Theatre - Elvis: Aloha from Vegas
The New Theatre Restaurant
Apr. 16, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Rotary District FUNvention
Apr. 19, 2024 – Apr. 21, 2024
Bagel Run
Apr. 20, 2024
Bagel Run
Apr. 27, 2024
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Apr 11, 2024
Apr 18, 2024
Saving Dying Babies and Other Rotary World Projects
Apr 25, 2024
History of Women at the Rotary Youth Camp
May 02, 2024
The On-going Crisis in Haiti
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Bowling News
by Tim Tholen
Hello 13!!
Only a few weeks left and the field is tight for !winner of the 2nd half!! We had a lighter attendance for some reason, but still had our normal dose of cheer and beer..
200 games
Dennis McKeehan-203, first one in years!! And a 498 series!!
John Reynolds-202
Will Patrick-210
Splits and spares
Kay Roscoe-9/10
Shaun Cussen-5/10
Have a great week everyone!!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
Project 50 was the major renovation project at the Rotary Youth Camp when it was 50 years old. Jim Kirk was tasked with raising the money and coordinating the work. Here is the outline of the plan and a letter with the opinion of a camper in 1972.