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This Week's Meeting - Nov. 17
Our Speaker this week is Jonathan Shorman, KC Star Lead Political Reporter. His topic is: "What Just Happened: Election Analysis."
Jonathan Shorman is the Lead Political Reporter at The Kansas City Star, a position he's held since October 2020. In that role, he helps spearhead reporting on Kansas and Missouri politics and the state legislatures. He has previously covered the Kansas Statehouse for The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka Capital-Journal and the Missouri Capitol for the Springfield, Missouri, News-Leader. He is a winner of the 2020 George Polk Award for political reporting, which he won along with two other Wichita Eagle reporters, for helping to expose misconduct by Wichita's mayor at the time and lax ethics rules in city government. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism.
 
Last Week's Meeting
November 10, 2022
 
President Eric Bubb, welcomed all to the Club with the Camp for Kids. We were led by Captain Carl Bolte, Jr. accompanying Tom Woolwine, the latter of which was in especially fine voice today, in the traditional singing of the official songs of the five branches of the military followed by the “Happy Birthday Song” to the November celebrants. We stood for the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a thoughtful prayer of gratitude by Tom Cochran. Three guests of our members were introduced. The following Club Anniversaries were recognized: Terry O’Toole (19 years) and Maddie Snow (1 year). President Eric then called the Club’s Board of Directors to the front to present Mandy Sheldon with flowers and a dinner gift certificate from the Board in recognition of her tenth anniversary as our Executive Director. Well done and well deserved, Mandy!
 
President Eric thanked the November birthday celebrants for serving as greeters and then announced the following candidates for three Board positions to begin July 1, 2023:  Kristy Beyer, Jessica Stewart, Kara (Croniser) Feitz, Bill Madsen, Dan Nenonen, and Robert Thompson. It was also announced that Jared Campbell has been nominated as Secretary-Treasurer and President Elect Nominee (2025-26). Ballots for the Board positions are in this Buzz Saw, will be made available in hard copy after the November 17 meeting, and will be e-mailed. Please return your ballot by December 1.
 
Tom Woolwine, Chair of the Youth Camp Sustainability Committee, took the podium to present the first of, hopefully, many checks to the Camp Foundation from the Club Regatta. Tom thanked the Regatta Steering Committee for its work during the inaugural year of this event which raised $5,000. Tom turned the podium over to Wes Ory of the Jacomo Sailing Club who discussed his enthusiasm for growing the Club Regatta over the next few years. Wes also discussed training programs available at the Sailing Club, including the unique adaptive sailing training for persons with disabilities. Peter Sotta encouraged all to help in purchasing winter jackets and hygiene kits for the Westside CAN center. See the list of items needed in this Buzz Saw. President Eric also reminded the Club of the toy drive for Westside CAN. We have committed to providing 50 toys for youth of all ages. You may send gifts directly from Amazon Smile to Westside CAN or bring to the meeting and give to Lee Brumitt or Jessica Stewart. Monetary donations are also welcome for both projects.
 
President Eric announced that the District 6040 Foundation Dinner was very successful raising a record amount of money. Special thanks were conveyed to our own, Linn Mills, who chaired the event. Others from our Club also played important roles, including Marc Horner, David McCaughey, and Jessica Stewart. It is time to sign up for Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Other upcoming events include Rotary After Hours at Project CURE on November 22 and the Club’s Holiday Party at Drexel Hall on December 8.
 
Steve Burger then introduced our speaker, his son and fellow Club member, Eric Burger. Eric serves as the Executive Director of Shelter KC, a rescue mission founded in 1950 by Dr. Jarrette Aycock, a homeless man. Our speaker has been involved with rescue missions his entire life and now leads the Christ-centered shelter which offers emergency shelter and comprehensive, long-term care of 9 months or more to those qualifying and adhering to a strict code of conduct. The shelter serves the residents’ material needs but changes lives through transformative, spiritual care. Longer term care helps residents break the cycle of addiction and adapt to life in society. Today’s homeless population is more diverse than ever but does have some common characteristics. 84% have a chronic health issue, 79% suffer some acute mental health illness, 75% are addicted to alcohol or drugs, and half the homeless population suffer from all three conditions. 70% have experienced trauma as an adult or youth. Needless to say, winter is difficult for the homeless. Those suffering from mental illness do not have a full understanding of the risk that cold weather presents, such as frostbite, hypothermia, and danger from makeshift sources of heat. In Kansas City, three homeless shelters talk to each other to coordinate care amongst their shelters and the City of Kansas City has an employee dedicated to helping coordinate services.
 
Shelter KC is sponsoring an event called Christmas at the Crossroads on December 23 at the Truman Event Center. The event offers sponsorship opportunities. Individual or businesses may donate money to help defray the costs of the event and to help with the purchase of care packages in the form of hygiene supplies, socks, shoes, and coffee. Booths, such as bible and prayer, craft, candy, game, dessert, photo, coat, and hat/gloves are available for sponsoring. Volunteer opportunities are available. For information, contact our speaker or Kara Feitz of our Club.  
 
After the presentation, President Eric read a quote from Zig Zigler, “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” The meeting ended after saying the “Four Way Test” together. We left thankful for folks like Eric Burger, Kara Feitz, and rescue missions like Shelter KC to help the homeless and get them back on their feet and functioning in society.
Bill Brown Warm Clothing Drive for Westside CAN Day Labor Program
We will help Westside CAN provide winter jackets, gloves, hats and a hygiene kit to the men that participate in the Westside CAN Day Labor Program. We have been asked to donate a minimum of 25 gift sets to help them meet their goal of distributing the gifts to some of the day laborers who work in the Program.
 
Since 2002, the Westside CAN Day Labor Program has provided 60-90 immigrant men access to short-term labor jobs every day, Monday through Saturday. That’s well over 2000 workdays a month. These men work outdoors in the weather performing forming manual labor in our community.
 
How to donate:
Follow the this link to the signup document. Select your donation and bring it to one of our Rotary Meetings PRIOR on or before December 15th. Pete Sotta will collect the items brought to one of our Rotary meetings. For the Hygiene kits: please sign up to make a cash donation (and we’ll buy the items in bulk), or sign up for an item that you would like to donate (must be in lots of 25).
 
Questions: Contact Pete Sotta at 816-678-2226
 
After Hours at Project CURE
Sponsored by the Satellite Club
November 22, 2022
 
Join Rotary After Hours at Project C.U.R.E.
Franciscan Mission Warehouse
Hunt Midwest – SubTropolis Caves
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 374
Kansas City, MO 64161
 
Very similar to the community service we have performed at Harvesters in the past, we hope to have 20-25 people to help prepare medical supplies for shipment to hospitals and clinics overseas. We will meet at the Project C.U.R.E. lunchroom for a light supper of sandwiches and Rotary fellowship beforehand. This will be a fun, engaging and hands on experience! Spouses/friends are welcomed!
 
5:30-6:00pm: Light Supper
6:00-8:00pm: Packing in Warehouse
 
Since 1987 Project C.U.R.E. has been delivering lifesaving equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world. They are the world’s largest distributor of donated medical relief touching the lives of children and families in more than 135 countries! 
 
The Project C.U.R.E. signup link is: http://kcrotaryclub13.projectcure.volunteerhub.comWith questions, please contact Tony Andresen or Sally Bibb.
Westside CAN Center Toy Drive
Help us give a happy holiday to children in Kansas City! We have committed to 50 gifts for the Westside CAN Center, monetary donations are also acceptable via checks mailed or delivered, or given to one of the community service committee members to drop off. You can sign up at this link. (please avoid toy "guns" such as Nerf guns, etc.) We know it may be difficult to find toys for older kids, so Target or Walmart Gift cards are also accepted. 
 
We are also asking looking for volunteers to help deliver these item on December 10 - please see Lee Brumitt if you can help. 
 
Gifts/donations are $15/gift - please stay consistent as many families have multiple children and it is hard when they vary greatly in value.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
 
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, November 21, 2022, 6:30 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
 
About the book:
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton is a thoughtful picaresque novel set mostly in the Kansas Territory shortly before the Civil War. Narrator Lidie Harkness grows up in Quincy, Illinois, a tomboyish burden to her several older stepsisters, and leaps at the chance to marry Thomas Newton, a soft-spoken abolitionist who's bent on helping the "free-staters" dedicated to protecting Kansas against those who would make it a slave state. Missourians crossing the border wreak havoc on such hotbeds of abolitionist activity as Lawrence (near which the Newtons settle), and Thomas is soon one of many casualties. Lidie—who'd become an even more ardent free-stater than her husband—thereafter sets off on an eastward journey seeking revenge and finding instead an unexpected empowerment. 
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Upcoming Events
Rotary After Hours at CURE
Project CURE
Nov 22, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Bagel Run
Nov 26, 2022
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Nov 30, 2022
 
Bagel Run
Dec 03, 2022
 
Rotary Holiday Party
Drexel Hall
Dec 08, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Bagel Run
Dec 10, 2022
 
Women & Friends of Rotary
Pierponts at Union Station
Dec 13, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
 
Board of Directors Meeting
MarkOne Electric
Dec 14, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Bagel Run
Dec 17, 2022
 
Tom & Jerry Party
Dec 22, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13! 
 
Greetings from the Rotary bowlers. What a fantastic week, we seem to be hitting our stride as a league. LOTS OF 200 GAMES!
 
Jack Sopinski-221 and 200
Chris Grimsley- 215
Henrik Andersen-222
Mike McCarty-212
Eric Bubb-202
Will Patrick-215
John Reynolds-201
Dave Boone-230
 
Two great splits also, both Kara Bennett and Shaun Cussen knocked the 4/7 split!! Good for them!
 
Till next week, have a great day!
 

Rotary Night at the Uptown Lounge
 
The Rotary Night at the Uptown Lounge on Friday, November 11th, was a lot of fun and a great success.  Rotarians arrived at differing times through the evening with early arrivals enjoying the music of Alan Stribling, later arrivals enjoying the music of Mike Rorah and, of course, some who arrived early and stayed late.  All in all, there were 15 Rotarians and 14 guests for a total of 29 attendees.  Photo was taken early evening and therefore all attendees are not pictured.

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. Many of you have favorite times, places and friends to ring with; so please get together, and sign up NOW! The link to sign up is below.
 

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
 
We had some brave Scouts this weekend at your Rotary Youth Camp!  Tent camping and preparing a feast for their relatives.
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Did you know that you can donate $1.00 to your Rotary Youth Camp each time you use PayPal when shopping?  Go to PayPal Giving Fund and get set up!
 

 
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