We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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(816) 842-2322





By President Kara Bennett
March is coming in like a lion and the weather continues to give us some challenges. Some of our opportunities are giving us some challenges too.
We still do not have any nominations for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) that Mandy wrote about in our January 28th newsletter. It is a great opportunity to nominate a student in the Missouri school district to attend the RYLA Academy.
We do not have any District Grants yet proposed that Tom Davis wrote about in our February 4th newsletter. Take another look at that and let’s see if we can generate some ideas.
We are looking for Venture Fund ideas as well. Barbara Dolci wrote about the success of the Community Service activities in our February 25th newsletter. Many of those activities were funded by the Venture Fund. Please keep those ideas coming.
In the meantime, our calendar is full with monthly, quarterly and once a year activities.
Next week while the Big 12 Tournament is in town, we will have Lunch and Learn opportunities instead of meeting at the Kill Devil Club. Five members offered to host lunch at their place of business. Details are in this newsletter.
We also are holding an “Ask the Exec” event March 19th at Travois at 5:30 that evening. Details about that are in this newsletter.
And, finally the KC Royals Opening Day is March 28th. Besides selling newspapers and flags on the corners we have the opportunity to sell flags in the parking lot of the Kauffman Stadium. We will not have a lunch meeting that day to give you the opportunity to sell flags at the stadium.
Hopefully, March will end as a lamb and we will have perfect weather for KC Day!
Go Royals!!!

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Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary
Brown and Loe
Mar 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 13, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 13, 2019 4:30 PM
Lunch & Learn at Habitat for Humanity KC
Habitat for Humanity KC
Mar 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn at KelCon
KelCon Technology
Mar 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn at MarkOne
Mar 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn at the Arts Asylum
The Arts Asylum
Mar 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn/Hard Hat Tour J Rieger & Co.
J Rieger & Co Distillery
Mar 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Mar 16, 2019
Ask the Exec
Mar 19, 2019 5:30 PM

Youth Camp Work Days
May 11th & May 18th
8:00 am - Noon

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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
March 7, 2019
This Week's Speaker is Charlie Shields, CEO, Truman Medical Center. His topic is "Kansas City's Essential Hospital."
Charlie Shields serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Truman Medical Centers (TMC). Charlie joined TMC in July 2010 as Chief Operating Officer of TMC Lakewood in Kansas City, Mo. He assumed his current role in July, 2014.

Charlie’s vision for TMC is to lead the way to a healthier Kansas City. His priorities include improving organizational performance; enhancing communication among staff, medical providers and patients; and working with physicians and leaders to develop innovative ways to meet the growing health needs of our community.

Prior to coming to TMC, Charlie spent 20 years in the Missouri General Assembly and served as President Pro-Tem of the Missouri Senate from 2009-2011. He began his career in healthcare and spent 17 years with Heartland Health (now Mosaic Life Care) in St. Joseph, Missouri where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.

Charlie is actively engaged in leadership roles with several community partnerships. These include the Missouri Hospital Association, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Civic Council, Metropolitan Community College Foundation Board of Directors, Urban Neighborhood Initiative Kansas City, Truman Heartland Community Foundation and Starlight Board of Directors. He was appointed to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – State Board of Education by Governor Jay Nixon in August, 2012. He was elected board president, effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.
Last Week's Meeting
February 28, 2019
It was a busy day at the old Club 13. The usual opening proceedings followed by the mentions of club member's anniversaries. Steve Dicus, 21 years-Evie Craig 16 years-Leslie Gasser 4 years.
Then Randy Sisk showed us a video of Camp Enterprise. Randy has done a terrific job with this program. We owe he and his group so much. Then Linn Mills put in a good word for Shoes for Orphan Souls - and Jane Lee told us of the program for "Ask the Exec." It will be held at the Travois. It is in the Crossroads district.
Our speaker today was Pam Whiting. She is and has been with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for 20 years. As you might imagine--they are for everything good in our area and the bi-state area also. 
The Chamber got it start in 1887. Men only and no lawyers. Their focus was on Trade, infrastructure, travel, and anything else that would benefit our area. Their office, before the flood of 1903, was outside of the Union Station--after the flood the office was moved to Union Station. They are very interested in small business and economic development. In 2011 they centered on 5 goals History, UMKC, Neighborhoods, Transportation and Early Education.
It was a good program, one that has something for everyone. Lack of gasoline tax,  a moratoriums on "stealing" business from neighboring states and progressive thinking for all activities that would benefit the citizens of Missouri and Kansas.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Lunch & Learns
With the Big 12 Tournament in town on March 14, we will be cancelling the luncheon at the Kill Devil Club. Instead, we have several Lunch and Learn opportunities lined up for you! See one you like? Go ahead and sign up. Space in limited at each location. (Lunch will be provided.)
- The Arts Asylum - hosted by Evie Craig. Limit 15. Sign up here.
- Habitat for Humanity KC - hosted by Melissa Jones. Limit 12. Sign up here.
- KelCon Technologies - hosted by David McCaughey. Limit 10. Sign up here.
- MarkOne - hosted by Joe Privitera. Limit 20. Sign up here.
Ask the Exec March 19 at Travois
Watch for your invitation to what promises to be a fascinating ASK THE EXEC event for Rotarians and guests at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Travois, 310 W. 19th Terr., Kansas City, MO.
Our featured executive is Elizabeth Glynn, Travois CEO, who will discuss this truly unique business model launched in 1995 that focuses exclusively on promoting housing and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
You’ll also be able to tour this amazing facility designed by the firm’s own architects, and view a powerful exhibit by American Indian artist Holly Wilson, on display for a limited time at Travois (pron. Travoy).
This is one of our signature membership development events, so please bring a guest and allow them to experience the fun and support of our Rotary club. Remember we need strong support from our club if we are to continue offering this popular event.
Cost is only $10/person for noshing, networking and art. Parking is available in the lot directly in front of Travois, located on W. 19th Terr., just half a block east of Broadway.
Shoes for Orphan Souls
Thank you for your generous contributions to “Shoes for Orphan Souls”.  Our dedicated shoppers are very busy buying shoes and socks for the world’s most vulnerable children. Please remember new shoes put children on a path to: Health, Education, Hope and Opportunity. The shoes this year will be delivered to Kenya as well as in the United States and perhaps our local communities.
Mark your Calendars!!!! Our District Assembly and Shoes Roll Call of Clubs will be held Saturday, April 27TH in Cameron, Mo.  Please refer to the weekly Buzz Saw for information  regarding the exact location and time.
To make this project successful, the “Shoes for Orphan Souls” committee will continue to need your support and volunteer time.  The last day to make financial contributions to the 2019 campaign is April 18th.  Donations of shoes and socks will be accepted from present time until April 23rd.
Please make your checks payable to Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation and note: Shoes for Orphan Souls. Thank you for lifting the spirits of underprivileged children.
For additional information, please contact Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.
Bowling News
Beware of unknown substitutes. That was the lesson learned when Andrew Green was asked to fill in for John Reynolds last week. He rolled a 232 and two other good games which added to the  handicap pins for the opposing team. Thus, John's team ended up losing three games.
In addition to Andrew's 232, John Lawrence rolled a 222 and 207. Peter Ho had a 210 and 201 and Dick Retrum covered the 5-7 split. Well done all.
Attention: Wesley Gill.  You have seven weeks left in the season to bowl a 200 game. 
Satellite Club Meeting
Another great Satellite meeting last week! Paul Searcy served as the MC for the meeting. Bill Kort was the guest speaker. Sally Bibb inducted a new member, Ford Miller. If you would like to attend a Satellite club meeting, they are the 4th Tuesday of each month at Tower Tavern.
Rotary Youth Camp News
This past weekend the camp was host to a Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet. The Scouts opted out of spending the night Saturday, but had a lot of fun during the day. Once winter ends, there will be a lot of work needing to be done in order for camp to be ready for summer! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11th and Saturday May 18th for camp work days. There will be something for every skill level!