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
We had two Fireside meetings at member’s homes this week. I attended both and it was very enjoyable to get to visit with so many people of our Rotary club. Tuesday night was hosted by Barbara Dolci at her Overland Park, KS home which is in a cul-de-sac next to a walking trailing. A wood-burning fire was warming the room we gathered in.
After we settled in with snacks and drinks Barbara passed around a bowl full of quarters. Each of us pulled a quarter from the bowl and were instructed to tell a story about what we were doing the year that was displayed on the quarter. It made for lively discussions and some great stories. I learned a lot about the members in the room. Our youngest member pulled a quarter with 2001 on it. He told us he was in 4th grade and at school when he learned of the 9/11 attack on USA. Parents were called to pick-up the students. Once home he watched the day unfold on live TV. Those experiences you never forgot.
Thursday night we met at Jared Campbell’s home. He and his spouse, Katie hosted at their condominium on 10th street across from the Kansas City, MO Library. It was a much different setting. Parking was a little more challenging. The space was modern with polished concrete floors and painted white ceiling beams. There was an electric fireplace running and a TV monitor rotating photos from their travels to Southeast Asia.
We hung around the huge white island between the kitchen and living space and munched on food and talked about issues of the day. We learned that Jared is running for a position on the City Council. We discussed the photos on the TV monitor and shared travel stories.
Both meetings were a great opportunity to spend quality time with each other.  If you have never attended a Fireside meeting I would strongly recommend it. More meetings are planned for next year.
Thanks to the hosts and guests that made both evenings so enjoyable.
Barbara Dolci's guests were Kara Bennett, Jerry Cooke, Mary Kingsley, Jane Lee, John Miller, Dr. Taylor Phipps, Karl Roscoe, Lainie Wibur, Marie Whitmer and Dallas Ziegenhorn.
Jared and Katie Campbell's guests were Jan Armstrong, Kara Bennett, Christy Chester, Marc Horner, Linn Mills and Paul Searcy.

Nov 01, 2018
Kansas City Metro's Role in the Performing Arts
Nov 08, 2018
Homelessness and Veterans
Nov 15, 2018
A Perfect Storm: The Pendergast Machine, The KC Athenaeum, and the Municipal Elections of 1925
Nov 22, 2018
Dec 06, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Oct 29, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Oct 31, 2018 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Nov 03, 2018
Nourish KC (formerly KC Community Kitchen)
Nourish KC
Nov 05, 2018
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Nov 07, 2018 4:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
The Gallery
Nov 08, 2018 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Nov 10, 2018
Ramblin Rotarians at Independence Rotary
Independence Ennovation Center
Nov 13, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

The Ramblin' Rotarians are Heading to Independence!
Rotary Club of Independence (MO)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Independence Ennovation Center 
201 North Forest Ave.
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 463-3532
 Parking is available in the garage across the street from the Ennovation Center. Enter the building through the main entrance off of Forest Ave. The Receptionist will direct you to the cafeteria. The cost of lunch is $12.50

Join us for this all ages event! Money raised will go to the Rotary Foundation to help fund the eradication of Polio.
Cost - $30/person (includes bowling and pizza)
When - Nov. 18th 12:30-2:30 pm
Where - Ward Parkway Lanes (1523 W. 89th St)
We can accommodate up to 50 bowlers - five bowlers per lane. Bowlers will be assigned lanes based on sign-ups. Smaller groups may be combined to fit bowlers. Make checks payable to the Rotary Club of Kansas City.

Volunteers Needed at NourishKC (formerly the KC Community Kitchen)

The Community Service Committee is welcoming back by popular demand, NourishKC—formerly known as the KC Community Kitchen.  Nourish KC offers healthy, hot meals with no questions asked and strives to nourish both the mind and body.  The dining room is staffed by volunteers like us who work with culinary students & kitchen team to offer a restaurant-like atmosphere to give guests a delicious meal that not only fills their stomachs, but nourishes their bodies and minds.

We are scheduled the 1st Monday of each month for at least 5 people, beginning on  Monday, November 5 at 10:50-12:00.  Short shift volunteers often act as waiters, but may also help with bussing tables, refilling beverages, rolling silverware, etc. as needed to meet demand.  All volunteers should wear long pants, closed toe shoes, hat (baseball cap) or will be provided a hair net.  Address:  750 Paseo Boulevard,  KCMO. 

Sign up HERE!

The Downtown Neighborhood Association has extended an invitation for Club 13 to join them for a showing of KC Rep’s Of Mice and Men, on Thursday, November 8th. Thanks to a generous benefactor, the tickets are free! There will be a pre-show Happy Hour followed by a 7PM performance of the Steinbeck classic. Please RSVP at this link, and select the Nov 8 performance. You’ll get a confirmation email once your seats have been reserved. Questions, feel free to contact me or Andrew Cotlar at

We need volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28 for Boo at the Zoo.
Please click here to sign up!
Costumes are welcome!
Great for families!

OCTOBER 24, 2018

Join District Governor Julie McCoy and other Rotarians as we light up the Kansas City sky with our or pledge to the children of the world: End Polio Now!

When: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: Kansas City Marriott Downtown, (200 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64105)

What: Join us in Bar Centrale at the Marriott for a drink, take a photo or video of the illumination and post it to Facebook and Instagram – help us create awareness for the amazing work of Rotary!

 The End Polio illumination will be visible on the Kansas City Marriott Downtown on 12th street following sunset Wednesday, October 24th 2018.

All are welcome!  Show your Rotary pride – and help to create awareness for End Polio Now!

Learn more about the People of Rotary! Last week's honoree was Robin Rusconi. Click here to read more!
And you can also catch up on our past features!
Click here to read about Karl Bublitz.
Click here to read about Lon Lawton.
Click here to read about Barbara Dolci.
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
October 25, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Jeff Kahrs, Reg. Director, US  Dept. Health and Human Services. His topic is "Combatting the Opioid Crisis." 

Causes and extent of the dramatic increase in opioid-related deaths and addiction in the United States in the last 10 years; the federal response to the crisis, led by  the Department of Health and Human Services, including current policies, funding, and initiatives to address misuse of both illicit and prescription opioids; and  efforts to prevent treat and prevent opioid addiction at the national, state and community level.


Wm. Jeff Kahrs was appointed Regional Director of Region 7 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in November 2017. As a presidential appointee, Kahrs provides executive leadership as the primary representative for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In this role, Kahrs oversees HHS activities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and represents the department in its work with nine federally recognized tribes. The Office of the Regional Director, based in Kansas City, Mo., also has responsibility for intergovernmental and external affairs, which brings together federal, state, local and tribal governments and private-sector partners.
Mr. Kahrs brings to HHS 25 years’ experience in public service.  Most recently, he served as the deputy secretary and chief of staff for the Kansas Department for Children and Families. In six years with that agency, he led the effort to transform the state’s outdated social services agency into an agency of opportunity that promotes healthy families and encourages personal responsibility.
Before joining Kansas state government, Kahrs spent 16 years as a congressional staff member. He began his congressional tenure in 1995 as legislative director for U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas. He became Tiahrt’s chief of staff in 2000 and held that position until 2011. As chief of staff, Kahrs developed extensive knowledge of the House appropriations process and the HHS budget. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, he spent two years as law clerk for the chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.
Kahrs is a fourth-generation Kansan who grew up in Wichita. He received his bachelor of business administration degree in business management from Wichita State University. He later earned his law degree with honors from Washburn University Law School, where he served as research editor on the Washburn Law Review. 
Jeff and his wife, Felita, currently reside in Topeka, Kan., with their sons, Samuel and William.
Last Week's Meeting
October 18, 2018
After Pres. Kara B.  welcomed everyone to the meeting, Song Master Woody Davis led us in a rousing “America” accompanied on the keyboard by, you guessed it, Chief Piano Player C. Bolte. After we recited the Pledge, Eric Bubb gave the invocation after pointing out that it wasn’t original with him.
Mandy welcomed our guests, and we thanked the members of the Invocation Committee for doing duty as greeter.
Jared Campbell congratulated new member Rich Ambler for completing the requirements for removal of his TYRO ribbon – same dues however.
PDG Jerry Venters presented Graduation Certificates to Glenn Crawford and David McCaughey for completing the District’s Rotary Leadership Institute.  The goal of the institute is to produce better and stronger leaders.  Participants meet for all day training sessions on three Saturdays. The program started in 2014, and so far has produced 66 graduates. 
Sally Bibb reported on new initiatives by the Membership Committee: Three levels of membership have been created:  First, is the traditional Continuing Lunch membership; second is an Organizational Membership, in which a company leader and two of his/her staff people have access to the weekly meetings; and finally, a Satellite Club membership.  This will be for people who cannot get away for weekly lunch meetings.  It will meet once a month at times and places to be announced. Sally closed by saying we are the Rotary club of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Tony Andresen reported on the results so far of the Food Fight, with final results to come next week. He also said that we can sign up for Salvation Army Bell Ringing slots using the website that has worked well for the last few years, or call him or Mandy to sign up. See Buzz Saw.
Eric Bubb talked about the coming bowling outing to benefit Polio. It will be at the Ward Parkway Lanes on Nov. 18, from 12:30 to 2:30.  $30/person.  See Buzz Saw. Mandy reported that volunteers are needed to fill two slots on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm for Boo at the Zoo. David King talked a bit about Linn Mills, who is the latest participant in the People of Rotary project.  Go to the Buzz Saw for a link to her report.
Christy Chester introduced our speaker for the day, Mike Davidson, who has been the Chiefs’ Equipment Manager since 1989 (and who recently handed the job over to his associate.) His program was "All We See is Red: What it Takes to Put the Chiefs on the Field."
In 1989, Mike became the Equipment Manager for the Chiefs. He has also served as the Hall of Honor and VIP Tour Coordinator. Currently, he works as the Associate Team Historian.
Mike began by asking a question, “How many of you ever thought that you’d have as a program a guy who washes socks and jocks for a living?” The he moved into a quick review of the history of the Chiefs and the steps along the way that Lamar Hunt took to create a new professional football league and the eventual decision to start a team here in Kansas City. The story began with Lamar as a little boy, the son of a wealthy oil man in Dallas.  He was always into sports and said at an early age that he wanted someday to have a team of his own.  And so he did.
With a series of stories, most comical and all very interesting, Mike had the complete attention of everyone in the room.  Clearly he is a great story teller and our Club is full of serious, long time Chiefs fans.  Finally P. Kara said we were running out of time, but the stories and questions could continue as long as people wanted, and did they want!  About twenty minutes after one, we finally reached the last question. It was fun to watch.
P. Kara closed the meeting with the following inspirational words:
“The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionable integrity.  Without it, no real success is possible, no matter if it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”  Dwight D. Eisenhower
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Board Meeting Recap for Oct.

The Board of Directors Meeting was held Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

September's minutes were approved and the Membership changes were reviewed. For approval were five new applications, Rose Ryan, retired, sponsors Diane Scott and Sally Bibb, Leland Shurin, Lawyer, Shaffer Lombardo Shurin (sponsor Carl Bolte), George Guastello, Union Station (sponsor Joe Privitera), Ernesto Marquez, KPMG (sponsor Leslie Gasser), and Julie Jenson, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (sponsor Christy Chester). These applications were approved. A request for Past Service prompted a discussion of what criteria is specified for a past service member, and the board agreed that it will continue to review case by case. There were two terminations made for non-payment of dues and one resignation.

During the Treasurer's Report there was discussion of Past Due accounts. 90-day letters and statements have been sent to any member 90 days past due. The Financial Statement was reviewed.

The Membership Update and changes in membership was reviewed as well as discussion on issues in the Kill Devil Club, including sound and microphones. It was suggested to get Bluetooth speakers for the tables.

Dan Nenonen reported on the Camp.  The Board has approved a new Board member, Joey O’Loughlin. The Club Board needed to approve. George Heymach moved to accept. Randy Sisk second. Motion carried. Approximately $30,000 of the $250,000 maintenance fund has been spent so far.         There was discussion of the Camp Director position and long-term plans of succession.

In other Club Business, Paul Searcy updated the Board on KC Day.  Paul reported that the “exact plan” is not known at this time. We cannot say for sure what the Star will or will not do. Greater KC Day will be fine, and we will raise the same amount of money, with or without papers. The Star would probably sell papers to us at a discount. Their lack of participation will be that they do not want to do the charitable contributions, advertising, wrap, etc. Paper sales are only 15% of the GKC revenue. The support is still there from Price Chopper and the Royals. The KC Day Steering Committee meetings will start this month.

The Club will provide a Silent Auction item/basket for the Foundation Dinner. Kara asked for suggestions or ideas from the Board Members.

There was also discussion of the Venture Funds and process. We are waiting on the Foundation Board to meet and approve all the projects that have been approved by the disbursement committee.

The Calendar for the next month was reviewed and meeting adjourned.
While Club 13 has an energized and dynamic Membership Committee, membership growth is not just the responsibility of a committee but rather the responsibility of every Club member.  We all know that membership is the lifeblood of our organization and that a strong, robust club can have more impact within our local and world community.
We are reaching out to EACH of you to please ASK at least one person to join Club 13.  We have so much to offer! 
Club 13 now offers three types of membership: Traditional Lunch, Organizational and Satellite.
Traditional Lunch members enjoy weekly lunches networking with fellow Rotarians and hearing outstanding speakers plus the opportunity for support of the Rotary Youth Camp, local community service projects and international service.
Organizational members are CEO’s and Executive Directors who want their organization, not-for profit or company to participate in Rotary but they personally do not have the time for weekly lunches.  The primary member (CEO or ED) designates two people from their staff to attend luncheon meetings when possible.  With this type of membership, it is possible for the organization to have a frequent representative at Rotary lunch.
Satellite members attend monthly after-hours meetings for fellowship, networking and information on service projects. There will be an emphasis on Rotary service at the meetings with Satellite members encouraged to participate each month in service projects. The inaugural Satellite Club meeting will be on Tuesday, October 23rd and will meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.
The Community Service Community has many, many service projects planned and there are at least two projects every month.  With so many projects offered, Rotarians can choose those activities that meet their own interests and schedules.  The Rotary motto is Service Above Self and we now have plenty of opportunity for both current members and new members.   
In the past, many of you have ASKed someone to join Rotary and they may have responded that they would welcome the service projects but just “don’t have the time to attend meetings.”  We’ve solved that problem with the three types of membership and even the busy CEO or the over-scheduled young professional can join Rotary.
Rotary International supports these types of members, no longer requires weekly attendance and realizes that many people today have the heart and spirit of a Rotarian but not the calendar time to spend at meetings. Club 13 is now offering these three types of membership to better serve our community.
EACH of you likely knows someone who would be a terrific Rotarian – a family member, someone in your office, a neighbor, a good friend.  Please ASK them to join and offer the type of membership that fits their business and family life.  Please participate in the Club 13 EACH ONE – ASK ONE campaign!
Bowling News
Dave Boone rolled his first high game of the season with a 204 and Tom Talkington had his first with an even 200. Henrik Andersen picked up the 4-7-10 split and Kay Roscoe covered the 5-7. Congratulations all.
Heard on the lanes:  Al Tikwart noticed Wesley Gill was not picking up her spares and asked "Do you need glasses?" Ted Middendorf, "I hate this  ame....but I'll be back next week just to make sure."  Eric Bubb, "I should get credit for missing the five pin....right?  
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Thanks to all who have already signed up for Bell Ringing! We had a great first weekend of signups, and there are still many great times and spots available. Everyone should be able to find the spot that works.
This is a wonderful tradition, and hugely important for the Salvation Army who does so much for our community and beyond (just think Hurricanes Florence and Michael). Many of you have favorite times, places and friends to ring with; so don’t delay- get together and sign up now!
We are scheduled to ring three Saturdays this year: the Saturday before Thanksgiving (11/17) and the two following (12/1 and 12/8). Based on years past, I’ve chosen what I think are the best spots. We will ring one Saturday at American Girl/Oak Park Mall (11/17), one Saturday at Sam’s Club in the Northland (12/1), two Saturdays INDOORS at Crown Center (12/1 & 12/8), and all three Saturdays on the Plaza at Barnes & Noble and North Face.
This will be our fourth year using and it has worked extremely well. You can even sign up using your cell phone! The (correct) link is HERE.
This is a great way to spend time with fellow Rotarians. Or share a meal over the holidays with friends, your spouse or family before or after ringing! Extra points for Tyros!
Call or email me if you have any questions,
Thank you very much!
Looking for Members to be Mentors
The Membership Committee is looking for members to be Mentors for new Rotarians. You might be asking, "what does a mentor do?" Well, here are just a few ideas: 
  • Watch that the new member is attending our weekly luncheons and sit with them at meetings, introduce them to other members.

  • Be sure the new member has joined a committee or two or is volunteering for some of our service opportunities.

  • Invite the new member to attend, with you, a service project or social event.

These are just a few suggestions - it is up to each Mentor to find the best balance of communicating with a new member.


If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Jared Campbell at 913-543-3583  or