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May 18, 2017
Politics and the Editorial Page
May 25, 2017
Celebration of Life
Jun 08, 2017
Tony DiPardo Lives On
Jun 15, 2017
Read This on our Anniversary/Read This when I'm Dead
Jun 22, 2017
The American Royal: Its Move and Its Future
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Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Meeting
Mark One Electric
May 17, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
May 20, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
May 22, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Kill Devil
Jun 08, 2017 11:00 AM
No Meeting
Jun 15, 2017
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 22, 2017
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

It's Almost Dragon Boat Time!
And... we need YOUR help!
If you are interested in signing up to row with Club 13 for the Annual Dragon Boat competition this year, please contact Robin Rusconi to get signed up!
Everyone is welcome!

May Birthday Celebrants
5/1  Gene Freeman
5/1  Jack Rowe
5/7  Ken Smith
5/9  Dick McFarland
5/9  John Platt
5/10  Randy Wisthoff
5/12  Perry Atha
5/12  Latoya Goree
5/12  Tom Van Dyke
5/14  Greg Kallos
5/14  Mark Snow
5/16  Jerry Cooke
5/17  Joe Privitera
5/19  Keith Roney
5/23  Bob Benson
5/23  Lon Lawton
5/24  Terry Kilroy
5/27  Bob Lager
5/31  Robert Thompson

There is an upcoming opportunity to buy a Rotary shirt that honors the Club’s $26.50 contribution to the Rotary Foundation and helps promote our Rotary Club both in Kansas City and at the Atlanta Rotary Convention. The shirts are available from the J. Wilbur Company in men’s and women’s sizes, are wrinkle and shrink resistant, and have a long lasting professional look. The Convention Committee has selected Autumn Orange as the color in order to “stand out” at Rotary events and coordinate with the Kansas City booth at the Atlanta convention. The shirts cost $20 and orders need to be placed by April 28th
Please place your order directly with Lainie Wilbur While the shirts are of particular significance to those attending the Atlanta convention, all Rotary Club 13 members are welcome to order a shirt. The shirts will be unique to our Club.

Rotaract KC's CAMP RISE
Rotaract Kansas City’s CAMP RISE seeks to provide a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 8-13 who are currently homeless in Kansas City. CAMP RISE aims to celebrate independence, resilience and empowerment. Our campers will gain new and exciting experiences, valuable life-skills and most importantly, the freedom to be a kid away from the strain and uncertainty of homeless living.
If you would like to make a donation to Camp Rise, Checks can be made payable to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation with “Camp Rise” in the memo. Mail check to: Rotaract c/o Camp Rise, 700 East 8th Street Unit 6T, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Click here to learn more about Camp Rise and how we can help!


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Gallery
61 E. 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
May 11,2017
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Micah W. Kubic, PH.D., Executive Director, ACLU of Kansas. His topic is "Where Freedom Stands: A Brief Survey of Major Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Issues."
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Micah W. Kubic. Micah joined the ACLU of Kansas as its executive director in January 2015 with more than fifteen years of experience in civil liberties, civil rights, and racial justice work.

Prior to coming to the ACLU, Micah was the Director of Planning, Development, and Evaluation at the Full Employment Council, a non-profit organization that provides employment and training services to more than 50,000 Kansas City area residents each year.  Micah previously served as a Senior Program Officer at Greater Kansas City LISC, where he worked directly with six urban core neighborhoods to improve their quality of life.  Micah has worked as legislative director for a Kansas City councilman, an analyst of education policy at the American Federation of Teachers, an analyst of housing policies at the nationally-respected Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and as a public affairs and public policy consultant.

Micah holds bachelors’ degrees from the George Washington University, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in Black Politics from Howard University.

His first book, Freedom, Inc. and the Fight for African American Empowerment, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2016.
Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
May 4, 2017
President Peter Ho called the meeting to order at the Gallery greeting us with the day’s theme: “May the 4th Be With You.” Past President Chuck Eddy led us in the singing of the patriotic song de jure, with the piano meanderings of the creative and unrehearsed piano player, Carl Bolte. Peter led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Pastor Scott Crostek’s blessing on our luncheon. Mr. Crostek was introduced by Charlie Rogers as the pastor of Church of the Resurrection’s Crossroads’ congregation which is breaking ground on a new church building nearby. Our frequent and cordial welcomer, Thea Neal, introduced 6 guests of our members. Peter reminded all that an invoice for $26.50- replicating the first donation to the Rotary Foundation by Club 13- would be received by those members not already making a prior donation. Peter announced that the 50/50 drawing at each May meeting will benefit Rotaract’s Camp Rise project for homeless children.
Mandy Sheldon recognized Kent Verden, Dick and Carol Retrum, and Doug and Megan Anderson for delivering 1,019 bagels and 15 pounds of cream cheese to the Salvation Army in the month of April. Linn Mills reported that Club 13 delivered 724 pairs of shoes to add to the District’s astounding total of 17,000 pairs of shoes for this year’s Shoes for Orphan Souls project. Past District Governor Larry Lunsford, the initial and continuing force behind the project, announced at the collection point that over a period of 15 years, 300,000 pairs of shoes have been donated! Lastly, President Peter recognized the efforts of the Club’s Literacy for KC Spelling Bee team, including members Joan Caulfield and Dan Nenonen.
The appropriately and always humble, Jim Porter, then introduced our speaker, Mindy Corporon, the CEO of the Faith Always Wins Foundation. Mindy, a woman of petite stature but enormous heart and courage, intimately recounted the nightmarish story of finding her father, Dr. William Corporon, and 14-year old son, Reat Underwood, murdered on April 13, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center. From the chaos at the scene of the murders and the ensuing and devastating grief of losing one’s history and one’s future, Mindy has forged ahead. Starting with a student vigil at Blue Valley High School the night of the murders, she assured the community it was not God’s plan that a hate-filled lunatic randomly kill her father and son. Rather, she knows they were enveloped by God’s love during this tragedy and are in heaven. She placed this tragedy in the context of her upbringing as a “white girl” raised in Oklahoma believing in Jesus as her savior. Mindy was never introduced to Judaism, the apparent target of the killings, or other religions, such as the Muslim faith. Mindy’s journey has taken her to a mosque where the Muslim family and mother of a 15-year old son killed by a hate crime requested her presence among them. It has taken her to a Jewish synagogue where she has received counsel from a Rabbi. It has taken her to weekly prayers at her own church where she has discerned guidance to “bring my people together.” Her still fresh journey has led her to do just that through establishment of the Seven Days initiative.  The mission of Seven Days is to promote interfaith dialogue by engaging all people to discover commonalities and overcome evil with acts of kindness. See for more information. Mindy shared that her other son, Lucas, is doing well and had just made a 93% on a biology test. Cause for celebration!  
President Peter adjourned the meeting with a quote by author Robert Brault: “Sometimes in Tragedy we find our life’s Purpose.” Indeed, life on our planet does move forward even in the face of hate and tragedy. Mindy Corporon is living proof that tragedies can lead to good, that despite the distinctions in our political, theological, and personal beliefs, the human race is interconnected by common beliefs, needs and desires, and that emphasizing and acting on those things we share is far more beneficial than segregating society based on our differences.
Did you miss this awesome meeting? You can view it on our YouTube Channel - Click the link below!
Match Play Golf Tournament
Sign up for the Rotary Match Play Golf Tournament!
If you are interested, it goes like this:
Preferably eight or more participants - will be paired up and play at a course of their choosing. Single elimination, handicapped match play. Winner receives a (rather large) travelling trophy with his/her name engraved.  Deadline to sign up is May 11.
What we need to know:
Name and USGA handicap, so we can make pairings and set deadlines for play & your email or phone number.
Email Mandy to sign up.
Rotary Book Discussion Group

Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Glory Over Everything” by Kathleen Grissom on May 22, 2017, 6:30 PM at Rainy Day Books. (*Please note the date change) The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.

About the book:
The year is 1830 and Jamie Pyke is keeping a deadly secret.  Although he is passing as a wealthy white aristocrat in Philadelphia society, Jamie is really a runaway slave, hiding in plain sight, still hunted.  But Jamie’s carefully constructed world begins to come apart when his beloved young servant Pan, whom he has sworn to protect, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.
Tracing the boy to a North Carolina plantation, Jamie risks his life to save Pan from the fate he himself barely escaped as a child.  Fortunately, a fearless slave, Sukey, has been mothering the terrified young boy, planning to get him out on the Underground Railroad.  As the ruthless slave hunters close in, the three make a run for freedom through the Virginia backwoods and the treacherous Great Dismal Swamp, where they are faced with another desperate choice.
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Bowling Party
Get your Royals Flag!
If you have not already purchased your Raised Royal flag, you can do so at an upcoming meeting - we will have some available for $10.00!