The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
September 16, 2021
This week's Speaker is Fang Shen, Partner and Asia Services Leader, Husch Blackwell LLP and Immediate Past PresidentAsian Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Her topic is: "Kansas City's Asian American Community; It's Importance, Growth and Challenges."
Fang Shen leads the Asian Practice at Husch Blackwell LLP. As a transactional attorney, Fang concentrates on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, loans and financing, corporate structure and joint ventures, global manufacturing and distribution and trade compliance. She hosted a December 2020 Webinar titled: The Better Bet: China or India? Fang was named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2021 NextGen Leaders program honoring 25 rising stars in Kansas City business.
She was President of the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City from 2018 to 2020 and has been on the Board from 2007 to present. The metro area has more than 4,100 Asian-American businesses with gross annual sales of $1.4 billion and an annual payroll exceeding $220 million. Fang is passionate about improving opportunities within the Asian community, and serves on the boards of Kansas City Chinese Association and the Society for Friendship with China.
Fang grew up in Taiyuan, a northern city in Shanxi province in China. Becoming a lawyer isn’t a typical career path for Chinese women, but Fang Shen wasn’t going to let that stand in her way. She attended college in Beijing before moving to United States in 2000 where she received her J.D. at the University of Missouri- Kansas City Law School with distinction. 
She lives in Leawood, Kansas with her husband Geoffrey and her children Mirabelle and Kaiser.  Little-known fact is that Fang enjoys Asian folk dancing, has taken classes for the last 14 years, and participates in the annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Kansas City.

We will be meeting in person this week at the Gallery, however a Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to members who cannot attend in person. If you would like to visit as a guest, please email Executive Director Mandy Sheldon.

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Last Week's Meeting
September 9, 2021
The meeting began with Pres. Andresen ringing the bell.  First, music committee members Bob Lager and C. Bolte led the group in singing the Star-Spangled Banner (the way it was intended to be sung, not like many NFL football game singers do it).  Then Club members with birthdays in September were treated to the Happy Birthday song. They were George Gordon, Duane Benton, Bill Popplewell, Michael Dehner, Woody Davis, Austin Klarin, Evie Craig, and Roger Sandquist.
After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, Quint Hall provided the invocation. Numerous guests (several of whom are in the membership application process – Great!) were introduced. Folks who were watching the meeting via ZOOM were welcomed.
Then the September Club Anniversaries for the following members were noted: Barbara Dolci 14 years; Kara Bennett 12 years; Jack Ryan 2 years; Martha Voight 12 years; Jim Ramsey 18 years.
Sarah Beyer, treasurer of the Club 13 Auxiliary (and spouse of Rick Beyer) reported on activities of the Auxiliary group. She reminded us that the group originally was for the wives of Rotarians. When women became members of the Club, the group “reinvented itself to become the Club 13 Auxiliary with the objective of promoting social activities among its members and to support selected projects and activities at the Youth Camp.” While the COVID epidemic has curtailed many of their social activities, their work has continued. Ms. Beyer reported that the group has given $1,600 to the camp this year in support of several groups that use the camp, and to ongoing improvements in camp facilities.
A reminder about the Day of Service at the Camp on Sept.11, in recognition of the victims of 9/11.
Also on Sept 11, a group will be traveling to the Dunn Ranch for Prairie Day.
On Sep 18, there will be the Park(ing) Day Festival downtown from 10am to 6pm.  Volunteers are needed. See the Buzzsaw and previous announcements for details.
July/August Bagel Run volunteers were noted and thanked. (Richard Atlas, Kelvin Beatty, Linn Mills, Nick Pryor, Diane Scott, Kent Verden, Dallas Ziegenhorn)
Eric Bubb introduced our speaker for the day, for builder businessman and venture capitalist Ward Schraeder, whose presentation basically was a recap of the history of his business and financial ventures.  He was born on a small ranch in Western Kansas and attended a one room schoolhouse with 13 students from eight grades. After college, with a degree in chemistry, he worked for about 10 years for Union Carbide, and then decided to go into business for himself. He led a company that buys bankrupt businesses and helps them recover to solvency and success. He continued that work on his own. Along the way he helped establish new hospitals around the country.
Further business adventures included joining a company that designs and builds rocket engines for space satellites, restoring large homes, and joining his daughter in presenting the TV program, Bargain Mansions. 
To learn more about Mr. Schraeder, just enter his name in your Internet search program, and you will discover numerous sites that discuss all aspects of his life, history, family, and business ventures.
After announcements about coming programs and a quote for the day, “Buy a house far enough out of town to avoid traffic, but close enough for pizza delivery” (unknown), we recited the 4 way test and the meeting was adjourned. 
Prairie Day at Dunn Ranch 
On Saturday, a group of Club 13 Rotarians and their families were able to attend Prairie Day at the Dunn Ranch Prairie which is part of the Missiouri Nature Conservancy. We took wagon rides to see the bison with their babies that were born this spring, wildflower walking tours, saw the exhibits that explained the many aspects of the prairie and enjoyed delicious bison burgers prepared by the Hartfield Fire Department. We were excited to have new members as well as former members join us at this event!
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen.  The book is available by mail order through the Rainy Day Books web site or call the store for curb-side pickup.  The discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, September 20, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
About the book:
Da Chen was born in 1962, the Year of Great Starvation.  Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution was about to engulf millions of Chinese citizens, the Red Guard to enforce a brutal regime of communism.  Chen’s family belongs to the despised landlord class, and as he grows up Chen’s father and grandfather are routinely beaten and sent to labor camps.  Buoyed up be a devoted family, the young Da Chen is part Horatio Alger, part Holden Caulfield; he befriends a gang of hoodlums as well as an elegant, elderly Chinese Baptist woman who teaches him English and opens the door to a new life.  Rich with scenes of rural life – catching frogs, working the rice fields, feasting on oysters and fried peanuts – Colors of the Mountain is a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love; and an exhilarating account of success in the face of adversity.

Please consider making a difference in a young person's life by becoming a Lead to Read KC reading mentor this school year. This is a one half hour a week commitment around the lunch hour. It is ok if you occasionally need to miss a week. You may also sign up to be a Flextra (on call reader). There are in person and virtual reading opportunities, starting October 13. Please email Hayley Rees at to obtain details on opportunities. Please email Literacy Chairperson Sherri Hahn with any questions. Thank you!
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Masks are required to be worn in the Gallery when not eating or drinking.
Thank you!
Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Sep 20, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway lanes
Sep 22, 2021 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 25, 2021
Downtown Committee Meeting
Sep 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Sep 28, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 29, 2021 4:30 PM
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Sep 23, 2021
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InterUrban ArtHouse: How trains, planes and a post office became a creative hub for artists
Oct 07, 2021
Oct 14, 2021
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The Satellite Club will meet on Tuesday, September 28th, 5:30 PM in the meeting room at the Tower Tavern, 401 East 31st Street.  Following networking, Rotarian Brad Kleindl will speak on the Club 13 international service projects. There will be a short discussion on the October social event and the meeting will end with the Four Way Test. All Club 13 members are welcome to attend.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
Did you know we are open year round for camping? Our “Off Season” starts in September and runs through May. During this time any youth organization can use the camp facilities, and we are booked full with weekend campouts. Scout troops, Girl Scouts, Church Organizations and sports teams are some of the many fall and winter campers. There is even a special badge to earn for “Snow Camping”. Operating year round allows us to further our reach and serve as many youth as possible! While the summer sessions are full of pool parties and sunshine, the off season brings campfires, cook outs, and a whole new season of fun!
Special thanks to everyone who came out for the 9/11 Day of Service on Saturday morning at Camp! We had 35 Rotarians from eight clubs across two districts! It was a great morning of service!

The buildings are coming down early this week and the demo part of the pool house locker rooms is underway!