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Apr 26, 2018
Decoding Coworking: It's the Future (Coworking spaces in KC - How it works/advantage/disadvantage)
May 10, 2018
Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace
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Upcoming Events
Spring Swing
Top Golf
Apr 24, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
Apr 28, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
KC Rotary Foundation Board Meeting
Kill Devil
May 03, 2018 10:30 AM
Rotary at First Fridays
1826 Baltimore Ave
May 04, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
May 07, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
May 12, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Memorial Meeting at Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
May 24, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 14, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
The last day of the bowling season was celebrated with colored pins and two dollar bills. Hopefully we were able to give all that funny money away.
Dave Boone rolled a 201 and his team "Strike Force" won the second half of the season.  Congratulations, Dave, Jane Lee and Mark Lieb.  There will be a roll-off on April 18th between three teams to determine the first place Champions for the season. It highest pin count after three games will earn the trophy.
Tomorrow 20 Club 13 bowlers leave for Columbia, MO to play the St. Louis Rotary Club 11. Wish us luck in keeping the traveling trophy in Kansas City.

Group Study Exchange
The Group Study Exchange team from Chile arrived on Saturday, April 14. On Sunday, they attended the (schedule) Royals game and were experienced a Suite at Kauffman Stadium thanks to Joe Privitera and MarkOne. Although the game was eventually cancelled, the team and other Rotary guests enjoyed the hospitality for a couple hours. There are lots of opportunities to visit with the team - tonight at the After Hours event, this Thursday at the Rotary Luncheon and Thursday evening at the Camp Cookout


This week - we feature Perry Atha! Click here to read Perry's profile.
And if you missed the past few People of Rotary, you can still read them! Click on the links below.
Click here to read about Pat Recker!
Click here to read about Sherri Hahn!
Click here to read about Chas Marks!
Click here to read about George Gordon!
Click here to read about David Hanzlick!


Members, click here to log in to Clubrunner.
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
April 19, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent of KC Public Schools. He will help us present the Education Excellence Awards and speak about the future of the KCPS.
Dr. Mark T. Bedell is one of the top young educational leaders in the United States. His personal, educational and career experiences make him uniquely suited to serve as Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, MO. He is a talented, caring teacher and administrator who is doing the hard, systematic work necessary to ensure that every child and every family has an equitable opportunity of making their dreams a reality.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Fisk in 1997. His classroom experiences fueled Dr. Bedell's passion for serving students and drove him to learn how to be an even better teacher, colleague and administrator. He went on to earn a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and administration from Tennessee State University in 2000.
Throughout his path through graduate school, Dr. Bedell demonstrated an increasing ability to apply what he had learned to practical situations that led to direct and long-term improvements for his students, his co-workers, his schools and his school systems. While serving as a principal in places like Houston, his observation of students struggling to stay in school due to lack of wrap-around support prompted Dr. Bedell to study school culture, climate and dropout prevention at Nova Southeastern University, where he was named a Doctor of Education in 2015.
His background, classroom and school experience made Dr. Bedell a natural choice for the Superintendent's post at KCPS in 2016. He came to the school system committed to listening to and learning from students, parents, staff and community members. Dr. Bedell devoted hundreds of hours to public engagement in just the first few months of his position. With the stakeholder guidance, he crafted and enacted a post-entry plan which made the central office more effective and efficient, improved School Board governance, and increased staff morale.
Dr. Bedell has reignited trust in KCPS, sparked a new excitement among families and prompted the much-needed focus on equity in order to guarantee that every student has a legitimate shot at success. His personal, educational and professional journey prove that this is exactly the type of goal that Dr. Bedell was made to accomplish.
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
April 12, 2018
Meeting in the Kill Devil Room, our home away from home, things commenced when Pres. David M. called the meeting to order and turned the mike over to Dr. Chuck Eddy, who led us in singing Happy Birthday for the current celebrants.  Dr. Eddy was accompanied by the amazing…. Piano Man, one C. Bolte who did a pretty good job at the keyboard.  David Hanzlick brought forth a “seasonal invocation”, a delightful poem reflecting on the things in our world and lives that we frequently do not notice. 
Mandy welcomed our three guests and visiting Rotarians. The aforementioned C. Bolte, wearing his other hat as Chairman of the secret Selection Committee for Quality Hill tickets, announced that the Committee (really?) had selected Kara Bennett as this week’s winner of two tickets to a performance at the aforementioned venue.  Exactly how that selection was made is anybody’s guess.  Prof. Bolte also expressed a big thanks to the KC Star for their support (in many ways) of the just concluded (and 29 previous years) Kansas City Day event.
Carl DiCapo reminded us that next Thursday, April 19th at 10 a.m., at Ilus Davis Park (across the street from the entrance to City Hall) there will be a dedication ceremony for the just completed monument honoring The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City, Inc., an organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the unique and rich heritage of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, both in Missouri and Kansas, through advocacy, education and restoration. Ilus Davis Park is named for a man who was in public service as a KC City Councilman (1948-1956) and served two terms as Mayor of Kansas City (1963-1971). (from the Internet)  Pres. David said the Chilean GSE Delegation will be attending this ceremony and will be our guests at next week’s meeting.
Howard Mick reported that the winners of our annual Education Excellence awards from KCPS schools will be at our meeting next week to receive their awards, and will be accompanied by the School Board President, Dr. Mark BedellLinn Mills reminded us that the Shoes for Orphan Souls project is drawing to a close, with only a bit of time remaining to make donations.  Check with Linn for opportunities to help with the remaining activities.  So far, the tally is 937 pairs of shoes and over one thousand pairs of socks.  Dan Nenonen reported on Youth Camp activities.  Check with him for work day opportunities.  He also mentioned the Spring Golf tournament – check with him.  Mandy said that there will be a cookout at the camp for the GSE team on Apr. 19, and a party at Boulevard Beer Hall on the 16th for them. David Hanzlick apologized for the cancellation of the last First Friday get together, and the next one will be on May 5.
At a recent KC Royals game, a special recognition was made for our Paul Searcy for his work on the KC Day event.
People of Rotary Scribe David King talked about his recent interview with Perry Atha.  Bottom line:  Perry is a most impressive man.  Read all about it on the Club’s People of Rotary Facebook page.
Jan Armstrong introduced our speaker for the day, Sherri Kirkpatrick, who is the President and Co-Founder HealthEd Connect. Her topic is "Rotary Club 13 and HealthEd Connect: Together for Zambian Kids."
In 2009, Sherri and her husband, Jac, co-founded HealthEd Connect, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of empowering women and children through evidence-based health, education, and advocacy programs.  Health workers supported by HealthEd Connect have delivered thousands of babies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, provided well-baby and prenatal care to villages in Malawi, and served as front-line health care workers in Nepal.  Recent programs in Zambia have included the establishment of schools to provide affordable education for over 1400 orphans and vulnerable children.  Sherri has served as a consultant to the Soviet Children’s Fund, been selected as a World of Children honoree, and received the Kansas City Chapter United Nations World Citizen of the year award.
Ms. Kirkpatrick’s today was a most inspiring story about working with Zambian women and girls to bring them education, better health, and most importantly the self confidence to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.  She presented numerous examples and statistics to illustrate the impact of her programs on the women of Zambia, and the neighboring countries!  Rotary has been a major partner in her agency’s work, providing the financial assistance and guidance to build schools and improve access to medical care. 
It’s no wonder that Jan Armstrong has devoted so much of her time and energy to assisting Ms. Kirkpatrick with her work in Zambia. 
Take a minute and go to HealthEd Connect’s website to learn more about their work.
Pres. David’s parting thought for the day:
You either get better or bitter.
It’s that simple.
You either take what has been dealt to you
And allow it to make you a better person,
Or you allow it to tear you down.
The choice does not belong to fate.
It belongs to you.        
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Spring Swing
Shoes for Orphan Souls
The 2018 "Shoes for Orphan Souls" project will  come to an end on April 19th. Thank you for your support! Your donation of New Shoes changes lives!
There is still time to contribute! Please make your checks payable to the"Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation" and note "Shoes for Orphan Souls on the memo line. All gifts are tax deductible. 
The Packing party will be held on Saturday, April 21st starting at 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the home of Linn Mills, 147 Pointe Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64116. Tyro's, help with the packing and earn points towards the removal of your red ribbon. For further information, please feel free to contact Linn Mills at 505-402-6630 or .
For those who might have interest, there will be an organized Shoe Delivery Trip to Guatemala for the dates of July 21-July 28, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity to add to the Rotary service experience. The link below is the site to register for the trip.
Rotary Book Discussion Group

Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
Details: Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Roxanna Slade” by Reynolds Price. 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: Roxanna begins her story on her twentieth birthday –a day that introduces her to the harsh realities of adulthood and changes the course of her life forever.  From this day on, Roxanna is quick to share with the reader the intimate details of ninety years of life in North Carolina.  Her beguiling tale is one that boldly reflects the high and low moments in the development of the modern South and the nation as well as the inner strength of a woman possessed of a piercingly clear vision, forthright hungers and immense vitality.