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Kansas City, MO 64105

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Guest Column by Literacy Chair Sherri Hahn
February 23, 2019 is Rotary International’s 114th birthday. What better way to celebrate than to “Reach Out and Read?" District 6040 has a goal for EVERY club in the district to reach out and read to a group of children, teens or adults during the week of Rotary International’s birthday (February 17th – 23rd, 2019).
On Tuesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 21, Club 13 members are invited to read to students in grades K – 4 at Gordon Parks Elementary School, 3715 Wyoming, KCMO  64111. 
You have received from Mandy an emailed invitation to register to read. Please register for a date and grade. (You can click here to sign up!) Teachers will decide if you read to small groups or the entire classroom. When you arrive at the school, please ask for Club 13 member and GPES Chief Development Officer Leslie Gasser. Please call Leslie at 913-948-3971 if you are unable to read at your designated time.
Think of the impact on our communities if every club in District 6040 reaches out and reads, connecting with others and spreading the joy of literacy in celebration of Rotary International’s Birthday!

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Upcoming Events
Camp Enterprise Committee
Kitchens by Kleweno
Feb 25, 2019
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Feb 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 27, 2019 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Mar 02, 2019 2:00 PM
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Mar 04, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Mar 04, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 06, 2019 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Mar 09, 2019
Camp Enterprise
UMKC Bloch School
Mar 09, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 13, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Women of Rotary
Looks like it was a fun Valentine's-themed Women of Rotary at Brown and Loe last week!

Learn more about the People of Rotary!
Click here to read about Bob Gamer!
Click here to read about Dick Retrum!
Click here to read about Harlan Stamper!
Click here to read about Linn Mills!
Click here to read about Robin Rusconi!
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
February 21, 2019
This Week's Speaker is Travis Boley, Association Manager, Oregon-California Trails Assoc. His topic is "Truman and the Trails."

Mr. Travis Boley has served as Association Manager of the Oregon-California Trails Association, headquartered in Independence, MO, since October 2003.  Previous career stops include stints as Executive Director of the Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph and curator at both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts and the International Bowling Museum in St. Louis. He earned a BA in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters of Historical Administration from the University of Kansas. He is the father of four children, and the youngest two are still attending school at Blue Springs South. He resides in Independence.

Travis is presenting on "Truman and the Trails," an upcoming history symposium being held in Independence, Missouri on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence. Thy symposium will focus on Independence and the Greater Kansas City area and its role as a starting point for the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails as well as Harry S Truman's family ties to the trails and his later role in developing heritage tourism opportunities along them as president of the National Old Trails Road Association in the 1920s and 1930s. A tour along the Independence Route of the 3-Trails corridor will be offered on Friday morning and a second tour along the Westport Route of the corridor will be offered on Saturday morning. Six speakers will present on a variety of related topics each afternoon, with social events offered on Thursday and Friday evening.

Last Week's Meeting
February 14, 2019
Our Greeters were the February Birthday Rotarians. After President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order, we were led in patriotic song by Chuck Eddy with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by President Kara Bennett leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. David Harvey provided a thoughtful invocation prayer. Mandy Sheldon welcomed and introduced our guests, mainly members' spouses.
Club Anniversaries were noted with Tony Andresen of 11 years and Carl Bolte of 47 years !
We had the Music Committee of Bob Lager, Woody Davis, Chuck Eddy, Harlan Stamper and Charlie Huffman led us in a song or two. Particularly interesting was the song, Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two), in which we were introduced to a second set of lyrics. (new to this scribe)
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I'm half crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage. I can't afford a carriage.
But you'll look sweet, upon the seat, of a bicycle built for two.
Michael, Michael, here is your answer true. I'm not crazy all for the love of you.
There won't be any marriage, If you can't afford a carriage.
'Cause I'll be switched, if l get hitched, on a bicycle built for two!

KC Rotary Foundation: Phil Kinney recognized Elaine (Lainie) Wilbur as a KCRC Foundation Fellow. Phil highlighted some of our Foundation's work with regard to our camp facility. The Foundation has $6 million in assets, just presented a $165,000 check to the Camp and has pledged $1 million to the camp over the next four years (i.e. $250,000 annually) in recognition of the Camp's upcoming 100th anniversary in 2025 (wow - 1925 to 2025!!). The Camp is using the funds to stay ahead of future critical infrastructure needs.
Shoes for Orphan Souls: Linn Mills noted that we were beginning the annual (and very successful) "Shoes for Orphan Souls" campaign. This year Kenya will be a destination for the shoes along with some distribution in the USA as well.
(Valentine's Day) CUPID: Steve Burger, partially in costume, presented some  historical background on Valentines Day's little helper "Cupid". His Latin name was Cupido. In Roman mythology, Cupid or Cupido, was the god of desire, erotic love,  attraction  and  affection.  Cupid was the child of Venus (goddess of love) and Mars (god of war). Cupid goes back to at least to 300 B.C.. In Greek mythology, Cupid was named Eros and was the son of Aphrodite (goddess of love) and Ares (god of war). In the 15th century, Cupid was cleaned up and painted as cute & chubby, uniting heavenly & earthly love.
Thereafter the Music Committee treated us to the live music of the Kansas City Jazz Quartet, part of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Special thanks again to the musicians: Clint Ashlock, Brad Gregory, Charles Williams and James Albright.
President Kara Bennett wrapped up the meeting with a Snoopy cartoon moment with the Charles M. Schulz quote: "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Shoes for Orphan Souls
The 2019 “Shoes for Orphan Souls” campaign is in full swing. When you donate shoes, they will be received by one of the world’s most vulnerable children. New shoes put children on a path to: Health, Education, Hope and Opportunity.
A new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an orphanage or impoverished community. Your financial contribution towards the project, “Shoes for Orphan Souls” will give a needy child a brighter future.
To make this project successful, the “Shoes for Orphan Souls” committee will need your financial donations and volunteer time. Please make your checks payable to K.C. Rotary Club Foundation and note: Shoes for Orphan Souls. Thank you for lifting the spirts of underprivileged children.
For additional information, please contact Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Asymmetry” by Lisa Halliday. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205

About the book:

“Asymmetry” explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, “Folly,” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. By contrast, “Madness” is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.
Camp News
New Rotarian, Rose Ryan, and her fellow Delta Airline employees delivered a trailer full of donated merchandise to the Rotary Youth Camp. They delivered 17 of the food/beverage carts, many boxes of Styrofoam cups (Stacked on the stairs), enough silverware to last many more years, trays, napkins and baskets for crafts, and some miscellaneous items.  Rose and her volunteers came out on the coldest day of the year to make sure the Camp was taken care of!  What a great addition to Rotary Club 13.  Thank you, Rose!