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The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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By President Kara Bennett
We had a table at First Friday to educate people about Rotary. It was touch and go on the weather forecast. However, the weather turned out perfect for the time we were there.
We got to tell our story to a number of people. We had flyers promoting our Club 13 and Satellite Club. Hopefully, some of the people we talked to will attend a lunch or an evening event. I hope so.
Many volunteers worked the “Rotary in the Crossroads” table that usually are unable to attend lunch. It was great seeing them out and about and helping out. A big thank you to David Hanzlick for organizing the event and showing up in the early afternoon to secure us a spot and set-up. Others helping out were Christy Chester, Paul Flucke, Kate Hoppe, David McCaughey, Linn Mills, Thea Neal and me. It was a fun evening!
Thank you!
Another great opportunity to volunteer is Tuesday night at Harvesters. We have many people registered to participate in the “Rotary Food Fight” however, I am sure there is room for you!
See you Tuesday!

Oct 18, 2018
All We See is Red: What It Takes to Put the Chiefs on the Field
Oct 25, 2018
Combating the Opioid Crisis
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
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Upcoming Events
Fireside at Barbara Dolci's
Barbara Dolci's home
Oct 16, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Oct 17, 2018 4:30 PM
Community Service Meeting
Oct 18, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fireside at Jared Campbell's
Jared Campbell's home
Oct 18, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 20, 2018
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
Oct 20, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Oct 23, 2018
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Oct 24, 2018 4:30 PM

The Camp Work Day was rescheduled due to the weather on Saturday.
Please sign up for the next work day - October 20.
Thank you!

Bowling News 
By Dick Retrum
High games have been few and far between this season. However, last week there were a few nice split conversions. Mark Lieb picked up the 5-10, Kay Roscoe covered the 6-7-9 and Dick Retrum the 4-9.  Well done.
Dave Boone's team and Kay Roscoe's are tied for first place with winning 12 games each. Neil Barnett had a nice series and bowled 60 pins over his average. Dee Reynolds was 47 pins over her average and Henrik Andersen tied Chris Grimsley for the high series scratch with a 516. Congratulations all.
Heard on the lanes: The classic line of encouragement. Dick Retrum to Tom Talkington, "Don't be so hard on yourself... you're not that good!"

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!

Happy Birthday October Celebrants!
10/2  Jim Ascher
10/4  Linn Mills
10/5  Pat Dunn
10/7  Carl Cleveland
10/7  David Hanzlick
10/10  Yong Kim
10/10  Diane Scott
10/11  Chris Nigro
10/12  Susan Prestia
10/14  John Miller
10/14  Jerry Moeller
10/15  Pat Bolin
10/18  Neil Barnett
10/21  Howard Mick
10/21  Karl Roscoe
10/23  Karl Bublitz
10/23  Janet Ellis
10/28  Chip Dickey
10/28  Marc Horner
10/30  Rick Beyer
10/30  Craig Bittner
10/30  Todd Newton
10/31  Kate Hoppe

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 11, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Carl Gerlach, Mayor of Overland Park, KS. His topic is "Exciting Times in Overland Park."
Carl Gerlach was elected Mayor of Overland Park in April 2005 and re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. He served on the City Council from 1995 to 2005 as a representative of Ward 3. While on the Council, Carl served as Council President in 2003-2004, and as Chair of the Community Development and Finance, Administration and Economic Development committees.
Carl also currently serves on the board of the Overland Park Economic Development Council, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is also a past member of the Kansas State School of Leadership Studies Advancement Council, the Bi-state Commission, and currently serves on the League of Kansas Municipalities Governing Body as a past president.
Before becoming Mayor, he was an active member of the Downtown Overland Park Partnership and served as Treasurer of the Overland Park Development Corporation, which owns the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. He is also a graduate of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “Leadership Kansas” class of 1998 and a past board member of the Kansas State University National Alumni Association.
Carl is married to Jill, and they have three children – Chris, Jennifer and Katie. He is retired from a major screen printing company in the promotional products industry where he served as Vice President of Marketing. Carl recently served as the chairman of the Promotional Products Association International Board of Directors.
An Eagle Scout and graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School, Carl received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University while also being a four-year letterman playing basketball.
Last Week's Meeting
October 4, 2018
Pres. Kara opened the meeting and welcomed all, followed by Royals fan, (Woody Davis), all decked out in a Royals baseball cap, who announced that we would sing the local version of “Take me out to the Ballgame”.  This was somehow related to the end of the baseball season.  It appeared that this selection caught the piano player, one C. Bolte, by surprise, but he recovered quickly.  So much for the “Patriotic Song.”
After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, P.P.P. HO gave the invocation, and Mandy welcomed our guests.
The Greeters today were members of the Ecology Committee, who were still recovering from their recent expedition northward to the Dunn Ranch in Eagleville, MO.
Club Anniversaries were noted for: Rusty Macy – 16 years, Doug Nelson, 17 years, Randy Wisthoff – 14 years
Member Henry Leonard was back for his first Club meeting since undergoing surgery for a brain tumor and looking good! P. Kara reminded us about the First Fridays at 18th and Baltimore (see Buzzsaw for details) and Dan Nenonen said that we should not be put off by the forecast for rain, and come out to the Camp for a work day. Tony Andresen talked at length about the “Great Food Fight” coming up Tuesday night. See the Buzzsaw. 
P. Kara said Firesides are coming up on Oct 16 and 18 – see Buzzsaw.  Also Boo at the Zoo will be on the 27th and 28th – yes, see the Buzzsaw. One of our guests, Scott Kauffman from the KCK Club invited us to attend a Halloween Costume Party on Oct. 30 benefiting the fight against polio.  Check the KCK Rotary Club’s website for details.
P. Kara reported that we have five prospective new members in the process – great news!  Also she reminded us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Next the program presenters were introduced:  Marcy Konkader, who is the Asst. Director for the Ks. Dept. of Corrections Mentoring4Success Program in the Lansing and Topeka Correctional Facilities, and Kiley Young, who is the Lansing Correctional Facility Mentoring Coordinator for the Program. Their topic was “Offenders Mentoring – Key to Success”
Before this kind of program was available to people being released from prison, they received little or no help in adjusting to life outside of prison, other than the periodic check ins with their parole officer.  As a result, the recidivism rate was high.  This program consists of the following steps:
1.      Mentors are identified, screened, and trained to be able to provide guidance, support and assistance to offenders and serve as positive role models.
2.     Offenders are encouraged to engage the program.  Those selected are “Medium Risk” offenders.  Those offenders who are deemed to be “High Risk” do not participate and those who are “Low Risk” usually already have good resources and support when they leave prison.  Once in the program, offenders are referred to as “Mentees”.
3.     Mentors then are matched with an offender who is nearing his/her time in incarceration.
4.     Each Mentor and Mentee work together in the months leading up to release creating a plan, including the Mentee’s needs, identification of resources for meeting those needs, and goals.
5.     After release the Mentee and his/her Mentor work with the parole officer and the identified community resources to carry out their plan for reintegration into the community.
As the speakers pointed out, we are good at punishment, but have not done an adequate job of preparing offenders for a safe and successful return to the community.  This program is a huge step in the right direction to fill that need.   During the questions after the ladies completed their remarks, member Carl DiCapo reminded us that Missouri has a similar program.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, you can contact the Mentoring Director, Gloria Giether, at, or go to the website
P. Kara’s thought for the day was a quote from Sandra Day O’Connor, “Commitment to the rule of law provides a basis assurance that people can know what to expect whether what they do is popular or unpopular at the time.”
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Food Fight
District 6040 FOOD FIGHT Update
Team Horner is at full throttle with JUST TWO WEEKS to go in our food fight with Team McCoy!
Here’s what Club 13 is doing and how you can help:
1.       We have 23 volunteers signed up to meet at Harvesters (3801 Topping Avenue KCMO 64129) tomorrow night Tuesday, October 9th at 5:30 to 8:00pm to sort and repackage donated product at their Volunteer Engagement Center for a two-hour shift. We earn 10 points for every volunteer hour we volunteer!
There’s still room and we’d love to have you if you’d like to join us! We will meet at the Hunger Awareness Center at 5:30 for a light dinner and socializing prior to our shift. There will be a tour of their state-of-the-art facility for those interested. Volunteers must be 8 years old to participate, students 15 years old or younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Closed toe shoes required. Members, spouses, guests and prospective new members warmly encouraged to participate! This will be a fun evening at the same time we’re doing something very worthwhile! Please register on the ClubRunner link so we can order the right number of dinners.
2.       It’s not too late to order a Harvesters food collection barrel for your business or office!!!
We are now up to nine businesses participating: Atronic Alarms (Perry Atha), Bibb Engineering (Sally Bibb), Dysart Taylor (Lee Brummitt), Schneider Electric (Marc Horner), J. Wilbur Company (Lainie Wilbur), The Arts Asylum (Evie Craig), Gastinger Walker (Dan Nenonen), Mark One (Joe Privitera) and Bovard Insurance/SKillPath (Tony Andresen). Please contact me at and I’ll set it up. Harvesters delivers and picks up.  This is a terrific way to involve more people, and we earn 1 point for every pound we collect! Will you host a barrel at your business or office?
3.       LASTLY, we’ve set up a Harvesters Food Drive link that allows us to make financial contributions on-line directly. If you aren’t able to join us at Harvesters on Tuesday night, or aren’t able to host a barrel at your business, or weren’t at the meeting two weeks ago when Captain Horner raised $803 “passing the hat” BUT still want to contribute to our winning effort, PLEASE click this link: . It’s a very cool site and set up like a real “shopping cart” so you can actually see what your dollars buy.
At the end of our food drive Harvesters will tally all our results and provide an actual “meals provided” figure so we’ll really know what we’ve accomplished.
Please get involved and participate in our F-O-O-D F-I-G-H-T!!!
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Celine” by Peter Heller. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Date: Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Celine is not your typical private eye.  With a prep school pedigree and a pair of opera glasses for stakeouts, her methods are unconventional but extremely successful.  Working out of her jewel box of an apartment nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career out of tracking down missing persons nobody else can find.  But when a young woman named Gabriela employs her expertise, what was meant to be Celine’s last case becomes a scavenger hunt through her own memories, the secrets there and the surprising redemptions.

Gabriela’s father was a National Geographic photographer who went missing in Wyoming twenty years ago, and while he was assumed to have been mauled by a grizzly, his body was never found.  Celine and her partner set out to Yellowstone National Park to follow a trail gone cold but soon realize that somebody desperately want to keep this case closed.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Pre-Announcement
Please check your calendars and speak to your partners, because the Bell Ringing schedule will be out next week!
We will be using again this year which has worked really well for us, and we are set for three Saturdays: November 17th and December 1st and 8th.
The locations and dates for each include:
  • American Girl at Oak Park Mall (11/17)
  • Indoors at Crown Center (12/1 & 12/8)
  • Northland Sam’s Club (12/1)
  • Barnes & Noble and North Face on the Plaza (11/17, 12/1, 12/8)
Two-hour shifts starting at 10:00am and ending at 6:00pm.
Thank you to all who have helped make this so successful for our Club and the contribution we have made to the Salvation Army for so many years!