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

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By President Kara Bennett
December is always the time for giving and I think our Rotary Club has embraced the season very well!
This month we kicked it off with volunteers working at Nourish KC, a community service kitchen. Thank you to Lee Brumitt, David Hanzlick, Preston Hardge, George Heymach, Linn Mills, Dick Retrum & Diane Scott for volunteering today! We continue to ring bells for the Salvation Army and donate coats to the City Union Mission.
With Venture Fund capital we are committed to two service projects at Gordon Parks Elementary School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Gordon Parks Elementary School project allows us to help disadvantaged children at the school and the St. Paul’s project will help young children and their families.
Details about how you can get involved is in this newsletter.
Thank you for your service, you are my inspiration!

Dec 13, 2018
Issues Before Kansas City Area
Dec 20, 2018
Dec 27, 2018
with the Amazing Terry Magelssen
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
J Wilbur Co.
Dec 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Dec 12, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Dec 12, 2018 4:30 PM
International Committee Meeting
Dec 13, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Membership Committee
Dec 13, 2018 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Dec 15, 2018
Christmas with Children at Gordon Parks
3715 Wyoming St.
Dec 17, 2018 10:00 AM –
Dec 19, 2018 4:00 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Dec 18, 2018
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Dec 19, 2018 4:30 PM
Saint Francis Youth Holiday Party
St. Pauls' Episcopal Church
Dec 19, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Bowling News
With only three weeks left in the first half of league play, Dave Boone, Ted Middendorf and Bob Lager... "The Old Guys" are in the lead with 30 wins.  Dennis McKeehan, Del Karmeier and Mark Lieb... "Spare Sometime" have a chance to catch them with 25.5 wins. In handicap bowling these standings could change quickly. Stay tuned.
Last week there were no high games (200 plus) reported. However, Ted Middendorf picked up the 3-6-10-7 split and not to be out done, Dick Retrum covered the 3-6-10-7.  Jared Ho ( Peter's son) picked up the 5-10.
We also celebrated our youngest player's birthday. Steven Bubb (Eric's son) turned 12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY showed up on all the score boards, his Mom brought in a cake and proud Dad announced the occasion from the PA system. Congratulations!

Rotary Auxiliary Luncheon
When: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
11:30 Social
12:30 Luncheon
Where: Country Club of Leawood
12700 Overbrook Rd.
Leawood, KS 66209
Festive Holiday Celebration featuring the Blue Valley North Chamber Singers
$30/person ($10 for wine)
Please RSVP to Jane Corley 913-710-5263

Learn more about the People of Rotary!
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.


ABC Storage

The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
December 6, 2018
Last Week's Meeting
November 29, 2018
Our Greeters were members of the weekly Scribe Committee, who provide a recap of each preceding week’s meeting for the Buzzsaw. After President, Kara Bennett called  the meeting to order, we were led patriotic song by Harlan Stamper  with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by President  Kara Bennett leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Al Tikwart provided a thoughtful invocation with the theme “Be Not Afraid” and sprinkling several life’s experiences. Mandy Sheldon welcomed and introduced our guests, including a transfer from the Lawrence KS club to our Club 13..  We noted the following Club 13 Anniversaries: Pat Macdonald  – 5 years; & Steve Burger – 29 years.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Dick Retrum reminded us of the December 6th  Christmas Party and Monday December 3rd sign up deadline for the discounted rate. Tony Andresen reminded us of the Salvation Army bell ringing locations, how to sign up online and that times are filling up fast. Eric Bubb reported on the successful initial Pins for Polio bowling event, with notes about how next improved it will be next year (& thereafter).
PEOPLE OF ROTARY by David KingRobin Rusconi is the CEO of Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation which works with the V.A. here and Wichita, Lawrence and Topeka.  Robin is also the Chair of the Veteran National Research in Wash DC.   Robin got her law degree at KU. She started out in fundraising then moved the research administration within four years.   Robin and her husband, James, have three adopted Chinese children.  Jan Armstrong was Robin’s mentor in joining Rotary. Quite a distinguished professional and family career!
Sally Bibb introduced our speaker, Mr. Ronnie Metsker, the Johnson County Kansas Election Commissioner, for his discussion of “Election Challenges.” Ronnie, as a member of the Shawnee Mission club, is no stranger to Rotary. The Election Office has three main duties:  Voter Registration; Administration of ALL elections in Johnson County, Kansas;  and  Outreach Programs. Kansas state law governs elections, which can get complicated with over 580 separate statutes plus the State Administrative Rules & Regulations from the Secretary of State’s Office.  To assist, a 1947 statute established elections commissions for the 4 largest KS counties.
Ronnie’s office is responsible for ALL elections held in Johnson County. The Election Commission office employs roughly 20 machine technicians and the office’s ranks swell at election time for election officials and temps. Ronnie brought Eric Rossier, of his staff, giving trial demonstration on the new electronic machines. The voting machines go out as early as 10 days before the election and get returned as late as seven days after the election.  For as much as 18 days the volunteer locations must house the machines. The Election Commission depends on many organizations volunteering their facilities at election time. The polling places open at 4:30 a.m. and so many of the locations just provide building keys to the Election Commission instead of opening the building themselves at that time. There are fewer schools used as voting places after the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy.
Election Office by the Numbers:  419,403 Johnson County voters; 502 Voting Precincts for 2000 electoral races and 3,000 candidates and 13,317 write-in voters. There were 2,266 election workers, along with 17 full time employees and 300 + Temporary Staff. Johnson County averages six to seven elections annually (with a low of five and high of nine elections). The Budget for Elections is $4.6 million in 2016;  $2.7 million for 2017; and $4.6 million in 2018.  The largest cost factors are the postage and printing.
So how does the Election Commission get it all done?  Besides extensive planning and the implementation of good working procedures, there has been a greater push for Advance Voting, either in person (preferred) and by mail (not preferred because of dependence upon an outside third party {U.S.Postal Service} to timely provide the completed ballots (always a delay). Afterwards, this Scribe had a greater appreciation for the voting process, that we tend to take for granted.  There are a great number of moving parts that must be planned for and executed.
President Kara Bennett, closed the meeting with a very appropriate quote, given today’s presentation:  “Winning or losing of the election is less important that strengthening the country.” Indira Gandhi.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Volunteers Needed!
Volunteer Opportunity for Rotarians to Bring Christmas Joy to those less Fortunate!
The opportunity is at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kansas City, KS, on Wednesday, December 19th at 5:30 PM. 
Help us spread holiday cheer to young people in need in our community. We need three or four more volunteers for the Saint Francis Ministries holiday party. Volunteers will help decorate, serve dinner and interact with the young people. Our primary need is for volunteers to be present from 5:30-7:00 pm. This will give us time to make sure the serving buffet is set up for the youth and their families when they arrive at 6 pm. We will serve a catered meal and then the volunteers are encouraged to enjoy the rest of the party while interacting with the youth and their families.  It should be a delightful event for all.  The Holiday Party is at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th Street, KCK 66102.  Saint Francis Ministries provides healing and hope to children and families.  Sign up HERE!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Our final Saturday to ring with friends or family is this Saturday! Bundle up and come out and help the Salvation Army do their amazing work!
The easiest way to sign up is with THIS LINK.
Saturday, December 8th
10:00-noon  NorthFace (Boar Statue/Plaza)  Ring w Neil Barnett
Noon- 2:00pm   Indoors at Crown Center   Ring w Tom Van Dyke
4:00- 6:00pm  Barnes & Noble/Plaza  Ring w Randy Sisk
4:00- 6:00pm  NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza  Both (2) spots open
Thanks to everyone who rang bells!!!
Call or email me if you have any questions
Tony Andresen
Pins for Polio
The first annual "Pins for Polio" held at Ward Parkway Lanes was a successful event. It raised $1,004.11 and was enjoyed by over 30 bowlers made up of families, friends, kids and first time bowlers. Many assorted pizza's were available when play began. Teams varied in size.  It was not match play to determine a  winner but rather....just bowling for fun.  No competitive pressure to out score each other.  Lots of laughs and moments to remember. There were scores from a low of 53 to Dick Retrum's high of 202.
I want to thank everyone for coming out to support "Pins for Polio" and Ward Parkway Lanes for it's generous donation to the cause. We plan to continue and build on this fund raising event for many years to come.
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger. 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, December 10, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: J. Wilbur Co.
3242 Roanoke
Kansas City, MO 64111
About the book:
“Peace Like a River” is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, and a love story, in which what could be unbelievable becomes extraordinary.  Eleven-year-old Reuben Land an asthmatic boy in the Midwest who has reason to believe in miracles.  Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been charged with murder.  Their journey unfolds like a revelation, and its conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies and the most tragic of fates.
Holiday Party