This Week's Meeting
June 27, 2024
This week's speaker is Bill Eckert, Renaissance Financial. The topic is: "Philanthropy for You, Your Family, and the Community."
Bill Eckert is a financial educator, speaker, and senior financial advisor at Renaissance Financial Corporation who specializes in working with high-net-worth families with their estate planning, wealth and tax management, intergenerational wealth transfer and charitable giving. Bill is an expert on showing families how they can truly make a philanthropic impact in their communities through their charitable giving and estate planning.
Bill manages the family office services which includes tax, legal, accounting, business succession, banking, investments, insurance, asset protection, philanthropy, and real estate. Through the use of various charitable trusts, Bill helps these clients potentially create more efficient streams of income from the assets, which then passes to the family and/or charity involved.
Bill is an avid hunter and shares his passion of hunting with veterans as a way of honoring them for their service and sacrifices. To accomplish this, Bill started a non-profit organization called KAMO Adventures, which takes veterans to a Missouri farm for turkey and deer hunting and to a lake for fishing. KAMO is a 100% volunteer-run organization whose purpose is to provide a safe, supportive, and friendly hunting experience where veterans assist one another in the healing process, both mentally and physically.
Bill lives with his wife, Shanthi, in Leawood, Kansas, and they have four grown children who also live in Kansas City. His oldest son, Ryan, is a cardiologist in Kansas City. His daughter, Anisha, is a digital media specialist who is married with 3 children. His son, Zack, is a financial advisor at Renaissance with Bill and he is also married. Bill’s youngest son, Nick, graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in May of 2024.
Last Week's Meeting
June 20, 2024
Pres. Tom Davis rang the bell to start the meeting in our new meeting room in the Crowne Plaza hotel and reported that he had received no negative responses to our first meeting in this new venue last week.  We then stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a thoughtful invocation by Henrik Andersen.  After welcoming our guests, we learned that long time member Steve Burger has has been hospitalized for kidney issues, and his son Eric let us know that he also had a stroke. Please keep Steve in your thoughts and prayers. 
Announcements included:
An expression of appreciation to the Women of Rotary for their service as greeters for today’s meeting,
Jan Armstrong brought a report of success and appreciation for many of our members who participated in and provided supportive activities for last weekend’s annual Dragon Boat event.  Our team was called out for coming in fourth in the standings at the end of the day.  Not mentioned was the extensive work that Ms. Armstrong contributes to every aspect of that event, this year and all preceding ones.
A reminder that next Thursday is the 4th meeting of the month, which means that under the new scheduling, there will be no meeting.  In its place, there will be a Social event at Minsky’s.
See the Buzz Saw for other coming events.
Today’s program was brought by Ms. Gina Lichte, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City. Gina Lichte.  In her words, “She is responsible for driving positive change in communities and culture while activating limitless potential in Girls on the Run stakeholders ensuring they cross finish lines, break barriers, and build confidence and character.”
Ms. Lichte is a native of Lexington. She received her master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Northwest Missouri State University.
Before joining Girls on the Run, Lichte served as the Director of Leadership and Education at Women Leaders in College Sports, a national non-profit dedicated to empowering women in college sports. She worked in higher education administration and taught student leadership development courses. She oversaw new student orientation programming at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and before that, at the University of Northern Colorado.
During Ms. Lichte’s tenure at Girls on the Run, the organization annually serves more than 5,000 girls in 18 counties, engaging more than 2,000 volunteers and providing more than half a million dollars in scholarships. Girls on the Run KC has become the second largest council internationally and in total, has served more than 25,000 girls and engaged more than 6,000 volunteers. The number of girls served each season has grown by 60% during Lichte’s tenure.
Her presentation today was most impressive, clearly revealing Ms. Lichte’s devotion to her calling and work.  Her warm enthusiasm and commitment held the attention of everyone in the room. 
Rather than trying to clarify the work of Girls on the Run here, I urge you to visit the organization’s excellent website, “Girls on the Run”.
See the Buzzsaw for information about coming meetings.
Today’s quote was “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” John C. Maxwell
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Regatta Raffle
Get your raffle ticket at this week's meeting for a chance to win this Mike Savage painting!
All proceeds go to the Rotary Youth Camp!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
The Rotary Youth Camp has benefitted from a lot of Eagle Scout Projects and Girl Scout Gold Award Projects over the years.  This Eagle Project designed by Tenneson, one of my kitchen staff, will certainly get well used this week!  The cooling mist is a wonderful relief from the heat.
Here is an article about the “Cookie” and her kitchen crew at Rotary Camp.  We still go through a lot of milk and bread!
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