The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
August 4, 2022
Our Speaker this week is Edward Cross, KS Independent Oil & Gas. His topic is: "State of the Oil and Gas Industry: Challenges and Opportunities."
Edward Cross serves as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association (KIOGA) where he responsible for public policy advocacy and interaction with external stakeholders including elected officials, regulators, government decision-makers, and community leaders. Cross has served in this position since September 2003. At KIOGA, Cross is director of staff, editor of the Association’s publications, serves as an industry spokesperson for media and other forums, and is an industry advocate as a registered legislative agent. On behalf of KIOGA members, Cross lobbies in both Topeka and Washington, D.C.

Cross serves as an executive board member to the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (DEPA) and a board member of the Council for a Secure America (CSA). He is an active member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and serves as an advisory committee member to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC).
Last Week's Meeting
July 28, 2022

The gathering took place in The Gallery at 14th and Main with select Rotarians participating remotely via Zoom and Facebook Live. President Eric Bubb brought the group to order at 12:18pm. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence in the memory of Rotarian Denny Bolte, who passed away on Tuesday evening with 44 years of club membership to his credit. Attendees then listened to Liz Ross’ invocation that noted our abundant daily blessings, gave thanks, and acknowledged divine grace. 

Mandy Sheldon identified one meeting guest, Hannah Emerson, a Rotary scholar based in Europe. She hopes to join Club 13 at the conclusion of her studies. Club anniversaries this week include Glen Crawford, 6 years; Charlie Rogers, 33 years; Jackson Granstaff, 1 year; and Randy Sisk, 24 years. 

Past President David Hanzlick and Jared Campbell took the stage to introduce our newest club member, Liz Ross. She is the director of community outreach for FosterAdoptConnect. Her interest in membership comes from knowing like-minded people in the Kansas City community. Liz enjoys free time with her family, visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, and refurbishing furniture. 

President Eric thanked the youth camp board for serving as meeting greeters today. Rotary After Hours has three events planned for the coming weeks: 

-August 17, Rock Island Bridge Tour followed by food & beverage 

-September 9, Brook Ridge Country Club hosts the Rotary golf championship followed by a reception 

-September 27, Rotary After Hours at the KC Zoo, open to all metro-area clubs. 

Next week, club meetings going forward will include a vocational minute where members speak briefly about the work they do. Format will be short-interview, and there is a need for future interviewers. The friendship exchange with the Monterrey, Mexico club runs between September 23rd and 29th. Host families and helpers are still needed—see Eric for more information. The WestSide CAN school pep rally is tomorrow (July 29th). Heartland Chamber Music Festival is still seeking volunteers—please support them where you can. Lastly, Sunflowers for Ukraine appears at the Meadowbrook Club House in Prairie Village through August 5th. On that final day, an art auction will occur between 5:30 and 7:00 to support our partnership with Rotary International. 

At 12:26pm, President Eric introduced today’s guest speaker, Austin Jones, VP and CFO of North Kansas City Hospital & Meritas Health. He relocated to the area from Texas less than a year ago, after a long career in hospital administration in the Lone Star state. Austin shared that he attended Texas A&M and, like his brothers, earned his Eagle Scout status as a matter of family obligation. Significantly, he completed the requirements to become a licensed pilot at the age of 17, which led to adventures and misadventures. Scouting shaped his outlook on the personal service provision that healthcare involves, and how it needs to be community-centric. That led to him choosing North Kansas City Hospital for his next career phase. 

NKC Hospital opened in 1958, and today operates with 451 beds and over 4,000 employees. In the area, they have the largest occupational medicine practice and have a high rate of inpatient admissions. The annual operating budget is approximately $700 million. In terms of payments for services, their largest customer is the federal government (through Medicare) followed by about four insurance companies that dominate the market. Payments for services tend to be flat rate, depending on diagnosis, and those large customers had trouble adjusting rates in response to COVID—they were sluggish in figuring out how to diagnose and pay, while the disease was anything but sluggish in how it spread through the community. Compared to other area hospitals, North KC did not have large numbers of COVID admissions at first. But the pandemic brought a range of challenges to their organization, including the delaying of other medical procedures that generated revenue, the outflow of nurses to other markets paying premium rates, and a fair number of staff retirements in general. The ripple effect of this between 2020 and 2022 is that the financial loss of caring for COVID patients reached the $40 million mark. The federal stimulus support offset about half of this, around $20 million. Because their hospital leadership is very community-committed, they made the choice to continue offering comprehensive care, and chose not to furlough staff or reduce pay despite the pandemic hardship. With the worst of the period behind them, the organization is now revenue-positive again. 

Not all other hospitals around the country made these choices, nor have exited the pandemic in fair economic shape. The risk of closure is quite real for many small-community hospitals around the country, and the pressures for consolidation will grow. Telemedicine, with select appointments delivered in a Zoom format, will increase in quantity. Nurses will continue to be sourced from overseas, especially the Philippines.  

Austin opened the floor to questions from the attendees about his presentation. Topics raised included patient data sharing across offices and practices—Cerner, Meditech, and Epic are the big three providers, and their systems don’t all ‘talk’ to each other—the effectiveness of care given through a telemedicine or Zoom format, and how life expectancy in the US compares to the cost of health care in the country. Some also inquired about planning for a possible COVID bump in the fall of 2022. 

President Eric thanked Austin Jones for his remarks and presented him a Club 13 pen. 

Next week, the club meeting will feature Edward Cross of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, speaking on the state of that industry. On August 11th, Ron Johnson of the Astra Day School will talk about the Kansas City Autism Training Center. 

At 13:01, President Eric concluded the meeting by citing Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The first wealth is health.”  The 4-Way Test closed the session. 

Denny Bolte
*As of today, there aren't any service arrangements for Denny Bolte, nor obituary. However, several years ago, David King prepared a "People of Rotary" write-up for Denny, which we would like to share again.*
Now, it's no wonder that the Bolte brothers are Rotarians. There are two generations of Rotarians behind them! Both their dad and their grandfather were founders and presidents of the Slater, MO, Rotary club. Dad was a District Governor and also an international director, one of 19 chosen to do the business of Rotary. After his time on the international board, he was Vice President of Rotary International. Denny said that he and Carl went to three International Conventions and five District Conferences before they finished high school! Their parents believed that travel was a good educational experience.
Early in Denny's business career, Carl (then the President of Club 13) suggested it was time for Denny to join Rotary. So, he did. The year was 1978 (39 years ago). Denny said that he joined because he was ready to continue the family tradition. "It was just something Boltes do for the community."
Apparently it didn't take long for Denny to get very involved in the Club. He held every club office, and in 1990 (12 years after joining) he was elected to be the Club President. He looks back on his presidential year with pride and a strong sense of fulfillment. At the time the Club had 575 members. In Denny's words, "Membership was not our problem. The leaders of the city were Rotarians. It was the place to be." Being the club president was also a very demanding, full time job, so Denny took that year off from his teaching. He said that he is glad that he was able to bear the financial hit so that he could concentrate fully on Rotary.
When Denny and Carl were boys, their mother told them, "Boys, you can't just take in this world. Somewhere along the line, you have to give back." And so throughout these 39 years, Denny has stayed in Rotary because "what better place is there in the world to do that than in Rotary".
Now, a little history. Denny was born in Kansas City and graduated from Southwest High School - where he was the Student Body President his senior year! Now think about that: You don't become the Student Body President at a large, prestigious high school unless you are pretty smart, outgoing, hard working, popular, and are a natural leader. In other words, a very impressive 17-18 year old kid! Imagine how proud of him his parents must have been.
After a year at Kansas City Junior College (where he made the Dean's Honor Roll), he joined his brother at the University of Missouri. Now given his excellent academic history up to that point, what do you think he majored in? Well, he graduated with a major in Theater. OK, so he's going to head to Broadway or become a politician. Wrong. He had been in Air Force ROTC at U.M., and was headed to be an Air Force pilot. Off he went to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, for indoctrination. From there he was assigned Marina A.B. in Tucson, Arizona for primary pilot training, and then to Laredo AFB in Laredo, TX for basic flight training, followed by advanced training in the Air Force's newest jet bomber, the B-47, at McConnell AFB in Wichita, KS. His remaining years in the Air Force were spent flying the B-47 out of Pinecastle AFB near Orlando, Florida.
Sidebar: He almost became Walt Disney's landlord. How? One of his buddies at Pinecastle tried to get Denny to join him in investing in some land near Kissimmee. Denny, being a responsible husband and father who was planning to return to Kansas City and buy a house, declined. Later, the land near Kissimmee became the site of DisneyWorld. Oh well..
Back to the story: After his Air Force tour was over, Denny said he had had enough flying and returned to Kansas City. After a couple of years selling life insurance, and not liking it, he joined his brother (notice how that brother keeps popping up?) at a Fire and Casualty Insurance Agency - and quickly discovered that he had found a home! He loved the work and was very successful, and in a few years he bought the agency. Along the way he was taking every class he could to learn as much as possible about the business - and soon found himself teaching those classes. "It came naturally for me and I loved it!" His reputation as one of the best teachers in the field in America spread, and soon he was being called to teach courses all over the country. Now, do you see the connection to that major in Theater??
Denny's knowledge of the insurance industry became renown and in 1979, he and Sheila were sent to the Republic of Kazakhstan for nineteen days to assist the insurance companies of the republic to privatize their insurance industry. While there, Sheila taught English in the grade schools and Denny lectured all day to the owners of the insurance companies. In preparation for this assignment, Denny and Sheila had studied Russian for nine months. In addition, Sheila was already fluent in French and Denny was reasonably good in Spanish, and both could get by in German, but Russian was a most difficult language to learn! They were sent to the capital city of Almaty with some very distinct orders: "Horse meat is a staple. Don't expect to leave before your assignment is up. Every flight out is double booked and if you need any medicine or doctor's care, forget it. There are no clinics or pharmacies and all hospital beds are spoken for months in advance. No one speaks or understands English."
Back home again, Denny enjoyed great success in other business ventures, and retired three years ago. These days, he "enjoys taking care of his wife, their house, keeping up with our grand children, and Rotary meetings." In looking back over his life, he feels very lucky and fortunate to have enjoyed success in his work. (I think it took a lot more than luck..). Finally, in compliance with his mother's words so long ago, he "gives back" in many ways. The recipients of his care and generosity know how kind and caring he can be, and we will respect his privacy by going no further with that.
In conclusion, I can only say, "What a life! And what a man!" 
Westside Back to School Pep Rally
Thank you to all the volunteers at the Westside Back to School Pep Rally last week!
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Upcoming Events
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Aug 09, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Aug 10, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 13, 2022
Rotary After Hours - Rock Island Bridge Tour
Rock Island Bridge
Aug 17, 2022
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Aug 20, 2022
Satellite Meeting
Tower Tavern
Aug 23, 2022
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Aug 27, 2022
Rotary After Hours - Brookridge Country Club
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Sep 09, 2022 4:30 PM
Monarch Butterfly Boxcar Event
Union Station
Sep 24, 2022
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The Kansas City Autism Training Center...Autism Services in Kansas City
Aug 18, 2022
Helping Kids Succeed with Lowrider Bike Club
Aug 25, 2022
“Attracting and Retaining Good Employees – How to Build a Healthy, High-Performance Culture.”
Sep 15, 2022
District Governor Official Visit
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Join us on August 17th to tour the Rock Island Bridge from 5-6 pm with Mike Zeller, CEO of Flying Truss Trust. He will explain the development of American’s first Destination Bridge and provide drinks for the tour.
Construction just got closer with the announcement Thursday, July 28th that the Unified Government of Wyandotte Count/Kansas City, KS approved a special use permit for the development. I am sure Mike will tell us all about it on our tour.
We will access the bridge from the MO side behind the Hy-Vee Arena (previously known as Kemper Arena). Near the bridge and on American Royal Drive there will be a gravel parking lot open for our use.
After the tour join us for drinks and food in the Stockyard District. The location will be announced soon.
Watch this video to learn more.

Youth Camp Update
by Laurie Mozley
Girls Can Camp celebrated “Happy Camp” this year, fitting in as many holidays as they could.  A big THANK YOU shout out to the Auxiliary for providing the t-shirts, tie dye and other craft supplies!

As you may have heard, the Migratory monarch butterfly is now endangered. 
“Few species evoke the awe and wonder that the migratory monarch butterfly commands,” said Dr Sean T. O’Brien, President and CEO of Nature Serve“While efforts to protect this species are encouraging, much is still needed to ensure its long-term survival. Never has there been a more pressing time to collect data, like that provided by the NatureServe Network, on our nation’s biodiversity.”
Community scientists - members of the public who observe and report data on monarchs and their habitat - are incredibly important to building our collective scientific understanding of monarchs in a changing world. Will you join this effort?
Check out this resource from @MonarchJointVenture for a list of monarch monitoring projects across North America for all ages, skill levels, and time commitments.
The Monarch Butterfly Boxcar Relay event will be in Kansas City at Union Station on Saturday, September 24th! 

Sunflowers for Ukraine

Did you read this month in our Rotary International Magazine about Rotary support for Ukraine? Now you can join in this opportunity to support Ukraine to remain an independent country from Russia. “Sunflowers for Ukraine” began in Kansas City by a homestay host with Global Ties KC who wanted to help the victims of the war-torn disaster of the Ukrainian Homeland. Aligning with the US Ukrainian Foundation and Rotary Kyiv International you can contribute, knowing every dime will go directly to the needs of the people. Rotary Clubs all over Ukraine network to help with evacuation, medical needs, orphan support, and housing in areas of most need for its vulnerable citizens.

Many artists have responded to action by creating over 40 images of Sunflowers that will be on display for auction at Meadowbrook Club House in Prairie Village from July 9-August 5. “Sunflowers for Ukraine” will conclude with an event there on August 5 from 5:30-7:00 pm. The auction will close at the conclusion of the event. Click here to view a PDF version of the flyer with links to the event and auction!