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

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By President-Elect Kara Bennett
Did you know... that the International Committee just raised enough money to participate in a multi-district Global Grant? The total project is just over $30,000. The EFFETA Grant for children with Down Syndrome and Autism has been approved by Rotary International. We will work with the Monterrey Mexico Club. District 6040 approved the $1,400 match for the project in mid-April. All we had to do was raise $1,400. 
Tom Davis, our Grant Manager, updated the International Committee on the District's commitment and offered $250 as seed money to start things off. He was trying to lesson the need to ask for money from our membership. It was very interesting what happened after his pledge. Money started rolling in. Members of the International Committee were offering pledges to reach that $1,400 goal.
Marc Horner offered his pledge in the local currency of Pesos. And, Brad Kleindl, Committee Chair, was in China at the time and made his pledge in Yuans. Truly an International Committee. However, all payments were made in US dollars. It was like a live auction. Committee members were pledging $100 here another $200 there. And, so it went! It was inspiring to watch. In a very short time the money was raised. The goal was reached before an "ask" of the membership was necessary. This ommittee clearly was committed to its projects. I loved seeing this enthusiasm.
Here is a list of people that made this grant possible: Jan Armstrong, Eric Bubb, Jared Campbell, Tom Davis, Woody Davis, Barbara Dolci, Marc Horner, Brad Kleindl, Linn Mills, Robin Rusconi, & Dallas Ziegenhorn.
Well done! You are the inspiration!

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Upcoming Events
Harvesters Service Project
Jul 17, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Community Service Committee
Jul 19, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary After Hours
"Patio" at Pierponts at Union Station
Jul 24, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Family Picnic at Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Aug 12, 2018
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Women of Rotary Pool Party
Evie Craig's Home
Aug 14, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
July Birthdays
7/1  Brad Kleindl
7/2  John Gillis
7/4  Dennis McKeehan
7/6  Chris Boland
7/6  Charlie Rogers
7/7  Bill Kort
7/7 Chris Scott
7/7  Tim Terry
7/7  Ron Trachsel
7/9  Steve Hamadi
7/9  Phil Kinney
7/10  Jan Armstrong
7/11  Robin Wells
7/14  Jim Ramsey
7/15  Tom Davidson
7/15  Rex Newcomer
7/16  Henrik Andersen
7/16  Terry DeFraties
7/17  Joan Caulfield
7/17  Ray Doswell
7/18  David McCaughey
7/19  Paul William
7/20  Mike VanBooven
7/21  Dan Nenonen
7/23  Jon Kemper
7/28  Henry Leonard
7/28  Laurie Mozley
7/30  Sherri Hahn
7/31  Joanna Sebelien
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
July 12, 2018
This week's speaker is Councilman Scott Wagner. His topic will be "Kansas City: An International City."
Councilman Scott Wagner represents the 1st district at-large. He also serves as Mayor Pro Tem and chairman of the City Council Finance and Governance Committee.
Councilman Wagner has worked to revitalize and improve several key corridors in the Northland including Vivion Road. That work has included major improvements the redevelopment of the former Antioch Mall into senior housing, office, and retail space in what is now Antioch Crossing. This work has also helped shape the industrial corridor along Highway 210.  His work resulted in a partnership with MoDOT to expand the highway which has brought in further investment at the new Northland Industrial Park and expansion of the Hunt Midwest Industrial Park.
Kansas City is a global city for tourism, culture, education, and business. For the last several years, Councilman Wagner has worked strategically with UMKC to open business opportunities for KC businesses in China. His work has resulted in a new sister-city agreement with Yan’an, and Memorandums of Understanding with Changsha and Ankong, China.
Scott is a marketing professional, having worked for agencies and owning his own marketing business for 16 years.  Scott grew up in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Oak Park High School and continued his education at William Jewell College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in History, Business and Economics. Prior to his Council service he was treasurer and president of the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association in Historic Northeast. Scott is married to Laura Ray Wagner and has two wonderful sons, Patrick and Truman and their family pet, Nugget.
Last Week's Meeting
July 5, 2018
“The Changing of the Guard” Luncheon
After an hour of wine, socializing, and enjoying the music of Allen Monroe on the keyboard, George Genereaux on drums, and Karen Baum’s vocals, we settled down to the meeting. Very soon to be Past President David McCaughey called the meeting to order and welcomed one and all to this annual “C.O.G.” meeting and ceremony. Song Master Charlie Huffman led us in the traditional song, “Welcome to Rotary” (composed by the piano player), and the Star Spangled Banner, ably accompanied by said piano player, one Carl Bolte.
After the Pledge to the flag, George Heymach brought forth an invocation, and Mandy introduced the numerous guests.
P. McCaughey thanked the following retiring Club Board members with words of appreciation for their service and plaques:
Tony Andresen
Joe Privitera
Barbara Dolci
Eric Bubb
Board members staying on for another year include:
George Heymach
Pat Macdonald
Alan Warne
P. McCaughey expressed a special word of thanks and appreciation to our Executive Director, Mandy Sheldon, for her continuing service to the Club. P. McCaughey closed his part of the program with his final Scoutmaster Minute, a quote from Herman Munster (a fictional character in the CBS sitcom,The Munsters): “The lesson I want you to learn is… it doesn’t matter what you look like, you can be tall, short or fat or thin or ugly or handsome like your Father, or you can be black or yellow or white, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character.”
Our new President, Kara Bennett, climbed the steps to the podium without tripping, and she and now officially P.P. McCaughey performed with ritual exchange of pins, handing over of the gavel, and the presentation of a plaque and gift to David for his year of service. P.P. McCaughey exited stage left, and the new P. Bennett took the microphone (without dropping it).  In a most spirited, lively, and cheerful manner she;
Toasted P.P. McCaughey for his year of service;
Introduced the Club Board members:
          Mary Kingsley
          Lon Lawton
          Paul Searcy
          Randy Sisk (Treasurer)
          Joe Privitera (President Elect);
Acknowledged her special Guests, Jan Armstrong, with a recounting of how Ms. Armstrong, over a period of years, convinced P. Bennett to join the Club, and her longtime friend, June Holbert;
Described her ascent through the ranks to her present position as President;
Outlined her new program initiatives designed to:
1. Increase membership, with Sally Bibb as the new Membership chair;
2. Initiate new community service projects, with Barbara Dolci as the new Community Service Chair;
Shared with us a quote from her youthful years as a cheerleader, which captures the essence and spirit with which she approached cheerleading (and all of life): “Being a cheerleader means coming to the games and cheering and watching our team play. As head cheerleader I have a lot of responsibility because if things don’t go right I get the blame. I’ve learned that when people are depending on you to get a job done, you’d better finish it.
I definitely feel that more spirit by the Turner fans gives the players more incentive to win. Face it, when there’s noise and a crowd of people at the game, that’s the kind of atmosphere you want. I think it makes the players want to try all the harder for a victory.” - Kara McClellan
In the humble opinion of this scribe, we are in for a most lively, productive, enjoyable, and interesting year.  Hang on.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Youth Camp Update
The Boy Scout campers arrived yesterday! 
If you are following the Rotary Camp on Twitter and Facebook you have seen the pictures of the staff preparing for them.
This year the theme is “Winter Wonderland”. Tonight is movie night, tomorrow is the pool party and Wednesday night is the “Winter Extravaganza” !  There are 57 campers enjoying the camp this week.
Next week Camp RISE is at the camp.  This camp is sponsored by Rotaract KC. There are 65 campers signed up to come out!  We could use a couple of volunteers on Monday the 16th to grill burgers and dogs for these campers and their staff. Call the camp if you want to volunteer.
Dues Invoices
Dues Invoices were EMAILED last week. Please let Mandy know if you did not receive your invoice.
Thank you!