No Meeting this Week
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Last Week's Meeting
November 17, 2022
Rotary 13 members and guests gathered in The Kill Devil Club at 14th and Main with select individuals participating remotely via Facebook Live. President Eric Bubb brought the assembly to order at 12:13pm with the clang of the club bell. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, and then Chris Meikel’s invocation reminded the group of the obligation to love our neighbors.
Mandy Sheldon identified Visiting Rotarian Sara Lissauer from the Overland Park South club and meeting guest David Fritz, District 6040 Asst. Governor. Club 13 also observed one member anniversary this week: Ted Higgins, 2 years. Thankfully no club members were in sick bay at present.
Club board candidate introductions followed, with those nominees in attendance standing to be recognized. The slate includes Kristy Bayer, Jessica Block Stewart, Kara Croniser Feitz, Bill Madsen, Dan Nenonen, and Robert Thompson. Paper ballots were distributed to meeting attendees as they departed after lunch. Those members still in need of ballots should contact Mandy, with the reminder that all ballot envelopes need to be signed by the club member before returning them.
Two projects supporting Westside CAN are underway and require club participation. Lee Brummit spoke to the toy drive for the youngsters who rely on the community action network—those gifts of toys are due by 4 December. Pete Sotta explained the need for winter coats and hygiene kits for the day workers affiliated with CAN; that deadline for donated materials is 23 December. President Eric reminded the group that seasonal bell ringing in support of the Salvation Army still has signup slots open. He further called attention to upcoming club events:
  • 11/22—Rotary After Hours at Project C.U.R.E., sponsored by The Satellite Club
  • 12/8—Club Holiday Party, Drexel Hall
  • 12/15—Program Committee Meeting prior to lunch meeting downtown.
At 12:23pm, President Eric introduced the day’s guest speaker, Jonathan Shorman, Lead Political Reporter with the Kansas City Star. He leads reporting on state-level politics for both Kansas and Missouri, after previous work experience covering both Topeka and Jefferson City for regional newspapers. A graduate of the KU School of Journalism, he is lauded for his investigative work around Wichita city politics and shares a George Polk Award for that coverage.
Mr. Shorman began with summary comments about the 2022 mid-term election results earlier this month, then moved into a generous question and answer session with meeting attendees. His key takeaways from the November balloting include:
  • The absence of a Red Wave favoring Republicans, with the showing for the White House party as strong as G.W. Bush’s first midterm elections in 2002;
  • State races in Kansas and Missouri also affirmed this;
  • Big name incumbents did well in both parties;
  • Statewide offices generally didn’t change hands between parties;
  • The lack of a Red Wave should not be understood as a Blue Wave;
  • Voters have calcified into two camps and shaking things up is now harder than in the past.
In sum, Mr. Shorman contended, that both parties came to the election as incumbents and both parties remained in about the same spots overall.
At 12:36, he opened the floor to questions, and heard from a good number of club members on a range of topics. The queries covered Speaker Pelosi’s changing role, the high funding level for the race in Kansas’ 3rd house district, and how ‘business gets done differently’ in Topeka and in Jefferson City. He shared his views on ranked-choice voting, noted that information on the youth voter turnout in MO/KS was not yet available, and commented on how cross-primary spending by the opposing party has caught on and seems likely to stick around. In response to questions, he indicated that national polling by the New York Times and Emerson College are presently the gold standard, but lamented that little independent polling, particularly for down-ballot races occurs. When pressed on whether democracy was at stake in this November election, he felt that given some of the candidates across the country, yes, it was.
President Eric thanked Jonathan Shorman for his remarks and encouraged all club members to stay engaged in local and state affairs.
Next week, the club will forego meeting in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
At 1:03, President Eric concluded the meeting by citing Milton Berle: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”  The 4-Way Test closed the session.
Monarch Butterfly Boxcar Event
Please take a moment to watch this video wrap-up of the Monarch Bufferfly Boxcar Relay in September. 
Click on this link to view.
Bill Brown Warm Clothing Drive for Westside CAN Day Labor Program
We will help Westside CAN provide winter jackets, gloves, hats and a hygiene kit to the men that participate in the Westside CAN Day Labor Program. We have been asked to donate a minimum of 25 gift sets to help them meet their goal of distributing the gifts to some of the day laborers who work in the Program.
Since 2002, the Westside CAN Day Labor Program has provided 60-90 immigrant men access to short-term labor jobs every day, Monday through Saturday. That’s well over 2000 workdays a month. These men work outdoors in the weather performing forming manual labor in our community.
How to donate:
Follow the this link to the signup document. Select your donation and bring it to one of our Rotary Meetings PRIOR on or before December 15th. Pete Sotta will collect the items brought to one of our Rotary meetings. For the Hygiene kits: please sign up to make a cash donation (and we’ll buy the items in bulk), or sign up for an item that you would like to donate (must be in lots of 25).
Questions: Contact Pete Sotta at 816-678-2226
Westside CAN Center Toy Drive
Help us give a happy holiday to children in Kansas City! We have committed to 50 gifts for the Westside CAN Center, monetary donations are also acceptable via checks mailed or delivered, or given to one of the community service committee members to drop off. You can sign up at this link. (please avoid toy "guns" such as Nerf guns, etc.) We know it may be difficult to find toys for older kids, so Target or Walmart Gift cards are also accepted. 
We are also asking looking for volunteers to help deliver these item on December 10 - please see Lee Brumitt if you can help. 
Gifts/donations are $15/gift - please stay consistent as many families have multiple children and it is hard when they vary greatly in value.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Nov 30, 2022
Bagel Run
Dec 03, 2022
Rotary Book Discussion Group
via Zoom
Dec 05, 2022
Rotary Holiday Party
Drexel Hall
Dec 08, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bagel Run
Dec 10, 2022
Women & Friends of Rotary
Pierponts at Union Station
Dec 13, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
MarkOne Electric
Dec 14, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Dec 17, 2022
Tom & Jerry Party
Dec 22, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Dec 24, 2022
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Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary 13!!
The bowling league met again last Wednesday for the weekly games. We had some incredible highs and some embarrassing lows. I will get to the highs in a bit, but it should be noted that President Eric had a dismal game, one in which we saw him throw 4 balls in the gutter and fail to break 100. Not very presidential!!!
200 games:
Tim Tholen-200
AND MIKE MESSMER WENT BIG!!! 257, 214 and 232 for a 703 series!!! 
Lon Lawton and Eric Bubb hit the 5/7 
Wes Gill hit the 5/10
Have a great week!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s time to kickoff our annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing Drive! There are just a couple spots left to be filled on Saturday, Dec. 10. The link to sign up is below.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!! We are thankful that almost 100 years ago Club 13 chose to start a camp for kids and continues to choose the camp and the kids we serve!
Did you know that you can donate $1.00 to your Rotary Youth Camp each time you use PayPal when shopping?  Go to PayPal Giving Fund and get set up!