This Week's Meeting
February 8, 2024
This week's speaker is Chris Handzel, HNTB. The topic is: "The South Loop Project."
Chris Handzel serves as Vice President and Director of Transportation Planning and Policy at HNTB’s Central States office.  He has over 23 years of industry experience creating successful, memorable placemaking within the built environment.  His experience in delivering complex, urban infrastructure projects and a proven ability to collaborate with architects and engineers to develop community-driven solutions to urban open space, infrastructure, and mobility challenges.  He is a board member of the Downtown Council of Kansas City and a landscape architect and urban designer based out of HNTB’s corporate headquarters in downtown Kansas City.
Chris is currently serving as the Project Manager of the South Loop Project.  He has been involved with the project since his role as deputy project manager for the project’s 2007 Feasibility Study.  Since that time, he has given numerous presentations to elected officials, stakeholders, and neighborhood and civic groups to inform and build support and momentum for the project.  Throughout 2023 Chris led the team to position the South Loop Project for implementation, working to advance design and approvals and securing funding to construct the project.
Last Week's Meeting
Feb 1, 2023
The meeting began with Pres. Tom Davis calling the meeting to order.  We then stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Pres. D. asked for a moment of silence in memory of our long time member Carl Bolte, who passed away a few days ago.  New member Scott McRuer brought forth a brief invocation, after which he was officially inducted into the club. Guests were welcomed. Then club anniversaries were noted for members David King with 13 years (and 46 years of Rotary experience); and Bill Kort, 10 years.
Announcements included:
*Members of the Rotary Book discussion Group were thanked for greeting today.
*A lengthy and spirited preview by Eric Bubb about the plans for the coming Greater KC day. 
*A brief video about Project C.U.R.E.’s visit to the Kasama hospital in Zambia – one of the hospitals we are working on in our global grant.
*Coming events were reviewed:
Fireside events – openings available at Jane Lee’s and Pete Sotta’s houses.
Rotary Roundup at the Youth Camp on Thu., Feb. 29, 6-9 pm. No noon Rotary meeting on that day.
President Tom invited Past President Marc Horner to the podium, who made a special presentation to Jan Armstrong, who received the Citation for Meritorious Service, which recognizes individual Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding active service to The Rotary Foundation for more than one year.
After P.P. Marc Horner's presentation to Jan, he introduced our speaker for the day, Amy Chinnery-Valmassei, a past president of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club and a District Governor Nominee Designate for District 6040.  (Her term will be in 2026-2027.)  She is a most active Rotary member and in her community.  Her topic today was “The Annual Fund.”
Points discussed during her most lively presentation included:
+ The Rotary Annual Fund supports Rotary’s numerous activities and programs around the world.
+  How do we make a difference in our community?
+  The “Every Rotarian Every Year” is a challenge for universal support of the Annual Fund.
+  A review of how donations to the Annual Fund are invested and used to support various programs.
+  A review of how our District’s programs receive support from the Annual Fund.
+  A challenge for all Rotarians to make an annual donation to the Annual Fund
+  There are numerous ways for Rotarians to make donations to the Fund.  See the Buzzsaw and visit our office for information.
After this most lively presentation, Pres. Davis reviewed coming meeting programs.  See the Buzzsaw.  Today’s quote was, “The work of two is not meant to be done alone.”  Zambian proverb.
And we closed with a recitation of the Rotary 4-Way test.
Pollinator 101 Webinar
“In December 2023, the Canadian government listed the monarch as an endangered species along with a few species of bees. The U.S. government is expected to make a similar decision later this year. Want to help? It’s easy! Plant native flowers and milkweed at home this Spring.
There are lots of great resources out there to support you! Go to Grow Native! to learn more.  You can also attend upcoming virtual workshops that are being hosted, in part, by Operation Pollination a Rotary project. Visit this link to register.”
KCRC Foundation Minutes
At the recent Kansas City Rotary Foundation quarterly meeting on 10/27/2023 it was decided that we will begin publishing the minutes of our meetings in the Buzzsaw. In the interest of being transparent but also accurate we will wait until the minutes are approved by the board of the Foundation. 
These are the minutes from October 26,2023 approved by the KCRC Foundation Board at the 1/25/2024 meeting.
Any questions about the content should be directed to Marc Horner; President of the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation.
You can click here to view the Minutes.
Rotary Roundup
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary
Extra Virgin
Feb. 13, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
Feb. 14, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Feb. 14, 2024 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Happy Hour Membership event
Feb. 15, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bagel Run
Feb. 17, 2024
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Feb. 21, 2024 4:30 p.m.
Bagel Run
Feb. 24, 2024
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Feb. 28, 2024 4:30 p.m.
Rotary Round Up
Rotary Youth Camp
Feb. 29, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Greater KC Day Kick Off
Mar. 06, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Feb 15, 2024
Trauma Informed Design: A New Way to Shelter the Unhoused
Feb 22, 2024
Feel the Power - Her Story
Feb 29, 2024
Join us for the Rotary Roundup!
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Bowling News
by Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary 13 and Happy Monday!!
Our bowlers met up last week for a night of fun and a few cocktails. Some great games were rolled:
Splits and spares:
Henrik Andersen 5/10
Joey Grimsley 5/7
Kay Roscoe 5/7
Matt Ho 4/9
John Lawrence 5/6/7
200 games:
Will Patrick 205, 239, 212
Chris Grimsley 201, 218
Matt Ho 203
And a correction from last week’s news, Henrik is using Dennis O’Dell’s bowling shoes and ball, NOT Dennis McKeehan’s. And according to Kay Roscoe, Wes Gill and Neil Barnett, “we SUCK tonight!!” Best quote of the night!
See you all Thursday. 

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
The MMG were hard at work at the Rotary Youth Camp taking advantage of this beautiful weather!  If you have free time on Mondays and want to join in the fun, give Phil Kinney a call to get the details.
Activities around Rotary Camp in the 50’s.