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61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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By President Kara Bennett
Every month the Rotary Club 13 Board of Directors has a meeting. It is the 2nd Wednesday of the month. As a member you are welcome, just let Mandy know if you plan to attend.
There is a lot on the agenda for this month’s meeting. Do know that Mandy will summarize and publish the results of the meeting in our newsletter. However, I want to highlight a few of the agenda items.
At the August meeting I shared with the board the idea of creating a Satellite Club. I asked the Membership Committee, chaired by Sally Bibb, to help me develop that idea. Sally put together a Satellite Club planning committee that included Courtney Brooks, Jared Campbell and Branden Ehlers. After lots of research and hours of discussion the committee’s findings and recommendations will be presented to the board this Wednesday.
Another highlight is that the Community Service Committee, chaired by Barbara Dolci, has sent to the board five new Venture Fund proposals that will be discussed and voted on. The first Venture Fund project/event will be held September 22nd at the Dunn Ranch. Details are in this newsletter.
Finally, we have new information about grants for the next Rotary Year, according to Tom Davis, our grant manager. Tom will attend the meeting Wednesday to share the accelerated deadlines and other changes to the program. We need to start planning now.

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Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Sep 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 19, 2018 4:30 PM
Community Service Committee
The Gallery
Sep 20, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Committee
The Gallery
Sep 20, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:07 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 22, 2018
Ecology Day
Sep 22, 2018
Ask the Exec
Tom's Town Distillery
Sep 25, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 26, 2018 4:30 PM

Bowling News 
By Dick Retrum
Last week individual averages were set and teams got comfortable with their new teammates. Eric Bubb, League President welcomed everyone back to the lanes and Del Karmeier, Treasurer collected fees.
Martha Hoffman is our newest rookie bowler. She joined Henrik Andersen's team and also works for his company. Welcome and thank you for playing along.
John Reynolds understands the importance of establishing an average in a handicap league. Well... maybe. He rolled a 99 in his first game. But worked out the kinks and had a 204 in his third. The only high game of the day. Congratulations.
For many years, Dave and Liz Norton bowled in this league. Sadly Dave passed away September 5th. All of us who knew him will remember his determination to bowl as he stood at the foul line with his quad cane to throw his ball down the lane. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Liz and family.

ASK THE EXEC is back! Don’t miss this first gathering of the year with our outstanding speaker, David Epstein, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Tom’s Town Distilling Co., 1701 Main, KC, Mo. Spirits and hors d’oeuvres to be served. Cash bar.
And don’t forget to bring a guest!! Remember, this is a membership development event.
Epstein, co-founder/owner of Tom’s, will talk about the start-up, strategizing and challenges in launching a distillery + tavern.
ATE gives us an opportunity to meet and encourage potential Club 13 members. We all need to show leadership by stepping up to the plate and participating in this effort to attract new members.
Click here for your invitation and registration.

We are starting off a new year with People of Rotary! Last week's honoree was Lon Lawton. Click here to read more!
And you can also catch up on our past features!
Click here to read about Barbara Dolci.
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.

The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
September 13, 2018
Our Speaker this week is George Guastello, CEO and President of Union Station. His topic is "Exciting Happenings at Union Station."
George Guastello is President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Station Kansas City, a historical landmark and civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999.  He is responsible for operation, management and development/growth of the Station and surrounding property it owns.  Guastello oversees a staff of over 50 and manages an annual budget of $15 million.  The Station features a science center, planetarium, rail museum, national traveling exhibits, one of the region’s largest giant screen 3D movie theaters, live theater, shops, restaurants and offices.  A bi-state cultural sales tax, the first of its kind in the country, funded nearly half of the $250 million renovation.
Prior to joining USKC, Guastello served as President and CEO for the American Royal Association for 6 years, focusing attention on youth and education, celebrating the region’s rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment, and boasting one of the largest combined livestock, horse show, rodeo, and barbecue competitions in the country. 
Previous employment includes Vice President Marketing and Business Strategy, Starlight Theatre Association. While at Starlight, he created awareness for the theatre’s new $10 million stage and achieved all-time high season attendance levels of over a quarter million people coupled with record season ticket subscription sales backed by 28,500 subscribers.  Guastello served as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Development for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. In his position with the Chamber, he rebranded and repositioned the Chamber in conjunction with authoring the first seed capital legislation in the State of Missouri for investment tax credits for Small Business investors.  He was also employed as Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking at Commerce Bank Kansas City, N.A.
Guastello is a member of the UMKC Alumni Governing Board of Directors, Ability KC Board of Directors, Kansas City Streetcar Authority Board of Directors, KC STEM Alliance Advisory Board and Powell Gardens Board of Directors. He has served on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Cristo Rey Kansas City, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City River Trails, KCMO Central Industrial District, and Johnson County Parks and Recreation Theater in the Park.  He currently retains a number of professional memberships in prestigious organizations.
Guastello, a native Kansas Citian, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance, both from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
He has garnered numerous awards, including the 2015 Non-Profit Professional of the Year from Non-Profit Connect and inclusion in 435 Magazine’s “KC’s 50 Most Powerful People” listing.  Other awards include the 2006 Alumni Legacy Achievement Award from the University of Missouri at Kansas City; 2005 Recipient of Hospitality Leadership Award from the Greater Kansas City Hotel Association and the 2003 Brick by Brick Leadership Award from the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.
Last Week's Meeting
September 6, 2018
Huellas, in a very loose translation from Spanish to English, means footprint and Ferrocarril, same set of circumstances, means Railroad. And to ride on a railroad or railcar is El Viaje De Ferrocarril. My Point... Brian Hancock, Chief Marketing Officer for Kansas City Southern railroad gave a magnificent informational presentation on the activities of this company and how it affects America and of course Mexico. The company has a definite footprint and the vehicle is the railroad. The result of their combined activity is 314 Billion dollars annually and 5 million jobs. That is no small tacos.
Brian discussed many capital improvements for the border towns of the two nations and if you would like to take a long hard look at Vision and Strategy... it is 98% good. Are their still problems? Yes - what about El Guapo, the chief of all of the cartels. Well, he is in jail. The new President of Mexico was elected on a promise of law and order and a clean up of the drug wars and the lawlessness of Mexico. He discussed President Andras Manuel Lopez Obrador. He sees a great deal of good coming from his election.
He also discussed automated trains, Border security, Digital wall, Blockchair, K's contribution to an eye care clinic in Mexico and of course tariffs.
It was an excellent meeting and the improved use of the microphone was a big help.
Thank you to all that help make this a good meeting.
Before I leave this computer I want to pay tribute to a beautiful invocation spoken by one of our greatest Rotarians, past President Rick Halterman.
Rick has had many health problems. So numerous so that when he was elected President of our club, his poor health prevented him from presiding at nearly half of his meeting. Never mind, Rick has always carried his share of the load.
Great work Rick - nice to see you back.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Nominating Committee
Thank you to everyone who voted for the Nominating Committee. The following Members were selected and will serve along with the Past Five Presidents. You may contact any of these members to suggest officer/director candidates. Thank you!
         Tom Davis        Dan Doty      Dennis McKeehan

     Linn Mills          Tom Van Dyke

  Immediate Past Presidents:


David McCaughey     Peter Ho


Dr. Chuck Eddy  Duane Benton    Ron Trachsel
Rotary Book Discussion Group

Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.

Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group - Click here to register

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: Rainy Day Books

2706 West 53rd Street

Mission, KS 66205

About the book:

This is a story of Ireland from the 1940’s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man.  Cyril Avery is not a real Avery – or at least that’s what his adoptive parent tell him.  And he never will be.  But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?  Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.  At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he cam from – and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more. 

Ecology Committee Project at Dunn Ranch
The Ecology Committee and Club 13's new Venture Fund has arranged for an outing on September 22nd (Saturday) for at least 40 American Indian students to the Dunn Ranch near Eaglesville, Missouri. The purpose is to provide them with the opportunity to see and learn about many acres of wild prairies of grasses and flowers that have never seen a plow. They will also be able to see a large herd of bison that roam these grass lands. The event includes a lunch served in an outside sheltered area with grilled bison burgers, hot dogs and a variety of picnic items. The ranch will provide tractor drawn wagons with seats to tour the grounds.
The trip starts at 8:30AM from the Heart of America Indian Center and will return there not later than 6:00PM. The students and staff from the Indian Center will ride a chartered bus. Club 13 members wishing to join this field trip are welcome but will need to drive or car pool with their own vehicles.
Please contact:  Dick Retrum - 913-648-7543, Jan Armstrong - 816-210-0903 or Mandy Sheldon at the Rotary office to secure your reservation.
September Birthdays
September Birthday Celebrants
George Gordon  9/1
Marie Whitmer  9/2
David Harvey  9/6
Duane Benton  9/8
Bob Hovey  9/9
Bill Popplewell  9/12
Rick Usher  9/14
Woody Davis  9/17
Austin Klarin  9/17
Evie Craig  9/23
Roger Sandquist  9/24