The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
June 24, 2021
Our Speaker this week is Christy Engemann, Spire Energy. Her topic is "Spire's Commitment to the Environment."
Christy Engemann has been with Spire for almost 4 years. She is the Manager of the new Environmental Commitment Department. She was the previous manager for the Environmental Compliance Department within Spire, and prior to joining Spire, Christy worked for 12 years for an environmental consulting firm in Kansas City. Her background and experience is in Environmental Science.

Christy's presentation will include information on Spire’s commitment to the environment from sustainability efforts, to how it factor in environmental considerations during the design phase, and our energy efficiency programs. She will mainly focus on the information recently released in the 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility report.

A Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to members, if you would like to visit as a guest, please email Executive Director Mandy Sheldon.

Please continue to check our Facebook page and for updates.
Last Week's Meeting
June 17, 2021
The meeting was held via Zoom with approximately 32 Rotarians and guests participating from their homes and offices in various time zones.
President David brought the group to order at 12:01 with words of welcome. Participants quickly transferred to Zoom breakout rooms or round-table discussions, where the conversation question inquired about members’ longest employment tenure with any one organization.
When all returned to the combined session after five minutes, President David called for the playback of Charlie Huffman and Carl Bolte singing America the Beautiful recorded at Carl’s home. Followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, Chris Boland’s invocation centered on an Irish Blessing to wish everyone well.
Dr. Nathan Guthrie was the sole meeting guest. There were no club anniversaries to commemorate this week.
Announcements included a reminder of the Changing of the Guard event at Rotary Youth Camp on Thursday, June 21st—please RSVP to Mandy. The Downtown Committee will inaugurate a Hydration Station in Berkeley Riverfront Park at 4pm on June 29th—please RSVP to Evie Craig. General thanks were given to the build-a-bed participants from the preceding week.
Rotarian Quint Hall introduced our guest speaker, Doris Geide Stevenson, Professor of Economics at Weber State University. A native of Germany, Geide Stevenson completed her doctoral studies at SUNY-Buffalo and resides in Utah. Her presentation was part of the information sharing performed by the National Economic Education Delegation, a non-partisan organization that works to promote economic understanding. The title of the talk was Covid-19: Economic Implications and Policy Response.
Dr. Stevenson organized her remarks around the questions of:
What’s the current state of the economy?
What have been the effects of recovery policy?
What kind of recovery are we looking at?
What about inflation?
Is progress equitable?
The general response is, in her words, a tale of three policy efforts: monetary, fiscal, and social. Spending collapsed in March 2020; and not all consumer sectors have returned at the same pace (e.g., leisure and hospitality). The gap beneath potential gross domestic product and current economic output is considerably reduced. Labor force participation is down, and unemployment rates have not been uniform across earners—hourly workers have been hit much harder by the pandemic than white collar staff. In general, the economy has followed the public health crisis.
Government responses to the downturn have increased household spending by low-wage earners, many of whom faced employment turmoil. Household spending by high-wage earners has decreased, and stayed lower than normal, at least through 2020. The recovery to date has not been a uniform V in shape for all Americans. Depending on their employment exposure to pandemic interruption, the economic recovery has followed a K in its shape for the country in toto.
Dr. Stevenson fielded a range of questions on the possibility of a deflationary cycle, unemployment insurance and work disincentives, and the recentness of her data. (The meeting video remains archived on Facebook for the members who wish to view it again.)
President David thanked Professor Stevenson for her comments and presented the customary Club 13 pen to her in appreciation.
Next week, our guest speaker will be Christy Engemann of Spire Energy, speaking on Spire’s environmental commitments.
In Rotary History, In the 1969-70 Rotary year, the president tried to give a "Scooter Award" to members who left the meeting early. The idea didn't last long.
President David concluded the meeting at 12:55 by referencing the wise words of Warren Buffet: "It is ok to put all of your eggs in one basket, if it is the right basket." The 4-Way Test closed the session.
*Correction: Last week in the Club Anniversary List Pat Bolin's name was incorrect. 
Heartland Chamber Music Festival
We’re excited to announce a great volunteer opportunity through our latest Venture Fund Project. The Heartland Chamber Music summer Festival is an exciting 9 days of chamber music, orchestra, master classes, student and faculty performances and more! Each summer advanced string and piano students ages 12 and older are selected by audition to work one-on-one with internationally renowned faculty members that have gathered for the festival with the purpose of inspiring and nurturing the students’ development.
The festival is nine days and requires many volunteers to run smoothly. Volunteers are needed for student check in, supervising lunch, helping students find their classrooms, to ushers for concerts. Sprouts & The Symphony Concert needs help with organizing the brief reception after the concert and many volunteers to usher families to the green room before the concert, helping lead kids on stage for the performance, showing families where to sit. Anyone who knows how to tune an instrument can also be utilized the day of the event. There are multiple volunteer opportunities with Sprouts during the academic year. The volunteers needed are listed here. They are also in need of photographer/videographers throughout the festival if anyone with those skill sets is interested! You can sign up with the link below or reach out to Philip Cole at
Rotary Satellite Club
The Satellite Club will meet on Tuesday, June 22nd, 5:30 PM on the Patio at the Brickhouse, 400 East 31 Street, Kansas City, MO. with Taylor Jackson serving as Moderator. Following networking, Barbara Dolci will speak on the Westside CAN Center and the service projects Club 13 has partnered with the organization. The meeting will end with a short discussion on future service projects and the Four Way Test.  All Rotarians are welcome to attend. 
Hydration Station Celebration
Please join us for a (dog-friendly) celebration of the new Hydration Station at Berkley Riverfront, a partnership between Rotary Club 13 and Port KC.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 29, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Berkley Park, 1298 River Front Drive, KCMO 64120
PLEASE BRING: Your own refillable water bottle
THANK YOU to our SPONSORS: Rotary Club 13, Rotary District 6040, Port KC, Downtown Council, Tom Davis, Jared Campbell, Evie Craig and David Hanzlick
The Hydration Station will provide a publicly accessible, hygienic water source 24/7/365 for the benefit of two and four-legged downtown residents, visitors, and others. Additionally, the project will cut down on water and plastic waste by promoting the use of refillable water bottles/cups and decreasing reliance on single-use water bottles.
Saving the Monarch Butterfly
Several weeks ago, Club 13 joined the Rotary Club of Monterrey, Mexico, Kansas City Southern Railway Co. and Suburban Lawn and Garden to help save the monarch butterfly (mariposa) population. The international service committee of Club 13 has applied for a District Grant to help fund installation of a water treatment facility in a small Mexican village from which tourists depart to visit El Rosario, a popular Monarch Sanctuary in Michoaca'n State.
Our ecology/environment committee has helped promote sales of Monarch Mariposa Plants at Suburban Lawn and Garden by distributing flyers at the Kansas City Zoo and the Anita Gorman Discovery Center as well as sharing project sales information with other metro area Rotary clubs.
Ecology/environment committee also spearheaded identification of monarch/pollinator friendly garden areas at the Rotary Youth Camp. Camp staff, Laurie and Alli, applied for and received a $4,000 grant from the Spire company to prepare the ground and install plants in two garden areas. This project has been postponed until late September by Spire. Another part of the selected garden areas will be developed as an Eagle project. Monarch Mariposa Plants still available at Suburban Lawn and Garden as of 6/13/21 are Swamp Milkweed, Butterfly Weed (a milkweed), Carex Oak Sedge, Carex Fox Sedge, Pale Coneflower, Missouri Evening Primrose, Foxglove Beard Tongue, Slender Mountain Mint, Blue Sage, Showy Goldenrod, Aromatic Aster and Curly Top Iron Weed.  Each plant is $6.99 and 50% of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of oyamel fir trees to re-populate forests in the Monarch Sanctuaries in Mexico.
Please consider adding a few monarch/pollinator plants to your own garden thus helping our efforts to save the monarch butterfly population while they are in the United States and Canada. Orders can be placed by going to and then navigating to "Monarch Mariposa Plants".
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
*We are currently meeting virtually via Zoom*

Countdown to July 8...
Return to In-Person Meetings!
16 Days

By David Hanzlick
As the end of this Rotary year nears, the Club 13 members can take pride in the level of service we have provided to the Kansas City Community and the larger world over the past twelve months. Here are ten of the achievements. The rest of the list will be published in next week’s column. I am grateful to the board, committee chairs, and committee members for their commitment to and hard work in making these projects so successful. Thank you to the membership for your support and participation. 
  1. Raised $21,000 toward repayment of the $50,000 loan from the Foundation to the Paul Harris House
  2. Created a strategic plan with a particular focus on ensuring the sustainability of the Rotary Youth Camp
  3. Established a taskforce that identified specific strategies for camp sustainability that have been implemented by the Club, Foundation, and Camp boards and resulted in a higher level of understanding among the three boards
  4. Appointed a taskforce to evaluate the Venture Fund and provide recommendations for the future
  5. Positioned the Camp as the Club’s front porch with increased volunteer participation from club members and groups such as the Book Club, Women of Rotary, Satellite Club, Club Board and others.
  6. Re-imagined Greater Kansas City with new partners – Kansas City Monarchs and HyVee
  7. Held two committee chairs meetings and one club assembly
  8. Initiated the Mariposa Monarch Project with partners – Rotary Foundation District Grant, Kansas City Southern, and Suburban Lawn and Garden
  9. Held a highly successful Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe drive thanks to the International Committee, chair Linn Mills, and the faithful and dedicated shoe buyers
  10. Awarded the ‘Business Executive of the Year Award’ to Jeffrey Jones of H & R Block
Please make note of the falling dates and make plans to attend:
  • Tuesday, June 29 – Dedication of the hydration station at Berkley Riverfront Park
  • Thursday, July 1 – Changing of the Guard at the Camp from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 8 – In-person club meetings resume at the Gallery!
Have a great week and remember, “Rotary Opens Opportunities!”

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Kansas City’s Hispanic Business Community; Importance, Growth and Challenges
Jul 15, 2021
KC Jazz: Thriving On A Riff
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Upcoming Events
Hydration Station Celebration
Berkley Park
Jun 29, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Changing of the Guard at the Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Jul 01, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jul 03, 2021
In-Person Meeting at the Gallery!
The Gallery
Jul 08, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jul 10, 2021
Women and Friends of Rotary
Jul 13, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jul 14, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
The Gallery
Jul 15, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jul 17, 2021
Bagel Run
Jul 24, 2021
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Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
We had our first overnight camping session of the summer this past weekend with Family Resource Center of Missouri. They had families come out to have a camping experience together. There was petting zoos, yard games, pool time, and lots of fun in the sun! Next up is Lone Oak 4-H, who will be checking in tomorrow.