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May 25, 2017
Celebration of Life
Jun 08, 2017
Tony DiPardo Lives On
Jun 22, 2017
The American Royal: Its Move and Its Future
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
May 22, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Kill Devil
Jun 08, 2017 11:00 AM
International Service Committee
Jun 08, 2017 11:00 AM
No Meeting
Jun 15, 2017
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 22, 2017
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

It's Almost Dragon Boat Time!
And... we need YOUR help!
If you are interested in signing up to row with Club 13 for the Annual Dragon Boat competition this year, please contact Robin Rusconi to get signed up!
Everyone is welcome!

Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Glory Over Everything” by Kathleen Grissom on May 22, 2017, 6:30 PM at Rainy Day Books. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
About the book:  The year is 1830 and Jamie Pyke is keeping a deadly secret.  Although he is passing as a wealthy white aristocrat in Philadelphia society, Jamie is really a runaway slave, hiding in plain sight, still hunted.  But Jamie’s carefully constructed world begins to come apart when his beloved young servant Pan, whom he has sworn to protect, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.
Tracing the boy to a North Carolina plantation, Jamie risks his life to save Pan from the fate he himself barely escaped as a child.  Fortunately, a fearless slave, Sukey, has been mothering the terrified young boy, planning to get him out on the Underground Railroad.  As the ruthless slave hunters close in, the three make a run for freedom through the Virginia backwoods and the treacherous Great Dismal Swamp, where they are faced with another desperate choice.
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There is an upcoming opportunity to buy a Rotary shirt that honors the Club’s $26.50 contribution to the Rotary Foundation and helps promote our Rotary Club both in Kansas City and at the Atlanta Rotary Convention. The shirts are available from the J. Wilbur Company in men’s and women’s sizes, are wrinkle and shrink resistant, and have a long lasting professional look. The Convention Committee has selected Autumn Orange as the color in order to “stand out” at Rotary events and coordinate with the Kansas City booth at the Atlanta convention. The shirts cost $20 and orders need to be placed by April 28th
Please place your order directly with Lainie Wilbur While the shirts are of particular significance to those attending the Atlanta convention, all Rotary Club 13 members are welcome to order a shirt. The shirts will be unique to our Club.

Rotaract KC's CAMP RISE
Rotaract Kansas City’s CAMP RISE seeks to provide a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 8-13 who are currently homeless in Kansas City. CAMP RISE aims to celebrate independence, resilience and empowerment. Our campers will gain new and exciting experiences, valuable life-skills and most importantly, the freedom to be a kid away from the strain and uncertainty of homeless living.
If you would like to make a donation to Camp Rise, Checks can be made payable to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation with “Camp Rise” in the memo. Mail check to: Rotaract c/o Camp Rise, 700 East 8th Street Unit 6T, Kansas City, MO 64106.

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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
May 18,2017
Our Speaker this week is Colleen McCain Nelson, KC Star Vice President and Editorial Page Editor. Her topic will be "Politics and the Editorial Page." 
Our Speaker this week is Colleen McCain Nelson. Nelson joined the KC Star in December 2016 after working as a White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and as an editorial writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News.
Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a former political reporter who has chronicled three presidential campaigns. In 2016, she criss-crossed the country with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. As a White House reporter for the The Wall Street Journal, she wrote about the policies, politics and personalities of President Barack Obama's administration, traveling the world with the president and Vice President.
Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Nelson worked at the Dallas Morning News where she wrote about local, state and national politics as a reported and later, as an editorial columnist.
In 2010, Nelson and two colleagues were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, recognition for a series of editorials that condemned the stark economic and social disparity separating Dallas' thriving northern half and struggling southern half.
Nelson began her career at the Wichita Eagle, where she wrote about the Kansas Legislature and the governor's re-election campaign. Nelson was raised in Salina, Kansas and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas.
Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
May 11, 2017
After calling the meeting to order in the tight quarters of the Kill Devil Room, Pres. Ho called to the podium Harlan Stamper, today's song maestro, who led us in a spirited rendition of American The Beautiful, accompanied by today's piano player, C. Bolte, who was hiding behind the American Flag at the piano.
After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, Glen Crawford gave us some quick words about his recent trip to Hawaii, then brought forth the invocation, partly inspired by words from Eleanor Roosevelt.  Sherri Hahn introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
P. Ho reminded us that the proceeds from this month's 50/50 drawing are going to Camp RISE, a Rotaract project.  He then introduced the members of a GSA team from Paraguay, who are visiting our district.  They included:
Ana Favaron, Miriam Medina, Jorge Dellamea, Gonzalo Acura, Jonathon Keller
Three new members and their sponsors were presented to the club:
Mehnaz Alam (Jane Lee)
Chas Marks (Duane Benton)
Rich Ambler (Randy Sisk)
Sally Bibb and Marc Horner reported on the Club's excellent participation in a couple of recent fund raising projects:
The Rotary Foundation Legacy Campaign:  The campaign started last November, and its purpose was to honor the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Foundation.  The goal for our District was $2,650,000.  The campaign ended in April, and reports were made at a dinner. The final tally was over $3M, which will help to insure the future of the Foundation and its projects.  Our Club's goal was $265,000, and our 13 contributors raised $740,000!
The Star Club Award:  To earn a star on a club's banner, the club must give more than $100 per capita to the Foundation Annual Fund.  The good news is that our club gave more than $219 per capita!  We earned our star.
Bill Kort introduced our speaker for the day, Mark Kubic, Ph.D. who is the Executive Director of the Kansas ACLU.  His topic was "Where Freedom Stands:  A Brief Survey of Major Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Issues."
Dr. Kubic has over 15 years of experience in civil liberties, civil rights, and racial work. He holds a bachelor's degree from the George Washington University, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in Black Politics from Howard University.  His first book, Freedom, Inc. and the Fight for African American Empowerment, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2016.
He began today by quoting from three letters recently received at the office of the Kansas ACLU which expressed the writers' appreciation for the work of the ACLU in their lives.  Their words were, "we are counting on you!"  These words are echoed in the mantra of the ACLU, "everyone counts".  The work of the ACLU  is to defend the rights of every American, as expressed in the Bill of Rights (even though at the time of the signing of that document, only a very small minority of Americans qualified for those rights.)
The work of the ACLU is carried out in three ways:
First, "we sue people".  Over 300 ACLU litigators are working on over 3,000 suits every day.  "We are the world's largest human rights law firm."
Second, advocacy:  "We work with governmental agencies from national to local levels to insure that they do not do things that we think are ill advised, but to be sure that our rights and freedoms are strengthened at the same time."
Third:  Work in communities, organizing, public outreach, and public education.  "We want people to not have to rely on groups like the ACLU to protect their rights, but to know how to do it for themselves."
Finally, Dr. Kubic discussed at length two very sensitive topics, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.  The questions raised from the floor after his talk indicated that there were very different points of views in the room regarding these matters.  However, in any event, Dr. Kubic did a good job (in the opinion of this scribe) of presenting and defending the role of the ACLU, and handled questions and comments from the floor calmly and professionally.
Don't forget - you can watch this program as well as other speakers on our You Tube Channel. Click below.
Successful Rotary Foundation Legacy Campaign
From November 2016 through April 2017, Club 13 has participated in a campaign to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation in honor of its 100th Anniversary. The Rotary Foundation transforms donations into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. This Legacy Campaign ended with a celebration dinner on April 30th for those who made a direct contribution or a bequest. Marc Horner served on the Legacy planning committee, Sherri Hahn was the Dinner Event Coordinator and Dick Retrum supplied materials for the Dinner. Tom Davis, Duane Benton, Marc Horner and Sally Bibb served on the Club 13 Legacy Campaign committee. 
The outcome of the campaign was a great success with the District raising $3,327,535.78 for the Rotary Foundation.  Club 13 made a great showing both in the number of contributors and the amount raised. Thirteen Rotarians made either a direct contribution or a bequest: Jan Armstrong, Rick Beyer, Sally Bibb, Woody Davis, Sherri Hahn, Marc Horner, Jonathan Kemper, Howard Mick, Linn Mills, Dave Norton, Dick Retrum, Ron Trachsel plus an Anonymous donor. Together we raised an outstanding $740,750!  A special Thank You to the generous Rotarians from Club 13.
(Pictured above) RI President John Germ and the Legacy Campaign Committee (including Marc Horner & Sheri Hahn) presenting the $3,327,535.78 check at the April 30 Dinner.
Youth Camp Update
Thank you to the following Club 13 Rotarians who were able to come out and get things done at camp Saturday morning:  Sara Shaffer-Henry, Christy Chester, Phil Kinney, Denny Bolte, Doug Anderson (with Cozy & Claudia Anderson), Rick & Sarah Beyer, Kara Bennett, Paul Searcy, Anna Pechenina, Brandon Ehlers, John Reynolds, Jerry Cooke, and David McCaughey. Also on hand to lend a hand were:  John Rosendahl and David Slater from the Blue Springs Club;  Frank Blanck and Ronda Wood from the Lee’s Summit Downtown Club; Marli Klumb, Baylee DeLainer, Tracy Smedley, and Carl Turner from the Waldo Brookside Club;  Demi Holt and Rick Konuch from the Plaza Rotary Club; and Danielle Ehlers, Katie McCalla, Florian Schulte, and Megan Mozley with the Kansas City Rotaract Club.  David McCaughey brought some scouts and leaders from Troop 195, so another Thank you to: Clint and Matt Swearingin, Ian and Russ Headley, Noah Grax, Wesley Murphy and Riker Wolff!
Don’t forget this Saturday is another chance to help get the camp ready for the summer campers! Phil and his crew are finishing up the cabins and Cabin 11 will be completed this week. Sidewalk repairs are underway and will be completed this week. Several Eagle projects have been finished so there are railings along the walkway to the OutPost storm shelter and all cabin emergency exits have platforms or steps to exit onto.
This Monday the camp is hosting the Group Study Exchange from Argentina Paraguay for dinner and a program from 5:30-8:30. Saturday afternoon a Cub Scout Pack will hold their spring campout here and Sunday afternoon a Girl Scout Service Unit event will be held in the dining hall.
The first summer group arrives June 2nd.

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