We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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(816) 842-2322





by President Kara Bennett
Did you know that the Venture Fund funded nine projects this year? We have completed six of the nine and still have money available to fund more.
Every year a new proposal will need to be made to request the money. Do not assume that your project will automatically be funded or, rejected. If you have an idea or want to repeat a project please submit your proposal to the Community Service Committee as soon as possible. All ideas are welcome.
The six projects completed are: The Ecology trip to the Dunn Ranch Prairie, Education Excellence, Gordon Parks Children’s Party, St. Francis Holiday Party, Camp Enterprise and the Sheffield Place Garden Box project.
The three projects coming up are: The Literacy Project that also has matching funds from a District Grant, Pathways and Camp Rise.
We have spent $11,032.74 so far and have budgeted another $12,000 for the projects not completed. We have available $50,000 for the 2018-2019 year.
A total of 39 volunteers have been involved in the six projects completed and more of our members will volunteer on the upcoming projects.
Overall, I am very pleased with our results for our first year having the Venture Fund in place. I am confident that more and more members will submit ideas and volunteer on future projects.
Barbara Dolci, the Community Service Committee chair will make available to you the outline to follow when making a proposal. The committee meets at 11:00 am the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Kill Devil location. Please get involved.
Thanks for making our community a better place to live.

May 23, 2019
Remembering our Members
May 30, 2019
Non-Criminal Legal Aid for the Poor
Jun 06, 2019
Looking Ahead
Jun 13, 2019
Financial Fraud and Abuse of Elders
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Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
May 25, 2019
Satellite Club Meeting
May 28, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 01, 2019
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
750 Paseo
Jun 03, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary at First Fridays
Jun 07, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Mayoral Forum
Unity Temple on the Plaze
Jun 09, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Changing of the Guard & Installation Luncheon
Jun 27, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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ABC Storage

The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
May 16, 2019
This week, we will have a panel of speakers who have battled Alcoholism. The topic is: "I am An Alcoholic:" Alcohol Abuse and Management.
ADDICTION- Opiates- Alcoholism--- Today’s National crisis.
8.4% (20.2M) adults in 2014 had a substance use disorder, 80.6% were related to alcohol.
The economic effect on our country is in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The social impact on families, and people’s lives is untold. Why has this happened? How can we help this people? Three alcoholics will share their recovery story. Please plan to come and bring a friend who might benefit.
Last Week's Meeting
May 9, 2019
Our Greeters were the May Birthday Rotarians.  After President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order, we were led patriotic song by Harlan Stamper with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by President Kara Bennett leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Matt Bifell, the pastor of the downtown KCMO Church of the Resurrection provided a thoughtful invocation prayer.   Mandy Sheldon welcomed and introduced our guests
Club Anniversaries were noted  as follows:               Sandra Benton            6 years
                        George Heymach      6 years             Rich Amber                 2 years
                        Chas Marks               2 years             Overton Durrett        19 years
Kara Bennett awarded Linn Mills two Quality Hill Theatre tickets (courtesy of Carl Bolte) in recognition of Linn’s organization of the Club 13th’s Shoes for Orphan Souls.
1    Mary Kingsley - A membership survey about club activities has been distributed.  Please review and complete to assist the club in determining the activities, social and civic, that works the best.
2    WORK  DAY(S) at the Camp.  Please sign up for either Saturday May 11th or  May 18th for 8 am till noon.  A lot of pre-season sprucing up needs to be done.
3.    Tim Tholen:  A big Thank You to Tim for organizing the Kentucky Derby party.  It was fun and a great money raiser for charity.
Dallas Ziegerhorn introduced our speaker Jerry Mackey of both the original Hi Boy! Restaurant chain and now more importantly of Steamboat Arabia fame, with his topic “Unearthing the Steamboat Malta:  Another Big Dig”.
If you were familiar with the Steamboat Arabia dig results, then the Steamboat Malta presentation had a familiar ring.  Both sites were undertaken by the same team as presented by Jerry Mackey. 
As background, the French Chouteau family out of St. Louis were engaged in the fur trade with the American Indians.  They built and loaded side-wheeler steamboats to travel up the Mississippi Missouri rivers with trading goods, buttons, fabric etc to trade with the Indians for animal furs.
One such steamboat, the Malta, hit a snag at a “bend” (i.e. a 90 degree turn)  in the Missouri River.  Thereafter that bend and later the nearby city became known as “Malta Bend”.   The Missouri river moves within the area between the bluffs.  So the actual Missouri river channel while staying between the bluffs will move sideways creating a new channel within that space from time to time.   The prior or old river channel thereafter gets covered over in mud.   Hence the Steamboat Malta and previously the Steamboat Arabia were found in “dry” land, i.e. corn field close to the river (within the bluffs).
The term “dry” is in quotes, because the water table between the bluffs is around ten feet underground.  So there is a “river” of water standing underground as well as in the river channel itself.   A family has continuously owned the property, containing Steamboat Malta site, for over a hundred years and has generally known site area where the Malta laid.  Each generation always thought they could get to it.  With the water table and sand/soil mix therein, none were successful.   A current elderly owner and a former judge, told the crew that he would never see the Malta in his lifetime.  Well, six weeks before he passed, they were able to unearth the Malta and he was able to see or walk the deck.   As expected, new technology was employed to continuously pump water and sand/soil mix out of the Malta excavation site.
How did the team find the Malta?  From Corp of Engineer’s records, the team had a general idea of the Malta’s location.  Then the team ran over the field with underground radar equipment, which can “see” down as far as 400 feet.  At the Missouri River channel, bedroom is 65 feet below the surface.  After reviewing the radar reports, the team drilled into the mud field, placing different colored flags indicating what they hit.  When they hit wood they placed a colored flag eventually showing the outline of the steamship. 
Cargo.   The upstream bound Steamboat Malta, which sank in 1841, carried more basic trading goods because the recipients were the Indians versus the Steamboat Arabia loaded with goods for American pioneers, roughly twenty (20) years later.   The insurance loss on the Malta was approximately $30,000.  In today’s dollars at a rate of inflation of 1.7%, that translates into approximately $800,000 in today’s dollars.
Questions:  How many trips were required to payback the cost of the ship?  One and generally the ships lasted for three trips.   How many wrecks are still out there?   There were approximately 400 ships lost on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
PLANS:   The Steamboat Arabia (& now Steamboat Malta) are actively looking for new space.  The current City Market (River Market) facility does not provide enough space to display all of the Arabia items.  In fact the team is still holding a substantial portion of the Arabia items in preservation form (before cleaning etc for display).   The team wants to stay in the “Kansas City” area.
President Kara Bennett wrapped up the meeting with a Mark Twain quote “When its steamboat time,  you steamboat.”
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Mayoral Forum
Mayoral Forum
June 9, 2019
You may have seen this advertisement in the KC Star. Rotary Club 13, along with many other community organizations will be co-sponsoring a Mayoral Forum on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 PM at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. You are all encouraged to attend. We will have a representative on the panel to ask questions.
Rotary Youth Camp News
Thanks to all the Rotarians and Friends of the Camp who came out for Work Day on Saturday!  They got many things accomplished in spite of the rain, Trees were planted, Cassell Hall windows and screens cleaned, tents and rain flies put up, screen doors installed on cabins and porch furniture poly-coated.  Thank you also to the Eastern Independence Rotary Club for dong inventory on the pool furniture and umbrellas they gave us. If you were unable to come out...don't fret, you have another chance this next Saturday from 8-Noon.  And for a real treat, KC Rotaract members will be preparing lunch for everyone!  Don't forget to RSVP so we can make sure to have enough donuts and lunch.  You will be able to get a look at the newly built cabin area.

Thank you again to:
Denny Bolte, David Hanzlick, Bill Buckner, Leland Shurin, Paul Searcy, Bill Madsen, Dan Nenonen & son Jacob, Tom Woolwine, Mike Crissy, Christy Chester, John Reynolds, Phil Kinney, Linn Mills & Terry Davis, Katie McCalla, Megan Mozley, and Beth McCallister.  David Mc Caughey once again brought out his Boy Scout Troop as well as the new female Scouting troop.  

Summer Camp begins June 1st, Kansas City Indian Center will be our first group this summer.