The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
August 1, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Cory Strathman, Director, Grace in Your Corner. His topic is "Courage to Speak Up: A Journey from Depression to Finding Redemption."

"From a young, successful principal at the age of 28 to an unemployed 34 year old, I've experienced it all. I am determined to bring attention to how to handle life's challenges after mine came halting to a stop in January 2019. I am a son, husband, father of two boys, but most of all I was lost. Depression led to alcohol abuse, a DUI, resignation from my job, and deep soul searching. It was time to surrender to God and let him guide me.

With a multi-tiered plan of supports, I have found a clear path to redemption. If my words reach just one person, then my time is well spent. Remember you are not alone. We will break down the social stigmas in life and encourage everyone to speak up. Together, people will see asking for help is not a weakness, but the biggest strength of all!" 

Last Week's Meeting
July 25, 2019
Pres. Joe Privitera opened the meeting with a greeting to everyone, and Bob Lager led the singing of “My Country Tis of Thee,” accompanied as usual by the keyboard maestro, one C. Bolte.  After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Lon Lawton brought forth the invocation, and Mandy welcomed our visitors and visiting Rotarians.
We learned the good news that PP Chuck Eddy is recuperating at home. 
P. Joe reported that this year we would hear brief summaries of board and committee meetings brought by their chairpersons. So today we heard from Phil Kinney, President of the KC Rotary Club Foundation, and Barbara Dolci, Chair of the Community Service Committee. 
Phil reported that the secretary of the Foundation, Steve Dicus, is retiring after nine years of service, and John Gillis will be the new secretary. Phil said that total Foundation assets are at about six million dollars. 
Barbara talked about the Club’s current service projects, including working with foster children who are aging out of foster care to help them adjust to productive adult life. The Committee is using the results of the Club’s recent membership survey to evaluate all current and future projects to be sure that they are reaching their objectives and match the interests of the Club’s members. The new Venture Fund is providing a great opportunity for funding new projects. The Committee is looking for ways to cooperate with other regional Clubs in the development of service projects.
Club anniversaries were noted:  Bill Mitchell, 39 years, Glenn Crawford, 3 years, Charlie Rogers, 30 years, Randy Sisk, 21 years.
David King said a few words about the subject of his latest People of Rotary subject, Tom Woolwine – a fine fellow whose interests and capabilities appear to be a perfect match for much participation in the Club’s activities. An example of that was his excellent leading of the opening patriotic song at last week’s meeting.
Mary Kingsley introduced our speaker for the day, Evelyn Maddox, President of the Missouri League of Women Voters.  Her topic was “Making Democracy Work” and she did a great job of describing the works and policies of the League of Women Voters. 
Quoting from her introduction notes, “The mission of the League of Women Voters Missouri (LWVMO) is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. LWVMO takes action on selected governmental issues after study and agreement by its membership. LWVMO encourages members to be informed participants in political activity, but as a nonpartisan organization.  It neither opposes or supports any political party or candidate for public office, even when the office is unaffiliated with a political party.”
I highly recommend the League’s website,, where you will find the answers to any question you might have about its history, policies, and principles.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Pathways Project
The Pathways Program is lining up topics for all types of training opportunities for the young adults aging out of the foster care system. 
On August 21 we will focus on job skills for apprenticeship programs which might be Union related or other.  There were 11 high school graduates in May who are looking for “next steps.”  We need your help to connect with the right contacts!  Please email Barbara Dolci with information. 
Rotary Youth Camp News
Summer cooled down a bit this week at camp, but the fun didn’t stop! Campers enjoyed the under 90 degree days we had while Dino-dancing the night away! Our next camp, a 4-H group is new to us and we are excited for campers to check in tomorrow! 
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322





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Upcoming Events
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Aug 05, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Membership Committee
Aug 08, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 10, 2019
WOR Pool Party
Evie's house
Aug 13, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Aug 14, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Community Service Committee
Aug 15, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 17, 2019
Bagel Run
Aug 24, 2019
Bowling League Draft Party
Tim Tholen's Home
Aug 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Aug 27, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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By Dick Retrum
The Rotary Bowling League is looking for people who want to have fun and fellowship on the lanes on Wednesday afternoons. No experience necessary. All skill levels are welcome.
This season's draft party will take place on Monday, August 26th. Team Captains will meet to pick teams at Tim Tholen's house at 4:00 PM and the rest of the league can arrive at 5:30PM for pizza and refreshments. Updates on cost and rule changes will be provided.
Those interested in joining the league can contact any one of our officers:
Tim Tholen, Co-President
John Lawrence, Co-President
Del Karmeier, Treasurer
Dick Retrum, Secretary