The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
July 22, 2021
This week's Speaker is Tori Jones, Director, PRIME, Oakhill Day School. Her topic will be "Exciting Opportunities of Experiential Learning."
At the helm of PRIME is Tori Jones, who is eager to come in and bring this new program to life. Jones attended The University of Missouri, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and pursued her Master's degree in Education at Johns Hopkins University. Jones has nine years of experience in education, ranging from teaching grades pre-k through 12th and serving as Montessori Director in Kansas City, MO. After moving between Missouri and Puerto Rico, Jones, and her family are excited to be back in Kansas City for good and look forward to building a life-long family with Oakhill Day School. "Students should be able to demonstrate learning, their success, and their accomplishments through another avenue besides number two pencils and bubble sheets," Jones said of the diverse curriculum and integrated experience programming she is developing for the PRIME program. As we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, the current framework for education needs updating to meet the needs of the 21st-century student population.

We will be meeting in person this week at the Gallery, however a Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to members who cannot attend in person. 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
July 15, 2021
Meeting #2 back in the confines of the Gallery began with P. Andresen calling the (almost full!) room to order with a welcome and a handoff to our program guests, Clint Ashlock and Bob Harvey(and their trumpets) and the usual C. Bolte at the keyboard to lead us in singing My Country Tis of Thee.  Those trumpets made it sound really cool!
After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, Neil Barnett did the invocation. Then, a word thanks to today’s greeters, the Ecology Committee (AKA Ms. J. Armstrong and her trusty crew). Several guests of Club members were noted and welcomed, after which we stood up and mingled with each other.  A Club anniversary was noted: P.P. David Hanzlick, 9 years with our club and many more with other Rotary clubs.
Announcements included:
A call for volunteers to help with the Heartland Chamber Music Summer Festival – a recipient of our Venture Fund Project – on dates between July 30 and Aug. 7. See details on their website and the Buzzsaw.
Another call for volunteers to support the “20th Annual Westside Back to School Pep Rally” on Friday, July 30, 4-6 pm, at the Tony Aguirre Community Center at 2050 W. Pennway.  The Westside Community Action Network Center supports areas in “Jackson County, Jackson County Urban Core. The Westside Neighborhood boundaries are North 12th Street, South 31st Street, East: west side of Broadway, West: Stateline Road” (from their website:  For info, contact or 816 842-1298.
A reminder: The groundbreaking ceremony at the Camp for the new building there will be on Aug. 8. See Buzzsaw for details.
Sally Bibb took the podium to introduce the two latest recipients (and their parents) of the Tony DiPardo Instrumental Music Foundation Scholarship Fund, sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Scholarship. They are Jocelyn Alvarado, who plays the cello and will attend the U. of Northern Iowa, and Joshua Dixon, who plays the drums and guitar and will attend Rockhurst U.
Ms. Bibb then introduced our program speakers (and trumpeters), Clint Ashlock and Bob Harvey. Their topic was “KC Jazz: Surviving on a Riff.” Clint grew up in KC and is the Artistic Director and conductor of the esteemed KC Jazz Orchestra. Bob has degrees from Missouri Western State U. and Michigan State U. and has been the Principal Trumpet in the St. Joseph Symphony for 30 years. Also, he is an original member of the KC Jazz Orchestra.
Bob and Clint took turns at the podium to describe some of the history of jazz, especially as it has evolved in Kansas City and other parts of the country.  They then described the definition of “riff,” a short repeated phrase in popular music and jazz, typically used as an introduction or refrain in a song (from the dictionary..) and played several examples of riffs on their trumpets.
Next they demonstrated how a riff can be the foundation of a long musical production and can be used by single composers and by instrumental groups.  Listening to their trumpets being played together to spontaneously develop an example of the creation of jazz was a treat for the listeners in the room.  We would have welcomed the opportunity to sit back and enjoy their music for some time.
Tickets to and information about the KC Jazz Orchestra’s 2021-2022 Season at the Kauffman Center can be found at or 816-994-7222.
The meeting concluded, fittingly, with a quote from Ellis Marsalis, “Louis Armstrong is the master of the jazz solo. He became the beacon. The light in the tower, that helped the rest of us navigate the tricky waters of jazz improvisation” and a repetition of the 4-way test.
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
Groundbreaking at Camp
August 8th, 2021 1:30pm-3:30pm
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
Jul 24, 2021
Satellite Meeting
Brick House Patio
Jul 27, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Heartland Chamber Music Summer Festival
Jul 30, 2021 – Aug 07, 2021
Westside CAN Center Back to School Program
Tony Aguirre CC
Jul 30, 2021
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jul 31, 2021
Community Service Committee
Aug 05, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 07, 2021
Women and Friends of Rotary
Aug 10, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Aug 11, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 14, 2021
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The Satellite Club will meet on Tuesday, July 27th, 5:30 PM on the Patio at the Brickhouse, 400 East 31 Street, Kansas City, MO. with Taylor Jackson serving as Moderator.  Following networking, Philip Cole will speak on the Heartland Chamber Music Sprouts program and Club 13 participation in the upcoming summer Festival.  The meeting will end with a short discussion on future service projects including the July 30th Westside CAN backpack project.  All Rotarians are welcome.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly

Today is the day! We are excited to announce our participation in the Community Thrives Fundraiser through MightyCause! This amazing opportunity challenges us to fundraise $3000 between July 19th and August 13th in order to qualify for some incredible grants! Last year we beat that goal and was awarded an additional operating grant! This year we are hoping to come back even stronger and raise even more money to support the youth we serve. All donations must be made through our MightCause link to count towards this challenge. Please help us reach our goal by sharing our posts on social media, creating your own social posts with our link, and clicking the link below to donate ! Together we can continue to make life-changing moments here at the Rotary Youth Camp!