The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
June 3, 2021
Our Speaker this week is Vince Clark, VP of Business Devp. at Creative Planning, LLC. His topic is: "Creative Planning Addresses an Unmet Need in Under-Resourced Communities." 
Vince Clark is a Vice President of Business Development and Chief Corporate Affairs officer at Creative Planning, LLC., an independent financial advisory firm headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.
Vince has more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking.  Prior to joining Creative Planning, Vince held several executive and senior-level positions in domestic and international finance at some of the largest banks in the world, including JP Morgan Chase, HSBC Securities and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Vince was the owner and Chief Executive Officer of a boutique capital advisory services company in Kansas City and Vice President and Treasurer of H&R Block, Inc.
Vince is actively involved in philanthropic and community services. He is the incoming Chairman of Park University’s Board of Trustees, Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Children Mercy Hospital’s Board of Directors and a Director of Pathway Financial Education who has been responsible for its design, implementation and rollout on behalf of its Founders - Creative Planning, LLC and the Mallouk Family Foundation.
Vince has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vince resides with his wife and two children in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.

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Last Week's Meeting
May 27, 2021
President David Hanzlick welcomed all to the Club with the Camp for Kids. After members were sent to breakout rooms where the question “What was your favorite Rotary activity over the past year” was discussed, the meeting continued with the long-running rendition of “America the Beautiful” by the dynamic duo, Charlie and Carl. We then said the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a thoughtful invocation by Rick Beyer. Jackson Granstaff was guesting at the meeting - soon to be membering, we hope. The following Club Anniversaries were noted:  Mike Regan (34 years), Clyde McQueen (28 years), Marc Horner (27 years), Carl Cleveland (5 years), and Branden Ehlers (5 years).
Eric Bubb announced upcoming activities of Geeks for Kids which includes the Family Picnic on June 12, 2021 at Meadowbrook Park. Jessica Block then reminded all of upcoming Club project, “Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” at which Club volunteeers will build 40 beds for children in need - without any skill needed whatsoever. The event will take place on June 12 beginning at 9 a.m. Todd Newton reminded us of the Memorial Meeting at 3:00 p.m. and Club Picnic at 4:00 p.m. on June 5. The afternoon will end with a scrumptious dinner and trivia contest at 6:00 p.m.
Our speaker was Dr. Timothy Westcott, Professor of History at Park University and the Director of the George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War. Appearing with Dr. Westcott was Josh Weston, Senior Military Analyst at the Centre. The George S. Robb Centre is located in the George Park House on the Park University campus. Robb himself was called up to serve in WWI in 1917 and was the sole white officer in an otherwise all black flight troop known as the Harlem Hellfighters. With that backdrop, the Centre is working on a difficult but fascinating Congressional mandate to research and identify potential candidates and eventually honor posthumously deserving veterans with the Medal of Honor. Because it has been determined that minorities were “unjustly denied” recognition for uncommon valor displayed during WWI, the list of candidates must come from the following five service member groups: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Jewish American, or Native American. Of the 121 Medal of Honor recipients, minorities account for just seven. To date, the Centre has identified 300 such service members. The research will continue until 2025 when the final report will be provided to Congress. Painstaking research of WWI history books, archives, museums, databases, letters, and any other credible source is considered. Josh Weston described the necessity of being very detailed in identifying acts of valor through meticulous identification of the geography, date and time, and overall conditions. Without credible evidence to provide a detailed account, an otherwise deserving service member may not be recognized. Although working on a Congressional mandate, the Centre reeceives no Congressional appropriation and depends on gifts from donors, including funds raised through an Adopt a Hero program.
President David adjourned the meeting with the reading of the Four Way Test and his reminder that “Rotary Opens Opportunities!”
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Sleep in Heavenly Peace "Build Across America" Build Day - Saturday, June 12th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
All ages, no experience necessary, we need YOU - and Bring a friend or family member! Please sign up for this fun event to ensure that "no kid sleeps on the floor in our town!
Rotary Satellite Club
The Satellite Club met on Tuesday, May 25th, 5:30 PM, on the Patio at the Brickhouse, 400 East 31 Street, Kansas City, MO. with Evie Craig serving as Moderator. Following networking, Connor Goedert gave a report on the rainy but successful May 22nd Front Porch project at the Rotary Youth Camp and Sarah Taylor led a discussion on a possible Satellite Club social event to be held this fall. Eric Bubb gave a passionate and informative presentation on the “Geeks for Kids” project. He described cars that are built for kids with movement limitations and also assured the group that volunteers did not need to have any special skills in assisting with building the cars.  Following Eric’s presentation, there was a short discussion on future service projects such as the June 12 “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” project and a potential July backpack project at the Seton Center. The meeting ended with the Four Way Test. The next meeting is June 22nd.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.  The book is available by mail order through the Rainy Day Books web site or call the store for curb-side pickup.  The discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, June 21, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
About the book:
In 1596, William Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son Hamnet died in Stratford-upon-Avon. Four or so years later, Shakespeare wrote the play considered by many to be his greatest work, giving its tragic hero a variation of his dead son’s name. Almost four centuries later still, Maggie O’Farrell was studying Hamlet at school and learned of the boy Hamnet, whose life has been little more than a footnote in his father’s biography. The seed of curiosity planted 30 years ago has grown into her finest novel yet; a reimagining of Hamnet’s death and the long-lasting ripples it sent through his family. But the title is slightly misleading. Though the novel opens with Hamnet, its central character is the boy’s mother, Agnes. Names are significant in this book; when Agnes eventually sees the version of her son’s name on a London playbill, she feels he has been stolen from her a second time. Meanwhile, the most famous character in the novel goes unnamed; he is variously “her husband”, “the father”, “the Latin tutor”. He is allowed very little direct speech. All this has the effect of focusing the attention on the everyday, domestic life of this family. In their small local sphere, it is Agnes who is the celebrity, known in the town for being unconventional, free-spirited, a gifted herbalist who trails rumors of other, stranger gifts. Agnes is a woman whose origins merge into a particularly English kind of folklore harking back to a deep connection between humans and landscape.
Geeks for Kids
On Saturday, kids received their specialized cars that Club 13 members helped build and supported by the Venture Fund!
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
*We are currently meeting virtually via Zoom*

By David Hanzlick
Junio ​​estas Monato de Rotaciaj Kunularoj
In case you’re not conversant in Esperanto, the headline above says ‘June is Rotary Fellowships Month.’
Why Esperanto?  Because the Rotary Fellowship concept started in 1928 by Rotarians who were interested in this invented language that was developed in 1887 by a Polish ophthalmologist. Learn more about Esperanto at this link.
The Esperanto fellowship was followed by the formation of a yachting fellowship in 1947. By 2012 there were 62 fellowships. Today, there are 92 fellowships covering such topics as Bird Watching, Curling, Environment, Jazz, and Quilting, among them. 
Rotary Fellowships provide the opportunity for Rotary members to meet other members from around the world who share a common interest.  For more information about Rotary Fellowships, go to  As last year’s Rotary theme states, Rotary connects the world!
As we enter the last month of the Rotary year, I want to encourage everyone to be sure to mark the following dates on your calendars:
  • Saturday, June 5 - Memorial Service (3 p.m.) and Family Picnic (4 p.m.) with trivia (6 p.m.) at the Camp
  • Saturday, June 12 – Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build.  Volunteers are needed! 
  • 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!
I also wanted to mention that I attended the Geeks for Kids day on Saturday where the cars were presented to the children. What a moving experience to see the children receive and test drive their cars. The club’s support was made possible through the Venture Fund. Please see photos from the day elsewhere in the Buzz Saw.
Finally, I want to thank you for your support of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Kansas City through the challenges of the past year. Despite the pandemic, the Club and its members have remained steadfast in their devotion to service through such projects as Geeks for Kids, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, the Bagel Run, service at the Rotary Youth Camp, and many other projects.
Have a great week and remember, “Rotary Opens Opportunities!”

Jul 01, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Women & Friends of Rotary
Trezo Mare
Jun 08, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors meeting
Jun 09, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Membership Meeting
Jun 10, 2021
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Bagel Run
Jun 12, 2021
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Build Day
Jun 12, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 19, 2021
Satellite Meeting
Brick House Patio
Jun 22, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 26, 2021
Changing of the Guard at Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Jul 01, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Equity Bank
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Terry & Debbie Westlund
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Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
 How was your long weekend? In between getting camp ready for summer we wanted to take a moment to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and also thank those currently serving!