The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
February 13, 2020
Spouse's Day Luncheon
This week's speaker is Josh Goralski, Founder & CEO, Unlocking Communities. The topic is "Empowering Haitians Through Entrepreneurial Ventures."
Josh Goralski, founder and CEO of Unlocking Communities, holds an MA from Loyola University Chicago and a BSBA from Rockhurst University. As part of his studies, Josh created Unlocking Communities, a social enterprise whose mission is to empower individuals and communities in Haiti to unlock their economic potential through entrepreneurial ventures. The organization achieves its mission by training aspiring Haitian entrepreneurs in business essentials and giving them access to resilient, in-demand, cost-saving, and environmentally-friendly products, like water filters and stoves that can be sold for commission. 
Before embarking on his master’s to examine the structural roots of poverty and the possibilities of social enterprises he spent three years at YMCA of the USA overseeing a change in national data collection strategies from 2,600 locations and leading innovation initiatives. Concurrently, he also consults with various local, regional and international nonprofits providing consultation on operations and strategic planning. Josh is an active member of Old St. Pat’s church where he is involved in various social justice ministries. Josh’s proximity to suffering began at an early age with his father’s incurable illness and led to him giving his Dad the gift of life through a kidney donation in 2011. He has been to Haiti 17 times. When Josh needs an escape, you can find him running! 
Last Week's Meeting
February 6, 2020
President Joe brought the meeting to order at 12:11, and called out Christy Chester, Mandy Sheldon, and Carl Bolte for their birthdays this week. The club regaled the three with an a cappella version of Happy Birthday. Harlan Stamper then led the group in American the Beautiful, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Porter’s invocation kept the group mindful of our place in the cosmos.
Mandy acknowledged the guests present at the meeting and thanked the Camp Enterprise Committee for serving as greeters today. Member anniversaries this week include David King, 9 years; and Bill Kort, 6 years. As a reminder, next week’s meeting is Spouse’s Day; please RSVP your plus-ones so that the meal counts are adjusted accurately.
Barbara Dolci rose from the Carl Dicapo Chair to update the group on community service projects. Those include assembling backpacks at Harvesters on March 25th, rekindling the downtown committee (see Evie Craig with questions), and Dallas Ziegenhorn’s subcommittee plans. Brad Kliendl the took the lectern to remind the group about the international committee’s efforts with Shoes for Orphaned Souls (commencing February 20th) and a work grant in process for Zambia.
Sherri Hahn briefed Club 13 on her Lead to Read work with 1st graders at Garfield Elementary. She works with them for a half-hour each week, and is looking for additional readers. Participants do undergo a background check. Linn Mills gave further information on the shoe drive—the target is 2,000 pairs, of which 400 are in hand—with the recipient country this year being the Dominican Republic.
Dick Retrum then stepped forward to introduce our featured speaker and Rotary 13 Business Executive of the Year, Bob Bibb of Bibb Engineering. President Joe presented Bob with the plaque acknowledging this accomplishment, and Bob gave a recap of his career to the club.
Bob Bibb grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, in a family without business people or college attendees. At the suggestion of a high school team coach he chose engineering as a career path, and headed to KU to take his undergraduate degree. He worked mostly in the power generation industry, apart from being drafted in 1970 and serving in the Kansas National Guard. He had a goal of operating his own business, and started down that path in 1979.
Bob realized that the government, particularly the Army Corps of Engineers, was a good source for projects, and after repeated efforts won some work from them. One job lead to another, and by the early 1990’s, his firm had a national and international portfolio of work as far flung as Europe and Indonesia. He sold the company to Kiewit in 1998, and observed a non-compete agreement for the next 5 years.
He started over from scratch once the 5 years had passed, and now has 45 employees at Bibb Engineering. They focus on industrial clients and power generation, both in the U.S. and in Mexico. In his spare time, Bob owns a recording studio that serves a mix of local and national musicians. He has been an avid guitarist since his high school days.
Club members asked Bob a few questions after applauding his comments. They were keen to know about his recording business, and how the change in tax credits for biomass power generation changed his company. President Joe petitioned Bob to take a corporate membership with Club 13, to which he eagerly agreed.
After applause for Bob Bibb, President Joe announced that the CEO of Unlocking Communities, Josh Goralski, would speak next week on the topic of Empowering Haitians Through Entrepreneurial Ventures.
*Editor's Note: The Bibbs are Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation Senior Founders, and Major Donors to the Rotary International Foundation.
President Joe concluded the meeting by mentioning the births of Bob Marley, Ronald Reagan, and Babe Ruth on this day. He further noted that the Monday after the Superbowl has many, many sick days from work across America.
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Shoes for Orphan Souls
The 2020 “Shoes for Orphan Souls” campaign” will kick off on Thursday February 20, 2020.
A new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an orphanage or impoverished community. Your financial contribution towards the project, “Shoes for Orphan Souls” will give a needy child better health and a brighter future.
Please make your checks payable to K.C. Rotary Club Foundation and note: Shoes for Orphan Souls. Please consider volunteering your time to help with this important project. Mail your donation to Linn Mills, 147 NW Pointe Drive, Kansas City, MO. 64116
For additional information, please contact Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Winter Soldier” by Daniel Mason.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.You can register here.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
“The Winter Soldier” is a sweeping, unforgettable love story of a young doctor and nurse at a remote field hospital in the First World War.
Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a 22-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives - at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains - he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. 
But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever. 
From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is a story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make and the precious opportunities to atone.
Mill Valley High School Needs Judges for Forensics Tournament this Weekend!
The Mill Valley Debate and Forensics Team is looking for Forensics Tournament Judges. They are hosting a forensics tournament on February 14 and February 15, and are in desperate need of judges. Would you be interested in helping out? 
Forensics is extremely fun to judge! You would be judging from different speech events ranging from acting to debate. 
Here is a list of events that you could be judging:
-Congressional Debate: A debate event that simulates Congress
-Lincoln-Douglass Debate: A debate event with only two people
-Public Forum: A debate event with four people
-Dramatic Interpretation: A dramatic acting event 
-Humorous Interpretation: A funny acting event
-Duo Interpretation: An acting event with two people
-Duet: Another acting event with two people
-Original Oratory: A speech about an opinion or topic
-Informative: A speech about a topic
-Program Oral Interpretation: A mixture of literature into one speech
-Prose: A published piece
-Poetry: A published poetry piece
-Extemporaneous: A speech based on national and international topics
-Impromptu: A speech based on a random topic
There will be a judging training session on February 11 and February 13 at 5:30 pm in the Mill Valley High School Library (Address of Mill Valley High School: 5900 Monticello Rd, Shawnee, KS 66226).
Also, here are some useful links on Forensics judging:
Click here for the form to sign up for judging sessions.
We would love to have you all as a judge! Feel free to email the coach, Sohail Jouya at if you have questions.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322






Spouse's Day Menu
House salad 
Sirloin with Marsala Sauce 
Sweet Potato Mash
Orzo Medley 
Assorted Tarts 

Feb 20, 2020
KC's Stower's Institute.: Philosophy, Facilities, Accomplishments and its Uniqueness
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 19, 2020 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Feb 22, 2020
Satellite Club Meeting
Feb 25, 2020
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 26, 2020 4:30 PM
All Committee Chair Meeting
The Gallery
Feb 27, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Camp Enterprise
UMKC Bloch School
Feb 28, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bagel Run
Feb 29, 2020
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Mar 02, 2020
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Mar 02, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Under 40 & Friends Event
Mar 05, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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February Birthday Celebrants
Marc McCarty, 2/2
Leland Shurin, 2/3
Carl Bolte, 2/4
Mandy Sheldon, 2/4
Richard Helmuth, 2/5
Christy Chester, 2/6
Jeff Hornsby, 2/6
Kelvin Beatty, 2/7
Sean Putney, 2/10
Terry O'Toole, 2/15
Overton Durrett, 2/20
Paul Searcy, 2/24
Ed Corley, 2/25
Myron Sildon, 2/26
Patrick O'Malley, 2/27

Bowling News
By Dick Retrum
The lanes were hot last week with many high games. John Lawrence rolled a 702 series with a 275, 214 and 213, Kenny Addison had a 253 and 215,  Peter Ho 216, Dick Retrum rolled a clean game of 210, Dave Boone 200 and Tim Tholen had his first high game in many year with a 200. Congratulations all.
A few bowlers attended the victory parade earlier in the day. Many of us wore Chiefs gear at bowling to continue the victory celebration.  
Jane Lee's team, Strike Mania is tied for first place with Tim Tholen's team, Split Happens.  

Rotary Satellite Club Meeting
What is the Rotary 13 Satellite Club?  Satellite members meet monthly – that’s right, monthly not weekly - for fellowship, networking, information on service projects and a short program. There is an emphasis on Rotary service at the meetings and Satellite members can participate in the service projects sponsored by the weekly luncheon club and are also encouraged to plan their own hands-on service projects. Members of the Satellite Club are full members of the weekly club and are eligible to participate in all Rotary Club 13 social activities. All Club 13 Rotarians are welcome to attend the meetings on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Brickhouse, 400 East 31 Street, KCMO.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
 Will you be our Valentine? Thursday the 13th of February is “Giving Hearts Day”! In honor of this charitable day and Valentine’s Day, we’d love if you would share the love with the Rotary Youth Camp! Be sure to look for our DipJar at this upcoming meeting!