The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
August 26, 2021
This week's Speaker is Stacia Pieroni, Conservation Manager, KC Zoo. Her topic is: " KC Zoo: Conservation and Ecology Commitment."
Stacia Pieroni grew up in Wichita Kansas and has always been an avid lover of zoo’s and animals alike. She attended both Kansas State University and Wichita State University where she received a degree in Psychology with an emphasis on animal behavior and training. Stacia has worked in the zoological field for 17 years. She started her career as an intern in the marine mammal department at the Indianapolis Zoo. There she worked with a wide variety of marine mammals including seals, sea lions, dolphins, polar bears, and walrus (her favorite animal.)  After her internship, she stayed on at the Indianapolis Zoo for another year. 
In 2006, she started her career at the Kansas City Zoo as a zookeeper working with gorillas, leopards, cheetahs, small primates, and a variety of African birds and hoofstock. She then was promoted to Assistant Manager of the Water’s Edge Team where she helped with the construction of the new Polar Bear exhibit and worked with Trumpeter swans, North American river otters, and Polar Bears. A few years later she transferred to Assistant Manager of the Australasia team and shortly after was promoted to the Australasia Area Manager position. In this position she worked with orangutans, tigers, red pandas, small primates, a variety of birds, kangaroos, wallabies, tree kangaroos, and managed the Wyoming toad amphibian ark conservation project. In 2016, Stacia was promoted to a newly created position of Conservation Manager. In her current role she oversees all of the Kansas City Zoo’s green practice initiatives and wildlife conservation projects which span around the globe. 

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.
Reminder: The KCMO Mask Mandate is in effect and masks are required in the Gallery when not drinking or eating.
Last Week's Meeting
August 19, 2021
The meeting was held at The Gallery at 14th & Main with select Rotarians participating via Facebook Live and Zoom. Lunch seating was arranged to accommodate four individuals per table.
Eric Bubb brought the group to order at 12:09 with words of welcome. (President Tony was travelling this week.) Followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, Dallas Ziegenhorn’s invocation thanked greater powers for their help in these troubled times around the world.
Meeting guests introduced included guests of the speaker, prospective members, and select co-workers of Rotarians. There were 5 guests total.
There were no membership anniversaries to mark this week. Eric thanked the Rotary Youth Camp board for their role in welcoming arrivals today.
Announcements for the meeting included results from the Monarchs KC fundraiser in support of Rotary Youth Camp ($42K gross, $28K net after sharing with other nonprofits). Dan Nenonen also brought the assembly up to date on work projects at RYC, recapping the groundbreaking for the health and administration building and mentioning the layered process of obtaining county permits to complete work. David McCaughey invited attendees to participate in a service day at RYC on the 9/11 anniversary next month. The Satellite Club meeting next week will take place at the Tower Tavern on 31st and Main—this is a new location. September 18th will be Parking Day in downtown Kansas City; Mandy is looking for volunteers to assist. Lastly, Carl DiCapo is back to meeting attendance after successful surgery.
Eric introduced Jerry Baber, Chief Operating Officer of Union Station. Mr. Baber joined the organization in 2010 as CFO and stepped into the operating role soon after. A graduate of UMKC and Northwestern, he spent over 18 years working for Sprint. His topic was the exhibit Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away.
The dialogue to host this exhibit began in 2015 at a trade convention, and the length of the conversation over time paid off for Union Station. After its 2018 opening in Madrid, Kansas City and New York City are the only two American locations to host the Auschwitz exhibit tour—something of a coup for our community. The display rooms contain over 700 artifacts, many from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and supplemented by other collections. Mr. Baber showed a short video that captures the essence of the exhibit. An audio tour is available for visitors who prefer spoken content; all school groups may attend for free. While scheduled to run through January of 2022, the exhibit’s stay in Kansas City may be extended based on popular demand.
To date, over 175,000 guests from 49 states have come to Union Station to see Not Long Ago, Not Far Away. The number of local sponsors of the project is numerous, and Mr. Baber expressed gratitude for their support. The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education has been a partner throughout planning and hosting the exhibit. In closing, he encouraged Club 13 to be involved. The best ways to do this are (1) visit the exhibit; (2) share the exhibit content; (3) start conversations; and (4) equip yourself to do something. Importantly, if you like the work someone is doing, as with those exhibit planners back in 2015, tell them so.
Mr. Baber then fielded a range of questions on how Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away differs from the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., on the complications of extending exhibits where care of aging artifacts matters, and how arrivals at the camps were sorted into working groups.
Eric Bubb thanked Mr. Baber for his comments and presented the customary Club 13 pen to him in appreciation.
Next week, our guest speaker will be Stacia Pieroni of the Kansas City Zoo, on the topic of conservation.
Eric Bubb concluded the meeting by sharing the wise words of Dale Partridge: “You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t ever waste it.” The 4-Way Test closed the session.
Lead to Read KC
Please consider making a difference in a young person's life by becoming a Lead to Read KC reading mentor this school year.  This is a one half hour a week commitment around the lunch hour. It is ok if you occasionally need to miss a week.  You may also sign up to be a Flextra (on call reader). There are in person and virtual reading opportunities, starting October 13.  Please email Hayley Rees at to obtain details on opportunities. Please email Literacy Chairperson Sherri Hahn with any questions. Thank you!
Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
Work on the paramount project of our Centennial Campaign, a new Health and Administration Lodge, has officially begun. The groundbreaking ceremony at the beginning of this month saw many of the project’s major supporters in attendance including the Kirk Family; Mike and Beth Gehring, Midwest Brachial Plexus Network; Teddy Tatum, Kansas City Indian Center; Dan Nenonen, Camp Board President, Jason Schram, A. L. Huber; and Kansas City Rotary Club members Jan Armstrong, Gary McEachen, Joe Privitera, Marc Horner, and David McCaughey. With an expected completion date of May 2022 the new building will allow us to connect audiences to nature and the outdoors for many generations to come. Better facilities will allow organizations that use the camp to better serve their campers, having a more efficient space for their faculty, and welcome more kids to their program- strengthening our overall service and commitment to the youth of Kansas City.  It will also provide room for growth of existing camps and attract other groups that currently may not be able to use the camp due to current deficiencies of the existing buildings. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on the project milestones and progress!
PARK(ing) Day
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen.  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: September Date to Be Determined
About the book:
Da Chen was born in 1962, the Year of Great Starvation.  Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution was about to engulf millions of Chinese citizens, the Red Guard to enforce a brutal regime of communism.  Chen’s family belongs to the despised landlord class, and as he grows up Chen’s father and grandfather are routinely beaten and sent to labor camps.  Buoyed up be a devoted family, the young Da Chen is part Horatio Alger, part Holden Caulfield; he befriends a gang of hoodlums as well as an elegant, elderly Chinese Baptist woman who teaches him English and opens the door to a new life.  Rich with scenes of rural life – catching frogs, working the rice fields, feasting on oysters and fried peanuts – Colors of the Mountain is a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love; and an exhilarating account of success in the face of adversity.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
by Tony Andresen
Fellow Rotarians,
There are three upcoming Fall fund raising campaigns that as Club 13 Rotarians you should be aware of and plan for.
The first to be held in September is for the Rotary Youth Camp Centennial Campaign led by Camp President Dan Nenonen and Past President David Hanzlick. After nearly 100 years, and 50 years since the last fund-raising event of this kind, this campaign is raising the funds critical to making important renovations to the facilities so that the camp will continue to change the lives of disadvantaged and special needs children for the next 100 years!
Chief among the renovations is to replace the existing Health Lodge and Administration buildings with a single, convenient location that meets the accessibility guidelines and ACA accreditation standards. With the well-attended groundbreaking ceremony on August 8th, construction is now formally underway! Your contribution or pledge of $1,000 over three years, or whatever gift level is meaningful to you, will make this great new building possible prior to the Centennial Celebration in 2024! The Youth Camp Centennial Campaign is ongoing, but we need to make a concerted effort in September to complete the Campaign.

Upcoming Events
Community Service Committee
Sep 02, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 04, 2021
Board of Directors
Sep 08, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 08, 2021 4:30 PM
International Committee Mtg
Sep 09, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 11, 2021
9/11 Day of Service at the Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Sep 11, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Women and Friends of Rotary
Pierponts at Union Station
Sep 14, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 15, 2021 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 18, 2021
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Sep 02, 2021
Green Energy Versus Hydrocarbon
Sep 09, 2021
Find Something Broken, Fix It, and Turn it into a Success
Sep 16, 2021
Kansas City’s Asian American Business Community; It’s Importance, Growth and Challenges
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The Satellite Club will meet on Tuesday, August 24th, 5:30 PM in the meeting room at the Tower Tavern, 401 East 31st Street. Please note this is a DIFFERENT LOCATION THAN PAST MONTHS. Robert Thompson will serve as Moderator for the meeting, and following networking, Past District Governor Marc Horner will outline the details of the District 6040 GSE (Group Study Exchange) team. GSE is an exchange opportunity for a team of young professionals between two Rotary Districts and PDG Marc is the team leader for the 2021 exchange. They plan to travel to Zambia and Malawi for 3 weeks and, later in the year, the African team will travel to Missouri.  This is an outstanding Rotary program and Marc’s presentation promises to be quite interesting. There will be a short discussion on future service and the meeting will end with the Four Way Test. All Club 13 members are welcome to attend.
9/11 Day of Service at the Rotary Youth Camp
Join your fellow Rotarians for a day of service in honor of Sept 11 at the Rotary Youth Camp. Coffee and Donuts will be provided for volunteers. We will be doing all kinds of maintenance tasks to help get the camp ready for the winter break.