The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
November 4, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Danny O'Neill, owner, the Roasterie. His topic is "Becoming the Bean Baron."

Danny was born and raised in Denison, Iowa, and is the middle of ten children. During his senior year of high school he traveled to Costa Rica as a foreign exchange student and spent several weeks picking coffee. It was at this moment that his passion for it ignited. After his return he received his B.A. from Iowa State University with a double major in International Studies and Political Science, and a structured minor in Economics. In 1993 he received his MBA from the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City.

After holding various sales and marketing positions for ten years, he decided to take the leap and start roasting coffee in the basement of his home in Brookside. In 1993 he founded The Roasterie based on three basic premises: to find the best coffees in the world, to roast them the best way known to man, and get them to his customers as fast as humanly possible. In 2001 he was awarded "Super Taster" status on the Specialty Coffee Institute Sensory Aptitude Test.

He serves on a number of advisory boards for various local companies and associations, and is currently on the Board of Regents at Rockhurst University, and the Board of Directors for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He is also past President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

2005 marked the birth of Danny's son, Terry, as well as the opening of the first Roasterie Café in Brookside, just blocks from where The Roasterie began. In 2008 his daughter, Sophia, was born; and in 2010 the second Roasterie Café opened, this time in Leawood, Kansas. The third Café is located inside the roasting factory, underneath their beloved DC-3 airplane, Betty.

Last Week's Meeting
October 31, 2019
President Joe called the meeting to order at 12:17. Tom Woolwine then led the group in You’re A Grand Old Flag accompanied by Carl Bolte. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Howard Mick combined autumnal weather and prayers for law enforcement officers into the invocation. Mandy acknowledged the guests in attendance at the meeting and shared that new club roster books are available for pickup at the room entrance. Member anniversaries this week include David Harvey, 2 years; and Peter Ho, 19 years.
Dallas Ziegenhorn took the stage with the Group Study Exchange participants from the Dominican Republic. The delegation was spending 5 days with Club 13, staying in member’s homes and learning about the Kansas City community. Each of the participants briefly introduced themselves, followed by a banner exchange, a photo, and gifts distributed to the Dominicans on behalf of the district governor.
With club elections for next year approaching, President Joe identified the candidates for office. Each was acknowledged by standing to be recognized and with PowerPoint content. Candidates for president are Tony Andresen and Christy Chester. Candidates for secretary/treasurer are Lon Lawton and Tim Tholen.
President Joe then invited Phil Kinney to give an update to the meeting on the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation. Phil summarized by saying the assets totaled about $6.75 million and were invested mostly in Vanguard index funds. Most of the assets are held in support of specific club projects, the largest of which is the Rotary Youth Camp. Phil was pleased to report that Tom Woolwine, a professional investment advisor when not at Rotary meetings, had joined the foundation’s committee.
After a quick reminder that the holiday party will be December 6th at the Carriage Club, Tony Andresen advised meeting attendees of how to sign up for holiday bell ringing shifts, and reported that the Tuesday, 11/5 work day at Harvesters still had room for more people. (They were at 24 participants and counting.)
David Hanzlick briefly referenced the good efforts made by the staff of Sheffield Place, and then introduced featured speaker KC Police Chief Rick Smith.
A native of St. Paul, MN, Chief Smith joined the KCMO police force in 1988. His time on the force has included assignments with three different patrol divisions, the homicide and robbery units, and the Kansas City No Violence Alliance. He is a graduate of Park University and University of Central Missouri. Chief Smith gave a quick ‘state of affairs’ assessment of the police force and crime in our community before taking audience questions on a range of law enforcement topics. His talking points included:
  • Crime is down in general, and the city is vibrant compared to 10 years ago.
  • Violent crime and firearm usage are the one, ongoing problem area. The culture of gun violence has evolved in the last decade—shots fired is now the norm, but shootings are what get most police attention.
  • Out-of-town visitors now compliment the general culture of safety in Kansas City.
  • The assignment of a social worker to each patrol district is paying great dividends to citizens.
  • Strong neighborhoods deter crime—and neighborhoods with few homeowners struggle to be strong.
  • The prolific violent offender database now in use is helping to chase the most problematic citizens.
  • Community interaction officer headcounts are now doubled.
Questions for Chief Smith included the use of the TIPS hotline (which has apparently greatly increased), the localized nature of violent offences within city boundaries, and a permissive firearms culture.
After applause for Chief Smith, President Joe announced that Danny O’Neill will speak to the club next week about the Roasterie and becoming the Bean Baron.
President Joe concluded the meeting at 13:07 by noting the assassination of Indira Gandhi on this day, and the births of Vanilla Ice, Nick Sabin, and Christopher Columbus.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary 13 Satellite Club Celebrates 1st Anniversary
On Tuesday, October 22nd, the Rotary 13 Satellite Club celebrated their One Year Anniversary with all 8 Charter Members and 17 Club 13 lunch members attending. Charter Member #1, Robert Thompson, was the MC for the meeting and District Governor Marc Horner gave a compelling talk about service. Ford Miller facilitated the drawings for 5 door prizes and Jared Campbell supplied the vanilla/red velvet Rotary cake. The usual 30 minutes of social time stretched into 60 minutes with conversation and flights of beer. Formation of the Satellite Club has been a success with reaching the goal of 8 Charter Members, providing meaningful programs, and planning a Satellite Club service project. Thank you to the many Rotarians who supported the Satellite Club through the year!
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Education of Little Tree” by Forrest Carter.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, November 11, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
“The Education of Little Tree” tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.
Little Tree is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains and to respect nature in the Cherokee Way – taking only what is needed, leaving the rest of nature to run its course.  Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of the white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Granpa, in hilarious vignettes, scare them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy.  Granma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education.  But when Little Tree is sent to an Indian boarding school run by whites, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them, and of Little Tree’s perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way.
Youth Camp Update
Last weekend at Rotary Camp we hosted the first of many Boy Scout troops cooking Thanksgiving dinner for their families.  This week we welcomed the visitors from the Dominican Republic and the first of two Rotary Leadership sessions. The basketball court is sealed thanks to the Monday Crew. Henrik Andersen and John Reynolds fixed the erosion problem on the driveway and cleared the new trail to the council ring! 
Save the date for Giving Tuesday! December 3, 2019! Giving Tuesday is an international day to give back. Following Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, be sure to save some money to give to charity! We are excited to be participating for a second year in Giving Tuesday! Follow our Facebook and newsletter for more information and details! 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Ho, Ho, Ho! The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the leaves are beginning to turn and blow around! That means we’re ready to kick off our annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing Drive!
This is a wonderful tradition, and hugely important for the Salvation Army who does so much for our community and beyond. Many of you have favorite times, places and friends to ring with; so don’t delay- get together and sign up now!
We are scheduled to ring three Saturdays this year: the Saturday before Thanksgiving (11/23) and the two following (12/7 and 12/14). Based on years past, I’ve chosen what I think are the best spots. We will ring one Saturday at American Girl/Oak Park Mall (11/23), one Saturday at Sam’s Club in the Northland (12/7), two Saturdays INDOORS at Crown Center (12/7 & 12/14), and all three Saturdays on the Plaza at Barnes & Noble and North Face or Starbuck’s.
This will be our fifth year using and it has worked extremely well. You can even sign up using your cell phone! The link is:
This is a great way to spend time with fellow Rotarians. Or share a meal over the holidays with friends, your spouse or family before or after ringing! Extra points for Tyros!
Call or email me if you have any questions,
Thank you very much!
Tony Andresen
We meet Thursdays at Noon
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31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Nov 21, 2019
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At the District Foundation Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 2, Past President Kara Bennett was recognized for Club 13 achieving the Rotary Citation with Gold Distinction and also the Polio Plus giving Level 1 ($1,500).

Congrats to Kara and to all of you for making this possible in our club!
Kara is pictured with RI President Mark Maloney and his wife Gay.

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
The "shockingly average" bowler, Henrik Andersen reported that he picked up an unusual split. However, he wasn't sure about which pins he covered. His teammates were confused as well. Needless to say, something special happened on lane twelve last week... or did it?
Speaking of special, Kara Bennett rolled her first high game of the season with a 202. Curtis Grimsley had a 203 and Peter Ho a 219.
Congratulations all.

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