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Apr 12, 2018
Rotary 13 and HealthEd Connect: Together for Zambian Kids
Apr 19, 2018
Education Excellence Awards
May 10, 2018
Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Apr 11, 2018 4:30 PM
Education Excellence Meeting
Booth in Kill Devil Bar
Apr 12, 2018 11:00 AM
Group Study Exchange Team Visit
Apr 14, 2018 – Apr 19, 2018
Rotary After Hours
Boulevard's Beer Hall
Apr 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling Trip to Columbia
Apr 17, 2018
Rotary Bowling Championship Roll-off
Ward Parkway Lanes
Apr 18, 2018 4:30 PM
Cookout at Camp with Chilean Visitors
Rotary Youth Camp
Apr 19, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Spring Swing
Top Golf
Apr 24, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
Apr 28, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary at First Fridays
1826 Baltimore Ave
May 04, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
May 12, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A great big THANK YOU to all the Greater KC Day Volunteers! It looks like we will have another record-breaking year!

This week - we feature Pat Recker! Click here to read Pat's profile.
And if you missed the past few People of Rotary, you can still read them! Click on the links below.
Click here to read about Sherri Hahn!
Click here to read about Chas Marks!
Click here to read about George Gordon!
Click here to read about David Hanzlick!

Rotary Club 13 Auxiliary Meeting
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Milburn Country Club
7501 W. 69th Street
Overland Park, KS
11:30 Social/Noon Luncheon
Program - "Fiber Art & Painting"  
Speaker - Janet Kummerlein
Reservations --Peggy Gray--816-753-2616
Guests Welcome


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
April 5, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Mark Hittner, NFL Referee. His topic is "100 Yard World."
Mark Hittner has been a football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the beginning of the 1997 NFL season. He is most notable for officiating three Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006 between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hittner played college football at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas from 1976 to 1979 where he was an all-conference quarterback in 1978-79 and is the school's second-leading career passer in yards (4,830).
Hittner was a college football official in the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference for 13 years prior to joining the NFL in 1997. He worked the first Big 12 championship game at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis in 1996, won by the Texas Longhorns over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 37-27.
In the NFL, Hittner has officiated eight post-season assignments including Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XL in addition to two wild-card, one divisional, and two conference championship games.
Outside of his NFL officiating duties, Hittner owns a financial services company in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. He and his wife of 26 years, Rebecca, have three sons, Jason, Grant, and Lincoln, and four grandchildren.
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
March 29, 2018
President David McCaughey called the meeting to order in the densely-crowded confines of the Kill Devil Club. The overflowing crowd was impressive given the early wake-up call for Greater KC Day and the Royals Opening Day this afternoon. Bob Lager led us in the singing of America The Beautiful but, curiously, not Take Me Out to the Ballgame. What does that portend for this installment of Royals Baseball?  President David led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Lonnie Lawton’s invocation based on Ecclesiastes 3, “there is a time for”…service. David then called for a moment of silence for our recently-departed friend, Gene Freeman. Mandy Sheldon welcomed several guests of our members and visiting Rotarians. Jan Armstrong then led-off several Banner Exchanges, including one with a visitor from San Francisco Club No. 2., and New Canaan, CT. Marie Whitmer was recognized for her twenty-ninth anniversary in Club 13 along with Steve Sopinski’s tenth, and Joan Caulfield’s and Lainie Wilbur’s third.
Announcements included a report by Linn Mills on contributions to date for the Shoes for Orphan Souls project. Through generous donations and a recent haul of 299 shoes orchestrated by Diane Scott, we have 1000 pairs of socks and over 900 pairs of shoes. The mathematician in me says we need, at least, 100 more pairs of shoes! Dan Nenonen, Camp Chair, thanked those who sold papers this morning and reminded all of the Camp fundraising event at Top Golf on April 24. Sponsorships must be paid by April 9.  Mary Kingsley pitched the Spell Off party on Tuesday, April 3. Be there or be S-Q-U-A-R-E! Last but not least, Leslie Gasser is heading to Chile for the first leg of the Rotary Group Study Exchange. The second leg will see several Chileans landing at KCI on April 14 and coming under Club 13’s wing for several days culminating in a Camp Cookout on April 19. Club biographer, David King, then introduced his latest subject, Pat Recker. Read all about Pat by following the link in the Buzz Saw.
Dick Retrum then introduced our speaker, Mark Alford, morning anchor of Fox 4 News and Club 13 alumnus. In addition to logging over 20,000 hours on air, Alford is also a realtor and owns a custom clothing company (which supplied those bright red corduroy pants Carl Bolte dons from time to time). Mark’s career began in Texas. Kansas City became his home in 1998. According to Mark, we can think Carl DiCapo for his continued presence on the KC airwaves after a lucrative Dallas job came calling. Over his twenty years in the KC market, Mark’s philosophy has changed. Instead of trying to adapt his personality to the audience, he has just tried to be himself. The show he hosts has also changed due to the suicide of former colleague, Don Harmon. There has been more of an emphasis on mental health issues and the recognized need to both listen to viewers and guests and to let them talk. His first experience with George Brett in the Royals dugout led to Mark’s realization that he needed to make all persons he meets feel important about themselves and to learn how to talk with people, despite their stature or lack thereof in the community. Mark gave an interesting view of “fake news” as well as the impact of social media on news and society, in general. If you can’t say it face to face, don’t post it on social media! On listening to the news, Mark cautioned not to get trapped in an “echo chamber.” Take in news from different sources. 
David left us with this word of encouragement: “Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gesture often makes the biggest difference.” Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd…
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Spring Swing
Shoes for Orphan Souls
Thank you!!!!  Due to the support of our Club Membership, this year's "Shoes for Orphan Souls" project is going very well. There is still time to shop or make a financial donation.  Please make your checks payable to the "Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation" and note, "Shoes for Orphan Souls" on the memo line. All gifts are tax deductible. 
Please circle April 21st on your calendar to assist in the packing of shoes and socks. The fun will start at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Linn Mills, 147 NW Pointe Drive, Kansas City, Mo. 64116 
Shoes Delivery Trip to Guatemala, is scheduled for the dates of July 21-28, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity to add to the Rotary service experience. The link below is the site to register for the trip;
For additional information, please feel free to contact Linn Mills at or 505-402-6630
Help Support the Group Study Exchange
The Chilean Rotarians will be in District 6040 and hosted by Club 13 very soon. They will arrive on April 14 at the airport! We have a terrific team of homestay hosts: Dallas and Donna Ziegenhorn, Phil and Joann Kinney, Sally and Bob Bibb, and Linn Mills. Marc Horner, Jan Armstrong and Barbara Dolci are volunteer drivers. Many opportunities at museum visits are available for you to meet them, but especially at: Rotary After Hours on Monday, April 16 at Boulevard Brewery; our regular Rotary club meeting, on Thursday, April 19; and at our Rotary Camp Cookout at 5:00 on Thursday, April 19.  
Please make reservations for Rotary Camp Cookout or Rotary After Hours at Boulevard Brewery.
The Rotary Camp Cookout is our opportunity to hear from them about their clubs in Chile and service possibilities. Please plan to be there! The next day they will be leaving KC for St. Joseph.  
Bowling News!
With only two weeks left until the end of league play, it will be tough for anyone to catch Dave Boone, Jane Lee and Mark Lieb to win the second half.  Look for them to play in the roll-off on April 18th for the Championship trophy.
Dick Retrum rolled a 202 and picked up the 5-7 and 1-2-4-10 splits. Eric Bubb had an even 200 game. His second of the year. Kay Roscoe covered the 5-10 split and Kitt Halterman picked up the 5-7. Congratulations all.