We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322





By President Kara Bennett
About a month ago I was asking for ideas for District Grant money projects, RYLA nominations and Venture Funds ideas. I am pleased to report that we accomplished all three. Well done!!!
I am very happy to report that we made the April 1st deadline to apply for a District Grant. Tom Davis working with Dan Nenonen, President of the Rotary Youth Camp made a proposal for $10,500 dollars from the District to help us build a new basketball court that has adjustable goals so it can be used by all ages of children and special needs children using wheel chairs. The proposal has been submitted and is under review now. I will keep you posted on its process.
Also, we now do have a nomination for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) coming up soon. Ryan Dye is a student at Platt High School and was brought to our attention by Marc Horner from the district level. We learned that he is an excellent student with lots of activities and service work. He will speak to our club after he returns from the Academy.
Finally, a new Venture Fund proposal was approved last month that was proposed by Barbara Dolci. We will be working with Pathways, a part of Cornerstones of Care, dedicated to providing support for youth ending the Foster Care system or Residential Care at Gillis and Ozanam. More information will be made available in the future.
None of this is possible without the many members stepping up and taking action. Thank you!

Apr 18, 2019
Dr. Mark Bedell, KC Public Schools Superintendent
Apr 25, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Apr 17, 2019 4:30 PM
Community Service Committee
Kill Devil
Apr 18, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Apr 20, 2019
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Apr 22, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Apr 23, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
After Hours at the Nelson-Atkins
Bloch Lobby @ Nelson-Atkins
Apr 25, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Bagel Run
Apr 27, 2019
Kentucky Derby Party
Tim Tholen's Home
May 04, 2019
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
May 06, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Please join the “Shoes for Orphan Souls” committee on Saturday, April 13th for a Pizza Packing Party. The fun will start at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Linn Mills, 147 N.W. Pointe Drive, Kansas City, MO. 64116.
For additional information, please contact Linn Mills, 505-402-6630 or

Kentucky Derby Party for Polio!
Tim Tholen's Home
2028 W. 95th St.
Leawood, KS 66206
Saturday, May 4, 2019
3:00 PM
$20/person - proceeds will benefit the Polio Plus Campaign
Join your fellow Rotarians for a fun afternoon of Mint Juleps and Fried Chicken! Beer, wine and other appetizers will also be served.
Registration coming soon!

Special thanks to the following volunteers at Nourish KC last week!
Dana Hetrick
Jane Lee
Linn Mills
Diane Scott
Just a reminder, we volunteer on the first Monday of each month at Nourish KC. Click here to sign up!

Learn more about the People of Rotary!
Click here to read about Leslie Gasser!
Click here to read about Dr. Kimberly Beatty!
Click here to read about Bob Gamer!
Click here to read about Dick Retrum!
Click here to read about Harlan Stamper!
Click here to read about Linn Mills!
Click here to read about Robin Rusconi!
Click here to read about Karl Bublitz.
Click here to read about Lon Lawton.
Click here to read about Barbara Dolci.
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
April 11, 2019
Our Speaker this Week is US Navy Rear Admiral Jeffrey Penfield (retired). His topic will be "Strategy of Maritime Superiority in the 21st Century."
Rear Adm. Jeffrey Penfield was commissioned in October 1982 via the Aviation Officer Candidate Program and earned his Navy Wings of Gold in June 1984. His operational assignments include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 136) as a plankowner, VFA-94 and command of VFA-115. While in command, he deployed on the maiden F/A-18E Super Hornet cruise participating in Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and the initial combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His shore tour assignments include Training Squadron (VT-23), Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 5, the Super Hornet Fleet Introduction Team and VX-9 where he was the lead operational test director for the F/A-18E/F operational evaluation.|

His assignments as an acquisition professional include program manager air (PMA) 265, the F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office; command of PMA-259, the Navy’s Air-to-Air Missile Program Office; command of PMA-268, the Navy Unmanned Combat Aerial System Program Office; and assignment to the Naval Air Systems Command staff working Integration and Interoperability initiatives.

Penfield’s previous flag assignments were commander, Fleet Readiness Centers and commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force.

Penfield has over 4,000 flight hours and 750 carrier landings. He has been recognized as the 1995 Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet Pilot of the Year and the National Defense Industrial Association Navy Military Tester of the Year for 1999. He has been awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (six awards, one individual with combat V/five Strike Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one with combat V), and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Awards along with various other personal, unit and service medals.
Last Week's Meeting
April 4, 2019
Pres. Kara rang the bell and we began with a singing of America, the Beautiful led by Charlie Huffman and accompanied by the keyboard man, C. Bolte.  For the invocation, Neil Barnett recited a poem about Spring by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
Mandy greeted our guests, and P. Kara recognized the following members for their years of service: Joan Caulfield, 4 years, Mike Thome, 15 years, Lainie Wilbur, 4 years, Steve Sopinski, 11 years, Charlie Huffman, 17 years, Robin Wells, 6 years, Perry Atha, 18 years, George Gordon, 13 years.
Jared Campbell introduced the following new members to our Club: Julie Jenson, Hayley Wright, Marc McCarty and Pat Turner.
Mary Kingsley described a Rotary After Hours event, coming on Aprl 25 @ 5:00 pm at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  See Buzzsaw for details.
Barbara Dolci reported that there would be a picnic at The Camp with the Waldo-Brookside club to meet the GSE Team from Australia.  See Buzzsaw.
David King reported that the Academic Awards Committee is looking for mentors to work with our newest group of Award Winners who will be recognized at our meeting on Apr. 18.  These winners are graduating seniors from KC School District high schools.  The mentors will maintain contact with the youngsters as they transition from high school to college and offer encouragement and support as appropriate.  Please contact Bro. King, or Howard Mick, or Mandy for more information.
Pres. K. recognized the members of the Camp Board and the Monday Morning Volunteers at the camp for their many hours of service to the camp.  She then introduced Rotarian and Camp Board Chairman Dan Nenonen, who gave us a detailed report on the activities going on at the Camp.  His slides covered information about the number of kids and groups served in the year, the organizations supporting these kids, and the activities and adventures the kids enjoy at the camp.  His guest speaker was Katie McCalla, Camp Rise Director and Rotaract coordinator, who described the kids Camp Rise serves and the impact of their week at our Camp.
For more information about The Camp and its services contact Dan Nenonen, or watch the video of this meeting (link below).  The Camp is approaching its 100th year of service.  The Club’s board has made a significant financial commitment to the Camp to fund much needed building, mechanical, and pool upgrades. 
It’s difficult to find words to express how amazing our Camp for Kids is.  And it just keeps getting better with each of those 100 years.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Sheffield Place Project
Sheffield Place Garden Box Project
What: Replace 12 Garden Boxes at Sheffield Place
When: Saturday, April 13th,
9:00 am - Noon
Where: Sheffield Place
 6604 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64126
Who: 6-8 Rotary volunteers needed to replace the garden boxes.
Click Here to sign up!
Rotary After Hours 
Many of you enjoyed the Plaza Lights Party at Polsinelli Law Firm in January.  Based on the success of that event your membership committee is planning to do a Rotary After Hours event every quarter.
Our next After Hours event will be on Thursday, April 25, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The address is 4525 Oak Street. We will meet in the Bloch Lobby at 5:00 pm to enjoy conversation and the small plates and drinks that are available for sale before we go on our docent led tours of the museum’s collections at 6:00 pm. 
We will break into groups of 10 for the tours. On your tour of highlights throughout the museum discover why some experts have described Nelson-Atkins objects as masterpieces. This tour includes both the 1933 original Nelson-Atkins Building and the 2007 Bloch Building addition. Our tour will last about 75 minutes but you can leave earlier if you need to.  The museum does ask for us to start our tours promptly at 6:00.
If you are a member of the Nelson-Atkins be sure to bring your membership card, as you will get free parking and 10% off the price of your food.  If you are not a member the parking is $10.00 in the garage.  The entrance to the garage is off of Oak Street and has an entrance into the Bloch Building.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Rotary After Hours. Please click here to sign up or call Mandy to be put on the list of attendees. 
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome. Click here to sign up.
Date: Monday, April 22, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis.  He’s a normal Italian teenager-obsessed with music, food, and girls –but his days of innocence are numbered.  When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier – a move they think will keep him out of combat.  But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
Bowling News
This Wednesday the top two teams of the second half will match up to determine which one will bowl for the First Place Trophy on April 17th. Peter Ho's team, "Strike Kings" will roll off against John Lawrence, Dee Reynolds and a sub. This will be a fun battle to watch.  
For the rest of us, we will close out the season with colored pins and two dollar bills up for grabs. Team standings for the second half were established last week. This week is practice for the Columbia trip on the 16th. We have 20 signed up for the trip.
Last week John Lawrence rolled a 212 and Chris Grimsley picked up the 3-6-19-7 split. Congratulations.
April Birthdays
April Birthday Celebrants
Clyde McQueen  4/3
Martha Voight  4/3
Mike Lally  4/7
Jim Huffman  4/13
Guy Martin  4/19
Bill Madsen  4/21
Bob Gamer  4/26
Steve Sopinski  4/27
Brent Worley  4/29