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61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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By Jane Lee, Ask the Exec Chair
Guest Columnist
A big thank you to all of you who participated in the season’s first Ask the Exec event Sept. 25 at Tom’s Town Distillery. More than 40 Rotarians and their guests plus 13 visiting Latin American guests heard Tom’s Town co-owner/founder, David Epstein, speak of the tavern’s beginnings and challenges.  Not to mention our pitch about Rotary.

But this is only the beginning. For those of you who brought guests (thank you!), please remember to invite those guests to a meeting, or to an after-hours event, or our First Friday gathering at 18th and Baltimore this week. 

Or they may enjoy participating in the Bagel Run this Saturday…or our Harvester’s service project on Oct. 9, or Boo at the Zoo Oct. 27-28.

OR (drum roll!), the debut meeting of our new Satellite Club at 5:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Tower Tavern, 401 E. 31st St., may fit the bill. It’s a club that will meet once a month to accommodate the demanding schedules of today’s professionals, yet facilitate their participation in community service projects.

Those of us who attended Ask the Exec sensed quite a bit of excitement about our club, including the Satellite club. Now it’s up to all of us to keep the momentum going. Remember, membership development is the responsibility of all of us.

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Upcoming Events
Food Fight at Harvesters
Oct 09, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mark One Electric
Oct 10, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Oct 10, 2018 4:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Oct 11, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 13, 2018
Fireside at Barbara Dolci's
Barbara Dolci's home
Oct 16, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Oct 17, 2018 4:30 PM
Community Service Meeting
Oct 18, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bowling News 
By Dick Retrum
Lane conditions change from week to week. Last week the oil was slippery near the pins. Bowlers who throw a ball that hooks had trouble hitting the pocket. Those who roll a straight ball probably didn't notice the difference. Adjusting to oil patterns is just part of the game.
There were no high games or split conversions to report. This doesn't happen very often. However, there were a few funny comments heard on the lanes: Das Hardin, "I hate the five pin... everyone says nobody misses it." Chris Grimsly, "There's more to life than bowling... but not much." Al Tikwart, "If I'd been on Bowling For Dollars... I'd wind up owing them money."

We are starting off a new year with People of Rotary! Last week's honoree was Karl Bublitz. Click here to read more!
And you can also catch up on our past features!
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
October 4, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Marcy Konkader, Asst. Dir. Mentoring4Success, Kansas Dept. of Corrections. Her topic is: "Offenders Mentoring: Key to Success."

This community-based statewide initiative delivers mentoring services to help offenders safely and successfully return to communities. Nearly 4,700 offenders leave prison each year and many need help finding employment/housing, getting connected to services/treatment and reuniting safely with neighborhoods/families. Mentors support the work of correctional case workers and service/treatment providers by assisting offenders in reaching their reentry plan goals. Mentors are also instrumental in helping offenders establish a life of pro-social activities and meaningful engagement within their communities. 

Our goal is to ensure that every offender leaving prison has the opportunity to work with a mentor. Guided by community service organizations working closely with the Department of Corrections, mentors are trained and matched to offenders six to 12 months prior to an offender's release from prison. Services are also continually monitored and evaluated to ensure the most effective mentoring practices are used.

Last Week's Meeting
September 27, 2018
President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order. Charlie Huffman led us in the Club standard, God Bless America, with Carl Bolte on the electronic ivories. Karl Bublitz delivered a prayer invoking the Four Way Test followed by President Kara leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Ron Dillon, our most recently departed, was remembered through a Moment of Silence. The Rotary Youth Camp Board was recognized for their greeting expertise.
Mandy Sheldon welcomed three guests of our members. Several Rotarians were celebrating Club anniversaries:  Bill Gray (23 years), Lee Brumitt (19 years), and Linn Mills (3 years). Jared Campbell recognized Dallas Ziegenhorn for accumulating Tyro points and promptly removed his Tyro ribbon. President Kara described the inspirational experience of traveling to Dunn Ranch with 40 children from the KC Native American Center to take part in the Ecology Committee Buffalo Project. President Kara then channeled David Hanzlick and reminded us of the First Friday booth on October 5. Marc Horner then joined President Kara at the podium to talk up efforts by the Club to win the friendly Food Fight against Team McCoy. Barrels from Harvesters are being sent to 5 area companies for food collection and volunteers from Club 13 are welcome on October 9 from 5:30-8:00 to help pack food. We also have the opportunity to participate via a Virtual Food Drive which can be found at Lastly, the hat was passed and a whopping $803 was raised for the Food Fight doubling the generous Waldo Club’s donation of $400. Mandy Sheldon announced that Club 13 will occupy again a booth at “Boo at the Zoo” on October 27-28. Please call Mandy to participate! Dan Nenonen, Camp Chair, gave a Camp update. The Camp is booked through October and is full of scouting and other activity.     
President Kara then introduced our speaker and fellow Club 13-member, Bill Kort. With over 50 years of experience as a stockbroker, Bill shared some of the lessons he has learned over the years. His discussion topic, “Trade, Tax Cuts, Deregulation, Immigration, & Draining the Swamp:  Market Elixir or Witches Brew?” focused on the big issues of the day and the impact they may or may not have on the stock market. With the S&P up 38% and unemployment down to 3.8%, is there room for economic expansion? It is Bill’s opinion (with a strong Caveat Emptor expressed) that illegal immigration, for instance, is not the cause of economic woes. See Japan. Rather, in the short term, Bill is of the opinion that globalization and automation have the biggest impact since they effect the need for employees. Bill wondered whether the corporate tax cut from 35% to 21% may have been better kept in reserve for darker days. Nonetheless, earnings are higher still because of the tax cut and are playing a part in the current bull market. The jury is out on the effect of reduction of regulations but as for the Trade War with China, it is a dangerous game which will, until resolved, lead to inflation of consumer and other goods. In general, regardless of the current political scene - whether a wall is built or whether the President makes it through his first term -the stock market is driven by earnings and growth. Bill’s advice is to JUST BE INVESTED in a diversified portfolio of common stock and invest for the long term. 
Kara left us with this inspirational Native American proverb: “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” As we went to our next activity, the words from our speaker, “JUST BE INVESTED,” followed us.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Food Fight
District 6040 FOOD FIGHT Update
The Rotary District FOOD FIGHT between Team Horner (our team) and Team McCoy is well underway. The two teams have until October 19th to compete to collect the most food, money and volunteer hours! Here’s what Club 13 is doing and how you can help:
1.       Please join us 5:30 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 9th at Harvesters (3801 Topping Avenue KCMO 64129) to sort and repackage donated product at their Volunteer Engagement Center for a two hour shift. This is our hands-on opportunity to contribute to the Rotary District FOOD FIGHT, and we earn 10 points for every volunteer hour we volunteer!
We will meet at the Hunger Awareness Center at 5:30 for a light dinner and socializing prior to our shift. There will be a tour of their state-of-the-art facility for those interested. Volunteers must be 8 years old to participate, students 15 years old or younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Closed toe shoes required.
Members, spouses, guests and prospective new members warmly encouraged to participate! We have 13+ signed up so far, and the more the merrier! This will be a fun evening at the same time we’re doing something very worthwhile! Please register on the ClubRunner link so we can order the right number of dinners.
2.       It’s not too late to order a Harvesters food collection barrel for your business or office! So far we have six businesses: Atronic Alarms (Perry Atha), Bibb Engineering (Sally Bibb), Dysart Taylor (Lee Brummitt), Schneider Electric (Marc Horner), J. Wilbur (Lainie Wilbur), The Arts Asulum (Evie Craig). Please contact me at and I’ll set it up. Harvesters delivers and picks up.  This is a terrific way to involve more people, and we earn 1 point for every pound we collect! Will you host a barrel at your business or office?
3.       LASTLY, we’ve set up a Harvesters Virtual Food Drive link that allows us to make contributions on-line directly. It’s very cool and set up like a real “shopping cart” so you can actually see what your dollars buy, i.e. backsnacks for one year, whole grain bread, large bag of groceries, vegetables, etc. PLEASE click this link (and have fun):
At the end of our food drive Harvesters will tally all our results and provide an actual “meals provided” figure so we’ll really know what we’ve accomplished. Please get involved and participate in our F-O-O-D F-I-G-H-T !!!
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Celine” by Peter Heller. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Date: Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Celine is not your typical private eye.  With a prep school pedigree and a pair of opera glasses for stakeouts, her methods are unconventional but extremely successful.  Working out of her jewel box of an apartment nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career out of tracking down missing persons nobody else can find.  But when a young woman named Gabriela employs her expertise, what was meant to be Celine’s last case becomes a scavenger hunt through her own memories, the secrets there and the surprising redemptions.

Gabriela’s father was a National Geographic photographer who went missing in Wyoming twenty years ago, and while he was assumed to have been mauled by a grizzly, his body was never found.  Celine and her partner set out to Yellowstone National Park to follow a trail gone cold but soon realize that somebody desperately want to keep this case closed.

Work Day
Come out this Saturday and help us get the camp ready for the winter. Lunch will be provided!
Click here to sign up!
Boo at the Zoo
We need volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28 for Boo at the Zoo.
Please click here to sign up!
Costumes are welcome!
Great for families!