The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
This week's meeting will be VIRTUAL.
Our speaker will be Dr. John Cascone, Infectious Disease Specialist
Our speaker this week, will once again be Dr. John Cascone. Dr. Cascone is an infectious disease specialist in Joplin, Missouri and is affiliated with University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus. He received his medical degree from University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He will update us on the Covid-19 pandemic, and where we are in 2022.
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From the President
Club 13 New Year’s Resolutions
Not only does January 1st mark the start of 2022, but it also marks the start of the second half of our Rotary year calendar. Not a bad time to think about what we’ve accomplished so far, and also think about what’s left to do.
Rotary 2021 is off to a good start despite working through a persistent Covid pandemic! We have increased membership with a great group of new members; our lunch attendance is strong both in-person and on Zoom; the Program Committee continues to provide excellent speakers; we have supported numerous service projects including providing holiday gifts and clothing for the Westside Community Action Network, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, and next month a Build Event day with Geeks For Kids; our District 6040 (and Club 13) traveled to and hosted here a Group Study Exchange with wonderful District 9210 Rotarians from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe; we partnered with the Rotary Club in Michoacán Mexico to provide a grant for a potable water treatment plant that also provided for habitat improvement for migrating Monarch Butterflies; we’ve held social events like the recent Holiday Party at Drexel Hall and the Parking Lot Party at Bibb Engineering last Spring, and finally, the new Youth Camp administration building is under construction and becoming a reality!
So where do we go from here? At the risk of repeating myself, here are my two core goals for the second half of this Rotary year:
First and foremost, membership recruitment remains a primary focus, but beyond just recruitment it is especially important to continue to focus on increasing our Diversity so membership represents all Kansas City. That means embracing differences in culture, thought and perspective. In doing so we become more relevant and able to address community needs more effectively. Our club will be more attractive to new younger members. But as I’ve said before, becoming more diverse won’t just happen; I need everyone’s help!
What businesses or organizations should be members? Businesses are looking for opportunities to get their employees involved in the community. Many have Diversity Officers who will help us. Who do you know who can help?
Think of young people you work with or your kids or grandkids or their friends. Research shows millennials are looking to get involved. We just need to ask them, then ask them again!
New people in town? New neighbors, work associates? Cycling pals? What a great way to become involved and learn about our city. Think of the friendships and fellowship we offer! Rotary connects people to community! Please help keep up this year’s momentum!
Second, whether you’re a new member or a seasoned veteran, being involved and participating strengthens our club. Enhancing member engagement, inclusion and equity through service opportunities, being with others at lunch meetings, the Satellite Club, Committee involvement, the Youth Camp or Rotary After Hours events with other members is what fosters fellowship. I urge everyone to reach out, learn more about our Club, and become engaged!
Let’s ensure that Rotary is recognized for both the service it does here and around the world, and also for connecting and bringing people from everywhere together!
Thank you everyone in Club 13 for all you do for our Club and our Community!
Happy New Year Fellow Rotarians!
Yours In Rotary Service,
President Tony
Last Week's Meeting
January 6, 2022
In response to the growing threat of the latest COVID virus outbreak, the Club leaders decided to protect the members by going back to ZOOM meetings, for at least a couple of weeks.  So, today we ZOOMed.
After greeting members as we logged into the meeting, Pres. Tony Andresen began the meeting by sending us out to breakouts (as practiced by one PP David Hanzlick) to contemplate the weighty concern of the day, “New Year’s resolutions.”  Our group of old guys generally agreed that at this point in life, it’s better to just focus on the challenges of each day as they come and not get too worked up about pronouncing specific expectations/hopes for the coming year.  The group addressed a more relevant and worrisome question:  “How is P. Andresen, a right-handed person, coping with the challenges of a non-functional right arm in a sling as he recovers from rotator cuff surgery.?”  We wished him well and thanked our lucky stars for two functioning arms and hands.
After everyone found their way back to the regular ZOOM meeting, most of us turned the “Mute” off on our computer so we could join in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Then member Henrik Andersen brought forth a most thoughtful invocation which included some thoughts from the queen of Denmark’s new year’s address, ending with “We should give time, not just to help, but to learn from each other. It should not be difficult to treat everyone with respect. We must meet our fellow human and humans with openness. Other life stories can make us wiser. It can be thought opening and inspiring. We can learn to understand ourselves by meeting others, indeed learning and growing is a path of development to last a lifetime in God's name.”
After welcoming the visitors to our ZOOM meeting, we recognized club anniversaries for the following folks:  Bill Buckner, 54 years (!); Bob Lager, 33 years; John Miller, 52 years; Jim Porter 48 years; Keith Smith, 45 years; Matt Meyer, 25 years; Christy Chester, 31 years; and now the Johnny-come-latelies, John Gillis, 10 years; Joe Privitera, 10 years; Bob Gamer, 17 years; Robert Thompson, 17 years, Tom Van Dyke, 17 years; Jane Lee, 13 years.
P. Andresen reported that our long-time member and leader, Jim Porter, is at home recovering from the aftereffects of a recent fall, and is dealing with some complications.  Bottom line:  Jim’s wife, Molly, requests that we not try to make any form of contact with Jim to avoid any distractions as he recovers.  Rather, she requests that we remember Jim in our prayers.  Reports of Jim’s progress will be communicated to us as they become available.
New member, Terry Harvey, and his wife have suffered a house fire.  The house was a total loss, but Terry and his wife got out with their two dogs and the clothes on their back, but, but little else.  Please remember them in your prayers as they cope with this loss.
People at the Westside CAN Center expressed their appreciation for the support provided by Mary Kingsley and Mark McCarthy at their Christmas eve celebration.
Geeks for Kids is planning their next build day on Feb. 5.  See the Buzzsaw for details and directions for signing up for participation.
Plans for Greater Kansas City Day are coming along.  The target date is Friday, May 13, which is the opening day for the KC Monarchs.  The partnership with the Monarchs last year went very well, and with a little tuning, it should be much better this year.  Join the GKCD committee now to be a part of the planning process.
Pres. Andresen introduced our speaker for the day, Rotarian Dr. Ted Higgins, who will provide us with an update on conditions in Haiti and the Higgins Brothers Surgery Center.  A lot has happened in Haiti and the Surgery Center since Dr. Higgins presented information last April.
For the benefit of those who missed his last report, here’s a brief background:
Dr. Higgins has been a practicing vascular surgeon throughout his career in Kansas City.  During his 4th year as a surgical resident at Yale, he spent three months in Haiti, which opened his eyes to the sharp contrast between the level of medical and surgical care we enjoy in the United States and that is available in many other parts of the world.
With the help of a video and numerous photos, Dr. Higgins recounted the history of his involvement in the development of the Higgins Brothers Surgi Center in Haiti. Rather than trying to capture the depth and beauty of that history, I refer you to the Center’s website,  In that website, click on “About US” and you will see everything in detail that Dr. Higgins summarized today.  He also reported on the recent assassination of the Haitian president in July, followed by a major earthquake in August.  The political instability has made responding to the basic needs of the people very difficult, and the earthquake damaged most roads, making many of them impassable.  In spite of all these challenges, the Center’s physical building is expanding, making it possible to serve more people with more advanced procedures.
As I listened to Dr. Higgins I was amazed at the combination of his attributes that make his work possible: 
  1. He is a highly skilled physician who comes from a long family line of physicians.
  2. Serving the needs of impoverished people is fundamental in the DNA of those ancestors.  As the TV ad says, “This is what we do!”
  3. He is a skilled teacher who loves to help other medical people expand their capabilities.
  4. As a leader, he inspires people to grow, to accomplish the impossible.
  5. He has the social skills to enlist the needed support and financial contributions to make possible the building and expanding of the Center’s facilities.
  6. While sharing a table with him at a Rotary meeting, you would never suspect by his quiet, unassuming manner that he is such a remarkable human being.
After reviewing the coming meeting programs, we closed with the 4 way test and a quote from author D.S. Mixell, “Many years ago, I made a New year’s resolution to never make new year’s resolutions. It’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept.”
Geeks for Kids
Geeks For Kids design and build custom, electric ride-on cars for kids with movement limitations. We have the opportunity to continue our support of Geeks For Kids at the Build Event on February 5th. 
The Build Event is from 8:30am-4:30pm and is split into two shifts. You can sign up for 8:30am-1:30pm, 11:30am to 4:30pm or stay for the whole day. It is important that you are able to stay for your entire shift. There is a job for everyone regardless of skill level and lunch will be provided. 
The Build Event will be held in the Downtown Underground at 1501 W. 31st Street, Suite 419, Kansas City, MO 64111; the Downtown Underground cave complex is just west of Penn Valley on the west side of downtown and just off 1-35.

Please sign up via the following link. You will receive a confirmation email with additional instructions and contact information for the day of the event. Contact Eric Bubb at with any questions.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Jan 18, 2022
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Jan 19, 2022 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jan 22, 2022
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Jan 26, 2022 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jan 29, 2022
Geeks for Kids Build Event
Feb 05, 2022
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tour & Tasting at J. Rieger & Co.
J. Rieger & Co.
Feb 17, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Jan 20, 2022
Losses and Victories: Her Story: Organ and Tissue Donation
Jan 27, 2022
Imagine Downtown KC 2030 - the Future of Downtown
Feb 03, 2022
Bringing Us Together
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Rotary Youth Camp Update
Construction Update
Work in the covered walkway is progressing and with the interior walls framed in, the electricians and plumbers will be busy all week getting their part done so the walls can go up. The new building is becoming a reality! Donations to help meet the Covid price increases can be made through the camp website:

Bowling News
by Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13!!
Well, the second half of our bowling season got underway last week, and the bowlers seem to have picked up where they left off. 
1st half top three teams were:
Split Happens
Will Bowl for Beer
Bigelow Bowlers
We start over so it will be fun to see who comes out on top!
200+ Games
John Lawrence-220
Matt Ho-206
Will Patrick-221
Dave Boone-213
Henrik Andersen-215
Have a great week and come see us for some live entertainment!
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson.  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: Tuesday, January 18, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
About the book:
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s firsts ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.  A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha.  At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence.  But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate.  As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodd’s experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance, and – ultimately – horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
Plaza Lights Party 2022
Despite the cold, cold temperature, 27 Rotarians and their guests attended the Plaza Lights Party on January 6th.  It was a very nice event with lively conversation including greetings to guests who are potential members.  The party was held at the Polsinelli Law Firm and the view of the Plaza Lights from the 9th floor Board Room was spectacular.  A few attendees ignored the cold temperature and viewed the dazzling Plaza scene from the outdoor balcony.  A special thanks to Rotarian Terry Kilroy who hosted the event and provided the food and beverages.