The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
May 27, 2021
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Timothy Westcott, Assoc. Professor of History. His topic is "Fairness of Military Medals of Valor: A Review."
Dr. Timothy C. Westcott has over thirty years of experience in secondary and higher education.  He is currently Associate Professor of History, Park University Associate Archivist, Chair, Department of History, Political Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Director of the George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War.  He joined the faculty and staff at Park University in 1999 and has held numerous positions over the past twenty years.
He is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps overseas and stateside with the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, Marine Corps Reserve Center in Omaha, Ne., and at the Marine Corps Reserve Support Center in Overland Park, Ks.  He was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6).  During his Marine Corps service, he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal twice, the Good Conduct Medal twice, Meritorious Mast twice, and Certificate of Commendation.  He was nationally recognized as the U.S. Marine Corps Reservist of the Year in 1986, and is a recipient of the Patriot Award, Department of Defense.
Dr. Westcott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education from Avila University (Kansas City, MO); Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and doctoral degree in History from the Union Institute and University (Cincinnati, OH).

A Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to members, if you would like to visit as a guest, please email Executive Director Mandy Sheldon.

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Last Week's Meeting
May 20, 2021
Following the small group breakout session (topic: your favorite exercise) and after President David Hanzlick called the meeting to order, we were led by Charlie Huffman  with Carl Bolte on the piano with My Country This of Thy, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by David Hanzlick, and a thoughtful Invocation by Charlie Rogers.   
Foundation Celebration Event  - Saturday  (5/22/2021) at the Camp with silent auction & raffle.
Greater Kansas City Day:  David McCaughey thanked all the Committee members. It was a real test of the Committee to overcome outside setbacks in January and February with the KC Star and KC Royals lessening their involvements and planning around Covid. The Committee with extra efforts by Suzi Hallas, Tammy Neros, Allison Kelly and Mandy Sheldon we were able to pivot to the Opening Day for the Kansas City Monarchs (f/k/a the T-Bones) and the Negro League Museum (KC’s baseball team was the Monarchs). The various business & personal sponsorship contributions covered our costs of the Monarch’s pennants. Volunteers included:  
Tony Andresen, Jan Armstrong, Eric Bubb, Christy  Chester, Jerry Cooke, Evie Craig, Lisa Hickok, Ted Higgins, Scott Holsman, Marc Horner, David King, Mary Kingsley, Jane Lee, Lon Lawton, Dennis McKeehan, Matt  Meyer, Diane Scott, Tim Tholen, Lainie Wilbur, Tom Woolwine. June 2nd will be GKC Volunteer Game at the Monarchs park.
Sleep in Heavenly PeaceMandy Sheldon shared with us that volunteers are still needed for the Build Day on June 12th.  Volunteers will build beds. 
Memorial & Picnic at the Camp. Saturday June 5th with the Memorials commencing at 3 pm and Picnic with box lunches at 4 pm and Trivia night at 6 pm.  Cost is $15 per person.
The Virtual Rotary Convention will be June 12th to 16th.
Barbara  Dolci  introduced our speaker, Ron Green, with a detailed history of his educational achievements. Ron studied art, poetics, education, coffee and wine before moving to Costa Rica to pursue a multilingual, cultural and ecological education for his family. While there Ron taught English. While there Ron, in partnership with a colleague, Carl Emmons, began the development of a holistic learning environment that challenges students intellectually, creatively, and spiritually with the founding of Amerikanoestudios in 2010. Later back in Colorado Ron developed a program in conjunction with the Colorado Rotary Club in partnership with the Conflict Center and Operation Respect. The program’s centerpiece is Rotary’s guiding principles, enunciated in the Four Way Test, which in conjunction with the multi-cultural literacy materials enhance character development and community.
For over a century, Rotary has presented a model of Relationship development. The program focuses around “4 Awesome Questions” (i.e. the Rotary Four Way Test).  I noticed an interesting analysis of the 4 Way Test with the first two questions being more “concrete” with the Principals of Value  (Is it the Truth?  & Is it Fair to All Concerned?) and the more abstract Principals of Outcome / Consequence (Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?  & Will it be Beneficial to All  Concerned?)  Referenced as T(truth), F(fair), C(community), and H(helpful).
The program “Epic Ethic for Peaceful School”, an Ethics Based Literacy Program to build character, support social emotional development and foster critical thinking, was partially a response to the Sandy Hooks shooting incident. Ron shared three stories. One in particular was about a Chicago student who was flagged upon responding that she did not have a “community”. That student got crucial mental health support early and it significantly changed her life for the better. The Program started as a 4 day program given one day over 4 times a year.  This is referred to as Social & Emotional Learning. The program grew and developed into a complete set of books, booklets and videos, tailored to different grade levels, generally for grade school and junior high. The program starts out as being interpersonal then intra personal then out to the world. These are presented in short lessons by the students’ teachers in their classroom settings.
What does Social & Emotional Learning (S.E.L.)Address / Provide ?  (Daily Engagement)
-  greater likelihood of high school graduation
-  decreased rates of grade retentions
-  reduction in criminal activity, violent crime, and substance abuse
-  improved health (mental and physical)
-  suicide prevention
-  reduction in the financial costs of those concerns to communities and institutions.
What are the Economic Benefits of S.E.L. Investment
-  for every dollar spent on Social emotional Learning there is an $11 - $37 return on investment
-  participants in S.E.L. have a higher average lifetime earning
-  improved mental & physical health reduces medical costs
-  Greater S.E.L. reduces later workplace turnover  (average costs to replace employees is $30,000)
Social & Emotional Learning includes
-  Self-Management: Managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one’s goals
-  Social Awareness: Showing understanding and empathy for others
-  Self – Awareness:  Recognizing one’s emotional values as well as others
-  Relationship Skills:  Forming positive relationships, working in teams, dealing effectively
   with conflict
It was all very enlightening and interesting. It would be of great value to any school district.
History: Club 13’s First Rotary Meeting was May 16, 1910. Physician Archie A. Johnson is credited with starting the club.   Club 13’s founding was probably the result of encouragement from the Rotary Club of St. Louis – Club 11.
Quote of the Week: “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”   John F Kennedy, submitted by Dennis McKeehan
President David Hanzlick wrapped up the meeting with the Four Way Test.                                                
Greater Kansas City Day
THANK YOU to all our Volunteers and Sponsors!
Geeks For Kids Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities 
Geeks For Kids design and build custom, electric ride-on cars for kids with movement limitations.
We hope you can attend one or all of the events and continue our club’s support of this wonderful organization.
1. Delivery Day - May 29 (Sat) - The event is from 1pm to 4pm at Aristocrat Motors. Volunteers are needed in the morning to load cars onto the truck at the Downtown Underground Cave Complex and unload at Aristocrat Motors. Volunteers are also needed to help with set up at Aristocrat Motors and during the event. The cars will be presented to the children and their families. They will have an opportunity to test drive the cars. Don’t miss out on this magical day. 
Downtown Underground - 1501 W. 31st StreetSuite 419, Kansas City, MO 6411; the Downtown Underground cave complex is just west of Penn Valley on the west side of downtown and just off I-35.
Aristocrat Motors - 9400 West 65th Street, Merriam, KS 66203
2. Family Picnic - June 12 (Sat) - The picnic is from 11am-1pm at Meadowbrook Park. This is an event for people to come and enjoy. It is a thank you for volunteers as well as an opportunity for new people to come and learn more about us. Everyone is welcome.
Meadowbrook Park - 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66207
You can sign up for the upcoming events at the link below. If you would like to help in the morning on Deliver Day, please put that in the notes on the registration.   
Please contact Eric Bubb at with any questions or for more details on Delivery Day. It is important that volunteers register in advance as additional info will be sent prior to the events.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.  The book is available by mail order through the Rainy Day Books web site or call the store for curb-side pickup.  The discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, June 21, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
About the book:
In 1596, William Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son Hamnet died in Stratford-upon-Avon. Four or so years later, Shakespeare wrote the play considered by many to be his greatest work, giving its tragic hero a variation of his dead son’s name. Almost four centuries later still, Maggie O’Farrell was studying Hamlet at school and learned of the boy Hamnet, whose life has been little more than a footnote in his father’s biography. The seed of curiosity planted 30 years ago has grown into her finest novel yet; a reimagining of Hamnet’s death and the long-lasting ripples it sent through his family. But the title is slightly misleading. Though the novel opens with Hamnet, its central character is the boy’s mother, Agnes. Names are significant in this book; when Agnes eventually sees the version of her son’s name on a London playbill, she feels he has been stolen from her a second time. Meanwhile, the most famous character in the novel goes unnamed; he is variously “her husband”, “the father”, “the Latin tutor”. He is allowed very little direct speech. All this has the effect of focusing the attention on the everyday, domestic life of this family. In their small local sphere, it is Agnes who is the celebrity, known in the town for being unconventional, free-spirited, a gifted herbalist who trails rumors of other, stranger gifts. Agnes is a woman whose origins merge into a particularly English kind of folklore harking back to a deep connection between humans and landscape.
Shoes for Orphan Souls 2021
Thank you, Rotary Club 13, for supporting the 2021 “Shoes for Orphan Souls” campaign. Due to your generous contributions, the delivery of 1621 pairs of shoes and 1558 pairs of socks will brighten the day of many underprivileged children in our local community and the country of Honduras.
Thank you to Brad Kleindl, Marc Horner, Tom Davis, and Christy Chester for volunteering their time to load the truck and help with delivery to the District Shoe Caravan.
New shoes put children on a path to Health, Education, Hope, and Opportunity.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
*We are currently meeting virtually via Zoom*

By David Hanzlick
Last week was a busy and productive and week for Club 13 and other area clubs.
Club 13 and Rotary in Kansas City can take pride in the success of Greater Kansas City Day – Monarchs Edition. The partnership with the Monarchs will allow the event to grow in the years ahead. Pennant sales did well. The pennants are still available at area HyVee stores. 
I would like to thank the GKC Day Committee for constructing an entirely new event. Congratulations! I would especially like to highlight the indefatigable work of Tammy Neros, Suzi Hallas, Allison Kelly, and Mandy Sheldon. They were instrumental in bringing the event together. Great appreciation also go to the other area Rotary Clubs for their participation and support. We look forward to having initial revenue numbers shortly. 
In addition to the Rotary fellowship I enjoyed at Legends Stadium, I also had the chance to meet former Chiefs players Warren Moon, Christian Koye, and Dustin Colquit!
The Foundation event on Saturday was a huge success and brought the clubs throughout the district together for an evening of fun and fundraising for the important work that the Rotary Foundation does around the world and right here in the community. It is difficult not to be impressed by the videos that showed all the local projects that were made possible by district grants. Equally impressive was the video that described projects local clubs have undertaken around the world. 
And speaking of Rotary grants, Club 13 and the Monarch butterfly project received mentioned in the Northeast News. This important project will touch many lives as we strive to provide Monarch habitat and preserve the Monarch migration for generations to come. Read the story from the Northeast News here.
But the activity didn’t stop there. Club 13 participated in another day of building cars with Geeks for Kids, the Satellite Club held a workday at the Camp, and the Bagel Run took place as it always does on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the District 6040 Shoes for Orphan Souls "Shoe Caravan" concluded with a total of over 15,000 shoes collected, with all 56 clubs in the district participating! WOW!
Rotary members are ‘People of Action.’  Thank you for being a Rotarian.
Have a great week and remember, “Rotary Opens Opportunities!”

Jun 03, 2021
Creative Planning Addresses an Unmet Need in Under-resourced Communities
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Upcoming Events
Volunteer Game and Rotary Night at the Monarchs
Legends Field
Jun 02, 2021
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 05, 2021
Family Picnic and Memorial Meeting at Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Jun 05, 2021
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Women & Friends of Rotary
Jun 08, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors meeting
Jun 09, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Membership Meeting
Jun 10, 2021
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Bagel Run
Jun 12, 2021
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Build Day
Jun 12, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 19, 2021
Satellite Meeting
Brick House Patio
Jun 22, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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Thank you to our "Groundbreaking" Sponsors for the 2021 Greater Kansas City Day
Terre & Tony Andresen
Jan Armstrong
Kara Bennett
Bob & Sally Bibb
The Bubb Team - ReeceNichols
Citizens Bank & Trust
Woody Davis
Barbara & Larry Dolci
Equity Bank
Janee' & David Hanzlick
Leawood Rotary Club
Rusty & Cathy Macy
Linn Mills
Next Level Performers
Power Partners
Schleicher Law Firm
Thoughtful Care Inc.
Terry & Debbie Westlund
Joletta & Tom Woolwine

Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Bed Build
All ages, no experience necessary, we need YOU - and Bring a friend or family member! Please sign up for this fun event to ensure that "no kid sleeps on the floor in our town!

The Satellite Club will meet on Tuesday, May 25th, 5:30 PM IN PERSON on the Patio at the Brickhouse, 400 East 31 Street, Kansas City, MO. with Evie Craig serving as Moderator.  Following networking and a report on the May 22nd Front Porch project at the Rotary Youth Camp, Eric Bubb will speak on the “Geeks for Kids” project.  The meeting will end with a short discussion on future service projects and the Four Way Test.  All Rotarians are welcome to attend.  

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
 Thank you to the Satellite club for coming out and making our camp beautiful!! And as always our Monday Morning Gang!  We are clean, green, and ready for campers this summer!! Now if only we can get some sunshine.