This Week's Meeting
September 14, 2023
This Week's Speaker is Dr. Ted Higgins. His topic is: "Haiti: A Humanitarian and Medical Crisis."

Dr. Ted Higgins has had a heart for Haiti since 1981. During his fourth year of general surgery residency at Yale, he and his wife, Kim, spent a three-month rotation at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in DesChapelles, Haiti. They were touched by the Haitian people, their culture, and their needs. They were inspired by Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who devoted their lives to transformative work in healthcare, local economies, and access to water.

Through their church in Kansas City, Ted began annual trips to the Dominican Republic where teams provided healthcare to sugar cane cutters and their families in the bateys. Seeing surgical needs of all kinds, Ted began operating in a borrowed clinic in 1992, when the Good Samaritan Hospital was a dream under construction. It’s now a busy hospital with Dominican surgeons on staff; Ted trained the Dominican surgeons to perform both laparoscopic abdominal procedures as well as vascular access procedures for patients with end stage renal disease.

In 2010 following the earthquake, Ted returned to Haiti with mission teams to help with surgical cases in the region. Several teams a year would travel to help provide surgical care. Throughout his annual week-long trips to Fonds-Parisien, Ted and his team operated on about 60 patients. He appreciated the excellent accommodations and support of HCM and saw the need for more surgical capacity. In 2015, the idea of expanding the surgical capabilities was discussed and the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope (HBSH) began to take shape.

In 2015, the construction of the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope was begun.  The Higgins Brothers name honors Ted's father, Edward, and uncle, Paul. Both surgeon brothers were inspired by their father and grandfather to carry on a busy surgical practice in Cortland, NY. Dr. Edward trained in ENT at Syracuse Upstate Medical Center under Dr. Gordon Hoople, and Dr. Paul trained in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Mdical Center under Dr Alfred Blaylock. They both served in World War ll as physicians, Edward in Europe and Paul in the Pacific, and embraced the international work of medicine. They shared a 36 year practice, and were role models for medical students, physicians, and the wider community  for their exemplary patient care and civic involvement.

Last Week's Meeting
Sept. 7, 2023
President Tom Davis, called the meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Xavier Montenegro (a new organizational member with Salvation Army) provided with a thoughtful Invocation.   Mandy went around the room allowing introduction of guests, including (1) three guests brought by Scott Holsman, (2) Steve Burger’s granddaughter, Caren, and (3) Ms. Paige Fowler, our Rotary District’s Assistant District Governor.
Club Anniversaries were noted as follows: Wade Freeman, 2 yrs, Sept 1stBill Popplewell, 44 yrs !  Sept 1st, Patrick Donnelly, 3 yrs, Sept 2ndEric  Bubb, 13 yrs, Sept 2nd, Kim  Beatty, 5 yrs Sept 4thBarbara Dolci 16 yrs, Sept 6th
This week’s Greeters were  New members.
We have Rotary at the Zoo – Monday Sept 18th, 5 to 7 pm, $20 per person – includes meal –  Aquarium will be open !   Monday Sept 11th is the last day to sign up.
We have the Rotary Regatta at the Camp & Lake Jacomo coming up September 22 to 24th.  See Tom Woolwine, the Commodore, to volunteer.  We need volunteers to staff the meals for guests/attendees, particularly Saturday night BBQ dinner.
Thank you to attendees at Minsky’s Rotary After Hours (40 members & guests)
Other  Upcoming Events:
  September 22 to 24th – Rotary Regatta at the Rotary Youth Camp & nearby Lake Jacomo
  September 27th – Ramblin Rotarians go to Blue Springs
  October 3rd– Bolte Beer Bash @ Peter Ho’s ($20 minimum donation to the Rotary Youth Camp)
  October 19th – Project CURE packing event.
Tom Davis introduced our speaker, former KCMO Mayor (2 terms – 8 years), Sly James.  Sly is very involved in the “Turn the Page KC” Project, which is a literacy program. Sly recounted that in his 8 years as mayor he was involved in/ran 18 elections, with the last one being for the new MCI airport. Out of the 18, he won 16 and lost 2.  One being the east-west expanded street car line, which had substantial federal grant money assigned to it, but with the loss, it was gone. The other lost election still haunts Sly to this day and partially accounts for his “Turn the Page” early childhood reading & literacy program involvement. That election was for the 3/8 of a cent sales tax to fund early childhood literacy in the form of universal Pre-K (kindergarten) for children age negative 9 months (in the womb) to 5 years old. 
Ramifications:  Our childhood care & learning system is in crisis with important ramifications for all of us. Our population is aging, changing the demographic makeup of out society. This will greatly stress the system by 2035, as fewer people will be employed & supporting the economy, thus providing less tax monies (including social security). We need future workers and skilled or trainable workers.
Changing Business Landscape: AI (artificial intelligence) in the business world will be used to screen employment  Many of the lower end repetitive jobs could/will be replaced (for an employer’s cut saving).  In the Post Pandemic Recovery, many employers found that they didn’t need as many lower end employees. Non-college degreed jobs will be at risk from AI. Employees will need new skills – human skills – problem solving, creativity and empathy. The result will be lower end employee displacements. (McDonalds won’t need as many order takers, if patrons can order online or at a kiosk in the lobby.)
Child Care: When a mother (generally) can’t find reasonably priced day care, she can’t work. Day care for the littlest/youngest kids – infants has the greatest time and person intensive costs.  The pay for those day care workers is low. What happens? A person gets employment trained in a day care at a low wage and another non-day care business offers them more money. The process starts over to train (& retain if possible) more child care workers. Infant care can cost $400 per week per child.  Expect infant & 3 year old care to cost $3,000 per month ! RESULT:  women/mothers stay home to take care of the kids & infants. They don’t contribute to economic activity of the community and they don’t make contributions for Social Security (hits them later at retirement age).  
Other Cities & States: Washington DC offers cost free day care which has resulted in increased women in the workforce. When parents have good high quality child day care, they can focus on their work without worrying about their children. Denver is a good example requiring common action and having a positive effect. San Antonio, Texas is also making headway on this issue, being led by a wealthy civic leader.  As expected, this particularly affects the black & brown communities. Missouri has made an attempt to allow a tax credit in this area, but it is difficult to apply for.  Consider what other states provide for early childhood care & education: California – $1.9 Billion; Illinois $ 699 Millon; and Missouri $23 Million (???). 
Societal Impact: High Quality Pre-K would help for higher reading scores, leading to later overall wealth accumulation, longer lives and lower crime rates.  The average prison population has a Fourth (4th) Grade Reading Level.  Lower reading scores & literacy levels deprive individuals from more productive (legal) economic pursuits (jobs or businesses) to support themselves. To fix crime we need to address universal health & education starting before a child is born (gestation).   
Politics: Missouri is expected to have an $800 million surplus this year. The question is whether to use it to fund corporate tax cuts <or> provide for early childhood education & care. Politicians are interested in the here & now for re-election, not what benefits will accrue 50 years from now. We can’t expect Government or Charities or Businesses to individually do it, but together they could.  Some companies, such as Hallmark and J.E. Dunn already have their own early childhood day care for their employees.  Other companies need to pursue it or band together to do it. They will have more productive employees if the employees know that their kids are provided for. It becomes a matter of when do we pay for it, education & socialization early or prison later. It makes good economic sense and we have a moral responsibility.
TODAY’S  QUOTE:  “I hate to mention age, but I come from an era when we weren’t consumed by technology and television.  My mother insisted that her children read.  To describe my scarce leisure in today’s terms, I always default to reading.”  Jimmy Buffett.
President,  Tom  Davis,  wrapped up the meeting with the Four Way Test:
[ as an ongoing scrivener’s note: our local Club 13 Rotary organization has at least three main legs (like a three-legged stool), each with its own separate board & interrelated focus.  KCRClub 13 with its various committees and weekly luncheon meetings;  KCRCFoundation (primarily to support the Rotary Youth Camp); and the Rotary Youth Camp, Rotary’s {internationally, not just local} longest ongoing civic project.]
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book The Book of Charlie: Wisdom From The Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man by David Von Drehle.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome. The group will meet at Rainy Day Books, however, Zoom will be available for those you cannot attend in person.
Date: Monday, October 9, 2023, 6:30 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
When a veteran Washington journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old. Little did he know that he was beginning a long friendship—and a profound lesson in the meaning of life. Charlie White was no ordinary neighbor. Born before radio, Charlie lived long enough to use a smartphone. When a shocking tragedy interrupted his idyllic boyhood, Charlie mastered survival strategies that reflect thousands of years of human wisdom. Thus armored, Charlie’s sense of adventure carried him on an epic journey across the continent, and later found him swinging across bandstands of the Jazz Age, racing aboard ambulances through Depression-era gangster wars, improvising techniques for early open-heart surgery, and cruising the Amazon as a guest of Peru’s president.  David Von Drehle came to understand that Charlie’s resilience and willingness to grow made this remarkable neighbor a master in the art of thriving through times of dramatic change.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Night at the Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo
Sep 18, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Sep 20, 2023 4:30 PM
Rotary Youth Camp Regatta
Jacomo Sailing Club
Sep 22, 2023 – Sep 24, 2023
Bagel Run
Sep 23, 2023
Ramblin' Rotarians to Blue Springs
Adams Pointe Golf Club
Sep 27, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Sep 27, 2023 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 30, 2023
Bolte Beer Bash
Peter Ho's House
Oct 03, 2023
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Oct 04, 2023 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 07, 2023
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Rotary Bowling League
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13!!
The Rotary bowling league got started for a new season last Wednesday. And it was a great time! We have 36 bowlers this year, including Nick Vassos from Fox 4 news with his son Gus. The first night is always the setting of averages. But there were still some notable games:
Will Patrick- 201 and 205
Tim Tholen-202
Have a great week everyone!

Blue Springs Rotary Club
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM
Adams Pointe Golf Club
1601 NE R D Mize Road
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Lunch Cost $12.00
Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
This weekend we hosted a Cub Scout Pack.  It was beautiful weather for their activities which included participating in a flag retirement ceremony.  Each group using the Rotary Youth Camp performs some community service while they are here.  This group helped clean and set up the dining hall for the Celebration of Life event in honor of Becky Ottinger, the founder of the Joshua Center, whose campers come out every summer.

Camp Centennial Memory
October 1924, construction has begun on the camp facilities. The first project is the dam. Charlie Bartlett donated a train car of Kaw River sand to be used. Here are some pictures of the finished project.