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Feb 09, 2017
Feb 16, 2017
Market Based Approaches for Safe Drinking Water in Developing Countries.
Feb 23, 2017
Recycle More at Work: An Important Partnership
Mar 02, 2017
The Continued Evolution of Crown Center
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Spouse's Day
February 9, 2017
Treat your special someone to a Rotary Luncheon!
Speaker: Tony Jones with the KC Art Institute
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Upcoming Events
Women of Rotary and Friends Event
Westside Local
Feb 07, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 08, 2017
Camp Enterprise Mtg
Kill Devil
Feb 09, 2017 11:00 AM
Spouse's Day Luncheon
The Gallery
Feb 09, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
New Theatre Restuarant Fabulous Lipitones
New Theatre Restaurant
Feb 09, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Feb 13, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Feb 15, 2017 11:30 AM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 15, 2017 4:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 22, 2017 4:30 PM
Camp Enterprise Mtg
Kill Devil
Feb 23, 2017 11:00 AM
Camp Enterprise
Mar 04, 2017

Rotary Book Discussion Group
Monday, February 13, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Rainy Day Books
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Muralist” by B. A. Shapiro.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
About the book:
When Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes  in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her.  Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France.  Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt.  Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner.  And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists.  Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

New Theatre Restaurant
The Fabulous Lipitones
February 9, 2017

What happens when a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping high B-flat? The 3 surviving members are scrambling to find a tenor before a national competition. When they hear golden tones being sung over the phone at an auto body shop, the three Lipitones are sure they have their 4th... but when they meet him in person, he's not quite what they expected. An uproarious comedy with pitch perfect harmonies.
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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Gallery
61 E. 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting
February 2,2017
This week our speaker is Tom Gerend, Director, KC Street Car Authority. His topic will be "Everything You Want to Know About the Streetcar."

Our Speaker this week is Tom Gerend. Tom is the Executive Director of the KC Street Car Authority. He is responsible for leading, managing, and advancing high-priority regional transportation initiatives in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In July 2014 he was appointed to serve as the first Executive Director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority.

Tom came to the Street Car Authority after six years as the Co-Director of Transportation for the Mid-America Regional Council, where he led the development of Kansas City's long range transportation plan.

The Street Car Authority and Tom received the Rosa Parks Community Assessment Award in 2016 - which celebrates individuals and organizations that, in the spirit of Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks, are making a difference in metro Kansas City and in public transit. He also received the 2016 Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University which is awarded to alumni for "outstanding creative and professional achievements of alumni in all of the college's disciplines."

Tom is married with three daughters and lives in the Old Briarcliff neighborhood. He says he spends a lot of personal time downtown and rides the streetcar most Saturday mornings to the City Market and Library.

Last Week's Meeting
Last week's Meeting
January 26, 2017
After President Peter Ho called the meeting to order, Charlie Huffman led us in patriotic song with Carl Bolte, followed by President Peter Ho leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Courtney Brooks provided the Invocation. Glenn Crawford  welcomed and introduced guests. This week’s Greeters were Tyros. Our weekly 50/50 drawing continued.
Planning Session for the Club Board, Camp Board, Club Foundation Board and the Kansas City Day Committee is coming up. Marc Horner alerted us of the April 30th Rotary Foundation Legacy Centennial Dinner. Club 13 was the initial $26.50 contributor to the Rotary International Foundation.  There are still 8 seats @ $45 per ticket available for George Wendt at the New Theater on February 9thLinn Mills let us know that “Shoes for Orphan Souls” was coming up and to bring your checkbook next week to start our contributions. Steve McMahon did last week’s Bagel Run, collecting bagels on Saturday morning for charity.
Peter Ho introduced our speaker, Dr. Bernard Franklin PhD, on the topic of “Workforce Development with Charging Demographic”.
BACKGROUND.  Dr. Bernard Franklin received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and earned his master’s in Counseling and Behavioral Studies from the University of South Alabama and a Ph. D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Family Studies from Kansas State University. Among Dr. Franklin’s higher education career position, he was formerly the President of Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Franklin has served as the Vice President and Urban Director at the National Center for Fathering. 
The Future of America – will Kansas City be ready for the new economy. Will the Silicon Prairie opportunity come and leave? Dr. Franklin recommend the book “Thank You For Being Late” by Thomas Freedman. The rate of acceleration of change is increasing and for many is moving too fast. Have you heard about the Google house in which every appliance is connected to the internet. Your refrigerator will contact the grocery store (that you have selected), order the groceries, and Uber (manned and maybe later unmanned) will deliver it to your home. Acceleration is moving and everyone needs to get ready. 
Colleges have many challenges. (Dr Franklin works with his alma mater, KSU). “For the first time, we are preparing students for a future we cannot clearly describe”. College now takes six years and is harder to afford.  Employers want student sooner. Enrollment growth is expected to slow down, if not decline. Traditional white middle class families are having fewer children. We are in the midst of an 11% decline in the general student population. On the other hand, Hispanics students are increasing by 27%.  Pacific Asian student numbers are also increasing.  
We are having a demographic’s shift. This is factored in with ability to pay issues and student academic preparation issues. Colleges will need to monitor student borrowing (student loan program indebtedness).   Educational preparation is lacking for Blacks, Latino’s and Native American freshmen. Dr. Franklin has seen essays submitted to him without ANY punctuation. 1 in 10 low income students complete college. This is an important concern because these people will be our future workforce. 1st generation college students tend to be from low income families, Latino or African American, have low college entrance exam results, and lack support from home. 47% of African American males graduate from high school versus 78% of white males. This result, in part, from the low achievement level, high suspension & expulsion rates, single parent homes, and lack of positive male role models. A substantial percentage (1/3) can’t read, write or do basic math. We need to bring the education system around in order to provide better prepared students for college to generate a work force that can adapt to the changing workplace. 
One audience question linked the previous week’s speaker, in that we already have a large (and growing) number of well-paying blue collar jobs (i.e. truck drivers or welders) that don’t require college degrees that are not being filled. Dr. Franklin acknowledged that fact as well as his perspective in addressing the college situation.
End of Meeting.
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We define ourselves as Rotarians with our adherence to the Four-Way Test and our dedication to Service Above Self. Through Rotary we’re able to come together to make the world a better place and to increase the quality of life for all. The Rotary Foundation is one of the main channels by which we accomplish this.
District Governor Kim Lesage and District Rotary Foundation Chair Cassie Venters invite you to participate in the Rotary District 6040 Centennial Legacy Campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. The Campaign goal is to raise $2,650,000 for The Rotary Foundation by April 10, 2017.
Contributors who make a minimum commitment of $10,000 in cash, Rotary Direct pledges, or a bequest will be invited to attend the Centennial Legacy Dinner, to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Rotary International President John Germ will be the keynote speaker.
Contact Club 13 Legacy Dinner Campaign Table Captain Sally Bibb for more information.
Bowling News
The Deplorables are hanging on to first place, but two other teams are right on their heels.  Bowling is a slippery pole every week or it's like a box of chocolates.
Susan Prestia rolled 48 pins above her average and picked up the 6-7-10 split with a little coaching from Wesley Gill.  Dave Boone picked up the 4-710 split... he didn't need any couching, just a little luck.  Dennis McKeehan picked a tricky split but the head pin was included in the count and technically it doesn't count as a split.  Four bowlers tried to figure out which pins he covered but could not agree on which one were involved.  Needless to say it was a great pick up. John Lawrence was in fine form again this week.  He had a 201 and 206.  Well done all.
Karl Roscoe is home from the hospital but is limited to full activities.  I'm sure he wants to bowl but not for a few more weeks. (He is one of the Deplorables). Speedy recovery Karl.  We miss you.