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The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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By President Kara Bennett
The Membership Committee had its first meeting in July. It will meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at 11 am. Please drop in. Sally Bibb is the Chair and has asked many other members to volunteer to help her implement the responsibility of the committee.
Take a look at the Committee Preference sheet that was e-mailed to you last week. It will give you a sense of the scope of the committee and the people that stepped up to lead.
At the meeting it was decided to have four “special’ events for membership recruitment this year. David Hanzlick and Evie Craig will help Sally plan those events. We are having a planning breakfast this week to flush out the ideas and plan the first one. However, you do not have to wait for an event to bring guest to our club. Your guest are always welcomed. And, if you have an idea for a membership drive please share it.
Another idea that came out of the meeting was to have our long term practice of a Greeting Line return. If you attended lunch last week you were greeted by members of the Membership Committee. It was nice having a smiling face to welcome you to lunch, I am glad it is back! Sally asked Neil Barnett if he would take the lead in asking different “groups” each week to serve as the greeters. He said yes! This week you will be greeted by the Music Committee. Be sure to say hi. If you have an interest in being a greeter let Neil know.
The committee had lots on its agenda and I will be sharing the activities through the year.
Hopefully, as you reviewed the Committee Preference sheet you found an area you would like to sign-up for. Please do. We need your help!
Thank you!

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Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
Aug 04, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting
Mark One Electric
Aug 08, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 11, 2018
Family Picnic at Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Aug 12, 2018
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Women of Rotary Pool Party
Evie Craig's Home
Aug 14, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bowling League Draft Party
Tim Tholen's Home
Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM
"REEL" District Training
Aug 18, 2018
Bagel Run
Aug 18, 2018
District Governor Visit Club Luncheon
The Gallery
Aug 23, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 25, 2018

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This Week's Meeting
July 26, 2018
This week's speaker is Joy Wheeler, Executive Director of Girl Scouts of NW Kansas and Western Missouri. Her topic is "Needs of Today's Girls."
Joy Wheeler, CEO of Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri, provides strategic direction for the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. This role is perfectly suited for Joy’s passion to help women achieve their highest potential throughout all stages of life.
Committed to Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, Joy’s diverse and extensive leadership background provides her the insight and skills to execute the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and programmatic focus on four critical areas: STEAM, Entrepreneurship, Outdoor Experiences, and Civic Engagement.
Joy’s executive leadership in public, private, government, and nonprofit organizations makes her well suited to develop girls for the 21st century workforce and leadership positions.
Joy has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas.
Last Week's Meeting
July 19, 2018
President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order. Bob Lager led us in an A cappella version of God Bless America. This is the first time in recent memory that the piano player did not make the print, and he was missed. President Kara led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Lon Lawton’s invocation penned by a thoughtful, fellow Rotarian. Carl DiCapo was recognized for his 42nd anniversary in Club 13 followed closely by Bill Mitchell’s 38th.
President Kara thanked the greeters from the Membership Committee and said that efforts are underway to rejuvenate the weekly greeting line. Announcements included a report of the upcoming After Hours event on July 24 at Pierponts’ patio. Dan Nenonen, Camp Chair, reported on the very successful Camp Rise event conceived and run by the local Rotaract club (Katie McCalla and Branden Ehlers) and reminded us of the annual and free Camp Picnic on August 12. President Kara then reviewed some housekeeping items, including the likelihood that our mashed potatoes will be served with gravy! We do have it good, don’t we?       
Paul Searcy then introduced our speaker, Blair Kerkhoff, a long-time KC Star sports columnist and beat writer who presented on “Taking the Pulse of Kansas City Sports.” As we know and our speaker reiterated, the Royals appear to have no pulse (despite the sweep of the Twins this past weekend). Mr. K. used the term “abysmal” to define the first half for the Royals. When a team is abysmal these days, they ironically get rid of their best players, become even more abysmal, and restock with younger players. As a result, we are likely to see the last of Moustakas and Merrifield. Gordon will ride out his excessive contract for one more year, and Salvy will likely stick around to lead the new pack of players. Our speaker predicted the Royals will return to .500 ball by the year 2020 and will reach the play-offs in 2021. Even our sports writers are eternal optimists! Speaking of optimism, Mr. K. is bullish on Patrick Mahomes, the next generation of QB for the Chiefs. However, he did raise a caution flag as it will be Mahomes’ first year at the helm, there is a lot of pressure on him, and there is a steep learning curve in the NFL. In other words, give him some time! Mr. K. noted that KU’s football coach has little time. It’s win this year or goodbye. K. State should be decent under Coach Snyder, and, hold the presses, our speaker “loves what he has heard” from the Mizzou Tigers and Drew Lock! The soccer boys at Sporting KC have a pulse but have gone through a tough stretch with a rash of injuries and uncharacteristically bad play of late. Lastly, if you were hoping for an NBA or NHL franchise to land in KC, don’t hold your breath...
Kara left us with this word: “Step out of the history that is holding you back and step into the new story that you are willing to create.” We then stepped out into the warmth of the K.C. afternoon thankful we live in this great sports town.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Youth Camp Update

Camp RISE was a roaring success!  If you have been following the Rotary Camp on social media you have seen the pictures of the campers having the times of their lives.  Even the thunderstorm couldn’t slow them down.  The staff worked with the campers on teamwork and supporting each other.  There was one camper who was very sullen and quick to take offense when he arrived, but through the experiences he had at camp was able to overcome an obstacle he would have just given up on before.  His cabin-mates’ support carried the day and he felt accepted as never before.  Camp changes lives!


People of Action

Rotary Club 13 members Linn Mills and Courtney Brooks, with Global Ties KC hosted delegates from France, who are in Kansas City on a US Department of State sponsored program looking at Data Privacy. The group volunteered at Harvesters last week.