We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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(816) 842-2322





By President Kara Bennett
“Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is a recognized as a federal holiday.” According to Wikipedia.
I would like to acknowledge all the great work done by Mandy Sheldon, Executive Director and Laurie Mozley, Camp Superintendent. Without them our club and camp would not run as smoothly as it does. We are fortunate to have them on staff.
Also, I think about all of the volunteers that spend countless hours performing tasks to improve the well-being of our club and camp. I know it is a labor of love but, I want to thank you all for making this club and camp what it is today. You should be very proud, I am!

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Upcoming Events
Women of Rotary and Friends
Cafe Europa
Sep 11, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Sep 12, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 12, 2018 4:30 PM
Education Excellence Committee
Kill Devil Club
Sep 13, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Booth in Kill Devil Bar
Sep 13, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 15, 2018
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Sep 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Sep 19, 2018 4:30 PM

Rotary Youth Camp
By Laurie Mozley

Wow!  The timing couldn’t be better! Come out to the Rotary Camp for Work Day on Saturday, then (since you are halfway there), go on out to the Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence for “Independence Uncorked”! This is the Eastern Independence Club’s major fundraiser. They have purchased pool furniture, large grills and locker room mats for the camp. You can get a two-fer!  Support the Camp and the Eastern Independence Club and treat yourself after working all morning!

Some of the things we will be doing are:

Mulching and fencing new trees and watering Finish painting (lift station etc.) Pool tear down OP tear down Aux tents down Chainsaw brush pile Mow, weed eat, spray Repair tables and benches Coat B.B. court Coolers/igloos stored DH fans and lights dusted DH windows washed inside & out Cabin fans /screens cleaned Vines cleared off DH south side Walk ins shelving & floors cleaned. 

We are starting off a new year with People of Rotary! Last week's honoree was Barbara Dolci. Click here to read more!
And you can also catch up on our past features!
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.

What a fun After Hours on August 28!

The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
September 6, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Brian Hancock, Chief Marketing Officer, KC Southern. His topic is "NAFTA, Tariffs and the KC Southern."
Mr. Hancock is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU), responsible for sales, marketing, customer solutions and business development activities.  Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.  KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a railway network, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Prior to joining KCS, Hancock was vice president global supply chain for Whirlpool Corporation.  Earlier in his career, he served as vice president and general manager at Schneider National, a privately-held transportation and logistics leader.  More recently, he served as president – North America for The Martin – Brower Company, L.L.C., as well as senior vice president of supply chain for Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

Hancock currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and on the Marriott School National Advisory Council at Brigham Young University.  He is a past member of the board of directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
He is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Last Week's Meeting
August 30, 2018
We were greeted by members of the Service Committee. After President, Kara Bennett called the meeting to order, we were led patriotic song by Charlie Huffman with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by President Kara Bennett leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mandy Sheldon welcomed and introduced our guests. We noted Club 13 Anniversaries of Ed Corley (32 yrs) and Diane Scott (18 yrs).
President Kara noted that we had a good turnout at Tuesday's Rotary After Hours at Brown & Loe's in the City Market. In fact, today's Speaker R. Crosby Kemper III stopped by and Mayor Sly James spent some time with our group before he dashed off to another meeting in the same venue.
We are taking Rotary to the streets with our table & music. David Hanzlick told us about Rotary Club 13 involvement in First Fridays in the Crossroads. We will have a stand at 18th/19th and Baltimore (outside the Benjamin Moore paint outlet). Volunteers are needed and all welcome. This is part of a membership drive effort. Dan Nenonen provided an update of the Camp and reminded us of the upcoming Camp Work Dates (Saturdays Sept 8th and October 6th ) to get the Camp facilities ready for winter. Jane Lee alerted us to an "Ask the Exec" get together at "Tom Town's Distilling Co" [1701 Main St, KCMO] as part of our membership drive on Tuesday Sept 25th· More details to follow. Tony Andresen informed us of an upcoming challenge event for Harvesters. The project entitled "Food Fight" (oh the college memories). But this Food Fight (unlike my college memories) will be a challenge project to raise food and cash contributions to the Harvesters. More details to follow.
President Kara introduced our speaker, Mr. R. Crosby Kemper III, the Director of the Kansas City Public Library, who went on to provide an interesting and informative discussion. When the Central Library split off from the School District's downtown building, it was looking for a new home. Many suggested moving to the Plaza, but some Downtown civic leaders (including some Club 13 members) wanted the Library HQ to remain downtown. The idea arose of recycling the old First National Bank building (10th & Baltimore) with HNTB as the architects. The Library building has won various awards/recognitions. That $40 million investment in the KCPL turned out to be one of the critical initial catalysts for the downtown revival. Before the Library project, all the property surrounding the it was closed or otherwise inactive. By the end of the Library project all those surrounding buildings were being remodeled and repurposed.
Informational note only, the KCMO November 6th ballot will have ballot question as to whether to raise the sales tax to further assist the KC Public Library system. Again information note: the KC Public Library District's boundaries generally conform to the KCMO School District boundaries. The boundaries reflect the Library's prior attachment to the School District. Currently the Library's revenues are capped but its costs, including on-line services, are not capped.
The Pew Research Center notes that the public finds the Library is the most trusted civic institution with a 95% satisfaction level. Some people have a nostalgic view of the Library and other wonder if Amazon & Google will replace the Library. (Not for our greater civic purposes) The KC Public Library system had 4 million visitors last year, which is more than the Royals & the Chiefs combined. Twenty Five (25%) percent of the residents of the KC School District don't have connection to the internet. Seventy Five (75%) percent of the KC School District student households don't have connection to the internet. Forty (40%) percent of the KC School District students will have two (2) addresses during the school year. The KC Public Library has provided 800,000 computer sessions, as well as a sense of continuity and access.
It has been determined that the gap in reading is the single most common factor in the gap in educational level attainment, business success and income levels. Neighborhoods need anchors to support them and the KC Public Libraries provide ten (10) such neighborhood anchors. The KC Public Libraries provide Technology Spaces where individuals can use the Media Lab's (computers) to work on technology skills and accreditation for attainment of such skills, leading to better careers.
In short, the downtown library has been a catalyst for downtown renewal and anchor for same. As well as anchors for ten other neighbor communities and a source for student and adult internet connectivity and training. The Kansas City Public Library System & the downtown Library HQ have great and enduring value to our greater community.
President Kara Bennett, closed the meeting noting that Brian D. Hancock, Chief Marketing Officer, KC Southern Railroad Company will speak on "NAFTA, Tariffs and Kansas City Southern".
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Book Discussion Group

Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne. 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 - Click here to register

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: Rainy Day Books

2706 West 53rd Street

Mission, KS 66205

About the book:

This is a story of Ireland from the 1940’s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man.  Cyril Avery is not a real Avery – or at least that’s what his adoptive parent tell him.  And he never will be.  But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?  Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.  At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he cam from – and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more. 

Ecology Committee Project at Dunn Ranch
The Ecology Committee and Club 13's new Venture Fund has arranged for an outing on September 22nd (Saturday) for at least 40 American Indian students to the Dunn Ranch near Eaglesville, Missouri. The purpose is to provide them with the opportunity to see and learn about many acres of wild prairies of grasses and flowers that have never seen a plow. They will also be able to see a large herd of bison that roam these grass lands. The event includes a lunch served in an outside sheltered area with grilled bison burgers, hot dogs and a variety of picnic items. The ranch will provide tractor drawn wagons with seats to tour the grounds.
The trip starts at 8:30AM from the Heart of America Indian Center and will return there not later than 6:00PM. The students and staff from the Indian Center will ride a chartered bus. Club 13 members wishing to join this field trip are welcome but will need to drive or car pool with their own vehicles.
Please contact:  Dick Retrum - 913-648-7543, Jan Armstrong - 816-210-0903 or Mandy Sheldon at the Rotary office to secure your reservation.