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By President-Elect Kara Bennett
Rotary International is having its 109th convention this week. It is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - and I am here!
Sunday was the opening General Session. It was broadcast in 7 other languages. It gives you the scope of just how international Rotary is. There are over 30,000 people from all over the world in attendance.
Rotary International will focus on six key areas that are:
-Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
-Disease prevention and treatment
-Water and sanitation
-Maternal and child health 
-Basic education and literacy
-Economic and community development
Later this week, Barry Rassin, the incoming Rotary International President will share his vision. I do know his theme is "Be The Inspiration." He will put emphasis on the environment and how it impacts the quality of life for communities around the world. He thinks clean air, water and land are essential for healthy communities. He sees Rotary's role growing as the impact of climate change unfolds.
As we develop community service projects for greater KC we will be mindful of the six key areas and the environment. And, how we might improve it.
What are your ideas to do that?

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Upcoming Events
Changing Of the Guard Luncheon
The Gallery
Jul 05, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Board Meeting
Mark One Electric
Jul 11, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Membership Meeting
Jul 12, 2018 11:00 AM
Harvesters Service Project
Jul 17, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Community Service Committee
Jul 19, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
June 28, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Rodney Hammer, Chairman of the Board, Restoration House. His topic is: "Minor Sexual Exploitation: "Not in our City."

Dr. Rodney Hammer is Chairman of the Board of Restoration House and Executive Director of Missions for Blue River Kansas City Baptist Association.  He served for 18 years with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. He spent 10 years in China and Southeast Asia, and another 8 years as the Regional Leader for Central & Eastern Europe. Dr. Hammer holds a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Hammer and his wife, Debbie have one son, Luke. They reside in Lee’s Summit, MO.


It is estimated that each year 1,650 children in the Kansas City Metro Area are “victims” of sexual exploitation. The average age is 12 years old. The Department of Justice commissioned a study to determine the risk of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking(DMST). The findings indicated that out of ten key cities studied in the United States, the Kansas City Metro area was number two in terms of risk for DMST. Another recent survey showed that 14.5% of males over the age of 18 in Kansas City were online searching for sex. Another recent survey by the KCPD sting operation using ads as decoys selling young girls for sex received more than 500 phone calls in the first 24 hours.

Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
June 21, 2018
If you have played in a band or orchestra, you are familiar with these instructions.  Don't start at letter "B" or the 4th bar from the chorus-start at the beginning.  Well that is what we did on Thursday and the meeting was a tremendous success.
The meeting was interesting, informative, and certainly very different.
We awarded plaques to deserving musicians and listened as Clint Ashlock gave us a thorough run down on some of Kansas City's outstanding musicians: Coon-Sanders nighthawks Band (a big band), Count Basie (developed the 8 bar riff), Andy Kink, Jay McShan, 
Tony DiPardo  (connected people with the music).
He also mentioned outstanding "side men": Bobby Walton, Kenny Garrett, Pat Metheney, Tim Whitmer (Son of Rotarian Marie Whitmer), Milt Able. He could have mentioned Sammy Tucker, Bob Brookmeier, Warren Durrett outstanding orchestra leader in Kansas city for many years) and yes-our own Carl Bolte Jr.
Before Clint took over the podium we granted special recognition to Parker Bata, student of the trumpet and Natalie Moyer, student of the flute. They are the recipients of the Tony DiPardo scholarship awards.
Clint was very generous with his talents and showed us some musical styles of certain musicians.  He was entertaining and gracious.
It was an excellent program--if you missed it--you missed a lot. Clint Ashlock is the artistic director of the KC Jazz orchestra. The orchestra will perform 4 times this year. October, December, March and May. Sally Bibb is the Chairman of the Orchestra and Gene Hall, former Rotarian, is the originator of group. Come and listen to them, you will be very pleased that you did.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Multi-district Public Image Campaign
Trying to promote Rotary beyond a local community is a challenge not for the faint of heart.  Often times issues like District boundaries, media coverage areas, media standards and the multiple approvals required can test the resolve to the project.
Finding a way to be equitable for the major metro areas as well as the smaller rural communities adds to the challenge.  In other words, will it be fair to all concerned? All four districts, 161 Clubs and some 7400 Rotarians.
Thanks to the leadership of District Governors, Adam Ehlert (D5710 in KS), Allen Garner (D6040 in MO), Robert Mendoza (D5690 in KS) and Gary Norris (D5670 in KS) a multi-district media campaign has been launched. The goal of the Public Image campaign is to raise awareness about Rotary. There are seven billboards now up in Kansas and Northwest Missouri and announcements on five NPR Stations. All of these messages are inviting people to learn more at Below is a sample billboard. You can also show your support for the campaign by posting this video on your social media.
Youth Camp Social Media Pages
The Rotary Youth Camp is now on Instagram and Twitter! You can follow them this camping season to see photos and tweets from the different camp sessions. This photo shows the new swings that were recently added as an Eagle project.
Follow on Twitter @RotaryCamp
Follow on Instagram @rotaryyouthcamp