The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
June 6, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Jessica Palm, Vice President/Lead Executive of Team KC at KC Area Development Council. Her topic is "Looking Ahead."
As vice president, lead executive of TeamKC: Life+Talent at the Kansas City Area Development Council, Jessica Palm drives communication strategies to attract corporate investment, jobs and talented people. Working to highlight the business and livability assets in the KC region, she encourages the world to recognize Kansas City as a hub for creativity and innovation. 

Jessica works with the top 250 companies in the region to showcase Kansas City's lifestyle to talented individuals from around the world. Jessica oversees an exclusive leadership group of global HR and recruiting executives and a network of more than 1,000 recruiters in the KC community, and acts as publisher of KC Options magazine.

In the community, Jessica serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the KU Edwards Campus Workforce Advisory Board, Advent Health Overland Park Community Advisory Board, KC Rising Human Capital Committee, KC Network Board of the KU Alumni Association as immediate past president, and most recently graduated from the KC Chamber's prestigious Centurions Leadership Program in 2018.

Jessica was honored with the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award presented by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Athena International in 2017, as well as being named one of Techweek KC's top 100 tech influencers. Jessica has also been recognized as a NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal, and was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by KC Magazine.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Minor in Business from the University of Kansas. Jessica joined KCADC in 2011 and is a native of Kansas City. 
Last Week's Meeting
May 30, 2019
Pres. Kara called the meeting to order, and after welcoming all, turned the podium over to Maestro Charlie Huffman, who led us in singing “My Country Tis of Thee”, accompanied by the usual piano player, one C. Bolte, who played the same song.
After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, Dennis Chapman did the invocation, and Mandy welcomed our guests. Noted club anniversaries included: Kermit Bright, 38 years, Marc Horner, 25 years, Clyde McQueen, 26 years, Mike Regan, 32 years, Henry Leonard, 28 years, Carl Cleveland, 3 years, Branden Ehlers, 3 years.
Dick Retrum reported that Chuck Eddy’s condition is improving.  Still no guests, but cards are most welcome. Austin Klarin is recruiting members and supporters for the Dragon Boat Team. The big race is right around the corner! (Saturday, June 8)  See the Buzzsaw for details. David Hanzlick invited folks to attend and support the First Friday event on June 7, 5-7 pm. (See the Buzzsaw.) Mandy reminded us about Rotary Night at the Zoo, June 13, 5-8 pm. (See the Buzzsaw.) David King talked about Overton Durrett. Look at the left column of the Buzzsaw for links to this and other People of Rotary reports. Also paper copies were available at the check-in table.
P.P. Jerry Cooke introduced our speaker of the day, Joseph Dandurand, who is the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Western Missouri.  His topic was "Non-Criminal Legal Aid for the Poor."  His career since 1980 includes extensive legal and judicial positions. (See the Buzzsaw for details.)
Mr. Dandurand began his remarks with a review of his family’s limited financial resources during his childhood, and as a result he grew up with a couple of pretty strong emotions. “Number one, I wanted to make certain that I was not poor when I grew up. I didn't ever care about being wealthy. I just wanted to be able to have a family and be comfortable. And number two I've never ever liked or tolerated bullies, so I have a strong empathy for people who have a hard time making ends meet. If my family had ever needed to hire an attorney in those days for any reason other than the filing of a bankruptcy, there was no possible way we could have afforded one and there was no legal aid back then.”
In most jurisdictions, if a person is accused of a criminal offence, the court will provide legal representation for that person at no cost.  On the other hand, if a person is the victim of spousal abuse or other non-criminal activities, the person either goes without legal representation or he/she finds a way to pay for it. 
“Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to people who need it most and can afford it least. With offices in Kansas City, Joplin, St. Joseph and Warrensburg, we serve a 40-county area where 295,000 people live in poverty.” (from
Mr. Dandurand said, “We are the only organization in the KC metro area that provides fairly comprehensive and critical legal assistance to people who cannot afford it.  We advocate for protect and defend people's right to live as a family, safe and secure within their rights. As citizens, we provide hope for a brighter future for people without hope.  Also note that we are not the public defender for people charged with crimes. We are not the ACLU.”
Mr. Dandurand described several cases in which the Legal Aid helped people recover from very difficult situations. 
P. Kara closed the meeting with the following quote: “If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent.”  (Warren Buffett)
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Youth Camp News
Summer has officially started at the Rotary Youth Camp! Kansas City Indian Center is out holding their annual culture camp! While the pool is not quite finished being resurfaced, the campers are still having a blast without it (especially on the giant inflatable water slide). We’d like to give a shout out to the volunteers who helped paint tables with chalkboard paint this last work day, they are a huge hit with our campers!! Thank you!
We also had a very successful Trivia fundraiser last Saturday! 29 people participated and we ended up raising over $900 for the camp! We are looking forward to more fundraising opportunities in the future and ways to connect with the community! 
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “The Best Cook in the World” by Rick Bragg. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome. Click here to sign up.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Part cookbook, part memoir, “The Best Cook in the World” is Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg’s loving tribute to the South, his family, and especially, his extraordinary mother.  Here are irresistible stories and recipes from across generations.  They come, skillet by skillet, from Bragg’s ancestors, from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a thousand tales of family lore as rich and sumptuous as the dishes they inspired.  Deep personal and unfailingly mouthwatering,”The Best Cook in the World” is a book to be savored.
Rotary Night at the Zoo
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322





by President Kara Bennett
Rain, rain, rain is back in our forecast. Hopefully, our city will not experience flooding. Stay aware of weather conditions for many of our outdoor activities, they may get cancelled.
Friday we are planning to have a table in the Crossroads for First Friday to promote our club. David Hanzlick is organizing our efforts. Stop in if you are in the area.
Saturday we will compete in the Dragon Boat races on Brush Creek in the Country Club Plaza. If you are not on the team come on out and cheer the team to victory. Jan Armstrong is sponsoring our boat and Austin Klarin and Robin Rusconi are coordinating the team.
Sunday we are co-sponsors of the Mayoral Forum being held at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. It will be from 2-4 pm and our own Joe Privitera will be representing us. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the issues before we vote for our next Mayor.
Tuesday, June 11 is the Woman and Friends of Rotary happy hour. We are checking out a new place, Pressed Penny. Stop in and enjoy an evening of “lively” conversation and planning with our members. Many, many ideas are explored here.
My last Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, June 12th at MarkOne. You are always welcome to attend. Let Mandy know if you will be joining us.
Thursday, June 13th is our annual Rotary Night at the Zoo. It’s a great time to visit with family and friends.
I hope that you join in all of the fun that out club has created for you!
Again, stay aware of weather conditions.

Jun 13, 2019
Financial Fraud and Abuse of Elders
Jun 20, 2019
“Status and Future of Utility Scale Wind, Solar, and Battery Storage in the U.S.”
Jun 27, 2019
Jul 04, 2019
Fourth of July
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Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary
Pressed Penny
Jun 11, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jun 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Membership Committee
Jun 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Committee
Jun 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 13, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 15, 2019
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Jun 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Community Service Committee
Jun 20, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jun 22, 2019
Satellite Club Meeting
Jun 25, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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Rotary Auxiliary Luncheon
June 6, 2019
Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand. Ave. - Kansas City, MO (plaza area)
Join us as we hear from well-known KC Caricature/Cartoon artist Bob Bliss.
Hostess: Peggy Gray

Dragon Boat Races
June 8, 2019
We are looking for members to participate in this year's Dragon Boat Races! You will be "rowing the boat" along with your fellow Rotarians. Click here to sign up! We also welcome anyone who would like to come out and cheer on the team.

Learn more about the People of Rotary!
Click here to read about Overton Durrett!
Click here to read about Marc McCarty!
Click here to read about Leslie Gasser!
Click here to read about Dr. Kimberly Beatty!
Click here to read about Bob Gamer!
Click here to read about Dick Retrum!
Click here to read about Harlan Stamper!
Click here to read about Linn Mills!
Click here to read about Robin Rusconi!
Click here to read about Karl Bublitz.
Click here to read about Lon Lawton.
Click here to read about Barbara Dolci.
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.

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