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
So many of our members volunteer their time on service projects. I witnessed it again this past week.
Last Monday we had five members volunteer at KCNourish. Thanks you Jerry Cooke, Preston Hardge, Joey O'Loughlin (and son Joseph Michael), Diane Scott and Dallas Ziegenhorn. Our participation is greatly appreciated.
Saturday we had many members give up part of their weekend for Camp Enterprise. Randy Sisk, the Chair of the committee wrote an article about it in our newsletter. I want to thank Randy and the committee for all the planning they did. I also want to thank the volunteers that showed up Saturday. They were Rich Ambler, Henrik Andersen, Jan Armstrong, Courtney Brooks, Christy Chester, David McCaughey, Linn Mills, Dan Nenonen, Tom Van Dyke and Lainie Wilbur.
Thursday we have five members planning to host lunch and learns. Thank you Evie Craig, Melissa Jones, David McCaughey, Dan Nenonen and Joe Privitera.
All of this just in a week. Thank you.
You all are my inspiration!

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Upcoming Events
Ask the Exec at Travois
310 W. 19th Terr
Mar 19, 2019 5:30 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 20, 2019 4:30 PM
Community Service Committee
Mar 21, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Committee
Mar 21, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Mar 23, 2019
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Mar 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 27, 2019 4:30 PM
Greater Kansas City Day (No Meeting)
Mar 28, 2019
Bagel Run
Mar 30, 2019
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Apr 01, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM

We need Volunteers for Greater Kansas City Day! We have LOTS of street corners that need volunteers to sell papers & flags, as well as MANY more volunteers at the Stadium from Noon-3:00 to sell flags at the gates.
Please click here to sign up!

Youth Camp Work Days
May 11th & May 18th
8:00 am - Noon

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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!
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Click here to read about Karl Bublitz.
Click here to read about Lon Lawton.
Click here to read about Barbara Dolci.
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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
March 14, 2019
With the Big 12 Tournament in town on March 14, we will be cancelling the luncheon at the Kill Devil Club. Instead, we have several Lunch and Learn opportunities lined up for you! See one you like? Go ahead and sign up. Space in limited at each location. (Lunch will be provided.)
The Arts Asylum - host: Evie Craig.  Sign up here.
Habitat for Humanity KC - host: Melissa Jones.  Sign up here.
KelCon Technologies - host:David McCaughey.  Sign up here.
MarkOne - host:Joe Privitera.  Sign up here.
Last Week's Meeting
March 7, 2019
Pres. Kara Bennett began the meeting with a welcome to all, followed by Bob Lager leading us in Happy Birthday and “God Bless America." At least, that was Mr. Lager’s plan. However, it turned out that there was only on person present with a March Birthday, and that was none other than the aforementioned Pres. Kara. When the piano player, one Carl Bolte, strummed the keys the sound system made an ear-splitting screech. After a few moments of frantic adjusting of the sound system knobs by the Sound System Technical Guy, Past Pres. David McCaughey, with minimal improvements in the sound quality, we sang Happy Birthday to Ms. Bennett a cappella. Then we got through “God Bless America” somehow.
New member Mat Petersen brought forth a thoughtful invocation, and fellow new member Melissa Jones welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians. P. Kara reported that the greeters today were members of the Shoes for Orphan Souls Committee, and said that we now have an official “Rotary Meets Here” sign in the entry to The Gallery. Club Anniversaries included Latoya Goree with 5 years, Paul Searcy with 11 years, and Chris Boland with 38 years. Howard Mick provided details about the Greater KC Day Sponsorships – see Buzzsaw for details.  Jane Lee reminded us about the Ask the Exec event at the office of “Travois” on March 19 – see Buzzsaw.  And the aforementioned piano player, Carl Bolte, reported that the folks at Quality Hill Playhouse are offering tickets at half price for Rotarians for certain performances – again, see the Buzzsaw.  This is a great opportunity that was orchestrated by the piano player. People of Rotary interviewer, David King, talked about his latest subject, Leslie Gasser.  See the Buzzsaw for a link to her report in Facebook.
Neil Barnett introduced our speaker for the day, Charlie Shields, who is the CEO of Truman Medical Center (TMC).  His topic was “Kansas City’s Essential Hospital”.  His remarks were backed up with a series of slides on the room screens.  Some significant points:
TMC is the only hospital in the state of Missouri that is mandated to provide service to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.  In this fiscal year, the hospital will deliver more than $148 million in uncompensated care.
TMC is a highly attractive medical school for young doctors because of its high-quality training and the range of services and medical issues served by the hospital. An indication of the high quality of TMC’s Level 1 Trauma Care facility is seen in the instructions of many first responders who say when they are injured, “Take me to Truman for Trauma.”
 Almost half of the babies born in Kansas City arrive at TMC, including those with the most critical, immediate needs.  60% of TMC patients have one or more chronic diseases, including behavioral health issues.
The TMC campus is in the midst of a major construction process to improve and expand its range of services.
See the program video to hear all of Mr. Shield’s presentation.
P. Kara closed the meeting with a quote from Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne, “Exercise is king.  Nutrition is queen.  Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Camp Enterprise 2019
Camp Enterprise #41 was held on Saturday 3/9 at the Bloch School of Management thanks in large part to our own Dr. Jeff Hornsby and Scott Ezzell who provided the facility and recruiting. Also making this camp a success were all the volunteers that pitched in including Rich Ambler, Henrik Andersen, Jan Armstrong, Courtney Brooks, Christy Chester, David McCaughey, Dennis McKeehan, Linn Mills, Dan Nenonen, Tom Van Dyke and Lainie Wilbur
It is quite an effort to gather these fine students from all over the metro area for a day of entrepreneurial competition. Our Keynote speaker Anthony Shop started his own business many years ago called Social Driver and his message to our attendees was right on the mark. There were some big winners but everyone went home with something and best of all thanks to all our volunteers they were introduced to what Rotary is all about. We hope they take it to heart and become business owners that also give back to their community. Maybe even as ROTARIANS! Let’s hope. 
Thanks to all the committee and volunteers that made CE 41 a success. 
Ask the Exec March 19 at Travois
Watch for your invitation to what promises to be a fascinating ASK THE EXEC event for Rotarians and guests at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Travois, 310 W. 19th Terr., Kansas City, MO.
Our featured executive is Elizabeth Glynn, Travois CEO, who will discuss this truly unique business model launched in 1995 that focuses exclusively on promoting housing and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
You’ll also be able to tour this amazing facility designed by the firm’s own architects, and view a powerful exhibit by American Indian artist Holly Wilson, on display for a limited time at Travois (pron. Travoy).
This is one of our signature membership development events, so please bring a guest and allow them to experience the fun and support of our Rotary club. Remember we need strong support from our club if we are to continue offering this popular event.
Cost is only $10/person for noshing, networking and art. Parking is available in the lot directly in front of Travois, located on W. 19th Terr., just half a block east of Broadway.
Shoes for Orphan Souls
Thank you for your generous contributions to “Shoes for Orphan Souls”.  Our dedicated shoppers are very busy buying shoes and socks for the world’s most vulnerable children. Please remember new shoes put children on a path to: Health, Education, Hope and Opportunity. The shoes this year will be delivered to Kenya as well as in the United States and perhaps our local communities.
Mark your Calendars!!!! Our District Assembly and Shoes Roll Call of Clubs will be held Saturday, April 27TH in Cameron, Mo.  Please refer to the weekly Buzz Saw for information  regarding the exact location and time.
To make this project successful, the “Shoes for Orphan Souls” committee will continue to need your support and volunteer time.  The last day to make financial contributions to the 2019 campaign is April 18th.  Donations of shoes and socks will be accepted from present time until April 23rd.
Please make your checks payable to Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation and note: Shoes for Orphan Souls. Thank you for lifting the spirits of underprivileged children.
For additional information, please contact Linn Mills at or call 505-402-6630.
Bowling News
Last week was filled with bowling achievements. Dave Boone's team, "The Old Guys" was knocked out of first place by Dick Retrum's team, "Roll, Drink, Repeat." They are also the only team where all three members have rolled a 200 plus game.
Dick Retrum rolled his high game of the year with five strikes in a row and a 223. Dee Reynolds rolled a 215. Her highest game in many years and the first of nine female bowlers to reach a 200 plus game this season.  
Peter Ho reported bowling a 199 and questioned if that wasn't like kissing your sister. The answer is... Yes. There are six other bowlers in the league who have high games of 195 or better but blew a better score in the 10th frame.
Rotary Youth Camp News
This week at Camp the Down Syndrome Guild is hosting a spring break day camp!  They are donating a couple of Adirondack chairs to the camp and certainly appreciated the great weather they had to paint them!