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By President-Elect Kara Bennett
 
Every year the incoming Rotary International President publishes a Presidential Theme & Citation booklet. The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary Clubs that support each of the Rotary International strategic priorities by completing certain activities.
 
These priorities fall in three categories:
1) Support and Strengthen Clubs
2) Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
3) Enhance Public Image and Awareness
 
There is list to choose from. Meeting with past and present Presidents and the Executive Director of our club we reviewed our options and our choices are below.
 
To support and strengthen our club we picked our priorities to be:
1) Achieve a net gain in female members
2) Have at least 60 percent of club members report their birth dates through My Rotary
3) Conduct a classification study of your members’ occupations, and work to align your membership with the mix of businesses and  professions in your community
 
To focus and increase humanitarian service we picked our priorities to be:
1) Sponsor a Rotary Community Corps
2) Sponsor or co-sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club
3) Increase the number of members involved in service projects
4) Hold an event to raise funds for, or to increase awareness of, Rotary’s work toward polio eradication
 
To enhance public image and awareness we picked our priorities to be:
1) Use Rotary’s brand guidelines, templates, People of Action campaign materials, and related resources
2) Continue or establish a partnership with a corporate, governmental, or nongovernmental entity and work on a project together
3) Sponsor a Youth Exchange student or RYLA participant
 
We have the entire Rotary year to achieve the citation’s goals.
 
I will be reporting our progress throughout the year. And, I want to thank you in advance for helping me and the Board accomplish these lofty goals!

Speakers
Jul 12, 2018
Kansas City - An International City
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Upcoming Events
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
Harvesters
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
 
Sponsors
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
July 5, 2018
 
This week's meeting will be our Changing of the Guard. Please join us to celebrate David's year, and kick-off Kara's year ahead! 
11:00-Noon: Social hour in the Gallery - Live Music and Wine
Noon - 1:00: Changing of the Guard followed by Musical Entertainment
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
June 28, 2018
 
Pres. David McCaughey (presiding over his last regular meeting as Club President) called the meeting to order with the usual welcome greeting to all in attendance. 
Woody Davis led us in a fine rendition of God Bless America, ably accompanied by Musical Maestro and All Round Fine Fellow Carl Bolte at the keyboard. After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, Leslie Gasser provided the invocation. Mandy (she does have a last name: Sheldon) welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians. Dan Nenonen provided a report on the damage (which thankfully was not major) at the Camp inflicted by the recent storm and thanked those who helped restore the camp to operational status for the next group of campers. Sarah Beyer, representing the women of the Rotary Auxiliary group, presented a check for $1,500 to be applied to work at the Camp, and gave us a quick report of the Auxiliary’s activities for the year. Mandy (the same one) reminded us to RSVP to her with your head count for next week’s Changing of the Guard program. That can be done by calling her or clicking on a link in the Buzzsaw.
 
Pres. D. M. introduced our speaker for the day, Dr. Rodney Hammer, who is the Chairman of the Board of Restoration House and is the Director of Missions for the Blue River Kansas City Baptist Association. Restoration House is a “faith-based, long-term residential recovery program for sex trafficking survivors in Kansas City.” (The facility’s information sheet).  To date, the program has provided services to adult sex trafficking survivors and is launching a campaign to support the establishment of a similar facility and program for minors.
 
Dr. Hammer quoted several sources of data to demonstrate the huge incidence of sex trafficking in our country and around the world.  He said that activities associated with illegal drug use historically have been the main crime problem around the world but will soon be Number 2 to sex trafficking. Quoting from Wikipedia:  “Sex trafficking is human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, including sexual slavery. Sex trafficking has two aspects of supply and demand. The sex exploitation is based on the interaction between the trafficker selling a victim (the individual being trafficked and sexually exploited) to customers to perform sexual services. Sex trafficking is one of the biggest criminal businesses and is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.”
 
Dr. Hammer described the work of Restoration House and the healing that can occur as a woman regains her sense of self-worth and acquires the skills to return to society as a fully capable and functional member. Obviously, this program will not make a significant dent in the sex trafficking industry, which will continue to function as long as there are adults who are willing to pay for sexual gratification through ways other than with consenting adult partners.  However, the huge impact that Restoration House can have on those it reaches is life changing.
 
It is like the old story of an old man walking along the beach and occasionally picking up a stranded star fish and throwing it back into the surf.  Someone asked the old man, “Why are you doing that – there are thousands of stranded star fish on the beach.  How can you hope to help them?”  The old man, “Yes, you are right – but what I do for each one that I throw back in the water is huge and life saving.”
 
Come to C.O.G. next week to thank Pres. David and the leaders of the Club for their work this Rotary year, and to welcome Incoming President Kara Bennett and her team!
 
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Youth Camp Update
What a week, starting off with a tornado and cleanup! Thank you to the following people for coming out and helping:
Merrick Makowski Troop 264
Rick Powell Club 13
Dallas Ziegenhorn Club 13
John Reynolds Club 13
Dan Nenonen Club 13
Lee Estep (Rick Powell)
James Davison BSA 195
Paul Davison BSA 195
David Barnett Indian Center
Meagan Barnett Indian Center
Quynton Slayden Indian Center
Jaime Villainess  Abundant Life Church
Roger Masters  Abundant Life Church 
Tristan Ornce Troop 1033
Hunter Hotop Troop 1033
 
With all their help, we were able to get camp ready for the campers!
 
Camp Opportunity was at the Rotary Camp this week. This group pairs counselors up with children in the foster care system for 5 days of unconditional love and acceptance.  They had a great time in the pool and using the new swings. Several campers were able to pass the “deep end test” after swim lessons with our pool staff.
 
Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for pictures of the fun things happening at camp!
Rotary Convention in Toronto
Over 24,000 Rotarians gathered last week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the 2018 Rotary Convention. Rotary is about service, and at the RI Convention, Rotarians had plenty of opportunities to be inspired to do bigger and better projects during the general sessions and the break out sessions. Rotarians attending from Club 13 included Kara Bennett, Marc Horner, Barbara Dolci, Linn Mills, Duane Benton, Christy Chester, and Dick Retrum. 
 
Enjoy these photos from the Convention!