The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
August 15, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Randolph Russell, author, History in No Time. His topic is "Our Fading American Heritage."
Randolph Russell is the author of American History in No Time, a quick and easy way to learn the basics of history – in just a few hours. It is also the perfect refresher and a great way for parents and grandparents to ensure that their families know the fundamentals. The book has been used at a number of colleges but is easy for anyone to understand. In addition to his expertise in history, Mr. Russell is an accomplished musician who has performed in many European countries and throughout the U.S. In business, he held a number of financial management positions with companies in Florida and Georgia. Mr. Russell has spoken to numerous civic groups across the country, including large Rotary clubs in Orlando, Atlanta, Birmingham, Hilton Head, and Lafayette, Louisiana. 
Last Week's Meeting
August 8, 2019
President Joe called the meeting to start at 12:16, followed by a round of Happy Birthday offered to those celebrating in the month of August. Tom Woolwine led an energetic rendering of American the Beautiful with Carl Bolte giving instrumental accompaniment. Brad Kleindl then shared two invocations to encourage mindful care of each other, preceded by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Member anniversaries this week include Alan Warne, 20 years.
The membership committee report, delivered by Tony Andresen, summarized the outreach efforts under way by Club 13 members in the coming weeks. Those efforts include a presence at 1st Fridays in the Crossroads, Rambling Rotarians at other clubs’ meetings, Fireside Chats at members’ homes, Ask the Exec forums, and a newer program with a working title of Under 40 and Friends.
Announcements included complimentary tickets available to the Stonehenge exhibit at Union Station. David King presented the next edition of people of Rotary 13 to the group, highlighting Kate Hoppe. Kate is health commissioner for the City of KCMO, leveraging her training in sociology and public health management to the benefit of the community. She grew up in Wichita, KS, participating in high school band, sports, and found her calling in work that matches healthcare resources to populations in need of assistance.
DG Marc Horner introduced featured speaker Steven Youngblood, professor of communication and founding director of the Center for Peace Journalism at Park University. Rotary District 6040 engaged him as its peace ambassador, which has given him familiarity with what Rotarians work to achieve both inside and outside the USA. A Kansas native, Prof. Youngblood has practiced journalism overseas in multiple countries, as well as helping to teach strong journalistic standards both at Park University and abroad. He spoke on the topic of What is Peacebuilding?, with these key takeaways:
  • Positive Peace is an environment where justice, equity, and harmony flourish. Negative Peace is merely the absence of conflict, without the other factors in play. This distinction now leads most thinking on peace and reconciliation outcomes around the world.
  • Correspondingly, peacebuilding addresses the root causes of violence to prevent a return to instability. Peacebuilding is not merely armed peacekeepers, treaty signings, or refugee aid.
  • Rotary International sponsors a large number of peace-related programs, including peace fellowship conferences.
  • He works as a resource to help clubs plan their peace initiatives. (So ask him!)
Questions posed to Prof. Youngblood after his presentation included queries about his journalism work. He went on to explain how persuading reporters on the ground to not inflame local circumstances, but rather create conditions for reconciliation, is his most frequent message. He uses the terms responsible journalism and irresponsible journalism to distinguish between quality reporting, with the goal of taking a 360-degree view of things going a long way.
After applause for Prof. Youngblood, President Joe announced that author Randolph Russell will speak to the club next week with the topic Our Fading American Heritage.
President Joe concluded the meeting by noting the birthdays of cultural movers and shakers in this week.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Community Service Committee Meeting
Community Service Committee meets this Thursday, August 15, the 3rd Thursday of the month. We are looking for new members to join the committee! If you are new to Club 13, this is a great committee to join! 
We support new service projects to make KC a better place for all to live and work! We also help by encouraging the Venture Funds to fund new projects to get our members out into the community and build Rotary service Connections. Join us at 11:00 this week right before our lunch! 
Rotary Youth Camp News
With summer winding down and the season finished at camp, we wanted to thank everyone for making another successful summer session possible! Without donors, volunteers, and wonderful community members such as yourselves we could not do what we do, and touch the lives of so many! Remember to check out our YouTube channel to see videos from each organization’s week at camp and relive the fun we had all summer long. 
Mark your calendars for our October 5th work day!! This work day will be to get the camp ready for the club picnic! More details and Facebook event to come- but save the date. 
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322





Aug 22, 2019
Values, Challenges and Special Opportunities of Parochial Education
Sep 12, 2019
Official Club Visit
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Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
Aug 24, 2019
Bowling League Draft Party
Tim Tholen's Home
Aug 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Satellite Club Meeting
Aug 27, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
International Committee Meeting
Aug 29, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Aug 31, 2019
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
750 Paseo
Sep 02, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
Oct 05, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Family Picnic at Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Oct 13, 2019
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Celebrate 8-1-6 Day on 8/16
816 Day is the annual, city-approved celebration of Kansas City culture, featuring live entertainment, branded events, and one-day deals. On this day, community connectedness is strengthened by local business and resident pride.
816 Day is named after our city’s area code and takes place yearly on August 16th. This year the area code inspired holiday lands on Friday, August 16th, making it more exciting than ever before. Day-long festivities throughout the Metro will culminate at the City Market with Kemet Coleman’s theatrical performance, “Electric Park,” at 8:16 pm. There’s something for everyone on 816 Day. Click here to learn about everything that's happening on 816 day!