The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
July 15, 2021
This week's Speakers are Clint Ashlock and Bob Harvey. The topic is "KC Jazz: Surviving on a Riff."
Trumpeter/composer/bandleader/educator, Clint Ashlock grew up in the Kansas City area. An in-demand musician across various genres, Clint is a dedicated and tireless contributor to the scene. Alongside his position as the Artistic Director and conductor of the esteemed Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, he has performed with such luminaries as Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Nicholas Payton, and Natalie Cole, as well as being a mainstay on the local Kansas City performing circuit, most notably with his own groups, the quintet Forward, his ‘other’ big band, New Jazz Order (releasing that group’s first CD in 2012, featuring such musicians as Hermon Mehari, Mark Lowrey, and Bobby Watson), and the singer/songwriter/bandleader Jessica Paige.
As a student of jazz, Ashlock reflects the lineage of his hard bop idols such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw, and his big band writing is heavily influenced by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and his teachers Paul McKee, Frank Mantooth, and Kerry Strayer. Ashlock was recently featured as a soloist at the First Jazz Education Festival in Shanghai, China, and as the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia, in addition to performing locally.
Bob Harvey earned degrees from Missouri Western State University and Michigan State University. He has been Principal Trumpet in the St. Joseph Symphony for 30 years.  An original member of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, he is one of four trumpet soloists and splits Lead Trumpet duties. Bob taught in the Lee’s Summit School District for 29 years, and served as an adjunct for Missouri Western and Ottawa universities. He has performed and recorded with the Boulevard Big Band, Trilogy Big Band, Steve Miller KC Big Band, Vince Bilardo Orchestra, and the Kerry Strayer Orchestra. Bob played in the TD Pack Band for over 20 years, 10 as lead trumpet. He is active as a guest artist and clinician, performing with and running master classes for area middle and high schools. He frequently serves as clinician, adjudicator and/or soloist for area Jazz Festivals. Bob is an Educational Representative for Meyer Music.

We will be meeting in person this week at the Gallery, however a Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to members who cannot attend in person. If you would like to visit as a guest, please email Executive Director Mandy Sheldon.

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Last Week's Meeting
July 8, 2021
The meeting began in our old home surroundings, the Gallery!  Feelings of joy spread all around the room as people reconnected – in person – with other members – many of whom they had not seen in over a year.  Some members noticed that many of the other folks had aged a bit…
New President, Tony Andresen rang the bell to start his first regular, in person, meeting, and turned the mike over to song master Charlie Huffman and his trusty sidekick, one C. Bolte, who was busy getting reacquainted with the keyboard.  They led us in singing Welcome to Rotary, (to new members:  Composed by the same Bolte person when he was much younger.) and then the birthday song for our July birthday celebrants.
After we repeated the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, George Heymach brought forth a thoughtful and thankful invocation. After guests were greeted and welcomed, we spent a few minutes greeting and chatting with our table neighbors. Then a Club anniversary was noted for Mike Lally, 10 years.
Announcements included:
Sprouts – see the flyers and the Buzzsaw
Member Melissa Jones was featured in the Independent’s “Philanthropy Matters. Good work, Ms. Jones.
Bagel Run volunteers in May and June were recognized and thanked. (And Mandy would appreciate other folks stepping up to help with that ongoing project.)
Fred Drummond is under the weather and would appreciate a call or note. Carl DiCapo has surgery on 7/22 – hopes to be back soon after. Charlie Rogers is also having surgery.
Pres. A. introduced our speaker for the day, Carlos Gomez, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  His topic was "Kansas City’s Hispanic Business Community; Importance, Growth and Challenges."  Mr. Gomez has been with the C. of C. since 2007.  He grew up in Topeka and graduated from Washburn U. in Topeka with Bachelors of Business Administration and Management.  After working in management with Best Buy in Topeka for 18 years, he worked with several community agencies in Topeka before moving to KC.  Since then, he has been involved in numerous public agencies and groups serving the Hispanic business community. His focus has been on small business because he knows that if small business is successful, then all businesses (and the community) will be successful.
Mr. Gomez began with a brief recounting of the history of his family’s growth in Kansas.  His father migrated to the U.S. and started as a migrant laborer in the fields, leading to his opening of businesses including a restaurant and a construction company, and eventually working with the National Chamber of Commerce to include “Hispanic” in the list of ethnic groups that are eligible for contracts.
He then quoted several statistics to show the growth of the Hispanic or “Latino” population in our region, including their home ownership, family size, and impact on the region’s economic growth.  He also reported that our region is one of the most popular destinations of the country for immigrants – most of whom, incidentally, do not come from Mexico.  Central America, South America, and other parts of the world contribute the highest number of immigrants.
Mr. Gomez quoted numerous statistics to indicate the impact of immigrants, especially Hispanic ones, on the economic and cultural health of our county.  Unfortunately, this scribe’s recorder was malfunctioning, so I cannot report that information.  What I can say, is that Mr. Gomez is clearly a dynamic leader and speaker, and it is apparent that the Hispanic (and all immigrant) community is fortunate to have him working for them – and by extension - for us.
Pres. A. quoted the quote of the day, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
After a group recitation of the 4 way test (much easier when we are together in the same room), we were adjourned.
Heartland Chamber Music Festival
We’re excited to announce a great volunteer opportunity through our latest Venture Fund Project. The Heartland Chamber Music summer Festival is an exciting 9 days of chamber music, orchestra, master classes, student and faculty performances and more! Each summer advanced string and piano students ages 12 and older are selected by audition to work one-on-one with internationally renowned faculty members that have gathered for the festival with the purpose of inspiring and nurturing the students’ development.
The festival is nine days and requires many volunteers to run smoothly. Volunteers are needed for student check in, supervising lunch, helping students find their classrooms, to ushers for concerts. Sprouts & The Symphony Concert needs help with organizing the brief reception after the concert and many volunteers to usher families to the green room before the concert, helping lead kids on stage for the performance, showing families where to sit. Anyone who knows how to tune an instrument can also be utilized the day of the event. There are multiple volunteer opportunities with Sprouts during the academic year. The volunteers needed are listed here. They are also in need of photographer/videographers throughout the festival if anyone with those skill sets is interested! You can sign up with the link below or reach out to Philip Cole at
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
By Tony Andresen
Welcome “Back” to Rotary!
Our first meeting back was a great success! We exceeded our expectations for attendance & The Gallery did a wonderful job providing a delicious meal. How great to see so many friends after so long!
AND because many businesses aren’t back yet, parking in the garage was the easiest it’s ever been!
We’ve got another great program lined up Thursday, Clint Ashlock and Bob Harvey of The KC Jazz Orchestra: Thriving On A Riff. Great music!
Hope to see you there, and welcome back to Rotary!
Yours In Rotary Service,
Tony Andresen

Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
Jul 24, 2021
Satellite Meeting
Brick House Patio
Jul 27, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Heartland Chamber Music Summer Festival
Jul 30, 2021 – Aug 07, 2021
Westside CAN Center Back to School Program
Tony Aguirre CC
Jul 30, 2021
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bagel Run
Jul 31, 2021
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Jul 22, 2021
Exciting Opportunities of Experiential Learning
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The Satellite Club will meet on Tuesday, July 27th, 5:30 PM on the Patio at the Brickhouse, 400 East 31 Street, Kansas City, MO. with Taylor Jackson serving as Moderator.  Following networking, Philip Cole will speak on the Heartland Chamber Music Sprouts program and Club 13 participation in the upcoming summer Festival.  The meeting will end with a short discussion on future service projects and the Four Way Test.  All Rotarians are welcome.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly
 Mark your calendars for July 19 and the start of our Community Thrives Fundraiser Challenge! Last year we raised over $3500 and won one of the operating grants for an additional $10,000! This year our goal is $3000, but we hope to blow it out of the water again, and know we can with your support