This Week's Meeting
September 7, 2023
This Week's Speaker is Former Mayor Sly James. His topic is: "Turn the Page KC and Literacy in Kansas City."

Sly has worn many hats over the years – lead singer in a band, military police officer, successful trial attorney, dynamic mayor who oversaw Kansas City, Missouri’s renaissance, and award-winning author. He’s never shied away from taking on tough challenges, as evidenced by how he moved public opinion on whether or not to build a new airport terminal from only 25% of voters in agreement to 76% voting in favor in just under one year. He also moved the needle on universal pre-K when no other leader was willing to take on the issue. Sly’s uncanny ability to bring a bold vision to life are evident through results like the construction and expansion of a transformative modern streetcar line, overwhelming passage of an $800 million infrastructure package, creating the first “Smart City” initiative in North America, attracting an 800-room convention hotel to the heart of Kansas City’s downtown, collaborating with Major League Baseball and the Royals to build the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, and closing the gap between the city’s third grade reading proficiency and the state average by a third.

Additionally, he was translating his commitment to diversity into action long before today’s momentum around equity began to take shape. As President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) in 2003, Sly organized the managing partners of the largest firms in the city to form the Diversity Initiative. The Diversity Initiative was formed to increase diversity in the bar through the Heartland Diversity Job Fair and other recruitment and retention strategies. Both the Diversity Initiative and the annual job fair remain well-respected and meaningful activities of the KCMBA.

Rotary Youth Camp Update
Rotary Youth Camp Update
by Laurie Mozley
The Youth Camp Association would like to introduce the Rotary Youth Camp’s official Centennial Logo (above)! The Buzz Saw and our Facebook page will be sharing facts and memories about the Rotary Youth Camp’s first 100 years. 
This announcement reflects the excitement around the first Rotary Club 13 event at the Rotary Club Boys Camp.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19, 2024 to attend the Rotary Youth Camp’s Centennial Open House Celebration!
Rotary Night at the Zoo
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The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
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Sep 06, 2023 4:30 PM
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Sep 09, 2023
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Sep 12, 2023
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Sep 13, 2023 4:30 PM
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Sep 14, 2023
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Sep 16, 2023
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Sep 18, 2023
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Sep 20, 2023 4:30 PM
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Sep 23, 2023
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Sep 07, 2023
Turn the Page: KC and Literacy in Kansas City.
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Haiti: A Humanitarian and Medical Crisis
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Blue Springs Rotary Club
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM
Adams Pointe Golf Club
1601 NE R D Mize Road
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Lunch Cost $12.00