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
Last week we launched a Satellite Club. It is part of the Membership Committee’s efforts to offer three types of memberships: Traditional Lunch, Organizational and Satellite. Satellite members will meet once a month after the work day. The focus of the club will be on service projects. Our Community Service Committee is creating two or more projects a month that is available to all members.
The inaugural meeting was well attended. There were 17 in attendance which included 7 potential new members. Before the night was out I believe we received two applications. The Membership Committee Members attended the meeting to give support and structure to the event. Under the leadership of Sally Bibb that committee has been working on creating the Satellite Club for months. Planning does pay off.
The meeting began with a welcome from me and an explanation of what the Satellite Club is by Sally Bibb. There was a packet of information available to all that attended that included an application and other information concerning Rotary. A short program on “Homeless in KC” was presented by Donic Mahan, Executive Director of Hillcrest Platte County. Following questions and answers the meeting was ended by citing The Four-Way Test.
The Rotary members that came out to support the cause were: Henrik Andersen, Jan Armstrong, Neil Barnett, Sally Bibb, Jared Campbell, Brandon Ehlers, David Hanzlick,  Mary Kingsley, Jane Lee and me.
Wednesday we observed the downtown Marriott being illuminated with the message “End Polio Now”. Thursday the City Council of Kansas City, MO signed a resolution to make it “World Polio Day” in Kansas City, MO. Friday was the Rotary Foundation Dinner. Saturday and Sunday we had many volunteers at the “Boo at the Zoo” event. Also, Saturday Rich Ambler volunteered for the “Bagel Run”.
Thanks to everyone that made last week so successful!

Nov 08, 2018
Homelessness and Veterans
Nov 15, 2018
A Perfect Storm: The Pendergast Machine, The KC Athenaeum, and the Municipal Elections of 1925
Nov 22, 2018
Dec 06, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Nourish KC (formerly KC Community Kitchen)
Nourish KC
Nov 05, 2018
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Nov 07, 2018 4:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
The Gallery
Nov 08, 2018 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Nov 10, 2018
Ramblin Rotarians at Independence Rotary
Independence Ennovation Center
Nov 13, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Women and Friends of Rotary
Cafe Europa
Nov 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov 14, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov 14, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Bagel Run Captains and Volunteers Needed
We are needing Bagel Run Captains for November and December. Captains are responsible for arranging for each month's volunteers. Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver bagels every Saturday.
• There WILL NOW BE ONE pick-up point – You will need ONLY ONE Volunteer! At 2:00 PM, pick up at Meshuggah Bagels on 40 E. 13th St (Between Walnut & Main Next to One Light Apartments & Cosentino’s Market. You can park on the street right in front of store on Saturday). Please arrive on time - at 2:00 PM.
• Deliver to the Salvation Army Center/ARC at 1351 E. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo. (11th and Paseo).
Full Instructions will be provided to Captains and Volunteers. Contact Kent Verden or Dick Retrum to volunteer.

The Ramblin' Rotarians are Heading to Independence!
Rotary Club of Independence (MO)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Independence Ennovation Center 
201 North Forest Ave.
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 463-3532
 Parking is available in the garage across the street from the Ennovation Center. Enter the building through the main entrance off of Forest Ave. The Receptionist will direct you to the cafeteria. The cost of lunch is $12.50

Join us for this all ages event! Money raised will go to the Rotary Foundation to help fund the eradication of Polio.
Cost - $30/person (includes bowling and pizza)
When - Nov. 18th 12:30-2:30 pm
Where - Ward Parkway Lanes (1523 W. 89th St)
We can accommodate up to 50 bowlers - five bowlers per lane. Bowlers will be assigned lanes based on sign-ups. Smaller groups may be combined to fit bowlers. Make checks payable to the Rotary Club of Kansas City.

Volunteers Needed at NourishKC (formerly the KC Community Kitchen)

The Community Service Committee is welcoming back by popular demand, NourishKC—formerly known as the KC Community Kitchen.  Nourish KC offers healthy, hot meals with no questions asked and strives to nourish both the mind and body.  The dining room is staffed by volunteers like us who work with culinary students & kitchen team to offer a restaurant-like atmosphere to give guests a delicious meal that not only fills their stomachs, but nourishes their bodies and minds.

We are scheduled the 1st Monday of each month for at least 5 people, beginning on  Monday, November 5 at 10:50-12:00.  Short shift volunteers often act as waiters, but may also help with bussing tables, refilling beverages, rolling silverware, etc. as needed to meet demand.  All volunteers should wear long pants, closed toe shoes, hat (baseball cap) or will be provided a hair net.  Address:  750 Paseo Boulevard,  KCMO. 

Sign up HERE!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
by Laurie Mozley
Two weekends ago we had our second work day at camp. A huge shout out to the members of Boy Scout Troop 195 who came out and worked. The following Club 13 Rotarians were out working hard to keep your camp looking top shape: David McCaughey, Denny Bolte, Phil Kinney, Jerry Cooke, Linn Mills and Bill Buckner. After the workers left the Girl Scout Service Unit came in and had their Octoberfest. This past weekend another Girl Scout Service Unit celebrated Juliette Low’s birthday (the founder of the Girl Scouts) and Halloween by decorating the dining hall and cabins. Saturday evening the older Scouts came to the camp for games and spooky treats and Sunday the younger Scouts went trick or treating to the cabins for fun activities and of course candy prizes. Camp is very beautiful this time of year when the leaves change colors. Come on by and take a look!

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
It was good to see John Lawrence back on the lanes today. He was filling in as a sub. But rumors were floating around that he might be coming back full time soon. Wishful thinking?
Peter Ho accomplished two things last week. He rolled a 220, his first of the season and also this is the highest game in the league to date. He has set the bar for those who want to beat it. Congratulations.
Jared Ho (Peter's son) picked up the 5-10 split and Dick Retrum covered two tricky shots: the 2-4-10 and the 2-4-7-10. He covered the 4-10 in practice... but that doesn't count.
Dave Boone's team, "The Old Guys" continue to hold first place with 21 wins. Peter Ho's team and Dennis McKeehan's share second place with 16 wins each.

Learn more about the People of Rotary!
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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.
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
November 1, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Emily Behrmann, General Manager, Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College. Her topic is "Kansas City Metro's Role in the Performing Arts."
After receiving a degree in Music and Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC, Emily began her work in arts administration: first with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony.
Emily spent several years in the Foundation Office at JCCC, raising money for the arts, scholarships and capital projects, culminating when she co-directed a campaign to raise funds for the construction of JCCC’s Regnier Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
She received the Johnson County Library Foundation’s Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2013. In 2016, Emily became a Certified Performing Arts Executive through the University of New Orleans Graduate Program in Arts Administration, and the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents Association.
Emily spent her youth performing in musical theatre and singing choral music. She was a member of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus for eleven years. She appears as host of JCCC-TV’s “Discover JCCC” and cooking segments, and for seven years, acted as emcee for the Polsky Practical Personal Enrichment Series at JCCC.
Emily has a daughter, Kate, who lives in Overland Park. She spends her spare time gardening and hiking the trails in Johnson County parks, and beyond. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas, with her husband, Ken, and their cat, Spike.
Last Week's Meeting
October 25, 2018
At our entry, the Greeters were members of the Bowling Team (No Pin Left Behind). After President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order, we were led patriotic song by Woody Davis with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by President Kara leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mandy welcomed and introduced our guests. We noted the following Club 13 Anniversaries:  Lon Lawton - 32 years;  Yong Kim - 34 years;  &  Guy Martin - 23  years.
ANNOUNCEMENTSDick Retrum provided a little history on the Bagel Run which began in 2010. Initially we had two pickup locations and one downtown donation site. Now we have streamlined it with one pickup location at 13th & Walnut and one downtown destination. Over the years, 260,000 bagels and 300 pounds of cream cheese have been picked up and delivered. It is a productive tradition. Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Tony Andresen reminded us of locations, how to sign up online and that times are filling up fast. Tony also updated us on the favorable results of our Food Fight, food drive and cash donations. Sally Bibb discussed our Satellite Club as part of Club 13's recruiting tool for individuals who are interested but cannot commit to downtown weekly lunch meetings. The Satellite Club meets once a month at the Tower Tavern (on 31st Street, a block west of Gilliam Road). The last Tuesday's meeting had 17 in attendance with seven being new members. Sally also mentioned that we will be "Rambling" in November, visiting another Rotary Club's meeting. Others Notes: The local Community Kitchen has been revamped and renamed "Nourish KC". We will be assisting in serving on Nov 5th from 10:50 to 12 noon. We have coming up the Pins for Polio event and the Holiday Party this year will feature two bands. Also Club 13 will have a presence in First Fridays in the Crossroads coming up.
PRESENTATION: Sherri Hahn introduced our speaker, Jeff Kahrs, the Regional Director*, US Dept of Heath and Human Services ("HHS") on "Combatting the Opioid Crisis".  As HHS background, Region 7 is comprised of the four state area of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska & Iowa. Region 7 has 450 employees while HHS has over 80,000 employee worldwide. Region 7's funding inflow is $20 million with½ going to Missouri.)
The HHS Overall Priorities are:
  1. Health Insurance Reform Approval of short term, limited-duration health plans; More Flexibility to allow more choice in insurance coverage;
  1. Drug Pricing  May 2018 Blueprint to lower prices: "American Patents First" a legislative agenda; Requirement to show price in TV prescription drug ads.
  2. Value-Based Care Empower patients through information technology; Boost transparency around price and quality.
  1. The Opioid Crisis More funding; Greater access to treatment; Better prevention programs; Improved research and data gathering;
As to the Opioid Crisis, five people will die during Mr. Kahrs's presentation from opioid overdose today. One person per day will die in Region 7. St. Louis has an extreme problem which bumps up the statistics for the entire Region 7. Drug overdose is now the #1 cause of death for persons under age 50 !! The current main culprit is Fentanyl, which is manufactured mainly from China. Senator Blunt has been heavily involved with the STOP Act legislation allowing the USPS to scan incoming overseas mail. (The Chinese Fentanyl - in many cases it is coming into our country through the postal mail system ! ) Side Note: the US. consumes 80% of world's opioids. Side Note: How does a person die from an opioid overdose?> The opioid reduces the body's physical response as a "downer". The heartbeat slows down and becomes weaker and weaker (less blood pumping) until the heart just winds down and stops.
But why or how did we arrive at a opioid crisis? Several Factors:
  1.  Lack of education on pain and addiction treatment;
  2. Denial about the addictive potential of opioids;
  3. Pain as a fifth vital sign;
  4. Reimbursement and quality assessment based on patient satisfaction with pain treatment;
  5. Large increases in the trafficking and availability of heroin and illicitly made fentanyl and other synthetic opioids;
  6. Lack of access to evidence-based treatment;
  7. Low cost of legal opioids and their widespread availability;
An area of optimism is increasing use of faith-based recovery systems. On the inflow of drugs to America, the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Postal Service (DOJ, DEA & USPCS) must work together in a more integrated manner. In some cases, people are injuring themselves in order to get pills. And previously the doctors or clinics would proscribe excessive amounts in lieu of patients' medications running out and returning.
In Response it is estimated that HHS will spend $3.6 billion on opioid related funding for treatment & prevention, finding alternative pain medications, workforce needs, behavioral health and other programs totaling $58 million. Another $485 million nationally will be spent to increase access to medication-assisted treatment and reduce opioid-related overdose deaths. The allocation formula is based on the proportion of people with abuse or dependence on opioids who need but do not receive treatment and the state's proportion of drug overdose.
The HHS Five-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis:
  1. Better addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services: Prevent the health, social, and economic consequences associated with opioid addiction and enable individuals to achieve long-term recovery. HOW? Supporting services; Targeting populations; Providing Education;. & Strengthening collaborations
  2. Better data: Improve the timeliness and specificity of data to inform a real-time public health response as the epidemic evolves. HOW?     Enhanced surveillance & Data sharing
  3. Better pain management: Enable access to high-quality, evidence-based pain care that reduces the burden of pain for individuals, families, and society while also reducing the inappropriate use of opioids and opioid-related harms. HOW? Developing policies & Providing education.
  4. Better targeting of overdose reversing drugs: Ensure the broad provision of overdose-reversal drugs to people likely to experience or respond to an overdose, with a particular focus on targeting high-risk populations. HOW? Building capacity & Providing education
  5. Better research: Advance our understanding of pain and addiction, support the development of new treatments, and identify effective public health interventions to reduce opioid-related harms. HOW? Understanding Pain & Addiction and Overdose & Epidemiology * & policy [* Definition = The study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.]
Lastly, Looking Ahead - (1) Even more funding for opioid fight; (2) almost doubling research on addiction and pain alternative at the NIH (National Institute of Health); (3) Legislation > Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act - CARA 2.1 being developed by Congress.
President Kara Bennett, closed the meeting with a very uplifting and entirely appropriate quote, given today's presentation: "Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." JK Rowling (Harry Potter author)
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Election 2018
The Candidates for 2019/20 President-elect and Secretary/Treasurer are listed below. Candidates for Director will be listed in next week's Buzz Saw. Ballots will be available at the Nov. 15 meeting.
For President
David Hanzlick
Program and Development Director at Sheffield Place
Joined Rotary Club of Kansas City in 2012 (joined Rotary in 1997)
Served as Board Director, Community Service Chair, Membership Committee Member
Paul Harris Fellow
Dick Retrum
Joined Rotary Club of Kansas City in 2004
Served as Board Director, Co-Chairs the following: Entertainment Committee, Ecology Committee, Vocational Committee and Bagel Run
Paul Harris Fellow +1
KC Rotary Foundation Fellow
Active in Bowling League
For Secretary/Treasurer
Eric Bubb
Sales Executive, Reece Nichols Realtors
Joined Rotary in 2010
Current Bowling League President, Served as Board Director, Membership Development Co-Chair
Tim Tholen
Owner, Thoughtful Care
Joined Rotary in 2011
Served as Board Director, Tyrotarian Chair, Membership Committee member
District Conference & Foundation Dinner
Six Club 13 Rotarians attended the Rotary District 6040 one day Conference on Friday, October 26: Jan Armstrong, Sally Bibb, Sherri Hahn, David McCaughey, Linn Mills and Dallas Ziegenhorn. Linn assisted with Registration and David was responsible for Audio Visual. District Governor Julie McCoy presided over the program which included remarks from Rachel Wallis with the mission of Buckner International “to transform the lives of vulnerable children” and the Shoes for Orphan Souls program. Dr. Jay Craig, a warrior of the Comanche Nation, gave a humorous and pointed talk about Rotary membership. Immediate Past District Governor Allen Garner awarded Presidential Citations and David McCaughey accepted the award for Club 13. The results of the McCoy-Horner Food Fight were revealed with McCoy earning slightly more points than Horner. The real winners of the Food Fight are all the families receiving food in the KC metro area. Club 13 was noted as the Club within the District that collected the most pounds of food.
The Conference concluded with the annual Foundation Dinner with over 350 attendees. Sherri Hahn was the Foundation Dinner Chair, David McCaughey was in charge of Audio Visual, Sally Bibb was Aide to the keynote speaker Jean Hatfield, and Dick Retrum provided the printing and programs. District Governor Elect Marc Horner was slated to introduce special guests and Foundation alumni but was ill and unable to attend the dinner, therefore, District Governor Nominee Designate David McCaughey took Marc’s place at the podium. 
With a great deal of humor,  Jean Hatfield t spoke about return on investment and the long term positive impact of the dollars invested in Ambassadorial Scholars.  As an Ambassadorial Scholar she studied deafness and educating the deaf.  She has taught deaf students in grades pre-school through 12th grade and in 12 schools and serves as Literacy Chair for her Rotary District.
Club 13 was a Global Sponsor of the dinner with 24 Club 13 Rotarians and guests attending: Jan Armstrong, Kara Bennett, Barbara & Larry Dolci, Sally Bibb, Leslie & Pete Gasser, Sherri Hahn & Steve Seck, Brad & Jane Kleindl, Ernesto Marquez, David McCaughey, Dick Retrum, Tom Davis, Peter & Lois Ho, Linn Mills, Jim & Molly Porter, Duane & Sandra Benton, Dallas & Donna Zeigenhorn.   It was an enjoyable and inspiring evening.
World Polio Day
The Rotary Clubs of Kansas City celebrated October 24th World Polio Day with gusto. Marc Horner worked with Rusty Macy to “light up” the Marriott with the words END POLIO NOW through the evening of the 24th. Many Rotarians met at the Marriott for the celebration and photos to post on social media. Earlier in the week, Mayor Sly James issued a Resolution declaring October 24th as World Polio Day in Kansas City which was presented to President Kara. On October 25th, 10 Rotarians from Club 13, Plaza Club and the Waldo-Brookside Club met at City Hall and the City Council adopted a Proclamation. Club 13 Sally Bibb and Plaza Rotarian Jerry Venters each spoke giving their thanks to the Council.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Thank you all for the great response thus far to this year’s Bell Ringing sign up schedule!
If you haven’t had a chance to sign up, there’s still time and many great spots and times still available. This is a wonderful tradition, and a great way to spend time with fellow Rotarians or share a meal over the holidays before or after ringing with friends or family. It’s also hugely important for the Salvation Army who does so much for our community and beyond! Click here to sign up on line.
Here’s what we have left:
Saturday, November 17th
2:00- 4:00pm - American Girl/Oak Park Mall - Both openings
10:00- 12:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue/Plaza - Ring w Kent Verden
12:00- 2:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Both openings
4:00- 6:00 pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue/Plaza - Both openings
Saturday, December 1st
12:00- 2:00pm - Sam’s Club/Northland - Both openings
2:00- 4:00pm - Sam’s Club/Northland - Both openings
4:00- 6:00pm - Sam’s Club/Northland - Both openings
10:00- 12:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Ring w Peter Ho
12:00- 2:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Both openings
2:00- 4:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue/Plaza - Both openings
4:00- 6:00 pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Ring w Sherri Hahn
4:00- 6:00pm - Barnes & Noble/Plaza - Ring w Michael Thome
Saturday, December 8th
10:00- 12:00pm - Barnes & Noble/Plaza - Both openings
4:00- 6:00pm - Barnes & Noble/Plaza - Ring w Randy Sisk
10:00- 12:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Ring w Neil Barnett
12:00- 2:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Both openings
2:00-4:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Both openings                    
4:00- 6:00pm - NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza - Both openings
Call or email me if you have any questions,
Thank you very much,
Tony Andresen
Fun at Boo at the Zoo
Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days to be at the Zoo, and the children in their Halloween costumes were delightful as we handed out Foam Masks of Zoo Animals. Both times I have volunteered for Boo at the Zoo I have enjoyed the family interaction, and the polite, sweet super heroes, princesses and goblins from across Kansas City. Every one of them said, “Thank you!” and were pleasant and cheerful. It made me happy to be there and see the diversity of people of our beautiful city in such a lovely atmosphere. If you missed it, please join in next year. It is a great family event for you and your children or grandchildren. 
Volunteering were:  Saturday- David McCaughey, Jan Armstrong, Glenn Crawford, Matt and Katherine Meyer and Christy Chester.  Sunday- Craig Bittner, Barbara and Larry Dolci and Mary Kingsley and Linn Mills who graciously worked 2 shifts.