The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
October 31, 2019
Happy Halloween!
Our Speaker this week is Chief Richard Smith. His topic will be "Policing in Kansas City."
Rick Smith joined the Kansas City Missouri Police Department (KCPD) as an officer in 1988. As he worked his way up the ranks, he has had assignments in three different patrol divisions, the Robbery and Homicide Units, Tactical Response Teams, Planning and Research Division and Kansas City No Violence Alliance. Most recently he was assigned as commander of the East and Central Patrol Divisions.

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Chief Smith has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Park University and a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Chief Smith served as chair of the Kansas City Police Employees Retirement System for six years and as vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Commanders Lodge No. 102 for five years.  He helped create the Police Foundation of Kansas City and has served as the Department's liaison since its inception in 2007 until 2017. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Sheffield Place, an organization that assists homeless mothers and their children.
Last Week's Meeting
October 24, 2019
World Polio Day
It has been a long long time since Rotary club 13 has had a speaker that captivated the audience with as much charm and pathos as did PDG Carl Chinnery.
Carl divided his presentation into three parts:
Part one - a beautiful and tasteful slide presentation that had to tug at your heartstrings, picturing all the helpless little kids with twisted limbs as a result of that insidious disease we are all fighting called Polio. The background sounds were of opera-not madam butterfly - which is the usual. The slides, very gripping - the music, as nice as I have ever heard. A wonderful opening to a beautiful presentation.
The second part were some facts and figures. For example, 14.7 Billion we have poured into this war. l977 and l985 (I was there) when at Kansas City's Rotary International Convention it was announced the goal of Ending Polio. What is Polio? A virus that strikes children under 3 years of age.
His third part was reading a letter from his mother when the entire brothers of the Chinnery family came down with Polio. I don't know if I could have read a similar letter from my mother. Quite a letter.
The fourth part of Carl's speech is unknown by anyone but the two of us. Carl is a past Club President, a Past District Governor and a very successful business person who everyone likes. (See page 43 of the November issue of the Rotarian Magazine.) Fifteen years ago I was asked to address the Lee's Summit club regarding  KC day. When I got to the meeting place they were all assembled and they gave me that "who are you and why are you here look." Carl took care of that. He introduced me - then he told the audience about our Dad and his tremendous contributions to Rotary (Past President club 13, Past District Governor, Past Vice President of Rotary international, Past Director of Rotary International). When it was my time to make my pitch - my job was over. Carl took care of that. The Lee's Summit Club subscribed to KC Day almost to 100%.
Well that is the rest of the story (per Paul Harvey). I am happy to make this report and to have been present to witness this tumultuous event.
Sincerely, Denny  
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
If you missed last week's meeting...
We had a wonderful World Polio Day meeting last Thursday, with the always-inspiring Past District Governor Carl Chinnery as our speaker. If you haven’t heard Carl read the letter his mother wrote about their family’s tragic experience with Polio, you’ll want to watch this video of the meeting. Carl’s message truly delivers the importance of Rotary’s work to eradicate Polio from the world. We hope you watch it, and perhaps share it with a friend. We record our meetings every week on Facebook Live, and you can find them on our Facebook Page @Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.
If you would like to watch a video of just Carl's speech, check out this one from the 2019 International Assembly.
Rotary After Hours at Harvesters
Rotary After Hours at Harvesters
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Please join us 5:30- 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 5th at Harvesters (3801 Topping Avenue KCMO 64129) to sort and repackage donated product at their Volunteer Engagement Center for a two-hour shift.
We will meet at 5:30 pm for a light dinner & fellowship prior to our volunteer time. There will be a tour of Harvesters’ state-of-the-art facility prior to the start of our shift for those attendees interested. You will be amazed to see their facility!
Seating is available for those who need to get off their feet.
Lunch members, Satellite members, Rotarians Under Forty, spouses and guests all encouraged to participate! Hope to have a group of at least 20.
We did this last year and it was great fun!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Ho, Ho, Ho! The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the leaves are beginning to turn and blow around! That means we’re ready to kick off our annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing Drive!
This is a wonderful tradition, and hugely important for the Salvation Army who does so much for our community and beyond. Many of you have favorite times, places and friends to ring with; so don’t delay- get together and sign up now!
We are scheduled to ring three Saturdays this year: the Saturday before Thanksgiving (11/23) and the two following (12/7 and 12/14). Based on years past, I’ve chosen what I think are the best spots. We will ring one Saturday at American Girl/Oak Park Mall (11/23), one Saturday at Sam’s Club in the Northland (12/7), two Saturdays INDOORS at Crown Center (12/7 & 12/14), and all three Saturdays on the Plaza at Barnes & Noble and North Face or Starbuck’s.
This will be our fifth year using and it has worked extremely well. You can even sign up using your cell phone! The link is:
This is a great way to spend time with fellow Rotarians. Or share a meal over the holidays with friends, your spouse or family before or after ringing! Extra points for Tyros!
Call or email me if you have any questions,
Thank you very much!
Tony Andresen
Happy Halloween
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Roster Misprint
We are aware that a few members were left out of the Rosters that were handed out at last week's meeting. This was an unintentional misprint and we are working with the printer to get corrected copies made and ready for distribution soon.
Sincerest apologies to the members who were left out.

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Becoming the Bean Baron
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Upcoming Events
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Nov 04, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary After Hours at Harvesters
Nov 05, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Nov 06, 2019
Community Service Committee
Kill Devil
Nov 07, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Nov 09, 2019
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Nov 11, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Women and Friends of Rotary
Pierponts at Union Station
Nov 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Nov 13, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov 13, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Literacy Committee Meeting
Nov 14, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
John Lawrence is leading in the "high series scratch" category with a 654. Last week he rolled a 218 and a 247. He also leads in the total pin count with 3,946. As for split conversions, Henrik Andersen covered the 5-7 and John Reynolds picked up the 2-4-7-10. Congratulations all.
Jane Lee's team, "Strike Mania"  has padded there first place lead with 22 wins and only 6 defeats. They won all four games last week which will give them a 26 win cushion.

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