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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
October 3, 2019
 
Our Speaker this week is Melissa Koch, GSE Team Leader. Her topic is "Rotary GSE Trips - Overview of Australian Adventure and Future Opportunities."
Melissa Koch is this year’s GSE team leader. She is a second-generation Rotarian serving in St. Joseph East with her father for the last 10 years. She is the Immediate Past President of her club serving 2017-2018, the year of Past RI President Ian Riseley. Melissa had the pleasure of hosting President Riseley in St. Joseph on behalf of her club for a tree planting ceremony! 
 
She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1989. This degree has provided the ability to work in many vocations. She has an extensive background as a medical social worker in home health, dialysis, and hospice in the first half of her career. She stumbled into a career of non-profit work and fundraising while looking for a more flexible work schedule. She has worked for the United Way and most recently as the CEO of St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity. Though semi-retired now, Melissa enjoys consulting with regional non-profits in the areas of fundraising and organizational management. 
 
She has been married 29 years to her husband, Vincent. They have two daughters, Morgan and Molly. In their spare time they mentor Justin through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and love sharing with him the hope and opportunity he can achieve with hard work! Melissa enjoys public speaking and is often an Master of Ceremonies at local charity events, loves coffee, reading, travel, and wants to get back into golfing!
Last Week's Meeting
Sept. 26, 2019
 
Pres. Joe began the meeting with some words about 1-2-3 Clap, then invited song leader Woody Davis to the podium to lead us in song. Mr. Davis didn’t remain long at the podium since he prefers stand out front, the better to wave his long arms about as we sing. Anyway, we did a slightly modified version of “Take Me Out to The Ball Game”, substituting “Royals” for ball game, and then the usual patriotic song, “God Bless America.” And the piano player, one C. Bolte did his part, too.
 
After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Alan Warne shared a poem written his mother about "Hands." Very thought-provoking and interesting. Mandy welcomed our guests, and we learned that members of the Youth Camp Board of Directors were our greeters today. P. Joe reported some members’ club anniversaties:  Grag Kallos, 36 years; Harlan Stamper, 27 years; Michelle Biondo, 3 years; Bill Gray, 24 years; Lee Brumitt, 20 years; Linn Mills, 4 years.
 
Dan Nenonen reported on activities at the camp, including a work day on Oct 5 and the annual Picnic on Oct 15 – see Buzzsaw for details. He also reported that a new basketball court is in the final stage of construction and soon will be available for our campers.
 
P.P.P. Ho invited everyone to attend a Fireside party at his house on Oct. 3. Come dressed for outdoor games. (He didn’t mention a Plan B in the event of inclement weather.)
 
Our speaker of the day, Deb Hermann, was introduced by Programs Committee Chair (and fellow North Lander) Steve Burger. He asked for a show of hands of folks who lived in various parts of the area to demonstrate that only a tiny handful of our members live in the Northland. 
 
Ms. Hermann’s topic was “Exciting Times in North Kansas City.” She is the Chief Executive Office Officer of Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI), a community development corporation serving Clay and Platte Counties. NNI’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Northland by collaborating with residents, businesses and institutions to empower neighborhoods to build and maintain their own healthy communities.
 
In her 30 plus years of living in the Gracemor area of NKC, Ms.Hermann has been very active with numerous agencies and organizations in the Northland area, all of which were intended to enhance the quality of life in the Northland. In addition she has been active in Kansas City, MO government, serving on the City Planning Commission and the Property Maintenance Advisory Committee. In 2003, she was elected to the first of two terms on the City Council, where she served as chair of the Neighborhood Services and Housing Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. In 2011 she ran for Kansas City, Mo, mayor.
 
Today Ms. Hermann highlighted the good things that are happening in the Northland. She pointed out that 51 percent of the land area of Kansas City, MO is in the Northland, and this area is expected to be home soon to more than 50 percent of KCMO residents. The growth potential for the area is huge, much greater than in any other part of KCMO.
 
The schools in the Northland consistently receive rewards for their educational excellence. However, the Northland is not without its challenges. Some of the housing areas were built when there were no requirements for basic amenities like curbs and gutters, sidewalks, and storm drainage. The population density in some parts of the area is low, leading to high response times for basic KC services like fire, ambulance, and police. On the other hand, many of the new housing developments are some of the most attractive and upscale areas in the city.
 
For more information about the Northland, Ms. Hermann urged us to contact NNI or see their website, www.nni.org. 
 
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
 
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
 
About the book:
Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable true story in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.  That Georgia Tann and her Tennessee Children’s Home Society could actually exist, unraveling the lives countless children, will give you chills.
 
Memphis, 1939.  Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat.  But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge-until strangers arrive in force.  Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents – but they quickly realize the dark truth.  At the mercy of the facility’s real-life director, the cruel Georgia Tann, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together.
 
Aiken, South Carolina, present day.  Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon.  But when she returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
 
Opportunity for Giving - English Lab in Chile
Dear Rotary Friends,

In 2018 we hosted the GSE from Chile.  Many developed lasting relationships with the team members and the team leader, Brenda Calderon. We learned that Brenda is a Rotarian of Action!  She is leading her Rotary Club to open a second English Laboratory in a disadvantaged sector outside of Los Angeles, Chile.  Brenda is asking for help from Rotarians in our district who met her. 

Brenda states that, “These children do not have the possibility of having technological knowledge in their curriculum.  The implementation of this project would help them to learn and work with an interactive tool to have a huge impact on achieving the ability to learn a second language.  Learning English is an important tool in the future academic and professional development of disadvantaged students in a vulnerable sector.”

Brenda has developed a financial plan and has pledges for the majority of her $22,235 budget.  However, she is short $5000 from being able to implement the laboratory for the coming school that begins in our spring.  She has reached out to her friends in District 6040 to help her reach her goal.  

If you would like to contribute any amount, please write a check to:
KANSAS CITY ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION  and indicate on the memo line:
CHILE ENGLISH LAB.

Mail the check to: Rotary Club of Kansas City
                              P.O. Box 412457
                               Kansas City, Missouri 64141

Together, we can be part of developing this educational partnership as we really do make a difference across the world.  

All the best in Rotary Service,
Barbara Dolci
2017-2019 GSE Incoming Chair
 
Note from District Governor Marc Horner: 
The Group Study Exchange team from Rotary District 4355 in Southern Chile was one of the friendliest teams of Rotarians and Rotaractors we have ever hosted. They did an excellent job of representing their District and their Rotary Clubs. Their leader, Brenda Calderon of the Los Angeles Rotary Club, was so proud of her clubs’s efforts in the area of English language training. They have created another project in this area and they need our help. Please consider contributing to this project. I intend to make a contribution myself.
Family Picnic and Service Celebration
 
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Speakers
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Oct 31, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
NourishKC
Oct 07, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Women and Friends of Rotary
The "Patio" at Pierponts at Union Station
Oct 08, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Oct 09, 2019
 
Board of Directors Meeting
MarkOne
Oct 09, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
NO MEETING
Oct 10, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Bagel Run
Oct 12, 2019
 
Family Picnic at Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
Oct 13, 2019
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Oct 16, 2019
 
Membership Committee
Kill Devil
Oct 17, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Bagel Run
Oct 19, 2019
 
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Nominating Committee
 
Your 2019 Nominating Committee is: Kara Bennett, Duane Benton, Glenn Crawford, Peter Ho, Austin Klarin, Brad Kleindl, Jane Lee, David McCaughey, Ron Trachsel, and Lainie Wilbur.
 
If you have a suggestion for candidates for this year's election, please contact one of these members. 

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
 
 Peter Ho, Lon Lawton and Kay Roscoe... the "Split Ends" are in first place. But that position changes rapidly early in the season.  
 
John Lawrence rolled a 222 last week, Dennis McKeehan picked up the 5-7 split and Kay Roscoe covered the 4-7-10. Well done all.
 
     ATTENTION: For League Bowlers only. The Roscoe Brat Party is this Wednesday (10/2) after bowling. BYOB.
 
KEEP ON ROLLING

Rotary Youth Camp News
By Laurie Mozley
 
Happy National Love People day! We love all the unique people and stories we encounter every day at the Rotary Youth Camp! Every camper, volunteer, and staff member adds something special to what we do and helps strengthen our mission! What better day than National Love People day to reflect on the stories and moments of camp. If you have a story you want to share head over to our website to submit it
 
Don’t forget our work day is this weekend! October 5th! 

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