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Mar 08, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
A Conversation with Vivien Jennings: The Public and Private Side of Authors
Mar 29, 2018
Kansas City Media... Past, Present & Futrue
Apr 05, 2018
100 Yard World
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Mar 05, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 07, 2018 4:30 PM
Ramblin Rotarians Visit Leawood
Hallbrook Country Club
Mar 08, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Women of Rotary and Friends Event
Nick & Jake's
Mar 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 14, 2018 4:30 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Kill Devil
Mar 15, 2018 10:30 AM
International Service Committee
NE Corner
Mar 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Mtg
Mar 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 21, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 21, 2018 4:30 PM
Rotary After Hours
Mar 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Mar 28, 2018 4:30 PM
Greater KC Day Newspaper Sales
Mar 29, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Woody Davis receives KU School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award
Kansas City attorney and U.S. Navy veteran Heywood Davis, Class of 1958 will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, which celebrates graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to the legal field and service to their communities and the university.
Congratulations Woody! 

Greater Kansas City Day Volunteers Needed!
We need your help to sell newspapers and flags on March 29, 2017 for Greater Kansas City Day!
Please click on this link to sign up!

Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
During the month of February the camp hosted four Boy Scout troops, one Blue and Gold Banquet and the Rotaract s’more celebration.  The weather played havoc with the GKC Day Kickoff, but the photo shoot was great!  The GKC Day Kickoff meeting and dinner is re-scheduled for this Wednesday, Feb. 28.  This weekend we will be hosting another Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet.  Next Thursday Laurie will be speaking to the Eastern Independence Rotary Club at their breakfast meeting.


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
March 1, 2018
Our Speaker this week is KayCee "the W guy", Royals Historian. His topic will be "Kansas City Baseball, Its Exciting History."
You may recognize KayCee as the person who hangs the now iconic “W” after every Royals home win.  You may not know that KayCee is also a Kansas City Baseball historian in the Royals Hall of Fame. KayCee specializes in little known professional and major league Kansas City teams dating all the way back to the 1800’s. He started with the Royals Hall of Fame when it opened in 2009. KayCee’s official title with the Royals is Manager of the Royals Hall of Fame and Educational Programs.
**KayCee will be in uniform and have his W available for photo opportunities!
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
February 22, 2018
President David McCaughey called the meeting to order with a good crowd on hand despite the false predictions for sleet and snow. Charlie Huffman led us in singing our standard patriotic song, “God Bless America,” with Carl Bolte trying out some new chords on piano. President David led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a blessing of our meal, function, and mission by Karl Roscoe. Dallas Ziegenhorn welcomed two guests of our members. Duane Benton then introduced newly appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tim Garrison. Sally Bibb and Gary McEachen were recognized for their twenty-two year anniversaries in the Club along with Steve Dicus’ twentieth, and Jim Huffman, Molly Kerr, and Thea Neal’s first. David then announced that Past President Woody Davis was named KU Law School Distinguished Alum, for which the Honorable Mr. Davis shunned accolades.
Announcements included a report on contributions to date for the Shoes for Orphan Souls project. We have more than enough socks and need shoes, shoes, and more shoes. Greater Kansas City Day is approaching on March 29 and all are encouraged to sign up to sell papers for the Youth Camp. The GSE trip to Chile is approaching on April 14. Six women from Club 13, Jan Armstrong, Kara Bennett, Sally Bibb, Madaline Walter, Linn Mills and Mary Kingsley attended the Thirty Years of Women in Rotary dinner in St. Louis recently. Lastly, David King delivered a brief but interesting biography of fellow member Chas Marks, priest of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and Sr. Advisor to the St. Francis Foundation.  
Woody Davis introduced our speaker, Assistant U.S. Attorney, David Larson. Mr. Larson has researched the history of U.S. v. Pendergast, the case which brought down Tom Pendergast, the “ultimate political boss.” The federal criminal indictment of Pendergast in 1939 followed more than a decade of Pendergast’s heavy influence peddling over politics, elections, government contracts and patronage jobs in his capacity as Chair of the Jackson County Democratic Committee. Getting rich in the process, Pendergast was taken down after bribes (for which taxes were not paid) in connection with the settlement of a fire insurance rate case were tracked to Pendergast. Once a political ally, Missouri Governor, Lloyd Stark, turned on Pendergast and along with an anti-Pendergast political opponent, Maurice Milligan, U.S. Attorney for the Kansas City area played significant parts in taking down Pendergast. Although Pendergast received a light sentence of 15 months for tax evasion, he lived quietly and apparently legally after his release from Leavenworth dying at his home at 5650 Ward Parkway in 1945. The Pendergast era in Kansas City saw the rise of Harry Truman, the development of Brush Creek, and the construction of the downtown airport, post office building, the police headquarters, City Hall, Jackson County Courthouse, Municipal Auditorium, and the former U.S. Courthouse. It is said that these projects used an excessive amount of concrete supplied by Pendergast’s concrete company. Milligan and Stark played a part in Truman’s story. Both ran against Truman for the U.S. Senate in 1940 on an anti-Pendergast ticket. Splitting that vote, Truman won the Democratic primary and went on to narrowly win the Senate seat. In an effort to make a splash at the 1948 political conventions, Milligan authored a Pendergast memoir which he titled the “Missouri Waltz: The Inside Story of the Pendergast Machine by the Man Who Smashed It.” Audiences had moved on and the book was a flop. 
David left us with his tribute to the Battle of Iwo Jima in which the phrase “uncommon valor was a common virtue” is used to define the American soldiers there. Those words are etched on the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Shoes for Orphan Souls
Thank you to Howard Mick, Tony Andresen and Jared Campbell for shopping and  donating shoes to the 2018 "Shoes for Orphan Souls" project.
To reach our goal, we will need your help! Contribution checks are made payable to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation. Please note "Shoes for Orphan Souls" on the memo line of your check. All gifts are tax deductible. 
Tyros willing to shop for shoes will receive points toward the removal of their red ribbon!!! If you want to volunteer your time, please contact Linn Mills at or 505-402-6630.
New shoes will place children on the path for better Health, Hope, Education, and Opportunity!  
Bowling News!
Last week Dee Reynolds rolled her first 200 game of the season. She also had the high series of 507 and rolled 58 pins above her  average. Dick Retrum had his highest game of the season with a 225 and picked up the 2-4-10 split and John Lawrence had a 200.
Bowling has unpredictable moments.  This was the case when Mike Zuck was recruited as a sub last week.  It was obvious he had bowling skills.  He rolled seven strikes in a row spared in the 8th and ended up with a 267.  I asked him if he had ever had a 300 game. He said, "A few years ago in league play I had 28 strikes in a row. That is two 300 games in a row plus 4 strikes.
Rotary Book Discussion Group

Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Location: Rainy Day Books - 2706 West 53rd Street, Mission, KS 66205
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
About the book:
To Christina Olson, the entire world is her family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine.  The only daughter in a family of sons, Christina is tied to her home by health and circumstances, and seems destined for a small life.  Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth’s first great inspiration, and the subject of one of the best-know paintings of the twentieth century, Christina’s World.
Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction to vividly reimagine a real moment in history.  “A Piece of the World” is a powerful story of the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, her complicated relationship to her family and inheritance, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.
Help Support the Group Study Exchange
Join us to support Rotary’s 2018 Group Study Exchange!
Please click on the link below and indicate your area of interest. We will contact you after you have submitted. 
Event: 2018 Group Study Exchange (GSE) - Chile (District 4355 – Southern Chile)
Dates: April 14 – April 19, 2018
Details: The goal for Rotarians in both countries and team members will be inspired to create humanitarian service and volunteer service projects after the exchanges and based on what they learned through the GSE experience. 
What do host clubs provide –
  1. Home hosting, including meals.
  2. Itinerary of local service and volunteer projects that could be replicated in another culture, visits to individuals in the same occupation as the team member, social events, cultural events.
  3. Entrance fees to events on the planned itinerary, if required.
  4. Contact Rotary clubs in your area to arrange visits to Rotary clubs, inclusion of Rotarians from other clubs in social and cultural events.
  5. Transportation to and from the club’s host area and as needed to implement the itinerary.
  6. Optional – small gifts or club banners.
Visiting Team Names and Occupations
Team Leader: Brenda Calderón: Spanish-English Translator and Master in University Pedagogy
Team Members: Camila Morales: Engineer in Business Administration with a major in Marketing, Cristián Soto: Dentist, Karl Hund: Industrial Design, Mario Henríquez: Kinesiologist
Please click on this link if you are interested in helping in one of the following areas:
  • I am interested in hosting one or more night, please provide details. Dates: April 15, 16, 17, 18, (guests travel to another club on the 19th).
  • I have a service project that may be of interest to our guests.
  • I can translate.
  • I can provide transportation.
  • I can take our guests to a cultural event.
  • I can arrange for a guest to visit in their area of interest