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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
November 11, 2021
This week's Speaker is David Von Drehle, Columnist, Washington Post. His topic is: "Service to Others, Now More Than Ever."
David Von Drehle is an Opinions columnist for The Washington Post, writing twice a week on a wide range of topics. He has also served the paper as New York City Bureau Chief, national politics writer, and Assistant Managing Editor. Between 2006 and 2017, he was Editor-at-large for TIME magazine, where he wrote some 60 cover stories on topics from the death of Osama bin Laden to the rise of Donald Trump. His essay on forgiveness in light of the church massacre in Charleston—the longest work ever published by TIME—won the Deadline Club of New York’s award as best magazine feature of 2015.
 
Von Drehle is the author of several award-winning books, including two New York Times bestsellers: “Triangle: The Fire That Changed America,” and “Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year.”
 
A native of Aurora, Colorado, David was educated at the University of Denver and Oxford University. He lives in Kansas City, where he serves on the Executive Committee of the Truman Library Institute and was a member of the Board of Directors of Youth Ambassadors. He has four children with his wife, journalist Karen Ball.

We will be meeting in person this week at the Gallery, however a Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to members who cannot attend in person. If you would like to visit as a guest, please email Executive Director Mandy Sheldon.

Please continue to check our Facebook page and www.rotary13.org for updates.
Last Week's Meeting
November 4, 2021
 
President Tony Andresen welcomed all to the Club with the Camp for Kids and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Eric Bubb delivered an optimistic prayer emphasizing opportunities. We welcomed three guests and those attending via Zoom. President Tony thanked the Tyros for greeting today and recognized the following Club Anniversaries:  Bill Mumford (31 years), Peter Ho (21 years), and Brent Worley (16 years). Past President Joe Privitera then introduced and inducted new member, Stacey Carrow, into Club 13.
                                 
President Tony announced the upcoming Holiday Cocktail Party on December 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Drexel Hall. He also reminded members to sign up for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Jessica Block then encouraged all to donate a toy for the Westside CAN Center Toys for Tots Christmas event. The Club has committed to supplying sixty (60) toys for children of all ages. Last year, we did almost twice that much. The hope is we will match 2020’s effort. Brad Kliendl took the podium on behalf of the International Service Committee and discussed the good work that Committee is doing in Zambia, Ndlola, and Mexico through Rotary grants and other sources of funding which make their way to the District. In Zambia for example, the Committee has been successful in providing school equipment and toilets/sanitation building. Jan Armstrong and Linn Mills visited Zambia in 2019 to see the work first-hand.
 
President Tony then introduced our speaker and fellow Club member, David McCaughey. Among other things, David currently serves as District Governor for District 6040. David’s presentation, “In Helping Others, You Help Yourself,” was told from an autobiographical perspective and was a first-hand account of how one person came to see service as a continuing and defining path in life. With humility, authenticity, and substance, David recounted the influence his grandfather, a WWII veteran and long-time auctioneer in Independence, had on his perception of service. His grandfather was one of 20 persons who tended to the farm land of those serving in WWII in and around Rich Hill, MO before he, himself, was called up for service. He spoke of his father, the hardest working person he has ever known, and his work at the GM Fairfax Plant, which his father detested. His father installed an astounding 480 driver’s side car windows a day and 125,760 a year on vehicles, all while the vehicles rolled down the assembly line. David spoke about how a high school counselor changed his life for the better by introducing him to Pitt State University automotive management degree. While David ultimately chose not to work in the automotive industry partly because his father taught him the importance of doing something he would actually like, through determination and intention, David learned how to lead. At Pitt State, he worked his way into leadership roles becoming President of six different organizations. After graduating from Pitt State, a ROTC Commanding Officer who had mentored David suggested that there is no greater role than to give back to one’s country. Hearing and believing that advice, David joined the Marines (heavily influenced by the show, Gomer Pyle, U.M.C.) and came perilously close to action in Libya and surrounding parts while also becoming acquainted with the advent of the personal computer. The P.C. ultimately led to his formation of KelCon Technologies, Inc., an IT company, which David has operated for 21 years. This Past President of Club 13 has somehow found time to serve in leadership roles with the Boy Scouts and other service organizations, has become an important fixture at the Youth Camp, and has served many other important roles in Rotary.
 
David truly believes everyone can serve. He supported that belief with six tenets: (1) Helping others makes one feel good about oneself; (2) helping others creates lasting friendships; (3) helping others leads to “cup half-full” individuals; (4) helping others leads to a sense of belonging; (5) helping others makes one feel thankful; and (6) helping others is a way to “pay it forward.” David has been influenced and motivated by many things over his life, including great sayings, such as Martin Luther King’s statement that “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” David models service in a unique and refreshing way, and his presentation was met by a resounding and deserving standing ovation.    
 
David took questions and President Tony thanked him for his presentation. President Tony then read a relevant quote from Shekhar Mehta, current Rotary International President, “Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity. Service became a way of life for me and I, like many others, adopted the guiding philosophy that ‘Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.’” Mr. Mehta has something in common with our District Governor. 
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  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, November 29, 6:30 PM
Zoom Meeting
 
About the book:
In the 1920’s. the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.  After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured cars and lived in mansions.  Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed.  Mollie Burkhart watched as her family became a prime target.  Her relatives were shot and poisoned, Other Osage were also dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who investigated the crimes were themselves murdered.  As the death toll rose, the case was taken up by the newly created FBI and its young, secretive director, J. Edgar Hoover.  Struggling to crack the mystery, Hoover turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White, who put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent. They infiltrated this last remnant of the Wild West, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
GSE Team Visits Kansas City
The GSE Team from District 9210 in Africa arrived in Missouri on Oct.18 and have toured District 6040. They began their 5 days with Club 13 on Saturday, Nov. 6 and spent Saturday and Sunday with their home hosts: Team Leader Obert Sibanda is with Marc & Barb Horner, Chilayl Mayondi is with Tony & Terre Andresen, Dorothy Pasipanodya is with Mary Kingsley, Regina Champo Engaenga is with David & Janee Hanzlick, Evie Van Dam is with Dallas & Donna Ziegenhorn.  On Sunday evening, Sally & Bob Bibb hosted a Rotary party in their home for Club 13 Rotarians to meet and greet the African Rotarians.  The evening began with a feast of different foods brought by the attendees and the African GSE Team members each spoke giving a short bio and also information about their home countries. Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe were highlighted. The 43 attendees then enjoyed rock music, blues and ballads performed by Bob Bibb, Allen Monroe, and George Genereaux.  And, yes, there was spontaneous dancing!  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Club 13 Rotarians will give the GSE Team tours of Kansas City sights with Dallas Ziegenhorn serving as the Club 13 Coordinator.
November Birthdays
November Birthday Celebrants
 
 
Ed Knisley  11/2
Fred Drummond  11/4
Jane Lee  11/4
Carl DiCapo  11/7
Randy Sisk  11/8
Bob Hechler  11/12
Karl Ploeger  11/12
Jackson Granstaff  11/17
George Heymach  11/17
Brooke Christy  11/18
Brad Lang  11/19
Madaline Walter  11/20
Jim Winn  11/21
Branden Ehlers  11/25
John Reynolds  11/25
Jared Campbell  11/27
 
 
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Upcoming Events
Women of Rotary
Pierponts at Union Station
Nov 16, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway lanes
Nov 17, 2021 4:30 PM
 
Bagel Run
Nov 20, 2021
 
Bagel Run
Nov 27, 2021
 
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Zoom
Nov 29, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Nov 30, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Dec 01, 2021 4:30 PM
 
Bagel Run
Dec 04, 2021
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Dec 08, 2021 4:30 PM
 
Rotary Holiday Cocktail Party
Historic Drexel Hall
Dec 09, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
 
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Bowling News
by Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13!
 
Last week was a rather slow night in terms of 200 games and splits. But we will had a great time. 
 
Matt Ho, so of Past President Peter Ho, had a 223. And Curtis Grimsley continues his amazing season with a 222 and a 226. No one reported any notable splits, though I am sure there were. 
 
As always, feel free to come to the lanes and participate!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s time to kickoff our annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing Drive! THIS YEAR OUR HELP IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER! There are opportunities to ring on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the first two Saturdays of December. 
 

 
With the spirit of Rotary service, the Satellite Club members will be at the Rotary Youth Camp on Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 AM – Noon for a work project.  Their regular monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, November 30th, 5:30 PM in the meeting room at the Tower Tavern, 401 East 31st Street.  All Rotarians are welcome.

Rotary Holiday Cocktail Party

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Historic Drexel Hall

$25/person (2 drink tickets included)

Gourmet Hors d’oevres

Featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Trio

Festive Holiday Attire Encouraged

Register Now!


 
Rotary Youth Camp Update
The camp is beautiful in all seasons and the experience is different every time you visit! The grounds are full of blooms and life in the spring, our trees are green and offer shade in the summer, beautiful brown and red as the fall leaves change, and a winter wonderland in the snowy winter! What is your favorite season to be at camp? 

Construction Update
We have walls and will soon have a ceiling/floor, depending on rain this week.  So exciting!

 
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