This Week's Meeting
(See you at the Zoo or the Rotary Regatta!)
Last Week's Meeting
Sept. 14, 2023
President Tom Davis, clearly hitting his stride as the Club’s leader, welcomed all to the Club with the Camp for Kids. We stood for the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer of gratitude by Tom Cochran. We welcomed one visiting Rotarian after Charlie Huffman led us in singing The Happy Birthday Song to the September celebrants. We recognized the following Club anniversaries:  Woody Davis (39 years!), Richard Helmuth (17 years), and Neil Barnett (18 years).
Marc Horner gave remarks about A Candle Against the Dark, a play about polio to be presented at Englewood Arts Center in Independence on October 6-8 and 13-15. The proceeds will be donated to the eradication of polio, an objective near and dear to Rotarians worldwide. The Bolte Beer Bash will be held at Peter Ho’s home on October 3. The price of admission is a $20 donation to the Rotary Youth Camp. President Tom reminded us of the Rotary International Foundation Hoopla event at the College Basketball Experience on November 4. Donations for the silent and/or live auction are needed. Other upcoming Club events include the Regatta at Lake Jacomo on September 22-24, Ramblin’ Rotarians trip to Blue Springs on September 27, Project C.U.R.E. community service event the evening of October 19, and a pickleball tournament for Shoes for Orphan Souls on October 22.
Our guest speaker and Club 13 member, Dr. Ted Higgins, was then introduced by President Tom. Ted spoke about the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Care in Haiti, a topic on which he has presented to the Club several times. Ted first encountered Haiti, a country of extreme poverty, as a surgical resident at Yale. After moving to Kansas City and beginning his career as a general surgeon, Ted made medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic as a member of Village Presbyterian Church, which borders Haiti, and trained some Dominican surgeons. After the 2010 earthquake which killed an astounding 300,000 Haitians, Ted felt an urge to return to Haiti and help those with surgical needs. Despite the dysfunction and violence prevailing in many areas of Haiti at the present time, the facility which started as a one room operation has continued to expand to now include a clinic and an emergency room and significantly more staff. The surgery center itself has steadily grown to now perform 90 surgeries per month and is currently expanding. The clinic itself sees 1,500 patients per month and now includes two dentists, five medical doctors, and 4 nurses. A cholera epidemic hit Haiti in 2022, and a tent set up strictly to treat cholera cases saw 15/20 patients/day. Due to the widespread poverty, the surgical procedures consisting of hernias, thyroidectomies. cholecystectomies, hysterectomies, bowel resections, and C-sections range from $62 to $208 but more times than not are performed for free.
Since the earthquake, violence in Haiti has progressed and the significant Haitian population centered around the capital, Port-Au-Prince, can’t leave as the roads out are controlled and blocked by gangs. The medical center is located outside of the area controlled by gangs on Lake Azuei, south of Port-Au-Prince, and is not accessible by those living in and around the capital. The center continues to serve and treat the more rural population which otherwise has no access to medical care. The only way supplies, equipment, and building materials can currently get to the center is primarily through a main road from the Dominican Republic. Besides bringing groups of 20 consisting of doctors, nurses, students, and others from the United States four times/year, the center has been successful in recruiting Haitian-based medical doctors, nurses, and other employees and now has 80 employees costing a mere $45,000 per month. A twenty-two unit residence to house workers is currently under construction. The development of the medical center over the years has been amazing and despite the major problems in the country, the center continues to expand and treat more and more patients and conditions.
A fundraiser called Hit for Haiti is taking place on October 7 at the Homestead Country Club. The fundraiser will feature tennis, pickleball, and platform tennis and last all day followed by an evening event. The details can be found on   
After the presentation, President Tom read a quote from Jean-Bertran Aristide, “If one suffers we all suffer. Togetherness is strength. Courage” We said the 4-Way Test together and the meeting adjourned.
Satellite Club Meeting
The Rotary 13 Satellite Club will meet on Thursday, September 28, at Minsky’s Pizza, 5105 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. at 5:30 PM. In addition to Rotary fellowship, there will be a discussion on future service projects and the Satellite Club calendar.  The 5th Thursday events with the combined Lunch Club and Satellite Club have been very successful and will continue through the 2023 and into 2024. However, there are still opportunities for service projects to be added to the calendar. All Club 13 Rotarians are welcome to attend Satellite Club meetings.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book The Book of Charlie: Wisdom From The Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man by David Von Drehle.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome. The group will meet at Rainy Day Books, however, Zoom will be available for those you cannot attend in person.
Date: Monday, October 9, 2023, 6:30 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
When a veteran Washington journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old. Little did he know that he was beginning a long friendship—and a profound lesson in the meaning of life. Charlie White was no ordinary neighbor. Born before radio, Charlie lived long enough to use a smartphone. When a shocking tragedy interrupted his idyllic boyhood, Charlie mastered survival strategies that reflect thousands of years of human wisdom. Thus armored, Charlie’s sense of adventure carried him on an epic journey across the continent, and later found him swinging across bandstands of the Jazz Age, racing aboard ambulances through Depression-era gangster wars, improvising techniques for early open-heart surgery, and cruising the Amazon as a guest of Peru’s president.  David Von Drehle came to understand that Charlie’s resilience and willingness to grow made this remarkable neighbor a master in the art of thriving through times of dramatic change.
1924 Buzz Saw Article
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Upcoming Events
Ramblin' Rotarians to Blue Springs
Adams Pointe Golf Club
Sep 27, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Sep 27, 2023 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Sep 30, 2023
Bolte Beer Bash
Peter Ho's House
Oct 03, 2023
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Oct 04, 2023 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 07, 2023
Women & Friends of Rotary
Oct 10, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Oct 11, 2023 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 14, 2023
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Oct 18, 2023 4:30 PM
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Delivering Health and Hope to the World
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Rotary Bowling League
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary 13!!
Well, week two of our bowling season took place last week. A full compliment of bowlers were there to take part in the festivities. 
Mikki Lawerence 5/9/10
Henrik Andersen 6/7
Hope Patrick 2/4/7/8
Will Patrick 4/9
200 games
Matt Ho 246, 264
Will Patrick 206
Curtis Grimsley 229
Sharon Stripling 
Highlight of the evening was Joey Grimsley getting beat by his grandmother, his step-mother and his future mother in law.
Until next week!!

Blue Springs Rotary Club
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM
Adams Pointe Golf Club
1601 NE R D Mize Road
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Lunch Cost $12.00
Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
This trio of Eastern Independence Rotary Club came out and put away the camp pool furniture and umbrellas.  They evaluated them and have decided to invest some more money to replace those that have seen better days! We are so grateful to have the support of so many great Rotary Clubs!

Camp Centennial Memory
Read an article from the November 13, 1924 Buzz Saw about the Progress of the Dam and Construction in the column at right.
1925 - The new mess hall and kitchen. The kitchen is connected to the dining hall by a breezeway.
Inside the new mess hall, complete with fireplace.

September Birthdays

George Gordon, 9/1

Duane Benton, 9/8

Bill Popplewell 9/12

Chris Meikel, 9/12

Woody Davis, 9/17

Jorge Velez, 9/21

Evie Craig, 9/23