We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
61 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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(816) 842-2322





By President Kara Bennett
We finished the year on a very high note. My plan is to keep the momentum rolling.
This week you have the opportunity to volunteer at NourishKC, attend a book club meeting, view the Plaza lights, go bowling and have lunch on Thursday with other Rotarians.
This Wednesday is when the Rotary Board meets. You are always invited to attend. I plan to outline upcoming goals for our club.
Thursday is the Membership Committee’s first meeting of the year. It will be held before lunch. You are invited to attend. I already shared with you the highlights of this committee's accomplishments last year. Maybe you would like to be a member of this committee. They know how to get things done!
I am hopeful that you are enjoying the benefits of our Rotary Club. We offer many, many different ways to engage and serve the community.

Jan 17, 2019
A Family's Global Rotary Journey
Jan 24, 2019
MRIGlobal at 75: Using Science and Technology to Create Solutions in Health, Defense and Energy
Jan 31, 2019
The Medically Underserved and Impact on the Community
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Upcoming Events
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 16, 2019 4:30 PM
Community Service Committee
Jan 17, 2019 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Jan 19, 2019
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Jan 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 23, 2019 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Jan 26, 2019
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 30, 2019 4:30 PM
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
750 Paseo
Feb 04, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Feb 04, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 06, 2019 4:30 PM

Learn more about the People of Rotary!
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Click here to read about Karl Bublitz.
Click here to read about Lon Lawton.
Click here to read about Barbara Dolci.
Click here to read about Carl DiCapo.
Click here to read about Alan Warne.


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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
January 10, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Dick Scharff, Captain, SC, US Navy (retired), President, Navy League of Greater Kansas City. His topic is "USS Kansas City LCS 22."
Dick Scharff served a 25-year active duty career in the Navy Supply Corps. He was a Supply Officer in three ships (two destroyers and an air craft carrier). He served one year in-country Vietnam supporting our Marines. Dick also served as a Commanding Officer for the Pacific Fleet finance and distribution center. He has been the chief procurement officer at three major universities and the Executive Director of the higher education cooperative.
Dick is currently the President of the Navy League of Greater Kansas City. The Navy League was founded in the early part of the last century to inform the general American public of the value of the several sea services: Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Merchant Marines.
The USS Kansas City is an LCS class ship. It is fast, agile, mission-focused and designed for operation in near-shore environments, yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.
Last Week's Meeting
January 3, 2018
The meeting was called order by Pres. Kara Bennett, who turned the podium over to P.P. and Orchestral Maestro Chuck Eddy, who led us in a fine edition of “America”, with lively accompaniment on the keyboard from C. (aka Liberace) Bolte. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, Local Dane Henrik Andersen brought forth an invocation well suited for the beginning of the new year. Mandy welcomed the guests and P. Kara thanked today’s Greeters – wait – there were no greeters.  She then noted a long list of Rotarians whose anniversary month for joining the Club is January: Tom Kirkwood, 68 years, Bob Lager, 30 years, John Miller, 49 years, Jim Porter, 45 years, Matt Meyer, 22 years, Dennis Chapman, 17 years,    Mike Griggs, 11 years, Christy Chester, 28 years (aka “Chesty” according to P. Kara), Preston Hardge, 1 year, John Gillis, 7 years, Joe Privitera, 7 years.
P. Kara reminded us that the Plaza Lights Party is this Tuesday, Jan 8.  See the Buzzsaw or call Mandy if you want to sign up.
P.P. David McCaughey presented Paul Harris Fellows to Joan Caulfield and Martha Voight who were not present at the recent meeting when David presented PHFs to all female members of the Club – a most general gift from Jan Armstrong.
Mary Kingsley introduced our speaker for the day Kimberly Beatty, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) (and new Rotary member since last September), whose topic was “MCC’s Journey: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Dr. Beatty spoke clearly and eloquently about the history of MCC, its mission, and the plans for its future, supported by a great stream of informative slides.  She described how the system of community colleges came to be in the early 1900s, and how they fit into the overall education system.  The basic roles of all community colleges today are:
  1.  Transfers – Gives students the opportunity to earn a 2 year degree, which they can then apply toward a 4 year college degree, if desired
  2. Career and Technical programs – which prepare students to work in numerous trades, businesses, industries, and medical fields
  3. Continuing education – providing the required periodic training for maintenance of licenses in numerous fields
Dr. Beatty described the MCC’s collaborations with local high schools and colleges to meet the educational needs of almost every young person who wants to be a productive citizen.  The diversity of these programs is amazing, and as Dr. Beatty emphasized, “We are in the business of provided needed educational opportunities to all citizens.”
All in all, a very well-done overview of MCC.  Check its website
Oh, and Dr. Beatty is a good person, since she and this scribe both moved here from Houston, TX.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Plaza Lights
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Children & Grandchildren Party Photos
As you read in last week's Buzz Saw - the Children and Grandchildren's Party was a blast with our "Amazing" Magician Terry Magelssen. He had some fun with Perry Atha during the show. Thank you to Sally Bibb for capturing some great pictures, including her granddaughter Sophia!