The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
Sept. 26, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Deb Hermann, CEO of Northland Neighborhood Inc. Her topic is "Exciting Times in North Kansas City."
Deb Hermann is Chief Executive Officer of Northland Neighborhoods, Inc., a community development corporation serving Clay and Platte Counties. Deb grew up in Ames, Iowa and married Tom Hermann while he served our country in the Navy. Deb and Tom moved to Kansas City in 1979, raised their three children in the Gracemor neighborhood and thirty-three years later, still live in the same home.
Deb joined the Gracemor Randolph Community Council, attacking problems without attacking people. When her neighborhood began losing the battle against petty crime and vandalism, she brought in community policing, started community teen nights, and got the senior citizens active again. Deb has taken on tough fights and big corporations, but her success has always come from knowing real solutions are created by bringing people together to work towards a common vision.  
Deb was appointed to the City Planning Commission in 1999 and the Property Maintenance Advisory Committee as chairperson in 2001. In 2003, Deb was elected to the City Council, where she served as chair of the Neighborhood Services and Housing Committee. She was re-elected in 2007 and as chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, stood at the center of the budget storm. With a $48 million deficit, she took on the problem the only way she knew how — by putting politics aside, looking out for what was best for the entire City.  Her professionalism, honesty and strength of character led the way to a solution for a problem that seemed unsolvable. 
In her city-wide vision, she sees great possibilities for Kansas City and wants City Hall to build on that foundation by creating new jobs in expanding high growth sectors, rebuilding the urban core and bringing a culture of excellence to City Hall. She has a steely commitment to honesty, problem solving and hard work.
Last Week's Meeting
Sept. 19, 2019
President Joe called the meeting to start at 12:18. Woody Davis then led the group in an acapella version of You’re A Grand Old Flag. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Pat Bolin wove the Book of Ecclesiastes and autumnal themes into his invocation for the day.
Mandy acknowledged the guests at today’s meeting. Member anniversaries this week include Neil Barnett, 14 years; Vivien Jennings, 14 years; and Bill Popplewell, 40 years.
Steve Burger gave a quick summary of the work of the program committee and invited additional participants from the club. The program committee meets 4 times per year to identify guest speakers for club meetings. As always, the rule of ‘no advertisements’ applies to selected guest speakers.
President Joe introduced Lainie Wilbur and praised her steady work with meeting room setups for each Thursday gathering of Club 13. Lainie went on to announce the upcoming Fireside in the yard of Peter Ho’s home. David McCaughey reminded members of the next planned work day out at Rotary Youth Camp on the morning of October 5th. Tony Andresen noted that the next Rambling Rotarians gathering was planned for Monday, 9/23 at the Overland Park Club at the Doubletree Hotel on College Avenue. Past President Kara reminded the group that Evie Craig has moved jobs to the Arts Asylum—and that they are staging Jesus Christ Superstar later this month.
David King presented the next edition of people of Rotary 13 to the group, highlighting Mat Petersen. Mat is an attorney with Spencer Fane who lives in Lawrence. He grew up in Wichita, where he and his family were active in Special Olympics and in high school debate clubs. His community service interest was sparked during his youth, and led him to join our club.
Courtney Brooks introduced featured speaker Bobby Adelson, Deputy Spokesperson for Western Hemispheric Affairs with the Department of State. A native of Orlando, FL, he joined the foreign service program after a stint with Teach for America in NYC. His postings have included Ciudad Juarez, MX, London, UK, and Georgetown, Guyana. He is now assigned to the District of Columbia. Mr. Adelson gave a quick overview of the work of the foreign service, and noted that he’s now on his 4th Secretary of State since joining the organization a decade ago. He then moved to audience questions that furthered his general description of the organization. Key takeaways included:
  • There are 270 diplomatic outposts around the globe.
  • Depending on location, diplomats sometimes live inside the embassy, and sometimes off-campus.
  • Smaller countries tend to be places where making an impact is easier for foreign service officers. Bigger nations, with larger numbers of diplomats, move more slowly.
  • 70% of ambassadors are career foreign service officers, with the balance being political appointees.
  • Foreign language learning comes with the job—you are paid to go to classes.
  • After 20 years of service or at the age of 65, you retire from the foreign service.
  • Global Ties KC, which Courtney Brooks leads, is a good pathway into volunteer work that supports cross-cultural awareness.
After applause for Mr. Adelson, President Joe announced that Deb Hermann, CEO of Northland Neighborhoods will speak to the club next week about their community.
President Joe concluded the meeting at 12:56 by noting the assassination of President James Garfield on this day.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
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:

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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31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Rotary GSE Trips - Overview of Australian Adventure and Future Opportunities
Oct 10, 2019
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Polio, Rotary and Us
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Upcoming Events
Jesus Christ Superstar at the Arts Asylum
The Arts Asylum
Sep 30, 2019
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Oct 02, 2019 4:30 PM
Community Service Committee
Oct 03, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fireside at Peter Ho's Home
Peter Ho's Home
Oct 03, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 05, 2019
Camp Work Day
Rotary Youth Camp
Oct 05, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
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
Oct 09, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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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. 

Rotary Youth Camp News
By Laurie Mozley
Happy fall y’all! We had two Boy Scout troops who weathered the storm out at camp this weekend, and you know it’s officially fall when the fly over for the Chiefs game passes over camp! We had campers this summer celebrating football season a bit early with a giant football piñata!
Check out our workday event on Facebook If you have not already. We are excited for the season change and the upcoming family picnic!

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
     This year's league is made up of all ages and bowling skills. There are thirteen bowlers from Club 13, two Rotarians from other clubs, twelve from family and friends and two former members of Club 13.  
Last week John Lawrence entered the bowling alley favoring a sore right knee. But that didn't keep him from rolling his highest
game this year: a 256 with nine strikes and a clean game of 223. Well done. Ted Middendorf had a 203 and 214 and Henrik Andersen
201. His first of the season. Congratulations.

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