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

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(816) 842-2322






If you would like a PAPER Ballot mailed to you via US Postal Mail, please let Mandy know as soon as possible. Ballots must be returned by Thursday, December 6, 2018 to be counted.
By President Kara Bennett
Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends gather to share a meal with one another and express gratitude. Also, it is a time when we reach out to others that have basic needs of food, shelter and other services that sustain life.
We, at Rotary, treat Thanksgiving as more than one day on the calendar. All year we believe that we can make a difference by promoting peace, fighting disease, supporting education, providing clean water and growing local economies just to name a few activities that we are engaged in. And, that is what I am thankful for.
I am thankful for people like you that are working to better the world we live in.
Thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 29, 2018
Election Challenges
Dec 06, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Satellite Club Meeting
Tower Tavern
Nov 27, 2018
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Nov 28, 2018 4:30 PM
Literacy Committee Meeting
Nov 29, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bagel Run
Dec 01, 2018
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 01, 2018
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Dec 05, 2018 4:30 PM
108th Annual Rotary Holiday Party
The Carriage Club of Kansas City
Dec 06, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Bagel Run
Dec 08, 2018
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 08, 2018
Rotary Book Discussion Group
J Wilbur Co.
Dec 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
A few times each season we add red and orange pins to each rack. If one of the colored pins shows up as a head pin and you bowl a strike, you are awarded a two dollar bill.  Our League Treasurer brings 50 two dollar bills to be handed out and so far we have not had to issue any IOU's.  Last week, Eric Bubb was the big winner. He rolled his first 200 game of the season and took home three two dollar bills.  Congratulations.
ATTENTION BOWLERS:  Next week, November 21 we do not bowl. Happy Thanksgiving!

Bagel Run Captains and Volunteers Needed
We are needing Bagel Run Captains for December. Captains are responsible for arranging for each month's volunteers. Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver bagels every Saturday.
• There WILL NOW BE ONE pick-up point – You will need ONLY ONE Volunteer! At 2:00 PM, pick up at Meshuggah Bagels on 40 E. 13th St (Between Walnut & Main Next to One Light Apartments & Cosentino’s Market. You can park on the street right in front of store on Saturday). Please arrive on time - at 2:00 PM.
• Deliver to the Salvation Army Center/ARC at 1351 E. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo. (11th and Paseo).
Full Instructions will be provided to Captains and Volunteers. Contact Kent Verden or Dick Retrum to volunteer.

Learn more about the People of Rotary!
Click here to read about Harlan Stamper!
Click here to read about Linn Mills!
Click here to read about Robin Rusconi!
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.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Rotary Club of Kansas City!

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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
November 22, 2018
No Meeting this Week!
Last Week's Meeting
November 15, 2018
President Kara Bennett called the meeting to order. Harlan Stamper led us in America, the Beautiful with Carl Bolte on the keyboard - sans sheet music. Preston Hardge delivered a very thoughtful prayer invoking the spirit of Thanksgiving. President Kara introduced respected Past Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith, visiting from Kirksville, MO. He is leading a tour of South Africa where he has built many friendships in the name of Rotary.
Mandy Sheldon welcomed four guests of our members. Several Rotarians were celebrating Club anniversaries:  Ron Trachsel (39 years), Tom Davidson (39 years), Craig Bittner (3 years); Terry O’Toole (15 years), and Robin Rusconi (4 years). President Kara then introduced the candidates who are standing for election to various leadership positions within the Club. Ballots were passed out and e-mails sent following the meeting. Sally Bibb made a presentation on the status of polio eradication around the world as part of the November emphasis on giving to Rotary International Foundation. Bottom line is polio has been narrowed to Afghanistan and Pakistan with less than 30 cases last year. Tony Andresen reported on efforts to fill bell-ringing slots for Salvation Army.
Our speaker, Club 13 member, David Hanzlick, was then introduced. David presented on “A Perfect Storm: The Pendergast Machine, The Kansas City Athenaeum and the Municipal Elections of 1925.” A history buff and author of the book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, and Equality:  Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, David recounted the basic outlines of Boss Tom Pendergast’s 13-year stranglehold on political power in Kansas City beginning with the 1925 municipal election and ending with his indictment in 1939. While Pendergast was consolidating power as the Chairman of the Jackson County Democratic Party through political favors and vice, leaders of the women’s progressive movement were addressing, among other things, charitable needs, moral reform, and child labor laws. Women like Sarah Coates of the Women’s Christian Association, Clara Hoffman of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Mary Weeks of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and Masie Ragan of the Kansas City Athenaeum were garnering attention and followers and participating in the electoral process after the advent of women’s suffrage in 1920. Although the Pendergast Machine was hostile to the women’s movement, women were elected to the School Board, an entity untouched by Pendergast corruption, and played pivotal roles in shaping opposition to Pendergast. The women’s movement ultimately helped bring Pendergast down and played a major role in post-Pendergast reforms such as amendments to the Kansas City Charter and the election of reformist Mayoral candidate, John Gage, in 1940. Very informative and well researched presentation!    
President Kara adjourned the meeting with a relevant quote from Susan B. Anthony, a champion of women’s suffrage: “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
TWO Opportunities for Rotary Service this Holiday Season!
Volunteer Opportunities for Rotarians to Bring Christmas Joy to those less Fortunate!
Hey, Club 13 Members!  There are two fabulous opportunities to put Service Above Self this holiday season.  
The first opportunity is to bring Christmas joy to children at Gordon Parks Elementary School, in the heart of Kansas City, MO.  Gordon Parks is a public, non-profit charter school serving disadvantaged children in grades kindergarten-4th grade. The majority of these children have experienced trauma, homelessness and other significant challenges.  The presence of Rotarians will bring these children delight and joy.  Come wrap presents provided by Club 13's own Venture Fund, and then play Santa Claus (or Mrs. Claus) and his elves by passing out the presents to the boys and girls.
  • Volunteers will be needed to: WRAP the presents (sitting down) on December 17th and 18tfrom 10 am to Noon. Then, wear your Christmas apparel and pass out the presents on December 19th at 2:00 pm. (requires standing and moving around).  You can sign up for either volunteer opportunity or both! CLICK HERE to Sign Up for the Gordon Parks Christmas.

The second opportunity is at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kansas City, KS, on Wednesday, December 19th at 4:30 PM.  Come decorate the space with Christmas decorations, serve Christmas dinner (already prepared), and interact with young people and families served by St. Francis Ministries.  St. Francis Ministries provides healing and hope to over 30,000 young people and families worldwide.  These include foster children and their families and young people in recovery.   
  • Volunteers will decorate the dining room, serve dinner, and interact with about 100 youth and families. (This opportunity requires standing and moving around.)  Your presence will provide the children with the spirit of Christmas and let them know there are people in the community that care about them. CLICK HERE to Sign Up for Christmas with the Youth of St. Francis.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Our first 2018 Saturday of Bell Ringing is history, and in spite of chilly temperatures, it was a very successful first day! Our own Salvation Army member D.C. David Harvey was out on the Plaza offering support, and in the case of Carl Bolte, a knit cap on an otherwise cold head! Thanks to everyone who rang bells!
Our schedule is filling up, but there are still openings that I hope we can fill, both with single members and three spots with no one. This is a wonderful tradition, and a great way to spend time with fellow Rotarians or share a meal over the holidays before or after ringing with friends or family. If you haven’t had a chance to click on the link below, there’s still time!
As we all know, the Salvation Army does so much for our community and beyond. Just think of the recent hurricanes in the East, and now the horrific fires in California! The Salvation Army is there 24/ 7/365, and they depend on our efforts over the holidays to do their amazing work!
The easiest way to sign up is with THIS LINK.
Saturday, December 1st
12:00- 2:00pm  Sam’s Club/Northland  Ring w Brad Kleindl
4:00- 6:00pm   Sam’s Club/Northland  Both openings
10:00- 12:00pm  NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza  Ring w Peter Ho
4:00- 6:00 pm   NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza  Ring w Sherri Hahn
Saturday, December 8th
4:00- 6:00pm  Barnes & Noble/Plaza  Ring w Randy Sisk
12:00- 2:00pm NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza  Both openings
4:00- 6:00pm  NorthFace (Boar Statue)/Plaza  Both openings
Call or email me if you have any questions & thank you!
Tony Andresen
Out of Kansas City - and Into Africa!
Have you ever wanted to visit Africa?  Or if you have been to Africa, are you like most travelers who would like to return? If so, Rotary District 6040 is planning to provide that opportunity for Rotarians and their guests in the Kansas City area in February or March of 2020!
The Kansas City Rotary Club hosted a very successful “Out of Africa – And into Kansas City” event immediately following the 2017 RI convention in Atlanta, and now our Rotary district is planning to offer a reciprocal visit by local Rotarians and their guests to Southern Africa.  It will be a wonderful experience for two weeks of mixing and mingling with African Rotarians and viewing many potential Rotary service projects, while enjoying the beauty and uniqueness of Africa!
DGE Marc Horner will be the district governor in charge, and PDG Sally Bibb will be the expedition chair.  They will be assisted and accompanied by PRIP Ray Klinginsmith, who studied at the University of Cape Town as a Rotary scholar in 1961, and who has made several return visits to his adopted home of Africa.
The current plan is to depart KC on a Saturday in either February or March and to return to KC two weeks later with stops in South Africa and two or three additional countries. The United Airlines website is currently showing a cost of $1,500 per person for a roundtrip airfare from KC to Cape Town, and the cost of the hotels probably will be about $100 per night.  Therefore, the cost of the two-week expedition is expected to be in the $4,000 range.
The African continent has long been known as a Sleeping Giant, and it is now emerging with stronger economies.  The number of Rotarians in Africa has now increased to more than 30,000, and the Rotary clubs are very active in improving the lives of their local citizens.  The need for additional Rotary service projects is abundant, and a dedicated trip by our district Rotarians to view many possibilities for cooperative projects could set the stage for an increased number of international projects for several years in the future.
So, the big question is “How many of our Kansas City area Rotarians are interested in such a Rotary expedition”?  If you have an interest in the proposed trip to Southern Africa, please send an e-mail message to DGE Marc Horner at with a copy to PDG Sally Bibb at  The number of your responses will determine whether the proposed expedition is feasible, and therefore, we need to hear from all of you who are interested!  
Holiday Party