The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
November 21, 2019
Our Speaker this week is Ryan Weber, President, KC Tech Council. His topic is "Hyperloop: KC to St. Louis in 30 Minutes?"

Ryan currently serves as President of the KC Tech Council, an industry association and regional advocate for Kansas City’s tech industry. He represents KC’s tech industry internationally as a board member, and treasurer, of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA).

In 2013, Ryan was mentioned as a "Rising Star," by KC Business Magazine and is a 2015 graduate of the Centurions Leadership Program. Recently, the Kansas City Business Journal listed Ryan in the “Power 100,” a list of the most influential business leaders in the KC region.

Ryan is a member of the executive mentorship program for the College of Business at Kansas State University, his Alma Mater. He is also involved with several other non-profit and charitable organizations in the region.

Last Week's Meeting
November 14, 2019
The meeting commenced with the welcome from JoeHarlan Stamper and Charlie Huffman lead a variety of songs including the Military songs of all branches.  Karl Bolte was the orchestra on the piano that knew every song that honored our service men. The Pledge of Allegiance was a Red Skelton video explaining the pledge and then leading us in it.  Here is the link if you want to see it again or use it for educational purposes.
Brooke Christy lead the invocation. November Birthdays were our greeters and the visitors were announced.
Club anniversaries for the week are Ron Trachsel of 40 years. Joe introduced the Board Candidates that you want to learn about for upcoming elections.  Michelle Biondo, Craig Bittner, Tom Davis, Barbara Dolci, Linn Mills, Robin WellsBarbara Dolci shared community service opportunities for Harvesters, Mind Drive and Pathway program.  Check the website to see where you can be used. Sherri Hahn mentioned that Garfield Elementary School will be reading to 3rd graders. You can start as a sub on Wednesdays and grow to where you can lead the reading with the kids. Kara Bennett shared that December 5 “Ask the Exec” will be at HOK Architects on 27th street. Watch for an invite. Sign up for Bell Ringing.  Under 40 and friends is Thursday, December 12, 6:00pm at RJ Nauta where you will make ginger bread houses. 
Our speaker for the meeting was Andrew Maraniss, author, who was introduced by Tom Van Dyke.  New York Times best seller and wrote the book, Games of Deception:  a story of the 1936 Olympics and Nazi hypocrisy of the games. The Olympics where Basketball had was introduced as a sport.  It had the most countries participating of any sport which shows how this school project of James Naismith had spread around the world. The two US teams who had qualified through a tournament in KC were McPhearson, KS and Universal Pictures team from LA. This team even had one Jewish player who had to decide whether to risk playing in the games in Germany. The games where played on a clay court like tennis which did not help the ball bounce. It was even worse on the gold metal game between the US team and Canada which took place in the rain. The final score had the US win 19 to 8. 
There are many biographies in the book which are worth the read. One such comes from Dr. Al Miller who was 13 during the 36 Olympics. He was a jew and Bullied all his life.  He was inspired when he Saw Jesse Owens of the US run and win. His parents got him out of Germany before the Holocaust and retired as an eye doctor in Cincinnati. He was Bi-lingual and always teaches children the 5 most important words of the Pledge of Allegiance.  “Liberty and Justice for All.”
Some quotes from the presentation to think about. 
“The road to the Holocaust was paved with bullying, lies, propaganda, and a cynically calculated encouragement of intolerance.”
“Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.”  Elie Wiesel
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  We must take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormenter, never the tormented. “ Elie Wiesel
“Words have wings. “ Mirjam Pressler
“If the first casualty of Nazism was the truth, then we must tell the truth about the past, call out dangerous lies in our own time, and raise alarms when we see justice or humanity imperiled.  History has taught us we cannot be bystanders.” 
 Herman Meville’s novel Moby Dick was published.  And birthdays are 1948, Charles Prince of Wales and Claude Monet. 
Boanthropy is a psychological disorder where people think they are cows.
Today in History:  1851
Joe thanked everyone for attending. Meeting Adjourned.
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Fellow Rotarians,
There are still great shifts left in the morning and afternoon, on the Plaza and in the Northland. The Northland is our highest producing location; so it would be great to fill up these spaces! Ringing the Bells is a wonderful holiday tradition, and hugely important for the Salvation Army who does so much for our community and beyond.
We are using for the fifth year, and it has worked extremely well. You can even sign up using your cell phone! The link is:
If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider these shifts:
Saturday, November 23rd
North Face (Boar Statue) – Plaza  10:00- 12:00 pm    open
North Face (Boar Statue) – Plaza   4:00-6:00 pm       open
Saturday, December 7th
North Face (Boar Statue) – Plaza   10:00- 12:00 pm    Ring with Neil Barnett
North Face (Boar Statue) – Plaza   12:00- 2:00 pm      Ring with Steve Dicus
Crown Center- INDOORS 2nd Floor   12:00- 2:00 pm      open
Sam’s Club- Northland  12:00- 2:00 pm      open
Sam’s Club- Northland   2:00- 4:00 pm       open
Barnes & Noble- Plaza   4:00- 6:00 pm       open
North Face (Boar Statue) – Plaza  4:00- 6:00 pm    open
Sam’s Club- Northland   4:00- 6:00 pm      Ring with Kermit Bright
Saturday, December 14th
Barnes & Noble- Plaza   10:00- 12:00 pm    Ring with Chris Boland
Starbucks on the Plaza   12:00- 2:00 pm     open
Starbucks on the Plaza    2:00- 4:00 pm     open
Barnes & Noble- Plaza   4:00- 6:00 pm       Ring with Randy Sisk
Starbucks on the Plaza   4:00- 6:00 PM      open
Call or email me if you have any questions & thank you,
Tony Andresen
Rotary Youth Camp Changes Lives
Did you know you can change lives at our Rotary Youth Camp by making a donation to our Club’s Foundation?
The Foundation contributes to the Rotary Youth Camp every year to keep it running. Without the financial support we would not be able to provide so many “firsts” for our campers. “Many of our young campers live with physical, mental or emotional challenges. We provide a place to grow, laugh and experience life’s first as their authentic self”, according to the Rotary Youth Camp Facebook site.
Do you want to make a difference? Please make a donation today!
First, special thanks to our existing Fellows and Sustaining Members.  Hopefully, you will give again this year. It takes a $1,000 contribution to become a Fellow of the Foundation and you may also become a Fellow by first being a Sustaining Member. A Sustaining Member contributes a minimum of $100 per year until reaching the $1,000 Fellow level.
There is a special “matching” offer until December 31st for new donors. Contribute $800 and an anonymous donor will pay $200 and you will become a Fellow! Or, become a Sustaining Member and this donor will match your original $100. This offer is for new Fellows and new Sustaining Members only.
If you have any questions or want to make a donation, please contact Foundation President Phil Kinney at  or 816-941-9015 or Foundation Resource Development Chair Sally Bibb at  or 816-835-2088
Please make a donation now!
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan.  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, December 2, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Eleven-year-old George Washington Black – or Wash – a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen to be the manservant of his master’s brother.  To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist.  Soon Wash is initiated into a world where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.  But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee.  Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, “Washington Black” is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.
Holiday Party
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Upcoming Events
Satellite Club Meeting
Nov 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Bagel Run
Nov 30, 2019
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Dec 02, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Dec 02, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Dec 04, 2019
Ask the Exec at HOK
Dec 05, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Holiday Party at Carriage Club
Carriage Club
Dec 06, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bagel Run
Dec 07, 2019
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 07, 2019
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Dec 11, 2019
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Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
 We love this time of year because it gives us the opportunity to host different Boy Scout Troops and their Thanksgiving celebrations. This weekend we had Troop 92 and Troop 42 enjoy Thanksgiving feasts!  Both troops worked up their appetites by unloading the siding for the new cabins and of course raking leaves!  The new basketball court has been a big hit with all the fall groups!

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
Del Karmeier with an average of 139 burned up the lanes today with a 196 followed by a 197. Karl Roscoe also got hot and rolled his first high game of the season with a 206. John Lawrence got consistent with a 224 and a 224. Dee Reynolds picked up the 6-7 split.  Congratulations all.
We have a new first place team. "Splits & Giggles" has taken the lead by one game. Chris Grimsley is the most improved male bowler and Jane Lee the most improved female.

Bagel Run
Volunteers are needed for the weekly Saturday Bagel Run,  during the month of December. This event helps out the local Salvation Army.  To volunteer please contact Linn Mills, 505-402-6630 or
Linn will be happy to give you complete details regarding this project.

Ramblin Rotarians 
Join us as we visit the Olathe Rotary Club on Wednesday, November 20th!
Olathe Rotary Club
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:00 Noon
Hilton Garden Inn
12080 S. Strang Line Rd.
Olathe, KS 66063
Lunch Cost - $15.00

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