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

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322






Spouse's Day is February 8th!
Our Speaker will be Larry Lunsford, with Shoes for Orphan Souls.
Please click here to register your guest.
Thank you!

Feb 08, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
Rollin Down the River: DIscovering People and Places Along the Mighty Missouri
Feb 22, 2018
United States v. T.J. Pendergast
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Upcoming Events
Ramblin Rotarians Visit Overland Park South
Deer Creek Golf Club
Feb 07, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 07, 2018 4:30 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
Kill Devil
Feb 08, 2018 11:00 AM
Spouse's Day Luncheon
The Gallery
Feb 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Women of Rotary and Friends Event
Nick & Jake's
Feb 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 14, 2018 4:30 PM
Literacy Committee
Feb 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mark One Electric
Feb 21, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 21, 2018 4:30 PM
Rotary After Hours
Tower Tavern
Feb 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Feb 28, 2018 4:30 PM
One Light Social Event
One Light
Mar 01, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Mar 05, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Ramblin Rotarians Visit Overland Park South Rotary
Join us for the next Ramblin Rotarians event scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th at 7:15 a.m.  The host club will be Overland Park South Rotary Club and here are the details:
  • The program will be part of their entrepreneurial series, which club president Theresa Jones recommended
  • The location is the Deer Creek Golf Club at 7000 W. 133rd St., Overland Park, KS 66213 (Basically the Northeast corner of Metcalf and 133rd).
  • Parking is free
  • Cost of the breakfast buffet is $11.00
  • Meeting begins with coffee and social at 7:15 a.m., breakfast buffet at 7:45 a.m. and out the door by 8:30 a.m.
Click HERE to sign up!


Salvation Army Bell Ringing Wrap-up

Fellow Club 13 Bell Ringers,

On behalf of Rotary 13 and the Salvation Army, the Bell Ringing Committee thanks all the many members, their families and friends who braved the weather to ring bells this Holiday Season! 

We weren’t without a few customary snafus, but we hope that you enjoyed the experience, and thank you for helping the Salvation Army provide critical help and hope to those in need within our community. Congratulations to all in helping us raise just over $4,000 this year!!!

Special thanks to Dennis McKeehan, Tim Tholen and Mandy for all their help in lining up and coordinating our bell ringing effort.

We are always looking to improve this experience for our members and to increase what we earn for the Salvation Army; so if you have any ideas please share them with us.

Again, thank you,

Tony Andresen

Club 13 Bell Ringing Chair


The February Auxiliary Luncheon
Thursday, February 8th
The Gallery (14th & Main)
We will join the Rotary Club for its "Spouse's Day Luncheon."
Guest Speaker is Larry Lunsford whose topic will be "Shoes for Orphan Souls"
If you would like to attend, please contact Marcia Beardsley at - 913-648-7792

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
The second half of the bowling season has two teams tied for first place and two teams tied for second. Carol Retrum and Dee Reynolds were tied (48 pins) for most pins over their average.
There were impressive high games rolled last week but no one reach 200 or better. However, there were a few impressive split conversions. Kay Roscoe covered the 7-3-6-10, Del Karmeier the 6-7, John Lawrence the 2-4-10, Dick Retrum the 5-7 and Chris Grimsley picked up the 4-10. Congratulations all.
Chris Grimsley has been a sub and will now join the league as a full time bowler. His average is in the 160 range. When asked about bowling every week, he stated, "This is the friendliest group of people I have ever bowled with."

Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
This weekend at camp we had a Girl Scout derby event in the dining hall, an Eagle project in the tall grasses and a Scout Life service project in main camp. The Monday Crew has been busy getting things ready for camp!  A little roofing here and there, a little digging , some painting, staining and hanging things. The roads and parking lot have held up well. Thanks again to the county for coming to our aid!

We are looking for a few new Bagel Run Captains! Captains are responsible for finding the weekly volunteer to pick up and deliver bagels for one month out of the year. We are looking for April, October, November and December. Please let Mandy know if you would like to help!

Members, click here to log in to Clubrunner.
The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
February 1, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Special Agent Michael Miller, FBI KC Training Coordinator. His topic is "Encountering an Active Shooter."
Here is a little bit about Special Agent Miller, in his own words:
"Most importantly, I have been married nearly 30 years and my wife and I have two adult children.  I am in my 20th year with the FBI.  I began my career in 1998 in Chicago where I worked Healthcare Fraud and then Domestic Terrorism and WMD matters.  I transferred to Kansas City in 2004 where I worked Counterterrorism (Domestic and International Terrorism matters) until 2012.  In 2012, I was appointed the Sr. Team Leader for the FBI KC Evidence Response Team (ERT).  From 2012-2017, I coordinated all ERT matters for KC FBI including coordination with the KBI to process the scene of the active shooter scene at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.  I have been a member of the FBI ERT Program since 2000 and have processed many officer involved shootings and human remains (victim) recoveries.  I earned undergraduate degrees in Radiologic Technology and General Science and a graduate degree in Health and Physical Education from Fort Hays State University.  Prior to the FBI, I worked for 12 years in Medical Imaging as an X-ray Technologist."
Last Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meetings
January 25, 2018
Before the meeting could get started in the confines of the Kill Devil Club room, this scribe had to call attention himself by tripping on a table cloth and unceremoniously falling on the floor.  The loud thump attracted the attention of some bystanders.  However, the faller stood up, shook himself off, declined the summons of EMTs, and declared himself unharmed.
After that bit of distraction, the meeting was called to order by Pres. David McCaughey.  Song master Bob Lager took the mike and with a little help from the usual piano player, C. Bolte, who was lurking somewhere in the back of the stage, led us in singing My Country Tis Of Thee. Al Tikwart brought for an invocation of thanks, especially for the good works of Rotary, both around the world and among our members. Dan Hughes introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
Prez. M. noted the anniversaries of following members’ years of service to Club 13:
Dan Doty, 23 years
Al Tikwart, 30 years
Madaline Walter, 30 years
Christy Chester, 27 years
Rick Halterman, 20 years
Barbara Dolci reported that a 5-member GSE (Group Study Exchange) team from southern Chile will be in town in April and May, and we will be hosting the team from Apr. 14 to Apr. 19.  She is looking for volunteers to host team members in their homes while they are here.  The Team will be visiting other clubs in the area and will depart for home on May 6.  Please let Barbara, any member of the International Subcommittee, or Mandy know if you might be available to host a team member.
Bill Kort introduced our speaker for the day, Dr. Kurt Graham, the director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, who was here to talk about the great things that are happening at the Museum. (See Dr. Graham’s bio. from the Buzzsaw below.)  
Dr. Graham began by noting the need for Pres. Truman’s style of inclusive leadership in today’s climate of divisive, confrontational political leadership.  In many ways, Truman is the Will Rogers of the American Presidency.  His one liners are legendary.  When Dr. Graham first joined the Museum, he was reminded of one of Truman’s favorite sayings, “Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.”
Dr. Graham has been with the Museum for two and a half years.  He has led numerous changes in the Museum and is happy to report that after many years of gradual decline in attendance, there is a relatively small gradual increase in attendance in the last couple of years.  He said that he was hired to lead a process of major renovation in the Museum and was pleased to report that the design and fund-raising parts of that process are almost complete.  Ground breaking on the renovations will begin soon, with a goal of completion by April 7, 2020.  Most of Dr. Graham’s remarks were his descriptions of the features of the renovations, supported by a great series of slides. 
Dr. Graham’s bio:
In July 2015, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced Dr. Kurt Graham’s appointment as the Director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Dr. Graham has extensive experience in the library/museum world. He directed the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. As director, he orchestrated the digitization of some of the Library's most important archival collections, oversaw the physical renovation of the Library's public spaces, managed the Center's fellowship program, and launched a documentary editing project, The Papers of William F. Cody. He left Cody to direct the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City in 2010, where he spearheaded the development and redesign of the museum's principal history exhibit, which included several significant multi-media components.
Prior to his work in the public history field, Dr. Graham was a member of the history faculty at California State University, San Bernardino, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American political and legal/constitutional history. He has a Ph.D. in American history from Brown University and a B.A. and an M.A. from Brigham Young University in English and American studies, respectively. He is the author of To Bring Law Home: The Federal Judiciary in Early National Rhode Island (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010). He lives with his wife and family in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Pres. M. closed with the following Truman quote:
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who takes the credit.”
Editor's note - last week's meeting report was by John Gillis, due to an Editor's error, he didn't get credit for the report.
Success in Africa with HealthEd Connect
From our International Project Partner HealthEd Connect: "These two moms were dancing, clapping, and waving these certificates when they met us coming in the school yard at Kasompe.  They had every reason to celebrate!!  They had just received news that their children had passed the 7th grade standardized exams!!  They were now carrying home  chickens to prepare a BIG splurge celebration meal.
"We were thrilled for them but even more elated to learn we had 100% pass rate at both schools ---49 students at Kasompe and 58 at Chipulukusu!!!  That's an incredible feat for  107 orphans and vulnerable children who have so many challenges in life.  Kudos to their teachers for providing them with a quality efucation.  We couldn't be prouder."
From Club 13 Rotarian Jan Armstrong: "I think this achievement is due to our club's long-term involvement and support of HealthEd Connect.  They have made a tremendous impact in education and health of these areas of Zambia, Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo.  We can also thank Past President Ron Trachsel for introducing us to this organization and its founders, Sherri and Jac Kirkpatrick.  But our impact will start to be realized from now on.  Our tablet project would not exist without the initial request from HealthEd Connect and the subsequent efforts of Tom Davis's grant writing skills and efforts of our partner Rotary club, Makuba/Ndola.  I strongly believe that by continuing to focus our club's international efforts on one area in Zambia, we are making a lasting impact on a population desperate to improve their lives and those of their children."
Women in Rotary 30th Anniversary Event!
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Sally Bibb - who will be coordinating registrations. We would love to have a table of eight Club 13 women at this event!

Rotary Leadership Institute
Okay, so this isn’t the slogan for the District 6040 Rotary Leadership Institute… Fact is, we don’t really have a slogan, although this very well could be our theme! We’re all about providing trained leaders to make our Rotary Clubs bigger, better and stronger. You can brush up on your leadership skills and techniques, learn a bunch of “Rotary stuff,” exchange ideas with other enthusiastic Rotarians, and – KAPOW! – make friends all around the District!
The Rotary Leadership Institute offers three day-­‐long sessions focusing on The Rotarian (Part I), The Club (Part II), and Your (Future) Rotary Journey (Part III). The cost for course materials, meals and snacks, and facilities is $50/session, which many clubs pay for their participating members. Trained facilitators will be leading RLI sessions in 2018 on four different dates:
April 7 – Part I sessions in Kirksville and St. Joseph April 21 – Parts II and III sessions in Chillicothe Sept. 15 – Part I sessions in Milan and Lawson Sept. 29 – Parts II and III sessions in Chillicothe
For more details, contact District RLI Coordinator and PDG Jerry Venters at or 816­‐665­‐9272.  You can register for our upcoming sessions in April and September at www.hoa-­‐  Since 2014, nearly 50 of your fellow Rotarians have graduated from RLI and another 50 are part-­‐way there. Become a graduate of RLI and – SHAZAAM!! – just like that, you could put your club in ORBIT!!!
If you are interested in attending RLI, Club 13 is offering sponsorships to its members. Contact Mandy for more info.
Camp Enterprise 2018

Camp Enterprise is an intensive one-day experience where qualified high school juniors and seniors will come together to explore the fundamental challenges of launching a new business venture.

This year, we will host a select group of 90 students to come and interact with business, civic, government, and educational leaders to learn firsthand about starting a business, managing a new venture, and the responsibilities that come with being a part of the next generation of business professionals.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 10th 2018 at Bloch Executive Hall on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Our partners at UMKC will provide a great opportunity to use their state-of-the-art facilities, technology, and Business faculty to compliment the foundation values that, for more than 40 years, have made Camp Enterprise a special and unique experience.

The Rotary Youth Camp has a long and proud history. In the 1920’s, Robert Gees, a dedicated Rotary Club member, came up with the idea to create a recreational camp for the youth of Kansas City and the city’s surrounding areas. Over the years, the camp has evolved into a city-wide effort to educate the city’s youth on the value of free enterprise, business management, entrepreneurship, and business ethics.

We’re excited to meet this year’s participants, and we know you will take away new skills, new friends, and great memories from the experience!

For more information visit the website at and watch this video.

Help Support the Group Study Exchange
Join us to support Rotary’s 2018 Group Study Exchange!
Please click on the link below and indicate your area of interest. We will contact you after you have submitted. 
Event: 2018 Group Study Exchange (GSE) - Chile (District 4355 – Southern Chile)
Dates: April 14 – April 19, 2018
Details: The goal for Rotarians in both countries and team members will be inspired to create humanitarian service and volunteer service projects after the exchanges and based on what they learned through the GSE experience. 
What do host clubs provide –
  1. Home hosting, including meals.
  2. Itinerary of local service and volunteer projects that could be replicated in another culture, visits to individuals in the same occupation as the team member, social events, cultural events.
  3. Entrance fees to events on the planned itinerary, if required.
  4. Contact Rotary clubs in your area to arrange visits to Rotary clubs, inclusion of Rotarians from other clubs in social and cultural events.
  5. Transportation to and from the club’s host area and as needed to implement the itinerary.
  6. Optional – small gifts or club banners.
Visiting Team Names and Occupations
Team Leader:
Brenda Calderón: Spanish-English Translator and Master in University Pedagogy
Team Members:
Camila Morales: Engineer in Business Administration with a major in Marketing
Cristián Soto: Dentist
Karl Hund: Industrial Design
Mario Henríquez: Kinesiologist
Please click on this link if you are interested in helping in one of the following areas:
  • I am interested in hosting one or more night, please provide details. Dates: April 15, 16, 17, 18, (guests travel to another club on the 19th).
  • I have a service project that may be of interest to our guests.
  • I can translate.
  • I can provide transportation.
  • I can take our guests to a cultural event.
  • I can arrange for a guest to visit in their area of interest