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The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
January 9, 2020
 
Our speaker this week is Mark Comfort, Co-Owner, Cruise Holidays and Comfort Tours. His topic is "Travel Trends in Changing Times."
Mark Comfort is co-owner of Cruise Holidays Kansas City, Comfort Tours and Travel, and Comfort Investments with his wife Mimi Comfort.  Mark and Mimi Comfort have two children: Andrea and Spencer, 23. Mark and Mimi reside in Platte City, Missouri and have a second home in Copper Mountain, Colorado – Mark’s favorite getaway place!

When Mark is not busy with his involvement in the Kansas City Community, he loves to golf, play tennis, run, walk his Golden Retrievers and is an avid sports fan - Mark can often been seen frequenting the games of his many favorite sports teams: Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Missouri Tigers, Park University Pirates, and Platte Country Pirates.

As one might imagine, with his line of work, Mark also loves to travel!  His favorite travel memories are: his 3 African safaris and the Galapagos Islands for wildlife, the Norwegian Fjords and Alaska for scenery, and Egypt and the Greek Isles for history. With over 100 cruises, all-inclusive resorts, and other resort and land-based vacations, Mark has the knowledge, know-how and experience to talk about almost every destination world-wide. 

One of Mark’s proudest personal memories is having the Park University baseball field named after him: Comfort Field. He is also proud of being able to provide a yearly scholarship to a Park University baseball player. Mark, professionally, is proudest of having built Cruise Holidays from the ground up with his wife, Mimi, into the largest Cruise Holidays store in the United States.  

Last Week's Meeting
January 2, 2020
 
The meeting in the cozy confines of the Kill Devil Club began with a greeting from Pres. Joe Privitera, followed by a patriotic song led by Charlie Huffman and accompanied somewhere in the back of the stage by the piano player Carl Bolte.
 
After a few moments of silence to note the passing of long time member, Ken Craven, the invocation was led by Henrik Andersen. His text was taken from a new year’s greeting by the leader of Denmark, which was recorded in both English and Danish.  (Mr. A. read the English version.)
 
Mandy greeted the guests, and we would have thanked the Greeters.  However, there were none...
 
January Club anniversaries were noted for the following members:  Bill Buckner, 52 years; Tom Kirkwood, 69 years; Bob Lager, 31 years;
John Miller, 50 years; Jim Porter, 46 years; Keith Smith, 43 years; Matt Meyer, 23 years; Dennis Chapman, 18 years; Christy Chester, 29 years; John Gillis, 8 years; Joe Priviera, 8 years.
 
Barbara Dolci reported that it’s time to be pulling out your old coats to donate to the Club’s annual Coat event. Dan Nenonen reported on activities at the Club Camp for Kids. Mary Kingsley reminded us of the Plaza Lights party coming on Jan 7.  (See the Buzzsaw for details of these events and activities.)
 
Member George Gordon’s ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation was recognized with an addition of one to his Paul Harris Fellow award.
 
Pres. Joe (of Italian descent) called Carl DiCapo (of Italian descent) to the podium to introduce our speaker for the day Charles V. Lamento (of Italian descent.)  (I didn’t make this up...)
 
Mr. Lamento is the Founding Director of Global Hope Network Intl.’s (GHNI) Criminal Law Policy & Training Center in Geneva, Switzerland and is GHNI’s Chief Representative to the United Nations and UN Office of Drugs and Crime. His topic was "Worldwide Human Trafficking, RE: Sex Slaves."
 
To quote from his bio, Mr. Lamento is an accomplished International human rights lawyer and former assistant Jackson County prosecutor devoted to legislative lawyering and the formation of public policy, training and education that strengthens public justice systems in developing countries to eradicate human rights violations, human trafficking, cyber sex trafficking, sexual violence against children, forced labor, and corruption.
 
His presentation today consisted of a review of overwhelming statistics to show the extent of human trafficking around the world, and a discussion of worldwide political, legislative, legal, religious, and social factors that complicate efforts to combat the exploitation of children, women, and men against their wills for sexual and other activities. 
 
A recording of his remarks can be found on the Club’s website. (See the Buzzsaw for a link to recordings of the Club’s meetings.)  Also, I highly recommend your attention to the Global Hope Network’s website, https://www.globalhopenetwork.org.
 
The meeting ended with the singing of the old favorite, Auld Lang Syne, led by guest Marilyn Moore, who is a professional opera singer.  Wow!  What a beautiful voice!
 
 
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Pathways Holiday Party
Our Rotary Club hosted a beautiful Holiday Party for 30 Pathways Youth who are near aging out of Foster Care. Youth were treated to a fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings at Cornerstones of Care Headquarters, and we provided each with a hoodie sweatshirt, new socks, and a stocking of treats and English Crackers to end the party. Over the past 6 months, Club 13 has provided monthly discussions with the youth on budgeting money, applying and interviewing for jobs, union trades, bus transportation, and general health care.  Marc McCarty, Brooke Christy, Jerry Cooke, Phil Kinney, Linn Mills, Mary Kingsley, Paul Searcy, Dana Hetrick, Tim Tholen, Phil Cole, Joe Privitera and Barbara Dolci have taken part in the leadership of these meetings. 
 
So What’s Next for Pathways???
We have been asked to consider a Mentoring Program, so we could meet one-on-one with a youth over dinner at Cornerstones of Care. We would be paired according to interests, and meet from February through June. Planning will take place the month of January.  Cornerstones LSWs will provide training and will answer questions as we plan. Please contact: Marc McCarty, Brooke Christy, or Barbara Dolci if you are interested in Mentoring a young adult who is aging out of the Foster Care System.  
In Other News...
Chip Dickey was featured in the online edition of the KC Star with this picture and caption:
Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village was the birthplace of a friendship between Walter “Chip” Dickey (left) and George Sayles (right), who met Santa Claus (portrayed by Rick Stuart) at the senior community’s Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 7. Dickey, 80, of Prairie Village, retired from Hallmark as a tax solution attorney. Sayles, 92, hails from Kansas City. The Navy veteran, 92, retired from General Motors where he worked for 40 years.
Winter Celebration at Camp
 
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Upcoming Events
Women and Friends of Rotary
Ragazza
Jan 14, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 15, 2020
 
Camp Enterprise Meeting
Kitchens by Kleweno
Jan 15, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Bagel Run
Jan 18, 2020
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 22, 2020
 
Bagel Run
Jan 25, 2020
 
Satellite Club Meeting
Brickhouse
Jan 28, 2020
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
 
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Jan 29, 2020
 
Bagel Run
Feb 01, 2020
 
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Feb 03, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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January Birthday Celebrants
 
Glenn Crawford  1/2
Michelle Biondo  1/7
Dana Hetrick  1/16
Crosby Kemper  1/17
Jim Porter  1/17
Eric Frye  1/18
Rose Ryan  1/18
Paul Flucke  1/20
Bill Mitchell  1/22
Tony Andresen  1/23
Mary Kingsley  1/26
Kimberly Beatty  1/29

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly

Our Chipotle fundraiser is just around the corner! Join us January 8th from 4-8pm to come help our cause! All you have to do is show up, either show this flyer or mention our organization, and 33% of your purchase will go to the camp!! The Lee’s Summit Chipotle address is 900 NE Columbus St Lees Summit, MO- can’t wait to see you there!! Click here for more info.
We wish everyone a Happy New Year! This year will continue to bring life changing camping experiences to our campers! Come out this summer to see this in person, May 30-Aug 8.

 
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