The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
Last Week's Meeting
September 22, 2022
The meeting began a little late in the Kill Devil Club room (what a name…) when Pres. Eric Bubb asked us to stand and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Kelly Collins’ invocation that reminded us of the remarkably comfortable conditions of our lives, compared to the unspeakably awful conditions so many people must endure.
Having determined that the meeting was bereft of guests, we proceeded to note the following club anniversaries: Bill Popplewell, 43 years; Stacey Carrow, 1 year; Greg Kallos, 39 years; Harlan Stamper, 30 years; Michelle Biondo, 6 years; Bill Gray, 27 years; Lee Brumitt, 23 years; and Linn Mills, 7 years.
There were no members admitting to being in Sick Bay, so we welcomed our newest Rotary Gold Club Champion of the Year, club member Julio Dotel, who said, “Awe Shucks, it was nothing.” (He beat Peter Ho.) Julio then served double duty by being the subject of today’s vocational minute. Pres. Bubb asked him some questions about his work as a software engineer and web developer for VMLY&R, an “American marketing and communications company specializing in advertising, digital and social media, sales promotion, direct marketing and brand identity consulting. (According to Wikipedia). Sounds like interesting work, whatever it is.
After thanking the members of the Ecology Committee  (Ms. Armstrong’s bunch) for their excellent handling of being Meeting Greeters today, Pres. Bubb reviewed the many activities coming up in the coming days and weeks.  Rather than trying to list all of them here, I refer you to the latest Buzzsaw for the definitive word.
Pres. Bubb than introduced P.P. & P.D.G. Mark Horner, who introduced our speaker for the day, Innocent Magambi, whose topic was “Helping Refugees in Africa Find a Place Called Home.”
To quote from the Buzzsaw: “A refugee from birth, Innocent spent the first 27 years of his life in five refugee camps in Eastern and Southern Africa. Despite facing much hurt along his journey, he never allowed the adversity to define him or to determine his destiny. With support from a local Church, Innocent became a change agent for fellow refugees and the host community in Malawi. Against all odds, he founded There Is Hope, an organization that aims at mitigating the effects of long-term displacement among refugees and generational poverty among Malawians.
Innocent led There is Hope for fifteen years, impacting thousands of refugees and Malawians through educational scholarships, vocational training, Job creation through social enterprise Kibebe, and Leadership development through Bible training. A strong believer in healthy leadership succession, Innocent left his organization, which now operates with a staff of 53 under the safe hands of local professionals. Deeply marked by his own experience, Innocent has dedicated the next phase of his commitment to advocate for refugee rights through Inua Advocacy. In Malawi, all refugees face indefinite encampment, excluded from local integration and deprived of the right to employment.”
In today’s remarks, Mr. Magambi described the circumstances of his early years, the incredible conditions for people in Malawi and other parts of Africa.  He showed photos of his beautiful family and described some of their challenges. There is Hope is the name of the organization that he started in 2006 to provide services to refugees. 
The general theme of all of Mr. Magambi’s remarks was a description of the unimaginably terrible conditions that are the only life conditions that many refugees live in, and they probably will spend the rest of their lives there. He elaborated further on his remarks during the following lengthy question and answer session.
I left the meeting wondering if there will be a day when people all over the earth live in basically healthy and safe conditions with opportunities to live in peace and freedom. 
After the end of the program, P. Bubb reviewed the topics of coming meetings, with a reminder that there will not be a meeting this week (Sept 29),
Today’s quote was:  “Believe you can and you’re half way there” – Theodore Roosevelt.
The meeting ended with the usual recitation of the 4-Way Test.
Jan Armstrong Named World Citizen
Jan Armstrong was named World Citizen by the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City and will be honored at the Annual Mayor’s UN Day Dinner on Monday, October 24th, 6:00 PM, Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners, 2500 West Pennway, KCMO. The keynote speaker will be Shombi Sharp, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, however, Jan will also give a talk on water issues including the Rotary project of bore holes in Kitwe, Zambia.
Jan was selected for her many years of contributing to the culture, education, environment, people-to-people friendship, as well as animal well-beings not only in Kansas City but also globally.
Jan has many, many international projects through her 26 years in Rotary Club 13 and also as an international Ambassador for the Nature Conservancy.  Jan has served in leadership roles in several China-related organizations including the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation, Society for Friendship with China, and Sister Cities and participated in service projects as well as made financial contributions to many, many projects.
Jan has served on the boards or as an active member of various education, community service, environmental related organizations.  She has traveled all seven continents making friends around the world and truly is a World Citizen. 
Click here to read Jan’s interesting and incredible number of projects, accomplishments and travels.
If interested in joining other Club 13 Rotarians to attend the dinner and honor Jan, please contact Sally Bibb 816.835.2088
The Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation Secures the Rotary Youth Camp’s Future
Through the month of October there will be a fundraising campaign for the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation. The Rotary Youth Camp serves thousands of campers each year and the Foundation assures that will continue for years to come. The Foundation contributes to the Camp’s operating budget and helps fund improvement to the facilities and grounds. 
Now more than ever, the Foundation needs your support. Many thanks to the existing Foundation Fellows and Sustaining Members for your past support and we ask that you give again this year. It takes a $1,000 contribution to become a Fellow of the Foundation or you may 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. All contributions to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.
There is a special “matching” offer through the month of October for new donors. Contribute $800, an anonymous donor will pay $200, and you’ll be a Fellow! Begin as a Sustaining Member at “half price,” as the anonymous donor will match $1 for $1 –up to $200!
If you have questions or want to make a donation, please contact foundation President Marc Horner at or 816.985.8766 or Foundation Resource Development Chair Sally Bibb at or 816.835.2088.
Please make a donation now!
Save the Monarch Butterfly 60,000 Tree Challenge
Save the Monarch Butterfly 60,000 Tree Challenge North American Boxcar Tour” event on Saturday, September 24th was a wonderful success. The Monarch Mariposa Boxcar, a custom designed boxcar that celebrates and raises awareness of the journey of the monarch butterfly, had traveled the path of the monarchs from Windsor, Ontario, and was on the rails beside Union Station.(see photo of Nick Pryor and the boxcar)
Through the sun filled day, over a thousand visitors wandered through the 15 exhibitors sampling their informational literature, receiving free packets of seeds, and watching the release of monarchs (see photo of Jan Armstrong with a monarch butterfly). In the Suburban Lawn & Garden exhibit, visitors could learn about pollinator gardens and buy many types of plants. Volunteers in the Club 13 exhibit gave away hundreds of butterfly bags to children and sold dozens of Monarch baseball hats (see photo of volunteers Diane Scott and Mary Kingsley with children the butterfly bags). The KC Library Bookmobile and a couple of food trucks circled the Haverty Yards.
On stage, President Eric Bubb was the MC for the Opening Ceremony which began with the US and Mexican national anthems and was followed by remarks from and Greg Shelton CO-Chair of the Prairie Village Environmental Committee, The Honorable Head Consul of Mexico Padilla Mayer, Chair of Morella/Kansas City Sister City Committee Gloria Bessenbacher, David Eaton Rotarian of Monterey Mexico, and Rotary International Director Elizabeth Usovicz. The Ceremony ended with the song Dos Arbolitos (The Little Trees) by Nina Rodriguez.
Through the day, on stage were the Mariachi Fuego Band led by Stephen Reyes, the Folkorico Dance Group Led by Rose Marie Mendez and songs and dance by Nina Rodrigues. A highlight of the day was the Operation Pollination Signing by the District Governors of Districts 6040, 6060, 6080 and 5710 (see photo). 
Thank you to the event Co-Chairs Jan Armstrong and Nick Pryor and the support by President Eric for the planning and implementation of a successful event! Thank you to the more than 20 Rotary volunteers who wore the monarch T shirts made the event go so smoothly. A special thanks to Lainie & Steve Wilbur who designed and provided the awesome monarch T shirts, the butterfly bags and the decorative table coverings used for the Pollination Signing. Corporate partners whose support made the event possible include Kansas City Southern, the Kansas City Zoo, Union Station, the Missouri Department of Conservation and Roesline Alternative Energy.
Click here to view a large Gallery of Photos of the event.
Rotary Night at The Arts Asylum on Wednesday, Oct 5
The Arts Asylum ends the 2022 season at its new location at 824 E Meyer Blvd with the musical “The Last Five Years” opening on Thursday, September 29. Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, whose other credits include “Parade, “Songs for a New World” and “13”, “The Last Five Years” explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The production runs through October 8. Tickets and times can be found at
The production stars Jessica Alcorn as Cathy (seen as Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray” at Starlight Theatre and as Ensemble for “Jesus Christ Superstar” at The Arts Asylum) and Tyler Rowe as Jamie (seen as Huey in Memphis at The White Theatre and as Phil in “The Play That Goes Wrong” at New Theatre & Restaurant). The production team includes Music Direction by Alyson Golladay, Set Design by Korey Childs and Alex Perry, Lighting Design by Alex Perry, Costume Design by Courtney Perry, Sound Design by Jeff Eubank and Stage Management by Emily Vargo.
Thanks to Arts Asylum Executive Director and Satellite Club Member Evie Craig, Rotary members  and guests can get a special discounted ticket rate of $10 on Wednesday, October 5. Members of the Waldo Brookside Rotary are also being invited.  Curtain time is 7:30 and the doors open at 7. The show is 90 minutes and runs without an intermission.
If you are interested, please let Evie know at and she will send you the code you need to get the discounted rate. There are many great restaurants in the East Brookside area, and Evie is arranging  a pre-show dinner at the new Brady and Fox Irish Restaurant and Lounge at 751 E 63rd Street.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Gallery
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Bagel Run
Oct 01, 2022
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Oct 05, 2022 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 08, 2022
Women of Rotary
Oct 11, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board Of Directors Meeting
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Oct 12, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
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Oct 12, 2022 4:30 PM
Bagel Run
Oct 15, 2022
Bolte Beer and Brat Bash 2.0
Peter & Lois Ho's Home
Oct 18, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
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Oct 19, 2022 4:30 PM
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My Polio Story
Oct 13, 2022
The Importance, Opportunities and Challenges of Youth Sports
Oct 20, 2022
The 9/11 Memorial in Overland Park
Oct 27, 2022
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Rotarians and Families are cordially invited to a Celebration of Life honoring Sheila and Denny Bolte. It will be held at the Carriage Club (5301 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112), Tuesday, October 4th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. 

The 1st Rotary Regatta sailed this weekend! Twelve teams and approximately 30 people participated in the event. It was a great day and exciting kick-off for this annual event. Special thanks to the Regatta committee: Tom Woolwine, Tony Andresen, Jackson Granstaff, Patrick Donnelly, Marc McCombs and Scott Holsman
Click here to see a full Photo Album of the event!

Mark Your Calendar!!!
Rotary District 6040 Foundation Dinner
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Historical Elms Hotel
Keynote Speaker
Mike Mcgovern
 Mike has served as the Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus committee since October 2014. In addition, he served in many Rotary positions, including Director and Vice President of Rotary International and as a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Rotary Foundation.
Club 13 plans to be a sponsor - please let us know if you would like to be a donor to help us sponsor a table. 

Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13!!
Bowling continued last week, and the bowlers are starting to figure some things out. When that happens, it seems that there is a period of lower scores until we get comfortable and back into the rhythm of regular bowling. The old, "practice makes perfect!" adage. That being said, we are all having a blast.
Peter Ho had a 227 and his son Matt had a 212.
And Jane Lee hit the 6/7/10 split, a very hard one to get! Congratulations Jane!!
Until next week!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
 One year ago, this is where we were in the construction process.
 Thanks to all the Rotarians and others who donated to our Centennial Campaign, we are now using this fantastic building!

2011 Lincoln - Signature Limited
Pristine condition.
Extremely low mileage.
For more information contact:
Kay Roscoe by text