The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
January 16, 2020
Our speaker this week is Dr. Brandon Martin, Athletic Director, UMKC. His topic is "Exciting Times for UMKC Athletics."
Dr. Brandon E. Martin began his tenure as Kansas City Athletics Director on December 3. 2018. Martin’s leadership has helped change the culture within Kansas City Athletics as his positive energy, passion, and strategic vision has helped elevate the Roos' momentum on and off the field.

Since arriving in Kansas City, Martin has been a visionary focused on comprehensive excellence. He has orchestrated transformational changes in less than a year as AD, including the hiring of a new head men’s basketball coach Billy Donlon, creation of a new logo and brand identity, secured major gifts for facility renovations in Swinney Center, established the Roo Athletics Fund, and spearheaded a conference realignment effort for Kansas City Athletics to rejoin the Summit League Conference for the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

In June 2019, Martin was appointed Executive in Residence in the UMKC School of Education. In this role, he assists with the strategic vision for the development and growth of the UMKC School of Education’s Higher Education Program. This role includes teaching various sport management courses and advising students in the program. Martin will also promote the development, coordination, and implementation of experiential learning opportunities for students and support the School of Education’s recruitment programs.

Coupled with his athletic duties and pursuits, Martin served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education in the USC Rossier School of Education. Martin presented more than 40 papers, symposia and workshops at national higher education conferences. His dissertation entitled “A Phenomenological Study of Academically Driven African American Male Student-Athletes at Highly Selective Division I Universities” won the 2005 USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2005, he also earned the National Association of Academic Advisors award for Student-Athlete Excellence in Research.

Martin is a distinguished member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity—Xi Boule. He has also proudly served in other service capacities including: Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Sports Council,  Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, Board of Directors for the Norman Addiction Information & Counseling Center.

Martin resides in Kansas City, Missouri and is married to his wife Rosemary and is the proud father of Germany (18), Riley (10) and Brandon Jr. (7).
Last Week's Meeting
January 9, 2020
After President Joe Privitera called the meeting to order, we were led in patriotic song by Bob Lager with Carl Bolte on the piano, followed by Pledge of Allegiance and an Invocation of Gratefulness by Courtney  Brooks. President Joe thanked our Greeters, the January birthday Rotarians.
Club Anniversaries were noted as follows: 
Rick Beyer, 20 years; Fred Drummond, 20 years; Bob Gamer, 15 years; Robert Thompson, 15 years; Tom Van Dyke, 15 years; Jane Lee, 11 years.
MembershipTony Andresen: We have had several membership activities in this past year including Harvesters evening, Fireside, Rotary After Hours at the Nelson Atkins Museum, Ask the Exec, and coming this year a Street Car Event (stay tuned for more).
Community Service: more on Mentorship project and our Coat Drive for the next three weeks (bring an old/new/extra in the closet) to a meeting & drop off.
InternationalBrad Kleindl: We will see shortly the Shoes for Orphan Soles project and other projects.
NEW ROTARIANSDavid McCaughey introduced two new Club 13 Rotarians: JESSICA BLOCK and JACK RYAN – welcome.
Winter Celebration at the Camp – Jan 12th:  Still on; it is a free event (donations accepted) with the band playing at Chiefs half-time.
Steve  Burger introduced our speaker, MARK  COMFORT, founder/owner  (along with his wife) & chief executive of Cruise Holidays and Comfort Tours.  Mark’s topic was Travel Trends in Changing Time. Mark has some temporal perspective on the travel & leisure industry as he bought his travel & leisure industry franchise business 31 years ago (1988). That is consistent for a person married to his wife for 41 years and between he & his wife have themselves been Rotarians for 28 years.   
Somewhat business in general and the leisure / travel in specific there have been loads of changes & evolution in the industry over the last 30 years. 
As a general list:
1.         Credit card purchases now versus checks for buying the vacation
2.         Vacation as a Priority. Before it was a luxury. Now leisure & travel are viewed as a Priority for mental health, physical health, and marriage. The millennials want “experiences”.
3.         Bucket List Vacations. The Jack Nicholson movie [The Bucket List] provided a continuing boost to the leisure & travel industry.
4.         Customers want more options, including luxury accommodations.  Before – ships filled up from the least expensive (bottom of the ship) to the top.  Now the ships fill up from the top to the least expensive (bottom).
5.         There are more Ocean Liners. [Ocean Cruise Industry] The industry went from 28 ships to over 200 ships. The ships have grown from 600 - 800  passengers to 5,000 - 6,000 !
6.         The Internet has been good for the industry, but there is almost too much information and not all of it is trustworthy.
7.         The Industry now trying to stay of the customers’ needs & wants. The ships now are like Disney on a boat. There increased types and quality of entertainment with something for everyone. The Broadway shows may have the original Broadway cast!  Restaurants have gone from a couple choices to 20 different options – again something for everybody.  New types of entertainment have been ranging from miniature golf to rock climbing etc.
9.         Destinations – now all over the world including around the actual around the world cruises lasting three months.
10.       People want Better or more Luxurious
11.       All Inclusive Resorts (land based). This piece of the travel & leisure industry is 30 times larger than ocean cruising! Hilton & Hyatt, the big guys, are getting into it as well.
12.       River Cruising has seen great growth in the last 10 years. Viking River Cruises is a major player in this area and in general has greatly added to the popularity of this segment, particularly in Europe river cruising.
13        Specialized Touring.  There are Food & Wine tours coupled with learning about the culture. And Golf tours. Customized Vacation. African Safari tours are becoming increasingly popular. Family Reunions on Cruise Ship and Group Travel in general.
Concluding Thoughts:  Besides the growth of the leisure & travel industry, particularly ocean/river cruise;  (1)Travel can be educational in order to make us better citizens of the world (i.e. more knowledgeable about the rest of the world). (2) It also shows us how Blessed we are in this country. (3)When we look at other cultures and lands, we are amazed at how recent our country & culture has developed.
President Joe Privitera wrapped up the meeting with the Four Way Test.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**
Pathways Mentoring Program

Many members of Rotary 13 have read the KC Star series on “Throwaway Kids”, printed last month. These kids have had unfortunate lives through no fault of their own.  They have grown up with no parents, or anyone to consistently love them, advise them, and care for them. Many have moved from foster care, to foster care for most of their lives.  Now they are teenagers, soon to be 18 and aging out of the government system. 

A team from Rotary 13 have been working with Cornerstones of Care in the program, Pathways, since last spring to work with groups of these youth to get to know them. Now we are ready to connect individually as Mentors to become a trusted friend.

Our  “goal” is to be a positive influence toward encouraging these young folks to remain in the foster system and Cornerstone’s program past their 18th birthday, and to not try to strike out on their own.  We want them to graduate from high school and to establish themselves in a decent job training program – or maybe even college/junior college so that they have a decent chance at living successfully independently.

Suggested Schedule:  Rotarians meet one-on-one with youth at Cornerstones (location 300 E. 36th St - is in Hyde Park Neighborhood) in a program that requires weekly meetings of about 1 1/2 hours a week, that would include dinner, and run February to June – approximately the end of the school year.

Pathways staff is determining the youth who will most likely leave the  Pathways Program by June who want a Mentor. We’ll develop a some form of questionnaire to solicit your interests – with the hope of trying to create a good “match.”

Pathways staff will provide training for Mentors, set up parameters, manage expectations of both Mentors and Mentees – and help with the programs.

The Feb – June program should be thought of as a “pilot” – we are not sure that it will work, but the core group of us believe it’s important that we try.  This is one area where demonstrating through an investment of time that someone out there cares about you is likely to have a far greater impact than writing a check.

See Marc McCarty, Brooke Christy, Barbara Dolci for more details and to sign up.


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The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Bowling News
By Dick Retrum
In the last  Bowling News column it was reported that Jane Lee's team, "Strike Mania" had won the first half of the bowling season by a half game. It is not clear if the new scoring system at Ward Parkway Lanes failed or if individual reports about the final three games played were not correct. As it  turned out, Will Patrick's team "Splits and Giggles" won the first half by a half game.  
We returned from the Holiday break a little rusty. The only high game was Eric Bubb with a 205.  As for split conversions, Dave Boone picked up the 5-10 split and Will Patrick covered the 2-4-10.  
Plans for the Columbia, MO match against the St. Louis Rotary Club are being made. Stay tuned for the date and other details.

Plaza Lights Party
The sky was clear and the view of the Plaza Lights from the 9th floor balcony of the Posinelli Law Firm was breathtaking. Forty Rotarians and their guests gathered on Tuesday, January 7th, for food, drink, conversation and photos of the Lights. A special thanks to Rotarian Terry Kilroy for making the event possible.
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Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Allison Kelly

We had an amazing time at the Winter Concert and it all wrapped up with a Chiefs win!! Thank you to those who volunteered and came out to support the camp’s centennial campaign! 
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