Posted by David King
October 11, 2018
Pres. Kara B. called the meeting to order with a test of the microphone and discovered that folks next door could hear her clearly, and then welcomed everyone. The patriotic song, My Country Tis of Thee was led by Chuck Eddy, with some piano notes by Maestro Pianist C. Bolte.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob Lager gave the Invocation, and Mandy greeted our guests. Our greeters at the door today were some of this month’s Birthday People.  Celebrating their tenure in the Club were Duane Benton with 10 years, and Mike Falk with 8 years.
Dan Nenonen, this year’s chair of the Rotary Youth Camp Assoc., introduced leaders of the Midwest Brachial Plexus Network, Mike & Beth Gehring, who talked about their long association with the Camp, and the positive effects that their summer sessions at the Camp have on their children and their families.  They showed a brief video which showed how much the children and families enjoyed their Camp experience and how being there every summer enriches their lives.
Tony Andresen reported on the success of the “Food Fight” event at Harvesters. See Buzzsaw for details. He also said that sign up sheets will be available next week for members to sign up for spots to do our annual Bell Ringing for Salvation Army beginning in November.
P. Kara mentioned upcoming Fireside gatherings at Barbara Dolci’s house on Oct. 16 and Jared Campbell’s house Oct. 18. See the Buzzsaw. Eric Bubb invited all bowlers (and wannabe bowlers) to “Pins for Polio” at Ward Parkway Lanes on Nov.18. See Buzzsaw.
Bill Kort introduced our speaker for the day, Carl Gerlach, who is the Mayor of Overland Park.  Mr. Gerlach has been Overland Park’s mayor since 2005, after serving on their City Council for the preceding 10 years.  He also serves in leadership positions with several other Overland Park councils, agencies, bureaus, and commissions.  It is obvious that the wellbeing and safety of every resident of and business in Overland Park is his major mission in life.  He is a lifelong resident of Johnson County – with brief forays in other parts of the country - and graduated with a degree in business administration from KSU, where he lettered 4 years in basketball.  (If you attended the meeting, this comes as no surprise.)  He now is retired from a major screen-printing company.
Today Mr. Gerlach reviewed numerous projects, either in place, on the drawing boards, or in the planning stages, most of which will be along Metcalf Ave. or in Overland Park’s “downtown” area.  These projects will meet the area’s growing needs for additional “dense” living (read:  Apartments), retail stores, and research/business office space.  You can hear the details of his presentation by viewing a Facebook Live recording that is available on the Internet.  See the below for a direct link to the Facebook Page.
P. Kara’s closing thought for the day was from Mother Teresa: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
**You can watch weekly meetings via Facebook Live at Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13.**