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14th & Main
Kansas City, MO 64105
 

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June 21, 2018
 
Our Speaker this week is Clint Ashlock, KC Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director. His topic will be "History of Kansas City Big Bands from Count Basie to Tony DiPardo."
Trumpeter/composer/bandleader/educator Clint Ashlock grew up in the Kansas City area. An in-demand musician across various genres, Clint is a dedicated and tireless contributor to the scene. He has performed with such luminaries as Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Nicholas Payton and Natalie Cole, as well as being a mainstay on the local Kansas City performing circuit, most notably with his own big band, New Jazz Order. Ashlock recently released that group’s first CD in 2012, featuring such musicians as Hermon Mehari, Mark Lowrey and Bobby Watson. 
 
As a student of jazz, Ashlock reflects the lineage of his hard bop idols such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw, and his big band writing is heavily influenced by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and his teachers Paul McKee, Frank Mantooth and Kerry Strayer. Ashlock was recently featured as a soloist at the First Jazz Education Festival in Shanghai, China, and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia, in addition to performing locally. 
 
He completed his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance at Fort Hays State University, received two Masters degrees in Jazz/Studio music and Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Trumpet Performance at the University of Kansas. Ashlock is a faculty member at Johnson County Community College, Ottawa University and the University of Kansas.
The Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, MO is approaching its 100th birthday in 2024. With that date in mind, the Youth Camp Board of Directors put a plan together for much needed camp improvements and maintenance to be completed by the Camp’s Centennial. Camp Board President Dan Nenonen presented the plan to the Kansas City Rotary Club 13 Foundation, which then stepped up to pledge $250,000/year for the next four years to pay for the camp improvements.
 

I am very excited to announce to you a new initiative that I, along with President-elect Kara Bennett, KCRC Foundation President Phil Kinney, and our respective boards, have been working towards for several months – the Club 13 Venture Fund!

The Venture Fund consists of money provided by the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation, to be used on community projects that benefit the youth and community of Kansas City. Over the next three years, the Foundation has committed up to $50,000/year for these projects.

“The foundation feels that supporting the Venture Fund idea is a very positive use of the Foundation's assets,” said Phil Kinney. “The financial support for the Venture Fund will not reduce the amount of money that is sent to the camp each year.”

As Kara Bennett said at our May 3 luncheon – the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of this fund is focused around YOU, the club members. It will be up to YOU to suggest projects, and champion their success. The goal is to make a difference by showing that we, Club 13, are People of Action in Downtown Kansas City, and to be relevant to our community.

“This money has the potential to spark interest in our club and to fund many worthwhile projects to support the needs of children in our downtown area,” said Kara.

We won’t be able to do this without you, our members. Kara is forming a new committee to put these ideas in action. If you would like to participate, please let us know. And, we need your ideas for projects – ideally “one and done” events where we can volunteer or lend a hand for one day. But the sky’s the limit and all ideas are welcome.

I hope you are excited as the Club and Foundation’s leadership is for this amazing opportunity! We not only have the opportunity to “Make a Difference” – but to “Be the Inspiration” to our community!

Please reach out to David, Kara or Mandy if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

As we approach our 100 year anniversary in 2024 and continue to serve special needs children of the Kansas City metro area, we are focusing on what makes the Rotary Youth Camp a truly exceptional place.  We are the only camp in the metro Kansas City area that serves children with a broad range of special needs.  Organizations that use our camp include the Boy Scouts, Campfire USA, ARC of Clay and Platte Counties, Midwest Brachial Plexus Network, Joshua Center and others.  We provide children an outdoor camping experience at no charge who may otherwise not have that opportunity.  These children are able to participate in a variety of activities including swimming, campfires, basketball, archery, crafts and other outdoor pursuits.  
 
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P.O. Box 412457

Kansas City, MO 64141

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