The Rotary 13 Buzz Saw

This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting - February 2, 2023
Our Speaker this week is Linda Hanson, Creator of R.E.A.C.T. Her topic is "Ensuring Safety at Work and Home Through Self-Defense".
Born in England Linda began her Martial Arts journey in 1978. After immigrating to the United States in 1984 she has continued studying with some of the best Martial artists in the world. She holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Kempo from Master Bryan and the title of Kyoshi.
Linda spent 2 years at college in the UK to earn her N.N.E.B. a highly coveted nannying degree in England. She became a Nanny and enjoyed many years teaching and caring for children, including the children of Ron Howard and Caroline Kennedy.
After moving to Missouri in 1996 Linda decided to pursue her desire to begin teaching Martial Arts and began teaching through the YMCA organization. In 2011 she opened a dojo in Lee's Summit MO and due to its success Linda relocated Tamashii Black Belt Academy in 2015 to a larger 3,800 sqft location and ran an array of unique programs including TASK (Tamashii After School Karate) and Adaptive Martial Arts for students with Special Needs.
Linda created R.E.A.C.T. (Respond. Evade. Anticipate Corporate Training) in 2015 to fill an obvious need for companies with many employees, to increase the safety and well-being of their work force.
Since then she has been contracted to work with G.E.H.A.. The United Steel Workers, ReMax, The Nelson Atkins and many more including 5 NFL Cheerleading teams.
She offers not only in person self defense training but also virtual option. Linda’s latest innovation is the creation of online self-defense courses for people to learn at their own pace and in the privacy of their home or office.
Last Week's Meeting
January 26, 2023
Rotary 13 members and guests gathered in The Kill Devil Club at 14th and Main with select individuals participating remotely via Facebook Live. President Eric Bubb brought the assembly to order at 12:13pm with an aggressive ring of the bell. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an invocation in the Lutheran tradition by Micah Sievenpiper.
Mandy Sheldon shared that several guests were attending, including Pete Sotta’s son Brandon, Rick Beyer’s colleague Jason Porch, and Kristy Bayer’s father visiting from Michigan. Club 13 observed several member anniversaries this week: Al Tikwart, 34 years; Marc McCarty, 4 years; Madaline Walter, 35 years; and Rick Halterman, 25 years. Thankfully, no Rotarians are currently in Sick Bay.
President Eric noted that the door greeters today were Monday Morning Men who assist at Rotary Youth Camp every week. The assembly applauded their work, and President Eric added that those club members wishing to participate with them on Mondays are very welcome.
The February 4th Geeks for Kids afternoon shift still has openings for volunteers—please RSVP as soon as possible. Guest day will fall on February 16th when the CEO of PortKC, Jon Stephens, speaks to Club 13. RSVPs are encouraged for that also. David Eaton of the Monterrey, Mexico club summed up the boxcar relay event that Kansas City Southern helped to shepherd this past year, and gave great praise to Club 13 and Union Station for the quality of monarch butterfly events in this community.
The club schedule includes several upcoming firesides at members’ homes in the next two weeks:
  • January 31st at Matt Meyer’s home
  • February 6th at Tony Andresen’s home
  • February 9 at Marc McCarty’s home
In anticipation of the AFL championship game between the Chiefs and the Bengals on Sunday, club leadership arranged a Zoom call with a parallel meeting of Rotary Club 17 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The groups exchanged choruses of Red Kingdom, Who Dey, and other competitive talk across the internet in real time.
At 12:32pm, President Eric introduced the day’s guest speaker, retired baseball pitcher, coach extraordinaire, and sports commentator Jaime Bluma. Mr. Bluma gave a chronological sketch of his career in the trenches of baseball, his transition to coaching, and his efforts to build a nonprofit in support of American veterans of the armed services. He opened the floor to questions before concluding.
A son of a Marine aviator who took work in the oil industry, Mr. Bluma grew up in Oklahoma and followed his brother, also a baseball player, to Wichita State University in the early 1990s. That time was a golden era for college baseball at WSU—they reached the college world series in each of the three years he spend on campus. As a pitcher who threw right-handed, he was unsure of his prospects in the major league. But both the Astros and the Royals courted him, and he joined the Royals in the 3rd round of the MLB draft in 1994. Mr. Bluma’s pitching debut came in Anaheim where the first batter he faced hit a home run off of him.
By 1997, injuries including rotator cuff damage were slowing his rate of play. He spent a year on the disabled list and wrapped up his time with the Royals in 2000, but stayed in Overland Park, KS because he liked the community. Mr. Bluma’s transition to coaching came easily with major league credentials, but his passion for watching young men grow their interest in baseball kept him in it for the longer term. As a testament to his father’s military service, he developed Red, White, and Bluma as a fundraising venture for veterans organizations. His mantra remains simple: be nice to people, and give back.
Closing questions to Mr. Bluma covered the KC Monarchs—he knows the organization well—the chances for the Royals in 2023 (so-so), and the possible re-location of the College Baseball Hall of Fame to Prairie Fire.
President Eric thanked Mr. Bluma at 1:04pm for his remarks to the assembly.
Rotarians wearing Chiefs red were instructed to remain after the meeting for a group photo. Next week’s speaker will be Linda Hanson on the topic of ensuring safety at work and home through self-defense.
At 1:05pm, President Eric concluded the meeting by quoting Tony Robbins: “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”  The 4-Way Test closed the session.

Thursday, February 16 will be our next "Guest Day". This is traditionally Spouse's Day - but any guest is welcome!! The Guest Speaker will be Jon Stephens, President & CEO, Port KC.

Jon is an economic development professional who has spent his career focused on utilizing thoughtful development concepts to improve the community. He is passionate about his city, and has built a reputation for creativity and collaboration.
Please let Mandy know if you plan to bring a guest!
Geeks for Kids
Geeks For Kids design and build custom, electric ride-on cars for kids with movement limitations. We have the opportunity to continue our support of Geeks For Kids at the Build Event on February 4th. 
The Build Event is from 8:30am-4:30pm and is split into two shifts. The morning shift is fully booked, so we are looking for volunteers for the afternoon shift. It is important that you are able to stay for your entire shift. There is a job for everyone regardless of skill level and lunch will be provided. 
The Build Event will be held in the Downtown Underground at 1501 W. 31st Street, Suite 419, Kansas City, MO 64111; the Downtown Underground cave complex is just west of Penn Valley on the west side of downtown and just off 1-35.

Please sign up via the following link. This takes you to the schedule and you will register for the February 4th Build Day. You will receive a confirmation email with additional instructions and contact information for the day of the event. Contact Eric Bubb at with any questions.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Fireside @ Tony Andresen's
Tony Andresen's Home
Feb 06, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
MarkOne Electric
Feb 08, 2023
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Feb 08, 2023 4:30 PM
Fireside @ Marc McCarty's
One Park Place
Feb 09, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bagel Run
Feb 11, 2023
Women and Friends of Rotary
Feb 14, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Feb 15, 2023 4:30 PM
Guest Day/Spouse's Day/S.O. Day - BRING A GUEST!
The Gallery Event Space
Feb 16, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Bagel Run
Feb 18, 2023
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Feb 22, 2023 4:30 PM
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Feb 09, 2023
Buck O'Neil & the Negro Leagues
Feb 16, 2023
Feb 23, 2023
Mar 02, 2023
Flying Is In This Guy’s DNA- What He Knows About Airport Terminals
Mar 09, 2023
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Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello rotary club 13
Last week, our intrepid boulders met again for our weekly bowling event. As per usual, lots of friendship and competitive banter back-and-forth. The night saw some great 200+ games, though interestingly enough, no reported notable splits. Planning continues for the COLUMBIA event on April 18. Our lunch is set in arrow rock Missouri, followed by bowling and dinner with St Louis. Looking forward to Thursday and getting to listen to Cincinnati saying the Chiefs Kingdom song for us. 
Curtis Grimsley 231
Peter Ho 225
Joey Grimsley 212
Mike Messmer 207
Del Karmier 205
Have a great week everyone,

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
The carpet is out and the popcorn ceilings are coming down!  Choosing flooring, countertops, and paint next!