This Week's Meeting
March 28, 2024
This week's speaker is Ivan Batlle, Retina Specialist and Surgeon. His topic will be "The Contemporary History of the Dominican Republic."
Ivan is a former Rotarian and was president of the Santo Domingo Rotary club. During his lifetime in the Dominican Republic, it was in the early portion ruled by a dictator Trujillo. His uncle was a minister in the tree hill government, and after Trujillo was assassinated in 1963 took over the reins of power and declared the countries first democratic election six months later. Ergo, the family has very deep roots in the country. In 1965 the country was invaded by Cuban sponsored revolutionaries. Ivan, as a five year old at the time remembers the US Marines in Santo Domingo. He remembers the soldiers placing him on the barrel of one of the US tanks that were stationed there.
He studied medicine at Tulane. And practiced in New Orleans for 12 years before the hurricane blew him our way. He is a retinal surgeon, bon vivant, gourmet, big personality and has been extraordinarily generous with the Kansas City community since his arrival 17 or 18 years ago.  
While in New Orleans, he became very much involved with Mardi Gras and the crew of Bacchus. Despite all the craziness surrounding that time of the year, Mardi Gras is a charitable endeavor. He still participates every year. (see photo above)
Last Week's Meeting
March 21, 2024
We had a great turnout at Minsky's on Thursday evening with Kevin Collison as our guest speaker. 
Native Plant Sale
The Rotary Youth Camp is excited to host a native plant sale on Friday, May 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m! The camp is located at 22310 NE Colbern Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64086.
Native plants beautify landscapes and help support songbirds, pollinators, and other cherished wildlife. At the sale you may purchase native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees, vines, sedges, and seed directly from growers such as:
Music and light refreshments will be available. Walking tours of the camp, it's history and facilities as well as the surrounding ecology will be led by the Kansas City Rotary Club.
Stroll through the sale and purchase plants or, if you prefer, pre-order plants directly from the vendor and they will have your order waiting when you arrive! Place your pre-order directly with the grower and let them know you'll pick it up at the Rotary Youth Camp sale.
A wealth of information, resources for planning your garden, design templates, and other best management practices can be found on the Grow Native! website.
(photo by Kiley Friedrich, Monarch Joint Venture)
Rotary Youth Camp Update
Greater Kansas City Day
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book Horse by Geraldine Brooks.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome. The group will meet at J. Wilbur Company.
Date: Monday, April 8, 2024, 6:30 PM
Location: J. Wilbur Company
3242 Roanoke
Kansas City, MO 64111
About the book:
Kentucky, 1850.  An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South.  When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union.  On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. 
New York City, 1954.  Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.
Washington, DC, 2019.  Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American at historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse – one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.
Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science and love and obsession.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Apr. 03, 2024 4:30 p.m.
Bagel Run
Apr. 06, 2024
Women & Friends of Rotary
Apr. 09, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Program Committee Meeting
Apr. 11, 2024 11:00 a.m.
Bagel Run
Apr. 13, 2024
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build Day
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Shop
Apr. 13, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New Theatre - Elvis: Aloha from Vegas
The New Theatre Restaurant
Apr. 16, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Rotary District FUNvention
Apr. 19, 2024 – Apr. 21, 2024
Bagel Run
Apr. 20, 2024
Bagel Run
Apr. 27, 2024
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Apr 11, 2024
Apr 25, 2024
History of Women at the Rotary Youth Camp
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Bowling News
by Tim Tholen
Hello and happy Monday 13!
With only a few weeks left, the bowling league is heating up. We are preparing for our annual trip to Columbia to bowl against our natural nemesis, St. Louis. 
200 games
Tim Tholen-201
Peter Ho-202
Splits and spares 
Kay Roscoe- 5/10 2 times!!!👏
Ted Middendorf-6/7

Have a great week everyone!!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
The Rotary Youth Camp needs your voice!  We are creating a narrated, self-guided tour map of the camp and need 30 Rotarians to lend us their voices.  The map narrations are anywhere from 30 seconds to 90 seconds.  Contact Laurie at the camp 816-524-0923 or to offer your services.
Did you know that during the 1940’s the Rotary Camp did not have Rotary sponsored sessions for 5 years?  Between the war making counselors and staff hard to find, rationing, and the Health Department restrictions because of polio the Club made the decision to not hold camp.  This article is about the 1947 camping season, the return to camp!