This Week's Meeting
April 11, 2024
This week's speaker is Tom Gerend, E.D., Kansas City Street Car Authority. 
On June 16th, 2014 Tom Gerend was named the first Executive Director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA).  Since public opening of the streetcar system in 2016 the KC Streetcar system has carried over 13 million passenger trips, won numerous state and national awards, and has been credited with stimulating over $3 billion in active economic development in downtown Kansas City. Gerend is currently leading streetcar expansion efforts to connect the University of Missouri, Kansas City campus and Berkley Riverfront as well as actively supporting transit expansion efforts region-wide. Prior to KCSA, Gerend worked for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) leading regional transportation planning and public transit coordination across the eight county bi-state Kansas City region. Gerend earned his MBA from the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in Ames.
Last Week's Meeting
April 4, 2024
President Elect Tim Tholen, called the meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Rick Beyer provided us with a prayerful Invocation.   Charlie  Huffman led us in singing, Happy Birthday, to our April Birthday Rotarian Club members.
MOMENT OF SILENCE was observed for long time KC Rotary Club 13 member, Overton Durrett, who passed on this last Monday.  It was noted that his obituary is scheduled to run in Sunday’s (4/7/2024) Kansas City Star and the early indications are that Overton’s Celebration of Life will be on Saturday April 20th, 2024. The obituary may also reference that contributions in Overton’s honor can be made to the Kansas City Rotary Club 13 Youth Camp Foundation.
Club AnniversariesLanie Wilbur  – 9 yrs  April 1st, Charlie Huffman - 22 yrs April 4th, Perry  Atha – 23 yrs  April  5th, George Gordon – 18 yrs  April 6th
SICK BAYJoe Privitera is home recovering from back surgery. Joe was “zooming” today’s meeting. The assembled Rotarians exclaimed to Joe, “Get  Well  Soon !
This week’s Greeters were the April Birthday Rotarians
Tony Andresen noted that we have a CAMP WORK DAY coming up on Saturday May 11th (8AM to Noon). In May we will celebrate the Camp’s 100th anniversary in a Centennial Day Celebration at the Camp.
The Bed Build Event is coming up on Saturday April 13th, (9 AM to 1 PM) (31711 Colbern Road, Oak Grove, MO 64075) There a job for everyone ! (no special skills required)
The Program Committee will meet on April 11th – please get your speaker suggestions to Steve Burger.
Reminder  - there will be a Celebration of Life for CARL BOLTE on Saturday, April 13th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Carriage Club.
OPEN COMMITTEE CHAIRS: There are two Committee Chairs opening up, Membership Committee (Jared Campbell is gearing for his new responsibilities as the next President Elect after Tim Tholen) and Programing  (Steve Burger is stepping down after 40-ish years of service).  If you have any interest or suggestions, please contact Tim Tholen.
April 13th  –         Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build,  9 am – 1 pm
April 16th  --        New theatre event: Elvis: Aloha from Vegas
April 19th/20th -  Rotary District FUNvention at Margaritaville (Lake of the Ozarks)
May 10th   -- Native Plant Sale at Rotary Youth Camp
May 11th   –  Work Day at the Rotary Youth Camp.
Nick Pryor, of the Ecology Committee, introduced our speaker, Carol Davit, Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Carol oversees the operations of the Missouri Prairie Foundation is a 58 year old prairie conservation organization and nationally accredited land trust. The MPF protects original, unplowed prairie remnants; creates prairie plantings; runs the 24-year old Grow Native!, a native plant marketing and education program. Carol has worked for 26 years in conservation and environmental communications, development, administration and leadership for private and nonprofit conservation groups and municipal & state governments. Carol writes articles and is the chair of the Missouri Invasive Plant Council. (i.e a busy & committed person).
The PURPOSE of Carol’s presentation was to show the importance of habitat protection, and how to draw inspiration from Missouri’s prairies and other natural communities to create vibrant and beautiful landscapes with native plants that support nature’s web of life.
So what is the “Prairie” to be protected? [above the ground] It is a complex, native grassland ecosystem dominated by perennial warm-season grasses, wildflowers, legumes, sedge, some shrubs, with less than 10% tree cover. There are as many as 800 different kinds of plants documented to be in the prairie remnants. As to web of life, Prairie also provides an ecosystem containing  thousands of arthropods (bugs & spiders etc) and other invertebrates etc upon which birds depend.
As to below the ground, the “Prairie” is comprised of complex root systems, over thousands of years old, and has created some of the richest soil in the world. Prairie roots store large amounts of atmospheric carbon, and slow & filter storm water. The prairie grasses and wildflowers, with their much deeper and stronger roots, can better survive the varying weather conditions and store more water and carbon. As to what “prairies” look like – it varies. There are generally 13 different “prairie” landscapes in just Missouri alone, as depicted by each’s flowers and grasses.  Nationally, about a quarter of the USA was Prairie, generally from Illinois to mid Colorado and from Montana to the northern panhandle region of Texas. There are other regional Grassland Regions, particularly in southeast portion of the USA.
Back in the early 1800’s, Missouri contained 15 million acres of prairie grass. The remnants, now total 45,000 acres of unplowed prairie acres. We have converted the prairie grass acreage to row crops. We also have seen the intrusion of invasive trees. The combination has contributed to reduction in biodiversity available. The Missouri Prairie Foundation’s mission is to preserve prairie acreage, by acquiring prairie acreage and conserving it in its natural state. MPT supports nature’s interrelated web of life: plants provide food for insects & insects become food for birds.  Nature evolves slowly and particular insects & birds have adapted (or evolved) gradually over time for feeding upon specific plants & insects. (i.e. Monarch butterflies feed on only milkweed.)   Some trees and plants are better for biodiversity, such as oak trees are great and pear trees (an invasive species) are poor in providing for local insects etc. There is a book “Bringing Nature Home” (or How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants) by Douglas W. Tallamy, that is informative.
Separately Native Plants & Flower, with their deeper & stronger root systems, are much better for WATER conservation. Instead of water just running off of hard surfaces (roofs, parking lots, streets etc), ditches with native plants & flowers will absorb a portion of that water, slowing down the runoff to the streams & rivers.  Additionally native plants and flowers are becoming increasingly popular for landscaping. There was much more to Carol’s presentation.
Today’s Quote: "There’s no place you can go on the prairie that you don’t hear the white noise of the wind, steady and rough as surf curling along a nonexistent shore." Diane Ackerman
Tim Tholen wrapped up the meeting with the Four Way Test
[as an ongoing scrivener’s note: our local Club 13 Rotary organization is comprised of at least three  interrelated groups (like a three-legged stool), each with its own separate board, officers & primary focus.  KCRClub 13 comprised of various committees and weekly luncheon meetings with speakers;  KCRCFoundation (primarily to financially support the Club 13’s Rotary Youth Camp); and the Rotary Youth Camp*, near Lake Jocomo, in Lee’s Summit, MO]  (* Rotary’s  oldest continuous ongoing project in the world.)
Greater Kansas City Day
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
We have spotted 3 little heads!  Check out Facebook page on Wednesdays for updates on the eagles.
The summer of 1973 saw the addition of a hydraulic lift for the pool.  This was purchased with money donated to the Stanford S. “Buzz” Block memorial swimming pool fund.  This was part of “Project 50”.
April Birthdays
April Birthdays

Clyde McQueen, 4/3

Martha Voight, 4/3

Mike Lally, 4/7

Tom Cochran, 4/16

Guy Martin, 4/19

Bill Madesn, 4/21

Jenny Hayes, 4/24

Eric Burger, 4/29

Brent Worley, 4/29

We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
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
Bagel Run
May 04, 2024
Native Plant Sale at the Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
May 10, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bagel Run
May 11, 2024
Work Day at the Rotary Youth Camp
Rotary Youth Camp
May 11, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Women and Friends of Rotary
May 14, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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Apr 18, 2024
Saving Dying Babies and Other Rotary World Projects
Apr 25, 2024
History of Women at the Rotary Youth Camp
May 02, 2024
The On-going Crisis in Haiti
May 09, 2024
"The State and Future of Scouting Here and Across America"
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Bowling News
by Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary 13!!
Our season is almost finished, just one week to go before the club championship! Columbia is formed up, we depart the morning of the 16th to take back what is ours!!
200 games:
Tim Tholen-211
Chris Grimsley-204
Matt Ho-236, 211
Peter Ho-209, 202
Will Patrick-232, 245
John Lawrence, 205, 210
Splits and spares:
Tucker Clark-5/6
Dennis McKeehan-4/7/10
Have a great week everybody!!

Amos Overton Durrett, Jr.

February 20, 1933 - April 1, 2024

Kansas City , Missouri - Amos Overton Durrett, Jr., 91, passed away peacefully April 1, 2024 at Bishop Spencer Place, Kansas City, MO.

Overton, as he was known by family and friends, was born on February 20, 1933, the first child of Amos Overton Durrett, Sr. and Mary Mildred (Tandy) Durrett in Lexington, MO where they were both teachers. He enjoyed a wonderful childhood and was joined by a sister, Virginia Ann, in 1937. In 1946, the family moved to Marshall, MO where his father was principal of Marshall High School and Overton graduated in the class of 1950. Many lasting friendships were made in Marshall, an idyllic mid-Missouri town.

Overton attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall for one year before transferring to the University of Missouri in Columbia where he graduated in 1954 as an accounting major with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity, active on campus and a cadet in Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC). Following graduation, he served in the United States Air Force as a First Lieutenant (1954-1957) with duties as Navigator and Personnel Officer at Langley AFB in Norfolk, VA. Following the completion of his military service, he decided to stay in Virginia and attended law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in Civil Law in 1960 and a Master in Law and Taxation in 1963. During his law school days, he also served as Assistant and Acting Dean of Men for the College of William and Mary (1957–1959). In 1960, he became a member of the Virginia State Bar Association.

Due in part to his father's failing health, he decided to return to Missouri as an Attorney Associate with the former Lathrop, Righter law firm in downtown Kansas City. He was employed by Arthur Anderson (CPAs) in the Tax Department for three years and became a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

During those years, he lived at different locations around the Country Club Plaza, belonged to the former Bachelor's Club and assisted with the formation of the Huntington Investment Club which continues to this day. Most of all, he developed wonderful friendships. One of those friendships became very special on December 30, 1966 when he and Sue Mohler Dorsey were married in Columbia, MO, the beginning of a wonderful and loving relationship spanning 57 years. On April 6, 1968, their son, John Dorsey Durrett, was born in Kansas City, MO which was a joyous occasion. They continued to live in the Plaza/Brookside area.

In 1966, Overton began his own law practice with an office on the Country Club Plaza for over 30 years, then in Brookside for another 15 years and finally in his home office until he was 90 years of age. He truly loved his professional career, combining his legal knowledge with his CPA designation and specialized in matters of estate planning and taxation. Many of his clients became lifelong friends. He was a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and former member of the Estate Planning Society. He was also a member of the Downtown Rotary Club #13, the Ararat Shrine and Masonic Lodge. For 57 years, he was a member of Community Christian Church where he served as deacon, elder and moderator of the church board as well as many committee positions. With a sincere interest in genealogy, he held memberships in the First Families of Virginia, Washington Family Descendants, and the Huguenot Society of Missouri.

Overton was a loving brother, husband and father as well as a guiding light, soft spoken confidante and loyal friend. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother-in-law, Dr. William R. Krauss of Columbus, OH. Survivors include his wife, Sue, of the home; their son, John of Kansas City; his sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Steve Otto of Lee's Summit, MO; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Dorsey Krauss of Columbus, OH; six nieces and nephews; numerous cousins and many longtime friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on April 20th in the Combs Chapel at Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64113 followed by a reception at Bishop Spencer Place, 4301 Madison, Kansas City MO 64111. Inurnment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery near Stet, MO at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the KC Rotary Club 13 Foundation, PO Box 412457, Kansas City, MO 64141; Mt. Olivet Cemetery Association, c/o Goppert Financial Bank, PO Box 222, Norborne, MO 64668.