This Week's Meeting
This Week's Meeting - Jan. 19, 2023
Our Speaker this week is Caroline Hammond, CEO and Founder, Safe in Harm's Way.
Caroline Hammond is the CEO and Founder of Safe In Harm’s Way, a Kansas City based nonprofit achieving one billion impressions and opportunities as an online bridge for people navigating the sadness, worries, lies, screaming, fear and pain of domestic violence. As CEO and Founder of Epizon Strategy Solutions, Caroline and her team create tailor-made solutions for employers within diversity, equity and inclusion criteria related to profit, safety, retention, reward and recruitment.
Last Week's Meeting
January 10, 2023
After President Eric Bubb called the meeting to order and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, David King provided with an intriguing Invocation, Higher Power, dealing with our human inclination to believe that God is on our side and that God has expectations of us as to how we should treat one another. David finished up in grand fashion with a poem, “An Irish Friendship Wish”. We sang Happy Birthday for our January born members. Mandy Sheldon, Executive Director, introduced several guests including Nate Vriezelaar, a prospective new member, who has relocated from Iowa, where he had been a Rotary Club president. 
Club Anniversaries were noted as follows: Jane Lee: 14 years – Jan 8th      
Sick BayAl Tikwart has been in the hospital with an infection. Card/notes welcome. NO Calls.
Vocational Minute: Brendan Bollinger is the Housing Coordinator at Della Lamb. Brendan focuses on housing for local refugees with landlords etc. These displaced individuals have little to no money and no ID’s or SSN’s. There are 720,000 of such persons in the USA with 190 in Kansas City.
Paul Harris Foundation Fellowships Rotary InternationalTom Davis, our next Club President, noted that through January with a matching $200 grant, the $1,000 contribution can be made with $800. The our Club also recognized the following members for repeating their contributions: Eric Bubb RF plus 1; Jerry Cooke RF plus 2; & Rick Beyer RF  plus 3. (RF = Rotary Fellow) and there is a special pin as well.
President Eric thanked Terry Kilroy at Polsinelli and the Entertainment Committee for the Plaza Light Party which was a great success.
Geeks for Kids Announcement - President Eric noted that we need volunteers for Saturday Feb 4th  Geeks for Kids project, wherein we help construct mobility units unique for individual kid’s challenges. We need 20 volunteers each for the morning shift (8:30 am to 1:30 pm) and the afternoon shift (11:30 am to 4:30 pm) in the caves near downtown off Southwest Trafficway. More details to follow.
Upcoming events – Save the Dates! 1/31/23: Fireside @ Matt Meyer’s home, 2/04/23: Geeks for Kids Build Day, 2/06/23: Fireside @ Tony Andresen’s home, 2/09/23: Fireside @ Marc McCarty’s home.
Our Club Committee Chairs provided their reports as our Program.
Brad Kleindl updated us on the activities of the International Service Committee. His committee deals with global grants (40% R.I. & 60% within District). There are also district grants which are typically smaller. One of our grant project is the Shoes for Orphan Souls. We raised $740 to buy shoes. On October 22nd, 2023 there will be out next Pickleball Tournament fundraiser.
Kara Bennett updated us on the Entertainment Committee activities.  We have Firesides coming up. These are smaller groups to better know and interact with each other. On March 9th, since we are not meeting here (Big Twelve Basketball Tournament) we are working on a Box Lunch event elsewhere. We are working on an event with Black History month and an After Hours at the KC Museum. In April we are checking out Boulevard Brewing on the Patio. In May we are investigating an event at the Nelson Art Gallery. May 19th is the Monarch baseball team’s opening day.  And we are looking into a June 1st Camp outing. The Entertainment Committee will coordinate with the other committees.
Lee Brumitt updated us on the Community Service Committee.  In a sense everybody in the Club is a member of this committee by volunteering for projects and events. As noted earlier we have Geeks for Kids Build Day coming up on Saturday February 4th. We also have Sleep in Heavenly Peace build day  (build a bed) coming up on April 1st, wherein we put hammer & nails to wood in Greenwood, MO. We will be working with several other local Rotary Clubs. This all fits in with the Service Above Self concept.
Scott Holsman spoke as the Social Media Committee Chair. Scott noted that we need to snap pictures of our activities and forward them to him. Scott manages our Downton Rotary Club  Facebook page. Invite friends to our page. Once we reach 1,000 our exposure goes up. This can be very beneficial for our membership drive. We can show how Rotary affects us in our careers and otherwise.
Jared Campbell, a future Club President nominee elect, shared the Membership Development Committee report. The Committee meets on the second Thursday monthly. We are at 200 Club members and have added 8 new members this year. It is important to make new members feel welcome and engaged with committee involvement. We have Bring a Guest Day coming up on February 16th.  We want personal invitations and word of mouth.
Tony Andresen shared the Greater Kansas City Day Committee information. We are working with the KC Monarchs with their opening day as our Greater KC Day. This year we will sell game tickets (buy 1 game ticket and get one free plus the Monarch’s baseball caps). We will not be doing the morning street side sales  but rather partnering with Price Chopper stores for the whole month of May, similar to our Salvation Army belling ringing approach.
Steve Burger spoke as Chair of the Program Committee. This is the Committee that generates the great speakers and timely presentations of great interest. The Committee meets four times a year.  Steve suggests emailing ( as suggestions. Think about whether the topic would fit for us and what kind of speaker he/she would be.
Pat Bolin spoke as the Chair of the Memorial Committee. Every member has a unique story to tell. If a member has told you a story about him/her, share it with the Committee so we get it out at the appropriate time. This will assist us to provide a better understanding of the person and a proper send off. Our departed members’ stories and life are presented annually on or near Memorial Day in May.
Jan Armstrong spoke as the Chair of the Ecology Committee with 14 members strong. Last year we were some what overwhelmed with the Monarch Butterfly Boxcar event. We are still working on the Pollinator Monarch Garden. We are planning an event at the Zoo around Earth Day weekend April 22nd & 23rd. We are also working on a Dunn Ranch event out on the Prairie and close to bison. We are also working on a Dinner at the Camp around June 8th or 12th with the Indian Center.  We can be with the kids and see first  hand the operations of the Camp in season and how it benefits the kids.
David King spoke on behalf the Scribe Committee.  Including Dave we have four members sharing the responsibilities of sharing the meeting’s highlights and in effect chronicling or archiving the meeting’s activities.  Additional hands would be greatly appreciated and provide you with an opportunity to share your talents and your spin of the day’s meeting.
TODAY’S  QUOTE: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney
President Eric Bubb wrapped up the meeting with the Four Way Test.
[ as an ongoing scrivener’s note: our local Club 13 Rotary organization has at least three main legs (like a three legged stool) KCRClub 13 with its various committees;  KCRCFoundation (primarily to support the Rotary Youth Camp); and the Rotary Youth Camp.[each with its own separate board].
Plaza Lights Event
The Plaza Lights Rotary After Hours Event on Monday, January 9th, was quite enjoyable with 33 Rotarians and guests attending.  The view of the Plaza Lights from the Polsinelli Board Room and also from the balcony was spectacular!  The refreshments were delightful and the Board Room offered opportunity for mingling and conversation.  A special Thank You to Rotarian Terry Kilroy for making this event possible.
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. You can sign up for 8:30am-1:30pm, 11:30am to 4:30pm or stay for the whole day. We are looking for approximately 20 volunteers for the morning shift and 20 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.
Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, January 30, 2023, 6:30 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth.

Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal.
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
14 & Main
Kansas City, MO 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Pkwy Lanes
Jan 25, 2023 4:30 PM
KC Rotary Club Foundation Board Meeting
Jan 26, 2023 11:00 AM
Bagel Run
Jan 28, 2023
Fireside @ Matt Meyer's Home
Matt Meyer's Home
Jan 31, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bagel Run
Feb 04, 2023
Geeks for Kids Build Day
Downtown Underground
Feb 04, 2023
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
Fireside @ Marc McCarty's
One Park Place
Feb 09, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Women and Friends of Rotary
Feb 14, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
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Jan 26, 2023
America's Guest
Feb 02, 2023
Ensuring Safety at Work and Home Through Self-Defense
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
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Rotary Firesides
As many of you know, the purpose of our Fireside Chats is to provide fellowship opportunities for our members by offering social experiences in small groups typically at the members’ homes or sometimes workplaces in the evening. Over the years the Firesides have been very popular, and later this month and the first week of February we are offering three more.
The Firesides will be held at: (all will be from 7:00 - 9:00 pm)
Matt Meyer’s in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday, January 31 (5 spots left)
Tony Andresen’s in Mission Hills on Monday, February 6 (3 spots left), and
Marc McCarty’s in midtown at One Park Place on Thursday, February 9 (1 spot left)
Because the point of Firesides is being focused on small social gatherings, we limit the number of each to 12 Rotarians. The hosts will provide refreshments, but it’s not a dinner situation. Beverages and light snacks. Click on the links above to sign up!

Bowling News
By Tim Tholen
Hello Rotary Club 13!
Last week we met to continue the  2nd half of our bowling year. After a sluggish start to the half the week before, the bowlers are starting to regain their skills. 
Nick Cutrera 6/7
Marc McCarty 5/10
200 games:
Matt Ho 214 and 245
John Lawrence 216
Jack Sopinski 216
Dave Boone 202
I have been in contact with our St. Louis Rotary friends and we are beginning to plan this year’s competition. I will keep you posted on that.
Have a great week!!

Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley
The Eagles have returned to their nest again this year! Keep updated on their nesting progress on our Facebook page.

January Birthdays

Glenn Crawford, 1/2

Michelle Biondo, 1/7

Jim Porter, 1/17

Rose Ryan, 1/18

Paul Flucke, 1/20

Tony Andresen, 1/23

Mary Kingsley, 1/26

Kim Beatty, 1/29