Welcome to the Overland Park Rotary Club!

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Overland Park

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 11:30 AM
Doubletree Hotel
10100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS  66210
United States
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ImageWelcome to the Overland Park Rotary Club!

What is the Rotary Club of Overland Park, Kansas? Its people just like you who have concern for others—people who want to enhance their community through their gifts of time and money.

We are known for our infectious spirit, enthusiasm, support of one another and commitment to serve others. The Overland Park Rotary Club provides tens of thousands of dollars to area charities through funds raised at our annual community event, the July 4th Star Spangled Spectacular and through generous gifts by our own Overland Park Rotary Foundation. Hundreds of Kansas City area students have discovered their leadership potential and developed the skills to become community leaders by attending our Youth Leadership Institute.

Since 2006 our club has participated in Rotary International's Youth Exchange Program which enables our local high school students to become 'Ambassadors to the World' by living with host families and attending school abroad. Meanwhile, local families reciprocate by hosting Rotary exchange students from foreign countries.

OP Rotary also reaches beyond our local area to serve people of our global community. We have donated mosquito netting and provided funds to build a school and clean-water wells in Mali, Africa. Support has been given to build student libraries in Cambodia & Vietnam and we are currently engaged in a project to bring water wells to needy farmers in Nepal.

Visit our club any Monday for lunch to feel the energy, enjoy our camaraderie and learn for yourself why the OP Rotary Club is the most trusted name in community service. Discover how you can have fun networking with Overland Park Rotarians while helping and serving others in our community and around the world!

Craig Novorr
President, Overland Park Rotary Club


Melynn Sight Awarded Club's Highest Honor -- 
At a special Awards and Recognition luncheon meeting on June 29th, former Rotary President Melynn Sight  was awarded the Club’s highest honor, the Ben Craig Distinguished Service Award.  Selection Committee Chairman Jim Hix said the five criteria used to select a recipient are:
  • The Rotarian must have distinguished himself/herself by fully representing the principles of Rotary.
  • The Rotarian’s contributions to the club are considered.
  • The Rotarian’s contributions to the community are considered.
  • The Rotarian’s professional and business accomplishments are considered.
Melynn's background demonstrates how she has excelled in all of these areas.  Having joined Rotary in 1996, she was elected to the Board of Directors in 1999 and served as President in 2006.  She also served on the OP Rotary Foundation Board from 2007 thru 2013.  
Her broader community volunteer service includes an impressive array of service to several organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for both the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and the Johnson County Community Foundation.
Melynn is the founder and President of nSight Marketing, a marketing and communications consulting company that works with associations, societies and Chamber's throughout the United States. http://www.nsightmarketing.com/   
We are so fortunate to have members like Melynn Sight that epitomize the principles of Rotary and "Service Above Self" in their community, professional and personal lives. Congratulations Melynn!!


Over $1000 Raised For ALS Research

On Tuesday, August 19th, Overland Park Rotarians gathered on the patio of the Doubletree Hotel for the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research.  We have raised over $1000 so far and you can still contribute to the cause.  Our donation to the local chapter will honor our own Bill Gonzalez, who recently resigned his membership while he  continues to battle ALS.  Watch the video to see Bill, front and center, take an ice bucket for the cause!!  And what a treat it was to see Gene Troehler "cooling it" right next to him.  Special thanks to Bob Hite for hosting the event and providing all the accommodations at the Doubletree. 

We also challenged the OP South Club and the East Wichita Club to the challenge and to make a donation to ALS.



ImageImageTwo OP Rotarians Selected for RI Young Professionals Summit

A hearty congratulations to Daniel Fry and Trish Reedy who will join 30 other young leaders from across the U.S. at an invitation-only gathering of young Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary alumni for an upcoming Rotary Young Professionals Summit to be held in Chicago.  This is the first time RI has held a Summit of this kind, providing an opportunity for Rotary to hear from highly engaged young leaders.  Rotary International’s goal is to learn more about what attracted them to Rotary, identify successful strategies to develop these members, and give Rotary clubs more tools to attract leaders, of all ages, to take action.   There were 130 applications total from the U.S. submitted to RI for this opportunity to attend the Rotary Young Professionals Summit.  Dan and Trish will be honored at the District 5710 Conference to be held May 8 to 9 in Manhattan.  We are honored to have two outstanding Rotarians from our club selected for this elite conference.  Thanks for your continued dedication to "Service Above Self."  Links to their application videos are below.

         Daniel   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRacFD-x0lQ

         Trish      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy3FViasoMQ




Kevin Yoder Addresses YLI Students

Students at this week's Youth Leadership Institute enjoyed a rare opportunity to learn leadership skills from a sitting member of the US House of Representatives.  Congressman Kevin Yoder, member of our Overland Park Rotary,  led a session and answered questions from the students.  Thanks, Kevin, for sharing your leadership skills with  these future leaders.Image





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Your business can sponsor the OP Rotary website and e-Spoke. A one-year sponsorship will display your company logo and link to your own website. Sponsor logos rotate every eight seconds on our homepage and are published within each internal page of the OP Rotary website and e-Spoke.

All revenue from website sponsorship is donated to the Overland Park Rotary Foundation.

For details, contact Bush Lane.




Aug 24, 2015
Mike Hess
War Trauma-The Hidden Wounds of War
Aug 31, 2015
David Kim
Top Golf
Sep 07, 2015
No Meeting
Labor Day
Sep 14, 2015
Darryl Burton
Sep 21, 2015
Steve Howe
Johnson County District Attorney
Sep 28, 2015
Donna Lauffer & Charles Gasser
YLI & Star Spangled Spectacular
Oct 05, 2015
Roxanne Shanks
Helicopter Medical Flights
Oct 12, 2015
Scott Ragan
Three Dog Bakery
Oct 19, 2015
Dr. Ed Berger
Kansas Cosmosphere
Oct 26, 2015
Andy Heath
Oceana Cruises
Nov 02, 2015
George Gaustello
Union Station


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