Club Officers, Directors & Coordinators
Welcome 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!
President, Overland Park Rotary Club
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.
Two 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.
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.
Mike Hockley Selected as Winner of OP Rotary's Highest Honor, The Ben Craig Distinguished Service Award
At our club’s Annual Awards Banquet on June 20, Mike Hockley was awarded the Club’s highest honor, the Ben Craig Distinguished Service Award.
Selection Committee Chairman Jim Hix said, “The committee was ecstatic to select Mike because he met and exceeded all of the criteria the committee uses in its selection process.” The 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.
Mike’s background demonstrates how he has excelled in all of these areas. Mike has been a Trustee of our club’s foundation and served as President of the foundation for three years. He has also served on the YLI Committee.
For many years Mike served in multiple leadership positions with the United Way, including Chair of the United Way of Greater Kansas City. He is currently President of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation. His community work was recently recognized on a metropolitan wide basis when he received the prestigious United Way Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award. He is also an Elder of his church and has served as President of his church’s board.
Mike is an attorney and partner with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, LLP where he has served in numerous management positions including being a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His list of awards and recognition as an attorney is long and impressive.
Our club is fortunate to have a member who epitomizes the principles of Rotary in their community, professional, and personal life! Congratulations, Mike!
A hearty congratulations is also in order for other awards presented at the banquet:
Major Donor Awards (RI donations) - Ben Craig, Greg Musil, Melynn Sight
Rising Star Award - James Wright
Quiet Rotarian - Dean Dyer
Star Recruiter - Bill Byrd
Paul Harris Fellows:
Bush Lane, David Miller, Trish Reedy, Doug Young,Mike Tracy, Marshaun Butler, and Cricket Martin (YLI Intern)
Sponsor Our Website & Support the Foundation
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.