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We've been talking about our new publication, Service Above Self, and now it's live. In this issue, featuring our new magazine style layout, we look back at our visit from Rotary International President Ron Burton and our club president, David Beck, tells us what it means to our club. We've got much more in this issue and you'll learn what our goal is for our publication. Let's just say we set our bar for success pretty high.
The Topeka Rotary Foundation is now accepting proposals to fund social service, public health, public safety, arts, culture, recreation and entertainment projects in Topeka and Shawnee County.
Foundation President Kirk Johnson said members and friends of the Rotary Club of Topeka (also known as Downtown Rotary) provide funding for the local foundation.
“Downtown Rotarians are pleased to support community-based needs in the Topeka area, much like the Rotary International Foundation supports needs worldwide,” Johnson said. Since its creation in 1976 to present date, the Foundation has contributed nearly half a million dollars in Topeka and Shawnee County.
Volunteers are needed for the Make A Splash Topeka Water Festival September 19th. This annual festival is at Garfield Park and we need at least 8 volunteers to fill the time slots between 9:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Rotary volunteers help 4th grade students with an activity called The Incredible Journey. The activity has students pretend to be water drops, rolling dice to see where they go next in the water cycle. Students collect colored beads as they travel as different forms of water, ending up with a water cycle bracelet. Club members who have volunteered in past years say this is a fun project!
You can sign up to volunteer for a shift at the festival at the club meeting or e-mail Marie Pyko [MPyko@tscpl.org] for more information.
Jodie Ladner has arrived at her new home in Santiago, Chile! Jodie is a Topeka West High School student spending a year in Chile as a Rotary Youth Exchange student sponsored by our club. She is shown here with her first host family mom.
Washburn Tech has a long history of providing technical education in Topeka, tracing its roots back to the beginning of World War II. Legislation passed created a vocational program in the 1960’s which gave college goers a different approach to starting college, besides jumping in head and wallet first. Many students not knowing exactly what they want to do, now had a vessel for testing new waters, without the full financial burden of two years. Kaw Area Technical School provided many students a vast array of technical skills they could acquire. However, being a technical school, some credits would not transfer to four year college progams.
In 2007, Kaw Area Technical School would emerge as the new Washburn Institute of Technology. Washburn Tech is a nationally recognized innovator in career and technical education, and serves as a model for Technical Schools and partnerships with Universities. Washburn’s Institute of Technology’s Welcome statement reads, “Our unique relationship with Washburn University gives students the added benefits of starting with technical courses and continuing to advanced degrees while preparing for today’s career opportunities”. Dean of Washburn Tech, Clark Coco, gave a passionate speech about his and the staff’s dedication to the students and the goals of Washburn Tech.
by Greg Hill
A full house at the Topeka Country Club witnessed Rotary International President Ron Burton from Norman, Oklahoma deliver one of his very first speeches during his term in office. Burton spoke to the Topeka Rotary Club on July 18th to a special joint meeting of the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club and other Topeka and area clubs.