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Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Member spotlight: Peak performer scales Kilimanjaro
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian When Carole Kimutai was growing up in Nairobi, family members were always coming for long stays – a grandparent one month, a cousin the next. "Anyone who needed school fees would come to Nairobi, and my parents would assist," she says. "Or if my grandmother was sick, she would come to live with us until she was better. It was natural to help others." Years later, Kimutai was invited to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Nairobi-East, where she instantly felt at home. "I grew up seeing my parents help relatives, and now I am seeing people help quote-...
Convention: Hear the music
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Chances are, you’ve heard of Psy and his signature song, “Gangnam Style.” He’s the Korean pop star with dark sunglasses and a distinctive galloping horse dance who was everywhere a few years ago, including on a This Close ad for End Polio Now. But what you might not know is that Psy is merely the tip of the colossal iceberg known as K-pop, short for Korean pop. If you plan to attend the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul from 28 May to 1 June, you won’t have to search for K-pop – you’ll hear it in the streets, in cafes, in taxis, and on...
Member interview: Jay Cook helps young people through Rotary Youth Exchange
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian A Rotarian for nearly three decades, Jay Cook has helped hundreds of young people broaden their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. Recently, while working for the nonprofit Water Missions International, he’s turned his attention to bringing safe water and sanitation solutions to developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. Cook is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston Breakfast and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. THE ROTARIAN: How did you become involved with Rotary Youth Exchange? COOK: My club was hosting a young...
Technology: To please in a pod(cast)
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian When I was a college student in Wisconsin in the 1970s, those of us who worked at the 10-watt radio station hoped our signal would reach not only the 1,500 students on the Beloit College campus and the 35,000 residents of the town of Beloit but also the people in the cars and trucks passing by on the interstate 3 miles to the east – and possibly, late at night, the 150,000 who lived in the bustling metropolis of Rockford, Ill., 20 miles to the south. Some of us hoped to get jobs in radio after we graduated, and there was even talk about starting...
 

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Service Above Self

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Falcon Valley Clubhouse
9801 Falcon Valley Dr.
Lenexa, KS  66220
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Start-Up Rewind Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Entrepreneurship is a process of identifying and starting a business venture, sourcing and organizing the required resources and taking both the risks and rewards associated with the venture.
 
Our clubs next speaker is coming soon. Get inspired and learn about these great success stories of young companies. hear about their struggles and triumphs. 
  
If you are interested in being involved, please contact

Scott Hamele

 
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90% of the club came out to help Mike McVey and Gary Proctor with the Lenexa Art Fair. Although this does raise some funds for the club it is also a great fellowship event, allowing members to engage with each other but also with the community. One customer exclaimed "you have the best beer in town". Combine that with the friendly service of Rotary members and people remember you the following year. Visit the photo album on this page to see more of the photos.
 
Club Rotarians Pictured: Jim Frost, Scott Hamele, kelly Bosak, Lori Maher
 

 
 

Facebook Rotary Club Page

We are excited to announce our clubs Facebook page.  Stay informed about upcoming events, speakers and photos. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Scott Hamele

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Rotary Clubs Twitter Page

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If you are a fan of Twitter, please visit our new club page at http://twitter.com/westjocorotary

For more information, please contact

Scott Hamele


 

 
 
 

What is Rotary International all about?

This is a great video that Rotary International put together for existing and prospective Rotarians. Please take the time to view it. Click Here

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Scott Hamele


 

 

 
 
Club member Gary Proctor traveled to Chacala, Mexico for his first international project earlier this month and experienced his "Rotary Moment". He was accompanied by fellow club member Dawn Tubbesing and Shawnee Rotary Club member, Kevin Tubbesing as well as many members of the Berkeley, CA Rotary Club. Dawn who generally likes a minimum 4 star resort when she travels, quickly got used to the surroundings. Although not 4 star, the accommodations were very comfortable and the sunsets were amazing. Upon arrival they were provided a warm welcome by the high school students and their parents who were so grateful for the help of all the volunteers. Rotary members were engaged in activities to upgrade the La Prepa High School in Las Varas. From building computer desks, to digging piping trenches, framing a storage area to painting the interiror and exterior of the school building, itt was a hands on project of kindered spirits working for the greater good and putting "service above self". For Gary Proctor, it was the reason he joined Rotary in the first place, This was his Rotary Moment. Check out the photo album to see more of the pictures.
 

 
 

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. To learn more about how you can help, please visit: http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/TheRotaryFoundation/Pages/ridefault.aspx

For additional information, please contact Gary Proctor, Foundation Chair for our club. 


 
 

 
 
Watch the video where Kevin Tubbesing and Gary Proctor explain how it all works.
 
 
Welcome to our newest member Jim Houvener - . Jim joins us from Midland, MI. He has been engaged in his community and past Rotary club as a member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and as a Foundation Chair. Look for more about Jim in the next newsletter.
 

 
 
Danielle Pfiester, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board Member for Wyandotte and Johnson Counties will be the guest speaker on February 17, 2015 "All children deserve a happy and healthy childhood; a home where they experience love, support, nurturing and growth. Sadly, the children CASA serves do not have such basic needs fulfilled. Their world includes drugs, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. Many have been removed from their families and all are feeling scared,confused and alone." Danielle will explain the mission of CASA, how advocates are trained and how volunteers are utilized to aid the children in the system and what the current need looks like in the community.
 
 

 
A BIG THANK YOU to the following sponsors for the Around the World Party fundraiser. The major benefactor this year is Safe Home offering support for survivors of domestic violence.
 
Signature Drink [375]
 
Party Animal [600]
Lori Maher - Maher Group LLC
Jim Weir - Compalliance
 
Let's Do This [300]
​Amber Goering - Goering and Granatino, PA
​Jim Frost
John Khoury - Custom Foods Inc.
Joe Harrison
 
See Me! Game/Activity [200]
Susan F.Davis -  Edward Jones
 
Other Major Sponsors
Rick Williams LLC, Manufacturer's Rep, Klaussner Home Furnishings - Queen size Enso Sleep System, $2200.00 value
Craig Jorgensen -  amfam.com - Round of Golf, Falcon Ridge $280.00 value
 

 
 

 
Join us on January 27th as Gary Proctor, Club Foundation Board President and Kevin Tubbesing, Rotary District Foundation Chair share information on the inner working of the Foundation and how your donations help and multiply. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your foundation knowledge.

 
 
 
 

Shawn Kinkade full time certified Professional Business Coach and the President of Aspire Business Development, a business strategy, consulting and coaching company spoke to members and guests on January 6th sharing strategies for making the most of your business. Many members had that "ah ha" moment at one point or another during the presentation. Please take a look at a short clip of some of the tips that Shawn shared. 

 
 
 
Join us, sponsor it or donate an auction item, but get involved with the Western JoCo Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year! February 28, 2015 at TEAH Ballroom, 9050 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS. Click here for more information.

Thank you to our early bird sponsors
Signature Drink
Party Animal
 
 
 

 
 

Western Johnson County Club members were treated to a social gathering with a twist. A big shout out to Lori Maher, one of the original members of our club who hosted a "Between the Sheets" party on November 17th. This event had members and friends bring a set of sheets as a donation for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. All together there were 42 sets of sheets in all different sizes collected, this allowed the Johnson County Christmas Bureau to provide both kids and parents sweet dreams and a comfortable sleep on brand new sheets. This event was also a great way to get to know fellow members of the club on a more social level.

 
 
 
 
On December 9th, club members and even some spouses stepped up again to help the Christmas Bureau with the Annual Christmas Shop. From pushing shopping carts to helping recipients make decisions on gifts, the club was represented well with 12 members and a couple of spouses participating in two different shifts.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Turn Royals Spirit into Rotary Spirit! Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a limited edition Royals-inspired Rotary t-shirt. Short-sleeve or long-sleeve, Royal blue for only $20!
 
You must act quickly because you only can buy for 12 more days!  We all love our Rotary club and now it is time to show it! Wear your Rotary pride around town, at the ballpark, or to your projects.
 
Proceeds will benefit End Polio Now in the name of our district, and will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Be sure to note which district/club you belong to in the COMMENTS section when you purchase so funds can be sent appropriately.
 
Go to https://www.booster.com/letsgorotary  and buy your t-shirt now!
Please let us know if you have any questions, and Go Royals! Go Rotary! Trish Reedy trish@houseloan.com Rotary Club of Overland Park

 
 

 
 
We would like to introduce our newest Rotarian Nick Pickard. Club Spoinsor is Scott Hamele. Nick is an Associate with Newark Grubb Zimmer. Nick specializes in commercial real estate in the Kansas City area and provides both owner and tenant representation. Others shown in the picture is Club President Paul Mayo (left) and Membership Chair Jim Frost (right). Congratulation Nick and welcome to our club!! — with James- Jim Frost and Paul Mayo.

 
 

 
 

Please welcome Joe Harrison to the Rotary Club of Western Johnson County.  Joe was inducted into the club on Tuesday, August 26th.  Joe comes to our club as a transfer from the Beloit Rotary Club, Beloit, KS.

Joe (left) is congratulated by James Frost (center, membership) and Paul Mayo (right, president).


 
 

 
 
 

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Speakers

Sep 01, 2015
Stuart Ludlow
RFP-365 - Start Up Rewind Format
 
 

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