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Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet three times a month at a wine bar after work, share a social outing once a month, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
 

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The final number are not in yet but it looks like in spite of the ugly winter weather the brief escape to Brazil for Carnival was a success! A great time was had by all and our chosen charities will surely benefit from all the hard work and team effort of the club. Pictures will be posted soon. A big thank you to everyone for all the support in time and money, without you we couldn't pull this off.
 

 
Chris Kuehl to speak March 3, 2015. Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association.
 

 
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.
 
 

 
Robert D. Caplinger, Author of "A Wild Irish Rose" The story of a young quixotic attorney who cleaned up the most corrupt county in Kansas (Atchison County in 1922) Mr. Caplinger shared the story of how he found and pieced together this dark chapter of Atchison County history. An Attorney himself, Caplinger came across the beginnings of the story while searching for details of the building of the first concrete road in Kansas. What he found was a story of corruption, political entrenchment and how one man led the battle to set things right in Atchison County.

 
 

 
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

 
 

 
 
Bart Redford is Assistant to the Director.  A graduate of the University of Kansas REES M.A. program, Bart Redford worked for a number of organizations while living in Russia, most notably IREX and American Councils for International Education. Prior to working at CREES he served as Associate Director of the KU Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). While most of Bart's time at CREES is spent on administrative duties, he also teaches REES 110 Introduction to Russia and Eastern Europe and REES 220 Societies and Cultures of Eurasia. Bart speaks Russian and a smattering of Ukrainian.

 
 

 
 
We would like to introduce our newest Rotarian Nick Pickard.
 
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).


 
 

 
 

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. 


 
 

 
 

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


 

 

 
 

We are excited to announce our new Facebook page for our club.  Stay informed about upcoming events, speakers and photos.  If you have any questions, please contact Scott Hamele.

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


 

 
 
 
 

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