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Rotary Club of Shawnee Mission

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Milburn Country Club
7501 W 69th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
Overland Park, KS 66204
United States of America
In person lunches on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Lunch reservations requested: revbeason@gmail.com Member cost: $10 Guest cost: $15
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The Harvesters Mobile Food Distribution event at Shawnee Mission North High School (7401 Johnson Drive) will be back in 2022 in months when there is a fifth Saturday.
 
Please mark your calendars if you can volunteer!
 
Dates in 2022:
January 29
April 30
July 30
October 29
December 31
 
These events are drive-through with volunteers loading food items directly into vehicles. Anyone is welcome to attend and receive food. 
 
We had six volunteers on Wednesday over lunch to help with litter pick-up on our adopted street, Lamar Avenue. We were out for about 40 minutes, and even though we had to talk Jeff out of the brush before we lost him to Narnia down the hillside, we think we made a big impact. There's always more trash than you think. Thanks to Jeff, Wayne, Roger, Ellis and Emily and a special thanks to Mission friend Brooke who came to join us. Brooke is a regular volunteer with the City of Mission and came out to help. She admitted that she didn't know much about Rotary International before helping beyond the signs you see out and about, but she does now! The Adopt-a-Street program asks that we do four clean-ups a year. Be on the lookout for pick-ups scheduled in spring and summer of 2022! 
 
We were back at Growing Futures Early Education Center on Saturday, November 6. This time, we prepared the raised garden beds for winter, assembled giveaway bags with hygiene items, school supplies and food for their holiday drive-through coming up in December and assembled a piece of musical equipment that gave us fits! It was just a simple flower that children can hit with a mallet to make musical notes, but it turns out that everything hinges on it being assembled at the factory correctly! We prevailed, though! 
 
Rotary District 5710 Conference in Manhattan, KS was a great success. Happening Friday, October 21-23, it focused on fun, learning and service. There was a service project of preparing 1,000 emergency birth kits that will go to health care providers and mothers-to-be around the world. Each kit had the essential supplies including a bar of soap, plastic sheet, razor blade, umbilical cord ties, latex gloves and gauze pads. Many Rotarians working (and laughing) all at once assembly line style had the kits ready in about an hour. Each supply was counted out ahead of time to ensure no kit went out without all the essential items. It was a fun and meaningful project that addresses Rotary's Maternal and Child Health Area of Focus. There were great and inspiring speakers, grants training, and one note with special significance to one of our club members, Vickie Randel from the Lawrence Rotary Club received the Distinguished Service Award presented by The Trustees of the Rotary Foundation "in recognition of outstanding efforts to promote the Foundation's many programs dedicated to international understanding."
Our Rotary on the Road in October was a visit to Hillcrest Transitional Housing. We toured the youth building in Kansas City, Kansas and made great connections. This organization is a leader in solving homelessness in the KC Metro. Their process provides full support in a structured environment that teaches self-sufficiency for achieving goals of permanent housing, employment, education, money management and wellbeing.
 
One key need we identified: In order to save funds, the residents in the program are encouraged to pack their lunches as opposed to getting fast food while they're out working or at school. Hillcrest could use soft-sided lunch bags and ice packs and tumblers/water bottles for the residents. If you are interested in donating any of those items that you have that are in good condition, or can purchase any of those items new, we'd like to gather a few to give to Hillcrest by the end of the month. They currently have need for 8-10, but could use more for future residents if we'd like to do more! Thanks in advance!
 
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