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Welcome to Topeka South Rotary
 
 
Topeka South Rotary will be on the road, sort of, on October 27 for an off site on campus!
 
A tour of the Mulvane Art Museum is planned. Parking will be easy – simply use the same lot, but join us at the museum to tour the three exhibits: "Detention Nation," "Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate," and "Transcendental Train Yard."
 
A continental breakfast will be available thanks to Bob Carmichael.
Thank you Topeka South Rotarians for consistently recruiting new members to our Chapter. Help us welcome Alice Weingartner, Sandy Warren, and Kent Pope. We're very excited to have you all as part of Topeka South Rotary.
Raise funds to fight Polio and have fun with family and friends. Chip timing • family-friendly activities • costume contest

5K walk/run plus a family stroll

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
7:30 am registration & packet pickup
8:30 am race begins
9:45 am awards ceremony
 
WHERE:
Lake Shawnee, Shelter House #1
3400 SE Leisure Lane
 
EARLY BIRD COST: $25, includes a limited edition spooky T-shirt.
 
 
REGISTER ONLINE: here
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  If you would like to volunteer for the Pumpkin Run contact Ken Gorman, Janet Burns or Glenn Jagodzinske.
 
 
 
We're are changing things up a little at Topeka South Rotary and giving people an opportunity to sign up for the morning invocation each week, providing the ability to plan ahead and select a more personal invocation. We would love to have invocations from all faiths and walks of life. There's nothing that says it has to be a prayer, maybe it's a morning meditation, or thought for the day. And don't worry, if you don't want to come up with your own we have found some great additional ones from Rotary organizations all over the world. 
 
If you would like to sign up online just click here or email Cassandra. In case you want to direct your invocation at the subject matter of the day, we've included in the online document a list of our weekly speakers. Red Badges, keep in mind this is a great way to check off one of your Blue Badge Requirements! There are 34 weeks left open for the board year. With over 100 members I have faith this will fill up quickly.
Thank you to Bob Carmichael for providing new Topeka South Rotary aprons for Let’s Help volunteers! Bob purchased a dozen aprons emblazoned with our club’s name and the Rotary logo for volunteers to wear each time we serve at Let’s Help. We are grateful to Bob for helping us all look good and to Dr. Brenda Dietrich for the great idea to have branded aprons!
 
It's exciting to share that we have once again been awarded grant funding from District 5710 for Sole Mates! This funding is a 1:2 match of what we as members contribute. There are many ways you can donate monetarily – one is to purchase a ‘Music for the Sole’ CD featuring piano solos performed by Benjamin Zhang. CDs are available at club meetings and by contacting TSR member Baili Zhang. Another option is to throw some cash in the can on our weekly meeting morning buffet line.
 
This project cannot be effective without the volunteers that pair up with our little recipients at the shoe store. Please click on read more below to see the dates and contact Jamie, jamies@keystaffing.com, to sign up.
 
This program is an ongoing project for Topeka South Rotary to provide shoes for children of low-income families. In the fall of 2011, TSR partnered with Topeka area school districts to identify children in need of new shoes for our ‘Sole Mates’ program. Sole Mates addresses causes of conflict including poverty, inequality, and unequal distribution of resources. As a result of this program, TSR has been able to provide new socks and shoes for 1,603 children. The students who have been identified by their school in need of shoes are transported to Payless Shoes (1730 SW Wanamaker) via school transportation on scheduled shoe days. Once at the store, Rotarians pair up one-to-one with the students and assist them in having their feet measured and selecting a proper pack of socks and pair of shoes. Contact Jamie if you would like to read the full grant proposal and know how Sole Mates addresses five of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus.
 
Thank you for putting new shoes on the feet of needy kids right here in our community!
    
The 5th Annual Topeka South Rotary Pumpkin Run is approaching and we're excited to announce we have several businesses already committed to underwriting and two sponsors as well. If you would like to be a sponsor please contact Faron Barr. If you would like to participate by running, walking or strolling, you can register here or fill out one of our brochures here and turn it in to Faron or Austin.
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  If you would like to volunteer for the Pumpkin Run contact Ken Gorman, Janet Burns or Glenn Jagodzinske.
 
Congratulations to Allan Towle for being awarded with a Paul Harris + 2 recognition.
 
Thank you for all you do Allan.
 
Join us at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Association and hear from one of Topeka South Rotary's own, Vickie Brokke, at Friday's meeting.
 
Vickie, president and CEO of Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, will visit with us about the diverse programing at the Topeka Civic Theatre and share some insights on the theatre's new season.
As you can see from this wonderful picture - our first Lunch Bunch of the school year at Stout Elementary was a big success for the kiddos! Mr. Litfin, school principal, joined in in the fun as well.
 
Click here for future Lunch Bunch celebration opportunities.
 
Here's what's new with Lunch Bunch - first, a super big, special thank you to Dr. Mike Morrison for arranging a new home for our Lunch Bunch, after the closing of Avondale West Elementary. Mike found a great new school, Stout Elementary, who is excited to have us! 
 
Here are the details for Lunch Bunch:
  • All dates will be Thursdays and our first scheduled date is September 7th. We have all volunteer slots filled already (thank you)!
  • Stout Elementary is our new school located at 2303 SW College Avenue
  • Only 10 kids each month this school year from grades 1 thru 5
  • Start time 11:45 am  -  End time 12:15 pm
  • Doug will still buy the world's best Glory Days Pizza ($3 donation per Rotarian to cover the cost is appreciated)
Looking forward to our first Lunch Bunch!
What a wonderful honor it was to have Easterseals Capper Foundation CEO & President, Jim Leiker, present at our weekly meeting to receive that BIG check. Easterseals Capper Foundation is one of two recipients of the 2017 TSR Golf Tournament fundraising event proceeds.
There is a NEW way for Rotarians to participate in the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)!
 
The first and third sessions of RLI will be conducted as we have in the past – on Saturdays at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, KS (Home of the T-Bones!) – thanks to our District Governor Adam Ehlert for hosting us. 
 
Here is what is NEW - the second session will be held ONLINE in two 2-hour week night evenings. You will be able to participate in this session from the comfort of your home or wherever in the world you are.  

RLI is open to any Rotarian who is interested in learning more about our amazing organization. Besides networking and exchanging ideas with other Rotarians, attending will enhance your knowledge of all facets of Rotary and how it works. 
 
The next time you see Jacob Wamego congratulate him for earning his Topeka South Rotary blue badge. One more official member for TSR!
Earlier this year Benjy Zhang (son of TSR member Baili Zhang) presented the fourth check to TSR Sole Mates, bringing the total amount he has donated in the past four years to $2,454. He also bid farewell to TSR as he heads to the University of Pennsylvania this fall.
 
Benjy plans to continue to raise funds for Sole Mates through the sale of his professionally recorded CD, “Music for the Sole," which will be completed in late August. He suggests a donation of $10 per copy, and all proceeds will go to Sole Mates.
 
Many thanks to Benjy for sharing his immense talents in selfless service.
Get the insider's track on the exciting addition to the continued revitalization of Downtown Topeka – the Cyrus Hotel. Seth Wagoner, AIM Strategies, and Scott Gales, Architect One, will join us to discuss the mission, design and development of the hotel, which is currently under construction. The presentation will include a review of the Cyrus Hotel Experience and a video.
 
The Guatemala team consisted of 29 volunteers working in five different communities in the Lake Atitlan region. The grand totals for the week in Guatemala are 1,137 patients seen by the volunteers from the Washburn University School of Nursing, seven water filters assembled for Patanatic families, 32 shoes and socks received by the children of the Patanatic Elementary school donated by Topeka South Rotary, and ten beds were assembled in the homes of the recipients in Patanatic (fundraising provided by Jean McClure).
 
This was an AMAZING week with an absolutely wonderful team!! Thank you to the Washburn School of Nursing, Topeka South Rotary, and Woodland Public Charity for making this trip possible. Muchas Muchas Gracias to all the volunteers!!
We had three Topeka South Rotarians earn their Blue Badge of honor. Congratulations to Zoe Gruber, Patricia Hamilton, and Tyler Levier!
 
"Hannah and I have been learning a lot and are meeting people from all over the world. We heard from Bill Gates, John Cena, Minda Dentler (polio survivor and first female wheelchair athlete to complete an Ironman) and Ashton Kutcher today.
 
We witnessed the initial public pledges from Rotary, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many other organizations toward the remaining fight against polio to the tune of $1.2 billion.
 
We are sharing this humbling experience with 33,000+ Rotarians from around the world. Tomorrow we look forward to hearing from a number of Polio Eradication Ambassadors including Golf Icon Jack Nicklaus." —Paul
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are great reasons to celebrate TSR's recognitions at last weekend's district conference. We received the Presidential Citation for last Rotary year—a significant accomplishment.
 
Additionally we received a new award…the “Governors Bell." This award is intended to be assigned yearly at the District Conference solely on the District Governor's discretion to 1 of our 44 district clubs for recognition of outstanding service and fellowship. Basically, their favorite club. The bell is then transferred to the next club at the next conference.
 
Cheers to the board, volunteers and all the members who make our club outstanding. It's great to see others notice us, too.
 
See the photo album here.
Linda is actively involved in every area of the agency and strives to make a positive difference in the lives of people in need. Under her leadership, Let's Help promotes self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty.
 
They serve lunch to 350 people every week day and provide emergency assistance with rent, utilities and medical needs to nearly 6,000 individuals each year. Let's Help also offers an adult education and GED program, as well as job readiness training.
It's not too late to sign up or sponsor a hole. Thanks to our hole sponsors as of June 2:
 
K1 Realty LLC • Community Bank • Computer Store • CoreFirst Bank • Eaton Roofing • Glenn Jagodzinski • Higgs Financial Services • Jennie Adams Rose Government Affairs/PR • Kansas Press Association • Key Staffing • Cornerstone Group • State Farm Insurance/Gary Lucas • Beeman, Land, Tinder • Terry Carney, OD PA • T & M Financial, Inc • Wendling, Noe, Nelson & Johnson • All Insurance Access Patricia Hamilton • Johnson Controls
 
Contact Gary Lucas with questions here.
Brett Ballard is a former University of Kansas player and Wake Forest assistant. He was hired to succeed Bob Chipman as head men’s basketball coach.
 
Ballard has served on Danny Manning’s staff for five seasons—three years at Wake Forest and two at Tulsa. “This is an incredible opportunity and I am excited to come home and coach at a university with an elite basketball program,” Ballard said. “Washburn is a place that has very high standards and also places a value on developing student athletes both on and off the court, and those were very important factors to me coming. Look forward to an exciting program as we welcome Brett's visit to our club.
 
 
Motto: "Service Above Self"

We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
Washburn University Memorial Union
1700 S.W. College Ave.
Topeka, KS  66621
United States
 
Missed a Meeting?
Do an easy, 30-minute makeup online at eRotary.org.

Your Attendance Matters!

 
Missed a meeting? Do a makeup! As a participatory organization, Rotary highly values regular attendance at the weekly club meetings. In fact, attending the meetings is one of the basic obligations that a member accepts upon joining Rotary.
 
If you must occasionally miss a weekly meeting, however, you can easily do a “makeup” if you:
 
  • Complete a 30-minute online session at Rotary eClub One watching videos or reading articles on everything from personal growth and community service to international literacy projects.
  • Participate in a TSR service project, such as serving a meal at Let’s Help or helping a child choose new sneakers at a Sole Mates event.
  • Attend a regular meeting of another Rotary club, a District Conference, or other approved District or RI meeting.
Please do your part to keep our attendance numbers up – and help our club stay strong and active!
 
For questions about membership, contact Jeff Sorensen. To report a meeting makeup, contact Club Secretary Angela Dailey.
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/4261/Stories/your-attendance-matters-1#sthash.yyncKehA.dpuf

Your Attendance Matters!

 
Missed a meeting? Do a makeup! As a participatory organization, Rotary highly values regular attendance at the weekly club meetings. In fact, attending the meetings is one of the basic obligations that a member accepts upon joining Rotary.
 
If you must occasionally miss a weekly meeting, however, you can easily do a “makeup” if you:
 
  • Complete a 30-minute online session at Rotary eClub One watching videos or reading articles on everything from personal growth and community service to international literacy projects.
  • Participate in a TSR service project, such as serving a meal at Let’s Help or helping a child choose new sneakers at a Sole Mates event.
  • Attend a regular meeting of another Rotary club, a District Conference, or other approved District or RI meeting.
Please do your part to keep our attendance numbers up – and help our club stay strong and active!
 
For questions about membership, contact Jeff Sorensen. To report a meeting makeup, contact Club Secretary Angela Dailey.
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/4261/Stories/your-attendance-matters-1#sthash.yyncKehA.dpuf
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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