Welcome to Topeka South Rotary
 
Please join us Friday, February 23, to hear from Ken Schmanke about development in Topeka!
 
Ken Schmanke has been a leader in the Topeka, Kansas commercial real estate market since 1988. His experience and career path have led to the creation of several business and numerous investments. He enjoys his work, mostly because of the wonderful relationships with past, present, and future team members and customers. Ken is driven to continuously improve the services, products and value provided by K1 and is blessed to work with talented and driven team members who share the K1 Core Values and Purpose.
 
See below for directions to the meeting location. 
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!

Brewster Cultural Arts Building

  • The Cultural Arts Center is at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. The main nearest intersection is 29th & Topeka Blvd. You will turn off of 29th Street, south into Brewster’s campus (near St. Francis Urgent Care), take the drive south to the parking areas. The red oval is closest to the Cultural Arts building, but parking here will fill up quickly. The green is the top level of the parking garage (accessed on the east end of the garage). The blue is the largest lot, but also furthest away. You can park in any of these locations. Please note that the second level of the parking garage is for residents only.
  • You will enter the Cultural Arts building off of the circle drive, at the check mark. Once in the doors you will go to your right and we will meet in our networking space at the red X. It’s a wide-open space.
 
Topeka South Rotarians,
 
As you all know, we have a long-standing history with Washburn. We love supporting the local university and it’s been exciting to watch them grow over the years. With their successes our club is finding it more and more difficult to fit into their schedule. The students are the priority (as they should be) and our board is finding it challenging to have a consistent meeting location that is also easily accessible for all people. The last few years we’ve had to find alternative meeting locations for over 25% of our meetings. Unfortunately, a few of those changes has been with just a couple of weeks’ notice.
 
At a Board level, we’ve been considering a location change for several years. Not because we want to leave Washburn, but because we want consistency for our members. Finding a meeting space for 50-70 people at 7:30 on a Friday morning, with catering and quality AV, is challenging. We believe we may have found a solution, but we want your input.
 
Last week and this week we are meeting at Brewster, in their new Cultural Arts Building. It’s an event room, set up for exactly what we need, with in house catering. They are excited to host us. We want to encourage you to attend the meeting this week, try the food, and let us know your thoughts. We are considering a permanent move to Brewster, and we want your input. If we make the move we will still have off site meetings, but only when we want to and for reasons we want. Please let us know what you think. We’re excited about this opportunity, but we want to hear from you.
 
We will be meeting at Washburn for the month of March. If we make the move to Brewster it will start in April.
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Board
 
Our next Lunch Bunch will be Wednesday, February 21st. 
 
Please see the attached flier for details. Here is some additional information not included in the flier:
Once you have located the main entrance, you will be buzzed through a set of outer doors. Once inside, go up the stairs to be buzzed through a second set of doors. The school office will be immediately to your right. You will sign in on a volunteer sheet so the office will know who is in the building. We will be using a classroom this year instead of the library. The office secretary will know which class we will be using that day.
 
If you are a new TSR member, the flier provides an explanation of what the volunteers do. For anyone who has never tried this program, we would love to have you.  If you have previously volunteered for Lunch Bunch, thank you so much and I hope you can join us again this year.  If your schedule does not permit you to volunteer in-person at the school, you are always welcome to help by donating books, especially 2nd-5th grade levels.
 
My contact information is on the flier. Please let me know if you can join us.
 
Lunch Bunch Coordinator
 
 
Will You Help Us Reach our Goal for Rotary Foundation Giving?
 
As you know, Topeka South Rotary has been superior in meeting our goals that the board sets for our club each year.
One of those goals is for our club members is to contribute to the Rotary Foundation to meet our annual goal (for this
Rotary year our annual giving goal to the Foundation is $13,000).
 
You all should have received an email from Faron Barr on November 27, asking you to consider giving to the Rotary
Foundation in honor of Giving Tuesday. Faron included a lot of great information about the Foundation and its projects.
Even though Giving Tuesday is past, we hope that you consider a gift to the Foundation. I don’t know about you, but I
am always inclined to learn more about the Rotary Foundation, so in the next few months, you will be learning about
the Foundation as well through speakers and testimonials from our members that have given.
 
So, my ask to you not only includes giving to the Rotary Foundation, but if you are already a donor, would you be willing
to provide a brief testimonial at club meeting about why you choose to give to the Foundation? If so, please contact me
at my work email (marlou.wegener@bcbsks.com) or you can also reach me on my cell phone - 785-230-4378. Please
consider this as it will definitely make an impact to our members!
 
We started off the 2024 program year on January 5 by hearing from Roger Aeschliman, who presented on major
gifts to the Rotary Foundation! And I hope to hear from you about wanting to give your
testimonial about why you give to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you for your consideration.
 
Marlou Wegener
 
P.S. Oh, and if you are ready to go ahead and contribute to the Rotary Foundation, you can go to
https://my.rotary.org/en/donate!
 

From Kate Gramlich:

Recent changes to Medicaid are impacting Topekans - if you or someone you know is on KanCare (KS Medicaid), here are some quick facts:

  1. Annual renewals paused in 2020 and re-started 2023. Almost ALL KanCare households will need to renew regardless of eligibility. 
  1. Renewal forms are coming through the mail. If there's any chance KanCare doesn't have your correct address, use the Chatbot to update: https://kancare.ks.gov/ or call 1-800-792-4884. 
  1. Check your mail at that address and respond ASAP. Sign your form and return it quickly even if you don't have all the info - KanCare will follow up. Not responding on time means your household loses benefits until forms are returned.
  1. Parents may not be eligible, but kids often still are!
  1. Call the Clearinghouse to find out if your renewal has already been sent or if it's coming soon: 1-800-792-4884.
  1. If you don't qualify for KanCare insurance and want to check out Marketplace insurance, call 1-866-826-8375 to talk with a Navigator at no cost.
Kate has offered her email address if you have any additional questions: kgramlich@communitycareks.org
 
 
Please join us Friday, February 16, 2024 to hear from Carrie Williams about St. Jude!
 
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children. ® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.
 
See below for directions to the meeting location. 
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!

Brewster Cultural Arts Building

  • The Cultural Arts Center is at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. The main nearest intersection is 29th & Topeka Blvd. You will turn off of 29th Street, south into Brewster’s campus (near St. Francis Urgent Care), take the drive south to the parking areas. The red oval is closest to the Cultural Arts building, but parking here will fill up quickly. The green is the top level of the parking garage (accessed on the east end of the garage). The blue is the largest lost, but also furthest away. You can park in any of these locations. Please note that the second level of the parking garage is for residents only.
  • You will enter the Cultural Arts building off of the circle drive, at the check mark. Once in the doors you will go to your right and I will meet you in our networking space at the red X. It’s a wide-open space. I will be keeping an eye out for you.
 
 
Fireside Chat Options — 4 to choose from

To sign up contact Murray Moore – mmoore1@tps501.org, text — 785-640-4809
 
We had a wonderful fireside chat on Monday January 15, despite the cold and the snow. Thank you Paul Bossert for opening your home so that we could learn about Rotary and enjoy a make up. Please enjoy one of our other opportunities to sign up here if you have not previously sign up. 
 
Jan 24 — Ashley Charest Hosted — 12:00pm -1:00 pm
TSCPL — 1515 SW 10th — Library – Menninger room
 
February 7 — Jared Holroyd Hosted —7:30am-8:30 am
Kansas Pharmacist Association – 1020 SW Fairlawn
 
February 20 — Jessica Lehnherr Hosts — 12:00pm-1:00pm
United Way - 1527 Fairlawn - Still available via zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 842 4611 2085
Passcode: 177758
 
Murray Moore
TSR President Elect 2024
785-640-4809
 

Please join us this Friday, February 9, 2024, as Cassandra Taylor and Terry Martinez open the doors to the new Let's Help location for a tour!

The address is 245 SW Macvicar, although your Maps program may not recognize this yet. Enter the site from the new drive off of Macvicar. This is the first drive north of the Neighborhood Walmart entrance. Follow the drive to the right, around the north side of the building. Park in the yellow highlighted area south of the building. Enter the building at the new metal warehouse addition, on the southwest side of the existing brick building. Please note, Vehicles should drive and park on paved areas ONLY. Not all the drive has been completed. The contractor will be taping off where we shouldn’t drive. If you see caution tape do NOT go beyond it. It is important that vehicles not travel over the unpaved subgrade, if they do it may have to be proof-rolled again. (i.e. it will cost $$$)

Here's a list of the items we can bring to help out:

February Wish List

  • Menstrual and Period Products
  • Men's Coats and Jeans
  • Dog/Cat Food (Dry or Wet)
  • Travel-Sized Toothpaste
  • Diapers/Pull-Ups (Size 4 and up)
  • Home Decor
  • Pots and Pans
  • Storage Bins
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
 
Please join us Friday to hear from Kendall Gammon and get pumped for the Kansas City Chiefs upcoming Super Bowl appearance!
Kendall Gammon was drafted by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers in 92 and spent 15 years in the NFL.(Steelers 92-95, Saints 96-99, Chiefs 2000-06). After retiring from the NFL in 2006, he became a member of the Chiefs Radio Network for 12 years as well as taking a position with his alma mater, Pitt State Gorillas as the Special Assistant to the President.
 
Kendall played in Super Bowl XXX, the 2005 Pro Bowl and also was the radio color commentator for the Chiefs Super Bowl win in 2019. Kendall currently host a 3 hour Chiefs pregame show on 101 the Fox.
 
This week's meeting will be held in person at Washburn University's Bradbury Thomas Alumni Center. Click here for directions. 
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
 
Please join us Friday, January 26, 2024, to hear from Michelle McCormick about the intersection of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault!
 
Michelle McCormick, LMSW is the Executive Director for the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).  Michelle has worked in victim advocacy for more than 25 years, first starting as an overnight shelter advocate and continuing to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, in a variety of victim advocacy positions.
 
This week's meeting will be held at Bishop Professional Development (PD) Center, 3601 SW 31st Street, Topeka, KS, 66614. Click here for directions.
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
 
 
In case you missed it - check out our girl Sara Neiswanger! 
 

Sara skillfully leads projects that educate, intrigue and inspire. Using her passion for creating high quality content and visionary sponsorship ideas, she turns educational programs into exciting events.

In 2023, Sara published her first children’s book, Which Hat Will You Wear Today, Cyrus? which celebrates the history of Topeka and inspires children to not be afraid of new opportunities.

Sara is an active volunteer at Family Service and Guidance Center, serving on the Works of Heart Committee and on the Board of Trustees.

She is a member of the Topeka South Rotary Club and the Leadership Greater Topeka Class of 2019.

How have you grown during your career?

I have had several colleagues help me chip away at that shield of doubt, find my voice and opinions, and expose me to new people and situations.

This has not only put me in a position to be member-facing within NGA but those same growths have helped within the community, on boards I’ve served and in projects I’ve pursued.

What is the most important part of your work?

I want to help people have a low barrier to engagement with NGA.

Helping create a sense of belonging and a friendly community where the staff are part of the industry too, impacts how I approach my work on a daily basis.

What superhuman ability do you wish you had?

To be able to wiggle my nose and make magic happen like Samantha on Bewitched.

Link to Sara's article.

Link to full magazine edition.

 
 
Please join us on Friday, January 19 to learn about growing Rotary membership from Chuck Udell and Michelle Sink!

 

Chuck Udell is an active member of the Leawood Kansas Rotary Club and served as Club President during Rotary year 2018-2019. During that year, the Leawood Club earned the Rotary Citation – with Gold Distinction. Prior to becoming President, he served as Club Foundation Chair and International Services Committee Chair. After his club presidency, he again became International Services Chair from 2019 to 2023.
 
This week's meeting will be held in person at Washburn University Memorial Union in the Kansas Room. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!

 

 
Please join us Friday, January 12, 2024, to hear from Kate Gramlich about Medicaid Unwind!
 
Kate Gramlich is the Cover Kansas Project Manager at Community Care Network of Kansas. Her team trains and supports a network of Marketplace Navigators located at health centers and community clinics across the state. Since 2022, the Cover Kansas project has also assisted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment with awareness efforts surrounding the Medicaid Unwind for KanCare members. 
 
This week's meeting will be held at Bishop Professional Development (PD) Center, 3601 SW 31st Street, Topeka, KS, 66614. Click here for directions.
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
Rotarians,
 
Students arrive at 1pm. Pair up one-on-one with a child at Shoe Carnival and help them pick out their very own pair of brand new tennis shoes! The shoes are paid for from existing donations along with a District 5710 grant, so there is no monetary commitment for volunteers. Each event takes approximately 30 minutes.
 
When:  12 Volunteers are needed for this date:
January 9, 12:45pm
 
 
Where:
Shoe Carnival
1930 SW Wanamaker Rd
 
Why:
Sole Mates provides new shoes and socks to kids, allowing them to be better participants in activities and alleviates some issues that result from not having “the right things.” If shoes are not replaced often, they become a hospitable environment for bacteria to thrive. For many of the families serviced, shoes are handed down from child to child creating more opportunity for unsanitary situations. Short term effects of shoes that do not properly fit include blisters, pressure sores, & ingrown toe nails. Children could end up with deformities, posture problems, & joint issues.
 
 
A.J. Patterson
Sole Mates Chair
 
 
Please join us this Friday, January 5, to hear from Roger Aeschliman about the Rotary International Foundation Endowment and Major Gifts!
 
Roger T. Aeschliman is a Senior Vice President and Trust Officer at CoreFirst Bank & Trust providing comprehensive and caring, personal and financial assistance to customers of all ages and backgrounds. Roger is past president of the Topeka Rotary Club and has done everything possible at the club level, the last five years as Club Foundation and Polio Plus Chairman. He currently serves as the District Endowment and Major Gifts Chair.
 
This week's meeting will be held in person at Washburn University Memorial Union in Washburn B. Click here for directions using Google Maps. Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
No meeting this week! Have a Happy New Year! See you back at Washburn on January 5, 2024!
 
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians!
 
One of the many amazing parts of being District Governor is the opportunity to visit Northeast Kansas communities, meet fellow Rotarians and learn about exciting opportunities.
 
Last week during the Atchison Club visit, Mindi Love Pendergraft, Rotarian and executive director of the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation, shared the following opportunity with her club members. Would you mind helping the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum, in their quest to be the Best New Museum?
 
A request from Mindi:
The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum has been nominated in USA Today’s 2024 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards. We were selected as a contender for Best New Museum. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-museum-2024/. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest, which ends on December 25th (voting started Monday, November 27). The 10Best will be announced on January 5th. It’s a long game to keep the momentum going through December 25th, and we’d love your help.
 
Sincerely,
Jenalea
 
Jenalea Randall
District Governor, 2023-2024
Member, Topeka South Rotary
 
 
Please join us Friday to hear from Emporia State University's President Hush about his first year on the job!
 
This week's meeting will be held in person at Washburn University's Bradbury Thomas Alumni Center. Click here for directions. 
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
 
 
Please join us on Friday, December 8, as we hear songs performed by The Topeka High Madrigals and directed by Alexander Piazza!
 
The Topeka High Madrigals is a group of 12 singers who perform music from a variety of styles and time periods, with a focus on acapella choral literature. The 2023-2024 Madrigals consist of 2 seniors, 4 juniors, and 6 sophomores. These students are actively involved in the greater THS community as StuGo members, athletes, thespians, honor roll students, and much more. Additionally 6 of these students were selected to perform in the NEKMEA District Honor choir on December 2nd.

**Slight agenda change: THE PERFORMANCE will begin promptly at 7:40 am, ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL FOLLOW. Breakfast and coffee will still be served at 7:30 am!**

 

 
For Christmas Bureau this year, we have adopted 5 individuals residing in Landmark Plaza Apartments and Two Families: One family of five and One family of six. 
 
Please join us for an evening of shopping and wrapping! 
 
Date: December 13th 
 
Time(s):
- 5:30pm Shopping at Walmart on Wanamaker 
- 7:00pm Wrapping at United Way office (1527 SW Fairlawn Rd) 
 
Please feel free to do both shopping and wrapping or come for one or the other! 
 
Any questions please contact Jenny at barrickloj@aol.com
 
Thanks!! 
 
 
Please join us Friday, December 1, 2023, to hear from the Washburn Rural High School Choir, led by Director Ben Holcomb!
 
This week's meeting will be held at Bishop Professional Development (PD) Center, 3601 SW 31st Street, Topeka, KS, 66614, in the Sumner Room. Click here for directions.
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
 
It's that time of year again!!!
 
What: TSR Holiday Party
Date: December 2, 2023
Time: 6:30-10:00pm
Where: Topeka Country Club
 
Upcoming Events
  • Sole Mates
    Shoe Carnival
    Mar. 05, 2024
    12:50 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sole Mates
    Shoe Carnival
    Apr. 02, 2024
    12:50 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Rotary Foundation
Membership
Public Relations
2nd Vice President
Immediate Past President
Club Administration/Socials
At Large
At Large
Service Projects
Sergeant-at-Arms
District Link
 
Motto: "Service Above Self"
We meet In Person
Fridays at 7:45 a.m.
Washburn University
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
United States of America
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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