Welcome to Topeka South Rotary
Join us in Washburn Union Room B as Topeka South Rotary welcomes SGT Ruben Salamanca, Topeka Police Department's (TPD) assistant director of training and highly regarded gang unit investigator and subject matter expert, who will provide a Topeka and Midwest gang update. He will describe the methods used by TPD to identify gangs, use of social media and networking within the community.
 

 
Each One, Reach One is now underway - have you invited your guest to Topeka South Rotary yet?
 
Topeka South Rotary has embarked on our membership drive for February and March. Click here for February activity calendar and click here for the updated March activity calendar. Calendars for both months will be updated as necessary. We ask that you bring your guest(s) that is interested in membership for three occasions – at least one of those need to be a regular meeting.
 
Some special incentives include:
 
  • For guests that have visited Topeka South Rotary three times, and make application during February or March, their $90 initiation fee will be waived! Click here for membership application.
 
  • For Topeka South Rotarians bringing guests, your name will be put into a drawing for each guest you bring during February or March. The winner of the drawing will receive free membership for one year!
 
Keep checking out this e-bulletin and listen for announcements at meetings for continuing details.
 
If you have additional questions, please contact Marlou Wegener at marlou.wegener@bcbsks.com or Jeri Hansen at bandit59@cox.net.
 
RYLA 2018 is a five-day camp for incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in developing leadership potential. The students will learn from business and community leaders about strengthening their leadership skills and abilities, promoting ethical behavior, and facilitating personal growth and self-awareness. There are several past participants of this program that stated their experience was life-changing and made them more aware of their capabilities. It is common to see a student become emotional when talking about their experience with RYLA. For many students, this is their first exposure to Rotary and what we, as Rotarians, can accomplish. The projects and exercises in this five-day camp are designed to get the students to think differently about certain situations and develop their own solutions with fellow students they may have not met before attending the camp. Many students worldwide, who have attended RYLA, have continued on to become members of an Interact, Rotaract, and eventually a Rotary club.
 
The University of Kansas in Lawrence will once again host District 5710's Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) from June 3th - June 7th.  The cost per student is $325 ($300 registration fee paid by the sponsoring club and $25 application fee paid by the student).  Topeka South Rotary has allocated funding for four students in this year’s budget. 85 students attended last year's RYLA, engaging in a wide range of leadership development, team-building, civic engagement, and community service activities.
 
You can find the applications and brochure for the 2018 RYLA on our website here or the District 5710 website under the tab marked “RYLA”. The applications along with the fee can be submitted to Faron Barr, the District 5710 RYLA Chair.
 
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Faron Barr (fbarr@t-mfinancial.com).
There were 21 volunteers at Let’s Help on January 27, including 13 Rotarians.  We served 204 trays and donated food valued at $167.  Everyone left full and happy - thank you TSR for all you do for our community!
Join us on Friday the 9th in the Kansas Room of Washburn University Union as our guest Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, the state's water planning, policy and coordination agency, provides insight into water use and concerns in Kansas as well as the state's reliance on the Kansas River. Friday's presentation is an expansion of Rotary International's cause of providing clean water with a window into what is happening in Kansas.
 
The Topeka South Rotary February social will be Friday, February 2nd at Leaping Llamas at 5:00 pm - stop by for some beer and wine provided by TSR.  The First Friday Art walk is happening downtown so join in after you stop by Leaping Llamas. See you Friday!
John Dicus, CEO of Capitol Federal and one of the six creators of Topeka Tank Topeka, will join Topeka South Rotary in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center to discuss the unique project that will award $100,000 to a Topeka entrepreneur to invest in their business. Early last year Top Tank was created with the goal of finding a great idea to help further the development of Downtown Topeka. Fifty-nine proposals were received and reviewed before ten finalists were named in December. The winner will be announced February 17. Topeka South plans to invite the winner of Top Tank to present to the group in April or May.
Please join us in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center as we welcome Randy Austin, owner of Fairlawn Plaza, LLC and a 2017 Business Hall of Fame Laureate. Randy will share his story of going from a trial attorney to a property manager with holdings in four states. He was instrumental in Fairlawn Plaza's evolution and continued success - the plaza was developed 50 years ago and is home to more than 40 businesses.
Joining Topeka South Rotary Friday in Washburn Union Room B will be Mike Patterson, co-founder of the Evel Knievel Museum and owner of Historic Harley-Davidson. He will share insight into the museum that has been open for seven months and is attracting visitors from around the world. Last week it was reported by USA Today that the Evel Knievel Museum has been voted the fifth best new attraction in 2017!
There is no meeting on December 29th as Washburn is closed for the New Year Holiday.
 
Enjoy your time with family and friends and Happy New Year!
 
Thanks to Jessica Lehnherr for once again organizing our annual Topeka South Rotary Adopt-A-Family efforts. Three families and 17 people will benefit from TSR's charitable efforts this holiday season!
Congratulations to Jeri Hansen being named our 2017/18 honorary Paul Harris recipient. Her dedication to Topeka South Rotary and the Topeka community is admirable and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our club!
Congratulations Mike Wilson for earning a Paul Harris plus 2 designation at last week's Friday morning meeting. All of Topeka South Rotary thanks you for your generous support!
For our annual holiday program, Topeka Civic Theater & Academy brings to Topeka South Rotary snippets from Elf, Jr! Make sure the young, and the young at heart, in your life are in attendance so they can enjoy this special performance that features Buddy the Elf as he tries to learn his true identity after growing up with Santa Claus at the North Pole. Don't be a Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins – join the fun on Friday in Washburn Union Room A!
The proposed 2018-19 Topeka South Rotary Board was approved at the December 15th weekly meeting. Welcome to the new board:

President - Doug Barrington
First Vice President - Jenalea Randall
Second Vice President - Jim Ramos
Secretary - Adrienne Olejnik
Treasurer - Austin Wingerson
Sergeant at Arms - Jeff Hiestand
Past President - Jared Holroyd
Club Administration - Cassandra Taylor
Club Membership - Jeri Hansen
Club Service - Jessica Lehnherr
Club Public Relations - Erik Karre
Foundation - Anne Wardner
At Large - Konni Flynn
At Large - Jenny Barricklow
Please join your fellow Topeka South Rotarians in the Kansas Room of the Washburn Union this Friday as we hear first-hand accounts of the impact Topeka South Rotary has in Guatemala from Carlos David Garcia and Sonia Leticia Xiquin. They will share information about the clinic as well as the water purification and cook stove projects the club has helped install. Both are in the area completing programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Carlos David is a medical student at the Mariano Galvez University in Guatemala. Sonia is a nurse at the clinic in Patanatic that TSR sponsored.
 
Kansas Highway Patrol State Trooper Benjamin Gardner will share with Topeka South Rotary his role with the Kansas Highway Patrol and how he uses social media to serve Kansans. @TrooperBenKHP, as he is known on Twitter, was recently awarded the "Best International Account by Police Twitter Awards," an award contest based out the United Kingdom.
 
Thanks to the positive responses and participation from Topeka South Rotarians, the Rotary Peace & Justice Committee represented by all the Topeka clubs will be offering more programming in 2018.
 
We'll also let you know about peace and justice-related programs presented by others in the community.
 
Currently at the Mulvane Art Museum on Washburn University Campus:
 
1) Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate - through December 21, 2017
The work of 39 artists who have transformed thousands of anti-Semitic and racist books into an uplifting and dynamic exhibition.
 
2) Detention Nation - through January 1, 2018
This installation is an insider’s view of US immigration detention facilities.
 
3) Film screening and conversation - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:00pm
Single mother Rosario leaves her young son in the care of his grandmother and illegally crosses the border into the US in hopes of a better life. When his grandmother passes away, Rosario's son begins a difficult and dangerous journey to join her.
 
Help us wage peace! We encourage you to visit these exhibits to learn more.
 
More information about these programs can be found at: http://www.washburn.edu/about/community/mulvane-art-museum/index.html
NO WEEKLY MEETING NOVEMBER 24 as Washburn will be closed.
 
We are thankful for our amazing Topeka South Rotarians and all they do for our community - Service Above Self and Gooble Gooble everyone!
A big thank you to all those who attended our off site meeting last Friday at Harvesters. You helped bag 200 sack lunches for children who would otherwise go without food. What a fun and easy way to give back to the community.
 
 
 
Feeling thankful for the 16 Rotarians and three family members who volunteered at Let's Help Saturday on November 18th. We served 223 trays and donated food worth $103.
 
 
We will be back on December 16.
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
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1st Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Rotary Foundation
Club Membership
Club Service
Club Administration
Club Public Relations
Director-At-Large
Past President
2nd Vice President
Director-At-Large
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
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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