Welcome to Topeka South Rotary

OFF SITE TOUR: Historic Topeka Cemetery
1601 SE 10th
 
Topeka South Rotary is on the road this Friday! The club will enjoy a guided tour of the oldest part of the historic Topeka Cemetery with graves dating back to 1859. Portions of the cemetery are on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking shoes are recommended! We will gather at Mausoleum Row, any time after 7:00 am, for a continental breakfast and overview before the tour begins at 7:30 am. Please CLICK HERE for the directions provided by the cemetery staff.
Topeka South Rotary welcomes multiple new blue badges to our club. Congratulations go to Tina Anderson, Phil Tysinger, Barry Muninger, and Tyler Johnson!!
Topeka South Rotary's exchange student, Leonardo Berti Malaquias, was joined by his grandfather, Eloi Berti, and mother, Alessandra Berti from Brazil. It was a special morning getting to hear Eloi, via Leonardo's translation, tell about his own Rotary experience as past governor of Rotary District 4730. They were both very proud of Leonardo's participation in the Rotary Student Exchange program.
Topeka South Rotary will meet this Friday at the Washburn Union in Room B and hear from Curtis Sneden, executive vice president of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, about the Greater Topeka Partnership merger and what is means for economic development and the quality of life in Topeka and Shawnee County.
 
It's May social time so join your fellow Topeka South Rotarians this Thursday, May 10 for some old fashioned fun with bowling and arcade games at The Pennant. We'll meet from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and you can find The Pennant at 917 S. Kansas Avenue. See you then!
If someone nearby collapsed, would you know what to do? Each year, more than 300,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest in the United States. At the end of Friday's meeting you'll know how to perform Hands-Only CPR, a stop-gap life-saving first-aid technique, that removes the respiratory element and instructs bystanders on how to offer chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. Juanita Sieben, a nurse and American Red Cross certified trainer, will teach the technique. Join your fellow Rotarians in the Kansas Room of the Washburn Union for Friday's meeting.
We are only three months away from this year’s trip to Guatemala and we want to give a big thank you to Topeka South Rotarians for your weekly donations to our can money fund this quarter. Your generous donations will be buying at least 40 pairs of shoes to take to the Guatemalan children and provide us funds to paint the clinic in Patanatic.
 
This year’s trip will be from July 15th-22nd. We already have several Rotarians from both TSR and the Downtown club committed to going on this trip. They will be personally delivering and/or implementing all of items that TSR and Downtown donate or purchase. If you would like to be a part of this trip please contact Faron Barr (785-266-8333 or fbarr@t-mfinancial.com). This link has more information about the trip.
 
There are still several items needed to make this years’ service trip a success. Starting at our Friday morning meeting on May 4th and continuing for each Friday in May, we will be collecting the following items:
 
 
  • Baby clothes age 1 month to 24 months
  • Tooth brushes
  • Pens and pencils
  • Wood crayons
  • Erasers
  • Soccer balls
  • Basketball and volleyballs
  • Over the counter medicine such as prenatal vitamins, ibuprophen, and Advil
We thank you for your continuous support of this very important project.
Mark your calendars for a fabulous golf outing to benefit Topeka South Rotary! This year is the 26th Annual Topeka South Rotary Golf Tournament with Capitol Federal Savings as the Title Sponsor! Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Foundation.
 
Friday, June 15, 2018
Registration – 11:30 am
Tee off  - 1:00 pm
Cypress Ridge Golf Course
 
Golf committee chair Gary Lucas challenges each Rotarian to get together a team with three non-Rotarians. A great way to raise more money and invite some prospective members. Just $85/per person includes green fees, cart, driving range, box lunch and refreshments. You will soon be able to register for this tournament via the Cypress Ridge web site. We’ll provide that link in upcoming Wednesday newsletters.
 
If you have a raffle prize you’d like to donate, email gary@garylucas.org. Hole sponsorships are available at just $100. If you recruit a hole sponsor, that $100 can be made in your name to the Foundation. This is an easy way to work toward the Paul Harris designation. Here is a link to the online registration so please sign your team up today!
 
See you on the golf course!
 
Please join your fellow Rotarians this Friday in the Kansas Room of the Washburn Union as we welcome Greg Schwerdt, incoming president of the Riverfront Authority, who will provide an update on the authority's goal of revitalizing the Kansas riverfront area. The public and private partnership has combined resources from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Shawnee County, the City of Topeka and private citizens to redevelop the unused land along the river for residential and business uses.
Join your fellow Topeka South Rotarians this Friday in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center as we welcome Glenda DuBoise, Heartland Visioning, who will breakdown how the Momentum 2022 initiative will benefit Topeka and Shawnee County residents over the next five years and explain the key areas the strategy will be focusing on. The driving force is to make the area a better place to live, work, play and do business by addressing factors that influence the community's competitiveness – talent, education, and training resources, infrastructure, business climate, and quality of life and place.
It's nearing the end of another school year and Topeka South Rotary's commitment to helping those in need. TSR gives a big THANK YOU to Jamie Stafford, our gracious coordinator of many years for this project with our schools and children in need. Thanks Jamie!
 
On this flip side of that thank you came a special thank you from Janice Coleman, site coordinator for the Communities in Schools of Mid-America, Inc. who wrote, "Thank you, again for everything! The students really love coming to Payless and working with you guys. They said how nice everyone is and how much they love their new shoes. So, thank you again for everything you and all of the partners do. It truly does mean a lot!"
 

Join us this Friday at Washburn's Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center as Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Director John Knight, Horticulture supervisor Dave Bartels, and Advisory Board Member Jim Martin offer insight into the master plan for Gage Park, Tulip Time and the improvements planned for the swim beach, which will become the Lake Shawnee Family Adventure Center. The parks and recreation department maintains over 2,625 acres of parkland, 43 miles of trails, numerous sports fields, recreation centers and pools, and programs for adults and kids. They serve more than 1 million visitors a year.
Similar to Sole Mates, our service project which services school children in need, our Lunch Bunch project provides an award and rewarding experience for the nominated students at Stout Elementary. Our fearless leader and coordinator is Doug Barrington and Topeka South Rotary gives a big thank you to Doug for coordinating the efforts with this new school, as well as the logistics of the monthly meetings. Thanks Doug for all you do!
 
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.
 
There were 17 volunteers at Let’s Help on March 24, including 13 Rotarians.  We served 188 trays and donated food valued at $176.  Everyone left full and happy - thank you TSR for all you do for our community!
 
OFF SITE MEETING - We will tour the centerpiece of downtown Topeka, the Kansas State Capitol, with Topeka South Rotary on Friday! Friends and family members are encouraged to be part of this guided tour of the impressive structure. Please note: We will meet in the Visitors Center dining room, 9-N, ground floor, for announcements and continental breakfast. The capitol doors open at 7:30 a.m. so arriving early to the meeting is not possible. Announcements will begin at 7:45 a.m. with tours at 8:00 a.m.
 
Detailed instructions to the dining room: Visitors Center, 9-N, Ground floor - when you arrive at the visitors center proceed straight ahead through the large limestone arches into the area where you see the construction photos. The dining area is to the left through the three stone arches just off the main hall. Click here for a map.

 
LAST CHANCE FOR Each One, Reach One!
 
The Topeka South Rotary membership drive is over the end of March. 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.
Our newest Topeka South Rotary Blue Badger traveled to Japan recently and was fortunate to participate in an international chapter meeting with the Kawasaki Takatsu South Rotary Club. Brendan and acting club president, Noriko Hoshina on behalf of Noriko Ootomo, performed the International Chapter Flag Exchange. The Kawasaki Takatsu South Rotary Club was very excited to have Brendan at the meeting and to learn about our Youth Exchange Program.
Join Topeka South Rotary this Friday in the Kansas Room of the Washburn Union as we welcome Debra Stufflebean, director of Shepherd's Center of Topeka, will discuss the organization's mission to encourage life-long learning and growth for people 55 and older. The Center, founded in 2003, offers programming centered around enhancing physical well-being, spiritual growth and education for life. No matter your age, this will be an interesting program!
  • The Rotary Peace Committee will be hosting a presentation on Human Trafficking in Kansas by Dorthy Stucky Halley, LMSW on Thursday, March 22nd at noon. A licensed master social worker, Halley is director of the Victim Services Division in the Kansas Attorney General's office. Halley, who received the Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year Award in 1996, has given more than 1,000 presentations at the national, state and local level on batterer intervention, domestic violence, human trafficking and other topics regarding victimization.
The presentation will be at the Midwest Health training room at Heritage Bank, 3024 SW Wanamaker Rd. Enter from the SE (backside) door and go down stairs to the training room. Bring a brown bag lunch and drink! All Rotarians and interested community members are invited to attend this Rotary Peace program. Please RSVP to jamies@keystaffing.com.
 
Join us this Friday in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center and hear from Topeka city manager, Brent Trout, on his first four months leading the Capitol City. Learn about his 25 years of city management experience and the three goals Brent has for getting started in Topeka: 1) learning about the city's staff and current projects, 2) identifying the way the city can improve, and 3) ensuring the city moves forward with its role in the Momentum 2022 strategic plan.
 
Join us in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center this Friday as Matt Miller, KSNT Storm Track Weather Chief Meteorologist, takes Topeka South Rotary on a virtual tornado chase as he shares experiences from the "inside." He will show video from the "field" and offer insight into deploying storm chasers and working with them from the KSNT studio. Matt will also offer basic preparedness tips to help you be ready for the upcoming tornado season.
We are looking for veteran and first-time volunteers to help with our 2018 Early Act program.  Click here for information about upcoming Early Act opportunities.  Spend a little time looking over the information to get a better feel for what is involved.  Many of you do Solemates or Lunch Bunch because you enjoy the kids and the love you experience, here is a similar project.
 
Dates: March 2, 9 & 26 plus April 2nd (you can pick one day)
Times: ONLY ONE HOUR from 2:30-3:30 pm
Place: Jardine 
 
All Rotarians who have worked with kids to help them learn how the 4-Way Test can improve their lives end up improving their own!  PLEASE GIVE THIS A CHANCE AND TRY IT! 
 
For more information, you can email me at mrmorrisonmd@gmail.com.  Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to having you on this team!
 
 
 
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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