Welcome to Topeka South Rotary
Do you feel lost abut what's been going on with Topeka South Rotary? Don't you hate it when you are cut off in mid-conversation each Friday morning?
 
Well make sure you are at tomorrow's meeting! Topeka South Rotary is hosting a Breakfast Social dedicated entirely to you! We will discuss special projects such as the Rotary Peace Fellowship, volunteer needs for the SoleMates and Fresh Kit grants, the golf tournament, and then anything else you want to talk about!
 
 
The annual Topeka South Rotary Tournament to benefit the Rotary International Foundation is scheduled for June 19. The proceeds raised will allow the club to apply for matching grant funds for programs like Sole Mates and supplies for human trafficking victims. For 2019-2020 Rotary year, TSR was granted $4,701 from the district for these programs.
 
June 19, 1 p.m., Cypress Ridge Golf Course.
 
Register your team and/or sponsor a hole HERE.
While I know we all are grateful for the technology that allows us to get together in our COVID environment, the TSR Board is looking beyond zoom and what/when we might be able to get back together face-to-face, in our new normal. With that, we are contacting locations/businesses that would be able to host our physical meetings, at least short-term, while Washburn University is working on what their off-site campus meetings plan will look like, moving forward.
 
We are already contacting locations/businesses to check their availability, but if you have an idea for a free space, either at your business or local spot, email Ashley Charest at ashleycharest@gmail.com 
 
 
Washburn Tech East was started through a desire to offer technical education in East Topeka. They opened in January 2019 and started serving the East Topeka community. They offer three career programs along with GED and ESL courses at the East Topeka site. Join us to hear more about how Washburn Tech East is looking for future expansion of programs offered at this location,
 
A separate email will be sent with the zoom invitation. Join us around the virtual coffee pot at 7:50am and our program will begin promptly at 8:30am.
 
Topeka South Rotary has its own playlist on Spotify! You submitted your favorite song, now it’s time to listen to your fellow Rotarian’s favorites. Next week the complete list will be emailed out, but you can start enjoying the 55+ song playlist now!
 
Download Spotify from your phone’s app store. Sign up to join (it’s free and super easy!) and search “Topeka South Rotary” for an eclectic and fantastic list of songs that touches on all genres and highlights the diverse interests of our club members.
 
A few tidbits:
  • The award for the most songs submitted goes to Scott Hesse with two lists. His top favorite list totaled 10 songs, plus he submitted an honorable mention list of three more songs!
  • The most unique song goes to Todd Zimlich with “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Find it and listen – it’s really good!
  • Angie Guber, TSR’s exchange student, shared that her favorite song is “Love on the Weekend” by John Mayer.
 
Get ready to sing loud and louder, Topeka South Rotary!!!
 
This week’s “Tell Us Something Good!” comes from Patti Mellard.
 
Congratulations to the Topeka Rotary Clubs and members who have given generously to our fight to end human trafficking! I received notification of our recognition by the Office of the Attorney General of Kansas for the work done on our Global Grant Day Center and related anti-human trafficking projects!
 
Derek Schmidt, the Kansas Attorney General, wrote, “Congratulations to you and all of the members of Topeka Rotary Clubs on being named Outstanding Victim Service Response as part of this year’s Crime Victim Service Awards presented by the office of the Attorney General. I regret that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from presenting your award in person at the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference, as is our usual tradition. But I do recognize and appreciated your dedication to crime victims in Kansas and wish you the best as we continue serving victims during these challenging times. Thank you for your service, and congratulations on this well-deserved honor.”
 
 
Larry Dimmitt, Rotary International Director and Downtown Rotary Club member, shared details about a new program, Volunteer Surge, in his quarterly newsletter to Rotary Zones 25B-29. The program offers Rotarians, family members and friends free training about how they can help fight COVID-19 either from their homes or by assisting healthcare works (subject to social distancing requirements). For information about Volunteer Surge, visit www.tgig.org.
 
 
 
Topeka South Rotarians are needed to serve on a selection committee for the Rotary Peace Fellowship program. The task at hand is to interview the applicants and approve or decline the individual’s Topeka South Rotary endorsement. The endorsement is a critical component when applications are being reviewed by Rotary International. The interview will be on Zoom sometime between May 5 and 20. The committee will be chaired by Jenalea Randall. If you are interested in serving on the team, please email her at Jenalea.Randall@icloud.com  
 
To learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship, visit: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships.
 
 
 
Learn more about the impact of the Rotary Global Grant to end Human Trafficking. Christina Chavez will share how the Day Center provides a safe place for victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. 
 
Join us around the virtual coffee pot at 7:50am. The Rotary meeting will begin promptly at 8:00am. A separate email will be sent with the Zoom link.
 
 
Topeka South Rotary will continue meeting via Zoom until the Safe at Home policy and restrictions on large group meetings are lifted. As a result, member dues will be reduced to $55 (from $145) for the fourth quarter (April to June). The board hopes you are enjoying the Zoom meetings and will attend when available.
TSR member, Eric Maydew has some exciting news to share: Graystone Painting and Refinishing is sponsoring a fundraiser for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Shawnee County. Not only will this help support local restaurants, all proceeds will go directly toward Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Shawnee County. You can win a chance at $400 in gift cards to all of your favorites for a $10 donation. 1 entry for every $10 donated and 1 drawing each week for the next 3 weeks!
 
Enter your chance to win HERE!
 
 
Ready for warmer weather? Ready for outside activities? Ashlee Spring will give us all a little something to look forward to in the coming weeks with the new Evergy Plaza. Learn more about the new $9.3 million project lead by the Downtown Topeka Foundation.
 
Details for the Zoom meeting will be emailed separately. 
 
 
 
Are the kids missing their Junior Achievement lessons? Not to worry – Junior Achievement of Kansas has taken the traditional classroom lessons to the internet!
 
Ashley Charest, TSR member and president of Junior Achievement of Kansas, shared on the news this week that the lessons include five short videos for grades kindergarten through fifth grade. They are working on lessons for sixth to eighth grades.
 
 
Patti Mellard, Key Staffing, will discuss the ever evolving plans for Emergency Sick and FMLA Leave, plus information for small businesses and non-profits regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Key information for today's ever changing world that you cannot afford to miss!
 
Details to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed separately. 
 
We will open the zoom meeting at 7:50am for those that would like to gather around the virtual coffee pot to converse with fellow Rotarians.
 
 
 

 
Hands up – who loves a delicious breakfast with all the fixings? But, even with nothing else to do, no one has time for all that work! Let Perkins do it for you! On Sunday morning, Jenalea Randall, TSR member, and her family ordered this delicious breakfast from Perkins. “It was fresh, hot and sooo good,” she shared around a mouthful of waffles!
 
Thank you, Bob Carmichael, for sharing during last week’s Zoom meeting that Perkins is open for curbside and delivery orders!
 
Please let us know what your business, organization or group is doing so it can be featured in the enewsletter! Send information to Jenalea, Jenalea.Randall@icloud.com, by noon, Tuesday.
 
 
Dr. Lyn Rantz, Topeka South member and head of school for Topeka Collegiate, shared that the school and community partners are providing online parent forums to help manage the changes at home.
 
“There is a lot of support that our community’s parents and students need in the emotional well-being aspect of the new normal,” Lyn said. “We want to be a helpful source.”
 
The sessions with Lyn and licensed therapist Rochelle Walsh, LSCSW, are every Monday through May 11 at 11:30 a.m. The sessions are broadcast live from Topeka Collegiate’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TopekaCollegiateSchool. Previous sessions were recorded and posted to the Facebook page. Upcoming topics include:
  • April 13: Lifestyle/Self-care
  • April 20: Resiliency
  • April 27: Choosing your Response to Change
  • May 4: Cautions and Considerations for Parents
  • May 11: Live Q&A
 
Do you have questions? Submit them in advance to sayhello@topekacollegiate.org with “Walsh Questions” in the subject line.
 
Topeka Collegiate is also offering daily story time for all students on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. 
 
 
Rotarian, Tonya Dorf Brunner, Executive Director of Oral Health Kansas, Inc. has shared some helpful guidelines to dental care during the COVID-19 crisis. It's not safe for most dental procedures to be preformed right now, the below links will help you to determine what is a dental emergency and how to access services.
Bill Persinger, TSR member and CEO of Valeo Behavioral Health Care, offers helpful information to stay healthy mentally during COVID-19.
 
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during this time will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care Is very important and will help your long-term healing.
 
People with mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Valeo’s Crisis Center, 400 SW Oakley Ave., is always open for mental health emergencies. It is a walk-in clinic and you do not need an appointment to seek help.
 
Here are a few steps to help cope with the pandemic:
  • Take care of your body – Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol and other drugs. Learn more about coping strategies for mental health.
  • Connect with others while social distancing – Call, email, FaceTime or Zoom family and share your concerns and how you are feeling, 
  • Take breaks – Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
  • Stay informed – When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.
  • Avoid too much exposure to the news – Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. 
  • Seek help when needed – If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a pastor, counselor, doctor, or contact Valeo’s Crisis Line which is answered 24/7 by licensed clinicians. The Crisis Line number is 785-234-3300.
 
Let’s Take a Break!
How are you taking care of yourself during COVID-19? Walking, reading, baking, fishing, sewing? Post your relaxation breaks on your social media and tag @TopekaSouthRotary #TSRConnectsTopeka  #TSR
 
 
Mike Conlin, TSR member and owner of Jayhawk Pharmacy, shared that soon they will have protective gear available for purchase on or after April 14.
 
The pharmacy was able to purchase, from legitimate providers, N95 respirator masks, nitrile gloves, face shields, and tri-fold masks.
 
“I am not trying to be solicitous of our Rotary members,” shares Mike. “I’m just wanting to ease  anxiety regarding the near and distant future of this crisis. Be well and be safe.”
 
Jayhawk Pharmacy is providing drive thru and curb side service only at its 2860 SW Mission Woods Dr. and 2620 SW 6th Ave. locations. They continue to have hand sanitizer available for purchase.
Upcoming Events
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Past President
Rotary Foundation
Sergeant-at-Arms
Club Membership
Club Service
Club Administration
Director-At-Large
Club Public Relations
Director-At-Large
District Link
 
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 of America
TSR Golf Tournament
6.19.2020 - 1pm - Cypress Ridge
Register HERE
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