Welcome to Topeka South Rotary
 
Flooding and tornadoes and terrorism, oh my! 
 
There are many different threats that we are faced with in NE Kansas. Some we see many times during the year, others we may not ever experience. Emergency Managers must identify and prepare for all of them. They strive to make any emergency a planned event. By following a proven “all hazards planning” process and involving the whole community, Emergency Managers strive to build and maintain a resilient community and that involves you.  

This presentation will provide a brief view of the process where knee-jerk reactions are dirty words. Director Dusty Nichols will host conversation and explain how the process works and why you are an important part of your community resilience; and how you can use this process in your personal and family life. Join us Friday in the Kansas Room in the Memorial Union at Washburn University.
 
 
The Topeka South Rotary's Annual Holiday Party will be Saturday, December 8, at the Topeka Country Club. Social hour starts at 6 pm and dinner will be served at 7 pm. Be ready for lots of laughs, holiday cheer and a bit of fun. More details will be released closer to the event date.
 
Many thanks to everyone who picked up “coupons” at 10/12 meeting to support building the Fresh Start Kits for local organizations to distribute to victims of human trafficking. The generosity of Topeka South Rotary is amazing! We are working to build the first 50 kits by November 15. In order to meet this date, we need to have all of the items gathered by November 9. Between now and November 9, items can be dropped off at Key Staffing 5840 SW Huntoon OR brought to a Friday meeting.
 
An “Assembly Day” is scheduled for November 15 at the Key Staffing office between 11:00 – 6:00. Stop by for 15 minutes or 30 minutes…whatever your schedule allows. Time can count towards a meeting make up.
 
There are several ways to support this effort.

Donate specific items – The list is updated to reflect items still needed. Items can be dropped off at Key Staffing 5840 SW Huntoon.
 
NOTE – toiletry items should not be travel size.
 
Build your own comfort kit to donate - If you are interested in building a complete kit on your own, see the attached PDF for the list of items included in each kit. Be sure to indicate the size your kit is (i.e. small clothes, large clothes, etc).
 
Donate money for the purchase of items - If you prefer to donate money, members of the Peace Builder committee will shop for items not donated to complete the kits. Money can be given to Patti Mellard, Alice Weingartner or Austin Wingerson. If you write a check, please make it out to Topeka South Rotary and note on the memo line “Fresh Start Kit”.
 
Topeka South Rotary Members, this is important….If you donate money or items valued at $100 or more, Patti will donate 100 points for every $100 toward your Paul Harris Fellow. To ensure that you get this credit, please include a receipt or note with your name and value with your donated items.
 
 
Join Rotary District 5710 for World Polio Day at the Kansas State Capitol on October 24. The program will include a proclamation, stories from survivors, an update on where we are in the fight to end polio, followed by a ceremonial "walk to end polio" in front of the Capitol. The agenda will be provided as we get closer to the event.
 
 
Mayor Michelle De La Isla, City of Topeka, will be joining us this Friday at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center as she discusses current events in the city of Topeka. Be ready to bring your ideas and questions to the floor as Mayor De La Isla will be looking for input from you as well to ensure that Topeka continues to move forward in its prosperity.
 
 
Suz McIver, Midland Care Center for Hope and Healing, will be discussing their community grief center serving Midland Care clients and the community at large.  They serve ages 4-adult – persons who have experienced the death of someone that they love.  The center opened in 2015 and houses areas for grief support groups, individual counseling and work with children and teens.  In the last three years, the Center has received many donations from the community and is very well supported by volunteers.  Last weekend, our Kids Grief Camp was held at Tallgrass Christian Camp near Harveyville.  This camp began in 2010 with seven children – and this year we had 40 children and 34 volunteers.  Join us in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center at Washburn University.
 
 
Mark DeGroff, Resource Development Director for Topeka Rescue Mission and the President of Topeka Downtown Rotary, will be speaking to our club this Friday at the Union, Washburn B. Mark will be discussing the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) Leadership Edge for Rotarians. Come ready with questions to learn about how this program can impact you.
 
 
Ty Hysten, chair of FORGE (Topeka's young professionals group), will speak to our group this Friday in the Union, Washburn B. Ty will be talking about FORGE as an organization, how our young club members can get involved with FORGE (or how our companies can encourage our young workers to get involved), the FORGE re-branding strategy that took place 2 years ago, along with answering the question "What’s Next for this organization".
 
To learn more about this organization, log online at www.topekaforge.org.
 
 
 
Help us celebrate 32 plus years of Topeka South Rotary at Dale and Maggie Warren's home and garden. Music will be by Greg Fox and Ryan Wills. Libations, food, and outhouse facility provided. Please bring spouses and significant others. 
 
  • When: Sept. 28th, 5:30 pm until the neighbors complain
  • Where: 5625 NW Timberedge Drive
     
  • Directions:
    • Highway 75 north to 62nd street
    • West on 62nd to Brickyard (1st street)
    • Turn south on Brickyard
    • Go about one mile
    • Turn right on Timberedge Drive
    • Dale's home is the 1st one on the right corner
 
 
Patti Mellard will speak on Friday about Rotary Peace - Sex Trafficking and the District Project in the Kansas room, Union.
 
Patti has been a Rotarian for 30 years and is a member and past President of Topeka South Rotary. Patti has served in many District Rotary leadership roles, including District Trainer, Assistant Governor, Membership Chair, District Conference Chair, and is currently District Peace Chair.
 
Patti received the Rotary International "Service Above Self" award in 2009, is a Rotary benefactor and major donor.
 
Patti is owner and CEO of Key Staffing and Premier Employment Solutions in Topeka and Manhattan, KS and was a 2015 inductee into the Topeka Business Hall of Fame.  
 
Patti’s favorite pastime is fishing and spending time with her 12 grandchildren.
 
 
Congratulations to our very own Rob Briman and Mike Wilson for their selection into the Junior Achievement of Kansas Topeka Business Hall of Fame. With only four individuals being inducted in the class of 2019, we are proud to call these two fine gents Topeka South Rotary members.
 
For the full details, click here.
 
WAY TO GO Rob and Mike!!!
 
The Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown has an upcoming trip to Cotonou, West Africa in October 2018 to participate in a polio immunization exerciseattend the 13th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project.
 
Trip Dates:                           October 02 – 11, 2018
Travel to:                              Cotonou, Benin, West Africa 
Per Person Price:                $1,729, double occupancy
 
Program includes:  Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.  For more information, please visit the website:  2018 West Africa Project Fair

 

Bill Cochran became Topeka’s permanent Police Chief on January 12, 2018. He has worked with the Topeka Police Department for thirty one years, starting his service on July 13, 1987. Cochran has worked in several capacities at the Topeka Police Department including: homicide, traffic, patrol, field operations, and criminal investigations. 

Cochran has also served in the Army National Guard from February 1985 until he retired as a First Lieutenant in July of 2005. He was deployed for thirteen months in Iraq from January 2004 to February of 2005. Cochran received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in 1987 and his Masters of Business Administration from Friends University in 2010. Cochran is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Police Staff and Command School. 

Join Topeka South Rotary on Friday in the Washburn B room at the Memorial Union to learn directly about Topeka and its safety from Chief Cochran.

 

 
Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield, Greater Topeka Partnership, will talk about how the Leadership Greater Topeka program delivers important leadership concepts and opportunities that effectively represent, protect and strengthen the communities interest. Make sure you join us this Friday before Labor Day weekend in the Union, Washburn B!
 
Now more than ever we need to focus on how we can hold peaceful interactions whether we agree with each other or not. The Topeka South Rotary is now designated as a Peacebuilder Club and we are establishing a committee to promote peacebuilding activities and initiatives.
 
A couple of opportunities have been scheduled to get together and so folks can learn more about our new committee and see if you are interested in being part of building this initiative.
 
  • Friday, September 7th at 8:45 am following weekly Rotary meeting
  • Friday, September 7th at 3:00 pm at GraceMed Capitol Family Clinic - 1400 SW Huntoon Street
 
If you are unable to make either of these sessions and are interested in being part of the committee, contact Alice Weingartner at aweingartner@gracemed.org or 785-478-5901.
 
 
 
Who needs another medal? Join us for the 6th annual Pumpkin Run on Saturday, October 27, at Lake Shawnee. Registration starts at 7:30 am with the run/stroll beginning at 8:30 am. Our presenting sponsor is Team Barrington Realty Professionals. You can download the registration form from the front page of the TSR website, or registration online at http://register.chronotrack.com/r/41405.
 
This year we will be allowing Rotarians who cannot attend the run, to still support the event by purchasing a t-shirt ahead of time. The shirts are $20 and you can register for yours by either filling out the order form at Friday's meeting, or emailing Neil Dobler.
 
 
 
 
District Governor, Blanche Parks, joined the Downtown Topeka Rotary in 1999 and served as president in 2012.  While President, the club raised $35,000 in 30 days for Every Rotarian Every Year and Polio Plus fundraisers, and won all awards, including the Presidential Citation. She is a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
She is retired from the State of Kansas with extensive experience as a manager and director in a variety of state agencies. She developed and implemented the Kansas Learning Quest 529 College Savings Plan in the Office of the Kansas State Treasurer. 
 
Blanche has actively worked on the District level for 8 years where she has served as Assistant Governor, and District Trainer. As RLI Coordinator, she developed and implemented the 1st Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in District #5710 and coordinated all training for the RLI Certified Facilitators.   
 
She has attended three Rotary International Conventions in Bangkok, Thailand; Sao Paul, Brazil and Atlanta, Georgia.
 
In her community she represents the 19th Kansas Senatorial District on the Board of Regents of Washburn University and has served as Chairman of the Board. She was the first Kansan on the YWCA of the USA National Board of Directors in New York City.  She is a graduate of Leadership Kansas, Leadership Greater Topeka and Dental Champions leadership programs, was named “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Topeka Junior League Sustainer and recipient of the “Gold Rose for Community Service” award,  among other awards and recognitions for community service on local, state and national levels. 
 
Blanche is a graduate of Washburn University of Topeka with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. She has also earned the Kansas Certified Public Manger (CPM) designation from Kansas University. She was married 30 years to the (late) Attorney Sherman A. Parks Jr., and has 2 grown children. 
 
Welcome her to the club on Friday as she talks about the State of Rotary and what the future holds!
 
Several members from our club have asked that the invocation come back as part of our weekly meeting, and we appreciate those of you who have stepped up to lead those invocations. However, in order to keep them, we must have many more members willing to lead it each week. Please consider adding this to what you already do for Rotary, and contact Jeff Hiestand, Sergeant at Arms, to get into the rotation.
 
We are looking for individuals who can do it once, or even those that might be willing to adopt a whole month. 
 
 
Ron Brown, Topeka Public Schools 501, will discuss safety and security improvements in Topeka Public Schools, along with training we provide to assist with a potential emergency. Ron will talk a little about recent school events and some of the issues surrounding school safety and how to protect our children and staff.
 
The ladies of Topeka South Rotary are invited to join a casual book club where we can discuss books and enjoy each other's company. If you are looking to get to know other women in the club and build friendships, this is the place for you! We plan to meet every 6 weeks on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. rotating at members' homes or other public locations. Our first three books will be City of Thieves by David Benioff, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Once we establish a routine, every member will be able to select a book for the club to read!
 
The first selection is "City of Thieves" by David Benioff. We will discuss the book on October 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Alicia VanWalleghem. Please RSVP to Adrienne Olejnik by text or email at 785-640-8787 or adrienneolejnik@gmail.com.
 
 
Kansas State University Associate Professor Katrina Lewis’ interest in the intersection of design and peace brought her to the Rotary Peace Fellowship in 2012. Eager to provider her students real-world examples of human-centered design, she joined ShelterBox as an Ambassador in 2017. ShelterBox is a humanitarian organization that responds to natural and man made disasters, providing families supplies and ultimately stability, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives and their communities. Katrina will share more in this presentation about her experience as a ShelterBox volunteer, how Shelterbox aligns with Rotary’s values and work, and how individuals and Rotary Clubs can support this innovative cause.  
 
 
Get an exclusive advanced sneak peek of Camp Cowabunga at the Topeka Zoo. Created to mimic Gary Clarke's many safari trips, we know this area will become an instant success in our community and outside as well. Get to the zoo, and be ready to have your socks knocked off..... feeding the lions by hand is optional cheeky!
 
OK, we know you are a social butterfly with a million things to do..... or you have an evening planned of PJs and Netflix, but instead join your Rotary friends on Friday, July 27 for the TSR Social. We'll be chillin' at Luis' Place (5th and Kansas) starting at 4:30 pm. Early bird gets the best appetizers, last one there picks up the tab! wink
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Past President
Rotary Foundation
Sergeant-at-Arms
Club Membership
Club Service
Director-At-Large
Club Administration
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
 
Pumpkin Run
Love to run (or walk with your family)? Want to raise awareness and money to support Polio Plus? Then make sure to sign up for the Topeka South Rotary's 6th Annual Pumpkin Run on Saturday, October 27. The race will take place at Lake Shawnee.
 
7:30 am   Registration and packet pickup
8:30 am   Race begins
9:45 am   Awards Ceremony
 
COSTS
$25 before 10/13/2018
$30 after and walk up
$50 family stroll (2 or more)
 
COSTUME CONTEST
Make sure to wear your best Halloween costume and participate in our costume contest. May the best princess or ghost win!
 
REGISTRATION
You can register online at http://register.chronotrack.com/r/41405 or by filling out the paper registration form and mailing it in.
 
Title Sponsor
Team Barrington Realty
 
$500 Sponsors
Briggs Automotive
Community Bank
Ed Bozarth Chevrolet
Midwest Health
 
$250 Sponsors
All Insurance Access, LLC
Alliance Bank
Architect One
Bartlett & West
Brenda Dietrich
Briman's Leading Jewelers
Budget Blinds
Carpet One
CoreFirst Bank and Trust
Family Tree Insurance Solutions, Inc.
Glacier's Edge Winery
Gyroville
Happy Basset Brewing Company
Jenalea Randall - "In Memory of Tony Randall"
Kansas Gas Service
Key Staffing
T & M Financial, Inc.
 
Other Sponsors
2017 Leadership Greater Topeka - Best Class Infinity
Glenn Jagodzinski
Gary Pratt, DDS
 
In-Kind Sponsors
Gary Gribbles
Hyatt Place
HyVee
Perkins
Pizzagels
Sam's Club
WIBW
 
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