Welcome to Topeka South Rotary

Please join us this Friday, June 21, 2024, to hear from Jim Ramos about Shades of Theatre!

Spotlight Ready: Topeka's Newest Theatre Company Raises the Curtain on Untold Stories

Coming soon to Topeka, Shades of Theatre is dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of underserved communities. SOTC believes in the power of theatre to spark dialogue, ignite change, and celebrate the rich tapestry of human experience.

Jim will discuss how the theatre came to be, talk about the upcoming season announcement, where SOTC will unveil a lineup of productions that will challenge, inspire, and entertain. Get ready for a theatre experience that reflects the vibrant diversity of our community!

Together, let's paint Topeka's theatre scene with a vibrant spectrum of stories!

Jim Ramos

President 

Shades of Theatre Company

This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

 
Have You Made Your Contribution to the Rotary Foundation Yet?
 
Hello Topeka South Rotarians! Time is flying and the end of the Rotary year is almost here! Have you made your contribution to the Rotary Foundation?  A couple of weeks ago at a meeting, I shared where Topeka South Rotary was for our giving goals to Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. We can give ourselves kudos, as the Polio Plus goal of contributing $9,000 has been met already!!! Thank you to those of you that contributed.
 
Our Annual Fund goal is $13,000 – we have raised $11,280. We need a bit over $1,700 to meet the goal! I know we can do this! Remember all contributions must be credited by June 30. Visit www.rotary.org to make your contribution to the Annual Fund!!
 
Thank you for your consideration.
 
Marlou Wegener
 
TSR After Hours!
 
Next meeting:
- June 26, 2024
- 5:30-6:30pm
- Brew Bank 
  • All TSR members welcome for an after hours drink & fellowship!
  • Bring reusable shopping bags to donate to YWCA for clients to carry groceries and clothing
  • Discuss upcoming landscape clean-up project for YWCA  
  • Meetings every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
 
TSR welcomes its newest member, Kevin Burton!
 
Kevin Burton is a Topeka native and Ichabod Alumni. He received a BA in history from Washburn University and a MA in history from Kansas State University. He is passionate about Topeka and excited to be a Rotarian.
 
Kevin serves as the Executive Director of Topeka Symphony Society, and enjoys sharing the important role live music plays in the community. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and serves on the Board of Directors for the Topeka Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Additionally, he was a 2020 graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka.
 
In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, and 1 year old son.
 
 
We have three excellent student applicants for the 24-25 school year who we are still trying to place with host families. Please help spread the word. More information can be provided to anyone interested.  
 
·      Rafael from Brazil will turn 16 shortly after he arrives. He loves debate so much that he gave up soccer to concentrate on it. He has debated at the Model United Nations in New York. In his spare time, he likes listening to music and playing video games or going to movies with friends. He also collaborates with his older brother in a digital marketing business. His father reports, “Maintaining a tidy room is second nature to him, and he willingly takes up tasks such as washing dishes and occasionally experimenting with cooking.”
 
·      Ria from Germany will be 15½ when she arrives. She has a passion for sports and notes that she is "among the top 20 basketball players in Northern Germany". She also loves music and plays the guitar to express herself and find inspiration. Ria reports that she “adores animals and the connection they provide - whether it's the grace of horseback riding or the endless delight of my dog's company.” She is a member of the school paramedic team, and her dream is to become a surgeon.
 
·      Magdalena from Austria will turn 16 in November. She lives with her family in a very small town where the family has a big garden and keeps bunnies, chickens, and four cats.  Magdalena loves all animals except spiders, and she is a vegetarian. She is interested in the arts, especially drawing, and attends an art school. She wants to be a lawyer.     
 
 It is not necessary to be a Rotarian, to be married, nor to have children at home to be a host family for an exchange student. Host families come in all shapes and sizes. They may include young children, older children, or no children at all.  We are looking for stable homes with nurturing host parent(s) to provide a safe and welcoming environment.  Thanks for all of your help with Rotary Youth Exchange! 
 
David Beck
D5710 RYE Inbound Coordinator
(785) 817-0144
 
 
You can now pay the current quarter dues via Zeffy.  The billing will show $155 for base dues.  If you would like to pay the optional can money you can add that as an additional donation.
 
Zeffy Payments links for Topeka South Rotary
 
Membership - Quarterly Dues - April - June 2024
 
Membership - Quarterly Dues - Jan -Mar 2024
 
Please reach out to Candy Williams if you have any questions.
 
Thanks!
 
 
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!
 
 
Please review this list of items being collected to aid victims of human trafficking during the upcoming summer months. All clothing sizes listed are women's sizes.
 
Patti Mellard applied for, and received, a $3000 grant from the Security Benefit Charitable Trust to make summer kits for human trafficking victims. We are collecting items from the community in order to stretch those grant dollars as far as possible. The kits will be distributed to our local YWCA Day Center and other organizations throughout Rotary District 5710.  
 
We are asking for new items only. Items can be dropped off at Key Staffing until June 14th. I am happy to collect things at our weekly meetings through June 7th. I will be out of town during our June 14th meeting.  You can also make arrangements to drop things at my house, if needed. 
 
Cash donations are certainly welcome if you do not have time to shop.
 
If you would like to help with sorting and assembly of the kits, contact Patti. Her email is located at the bottom of the flyer.
 
Questions?  You can catch me at a meeting, call the number listed below, or email me at lorowe9193@gmail.com.
 
Lori Rowe
785.230.3705
 

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 this Friday to hear a vocational presentation from TSR President-elect Murray Moore!

Murray is excited to share about his journey in entrepreneurial education and his journey in service of others.

Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!
 
This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

 
Please join us this Friday, June 7, to hear from KTA CEO Steve Hewitt about cashless tolling!
 
For nearly 70 years, the Kansas Turnpike has been a reliable and customer-valued transportation option, for both Kansas and the region. The Kansas Turnpike Authority remains focused on its organizational goals to preserve and modernize the roadway. 2024 marks the biggest change since KTA’s beginning... cashless tolling. This presentation will take a deeper dive into the decisions and steps KTA is taking to make this historic change while staying true to its values. You’ll learn how cashless tolling will work and what the change means for you.
 
The Kansas Turnpike will convert to a cashless tolling system on July 1, 2024.  There will be no on-road payment option. Customers will pay for tolls using a KTAG, or compatible transponder, or through a mailed bill using the vehicle’s registration information. To pay the lowest toll, travelers are encouraged to get a KTAG. Learn more at www.DriveKS.com.
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!

This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

 
Please join us this Friday, May 24, to hear from Carl Russell and Kaitlin Jackson, the 2023-24 Shawnee County 4-H King and Queen! 
 
Carl and Kaitlin will tell us about the 4-H King and Queen project that are promoting leadership and community involvement.
 
Announcements will begin promptly at 7:45 am, with breakfast and coffee being served at 7:30 am!

This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

 
TSR After Hours has been upgraded to a Club Social!
Next meeting:
- May 22, 2024
- 5:30-6:30pm
- Blackbird Cafe 
  • Grab an after hours drink and socialize!
  • Bring bath towels (stains/holes okay!) to donate to Helping Hands Humane Society
  • Brainstorm service project ideas
  • Meetings every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
 
Please join us this Friday, May 17, to hear from Zazie Haddou!

Zazie will speak to us about her experience this year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.

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

This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

 
Please join us this Friday, May 10, to hear from Tony Mattivi of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation!

KBI Director Mattivi will be speaking to us about the Fentanyl epidemic plaguing Kansas today.

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

This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

Please join us this Friday, April 26 to hear from Marie Coates!

Marie Coates is a School Counselor at Washburn Rural High School, working with students who are in Special Education. Her time both as a classroom teacher and school counselor have provided an inside look into the growth and development of young minds in our society. In her presentation, "Managing Technology's Impact in a Technology-Driven World," Marie will highlight the effects the increase of technology and phone usage are playing in our modern society across generations. The presentation will explore practical strategies that empower you to incorporate intentional changes into your life, effectively manage technology usage, and cultivate a healthier balance with your phone.

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

This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

 
Our final Lunch Bunch of the year will be Wednesday, May 15th. 
 
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
 
 

Please join us this Friday, May 3 to hear from Councilmember Spencer Duncan!

City of Topeka Councilmember Spencer Duncan will be speaking to Topeka South Rotary about current goings-on in our city. He will touch on our City Manager situation, property taxes, roadwork, economic development, and the homeless situation, among others. He also wants to hear from you. So, if you have anything specific you want to address, please come with questions.

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

This week's meeting will be held in person at the Brewster Place Cultural Arts Building, located at 900-B SW 31st Terrace, Topeka, KS 66611. Click here for directions using Google Maps.

 

 
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:
May 2, 12:50pm
 
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
 
 
TSR After Hours!
 
Next meeting:
- May 8, 2024
- 5:30-6:30pm
- Blackbird Cafe 
  • Grab an after hours drink and socialize!
  • Bring bath towels (stains/holes okay!) to donate to Helping Hands Humane Society
  • Brainstorm service project ideas
  • Meetings every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
 
 
The Community Health Needs Assessment helps Stormont Vail Health and its partners keep our finger on the pulse of Shawnee County’s most pressing needs. When you take the survey and share your voice, you make it possible for us to discover the ways we can improve your health.
 
If you live in Shawnee County, this survey is your chance to share your voice.
 
Available until April 30:
 
 
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.
Brewster Place Cultural Arts Center
900-B SW 31st Terrace
Topeka, KS 66611
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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