Welcome to Topeka South Rotary
Running from February 7-27, the TSR Fireside Chats give members an opportunity to discuss what they love about our Club, what you want to see in the future, and what changes could be made to make our Club better!
 
Chats are scheduled for:
 
February 7 @ Noon - Fidelity State Bank
February 8 @ Noon - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
February 13 @ 5:00 pm - Security Benefit
February 19 @ 5:30 pm - Lori Rowe's
February 25 @ 6:30 pm - Roger Underwood's
February 27 @ 7:30 am - MB Piland Advertising + Marketing
 
Sheets will be passed around at the next few meetings, but you can also register today on the website.
 
 
Every community is constantly evolving and so are strategies to enhance public safety and emergency services.  Topeka is no different.  As momentum continues to build for new economic development and a stronger community we must continue striving to keep our citizens, businesses, and neighborhoods safe. 
 
As such, the Safety Enhancement Program was created which seeks to enhance the safety of Topeka through the use of video technology while maintaining and building public trust.  Video technology that is effective, efficient, fosters community engagement, and supports 21st century emergency service strategies. 
 
Sgt. Cody Burger will share information about the program and quality of life in Topeka. Join us this Friday at the Washburn University Union, Washburn B with coffee at 7:15 am and breakfast at 7:30 am.
 
 
Sit back and witness a piece of history as accomplished Topeka actor and artist Dane Shobe brings Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech to life. You won't want to miss this one at the Union in Washburn B.
 
 
Our first presentation of 2019 will be from our very own Marlou Wegener. Marlou will be providing a vocational in the Memorial Union, Washburn B with coffee at 7:15 am and breakfast starting at 7:30 am. We are all looking forward to learning more about her role at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas plus will she answer the question everyone has on their mind... "How does she manage to be at EVERYTHING going on in Topeka?"
 
Let’s Help Saturday crew on December 15 had 10 Rotarians and 5 family members, and we served 111 trays. The next Let's Help Saturday is January 26.
 
Our Rotary Club has adopted 3 families (16 individuals) from United Way's Christmas Bureau. Please join us to shop for these families on December 14th at 5:30pm. We will meet at the north entrance of Walmart on Wanamaker Rd.  Following, you are welcome to come to Jessica Lehnherr's house for pizza, drinks and lot's of present wrapping. Shopping to give to those less fortunate AND pizza - I can't imagine why anyone would not want to join us! RSVP to Jessica Lehnherr ASAP.
 
 
The Topeka High School Madrigals will  perform a holiday show for our final Topeka South Rotary meeting of the year. If you like holiday tunes and/or supporting youth in arts, this meeting will be for you. Social starts at 7:15 am at the Union, and our 7:30 am meeting will be held in Washburn B. Holiday cheer for all!
 
 
The Downtown Topeka Rotary Club has invited the members of Topeka South Rotary to a joint social this Thursday, December 6 from 5-7 pm at the Happy Basset Brewing Co. Check out their new Citra Pale Ale while enjoying time with both clubs to celebrate the ending of a great 2018.
 
 
The Topeka West High School Singers will be performing a series of holiday songs, guaranteed to melt even the most "grinchy" of hearts, in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on Friday. Bring your singing ears, but extra voices need not apply!
 
 
This week's TSR meeting will be off-site at the Festival of Trees at the Ag Hall on the Kansas Expocentre grounds. Coffee starts at 7:15 am and festivities begin at 7:30 am. The Festival of Trees, put on by SLI (formerly Sheltered Living), is a holiday tradition for many families and attracts over 6,000 people each year. You will have the opportunity to view trees, wreaths and mantle & porch-scapes beautifully decorated by talented designers, transforming the scenery into a magical blend of the holidays and trends in decor. 
 
 
A HUGE thank you to Cassandra Taylor for throwing an epic Topeka South Rotary Holiday Party. If you missed it, or just want to see yourself again, photos can be viewed here. Our next TSR Social will be held January 24 at 5 pm at the new Kansas Avenue Lofts. Make plans to attend!
 
 
Greg Fox, owner and chef at RowHouse Restaurant, joins us on Friday to talk about  adapting to change, specifically within his businesses.  He will share about his time in Nashville and the partnership he had there, and how that helped push him in the direction of being a sole proprietor and opening RowHouse in Topeka, which is now entering its twelfth year.
 
Greg will be candid and honest about the triumphs and the difficulties of owning your own business, and will be introducing the new cookbook as well which is a combination travel journal/cookbook. We are especially excited to host Greg during Global Entrepreneurship Week!  Make plans to attend at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.
 
 
In 6 short days, TSR will be at GraceMed Capitol Family Clinic from 5-6:30 pm for our social. If you have not seen the new clinic, 1400 SW Huntoon (the old Dillon's at Huntoon and Lane), then you have GOT to go. The transformation is amazing and can only be truly appreciate with the eye.... and an adult beverage!
 
 
Retired Army Col. Eddie Shirron, veteran of  Viet Nam and Korea and recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, will share his Veteran’s Day perspective to Topeka South Rotary.  Come see the Colonel present “Veteran’s Day – It’s Not What It Used To Be!” on Friday in the Union, Washburn B.
 
 
Barry Muninger, Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, will talk to our club on Friday about High Reliability Organizations, in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.
 
The Oxford English Dictionary defines reliability as the quality of being trustworthy or of performing consistently well. While an aspiration for any business, certain organizations that operate in complex, high-risk environments have taken it a step further. Most recently, healthcare organizations have begun taking quality improvement lessons from organizations with impeccable performance records despite operating in hazardous conditions and applied them to their own efforts to become what is referred to as a High Reliability Organization.
 
While current trends in healthcare quality certainly have real-life implications on each of us, the basic characteristics of High Reliability Organizations can also be applied to improvement efforts in virtually any profession. This presentation will give a brief overview of how the theory of High Reliability came to be, what it means to healthcare organizations, and High Reliability lessons that can be implemented in almost any line of work.
 
 
Dr. Tim Murrell, principal of the new Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC) is opening the doors for Topeka South Rotary.  You will learn that TCALC is not a vocational program.  It is an innovative high school program created in partnership with local business and industry, with concentrations in four strands:
 
• Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing: Architecture; Robotics; Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Design Process for Engineers
• Bioscience & Biomedicine: Environmental Science and Animal Health; Energy; Molecular Medicine and Bioengineering; Bioscience Research
• Business Technology and Media: Global Economics, Marketing and Business; Technology Solutions; iMedia; Filmmaking; Interactive Design
• Human Services: Teacher Education; Sports Medicine; Foundations of Medicine; Law and Public Safety; Emergency and Fire Management

TCALC is located directly across the parking lot from the Capitol Federal Natatorium at Hummer Sports Park (500 S.W. Tuffy Kellog Drive).
 
 
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.
 
Fresh Start Kits will be put together on Thursday, November 15 between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm at Key Staffing Office (5840 SW Huntoon Street). Stop by if you would like to assist.
 
Items that are still needed include:
  • Women’s cotton t-shirt (short or long sleeve): 7 size small, 12 size medium, 2 size large
  • Women’s cotton underwear (not covering the belly button): 5 size 5, 12 size 6
  • Women’s flip flops: 12 size small 5/6, 20 size medium 7/8, 12 size large 9/10
  • Full size shampoo 26 bottles
  • Full size conditioner 20 bottles
  • Gift cards in the range of $15-25
Thanks for the wonderful support of this project and for helping to make a positive impact.
 
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.
 
 
 
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
Director-At-Large
Club Administration
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
 
Pumpkin Run
Thanks to our 42 runners, 28 walkers, and 9 strollers for a total of 79 participants in this year's event. See the photo album section.
 
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