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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Timbercreek Restaurant
14 E Amity
Louisburg, KS  66053
United States
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Rotary District Governor Adam Ehlert shared his knowledge of Rotary and this year's theme  "Make a Difference".
“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
Robert F. Kennedy
Rotary continues to eradicate Polio throughout the world.  The three countries that have reported cases in the past year are Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Just recently a Mother and her 16 year old daughter were murdered for administering the vaccine. 
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Our very own Nathan Law, Louisburg's City Manager, share the 2018 Budget Overview, the 5 X 5 plan, the major projects for 2018 and the budget highlights. 
Major projects for 2018 include:
*Build S. Rockville Road with a sidewalk and turn lane.
*Connect Danford Drive between The Lake and Starbrook subdivisions.
*Construct sidewalk from Amity/Metcalf intersection to N. 9th Street.
*Connect sidewalk from the Amity/Metcalf intersection east to Louisburg Middle School.
*Storm water survey of entire city.
Install new playground equipment at City Park.
Any questions can be directed to the city website:
The Louisburg Historical Society presented the shenanigans that will be coming up for the 150th year celebration of Louisburg. 
A proclamation was signed by Governor Brownback with officials from the City of Louisburg and the Louisburg Historical Society.
They are currently offering opportunities for businesses and local residents to have their name in the commemorative book that will be coming out later this year.
Craig Holtzen did  not disappoint with the reindeer games!  FUN was had by all, and everyone was a winner!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Dr. Dennis Kear with the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center shared the great accomplishments of their funding to the eleven schools receiving grants to assist in improving literacy performance.
If you want to learn more what this great organization you can go to their website at www.emporia .edu/literacy.
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Louisburg High School soccer Coach Kyle Conley shared his philosophy of coaching for life, not just for the sport.  He has winning seasons for the past two years so his show up and give your all philosophy must be working with the high schools kids!
The LHS winter coaches presented their thoughts on the upcoming season.
It was refreshing to hear that not only do they work on the technical skills of the sports, but also growing the individual's sportsmanship.
Looks like it will be a great winter sports season!
Russ Sifer from Valomilk shared his family business story with us today.  They started out in Iola, Kansas since the energy company offered them free utilities.  They have since moved to Merriam, Kansas with 9 employees.  You can find their candy in all Cracker Barrel Restaurants.  We were happy he brought samples for all of us to taste!
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Welcome to our very own Rotarian, Jack Kline.  He shared with us his passion of writing, specifically his recently published book "But Not for Me".  He shared his journey from a stellar school career as a mature adult and writing in retirement.
What a great way to spend your retirement years!
One of our newest Rotarians James Real, presented his classification talk about himself.
James is a Sex Addiction Counselor.  An uncomfortable subject but a much needed service. 
Most people who are addicted to sex were sexually abused as a child and it carries into their adult life. 
It at times can take them down a path of shame, loneliness, isolation and failed relationships.
Simon Watson and Brandon from the Kansas City Mavericks (formerly known as the Missouri Mavericks) shared their passion for hockey.
They had a name change to help to identify and market to both sides of the state line.
Lamar Hunt Jr.'s hope is to create more of a hockey town in our area.  When talking about the sports teams in the areas, including the Kansas City Mavericks with the Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC.
Check out their schedule on line and purchase group tickets or Sunday family tickets on their website:
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The ladies from the Louisburg Library shared with us the One Burg One Book, which is "Life in a Jar" by Jack Mayer.
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer is a powerful story of the Holocaust and more. First, it is the story of the extraordinary Irena Sendler, the great rescuer of Warsaw.
If you are interested in a book club to discuss this read, participate in an intergenerational discussion with Louisburg High School students, watch a movie about the book or hear Megan Felt talk about her experiences, go to your Louisburg Library website at and sign up to participate.
Steve Klein from Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center here in Louisburg educated on the facilities.
Did you know the following about Cedar Cove:
They feed the animals fresh meat--even fresh road kill.
They have approximately 25,000 visitors a year.
They are attempting to purchase additional acreage to give the animals more space.
They have hydroponics gardens on the grounds.
They do not breed any animals.
They only take animals that have outlived their purpose, have outgrown their current homes or need a place to live the rest of their lives.
Please like their page on facebook or you can look them up at
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Joel Goldberg with FOX Sports and the Kansas City Royals took time before the game to share his broadcast career. 
Being in the broadcast arena is about developing relationships with all types of people from all backgrounds. 
Reading body language is an important aspect since 80% of communication is through non verbal cues.
Great advice to be used in our daily lives.
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Kristi Whiteside one of our newest members who presented her classification talk today.  The things that you can learn while on lunch are amazing.
Her employer does clinical trials for cancer fighting drugs.
Did you know that it takes approximately 8-12 years to get a new drug approved?
Did you know that there are about 5 different clinical trials that every drug must go through?
Did you know that the FDA represents only one regulatory agency in the world?
Did you know that the naming of a new drug is a negotiation?
Her staff keeps up the website  This site has information on all clinical trials that are currently in process or looking for participants.  Check it out!
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If any one knows the history of baseball is it Kaycee of the Kansas City Royals.  He started out as a baseball historian which has brought his to holding up that familiar "W", when the Kansas City Royals win at Kaufman stadium.
Drop by the stadium museum to visit with him!
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Spencer Ernst delivered an outstanding program on the American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park in Galveston, Texas. 
Spencer is a machinist who volunteers 2 weeks out of the year assisting in the restoration of  the Navy ship the USS Stewart and the submarine the USS Cavalla at Seawolf Park.
Find out more about this great passionate effort to restore our Naval history at
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We always welcome the Library ladies and all their shenanigans!  It was great to take time out of our busy business lives and got back to our childhoods playing with Legos!  What FUN we had racing against each other!
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Craig Evans from Integrated Employment Enterprises, Inc. shared his passion combining high quality, affordable staffing solutions with ISO certified manufacturing, sorting and packaging services.  If you need these staffing needs, he is your guy!  Go out and take a look at their website:
Today we heard from Dr. Christopher Lewis from Olathe Health Systems in Paola, Kansas.  He is a general surgeon and can perform anything from a colonoscopy to a mastectomy.  The convenience of performing these surgeries locally is of great importance to the Miami County resident.  The hospital has received the Patient Satisfaction Award.
Rotary Youth Exchange student Laura Manigrasso presented a wonderful slide show of her life in Italy.  She shared her variety of experiences of living in 2 different American households, traveling to New York to see her family after 9 months, and traveling the United States.  In Italy, there are 13 grades and the teachers move classrooms.  Her primary goal with this experience was to gain confidence to be more out going and try new things.  She certainly accomplished her goal for we all see that change since she first spoke at Rotary 9 months ago.
Craig Dengel, the new owner of the old Penwell-Gable funeral home, name to be changed soon to Dengel & Son Mortuary, shared with us how this acquisition took place.
He enjoys being a part of the communities that he lives in.  He felt it was time to add the family business. The community it happy that the business is staying in town and retaining the current staff.
Claire Haflich, the LHS Forensics coach, brought 3 state qualifiers to share their skills with us.  Carson Tappan, Mckenzie Vamerhagie and Amber Perdell did an excellent job with their skits.  What wonderful talent we have in the USD#416 school district.  LHS is ranked 3 in the country for Forensics ability.
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No foolin', Sara Caylor was our guest speaker. Sara is a 13-year Rotarian living in Ottawa who works part-time as a membership manager for the Girl Scouts of America in Miami, Franklin and Anderson counties in Kansas. Her list of accomplishments is lengthy as the past mayor and current city commissioner.
Richard Lord joined us from Hometown Feed & Supply. He and his wife Shannon bought out Circle C in mid-2014 and are experiencing success as one of our newest small business owners.
"Craft beer is about telling stories." And today we heard some great stories from beer sommelier Jerrod Nelsen.
Our original program had to cancel due to illness, so your Louisburg Library ladies stepped in to talk about the April 7th election. We will hear from Sara Caylor about the Girl Scouts on March 25th.
Superintendent Dr. Brian Biermann presented a State of the District Address today, with a focus on the local option budget (LOB) mail in ballot question that tax payers received this week.
Today we heard Superintendent Dr. Brian Biermann, who briefed us on the recent lockdown of the middle and high schools and the car accident that impacted three of our elementary school students. Louisburg High School sophomore Carson Tappan took over after that to discuss his film documentary Where the Buffaloed Roam: An Ode to the Kansas Budget.
Scott Walter is a returning Rotarian and Brock Elliott is our newest new member. Today they gave their Classification Talks so that we could learn more about them.
Welcome back! For the second week in a row we have had 50% attendance or better...
This week Paul Luce & Sandy Hartley shared more information about Reflections: A Restorative Gallery at Miami County Medical Center.
Thank you, Dr. Aaron Stohs, for sharing more information about the Wildcat Veterinary office coming to Louisburg in April 2015.
Sheriff Frank Kelly provided an update on the $14.2M Miami County jail.
Last year at this time Denny & Paula Lofstrom from International Health Partners visited us and shared their passion for improving health care in Africa- specifically their project to build a facility in Zinga. We donated $1,000 to their efforts and they returned to report on their progress.

Paul Luce with the Miami County Medical Center shared information about the expansion of Medicaid. He shared a lot of information and statistics to help put the issue into perspective. 
Damon invited Tony & Susan Juarez from Agape's Grace in Louisburg. They started the non-profit organization in 2002 as a way to care for and empower adults with disabilities. 
Did you know that honey is the purest food in the world? Did you know that if there were no bees, humans wouldn't live more than 5 years? Now you do. Rotarian Jessica Putnam brought Beekeeper Terri Weis to inform us about bees, honey and the need to protect both!
Thank you, Craig, for bringing back the funny business. We played Family Feud: Rotary Edition. Of 100 Rotarians surveyed, our groups (Team Peterson and Team McLanahan) answered with their best guesses.
Matt and Jana joined us from Miami County Roads & Bridges to provide information on the upcoming vote to renew the 1/4 cent sales tax that has been in place since 1999 and Beverly Smith shared part of her daughter's journey as a missionary in South Africa. 
Fall coaches from Louisburg High School were out in full force this week, sharing their successes, their challenges and their outlook on the future. Principal Dave Tappan introduced soccer coach Ben York, volleyball coach Jessica Complement, football coach Kyle Littrell and cross country coach John Reece.
Your Louisburg Librarians visited the Rotary Club to discuss and present the selection for One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads 2014. This year's title is The Giver by Lois Lowry. It is an award-winner in both Young Adult and Children's categories and was made into a movie that released this summer, starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. In fact, the Midway Drive-In (between Paola & Osawatomie) has committed to opening their facility for a one-night only showing of the film on Saturday, October 18 - it will be FREE to the public.
Attendance was back up to 51% for the second week in a's good to see everyone again!
McRaymond invited Chris Hope from the Kansas City Flying Club. He is a retired military flight instructor who now spends time transporting patients and families on Angel Flights across the country. They call it Giving Hope Wings - Angel Flight Central  is a national organization that serves people in need in our communities by arranging charitable flights for access to health care and other humanitarian purposes. Chris will tell you it's just the right thing to do, "they are ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances."
State Librarian of Kansas Jo Budler spoke to the club about the importance of reading and creating life-long learners which can help sustain literacy and decrease the crime rate. In some states, Budler said, prisons determine the number of beds they will need based on reading levels. "If we had a nation of readers, crime would be very little. When we educate life-long learners they will make better choices, have more options and be more productive. When we invest in that end, we don't have as many beds in prisons."
President Julie was the program today. She wore her Chamber of Commerce bonnet and shared with us all of the positive developments.
Katie LaBrie was hired in April as the new Chamber Director. When she started there were 52 Chamber members and now there are 94, so she must be doing something right! To off-set her work load, there are two Ambassadors who help her in the office four hours per week, and there is a lot of activity. The one vision the board had for the new director was to focus on Louisburg and provide value to Chamber businesses. Just in the past month, they have partnered with other organizations to bring the Candidate Forum and the New Teacher Luncheon.
Louisburg High School juniors Brooklyn Southard and Hogan Welch shared their RYLA experiences with us. Although the first night was a little "awkward," by the end of the week they had made life-long friends and learned life skills they will always use. 
Our District Governor for District 5710 energized and empowered us at last week's meeting. Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub got her start in Rotary in 1993 when she answered an advertisement in the Topeka Capital World newspaper to become part of an International Business Exchange program. She made the team and was one of 4 non-Rotarians to spend 6 weeks in Sweden. Everyone was separated by vocation and their Mondays-Fridays were spent in an intensive interactive setting from 7am -8pm exploring economic development, banking and commerce. 
President Julie Baalmann has been on the clock less than a month and has already knocked out the 15th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament, her first board meeting and her Classification Talk & Inaugural Address. She is on the move. Anyone who knows her knows that that is not unusual for Lady Baalmann. 
Happy July! This week we heard from our 2014 Rotary Scholarship winners and Louisburg High School graduates - a $1000 investment in their future. Brandi Feehan and Jessica Brummel will both attend Kansas State University in the fall in Manhattan, Kansas. 
Dennis DeShazer
Feb 28, 2018
Classification Talk
John Van Pelt
Mar 07, 2018
Andy Brown
Mar 14, 2018
Louisburg Sports Zone
Board Meeting
Mar 21, 2018
No program
Garth Einsel
Mar 28, 2018
Thirsty Coconut
Marvin Barkis
Apr 04, 2018
Paul Long
Apr 11, 2018
Board Meeting
Apr 18, 2018
No program
Doug Furnell
Apr 25, 2018
Damon Dennis
May 02, 2018
Anna Hudspeth
May 09, 2018
Board Meeting
May 16, 2018
No program
Scholarship Recipients
May 23, 2018
your Library Ladies
May 30, 2018
SummerBASH 2018
Pat Apple
Jun 06, 2018
RYLA Recap
Jun 13, 2018
Board Meeting
Jun 20, 2018
No program
Brock's Dance Party
Jun 27, 2018
February 2018