Meeting Information

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Timbercreek Restaurant
14 E Amity
Louisburg, KS  66053
United States
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Club News
The Louisburg Chamber and Louisburg Rotary welcomed 22 new teachers and or administrators to USD#416.  This new energy and enthusiasm will benefit the most important asset of our community, our kids.
 
Welcome to the Louisburg community!
 
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Jennifer Skieens and Carla Black with SEKWorks help those looking for employment to sharpen their skills.  Their offices are in Paola and service Miami, Linn and Anderson counties.
So if you know of anyone looking for employment or a business owner looking for employees reach out to these wonderful ladies for the resources they can provide.
 
Our very own Joni MItchell resident Timber Creek server and talented script writer joined us today.  We participated in reading her script "Mildred's Crime Show" which takes place in Louisburg.
What a great comedy!
 
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Our very own, Sandy Harris, shared his trip to Germany this past Christmas.  He visited the  concentration camp Dachau.  The particular camp held 200,000 prisoners, had an estimated death toll of 31,591.  This camp was opened from March of 1933 through April of 1945.
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He also took a picture of a profound statement:  "Dear Past, Thanks for all the lessons, Dear Future, I am ready".
 
A wonderful member of our community, Dave Plumer, shared his unique experiences living in the United States during WWII.  Many foods and everyday items were rationed during that time.  The family owned the local general store so when it was time for Dave to turn in for the night, the family dog walked him home and stayed close by until his parents returned home.
 
Dave also shared WWII facts.  The number of men who died at the time of service is mind boggling. 
 
We can be thankful that so many fought for our current freedoms.
 
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Retired Rotarian Pastor Sandy volunteered in November of 2017 and May 2018 to help restore a the USS Cavella.  There is always rust that shows up that needs to be removed and then painted.  He was working at the Undersea Warfare Center in Galveston, Texas.
 
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SUMMER BASH at the Louisburg Library is upon us!
Visit their website at www.louisburglibrary.org  to see all that you can participate in their summer events.  There are activities for all ages--Come join in on the FUN!
 
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2018 Louisburg High School graduates and our Rotary Scholarship winners, Kyle Allen and Isabelle Holtzen presented their upcoming future at their chosen colleges. 
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T-Bones veteran staff member Kacy Muller, gave us the low down on T-Bones and their success. 
Did you know they have a public try out for the team?
Did you know that the majority of the players have other jobs off season?
Did you know the mascot name for the T-Bones is Sizzle?
Go out to a game and experience all the FUN!
 
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Diana Moore, the new Director of the Louisburg Recreation Commission gave us the low down of all the goings on with the rec.  The seniors at the Senior Center are getting involved with reading to the students at Circle Grove, Pickle Ball is being developed and soccer signs up are in full swing.
The website will be LIVE on May 20th and LARA currently has a transition page.
You can get in touch with Diana at diana.louisburgrec@gmail.com.
 
 
 
Gene Morris from the Miami County newspaper shared his knowledge and paraphernalia of his love of sports, specifically baseball.  He shared that he sends letters yearly to get autographed items so donate to local auctions.  He has helped many organizations raise money for their fundraisers.
 
 
WOW! 

As the Kansas City Royals’ 2016 Fan of the Year, Paul Long’s shenanigans have been featured in media outlets like ESPN, the Washington Post and even the Wall Street Journal! Paul has challenged the traditional corporate landscape in sales and service since 2004. He has leveraged this experience and his ability to connect with others for the last decade to engage audiences around the globe. Through his concept of “Fundamism,” infectious spirit and unique take on F.U.N. in the workplace, Paul has provided memorable experiences for countless engagements including but not limited to workshops, trade shows, keynotes and more.

 

Years ago, while working for an insurance call center, Paul had a conversation with a manager and several other employees. "Are you always this upbeat and optimistic?" asked one of the call center employees. "Give it time," retorted the manager, "this place will get to him." From that day forth Paul decided not to allow experiences to shape others but rather motivate and engage others to create memorable experiences for themselves.

 

Connect with Paul Long on FB at Paul J Long or Fundamism. 

 

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Andy Brown from Louisburg Sports Zone shared how he had the idea for his website and his family's support has helped in its success.  He attempts to attend most of the high school games and the Louisburg community appreciates his expertise in photography.  Through his website, you can purchase any of the photos posted for a nominal fee.  Louisburg is fortunate to have this available to the community considering the size of our community.
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: www.louisburgkansas.gov
 
 
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!
 
 

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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 row...it'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. 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Kathy Musgrave
Aug 22, 2018
Tusgone Children's Ministry
Pat Apple
Aug 29, 2018
Michael Amen
Sep 05, 2018
Rocking Goat Farms, LLC
Distric Governor Blanche Parks
Sep 12, 2018
Rotary 2018-19
Colonel Russ Thaden
Sep 19, 2018
Military Intelligence
your Library Ladies
Sep 26, 2018
One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads 2018
Brock Elliott
Oct 03, 2018
Rabbi Zalman
Oct 10, 2018
Service Above Self
Anna Hudspeth
Oct 17, 2018
Rick James
Oct 24, 2018
Damon Dennis
Oct 31, 2018
Jim Mattes
Nov 07, 2018
Rotary Foundation
Jonathan Kamprath
Nov 14, 2018
NO MEETING
Nov 21, 2018
Enjoy your family and friends
Jack Kline
Nov 28, 2018
LHS coaches
Dec 05, 2018
Winter Sports
Don Keuhn
Dec 12, 2018
Craig Holtzen
Dec 19, 2018
Reindeer Games
NO MEETING
Dec 26, 2018
Enjoy your family and friends
Nathan Law
Jan 02, 2019
Bob Nauman
Jan 09, 2019
Jim Williams
Jan 16, 2019
Chris Rembold
Jan 23, 2019
Kevin Stoops
Jan 23, 2019
Kevin Stoops
Jan 30, 2019
Kevin Symes
Feb 06, 2019
Travis Thompson
Feb 13, 2019
 
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