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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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We welcomed the Winter Sports coaches to share their thoughts on the upcoming season with Louisburg High School athletes.  The season is looking bright with well rounded teams both mentally and physically!
Go Wildcats!
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Adrian Zink shared some stories from his book Hidden History of Kansas. 
Did you know that the town of Bushong, Kansas was named after a 1886 World Series St. Louis  Browns player?
Did you know that Susanna Salter of Argonia, Kansas was the first female mayor in April 4, 1877?
Did you know that auto polo was a thing back in 1911?
To find out more about these intriguing hidden stories of Kansas, purchase the book that Adrian Zink wrote titled Hidden History of Kansas.
PJ Baker is a descendant from the Baker's of Louisburg and she came to share her grandmother's life story of living with polio as a farm wife and mother.
PJ's grandmother had many challenges in her life from contracting polio during her 5th pregnancy and loosing the baby due to a fall to being hospitalized for 18 months to becoming addicted to morphine.  She made the most of her life by baking cakes for the local folks, wrote letters to those that suffered from polio and spent their days in iron lungs, to wheel chair races in Harrisonville, to making home made silk/fabric flowers, to elaborate wedding cakes all while living her life in a wheelchair.

Bill and Kathy Musgrave took the time to share with us about Rotary International Exchange to South Africa. They toured the country and participated in many Rotary events - both social and business. They shared photos from their two-day safari!  Anyone interested in a trip like this, most of the expenses are paid by the host family.  The next trip is to India scheduled for February 2019.


Nate Cunningham from Olathe Health Systems in Paola came to share his experiences of the #4 Trauma Program.
He has had life long experiences in all types of position in the health care field and is now enjoying a management position.
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Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel (pronounced zahl-mahn Tai-ch-tel) hails from Brooklyn New York and has lived in Lawrence, Kansas for the past thirteen years. Along with his wife he co-directs the Chabad Center for Jewish Life - the local branch of the worlds largest Jewish organization. The Chabad center serves as a resource for anything Jewish and sponsors a broad spectrum of programs sharing the Jewish culture with the Northeast Kansas communities. He is also the host of the local radio show "The Schmooze" which airs live every Sunday morning on 1320am/101.7/FM.  

The lovely Louisburg Library Ladies shared the upcoming One Book One Burg read which is Wonder by R.J. Palcio and the theme is Choose Kind.
Spread kindness to all you see every day and make this world a better place!
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Adrianne lane from USD #416 shared the Future Business Leaders of America group that she has started at Louisburg High School.  They already have 50 participants including the officer and are working hand in hand with the Louisburg Chamber.  This is new to the District and there are many competition levels.
She is interested in getting the business community involved in helping with real life business experience and will be asking our assistance.
They are helping with the Louisburg Cider Run this weekend and their hope is to continue with community involvement.


Army Colonel Russ Thaden shared his many experiences and opinions on the state of the world military issues and the possibilities of election tampering.

He spent most of his career as an intelligence officer including 7 years as the chief intelligence officer for two major commands. Prior to his retirement, he served with a major North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany from 1996 to 2004, first as the deputy intelligence officer and then for 5 years as the chief intelligence officer for that command.

Thank you for your service Army Colonel Russ Thaden!

Governor Blanche Parks shared her inspiration of being a Rotarian. 
New stuff on the District 5710 website are "youtube videos" yes you heard right!  Go to and check it out.
2019 is the 30 year celebration of Woman in Rotary.
World Polio Day is October 24--lots going on in Topeka
April 26-27 is the District Conference in Topeka in 2019.
Michael Amen and his partner Frank shared their wonderful goat cheeses and fudge!
You can purchase any of their items by appointment at

Sheriff Frank Kelly updated our group on the new jail and workings of his unit in the county.  They are always looking for good help.  If you know of anyone who would like to be in public service, please refer them to the website:
They are finding ways to keep in touch with the public through social media such as Facebook and twitter.
We currently have 60 inmates at the jail with a capacity of approximately 80. 
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  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
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.

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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. 
Craig Holtzen
Dec 19, 2018
Reindeer Games
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
Faron Barr
Feb 20, 2019
Kristi Whiteside
Feb 27, 2019
Jon & Crystal Clayton
Mar 06, 2019
Homeschool Wax Museum
Jim Real
Mar 13, 2019
Rick James
Mar 20, 2019
Doug Bowes
Mar 27, 2019
Crista Houchen
Apr 03, 2019
Becky Bowes
Apr 10, 2019
Rick Druse
Apr 17, 2019
Dennis DeShazer
Apr 24, 2019
Scott Walter
May 08, 2019
Marvin Barkis
May 15, 2019
your Library Ladies
May 29, 2019
SummerBASH 2019
Janet Houchen
Jun 05, 2019
RYLA Recap
Jun 12, 2019
December 2018