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".
 
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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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2018 June 13 Rotary Meeting 2018-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
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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2018 June 6 Rotary Meeting 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
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 May 30 Rotary Meeting 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
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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2018 May 23 Rotary Meeting 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
2018 May 2 Rotary Meeting 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
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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2018 April 25 Rotary Meeting 2018-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
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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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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2018 April 4th Rotary Meeting 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
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.
2018 March 14th Rotary Meeting 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
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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2018 February 7th Rotary Meeting 2018-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
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
 
 
2018 January 31st Rotary Meeting 2018-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
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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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2018 January 10th Rotary Meeting 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
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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2017 December 20th Rotary meeting 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
 
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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!
 
2017 December 6th Rotary Meeting 2017-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
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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2017 November 29 Rotary Meeting 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
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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!
 
2017 October 25th Rotary Meeting 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
2017 October 4 Rotary Meeting 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
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: kcmavericks.com
 
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2017 September 27 Rotary Meeting 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
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 louisburglibrary.org. and sign up to participate.
 
 
2017 September 13 Rotary Meeting 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
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 saveoursiberians.org.
 
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2017 September 6 Rotary Meeting 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
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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2017 August 30 Rotary Meeting 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
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 clinicaltrials.gov.  This site has information on all clinical trials that are currently in process or looking for participants.  Check it out!
 
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2017 August 2 Rotary Meeting 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
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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2017 August 3 Rotary Meeting 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
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 www.americanunderseawarfarecenter.com
 
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2017 July 26 Rotary Meeting 2017-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
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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2017 June 7th Rotary Meeting 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
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: www.iee-inc.org/
2017 May 31 Rotary Meeting 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
2017 May 24 Rotary meeting 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
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.
2017 May 3 Rotary Meeting 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
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.
2017 April 26 Rotary meeting 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
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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2017 April 12 Rotary meeting 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
We heard from our very own Collyn Peterson.  He shared the success of our April 1st E-recycling Saturday.  Rotary welcomed the help of the Andy Hill and Craig Holtzen boys.  It felt good to save one half a truck load of electronics from the land fill or being dumped along side the roadways.
 
Collyn also shared his 3 month stay on Marco Island. 
Did you know that iguanas are an issue on the island due to their appetite for flowers?
Did you know that it is the last paradise built in the United States.
Did you know that history informs us that probably around 4000 BC the Calusa Indians, who may have been the descendants of the Mayans, inhabited the island.
Did you know that in 1870, W.T. Collier brought his wife and nine children to Marco Island. His son, William D. “Captain Bill” Collier, opened a 20-room hotel in 1896 that is today known as Olde Marco Inn. In 1922 Barron G. Collier (no relation to the other Colliers) purchased most of the island
Find more information about the island by going to their website http://www.marco-island-florida.com/hiscul.htm.
 
Did you also know that when in Marco Island you can run into your neighbors here in Kansas and find out that the best place to buy hearing aids is at Costco?
 
2017 April 5 Rotary Meeting 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Chris Toman and Kathy Lovig from the First Option Bank Trust Department share their knowledge of preparing your trust documents.  Kathy Lovig also shared information about the John R DeVore Charitable Trust that helps veterans in Miami County.  Mike Steck in Louisburg is on the board for this Charitable Trust.  Please contact Mike if you know of someone who could benefit as a veteran.
2017 March 22 Rotary Meeting 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
e-recycling is scheduled for Saturday, April 1st at the Louisburg Middle School parking lot from 9 a.m. until 12:00.  Spread the word!
 
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2017 March 29th Rotary meeting 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Our very own Pat Apple, Commissioner of the Kansas Corporation Commission, presented all the FUN facts of his commission.  The Commission has been in existence since 1883.  The Commission provides regulatory service for the state of Kansas for railroads, electricity, natural gas, oil & gas, telecommunications, motor carriers, common carriers and energy.  Looking for more information on this Commission you can go to their website: http://kcc.ks.gov/
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2017 March 8th Rotary Meeting 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Andy Sauber from Metcalf Ridge Golf Course shared all the improvements and new ideas he and his wife, Patty, will be implementing this upcoming year.
 
Looking to join a group to walk 18 holes of golf on those gorgeous spring, summer and fall days, then Metcalf Ridge is for you.
 
Many leagues will be starting:
Couples
Woman's
Men's
Youth
 
Park benches are back, dead trees cut down, brush cleared and the kitchen is being completed!
 
Stop by and see all the goings on at Metcalf Ridge Golf Course.
 
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2017 March 1 Rotary Meeting 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Billy Kelly from Heart to Heart presented with passion information on all the great things that Heart to Heart does domestically and internationally.
They have helped 130 countries with $1.4 billion in funds since 1992.
They have 1.1 million volunteer hours logged.
To find out more information to donate your time or money, you can reach them on their website: http://www.hearttoheart.org/.
 
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2017 February 16 Rotary Meeting 2017-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
John Cisetti, Louisburg High School band director, shared his excitement of the honor of the marching band in the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade.  13 schools are chosen yearly, out of hundreds of applications for this special event.
 
The band will be having fund raisers to help with cost of this trip.  This will be a great representation of our great community.
 
Let's show our community support by supporting this great endeavor!
 
2017 February 8 Rotary Meeting 2017-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Shannon from Landmark National Bank shared the ins and outs of cyber security. 
 
Two of the easiest ways to keep your home computer safe are:
*Be sure you have an antivirus software installed on your home computer and update it regularly.
*Be sure your computer is turned off when not in use.
 
When purchasing product off the internet:
*Make sure the web address has the letter "s": https not http--the "s" denotes a secure site.
*Use a PayPal account as another layer of security for payment.
 
Most compromised credit card/debit card information is actually compromised at the merchant level.
 
 
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2017 February 1st Rotary Meeting 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rebecca Toy, licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist came and informed us of the services that Kids TLC of Olathe provides to the community.  There is a great need to help individuals and families through rough patches.  This organization has been recognized in the top 2% of all non-profits in the US.  Take a look at their website: http://www.kidstlc.org/.
 
2017 January 25th Rotary Meeting 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Chris Steinlage with Aspire Business Development shared an important aspect of a growing company.  It is important for your business to know its net promoter score.  What is a Net Promoter score you ask?  It is surveying your customer base in regard to referring your company to others.  You can take a look on their website: aspirekc.com.
 
 
2017 January 11 Rotary Meeting 2017-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
We started out the new year being informed from Jim Ogle a fellow Rotarian.  Jim shared his participation in the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.  It was established in 2006 and is a 31,000-square-mile region in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.  Freedom's Frontier and its partners strive to tell the stories of pursuits for freedom and provide opportunities to explore the questions posed by our very name and the evolving ideal and fundamental American value of freedom.  You can learn more by visiting their website: www.freedomsfrontier.org.
2017 January 4th Rotary Meeting 2017-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Shava Vohs and Kalee Smith are USD#416 employees.  They see first  hand the children in K-12 that could use some clothing items that their families are unable to provide.  The are currently working on putting together "Cats Closet".  "Cats Closet" will have clothes of all sizes and will be located in a inconspicuous place, not to bring attention to those in need.  They currently are in need of new underwear and new sock of all sizes.  In order to organize the clothes, they are also in need of garment racks.  If you have any of these items, you can reach Shava Vohs at 913-837-0897.
 
Happy New year to all!
 
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2016 December 28th Rotary Meeting 2016-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Sandy updated us on the Fires in Tennessee and the recovery efforts there.
The Rotary Distribution Center is serving 2000 people daily.  They are in need of canned meats including Vienna sausage.  Low interest loans and 11 truckloads of toys are being provided for those in need.
 
The address to send food is : Rotary Boyd's Bear Warehouse at 5502 island River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914.
The address to send checks is: Oak Ridge Rotary Community Fund, Attn: David Carr,  P O Box 4183, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, please put in the memo line of your check "Firestorm".
 
Nathan Law did a great job of giving us an update on Broadway and Metcalf road construction goings on which will begin in June 2017.
2016 December 21st Rotary Meeting 2016-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Pauline Hintz from the Kansas Historical Society shared with us her interesting experience of sifting through dirt at different sites in the State of Kansas.  She has spent a couple of weeks for the past 3 summer months working with others who share the passion of discovering our history.  Every artifact uncovered has its own story.  The artifacts are cleaned, tagged and taken to Topeka.  Learn more by going to their website:  http://www.kshs.org
2016 December 8th Rotary meeting 2016-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Anne Brewer and Kelsey from Safe Home shared information on how domestic violence impacts the workplace and what you can do to help a coworker in that situation.
Domestic Violence is about power and control;
Types of abuse include:
*Physical
*Emotional/Psychological
*Sexual
*Financial
A victim will leave their situation and return usually 7 times before they develop the means/confidence to leave permanently.
As a coworker you can help in these manners:  Recognize their is problem, respond to the problem and finally refer them to a professional.
 
 
 
2016 November 16 Rotary Meeting 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Dave Huston, member of the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS), started out his speech with all that attended to recite the BBQ judging oath.  Those that attended are now official judges for BBQ contests.
He shared the cost that is involved, the rules, the scorecard, the scoring, and the judging.  This is a very competitive group and take great pride in their creations.  Want to be involved or attend any of their events, you can reach their website for all the details at www.kcbs.us for more information.
 
2016 November 9th Rotary Meeting 2016-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Joe Beveridge with the Russell-Hampton Company shared some pretty amazing history with us. Their business started in Chicago in several buildings and finally made the move to the Kansas.  The owners were interested in a good place to raise their families.  Their business location has made its final landing in Gardner, Kansas.
 
Russell-Hampton Company is the Original Licensed Vendor for Rotary Clubs across the United States.  He is fourth-generation of this highly successful business. 95% of their privately held business represent the Rotary market.  They are expanding to other companies to diversify.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 November 2 Rotary Meeting 2016-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Nathan Law from the City of Louisburg spoke to the growth in infrastructure.
 
*$2.8 mill will be spent on downtown improvements including making the downtown area ADA accessible.
*Metcalf/Amity intersection will be improved for students walking to and from school. (9month project)
*Sewer plant is on schedule for 2020.
*Money will be low interest loans from the State of Kansas
 
Comprehensive plan includes 5-10-15-20 year vision planning for the City of Louisburg.
 
11 housing permits were issued 2016 year and 33 for the Rockville development.  This increase is great for the community for it mean potential increase of students for USD#416 and increased tax revenue.
 
 
 
 
2016 October 26 Rotary Meeting 2016-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Damon Dennis shared a little about GIVING THE BASICS. Please watch this video so that you can more fully understand how Giving the Basics impacts the Louisburg School District and 15 others in the Kansas City Metro. 
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Katie Dalton with the Boy Scouts of America, Twin River Boy Scout District shared the wonderful things that the Boy Scouts do for our young males.
 
There are 19 counties that serve 30,000 youth.  Including a division called Scout Reach which helps intercity boys in the development of the Boy Scout values.
 
Have you heard the Scout Oath:
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law:
To help other people at all times:
To keep myself physically strong
mentally awake, and morally straight.
 
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2016 October 12th Rotary Meeting 2016-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District #5710 Governor Chris Ford inspired us with what he had to say with and through his presentation. 
 
He was challenging us to attend the District Conference which will be May 5th-6th at the Overland Park Sheraton.
 
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2016 October 5th Rotary Meeting 2016-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Angie O'Keefe and Becky Bowes from the Louisburg Chamber shared the information on Blazin' the Burg.  The event is on October 1st and starts at 4 p.m.  Come join in on the FUN!  Running in the streets, dancing in the streets and generally all around FUN!
 
Tom and Sally Lundblad shared their 2 week Russia cruise from June. 
 
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2016 September 21 Rotary Meeting 2016-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
We were fortunate enough to have 2 programs today!
Cindy Apple shared her wealth of knowledge on the Recreation Tax that will be on the ballot November 8th.  If the 1 mil bond is passed, this will help to institute a Recreation Board that will consist of 3 City of Louisburg representatives, 3 USD #416 representatives and one representative at large.  They will have the responsibility of decision making and maintaining the city parks and facilities as well as many other activities.  We thank Cindy for taking time out of her busy day to share this information with us.
 
The 2nd program was the Ladies of the Library, aka Debra Seely.  She shared the One Book, One Burg choice for this year which is "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.
We were given characters and a scenario to determine who should be saved.  It was an interesting conversation on who should stay and who should go.
 
It was also announced as a reminder that the FIRST evening meeting will be on September 28th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Timbercreek Bar and Grille.
 
2016 September 14th Rotary Meeting 2016-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Bethany Williams did a fabulous job of sharing heartwarming stories of the successes of the Heart to Heart organization.  This organization puts together kits of personal hygiene materials for areas effected by disaster or crisis.  She specifically spoke to the PowrServ part of the organization.
To find out more about this great volunteer opportunity you can email Bethany at Bethany.williams@powrserv.org or visit PowrServ.org website.
 
 
2016 September 7th Rotary Meeting 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our very own Kiersten Allen and receiving her Paul Harris Sapphire award. 
 
Kathy at Peoples Communications/Services shared their history and upcoming entrance into the Louisburg market.
They are a community minded company, they are part of the LaCygne Chamber, Lynn County Fair and provide scholarships to local students.
They have a staff starting on Tuesday at 119 S. Broadway, please contact them if you are looking to get their service.
Their website is peoplesservices.us.
 
 
2016 August 31 Rotary meeting 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Harry S. Campbell did a great job of sharing with us his philosophy on leadership.
 
Here are some things to think about:
Create a list of people that have influenced you over the years.
 
Personal Brands matter--what is yours?
What 7 words describe you? 
What words would others use to describe you? (Are you brave enough to ask?)
Bridge the GAP between the two.
FREE survey on Harry's website: harryscampbell.com
So much more information can be found in his book Get Real Leadership!
 
2016 August 24th Rotary Meeting 2016-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Superintendent Brian Biermann brought 7 of the newest teachers to our school district.
 
They all shared a little bit about themselves and it was great to see the passion exhibited with this new group to our schools.
 
We all were introduced to Laura Manigrasso from Italy, our incoming International Student.  She looks like she is going to fit right in to our Louisburg community!
 
 
2016 August 17th Rotary Meeting 2016-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
The Dog Days of Summer are definitely here, so thank you for coming in out of the heat to hear from Christy Levings about some of her thoughts on leadership.
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Our very own LHS senior, Erin Deitich, showed an amazing presentation on her time in Germany this past year.
She lived in two different cities, Luebecke and Kirchlengern.
She went to a German school named Gesamtschule Huellhurst.
Her time spent in Germany was a nice mix of social activities, learning German, learning the culture and immersing herself with the people of both Rotary and her host families.
2016 August 3rd Rotary Meeting 2016-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
David Huston joined us today and shared his past time of Curling.  If you are interested in Curling, you can find out events scheduled at kccurling.com.
 
Did you know that the curling stone is refrigerated to the same temperature of the ice so it doesn't melt the ice during play?
Did you know that there is a Centreline, Hogline, Teeline, Backline. Hackline with Hacks and a Free Guard Zone in Curling?
Did you know that Curling competition is done by men and women?
Did you know that the Curling stone weighs between 38 to 44 pounds, made of granite and retrieved from the Ayrshire coast off Scotland and the TreforGranite Quarry in Wales.
 
2016 July 27th Rotary Meeting 2016-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Our program today was given my our one and only Janet Houchen!
 
She is our incoming president and filled with enthusiasm and great ideas for the upcoming 2016-2017 Rotary year.
 
Her pet project for the year will be capital improvements for the Louisburg Senior Center.
 
Looking forward to many great ideas, changes and participation this year from all!
 
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2016 July 20th Rotary Meeting 2016-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Today in Rotary we heard from our enthusiastic exchange students Auriel Ford (went to Italy) and Klara Reister (came to us from Germany).
They both shared their unique experiences in the perspective countries.
Always enjoy their youthful energy that is brought to our meeting!
2016 July 13th Rotary Meeting 2016-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Hogan Welch and Spencer Rogers were our Louisburg Rotary Scholarship recipients.  They have big plans for the future.
 
Hogen Welch will be attending Georgia Tech in the fall and hoping to major in Mechanical Engineering.
 
Spencer Rogers will be attending KU in the fall and hoping to major in Genetics. 
 
They both have great aspirations to be involved in campus activities and their fields of study.
 
So enjoyed their enthusiasm and were welcomed to come and talk to us next year as a follow up on their freshman year.
 
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2016 July 6th meeting 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Our speaker Josh Hebert, from the Louisburg Cider Mill presented today with the many facts of making apple cider.
Did you know that is takes approximately a bushel of apples to make ONE gallon of cider.
New equipment installed is going to increase this yield by approximately 5 less apples this year.
 
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2016 June 29th Rotary Meeting 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Spring Hill Rotary was marketing their golf tournament and giving us the opportunity to purchase a golf ball that will be dropped out of a helicopter.  What a great deal for $20.00
 
The ladies from the Louisburg Historical Society surprised us with Charlene Bredeneier, the great-great-niece of Wea Indian Chief Christmas Dagenette. We heard her story of the Miami County legend.   We also learned more about the local Wea Indian settlement.  
 
The Louisburg Historical Society is looking for any and all pictures of Louisburg at any stage/year of its development.  They will scan any pictures you bring them and promptly give them back to you.  They can be reached at louisburghistory.com.
 
Have a most fabulous day!
 
 
 
 
2016 June 22nd Rotary Meeting 2016-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Our RYLA participants Kyle Allen and Isabelle Holtzen shared their amazing week long experience at KU. 
 
One of Isabelle's take away is to listen to other people's opinions and take them into consideration when making a decision. 
 
One of Kyle's take away is that we all have more in common then we think when asked about different experiences we have.
 
2016 June 15th Rotary Meeting 2016-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Bob from Surplus Exchange had some works of wisdom:
 
We observe the environment and we believe in God! 
 
The environment is our gift and it is up to us to take care of it for the generations that follow us. 
Our waste is being sent all over the world and is being disposed in a harmful way to the environmental. Some areas burn the e-waste and then retrieve the metals that are left emitting toxins into the air.
 
Surplus Exchange is putting the old e-waste to good use by partnering with HUD to get low income people computers and desks.  Google Fiber is giving the service free to public housing as well.
 
Please be environmentally responsible, we want to leave a clean and useful world for future generations.
 
2016 June 8th Rotary Meeting 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Louisburg is a giving community.  Summer Blessings was created to help those in the K-12 grades to supplement their meals during the summer months.  The Louisburg Library is assisting with the pick of the groceries starting June 1st through August 18 from 10-7 pm on Wednesday and Thursday of each week.  Anyone can sign up online at www.louisburglibrary.org or call the library main number at 913-837-2217.  This program was funded by the Baehr Foundation through the First Option Bank Trusteed Foundation. 
2016 May 25 Rotary Meeting 2016-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
John Van Pelt shared some of his experiences as a writer for several newspapers as well as his teaching career! 
 
Did you know that John took a ride in an experimental tandem bubble plane, during the flight they cut the engines, flew/dropped upside down, and maintained his lunch and stomach?  Next time when you see John, ask him about his DIVE experience--a great story to hear!
 
2016 May 18th Rotary meeting 2016-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Kim Payton English 100, PreAP, AP Literature and Composition teach as LHS joined us along with her students: Scott Murphy, Grayson Anderson, Taylor Sears, Breeana Christy and Garrett Mills to inform us about the TEDx event they are preparing.  The event will take place on May 26th with 100 attendees strong.  LHS is the first high school in the State of Kansas hosting at TEDx event.  Take a look at their impressive website at tedxyouthlouisburg.com.
2016 May 4th Rotary Meeting 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Louisburg High School has an amazing Forensics team.  We were fortunate to have Kyle Green, Chloe Philgreen, Emily Ventre, Rio Sierra Spencer Rogers and Abigail Bergman perform their Humorous skits.
 
Belly laughs were all around!
 
Have a FUN filled week!
 
 
2016 April 27th Rotary meeting 2016-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Levi Davis share all the intricacies of running the Louisburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  The rehab facility provides physical, occupational and speech therapy for in-house and external clients.  They provide 24/7 care for 10 clients at this time. 
They are a 5 star Medicare facility.
Louisburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center has climbed their way to Level 2 (out of 5) of the State Peak Award.  This award judges how the facility tailors their care to the resident.
 
2016 April 13 Rotary Meeting 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Michelle Holtzen shared her sweet treats with everyone--sorry for the souls that missed out on the tasty bites.
 
Good luck to you Michelle with your new endeavor.  Like and share her Facebook page: Elle's Sweet Sandwich Cookies
 
2016 Rotary Meeting 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Jodie Berve educated us on the goings on as a Special Education Teacher.  The Co-Op, which supports 8 different school districts, through USD 368 in Paola.
 
Learning disabilities is a large category which can include, processing information, speech and hearing. 
 
The main focus is that each child gets what they need to help level the playing field.
 
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Toby Cook, Vice President-Community Affairs & Publicity for the Kansas City Royals, talked to us today.  This season, the Hall of Fame  will showcase a picture of the Royals World Series parade.  Also, World Series signage will be evident throughout Kauffman Stadium, Rivals Sports Bar has been remodeled, and netting has been added behind the dugouts.  Toby also talked about what it was like to win the World Series.  He compared winning the World Series to last season, when the Royals played in the World Series.    He also discussed the updates to the Surprise, AZ training facilities.

 

2016 Rotary March 23rd meeting 2016-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Klara did a wonderful job sharing her experiences while she has been here in the Houchen household.
 
Janet White, the County Clerk and Election Officer of Miami County Commissioner spoke today about some of the upcoming elections.
If are choosing to change your party affiliation change, please do this prior to June 1st and then you can change again in September.
If you are unaffiliated at election time you will have to choose an affiliation at the time of the election.
The Primary will be on August 2nd and General Election on November 8th.
 
Have a terrific day!
 
2016 March 16th Rotary Meeting 2016-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Our very own Sally Lundblad  showcased for us the "Little Known Hot Spots of the Kansas City metro area".
 
The Table of Contents is broken down by Kansas and Missouri attractions.
 
Everything from marbles to hair art!
 
Thank you Tom and Sally for sharing your fun adventures and giving us some new places to check out!
 
2016 March 10th Rotary Meeting 2016-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
2016 March 2nd Rotary meeting 2016-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
 
WOW!! Scott Walter really knows his stuff when it comes to the "Gymnastics of Property Taxes".
 
Anything you want to know about the Appraised Value/Assessed Value and where all that money goes can be answered by Scott.
 
We all just want to pay our FAIR share!
 
Have a most wonderful week!
 
 
2016 February 24 Rotary Recap 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
If you missed Rotary today, don't worry - you will get another chance to hear Toby Cook from the Royals organization talk about the upcoming season. Because they decided to extend the netting to the end of team dugouts at Kauffman, Toby had to stick around The K. He felt terrible to cancel at the last minute, and is committed to rescheduling.
 
What you won't get to see again is a spontaneous matching funds drive led by Rotarian Jim Williams. 
Rotary Recap 02.17.2016 2016-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
What a great presentation from our very own Chris Rembold about his experience as a guardian of the Honor Flight. 
 
He also talked about the Memorials in Washing D.C. and in Hawaii for our veterans.
 
2016 February 10 Rotary meeting 2016-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Linda Conklin did a wonderful job of  informing us of all the kiddos they help during the school year through Blessings in a Back Pack.
 
At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, 53 children were being served.
 
Prior to the Christmas break, 170 bags were dispersed to children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade who are on free or reduced lunch.  There was note inquiring if they wanted to remain in the program after the Christmas break and they are now serving 102 children.
 
Blessings in a Back Pack is a 501C3 organization out of Kentucky.  There was some discussion for helping children through the summer months in conjunction with the Louisburg Library and the Masonic Lodge.
 
Any one interested in helping out with this worthy cause can contact Linda Conklin.
 
2016 February 3 Program 2016-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Marty Southard, the Mayor of Louisburg shared the number of the completed administration building.  There were requirements for this remodel which included that 80% of the work had to be contracted with companies inside Miami County and 25% of the work needed to be contracted from a Louisburg business.
 
The next meeting for the Downtown Revitalization Project will be February 22nd from 2p.m. to 7 p.m.  This will be held at the new city building during their open house.  The approximate cost of all the options will be $3,000,000.00.
 
 
2016 January 27th meeting 2016-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Berger, the Chairman of Revitalization at the Cosmosphere visited out Rotary Club today.  You missed outstanding information of a gold mine here in our great state of Kansas.
 
Did you know that the items that are housed at the Cosmosphere travel internationally?
Did you know that the Cosmosphere is he only museum in Kansas affiliated with the Smithsonian in Washington D. C.?
Did you know they have applied science curriculum for all ages that is used in China to teach their students?
Did you know they have summer camps for all ages?
 
Travel to Hutchison to see, feel and experience the world beyond this earth!
 
2016 January 20th Meeting 2016-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Tom Jacobs from Timber Creek Retreat House shared his belief in renewal/refresh/return to life ideas.  His resort assists in helping to fill the person tool box to learn how to slow down and manage life's stress through meditation, yoga, massage, walking trails and spiritual mentoring.  Their website address is: www.TimberCreekRetreat.org.
 
Have a most terrific week!
 
Anniversary Special!
2016 January 13th Program 2016-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Harold Frye, Founder and Director of Music 4 Jeremy's Cherubs Foundation informed us of this 501c3 foundation.
 
Over a 7 years, they have refurbished and donated 1200 musical instruments.   They have also provided scholarships to future musicians.  Their first BIG project was Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy in Kansas City.
 
If you would like to contact Dr. Harold Frye he can be reached at www.music4jeremyscherubs.com
 
 
2016 January 6 Lunch meeting 2016-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
2015 December 30 Rotary Recap 2015-12-30 05:00:00Z 0
Johnathan Kamprath of Landmark Bank provided us with a wealth of knowledge about himself today.
 
He was raised in a household of 5 boys--even the dog was male.
He loves watching soccer and everything about it.
He has a degree in Sports Management.
He is also a University of Michigan fan!
 
Have a most terrific Christmas!
2015 December 23 Rotary Recap 2015-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
Mosese Brings shared a couple of his life lessons.
 
We are all on the same planet and God has created the diversity on it.  Appreciate the differences that were created.
 
What is the most important print on your headstone, the dash (-), It is what you do during your life that matters.  What have you done to make this world a better place.  Ask yourself daily, "Did I live the day in a way that God want to be in my presence?"
 
2015 Rotary recap for December 16th 2015-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Sandy Harris informed us the collection of coats was extremely successful this year.  Any coat that is not donated will be given to a charity in the area.
 
Deadline for Top Golf RSVP is December 29th, please let Janet Houchen know if you will be attending.  The new date is set for January 6th and is a Membership drive.
 
Have a most terrific week!
 
2015 Rotary Recap for December 9th 2015-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Honorable Judge Karen Arnold-Burge shared her vast knowledge of the branches of government.  We also learned about the Judicial Branch and the history of how judges are either appointed or elected.  Took me back to my school days in history class.
 
What a great refresher!
 
We are collecting toothpaste for our next meeting!
 
2015 Rotary Recap for December 2nd 2015-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
We were fortunate enough to have 2 speakers to share their stories with us.
 
Diane Burnett from the Marais des Cygnes District #16 was a wealth of information.  The K State Research and Extensiono office offers many services including Medicare Insurance choices, soil testing, and nutrition information.
 
Jessica Putnam explained her opportunity to be involved in a mission trip to Jamaica to help the less fortunate with medial care as well as eye care.  She will be on her way in February and is looking forward to helping the less fortunate!
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 
2015 Rotary Recap for November 18th 2015-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Klara is a beautiful 16 year old young lady from Geingen, Germany, who is our exchange student.
Even though she is 16 years old she is of drinking age in her home country but does not miss it much.
She is not used to homework in Germany and if they do get homework, it is not required for them to complete.
She feels that school is easier here that in Germany.
She got to experience a tornado with her host family and hopes not to experience that again!
 
What a great young lady, who really seems to enjoy life!
 
Have a most terrific week.
2015 November 4 Rotary Recap 2015-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Andy Hill for being another Paul Harris Fellow and for the first time Tom Lunblad.
 
2015 October 28th Recap 2015-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Mike Ashcroft shared some really fundamental principals:
3% of the population are visionaries
10% are Primary Leaders
20% are Secondary Leaders
60% are Band Wagoneers
7% are Naysayers
 
Where are you at on the spectrum?
Where would you like to commit to be?
 
Have a most terrific day!
 
 
 
2015 October 21 Recap 2015-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Dave Mingucci from Price Chopper was extremely informative on the ins and outs of the retail grocery business.
 
Did you know that Louisburg Price Chopper employees 65 people?
Did you know that Louisburg Price Chopper works along with the local food pantry?
Did you know that Louisburg Price Chopper likes to hire local high school kids for the employment so they can rehire them for seasonal work?
 
Have a most terrific week and support your local Price Chopper, they do more for our community than you think!
2015 Rotary Recap for October 7th 2015-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Chief Tim Bauer shared a little bit about himself.  Originally from Wyandotte County, married for 31 years, has 2 sons and lives in Bucyrus.  Bucyrus you ask?. Tim's wife is a nurse and has to live within a certain distance of Olathe Medical Center.
He plans on helping the department be more professional, train the officers on fire arms, community education, partnering with all the local organizations, transparency and being fair when individuals are being stopped.
 
Have a most terrific week!
2015 September 30 Recap 2015-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Doug Wesselschmidt did a wonderful job of informing us all about Global Polio Eradication.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match 2 to 1 for every Rotary dollar.
Only 3 countries are polio-endemic, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
The remaining 1% of polio cases are the most difficult to prevent because the virus persists in the hardest-to-reach areas.
 
 
2015 September 16th Recacp 2015-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Wow!  So much information was shared by Nathan Law, the Louisburg City Manager.
 
Louisburg Vision:
Comes from the people.  This will include growth that is smart, steady and sustainable.  It needs to be the right opportunity for the community.
Many facets are included in our success:  Jobs, Businesses, Police, Fire Department, School system, quality of life and most importantly the Citizens.
Open communication is key to this success in the community between all these facets.
 
Looking to improve the signage in the community.
Greenstreet improvements for the downtown area.
Future land use of city property.
 
Please make it a great week, we all play a part in the success of our organization and city!
 
2015 September 9th Recap 2015-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
John Donovan, District #5710 Governor was kind enough to share his wealth of knowledge of the history of Rotary and our club.
 
The 4 important things to remember about Rotary are:
1.  Have FUN.
2. Innovate
3. Do something new.
4. Act
 
Remember!
One day at a time.
One person at a time.
In our spare time.
 
Have a most terrific week!
 
 
 
2015 September 2nd Recap 2015-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Yes, we do have Louisburg Rotary flags to pass out to visiting Rotary clubs.  Let Shelley know if you are aware of a visiting member.
 
Anna is in the process of researching the cost of providing a dinner for the Circles of Miami County on September 15th.  Once she has the approximate cost she will take to the Board.
 
Eric Showalter was our program today and did a wonderful job of explaining what a jeweler really does and information on diamonds and gold.
 
Diamonds come in a ray colors from white to black.  The most expensive color is red.
Diamonds can be found even in the United States. (Arkansas and Colorado are examples)
Internationally, Russia, Australia, Canada and Africa are also mined for diamonds.
 
Have a most fabulous week!
 
 
 
 
 
2015 August 26th Recap 2015-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Some of us started with a Board meeting, decisions that were made at this time--Anna to meet with Bob to see where we stand financially so we can determine who we would like to help in our community and beyond--more information to come from that meeting.  We voted to have our $271 of District Grant money to be put towards a Global grant project. We also voted to sponsor another
 
Anna informed up that we lost 5 member for this upcoming year, so our Membership committee chair, Janet Houchen, would love to net one new member for the club--what does that mean for you?
As a club we will need to bring in 5 new members for Jonathan Kamprath from Landmark has joined our ranks for this year.
 
Klara Riester was a guest today from Germany.  We will be seeing more of her in the future.
 
Janice Hawley of Miami County Circles informed us of their group.  The main purpose is to provide an opportunity for individuals and families to get out of poverty. 
The Circle model focuses on 3 stages:
1) Crisis management and stabilization
2) Education, job placement and retention
3) Advancement and economic stability
 
Please contact her if you would like to be a mentor (Ally). 
janiceahawley@gmail.com  OR 913-226-3334
 
The LHS football game that we will be assisting at the concession stand will be September 25 (homecoming).  Clear your calendars to assist in this fun evening working with your fellow Rotarians.
 
We accomplished quite a bit today and appreciate all you do for Louisburg Rotary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 Augsut 19th Rotary Recap 2015-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
The blog addresses for our overseas representatives are:
Auriel Ford:  mylifeinlipari.tumbler.com
Erin Deatsch: justthatexchangestudent.wordpress.com
 
Erin did get to Germany in VIP style, due to her wearing her Rotary jacket she was presented a first class seat from Chicago to Germany.
Auriel leaves on Sunday, August 23rd at 3 p.m..
 
Brian has a bunch of great things to share with us of the goings on at the district:
The kids that go to LHS have above state standards for ACT scores--kudos to the teaching staff.
The District honors our Veterans at three of the schools, BES, LMS and LHS. 
LHS Debate team came in 2nd at state.
LMS raised over $700 for Leukemia through Pennies for Patients
Elementary Schools raised over $24,000 for Jump Rope for Heart
 
Expanding Academic Opportunities:
Hillsdale Technical Center opens August 2015 (The District buses the students to that location)
LHS students get a laptop that is secure to be used at any location.
Skyward is up and running this year which will help with efficiency of Student Information and the business end of running the district
 
Challenges:
Waiting on the new finance formula proposed by the Governor
Keeping the mill rate flat for taxpayers
 
Thanks for sharing the State of the District with us Brian--job well done on working with the business community and city government.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 August 13 Recap 2015-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Tammy Thomasson the NEW LHS principal visited us for lunch today to share who she is and what plans she has in store for the high school.
Skyward the new student management system is in place for online enrollment for the students. 
Tammy loves curriculum so much so that she was involved in Ottawa for 13 years developing it.
Her education resume consists of an undergraduate degree from Ottawa University, Master's from Pittsburg State University and her Doctorate for Baker.
She began her working career as an EMT and Corrections Officer.
Her parents have had a long time barbershop in Ottawa and still do, not to be outdone by Jim Williams.
Everyone in the community is welcome to visit with her and get to know her--open door policy all the way!
 
When you see Tammy, please be sure to welcome her to our community! 
 
 
 
2015 August 5 Recap 2015-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Erin Deatsh and Auriel Ford who are our Rotary Youth Exchange students will be heading out to the perspective countries in the next couple of weeks.
Erin is heading to Germany and Auriel to Italy.  They are learning the ins and outs of traveling and living abroad.  They are in contact with their host families and are excited about meeting them in person.  Erin's family will be getting a student from Germany named Clara.  Nice they are doing a kid swap.
 
Business updates:
Anna will be contacting Jenny Diederich to get us set up for the first LHS football game concession stand activity.  Anyone who has Jenny's phone number, if you could pass it on to Anna that would be great!  The first game is scheduled for Friday, September 4th--clear your calendar so you can participate in this event!
 
Janet Houchen has volunteered to be the Membership Chair for 2015-2016 year!
 
Have a most fabulous week!
 
2015 July 29 Recap 2015-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
We welcomed Lori Lewis, Valerie and Atha from Simply Selah!
These wonderful ladies met through their faith and belong to Living Proof in Paola off the 327th street exit.
 
The store has antiques,knick knacks, and home decor.  Not to be outdone by the relaxing atmosphere.  They have an area for anyone to smoke a cigar and to just sit and chat.
 
The name means to Pause, to calm and to consider.
 
They have different size booths to rent based on a vendor's need.
 
Come on it an see what treasures you can find!
2015 July 22 Recap 2015-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Good afternoon!
 
Those of you that were unable to attend today's program we have learned so many fun things.
 
*Our lunch will now cost $12.04 due to the state tax rate increase, thank your Governor when you see him.
*If you know who is has Facebook administrative rights for our club please step forward and let yourself be known, we are anxiously awaiting to keep that site up to date and current.
*George brought a guest, Justin Thompson, new business owner in town, his location is the old Country Cousins Furniture building.  He specialized in industrial signage.
 
Marty Southard, Mayer of Louisburg, informed us of all the goings on in the city:
 
1. Tim Bower was hired as Police Chief and comes to us from the Shawnee Police Department, and is living in Bucyrus.
2. Nathan Law was hired as the City Administrator, and comes to us from Kiowa, Kansas.
3. Marty and Nathan are discussing the goals for the direction of the city:
    a. Retail Growth
    b. Revitalization of downtown
    c. Mid American Grant for the 4 phases of the upgrade of the downtown area
4. The budget will be published in the July 22nd paper.
5. 3 years are left for th bond issue to pay for the pool.
6. K-68/Metcalf exchange is on the its way, Louisburg will pay for the project and get reimbursed from the State (and yes, he got that in writing).
7. Marty welcomes all phone calls about your City:  be kind, identify yourself and SMILE!
 
Nice to be informed of everything going on in our community.
 
Have a most wonderful week. 
 
 
2015 July 15 Recap 2015-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Don Kuehn did a great job of sharing a story about his lovely wife--we promised not to tell what the story was about!  But it was entertaining!
 
Julie Baalmann talked about the 5th Annual Blazin the Burg!  Early registration is available at www.blazintheburg.com.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Louisburg Area Recreation Association (LARA).  If you would like to be involved there is a meeting scheduled at Timbercreek, on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m.
 
Shelley mentioned that invoices went out and payment can be dropped off at First Option Bank, brought to a Rotary Meeting or can be mailed to First Option Bank, P O Box 458, Louisburg, KS  66053.
 
Levi Davis has offered to keep our Facebook page up to date!  Kiersten will find out the admin credentials so that can begin!
 
Anna is looking for a volunteer to help out with Membership.  Anyone interested--please contact her!
 
Anna is excited about the new year and what it will bring! She is interested in doing a community project with all members!
 
Any ideas can be sent to her and ask her for the details!
 
Have a most fabulous day!
 
 
 
 
2015 July 8 Recap 2015-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Good Day to all!
 
I heard through the grape vine that a good time was had by all at the Annual Golf Tournament. 
 
Thank you to all who made the SUCCESS possible!
 
Cindy Apple educated us on the "Forest of Friendship" in Atchison, Kansas. 
Looking for a day trip to take a walk among the trees from all fifty states and territories and 35 countries around the world, this is the place to be.
 
The International Forest of Friendship is a living, growing memorial to the World History of Aviation and Aerospace.
 
 
 
 
 
2015 July 1st Recap 2015-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Honor Flight Network Kansas City
Dedicated to Flying our American Veteran Heroes to THEIR Memorials as a Tribute to THEIR Service and Sacrifice.
While in Washington D.C., veteran heroes see many sights including:
WWII Memorial
Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and Vietnam Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery
Marine Corp War Memorial
Air Force Memorial
Driving tour of downtown Washington D.C.
 
Tax deductible donations can be made:
online at www.honorflightkc.org
Mail to:
Honor Flight Network of Kansas City
P.O. Box 46718
Kansas City, MO 64188
 
Have a terrific week!
2015 June 17th Recap 2015-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
We welcomed the RYLA participants, Lauren and Hannah Becker and Claire Houchen today at the meeting! 
What great lessons learned and shared from our sponsored participants.
Are you a BIG fish?
Do you choose your attitude daily?
Do you have fun daily?
Are you present daily?
What are your personal values?
Do you compliment the people around you daily?
Are you able to work with different personality types easily?
Do you have a Dream Board for yourself?
Do you give to those less fortunate?
Do you make the most of each day?
 

“There’s nothing in the middle of the road, but yellow stripes and dead armadillo,” says Jim Hightower.

Decide to do something now to make your life better. The choice is yours.

 

Have a most fabulous week!  The choice is yours!

 
 
 
2015 June 10th Recap 2015-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Greg Goode informed us about the "Bike Across America".  This annual ride is for bike riders of all ages with the youngest one this year at 9 years of age and the oldest will be 83 years old.  He was thankful for Brian Biermann at  USD#416 for helping out with the ride ending here in Louisburg. This year's event is the 41st year. 
2014 June 1st Rotary Recap 2015-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Tanner Myers was a joy to have with us today.  He informed us of his future plans of going to KU due to his love of animals.  He would eventually like to be a college professor!
 
We missed many of you, I am sure due to the sunny weather!
 
Have a terrific week!
2015 May 27th Rotary Recap 2015-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
The CREATIVE staff of the Louisburg Library as always DAZZLED us with their innovativeness.
 
Game playing was on the agenda and Team Damon and Craig tied with Team Collyn and Sandy.  The impromptu dialog was entertaining to say the least!  
 
If you are wanting to order a cake from Erin Deatch's Mom, she can be reached at 785-209-0805.
 
Have a most fabulous Memorial Day!
 
T.T.F.N.
May 20th 2015 Rotary Recap 2015-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Julie passed out Golf Tournament team and hole applications.
 
Today we were WOWed by Andy Hill's ability to recite his family's schedule for the next 2 weeks.  Don't ask him about a specific day though--he has to recite them in order by day.
 
Damon shared some Chamber NEWS: a retreat has been scheduled to put in place an avenue to work better with all the local organizations including the city.  Why you ask?  Working together gets more accomplished!
 
Until we meet again!
 
T.T.F.N. (Ta Ta For Now!)
 
 
May 13th Rotary Meeting 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Forensics and Rotary
 
We were WOWED byt the presentations of the LHS Forensics team!
 
They are TOP notch at all levels of competition!
 
I am always so impressed by their ability to remember not only the lines but the acting that goes along with their piece!
 
Matthew Parodi performed his humorous solo.
Samantha Davin and Kendall Karrow performed their duet.
Melody Herren performed her winning prose!
 
Have a most terrific week!
 
 
 
 
Rotary Recap for May 6th 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Jan Wallin, owner of FoxFire Herbals for 4 1/5 years shared many ways to be more healthy.
 
There are many ways to relieve your stress levels.
Take B12, put your feet in the dirt and eat a balanced diet.
 
Do you have stomach problems? How can you avoid them:
Chew each bite 30 times to wake up the enzymes in your mouth to start the digestion process.
Keep your fluid intake to a minimum while eating your meal.
Slow down--take your time eating and really savor the flavors.
 
EWG (Environmental Working Group) is a organization by the people for the people to educate consumers on the toxicity of food and products we use daily.
Their website is ewg.org.
 
 
 
April 22nd Rotary Recap 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Many a goings on in planning for the Golf Tournament:
 
SAVE THE DATE:  JUNE 22ND 2015, SHOT GUN AT 1 P.M.
 
The Doug and Doug show are responsible for contacting teams.
Shelley was inspired to get all those golfers fed. (Lunch and dinner)
Craig is taking on some of the businesses for hole sponsors.
 
What part do you play in making this SOLE event reach new heights? 
 
So many opportunities to choose from:
 
*Hole spotters
*Serving food
*Calling our local businesses for hole sponsorship
*Sign up a new team to play along with the regulars.
 
Contact Julie ASAP to offer your assistance and make a difference this year! 
 
 
 
 
2015 April 15th Rotary Recap 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

April 4th E-Recycling

 Collyn did a great job of informing us that we FILLED the Surplus Exchange truck.  Surplus Exhange are the Cadillac of recycling electronics.  Western Metal helped to make this successful as well as L & K highlighted the event on their website.  The most interesting item brought was a prosthetic leg.  We also collected crutches which Don Kuehn will deliver.
 
2015.4.8 Rotary Recap 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 4.1.2015 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 3.25.2015 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Recap 3.18.15 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 3.11.15 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 3.04.2015 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 2.25.2015 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 2.18.2015 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 2.11.2015 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you, Dr. Aaron Stohs, for sharing more information about the Wildcat Veterinary office coming to Louisburg in April 2015.
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Rotary Recap 1.7.2015 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 12.10.2014 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

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. 
Rotary Recap 12.3.2014 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
Rotary Recap 11.12.2014 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
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!
Rotary Recap 11.5.2014 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 10.29.2014 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
Rotary Recap 9.17.2014 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
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."
 
 
Rotary Recap 8.27.2014 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
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."
 
 
Rotary Recap 8.20.2014 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Recap 8.13.2014 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
 
 
Rotary Recap 7.23.2014 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
Rotary Recap 7.16.2014 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
Rotary Recap 7.09.2014 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you Sue Knop for bringing Melvin Kueser back to finish his travelogue of their 2013 Ireland Adventure. It was incredible - his photos could be postcards!
Rotary Recap 6.25.2014 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Our Program Guide Collyn Peterson invited Denise German to be our program today. Denise works with Olathe Health Services and discussed the new Hospice House that is being built on the Olathe Hospital Campus. 
Rotary Recap 6.18.2014 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary program today was a joint venture with the Louisburg Chamber of Commerce, featuring Jim McGraw, the former Chief Operating Officer of Marion Laboratories. The 82-year-old right hand man to Ewing Kauffman is passionate about sharing his mentor's legacy, and he does with aplomb. If you take nothing else from his presentation, you will take this - "Put more life in your life - be kind"
 
Rotary Recap 6.11.2014 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
We were lucky enough to have a visiting Rotarian at lunch with us again today. Harold Frye is from the Overland Park Club and took his role seriously last year as the Sgt-at-Arms. He made the commitment to explore other Rotary clubs in the District. We are the 21st club he has visited and he's willing to come again since we are such a friendly group.
Rotary Recap 5.14.2014 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Senior forensic students from Louisburg High School shared their talents with us today. Matthew Parodi led the charge. He qualified for State and is one of the first students ever to qualify for Nationals. He qualified in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, a one-on-one debate where students argue their viewpoints on a specific topic. Marisa Perry qualified in Dramatic Interpretation and was unable to share her piece with us.
Rotary Recap 4.23.2014 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
We had 55% attendance this week. Who knew that a Business Meeting could attract so much attention!
 
We were also lucky enough to have a surprise guest who turned out to be an excellent choice for a speaker and we will hear from him again. Rotarian Robert Thompson from the Gardner Club talked to us about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. He is currently looking for host families for the eight (yeah...8!) exchange students who will be in Kansas during the 2014-15 school year, starting in August. Some highlights from his brief overview of the program include:
Rotary Recap 4.16.2014 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
March Business Meeting Minutes:
  • Collyn will take care of having the Rotary sign mounted and posted outside TimberCreek
  • Bob moved to donate $250 to MidAmerica Boy Scouts. Chris seconded. All in favor.
  • International Health Partners received our $1K donation and sent a thank you.
  • The 5th Wednesday Social has been rescheduled for April 30, 2014. Details to come...
  • Carol and Detroit Shelley are working on packets for prospective members. Rotarians who invite new members shall become their Mentors and as such check in on them from time-to-time and encourage their participation into the club.
  • Jack will invite City Manager Jeff Cantrell to attend the April board meeting to finalize the wording for the signs that will be posted at Ron Weers Park and the volleyball court.
  • The cost of lunches will increase to $12.00, effective Wednesday, March 26, 2014
 
In Other News: 
  • Sometimes we just needs a HUG
  • Kid President is AWESOME
  • Mating horseshoe crabs (they are the oldest creatures on earth and havee eyes on their tails, the back of their heads AND their shells!)
  • Jim reserved his own table
  • Alcatraz Swim Team
  • Leavenworth--gated community
  • San Francisco sights to see:
    trolly
    ​walruses
    Fisherman's Wharf (ask Scott)
    Alcatraz

    the crookedest street in the world​ (ask Craig)
    Caramel
    Big Sur
    Hearst Castle
    Pebble Beach
  • If you DO visit San Francisco...make sure you have a full tank of gas before you go adventuring
Guest List:
  • Lenni Giacin, the new advertising rep for the Louisburg Herald
Rotary Recap 3.19.2014 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Recap 2.19.2014 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Craig invited Toby Cook with the Kansas City Royals as our program this week. Unfortunately, he had to reschedule due to the SNOWnami. The good news is, he will be here on February 19th. 
 
Next week we will hear from David and Crista Houchen. David is the Executive Vice Presidnet & Chief Operating Oficer of Children International. His daughter Crista is a senior at Louisburg High School and accompanied him on a trip to Ecuador this year. Find out more about their adventure on Wednesday, February 12 @ noon @ TimberCreek. 
 
We will NOT have a social in February...it has been postponed in hopes of sunshine and free schedules...
Rotary Recap 2.05.2014 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Getting Down to Business:
  • Paula and Denny Lofstrom with International Health Partners have applied for a grant that will double other donated funds. We will contribute $1K to their effort to build a hospital in Tanzania.
  • The City of Louisburg approved Rotary placing signs at the Shelter House and the Volleyball Court, pending the verbiage.
  • Scott circulated a sign-up sheet to help with next week's Focus on the Future event. He needs Rotarians to share their time and expertise with Louisburg High School juniors and seniors enrolled in the Marketing and Sales and Life & Career Planning classes. He is looking for 5-10 minute presentations with time for questions from 10:20-11:40 on 2/6 and from 8:05-9:15am, 12:20-1:30pm and 1:50-2:45pm on 2/7.
  • Detroit Shelley and Carol are working on New Member Packets and creating a mentoring opportunity for members who bring new people into the club.
  • Our $5K CD came due. We renewed it and added the $1,375 generated from individual club member donations to the Louisburg Rotary Club Endowment Fund. The renamed Endowment Fund CD will come due in July, in plenty of time for next year's budget conversation. We still have a viable checking and savings account.
  • The 5th Wednesday Social event will be held @ ReMAX on Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30-8pm. Wine and cheese will be served while we learn more about Rotary and educate prospective members. Please send email addresses of prospective members to Gayle so she can make sure they get an evite.
  • Next month the Golf Tournament will be on the agenda.
Happy Do$$ars
  • Kiersten's 11-year-old friend Mallorie is in remission. She found out the week before Christmas that she has an agressive and rare form of Leukemia. She will undergo chemo treatments for 2 years, just to be sure.
  • Craig gave 2 in honor of the new congregational president at Christ our Savior.
  • Bob was fined for not returning emails.
  • Sue gave an UNhappy Do$$ar as the Elliott Homestead has been razed to make room for the new Dollar General.
  • George gave for the sight he's been missing...the sun!
Coming Soon:
For a taste of spring, join us next week when Craig brings us a representative from the Kansas City Royals!
 
Rotary Recap 1.29.2014 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Our very own Doc Hollywood invited Jeff Green with SAFEDEFEND. Jeff is a former school administrator (12 years) and father of three. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, Jeff focused heavily on ways to keep students and staff safe from intruders.
Rotary Recap 1.22.2014 Kiersten Allen 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Anna Hudspeth gave an excellent Classification Talk. She stumbled into her work as a Lab Manager for Miami County Medical Center. Since being a trainer at Sea World would be smelly and low-paying, she looked toward science, earning a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Services at Little Rock.
Rotary Recap 11.13.2013 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Board members Sharon Wise and Kiersten Allen gave the history and introduction to the newly formed Louisburg Historical Society. It began in May 2012 under the direction of Heather Wilson, Kiersten, Marcia Cook, Travis Thompson and Joe Hursey, the former curator of the Miami County Historical Museum. (He is now at the Smithsonian)
Rotary Recap 11.6.2013 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Career Survival Tip: 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Julie Baalmann led the meeting today in Detroit Shelley's absence. Senator Pat Apple was our program, complete with visual aids. It is his 9th year in the Kansas Senate and he is currently serving on the Utilities Committee.
Rotary Recap 9.25.2013 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Sep 18, 2013

President Shelley Haines led our Business Meeting.

The Little Round House has long been a Rotary project and our goal is to complete the rehab by replacing the spindles and windows. Jack and Collyn are gathering estimates. Jack will also price a bronzed historical marker plaque so the community can fully understand the history and the extent of work the club has taken in preserving the landmark. Most recently we provided the mulch for the the playground area.

The two-Saturday Adopt-a-Park efforts have been successful and the landscaping around The Little Round House has tremendously improved. Thank you to Collyn and Jack for cooridnating the effort and to our early morning volunteers: Sally, Tom, Andy, Carol, Sandy, Scott, Chris and Phyllis Peterson

Bob ordered the dictionaries, so our Dictionary Distribution will be in the next couple of weeks. Watch for the sign-up sheet.

It is time for our annual support of the Agape Food Pantry. Please bring the following non-perishable food items with you to Rotary on 9-25 and 10-2: green beans, mixed veggies,    Pork & Beans, Hamburger Helper. These specific items are in short supply right now.

The board voted to purchase and post a Rotary Meets Here sign to place in the landscaping in front of TimberCreek.

Collyn gave an update on ShelterBox. Most recently they have assisted displaced families in Syria, Sudan, Pakistan and the Philipines. Check out their website for more information. In the past we have provided the $1K it takes to purchase one box plus additional monies to defray the cost of another.

In Other News:

Jack Kline gave 5 Happy Dollars to honor his son's first child, Gavin Joseph and to announce that as of 3:20 on Tuesday, he finished his first novel.

Donna Voteau gave Happy Dollars for the outstaning float work by those Mighty Methodists and to announce that her son Wade took rafts to Colorado and was able to save a woman and her 19-month-old child in the raging waters.

Roger gave a Happy Dollar that Craig wasn't there to pick on anyone...Donna misunderstood, thinking it was in advance of a Wildcat victory over Ottawa on Friday.

And of course everyone gave Jamie a round of applause for returning!! She is wicked good at taking care of us every Wednesday.

Coming Soon:

Senator Pat Apple will have the floor next week.

 

 

 

 

Rrotary Recap 9.18.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Sep 10, 2013

Carol Aust shared information about the Downtown Revitalization project that will wrap up in November. She distributed a survey that is part of a hefty grant the community received to evaluate our downtown area.

Our Adopt-a-Park project will take place on Saturday, September 14 from 8:30-11:30 at Ron Weers Park.

Sue Knop shared that there will be an event for Rotarian Ken Selzer who is running for Insurance Commissioner @ TimberCreek from 5:30-7pm tonight.

Andy Hill invited three fall ball coaches from the school district to share their season strategies and secrets. Jessica Smith is a math teacher at LHS and the head volleyball coach. She has 2 seniors, 3 juniors and 3 sophomores playing for her and they've earned an 8-1 record to date. Their only loss was to Paola. Last year the Lady Cats finished 4th at State and hope to make an appearance again in 2013. Her athletes have year-round dedication and did very well during their summer league and the weights program. The JV home meet is September 21 and Varsity is September 28.

Kyle Littrell is the new head football coach at LHS and a physical education instructor. He has 68 returning players: 9 seniors; 11 juniors; 16 sophomores and 32 freshmen. In last week's games the freshmen defeated Paola 24-12; JV felt a 22-8 loss to Spring Hill and the Varsity squad answered the call to beat Spring Hill 28-0 in the season home-opener.  Next year the Wildcats travel to Eudora, a team that has been in the State Championship game for two years running. Two brothers, a senior and a freshman, tag team to lead them.

Littrell took a moment to thank the community for its response to the adversity the team has faced as school and the season were just starting. "It's good to know that the community cares about more than just a win."

In a shameless attempt to dote on his grandson (a Panther) Don Kuehn asked about the League standings. Littrell shared that Baldwin is probably the strongest team at this point, on both sides of the ball, and that 2-7 could be any team.

John Reece is a middle school science teacher and the cross country coach. He is always thankful to Marvin Barkis who helped support starting the program. With 36 athletes, he has the most starting runners that he has ever had--19 ladies and 17 boys make up the team. Andie Buffington is back after an ACL injury--you may remember that she set a new school record as a freshman with a 16:32. The heat and the flu bug are slowing, but not stopping the Wildcat runners. The girls finished 4th and the boys finished 5th at Anderson County last week. Their home meet is October 10 @ 4pm @ Lewis & Young.

Reece believes he has the best all-around kids on his team. "The time and dedication it takes to train carries into the classroom." And his athletes are committed. The boys run a 5K (3.1m) and girls run a 4K (2.48m), although many have petitioned KSHAA to bring girls up to a 5K. He said our boys are runing an 18 minute race, which is a good time, but not great. The goal is to be under 17, and the record is a 16:30. On the ladies side, a 16 is a quality run.

The point system for a cross country meet is simple: schools take 7 runners and the top 5 placers bring in points for the team. The place the runner finishes equals the points earned, with the perfect score a 15 (1 point for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, etc.) Reece has only seen 2 perfect scores and one was earned by Baldwin at last week's meet.

He thanked Damon Dennis for his continued dedication to athletes in the district.

Next Week: We will hear more about the Downtown Revitalization. If you'd like find out information ahead of time, go to http://downtownlouisburg.weebly.com

 

Rotary Recap 9.11.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Sep 03, 2013

Thank you Sandy Harris and Pauline Hintz for sharing your England adventures with us. The tag team story telling was the best part. Again, the photos were gorgeous and the best I can do in sharing the experience is to give a highlight reel with tidbits of things the couple learned along the way.

When honoring a big anniversary, destination celebration is evidently the way to go. Sandy and Pauline have made it 20 years together and decided a two-week walking tour of England was the best way to commemorate the event. Note: it's also their first trip without Patrick.

Their first goal was to get in shape. There could be up to 15 miles of walking a day, and they wanted to be ready. It turns out that Pauline's knee was not so ready, so they opted for a driving tour with the option of walking from time-to-time. Sandy learned quickly that the $60 insurance coverage on the rental vehicle is an excellent idea, especially since the english drive on the opposite side of the road, drive on the opposite side of the vehicle, every lane is the fast lane, it's unclear if it's mph or kph and the signs make no sense. The crash course in driving is simply...to drive.

They took the recommendations of Rick Steves of PBS, and it turns out that the travel guru really knows his stuff--Sandy and Pauline were not disappointed. The first stop was in the Cotswolds where they stayed with a very nice family for four days. The man of the house once won the Shin Kicking competition for which the Cotswolds are world famous. Contestants' only protection is the amount of hay they can stuff in their pants before the kicking begins.

In Chipping Campden they don't hide their dead--they are buried in floors and walls--they're everywhere. Sandy's highlight reel includes Shephard's Pie. It turns out that mashed peas is their gravy, and it's good.

There's no such thing as a small church or castle. Pauline has had a lifelong love affair with Royals, so naturally they went to every one they could find. She once invited Prince Charles to her sorority formal. He refused. At the Sudeley Castle they saw the Queen's throne and Sandy's fascination was piqued...as was ours as he shared the history.

The rolling hills are pastoral and picturesque. Pauline particularly enjoyed the sounds of sheep and the walking paths. Note: if someone walks a path just once a year, then that path will remain public land.

After the Cotswolds they ventured to Bath and saw every church they could. Sandy was quickly named The Vicar from America and was privvy to the behind-the-scenes workings.

The only wrong turn they took lead them to Whales and they had to backtrack to London so they could admire the crown jewels and the sites of beheadings. Pauline's shining moment was when a guard asked if she was there with her father. All of those guards are former special forces who live on and keep safe the grounds as part of their pensions. Sandy enjoyed the Churchill War Rooms where he ran WWII. (Winston, not Sandy)

They found a Pizza Hut and dined there in Patrick's honor, as he has worked at a pizza place for two summers.

Along with 22K of their closest travel companions, Pauline and Sandy watched the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. They arrived an hour and a half early to make sure they could get a good spot...and it was worth it. There were no Royal sightings on this trip and Sandy was pretty palaced-out by the time they got to Kensington, so Pauline took her own 40-minute whirlwind tour and got an excellent selfie with Princess Di.

They still plan to take a walking trip when Pauline heals, although they are kind of glad they didn't do it this time. "We would have been so intent on walking that we might have missed something," Pauline said. Welcome home.

In other news:

  • Damon Dennis toured Branson this summer
  • Wildcat Concessions will begin at 6pm this Friday
  • Ron Weers Park clean up will be on Saturdays September 7 & 14th from 8:30-11:30. Please bring: pruners, clippers, a weed eater, a chainsaw, loppers, shovels and a keg. There will be tree trimming, mulch spreading and more
  • A Rotary group has invited us to participate in their clean up in Shawnee, Oklahoma after a tornado. September 19-22. Please contact Shelley Haines if you would like to help.
  • DG Gary Duggan is looking for a District 5710 Club Trainer. Contact Shelley Haines if you would like to try it.

Guest List:

  • Andrea Hoelting
  • Pauline Hintz

Next Week in Rotary: a forecast of spring sports from Louisburg High School coaches.

 

 

Rotary Recap 9.4.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Aug 22, 2013

It would is impossible for me to translate Bob Nauman's enthusiasm and vision of his trip to Italy. He played music, showed photos and brought wine and beer for tasting. He shared stories, maps, postcards, guides and quick facts of the 18-day adventure. It was definitely a 5 senses kind of program.

They spent the time with good friends and Paula and Bob celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Rome, Florence, Bologna, Tuscany...fountains, street vendors, vineyards...hot springs, agriculture, rolling hills, humanity...what more could you ask for?

He was mesmerized by the history of the Parthenon, the temple of the gods that existed when Christ lived. He was dazzled by Ducati, but not enough to buy a bike.

He was amused by the amount of traffic and similarities in our interpersonal communication and theirs...some gestures are understood no matter where you are. And he put his Boy Scout skills to good use, taking only one wrong turn the entire time without a GPS.

Thank you, Bob for sharing the sites with us. Now, it's Sandy Harris's turn.

In other news:

  • Detroit Shelley Haines reported that the board had a brief special meeting to discuss the Adopt-a-Park project. We will adopt Ron Weers Park and focus on the Little Round House area since we already have a vested interest in it. Collyn Peterson and Jack Kline will coordinate the clean up crew and are circulating a sign-up sheet for Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, September 14 from 8:30-noon. We will dedicate the funding from the Prudential grant to the project.
  • Wildcat Concessions are coming soon. The sign up sheet is circulating for our Friday, September 6th event at Wildcat Stadium. Please be there by 6pm.

Next Week:

  • Julie Baalmann will share details about the 3rd Annual Blazin the Burg.

 

Rotary Recap 8.28.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Aug 13, 2013

We met our Louisburg High School scholarship recipients Lindsey Allen and Katie Dixon today. Lindsey will attend Truman State University in northeast Missouri. She moves in on her birthday, which has to be a good sign. Her favorite color is blue and she will major in biology with a minor in chemistry and Spanish and pre-med on her mind. Her goal is to be a missionary doctor and travel the world to provide medical care to people who can't afford it. It was her dad Bill who pointed her toward Truman State. The school fit all of her personal criteria and offered her the best scholarships of the schools that peaked her interest. It also has an excellent biology program and the Newman Center for Catholics, where Lindsey looks forward to being surrounded by people of the same faith.

Collyn pointed out that in his day, TSU was called Kirksville and was known as a party school. Others wondered if that was in the 1920s, during prohibition.

Katie will attend Kansas State University, also majoring in biology with pre-med on her mind. Her dad was also influential in the decision-making, as he is a K-State grad and brainwashes his children that it's the only college in existence. Her favorite color is purple, which is perfect and will come in handy as she continues as a Wildcat. She, too, moves in this weekend so she can attend Rush Week activities. Although her mom was a Gamma Phi, she is keeping an open mind. She hopes to transfer to the University of Kansas Medical School after receiving her undergraduate degree, but she is not sure yet what kind of doctor she will be. What she does know is that she loves kids, so she is leaning toward pediatrics and her ultimate dream is to have her own practice. She can appreciate the entrepreneurship involved in owning her own business.

Collyn asked each of our ladies their most valuable experience or lesson learned during their senior year of high school. Katie's was going to state in volleyball, playing with her sister Sidney and cousin Maddie. Lindsey's was having no regrets. She tried out for a lot of things she'd never done before: drum major, talent shows and the musical. Even though she didn't make them all, she went for it, which made all the difference.

Rotary Business:

  • Sign up for Wildcat Concessions at the football home-opener on Friday, September 6...on-line or on paper
  • Rotary dues are payable to the secretary this year


Happy Do$$ars

  • Thank you, Craig, for finding a place for the podium
  • Sandy and the First Christian Church family is celebrating their upcoming ceremonial ground breaking
  • Sharon is thankful she could remove the foot from her mouth. Yes, Gayle, the property is just the right price
  • Jim received his first grandson six weeks early. Jeremiah Wayne weighed in at 6lbs 2oz and is 18 1/2 inches long. He will enjoy a brief hospital stay to better develop his lungs.


In Other News:

  • Contact Shelley for more information about the Miami County Leadership group and Project 17. They are leadership opportunities that help keep communities relevant. The first is a 9-month program and the second takes place in October, only accepts 50 applicants and is fully funded by the state of Kansas. Sharon participated in the Miami County Leadership program and agreed that it's outstanding.
  • Start your Engines: Damon is organizing a good old fashioned drag race between Jack and his Mustang and Detroit Shelley and her Camaro. Unfortunately, Shelley won't be able to particpate until after October, when she goes off diversion for speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeding.
  • Collyn's public service announcement for the day: Stop eating french fries and potato chips!


Next Week: Join us for a Rotary business meeting.

 

Rotary Recap 8.14.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Aug 08, 2013

Thank you, Collyn, for inviting Rotarian Paul Luce, the COO of Miami County Medical Center. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing Science and an MBA. He introduced us to his Marketing and PR Director, Lacey Kane, and the newest member of the Louisburg Family Care Team, Dr. Michael McGinnis. McGinnis specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and replaced Dr. Dyck who went to Paola Urgent Care in July.

Paul shared with us the changes and challenges since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, legislation with the intent to provide insurance to more people. He said it's the biggest healtcare revolution in decades and a time of tremendous change in the industry. Although change is scary, he also said it's an exciting time to be in healthcare. Hospitals in the surrounding area are going through changes as they navigate the time of uncertainty. The challenge is creating a reimbursement strategy that works. Historically reimbursement has been set up to pay for hospital stays. Now the focus is on preventative care instead of acute care, keeping people healthy so they don't need hospital stays. There are two primary concerns at this time: with the structure change, hospitals are reducing their expenses by 20-30%, and the largest expense is always personnel. With less bodies, staff are wearing more hats and hospitals have additional care responsibilities to stay viable; and the fallout when people refuse to sign up for insurance. He said it's still too soon to tell what will happen.

In Miami County, the focus is on primary care. "Our care is close to home," Luce said. "It gets personal," which is one of the reasons he enjoys where he is. MiCoMed's primary care is top quality--in the top 10% of quality outcomes, nationally. The care is quality largely due to patient satisfaction. "You're not a number, you're a person. We are friends and family taking care of friends and family." Which leads right to the economic impact of MiCoMed. In 2010, it generated $71 Million dollars and currently employs 170 people. They want to maintain a local presence. "Small businesses want you to buy local, and it's the same with healthcare. You don't need to go north when you have quality care right here at home being taken care of by people you know and trust."

Two exciting developments include an electronic record system that provides doctors access to records from any of the Olathe Medical facilities and the potential for a Level 4 Trauma Service. The latter is currently in the works.

Rotary Business:

  • We earned more than $1K more on this year's Annual Golf Tournament. Thank you to everyone for contributing to the success.
  • Detroit Shelley will submit a picture of this year's officers to the newspaper.
  • Sue will follow up on the Prudential grant.
  • The first home football game is Friday, September 6. A sign up sheet is circulating. You don't want to miss out on that fun!
  • Collyn is the Programming Chair this year and is accepting ideas.
  • SuperSharon thanked us for helping sponsor the New Teacher Luncheon for our 10 educators new to the district.

Happy $5 Moment: Don shared his son David's remarkable story. While we were enjoying our Strictly Social event at the Peterson's, Don was having a family BBQ with David's family. Hours later his daughter-in-law called to say that David was in the hospital, that he'd had a heart attack. David was driving his car and could identify the symptoms of a heart attack. He was on Rainbow Blvd and knew he needed either to call 911 or drive himself to the hospital. In an effort to save time and potentially to save his life, he drove himself and collapsed in the ER parking lot. He had 100% blockage--what they call Sudden Death Syndrome--what they call Widow Maker. David is the epitome of good health. He works out 5 days/week. His blood pressure is a little high, but his cholesterol is right where it should be. When the doctor found out he drove himself to the hospital, knowing he was having heart failure, he said David did the exact wrong thing--he should have called 911. When they asked if he would still be alive today if he'd made the call, the doctor said no. They restarted his heart 5 times...Don gave 5 Happy Dollars.

Guest List:

  • Jerry Dixon, Dixon Contracting--interested in joining Rotary
  • Lacey Kane, Miami County Medical Center, Marketing and Public Relations
  • Paul Luce, Miami County Medical Center, COO (Paola Rotary)
  • Mark Williams, First Option Bank (Paola Rotary)

Next Week: Join us on Wednesday, August 14, as we congratulate our Rotary Scholarship winners from LHS and PSLC: Katie Dixon, Lindsey Allen and Abby Bair.

 

Rotary Recap 8.7.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Jul 23, 2013

We had 7 guests at Rotary today and there was an excellent reason...Nicole Swenson. Nicole was born borderline Down's Syndrome, which included an extensive list of physical and developmental challenges. She overcame all of them and is, in fact, gifted. She graduated from Basehor/Linwood High School in 2004 and despite the edict that she would never succeed in college, she graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from St. Mary's with a 2.8 GPA and honors in community service. She has since earned certification in American Sign Language from Johnson County Community College and earned a full-time job in the Leavenworth school district as a para. It's the job she's always wanted, working with youth just like her who can overcome adversity.

"Having a disability gives us challenges, but we all have gifts. Writing is mine," she said. And it is absolutely true. Even the people closest to her were skeptical when she was adamant that she would write her own book. She spent four months writing one for children. Mime for Michael is a nonfiction book about Nicole's great uncle who was deaf and succeeded beyond his limitation. "Every child can succeed past his disability." That's how she created the I Can series of books. Her great uncle grew through his disability, Nicole continues to grow through hers and she wants to empower others to do the same. "It's about real kids with real disabilities and how they can achieve their dreams," she said.

She thanked her mom and dad for their belief in and support of her. She also credits the paras who worked with her through school. Nicole praised their influence on her life, helping with her study habits and her organizational skills.

There will be up to 12 books in the I Can series, each one modeled after someone who has impacted her life, whether it's her uncle who inspired her or a person she has helped in her work. Tate Publishing will publish Nicole's second book in the series in the spring of 2014. Her books will be available through book stores on July 30.

Thank you, Donna for introducing us to Nicole. She's truly an inspiration and we will see her again soon. Contact her at http://ican.tateauthor.com

Rotary Business:

  • Don's hardhat came in handy...he got the last laugh as a shot was tangled in a tree and landed on his head at this year's Rotary Golf Tournament.
  • If one of your golfers has not paid for their time on the green, please encourage them to do so...
  • The annual dues are...due...if you did not receive the invoice, please let us know so we can get it to you.
  • Next week we will have our meeting at Collyn's place from 5-8pm. There will be smoked pork sandwiches, drinks and all the lawn and garden advice you can handle...bring a friend.
  • The Royal Barkis baby was born yesterday. Will's wife Priya gave birth to Vhausaheb William Barkis. Kay will be on nanny duty for the better part of a year, so Marvin is accepting meals.
  • Collyn contributed a Happy Dollar (he wasn't specific), which prompted several more Rotarians to pass down their dollars. Looks like Craig works his magic even when he can't make the meeting.

Guest List:

  • Nicole Swenson (Donna)
  • Stephanie Swenson (Donna)
  • Cindy Apple (Collyn)
  • Tara Allen
  • Rebecca Burton
  • Connie Nickel
  • Kaden Allen (Kiersten)
  • Patrick Harris (Sandy)
  • Phyllis Peterson (Collyn)

Next Week:

  • No noon meeting (some of us will be @ TimberCreek for lunch anyway)
  • Meet at Collyn's between 5-8

Rotary Recap 7.24.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kiersten Allen on Jul 16, 2013

Today was one of the best non-meetings ever. We debriefed the 14th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament and came up with good ideas for 2014. Julie and Kiersten are in charge of the event. Next week we should be able to provide a full report on the success of the tournament. Twenty-five teams played through on Monday and thanks to Raymond's team, it lasted until after 7pm. If you have comments, questions or good ideas, please let us know.

Next week we will hear from Niki Svenson. She grew up with a variety of learning challenges. She learned from them and has authored a book for youth. She will inspire and empower...you don't want to miss it. Invite your friends.

Rotary Recap 7.17.2013 Kiersten Allen 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
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