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Rotary Club of Shawnee Mission

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway Street
Mission, KS  66202
United States
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Club member Wayne London shared plans with the club last week for a service project at Shawnee Mission North High School's One Stop Shop. The club is continuing its support of the food pantry at the One Stop Shop, but we, along with Coach Dre, the Student Success Liaison at SMN, have identified the need for some improvements in the physical space. The club is proposing a work day or two to paint the walls, replace the carpet and some of the furniture, and to add a small meeting area to make the space more functional and inviting. At last week's meeting, Corky Nason kicked off fundraising for the estimated $1,800 project costs with an incredible pledge of $1,000, and the club hopes to collaborate with Elaine Copp's graduating class from North for an additional contribution. If anyone has questions about the project, please contact Wayne London.
It's a new Rotary year at the district level, too! District Governor Adam Ehlert hosted the District 5710 Leadership Team at the CommunityAmerica Ballpark for some extra fun along with the first business meeting of the year. (Not sure that Sizzle is an official Rotarian just yet!) Shawnee Mission Rotarians Past District Governor Jim Mattes (District Foundation Chair) and Nate Ourada (Assistant Governor) attended.
It was an honor for our club to begin the year with the presentation of FOUR Paul Harris recognitions. Thank you to Das Hardin, Nate Ourada and Corky Nason for your continued and impressive support of the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations, Lisa Battani, on joining the esteemed list of Paul Harris Fellows, for your contributions to this club and your community and for embodying the values of Rotary International! Click here for the history of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
We'd like to make sure our directory is updated for the new year! You should have received an email from me, asking for you to review, and update if necessary, your online member profile.  I used the preformatted request form, so I hope it makes sense!  If it left you unclear, go to www.smksrotary.org, and on the top right corner check "Login".  If you have forgotten your information, follow the instructions and Tom Talkington will send it to you.  Once you log in, click "member area" in the top right, then click "edit profile" to make changes.  If you don't recognize your picture, I "snagged it" from a photo taken at a Rotary meeting last year.  Feel free to update it!  Something we just learned was how to use the JOINED ROTARY field and the JOINED THIS CLUB field.  You might want to check those dates.  Thanks for your help!  

The club's Installation Banquet was a special chance for fellowship and appreciation for another great year of Rotary. The night included recognition of Brian Martin's leadership as Club President. The club celebrated the highlights of the year including a renewed dedication to local service projects, especially with the launch of the program supporting the Shawnee Mission North High School One Stop Shop. 
Brian Martin recognized those club members with perfect attendance, and presented the John Hollyman Service Above Self Award to Wayne London for his contributions to the club in 2016-2017. David Wolfe also received a special award of recognition for his ongoing dedication to the club and outstanding service as Club Secretary.
And how often does a Past District officer have the opportunity to install her daughter as the President of a Rotary Club in the same District?  Probably not very often, but our Shawnee Mission Rotary Club experienced a touching moment Tuesday night when Emily Randel was installed by her mother, Vickie.  Emily's comments reflected the power of being around Rotary as a child and tagging along as her mother attended service events or held meetings in their home.  Many of us have had the experience of sharing Rotary within our own family.  Shaping the values of Service Above Self, the Four Way Test, and making a difference within the community.
Vickie Randel also installed the club's Board of Directors for 2017-2018 and we kicked off another year of Rotary!
The pancake breakfast is coming up! After you've signed up for a volunteer shift, make sure to spread the word about the event to your friends, family and colleagues. An event page has been created on the club's Facebook account here, which makes it easy to share. Share the event post to your own personal page along with a note letting people know they can purchase tickets in advance. You can just suggest that they direct message you, or leave a comment on your post, and you'll coordinate getting the tickets to them. Sell! Sell! Flip! (the pancakes, that is.)
District Assembly this year included a major service project. Thanks to club member Ed Coulter who organized the event, approximately 80 Rotarians collaborated with Rise Against Hunger and prepared 13,392 meals in one hour! There was great music playing, a little healthy competition, and lots of fun, all in the name of ending hunger. A sincere thank you to Ed, and to our own club, who contributed funds to support the project.
Welcome to new club member Brad Telker! President Brian Martin welcomed him in last week, and Brad's host did the pinning honors. Brad is an HVAC Sales Engineer with interests in running, blogging, and photography and we can't wait to get to know him better!
The Shawnee Mission Rotary Club Grocery Grab Saturday, April 8 was a huge success! The six finalists were all winners, earning HyVee gift cards in varying amounts. Thanks to the generosity of those buying tickets this year, several of the gift cards will be buying things for other good causes including an animal welfare organization, the Santa Fe Waystation, The Mission Project, and the Shawnee Mission North High School One Stop Shop. The win-win-win aspect of the grab this year definitely boosted spirits and touched hearts on Saturday. The grand prize winner, Emmanuel Baptist Church, made out with two carts overflowing with diapers, baby formula, meat, frozen pizzas, coffee and peanut butter that will go to families within the church who can use a little help. Congratulations to Rain who ran for Emmanuel Baptist. He did great under pressure!
A sincere thank you to everyone who participated this year, selling or buying tickets, volunteering at the event, or helping to spread the word. A special thanks to our host, Mission HyVee who got in on the fun with us on Saturday and allowed us to sell tickets at the store on many weekends leading up to the event. And, a huge shout out goes to the event coordinator, club member Ed Coulter for pouring himself into this important fundraiser. His organization and enthusiasm for the Grab transferred to a real win-win-win for our club.
Seven volunteers worked for three hard-hitting hours Saturday morning to show Rock Creek in Downtown Mission some much needed attention. The group trimmed volunteer trees, removed vegetation and trash and covered graffiti. They worked in the area of the creek just to the west of the Capitol Federal bank at Nall Ave. and Johnson Drive. It was a great day and definitely one of those "you can see where you've been" kind of projects! The group also spread wildflower seeds inside the fence. We'll see if they grow! Thanks to everyone who came out to help!
Each year, all of District 5710's Club President Elects (PEs) attend President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) to get ready for the upcoming Rotary year. Our district's PEs attended Heartland PETS along with those from District 5690, southern Kansas and the Oklahoma panhandle, and District 5670, central and western Kansas. Emily Randel attended PETS last week. It was a very well done training with inspirational guest speakers and lots of brainstorming for the year ahead with District Governor Elect Adam Ehlert and discussion around Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley's chosen theme for 2017-2018, "Making a Difference." You can read more about what the theme means to him online.
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for another great day with Special Olympics Kansas! The bocce tournament at Pinstripes was another fantastic day full of fun and great sportsmanship!
Congratulations and welcome to the club's newest member, Christy Humerickhouse! Christy is Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Mission and is returning to Rotary after many years. She was once a member of the Lee's Summit Sunrise Club.
Just in time for Christy joining, the club is relaunching its orientation program for new members. Now, when a new member joins the club, he or she will be encouraged to complete the New Member Orientation Program. The program is a checklist of activities meant to help the member become more quickly familiar with more aspects of the club and its members. The checklist includes activities like participating in a service project, attending an orientation coffee with two existing members, and volunteering to be the greeter at a club meeting. The club president will give special recognition to the member when he or she completes the program. For more details, open this link in a new tab and you can download the orientation program sheet.
We joined Rotary for different reasons.  Some liked the business connections. Some liked the fellowship. Some liked the projects that Rotarians do in the Community and in the World.  Others just wanted a place to have a meal with a bunch of strangers who would become friends.  So why Rotary? Why not a Lions Club or ToastMasters or Odd Fellows? After all, most of us would qualify for the latter.
I think it is the Rotary Foundation.  The fact is that Rotarians around the world have a lot of things in common through the Foundation. We can work with Rotarians from England or Japan to do Good in a place like Honduras or Guatemala. We can contribute to the Foundation to rid the world of Polio.  We can match our dollars with other Rotarians and do a project in a land Far Far Away.  The Foundation funds Peace Fellows and Vocational Training Teams to make the world smaller and safer for our children.  Rotarians like you and I know that through the Rotary Foundation our Giving makes the world a better place.
Roger Beason, Senior Minister of Countryside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), joined our club in the fall, and calendars finally aligned for his official Induction by his Sponsor, Ed McConwell, Sr.  A native of South Carolina, Dr. Beason has served congregations in Alabama and Kansas after receiving both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He also has a background in construction management and continues to serve as an Umpire for schools and sporting organizations.  He is also a golfer, musician, and claims he is not a cousin of Kenny Rogers! Welcome, Roger!
Two remarkable contributions to the Rotary Foundation were made at the last club meeting. David Boone was honored for his Paul Harris +3 and Tom Talkington was honored for his Paul Harris +8. Each Paul Harris designation recognizes a $1,000 contribution to the Foundation, truly the life blood of Rotary's work at home and around the world. Thank you to Dave and Tom for representing our club so well with your generous and ongoing support.
It was a great day for everyone at the Park Lanes on Saturday for the Special Olympics KS Fall Classic bowling tournament. The Shawnee Mission Rotary club was well represented with 16 volunteers including club members, friends and family. The volunteers cheered on the athletes, noted scores and made conversation. Everyone went home feeling good about the event: athletes and Rotarians. We'll be reaching out to reserve our spots for next year's event!
Thank you to all who participated!

Thanks to club members Wayne London and Mike Lee, the club has a new banner to display the Rotary message! We'll display the club banner at service projects and other times when the club is out and about. We're proud Rotarians and now everyone will know it! Thanks to all those who arranged for the printing of the banner.
(Nate doesn't necessarily guarantee this pose every time the banner is displayed, but the odds are good!)
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Secondary VP
Past President
Rotary Foundation Chairperson