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Mar 01, 2017
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Mar 15, 2017
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Mar 22, 2017
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Apr 05, 2017
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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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Dear Rotarians -  Thank you supporting our Grocery Grab.  I'd like to emphasize that it should not be necessary for our members to buy all of their allotted tickets themselves, unless they choose to. You will find that these tickets will be much easier to sell than pancake tickets.  Remember how the funds will be used.
We will have approx. 4 1/2 weeks to sell.  Here are some ideas as to how/where to sell your tickets.
  • Sell to a business, showing them how to donate their ticket to their favorite charity/non-profit.  We will give them public recognition for their donation.
  • Sell at Hy-Vee - we have dates and times to sell. It's possible to sell 4-5 tickets per hour.
  • Post the notice at your place of employment - you will be surprised how many people will want a ticket 
  • Buy a couple of tickets for your children/grandchildren/family.
We have over a 1000 Paul Harris recognition points for the members that sell the most tickets (1st to 4th place).  If you sell all of your tickets and need more....contact me immediately:  Cell:  913.488.1581  Ed.ReeceNichols.com


Ed Coulter will host David Hale, former NFL player as our program speaker this week.

Ed shares the following about Mr. Hale: Dave graduated from Ottawa University in 1969 with a BA Chemistry. In 1969 he was a 12th round draft pick for the Chicago Bears. He played defensive tackle and was on special teams. He played with Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers and Bobby Douglas, to name a few.  He played against and chased the likes of OJ Simpson and many others during the early 70’s. He’s told me that he couldn’t catch OJ either. David was Army Airborne qualified. He started the Hale Agency in 1985 marketing annuities for IRAs and 401K rollovers. He is married to Nori with 5 children and loves to be a grandfather to his 13 grandchildren.

David is a poet, a musician, devout Christian and a Gideon. He loves to jog, play the piano, sings a mean bass and teaches Sunday school. He is quite the entertainer with his poetry, his piano playing and telling stories about his years with the NFL.

We still need five volunteers for the Special Olympics KS bocce tournament Sunday, February 26! Please let Emily Randel know if you can volunteer!

Location: Pinstripes 13500 Nall Avenue Overland Park, KS 66223

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2016

Time: Five 2nd shift volunteers needed, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (First shift, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. FILLED! Thank you!) 

Anticipated activity: There will be five bocce courts in play. We'll need one referee for each of the five courts. There will be two sets of matches, and two shifts. Clint with Special Olympics will attend our club meeting February 22nd to go over the game rules and any special instructions. If children are interested in participating, they can be a great help in measuring, timekeeping and scorekeeping!

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.
The Topeka Rotary Peace Committee is comprised of members from all four Topeka Rotary Clubs. Its mission is to foster understanding, tolerance and mutual respect among diverse peoples.
The Committee has traveled to Rotary Clubs in District 5710 to spread Rotary’s message of the importance of a focus on peace in our communities through education and collaboration, and to encourage clubs to search for candidates to nominate for Rotary International’s Peace Fellowship programs. They have also hosted three educational forums in Topeka including: Community Policing, Understanding Islam, and “Shoot, Don’t Shoot,” a firearms simulation that helped attendees experience the split-second decisions law enforcement must make.
District Peace Chair Patti Mellard was quoted, “The goal of Rotary worldwide is to promote peace. We really came to the conclusion early on that the best way to promote peace is to first educate ourselves about the differences in our own community. We believe that is the most important. If you understand the other person, then you’re more likely to communicate and collaborate with that person and the differences go away.”
Presenting at the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club are Zach Ahrens, Committee Chair and member of Topeka Downtown Rotary, Kathleen Hickert, Topeka West Rotary, and Pat O’Donnell, North Topeka Rotary.
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.
The Rotary Club of Lenexa was chartered on February 6, 1967 with 23 members under the leadership of Charles Smith, Charter President. Fast forward 50 years to 2017 and the Rotary Club of Lenexa is still going strong with 40+ members and growing.
You are invited to join in the celebration!
February 3, 2017
Jack Stack BBQ and complimentary bar
Thompson Barn
11184 Lackman Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66219
Purchase tickets online at www.lenexarotary.org
The Rotary 5710 District Conference will be held May 5th and 6th at the Sheraton Overland Park Convention Center. During the conference there will be an opportunity to participate in a large scale service project by packaging meals with the assistance of the organization, Stop Hunger Now. About 795 million people around the globe are chronically malnourished. Club member Ed Coulter is coordinating the project and will be soliciting funds from each of the district clubs. The Shawnee Mission Rotary Club board voted at the January meeting to contribute $250 to the effort which will pay for 862 meals. 
Thank you for your help in updating the Membership Database.  56 individual changes were made!  Please check your information on the directory and send additional changes to Barb (revbejkcmo@gmail.com).  We are syncing data with the Rotary International database, thus your information is updated in their records as well.  If you want a different photo, just attach one to an email and Barb can update it or even crop you out of an existing picture where your headshot is clear. Don't forget that you can make updates anytime by logging into the Member area of the smksrotary.org website.  
Milburn Country Club Clubhouse (used by permission)
"Thank you" to everyone who joined us for the annual Christmas party last week. Special thanks to Ed McConwell, Sr. for hosting us once again at the Milburn Country Club. It is always nice to celebrate the spirit of the this holiday season with our fellow Rotarians and their families.
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!)

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