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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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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.
 
 
Once again, Greater Kansas City Day was a fantastic chance for KC Metro area Rotarians to show up for kids. We had a clear and crisp spring morning for selling on Monday, and we think we did quite well raising funds for the Rotary Youth Camp Association and The Mission Project. Now, all that's left to do is celebrate the hometown team this Thursday, April 13 out at the ballpark. Let's go, Royals!
 
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.
 

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What motivates everyday women to do extraordinary things? Three Rotary members answered that question at a celebration of International Women’s Day hosted by the World Bank at its Washington, D.C., headquarters on 8 March.

 
Grocery Grab Ticket Sales
Just 2 more weeks to sell your tickets.  All ticket stubs and monies must be given to Ed Coulter by Wednesday's meeting on March 29th   We will pick our 6 winners on Friday March 31st at 5:30pm - Location to be announced later. If you are having difficulty selling all your tickets....let Ed know immediately.
Ed Coulter, Real Estate Consultant
ReeceNichols Real Estate-A Berkshire
Hathaway Affiliate
11901 W. 119th Street Overland Park, KS. 66213
 
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.

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
$25/Person
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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