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Rotary Club of Shawnee Mission

Wednesdays at noon. (First Wednesday of the month, please check schedule)
Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway Street
Mission, KS  66202
United States
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Saturday was a great work day - clearing vines and volunteer shoots from around the trees along Shawnee Mission Parkway. Two big piles of brush and done by 11! A little poison ivy, but it was quick work, in the shade and great fellowship as always! Thanks to everyone who participated!
 
Following Hurricane Harvey, our Rotary district leadership put out a call to the clubs to raise $5 per Rotarian, which the district would match up to $11,725. The Shawnee Mission Rotary club raised $642 in just two days, which is more than $14 per member.
 
The Lenexa Rotary Club also organized a volunteer event at Heart to Heart International, preparing hygiene kits for those displaced by the hurricane. Working together with Rotarians and friends from around the district gave us a chance to feel useful while the very first phases of response to the disaster were still unfolding in Texas. Thanks to everyone to contributed to this quick and impressive response!

Barb Jones submitted an article on our club's activities with Shawnee Mission North to the District newsletter. Thank you for spreading the news about our good work, Barb!

Rotary International has six areas of focus for global service, and the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club accomplishes several through their partnership with Shawnee Mission North High School (SMN), located near Club’s meeting space. A number of club members attended “Shawnee Mission High School” prior to the rapid growth of NE Johnson County evolving into a district with 6 high schools, renaming it to Shawnee Mission North High School.  SME, SMW, SMS, SMNW and the Heritage school followed.  Club members attended other SMSD high schools, but teenage rivalries mean nothing when it comes to serving the needs of students!  Every other week Wayne London take supplies to fill the stock Coach Dre` maintains and Wayne provides a viable witness to serving the at-risk students attending SMNCoach Andre` Carnegie is the District’s Student Success Liaison, touching base with all feeder schools for SMN, learning the needs behind the scenes of a usual school day.  SM Rotary Club has worked over the past two years to support the One Stop Shop that Coach Dre` created; first from a closet and now in a room dedicated to its purpose.  Groceries were provided as a donation from ticket sales for the “Grocery Store Grab” fundraiser in cooperation with Hy-Vee on Martway. Coach Dre` created the “One Stop Shop” at SMN to be a safe place to provide what a student might need to have a good day.  With no questions asked, a student can stop by to get a snack from the refrigerator,  a bottle of water to drink or an encouraging word.  If clothes or hygiene cause ridicule, or a student not prepared for the day can stop in and find something else to change into and keep on going through with higher self-esteem.

          

Ed Coulter masterminded the “Grocery Grab” which was a great success.  The weekend before school opened, club members met to paint, lay carpet, and provide furniture arranged to make it a friendly, safe place for anyone to drop by during the day for a bit of motivation. Corky Nason made a generous donation toward the project’s expenses and club members donated 4-6 hours each.

          

Shawnee Mission North was the elite public school of NE Johnson County 50+ years ago, and is now one of 6 SMSD high schools serving a very different set of demographic realities.  More than forty-five % of the students at SMN receive free or reduced lunch.  The school embraces the creativity and diversity of its student population while maintaining an excellent educational experience.  Another program Shawnee Mission Rotary provides is the ROTC Scholarship, awarded to an outstanding member of the group. As Coach Dre` encourages and advocates for students all day, usually behind the scenes, Shawnee Mission Rotary club encourages him through their dedication and volunteer efforts.

Please consider taking advantage of this great training hosted by our Rotary District trainers. It will enrich your Rotary experience and earn you many new friends in Rotary throughout our district. If you are interested in participating, please contact Emily so that the club can pay your registration fee.
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Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI):
 
Session 1: Saturday, September 9, at Community America Ballpark from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. 
Session 2: ONLINE Tuesday, September 19 and October 10. Both of these sessions will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Instructions on how to access the online portal will be sent to participant’s prior to the first online session.
Session 3: Saturday, October 21 at Community America Ballpark from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. 
 
The club is happy to cover the $90 cost to attend which includes all sessions including lunch at Sessions I and III and a RLI notebook. Money will be collected during the first session.
Questions about the training? Contact Chuck Udell, District Trainer and Leawood club member, at chuckudell@msn.com or 913-908-3672 (cell).
 
The Mission Business Partnership, Mission's business association is hosting the first annual Sunflower Festival August 25 and 26th. There will be a parade on Saturday, August 26, and the parade will be called from the Rotary Plaza at Johnson Drive and Woodson Street. The club board thought it only fitting that the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club be represented at the festivities! We are working with the event organizers and will be hosting a water tent - a fit with Rotary's focus on clean water around the world. We will be looking for volunteers for the tent for two hour shifts. We also hope to participate in the parade as well! A great chance for visibility for our club in this new community event!
 
**Event needs**
Tent: We need a 10'x10' pop-up tent for our water station. If you have one we can borrow for the day, please let us know!
Truck: If you have a truck that can pull the Shawnee Mission Rotary Trailer, please let us know that too, and we'll join the parade!
Thank you in advance!
Dave Boone has invited all club members to participate in bowling this year as team members or as substitutes.  If you cannot commit to a team, you can most likely substitute every time you come.  They play at Ward Parkway Lanes, at 4:30 pm on Wednesdays.  $15.00 a week pays the fee for games, shoes and ball rental.
Saturday, great things were happening at Shawnee Mission North! The transformation of the One Stop Shop is nearly complete! Special thanks to Wayne London for his careful planning and organization of the project, and to Corky Nason for his generous contribution to the project's expenses. And, thanks to the volunteers for your great, quick work on Saturday! All that's left now is the installation of the new furniture, and the students will be coming back to a welcoming and functional space!
 
 
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.
 
 
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Dr. Kenny Southwick, Interim Superintendent
Oct 25, 2017
Shawnee Mission School District Update
Rotary on the Road
Nov 01, 2017
Derek Donovan
Nov 08, 2017
The Kansas City Star
 
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