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The "virtual" Mardi Gras Gala raised over $370,000 for Englewood Arts! More details to come.
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Our most recent speaker, Bill Althaus- bio is below:

   Bill Althaus is a 1972 graduate of Truman High School. His senior year the school’s newspaper won the Robert F. Kennedy Award as the top high school paper in the country. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and has been an award-winning columnist and sports writer at The Examiner the past 33 years.
He has won eight Missouri Press Association first-place awards for columns, features and sports stories and been honored by United Press International, the Associated Press, Morris Communications and Gatehouse Media for his work. In 2009, he was named the Central Hockey League’s Media Member of the Year for his coverage of the new Missouri Mavericks hockey team and he is a lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was the Kansas City Royals beat writer for 21 years.
Bill also hosts The Sonic Locker Room, a weekly radio program that features 18 area high schools. He has been honored by the Missouri Broadcasters Association for his work on that program and his play-by-play broadcast of last year’s Blue Springs South High School state championship basketball game.
Bill has written nine books, including his most recent – “From the Guys Who Were There” – which takes fans into the locker room and behind the scenes of the Kansas City Royals past two World Series appearances, including last year’s World Series crown. Some of the highlights: Alex Gordon lists his five favorite defensive plays, Salvador Perez talks about the origin of his post-game dunking celebration and Wade Davis details his dramatic ninth-inning performance against the Toronto Blue Jays that helped the Royals reach the World Series. He has also written books with Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White, former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowlers Dante Hall and Priest Holmes and books tracing the history of the Chiefs and University of Missouri sports.
He and his wife Stacy have two sons – Zach and Sean – who are both members of the Grain Valley High School Hall of Fame, Zach for golf and Sean for basketball. Dad joined his sons in the Hall of Fame two years ago when he was voted in for his work covering Grain Valley sports for The Examiner. His constant companion is Marley, the family’s mini-wiener dog who has overcome paralysis and a laundry list of medical issues to inspire him in his daily walk through life.
When he’s not covering area high school or professional sports, Bill enjoys concerts and movies. If you ever want to talk sports, movies or rock ‘n roll, he’s your guy
Our most recent speaker, Bill Althaus- bio is below: 2016-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

Thank You Karen Allen for Talking with Rotary 5-24-16:

Karen Allen was born in raised in KC, MO.  As a single mom, at the age of 30, decided to return to school to change the quality of life for her and her children. Now, as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Karen has served countless individuals.
Her credentials include:
· National/Board Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
· Level-1 Certified Trauma Specialist
· Sexual Offender Specialist
· Missouri Recovery Support Specialist
· Licensing Supervisor for the Missouri Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
Her service includes, but is not limited to providing:
· Mental health services to maximum security offenders
· Outpatient therapy for the United States Federal system
· Children/families with mental health issues, abuse, and neglect
· Children/teens dealing w/ bullying, suicidal ideation. behavioral and mental health issues.
· Substance abuse intervention and prevention services.
In 2001, with no capital, equipment, or business acumen, Karen poured her emotional bankruptcy and resourcefulness into forming Jacobs Well of Kansas City Ministries. In 2003, she opened the doors of the Carousel Adult Day Center, to serve the needs of the elderly and adults with special needs. She started with one client and today has served over 100 clients.  June 20 2016, she will be celebrating 15 years of service to the greater KC area. With over 25 years of experience in the social/mental health arena, she has defied statistics, and it is her dream to one day to see a society whereby all people live life purposefully.
Karen is on the Board of the MO Adult Day Care Association and President of Jacobs Well of KC Ministries. She holds a doctorate in Christian Counseling, a Masters in Counseling, a post-BACC in Applied Behavior Analysis, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Human Development at Capella University.  Her achievements have encouraged her children to follow in her footsteps, pursuing advanced degrees and sustaining successful careers. Her son has an MBA, and her Daughter is a 1st Lieutenant and licensed attorney in the US Army.
Thank You Karen Allen for Talking with Rotary 5-24-16: 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday's Speaker, Bridget McCandless- Bio Below:

Bridget McCandless is the President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City which focuses on leadership, advocacy and provision of resources to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for uninsured and underserved residents in the Greater Kansas City area. The Foundation is celebrating 10 years of grantmaking and more than $200 million of investment to 6 counties surrounding Kansas City. These dollars are used to address opportunities for Healthy Lifestyles, Safety Net and Mental Health services. She currently serves on the Missouri Medicaid Oversight Committee, the Healthy KC Commission and the Urban Neighborhood Initiative.
Dr. McCandless received an M.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Medicine, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, and received an M.B.A. in Health Care Leadership from Rockhurst University.  She has had a special interest in chronic disease management, poverty medicine, health policy and population health.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as founder and Medical Director of the Shared Care Free Clinic for 14 years.  
Tuesday's Speaker, Bridget McCandless- Bio Below: 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes Susan Watkins To Speak About Youth Court:

Susan Watkins is Graduate of Graceland University Bachelor of Arts & MU Law School Juris Doctorate.  Previously Employed in private practice  & by Jackson County Prosecutors Office.  She is now a City of Independence Municipal  Judge since and Executive Director of Independence and Eastern Jackson County Youth Court, which she will speak about today.
Susan is a mother of 4 kids: Eva, Andrea, Grant & Kyle and grandma of 2: Emerson & Henri.  Involved as Youth Leader & camp director for Summit Grove Community of Christ & member of Fort Osage PTA & Project Grad committee.  Member of Coordinated Community Council for Domestic Violence & MO Assoc of Municipal & Associate Circuit Judges Association & also the Eastern Jackson County Bar Assoc.  On the Board of Directors for the Music Arts Institute. 
Youth Court
Youth Court is a peer court. Juvenile offenders are given the choice of appearing before the Youth Court or going to Jackson County Family Court. They will be Tried, Judged, Defended and convicted or exonerated by a court made up of other juveniles. The Youth Court will have guidelines established by adults. Adults will be available to monitor proceedings. However, the youth selected to serve the court will make the final decisions.
The primary goal of the Independence Youth Court is to reduce incidents of juvenile crime, divert offending youth from the Juvenile Justice System and to provide an alternative to the Jackson County Family court process and further contact with the police.
Most common cases heard in Youth Court are harassment, trespassing, shoplifting, curfew violation, disorderly conduct, vandalism, assault, truancy, minor in possession of alcohol, narcotics possession and runaways.
This unique court serves the community in diverse ways. It educates youth to a better understanding of the laws and allows them to examine the workings of the Justice System. Problem youth with minor offenses are often overlooked but can be appropriately handled in this court, benefiting the community, the police and themselves.
The Independence Youth Court is a cooperative project co-sponsored by the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, the Juvenile Division of the Jackson County Family Court, the City of Independence, the Independence Police Department and the Independence School District. Youth Court is funded primarily by grants from the City of Independence. Local service organizations and the Truman Heartland Foundation also contribute funding. Independence Youth Court is also in large part funded by COMBAT. Jackson County's Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax.
Rotary Welcomes Susan Watkins To Speak About Youth Court: 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary welcomes PAL to Speak 4-26-16

Local History
The mission of the Police Athletic League of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department is to offer youth the opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive setting while participating in cultural, mentoring and sports programs with the main emphasis being placed on academics. The PAL program serves as a constructive alternative to anti-social behavior and boredom during the developmental years and into adulthood. The mission is facilitated through the daily operation of the PAL centers, through the operation of sports leagues and through cultural activities, such as field trips. In all PAL activities, a life skills curriculum is presented by PAL officers and all PAL youth are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average in school or attend tutoring and make a good faith effort to raise their GPA.
The Kansas City Missouri Police Department PAL program started as a community-oriented policing project in 1994 through the Westside CAN Center in CPD. In 1998, PAL obtained membership in the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues and incorporated as a not for profit 501(c)3 organization (PAL, Inc.) with a board of directors and certification in the state of Missouri. As a not-for-profit corporation, all PAL activities are funded through private donations and grants. No PAL activities are funded by the department. Through an agreement with PAL Inc., the department has agreed to provide law enforcement personnel as staff, and office space only as available.
The PAL Section was formed and centralized in April 2000 and is assigned under the Investigations Bureau, Investigations Support Division, Youth Services Unit with the D.A.R.E., G.R.E.A.T and Juvenile Sections. Currently, two sergeants and seven officers are assigned to the PAL Section. PAL offers at-risk youth in high crime areas the opportunity to interact with police officers in positive after school activities in an effort to reduce juvenile crime.
The PAL Section currently operates three PAL Centers in the Kansas City metro area: The CPD PAL Center, located in the Clymer Center at 1301 Vine in the Theron B. Watkins Housing complex; the MPD PAL Center, located at 7575 Monroe in East Hills Apartments Community Center; and the EPD PAL Center opened in the Summer 2001, located at 1801 White in the Blue Valley Recreation Center. The KCMO Parks and Recreation Department closed this center in April 2000. Since reopening the Center, substantial renovations have been made funded by private donations, grants and countless volunteer hours performed by the community and police officers. 
PAL offers police officers and other department members not assigned to the PAL Section the opportunity to support PAL programming in several different ways. The sale of PAL merchandise, fundraising events and an annual golf tournament all are open to members to participate with the proceeds benefiting PAL programming. Members can volunteer to assist in program activities or in coaching of teams involved in league play. Members can make monetary donations to PAL at any time, or during the annual United Way campaign, by specifically directing their donation to PAL. To date, a significant amount of volunteer hours are credited to the police department offices and members.
Rotary welcomes PAL to Speak 4-26-16 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

Thank You Mark Alfred for be our Rotary guest, bio below:

Mark Alford co-anchors FOX 4 News at 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. with Loren Halifax.
Mark joined FOX 4 in March 1998 after spending two years as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, Mark anchored at KDFW-TV, Dallas, Texas; and reported at WPTV-TV, West Palm Beach, Florida; KWTX-TV, Waco, Texas; and KXAN-TV, Austin, Texas. During his career, Mark’s work has been recognized by the Associated Press and twice by the Rocky Mountain Press.
After brief stints at Lee College in Baytown, Texas and Southwest Texas State, Mark attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied government and Latin American Affairs.
In his spare time, Mark and his wife Leslie own and operate the Lonestar Ranch horse stables in South Kansas City. Mark and Leslie have three children, Mark Jr., Alexandria and Spencer. They currently reside in South Kansas City.
Thank You Mark Alfred for be our Rotary guest, bio below: 2016-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

Lindsay Browne Spoke with Rotary Recently. Her Bio is bleow:

Lindsay Browne is a LINC Community Organizer working with the Nowlin Middle School and Van Horn High School neighborhoods.  She focuses on youth, parent, and neighborhood engagement and site council development.  She has been with LINC since 2008 and at Van Horn since 2010.  Lindsay graduated with honors in Sociology from Grinnell College in Iowa and will be completing her Masters in Public Administration with a nonprofit focus this year from the Bloch School at UMKC.  She loves seeing our young people grow up to be leaders in their neighborhoods.  Lindsay enjoys building community and reading.  She lives with her husband, three cats, and a dog. 
The Local Investment Commission (LINC) is a citizen-driven community collaborative involving efforts by the state of Missouri to work with neighborhood leaders, citizens, business, civic and labor leaders to improve the lives of children and families in the Kansas City region.
LINC was created in 1992 and is primarily state-funded. LINC gained additional organizational flexibility by becoming a 501c3 nonprofit in 1994. Today, LINC is a striking example of how a citizen-led community intermediary can successfully coordinate the delivery of child, family and senior support services while forging connections between neighborhoods and government agencies.
A caring community that builds on its strengths to provide meaningful opportunities for children, families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency, attain their highest potential, and contribute to the public good.
Core Results
LINC’s work is organized around achieving results in these nine core areas:
· Adults working
· Children and youth succeeding in school
· Healthy children and families
· Young children ready to enter school
· Children safe in their families/families safe in their communities
· Youth prepared for productive adulthood
· Elders and people with disabilities valued and living as they choose
· Well-informed citizens making decisions about their communities
· Strong, thriving neighborhoods
Lindsay Browne Spoke with Rotary Recently. Her Bio is bleow: 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes Ralph A. Monaco, Below is his bio:

Ralph A. Monaco, II is a lifelong resident of Raytown, Missouri. He graduated from Rockhurst College in 1978, summa cum laude, with degrees in history and political science. He earned his doctorate degree U.M.K.C. Law School in 1981.  Practicing attorney for nearly 35yrs, and is a Member of the law firm of Monaco, Sanders, Racine, Powell & Reidy, L.C., with offices in Independence and Leawood.
Mr. Monaco has a long-standing record of public service.  He served 4 terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, where he served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  Prior to that he was a member of the Raytown School Board, where he formerly served as the President of the School Board.   He currently serves on the Elected Officials Compensation Committee for the City of Raytown, and he is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Three Trials Museum and the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Historical Society, where he is Past President.
He is a well-known living historian and public speaker earning several awards for his historical portrayals/presentations: the Outstanding Service Award from the Jackson County Heritage Programs & Museums, Making History Come Alive Award from the Jackson County Historical Society, Pioneer of Harrodsburg of Kentucky, Lifetime Membership Award in the Raytown Historical Society, the Outstanding Service Award from Jackson County Parks & Recreation, the 2012 John Edwards Literary Award from the Friends of the James Farm, and recipient of the 2013 Jackson County Historical Society Book of the Year.
Mr. Monaco is the author of five books:  The Strange Story of Col. Swope & Dr. Hyde ; Son of a Bandit, Jesse James & The Leeds Gang; Blood on the Street, The Civil War Comes to Jackson County, Missouri, August 1862; Scattered to the Four Winds, General Order No. 11; and Last Hand at Park Manor. Mr. Monaco has produced several educational living history programs: The Murder of Marshal Bugler at the 1859 Jail; The 1866 election of George Caleb Bingham in Independence; the First Battle of Independence Living History Program; Order Number 11, a living history trilogy; the Battle of Westport historical lecture series at the Truman Historic Courthouse; and he has portrayed the lawyer Abram Comingo at Missouri Town 1855 since 1989 as well as providing first person portrayals of various historical figures: Col. Thomas Hutton Swope, George Caleb Bingham, James Slover, a defense attorney for Frank James, and Edgar Allan Poe. He has directed numerous mock retrials: the 1883 trial of Frank James for the Winston Train Robbery, the arraignment of Frank James, the 1910 trial of Dr. Hyde for the alleged murder of Col. Thomas H. Swope, the 1899 Kansas City train robbery trial of Jesse James, Jr., and the 1932 Kansas City “bridge-murder” trial of Myrtle Bennett for the murder of her husband John.
He and his wife Karen live in Raytown, and they have two married daughters, Lindsay and Lisa.
Rotary Welcomes Ralph A. Monaco, Below is his bio: 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Please Welcome Happy Bottoms- John Teasdale's Bio below:

HappyBottoms is excited to introduce you to our new Executive Director, John Teasdale.
John has a long history of working with nonprofits in the KC area including with DeLaSalle Education Center and Rockhurst University.   He has also worked in the for-profit arena at Haake Companies as a producer for group health insurance benefits.
He's served on many boards for KC community groups including the Bacchus Foundation, the Kansas City Club, and the Boys and Girls Club.
John was born and raised in Kansas City, and says he is very proud of his father, Joe Teasdale, who was Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney for many years and served one term as Missouri Governor '77-'81. John is a Rockhurst High School grad, went to Notre Dame for undergrad where he also played football for the Fighting Irish, and then back to KC for his MBA at Rockhurst University.
While he doesn't have kids of his own, he knows how many diapers families go through since he has 5 nephews and 1 niece. They're all here in KC so he says he takes a lot of pride in being #1 Uncle!
John says HappyBottoms "pulls at my heart strings" because of its mission to provide diapers to babies in need. But he is also drawn to HappyBottoms intellectually because of his business sense, he's been impressed with how HappyBottoms is run so "effectively and efficiently."
"My long-term vision for HappyBottoms is to get diapers to every child who needs them in the KC metro area," says John.
Please Welcome Happy Bottoms- John Teasdale's Bio below: 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Snodgrass talks to Rotary 2-23-16:

Dr. Jason Snodgrass is the Superintendent of Schools for the Fort Osage R-1 School District.  Dr. Snodgrass came to the district in 2009 and served as the high school principal for six years before his current position as superintendent.
Dr. Snodgrass’ personal motto is “We do things just a little bit better”.  Whether it is in the classroom or on a sports field, he inspires enthusiasm in students, staff and the community to be their best and give their all.   Both student and staff success is a high priority for Dr. Snodgrass.  As the Fort Osage High School Principal, Dr. Snodgrass increased the student attendance rate, increased the graduation rate from 85.9% to 99.2%, and increased the number of students taking the ACT by 10%.   Course rigor was enhanced by increasing advanced placement courses and implementing 21 additional weighted courses resulting in the percentage of students scoring above the national average on the ACT from 29% to 35%.  College and career readiness has been a primary goal for Dr. Snodgrass and the increased number of students receiving post-secondary education is a direct result of his focus on student success.
Dr. Snodgrass served as the Greater Kansas City Principal of the Year in 2013 and was voted as the Missouri High School Principal of the Year in 2014.  A few of Dr. Snodgrass’s goals as superintendent are to continue to have successful academic achievement for all students and to create additional revenue for the district through economic development. He and his wife, Jodie, are the proud parents of five children who attend school in the Fort Osage School District and are active members in the Fort Osage community.
Dr. Snodgrass talks to Rotary 2-23-16: 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Thank you, IPD for talking with our club today! Bios below:

Officer John Syme:
Officer John Syme has been a police officer for ten years and has been a member of the Independence Police Department since 2009. After working two years in the Patrol Division, Officer Syme transferred to the Crime Prevention Unit where he spent four years working closely with community members in various capacities including coordinating the Neighborhood Watch Program, the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program and several other community services initiatives. Officer Syme is currently the police department’s Public Information Officer, where he serves as a central source of information for release by the department and responds to requests for information by the news media and members of the community.
Major Ken Jarnagin:
Major Ken Jarnagin has been with the Independence Police Department for 25 years.  He has worked in various assignments during his time with the police department.  He currently is the division commander of the administrative services division which encompasses the following:  technology, vehicle fleet, recruiting, training, professional standards, public information, crime prevention, community services and accreditation.
Thank you, IPD for talking with our club today! Bios below: 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks to Greg Knapp for giving a great talk 2-9-16:

Greg Knapp
Author, Speaker, Talk Show Host
Greg has used his degrees in counseling psychology, two decades of research, and real life experiences, to become an expert in helping people find what they truly want and then take the steps necessary to make it happen. That’s what his new book Go! How to Find and Pursue Your Passionate Purpose, is all about.
With his books, speaking, and blog, Greg strives to help people live the extraordinary lives of their dreams in and out of the workplace.
Greg has also been in radio for almost 20 years, including as a nationally syndicated talk show host.
For the last five years he’s been on the Kansas City airwaves. You can hear The Greg Knapp Experience weekdays from 4-6pm on KCMO 103.7FM and 710AM.
Greg’s award winning show talks about all the stories that impact people’s lives from current events to politics to pop culture.
He has given his expert opinion as a guest on Fox News Channel, CNN and CNBC and penned opinion columns for The Washington Examiner, The Dallas Morning News, and Human Events.
Thanks to Greg Knapp for giving a great talk 2-9-16: 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Today Speaking is Steve Potter

Mid-Continent Public Library is dedicated to providing informational, recreational and educational resources to the people of Clay, Jackson and Platte counties. Mid-Continent Public Library extends the same high quality of service, although at different levels, at all locations despite community size. In an attempt to create an equal opportunity for information and to create collection diversity, the Library provides access to the Internet for the public.
Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, serving over 770,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. MCPL provides access through 36 service outlets, including 4 co-located branches and a virtual library. Mid-Continent Public Library’s mission is to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.
Today Speaking is Steve Potter 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

Please Welcome Valerie Nicholson-Watson:

Valerie Nicholson-Watson
President & CEO, Harvesters—The Community Food Network
Valerie joined Harvesters in 2013.  She had previously worked as Harvesters’ director of community services where she was responsible for the food bank’s advocacy, communications, nutrition services and volunteer program from 1999-2004. She served on the Harvesters’ board of directors from 2007 to 2013.  
Harvesters—The Community Food Network provided 38 million meals last year to more  than 620 non-profit organizations in 26 counties. Each month, 141,500 people receive food assistance through Harvesters’ network, making it the largest source of food for nonprofit agencies in the region. Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.   In 2011, Harvesters was named Feeding America’s Food Bank of the year.
Valerie’s impressive Bio includes serving as treasurer of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies, where she served on the board of the Guadalupe Centers, Inc., and has been active with the Heart of America United Way Campaign. This year she was recognized as a “2015 Black Woman of Distinction” from Friends of Yates, Inc. In 2014 she received the Nefertiti Award from the Societas Docta, Incorporated. Valerie was recognized for her volunteer service with a 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award, and by the 100 Black Men of KC with their 2012 Health and Wellness Award. She was named by the Kansas City Globe as one of the 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Greater KC. 
Prior to joining Harvesters, Valerie was a leader in the local nonprofit community as the president and chief executive officer of the Niles Home for Children. The Niles Home provides residential and day services for children ages 6-17, who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect or abandonment. The agency in 2008 was one of two agencies nationwide awarded the “Innovative Practices” Award from the Council on Accreditation (COA) for its Hip Health initiative. She also has held communications positions at Gateway, Inc., and the Kansas City, Mo.,  School District and worked as a journalist for the Kansas City Globe and The Kansas City Call.
Valerie currently serves as treasurer of the board for Nonprofit Connect. She is a board member and past chairperson for KC Metro CARES Mentoring Movement, part of a national effort to increase the number of African-American mentors. She is also a member of the US Bank Advisory Board.
  Valerie has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from Webster University. She lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo., with her husband, Mark Watson.  They have two sons and are the proud grandparents of three grandsons. 
Please Welcome Valerie Nicholson-Watson: 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

Vaughn Baker's Bio is below:

When Lockdown Fails: Active Shooter Response for School, Workplace & Faith Based Personnel
This presentation is designed to provide an overview and historical examination of active shooters; an examination of lessons learned; Behavioral pre-cursors; threat assessments; lockdowns; what to do when a lockdown fails and Rapid deployment response by law enforcement personnel. The course will assist school personnel in their ability to: prevent; report; and protect themselves and their students, subordinates from an active shooter during the critical moments while waiting for a police presence to arrive and what to expect from the officers once they are on scene.
Personal and Corporate Bio
Strategos International was founded in 2002 and its staff have trained and provided protection solutions to over 75,000 church leaders, law enforcement & military members, school faculty & staff, security professionals, and business professionals. Strategos primarily conducts training within the United States, but has also conducted training in 15 other countries.
Vaughn Baker's Bio is below: 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday's 1-05-16 Speaker's Bio Below:

Audrey Elder has been a small business owner and freelance writer and blogger for over 20 years.  Audrey created Past to Present Research LLC in 2010 to provide in depth historic research for historic aged property owners, consulting and education.  Currently Past to Present is finalizing its 29th book since the company began.  Audrey is also an Historic Properties specialist and currently teaches a Certified Education course for Realtors in Kansas and Missouri on the subject. 
 Audrey's distinctions include: 2012 Kansas City Realtors Association- Real Estate Future Trail Blazer, Civic distinctions 2012 City of Independence Preservation Hickman Award, Commissioner and Vice Chair of the City of Independence Heritage Commission, 2015 OCTA Educator of the Year, OCTA Education Outreach Committee Co-Chair, and Board Member of local Water District.
 Audrey and her husband Dan have two grown children and live in Rural Jackson County Missouri near Fort Osage.  They enjoy organic gardening and bee-keeping as well as back road weekend trips with a goal to eventually visit every historic town in the state of Missouri.
Tuesday's 1-05-16 Speaker's Bio Below: 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Below is our 12-15 Speaker, Toby Cook's Bio:

Toby Cook enters will enter his 10th full season as Vice President-Community Affairs & Publicity in 2016. A veteran of broadcast journalism, Cook oversees public and community relations for the team, including player and staff appearances, partnerships with civic organizations, and Royals Charities. During his tenure, his department has added a series of successful charity events, distributing millions of dollars in grants, tickets and memorabilia to the community. He also directed community efforts win Kansas City with Major League Baseball during the 2014 and 2015 World Series.
Prior to joining the Royals, Cook spent 15 years as a news anchor and reporter at four television stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City. He has also reported for several radio stations and newspapers.
Cook is a graduate and Outstanding Alumnus Award winner from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University.
He lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, Barbara, and children: Adam, Molly, Annie, Andrew and Caroline.
Below is our 12-15 Speaker, Toby Cook's Bio: 2015-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Carnival Registration Mark Smith 2015-12-20 00:00:00Z 0

Paulette Eubanks Discussed Friends United Tuesday 12-8-15. Below is her Bio:

Paulette is a veteran educator with 38 years of experience at the elementary level.  During her 31 years of teaching in the Independence, Missouri school district, she served in various offices for Missouri PTA on the local, district, and state level.  She and two fellow Independence School District teachers, Charlotte Ruoff and Kirk Arnold, co-founded Friends United in 1987.  Friends United is a nonprofit organization with a mission of striving to improve education in Honduras, Central America.
Paulette has served in various offices on the Friends United Board, and currently serves as president.  She has primarily been an educational seminar presenter for literacy and math seminars provided for PreK-6th grade teachers in Honduras.  Friends United has worked   with Rotary organizations in Missouri and in Honduras on the mission of improving education by providing teacher resource centers in six different cities in Honduras.  Most recently, Friends United worked with Rotary on a Global Grant, culminating in a Super Seminar for 96 Honduran teachers in January, 2015.  Friends United representatives and Rotary officers of Honduras continue working on completing this grant.  Paulette and husband, Bennie Eubanks, will be travelling to Honduras in January, 2016, with a team to open two more teacher resource centers in remote rural areas near the capital of Tegucigalpa.
Paulette and Bennie are retired and enjoy travelling, attending their grandchildren’s activities, and working with Rotary and Friends United on service projects both locally and in Latin America.
Paulette Eubanks Discussed Friends United Tuesday 12-8-15. Below is her Bio: 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday 12-1-15 Speaker:

Dr. Rodney Hammer came to the Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association in October of 2008. He serves as the Executive Director of Missions.
Prior to that time he served for 18 years with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 10 years in China and Southeast Asia, and 8 years as the Regional Leader for Central & Eastern Europe. Dr. Hammer has both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Hammer is married to Debbie and they have one son, Luke, who is a Junior at Drake University in Des Moines.
Tuesday 12-1-15 Speaker: 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday 11-17-15 Speaker Jim Mcgraw's Bio:

Jim McGraw is the former chief operating officer, corporate officer and board member of pharmaceutical firm Marion Laboratories, and former Chairman of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Board of Directors, a leading voice for quality education, entrepreneurism and free enterprise. Jim was there with Mr. K as Marion Labs became the hottest stock on Wall Street and made millionaires out of assembly line workers and secretaries.
Today, Jim lives his philosophy of entrepreneurism in a variety of ways.
· He has written books entitled, “Leadership, Empathy and the Power of Persuasion”,  ”Skills for Success”, “Skills for Greater Sales Success”, and “Reflections on a Wonderful Life”.
· He publishes a monthly newsletter entitled “Reflections.”
· He consults with businesses and presents programs based on his books to area schools, business groups and civic organizations.
· He has helped develop and deliver a university seminar program with two former Marion colleague that outlines the key values and clarities that were critical to the pharmaceutical firm’s success.
Tuesday 11-17-15 Speaker Jim Mcgraw's Bio: 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday 11-10 Speaker was Michael Curry:

Michael Curry is the Director of Emergency Preparedness for Jackson County.  He is a Level II Certified Emergency Manager through the state of Missouri.
He has had disaster relief experience in Nashua, Bahamas, Belize, Central America, Curacao, Dutch Antilles, and coastal Florida. He served as the liaison between the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company and the US Air Force to delver emergency pharmaceuticals to Latin America and coastal United States.
 Michael serves on the Public Safety Commission, the Regional Homeland Security Council, and also co-chaired the Regional Home Security Special Task Force. He is a member of the MEMC and LEPC committees and assists as an advisor to the Medical Reserve Corps. He is a member of the Integrated Warning Team and Missouri MOP3. He currently is Gov. Nixon’s co-chair for the Faith Based Initiative Shelter “program for the state of Missouri and serves as an advisor to SEMA Director Ron Walker and
In the last seven years, his department has been awarded 6 National Awards including 3 National Finalist Awards from FEMA/Citizen Corps for “Community Preparedness.” He  received the prestigious IAEM National Award for “Partners in Preparation” based upon the FBOI shelter system in Eastern Jackson County. Recently he received the National Award from the Alliance Group for “Innovation for Community Preparedness” for the Jackson County Mass Feeding Plan (45,000 people 3 meals a day).
Tuesday 11-10 Speaker was Michael Curry: 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Brendan Sneegas- Tuesday's 10-27th Speaker

Brendan Sneegas
Director of Outreach and Development
Brendan Sneegas (sn-ee-gus) joined the Angel Flight Central team in February, 2007 and performs the tasks of Volunteer Coordination, Public Relations and Development Director for AFC’s 10-State Region.
Born and raised in Lenexa, Brendan received a Bachelor of Social Work from Washburn University in Topeka, KS in 1992.  Prior to Angel Flight Central, Brendan spent almost 10 years working at Cancer Action.  Working so closely with Kansas City’s cancer population is where Brendan learned about the incredible Mission of Angel Flight Central.
Almost all of Brendan’s free-time is happily directed toward his wife, Kristi and their two daughters, ages 16 and 18, who attend Shawnee Mission North High School and the University of Arkansas.
Welcome Brendan Sneegas- Tuesday's 10-27th Speaker 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

Tomorrow 10-20-15 Speaker

Robert Beaird spent his entire pubic school education in the Raytown School District, graduating from Raytown High in 1964. He served in the Us Army, in the Republic of South Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Service, from 1968 to 1970. He graduated from University of Missouri KC School of Law in 1973.
Bob spent a 25 -year career as a highly successful criminal defense lawyer. He was named as one of the best lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America for the first eight years of the publication’s existence. In 1978 he was elected to the Jackson County Legislature where he served with distinction until 1989. He was named Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri in 1999 and a year later was re-elected to the same position by the Jackson County voters. As Prosecuting Attorney for four years in Jackson County, Bob was recognized by the Court Appointed Special Advocate Agency for his advocacy on behalf of children and by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for efforts on behalf of minorities.
He served four years on the COMBAT Anti- Drug Task Force and spoke to thousands of students and parents at D.A.R.E graduation ceremonies throughout Jackson County. He attended scores of community and neighborhood meetings, talking to citizens about the work of law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office. He was always an excellent ambassador for Raytown Schools. In 2002 Bob became the Jackson County Associate Circuit Judge. He retired from the bench in April 2010. In Bob’s career as an attorney, he tried over 100 jury trials, an extraordinary number for current times. As a judge, he presided over hundreds of additional trials.
In his role as a citizen and parent, Bob spent many years coaching YMCA and AAU basketball for youth throughout his community. Bob and wife Sharon, also a 1964 RHS graduate, are actively involved in their community. They have two children, Brian and Sheri, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons, Hank and Gus.
Tomorrow 10-20-15 Speaker 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday 10-13-15 Dr. Potts Gives A Sneak Peek:

Dr. Donald Potts will give the Rotary Club of Independence a sneak peek at KC Chamber's Healthy KC initiative, to be unveiled the 22nd of October.
Healthy KC is a partnership of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and a number of regional health and wellness leaders. It is an effort to advocate for real solutions that help shape individual, organizational, and environmental health change through a collaborative, community-wide partnership. It aims to create a culture of health and wellness in Greater Kansas City.
Beginning in January 2014, the Healthy KC Commission researched existing programs, successes, and areas of need in the Kansas City metro area, along with benchmarking information from peer cities and feedback from community input sessions. In August of 2014, Action Teams convened to develop specific recommendations for Kansas City.

Healthy KC is promoting the wellbeing of the entire region—including Missouri and Kansas—at a time when national health rankings show a decline in the overall health of citizens.

The United Health Foundation named Missouri and Kansas among the states with the most significant decline in relative health status over the past 25 years. According to a recent report by the Foundation, Missouri’s rate of heart disease is above the national average, its tobacco tax is the lowest in the country at just 17 cents per pack and according to the Trust for America’s Health, the state budgets less money per capita on public health than any other state in the nation. Kansas, is cited as having one of the lowest rates for child and adolescent immunization, one of the 20 highest smoking rates in the United States, and ranks 44th among the states in public health spending per capita.

Tuesday 10-13-15 Dr. Potts Gives A Sneak Peek: 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0

Below Is A Short Bio Of Each Organization That Recieved Grants:

North-West Communities Development Corporation
The NWCDC was incorporated in 1997 as a Public Benefit Corporation, whose mission is to revitalize northwest Independence through the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing stock, affordable housing, social and recreational activities, job training, transportation, and home repairs. We operate the Fairmount Community Center which was established in 1999. It is there where exercise classes, recreational activities,  job training, computer classes, and noon meals are provided. We partner with LINC in their Caring Community Program, Catholic Charities and the Full Employment Council for job training, Independence Meals on Wheels, Inc. by preparing noon meals for their program, JobOne by preparing noon meals for their workforce, and with Harvesters to provide a Kids Café program for youth during their summer break. We are the new home of Tabitha's Closet, which provides shoes and clothes for needy families with children in the Independence School District. We have partnered with the City of Independence to provide affordable housing and home repair.
Child Abuse Prevention Agency
CAPA’s mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse. CAPA provides three pillars of service to help prevent and treat child abuse: Education & Outreach Services to promote the prevention of child abuse; Family Support Services to strengthen families in need; and Counseling Services for children and adults recovering from the effects of neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Services are provided in English and Spanish throughout the community - in homes, schools, churches, and other community locations in addition to CAPA’s office in Independence, Missouri.
Community Service League
Community Service League is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. Having served our neighbors in need in Independence and Eastern Jackson County for nearly a century, CSL offers an array of programs that work in coordination to help move families from poverty to self-sufficiency.”
Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity (THHFH)
THHFH changes lives by bringing people and resources together to help families in need build and own quality affordable homes in safe/supportive communities. We are dedicated to eliminate poverty and substandard housing in our community and worldwide with Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program. We build/renovate houses in partnership with families who qualify for homeownership based on three criteria: need, a willingness to partner with Habitat and an ability to repay a zero percent interest mortgage. Habitat for Humanity empowers low-moderate income partner families to make a permanent change in their lives by providing them a hand-up to safe, decent and affordable housing. In addition to working together to build or repair homes, THHFH provides the family with homeownership education, financial education and budgeting classes to ensure their success of life long sustainability and to help eradicate the generational cycle of poverty and poverty housing. Every day, we are living our mission by seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Below Is A Short Bio Of Each Organization That Recieved Grants: 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Speaker:

Terence O’Malley is a documentary filmmaker and author who has released four films and two books about Kansas City history: 
· Nelly Don, A Stitch in Time
· Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in KC
· Shooting Back in Time: The KC Union Station Massacre 
· Tom & Harry: The Boss and the President
Mr. O’Malley graduated from Rockburst High School, has a B.A. in English from Loyola University in New Orleans, a Master-of-Science in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Kansas and a juris doctorate from Washburn University School of Law.  He is the founding principal of The O’Malley Law Firm and he practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation.
Last Week's Speaker: 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday 9-15-15 Speakers

Kurt Graham was appointed as the Director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, effective July 26.
Dr. Graham has extensive experience in the library and museum world. Since 2010, he has directed the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, UT. He spearheaded the development and redesign of the museum’s principal history exhibit, which included several significant multi-media components.
Prior to that, Dr. Graham served as the Director of the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY. As Director, he orchestrated the digitization of some of the library’s most important archival collections; oversaw the physical renovation of the Library’s public spaces; managed the Center’s fellowship program; and launched a documentary editing project, The Papers of William F. Cody.
Prior to his work in the public history field, Dr. Graham was a member of the history faculty at California State University, San Bernardino, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American political and legal and constitutional history. He received a Ph.D. in American history from Brown University, and holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brigham Young University in English and American studies, respectively. He is the author of To Bring Law Home: The Federal Judiciary in Early National Rhode Island (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010).
Dr. Graham’s outstanding background leading both archival and museum institutions will benefit the Truman Library and the National Archives. Please join me in welcoming him to the National Archives.
Tuesday 9-15-15 Speakers 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Speakers Allen Garner and Howard Penrod:

Allen Garner & Howard Penrod
In addition to sharing a Rotary connection, they were department directors for the City of Independence and currently are joined in service through the North West Communities Development Corporation (NWCDC) where Howard was the Executive Director and Allen was President of the Board. Today’s talk will give a glimpse of how the NWCDC continues to develop the northwest part of Independence & provide services throughout Independence.
NWCDC formed in 1997 and began the Fairmont Community Center in 1999. They received its first HOME funds in 2004.  The NWCDC provides neighborhood programs, Meals on Wheels, Job One, serves a noon meal five days per week, operates a bus service, builds and rehabilitates houses, hosts other organizations and activities including LINC, Social Services (proposed), Neighborhood Networks, health screenings, bingo, dancing, fitness equipment, a library, Kids Café, and numerous programs for senior adults.  Most recently, NWCDC became the sponsoring organization and host to Tabitha’s Closet- a ministry project providing clothes and reading material to qualifying families in the Independence School District.  NWCDC partners with numerous organizations and is supported by United Way, City of Independence & Jackson County.  Partners with  Truman Medical Center, St. Ann’s Parish and the local diocese, Catholic Charities, Independence School District, Bank of Grain Valley, Consumers Credit Union, and numerous individuals.
Howard has been a Rotarian since 1998.  Was sponsored by Lyn Crowley. His professional background includes Professional Engineer with a civil engineering degree and masters in business. Worked for Indiana Highway Commission for 14yrs before relocating to Missouri where he joined the staff of the Public Works Department for City of Independence in 1979 eventual become Director of the Department in 1986.  He retired from the City in 2007 and found post-retirement employment with the NWCDC.
Garner has been a Rotarian since1986 with the Jefferson City Rotary West Club. In 2003, relocated to Independence. Was sponsored by Larry Blick. Allen served as president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and board member. Just completed his fourth year as Foundation Chair. Allen has been an Assistant Governor, a trainer for District secretaries, and a presenter at various meetings and training sessions.  His accomplishments keep going on and on.  He has continued to showed service above self and I don’t have enough room in this space to continue with all his good deeds, but as a licensed attorney, he is owner/principal at Allen Garner Law, LLC with a practice focused on local governments, nonprofit organizations & personnel.
Welcome Speakers Allen Garner and Howard Penrod: 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Last Tuesday's Speaker Was Our Very Own Tom Water's

Tom Waters
Santa-Cali-Gon (SCG) is event born in 1940 by the Independence Chamber of Commerce. After a long absence it was re-invented in 1973 and has been held on Labor Day weekend since. Located on the Independence Square SCG is a community celebration comprised of festival food, arts and crafts, a carnival, live entertainment and a variety of activities over the four day event. Tom Waters, chair of the 2015 SCG festival committee, will speak
about the background as well as the present day festival.

Tom is a life-long Independence resident and graduate of Fort Osage High School. As founder of Corporate Copy Print he has been with the company since 1994. His background in printing began in typography and layout and continued through plate making, printing and into management and finances.
Tom is married to Susan and they have two adult children - Amy and Stacey.  Community involvement has included Rotary, Scouting, PTA and church work.  Currently he is President of the Santa Fe Trail CDC. He sits on the boards for Independence Chamber of Commerce, Independence Economic Development, Independence Square Association and Independence Tourism Advisory. Tom is an Eagle Scout, Elder in Community of Christ Church and 1997 L.E.A.D. graduate.  He enjoys bicycling, model building and competitive bass fishing.

Last Tuesday's Speaker Was Our Very Own Tom Water's 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Tomorrow's Speaker is a our very own Jonathan Zerr:

Jonathan Zerr
“President Zerr has been a member of the Rotary Club of Independ-ence since 2004. He was inspired and sponsored by Allen Garner and former club member, Joe Willerth. He has actively served as Board member, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Vice-President, President-elect and now President for 2015-16. He graduated from Truman High School, William Jewell College and Drake University Law School. Since then, he worked for the King Hershey law firm out of law school. But left in 2003 to join the Kapke & Willerth law firm, where he remains. He is married to Kris and has two (2) teenage girls, Kaitlyn and Jillian that are quickly aging him. Presi-dent Zerr will be providing us with an overview of the 2015 Rotary International Conference held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, including input on potential Fellowships and service projects for our club. He will provide an overview of the goals laid out by Rotary International and update the club on efforts for the eradication of polio through-out the world.”
Tomorrow's Speaker is a our very own Jonathan Zerr: 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Hepworth to Speak Tuesday 7-21-15

Dr. Elise Hepworth is Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri, and also serves as Artistic Director of the Saint Joseph Community Chorus.  Elise comes to district 6040 from district 5650 in Nebraska, where she served as the Wayne Rotary Club president for two consecutive terms, receiving Outstanding Club President in District 5650 in 2012.  She was an Ambassadorial Scholar to Wellington, New Zealand in 2007, and served as Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Northeast Brazil (4390) in 2013.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow (plus one), serves as faculty advisor for the Missouri Western State University Rotaract Club, chartered in March of 2015, and will be serving as the Saint Joseph Downtown Rotary Club's president in 2017.  She is currently District 6040's Youth Services Coordinator, focusing on building and strengthening youth programs in our district.  Elise lives in Saint Joseph with her husband (fellow Rotarian), Matt and their two cats– Abby and Alex.
Dr. Hepworth to Speak Tuesday 7-21-15 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z 0

Cassy Venters is Speaking Tuesday 7-14:

Cassy Venters has been a Rotary Club member since 1992. Cassy joined Rotary to work in Rotary Youth Exchange.  After four youth exchange daughters and one youth exchange son, her participation broadened to club leadership roles in Rotary Foundation, International, Community and Club service, RYLA and Shoes for Orphan Souls and as newsletter editor.  She is a past president of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club.  She is a past district governor and former Group Study Exchange Team leaders.   She is currently serving as District Rotary Foundation Chair-Designate and will fill that position from 2016-2020 in our district.  Her career was with the University of Missouri Extension Service Small Business Development Center program.  Cassy’s husband is past district governor, Jerry Venters.

Cassy Venters is Speaking Tuesday 7-14: 2015-07-13 00:00:00Z 0

Eileen Weir is Speaking 7-7-15

Eileen Weir was elected as mayor of Independence in April, 2014. Prior to being elected as the City’s 50th Mayor, and 2nd female Mayor, she served as Independence Councilwoman for the 4th District from 2012-2014.  Mayor Weir serves on the board of directors for the Independence Economic Council, Mid-America Regional Council, Missouri Municipal League and the United Services Community Action Agency.  She also serves on the Blue Valley Sewer District Board of Trustees and on KC Rising Steering Committee along with being a member of the United States Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council, and the Kansas City Metro Mayors Caucus.
Mayor Weir attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York where she earned a B. A. in English Communication.  She became a resident of the Kansas City area in 1992 when she accepted a position within the Public Relations Department for the Kansas City Chiefs.  She left the Chiefs in 2000 but continued to do freelance writing for the website and team publications while also operating her own Public Relations firm. 
Eileen Weir is Speaking 7-7-15 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

Ralph Cupelli Spoke June 30th- Bio is Below:

Ralph P. Cupelli, DG 2015-16
Ralph joined the Rotary Club of Kirksville in 1990.  He served on and chaired numerous club committees, was Club Secretary for three years and Club President twice in 2000-01 and 2010-11.  He has received both the Kirksville Rotary Club's Ray Klinginsmith Distinguished Service Award and the Four Way Test Award.  He led the club's Rotary Centennial Committee that successfully raised over $125,000 to build an outdoor amphitheater in what is now Kirksville’s Rotary Park.  
Ralph served from 2012-13 as an Assistant Governor and was the District's Representative to Show Me Rotary that year.  Ralph has been married to his wife Suzanne for 42 years.  His daughter Aimée is a prosecuting attorney in Chisago County, Minnesota.  She and husband John have two children, Emma and Isaac.  Ralph is a multiple (8x) Paul Harris Fellow and active supporter of the Rotary Youth Exchange.
Ralph retired January 1, 2015, from Truman State University where he served for 23 years as Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  Prior to that Ralph served more than 23 years as a United States Army Infantry Officer in multiple assignments in Colorado, Georgia, Vietnam (where he commanded a company in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Germany, and the Pentagon where he headed the Army's Antiterrorism Program.
Ralph Cupelli Spoke June 30th- Bio is Below: 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

Friends United is Speaking Tuesday June 16th:

Charlotte Ruoff and Paulette Baker, retired teachers from the Independence School System, began what was to become Friends United, twenty-eight years ago.    Almost three decades ago, these two elementary school teachers  began a pen-pal  connection with a school in rural Honduras.  In 1987 Charlotte and Paulette  traveled to that country with fellow teacher, Kirk Arnold,  to visit the pen-pal corresponding school and spent three weeks in the small village of Zambrano observing and working with the teachers there.  With this modest beginning, Friends United Inc. has  provided  28 years of service to many schools in Honduras and has worked  with  Honduran teachers to help improve the education for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children. 
Charlotte was President of Friends United for 27 years and recently  resigned from that position.   Paulette has served on the board since its inception in 1987 and accepted the position of President of Friends United. 
Friends United is Speaking Tuesday June 16th: 2015-06-14 00:00:00Z 0

Zach Walker's Bio:

Zach Walker will bring us our June ninth program about Global Cities Initiative.  Kansas City and Independence joined an economic development network created by the Global Cities Initiative, a five-year joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.  Launched in 2012, the initiative helps business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness. GCI activities include producing data and research to guide decisions, fostering practice and policy innovations, and facilitating a peer learning network. This network, the Global Cities Initiative’s Exchange, assists metropolitan areas as they develop plans to achieve sustainable growth, first addressing exports and then foreign direct investment. Kansas City will start its involvement in the Exchange by developing a metropolitan export plan in 2015.

We are one of eight metro areas accepted to the GCI Exchange’s 2015 group, the final cohort of the 28-metro-area network. The Brookings Institution selected metro areas for the Exchange through a competitive process based on their readiness and commitment to pursue the Exchange’s global competitiveness principles.
Zach Walker has been the City of Independence's management analyst since March 2012.  He works collaboratively with the City Council, City Manager, and city departments and directs projects to provide recommendations.  These recommendations are designed to improve daily operations, reduce costs, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our city that has 1100 employees and a total operating budget of $292 million.
Zach Walker's Bio: 2015-06-14 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome Tom Dailey As The First Speaker in June, Bio Below:

Tom Dailey was sworn in as Independence, Missouri’s Chief of Police in 2008.  Prior to taking leadership of the Independence Police Department he retired from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department after 27 years of service and served in numerous capacities in all of the Department Bureaus as well as being the Department Critical Incident Commander.  In addition, he serves as the Kansas City Chiefs Critical Incident Commander and Resident Security Agent for Major League Baseball.  He served in command capacities at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
As Chief of Police in Independence, his priorities have been focused on lowering crime and disorder.  The Department instituted the Crime Overview Response and Evaluation process (CORE), which focuses on intelligence-led policing and the use of analysis to develop target-oriented strategies; Community Oriented Problem Solving (COPS) to include all facets of the community and government in addressing chronic problems that lead to crime and disorder; and has developed the Strategic Policing Plan to focus on coordination, accessibility, prevention, and sustainment.  He serves on numerous boards including homeland security, law enforcement and community organizations.
Chief Dailey holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, California and a master’s degree in Public Management from Park University.  He attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
He has been involved in coaching at different levels for years and currently coaches a summer collegiate baseball team.  He has been married to Karen for 36 years, has two children and one granddaughter.
Welcome Tom Dailey As The First Speaker in June, Bio Below: 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0

May 26ths Rotary Speaker:

Stephen R. Hemphill, Jurist Doctor, was educated at Monett High School and Oxford University.  He served as a Human Rights Adviser in Kosova; 08/06 to 02/11 and advised the U.S. State Department there on matters of national security.
Mr. Hemphill also received  a White House appointment as a National Security Advisor (Justice Senior Consul) to serve in Baghdad, Iraq; (initially Senior Legal Advisor), 01/04–06/05
He has also served or serves as Prosecuting Attorney (elected) Barry County MO  1/1/99- 12/31/02; Consultant, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Comm. Task Force; ”October Surprise” Investigation – 1992; Adjunct Professor of Business Law – William Jewell College, Liberty, MO 1987-1992; General Counsel and CFO of Raven Radio International Mfg. 1/1/87-2/1/88; private practice of law representing small businesses, governmental entities and criminal defence at various times 1982 - 2003.
In business he is a co-owner of B & B Cinemas (25 screens in Missouri/Florida); he serves on the board of directors of the Freistatt Mutual Insurance Co. and served as an adjunct Professor of Business Law, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO.  He was the General Counsel and CFO of Raven Radio International Mfg .1/1/87-2/1/88 and was a co-owner of Mid-American Election Services, Inc. (a political consulting firm) 1/1/82-12/31/86.
In political, civic, and charitable experiences, Mr. Hemphill served as a City Council Member – Liberty MO (suburban KCMO) 1991-1995; was a founder and former President of the Child Advocacy Center of the Ozarks, Inc,; and served as a former board member of the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, MO.  Additionally he has served on the Board of Governors and President’s Advisory Council of William Jewell College and yet serves on the William Jewell College President’s Advisory Council.  In 2006 he was awarded the William Jewell College Citation of Achievement.
Stephen Hemphill is an ordained Deacon and active member of Second Baptist Church - Liberty and has been active in church mission work in mainland China (2001 and 2003) and in Palestine/Lebanon/Syria (2002 and 2003).
He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and has been twice designated for team leadership roles in Rotary International missions to the Philippines (1987) and to Central America (1991).
May 26ths Rotary Speaker: 2015-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday's Speaker Bio Below:

Dr. Sherri Kirkpatrick. During her sixteen-year tenure as the Dean of Nursing at Graceland University, just a few hundred yards on Truman Road from where our Rotary club meets, Sherri initiated a nation-wide distance learning RN-BSN program that was the first of its kind in the U.S.  Dr. Kirkpatrick frequently traveled with her husband and trained health workers in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Africa and Asia.
In 2009, Sherri and her husband, Jac, co-founded HealthEd Connect, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of empowering women and children through evidence-based health, education, and advocacy programs.  Health workers supported by HealthEd Connect have delivered thousands of babies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, provided well-baby and prenatal care to villages in Malawi, and served as front-line health care workers in the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal.  Programs in Zambia have included the establishment of schools to provide affordable education for over 900 orphans and vulnerable children.  Sherri has served as a consultant to the Soviet Children’s Fund, been selected as a World of Children honoree, and received the Kansas City chapter United Nations World Citizen of the Year award.
Tuesday's Speaker Bio Below: 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday's Speaker Aruna Rokkam, MD's Bio Below:

Aruna Rokkam, MD, most recently finished a clinical fellowship in hematology/oncology at Washington University in St. Louis. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Rokkam is also board eligible in hematology/oncology. With more than 10 years of experience, she has an extensive background in various topics of cancer research and specific clinical interests in breast and gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Rokkam is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. She received her medical degree from Siddhartha Medical College in India and completed her residency at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital.
Tuesday's Speaker Aruna Rokkam, MD's Bio Below: 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday's Speaker David Von Drehel's bio is below:

DAVID VON DREHLE is an Editor-at-large for Time magazine and written many cover stories for that publication.  Featured stories include the Supreme Court’s health care decision and the death of Osama bin Laden. His essay on the 2008 Time Person of the Year, Barack Obama, anchored the bestselling issue in the history of Time magazine. His work has been featured on a wide variety of television and radio programs, including “Today,” “The NBC Nightly News,” “The News Hour,” and “Morning Edition.”
Prior to joining Time in 2007, Von Drehle was a senior writer and Assistant Managing Editor at The Washington Post, where he covered national politics and led the paper’s renowned features and culture section, "Style". His work for The Post has been collected in a number of anthologies, including “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.”
Von Drehle is the author of four books, including the award-winning bestseller “Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year.” His acclaimed account of the famous Triangle shirtwaist factory fire, “Triangle: The Fire That Changed America” has been called “social history at its best” by the New York Times; it remains a staple of high school and college history classes across the country.
A graduate of the University of Denver and Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar), Von Drehle lives in Kansas City with his wife and journalist, Karen Ball, and their four children.
Tuesday's Speaker David Von Drehel's bio is below: 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday's Speaker Tom Rafiner's Bio:

Tom Rafiner is an independent researcher and historian. He lives in Parkville, Missouri, but was raised in Raytown, Missouri and discovered that his ancestral roots in Jackson County stretched as far back as 1831.  While conducting family research he found relatives who lived in Cass County, Missouri, during the Civil War who were driven from the county and their homes in 1863.  Curiosity about Order No. 11 and questions about the fate of Cass County families soon became an all-consuming passion.
Three fires raged around and through the families of Jackson and Cass County during the Civil War in Missouri.  For Kansas and Missouri, this was the undying Border War— one of the most vicious in The War Between The States.  Although little is known about Order No. 11 in the public eye, the conflict in the three-county border area was so extreme that the area came to be known as "The Burnt District."  The three fires of Unionism, Secessionism, and the undying Border War resulted in universal destruction for this area and these families.  You will find these stories and more in:  Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County MO, and Chaos, and Order No. 11.
Tuesday's Speaker Tom Rafiner's Bio: 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday's Speaker Maija Rhee Devine's Bio:

  Maija Rhee Devine, a Korean-born writer whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, North American Review, and The Kenyon Review, and in various anthologies, holds a B.A. in English from Sogang University in Seoul and an M.A. in English from St. Louis University.  Writing honors include an NEA grant, finalist in William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and Emily Dickinson Poetry Award, and nominations for Pushcart Prizes and O. Henry Awards.
"The Voices of Heaven", her novel/love story in a polygamous family and their struggles during the Korean War, flows from her first-hand experience of growing up in Seoul during the war and its aftermath.  The story reveals the realities of both the old and new Korea as the Confucian values that rule the characters still shape the lives of people in North and South Korea. The novel, "The Voices of Heaven", a love story set during the Korean War, (Seoul Selection USA www.seoulselection.com, Irvine, CA, 2013) is available through Amazon.com and Ingram Wholesale Book Club.  The e-book version is now available on Amazon’s Kindle and the Apple iBookStore.
"Long Walks on Short Days", her poetry chapbook about Korea, China, U.S. and other lands she has known, is now available on Amazon.com.
The author and her husband, Michael J. Devine, the former director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, often travel to Korea, where she works on her new project, "Journals of Comfort Women", a book of poems about Korean comfort women who were forced to provide sexual services to Japanese soldiers during WW II.
Tuesday's Speaker Maija Rhee Devine's Bio: 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Copy of Rotary Day for Polio Eradication

In 1985, there were over 1000 new cases of Polio reported every day in over 125 countries.  That year, in Kansas City, at the Rotary International Convention, Rotary accepted the challenge of eradicating Polio from the earth.  Thirty years later there have been only 22 reported cases in the first 3 months of this year in only three remaining endemic countries.  The Rotary Club of Independence will celebrate that amazing achievement and rededicate to finish the remaining battle.  Polio is going to be a distant memory on the third planet with a little help from you.  Register for this event at www.end polio.info.
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Rotary Day for Polio Eradication

In 1985, there were over 1000 new cases of Polio reported every day in over 125 countries.  That year, in Kansas City, at the Rotary International Convention, Rotary accepted the challenge of eradicating Polio from the earth.  Thirty years later there have been only 22 reported cases in the first 3 months of this year in only three remaining endemic countries.  The Rotary Club of Independence will celebrate that amazing achievement and rededicate to finish the remaining battle.  Polio is going to be a distant memory on the third planet with a little help from you.  Register for this event at www.end polio.info.
Rotary Day for Polio Eradication Ron Thornbury 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Ride/Cruise

Posted by Ron Thornbury on Feb 25, 2015

Sunday, May 17 at noon we will gather at the new Stoney Creek Hotel for a motorcycle ride/cruise to draw attention to our Rotary Day of May 23 and the continuing fight to eradicate Polio.  We hope to have 50 - 100 bikes, hot rods, customs, minivans, etc. participate.  We will circle the north side of the Kansas  City area via Interstate 435 and 70.  Those that can will carry an 'End Polio Now' flag on their vehicle and hopefully we will gather some news coverage.  This should be a fun event and hopefully the weather will be great.  Plan now to attend.  Registration is available on lice at https://eventbrite.com/event/15818512597/


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FIRST ANNUAL CARNIVAL Mark Smith 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Know How to Have Fun with Fundraising!

Posted by Michelle Rhodes on Sep 07, 2013

Habitat for Humanity paired up with the Rotary Club of Independence to help with fundraising.  The event was held on Aug 31 2013 as a beer sampling event at Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity.  The event included beer sampling, peanuts, games, and music entertainment.  Not only are Rotarians great at raising money, but they also know how to have a good time!!!!

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Rotarians Know How to Have Fun with Fundraising! Michelle Rhodes 2013-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

The Stone Church Neighborhood Dinner

Posted by Michelle Rhodes on Sep 07, 2013

The Stone Church's mission is to provide a weekly meal every Wednesday evening at no cost for all those in need.  Together a network of community partners provide a warm welcoming environment for the adults, children and youth in Independence. Below are a few pictures of last Wednesday's 9-4-13 dinner and the Independence Rotary Club at work:


The Stone Church Neighborhood Dinner Michelle Rhodes 2013-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
County Excutive Mike Sanders to address club Mark Smith 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
County Excutive Mike Sanders to speak to Independence Rotary on August 27, 2013 Mark Smith 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
2013-14 President Ron Fike Mark Smith 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Independence Rotary and Truman Habitat for Humanity Fund Raising Mark Smith 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner

Posted by Judy Stiles on Nov 06, 2009
District 6040 Foundation Dinner November 7, 2009 Airport Embassy Suites – I-29 Exit 10 7640 NW Tiffany Springs Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 816-891-7788 Reception 5:15 - Dinner 6:15
Foundation Dinner Judy Stiles 2009-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Fred Hahn Biography Judy Stiles 2009-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? RON THORNBURY 2009-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? RON THORNBURY 2009-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars! RON THORNBURY 2009-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Tuesday April 14th Speaker is:

Posted by Michelle Rhodes


David McCaughey (pronounced McCoy) has been a member of Kansas City Rotary Club 13 since 1999.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the Club and is a past Club treasurer.  Currently, David serves as President of the Rotary Youth Camp Association.


Since the late 1920’3 the Rotary Youth Camp has been helping the youth of Greater Kansas City.  Today, the Rotary Youth Camp is intended for any child with a physical limitation which would make it difficult or impossible to participate at other camps.  The camp enables campers to grow in self-confidence and to experience success in physical activities and human relationships.  The Rotary Youth Camp serves the youth of Greater Kansas City without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.


David was born and raised in Independence, graduating from Truman High School in 1979.  His mother still lives over by Crysler Stadium at 23rd Street and Crysler Road.


In his professional life, David is founder and President of KelCon Technologies, Inc.  For the past 15 years KelCon has been providing IT services for small businesses.


David’s other volunteer activities includes Boy Scouts.  David has been Scoutmaster for Troop 195 for eight years.  Recently, he was recognized as the Kansas City 2014 Scoutmaster of the Year.


David’s topic will be Rotary Youth Camp’s history of helping kids




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Last Tuesday's Speaker was Aram Demirjian:

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Aram Demirjian, Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony is now in his third season with the orchestra.   He has lead the orchestra in an astounding variety of concert offerings and has supported the work of Music Director Michael Stern.

                 Lauded for his versatility and “skillful, exciting spirit” (KC Metropolis), Demirjian appeared and will appear on every orchestral series in the Symphony’s 2014-2015 season.  A highlight has been his debut on the Classical Series (Ovation and Masterworks), January 23-25, that featured pianist Joyce Yang performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.  He also will conduct the Family and Pops series, as well as the Kansas City Symphony’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and Independence Messiah Choir.

A hallmark of Demirjian’s time with the Kansas City Symphony has been the establishment of two dynamic and fun concert series for which he will once again take up the baton.  Classics Uncorked, now in its third season, offers a more casual take on the classics, complete with thematic programming, musical demonstrations, a free glass of wine and a chance to mingle with members of the Symphony. And the truly unique Screenland at the Symphony concerts present classic works of cinema with a live soundtrack provided by the orchestra. The series has included “The Wizard of Oz,” excerpts from Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, excerpts from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, and this year features “Singin’ in the Rain” and Disney’s “Fantasia.”

Demirjian has participated in some of the most selective music festivals and competitions in the world. As a three-time Conducting Fellow in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, he studied intensively with music director Robert Spano and guest instructors Hugh Wolff and Larry Rachleff. In 2011, the Aspen Music Festival recognized Demirjian’s work by awarding him the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize, a distinction given to only one conductor annually. That same year, he won third prize in the Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition.

Demirjian holds the distinction of being one of only two conductors accepted to the inaugural class of the Orchestral Conducting program at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Hugh Wolff and earned his Master of Music degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in music and government from Harvard University, where his conducting career began with a two-year appointment as music director of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra.



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Speaker for the Independence Rotary Club 3-31 :

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John Ohrazda is the Airport Manager for the City of Lee's Summit, a position he assumed in February 1984.

His job responsibilities include, in addition to, the daily operations of the airport, the supervision of the personnel fueling and servicing aircraft as well as short term and long term planning of the airport facilities.  Mr. Ohrazda is a member of the Lee’s Summit Public Works Department and reports directly to the Deputy Director of Public Works.

Mr. Ohrazda joined the City of Lee's Summit June 1, 1980 and became the Airport Manager in February 1984.  During his 31years as the airport manager the airport has constructed two new runways with the largest being 4,015 feet.  The airport houses 160 aircraft with over 52,000 annual operations making it the sixth busiest airport in the State of Missouri.  Two businesses operate from the airport providing aircraft rental services and maintenance.  Recently the Airport began a construction project which will move the entrance road to the Airport out of the future Runway safety area and an earthwork project to extend the crosswind runway 200-feet west of its current location.  In June of  2015 the Airport will be hosting a Public Open House featuring aviation service groups from the Kansas City metro area.  Advertisement began on March 30th for the earthwork phase of improving the primary Runway 18/36 to 5,500 feet.  This project will involve the earthwork for a 1,385 extension to the Runway.

Mr. Ohrazda is a graduate of Baker University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  In addition to his 31 years as an airport manager his other community service includes being a member of the R-7 School Districts Partners in Education Program with Mason Elementary for over 24 years, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Committee, past President of the Missouri Airport Managers Association, as well as a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Experimental Aircraft Association.




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Tuesday 3-24th Welcome Bruce Mathews

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Bruce Mathews is a well-known professional photographer and has published a series of pictorial books on Kansas City history. Today's program will be in regard to his "Kansas City Spirit" book that has the famous Norman Rockwell cover commissioned by Joyce Hall (of Hallmark cards) not long after the 1951 flood disaster. Bruce may touch on other subjects such as two cemeteries with famous people buried in them, and his newest book on stained-glass windows, windows that are found in Kansas City.


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Dr. Dale Herl Talked to our ClubTuesday 3-17:

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Dale Herl, who came to Independence five and a half  years ago after three years as the superintendent in Burrton, Kansas. Herl said he left Burrton with his wife and four children simply eager to work in a district “with a reputation for innovation — an opportunity in a progressive school district.”

The 42-year-old former high school math and physics teacher has had to manage a steep learning curve.  The total enrollment in Burrton was around 270 students, split between one elementary school and one high school, about 90 percent white with about half of the students economically disadvantaged.

He is taking over an Independence School District with an enrollment of 13,938 — and growing — in which more than 30 percent of the students are non-white and two-thirds are economically disadvantaged.

The district has been meeting 14 out of 14 standards on the state’s annual performance reports for districts, but it faces a harder task as the state transitions this year to a higher standards system.  “There are a lot of challenges,” Herl said. The threat of eroding state funding hangs over the district, coupled with declines in assessed property valuations. And the rising state standards “are changing the ballgame for everybody,” he said.

Also as it has in the past, the Independence school board moved quickly in filling a superintendent vacancy. Hinson, who had been superintendent since 2002, was introduced March 11 as the next superintendent in the Shawnee Mission district. The Independence board made its choice for Herl in less than a month.

A statement from the district said Herl was chosen from a pool of applicants from around the region, using an application and selection process the district has used “for decades.”  “We feel very fortunate that we had an extraordinarily strong candidate who has already shown great leadership ability here in the Independence School District,” board President Ann Franklin said in a statement.

Herl came to Independence believing that Hinson had the district moving “in a great direction,” he said, so he has no plans for “sweeping change.”  “My intent is to go out and listen to our teachers and staff and members of the community,” he said “We need a collective vision.”


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Speaker for March 10th:

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Carl was Vice-president of Kansas City Life Insurance Company until 1976 when he established his private law practice in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, concentrating on estate planning, business law and real estate.

Carl served as District Governor of District 6040 for 2002-2003.  That year he received the Presidential Citation.  He was 2007 Convener for Nomination of International Director for Zones 30 and 31.  He was 2010 delegate to the Council on Legislation.  He is a Major Paul Harris Donor, Level 6, and Benefactor, Inaugural Class of the Paul Harris Society of District 6040, and the Arch Klumph Society, Chairs Circle.  He has served as Major Donor Advisor and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Endowment Major Gift Advisor and  RI President’s Representative.

He received the District 6040 Humanitarian Award for Polio Eradication, the 2010 Regional Service Award for a Polio - Free World, the Citation for Meritorious Service, and the Distinguished Service Award.  He has also served as Polio Plus Chairman for District 6040 and is a Rotary International Polio Plus Partners Task Force Member.  He participated in an NID to India.

Carl has done legal work for over 130 non-profits, including churches, athletic organizations, humanitarian groups, and civic and service clubs.

In addition to providing legal help, Carl has served on many Greater Kansas City area boards. He is past president of the following Lee’s Summit groups: The Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, Chapter of Red Cross, and the R-7 School District.  He also chaired the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Jackson County Coalition of Chambers, and the Missouri Yacht Club. He has been Chairman of the Planned Giving Committees of the Eastland Community Foundation, Truman Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital.  He has been awarded the Metropolitan Community Colleges President’s Citation and is installed in the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.  He received the Bishops Shield for the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri.

Carl enjoys working with wood and has built two sail boats and two canoes among other wood projects. He enjoys traveling, gardening, sailing and golfing.  Between them, Carl and Jean have eight children and eighteen grandchildren.  Every member of Carl’s family is a Paul Harris Fellow.     

During his Rotary career, Carl has sponsored over 145 new members and the installation of three new clubs.


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Tuesday's Speaker- Alex Burden's bio is below:

Posted by Michelle Rhodes


Alex Burden, Executive Director

Harry S. Truman Library Institute


Alex Burden is the Executive Director of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute – the Truman Presidential Library and Museum’s foundation and nonprofit partner.  In this capacity, Alex provides strategic leadership for and management of the Institute’s educational programs, community programming, communications/marketing initiatives and fundraising efforts. 


With more than 18 years’ experience working in Kansas City’s non-profit community, Alex has had the privilege of working with many of Kansas City’s finest institutions including the Kansas City Symphony, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Bishop Miege High School.  Alex has helped these and other organizations raise $53+ million. 


Alex earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Medieval European History from the University of Kansas in 1991, and then completed his Master’s degree in 1998.  Alex’s thesis, written on the life on an Irish saint, won a prestigious award from the University.  Alex Burden lives with his wife and two daughters in Fairway, KS. 


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End Polio Now ride/cruise

Posted by Ron Thornbury

Sunday, May 17 at noon we will gather at the new Stoney Creek Hotel for a motorcycle ride/cruise to draw attention to our Rotary Day of May 23 and the continuing fight to eradicate Polio.  We hope to have 50 - 100 bikes, hot rods, customs, minivans, etc. participate.  We will circle the north side of the Kansas  City area via Interstate 435 and 70.  Those that can will carry an 'End Polio Now' flag on their vehicle and hopefully we will gather some news coverage.  This should be a fun event and hopefully the weather will be great.  Plan now to attend.  Registration is available on lice at https://eventbrite.com/event/15818512597/Image

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Tuesday's Speaker was William Duane Benton. His bio is below:

Posted by Michelle Rhodes

ImageWilliam Duane Benton, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, President of the Kansas City Rotary Club 16 and  District 6040 Membership Chair, brings our program to Independence Rotary Club Tuesday Feb. 24th.  Benton graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in 1972, and took his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he graduated alongside Justice Samuel Alito in 1975. Benton also has an M.B.A. from Memphis State University and an L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Prior to joining the federal bench, Duane Benton served on the Supreme Court of Missouri from 1991 to 2004, where he was Chief Justice from 1997 to 1999. Benton was director of the Missouri Department of Revenue in the administration of then-Governor John Ashcroft from 1989 to 1991, and served as an administrative aide to a United States Congressman, Wendell Bailey from 1981 to 1982. From 1983 to 1989, Benton practiced law in Jefferson City, Missouri. Benton served as a captain in the U.S. Navy/Naval Reserve from 1972 to 2002, and as judge advocate in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1979. Benton has taught at the University of Missouri School of Law, and at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.  Benton currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife Sandra and has two children, Megan and Grant.






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Tuesday Program Was Friends United:

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In December 2013, Fred Hahn, Charlotte Ruoff and John Harder met with District Governor Elect CassyVenters, District Foundation Chair John Gill and District Grants Chair Elizabeth Usovicz to discuss a global grant based on the combined work of the Rotary Club of Independence and Friends United.  For the next year, work on the grant proceeded, including a planning trip to Tegucigalpa in April 2014.  The grant was based on teacher training using the expertise of U.S. teachers serving on a Vocational Training Team.  The project organization is composed of the Villa Real de Tegucigalpa Rotary Club as the Host Club, the Rotary Club of Independence as the International Club, and Amigos Unidos Honduras as the Cooperating Organization.  After a year of work and the dedicated support of Elizabeth Usovicz, the Rotary Foundation approved Global Grant.

The Global Grant Project consists of three parts: Part 1 – Three day seminar, Part 2 – Follow up visits to teachers, and Part 3 – Books for school libraries.  The Seminar was held in January 2015.  The follow up visits and delivery of books to school libraries will take place from March through November 2015.


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Last Week's Speaker was Cori Day:

Posted by Michelle Rhodes


ImageCori Day began her career in Tourism with her first job at the Best Western in Columbia, MO.  She continued her career in hotels with the opening of Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia.  She began working at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau until 2010 when she moved to Independence to become the Tourism Director for the City. Cori lives in Independence with her husband, Jon and their two daughters, Emma and Molly.




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Tuesday 2-4-15 Speaker was David R. Williams:

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ImageDavid R. Williams  Chief Executive Officer  Centerpoint Medical Center

David R. Williams has been the Chief Executive Officer of Centerpoint Medical Center since November 2012.   He has 31 years of healthcare administration experience, most recently as President and CEO of the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA.  David has served in leadership roles in five HCA facilities within the past 27 years.  Prior to serving as Rapides Regional Medical Center’s CEO, David served as CEO of HCA’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, VA.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, and a Master of Health Administration/Health System Management from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Topical Medicine in New Orleans, LA.

David has been very active in professional and community organizations, such as the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Heart Association and the Rotary Club.  David currently serves on the Boards of Truman Heartland Community, Truman Library Institute, Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council of Independence.

David and his wife, Beth, reside in Lee’s Summit, MO.  They have two children; Michael is working for an HCA hospital in Richmond and Claire is attending college at James Madison University in Virginia.




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Justin Wilfron was Tuesday's 1-27 speaker, Bio bleow:

Posted by Michelle Rhodes

ImageJustin Wilfon joined The Now KC in September of 2014 as Anchor of The Now KC.  Justin Wilfon's journey to The Now KC started way back in the third grade. That's when a weatherman from a local TV station visited his school. After he talked about the excitement of television news, Justin was immediately hooked. Justin started doing fake "newscasts" for his parents in the basement of their house! While he didn't think any of those newscasts would win an Emmy, his parents were nice enough to put up with the nightly ritual.


Eight years later, at the age of 16, Justin started working in radio at a small station in Illinois. He answered phone calls for the station's talk shows and ran the board, or whatever else managers needed him to do. A short time later, he started working for a larger radio station in St. Louis, KTRS, where he wrote news and sports for the weekend newscasts.


During his college years at Southern Illinois University he reported and anchored for the school's nightly newscast on the local PBS station.

Then, he started TV career on the west coast, where he anchored in Washington State , Louisville, Kentucky, and Tulsa, Oklahoma before heading to Kansas City.   His career highlights  include coverage of the Oklahoma grass fires in the winter of 2006, a trip to Hollywood to cover American Idol, and a one-on-one interview with rock star and activist, Bono -- an experience he will certainly never forget.


In his spare time, he loves to work out and play golf.


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Tuesday's Rotary Speaker was our very own: Pam Fulmer

Posted by Michelle Rhodes


Pam Fulmer of Fulmer Consulting is a native of Eastern Jackson County, and many years ago received a certificate in Radiologic Technology from this very building where the Independence Rotary Club meets—the former Independence Sanitarium and Hospital.

Ms. Fulmer has followed cutting-edge technology in the field of mammography where the research and development occurs, partnering with companies such as Hologic, Agfa, Kodak and Carestream Health.  She had a direct role in bringing mammography technology into the digital world that we see today.

Today Ms. Fulmer leads a consulting mammography education company, the Fulmer Consulting Group.  She is sought after for her mammography seminars that she conducts internationally and is a trainer for the American College of Radiology with a mission to improve company workflow and positioning.

Ms. Fulmer is a past president for the Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists and is currently a Delegate for the House of Delegates in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

In avocations she is a volunteer with the Independence Tourism Department and serves on the board of directors for the Vaile Mansion.





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Tuesdays Speaker: Mavericks Coach Richard Matvichuk.

Posted by Michelle Rhodes

ImageRichard Matvichuk was introduced as the Missouri Mavericks second coach in team history on June 12, 2014. Matvichuk previously worked with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as Defensive Coach and Assistant General Manager, winning back-to-back championships.

Matvichuk had a successful 14-year career in the National Hockey League, drafted eighth overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He went on to play 11 seasons for the Dallas Stars, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999, before moving on to play for the New Jersey Devils for the final two seasons of his career from 2005-07.

Matvichuk, originally from Edmonton, Alberta, has moved to the Kansas City area with his wife Tracy and their three sons, Cole, Dalton and Dillon.


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The first speaker of 2015 is Rich Linden: Bio is below:

Posted by Michelle Rhodes


Rich Linden has been a producer for numerous radio and television programs in the Kansas City area for the past fifteen years.  With a background in music, theatre, and dance, he has been an innovator in producing radio and video programs for Not-for-Profit organizations.  Using the best crews and talent in the city, he designs and develops pieces that are not only creative, but of the highest quality.  He has written and produced such projects as:  Teen Expo (TV and radio), Worlds of Fun Grad Night (in collaboration with Bernstein-Rein), various political spots, MADD Red Ribbon Campaign,  and promotions for several radio Disc Jockeys.


Mr. Linden is an independent producer and filmmaker.  His company, The Linden Group, specializes in media campaigns for nonprofit agencies.  He has written and produced for several local radio and television stations, and has appeared on  Party of Five.  He has produced documentaries and promotional videos for the likes of Project Neighborhood, Applebee’s Restaurants, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, The UMKC Video Network, Federal Dept of Justice, and the Missouri State Governors office. Mr. Linden wrote and produced a martial arts show called The Power Zone, which is running nationally, and recently finished producing music for ESPN’s National Drill Team Finals.


Rich is the voice of Park University athletics, UMKC athletics, and emcee’s some of the biggest events and fundraisers in the KC area, and across the United States.  In addition, Mr. Linden has been an active parent and past president for his children’s elementary and middle school PTA chapters.  He has been featured in articles for Our Children magazine, PTO Today, and The Wall Street Journal.


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Tuesday 11-23-14 Speaker: Richard Miles

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GEHA is a not-for-profit association     and the second-largest national health plan and the second-largest national dental plan serving federal employees, federal retirees and their families. GEHA President Richard Miles will provide an overview of the company’s history, including more than 30 years of economic and social involvement in the Independence community. He will also discuss the changing landscape of health care and the challenges and opportunities it presents for GEHA’s future.


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Tuesday 11-18 Speakers are Jim Schultz and Cindy Friend:

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For six years Jim Schultz and Cindy Friend with a dedicated group of others (including Rotarians), have brought to Independence ambitious food drives to supply our local food pantries and community kitchens under the name of the Independence Hungry and Homeless Coalition.   Today, Tuesday November 18th, Jim and Cindy will bring us, appropriately, our Rotary Thanksgiving message.  Cindy Friend, a licensed registered nurse who  is retired from both the Independence Regional Health Center and Independence's Health Department, is the current chairman of the board for the Coalition. Jim Schultz, a past Independence City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, was instrumental in forming the Coalition six years ago.


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Tuesday Nov. 4th Speakers: JobOne

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Aaron Martin is President and CEO of JobOne, Inc., a community rehabilitation provider based in Independence that provides employment opportunities for nearly 300 Kansas Citian’s with significant disabilities.  Mr. Martin has worked in numerous roles for agencies providing support to this population since the early 1990's.  In his as CEO of JobOne he is committed to assisting people with disabilities find their place in the job market through programmatic diversity, entrepreneurship, and person centered supports.  Aaron is active in other community organizations including Youth Sports, and currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.   amartin@job1one.org



Mark Simcosky is the Chair of the Board of JobOne, Inc.   As a 501C3 Non-Profit organization, the board acts to oversee management, financial and approve standards.   They also plan for long term development and work with the community in fulfilling the mission of JobOne.   The mission of JobOne is a unique two layer mission:    Our social mission is to enhance the lives of adults with disabilities by providing a lifetime of meaningful employment choices. Our business mission is to provide jobs for adults with disabilities through entrepreneurship and partnership with the business community.  Mark has been involved in numerous community organizations in addition to JobOne, including the Eastern Independence Rotary Club, Truman Heartland Advisory Board, The Independence School District Foundation, Scouting and as an Ambassador for the Chamber.  Mark_simcosky@ajg.com


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Last Week's Speaker was Mark Enderle- Bio is below:

Posted by Michelle Rhodes


Dr. Mark Enderle

Fort Osage School Superintendent

Enderle has been superintendent of Fort Osage schools since 2009. During his tenure, the district has started a 1:1 technology initiative with more than 3,500 Google Chromebooks and hundreds of iPads in use by students across the district, plus achieved accreditation with distinction for four consecutive years under the Missouri School Improvement Program.

Enderle’s career in education has spanned more than 25 years. Before arriving at Fort Osage, he began as a social studies teacher at Fulton Middle School, and eventually became assistant principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Fulton School District.

In addition to his years in education, he served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, and is a member of the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Missouri Association of School Administrators and Missouri State Teachers Association.



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Last Tuesday's Speaker: Hap Graff and Alex Colley:

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Hap Graff:  Interim President & Chief Executive Officer                             Image

Some  24 years ago as the Chamber Chairman,  I hired Rick Hemmingsen as President of the Independence Chamber of Commerce. Rick served the Chamber well and taught me a bit about negotiating with the Board and what it took to be an effective President. Rick wanted to build a new Chamber Building and  lead the charge to build the Enterprise Center. Today, some 20 years later it is still one of the nicest  office buildings in Independence.

Following a year search where Teresa Freeland served as interim President, the Chamber hired Kim Kimbrough in 2012. Kim brought new ideas with him and one of the most interesting is the partnership with the Independence School District and Ford Next Generation Learning to launch "career academies". The aim of the program is to better prepare high school students to move into the work force and others to be better prepared to succeed in college. Then, according to the Independence Examiner, Kim left suddenly. The next day Brad Speaks emailed me and asked me to lunch with Tom Weir. When I arrived, I was surprised to find Cindy McClain at the lunch too. I knew this lunch was going to be a little  bigger than to ask me to join the Chamber or to replace Jeff Benson, the recently departed  VP of Membership.

Thus, 7 days ago, I was sitting with you  in Rotary all relaxed and retired. A few days later after a random lunch with good people, I am the interim President  of your Independence Chamber of Commerce.  Exciting times.

Alex Colley: Vice President of Small Business Development                     Image

In mid-February, 2013, the newly established position of Vice-President for Small Business Development at the Chamber was filled by Alexandra (Alex) Colley. She is a native of Pensacola FL. and a graduate of the University of Tampa with a degree in Marketing and the University of West Florida with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Alex worked for a state-charted downtown redevelopment authority in Pensacola, FL from 2009-2013. During that time, she rose to the position of Assistant Executive Director. Her position at the Chamber is primarily responsible for developing additional capacities within small business members to positively impact their operational environment and knowledge necessary to remain prosperous.





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Tuesday's Speaker Overview: Jack Figg

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Jack Figg, plant manager of Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), brings our program for Tuesday, October 7th.  ATK is an aerospace, defense, and sporting goods company with its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, in the United States. The company operates in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and other countries. ATK booked about US $4.78 billion in revenue for the 2014 fiscal year.

History:  ATK  was launched as an independent company in 1990, when Honeywell spun off its defense businesses to shareholders. The former Honeywell businesses had supplied defense products and systems to the U.S. and its allies for 50 years, including the first electronic autopilot that enabled B-17 aircraft to accomplish pinpoint bombing missions during World War II.

The Independence MO Lake City Army Ammunition Plant  the Lake City Army ammunition Plant is a 3,935 acre government-owned contractor-operated facility. Remington Arms established the plant in 1941 and the facility has remained in continuous operation except for one five year period following World War II. As of July 2007 the plant produces nearly 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition per year. In addition Lake City perform small caliber ammunition stockpile reliability testing and has ammunition and weapons testing responsibilities as the NATO national and regional test center.  ATK has operated the plant since 2001. Our Independence plant is the single largest producer of small arms ammunition for the United States Armed Forces.


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September 30th Meeting Speaker was Robert Zornes- Bio is below:

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Robert Zornes, executive director of Mother’s Refuge since February, 2001, has brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership to that service institution.  In 2001, Mother’s Refuge was near closing its doors before its board recruited Mr. Zornes.  The charge: “Close it down properly or alternatively, try to resurrect the dying institution”.  Robert Zorn's chose the latter and today the organization is flourishing in its service to teenage unwed mothers who, tragically, are without support by family and friends. In the fall of 2012, the Mother's Refuge home and service center was engulfed in flames and it became necessary to completely revise and rebuild the home. This fall the building will be returned to service with plant and equipment that far exceeds former conditions.

Robert previously served nine years as Executive Director of another large maternity home and adoption agency and was a staff member of a prominent metropolitan church in Kansas City.  In addition to social services, he has been successful in sales and business.  He taught numerous sales and motivational classes and was the featured speaker to hundreds of church organizations in Kansas and Missouri over the past 35 years.  He and his wife to this day teach and lead  parenting and marriage seminars and classes. 

Robert earned a master's degree in counseling/psychology education from Emporia State University and completed graduate studies in journalism at the University of Kansas. His bachelor's degree is from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

Robert and his wife, Susan, have three sons—all of which serve as volunteers for Mother’s Refuge.  His son Carl teaches the staff and residents CPR and First-Aid.  Bobby works in technology at H&R Bloch and volunteers to keep the service organization's technology updated and has wired the new building for internet and security systems.   Josh, the youngest, has volunteered in providing lawn care, demolition of the home and is now helping with miscellaneous projects and painting. 

Robert’s wife, Susan, is a fourth grade school teacher in the Park Hill School District and assists Mother's Refuge with proof reading and many other projects

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Tuesday's Speaker is Todd Mitchell and below is his bio:

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Todd Mitchell

 Independence Event Center General Manager

"I always wanted to work in the music/records/event business in one way or another," says Mr. Mitchell. And that's what he's done since graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1995.  Today, Todd Mitchell will bring to us news of recently forged new entertainment affiliations and of a different style of management for Independence's is most recent crown jewel— our excellent Event Center.  Mr. Mitchell's career includes being a media buyer for Prairie Village Kansas' Contemporary Productions and was the senior event coordinator for the Kemper Arena/American Royal Center through Global Spectrum.   Most recently  he was the general manager of the Baton Rouge Louisiana's River Center— one of the Gulf Coast's major multipurpose entertainment and convention facilities.

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Last Tuesday's Speaker: Bridget McCandless, MD

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Bridget McCandless,  MD, MBA, FACP

Dr. McCandless has spent her career working to provide medical care to low-income, uninsured individuals. Recently, she has served the past 13 years as medical director of the Shared Care Free Clinic of Jackson County (formerly the Jackson County Free Health Clinic). Since establishing the clinic in 2001, it has served 2,500 patients with chronic medical illnesses.

She has established a multidisciplinary volunteer network that includes pharmacists, ophthalmologists, radiologic services, oral health providers, diabetes educators, mental health providers and specialty care physicians.    She also served as an inaugural member of the HCF Board of Directors from 2003-2008. During that time, she chaired HCF’s Program and Grants committee and was critical in the development of HCF’s guiding principles, ethics policy, funding focus areas, funding guidelines and grant review process.    

In 2013 the Board of Directors of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) announced the selection of Bridget McCandless, M.D., MBA, FACP, as its new President/CEO. “It was important to the Board of Directors that we find a candidate who could build on the strong culture and foundation that was created under Steve’s leadership,” said Dr. Karen Cox, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and chair of the HCF Board of Directors.   HCF was created in 2002 as part of the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) purchase of Health Midwest. It began grantmaking in 2005 and has invested more than $160 million into its service area of Kansas City, Mo.; Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri; and Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.


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Below is Terry Snapp's bio. Terry was Tuesday's 9-9-14 Program:

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Terry Snapp, the community's shepherd for the Stone Church charitable evening dinner program supported by our Rotary club, brings to us an overview of that expanding project.

Terry spent nearly forty years in the nonprofit sector in Independence and the greater KC area, working for a variety of nonprofit agencies and institutions that include the Independence Neighborhood Councils, SHARE, Park University and the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation. In addition to providing guidance in a range of roles, much of his work was in providing leadership for raising funds for large capital campaigns.

Presently Terry works part time in consulting with the Hartsook Companies —where his son Matt serves as the CEO and President. Terry Snapp currently is completing a fifth year as Pastor of the Stone Church Community of Christ.  With his wife, Betty (Founder of Sunshine Center) he serves in various roles in support of the Community Services League.

His son, Matt Beem and his wife Kate, provided the couple with three outstanding grandchildren, Joe, Maggie and Tom.


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Our Tuesday 9-2 Speaker's Bio:

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Jim Thompson is Chairman/CEO of Stoney Creek Hospitality Corpora-tion which owns and operates a chain of hotel & conference centers in 4 states throughout the Midwest. The Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center of Independence will be the 14th location and offers 167 guest rooms and a 31,000 square foot conference facility. The Grand Opening festivities will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the company, which incorporated in 1994 and opened its first property in 1995.

Mr. Thompson's 45 year business career includes experience in banking, real estate development, commercial/residential construction, and hotel management and development. He is Chairman/CEO of Thompson Companies, a service and leasing company. Chairman of SC Development Corporation, an investment and development company. President of SCI Builders, Inc. a commercial construction con-tractor. And serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Des Moines Neighbor to Neighbor Foundation, supporting victims of violent crime; The "House of Mercy" providing support and shelter for disadvantaged women and children; and the Clarke University Board of Trustees.

He has three children, 8 grandchildren, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kevin McCarty is Senior Vice President of Development with Stoney Creek Hospitality, and Chief Operating Officer/Shareholder of SC Development Corporation. He has been with the company for 13 years and brings restaurant, construction, and leadership experience to the company. He is on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Iowa, and participates in numerous fundraisers throughout the year. Mr. McCarty resides in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Last Tuesday's Speaker: Major Dean Towne

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ImageIndependence Missouri is  Majors Dean and Pat Towne's fifth appointment as Salvation Army Corps officers.  The two  will retire in the spring of 2018 from Corps service.

Dean Towne was born and raised in Kalamazoo Michigan and after high school joined the United States Army, serving seven years.  He met his wife Pat in Kalamazoo and the two were married in 1983.  They have two children,  Jason a plumber in Alabama is married and has two children, and Christine who is single and works for The Salvation Army in Alexandria Virginia.  Dean and Pat have been Salvation Army officers for 18 years. They enjoy camping, reading, cooking, and their favorite — following ice hockey, particularly their familiar Detroit Red Wings.







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Dr. John Dane gave a good talk to the Independence Rotary Club 8-19. Below is his bio:

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Dr. John N. Dane, DDS, FAAHD, DABSCD


Jackson County's dentist.

  He is currently the dental director for the Truman Medical Center Lakewood, Lee's Summit Missouri and the dental director for the Independence school-based dental program and the Elks Mobile Dental service. For twenty-five years  between 1977 and 2002, Dr. Dane was a professor for the UMKC School of Dentistry.  Dr. Dane currently lives in Lee's Summit Missouri.


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Larry Blick's Vocation Talk:

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Larry Blick, one of our Rotary members, was City Manager of Independence Missouri from 1993 to 2004. During his tenure major developments occurred in southeast Independence including Bolger Square, Hartman Heritage, Eastland and the center which includes the AMC theaters.  Sales taxes were passed to repair streets and parks and to build the Palmer Senior Center, the water park near 23rd and M201, a major sports field’s complex and various walking and bike trail improvements.  Funds were raised to renovate the Truman Memorial Building. A new housing code was adopted and code enforcement was stepped up throughout the city. Many improvements were made to the Fire and Police Departments making them among the most professional in the metro area. According to Blick these things were made possible by having good political leadership, a stable political government and active citizen participation.

Larry received a masters degree from Wichita State University and then worked in city and county governments for forty-four years in Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Florida, and finally, Independence. Larry is married to Susan Blick. The couple have three children and seven grandchildren.


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Chad Waldo spoke to our club Tuesday August 5th.

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 ImageI have been an active Rotarian with the Lee's Summit Sunrise Club since 2009. Before that I had honestly never heard of Rotary and knew nothing about it. Since that time I have been the club president, board member and IT guy. Currently I am serving as assistant district governor to four clubs as well as being the Deputy Governor of Technology for our district. I am a father of two beautiful girls Olivia Rae and Isabella Grace and the lucky husband of Tricia Lea. I own two businesses in Lee's Summit , one of which has a warehouse in Independence. "

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Cheryl Lang 7-22-14 talk to Independence Rotary Club.

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Discover YOUR History at The Midwest Genealogy Center

Cheryl Lang, Midwest Genealogy Center Manager and Steve Potter, Library Director

The Midwest Genealogy Center is part of the 2014 National Medal winning Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) system. MCPL has a long history of providing outstanding genealogy resources, and the Genealogy Center has been a major step in the growth of the system. The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a million on-site materials.

Amongst its many features, MGC houses a uniquely expansive circulating collection and almost completely open stacks. New technology is also a major attribute of the building. Microfilm reader-printers, a self-digitization station, and significant database access allow researchers to use today's technology to assist their investigations.

Of course, one of the most valuable resources at MGC is a dedicated staff and corps of volunteers.  These dedicated people teach classes, introduce first timers to techniques and resources, and help accomplished genealogists when they hit a dead end.

“Tell Me a Story” is a Mid-Continent Public Library initiative to provide the continuing ability to record and preserve the memories, stories, and living history of residents in the metro area.  Tell Me a Story is a recorded conversation between two people who know each other. During that time, a segment of one person’s life or a shared memory is recorded, archived, and shared on the Midwest Genealogy Center’s website.


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Last week's speaker John Gill 7-15-14

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ImageJohn grew up in Richmond Missouri but currently makes his home in Kansas City with his wife Melanie.  John graduated from William Jewell College in 1979 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Economics.  He currently owns and manages his family’s large farm operation near Richmond and oversees oil and natural gas investments in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado as well as other family businesses.

He has served as President of the Richmond Rotary club and on a variety of District 6040 Committees and served asDistrict Governor in 2009-2010.  Currently John serves Rotary as our District Foundation Chair and as President of the Show-Me Rotary Leadership Institute.  Outside of Rotary, John serves as an officer and director of several levee and drainage districts in northwest Missouri.  John also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of William Jewell College. John likes all sports.  He will play some golf but John loves baseball.  John and Melanie have been season ticket holders for the Kansas City Royals since 1985. John and Melanie have two grown children.  Andrew lives in Richmond and works on the family farm.  Their daughter Emily is married to Grant Karr who live and work in downtown Kansas City.

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Save The Date: Forks and Corks

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A food and wine event benefiting harvesters.  Come join the fun Thursday, April 24th 6:60-9:00 PM.  Event is held at the Grand Ballroom at the KC Convention Center. 

Tickets are on sale now.  Go to www.harvesters.org for more information.

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Harvesters- Take your can to work day:

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One in seven people in our community is hungry!  Challenge your company and your co-workers to set up this for this one-day food drive.  Companies contributing in small ways can make a big impact on our ability to feed our neighbors.

Who- KC companies

When- Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

To Learn more visit www.harvesters.org

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Rotarians

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by Dr. Jagdish Bhatt of the Rotary Club of BombayAirport
Mumbai, India

This article was first written for Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI) and has been published in over 150 Rotary club bulletins and translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Thai languages after being on the ROTI website Dr. Jagdish is a charter member of ROTI.

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Welcome to Independence Rotary's Website

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Welcome to our new website!

We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.

ClubRunner is a database-backed membership communication tool. Accessible by all club members, it allows you to communicate much more effectively, as well as saves you valuable time. Online registrations for events and volunteer activities, automatic email services, and an integrated e-Bulletin, among other features, makes it easy to promote your club's activities.

The website features easy to use content management tools, where you don't need to know HTML or FTP to update it. Accessible by any club member with a browser and Internet connection, it stays current with less effort.

Doxess, the creators of ClubRunner, welcome any comments or suggestions, and of course, bug reports. All correspondence related to ClubRunner is to be forwarded to clubrunner@doxess.com. For more information on ClubRunner, visit their website at www.clubrunner.ca.
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How Secure is our data?

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How secure is all this data?

No need to worry. ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies.

Private information is secured using unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only see a list of membership in his or her club, and his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

Your information is kept private; to review ClubRunner's Privacy Policy, visit www.clubrunner.ca.
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