Message from DG Jason
Greetings Rotarians!
First, let me say thank you to all Rotarians in all clubs in our district for what you do to serve your communities and communities you likely will never see through your contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Also, thank you for the privilege and honor of being able to serve as your District Governor this last year. From my current vantage point, it is difficult to look at the past year and not dwell on all the things I, and we, were not able to get done that we had planned to do.  Hopefully soon we’ll be able to look back and appreciate how difficult the circumstances of the past few months have been, and we’ll be proud of the way we’ve been able to pivot, and perhaps change the way our Rotary clubs work for the better.
I am certainly proud of the work you have done collectively, and of the efforts of the leadership team to build a strong foundation for the future in our area. I am truly excited for the group District Governor Elect Faron has put together, and for Vern Henricks and Stephanie Meyer who will follow him.
I hope that we will be able to gather in the fall to celebrate the many successes we did have this year, from terrific local projects, international projects (including one that happened right here in our district), multiple new clubs with new club types, new formats for training and programs, a new district committee to help continue to promote and grow our Global Grants, the tremendous response to the Pints for Polio fundraisers, and many others.
We have many objectives in Rotary: Our avenues of service, the Object of Rotary, the Foundation’s Six areas of Focus, our mission statement, and of course our motto, Service Above Self.
But all of those are arrows pointing in one direction, toward Peace.
I’m thrilled to announce that our district is now a Peacebuilder District, committed to funding Rotary Peace Fellowships by committing $25,000 annually to the program. Interviews for candidates are happening now, and hopefully one of ours will be selected. It’s a very competitive process, with only a maximum of 130 awarded annually across the world.
I cannot mention peace without mentioning the state of our country and our world right now. It is clear we cannot achieve peace without providing justice to all. It is obvious when visiting any Rotary club that we struggle to reflect the diversity of our communities. When considering our demographics, it is unlikely many of us have experienced our criminal justice system the way the poor and minorities do in this country. As Rotarians, we should take the lead to reach out, to have conversations, to understand what that experience and the simple experience of living in this society is like for those that don’t look like the vast majority of us do.
Each of us can help solve the problem in different ways, but doing nothing means actively promoting the status quo which doesn’t work for so many of our fellow Americans.
Peace to all,
Jason Leib
Rotary 5710 District Governor 2019-2020

District & Club News & Events

This month we want to extend a sincere thank you to District 5710’s Members and Clubs that have renewed their commitment to supporting Polio Plus by responding to our End of the Year – 6X Matching Donation Challenge!
With over $14,500.00 in NEW donations toward matching the $29,000.00 District Funds, we are half-way there. But with only 3 weeks to go before the June 25th Donation Deadline, now is the time to send in those additional donations to Polio Plus. If your Club has not yet donated to Polio Plus this year, please make it a high priority.  When we meet our 2019-2020 Goal our District will have, with the Gates Foundation match, produced over $400,000 for Rotary’s vital work.  Please share the message of our fight to End Polio in the attached “Countdown to History”, AND how Rotary is supporting the response to the Coronavirus. Encourage new or increased donations to Polio Plus from every club and from each of our individual members before June 25th to meet the 6X CHALLENGE!
And Remember: WE ARE “THIS CLOSE”.
Jim Arnett, Polio Plus District Chair - (913) 200-0514 -
Wild Poliovirus Weekly Update
Week Ending 30 May 2020
Total number of wild cases in 2017:  22
Total number of wild cases in 2018:  33
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2019:  176
     Total # of wild poliovirus cases this week: 2
     Total # of wild poliovirus cases in 2020: 61 (49 in Pakistan)
      (compared with Total of 40 for the same period in 2019)
Total number of Circulating Vaccine Derived cases - 2020: 111
 (compared to total in 2018:104 and in 2019:368)
PDG Chuck Trimble 
We are sad to report the passing of Past District Governor Chuck Trimble.
Chuck Trimble was born on October 17, 1934 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 at his home in Overland Park, Kansas. He married Joyce Heacock on February 8, 1957 in Topeka, Kansas. Chuck was an Air Force veteran and worked at United Computing, New Eagle Communications where he was president and worked as an instructor for Shopsmith. He was a private pilot and served as District Governor for Rotary District 5710 in 2007/08. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son Jay and Leslie (Voit) Trimble; daughter in-law Susan (Ebrite) Trimble; brother in-law Alan Thomas.
RYLA 2020
As of Friday, May 29 we have 32 of 36 spots filled! We have one application in the queue, and Virtual RYLA is a go!
These 33 (so far) students will begin their virtual RYLA camp on June 7 at 3 pm and will have a final ceremony celebrating their work on Friday June 12 at 10:30 am ending at Noon.
Students will, as always, work on a group project and have some fun. They'll complete, virtually, a community service project. They'll attend sessions on Human Trafficking with Jennifer Montgomery (Director of Human Trafficking Education and Outreach through the office of the KS Attorney General's office). A session on Civic Engagement with Derek Kwan and a possible virtual tour of the Lied center. Stephen Wheatley on RYE and Barbara Ballard on civic leadership.
There will be several sessions that Rotarians can virtually attend. If you are interested in joining one of these sessions, please email and they will provide you with the log in information.
Opportunities to attend:
Monday 6/8-2:45pm-3:45pm Human Trafficking.  Remember-this is the first time a lot of these students have ever learned about HT.  We'll let the knowledge soak in and then involve them in our district HT initiatives.
Tuesday 6/9 - 10am - Derek Kwan on Civic Engagement
Thursday 6/11-9:45am - Barbara Ballard on Leadership
Thursday 6/11-1:30pm- Stephen Wheatley on Rotary Youth Exchange
Friday 6/12-10:30am-noon RYLA teens presentations.  This is their graduation and final group presentation of a project they work on.  
Popular projects have been: 
"The KS drain brain-how do we keep KS graduates in KS?" 
"Friday Night Lights-should we change high school football in light of research of concussions." 
"Oh the Humanities!-why we should/should not keep electives in high school curriculum."
Every year these students blow me away with their poise, maturity and intelligence. We hope you can join us to hear from these students!
Rotary International Virtual Convention
Save the Date for Rotary International's Free Virtual Event
"Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention"
When: 20-26 June
Schedule at a glance
General sessions:
Saturday, 20 June - 8:00 - 9:15 am
General Session 1: Together, We Connect
Sunday, 21 June - 8:00 - 9:15 am
General Session 2: Together, We Learn 
Featured Breakout Sessions
Monday – Friday, 22- 26 June
Each day, one breakout session will be offered at each of the following times*:
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Rotary's Learning Center
Leadership Development courses in Rotary’s Learning Center
As Rotary clubs explore ways to offer unique and interesting development opportunities to their members, I’m happy to share new online courses on enhancing presentation skills. A product of Rotary’s alliance with Toastmasters International, these first two courses in our new leadership and communication series are now available in the Learning Center:
  • Develop a speech — Learn how to organize a speech that leaves a lasting impression on your audience.
  • Deliver a speech — Explore and practice the effect your voice and body language can have when giving a speech.
These courses include assignments to help you put your new skills into practice and peer evaluations to help you grow through collaboration. Watch this video to learn more and share with district and club leaders to use during a club meeting or for personal and professional development.
New! Starting a New Rotary Club 101 video
Why start a new Rotary club? What do you need to get started? Who can you reach out to for help and support? If you’re looking for answers to these questions and additional guidance on starting a new Rotary club, check out Starting a New Rotary Club 101 . This 15-minute video, voiced by District 5020 Membership Chair Corey Lapardi and Regional Membership Officer Julie Aubry, outlines the 9 step process of establishing a new club, from the initial idea to the charter celebration and beyond. 
Here's How You Can Help During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Volunteer Surge
I know many of you  have found creative ways to stay connected and fight the terrible coronavirus.  And many are asking, "What else can I do?" In this regard, I am pleased to announce that Rotary, working with Global Impact (a non-profit organization that works with international charities) has launched a new program called Volunteer Surge. This program offers Rotarians, family members and friends free training about how they can help fight the virus, either from their homes or by assisting healthcare workers (subject to governmental requirements). Rotary's goal is to recruit 1 million volunteers to sign up for this program.
For more information about Volunteer Surge, I invite you to go to to see how you can participate in this program. And I especially encourage you to ask your clubs to share this link with others on Facebook, email and other social media.
Contact Tracing
We have also discovered an opportunity for you to volunteer in a way that may help the State of Kansas in combatting the spread of COVID – 19. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) needs help with COVID -19 contact tracing. In a press release earlier this month, the KDHE announced that they need approximately 400 volunteers to help with this effort. This is a combined attempt to ensure that our members are aware of this opportunity in both District 5680 and District 5710. Between both districts, we cover all but six counties in Kansas. Your time is the only cost if you decide to help. While it is completely your choice to be involved, we would like to hear about your experience if you decide to do this.
In these challenging times, we want to provide you opportunities help make a difference in our State. We hope you are healthy and look forward to bringing you more opportunities for involvement as we learn about them. Click here to learn more about volunteering.
As Rotarians, we are People of Action, and this is a wonderful opportunity to show what we as Volunteers can do.
District-wide Survey for Returning to In-person Meetings
Wow! It’s been almost 3 months now since Rotary clubs have met in person. For some people it seems like an eternity. But for others, it’s refreshing and much easier than meeting in person. As long as members are interacting, it really shouldn’t matter how we meet, though there is always something to be said for in-person meetings.
Assuming that Kansas will continue opening up, your club has no doubt started having conversations about meeting in person once again. It’s not an easy process. How do you social distance? Do you wear masks or not? Will you shorten meetings? Are speakers willing (and able) to come to in-person meetings? Can you meet in your former location and will it require modifications? Lots of questions to be answered and there is no right or wrong.
Please take a few minutes and answer this confidential survey about what you are thinking and feeling as clubs begin thinking about meeting in person once again. Consumer confidence (in this case Rotarian confidence) is everything. If Rotarians are not ready to meet in person yet, club leadership needs to know that. So please be honest and share with us so that we all can make decisions in the best interest of Rotary in District 5710.
Click here to take this survey.
Women in Rotary Monthly Events
What a fun and exciting time to share a non-COVID19 state line crossing.  Kansas District 5710 and Missouri District 6040 came together to share lively discussion about Global Grants, Human Trafficking, Foster Care, Satellite Clubs, On Line Auctions/Galas, pizza and a host of club projects.  We were a group of 2 Districts, 10 Clubs and 13 Women.  Lenet Compton - Lenexa RC, Kathy Ruoff - Gladstone RC, Charlotte Ruoff - Smithville RC, Deb Rodenbaugh-Schaub - Manhattan Konza RC, Evie Craig - Downtown 13 Satellite RC, Kara Bennett, Jessica Block and Christy Chester - Downtown 13 RC, Josephine Njoroge - Waldo/Brookside RC, Emily Baker - Olathe Noon RC, Kate Campbell - Lawrence Central RC, Kelly Vaille and Caroline Becher - Western Johnson County RC.
Some notable items to share, Deb let us know about clothing donations to hospitals for folks that come in with Coronavirus and cannot go home with the clothes they came in wearing. Evie mentioned the Satellite Club has made such a positive difference in keeping their younger members and providing a lower cost option. Christy shared Downtown Club 13's youth camp had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but they made donations to the groups that support the camp.
Our next Zoom gathering is June 18 at 5:30
Topic: Women in Rotary Connect Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 18, 2020 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Western Johnson County

Rotary Club of Western Johnson County board members just approved a donation to support the Shawnee Community Services Food Pantry. We are happy and feel blessed to be able to support food pantry organizations in our communities. Earlier this spring the club also donated over 200 pounds of canned goods to local food pantries. The need and demand on food pantries is heavy right now. If you'd like to help, please visit  or your local food pantry.

Club members got a preview peek at the plaque which will hang in the Lenexa City Hall proclaiming Lenexa a Purple Heart City (see photo). The Rotary Club of Western Johnson County worked with the Lenexa Rotary Club and the Quivira Crossings Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) club to sponsor this designation for Lenexa. Along with the plaque, there will also be a road sign declaring Lenexa as a Purple Heart City. Official proclamation with the city is planned for late July.

It's not too early to think Christmas! Members have begun making donations, collected by our sergeant-at-arms Jody Adams, for Johnson County Christmas Bureau. We are focused on toys for kids from toddlers through teens, and expect the need for donations this coming Christmas season will be high. If you or your organization would like to help, please visit their website to learn more at:

Shawnee Mission Rotary
The Shawnee Mission Rotary club’s May guest speakers via Zoom included KC Film Commissioner Stephane Scupham and NEJC Chamber of Commerce President Deb Settle. 
Stephane shared details about several recent and upcoming film projects in Kansas City. The KC Film Office at Visit KC strives to attract projects to the Kansas City region.  Stephane has actively advocated for a tax credit to attract even more film production projects to Missouri.   
Deb has been President and CEO of the NEJC Chamber for 11 years and she is a well-respected leader in the region. Check out chamber YouTube channel to see the breadth of topics NEJC has offered to the community!
Our club focused on projects to assist Growing Futures Early Childhood Education Center in Overland Park as they prepared for their June 1st reopening.  A financial contribution was made to assist with the purchase of cleaning products, classroom items, and childcare supplies.  On Saturday, May 23rd, club members and family spent part of the beautiful day cleaning out and brightening up the parking lot planters with new flowers.  We’d like to give a special thanks to our neighbor Westlake Ace Hardware (9301 W 87th Street, Overland Park) who graciously split the cost of the beautiful flowers with the club.  We are excited to help warmly welcome the students, families, and staff back to school!
Finally, SM Rotarian Sandi put “FRANKE”, the expresso machine she graciously donated to SM North High School for their Student Commons area, to sleep for the summer. 
Olathe Rotary
Rotary Club Begins Mask Distributions
The Olathe Rotary Club has purchased and distributed four thousand masks to area nursing homes, a community clinic, and first responders.
Club president Terry Lynch developed the effort with the Russell Hampton Company president Joe Beveridge. The first shipment of 4,000 surgical masks arrived on May 12.
"Due to the critical need of nursing homes for these masks, we delivered the face masks to Evergreen Living of Johnson County, Villa St. Francis, and Good Samaritan in Olathe," said Lynch. "We were also able to provide masks to the Health Partnership Clinic and the Olathe Fire Department." This first order was made possible by the generous donations of Olathe Rotarians.
The partnership with the Russell Hampton company has developed into an exciting potential to provide additional masks. "We are delighted to announce that we will donate a mask to the Olathe Rotary Club for every mask purchased from our company. The Olathe Rotary Club will then distribute additional masks where there is great need," said Joe Beveridge.
Beveridge said, "We have placed another order for 10,000 masks and expect delivery soon." Any business or civic organization can secure face masks while helping Rotary meet needs in the community. To order on the Russell-Hampton website,  (Use the Promo Code MASK3PLY)
Purchasers may pick up their orders at Russell-Hampton at New Century in Gardner or have them shipped for an additional fee.
Manhattan Konza
With the need to maintain proper social distance, our traditional community service efforts are no longer quite as straightforward. Understanding needs in our community still exist and there are plenty of great opportunities to serve others, the Manhattan Konza Rotary Community Service Committee encouraged members to participate in random acts of kindness.
Random Acts of Kindness during this time of social distancing included:
  • Consider leaving a small gift for your USPS, UPS, or FedEx carrier
  • Clean up the trail around your home
  • Make masks for someone else
  • Provide food to someone in need
  • Donate blood
  • Send an encouraging message to our local healthcare heroes (
  • Participate in HyVee’s sock drive for the USD 383 Fit closet (you can purchase them while you’re shopping there)
  • Write words of encouragement in chalk
  • Volunteer to pick up food or other necessities for someone who might not feel comfortable leaving their house
Leawood Club Collects Food Donations for Local Front-line Workers
Due to the gathering restrictions, Rotarians everywhere are thinking outside the box as to how we can continue to serve our neighbors.
When Leawood club member Mary Reed heard that St. Joseph Medical Center employees who had their hours cut were in need — from fellow Leawood Rotarian and CEO Jodi Fincher — she organized a food collection drive to help out.
Reed held the food drive for three days on her front porch, allowing Rotarians, friends and family, and her neighbors to drop off essential goods for St. Joseph employees. St. Joseph is a large sponsor of the Club’s annual 5K fundraiser, and as a nonprofit professional, Reed said she felt strongly that she wanted to lead this effort to give back to a community she would have never known was in need.
“Since I’m always going with my hands out [asking St. Joseph] to buy a sponsorship, it was my way to give back — I was on the other end of it,” Reed said.
The club and the community made a large turnout: Reed's porch filled up with goods on the first day, and day two and three were no different. Donors raided their own pantries and some took to store aisles for the cause. The donation is estimated to have amounted to around $1,000 worth of food, cleaning supplies and paper goods.
Fincher said St. Joseph Medical Center is “incredibly thankful” for the  donation to its employee food drive, as it will help to ensure affected employees are not short on food. 
Leavenworth Rotary
Leavenworth Rotary Celebrates Education
Recently, our club awarded our annual scholarships and Educator of the Year awards.
The following student scholars and Educators were recognized:
Katherine Bircher, Lansing High School
Haley Forge, Pleasant Ridge High School
Logan Hope, Lansing High School
Sophie Sallot, Leavenworth High School
Kelsey Stimatze (Earl Lawson Elementary), Primary Educator of the Year
Mary Schwartz (Leavenworth High School), Secondary Educator of the Year

Each student scholar will receive a $2000 Academic Scholarship (sent directly to their school); Educators of the Year received a local Rotary Service Above Self Award and a $250 gift card. Stimatze and Schwartz will compete at the state level this fall. Congratulations to all!
Social Distancing was observed at this ceremony - pictured left to right are Katherine Bircher, Haley Forge, Tamara Sevcik, Scholarship/Educator of the Year Committee Chair, Club President, Maria Minchew, Sophie Sallot, Logan Hope and Patrick Proctor, Scholarship Committee Member.
And... President Maria Minchew and Leavenworth Foundation President, Tamara Sevcik, were honored to present donations to the Catholic Charities and Salvation Army Food Pantries last week; thanks to member donations by way of our local Rotary Foundation, we were able to donate $562.50 to each organization!  Many thanks to all for supporting our local food pantries!
Just Food, Lawrence's local food pantry, serves many clients whose only modes of transportation are riding the bus or walking.  The bus company has set a bag limit due to space, and carrying bags is difficult for those who walk, so Lawrence Rotary Club decided to work at solving the problem.  This year the club decided to purchase and assemble small grocery carts on wheels!  The carts are both allowable on the bus and handy for those who have to walk.  Club members are really enjoying assembling and distributing them, and this project has been a great addition in a year that has been difficult for so many people.
Gardner Rotary
The Gardner Rotary Club partnered with local restaurants to provide meals to Gardner Community healthcare workers on May 7 and 8 to show their appreciation and gratitude for these caregivers. Over 190 care providers were given a meal and a special note of thanks for all their hard work and dedication. A special comment was sent to the club's Facebook page from one of the local facilities. "We are so appreciative for the meals you served at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital." - Angela Hullinger, CEO.
Downtown Topeka Rotary
Over 120 Rotarians tuned in for a district-wide Rotary meeting on May 7th between the Downtown Topeka Rotary and the Rotary Club of Harlem! It was amazing to hear what the Rotary Club of Harlem has experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the service work they are doing in NYC. What a great group of individuals focused on service above self!
An evening social, between the two clubs, is scheduled via Zoom on May 28th with breakout sessions on a number of topics of interest to broaden our knowledge and enhance our Rotary experience.

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