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Message from DG Faron Barr
Dear Fellow Rotarians in 5710,
 
I mentioned in the last newsletter that October would be a busy month for many of us Rotarians in 5710 and you proved that to be true. I have heard from several of you about the various projects and fundraisers conducted in-person and virtually throughout our district. From just Polio Plus fundraising, we generated over $20,000 in funds going to Polio Plus which, with the 6:1 match we will receive, becomes a total of over $120,000 in contributions for Polio Plus! Absolutely amazing! Later in this newsletter you can read articles that describe the unique ways that these funds were raised. I was fortunate enough to attend three events and I applaud all the hard work that was put into making all the events successful. The ability and power of Rotarians to tackle some the most daunting issues in the world never ceases to astound me.
 
As we look forward to the month of November, we see that it is Foundation month for Rotary International. I encourage every club to set goals for your Foundation giving for your club. Even if this number is no more than last year, setting these goals helps us know your intentions and if the district can help you in any way please reach out to us. I have witnessed first-hand, as many of you have, the positive impact of our Rotary Foundation on people who are less fortunate than us. Whether it is in your community or in a community far from here, the Rotary Foundation has helped several people see a better life. In this month of Thanksgiving, let us not only be thankful of what we have, but also consider ways we could create something that another life would be thankful for someday.
 
For the first time in District 5710 history, we will hold our first hybrid District Conference. This is the week, on November 7th, we get to experience another way of conducting a time honored tradition of holding a District Conference. When we first looked at what we wanted to do for this conference, we knew switching it to a Fall conference would be a challenge. Little did we know at the time, that would be the least of our challenges. Despite those challenges, our team has stepped up and we have a great program lined up for you. The in-person version of this conference is full, but the Zoom version is still open to anyone and is at no cost. You can see the conference program at this link and you can register for the Zoom version of this conference at this link. We will have in-person and virtual presenters, so it should be a great day exploring new territory.
 
So far, I have visited 5 clubs in-person and 5 clubs virtually. I have three more scheduled as of this writing. One the best parts to my role in Rotary this year, is the ability to meet Rotarians in this district from several different clubs. If I have not visited your club or if we have not scheduled a visit, please let me know if you would like to do so. I would enjoy meeting with you.
 
We are entering holiday season and I hope all of you have wonderful plans with your friends and loved ones. Many of you may be scheduling some special projects with your clubs during this time. Please take pictures and tell us the story of what your club does this year. You can send them to Mandy Sheldon or Jason Camis and they can showcase these on our website or on our Facebook page. We want to see all the great things you do.
 
I hope to see many of you at the District Conference and I hope you are doing well.
 
Yours In Rotary
Faron E. Barr
District Governor 2020-2021

District & Club News & Events


 
PINTS FOR POLIO ZOOM PARTY A HUGE SUCCESS
 
Our District celebrated WORLD POLIO DAY (and the weeks around it) by planning and holding the 2nd Annual District-wide PINTS FOR POLIO on October 28th as a VIRTUAL ZOOM PARTY and POLIO PLUS Fundraiser.  With 85 Rotarians and Friends of Rotary representing 20 of our 45 clubs, a great fundraising example was set with each person registering making a $50.00 donation resulting in $4250.00 toward our District’s $100,000.00 Goal. Each registration included a neat End Polio Now etched Beer Glass, snacks, a microbrew especially selected by PDG Jason Lieb, and an entry in our “Amazing End Polio Now Drawing”, with winners being chosen during both the ZOOM event and during this week’s District Conference. The ZOOM event included great fun & updates on District activities, with 43 members and guests ultimately joining that evening and participating. 
 
With this hugely successful District-Wide kick-off of Polio Plus and the significant funds that many of our clubs have already raised, now is the time if your Club has not held its Polio Plus Event to set, plan to meet, and hopefully exceed your Goal. The Rotary Foundation has announced that in addition to the Bill & Malinda Gates $2 /$1 Match, it will add an additional $1 for every $1 our Members, Clubs and District raise. Spread the word that the RIF & Gates gifts mean that this year our Donations will now result in a 6X MATCH! THAT MATCH WILL RESULT THIS YEAR ALONE IN ALMOST 3 / 4 OF A MILLION $’S FROM OUR DISTRICT WHEN WE REACH OUR GOAL – AND CAN HELP IMMUNIZE OVER 400,000 CHILDREN!
 
Please ZOOM in on-line to the District Conference to see the latest update of “Polio Plus: Progress and Opportunities” as the story is told about why we work to eradicate Polio, where we are now, and how as Rotarians we can help open the door that will ultimately lead to the global eradication of Polio.
 
Finally, 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 while re-starting our urgent immunization efforts, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan (where 235,000 children were immunized last week)!
 
And Remember: WE ARE “THIS CLOSE”.
Jim Arnett, Polio Plus District Chair - (913) 200-0514 - maajca@gmail.com
 
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Wild Poliovirus Weekly Update
COUNTDOWN TO HISTORY!
Week Ending 31 Oct 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: 0
     Total # of wild poliovirus cases in 2020: 132 (79 in Pakistan)
      (compared with Total of 96 for the same period in 2019)
Total number of Circulating Vaccine Derived cases - 2020: 605
 (compared to total in 2018:104 and in 2019:378)
 
OR CHECKS TO YOUR CLUB’S CHARITABLE ACCOUNT DIRECTED TO “POLIO PLUS”
Rotary District 5710 Conference

ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES
ROTARY DISTRICT 5710 CONFERENCE
November 7, 2020

Conference 10:00am – 4:30pm
Banquet Keynote 7:15pm – 8:00pm
 
(In-person registration is full. If you are attending in-person please
check in 9am-9:45am at the Capitol Plaza Hotel Maner Conference Center)
 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

10:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Opening Ceremony
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
PolioPlus Progress & Opportunities
Anti-Human Trafficking Panel
Business Meeting & Awards
District Programs and Club Projects
 
 
12:20pm – 1:00pm
7:15pm – 8:00pm
State of Rotary
RI Director, Suzi Howe
‘Rotary Happy’
Keynote, Jenny Stotts
 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDEES 
 
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Conference team will follow our ‘Service Above Self’ motto by putting your health and safety first. Masks will be required while in the event center other than while eating. Distancing of 6’ will be required in hallways, bathrooms, and while seated. Meals will be boxed/plated.
 
SELF-ASSESS: We ask that those wishing to attend in person do so only if they feel their healthiest. Watch for signs of COVID including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
 
District 5710 Disaster Grant
Fear, isolation, and depression. These feelings have affected most of us during the coronavirus pandemic. Members of our community with behavioral and/or mental health illness have been especially affected by COVID-19 and the changes it has brought to their lives.
 
Many Americans received a stimulus check and those that were laid off were eligible for additional unemployment insurance; however, those suffering from a mental health disorder struggle to receive the same benefits.
 
Many of these individuals did not receive the economic stimulus check or additional unemployment funds that most citizens received to help alleviate the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The reasons for these situations vary.
 
This population may not have filed their tax return, didn’t file electronically, or may be homeless with no address or bank account to receive payments. Many of them were employed in entry-level hospitality jobs. These jobs were among the first jobs to be eliminated when the pandemic hit. Many individuals in these situations were already suffering from poverty and isolation, and job loss as a result of the pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues such as loneliness, fear, food insecurity, and substance abuse.
 
Rotary District 5710 was awarded a Rotary International Disaster Grant of $25,000 to help this population in our community. With the grant, we were able to provide needed personal protection supplies such as face masks, gloves, and sanitizer, non-perishable food items, and $50 gift cards to purchase additional food to those affected by mental illness. A portion of the grant was also designated to provide personal protection supplies to mental health service agencies whose resources are being stretched because of the increased need of protection for front-line social service workers.
 
Members of Topeka South Rotary met at Valeo Behavioral Health to assemble 120 boxes of the supplies, each also containing a $50 gift card, which were then distributed by Valeo staff to those in need.
 
We received very positive feedback from the recipients of the supplies, some of which are shared below.
 
Tamika Sellars, Valeo Case Manager, giving Logan a disaster kit. Logan is homeless and staying at different peoples’ homes each night.  He said, “Wow, thank you! I can really use that!”
 
Monique Newman, Valeo Case Manager, giving Jeanelle a disaster box as she discharges from The Residence which is a temporary housing facility that Valeo operates.  She said, “Thank you very much. God Bless you”.
 
Lisa Stewart, Case Manager giving a Valeo consumer a disaster box. She is discharging from one of our temporary housing facilities to move into an apartment. She was so grateful to be given a box of supplies and a gift card to buy food for her new apartment. “Oh my, this is so great! The protein bars are so good. Thank you for thinking of me.”
 
Rotarians socially distanced while safely assembling the Disaster Grant kits! Pictured: Valeo CEO Bill Persinger, Konni  Flynn, DG Faron Barr, TSR President Jim Ramos, Patti Mellard, Angela Dailey, Lori Rowe
Rotary Visits the Lions
District Governor Faron Barr and Stan Martindell, President of the Rotary Club of Topeka (formerly Downtown Topeka) were invited to speak at the October 1 meeting of the Topeka Sunflower Lions Club. The invitation came from Jerry Loney, Lions Club Program Chair. Jerry explained that Lions Club President, Daniel Martinez, had stressed to him that he wanted his club to hear from other community organizations in an effort to increase collaboration between the Lions club and other area clubs. This closely aligns with DG Barr’s emphasis on collaboration as a way to accomplish more in the community. 
 
DG Barr spoke about Rotary in general and Stan Martindell spoke about local activities of the Topeka Rotary Clubs. Topics included Polio Plus, RYLA, Sole Mates, human trafficking and Topeka’s new Day Center for human trafficking victims and Rotary Club of Topeka’s new meeting place at Kay’s Garden at the Topeka Zoo. DG Barr and Stan both noticed similarities between the way the Lions Club conducted its meeting and the way our Rotary Clubs conduct meetings. It was also encouraging to see the Lions club focusing on collaboration. 
Reshaping Rotary’s Future with Online Learning
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenge to the way Rotarians meet and provide training. But it has also provided an opportunity for Rotary to adapt and innovate.

We’ve seen that district and club leaders have turned to the 
Learning Center for resources and materials to help convert in-person training events to virtual learning sessions. Between April and June 2020, the number of people using the Learning Center rose from 2,800 per month to 10,000.

Some highlights of how the Learning Center has grown from its August 2018 relaunch to June 2020 include:
  • Members took more than five times as many courses in June 2020 as they did in August 2018.
  • The zones with the highest course completion rates are in Asia, Africa, and South America.
  • Our most popular courses are Getting Started With the Learning Center, Rotary Club Central Resources, and Protecting Personal Data.
  • District 5710’s Participation as of October 12 from the inception of the current  Learning center format (July 2019):
73 Members Participated approximately 3% of the district.
1028 Sessions, ranging from 1 per member to 78 averaging 14.1.
 
The learning center can be reached at https://learn.rotary.org or by signing into My Rotary, Going to the Learning & Reference Heading then clicking on Learning Center. The Learning Center is ready to support your online learning future with over 100 modules available at this time!
 
New courses in the Learning Center
Don't forget to explore these courses:                                                                                           ​​​​​
 
Toastmaster courses to build your public speaking skills
Thanks to our friends at Toastmasters International, Rotarians and Rotaractors now have access to eight communication and leadership courses in the Learning Center. These courses are designed to improve your skills and increase your knowledge through online lessons, assignments, and peer evaluation — exactly what you need to become a better communicator, public speaker, and leader. Enroll today at rotary.org/learn.
 
You can be a District Governor, Too!
Although the Rotary year is young, it is time to begin suggesting candidates to the District Nominating Committee for our District Governor Nominee – Designate, who will serve as Governor in the 2023-2024 Rotary year.
 
If you would like to be considered, or know someone who should be, submissions from clubs are due by November 1st, with the selection to be made in early January.
 
Check out this YouTube video from the 2020 Rotary Convention breakout session presented by eight Rotarians who served as DG before the age of 50 if you think you can’t do it while also working full time and raising a family.
 
Also, feel free to reach out to Nominating Committee Chair PDG Jason Leib for his perspective or with any other questions at jasonl@jasonleib.com.
 
More info on the formal process has been sent to all club presidents and secretaries.
Rotary Youth Exchange
It’s not too late for your club to recruit and sponsor an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student.  We are accepting applications now for students interested in living and studying in a foreign country during the 2021-22 school year.
 
It’s easier than ever before to get started in the process.  If you know of an interested student, you can send them a link to an online application. Just give the student’s name and email address to RYE Chair Stephen Wheatley wheatleydc@sbcglobal.net. Steve or a member of the District RYE committee can help your club through the process after that.
The Rotary Foundation 
November is Foundation month for Rotarians
 
Yes, our individual clubs would do good things locally and abroad on our own, but think of the magnitude of help we have been able to achieve with the help of the Foundation of Rotary International.
 
Of course, there is one thing responsible for this, YOU. You are the ones that contribute to the Foundation and make the dreams possible for people all over the world.  Without you, much of this would not happen. So, you’re a small club, with not much money to contribute. So what! You all know that pennies turn into dollars, and then the sky’s the limit. Every Rotarian should contribute Every Year.  Heard of it? One of those famous acronyms, EREY, Every Rotarian Every Year. Not rocket science, everyone’s involvement combined with our 1.2 million members equals good things done for folks that are not as lucky as we are. Just do it. 
 
The Grants provided by the Foundation are a force multiplier for our local dollars.  Funds we give to the annual fund are returned to us for local District Grants, and available to us for Global Grants.  Yes, there is some work to getting these funds, but its worth working for.
 
Ever vacation in a developing nation and see the people who are struggling? I have. Have you ever attended one of their Rotary meetings, I have. These local Rotarians are doing what they can to help their country and local people do better for themselves. It's worth our time and money to try and help them. Remember, we are Rotarians, that’s what we do.
 
Think about contributing today, I mean right now. Click on this link and set up an automatic deduction from whatever credit card that gives you benefits, miles, cash back, etc. You’ll hardly notice it when you pay your monthly bill. And think of what you’re doing for the world. SuperStar! And as a Rotarian you should have a www.Rotary.org account. Use your email address, and remember, your Rotary ID # is on your Rotarian magazine or available from your club Foundation chair.
 
Ambassadors Rotary
What is the Ambassadors Rotary Club doing with its 1st year of ‘real’ district grant money?  
 
We have teamed up with Junction City Rotary Club and the Western Johnson County Rotary Club, along with the Friends of Johnson Co. Mental Health to support  'Zero Reasons Why' strategic plan.  Zero Reasons Why is a teen led anti suicide campaign.  What they need help with is how can parents help in this message?
 
Ambassador Rotary's goal is to work with Zero Reasons Why to fund, develop, produce, and deploy a largely social media campaign.   Our campaign will engage parents to help end or at least decrease teenage suicide in our area.  Incidents of teenage suicide have been trending upwards since smartphones and social media have become primary modes of engagements with teens.  
 
Zero Reasons Why teen-led councils' objective and our media campaign goal is to help them engage their peers and parents with the message that there is never a reason to consider taking one's own  life. With Ambassador Rotary support we can broaden the scale, and scope impacting the range of their message to  eliminate the stigma associated with suicide and open the dialogue for real change.
Baldwin City
The Baldwin City club gives dictionaries each year to the 4th graders In town. Due to Covid-19, we were unable to do our normal in person presentation to the students. This year we created a video at our Wednesday meeting for the school to share with the students. 
Bonner Springs Rotary
September was a good month for Bonner Springs Rotary. We were finally able to hold our annual race, the Tiblow Trot. With over 200 entrants, we raised $4000 for scholarships and an additional $585 for Polio Plus. Being able to do this during the pandemic was a real plus. 
 
Our recent meeting featured Kate Becker, hypnotherapist that taught some basic self-hypnosis ideas for calming and stress reduction. 
 
As a project the club is raising $450 to purchase coats for the local Head Start program. This is being done with Happy Bucks collected at each meeting.  Coats will be delivered before Christmas. 
Emporia Rotary
Just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Rotary Club of Emporia will sponsor its 2nd Annual Grocery Grab on Saturday, November 21. Funds raised from this event will help raise funds for projects they support in Emporia and throughout the world. Last year’s event garnered over $5,000 after expenses were paid.
 
The Grocery Grab raffle will allow one individual five (5) minutes to grab as many groceries as possible at Goods CashSaver in Emporia, KS (some restrictions apply). Last year’s recipient made the most of her experience after clearing over $900 worth of groceries and shared a portion of it with family and friends. On a national level, the average Grocery Grab typically contains $1,250 in groceries.  A video of last year’s event can be seen on the Rotary Club of Emporia’s Facebook page. 
 
Anyone 18 years or older can enter the raffle by purchasing a ticket from any Emporia Rotary member or from the local Goods CashSaver store. Tickets may be purchased for a $10 donation and each ticket has a gift coupon for $5 off the ticket owners next $50 purchase at Goods CashSaver. Individuals purchasing tickets may designate another individual or a local food bank as the recipient of the ticket.
 
On November 14, semi-finalists will be drawn and the six lucky contestants will arrive at Goods CashSavers prior to the stores opening at 7:00 a.m. on November 21, when one of the contestants will be chosen as the finalist for the Grocery Grab. Semi-finalists not selected for the Grocery Grab will each receive a $50 gift certificate to Goods CashSaver.
 
Emporia’s Grocery Grab fundraiser provides funds for the Emporia Rotary Club to support special projects. Recent and/or ongoing projects include: eradication of polio, local Interact club, Corky’s Cupboard, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Lyon County History Center, the Zoo, the school supplies project at the First United Methodist Church and numerous other projects. Emporia’s Rotary Club has been doing good works locally and around the world every year since it was founded in 1917.
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Emporia Middle School Interact Clubs Adapts to Pandemic, Works on New Project (from the Emporia Gazette)

An Emporia Middle School club is continuing its mission of community service while adapting to the pandemic. The Interact Club is an after school club in partnership with the Rotary Club of Emporia in 2011. The members refer to themselves as “Interacters” and say they started the 2019-20 academic school year like any other — full of service projects.

When the pandemic hit in the spring, the club was able to quickly adapt to continue helping remotely.

The club has had a lot of fund drives, campaigns and fundraisers to help local organizations and places around the world. The students have worked with Abundant Harvest, SOS and Kansas Children’s Service League as well as Heifer International, according to club facilitator and seventh grade world studies teacher Andrew Hawley.

“I was really impressed with the drive they did last year,” Hawley said.

Before spring break, the Interacters started the Help Mother, Help Child campaign donation drive for SOS, Inc. and the Kansas Children’s Service League. The drive was to raise money and take donations for basic necessities — like toothpaste, baby shampoo and diapers — to help mothers and babies.

“I thought it was great the fact that we had a drive and we were able to get a couple of hundred dollars in donations for SOS and KCSL,” Hawley said. “The students want more and they came up with another idea.”

Katie Acevedo joined the club during her sixth grade year from 2018-19.

“That day we were helping with dictionaries, like putting stickers on them and packaging them,” she said. “I was kind of excited. Then, we had some pizza to celebrate and I was like ‘you know what? This is not too bad, I will come back.’”

Acevedo said the Rotary Club and the Interact Club gifted the dictionaries to third graders at Timmerman Elementary later in the fall of 2018. Before the pandemic, Acevedo’s favorite projects were the popsicle stand and the Feed the Baby fundraiser — a cornhole game. Although she could not remember what the popsicle stand was her, she knew for sure that she had fun organizing and buying popsicles. She had fun giving away candy to participants for the Feed the Baby fundraiser. That fundraiser featured a cornhole board that looked like a baby, and the goal was to feed the baby as many bean bags as possible.

“Then, we raised another couple hundred dollars,” Hawley said excitedly. “We took another shopping trip to Walmart. They were able to buy even more things.” Then, spring break happened with a looming pandemic. Although the students did not return to campus, they were able to pivot and continue serving. In April, they donated to KCSL and donated to SOS in May. “When it hit in the spring, one of the things we looked at was helping people who might not receive a lot of communication,” Hawley said. “Those were the people we chose to serve at that time.”

Students sent letters to nursing homes and people who had to quarantine to keep them informed of what was going on.

The Interact Club had their first virtual meeting after school on Oct. 13 to discuss what projects they will do this year.

“A lot of people do not like turning on their cameras and everything, there are a lot of people who are lonely,” Acevedo said. “So, we are trying to figure out a way to help make friends in middle school.”

Hawley shared that the big school project this year is trying to help students who are experiencing loneliness and isolation make friends and connections with other people in school. He said the Interacters would send positive notes, letters and emails to other students at EMS to help students reconnect and bring some positivity during COVID-19.

One of Hawley’s favorite things about being the facilitator is that he does not have to do much — the students decide what to do — and he is just there to set up the framework for discussion and guide them. “You just help others out and you are not really doing it for you, you are doing it for others,” Acevedo agreed. “You are helping others and you should not really expect to get anything in return.”

Garnett Rotary
Like other clubs, we are doing our best to encourage attendance with social distancing and mask wearing. Due to Covid, we had to cancel our fundraisers this year and likely won’t resume those efforts until mid 2021.
 
We did, however, apply for SPARK funding/grants to make up for our shortfall and encourage all other clubs, as non-profits, to do the same when the opportunity arises. The latest round just closed and hope others sought the relief funds to enable us to continue with our missions and projects.
 
The Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce is charged with leading Kansas forward in recovery from the far-reaching effects of COVID-19. 
Johnson County Rotary
The Rotary Club of Johnson County is holding a book/snack drive from 10/24/20 to 11/ 15/20 to benefit The Learning Club. Located in the urban core of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, The Learning Club helps under-served children realize their full potential through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring as well as enriching activities designed to advance their academic achievement, social development, and leadership skills. They serve children and youth through in-school, after-school, and summer programs.
 
Donations Needed are:
• Reading books (grades K – 12, especially featuring people of color)
• Activity books (especially handwriting books, word search and crossword books, coloring books, and advanced coloring books for older students.)
 • Healthy prepackaged snacks (examples include; fruit snacks/fruit strips Goldfish crackers Peanut butter cracker packs Granola bars or other nutritious bars)
 
A DRIVE UP DONATION DROP will be held on Saturday November 14th from 9:00 am to 12:00pm At the North Parking Lot of the Holiday Inn & Suites Overland Park-West located at 8787 Reeder Rd. Please contact Pam Stockman with any questions/concerns. 816-560-5060 pamstockman2318@gmail.com.
Kansas City, KS Rotary
Virtual Meetings Broadens Horizons in our KCK Club
 
Rotary is this wonderful combination of local and global. It’s one of the things that drew me to join and pursue leadership in our Kansas City, Kansas Club. Our experience over the past few months, has dramatically changed how we experience fellowship and perform service. I believe it has made us even more global at the local level.
 
As our July program chair, I thought about who our members would like to hear from. I had an epiphany - since we are doing everything virtual why not expand to program speakers beyond our local base? My search landed on two former students of mine from high school teaching days (over 20 years ago!) in New York City: Ana Escrogima and Melissa Rivero.
 
Ana Esgcrogima, a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S State Department, spent more than 17 years in service all over the world but primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. It was a treat for our members to hear from a long term diplomat who had assignments ranging from being the Public Affairs Officer in Algeria to Special Assistant to Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, responsible for Middle East issues most notably the Iran nuclear negotiations. We had lots of questions for her about what life is like as a Foreign Service Officer. The dialogue was thoughtful and engaging. We even learned how much the State Department adapted to remote working for its global staff.
 
At the time Ana spoke to us she was preparing for her next assignment. Later this summer she was installed as the Consul General in Montreal
 
Melissa Rivero, a published author whose debut book, The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel, has received much acclaim. Melissa was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She shared details about her novel and her writing process. Although the book is not autobiographical it does draw from some of her experiences as being undocumented and living in New York City in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The most important writing advice she received was to put “butt in seat.” Melissa attributed completing her book to her daily 30 minute writing practice in the mornings.  The Affairs of the Falcóns has received a number of awards and recognition including the Winner of the 2019 New American Voices Award, long listed for both the PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel and long listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.
For more information check out Melissa’s website: https://www.melissa-rivero.com/
 
The reality is, without the pandemic forcing us to virtual meetings, our Rotary members wouldn’t have heard from these speakers. It’s been nice to expand our horizons through our virtual meetings. It’s not the same as being in person, but I do think it has given us opportunities to celebrate our Rotary vision “to see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Lawrence Jayhawk Rotary
Like other large events this year, we are going V I R T U A L! That's right; our yearly Trivia Night fundraising event will be online. Here is the link to the event: https://fb.me/e/1y1wHG8qF and the link to the square site for donations, Trivia Night Tickets, or Raffle Basket tickets. https://jayhawkrotary.square.site

Benefits:
You have the freedom to be together or completely have your entire team be virtual. Allowing you to create your dream trivia team!

Potential downside:
We will not be doing some of the money-raising games, auctions, and such that have been done in the past. So, please, invite as many people to participate and purchase Raffle Basket Tickets as possible!

The more people involved in this amazing event, the more money we can raise, and the more impact we can have on the organizations that we support!

Friday, November 6th,2020
Virtual Doors Open at 6:30 pm
First Question at 7:00 pm

*Cost: $25 Per Person*
Register as an individual and be assigned a team, or create your own team of 10 members.

Optional:
$20 per Mulligan, each team may purchase up to 10 Mulligans, one per round.

Tickets for Raffle Baskets will still be available to purchase, $5 per basket.

All Proceeds Benefit:
Family Promise, Polio Plus, MLK Breakfast, Teacher of the Year, Rise Against Hunger, Willow Domestic Violence Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas Co., Cottonwood Swamp Boardwalk Project, Literacy Learning @ Kennedy Elementary, Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Youth Exchange, The Rotary Arboretum, High School Scholarships, Read 2 Grow, The Salvation Army
 
Details for zoom links and instructions for the event to come.
Lawrence Rotary
Back-to-school time is always a challenging time for families, and even more so in 2020. For many years, the Lawrence Rotary Club has provided new shoes for elementary school children in need, with the help of a grant from Rotary District 5710. Covid-19 and delayed school start did not deter the “Sole Patrol” this year! Community Service committee chair, Judy Culley, along with her amazing team, collaborated with the Lawrence School District and Wal-Mart, to plan, re-plan, and re-plan again how to get the shoes to the kids. It all came together, and the Lawrence Rotary Club was able to provide 370 pairs of shoes for children in the primary grades of USD 497.  Club member Dee Bisel is also a member of the local Sertoma club, who chose to provide three pairs of socks per pair of shoes.  At an uncertain time, new school shoes are especially important to school-aged kids who need them.
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Rotary Face Masks
 
The Lawrence Rotary Club has face masks available to promote Rotary awareness and to support community health and safety. The club has purchased face masks with the “Rotary – People of Action” logo for club members.  The face masks are a 3-D mask shape, made of 3-ply cotton, and have adjustable ear loops. Members say they are quite comfortable, and they are always asked about Rotary when wearing them in public. The club is making them available to anyone who wants one; just email club president Kristin Eldridge at Kristin@SnapPromotions.com if you would like one. Club contributions are accepted. A chosen contribution is not tax deductible, and can be collected at:

Lawrence Rotary Club
P.O. Box 442162
Lawrence, KS 66044

A mask can be mailed to you.

Stay safe and healthy, so that we can continue to be People of Action.
Leavenworth Rotary
We have had a busy month in Leavenworth.  It has been great to be out in our community again the last six weeks or so!
 
Happy workers at the OTC Med Drive; pictured at right, left to right Rotarian Gary, Lion Forrest, Rotarian Caroline and Lion Janette.
 
Lansing Lion, Ricky Dodson and Team Sevcik donated seven tubs of OTC Meds and $607.99 in cash donations to our local Saint Vincent Clinic after our bi-annual OTC Med Drive; many thanks to Dillon’s Grocery Store for allowing us to set up outside their store, to community members for their generous donations and to our Rotary & Lion volunteers!
 
Past President Maria and her husband set up to pass out candy at Leavenworth’s Trunk or Treat event; over 550 children were served; thanks Maria and Mo!
 
Past President Maria was presented the club’s star award for her year as our President; great work by our club members!
 
Rotarian Caroline announces our upcoming Salvation Army Bell Ringing service project which will kick off the day after Thanksgiving.
 
VP Derek made a Pints for Polio donation in support of District 5710!
Several Rotarians and friends of Rotary enjoyed our annual picnic at the city’s Landing Park.
 
Upcoming  for Leavenworth:
 
In-person meetings begin again next week on 4 November; Zoom function will be available for those not able to attend.
Veteran’s Day Parade — showing off our Wheel.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Annual Christmas Party
Leawood Rotary
Leawood Rotary Club Dedicate 60 Trees to Create the Rotary Grove
 
On a chilly October Saturday, members of the Leawood Rotary Club, joined by Mayor Peggy Dunn, City staff, Tree Committee members, and the Chamber President, planted the 60th tree and dedicated the Rotary Grove at Ironwoods Park. A three-year project, culminated as the club celebrates its 25th year, and in cooperation with the Leawood Parks & Recreation department, was inspired by the “Tree for Every Member” goal set out by Rotary International’s president three years ago.
 
The Grove, along the trail north of the pond at Ironwoods Park, serves as a living memorial to our past, current and future members who have worked so hard to show “Service Above Self” and to give back to our communities.
Lenexa Rotary
Lenet Compton, Lenexa Rotary Club, was pleased to work with Rick Randolph of Ambassador Rotary Club September 26 on a project for Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), which they are both members, in partnership with Tradewater. Tradewater is a mission-driven firm working around the world to safely collect and destroy harmful refrigerant gases before they are released into the environment. In the past 5 years, Tradewater more than 1,000,000 pounds of potent chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants have been destroyed to avoid emissions equal to 4,200,000 tons of CO2. That is the same as preventing the emissions from people driving over 10 billion miles. Our work last weekend helped offset the equivalent of more than 500 tons of Co2 or the same thing as taking 100 cars off the road for a year.
 
Tradewater is excited to work with the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) and Rotary Clubs in this fight against global climate change through the small-scale aggregation of harmful CFCs. We collect old CFC refrigerants (CFC stands for chlorofluorocarbon), in particular Refrigerants 12, 114, and 500. Cylinders and cans of chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants remain hidden away throughout our communities in peoples garages and businesses. We work together to find these cylinders and cans and see that they do not end up leaking into the atmosphere.
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In other news...
 
We held a socially distanced and masked social hour Wednesday September 30th. The weather was a beautiful fall day and about 20 folks attended and brought their own beverages and snacks. It was so nice see each other in 3-D that none of us thought to get any pictures! 
Volunteers from our club and the Spring Hill 4-H club worked on our biannual "Streamway Cleanup" project. The Lenexa Club adopted the stretch of Mill Creek from Lackman to Pflumm and picks up trash in the stream and surrounding greenway.
Manhattan Rotary
As part of a District Grant and in support of Rotary’s focus on Maternal and Child Health, members of the Manhattan Rotary Club delivered ten hand sanitizing stations to organizations and businesses in the Manhattan Community including the K-State Child Development Center, Good Shepherd Homecare & Hospice, Pawnee Mental Health, the Boys & Girls Club, Varney & Associates, and The House Cafe and Teen Center in Ogden.
 
Chris Culbertson, an Interactor, a Rotaractor, K-State Students for Environmental Action, and Friends of the Kaw picked up old battery cases that had been discarded in Wildcat Creek more than 40 years ago. Kayaking the Big Blue and landing on two different sand bars, the boaters picked up battery cases and trash totaling 1.8 tons of trash. Game wardens came behind the crew and hauled eight loads to the dumpster. Battery cases have been found on the river as far as DeSoto.
 
Manhattan High members of Interact and K-State members of Rotaract along with Rotarians Chris Culbertson continue to maintain trees in Northeast Community Park as part of our efforts to Support the Environment.
 
Rotarian Stormy Kennedy received the Konza Rock Star award. She is a Manhattan Rotary Club Rock Star in having our speakers sign books and then delivering the books to elementary schools in USD 383.
 
Pennies for Polio, a pop-up fundraiser, held on World Polio Day raised about $600 in loose change, cash and donations. Rotarian Elizabeth Unger volunteered the use of her 1966 Mustang to bring in the change.
 
Tom Fryer, a Rotarian of 38 years, received a Paul Harris Fellow plus eight. Tom is a true champion of the Rotary Foundation and remarks from recent Paul Harris Fellows mentioned how Tom has mentored them to give to Rotary International. Since July, the Club has recognized six Paul Harris Fellows and nine multiple Paul Harris Fellows with more to come. 
 
Watch our meetings live via Facebook from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays.
 
Manhattan Konza
Productivity ramped up in October with a fundraiser for the End Polio Now campaign. The Manhattan Konza’s Purple Pinky fundraiser did some heavy lifting to eradicate polio. A huge shout out to the Purple Pinky Team, HyVee and our Manhattan Konza Club members for their efforts for the End Polio Now campaign. Club members placed orders for 371 boxes of Purple Pinky Donuts for a total of $6,250 raised. With the matching funds from the District, RI, the Gates Foundation and the September cup collections, the club’s total to support this year’s campaign netted $37,500.
 
PS – Special thanks to DG Barr or joining the fun!
Olathe Santa Fe Trail Rotary
Santa Fe Rotary Club Still People of Action Despite Covid-19
 
Kathy Musgrave, Howard Cripe, Jim Lammle and photographer Bill Musgrave of the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club packing meals at the Center of Grace in Olathe for distribution to folks needing a meal. After packing the meals, the club members then distribute the meals to folks as they drive through. Club members have committed to helping with this program regularly in the coming months and are expanding our commitment from packaging and distribution to include preparing the meals. 
Overbrook Rotary
The Overbrook Rotary Club donated 1,860 cloth face masks to Santa Fe High School. Club President Gerry Coffman and PDG Jon Wilhite and Foundation Chair Marion Massoth are pictured presenting the masks to SFT students. The masks were made possible through 2020-2021 Rotary District 5710 grants. 

The Overbrook Rotary Club spent Columbus Day painting the building at the Overbrook Cemetery. Pictured from left to right are Mike Bronoski, Vic Robbins, Gerry Coffman, Marian Massoth and Randy Durbin. Picture by Cliff O’Bryhim. 
Shawnee Mission Rotary
The Shawnee Mission Rotary club continued to meet weekly during September and October via zoom, with the exception of two meetings, which we held outdoors.  Our events, speakers and/or presentations included the following:
  • September 30: We met outside for lunch at the Rotary Clock Tower in Mission and brainstormed ideas for future club activities.
  • October 7: We gathered after hours in the back yard of one of our members’ homes (Joe Bast) and raised a pint (and money) to fight polio.
  • October 14: Jim Arnett, Rotary District 5710's Polio Ambassador, presented on "Rotary & Polio Plus - Then, Now & What's Next!".
  • October 21:  We skipped our regularly scheduled weekly meeting to encourage and allow our members to participate in polio fundraising events.
  • October 28: Kelly Lee, Executive Director of Camp Encourage, provided an inspiring presentation on Camp Encourage, an overnight camping experience for youths with autism.
Topeka North Rotary
Topeka North is currently meeting via Zoom, if you would like to join a club meeting on Wednesday at Noon, please contact Mike Siebert (
mjsia1@gmail.com) a day or two ahead of time and he will provide the Zoom link. 
Western Johnson County
The Rotary Club of Western Johnson County and the Rotary Club of Lenexa have teamed up to promote peace throughout the Lenexa community. The two clubs have been working with the City of Lenexa and the Lenexa Arts Council to create the Peace Poles Community Art Project. This project will be a series of Peace Poles designed by community artists with messages specific to peace. The poles will be exhibited throughout Lenexa during the summer and fall of 2021 to promote peace, hope, and creativity throughout the community. 
 
After exhibiting, the Peace Poles will be auctioned at an event being planned.
 
Please note sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged to support this worthwhile project. If you would like to sponsor this project please contact Jim Houvener james@houvener.com or Lenet Compton lenetcompton@gmail.com.
 
More information can be found at www.lenexa.com. Click on "Things to Do" then "Art Programs" and there you'll find the link for Peace Poles Community Art Project or you can just enter “peace poles” in the search box.
 
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