Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Kansas City Plaza

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO  64112
United States
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Would you be interested in attending a meeting and learning more about the Plaza Rotary Club?  We'd be happy to have you visit! Email Vice President Randy Steinman (Randy@rlsteinman.comto let him know when you would like to attend. 
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Don't forget to sign up for your favorite corner to sell newspapers! If you've missed the sign up sheet, email Erik Dickinson at
To learn more about why we sell newspapers, check out this video!
Our club's Happy Hour will be held at:
1829 Oak Street
March 30th, 2017, from 5:30-9:00 (I told them a few people will get there earlier) They have wonderful food, beer, and full bar. Visit their website at for more information. RSVP to Eric at
Eric Wymore
Club Service Chair
Shoes for Orphan Souls is a great cause for Rotary. Several of our Rotarians have gone on trips to distribute shoes and can attest to the good results.
We are trying to wrap up this year’s campaign early. If you go out shopping you can often find shoes on sale at clearance prices. If you would rather give money, we need that too, because we have also been successful buying at very good prices, and we need to pay for those shoes. We are asking every member to contribute whatever they can as soon as possible.
-- Ed Laadegard
Keep shopping! Or write a check! There's still time for our annual shoe drive for Shoes for Orphan Souls. Bill Schmidt will be heading up our club's effort this year. For more on this charitable effort, visit Buckner's website here.
The Rotary Leadership Institute is back!  After its annual winter hibernation, the District's leadership training program for Rotary club leaders will resume on April 22 in Chillicothe (First Baptist Church, 1601 Bryan St.).  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about Rotary, sharpen your volunteer leadership skills, and make new friends from around the District.  Register at; the cost is just $50 for each all-day session.  Contact District RLI Coordinator Jerry Venters at with your questions.

When school is out for the summer, most children are thrilled. However, for more than 8,000 children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Kansas City area, this is often a scary and stressful time. Thousands lose stability, access to daily free meals and a place to feel safe and cared for. Most homeless shelters do not accept unaccompanied youth under 18 and there are minimal options for children of working parents who cannot afford day-care.

Rotaract Kansas City’s CAMP RISE seeks to provide a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 8-13 who are currently homeless in Kansas City. CAMP RISE aims to celebrate independence, resilience and empowerment. Our campers will gain new and exciting experiences, valuable life-skills and most importantly, the freedom to be a kid away from the strain and uncertainty of homeless living.

CAMP RISE promises an exciting opportunity for campers to enjoy four days and three nights of swimming, hiking,  crafts and sports at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Our campers will also be able to partake in team-building and self-confidence exercises with our attentive and enthusiastic staff.

YOU can get involved today by donating or joining the CAMP RISE staff & counselor team.

Thank you all for the outstanding participation in the beneficiary nomination and voting process.  We had nine extremely worthy beneficiaries nominated and 76% of our club members participated in the difficult task of selecting our two primary beneficiaries for the next 3 year cycle.  Based on your votes, the Club will continue our support of Urban Rangers and Hope House. Both of these beneficiaries have been great partners and we look forward to finding new ways to support their efforts in the years ahead. 
Also, as discussed in the meeting, there is a strong desire to find a way to support the other seven very worthy nominees through Club Foundation giving. Stayed tuned for more information on this topic soon.
Thank you again for your participation in the nomination and/or voting process.  We all have our unique passions and causes that are close to our hearts and I am very proud that as Rotarians, we always come together to support the beneficiaries selected by the club and the great work they do in our community.   Congratulations again to the selected beneficiaries, Urban Rangers and Hope House!
Drue Thomas
Club President
Rotary Foundation and Ways to Give through Rotary Direct are the simplest way for your donation dollars to have the most impact with the lowest administration costs to implement. Just set and forget it! Click HERE for more info.
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can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. If you prefer, you may return the completed or enroll by phone at +1-866-976-8279.

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to donate by different payment methods. commitment to Service Above Self is what defines us as Rotarians, and the Rotary Foundation is one of the main vehicles we use to serve others and make the world a better place. Here’s your opportunity to define your Rotary legacy and support the Rotary Foundation for its 100th anniversary.
District Governor Kim Lesage and District Rotary Foundation Chair Cassie Venters invite you to participate in the Rotary District 6040 Centennial Legacy Campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. The Campaign goal is to raise $2,650,000 for The Rotary Foundation by April 10, 2017.
Contributors who make a minimum commitment of $10,000 in cash, Rotary Direct pledges, or a bequest will be invited to attend the Centennial Legacy Dinner, to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Rotary International President John Germ will be the keynote speaker.
Contact our club’s Legacy Dinner Campaign Table Captains Roger Samuel or Jerry Venters for more information.
Upcoming Events
Mar 31, 2017
Morning Meeting-Merrell R. Bennekin
Apr 07, 2017
Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Kansas City: A Road to Building Community Trust
Morning Meeting- Speaker TBD
Apr 07, 2017
Morning Meeting-Nate Olson
Apr 14, 2017
Crema- Business Development Strategist
Morning Meeting- Charles A. Serrano
Apr 21, 2017
A Trip to Cuba
Interested in speaking to Plaza Rotary?
If you'd be interested in presenting to the Plaza Rotary Club, please contact Bob Merrigan at 
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