Speaker Date Topic
John Carlin, former KS Governor Apr 27, 2018
National Archives
National Archives

The eighth Archivist of the United States, John W. Carlin was appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1995. He immediately began a comprehensive strategic planning effort that resulted in a 10-year plan to refocus the agency and bring it into the 21st century.

One of the major initiatives of NARA's Strategic Plan is the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which aims to preserve and provide access to virtually any type of electronic record created anywhere in the Federal Government. This is an unprecedented effort involving partnerships with other Federal agencies and experts in the private sector to solve the problem of preserving the ever-increasing volumes of diverse, complex digital records that are being created worldwide. The entire Federal Government--indeed, today's "information society" at large--has a stake in ERA's success.

Mr. Carlin also obtained Federal funding for a much-needed and extensive renovation of the 70-year-old National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and for important conservation treatment on the treasured Charters of Freedom--the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

With the National Archives Foundation, he led a campaign to raise private funds to enrich the experience for visitors to the National Archives. The result is the National Archives Experience, an interactive, multicomponent program that takes visitors on a journey from the Charters into the much wider world of the National Archives and the human stories that our records tell.

The National Archives Experience has the Charters of Freedom as its centerpiece, surrounded by the William G. McGowan Theater, the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery, the Boeing Learning Center, and the Public Vaults. The exhibition spaces of the Public Vaults convey the feeling of going into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives, where visitors can explore and celebrate the spirit of America through the great documents and great stories of our history.

In 2004, the Society of American Archivists honored Mr. Carlin for his "exemplary contributions to the archival profession," saying he had "served with distinction." And Government Computer News gave him its National Merit Award for Technology Excellence in Government, citing his "dedicated career in public service and commitment to advancing technology in Government."

Before becoming Archivist, Mr. Carlin had a distinguished career in public service, business, agriculture, and education. A native Kansan, he served in the state legislature for eight years and was Speaker of the House his last term. In 1978, he was elected Governor of Kansas and served two four-year terms. Following his political career, Mr. Carlin joined the faculty of Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, teaching graduate courses in public administration. He was Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Superconductivity in Lawrence, KS, when appointed Archivist of the United States.

Mr. Carlin resigned as Archivist effective February 15, 2005. As of early 2009, he is visiting professor and executive in residence in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

 

Merrill Atwater, COO May 04, 2018
People to People International
People to People International

KANSAS CITY, MO— (January 24, 2018) — People to People International (PTPI) announces that Merrill Eisenhower Atwater has been appointed as chief operating officer. Atwater joins the organization after leading the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division. 
 
"We are thrilled to have Mr. Atwater join the People to People family,” says Teresa Loar, Chairwoman of the PTPI Board of Directors. “The depth and breadth of his experience in business, as well as in government, will prove to be an asset that PTPI can capitalize on.”
 
A Kansas native, Atwater is the great-grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
 
“It is impressive to see the 61-year-old organization founded by my great-grandfather be so successful in its global efforts,” Atwater says. “People to People International has spent its entire existence helping hundreds of thousands of people in more than 160 countries throughout the world. I am proud and humbled to be able to help continue the momentum and progress of PTPI.”
 
Atwater believes that PTPI’s purpose of championing peace is even more significant today.
 
“There is much turmoil on the global stage, with negative news and trials and tribulations, regardless of where you live,” Atwater says. “PTPI helps bring a measure of calm and rational thinking in the midst of uncertainty. I believe, as my great-grandfather did, that if you sit two people down who are reasonable and agree to put their differences aside, they can become friends. Frankly, we all need to stop and determine what we can do help someone else, rather than the other way around.”
 
Atwater holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Interpersonal Communications from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
 
For more information, visit www.ptpi.org.

Brian O'Laughlin, President, Funeral Advocates May 11, 2018
Taking the stress out of funeral planning
Taking the stress out of funeral planning

Funeral Advocates was formed to help people deal with the processes associated with the death of a loved one.

As a financial representative, Brian O’Laughlin, our founder, has helped hundreds of people with their financial security during life but when his father died in 1999, he realized planning extended beyond.

Brian took his mother to the funeral home where they were required to make many decisions, each one having financial ramifications. Not knowing “the rules” of funeral planning and the “market value” of the services, there were at the mercy of the man across the desk.

Brian recognized the need for an informed representative to advocate for his clients during this most vulnerable time of life, the death of a loved one. Brian O’Laughlin and the Funeral Advocates team have been providing advocacy services to clients and friends since 1999.

Adam Abramson, Veterans Community Project May 18, 2018
Tiny homes for veterans
Tiny homes for veterans

Veterans Community Project is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community.

We are building a specialized community of tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness. 

To learn more, visit https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

 

Morning Meeting- Speaker TBD May 25, 2018
Dan Margolies, Health Editor Jun 01, 2018
A Reporter's Persepctive: The State of Healthcare
A Reporter's Persepctive: The State of Healthcare

Dan Margolies is editor in charge of health and education news at KCUR.  Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and varied journalism career, he has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star and Reuters. In a previous life, he was a lawyer. He has also worked as a media insurance underwriter and project development director for a video production firm.
Dan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and moved to Kansas City with his family when he was eight years old. He majored in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and holds law and journalism degrees from Boston University. He has been an avid public radio listener for as long as he can remember – which these days isn’t very long…

Chau Smith, Runner Jun 08, 2018
8 Marathons in 8 Days on 7 Continents
8 Marathons in 8 Days on 7 Continents

At 70, Chau Smith of Kansas City completed the Triple 7 Quest: Seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents. To read her story, click here.

Jeff Chapman Jun 15, 2018
President's Farewell Surprise
President's Farewell Surprise
Non-Profit Day Jun 22, 2018
Presentations
NO MORNING MEETING Jun 29, 2018
Changing of the Guard - Happy Independence Day!
Changing of the Guard - Happy Independence Day!

Jeff Chapman says Randy Steinman is IN CHARGE!