Posted on Jun 15, 2017

Lisa Templeton-Farmer, MA

Grief Programs Manager, Solace House

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Friday's Speaker Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2017

At the Rotary International Convention, global leaders and key donors affirm their commitment to ending polio


With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.

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Bill Gates, co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ share the recent news about their partnership in the fight to eradicate polio.


The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.  

$1.2B Pledge to End Polio Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2017
A big THANK YOU to the Plaza Rotarians that helped get the new classroom ready for the Urban Ranger Corps. The middle school rangers are getting good use of it already.
Urban Rangers Corp New Classroom Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
Florian Schulte was inducted into the Plaza Rotary Club this morning. Florian is the Sr. Director of Finance for Lindt & Sprüngli Welcome Florian!
Florian is the Sr. Director of Finance for Lindt & Sprüngli Inc in Kansas City - See more at:
Florian is the Sr. Director of Finance for Lindt & Sprüngli Inc in Kansas City. - See more at:
New Member Inducted- Florian Schulte Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2017
Join us for the Changing of the Guard on June 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Polsinelli Terrace, 9th Floor, as we welcome incoming Chapter President Jeff Chapman and his Plaza Rotary Board. Sign up at the next club meeting or RSVP to Eric Wymore at .
CHANGING OF THE GUARD 2017-18 Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2017
Our club's efforts in helping the Girls of Malawi was noted in the Rotary Voices blog. Be sure to read more about Bill & Cindy Schmidt and Elizabeth Usovicz' work there. If you are planning to go to Atlanta for the Rotary International Convention, make time to go to Elizabeth's Break-Out Session on Monday, June 12 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. Find your list of Break-Out Sessions Here, or download the app.
The Girls of Malawai Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017
This month in 435 Magazine, Plaza Rotarian Rich Linden was featured for his work and his ability to bring people together, as well as assist in fund raising efforts around the KC area thru his talent. We are not able to see a Rotary pin on Mr. Linden at press time, but we can say unequivocally that this is the most subdued shirt in Rich Linden's closet.
Plaza Rotary's Man About Town Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Noon-3 p.m.
Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, 47th & Roanoke
Bloch Park could use some volunteers from Plaza Rotary at 8:30 AM on June 4 to help set up. Contact Erik Dickinson at to let him know if you can help.
National Cancer Survivors Day Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
How Rotary is stopping polio in Nigeria | Rotary International Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017
Fellow Plaza Rotarians,
Please accept my sincere thanks for everyone who hosted the GSE Team Members and spent time with them while they were here.  Special thanks go to Karyn Eppler and Scott Weaver for coordinating all of the transportation for the 5 days they were with our Club.  Things could not have gone more smoothly and I’m so thankful for everything they both did to ensure our guests had a fun and memorable experience.
Those of you that heard the GSE Team present to our Club were exposed to numerous potential projects in their District.  Our District leadership is working hard to see how we can partner in the future to bring these projects to reality and I look forward to our Club’s participation.
Thank you again for your support of this special exchange.  I will cherish memories from this experience for the rest of my life.
Drue Thomas, Club President 2016-17
To see more photos of the GSE Team's Kansas City adventures, visit our photo journal on the left side of the webpage or our Facebook page.
GSE Team from Paraguay & Argentina Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2017
Fellow Rotarian Jim Porter from Club 13 will be attending our meeting on Friday to make a quick announcement about their annual Memorial Luncheon at the Rotary Youth Camp on May 25th at 12 pm.  The luncheon is put on to remember Rotarians that have passed away in the past year and they will be honoring Alex Petrovic's dad, Alex Petrovic Sr. (former Plaza Rotarian) at the event, along with a few other Rotarians.  The cost for the event is $10 and if any of our members are planning to attend they would need to contact Mandy Sheldon, who is the Executive Director of Club 13, at 816-842-2322.
Club 13 Annual Memorial Luncheon Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2017
Shoes Enthusiasts across north Missouri –
Thank you, thank you, thank you…for another fantastic year of shoes collection for orphans, this year orphans in Guatemala and Kenya.
I’m happy you have cleared the shoes shelves of all the retailers in north Missouri (and in Joplin, and in southern Iowa, as we heard during the Shoes Roll Call)!
Results for Shoes Enthusiasts Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2017
TRF Centennial Campaign Surpasses $3.3 Million
In celebration of The Rotary Foundation’s 100th anniversary this year, District 6040 Rotarians have made gifts and commitments of more than $3.3 million in the District’s Centennial Legacy Campaign, far surpassing the $2.65 million goal set last fall.
Centennial Campaign Story Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2017

Last week, our Inspirational Speaker Jim Mitchum wanted to share this incredible video with our club. Due to technical difficulties last week, we're sharing it here in our newsletter and website.
I'm Josephine- An Ebola Survivor Story Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2017
Q4 2016-17 invoices went out this week (4/25). If you did not receive an email with your invoice, please let Liz Thomas know so she can send your invoice to your directly.  Invoice emails come from "Kansas City Plaza Rotary," please check your spam filter if you don't see this in your Inbox.
Q4 2016-17 Invoices are OUT Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2017
From Randy Steinman
For 4 years I have been working in the Dominican Republic to start a Rotary-funded Microcredit project, designed to provide women heads of households living in poverty the needed funds to start their own businesses in the hopes they can use the profits to lift their families out of poverty. Today, the women in the photo graduated from a financial education programs as part of their loan application process.
Congratulations to them all.
Microcredit in the Dominican Republic Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2017
Our shoe tying/packing party will be next Saturday, April 22nd, at 2:00 pm at 1219 SW Wintergreen Lane, Blue Springs, Mo 64015. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Frances Reddis if you plan to help out.
Shoe Tying and Packing Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Plaza Rotary Club worked hard to sell newspapers at the corner of 95th & Wornall last Monday, April 10th, to support Rotary Youth Camp.
Greater Kansas City Day 2017 Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
If you have news or updates for the Plaza Rotary Club website, newsletter, or Facebook page, or would like to share photos of club events, please send an email to
Got News? Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2017
From the Urban Ranger Corps:
BIG thanks to the Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza for their generous donation. URC is proud to be a recipient of proceeds from the Club’s Games For Good. URC Board Member, Joe Sweeny, accepts a check for $10,876 from Drue Thomas, President of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club. What a great way to show our young men that others are helping us bring “hope” in their brighter futures.
Urban Ranger Corps Check Presentation Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
Plaza Rotary Club was recognized and received the 2017 Visionary of the Year Award for it's commitment and contributions to Hope House on Thursday, February 16th. President Drue Thomas took time for this photo with his mother, Mary Jean Thomas, at today's Hope House Everyday Hero lunch. The Kansas City Plaza Rotary club was recognized with the Hope House Visionary of the Year award for our financial support and projects over more than 10 years. Lots of good reasons for all of us to smile! 
--Elizabeth Usovicz
Everyday Hero Luncheon Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2017
Check out our pics on our Facebook page from our club's 30th Anniversary Celebration!
30th Anniversary Celebration Photos Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Letter from Hope House - Games for Good Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2016
2016-17 Club Champion- Plaza Rotary
Drue Thomas is pleased to announce that Terry Berkbuegler was chosen as the 2016-17 Club Champion for the Plaza Rotary Club, which was announced at the District Conference Lunch last Saturday. 
“Terry exemplifies what it means to be a Rotarian, putting service before self.  His passion has helped build our primary fundraiser, the KC Games for Good, from the ground up over the past three years.  In addition, he has served as a RYLA counselor for years and is currently on their Board.  We are lucky to have Terry’s passion and sense of humor in the Plaza Rotary Club.”
2016 Club Champion- Plaza Rotary Shannan Berkbuegler 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Exhibitors, Players, and Visitors all agree-- this year's KC Games for Good was a blast!
After a year of planning, the KC Games For Good Committee's efforts pay off big. Twelve teams competed fiercely in Bubble Soccer, Nerf Archery, Giant Jenga, Harvester's Feed a Hungry Soul, Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, Water Relay, and Heart to Heart International Palette stacking.
"I just wanted to say thank you again for allowing HappyBottoms to have a booth at the KC Games for Good event this weekend; it was such a well-run and nice event! We really appreciated the opportunity to spread the word about HappyBottoms and how we are helping babies in the community." --Jackie W., Engagement Manager for Diaper Bank
"I hope this Monday afternoon finds you and everyone with the Plaza Rotary Club recovered and well rested from Saturday’s PHENOMENAL event!  I want to thank you and the Plaza Rotary Club for allowing Gordon Parks Elementary School to be a part of such a fun event.  The entire day was so well organized and everyone was so friendly – we had a blast!"  --Tom L., Chief Development Officer, Gordon Parks School
"It was great meeting you Saturday, and thank you so much for the invitation. Please let me know about this as early as possible next year.  I’ll see if we can enter a Girl Scout staff team, or team of troop leaders." --Joey W., Director- Eastern Region, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
Check us out and JOIN US NEXT YEAR at KC Games for Good
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2016 KC Games for Good- SUCCESS! Shannan Berkbuegler 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0