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CLUB HAPPY HOUR
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Mar 30, 2017
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
Speakers
Feb 24, 2017
Carter Broadcast Group
Mar 03, 2017
Jesse James in Kansas City
Mar 10, 2017
NAIA
Mar 17, 2017
KC Board of Police Commissioners- Office of Community Complaints
Mar 24, 2017
President of the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association
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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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Everyday Hero Luncheon
 
 
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
Urban Ranger Corps Check Presentation
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.
District Teacher of the Year Award
This is a reminder that the deadline is quickly approaching for Teacher of the Year Nominations.
 
More information can be found at http://www.rotary6040.org/2016/12/03/hello-world/. Submissions must be received by our District Literacy Chair Janet Gooch, jquinzer@truman.edu, by February 24th, 2017. The award will be presented at the District Assembly in Chillicothe, Missouri on April 29th, 2017. Winners will be notified so they may plan on receiving their award in Chillicothe if at all possible. Recipients of this award do not need to be present in Chillicothe to receive this award.
 
Let's honor our teachers who put so much passion and devotion into educating our children!
 
All my best,
 
Kim LeSage
New Member- Allison Yoakam
The Plaza Rotary Board has approved the membership application of Allison Yoakam.  Allison is in insurance sales with the Lockton Companies and is a former Interact Member from Springfield, Missouri.  We look forward to having her join us! If anyone has any comments or concerns they should contact Drue Thomas at william.thomas@umb.com.  Assuming there are no concerns she will be inducted in the weeks ahead.
 

Four Way Test Speech Contest

From Kim LeSage, District Governor
 
I am reaching out to clubs to confirm details of our District Four-Way Test Contest. I want to make certain all clubs are aware of the submission criteria and deadlines. Each year we are able to tweak some of our programs and events based on comments and suggestions of Rotarians. This year the Four-Way Test Speech Contest committee is asking that candidates/clubs submit their club's candidate for the Four-Way Test Speech Contest by submitting a video of the candidate giving their speech. Judges will then select the three finalists to attend the District Assembly on April 29th and give their speech to the attendees. First, second, and third places will then be determined. Families and friends of students are welcome to attend. Please see the attachments for the rules and application. Contact information for Steve Shelton, District Four-Way Test Speech Contest Chair, is also located on the attached documents [Process] and [Application].
 
Thank you for your support of our amazing students!
 
-Kim
 
4 Way Test Speech Video and applications are due to Ann Leabo by March 10, 2017.
 
Past President Bob Chien
From Elizabeth Usovicz to the current and Past Presidents:
I received sad news this afternoon from Jan Armstrong of the Kansas City Rotary Club that our Charter President, Bob Chien, passed away peacefully yesterday.
 
An obituary will be printed in tomorrow's Kansas City Star.  Visitation is scheduled for Friday evening (6:00-8:00 PM) at McGilley Funeral Home at 121st and State Line.  The memorial service will be at 10:00 AM Saturday morning, also at McGilley Funeral Home. [click here to find out more]
 
Several of us talked about Bob at our club’s anniversary celebration, remembering his energy and enthusiasm. He will be missed.
 
-Elizabeth
 

Rotaract KC Camp Rise

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.

SHOE TIME!

Who's team are you on? Therese? Bo? or Frances?
Start your shopping! Share your bargain findings! It's 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.
Out of Africa
 
Following the International Convention in Atlanta (June 10-14) ,  District 6040 is hosting a delegation of African Rotarians on a very short Friendship Exchange onJune 16-18.  Rotarians will be in Kansas City for two nights and three days and will stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel near KCI.  The Out of Africa planning committee is looking for local hosts who’s responsibilities will be to attend events, provide transportation and companionship and host African Rotarians during the day to various tourist attractions around KC.  The daily schedule will be determined by the African Rotarian’s interests.  The event costs (reception Friday evening, lunch Saturday noon and reception/dinner Saturday evening) for local Rotarians will be about $75/person.  Please contact Jan Armstrong at JArmst2298@aol.com or Marc Horner at MHorner@aol.com if you are interested in being a host.  Cassy Venters has additional details, cdventers@me.com
 
Define your Rotary Legacy
https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000004680/Images/foundation100.jpgThe 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 roger.samuel@msasearch.com or Jerry Venters  jvotary6040@yahoo.com for more information.

WANTED: RYLA Applicants

2017 RYLA - Applications due by March 1

Though the deadline is March 1, we would encourage all RYLA applications be submitted to Ann Leabo at ALeabo@hopehouse.net by mid-February.  We will still accept applications until March 1, but there may not be space available. There are two RYLA sessions this year:

RYLA #1 is June 25 – 28 

RYLA #2 is July 9 – 12.

The application form for Plaza Club RYLA applicants can be accessed using this link, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37448611/RYLA%202017%20Application%20-%20Plaza%20club.pdf Please submit completed applications to Ann Leabo.

What is RYLA? The Missouri RYLA Academy is a 4-day, 3-night training program for high school Sophomores and Juniors who exhibit a desire for community service.  Developed by some of Missouri's top professional educators, the curriculum is designed to identify and enhance the qualities of Servant Leadership for each participant, train them on how to successfully implement a service project, and inspire them to live a lifetime of "Service Above Self."  

For additional information, please contact Ann Leabo or visit http://www.missouriryla.com.

 
Service Above Self --- www.kcplazarotary.org
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