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.
Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum captivated our club last Friday with his stories of Cool Papa Bell and other All Stars. It's time to plan a visit .... perhaps a Vocational Visit Rich Linden?... to the NLBM!
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.
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:
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."