Club Information
Welcome to the KC Plaza Rotary Club!
We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO  64112
United States
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Feb 16, 2018
Elementary School Writing Contest
Feb 23, 2018
Please Plan to Attend the Vocational Visit
Mar 02, 2018
Traveling the Missouri River
Mar 09, 2018
Taking the stress out of funeral planning
Mar 16, 2018
Vietnam Nurse: Mending & Remembering
Mar 23, 2018
Pain Free Life, Eliminate Chronic Pain
Mar 30, 2018
Struggle over Social Security
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 13, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Plazans Get Social at Truman Library
Harry S. Truman Library
Feb 19, 2018
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Plaid Shirt or Ugly Sweater Holiday Meeting- THIS FRIDAY
It's that time of year when Plaza Rotarians are encouraged to wear Plaid or your Ugly Christmas Sweater to our last meeting of 2017. Have fun with it, and be sure to dress for singing!
Proposed Board 2018-2019
President Elect Randy Steinman proposes and presents his Board for his upcoming term starting July 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2019. Please reach out to Randy if you have any questions.
Recruiting New Members - Tip #8
Tip #8-- Celebrate when you get a new member. This gets the club excited about getting more members. With that in mind, watch for an EXTRA! EXTRA! Newsletter featuring all of our new members from July-December 2017! 
Rotary Member Classification Today
When a lawyer named Paul Harris, a coal dealer, a mining engineer, and a merchant tailor first met in 1905 in Chicago, they gave birth to Rotary and, by the nature of their diverse occupations, to one of the organization’s most distinctive features – the classification principle. That principle remains a cornerstone of Rotary today.

Upon joining Rotary, a member is assigned a classification – usually by the Board of Directors – to reflect the member’s profession or occupation.  For many years, a club was permitted to have only one person in each classification. The goal was a balanced membership – basically a cross-section of the community in which no one profession or business is the dominant force in the club. Also, a balanced membership enables Rotarians to broaden their knowledge of other professions, to build professional and business networks, and to have broad expertise for club leadership and to carry out multi-faceted service projects.
Rotary Classifications Today
As professions evolved and clubs sought to increase their membership, clubs developed occupational sub-categories (for example, Lawyer-Civil and Banker-Commercial) so as to allow more than one person per general classification if club members approved. Recognizing these trends, the Council on Legislation has amended the standard Club Constitution to permit a maximum of five (5) members per classification in a club (or 10% of the total membership if a club has over 50 members).
For more details on classifications, check out the 2016 Rotary Manual of Procedure.
District Grant Approval- UPDATE!
Hope House District Grant Project: The project date is the morning of January 20th 2018, probably around 9 AM to start-- time will be confirmed soon.  At this point, we have 11 volunteers to perform the Laundry Room refurbishment.  Details will be communicated to the team as the precise tasks and shifts are defined.  Email Paul Temme at if you want to join the team.

Earlier this year, Ben White from Onward spoke to our club. If you have any connections that could benefit from the services Onward provides, please reach out to Ben. 

Onward Financial is a Kansas City-based nonprofit offering a Financial Wellness benefit to companies employing low- to moderate-income workers. We partner with local companies to service their employees' short-term financial needs, creating a culture of financial responsibility and wellness. Our seamless platform connects employees to savings, financial education, and an innovative credit product designed to help users overcome financial emergencies and avoid costly payday loans.

Onward seeks opportunities to provide our services to local companies, and hopes to connect through Rotary to potentially interested parties. If you have any ideas or connections, please reach out to Ben White at or 816-868-2193.

What is Onward?

Onward is a not-for-profit employer benefit program that promotes saving, responsible borrowing, and financial education. Unlike most savings plans or financial education programs, Onward is tailored to helping employees reach their immediate goals. If an emergency does occur, instead of seeing their savings washed away or borrowing from a payday lender, eligible employees can access a low interest loan based on their savings history with Onward.