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Welcome to the KC Plaza Rotary Club!

Kansas City Plaza

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
4740 Grand Avenue
4740 Grand Avenue
Grand Street Cafe
Kansas City, MO  64112
United States of America
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Would you be interested in attending a meeting and learning more about the Plaza Rotary Club?  We'd be happy to have you visit! Email Vice President Aileen Murphy at aileen.murphy@rgp.com to let her know when you would like to attend. 
 
 
 
 
 
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As part of our District Grant application, the Plaza Rotary will have 5 work Saturdays at the Urban Ranger Corps, 5908 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64130. Show up anytime between 8AM and Noon, ready to put in some Sweat Equity, to help make some updates to the Conference Room!
Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Feb. 2, 2019. If you have a tool belt, bring it. If you don't, show up anyway and Mindy will give you something to do!!
 
 

At our last meeting before the Holidays, President Randy Steinman presented checks to the two beneficiaries of the KC Games for Good. In spite of the washout this year, with approval of the Club Foundation Board to forego the typical 25% contribution of event proceeds into the Foundation, we were able to contribute $9,104.00 EACH to Hope House and the Urban Ranger Corps. That’s a pretty Big Check! Thank you all for your generosity and hard work to make this event bigger and better each year.

The Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza, chartered originally as the Rotary Club of Ward Parkway on December 15, 1986, has become one of the leading Rotary clubs in District 6040 in its short history.
 
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kansas City, the club first met on Tuesdays at noon at Costello’s Greenhouse at 85th and Ward Parkway.  Three of the 27 charter members are still members of the club – Jerry Smith, Doug Zimmerman, and Bob Latz, all of whom later served as club president.  In 1994, the club moved its meetings to the Country Club Plaza and changed to a breakfast meeting on Fridays.  The first Friday morning breakfast meeting was held at Fedora’s on the Plaza on September 9, 1994. The club changed its name to the Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza, with Rotary International’s approval, on January 1, 1996.
 
Good fellowship and camaraderie, great club programs, and a mission of “Service Above Self” have marked the club’s 32 years. 
 
In the early years, member Rotarians formed numerous golfing groups, attended the ballet and musical performances together, had nights out at professional and UMKC sporting events, and worked together on many service projects.  The longest-running social gathering has been the annual “Chiefs Watch Party,” started in the mid-1990s, when members gather to watch a Kansas City Chiefs away football game. More recently, several members have met regularly to sample single-malt whiskeys from around the world.
(Pictured L-R: Jeff Jernigan, Gary Smith and Jerry Smith grilling brats and burgers for a Chiefs Party.)
 
We at UMKC Enactus - Rotaract will be at the Rotary Meeting on Friday, December 21st to talk further about Educate to Elevate, and we’d deeply appreciate your help in reaching our goal!
 
We at UMKC Enactus - Rotaract believe in creating positive change through entrepreneurial action. We know that all children deserve access to a quality education, one that is not disrupted by a lack of necessities. So, we have been working tirelessly on a mission to provide a safe environment for the children of Ogwuokwu, Nigeria to learn in.

We have financed, designed and implemented a sustainable well and sanitary facilities in 2017-2018 and have provided clean water and sanitation for 400+ students and teachers at the Ogwuokwu Community School. Now, we plan to repair their main educational building so that they have a shelter to grow and learn.

Partnering with Revocup Coffee Co., a local coffee shop in Kansas City, is a continuation of these efforts. Revocup hosts some of the best quality coffee in KC. Their beans are sourced directly from Ethiopian farmers, enabling the farmers to keep the profits they’ve worked so hard to earn.

Buy a 12oz bag of medium-roasted Revocup™ Coffee to support the Ogwuokwu Community School.
• Each bag is $20 USD with 50% of proceeds going directly to the construction of the school building.
• Whole Bean or Ground
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT PROJECT LEAD: RUWEIDA KULANE .
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Steve Physioc, Royals Writer
Jan 18, 2019
Royals and Writing
Sister Rose McLarney
Jan 25, 2019
Journey to New Life- Women Exiting Prison
TENTATIVE-Bob Kendrick
Feb 01, 2019
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Jeff Deatherage
Feb 08, 2019
Shelterbox Update
 
Interested in speaking to Plaza Rotary?
If you'd be interested in presenting to the Plaza Rotary Club, please contact Nancy Shawver at 
 
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