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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kansas City- Plaza

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 of America
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Sweetheart breakfast
Feb 14, 2020
Topical Speaker
Club Assembly
Feb 21, 2020
Club Foundation
George Robbins
Feb 28, 2020
Part I - AARP
 
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STILL NEEDED: Treasurer for July 2020- June 2022! and Vice President – who will be the President in Rotary year 2022-2023.
 
Please contact Aileen or Erik if you are interested in learning more or have suggestions as to strong candidates we should be reaching out to.
 
Thank you!
Aileen
The Plaza Rotary Club donated $3,261 to the PAL KCK which is being used in together with some $1,500 from the KS Park Commission to install an Archery range in the PAL facility. We received a thank you from the organization, and an update on the status as follows:
  • 80% of the equipment is in hand, with the balance anticipated in the next week or so 
  • New lighting and floor repairs have been completed in anticipation of the installation of the new equipment. 
  • February 1 is the "target" date for complete installation
  • Plaza Rotary Club members will be invited to view the facility and shoot a few arrows in the next weeks.
The program continues to grow at a rapid pace with 800 children now enrolled. They eagerly await the launch of the new archery program that is especially welcome and as another indoor program to pursue during the winter. 
 

RYLA STUDENT NOMINATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 7

STUDENT APPLICATION DEADLINE-- FEBRUARY 28, 2020

In case you aren’t familiar with RYLA, Missouri RYLA Academy is a 4-day, 3-night leadership academy for high school sophomores/juniors who exhibit a desire for community service. Developed by some of Missouri's top educators, the curriculum is designed to identify and enhance the qualities of servant leadership for each participant, educate them on how to successfully implement a service project, and inspire them to live a lifetime of "Service Above Self." In addition, participants are introduced to the programs and values Rotary has to offer. www.MissouriRYLA.com 
 

Work is underway on the 2020 KC Games for Good.
 
The Club Board met approved plans to proceed. As in years past, we’re “tweaking” the format both to leverage current strengths (i.e., what is working well) and address member concerns (i.e., what could be working better). For example, while we want to continue to broadly “celebrate service” we are going to be even more specific in drawing attention to the Rotary six areas of focus.  We also want to financially benefit even more local charities.
 
You’ll see this reflected in our just-completed Call for Sponsors brochure. Steven Rotkoff has been scheduling meetings with prospective supporters and, in fact, has already secured our first new commitment: The Kauffmann Foundation for $1,000.
 
I hope you have a chance to look over the attached prior to our meeting Friday. We’re anxious to get started … and we'd love to have your help if you’d like to be on the committee. See you Friday!! 
 
 
 
 
Nolan Finn, Business Development Account Executive for The Purple Guys, and Kelli Jennings, IT Manager with the Developer Acceleration Program at Commerce Bank, have applied for membership to Plaza Rotary Club and their applications have been approved by the Board.
 
Kelli is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, has participated with Habitat for Humanity, and enjoys traveling abroad and playing board games.
     
Nolan is a graduate of the University of Kansas, has participated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters while in college, and enjoys golfing and basketball.
 
Please take a moment to say hello to our newest Plazans!
 
In years past, club members have sometimes suggested -- during a club meeting-- to donate our weekly Change for Charity collected money to go to a charity that is speaking at the club that day. Though this has been done prior, Plaza Rotary will not be doing this going forward as it is not in accordance with our By-Laws. Any money disbursements are decided by the Board, not spontaneously announced at club meetings, and MUST go to a 501(c)3 charity. 
 
If you are inspired by one of our program speaker's efforts for their charity and wish to have the Plaza Rotary Club donate to that charity, please follow the process in our By-Laws. 
 
From our club's By-Laws:
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy New Year! It is time to think about club nominations for the District 6040 Literacy Teacher of the Year Awards! The deadline for applications is February 21, 2020 and that is not all that far off.
 
Great teachers deserve to be recognized so I encourage your club to nominate outstanding teachers in your community who are powerful proponents of literacy and have made significant contributions in the teaching of reading. Click HERE to find all the necessary information on the process as well as the application.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
 
Janet Gooch
District 6040 Literacy Chair