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Vietnam Nurse: Mending & Remembering

ABOUT LOU

Growing up in a small Illinois town, Louise (Lou) Graul Eisenbrandt decided to join the Army in order to “see the world.” After graduating as a Registered Nurse in June 1968, she attended basic training, then headed to Ft. Dix New Jersey, her first duty assignment.

In September 1969, she received orders for Vietnam, arriving there on November 1. During her year at the 91st Evac Hospital, she cared for GIs, South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and even Viet Cong and NVA soldiers. From malaria and hepatitis to double amputees, massive head traumas, and deadly bullet wounds; Lt. Graul saw it all.

Since 1970, she has made four return trips to Vietnam, the latest in September 2014, when she joined 11 other vets making their first return trip to the country. 

For the past 30 years, the author has been sharing her experiences with students and community groups. In addition, she is Chairman Emeritis of the board of Turning Point in Leawood, KS. Her other interests are travel, photography, golf, gardening, and finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Lou lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, Jim. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

To read her book, visit here.

Mar 16, 2018
 
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Pain Free Life, Eliminate Chronic Pain

Travis Perret’s passion is helping people get back to doing what they love to do without the limitations of chronic pain. This passion was developed early in his career when visiting his parents for the holidays. He noticed, due to pain, his dad was having difficulty getting up from a chair and then wincing with every step. When asked what was wrong his dad informed him that the doctors were recommending a spinal fusion. His dad was diagnosed with a Spondylolisthesis, a condition in which the vertebra in the low back slides forward over the vertebra below and puts pressure on the nerves causing low back pain and weakness in the legs. The pain was so bad his dad was unable to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Seeing his dad in that much pain was difficult for Travis to witness.
 

After doing a quick assessment, Travis was able to determine that the cause of the pain wasn’t a vertebra issue but an issue with the function on his dad’s hips. He gave him some corrective exercises for his hips. A week later his dad reported feeling slightly better. Travis then made some adjustments to the exercises and positions. A month later the pain his dad was experiencing during the holidays had decreased by 90% and he was feeling better than he had in months. To this day, 20 years later, his dad still does his exercises and has never had another issue with his back.

Travis graduated from the University of Kansas and received his degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. He was a decathlete on the University of Kansas track and field team. After graduating, he was hired by The Egoscue Method and worked for Pete Egoscue for seven years. He then returned to the Midwest to open Exercise Therapy of Kansas City. He is a speaker, author, and has owned and operated Exercise Therapy of Kansas City in Overland Park, KS for 13 years. He has two little girls, Sierra and Stella, and when he is not in the clinic you will find him on the playground with his daughters. 

To read Travis' book, visit here.

Mar 23, 2018
 
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Struggle over Social Security

David J. Ekerdt is Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at the University of Kansas. From 1988-1997 he was Associate Director of the Center on Aging and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He directed the KU Gerontology Center from 2003-2016. He teaches the sociology of aging and research methods, and he has supervised graduate students on both campuses.

 

Mar 30, 2018
 
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Games for Good: Be an Ambassador

Update the club on the future of the Games for Good.

Apr 06, 2018
 

GSE Experiences in Argentina

Apr 13, 2018
 
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Forecast for KC Public Schools

About Melissa Robinson

Elected in April 2014, Board of Education chair Melissa Robinson is representing Sub-district 4. Robinson has received an Associate of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Masters of Business Administration from Webster University. As the current President of the Black Health Care Coalition, Robinson is dedicated to her community and the constituents of the Kansas City Public Schools. Living by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-- that is the goal of true education," she is a steadfast leader and advocate for education and the advancement of our students.

Contact Information

mrobinson@kcpublicschools.org

Apr 20, 2018
 
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National Archives

The eighth Archivist of the United States, John W. Carlin was appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1995. He immediately began a comprehensive strategic planning effort that resulted in a 10-year plan to refocus the agency and bring it into the 21st century.

One of the major initiatives of NARA's Strategic Plan is the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which aims to preserve and provide access to virtually any type of electronic record created anywhere in the Federal Government. This is an unprecedented effort involving partnerships with other Federal agencies and experts in the private sector to solve the problem of preserving the ever-increasing volumes of diverse, complex digital records that are being created worldwide. The entire Federal Government--indeed, today's "information society" at large--has a stake in ERA's success.

Mr. Carlin also obtained Federal funding for a much-needed and extensive renovation of the 70-year-old National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and for important conservation treatment on the treasured Charters of Freedom--the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

With the National Archives Foundation, he led a campaign to raise private funds to enrich the experience for visitors to the National Archives. The result is the National Archives Experience, an interactive, multicomponent program that takes visitors on a journey from the Charters into the much wider world of the National Archives and the human stories that our records tell.

The National Archives Experience has the Charters of Freedom as its centerpiece, surrounded by the William G. McGowan Theater, the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery, the Boeing Learning Center, and the Public Vaults. The exhibition spaces of the Public Vaults convey the feeling of going into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives, where visitors can explore and celebrate the spirit of America through the great documents and great stories of our history.

In 2004, the Society of American Archivists honored Mr. Carlin for his "exemplary contributions to the archival profession," saying he had "served with distinction." And Government Computer News gave him its National Merit Award for Technology Excellence in Government, citing his "dedicated career in public service and commitment to advancing technology in Government."

Before becoming Archivist, Mr. Carlin had a distinguished career in public service, business, agriculture, and education. A native Kansan, he served in the state legislature for eight years and was Speaker of the House his last term. In 1978, he was elected Governor of Kansas and served two four-year terms. Following his political career, Mr. Carlin joined the faculty of Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, teaching graduate courses in public administration. He was Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Superconductivity in Lawrence, KS, when appointed Archivist of the United States.

Mr. Carlin resigned as Archivist effective February 15, 2005. As of early 2009, he is visiting professor and executive in residence in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

 

Apr 27, 2018
 
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People to People International

KANSAS CITY, MO— (January 24, 2018) — People to People International (PTPI) announces that Merrill Eisenhower Atwater has been appointed as chief operating officer. Atwater joins the organization after leading the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division. 
 
"We are thrilled to have Mr. Atwater join the People to People family,” says Teresa Loar, Chairwoman of the PTPI Board of Directors. “The depth and breadth of his experience in business, as well as in government, will prove to be an asset that PTPI can capitalize on.”
 
A Kansas native, Atwater is the great-grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
 
“It is impressive to see the 61-year-old organization founded by my great-grandfather be so successful in its global efforts,” Atwater says. “People to People International has spent its entire existence helping hundreds of thousands of people in more than 160 countries throughout the world. I am proud and humbled to be able to help continue the momentum and progress of PTPI.”
 
Atwater believes that PTPI’s purpose of championing peace is even more significant today.
 
“There is much turmoil on the global stage, with negative news and trials and tribulations, regardless of where you live,” Atwater says. “PTPI helps bring a measure of calm and rational thinking in the midst of uncertainty. I believe, as my great-grandfather did, that if you sit two people down who are reasonable and agree to put their differences aside, they can become friends. Frankly, we all need to stop and determine what we can do help someone else, rather than the other way around.”
 
Atwater holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Interpersonal Communications from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
 
For more information, visit www.ptpi.org.

May 04, 2018
 
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Taking the stress out of funeral planning

Funeral Advocates was formed to help people deal with the processes associated with the death of a loved one.

As a financial representative, Brian O’Laughlin, our founder, has helped hundreds of people with their financial security during life but when his father died in 1999, he realized planning extended beyond.

Brian took his mother to the funeral home where they were required to make many decisions, each one having financial ramifications. Not knowing “the rules” of funeral planning and the “market value” of the services, there were at the mercy of the man across the desk.

Brian recognized the need for an informed representative to advocate for his clients during this most vulnerable time of life, the death of a loved one. Brian O’Laughlin and the Funeral Advocates team have been providing advocacy services to clients and friends since 1999.

May 11, 2018
 
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Tiny homes for veterans

Veterans Community Project is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community.

We are building a specialized community of tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness. 

To learn more, visit https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

 

May 18, 2018
 
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UMKC Men's Basketball

Kareem Richardson enters his fifth season at the helm of the UMKC program in 2017-18 and has led the Roos to unprecedented success during his tenure. He was named the head coach at UMKC on March 19, 2013, becoming the sixth in the Division I era at UMKC.

Richardson guided the 2016-17 UMKC squad to the second-most victories in a season (18) in school history. The Roos were selected for a postseason tournament for the first time in the program's 30-year Division I history, which included a victory over Green Bay in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. In 2016-17, UMKC set program records for points (2,691), field goals (911), rebounds (1,213), defensive rebounds (860), 3-pointers (315) and free throws (554). The Roos finished second in team history in assists (451) and third in steals (236). UMKC posted the longest winning streak for the program in 12 years from Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2017. The Roos got off to the program's best start in 15 years and advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament for the third straight year.

To read more about Coach Richardson, click here.

May 25, 2018
 
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A Reporter's Persepctive: The State of Healthcare

Dan Margolies is editor in charge of health and education news at KCUR.  Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and varied journalism career, he has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star and Reuters. In a previous life, he was a lawyer. He has also worked as a media insurance underwriter and project development director for a video production firm.
Dan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and moved to Kansas City with his family when he was eight years old. He majored in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and holds law and journalism degrees from Boston University. He has been an avid public radio listener for as long as he can remember – which these days isn’t very long…

Jun 01, 2018
 
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8 Marathons in 8 Days on 7 Continents

At 70, Chau Smith of Kansas City completed the Triple 7 Quest: Seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents. To read her story, click here.

Jun 08, 2018
 
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President's Farewell Surprise

Jun 15, 2018
 

Presentations by Non-Profits

6 charities, 5 minutes each.  

Pinky Swear, Harmony Project KC, Great Circle, KC Public Library and Alzheimer's Association all confirmed for presentations.

Jun 22, 2018
 
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Jun 28, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Changing of the Guard - Happy Independence Day!

Jeff Chapman says Randy Steinman is IN CHARGE!

Jun 29, 2018
 
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No morning meeting... Enjoy your Holiday!

No Morning Meeting due to Independence Day Holiday.

Jul 06, 2018
 
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Sister Cities Organization in Kansas City

Kansas City enjoys a formal relationship with a dozen major cities around the world. These Sister Cities enhance the quality of life in our City and in its international partners through academic exchanges, art and music programs, cross-cultural awareness and the exploration of businss opportunities.   Mike Wood will discuss the Sister City movement as part of Kansas City's international scene that includes such other international nonprofits as People-to-People, International Relations Council, GlobalTies KC, the United Nations Association, and others.

 

 Mike Wood has lived, worked and traveled overseas for much of his adult life as a Peace Corps Volunteer, State Department official, health care administrator, UMKC academic, consultant, and most recently as a teacher of English to newcomers to the US. He is past President of the Sister City Association of Kansas City.

 

Jul 13, 2018
 
 
 
 
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District 6040 Update

Aug 10, 2018
 
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Kansas City International Airport

Patrick Klein 
Director of Aviation 
Kansas City Aviation Department 

Patrick Klein became Director of Aviation for the Kansas City Aviation Department June 1, 2016. In this role Klein oversees all aspects of the management, development, operation and maintenance of Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Klein is responsible for 550 employees and annual revenues of over $100 million. 

Klein has worked for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, for nearly 20 years, serving in a variety of management roles, and is well-positioned to step into this new position. Since 2013 Klein has worked with groups which have been studying future options for terminal modernization. This includes the mayor’s Airport Terminal Advisory Group, and the Airport Leadership Committee. Klein is familiar with all aspects of the airport’s operation and has worked extensively with Aviation Department staff.

Klein earned his bachelor’s degree from K-State and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Aug 17, 2018