Posted by Jennifer Kyle on Nov 13, 2018
Congratulations Plaza Rotary Club Members!

At the recent District 6040 Rotary Foundation Dinner, Plaza Rotary received several awards and recognition for our support of Rotary both locally and internationally during the 2017-18 Rotary Year. 

We were recognized as a Star Club Level 4 which means that on average we contributed between $400 and $499 per capita to the Annual Fund/SHARE program.  This is the program from which funds are made available for District Grants - every year, 50% of the District monies given 3 years ago are made available for District Grants in OUR District.   In fact, Plaza Rotary was second highest in the District in per capita giving to this Fund at $441.04 per member!   Thank you for supporting our fund raisers and for your generosity!

We also were recognized for achieving the District goal of $1500 per club to the End Polio Now program.  These monies went to Polio Plus that will help us achieve The Rotary Foundation’s number one goal - The Eradication of Polio.   We achieved this goal through our Pars for Polio sponsorship and our monthly contributions to Polio Plus (the additional $25 in your quarterly dues).   Congratulations on achieving the club goal and the per capita giving goal towards this worthy effort!

Plaza Rotary was awarded the Presidential Citation - an award that requires the club achieve several goals in multiple categories including a net increase in membership and projects in designated areas of focus.

The major District award that our club received was the coveted Klinginsmith Cup.  This award was started in 2009-10 in honor of our Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith, from the Kirksville Rotary Club, who served as RI President in 2010-11.  We received this award based on receiving the Presidential Citation and our contribution to the Annual Fund/SHARE.  This is the 7th year we have been awarded the Cup.   Well done!

On behalf of Club President Rotary Year 2017-18, Jeff Chapman, THANK YOU for all you do in the name of Rotary!

Jennifer Kyle
 
We're Level 4 Stars, Baby Jennifer Kyle 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Thank you, Plaza Rotarians, for your help at Bloch Park Fall clean up.
Bloch Park Clean Up Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cassy Venters on Nov 13, 2018
In 2018, clubs throughout northern Missouri worked on hands-on, grant-funded projects to improve lives and communities. Take a look at this video: https://youtu.be/f7KjvdsxJ-c
 

If you want to make a real difference in your community, join Rotary!

Rotarians are People of Action Cassy Venters 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aileen Murphy on Nov 13, 2018
We'd like to announce our recent new members! Be sure to say hello when you see them Friday morning.
 
Joanna Bradley - Board approved 8/15/18
Lucy Betteridge - Board approved 8/15/18
Steven Rotkoff - Board approved 9/20/18
Brian Carroll - Board approved 10/17/18
John Constance - Board approved 10/17/18
New Members Aileen Murphy 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Oct 11, 2018
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Re: Date Change for the Plaza Rotary Cancer Survivors Park Fall Volunteer Event
 
This service date has been changed to Saturday, October 27th because the earlier date conflicted with the Kansas City Marathon.
The Sergeants have the sign-up sheet. Service time is scheduled for 9-11 AM
 
Reach out to Paul Temme at paulctemme@gmail.com if you missed the sign up sheet but would like to help.
Reschedule- Block Park Volunteer Paul Temme 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Oct 11, 2018
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Volunteer at Harvesters as part of the District "Food Fight"
Plaza Rotarians join the Urban Rangers at Harvesters for a Sort & Repack event
Tuesday, October 16th, 6-8 PM
We have only 10 volunteers to date, and welcome more. Contact Paul Temme (paulctemme@gmail.com) or Casey Culbertson (culbertson.casey@gmail.com), to sign up and get details.
Food Fight Update Paul Temme 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Merrigan on Oct 05, 2018
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Subject: KC Games for Good Cancelled
 
Good morning. If you were at this morning’s meeting, you already know we have decided to cancel the 2018 Games for Good Event tomorrow, 10/6, due to the rain.
 
We do not make this decision lightly. We had a record number of teams and exhibitors, but feel that this is in the best interest of all participants. This is an outdoor event. Several of the competitions – the mechanical bull, the inflatable obstacle course, the wacky trike relay – will be seriously jeopardized by inclement weather. In addition, today’s rain will limit the ability to park on the lawn. Finally, the threat of additional rain tomorrow will likely limit attendance, and thus undermine our success.
 
We are grateful for all the support we have received from the club, both in terms of your willingness to volunteer and your contributions.
 
If you’ve made a contribution (or commitment), someone will contact you individually in the next few days to determine what you’d like for us to do. We can:
  1. refund the donation in full; or,
  2. hold your contribution as a donation to the 2019 event; or,
  3. combine your fee with other funds that have been contributed for the event beneficiaries and provide you appropriate notification of the donation.
 
Please mark your calendar for next year’s event: October 5, 2019 on the south lawn of the National WWI Museum & Memorial.
 
And again, thank you for your continued support.
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Posted by Roger Samuel on Oct 04, 2018
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Over the next 3 Fridays-- Please bring a bottle of wine to our Friday morning meeting to donate to our silent auction wine basket for the District 6040 Foundation Dinner. Deliver to the Sgt at Arms table for Roger Samuel to collect--Thank you!
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Posted by Erik Dickinson on Oct 04, 2018
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Urban Ranger Corps fundraiser--Purchase a $100 golden ticket for a chance to win a great trip of your choosing!
 

It will be hard to pick between...
  • 4 nights in the Dominican Republic,
  • 3 nights of Jazz and Food in New Orleans, or a
  • 3 day Monterey Golf Experience.
Each trip is complete with airfare.
Act fast, only 100 tickets available!
You Need a Golden Ticket Erik Dickinson 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Duty at the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park Paul Temme 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aileen Murphy on Oct 03, 2018
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Steven Rotkoff has completed his application for membership and been voted on by the board.
 
Steven is a Partner / business consultant with Red Team Thinking.  He and his wife, Libby, have been members of the Kansas City community continuously since 2005 and live in Lansing.  They are both active in the Leavenworth community and he was introduced to the Plaza Club by Scott Weaver. 
 
 
New Member-Steven Rotkoff Aileen Murphy 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Samuel on Oct 03, 2018
The District Foundation dinner is fast approaching, and our club is once again going to be a Global Sponsor.  We're looking to fill two tables of 10 each.  Email Roger Samuel if you're interested. A few details on this year's event:
 
District 6040 Foundation Dinner 2018 Roger Samuel 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Berkbuegler on Sep 19, 2018
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We are a little over two weeks away from the 2018 KC Games for Good and things are shaping up to make this another great year. There are still a few ways you can help out with the event. Karyn Eppler, Steve Johnston and Rich Cane are making plans for a Rotary exhibit and will, no doubt, need some help with ideas as well as people to help tend the booth on
Games for Good 2018 Terry Berkbuegler 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Linden on Sep 18, 2018
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Attention all mentors!  Rotaract KC is meeting September 26th at Ruins Pub 6:30 to 8:00pm.  The Club LOVES our attendance and interaction.  Please send an email to: rich@thelindenevents.com if you are interested in attending!  Thank you!  Cheers to Service!
Rotaract Mentors Rich Linden 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shannan Berkbuegler on Sep 18, 2018
No Morning Meeting Sept. 21!
 
Instead, meet us at 4:30 PM at Tom Fooleries on the Plaza, 612 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64112 for a fun Happy Hour with your fellow Plazans, then wander through the Plaza Art Fair at your leisure. Parking will be limited at the Plaza for this event, so we recommend Lyft or Uber to get you to and from. Click on any of the bold gold text above to take you to the weblinks.
 
(You have to download the Lyft & Uber apps to your smart phone, but it's super simple!-- have your 8 yr old grand daughter or neighbor kid show you how! No shame--My 22 yr old has to help me with the TV remotes regularly.)
 
PLAZA ART FAIR 2018- NO MORNING MEETING Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Weaver on Sep 18, 2018
Greetings Plaza Rotarians!
 
Have a favor to ask.
 
In addition to Rotary and Scouting, I volunteer time each month to supporting Veterans in their transitions into the workforce.
 
Please consider joining me at:
6:30pm on Friday October 12, at the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, and sharing your insights about careers, and how great Kansas City is with club officers of the Student Veterans of America from several regional colleges.
 
More details and sign up are available here:
Thanks for coming, if you can!
 
Best,
Scott Weaver
 
 
Have a favor to ask. Scott Weaver 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2018
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Heart to Heart International is actively responding to Hurricane Florence. Volunteers with the Mobile Medical Unit are positioning to provide help to the areas most affected by the storm's path. The situation is ongoing and more updates to follow. If you'd like to donate, please check out their website. 
 
Photo: NOAA
 
HHI to Help - Hurricane Florence Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Urban Ranger Corps Bingo at Hamburger Mary's Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randy Steinman on Sep 06, 2018
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Challenge Accepted.
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To all District 6040 Rotarians,
 
We are having a food fight!  Marc Horner and I decided to have a little friendly competition and raise food, money and awareness for the food pantries of North Missouri.  Attached are:
 
1-The 2018 Rotary Food Fight Flyer- please note that your club will receive 1 point for a pound of food, 4 points for each dollar donated and 10 points for each hour of service in a food pantry.  Since we are a service club, we thought the most points should go to the service aspect of this challenge.
2-The 2018 Food Fight Teams---see which team your clubs is on and develop a plan now.
3-The Food Pantry list in North Missouri by County.  If you have a place in your community that you'd like to serve and it isn't on this list, please contact Chad Higdon and see if it can be added.
 
FOOD FIGHT! Randy Steinman 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Sep 06, 2018
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Part I of RLI Coming on Sept. 29!
 
Whether you've been a Rotarian for 60 days or 60 years, there's a great opportunity coming up on September 29 to learn more about Rotary and how to be a better leader of volunteers, including Rotarians!  Part I of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be offered in Chillicothe on that date, covering topics ranging from My Leadership in Rotary to Engaging Members and Creating Service Projects. Classes begin at 8:30 and end by 3:00, and are limited to 15-20 participants. Contact Plazan Jerry Venters, the RLI District Coordinator, at jvrotary6040@yahoo.com for more information.  
 
Jerry W. Venters 
Engaged in "Service Above Self"
Rotary District 6040 Missouri USA
Rotary Leadership Institute- Part 1 Jerry Venters 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Urban Ranger Corps Shred Event SATURDAY Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 06, 2018
The “Independence Uncorked” Wine Festival will be held on September, 8th, 2018 from 1:00pm-6:00pm (noon for VIP ticket holders) on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. Independence Uncorked will be one of the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller and 2400 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes.
Independence Uncorked 2018 Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 06, 2018

EVANSTON, Ill. (August 15, 2018) — Rotary today announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. 

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

 

Rotary announces US $96.5 million to end polio Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Dear fellow Rotarians around the world, 

As we are marching into the new 2018-2019 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan - District 2451 – Egypt is wishing you a joyful new Rotary year. 

We are also happy to renew our invitation to you and the members of your prestigious and respectful club to learn more about, and share our Rotary organized initiative, "Cross Egypt Challenge" that aims to promote tourism to Egypt and to prove that Egypt is still safe for tourism. May we, and you be the inspiration to more propsouous Rotary projects that help our communities around the world. 

The world as we knew it is rapidly changing, and Egypt has been suffering from bad media and is being looked at recently as a dangerous place to visit. However, the reality of things is: Egypt remains a very safe country to visit.

This affects Egypt largely, a country depends highly on tourism as a main source of income. We as Rotarians from this side of the globe feel it is our duty to let our fellows worldwide know that Egypt is still a marvellous and safe place to travel to, and to enjoy some of the best sights in the world. We send a strict and honest assurance message to our fellows everywhere that the situation in Egypt is very safe and we invite you to experience this first hand by taking part in our initiative: Cross Egypt Challenge which was also featured in the January 2017 issue of the international "Rotarian Magazine" - please click here to read the Rotarian article-

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Posted by Elizabeth Usovicz on Aug 01, 2018
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English was not my father’s first language. And like a lot of second language learners, he was an avid reader. He especially liked Conrad and Melville and read their bodies of work not once but several times during his life. As a young man, it was not uncommon for him to drop my mother off at her home after a date and head for a neighborhood diner, book in hand, to read and drink coffee until the night waitress closed up and shooed him home.
 
Later in life, he added Louis L’Amour westerns to his list of favorites. One of the simple and great pleasures of his day was to settle into a comfortable chair in the evening to revisit a favorite read for a second or third time – or more.
Why did he prefer to re-read, rather than switch to something new? I asked him once. His answer, like him, was straightforward but not necessarily simple: it was a good book the last time, and he got something new from a book every time he read it.
Is it time for a re-read of Rotary? Elizabeth Usovicz 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mohammad Azeem on Jul 27, 2018
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The R.E.A. L. is an annual training event (formerly known as Mega Training) to be held in Chillicothe on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  The District Leadership Team will be at the First Baptist Church, 1601 Bryan Street in Chillicothe.  The Rotary Education and Action for Leadership day is designed to give you hands on training and tools in many areas of Rotary.
 
Who should come?  Any Rotarian with a passion to “Be The Inspiration” and to “Make a Difference” in the lives of others.
 
R.E.A.L - Rotary Education and Action for Leadership Mohammad Azeem 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mohammad Azeem on Jul 26, 2018
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New Model - Group Study Exchange
[2018-19]
 
Team Leader Applications due August 1, 2018
Team Members Applications due Sept. 1, 2018
Team Training Mid-October through departure
 
The New Model Group Study Exchange emphasizes humanitarian service in addition to vocational service and cultural experiences for participants. GSE is open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians who want to learn about their vocation in another country and be involved in implementing humanitarian service projects in the future.  One team leader and four team members comprise the team.
Rotarians home host the GSE teams throughout the exchange. Teams present programs at Rotary Clubs.  Participants should be prepared to make a commitment to assist with implementing grants at home and/or abroad.
 
Through this exchange experience, the districts are hosting a global grant in each district.  In D9520, the global grant is for dialysis equipment in an Aboriginal community.  In D6040, a global grant will provide Trauma Training for teachers in the  Kansas City Public Schools.
Note:  Past District Governors and past GSE team leaders and members will be considered on a space available basis. 
From Oceans to the Outback Mohammad Azeem 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Jeff Jernigan Charity Golf Tournament 2018 Roger Samuel 2018-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shannan Berkbuegler on Jun 06, 2018
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Rotaract KC Camp Rise 2018 could use yours help.

Rotaract Kansas City’s Camp Rise is a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 5 – 15 in the greater Kansas City area.  At no cost, this over night camp gives under served youth the opportunity to gain new, enriching experiences and valuable life-skills while empowering them to celebrate their independence and resilience.

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Campers will enjoy four days and three nights of swimming, hiking, tree climbing, crafts and sports at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Along with singing silly songs, tie-dyeing and roasting s’mores, campers will participate in team-building, self-confidence and empowerment activities with their peers and our kind, enthusiastic staff.

As a not-for-profit club, Rotaract relies on the support of our community for camper sponsorships, volunteers, and monetary and in-kind donations.  Shopping List HERE

Please consider helping us give the life-changing gift of summer camp to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

 


 
 
Camp Rise 2018- Help! Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aileen Murphy on May 24, 2018
This is the LAST MEETING before COG next Week.
Please join us as Randy Steinman takes over as Club President.
Thursday, June 28th   6:00-8:00pm
Ruins Pub – Private Room - 1715 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108
($20 per person – Rotarians and Guests)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There will be a sign-up sheet at this week’s meeting, or email aileen.murphy@rgp.com.  Rotarians can submit payment to the Sergeants or choose to be billed.
NO MORNING MEETING ON JUNE 29 AND JULY 6.
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Posted by Mindy Stewart-Coffee on May 24, 2018
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Bloch Park Clean Up on May 12, 2018 had a great turn out, despite the rainy weather. Thank you to everyone who could make it out!
 
 
 
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Posted by Megan Darnell on May 03, 2018
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One of our legacy projects, Educate to Elevate, has turned it's focus this year to providing sanitary facilities to our partner school in Owguokwu, Nigeria. We are so happy to announce that on March 13th, our contractor began construction on phase one at the community school of Owguokwu thanks to the continued effort of the many supporters we have had. Phase one consisted of breaking ground and building the septic tank and is now complete! Please click here to watch our progress thus far.
 
Although we’ve broken ground, the work is not done. We still need $1,870 of $3,800 to complete Phase Two. Phase Two will consist of the building of the outhouse and stalls. We will be sure to continue to update you on the construction of the sanitary facilities. 
 
To continue our efforts, we are asking you to share this on your social media. Ali Brandolino, our Educate to Elevate project leader, has an amazing post located here: via Facebook. Attached is also a flier to make sharing easier. Taking the few minutes to share the links on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram would be a huge help. We've raised over $500 in just a few days due to sharing. Above all, we just want to get the word out about this cause and to complete Phase Two of this amazing project.
 
We are asking that all donations be sent to our Launch UMKC site: https://launch.umkc.edu/project/9231 
 
Thank you for your continued support!
 
Megan Darnell 
Student Ambassador | Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
President | UMKC Enactus
Henry W. Bloch School of Management | UMKC
5108 Cherry Street, BEH 329, Kansas City, Mo 64110
megandarnell@mail.umkc.edu 
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Posted by Paul Temme on Apr 26, 2018
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Club member Jim Mitchum and his team guided us through the process of assembling 450 hygiene kits with the Urban Rangers, and gave us an informative tour of the HHI warehouse describing the organization's mission and operations. Club participants include: Allen Jenks, Therese McGill, Bob Merrigan, Ed Ledegaard, Paul Temme.
 
 
Heart to Heart International & Urban Rangers Paul Temme 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Apr 26, 2018
Plazans Karyn Eppler and Scott Weaver were among eight District 6040 Rotarians who completed the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) course and graduated with flying colors on Saturday in St. Joseph.  The RLI course consists of three full-day sessions focused on Rotary activities and programs, The Rotary Foundation, and volunteer leadership skills.  The sessions are facilitated, adult-learning classes, with lots of interaction and camaraderie.  The classes are open to any and all Rotarians -- from rookies to veterans -- who want to learn more about Rotary and meet other district Rotarians.  You do not have to want to be a club president or District Governor to attend!
Pictured:  Back row (L-R): Kris Hildebrand (St. Joseph Southside), Steve Weaver (Waldo-Brookside), Karyn Eppler and Scott Weaver (Kansas City Plaza).  Front row (L-R): Jackie Ross (St. Joseph Southside), Sara Wilson (St. Joseph), Mark Claypole (Lawson), and Michele Stafford (Unionville).
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Posted by Roger Samuel on Apr 19, 2018
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Please join us for the First Ever Jeff Jernigan Memorial Golf Tournament!
 
When:  Tuesday, June 26th.  Lunch at 11:30; shotgun start at 1PM.
Where:  Sycamore Hills Golf Course in Spring Hill.
 
$125 per individual player or $450 per foursome.  We also have numerous hole and other sponsorships available if you don't or can't play golf that day.  We could also use some on-course help during the tournament.
 
For more information, please contact Roger Samuel at 810 241-9649 or roger.runner@gmail.com, or Terry Putney at 816 918-2728 or tputney@transitionadvisors.com.
The Jeff Jernigan Memorial Golf Tournament! Roger Samuel 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Dickinson on Apr 19, 2018
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A New Member Application for Johnny Zhou has been approved by the Plaza Rotary board.  Johnny is a full-time student, Admission Assistant, and Student Ambassador at Donnelly College. Johnny may look familiar as he has attended many meetings with his father Dan Shea, and has volunteered at our 2016 Games for Good. Johnny also volunteers at the St. James Soup Kitchen and the Ethnic Enrichment Festival- Indian Center.
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Posted by Paul Temme on Apr 19, 2018
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Heart to Heart International Gala-- Cassy Venters attended the H2H Gala along with 9 other Club representatives on Saturday April 14th.

Heart to Heart International Hygiene Assembly Project with Urban Rangers:  Club volunteers will join the Urban Rangers on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to assemble hygiene kits.  After assembling our quota we will enjoy a tour of the warehouse facility to learn more about Heart to Heart's international efforts to create more access to healthcare. Email Paul Temme at paulctemme@gmail.com to RSVP if you haven't signed up already.

Details follow:

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9-12 noon

Heart to Heart International Warehouse

9650 Dice Lane

Lenexa, KS 66215

Heart to Heart International Volunteers Paul Temme 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to Terry Berkbuegler-- recognition for his work in the Games for Good, our club's signature fundraising event and a major donor to Hope House. Thanks for the nomination, Ann Leabo!
 
Hope House Rainmaker of Impact Award Ann Leabo 2018-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Urban Ranger Corps Trivia Night Erik Dickinson 2018-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Apr 05, 2018
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RAISE YOUR HAND, PLEASE!
 
Volunteers Needed:The Spring planting at the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park on the Plaza will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 9-12 noon.  The sign-up sheet is with the Sergeants at Arm's. Contact Mindy Stewart-Coffee (Mindy.Stewart@integrityhc.com) if you need more info.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Paul Temme 2018-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2018
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UMKC Enactus National Competition
Date of Nationals: May 21st-22nd
Location of Nationals: Kansas City Convention Center
 
Attire for Nationals: Business Professional
Registrations for Nationals: Contact Megan Darnell at megandarnell@mail.umkc.edu
 
National Tips and Tricks: There are multiple rounds of competition and several events that will be held throughout the day. Please keep in close contact with Megan during Nationals as the UMKC Enactus team won't know when and where they are presenting until a few hours before. Additionally, during presentations the doors will lock 5 minutes before start time; please ensure that you are 15 minutes early to any presentation to guarantee a seat in the room. Megan will send out additional information about the event as the date gets closer.
 
To learn more about Enactus as a whole visit: enactus.org
To learn more about UMKC Enactus visit: umkcenactus.org
 
Thanks! 
 
Megan Darnell 
Student Ambassador | Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
President | UMKC Enactus
Henry W. Bloch School of Management | UMKC
 
 
UMKC Rotaract Update Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Mar 29, 2018
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RAISE YOUR HAND, PLEASE!
 
Heart to Heart International Gala: Jim Mitchum has extended an invitation to 10 Plaza Rotary Club guests to the 25th Anniversary Gala for Heart to Heart International on April 14th. There will be a sign-up sheet at this week’s meeting. Participants can bring a guest; first come first serve, but you must commit to being there to represent the Plaza Club.
 
Volunteers Needed:  There is room for 5-10 Club members to join the Urban Rangers in a hygiene kit assembly project with the Urban Rangers at Heart to Heart International on Saturday, April 21.  We will have a sign-up sheet available at the Club breakfast on Friday March 9th.
 
Volunteers Needed: The City of KCMO is making plans for Spring planting of the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park on the Plaza. Do we have volunteers for a weekend in early May?  Sign up -- if we have a quorum we will firm up a date with the city. Contact Paul Temme (paulctemme@gmail.com) if you need more info.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Paul Temme 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
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SHOES CHAMPIONSHIP THIS FRIDAY! 
Thank you very much to those that have donated!  We will continue to collect money, via change for charity, and shoes through the end of March.  Checks can be made out to the Plaza Rotary Foundation. 
 
Also, if you are a sale shopper and have an interest in helping us turn these $ in to shoes please contact Liz or Randy
 
Thank you!
Liz & Randy
March Shoes Madness- FINALE Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
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Plaza Rotarians, out on another beautiful Spring morning, selling papers to raise money for kids to go to Rotary Camp!
Greater Kansas City Day 2018 Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Dickinson on Mar 22, 2018
Come play trivia and help raise funds for the Urban Ranger Corps. Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, April 14th, at St. Elizabeth’s Parish, 75th, and Main, in Seton Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first trivia question is asked at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 per person or $100 per table of 8. You are invited to bring food and alcohol for your own table. Click here to reserve your table or download and submit the application.
 
Urban Ranger Corps Trivia Night Erik Dickinson 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 22, 2018
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FINAL FOUR FRIDAY! 
Thank you very much to those that have donated!  We will continue to collect money, via change for charity, and shoes through the end of March.  Checks can be made out to the Plaza Rotary Foundation. 
 
Also, if you are a sale shopper and have an interest in helping us turn these $ in to shoes please contact Liz or Randy
 
Thanks!  See you at the FINAL FOUR this Friday.
 
Thank you!
Liz & Randy
March Shoes Madness Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Mar 22, 2018
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Sign up sheets are available with the Sergeant at Arms. In addition to papers, we will all have an allocation of flags for sale.  One Club 13 member sold 77 flags last year!  Club members that want flags @ $10 each for their personal use can request them on a separate sign-up sheet. Contact Paul Temme (paulctemme@gmail.com) if you want to sign up remotely, or need more info.
 
Greater KC Day is March 29th Paul Temme 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Thomas and Randy Steinman on Mar 15, 2018
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During the Sweet Sixteen round, Plaza Rotarians generously donated another $430 (yes, that is correct for those of you paying attention - the exact same amount as last week).  That gets us to $830 in monetary contributions.  Given the right sales that might equate to 275 pairs of shoes.  Thank you very much to those that have donated!  We will continue to collect money, via change for charity, and shoes through the end of March.  Checks can be made out to the Plaza Rotary Foundation. 
 
Also, if you are a sale shopper and have an interest in helping us turn these $ in to shoes please contact Liz or Randy
 
Thanks!  See you at the Elite 8 this Friday.
 
Thank you!
Liz & Randy
March Shoes Madness Liz Thomas and Randy Steinman 2018-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Samuel on Mar 12, 2018
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As spring approaches, so does the first of professional golf's first majors--The Master's.  And once again this year, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a fun, season-long golf majors pool, with half of all proceeds raised going to fund a RYLA scholarship.  No need to play golf, but if you follow the sport at all, this is an opportunity to have a lot of fun for only $50.  More more information or to express interest in participating, just let Roger Samuel know at roger.runner@gmail.com.  
Golf Pool to Support MORYLA Scholarship Roger Samuel 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Mar 08, 2018
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Heart to Heart International Gala: Jim Mitchum has extended an invitation to 10 Plaza Rotary Club guests to the 25th Anniversary Gala for Heart to Heart International on April 14th. There will be a sign-up sheet at this week’s meeting. Participants can bring a guest; first come first serve, but you must commit to being there to represent the Plaza Club.
 
Volunteers Needed:  There is room for 5-10 Club members to join the Urban Rangers in a hygiene kit assembly project with the Urban Rangers at Heart to Heart International on Saturday, April 21.  We will have a sign-up sheet available at the Club breakfast on Friday March 9th.
 
Volunteers Needed: The City of KCMO is making plans for Spring planting of the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park on the Plaza. Do we have volunteers for a weekend in early May?  Sign up -- if we have a quorum we will firm up a date with the city. Contact Paul Temme (paulctemme@gmail.com) if you need more info.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ASAP! Paul Temme 2018-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Linden on Feb 22, 2018
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Topgolf Overland Park 

10611 Nall Ave, Overland Park, KS, 66207

Join us at Topgolf Overland Park for a fundraiser benefiting Hope House.
It will be a night of food, drinks, and a little competition.
Bring your friends and help support a good cause.

There will also be raffles for fabulous prizes.

Individual tickets $60 
(2 drink tickets, food, and gameplay)

Click here for ticket & sponsorship information.

5 to 6 p.m. – open gameplay
6 to 7:15 p.m. – challenges gameplay
7:30 to 8 p.m. – raffle, prizes, open gameplay

Contact: Sara Boatwright, Community Engagement Manager,
sboatwright@hopehouse.net, 816-257-9328

Hope House Fundraiser at Top Golf Rich Linden 2018-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
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New member application has been received and approved for membership by the Board for Grant Killion, Business Banker at CrossFirst Bank. Grant graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor's in Business, and Oklahoma State University with and MBA in Finance. Grant has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club- Emerging Leaders. He enjoys Razorback sports, golf, weekend travel, and outdoor activities. If there are no concerns from members, Grant will be inducted into the Red Badge Program in 2 weeks.
New Member Application- Grant Killion Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Leabo on Feb 22, 2018
You are invited to Hope House’s Everyday Hero Luncheon, Thursday, April 5, at The President Hotel. This is a special recognition luncheon to honor Hope House volunteers—everyday heroes—who so selflessly give of themselves to ensure a brighter future for the people we serve.
 
Among those being recognized at the luncheon is fellow Plaza Rotarian, Terry Berkbuegler, who has supported Hope House for many years.
 
Guest Speaker: Dayton Moore, KC Royals General Manager.
Tickets: $65. 
For more information, contact Ann Leabo or visit hopehouse.net/events.
 
Hope House Everyday Hero Luncheon 2018 Ann Leabo 2018-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Feb 14, 2018
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Did You Know?  In financial terms, the global effort to eradicate polio has saved more than US$27 billion in health costs since 1988. If the virus is eradicated by the turn of the decade as projected, an additional US$20 to 25 billion will be saved by 2035.      
Quote of the Day - From the Global Polio Eradication Initiative "If enough people in a community are immunized against polio, the virus will be deprived of susceptible hosts and will die out. High levels of vaccination coverage must be maintained to stop transmission and prevent outbreaks occurring. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is constantly assessing the optimal use of the different types of vaccine to prevent paralytic polio and stop poliovirus transmission in different areas of the world."    
Polio Eradication Jerry Venters 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Linden on Feb 01, 2018
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PLEASED BE ADVISED.
In the interest of public safety, the Plaza Rotary Sgt-at-Arms will be conducting a Roadblock and Rotary Pin Checkpoint this Friday, February 2, 2018.  The checkpoint will be at the entrance to the Grand St Cafe event space, and will be set up and running from 7am until approximately 8am.  Plaza Rotarians are advised to wear their Rotary pins, and dress according to Plaza Rotary guidelines.  Lack of visible Rotary pins, the wearing team logo apparel, or the wearing flip flops will be met with fines. Again, a Rotary pin checkpoint will be in affect this Friday February 2nd. Plaza Rotarians are to proceed with caution.
Public Safety Announcement Rich Linden 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Feb 01, 2018
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MISSION: ACCOMPLISHED.
The residents were down to one working washing machine remaining in the three laundry rooms, so we arrived in the nick of time.  All went smoothly with the cooperation of a terrific team.  We painted all three laundry rooms, installed shelving, and the new equipment. 
Volunteers included Roger Samuel, Rich Cane, Scott Weaver, Casey Culbertson, Paul Temme, and Allen Jenks.
Not pictured above are:
Ann Leabo
Karen Eppler
Mindy Stewart-Coffee
 
 
Hope House Grant Project Paul Temme 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2018
Take a moment and please update your ClubRunner Profile. All members have access to their own profile for self-service updating, when changes happen in your life. And please do include a photo-- it's very helpful for us to know who the new members are when we see them, and helps our traveling members catch up with the new faces.
 
Update Your Profile, Please Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Direct Liz Thomas 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Wymore on Jan 17, 2018
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NO MORNING MEETING FEBRUARY 23, 2018. WHY??
 
So you can join us February 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Truman Library for our small group tour. Tickets are $10 per person.
 
The Library closes at 5:00 PM so Happy Hour will follow the tour at Diamond Bowl.
 
Club meeting for Feb. 23 is cancelled; please attend this event for evening fun!
 
A sign-up sheet will be available Friday at the club meeting, or you can RSVP to Eric Wymore & Aileen Murphy here.
 
 
President's Day Event & Happy Hour Eric Wymore 2018-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Jan 11, 2018
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The project date is January 20, 2018. We have a team of 10 volunteers meeting at 8:30 AM to refurbish the three Laundry Rooms and install the new equipment that is already on site. Contact Paul Temme (paulctemme@gmail.com) with any related questions or directions.

Hope House Grant Project- Update Paul Temme 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Jan 11, 2018
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Thanks to the following Plaza Rotarians for their participation in this effort:  Liz & Drue Thomas, Jennifer Kyle, Paul Temme, Aileen Murphy, Francis Reddis, Cassy Venters, Beth Bahner, Tom Bradshaw, Rich Linden, Karyn Eppler, & the Liberty HyVee.

Bridge House Dinners, December 2017 Paul Temme 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2018
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I received the sad news yesterday morning of the passing of Jeff Jernigan, a long time member of our Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club.
 
I have also received multiple e-mails praising Jeff and remembering his friendship and dedication to Rotary. In lieu of a 3 minute speech or inspirational moment on this Friday, I will offer the opportunity for those who wish, to reflect upon and remember Jeff during that time.
 
Please join me in sending prayers to his wife Cheryl and family. A sympathy card will be available for members to sign at this Friday's meeting. 
 
Jeff Chapman
KC Plaza Rotary Club President 2017-18
_________________________________
 
Plaza Rotarians, I'd like to suggest that we encourage those attending Friday's meeting to wear purple in honor and memory of our friend Jeff.  Word is going around that it was his favorite color and many of us will be wearing ties to his service on Saturday.
 
 
Thanks,
Roger Samuel
 
Jeff Jernigan Shannan Berkbuegler 2018-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Dec 31, 2017
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Tip #9-- Realize there is no finish-line. Even if you are at the size that your club wants to be, there are always reasons people leave. And new insights always benefit a club! You’re either growing, or you’re dying. See our new members since July 2017 in our Extra! Extra! Newsletter.
 
Thank you for the fresh perspective!
Recruiting New Members - Tip #9 Jerry Venters 2017-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
Plaid Shirt or Ugly Sweater Holiday Meeting- Dec. 22, 2017 Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-12-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Dec 20, 2017
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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! 
 
Recruiting New Members - Tip #8 Jerry Venters 2017-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Dec 20, 2017
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Background
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.
 
Rotary Member Classification Today Jerry Venters 2017-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Plaid Shirt or Ugly Sweater Holiday Meeting- THIS FRIDAY Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 20, 2017
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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.
 
 
 
Proposed Board 2018-2019 Randy Steinman 2017-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Dec 20, 2017
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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 paulctemme@gmail.com if you want to join the team.
District Grant Approval- UPDATE! Paul Temme 2017-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Dec 03, 2017
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Tip #7-- Talk about Rotary wherever you go, tell about the good works we do. At church, temple, work, neighborhood gatherings, family gatherings, parties, etc. You’ll be amazed how easy it is after you practice for a while. Getting a lot of “no” answers built my confidence because it didn’t hurt as bad as I thought and most people were actually happy I asked, even if they responded negatively. It’s always a good time to recruit. Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio are always impressive.
 
Recruiting New Members - Tip #7 Jerry Venters 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Samuel on Dec 03, 2017
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Help the Plaza Club return to Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) status, meaning we’re a club in which every member is giving at least $100 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  Click here for FAQs or to download a donation form.
 
As most of you know, $25 of your quarterly dues go to the Foundation, but THERE'S AN EASIER WAY
Simply go to https://www.rotary.org/en/donate and sign up for Rotary Direct.  You can opt to give any amount over any time period, but by committing to as little as $8.33 a month, you’ll be helping the Plaza Club attain EREY (Every Rotarian, Every Year) status. 
 
SIGN UP BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE CLUB WILL AWARD YOUR ACCOUNT WITH 500 PAUL HARRIS POINTS, MEANING YOU’LL BE HALF WAY TO YOUR FIRST (OR NEXT) PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP!
 
Reason #1- Give a minimum of $8.33 monthly instead of $25 quarterly, automatically via debit card-- Set It and Forget It!
 
Reason #2- Credit card charges are paid by Rotary International instead of the Plaza Club, and at a much lower rate. Your money works more!
 
Reason #3- Easier tracking for Tax Purposes- for you and the Club.
 
Reason #4- 500 POINTS TO PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP if you sign up before December 31, 2017
 
DID YOU SIGN UP FOR ROTARY DIRECT? Roger Samuel 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2017
On Nov. 18, 2017, Jennifer Kyle graduated from District 6040's Rotary Leadership Institute program in Chillicothe, Missouri.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. Congratulations, Jennifer!!
New RLI Graduate Jennifer Kyle Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Dec 03, 2017
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Gordon Parks Elementary School Adopt-a-Family Program: The Club collected $256 for this cause on Friday, December 1. At the request of the school program coordinator, we will be buying khaki pants, belts and underwear and a supply of Kleenex to be distributed as needed to the students. Cassy Venters has graciously offered to purchase the goods and deliver them.

A Gordon Parks family expects the delivery of a new baby girl very near Christmas. They are in-need of baby girl items and supplies…they do not have anything. They need diapers, clothes, everything…if any Club members have items to donate please bring them to the next meeting or let Paul Temme (paulctemme@gmail.com) know how he might retrieve them from you. 

Adopt-a-Family- Gordon Parks Elementary Paul Temme 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Dec 03, 2017
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Bridge Home dinners: Club members have committed to providing Saturday dinners during the month of December. Paul Temme will send an email to each club member that has volunteered with details. 
 
Continuing our long tradition, Club members will deliver Saturday night dinners to the residents of the Bridge Home located at 6033 Swope Parkway. The sign-up sheet is with the Sgt at Arms. The meals include an entrée such as spaghetti and meat sauce, scalloped potatoes w/ham, turkeys, chili w/fixing’s, taco casserole to name a few suggestions along with bread, salad, side and dessert. The kids and staff constitute 24 portions.  Meals should be delivered by 3:00 PM on Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23. You can also email Paul Temme to sign up to help out for a meal item.
Bridge Home December Dinners- UPDATE! Paul Temme 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Dec 03, 2017
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Hope House District Grant Project: Volunteers are needed to refurbish the Hope House laundry room. A sign-up sheet will be circulated at the meeting on Friday December 8th. We have two alternate dates for this one-day project: Saturday January 13th, or Saturday January 20th. Please sign up and indicate which – or both – of alternate project dates you will be available. We will settle on one date by December 15th, OR Email Paul Temme at paulctemme@gmail.com.
District Grant Approval- UPDATE! Paul Temme 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Nov 15, 2017
TIP #6: 
Be persistent. There will be times that it takes literally a dozen requests to get someone to a meeting. Keep asking. They may come to a meeting, or tell you they can’t join now because they are too busy, or they aren’t interested in joining at the moment. These are all fine answers as long as you keep track of them and keep in touch. How many times did you have to be asked?
 
 
RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS TIP #6 Jerry Venters 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Adopt-a-Family- Gordon Parks Elementary Paul Temme 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shannan Berkbuegler on Nov 15, 2017
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NO, I really don't want you to share it, I just want you to know if you know it. Practice logging in to ClubRunner TODAY.
Just go here,
and get your log in set up. You can set up....
  1. Your Profile
  2. Your Dues Payment
  3. Your Photo
Give it a go!
What's Your ClubRunner Log-in and Password? Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Nov 15, 2017
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The District approved our grant request for the sum of $2,400. The plan is to use matching Club funds to purchase and install four sets of clothes washers and dryers in the Hope House shelter in Independence, Missouri. Club members will repaint the entire laundry facility and install needed and appropriate shelving in January 2018. More specifics will come in December.
District Grant Approval Paul Temme 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Nov 15, 2017
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Continuing our long tradition, Club members will deliver Saturday night dinners to the residents of the Bridge Home located at 6033 Swope Parkway. The sign-up sheet is with the Sgt at Arms. The meals include an entrée such as spaghetti and meat sauce, scalloped potatoes w/ham, turkeys, chili w/fixing’s, taco casserole to name a few suggestions along with bread, salad, side and dessert. The kids and staff constitute 24 portions.  Meals should be delivered by 3:00 PM on Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23. You can also email Paul Temme to sign up for a meal item.
 
Bridge Home December Dinners Paul Temme 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry A. Lunsford on Nov 09, 2017

Shoes Enthusiasts in North Missouri –

Greetings to you.  Thank you for your service through Rotary.
You may recall that we had planned a Shoes Delivery Trip to Guatemala for the first week of October.  However, I believe the lead time for planning was just not sufficient, and for that, I apologize.  Though we did have those who had signed up, we did not have enough sign-ups for the trip to come to fruition. Which simply means we need more lead time for planning.

SHOES FOR ORPHANS SOULS Larry A. Lunsford 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Sgts..... I mean, Minions at Arms Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Nov 09, 2017
TIP #5:  List potential areas of responsibilities. Potential members will want to know how they can fit in and what opportunities there are for serving.
 
RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS TIP #5 Jerry Venters 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2017
Reminder: Our District Governor is scheduled to visit our club TOMORROW, Nov. 10, 2017.
Please be sure to attend and wear your Rotary pin.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISIT Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Oct 19, 2017
In just over a year, a Rotary Club in Minnesota brought in 31 new members, 11 of them women and eight of them under 40 years old.  How did they do it?  This week and in following weeks, we will present the club’s 10 Tips for recruiting new members.
 
Tip #4
Create a letter that lists all the great things about your club. List your star members, the advantages of where your club meets, how many members it has, etc.  Make sure to tailor the email/letter to the wants of any potential new member.
 
Ready to write your letter?
 
RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS Jerry Venters 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2017
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Great weather and excellent attendance! Thank you to all of our volunteers for your efforts.
Check out our Photo Album for more pics.
 
 
Games for Good 2017- Rousing Success! Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
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The Plaza Rotary Club, as is our tradition, is a Global Sponsor for this year’s district Foundation dinner coming up on October 28th at Arrowhead Stadium.  Also, as is our tradition, we are asking club members to pay their own way so that all $5000 of our sponsorship can go directly to the foundation.  If you would like to attend…instructions below..or contact Club Foundation Chair Roger Samuel at roger_samuel@ajg.com.
Rotary Foundation Dinner Roger Samuel 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Sep 28, 2017
In just over a year, a Rotary Club in Minnesota brought in 31 new members, 11 of them women and eight of them under 40 years old.  How did they do it?  This week and in following weeks, we will present the club’s 10 Tips for recruiting new members.
 
Tip #3
Make recruiting the top priority in your club. You can’t do everything as a club president, and knowing that will give you some freedom to focus on the most important thing.  Having new members – with new energy – will help you have more people to raise money for The Rotary Foundation, serve on your committees, and invite additional members/more smiling faces to your meetings and fun event. Let your members know this is the top priority so they can all help.
 
RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS Jerry Venters 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2017
Last Friday's speaker Joe Reardon of the KC Chamber of Commerce described the challenges of our current airport, built in 1972, and the rationale to build a new facility. To learn more about A Better KCI, Joe says:
 
Thank you for hosting A Better KCI presentation! As promised,
we’re following up with more information and links to resources.
 
ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
·         @BetterKCI on Twitter
·         @BetterKCI on Facebook
 
KCMO Resident?
RESOURCE TOOLKIT:
Rationale – 2 page document attached
 
For up-to-date briefings and information:
 
 
Have questions or want to get more involved?
 
 
 
 
A BETTER KCI Presentation Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cassy Venters on Sep 21, 2017

Rotarians are invited to be a part of the district Group Study Exchange (GSE) to Chile in 2017-18.  Rotarians have all air flights, food and lodging expenses paid and will be traveling from April 7, - April 27, 2018. The study exchange focuses on developing humanitarian service projects as well as vocational and cultural experiences. 
GSE 2018- Chile Cassy Venters 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Sep 21, 2017
In just over a year, a Rotary Club in Minnesota brought in 31 new members, 11 of them women and eight of them under 40 years old.  How did they do it?  This week and in following weeks, we will present the club’s 10 Tips for recruiting new members.

Tip #2
Keep a list of potential recruits. It doesn’t matter if it’s a paper list or if it’s kept on the desktop of your computer – it just makes you think about those people and others that may be a fit for your club.
 
Check next week for your next Tip!
Recruiting New Members Jerry Venters 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Venters on Sep 14, 2017

In just over a year, a Rotary Club in Minnesota brought in 31 new members, 11 of them women and eight of them under 40 years old.  How did they do it?  This week and in following weeks, we will present the club’s 10 Tips for recruiting new members.

Tip #1
Know your club’s strengths. If you meet in the morning, you will probably be a good fit for a 9 to 5 employee. But if you meet at noon, you’re more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of school-age children. If someone doesn’t fit your format, recommend them to another club. They won’t forget you and may send you someone another day. Let all the clubs in your area know you are looking for members, and they may send you some that better fit your format than their own.

 

Check next week for your next Tip!

 
Recruiting New Members Jerry Venters 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erik Dickinson on Sep 14, 2017
Shredding & Electronic Recycling Event

In participation with ProShred, URC will host a fundraiser on September 23rd from 9AM-12PM at St. Elizabeth Church (74th Street between Wornall and Main in the back parking lot of church) by helping the community shred documents and recycle electronics. This event is donation based, a general donation for paper shredding and a suggested $5 donation for most items dropped off. For a list of what can be recycled (almost anything!), click here.

RECYCLE WITH THE RANGERS Erik Dickinson 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2017
Labor Day Weekend festivities started off with Happy Hour at Ruins Pub, owned by our own Plazan Scott Kalwei, then Plazan's took a dip in Frances Reddis' pool later in the weekend.
 
 
BBQ & Swimming at Frances' home!
 
 
Weekend Fun with Plaza Rotarians Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2017
Mary Jean Eisenhower is the President and Chief Executive Officer of People to People International. She is a granddaughter of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States.
Friday Speaker Sept. 1, 2017 Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2017
Our Rotary club has some fun! We were entertained last Friday morning by Chappie Live!  , inspiring dancing by several Plazans. Might be the best way to start your Friday morning. If you want to see our dancers, you'll have to visit our Facebook page.  
 
Chappie Live! Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2017
While at the K for a Royals Game on August 28, Ann Leabo witnessed this familiar face on the jumbotron! The Royals honored our own Plazan Debra Anderson for her military service and her work at the VFW.
Debra Anderson Honored at the K Ann Leabo 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Speaker Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Aug 24, 2017
The Hope House mattress project is finally coming to fruition. Installation of 120 beds and mattresses is expected to occur on some date before September 30th.  They will need some muscle. We hope to rustle up some assistance from the Plaza Rotary members, the Urban Rangers, friends and family. Will keep you posted. 
 
Community Service Announcement Paul Temme 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 17, 2017
 
It's time to get your team together for our next KC GAMES FOR GOOD! The games are even "funner," and we're anticipating a great turnout. Consider sponsoring a team to play, even if you're not a gamer. Mark your calendars for October 7, 2017, from Noon to 5 PM.
 
Please be sure to LIKE the KC Games for Good Facebook page, share the page, and have your friends a family do the same. https://www.facebook.com/KCGamesForGood/
 
Time to sign up your teams! Competitive teams require 5 teammates. Family game teams can be less. Join in the fun! Register today on this page: http://www.kcgamesforgood.org/games/
 
Volunteers will be needed the Friday night before and Saturday morning for event set up, as well as during the event Saturday afternoon. Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fCLi-6Gh0gNMlt4OeN4RSSWfCVKyL2dYC9PMtIFIcQE/edit?usp=sharing
 
THIS SATURDAY - KC Games for Good 2017 Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Aileen Murphy on Aug 17, 2017
Please join us for our annual Plaza Art Fair Happy Hour from 4:00 PM to 6:30-ish on September 22, 2017, at CHUY'S TEX-MEX on the Plaza, 209 W. 46th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64112. You can also RSVP to Aileen Murphy at aileen.murphy@rgp.com
 
Plaza Art Fair Happy Hour Aileen Murphy 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 17, 2017
On July 28, Blaise Dauzvardis and Brooke Berkbuegler told of their adventures at MO RYLA 2017 - Session 1.
 
 
Here are some of the things RYLArians shared following their time at MO RYLA this year:
 
  • I learned a lot about current and future opportunities that are available…to help further my love and passion for volunteering.
  • I’m very excited to use my new knowledge to change the world for the better.
  • The experience that I have had at the 2017 RYLA Academy has been the greatest experience of my life.
  • One thing about RYLA that was impactful for me was how a group of strangers came together and created a (project) to change the world.
  • I never realized just how big I can dream and still make it come true.
  • RYLA…has broke my shy shell…and taught me how much communication, teamwork, and never giving up actually mean. (Many commented on how much RYLA helped overcome shyness.)
  • You have truly inspired me to work even harder to improve people’s lives, much like you (Rotarians) already have.
  • Going into RYLA, I wasn’t even sure what a Rotary club was.  Within the first hour, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be….Rotary is 100% an organization I stand for now.
As Suzanne, one of our organizers, shared with us, "In reading over the letters this year’s crop of RYLArians wrote to their clubs, I found some absolutely wonderful comments that shouted to be shared.  The following excerpts speak to the strength of our program, as well as to the idealism of youth. It takes so many of us to make this experience possible, but it definitely is worth every minute we spend."  Indeed!
 
 
Our RYLArians Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Speaker Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2017
Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
 
In October 2017, North American Rotarians will travel to Accra, Ghana for a life changing experience.  
12th Annual West Africa Project Fair Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2017
Have a broken or outdated Club Badge?  Just want to replace your clip back with a magnet back one?  We will place a bulk order (gets us a $2 discount) after the Friday August 18 meetingPlease see us at the Sergeants at Arms table or contact Scott Weaver to place your order.
HEY! Why are you wearing that tired ol' clip Badge?? Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Have an Experience or Hobby you'd like to share with the Club? "Know Your Rotarian" is a terrific 3-Minute meeting feature. We have meetings that need an alternate 3-minute interesting presentation, and have started a roster. You'll be contacted at least a week in advance of the meeting at which you'll present. Please see Scott Weaver at the Sergeants at Arms table to add your name.
It's Time for KNOW YOUR ROTARIAN! 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Friday's Speaker Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Temme on Jul 20, 2017
$5,000 District Grant application with a focus on Maternal and Child Health was submitted on July 14th. 
The Plaza Rotary Club, in coordination with the beneficiary Hope House, will purchase and install four sets of clothes washers and dryers in the existing residential shelter in Independence, Missouri. Plaza Rotarians will repaint the entire laundry facility and install needed and appropriate shelving.  The washers and dryers purchased in this project will replace older, worn-out equipment that requires frequent and costly repairs.  The objective is to provide necessary and dependable laundry equipment and facilities for residents (women and children) who cannot afford to use off-campus laundry facilities, often do not have adequate transportation to access off-campus laundries, and, more importantly, whose safety may be imperiled if they are seen in the community by their spouses or partners or their friends and associates.  If the grant is approved, the Club is committed to completing the project by March 1, 2018.
District Grant Application Submitted Paul Temme 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2017
When was the last time you updated your ClubRunner profile? Make time to update your phone, address, photo, work info, email address, and anything else that you might need. Thanks!
Time to Make ClubRunner Updates? Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Julie Martin Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2017
"Read This... " Guided Journals, presented by Annie Presley & Christy Howard.
 
We have a great line up of speakers through December-- check them out here!
Friday's Speaker Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
How to Make Up a Meeting via e-Club One Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2017
Gordon Parks Elementary School is seeking donations for their 2017 School Supplies Drive. 100% of the GP students qualify for free/reduced lunch program through the federal government, so supplies can fall to the wayside.  Supplies or financial donations are welcome. Contributions received by August 1 will help help the children start their new school year off right. Please go to this website for more details: http://www.gordonparks.org/content/donate
2017 School Supplies Drive- Gordon Parks Elementary Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 06, 2017
Please join us for our first meeting of the new Rotary year and the first official meeting as president for President Jeff Chapman.
It's a New Rotary Year shannan berkbuegler 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Drue Thomas
  • Games for Good – Raised $29k that allowed us to distribute $11k each to Hope House and Urban Rangers and contribute $7k to the Plaza Rotary Foundation.  Terry Berkbuegler and Bob Merigan led a Committee including Rich Linden, Eric Wymore, Beth Bahner, Paul Temme, Bill Moran, Cassy Venters, and Frank Bales.  They were supported by many, many other club members in planning and on the day of the event.
  • The Club was awarded a $2,400 District Grant, matched by our fundraising, for the renovation of a storage room to a classroom at Urban Rangers.  Club members participated in the planning and renovation.  Special thanks to Kile Morrison, Bo Steed, Jason Parsons and Will Hodgkinson for their efforts working with Erik on the design and construction.
  • Bill Schmidt, Frances Reddis, Randy Steinman, Jim Lloyd and Mike Theobald led the Club Shoes efforts resulting in 1,348 shoes being donated to the Shoes for Orphans Souls.
 
2016-2017 Plaza Rotary Year in Review Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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Shoes Enthusiasts across North Missouri –
 
Good morning. 
 
Each year, particularly during our Shoes Caravan and Shoes Roll Call, I am humbled that a number of Rotarians in our clubs indicate to me they are interested in taking a Shoes Delivery Trip.  Over the years, we have coordinated a few of these trips with Buckner, to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
 
In response to your requests, I have discussed a fall 2017 trip with Buckner, to Guatemala.  Our options for that time frame are:
Sept 17-23, 2017
Sept 24-30, 2017
Oct 1-7, 2017

With the caveat that they are definitely adjustable - any of these could be Saturday to Saturday or Saturday to Sunday, etc.
 
I know one Rotary year is coming to an end, and a new Rotary year is about to begin.  Please make your club members aware of these opportunities, and I will hope to hear from you by June 30 with the names of any Rotarians who are interested in more information. Email LarryLunsford@b-r.com
 
Thank you for your assistance.
 
 
Shoes Enthusiasts, Here's your Chance Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
The Plaza Rotary Club Board is pleased to announce that we have approved the membership application of Kathy Woods.  She is a lawyer and partner at Shaffer Lombardo Shurin.  If anyone has any comments or concerns they should contact Drue Thomas at william.thomas@umb.com.  Assuming there are no concerns she will be inducted in the weeks ahead.
 
Thanks,
 
W. Drue Thomas, Jr.
New Member - Kathy Woods shannan berkbuegler 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2017
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At the Rotary International Convention, global leaders and key donors affirm their commitment to ending polio

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With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.

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Bill Gates, co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ share the recent news about their partnership in the fight to eradicate polio.

 

The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.  

$1.2B Pledge to End Polio Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
The Girls of Malawai Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2017
From Randy Steinman
 
For 4 years I have been working in the Dominican Republic to start a Rotary-funded Microcredit project, designed to provide women heads of households living in poverty the needed funds to start their own businesses in the hopes they can use the profits to lift their families out of poverty. Today, the women in the photo graduated from a financial education programs as part of their loan application process.
 
Congratulations to them all.
 
 
Microcredit in the Dominican Republic Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2017
Our shoe tying/packing party will be next Saturday, April 22nd, at 2:00 pm at 1219 SW Wintergreen Lane, Blue Springs, Mo 64015. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Frances Reddis if you plan to help out.
Shoe Tying and Packing Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Plaza Rotary Club worked hard to sell newspapers at the corner of 95th & Wornall last Monday, April 10th, to support Rotary Youth Camp.
 
 
Greater Kansas City Day 2017 Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
If you have news or updates for the Plaza Rotary Club website, newsletter, or Facebook page, or would like to share photos of club events, please send an email to plazarotarypr@gmail.com. Don't worry, you can add photos and info to our Facebook page any time!
Got News? Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2017
From the Urban Ranger Corps:
 
BIG thanks to the Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza for their generous donation. URC is proud to be a recipient of proceeds from the Club’s Games For Good. URC Board Member, Joe Sweeny, accepts a check for $10,876 from Drue Thomas, President of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club. What a great way to show our young men that others are helping us bring “hope” in their brighter futures.
Urban Ranger Corps Check Presentation Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
 
 
Plaza Rotary Club was recognized and received the 2017 Visionary of the Year Award for it's commitment and contributions to Hope House on Thursday, February 16th. President Drue Thomas took time for this photo with his mother, Mary Jean Thomas, at today's Hope House Everyday Hero lunch. The Kansas City Plaza Rotary club was recognized with the Hope House Visionary of the Year award for our financial support and projects over more than 10 years. Lots of good reasons for all of us to smile! 
 
--Elizabeth Usovicz
Everyday Hero Luncheon Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
30th Anniversary Celebration Photos Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Letter from Hope House - Games for Good Shannan Berkbuegler 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2016
 
2016-17 Club Champion- Plaza Rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Drue Thomas is pleased to announce that Terry Berkbuegler was chosen as the 2016-17 Club Champion for the Plaza Rotary Club, which was announced at the District Conference Lunch last Saturday. 
 
“Terry exemplifies what it means to be a Rotarian, putting service before self.  His passion has helped build our primary fundraiser, the KC Games for Good, from the ground up over the past three years.  In addition, he has served as a RYLA counselor for years and is currently on their Board.  We are lucky to have Terry’s passion and sense of humor in the Plaza Rotary Club.”
2016 Club Champion- Plaza Rotary Shannan Berkbuegler 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
 
Exhibitors, Players, and Visitors all agree-- this year's KC Games for Good was a blast!
 
After a year of planning, the KC Games For Good Committee's efforts pay off big. Twelve teams competed fiercely in Bubble Soccer, Nerf Archery, Giant Jenga, Harvester's Feed a Hungry Soul, Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, Water Relay, and Heart to Heart International Palette stacking.
 
"I just wanted to say thank you again for allowing HappyBottoms to have a booth at the KC Games for Good event this weekend; it was such a well-run and nice event! We really appreciated the opportunity to spread the word about HappyBottoms and how we are helping babies in the community." --Jackie W., Engagement Manager for HappyBottoms.org Diaper Bank
 
"I hope this Monday afternoon finds you and everyone with the Plaza Rotary Club recovered and well rested from Saturday’s PHENOMENAL event!  I want to thank you and the Plaza Rotary Club for allowing Gordon Parks Elementary School to be a part of such a fun event.  The entire day was so well organized and everyone was so friendly – we had a blast!"  --Tom L., Chief Development Officer, Gordon Parks School
 
"It was great meeting you Saturday, and thank you so much for the invitation. Please let me know about this as early as possible next year.  I’ll see if we can enter a Girl Scout staff team, or team of troop leaders." --Joey W., Director- Eastern Region, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
 
Check us out and JOIN US NEXT YEAR at KC Games for Good
and LIKE us on Facebook.
 
 
 
 
 
2016 KC Games for Good- SUCCESS! Shannan Berkbuegler 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0