Upcoming Events
Brewery Emperial
Mar 30, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Various corners of KC Metro area
Apr 10, 2017
6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Block Park Clean Up
Bloch Park
May 06, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mar 31, 2017
Apr 07, 2017
Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Kansas City: A Road to Building Community Trust
Apr 07, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
Crema- Business Development Strategist
Apr 21, 2017
A Trip to Cuba
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Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Kansas City Plaza
Service Above Self
We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO  64112
United States
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
2017-2018 Plaza Rotary Board
The 2017-18 Board slate (which is below) was voted upon at the February 27th meeting and approved by the Club.
Chapman, Jeff
President Elect/Retention
Steinman, Randy
Vice President/Membership
Dickinson, Erik
Immediate Past President
Thomas, Drue
Kyle, Jennifer
Thomas, Liz
Club Service
Murphy, Aileen
Community Service
Temme, Paul
International Service Chair
Brown, Jane
New Generations (Youth)
Linden, Rich
Public Relations
Berkbuegler, Shannan
Rotary Foundation Chair
Samuel, Roger
Vocational Service
Wymore, Eric
Weaver, Scott
Program Co-Chairs
Shawver, Nancy & Lloyd, Jim


Shoes for Orphan Souls is a great cause for Rotary. Several of our Rotarians have gone on trips to distribute shoes and can attest to the good results.
We are trying to wrap up this year’s campaign early. If you go out shopping you can often find shoes on sale at clearance prices. If you would rather give money, we need that too, because we have also been successful buying at very good prices, and we need to pay for those shoes. We are asking every member to contribute whatever they can as soon as possible.
-- Ed Laadegard
Keep shopping! Or write a check! There's still time for our annual shoe drive for Shoes for Orphan Souls. Bill Schmidt will be heading up our club's effort this year. For more on this charitable effort, visit Buckner's website here.
Out of Africa
Following the International Convention in Atlanta (June 10-14) ,  District 6040 is hosting a delegation of African Rotarians on a very short Friendship Exchange onJune 16-18.  Rotarians will be in Kansas City for two nights and three days and will stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel near KCI.  The Out of Africa planning committee is looking for local hosts who’s responsibilities will be to attend events, provide transportation and companionship and host African Rotarians during the day to various tourist attractions around KC.  The daily schedule will be determined by the African Rotarian’s interests.  The event costs (reception Friday evening, lunch Saturday noon and reception/dinner Saturday evening) for local Rotarians will be about $75/person.  Please contact Jan Armstrong at or Marc Horner at if you are interested in being a host.  Cassy Venters has additional details,
Define your Rotary Legacy commitment to Service Above Self is what defines us as Rotarians, and the Rotary Foundation is one of the main vehicles we use to serve others and make the world a better place. Here’s your opportunity to define your Rotary legacy and support the Rotary Foundation for its 100th anniversary.
District Governor Kim Lesage and District Rotary Foundation Chair Cassie Venters invite you to participate in the Rotary District 6040 Centennial Legacy Campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. The Campaign goal is to raise $2,650,000 for The Rotary Foundation by April 10, 2017.
Contributors who make a minimum commitment of $10,000 in cash, Rotary Direct pledges, or a bequest will be invited to attend the Centennial Legacy Dinner, to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Rotary International President John Germ will be the keynote speaker.
Contact our club’s Legacy Dinner Campaign Table Captains Roger Samuel or Jerry Venters for more information.

WANTED: RYLA Applicants

2017 RYLA - Applications due by March 1

Though the deadline is March 1, we would encourage all RYLA applications be submitted to Ann Leabo at by mid-February.  We will still accept applications until March 1, but there may not be space available. There are two RYLA sessions this year:

RYLA #1 is June 25 – 28 

RYLA #2 is July 9 – 12.

The application form for Plaza Club RYLA applicants can be accessed using this link, Please submit completed applications to Ann Leabo.

What is RYLA? The Missouri RYLA Academy is a 4-day, 3-night training program for high school Sophomores and Juniors who exhibit a desire for community service.  Developed by some of Missouri's top professional educators, the curriculum is designed to identify and enhance the qualities of Servant Leadership for each participant, train them on how to successfully implement a service project, and inspire them to live a lifetime of "Service Above Self."  

For additional information, please contact Ann Leabo or visit

Plaza Rotary- Lost & Found
  • Are you missing your glasses since last night's 30th Anniversary Celebration? If so, you probably can't read this email anyway! If you would like to have them back, please click on Roger Samuel to email him to retrieve them.
  • Did anyone find a fedora hat after our morning meeting just before Christmas? If so, please email & return it to Jerry Smith (816) 932-9506 He needs his Indiana Jones hat back to be in total coolness again.
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