Upcoming Events
Changing of the Guard
Polsinelli Terrace, 9th Floor
Jun 22, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
May 26, 2017
75th Anniversary of our nation's "Trafalgar"
Jun 02, 2017
"The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns"
Jun 09, 2017
History of Cerner, recent expansion and where Cerner is heading
Jun 16, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
"Power of Partnership"
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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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Deepest Condolences to Alex Petrovic
The Plaza Rotary Club offers our deepest condolences to Alex Petrovic.
These past two weeks have been a difficult time for me and our family. My father - mentor and business partner - died on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from complications due to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Our immediate family and father took a family vacation to California in early February. On Friday, February 10th, my father was taken to the hospital with symptoms similar to influenza. That evening, blood test results indicated leukemia. We were all in shock, as my father was in good health. In fact, three days before, he golfed 18 holes with my step brother-in-law and afterward had beer and cigars.
My father was transferred to a larger hospital in California where they ran additional tests and concluded he had AML, a rare and aggressive blood cancer. On the afternoon of February 13, he suffered several strokes and a heart attack. On February 18th he passed away quickly and peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and children.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3rd at Visitation Church - 5141 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. The visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. The Service will begin at 1:30 p.m. After the service, my step-mother Peggy Petrovic is welcoming all to stop by her home for refreshments and storytelling. Her address is 8152 Ash, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208, located at the back of the cul-de-sac.
My father was a man of principle, compassion and honesty.  I am proud to have had him as a father and a business partner.  He will be missed.
Alex M. Petrovic III, CFP®   

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Rotary Appreciation Night at NAIA
All of us at the NAIA would like to say thank you for allowing us to speak to you and the other members of your Rotary. In appreciation we are now hosting a Rotary Appreciation Night on Friday, March 17th from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM. We will be giving you our courtside suite seating and would love to see you at our tournament! If you could please pass this information along to your Rotary Members we would love to have everyone there.
If you have any questions or are ready to move forward with reserving your courtside area please contact me at or at 816-595-8142. Thank you again and I look forward to hearing back from you.
David Wingerson
Championship Sales 
Calling any 6040 Clubs interested in interacting with our incoming District 4845, Argentina/Paraguay GSE Team this spring - April 21-May 19, 2017!
Hosting a GSE team member is a wonderful experience. You experience different language and cultures, and also find that people are more similar than different. Who knows? You may add to your best loved friends list!
GSE members are typically-- but not always-- matched up with similar vocations so there will be common conversation and information sharing from the start. The occupations this year are: 
  • female-lawyer,
  • male-art and music teacher (plays violin very  well),
  • male-english teacher,
  • male-accountant,
  • female - systems analyst (and she is the team leader)
To learn more about the team members and to apply to host, please see our Download File Section on the left side of our web page for more information.
Can't host but still want to be involved? Here are some ideas!
  • Ask for a program for your Club.
  • Entertain and also interact with member(s) of the Team.
  • Host a member or members in a Rotarian home.
  • Serve in transportation assistance.
  • Help us with connections , tickets, etc. to events where we might be able to show our guests the 6040 culture.
  • Other ideas? Want to show off what makes your neighborhood special? Let us know!
Beneficiary Nomination
Good Morning Plaza Rotarians,
Every three years our Club goes through a beneficiary nomination and voting process.  This process identifies the two nonprofit organizations that will be the primary beneficiaries of our funding raising efforts over the next three years.  As an example, 75% of the 2016 Games for Good fundraising proceeds were split between the Hope House and Urban Rangers, with the remaining 25% going to our Plaza Rotary Foundation. 
Please use the attached form to nominate potential beneficiaries.  There is no limit to how many you can submit, but please remember that submissions must be qualified 501(c) (3)’s.  We will be accepting nominations through Sunday March 5th, with a formal vote taking place at our Club Meeting on Friday March 10th and via email.
Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  The best way to reach me is at or at 913-909-7523.  I look forward to our Club’s continued involvement with worthy organizations and volunteering with each and every one of you.
Your President

Drue Thomas
District 6040 Council Representative
Last week, our Board voted last week to nominate our own Cassy Venters to be the 2017-2020 District Council Representative for District 6040.  Please congratulate Cassy for the nomination and wish her the best in being awarded the position!
District Teacher of the Year Award
This is a reminder that the deadline is quickly approaching for Teacher of the Year Nominations.
More information can be found at Submissions must be received by our District Literacy Chair Janet Gooch,, by February 24th, 2017. The award will be presented at the District Assembly in Chillicothe, Missouri on April 29th, 2017. Winners will be notified so they may plan on receiving their award in Chillicothe if at all possible. Recipients of this award do not need to be present in Chillicothe to receive this award.
Let's honor our teachers who put so much passion and devotion into educating our children!
All my best,
Kim LeSage
Introducing the Plaza Rotary Golf Tournament!
No, we’re not hosting a tournament where we actually play golf, but instead, pick players in the four major golf tournaments—The Masters, The Unites States Open, The Open Championship (aka, the British Open) and the PGA Championship.  Please see Roger Samuel for more details.

Four Way Test Speech Contest

4 Way Test Speech Video and applications are due to Ann Leabo by tomorrow, March 10, 2017.
From Kim LeSage, District Governor
I am reaching out to clubs to confirm details of our District Four-Way Test Contest. I want to make certain all clubs are aware of the submission criteria and deadlines. Each year we are able to tweak some of our programs and events based on comments and suggestions of Rotarians. This year the Four-Way Test Speech Contest committee is asking that candidates/clubs submit their club's candidate for the Four-Way Test Speech Contest by submitting a video of the candidate giving their speech. Judges will then select the three finalists to attend the District Assembly on April 29th and give their speech to the attendees. First, second, and third places will then be determined. Families and friends of students are welcome to attend. Please see the attachments for the rules and application. Contact information for Steve Shelton, District Four-Way Test Speech Contest Chair, is also located on the attached documents [Process] and [Application].
Thank you for your support of our amazing students!

Rotaract KC Camp Rise

When school is out for the summer, most children are thrilled. However, for more than 8,000 children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Kansas City area, this is often a scary and stressful time. Thousands lose stability, access to daily free meals and a place to feel safe and cared for. Most homeless shelters do not accept unaccompanied youth under 18 and there are minimal options for children of working parents who cannot afford day-care.

Rotaract Kansas City’s CAMP RISE seeks to provide a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 8-13 who are currently homeless in Kansas City. CAMP RISE aims to celebrate independence, resilience and empowerment. Our campers will gain new and exciting experiences, valuable life-skills and most importantly, the freedom to be a kid away from the strain and uncertainty of homeless living.

CAMP RISE promises an exciting opportunity for campers to enjoy four days and three nights of swimming, hiking,  crafts and sports at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Our campers will also be able to partake in team-building and self-confidence exercises with our attentive and enthusiastic staff.

YOU can get involved today by donating or joining the CAMP RISE staff & counselor team.

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


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.
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