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 17, 2017
KC Board of Police Commissioners- Office of Community Complaints
Mar 24, 2017
President of the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association
Mar 31, 2017
Apr 07, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
Crema- Business Development Strategist
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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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Plaza Rotary at a Glance 12-14-2016
We will be celebrating the season--please wear your favorite holiday attire!
East HS Interact Launches First Service Project
Members of the East High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Plaza Rotary Club, collected more than $150 worth of canned goods and other food items last week in their first large service project this year.  The club created a competition among the 5th hour classes at East to see which class could collect the most food.  The club, which has about 20 members, planned the food drive, made posters, and collected the food, which was donated to Della Lamb for its Christmas family food distribution on Wednesday.
Thanks to Steve Johnston and Erik Dickinson for hauling the food to Della Lamb on Monday, and to Aileen Murphy, Denise Holt and Karen Gridley for providing treats for the winning classrooms.
(Photo is of two of the members carting food to the vehicles for delivery to Della Lamb)
30th Anniversary Celebration!
Plaza Rotarians, please mark your calendars for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of our Club the evening of January 19th at the Grand Street Café. The event will start at 5:30 with a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres starting at 6.  The cost will be $20.00 per person.  Please sign up at the next Club Meeting and/or RVSP to Drue at
THANK YOU!  Club President, Drue Thomas, would like to extend a thank you to Bob Latz, Paul Temme, Aileen Murphy, Roger Samuel, Mike Theobald, Tom Bradshaw and his wife, and Karyn Eppler for volunteering at Harvesters last Saturday.  With the help of a large group of kids from Urban Rangers we assembled 1,008 Back Pack Snack Bags for kids to eat over the weekend.  It was a fun and productive two hours!
Incoming president Jeff Chapman's proposed slate of Board of Directors for the 2017-18 year.  Please see the list below and respond with any comments or concerns and your vote.
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
The current Board has voted and approved our slate for next year.  In accordance with our by-laws, the next 30 days are to allow for the Club Members to voice any comments or concerns.  The official Club vote will be on January 13th.
Club President, Drue Thomas, would like to thank all of the Plaza Rotarians that contributed money to the Gordon Parks Adopt A Family this year. Because of everyone's strong support we had more money than we were allowed to spend on our two families. With the extra funds we were able to adopt four additional children through Operation Breakthough. Your generosity will bring joy to 9 children and 2 adults in need this holiday season. Thank you!
Vocational Service Award
Please submit your nominations for the Vocational Service Award to Rich Linden ( Submissions are due by 12/16/16 and we expect to give out the awards(s) in January of 2017.
RECOGNITION FROM HOPE HOUSE. At our Club Meeting last Friday Jennifer Nussbeck from the Hope House announced that the Plaza Rotary Club had been chosen as the 2017 Visionary of the Year!  We will be honored at their inaugural volunteer luncheon on February 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM at The Hilton President Hotel.  The Visionary of the Year recognition is bestowed upon a business or organization who has been an exemplary steward for inspiring a better community through fundraising, volunteerism, and engagement, while bringing awareness to the mission of Hope House.  Individual tickets for the event are $65.00 each and we will be starting a signup sheet to try and get a big group of us there for the award presentation.
Vocational Visit
Rich Linden has some truly interesting Vocational Visits lined up for our club. RSVP to Rich to be sure to reserve your space.
UMKC Men’s Basketball vs Grand Canyon University
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday January 26th
Municipal Auditorium
Plaza Rotary will be given a “behind-the-scenes” look at the making of a televised NCAA basketball game, from a tour of the satellite truck, meeting the broadcasters, to a happy hour cocktail party complete with dinner and the game.  Go Roos!!!
Have you signed up for ROTARY DIRECT?

Top 5 reasons you should move your quarterly sustaining member donation to Rotary Direct:

5) You can earn credit card points while doing good!

4) Your Paul Harris recognition points will show up immediately after each scheduled donation vs. when your volunteer Treasurer is able to transfer funds to RI.

3) Easier to track charitable donations vs. club membership dues/meals.

2) You can help the club achieve the Presidential Citation (one criteria is Rotary Direct enrollment).

and drum roll please....

1) You will be making your volunteer Club Treasurer's life easier...really isn't that enough all on its own??

To sign up click the link below:

Online contributions. If you prefer, you may return the completed or enroll by phone at +1-866-976-8279.

After signing up, notify Liz Thomas ( so that she can remove the sustaining member donation from your quarterly invoice.

Endowment Campaign 

As we learned this past Friday from President Drue Thomas, Campaign Chair Larry Lunsford, and Club Foundation Chair/District Endowment Chair Roger Samuel, District 6040 has embarked on a major Endowment Campaign, with a goal of raising $2.65 million between now and next April, culminating with a Centennial Legacy Dinner on April 30, 2017.  To learn more about how you can participate, contact Jerry or Cassy Venters, or Roger Samuel, or go to:

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