The Rotary Club of
Kansas City Plaza
Chartered 1986
Plaza Rotary at a Glance, April 8, 2021
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Plaza Club Meeting Agenda
Plaza Club Meeting Agenda
April 9, 2021
Zoom Conference

Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club
Regular Meeting Agenda
Friday, April 9, 2021
Dial-In:  +1 888 788 0099                   Meeting ID:  941 2937 6617   Password:  438700
7:15 – 7:25 
7:25 Ring Bell – Welcome!
Inspirational moment:
Melynn Sight
Fellow Rotarians: 
3 minute speaker
Shoe Spotlight
Program Introduction:
Casey Culbertson
Missouri Representative Dave Griffith,
Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
Next week:
Quarterly Club Work Session
Adjourn w/ 4-way test
RYLA Student Spot Light
Theleia “Monet” Renfro was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a 17-year-old Junior, that attend Crossroads Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. Monet is very interested in activism on all levels. She has been putting forth a huge effort and organizing voters for the current Kansas City Public Schools School Board Election. Monet is a huge proponent of Social Justice, and has been actively trying to push change in her local area. Monet is also an ally to special needs children, and is often utilizing her voice to increase educational equity for the most marginalized students in Kansas City. Monet hopes to become a nurse practitioner!
Sophia Meyer will be a junior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, KS where she participates in show choir, cross country and track. Her track coach said about Sophia, “I have witnessed her work ethic and commitment to excellence. She is a great teammate who cares about others and makes them feel welcome and included.” Sophia is a member of Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, a local youth choir that performs nationally and internationally. Sophia enjoys volunteering at local philanthropies with her mother as part of National Charity League and works part-time as a cake froster at Nothing Bundt Cakes. 
Lizzie Place is a sophomore at Blue Valley North High School.  She is a lifelong Girl Scout, and one of 26 teen girls from around the world selected for the 2020 G-TEAM, tasked with planning the Girl Scouts' national convention in Orlando and the 55th National Council Session (held virtually in October 2020).  Lizzie is a varsity debater, a member of FBLA, and she serves on the youth council at Kansas City's Heartland Conservation Alliance.  Lizzie loves being outside and working with kids, and she has volunteered for Teenstaff at Youthfront camp in Edgerton, Kansas.
Austin Daniels is a student at Lincoln Prep in Kansas City, Missouri. Austin enjoyed several sports in his youth, including soccer, baseball and basketball. He has also participated in debate and Karate. He currently enjoys volunteering in the community, being active in his church youth ministry, gaming, investing and spending time with friends and family. He has an older sister, Kennedy and a younger brother, Blake. His most meaningful service activity was a mission trip which led to an appreciation for the things he has in life and opened his eyes to giving back to the community.
Therese McGill
WWI Memorial Park Hosting Live Broadcast of Grand Opening

WWI Memorial Park Hosting Live Broadcast of Grand Opening – April 16

Many of you know that I have the honor of serving on a national commission established to commemorate the end of World War I at its 100th anniversary.  The commission established many educational and commemorative programs over a multi-year period. 

The final project is the completion of a national memorial in Washington DC honoring the sacrifices of those who served.   The memorial consists of an urban park and monumental sculpture of 37 figures telling a story of “A Soldier’s Journey.”  The sculpture is still under construction, but the park is completed. 

The grand opening is at 9:00 am CT, Friday, April 16.   I’m unable to attend in person but will be watching the broadcast, and I expect it will be an exciting and moving event.  I invite you to also watch.  You can learn more and register at   first colors registration - World War I Centennial (

-         Debra Anderson,   

20th anniversary of Shoes for Orphan Souls
For this 20th anniversary of Shoes for Orphan Souls our Plaza Club has set a goal of 1,320 pairs of shoes, which would set an all time record for our club.
This year the shoes are targeted towards orphan and vulnerable children in Honduras.
As in the past our club has formed three teams to "compete" against each other.  Team names include: "Shoe Me the Money", "Shoe-premes - Shop in the Name of Love", and "Heart and Soul". 
Team Leaders include: Jackson Granstaff, Cassy Venters, and Marielena Marroquin.
To maximize the amount of shoes obtained with cash donations, Larry Lunsford reached out to some local Walmart stores to possibly buy their clearance shoes.
Several of the Walmart stores were more than happy to sell their "final'' clearance shoes, as well as further markdown other clearance shoes.
To date we have purchased 1019 pairs of shoes for $2,362.00 
Rotary Spring Walk-About
It's about the Rotary Spring Walk-about.
All Club members and families are invited.  And campers are welcomed as well. 
May 1st, 2021
  • A Saturday in Spring to spend some time with nature and 140 acres of woods and prairies.  
  • Arrive at 9:00 a.m. or after and spend the day.  I'm sure there will be a fire, and roasting hot dogs for lunch will be easy.
  • There are many miles of trails to walk.  Hunt morels ( I'm tending toward a 60/40 split on the harvest) and look for wildlife. Bring your cameras.  Even swim if so inclined, on May first?
  • The Farm house is 75 minutes from the Plaza, north up I-35.  15230 Titan Ave.  Winston MO   Google does not always get you right at the house, but close.  The 15230 sign is easy to see and with all the pine trees at the gravel driveway,  you can hardly see the house on the south side of Titan.
  • All I am offering is nature and a fire.  The house has running water.  Bring anything you so desire.  Fireworks are good.  Trail bikes will work.  Fish are in the two ponds for any anglers.   Kites frolic the constant wind.
  • Please RSVP and I'll email you a map of the 1/2 mile square plot with trails marked.  Free to Rotarians with pins by the way.
  • If you want to camp on Friday or Saturday night you MUST get with me.      
  • Email responses will be best for me to send the map.  Text if you want.   816-365-9649
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Apr 09, 2021
Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
Apr 16, 2021
Quarterly Work Session
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Upcoming Events
13th Annual Cesar Chavez Lecture UMKC
Apr 08, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
VIRTUAL Club Meeting
Apr 09, 2021
7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
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Russell Hampton
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