The Rotary Club of
Kansas City Plaza
 
Chartered 1986
Plaza Rotary at a Glance January 3, 2019
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CHECKS…BIG CHECKS!

At our last meeting before the Holidays, President Randy Steinman presented checks to the two beneficiaries of the KC Games for Good. In spite of the washout this year, with approval of the Club Foundation Board to forego the typical 25% contribution of event proceeds into the Foundation, we were able to contribute $9,104.00 EACH to Hope House and the Urban Ranger Corps. That’s a pretty Big Check! Thank you all for your generosity and hard work to make this event bigger and better each year.

Short History of the Plaza Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza, chartered originally as the Rotary Club of Ward Parkway on December 15, 1986, has become one of the leading Rotary clubs in District 6040 in its short history.
 
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kansas City, the club first met on Tuesdays at noon at Costello’s Greenhouse at 85th and Ward Parkway.  Three of the 27 charter members are still members of the club – Jerry Smith, Doug Zimmerman, and Bob Latz, all of whom later served as club president.  In 1994, the club moved its meetings to the Country Club Plaza and changed to a breakfast meeting on Fridays.  The first Friday morning breakfast meeting was held at Fedora’s on the Plaza on September 9, 1994. The club changed its name to the Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza, with Rotary International’s approval, on January 1, 1996.
 
Good fellowship and camaraderie, great club programs, and a mission of “Service Above Self” have marked the club’s 32 years. 
 
In the early years, member Rotarians formed numerous golfing groups, attended the ballet and musical performances together, had nights out at professional and UMKC sporting events, and worked together on many service projects.  The longest-running social gathering has been the annual “Chiefs Watch Party,” started in the mid-1990s, when members gather to watch a Kansas City Chiefs away football game. More recently, several members have met regularly to sample single-malt whiskeys from around the world.
(Pictured L-R: Jeff Jernigan, Gary Smith and Jerry Smith grilling brats and burgers for a Chiefs Party.)
 
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