Speaker Date Topic
Adrian Zink Jan 27, 2023
A Journey into Hidden History of Kansas
A Journey into Hidden History of Kansas

Introduced by Jeff Chapman

Kansas’ storied past is filled with fascinating firsts, humorous coincidences and intriguing characters. Author and historian Adrian Zink digs deep into the Sunflower State’s history to reveal such hidden and overlooked stories as a prank leading to the first woman mayor elected in America, the invention of a dangerous game of automobile polo and the strange tale of the man that shot John Wilkes Booth...and his connection to Kansas.


Adrian Zink is a native Kansan who has worked in the history profession for over fifteen years at a variety of museums, universities, archives and historic sites. Born and raised in Larned, he holds bachelor of arts degrees in history and political science from the University of Kansas, a master’s of library science from the University of Maryland and a master’s in history from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He currently works at the National Archives–Kansas City. He has previously worked at the Kansas Historical Society, UW–Milwaukee Archives, the National Press Club Library and Archives in Washington, D.C., and at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Adrian and his two children live in Overland Park, Kansas. His published works include Hidden History of Kansas and Wicked Kansas.

Bob Kendrick Feb 03, 2023
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum*
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum*

Introduction by Jeff Chapman

Bob Kendrick was named President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in March 2011. Founded in 1990, the NLBM is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.

Kendrick’s appointment as President marked a celebrated return to the NLBM after a 13-month departure. He became the museum’s first Director of Marketing in 1998 and was named Vice President of Marketing in 2009 before accepting the post as Executive Director of the National Sports Center for the Disabled-Kansas City in 2010. Kendrick is responsible for the museum’s day-to-day operations and the development and implementation of strategies to advance the mission of the 501 c3, not-for-profit organization. Since rejoining the NLBM in 2011, he has helped orchestrate a nearly $20 million turnaround that has helped the NLBM regain its vitality and financial stability.

Kendrick began his association with the NLBM as a volunteer during his 10-year newspaper career with The Kansas City Star. As senior copywriter for The Star’s Promotions Department, he won, or was part of a creative team that won, numerous local and regional advertising and marketing awards. He developed the advertising concept and campaign that helped attract more 10,000 people (in less than 30 days) to see the debut of the Museum’s first traveling exhibit in the summer of 1993. The success of that promotion led to an appointment to the museum’s Board of Directors in the fall of ‘93.


Lisa Deatherage Feb 10, 2023
Club Assembly
Kyle Smith Feb 17, 2023
Determination, Inc.*
Determination, Inc.*

Introduced by Nancy Shawver

Determination, Incorporated is a nonprofit in KCMO, founded in 2018, that helps formerly incarcerated people start and grow businesses. Our mission is to empower formerly incarcerated people to seize employment and entrepreneurial opportunity in residential construction. Our vision is that formerly incarcerated people, by starting viable, hiring businesses, will help to solve the problem of recidivism and ultimately end mass incarceration. Learn more at UnlockESHIP.org


Kyle J Benson-Smith is the founder and Executive Director of Determination, Incorporated. He is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, marketing professional, & community catalyzer with a heart for helping others live and love to their fullest. He is inspired by formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs and started Determination, Incorporated to help their businesses succeed and to see their families flourish.


Wen Chen Feb 24, 2023
Human Right Movement in China
Will Hayes Mar 03, 2023
Trades Co-Work Space



Introduction by Jeff Chapman

Gene Taylor Mar 10, 2023
K-State Athletics


Introduced by Jeff Chapman


Robert Harris Mar 17, 2023
Kansas City Crossroads*

I’ll give a brief history of the Crossroads Arts District neighborhood, and its transition from a blighted area of abandoned warehouses and historic buildings to one of the most vibrant and diverse mixed-use neighborhoods in Kansas City.

·       First Fridays

·       Graffiti Cleanup Program

·       Security Patrol Program

CCA’s initiatives to continue to improve the neighborhood

·       Urban Forest Initiative

·       Efforts to create a Community Improvement District (CID)

Robert is a licensed professional engineer in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C). Robert directed the development of LEED Prototypes for several large format retailers. He has extensive LEED documentation experience, and his company has participated in the successful certification of over 465 LEED projects covering more than 41,536,000 square feet in 48 states. Over the past several years Robert assisted clients in achieving EnergyStar Labeling for over 1,140 commercial buildings.

In 2013, Robert was instrumental in relocating his company from Overland Park to the Crossroads Neighborhood in Kansas City, MO. Dialectic, Inc. occupies approximately 20,000 square feet on two floors in the historic Zahner Building at 20th and Central St. in the Crossroads.

Community Involvement

·       Crossroads Community Association-President (November 2018-Present)

·       Crossroads Community Association-Board Member (November 2014-Present)

·       Lake Lotawana Association – District 37 Director (June 2005-Present)

·       Lake Lotawana Association – Lake Improvement Board (January 2008-December 2018)



Klassie Alcine Mar 31, 2023
KC 360: Violence Intervention and Prevention Model*
KC 360: Violence Intervention and Prevention Model*

Introduced by Nancy Shawver


As Kansas City positions itself as a hub for economic investment and top destination to raise a family, KC Common Good is spearheading new initiatives to make our city safer.

Kansas City is at a crisis level for homicide, domestic violence and other violent crime. KC 360 is a comprehensive, community-based approach to reduce violent crime, build stronger community relations, increase access to education and jobs and implement responsible justice reforms. Fifteen years ago in Omaha, Nebraska, a nonprofit called the Empowerment Network was founded to reduce violence through community-based solutions that collectively involve prevention, intervention, enforcement, reentry and reform and support services. Since this time, Omaha has seen a 74 percent reduction in shootings and its homicide rate has fallen to its lowest in 30 years. Modeled after the Empowerment Network, KC Common Good is bringing the success of the 360 model to Kansas City.


Klassie Alcine is CEO of KC Common Good, she brings a wealth of knowledge from her unique background and experience as a political consultant, crisis management expert, non-profit executive, and successful entrepreneur. The mission of KC Common Good is to create an environment where all citizens can live safely and have access to real opportunities. KC Common Good is a collective impact model requiring multiple organizations to work together in reducing violence. This approach has been successful in cities across the nation, spurring lower homicide rates and decreasing gun violence after implementation.

She is a multifaceted public servant dedicated to uniting communities, joyful leadership, and conscious action for Greater Kansas City. Before joining KC Common Good, she was the director of corporate and community partnerships at Central Exchange, where she managed community relationships, expanded corporate partnerships, and supported marketing strategies to empower Kansas City leaders. She holds a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in urban administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management, a bachelor of arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Klassie is an entrepreneurship scholar from the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and has a professional certificate in non-profit fundraising from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. She is certified in the Science of Wellbeing from Yale University, gender equity, and conflict management.


Jean Peters Baker and Mike Mansur Apr 07, 2023
Partners for Peace
Rotary Foundation Day Apr 14, 2023
Scott Mansker Apr 21, 2023
Missouri River Race
Kent Shelman Apr 28, 2023
Rotary District 6040, Governor
Jack Bangert May 05, 2023
Kutak Rock Law Firm



Inntroduced by Dave Robinett

Jackie Lange May 12, 2023
Jared Campbell May 26, 2023
Frank Bales Jun 09, 2023
Club Assembly
Judy Sherry Jun 16, 2023
Grandparents for Club Safety
Changing of the Guard Jun 22, 2023
Changing of the Guard
No club meeting Jun 23, 2023