Posted by Shannan Berkbuegler on Dec 20, 2017
From July to December of 2017, we've added SOOOOoooo many new members. Please be sure to get to know them, we have a vibrant crew of Plazan newbies.
Julie Martin and Kathy Woods joined us in the Summer of 2017.
Julie Martin is the CEO of Lions in Four Foundation.
Lions in Four Foundation was created to help Indian women. They work with Women's Empowerment and Children's Advancement in Rural Environments of India, an organization that acts as a liaison between donors around the world and organizations local to South India.
Kathy Woods is an attorney and partner at Shaffer Lombardo Shurin in January 2002 where she has focused on complex business litigation and insurance defense work. To learn more about Kathy's work, click here.
Scott Kalwei, Casey Culbertson, and Rich Cane officially joined us in late Summer-early Fall.
Scott Kalwei, owner of Ruins Pub, took a nontraditional approach to designing his bar. Located in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, Ruins Pub features eccentric décor, a laid-back atmosphere and a self-serve pouring system. We're pretty sure Scott has the best job in our club. To learn more about Scott and Ruins Pub, check out this article in Feast Magazine. Scott assisted with photos and video of the 2017 Games for Good. We are actively pursuing Scott to join the PR committee (hint hint) to assist with social media and other fun things. Click here to find out why....
Casey Culbertson is an Architect and recently joined Finkle + Williams Architecture. Prior to that, Casey worked for Action Pact Design in Manhattan, KS, and is a past president of the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club. Casey joined the club and dove right into the chaos that is 2017 Games for Good, helping all day from set up to trucking and unloading the last of the garbage.
Rich Cane is the VP of Business Development from Smart Aerial Technologies, Inc. Rich comes from a lineage of telecommunications professionals dating back to 1896. He inherited a passion for the business and technology as well as a strong commitment to service. Rich's passion for life extends outside work.  He has completed three Ironman triathlons and participates in a variety of motorsports. 
Susan Wylie and Mo Azeem also joined this Fall.....
Susan Wylie is an attorney and team leader with Polsinelli. Susan represents loan servicers in the Commercial mortgage-backed securities industries. She has overseen more than 1,500 transactions in the past 10 years, supervising dedicated professionals who use a systematic approach to close a high volume of transactions in an efficient and practical way.
Mo Azeem is the Chief Technology Officer at Kansas Democratic Party. Mo has already joined in the fun of Plaza Rotary and has accepted to position to be the Public Relations Chairperson next year. (Mo, click here, we'll get together to discuss!)
Sharon Simmons and Scott Stone are our newest of the new.....

Sharon A. Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Simmons holds both a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises from Syracuse University and a J.D. from the University Of Virginia School Of Law.

Her primary research stream focuses on institutional and cognitive influences on the entrepreneurial activities of experienced entrepreneurs. Other facets of her research interests are the gender gap in entrepreneurship and the commercialization strategies of entrepreneurs who spin-off university technology.

Simmons has extensive senior management experience with a multinational professional services firm, where her job responsibilities included the development of national tax planning strategies for medium and large firms. In addition, she has entrepreneurial experience as the owner of a family restaurant enterprise that was successful for over 30 years, and as the principal of a real estate limited liability company.  (Credit to UMKC faculty website. Click here to learn more about Sharon.)

Scott Stone's application to join the Plaza Rotary was just approved. Scott is the CEO of 1861 Wealth Advisors.
Last, but definitely not least, Plaza Rotary welcomes back our own Jacquelyn Blake.
Jacquelyn Blake is a Branch Manager at Great Western Bank. Jacquelyn is full of energy and has also been a board member for the club and the Urban Ranger Corps. Plaza Rotary has missed Jacquelyn while she's been acclimating to New Mom Life. Glad to have you back!
We're all so excited to have all of you in the club and we're looking forward to getting to know you.