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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Would you be interested in attending a meeting and learning more about the Plaza Rotary Club?  We'd be happy to have you visit! Email Vice President Randy Steinman (Randy@rlsteinman.comto let him know when you would like to attend. 
Home Page Stories
READY TO PAINT! Saturday, May 13, 9:00 AM.
If you are available to help, please contact Erik Dickinson at
Bo Steed, bringing the expertise to the new Urban Ranger Corps office renovation.
Good Afternoon Fellow Rotarians,
The visiting GSE Team from Argentina and Paraguay will be attending our meeting tomorrow morning.  They will be giving a presentation before our regularly scheduled speaker.  As such, we will be starting the meeting promptly at 7:30 vs. the traditional 7:37.  Additionally, unless time permits, we will also skip announcements, Happy Bucks, etc.  I apologize for the break from tradition, but I want to give adequate time to both our GSE guests and our regularly scheduled speaker.  I’m sure both will be around following the meeting for questions.  I look forward to see you all tomorrow!
GSE Team Activities are posted to the left on our website in Download Files
Last Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 AM to Noon at Bloch Cancer Survivor Park, corner of 48th & Roanoke on the Plaza in KCMO, the Urban Ranger Corps and several Plaza Rotarians planted over 300 plants around the park.
Fellow Rotarian Jim Porter from Club 13 will be attending our meeting on Friday to make a quick announcement about their annual Memorial Luncheon at the Rotary Youth Camp on May 25th at 12 pm.  The luncheon is put on to remember Rotarians that have passed away in the past year and they will be honoring Alex Petrovic's dad, Alex Petrovic Sr. (former Plaza Rotarian) at the event, along with a few other Rotarians.  The cost for the event is $10 and if any of our members are planning to attend they would need to contact Mandy Sheldon, who is the Executive Director of Club 13, at 816-842-2322.
TRF Centennial Campaign Surpasses $3.3 Million
In celebration of The Rotary Foundation’s 100th anniversary this year, District 6040 Rotarians have made gifts and commitments of more than $3.3 million in the District’s Centennial Legacy Campaign, far surpassing the $2.65 million goal set last fall.
Shoes Enthusiasts across north Missouri –
Thank you, thank you, thank you…for another fantastic year of shoes collection for orphans, this year orphans in Guatemala and Kenya.
I’m happy you have cleared the shoes shelves of all the retailers in north Missouri (and in Joplin, and in southern Iowa, as we heard during the Shoes Roll Call)!

Last week, our Inspirational Speaker Jim Mitchum wanted to share this incredible video with our club. Due to technical difficulties last week, we're sharing it here in our newsletter and website.
Q4 2016-17 invoices went out this week (4/25). If you did not receive an email with your invoice, please let Liz Thomas know so she can send your invoice to your directly.  Invoice emails come from "Kansas City Plaza Rotary," please check your spam filter if you don't see this in your Inbox.
Please join our club activities as we host the GSE Team visiting from Argentina & Paraguay. It's a wonderful experience! Please sign up at our meeting for the following group activities, or RSVP to Scott Weaver at
  • Happy Hour with Plaza Rotarians and Rotaract- 4:30 PM, Location TBD
  • Dinner at Lydia's Friday, May 12- 6:30 PM
  • Royals Saturday, May 13- Game time 6:15 PM
A complete list of activities is shown on the left side of the webpage.
Plaza Rotary member Randy Steinman (far left in photo) was among five Rotarians who graduated from District 6040's Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Chillicothe last Saturday. Randy completed the three-part course with (left to right) Case Ruckman (Albany Rotary Club), Karen Allen (Independence), Bill Purcell (Richmond), and Billy Ray Preston (Independence). Forty-three district Rotarians have graduated from RLI since the program was started in 2014. Many of the graduates have served or will serve as club presidents and all graduates have taken on leadership roles in their clubs.
Two other Plaza club members, Jennifer Kyle and Scott Weaver, were among 14 Rotarians who completed Part I of the RLI course on Saturday.  Another Part I class will be offered on July 29 in the Kansas City area and in Kirksville, and all three Parts will be offered on August 19 in Chillicothe and on October 28 at the District Conference at Arrowhead Stadium. The fee is $50 for each of the full-day courses. For more information, contact District Coordinator Jerry Venters at
Shoe tying and packing was held Saturday, April 22nd, at 2:00 pm. Thanks to the Plazans that came out to help!
From Randy Steinman
For 4 years I have been working in the Dominican Republic to start a Rotary-funded Microcredit project, designed to provide women heads of households living in poverty the needed funds to start their own businesses in the hopes they can use the profits to lift their families out of poverty. Today, the women in the photo graduated from a financial education programs as part of their loan application process.
Congratulations to them all.
Our club has sent in our nomination of Jane Brown for District Governor for 2020-2021. Good luck, Jane!

When school is out for the summer, most children are thrilled. However, for more than 8,000 children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Kansas City area, this is often a scary and stressful time. Thousands lose stability, access to daily free meals and a place to feel safe and cared for. Most homeless shelters do not accept unaccompanied youth under 18 and there are minimal options for children of working parents who cannot afford day-care.

Rotaract Kansas City’s CAMP RISE seeks to provide a safe, engaging and activity packed summer camp for youth ages 8-13 who are currently homeless in Kansas City. CAMP RISE aims to celebrate independence, resilience and empowerment. Our campers will gain new and exciting experiences, valuable life-skills and most importantly, the freedom to be a kid away from the strain and uncertainty of homeless living.

CAMP RISE promises an exciting opportunity for campers to enjoy four days and three nights of swimming, hiking,  crafts and sports at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Our campers will also be able to partake in team-building and self-confidence exercises with our attentive and enthusiastic staff.

YOU can get involved today by donating or joining the CAMP RISE staff & counselor team.

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Upcoming Events
Morning Meeting- John T. Kuehn, CDR USN (retired)
May 26, 2017
75th Anniversary of our nation's "Trafalgar"
Morning Meeting- Debra Sheffer, Ph.D.
Jun 02, 2017
"The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns"
Morning Meeting- Dan Smith, Cerner
Jun 09, 2017
History of Cerner, recent expansion and where Cerner is heading
Morning Meeting- Mark Brigman, Ph.D
Jun 23, 2017
"Power of Partnership"
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If you'd be interested in presenting to the Plaza Rotary Club, please contact Bob Merrigan at 
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