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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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Interested in visiting our club?
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. 
 
 
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Who's our Speaker this Friday?
Check out our Upcoming Events & Speakers Sections on the right side of our web page!
Calling any 6040 Clubs interested in interacting with our incoming District 4845, Argentina/Paraguay GSE Team this spring - April 21-May 19, 2017!
 
Hosting a GSE team member is a wonderful experience. You experience different language and cultures, and also find that people are more similar than different. Who knows? You may add to your best loved friends list!
 
GSE members are typically-- but not always-- matched up with similar vocations so there will be common conversation and information sharing from the start. The occupations this year are: 
  • female-lawyer,
  • male-art and music teacher (plays violin very  well),
  • male-english teacher,
  • male-accountant,
  • female - systems analyst (and she is the team leader)
To learn more about the team members and to apply to host, please see our Download File Section on the left side of our web page for more information.
 
Can't host but still want to be involved? Here are some ideas!
  • Ask for a program for your Club.
  • Entertain and also interact with member(s) of the Team.
  • Host a member or members in a Rotarian home.
  • Serve in transportation assistance.
  • Help us with connections , tickets, etc. to events where we might be able to show our guests the 6040 culture.
  • Other ideas? Want to show off what makes your neighborhood special? Let us know!
 
 
Last week, our Board voted last week to nominate our own Cassy Venters to be the 2017-2020 District Council Representative for District 6040.  Please congratulate Cassy for the nomination and wish her the best in being awarded the position!
Good Morning Plaza Rotarians,
 
Every three years our Club goes through a beneficiary nomination and voting process.  This process identifies the two nonprofit organizations that will be the primary beneficiaries of our funding raising efforts over the next three years.  As an example, 75% of the 2016 Games for Good fundraising proceeds were split between the Hope House and Urban Rangers, with the remaining 25% going to our Plaza Rotary Foundation. 
 
Please use the attached form to nominate potential beneficiaries.  There is no limit to how many you can submit, but please remember that submissions must be qualified 501(c) (3)’s.  We will be accepting nominations through Sunday March 5th, with a formal vote taking place at our Club Meeting on Friday March 10th and via email.
 
Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  The best way to reach me is at william.thomas@umb.com or at 913-909-7523.  I look forward to our Club’s continued involvement with worthy organizations and volunteering with each and every one of you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Your President

Drue Thomas
This is a reminder that the deadline is quickly approaching for Teacher of the Year Nominations.
 
More information can be found at http://www.rotary6040.org/2016/12/03/hello-world/. Submissions must be received by our District Literacy Chair Janet Gooch, jquinzer@truman.edu, by February 24th, 2017. The award will be presented at the District Assembly in Chillicothe, Missouri on April 29th, 2017. Winners will be notified so they may plan on receiving their award in Chillicothe if at all possible. Recipients of this award do not need to be present in Chillicothe to receive this award.
 
Let's honor our teachers who put so much passion and devotion into educating our children!
 
All my best,
 
Kim LeSage
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From Kim LeSage, District Governor
 
I am reaching out to clubs to confirm details of our District Four-Way Test Contest. I want to make certain all clubs are aware of the submission criteria and deadlines. Each year we are able to tweak some of our programs and events based on comments and suggestions of Rotarians. This year the Four-Way Test Speech Contest committee is asking that candidates/clubs submit their club's candidate for the Four-Way Test Speech Contest by submitting a video of the candidate giving their speech. Judges will then select the three finalists to attend the District Assembly on April 29th and give their speech to the attendees. First, second, and third places will then be determined. Families and friends of students are welcome to attend. Please see the attachments for the rules and application. Contact information for Steve Shelton, District Four-Way Test Speech Contest Chair, is also located on the attached documents [Process] and [Application].
 
Thank you for your support of our amazing students!
 
-Kim
 
4 Way Test Speech Video and applications are due to Ann Leabo by March 10, 2017.
 

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.

Shoes for Orphan Souls is a great cause for Rotary. Several of our Rotarians have gone on trips to distribute shoes and can attest to the good results.
We are trying to wrap up this year’s campaign early. If you go out shopping you can often find shoes on sale at clearance prices. If you would rather give money, we need that too, because we have also been successful buying at very good prices, and we need to pay for those shoes. We are asking every member to contribute whatever they can as soon as possible.
 
-- Ed Laadegard
 
Keep shopping! Or write a check! There's still time for our annual shoe drive for Shoes for Orphan Souls. Bill Schmidt will be heading up our club's effort this year. For more on this charitable effort, visit Buckner's website here.
 
Following the International Convention in Atlanta (June 10-14) ,  District 6040 is hosting a delegation of African Rotarians on a very short Friendship Exchange onJune 16-18.  Rotarians will be in Kansas City for two nights and three days and will stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel near KCI.  The Out of Africa planning committee is looking for local hosts who’s responsibilities will be to attend events, provide transportation and companionship and host African Rotarians during the day to various tourist attractions around KC.  The daily schedule will be determined by the African Rotarian’s interests.  The event costs (reception Friday evening, lunch Saturday noon and reception/dinner Saturday evening) for local Rotarians will be about $75/person.  Please contact Jan Armstrong at JArmst2298@aol.com or Marc Horner at MHorner@aol.com if you are interested in being a host.  Cassy Venters has additional details, cdventers@me.com
 

2017 RYLA - Applications due by March 1

Though the deadline is March 1, we would encourage all RYLA applications be submitted to Ann Leabo at ALeabo@hopehouse.net by mid-February.  We will still accept applications until March 1, but there may not be space available. There are two RYLA sessions this year:

RYLA #1 is June 25 – 28 

RYLA #2 is July 9 – 12.

The application form for Plaza Club RYLA applicants can be accessed using this link, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37448611/RYLA%202017%20Application%20-%20Plaza%20club.pdf Please submit completed applications to Ann Leabo.

What is RYLA? The Missouri RYLA Academy is a 4-day, 3-night training program for high school Sophomores and Juniors who exhibit a desire for community service.  Developed by some of Missouri's top professional educators, the curriculum is designed to identify and enhance the qualities of Servant Leadership for each participant, train them on how to successfully implement a service project, and inspire them to live a lifetime of "Service Above Self."  

For additional information, please contact Ann Leabo or visit http://www.missouriryla.com.

https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000004680/Images/foundation100.jpgThe commitment to Service Above Self is what defines us as Rotarians, and the Rotary Foundation is one of the main vehicles we use to serve others and make the world a better place. Here’s your opportunity to define your Rotary legacy and support the Rotary Foundation for its 100th anniversary.
 
District Governor Kim Lesage and District Rotary Foundation Chair Cassie Venters invite you to participate in the Rotary District 6040 Centennial Legacy Campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. The Campaign goal is to raise $2,650,000 for The Rotary Foundation by April 10, 2017.
 
Contributors who make a minimum commitment of $10,000 in cash, Rotary Direct pledges, or a bequest will be invited to attend the Centennial Legacy Dinner, to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Rotary International President John Germ will be the keynote speaker.
 
Contact our club’s Legacy Dinner Campaign Table Captains Roger Samuel roger.samuel@msasearch.com or Jerry Venters  jvotary6040@yahoo.com for more information.
 
 
Plaza Rotary Club was recognized and received the 2017 Visionary of the Year Award for it's commitment and contributions to Hope House on Thursday, February 16th. President Drue Thomas took time for this photo with his mother, Mary Jean Thomas, at today's Hope House Everyday Hero lunch. The Kansas City Plaza Rotary club was recognized with the Hope House Visionary of the Year award for our financial support and projects over more than 10 years. Lots of good reasons for all of us to smile! 
 
--Elizabeth Usovicz
From the Urban Ranger Corps:
 
BIG thanks to the Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza for their generous donation. URC is proud to be a recipient of proceeds from the Club’s Games For Good. URC Board Member, Joe Sweeny, accepts a check for $10,876 from Drue Thomas, President of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club. What a great way to show our young men that others are helping us bring “hope” in their brighter futures.
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Morning Meeting-Christie Kennard
Mar 03, 2017
Jesse James in Kansas City
Morning Meeting-Merrell R. Bennekin
Mar 17, 2017
KC Board of Police Commissioners- Office of Community Complaints
Morning Meeting-Tom Tilley
Mar 24, 2017
President of the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association
NO MORNING MEETING
Mar 31, 2017
NO MORNING MEETING
 
Interested in speaking to Plaza Rotary?
If you'd be interested in presenting to the Plaza Rotary Club, please contact Bob Merrigan at 
 
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