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Global movement needed to reverse water crisis
This year's World Water Summit on 27 May in Seoul highlighted the progress being made: Over the last 25 years, more than 2.5 billion people gained access to improved drinking water, and 2 billion who didn't have adequate sanitation now do. Child deaths from water-related diseases dropped from 1.5 million to just over 600,000. The UN Millennium Development Goals' target for clean drinking water was met five years ahead of schedule. But for the 1.8 billion people whose drinking water remains contaminated and the 2.4 billion without access to proper sanitation, progress is still too slow, said...
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Rotary shop on new platform
As of 1 May, the Rotary shop will be available on a new platform. We may experience some downtime during the transition and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at shop.rotary@rotary.org or at 847-866-4600.
Rotary districts mobilize to support survivors of Ecuador, Japan quakes
After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan,...
Get live updates from the Council on Legislation
Get live updates and vote totals from the Council on Legislation on Rotary.org beginning on 11 April. Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide will gather in Chicago 10-15 April to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs.  Many of this year’s proposed changes are designed to increase membership by giving clubs greater flexibility in the timing and the nature of their meetings. Other proposals would amend membership requirements.
 
 
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Service Above Self

Tuesdays @ 5:15 pm
Grand Street Cafe
8815 Renner Blvd
Lenexa, KS  66219
United States
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If someone had a heart attack right in front of you would you be able to save their life? If you can't answer that with a confident yes, join us on May 31, 2016 as we tour the Shawnee Fire Department and learn how to do Hands Only CPR.
This course will be taught by Tracey Poste, Fire Prevention Officer of the Shawnee Fire Department. Please email the coordinator if you are interested in participating at NO COST!

 
 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to spectate as a Kentucky Derby Party attendee, you are welcome to join us at 1:00pm. If you just want to enjoy the party please arrive between 3-3:30 PM.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Engaged people lead to energized performance! The INspired Leadership Team offers skills and tools to “Maginify Your Greatness” through a heightened  awareness of your energetic levels. Learn more about the 3 Keys to Lesson Stress and the opportunity to bring our events to your organization In June of 2015, after serving in the education profession for over 31 years, Meg wilson made the decision to join the INspired leadership Team to pursue a professional coaching and consulting career. In addition to a Masters in Building Leadership and serving as a high school principal, Meg received her training to become a Certified Professional Coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and also earned a certification for Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP).  

 
 

 
Join us April 5th at Grand Street Cafe where we host Kimberly Winter Stern - Well-known award-winning food, travel, lifestyle and healthcare writer/expert, her repertoire is diverse and her warm, engaging and connective style grabs the reader.Her work appears regularly in local, regional and national publications, including cover stories and features for The Kansas City Star; weekly food stories in KC Star Chow Town;KC Homes & Gardens;KC Magazine;Lifestyle Magazines; KANSAS! Magazine;Kansas Outdoors,Kansas Byways,The Hills Magazine and national travel guides.Blogging experience includes Visit KC, Visit Missouri and Dean & DeLuca.Corporate clients include AMC Theatres; HCA Midwest Health, KC's leading healthcare provider;Company Kitchen, a Treat America concept; and Rodrock Homes, LLC. She served as freelance editor of 435 South Magazine (now 435 Magazine) for three years, during which time it earned the title of Kansas City's top print publication.
 

 
This is why people should come to the Spring Fling!

What is Rotary? It is the original social network.

Posted by Service Club Marketing on Thursday, March 10, 2016
 
 

 
Join us Tuesday, March 8 when Crystal Wiebe explains the benefits your dog gets from Beer! And for those of you into brewing you might want to listen up, this could be beneficial for you.
 
BEER PAWS IS DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING THE RELATIONSHIP WE BEER DRINKERS HAVE WITH OUR DOGS.
 
Beer Paws makes your dog a better drinking buddy. Dogs and beer actually have quite a lot in common. Both have enhanced the human experience for thousands of years; each comes in many different strengths and colors. And everybody has a favorite!
 

 
 

 
 
Join us Tuesday January 12, 2015 at the Grand Street Cafe in Lenexa to hear Stuart Ludlow of RFP 365 explain how he got started as an entrepreneur and learn all about reinventing RFP's. 
 

 
Join us for our Start-Up Rewind Speaker Series Tuesday, November 24th, as John Yerkes presents the story of Zoomin Market. Cocktails at 5:15, Speaker at 5:30pm at Grand Street Cafe, Lenexa.
Zoomin Market is all about the believers! Way back in 2012, two guys sat in a Mexican restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas, and had an epiphany. No, that's not a burrito; it was a big idea . . . a drive-thru grocery store.
See more on the website https://zoominmarket.com/about
 

 
Effective November 10, 2015 our meetings will be held at Grand Street Cafe in Lenexa. There was an overwhelming response by members to change to an upbeat location where we can be seen and hope that this new location will bring more traffic to our club. Meeting time and day will remain Tuesdays at 5:15pm.
 

 

 Join us Tuesday, October 13th at 5:30pm to hear Jim McGraw, former chief operating officer, corporate officer and board member of pharmaceutical firm Marion Laboratories, and  former  Chairman of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Board of Directors, a leading voice for quality education,entrepreneurism and free enterprise. Jim will present  LEAPP  II: Building  Blocks For Success.
 If you'd like to learn more about:
  •  Grit
  •  How to Make Good Decisions
  •  When NOT to Act Like an Executive 
  •  Other Effective Leadership Skills
Jim has received rave reviews from thousands of area business people, civic leaders, university students and community groups who have heard his original message of Leadership, Empathy and the Power of Persuasion.
 

 
 
Join us for the 2nd speaker in our Start-Up- Rewind Speaker Series where young entrepreneurs share their secrets on getting started in their own businesses.
Bo Nelson from Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters will be our speaker. Please invite your friends.
 
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters began its journey a couple years ago when two young friends and entrepreneurs, realized their mutual love of coffee. They knew that it had a wonderful story to know, to tell, and to share. Bo Nelson and Bill Holzhueter are the founders and are both active in the day-to-day business.

The name “Thou Mayest” is from John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden and he first shares those words in a passage that means, “the way is open”. We interpret it to mean that for every action there is a reaction and that we need to be responsible and accountable people.

We have selected Thou Mayest as our business name with the hope that while we stand here enjoying a great cup of coffee, we can reflect on the origin of the fruit, the bean, the region of the world it comes from and all the hands that helped in getting it to our coffee shop to share with you.
 
We believe that coffee should create conversation and that those conversations can result in sharing, in new ideas, and in new opportunities.
 
  
 
 

 
Dan Sarver to speak at September 22nd meeting. 
Dan became a J.F.K. assassination researcher because of his passion for American history. 
His focus had been World War II and Civil War studies. 
All that changed after November 22, 1963. He read the Warren Commission Report followed by Rush To Judgement two years later. The books were so contradictory that he felt the real truth would be forever elusive. 
In more tha 30 years since the Warren Commission, Dan has read hundreds of books, attended countless seminars and examined most of the available documents. He has made numerous appearances as a speaker for conventions, associations, and organizations. He has been a guest on several radio talk shows. You are invited to take a walk with Dan through history. 
He graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Foreign Language. Dan is a public speaker and businessman.
 

 
Join us at Falcon Valley Clubhouse where along with Johnson County, Shawnee and Lenexa Rotary Clubs we will host Rotary Day for PolioPlus. Admission is $10.00 which includes one drink, a burger, chipsand a cookie. There will be a short presentation on PolioPlus and Dr. Priti Lakhani, healthcare executive for Cerner's Physician Alignment Organization will speak about her climbing expedition to Mt. Kilamanjaro. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend. We will be passing the hat for donations to PolioPlus.
 

 
 

Start-Up Rewind Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Entrepreneurship is a process of identifying and starting a business venture, sourcing and organizing the required resources and taking both the risks and rewards associated with the venture.
 
Our clubs next speaker is coming soon. Get inspired and learn about these great success stories of young companies. hear about their struggles and triumphs. 
  
If you are interested in being involved, please contact

Scott Hamele

 
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90% of the club came out to help Mike McVey and Gary Proctor with the Lenexa Art Fair. Although this does raise some funds for the club it is also a great fellowship event, allowing members to engage with each other but also with the community. One customer exclaimed "you have the best beer in town". Combine that with the friendly service of Rotary members and people remember you the following year. Visit the photo album on this page to see more of the photos.
 
Club Rotarians Pictured: Jim Frost, Scott Hamele, kelly Bosak, Lori Maher
 

 
 

Facebook Rotary Club Page

We are excited to announce our clubs Facebook page.  Stay informed about upcoming events, speakers and photos. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Scott Hamele

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Rotary Clubs Twitter Page

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If you are a fan of Twitter, please visit our new club page at http://twitter.com/westjocorotary

For more information, please contact

Scott Hamele


 

 
 
 

What is Rotary International all about?

This is a great video that Rotary International put together for existing and prospective Rotarians. Please take the time to view it. Click Here

Submitted by

Scott Hamele


 

 

 
 
Club member Gary Proctor traveled to Chacala, Mexico for his first international project earlier this month and experienced his "Rotary Moment". He was accompanied by fellow club member Dawn Tubbesing and Shawnee Rotary Club member, Kevin Tubbesing as well as many members of the Berkeley, CA Rotary Club. Dawn who generally likes a minimum 4 star resort when she travels, quickly got used to the surroundings. Although not 4 star, the accommodations were very comfortable and the sunsets were amazing. Upon arrival they were provided a warm welcome by the high school students and their parents who were so grateful for the help of all the volunteers. Rotary members were engaged in activities to upgrade the La Prepa High School in Las Varas. From building computer desks, to digging piping trenches, framing a storage area to painting the interiror and exterior of the school building, itt was a hands on project of kindered spirits working for the greater good and putting "service above self". For Gary Proctor, it was the reason he joined Rotary in the first place, This was his Rotary Moment. Check out the photo album to see more of the pictures.
 

 
 
Watch the video where Kevin Tubbesing and Gary Proctor explain how it all works.
 
 
Welcome to our newest member Jim Houvener - . Jim joins us from Midland, MI. He has been engaged in his community and past Rotary club as a member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and as a Foundation Chair. Look for more about Jim in the next newsletter.
 

 
 
Danielle Pfiester, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board Member for Wyandotte and Johnson Counties will be the guest speaker on February 17, 2015 "All children deserve a happy and healthy childhood; a home where they experience love, support, nurturing and growth. Sadly, the children CASA serves do not have such basic needs fulfilled. Their world includes drugs, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. Many have been removed from their families and all are feeling scared,confused and alone." Danielle will explain the mission of CASA, how advocates are trained and how volunteers are utilized to aid the children in the system and what the current need looks like in the community.
 
 

 
A BIG THANK YOU to the following sponsors for the Around the World Party fundraiser. The major benefactor this year is Safe Home offering support for survivors of domestic violence.
 
Signature Drink [375]
 
Party Animal [600]
Lori Maher - Maher Group LLC
Jim Weir - Compalliance
 
Let's Do This [300]
​Amber Goering - Goering and Granatino, PA
​Jim Frost
John Khoury - Custom Foods Inc.
Joe Harrison
 
See Me! Game/Activity [200]
Susan F.Davis -  Edward Jones
 
Other Major Sponsors
Rick Williams LLC, Manufacturer's Rep, Klaussner Home Furnishings - Queen size Enso Sleep System, $2200.00 value
Craig Jorgensen -  amfam.com - Round of Golf, Falcon Ridge $280.00 value
 

 
 

 
Join us on January 27th as Gary Proctor, Club Foundation Board President and Kevin Tubbesing, Rotary District Foundation Chair share information on the inner working of the Foundation and how your donations help and multiply. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your foundation knowledge.

 
 
 
 

Shawn Kinkade full time certified Professional Business Coach and the President of Aspire Business Development, a business strategy, consulting and coaching company spoke to members and guests on January 6th sharing strategies for making the most of your business. Many members had that "ah ha" moment at one point or another during the presentation. Please take a look at a short clip of some of the tips that Shawn shared. 

 
 
 
 
 

Links

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Speakers
May 31, 2016
Shawnee Fire Department Field Trip
CPR Hands Only Class
Jun 07, 2016
Andrew Nave _EDC
Economic Development in Shawnee
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
Club Assembly
Planning for 2016-17 year
Jul 19, 2016
Steve Shields - The Piper
Revolutionizing Elder Care
 
 

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