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Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world. “Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work. The six...
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
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Service Above Self

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Grand Street Cafe
8815 Renner Blvd
Lenexa, KS  66219
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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

Tuesday November 3, 2015 -Our club meeting has been canceled to allow everyone to celebrate the KC Royals World Series Win!!!!! We are all Royal. See you next week at our new location, Grand Street Cafe in Lenexa.

The meeting Tuesday,November 3rd in our new location at the Grand Street Cafe has been postponed due to a KC Royals World Series Win! We will reshedule  our guest speaker will be Kimberly Stern, Editor-in-Chief, KC Magazine and post details right here.
A sought-after award-winning food, travel, and lifestyle writer, she has been a regular contributor to KC Magazine; The Kansas City Star; KC At Home; and KANSAS! Magazine, among many other local, regional and national publications and blogs. She can be heard weekly on KCMO 710/103.7 as Chef Jasper Mirabile’s co-host on his popular food show, LIVE! From Jasper’s Kitchen. Stern served as managing editor of 435 South Magazine from 2010 – 2012, where she helped the publication earn Print Magazine of the Year. Stern worked at Meredith Corporation/Better Homes and Gardens in the 1980s, and launched a successful corporate catering business, The Good Eats Catering Company, in Kansas City in 1990, which she sold in 1999. Stern attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she studied journalism and advertising.

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


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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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.


The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. To learn more about how you can help, please visit:

For additional information, please contact Gary Proctor, Foundation Chair for our club. 


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 - - 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. 

Join us, sponsor it or donate an auction item, but get involved with the Western JoCo Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year! February 28, 2015 at TEAH Ballroom, 9050 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS. Click here for more information.

Thank you to our early bird sponsors
Signature Drink
Party Animal


Western Johnson County Club members were treated to a social gathering with a twist. A big shout out to Lori Maher, one of the original members of our club who hosted a "Between the Sheets" party on November 17th. This event had members and friends bring a set of sheets as a donation for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. All together there were 42 sets of sheets in all different sizes collected, this allowed the Johnson County Christmas Bureau to provide both kids and parents sweet dreams and a comfortable sleep on brand new sheets. This event was also a great way to get to know fellow members of the club on a more social level.

On December 9th, club members and even some spouses stepped up again to help the Christmas Bureau with the Annual Christmas Shop. From pushing shopping carts to helping recipients make decisions on gifts, the club was represented well with 12 members and a couple of spouses participating in two different shifts.  


Turn Royals Spirit into Rotary Spirit! Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a limited edition Royals-inspired Rotary t-shirt. Short-sleeve or long-sleeve, Royal blue for only $20!
You must act quickly because you only can buy for 12 more days!  We all love our Rotary club and now it is time to show it! Wear your Rotary pride around town, at the ballpark, or to your projects.
Proceeds will benefit End Polio Now in the name of our district, and will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Be sure to note which district/club you belong to in the COMMENTS section when you purchase so funds can be sent appropriately.
Go to  and buy your t-shirt now!
Please let us know if you have any questions, and Go Royals! Go Rotary! Trish Reedy Rotary Club of Overland Park


We would like to introduce our newest Rotarian Nick Pickard. Club Spoinsor is Scott Hamele. Nick is an Associate with Newark Grubb Zimmer. Nick specializes in commercial real estate in the Kansas City area and provides both owner and tenant representation. Others shown in the picture is Club President Paul Mayo (left) and Membership Chair Jim Frost (right). Congratulation Nick and welcome to our club!! — with James- Jim Frost and Paul Mayo.





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