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Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
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Service Above Self

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Shawnee, KS  66217
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This month continues to be a busy one for members!
We have been collecting donations at every meeting for the Mulit-Service Center Outreach program in Johnson County, competed at the Lenexa Chili Challenge, and picked up trash for Shawnee Adopt-a-Spot on the Clear Creek Streamway trail.
We have had some great speakers. The month started off with Appeals Court Judge, Karen Arnold-Burger explaining the reasons to do your research before selecting a judge on your ballot. We had Shawn Creger, Board of Trustees members from KPERS speak to us about financial awareness, retirement and what is happening with the Department of Labor fiduciary rule. Dr. Chris Kuehl will be speaking to us on Tuesday, October 18th, Chris' presentation is always interesting and entertaining.
On October 25th, Lori McCombs, will host a fireside chat at her house and members are asked to bring donations of  used blankets, gloves or hats and any extra plastic bags for UPlift.
Life as a Rotarian is busy but always fulfilling!

Join us Tuesday, October 4th as we welcome Judge Karen Arnold-Burger to our Club to speak to us!
Karen was a presiding Judge of the Overland Park Municipal Court for 20 years and became a member of the Kansas Court of Appeals in February 2011.

Join us Tuesday, September 13th at 7:15am at Eggtc! on Renner, as Shawnee Police Department's Officer Midiros and Community Outreach  Relations and Engagement Officer Madrigal will have a conversation with the group regarding shooter situations. Better to be informed than ignorant! Plan to attend and bring a friend.

Today was a great day of giving for our club. We presented a check to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, Olathe Chapter and Jim Houvener was able to deliver 215 lbs of food and necessity items to the Multi-Service Center in Johnson County. A big thank you to all members who donated and to Nick Wilson for helping Jim out with collecting them. Rotary Rocks!
Pictured with Jim is Theresa Hicks, North Central Manager, Human Services for Johnson County who was very excited and appreciative of the donation.

Club President, Kelly Bosak, presents a check for $1000.00 to the Boys & Girls Club Greater Kansas City, Olathe Chapter this morning, proceeds from our Guns & Horses event held earlier this year! More Fun fundraising to come. 

Members, Dave Huston, Mike McVey and Kelly Vaille walked a mile of trail this morning picking up litter to keep the trail at Clear Creek clean for cyclists and walkers. It is always a good feeling doing these hands on projects. It was a warm morning but we weathered the humidity to get the job done. If you haven't walked or ridden the trail you really should, If you haven't come to a Rotary meeting at our new digs at Eggtc on Renner join us. You can get involved in projects like this and meet new business contacts and make some friends. Always "Service above Self".

Look what we got to do the other day! We presented a check for $2500.00 to Cindy Mense of Charlie's House. Proceeds from our Guns and Horses event. Rotary is about doing good in the world. Come to a meeting to find out how you can help.

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.

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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.

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What is Rotary? It is the original social network.

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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 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

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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If you are a fan of Twitter, please visit our new club page at

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.



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