February 2023
Club meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:15p - 6:30p at the Blue Moose in Lenexa (Woodland and K10).
Our club social is held on the fourth Tuesday.   Please see our EVENT CALENDAR for specific time/location information each month.
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We officially welcomed a new member, but a familiar face, to our club at this week's meeting.  Welcome Cindy Huston!  Cindy is the wife of club member Dave Huston and a past Rotarian.  We're excited to have Cindy return to Rotary as a member of our club!
We also celebrated club member Kristin Johnson, who is now a Paul Harris Fellow!  Kristin has been with our club for over 6 years and has served as President, Membership Chair, and more!  Kristin's positive energy and Service Above Self attitude are just a couple of reasons why she is very deserving of this recognition!  Congratulations Kristin!
After a few announcements of upcoming events and service projects, which include preparing lunch at the Ronald McDonald House and our annual Music Bingo Fundraiser (more info to come on that soon!), we welcomed our guest speaker Keely Schneider, Executive Director at Workforce Partnership.  Workforce Partnership supports workforce development programs for adults and youth in Johnson, Wyandotte, and Leavenworth counties.  Ms. Schneider shared trends happening in the labor force, both pre- and post-pandemic, that are influencing challenges in our current job market.  The good news is Kansas is doing well when compared to the national averages but there's still work to do!  Workforce Partnership provides workers with employment workshops, skill assessments, in-depth counseling, funding for job training/education, and MUCH MORE!  They also support employers with services like recruitment assistance, work-based learning at a reduced cost to the employer, retention assistance, and more.  If you'd like to learn more about how they can help you, check out their website at workforcepartnership.com!
We had a great turnout this week at our 2022 club holiday party!  A special THANK YOU to our District Governor Stephanie Meyer and her husband Bryan for joining us as well!
Our club has had some nice growth over the past few months and we were able to officially welcome a few of our new members at the party:
Colleen recently transferred into our club.  Colleen shared she is looking forward to getting more involved in local community service projects with our other club members!  Welcome Colleen!
-  We also welcomed Becky and Rob into the club. Becky is a Past President of the former Johnson County Rotary Club.  Becky's husband, Rob, is a new Rotarian that has heard all of the great things Rotary does and he is excited to be part of that!  Welcome Becky & Rob!
Diane also recently joined our club.  Diane is the wife of A.W., another WJCR club member.  Diane was previously a member of the former Sunset Rotary Club and she has been actively involved with our club at meetings and special events for a while now!  Welcome, Diane!
Lastly, we presented Marla with her Level 5 Paul Harris Fellow pin!  Rotarians have the option of contributing funds to the Rotary International Foundation, PolioPlus, etc.  As their lifetime contributions increase, they achieve different levels as a PHF.  Congratulations, Marla!
THANK YOU club members (and spouses!) for volunteering at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop with us last night!  We had a GREAT turnout of volunteers!
The JCCB Holiday Shop serves 10,000-12,000 low-income community residents each year.  Clients sign-up to participate in the Holiday Shop, which lasts about 1 week in early-December each year.  Once clients arrive, they are escorted through the shop by a volunteer who helps them pick out books, clothing, personal care items, toys, and much more!  JCCB is community funded (no government funding) and relies on the generosity of donations and volunteers to provide this amazing service to our community. 
Last night, our club volunteers helped handing out books, personal care items, escorting clients, cleanup, and more!  This is one of our club's favorite events each year!
If you are interested in volunteering, JCCB is always in need of help this time of year.  The 2022 Holiday Shop runs through this Saturday 12/10.  To sign-up as a volunteer, please visit their volunteer page here:  JCCB Volunteer
We used our time at this week's meeting to assemble holiday boxes for Harvester's Community Food Network!  THANK YOU to Kristin and Misty for doing the shopping! Our club was able to donate 40 boxes to Harvester's, just in time for the holidays.  Each box includes green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, corn muffin/bread mix, stuffing, and gravy.  Boxes were delivered to Harvesters on Wednesday 11/23!
As a reminder, we will not have a 2nd Tuesday meeting in December since club members are volunteering at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop on Tues 12/6 and we will be having our Club Holiday Party on Thu 12/15.  We will have a social for our 4th Tuesday meeting on Tue 12/27.
Happy Thanksgiving!  Personally, I am thankful to be part of such a fun and engaging Rotary club, that cares about helping others in our community.  I'm sure I also speak on behalf of our club members who feel the same way!  ๐Ÿ™‚
A big THANK YOU to club members who brought food donations to our meeting this week for Shawnee Community Services!  Donations were dropped off Wednesday 11/9 and they filled 2 grocery carts!  Also, THANK YOU to those who brought glass vases for Unexpected Blooms!  Kristin will be delivering those soon (thanks Kristin!)  ๐Ÿ™‚
Due to travel challenges, our guest speaker couldn't make it but we did talk about some upcoming events (Club Holiday Party, volunteer opportunities for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, etc.) and then, thanks to Gary, we ended our meeting with a friendly game of Rotary Chronology!  We learned a lot about the Rotary timeline!  After all the points were tallied, the end-result was a tie between both teams.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday 11/22 at the Blue Moose in Lenexa.  Our guest speaker will be Donna Knoell from the Johnson County Theatre in the Park Advisory Council!  We'll also be assembling some holiday boxes for Harvesters.  And, if time permits, we'll be doing a Classification Talk game to learn more about our club members!
We need your help!
Our club is currently collecting canned and non-perishable food items for the folks at Shawnee Community Services!  SCC is a local food pantry and free clothing resource, serving the entire KC metro.  As the holidays approach, they are desperately needing food donations which will be "handed up" to the folks in our community!  While all canned and non-perishable goods are appreciated, they shared canned fruit, peanut butter, and ready-to-eat canned beans are especially needed.
Please consider donating to help this great organization!  You can either drop your donations off at our next club meeting on Tuesday 11/8 between 5:15p - 6:30p at the Blue Moose in Lenexa (near K10 and Woodland) or you can text us at (913) 382-8970 to arrange a time to meet!
We had another really great turnout for this week's meeting - 21 people!  Thank you to each of you who were able to make it out!
Also, THANK YOU to Colleen and Bill (visiting Rotarians), as well as Jane (friend of Becky M's), for joining us!
There were a number of announcements shared including:
  • We will be doing a canned/non-perishable food drive between now and our Tue 11/8 meeting!  All food donations will be donated to Shawnee Community Services, a local non-profit who provides food, clothing, etc. to those in need.  Folks who bring donations to the Tue 11/8 meeting will be entered in a drawing to win some Rotary swag!  ALL non-perishable food items are appreciated but their supplies of canned fruits, peanut butter, and ready-to-eat beans are extremely low!  If you can't make it to our next meeting, please email Matt and we can find a way to get your donation!
  • We're also collecting unwanted flower vases for Unexpected Blooms (see guest speaker recap below).  Vases must be between 5" - 8" tall and in good condition (no chips).  Bring those to our Tue 11/8 meeting to be entered into a separate drawing for more Rotary swag! 
  • Our District Governor Stephanie Meyer recently emailed clubs asking if anyone is interested in joining the Johnson County Theatre in the Park Advisory Council.  If you are interested in learning more, please check out their webpage here: THEATRE
  • Our club has signed up to volunteer at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau on Tue 12/6 evening.  We will need at least 12 volunteers!  If you are available to help, please sign-up here: JCCB
  • Lastly, we will be having our club holiday party in December.  Location and date TBD.  If you have any suggestions, please email those to Matt.  Signup sheet will be posted in early-November.
Our guest speaker for the night was Nancy Williams from Unexpected Blooms.  Nancy shared that their organization collects leftover flowers from weddings and other events, and then they re-arrange them into bouquets that are handed out in hospitals, senior homes, and more!  Why flowers?  Nancy shared that flowers have been shown to reduce stress, agitation, anxiety, and depression, while increasing happiness, peace, and life satisfaction!  They estimate that at least 7 people are impacted for every bouquet handed out (recipient, family, hospital staff, etc.)  
Interested in getting involved?  There are a LOT of ways you can help!  Are you planning an event that will have leftover flowers?  Contact them here to arrange pickup: CONTACT US
Are you able to help pickup flowers after an event is done, re-arrange flowers, or help with delivery?  You can volunteer here: VOLUNTEER   They have a couple of large events coming up on Sat 11/12 and Fri 12/2 where they will need help picking up leftover flowers.  
Lastly, if you want to donate money to help with purchasing vases, etc., you can do that through the Venmo QR code below (click on the code to enlarge it).
Thank you to each of you who joined us at last week's club meeting!  We welcomed a few visiting Rotarians (Barbara, Becky, and Bill) and also welcomed Rotarian John Shelton, who is in the process of transferring into our club!  If John's name sounds familiar, it should โ€“ John was a guest speaker at a meeting earlier this year as he shared his experiences as a pilot on the P3 sub hunter for the U.S. Navy!
Our guest speaker for last week's meeting was Theresa Reyes-Cummings, Deputy Director at The Community Mental Health Fund.  Theresa talked about how our own mental health affects each of us, every minute of every day.  She shared that our mental health "affects how we think, feel, and act, and also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices."  Some mental health statistics she shared with us include:
  โ€ข  20% of U.S. adults experience mental illness each year;
  โ€ข  1 in 6 youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year; 
  โ€ข  Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14 years and the 3rd leading cause of death among people aged 15-24. ๐Ÿ˜ข
The good news is help is available!  Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to identify and respond to mental illnesses.  Also, in July 2022, the new 988 mental health helpline started in Kansas!  Like 911, 988 is a quick, easy-to-remember number that provides a direct connection to trained support.  Whether you are calling for yourself or a loved one, 988 can help!  Theresa also shared these local mental health resources as well:
Welcome new Rotarian Jan Curry!
Jan recently joined the Rotary Club of Western Johnson County.  Thank you to Lindie for proposing Jan as a new member of our club!  While this is Jan's first time as a Rotarian, she shared that her grandfather was very involved with Rotary and always spoke highly of the work Rotarians do.  Jan said she is looking forward to getting more involved with and serving our community!
Thank you, Jan, for joining our Rotary family!  We are excited to have you in our club!  ๐Ÿ™‚
Thank you to each of our club members who joined us for our club's annual chili social.  As always, we had a great time!  And THANK YOU to Diane & A.W. for hosting us!
After sampling MANY different chili recipes, members voted on their top 3.  Congratulations to Jaime for winning top spot, followed closely by Kristin (2nd place) and Michelle (3rd place)!
Following club tradition, Jaime's recipe will be cooked for our club's entry at the Lenexa Chili Challenge on Fri 10/7 & Sat 10/8!  If you haven't been to the Lenexa Chili Challenge before, please make time to check it out!  Around 150 folks, clubs, or organizations cook their best chili recipe to be judged.  All chilis are cooked on-site and extra is made for the public to sample.  Starting at 10a, spoons are handed-out and you walk booth-to-booth to try the different chilis.  Also, please make sure to stop by our Rotary booth and say hi!   
We had a GREAT turnout for our social at Transport Brewery this past Tuesday night!  We had 2 goals for the social: 1) collect chairs for our Veterans at Veterans Community Project and 2) share the Rotary story with some friends wanting to learn more about what we do!  The results?!  We succeeded at both!
We had 29 chairs donated for VCP!  If you weren't able to make the social and have a chair to donate, please bring it to our club chili challenge on Tue 9/27 or let Matt know and he can arrange a time to pick it up.  We will be delivering the chairs shortly after that.
In addition, we also had 6 visitors join us!  Courtney (friend of Becky), Elizabeth (friend of Jaime), Becky & Chris (friends of Kristin), and Becky & Rob (members of another local Rotary club) joined us for tacos, cold drinks, and some great conversation!  THANK YOU to each of you for taking the time to learn more about our club!
If you're interested in learning more about Rotary, PLEASE reach out to us!  We would love the opportunity to share with you ALL of the good things our club is doing in our community!  Contact Us
Hopefully you didn't miss the guest speaker at our last meeting!  Leslie Hernandez Brown is the Assistant Executive Director at Inclusion Connections/PawsAbilities.  Located in Olathe, PawsAbilities provides jobs for young people with disabilities in Kansas City!  The folks at PawsAbilities handcraft dog treats, dog bandanas, pull toys, and more!  They also work in the retail and mobile stores selling the goods they create, which also helps them learn customer service skills for future job opportunities!
Their mission statement is "...to strengthen the lives of individuals with disabilities by creating inclusive opportunities for community involvement, access to meaningful employment, and better options for supported living."
There are MANY ways you can help support this great organization!  Shop their retail store to purchase items for your pets, watch for their mobile store at local events, sponsor a pop-up for your own event, or volunteer/donate!  You can learn more about them by watching this VIDEO or by visiting their website at PawsAbilities
THANK YOU to each club member who joined us at Transport Brewery on Tuesday 8/16 to create snack bags for Ronald McDonald House!  The snack bags are handed out by RMH to families of children going through a long day of appointments and/or procedures.  THANK YOU to Caroline for organizing this service project social!  Also, a big THANK YOU to each of our guests that came to help - Angie, Courtney, Valerie, Cindy, and Sheila! 
REMINDER:  District 5710 Conference is Thursday 9/22 - Saturday 9/24!
Don't forget to register for our District 5710 Conference!  The deadline for registering is Wednesday 8/31!  This year's conference will be held right here at Lenexa City Center!
Event schedule includes:
  • Thursday 9/22 11a โ€“ Four person golf scramble.  You can either signup as a team of 4 or signup individually and be assigned to a team.  Click HERE to download the golf scramble registration form!
  • Thursday 9/22 6p โ€“ A social evening in downtown Shawnee enjoying many of the towns great local breweries and restaurants!
  • Friday 9/23 โ€“ Programming, networking, and brainstorming activities with other District Rotarians.  Keynote speakers will include Katherine Holland (Executive Director World Cup 2026), Ryan LeFebvre (KC Royals Announcer), Joe Hall Jr (Kansas State Football), and Stephanie Meyer (District Governor 5710)!
  • Saturday 9/24 โ€“ Community service โ€“ we'll be doing service projects for both Kids for Peace and Heart to Heart International!
PLEASE consider joining us at this year's District Conference!  Registration can be found HERE!
Interested in being a District Conference sponsor?  There are many options available to get your name in front of 43 District Rotary clubs and over 2,100 Rotarians!  Click HERE to download sponsorship information.  Note: Deadline for sponsorship is Thursday 8/25.
THANK YOU to Caroline, Kelly, Misty, Jim, and Matt for taking an hour Saturday morning to help with trail cleanup!  Our club has adopted a .8 mile stretch of the Clear Creek Trail between Woodland and Mill Creek (east of Woodland).  It was a beautiful, cool morning for a walk with fellow club members!
Our guest speaker at last week's club meeting was our very own District 5710 Governor Stephanie Meyer!  Stephanie's Rotary year as District Governor began on July 1st and she's making her way around to the clubs in our District to share her vision for the 2022-2023 Rotary year. 
Stephanie began the meeting by telling us a little about herself.  She recently became a living kidney donor!  She then celebrated with 20 other living kidney donors by hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa!  
Stephanie spoke about the current state of District 5710.  Our District currently has 43 clubs with just over 2,000 club members. She talked about some of the District grant projects that clubs completed in 2021-2022 - Sleep in Heavenly Peace kids beds, shoe drive, disaster response kits, food pantry supplies, and MANY more!  Lastly, she shared what her focus is for 2022-2023 - new member engagement, existing member re-engagement, community service projects, and having more FUN at our Rotary meetings and events!
Stephanie invited us to join her for the upcoming District 5710 Annual Conference which will be held here at Lenexa City Center on Thu 9/22 - Sat 9/24.  More information about the District Conference can be found HERE or in the July District Newsletter that came out earlier this week!
Holmes Osborne, CFA from Osborne Global Investors, was our guest speaker at a recent meeting.  Holmes, who has a strong financial background, talked with us about the current market and gave his view of the near-term future outlook. His background as CEO of a financial planning company in California for many years gives him significant experience in helping customers with retirement planning and financial management.  He has been an expert speaker at many events and is a known consultant in the financial planning industry.  Holmes talked about the war in Ukraine and its effect on our economy and inflation, as well as the lack of supply resources causing our markets to head toward a recession.  He explained that the "Fed" has a big part to play in controlling if we go into a recession, how long it will last, and how deep it will go.
Holmes has been more cautious in his investment recommendations and how he counsels people on spending in the near term.  He also cautioned about shifting investments from stocks to bonds as bonds have also not been performing well in the last six months, and that certain types of bonds may not do well in a recession.  His recommendation is to speak with a trained financial consultant as their knowledge can help traverse the rough waters ahead.  Interested in learning more?  Reach out to Holmes at holmesosborne@holmesosborne.com or visit his website at www.holmesosborne.com
THANK YOU to our club volunteers who helped at both the Lenexa Art Fair (5/7) and the Lenexa BBQ (6/24-25)!  We partnered with the Lenexa Rotary Club to provide drink sales during both events.  Thankfully the weather cooperated, it was HOT, and people were thirsty!  ๐Ÿ™‚
These are both great fundraisers for our club and they also give us the opportunity to share the Rotary story with people who stop by the tent!
On Thursday, June 23rd, we celebrated wrapping-up our 2021-2022 Rotary year!  This was an opportunity for us to come together and recognize the work our club completed this past year and thank Gary (Club President) and his Board for their club service.  Our club's impact in our community included funding and building beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, completing home improvements for Shawnee's Neighbors Helping Neighbors, raising funds through Music Bingo for Veterans Community Project and CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties, and much more!
Thank you to everyone who brought food and a big THANK YOU to Torree for hosting!
Interested in learning more about Rotary?  We are a small, fun club with a focus on serving our community!  We would LOVE to have you join us for a meeting and meet some of our club members!  Click HERE to learn more!
Colonel John Shelton was our guest speaker on Tuesday 5/24.  Colonel Shelton was a P3 pilot for the U.S. Navy.  The P3, known as the "sub hunter", is used by the U.S. Navy to locate enemy submarines.  Over 700 P3's have been built since the 1960's!  
Colonel Shelton shared many exciting stories with us!  He explained how the P3 would drop "sensors" into the water and then monitor the sensors from the air.  When a sensor would pick-up an underwater signal, the P3 would notify nearby ships of the incoming threat.  
Thank you, Colonel Shelton, for your service to our country and for taking the time to speak at our club meeting!
Our speaker on Tuesday 5/10 was Mark McCaskill
Mark is a Business Advisor for the Kansas Small Business Development Centers.  The Kansas SBDC has 3 consultants who provide FREE confidential, one-on-one advice/guidance for small businesses!  Mark works out of Johnson County Community College. 
If you own or manage a small business, or thinking about starting a business, reach out to Mark and his team!  They have worked with MANY different businesses and can help your business be a success!  You can learn more by visiting www.jcccsbdc.com, emailing ksbdc@jccc.edu, or by calling (913) 469-2464.
Did you notice all of the 5' large hearts across Kansas City this Spring?  There were 156 of them scattered throughout the metro!  Lisa Healy joined us as our guest speaker on Tuesday 4/26 to tell us more about the Parade of Hearts.
From the Parade of Hearts website:  This spring, more than 100 local artists will showcase their love for our region in a big way, and you can follow their hearts! Each of the 5-foot by 5-foot hearts is a unique design, with the artistโ€™s inspiration and story behind it. Some hearts are whimsical, some are celebratory, some are thought-provokingโ€ฆand all are simply beautiful.
Even though the hearts have now been taken down, you can still view the hearts and the artists who created them here: https://theparadeofhearts.com/hearts/
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Our club recently donated money to help purchase materials for bunk beds for kids in the Kansas City area that do not have a bed of their own.  
In addition to our donation, MANY club members participated in the ๐—ฆ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—œ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ - ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต (๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ฃ) bed build event this weekend in Gardner! The event was organized and led by ๐— ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป, a local Eagle Scout. Mitchell, as well as Justin & Rachel from SHP, recently spoke at a club meeting.
Whether it was sanding, drilling, hammering, or any number of other tasks, our club members stepped up to the challenge and helped the other volunteers complete the build in under 2 hours!
Interested in participating in a future build? Keep an eye on our page and we'll let you know when another one is coming! SHP is always looking for volunteers to help with builds and deliveries.
If you missed this last week's meeting, here are the updates!
โ€ข  April 7th - Virtual Music Bingo:  Club fundraiser benefiting CASA and Veterans Community Project   PLEASE sign up HERE to reserve your cards!
โ€ข  April 9th โ€“ Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Building Project:  Our club recently donated $3,000 towards beds for kids here in Kansas City!  In addition, many of our club members will be volunteering on the 9th to help build those beds!
โ€ข  April 23rd โ€“ Learn to Curl Membership Drive:  If you're interested in learning more about our club, this is a great chance to come spend some fun time with other Rotarians!  Please CONTACT US if you would like to join us on the 23rd!
โ€ข  May 7th - Lenexa Art Fair:  More information to come on how our club will be involved at this event.
Our speakers for the evening were Mitchell Thompson (Eagle Scout leading our Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build on April 9th) and Justin & Rachel Kroh (Presidents of the Gardner Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace).  Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) ensures "No kid sleeps on the floor in our town!"  Through donations and fundraisers, materials (lumber, hardware, bedding) are purchased and bed build days are coordinated throughout the year.  As an Eagle Scout, Mitchell is required to lead a project.  Working with Justin & Rachel, Mitchell is organizing volunteers to help with the build on April 9th. 
Do you want to help on Saturday 4/9?  Typical builds only last a few hours (9a - Noon).  The more people, the quicker the build!  Our club already has a few people signed up.  If you would like to join us, please sign up here: SIGN UP
Justin & Rachel also shared the need for delivery help with the beds.  If you would be interested in helping deliver and assemble the beds, please CONTACT US and we'll coordinate a time that a few of us from the club can help!
Since we have a busy April with Music Bingo, the SHP bed build, and our Learn to Curl event, we will NOT have a 2nd Tuesday club meeting on 4/12.  Our next club meeting will be Tuesday 4/26 at 5:15p at the Blue Moose in Lenexa.  We would love to have you join us!  Please check out our LEARN MORE page if you'd like to better understand what Rotary can do for you!
Our meeting this week was packed full of good stuff!
Gary started the meeting by sharing 3 fundraising events that we would partner with the Lenexa Rotary Club on:  Lenexa Art Fair in May, Lenexa BBQ Contest in June, and the Lenexa Chili Challenge in October (which our club already participates in).  After discussion, we agreed that our club should participate in all 3.  We'll get more information out to the club regarding how you can help volunteer as we get closer to each event!
We also discussed an opportunity to watch a Kansas City Current women's soccer game this year.  This would be open to family and friends as well!  Gary is going to get a couple of dates and we can decide what date works best for most.  
Upcoming events:
โ€ข  March 26th โ€“ Gathering for Good:  District 5710 fundraiser benefiting the RI Foundation at Prairie Band Casino
โ€ข  April 7th - Virtual Music Bingo:  Club fundraiser benefiting CASA and Veterans Community Project
โ€ข  April 9th โ€“ Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Building Project:  Our club recently donated $3,000 towards beds for kids here in Kansas City!  In addition, many of our club members will be volunteering on the 9th to help build those beds!
โ€ข  April 23rd โ€“ Learn to Curl Membership Drive - If you're interested in learning more about our club, this is a great chance to come spend some fun time with other Rotarians!  Please CONTACT US if you would like to join us on the 23rd!
โ€ข  May 7th - Lenexa Art Fair:  More information to come on how our club will be involved at this event.
Our speaker for the evening was Coach Joel Applebee, head football coach at Mill Valley High School.  Coach Applebee has been leading the Mill Valley Jaguars football program for over 12 years.  Since 2015, Mill Valley has won 5 Class 5A State Championships, including their most recent Championship a few months ago in 2021!  While we're sure Coach Applebee could talks for hours about the X's and O's of football, most of his time speaking to our club was spent talking about player development - not as football players but personal development as they grow into adults.  He also shared their team's motto:  1-0.  He explained this is a reminder that each of his players should live in the moment and not get distracted by other things - football or otherwise.  And he encourages giving 100% in that moment!
Our next club meeting is Tuesday 3/22 at 5:15p at the Blue Moose in Lenexa.  We would love to have you join us!  Please check out our LEARN MORE page if you'd like to better understand what Rotary can do for you!
Tonight we officially inducted 3 new members into our club: Jaime Theisen and Misty Wright, both new Rotarians, and A.W. Pickel, a transferring Rotarian!  We're super excited to have them join the club!  Welcome, again, Jaime, Misty, and A.W.!  ๐Ÿ™‚
District 5710 will be hosting the annual Gathering for Good, a fundraising event to benefit the Rotary Foundation.  The night will include dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction, and more!  More information can be found on the District 5710 web page here:  Gathering for Good
We also briefly discussed a couple of upcoming events we'll be hosting in April โ€“ Virtual Music Bingo and our Learn to Curl event at the new Kansas City Curling Club in Blue Springs.  We'll have more information out very soon on both of these events!
Our guest speaker for the evening was Alyssa Perbeck, Resource Development Director for CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties.  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children provides volunteer advocates to youth in our city that are going through the court systems.  CASA advocates are appointed by a judge to advocate for the child's best interest in court.  CASA volunteers build consistent, trusting relationships with each child.  This ensures children are not going through the court system alone.  Alyssa shared that CASA has helped over 5,200 children since 1985 and, currently, they have over 200 advocates supporting over 400 children!  To learn more about how you can help this amazing organization, please visit casajwc.org
Interested in joining us at an upcoming meeting?  Please click HERE to contact us or text us at (913) 382-8970.  We would love to have you join us!
We had a GREAT club meeting last night!  Thank you to each visitor and member who joined us โ€“ it was a nice turnout!
First, we welcomed 2 new club members โ€“ Jaime Theisen, a new Rotarian, and A.W. Pickel, a transferring Rotarian from Wisconsin, former President of the Sunset Rotary Club, and charter member of the Shawnee Rotary Club.  Welcome, again, Jaime and A.W.!
Our District 5710 will be hosting the annual Gathering for Good, a fundraising event to benefit the Rotary Foundation.  The night will include dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction, and more!  More information can be found on the District 5710 web page here:  Gathering for Good
Kelly also talked about our club doing the virtual Music Bingo fundraiser again this year!  Last year, we raised over $1,300 for Sunflower House, a non-residential children's advocacy and abuse prevention center serving Johnson and Wyandotte counties.  Keep watching for more information on this year's event coming soon.
We also discussed that our club will be hosting a Learn to Curl event at the new Kansas City Curling Club in Blue Springs.  Watch for more information coming soon about this event too!
Lastly, our Curling event discussion connected nicely to our guest speaker for the evening, club member Dave Huston, who talked the rest of the meeting about the basics of Curling.  For example, did you know the circular rings the "rock" or "stone" lands on have nothing to do with the scoring?  Or that the sweeping motion warms up the ice just enough to melt the ice and create a thin layer of water for the rock or stone to ride on (which increases the speed due to less friction)?  Thank you, Dave, for a great presentation!
Interested in joining us at an upcoming meeting?  Please click HERE to contact us or text us at (913) 382-8970.  We would love to have you join us!
If you missed our club meeting earlier this week, we had a great discussion with Michele Orpin, Director of Development at Veterans Community Project - Kansas City!  Michele shared the awesome work their organization is doing for homeless Veterans here in the Kansas City area.  Michele also shared that VCP is currently expanding throughout the United States, with a goal of being in 8 cities by end of 2022!  
VCP started here in Kansas City in 2016.  They currently have 49 homes, located in Kansas City, MO.  Each home accommodates a Veteran, as well as a pet (4 of the 49 homes are designed for families).  Homes are completely furnished with new appliances and furniture, which Veterans get to take with them when they leave.  Each Veteran has access to a community center where they can socialize with other community Veterans. 
To learn more about the work VCP is doing, please visit vcp.org.     
THANK YOU to Becky and Mike Metcalf for hosting our club holiday party last week!  We had a nice turnout of club members and spouses join us for good food, drinks, and conversation! 
THANK YOU to our club members who volunteered on Tuesday, December 7th at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau!  This is an event our club members love volunteering at each year and this year was no different! 
The JCCB helps low-income families in our community by providing a Holiday Shop where families can pick from donated goods such as groceries, personal care items, toys, coats, and much more.  Each year, the JCCB serves over 10,000 families!  To learn more about this great program, please visit jccb.org
Club members and spouses who volunteered:  Gary Proctor, Kelly & Mike Vaille, Michelle Herman, Caroline Becher, Marla & Rick Williams, and Jim & Sheila Houvener. 

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