September 2022
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.
Club Executives & Directors
President & Social Media
Immediate Past President
Service Projects
Rotary Foundation
Links/Social Media
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 " 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 or visit his website at
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, emailing, 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:
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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
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     
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
Club members and spouses who volunteered:  Gary Proctor, Kelly & Mike Vaille, Michelle Herman, Caroline Becher, Marla & Rick Williams, and Jim & Sheila Houvener. 
Johnson County Square Ribbon Cutting and Tree Grove Dedication

Johnson County Government and county partners will formally open the new Johnson County Square with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. In addition, the Rotary Tree Grove of the County Square will be dedicated. The open space sits in the heart of Olathe, across from the new Johnson County Courthouse.  Each Rotary club in Johnson County contributed funds to make the Rotary Tree Grove possible!
The event will be streamed live on and on Facebook Live. The public is encouraged to watch online. Limited seating will be available. Physical distancing will be implemented, and masks are strongly encouraged. Public parking is available at the downtown garage, located at Cherry and Loula streets.
For additional details, visit
THANK YOU to 3 of our club members who recently helped a neighbor in our community with a sun room re-painting project โ€“ Terrie Johnson, Nick Wilson, and Gary Proctor! They volunteered their time as part of Shawnee's Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, which connects volunteers with folks in our community who need help doing things around their house or yard.
When we're made aware of new projects, we will post them on our Facebook page and here on our website. If you see something you might be interested in helping with, please let us know!
You can learn more about the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program here:
What began as a simple idea grew to involve the whole community and raise over $10,000 for Johnson Countyโ€™s only homeless shelter.
Peace is the cornerstone of Rotaryโ€™s mission to address the underlying causes of conflict including: Poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education and economic opportunity to name a few. Rotarians refuse to accept conflict as a way of life, without peace we cannot progress as a society.
The 39 peace poles created by community members and shared with the community of the whole at Sar Ko Par Trails Park all summer worked their magic of bringing awareness and messages of peace to Lenexa.  Additionally, on International Peace Day September 21, the city made an International Day of Peace in Lenexa Proclamation honoring the Peace Pole Project.
We thank the project Sponsors โ€“ Rotary Club of Western Johnson County, Lenexa Rotary Foundation, Kiewit and Commerce Bank, and the Auction Sponsors - Park University, The Flower Market, Jack Stack Lenexa, Gill Studios, GBA Builders, and Kiewit.  These sponsorships allowed us to make good on the project teamโ€™s unanimous decision to have all auction proceeds support Project 1020 โ€“ Johnson Countyโ€™s only cold-weather homeless shelter which gives care and hope to those in need.
The auction evening was cool and blustery, but inside City Hall artists, sponsors, project team members, Rotarians, neighbors and guest throughout the community enjoyed drinks and heavy appetizers while generously bidding until 7:30pm when the silent auction closed. Then the top 10 poles in bid dollars advanced to a live auction hosted by Lenexa Council member, Bill Nicks. There, guest enthusiastically bid up charitable proceeds to drive the total donation over $10,000 for Project 1020.
Upcoming Events
  • Friday 11/12 - Peace Poles Auction at Lenexa City Center 6:00p
  • Tuesday 11/23 - Social get-together at Transport Brewery due to Thanksgiving week (instead of our normal club meeting)
  • Tuesday 12/14 - WJC Rotary Christmas Party at the Blue Moose
  • Member Birthdays - Kelly Vaille (11/27) and Terrie Johnson (11/30)
  • Spouse Birthdays - Cindy (Dave) Huston (11/7) and John (Michelle) Herman (11/29)
  • Wedding Anniversaries - Dave & Cindy Huston (47 years on 11/23)
  • Rotary Anniversaries - Paul Mayo (20 years on 11/30)
โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹Speaker  Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley, Executive Director of Gilda's Club in Kansas City, shared with us the great work their organization does for anyone affected by cancer, at any stage, from diagnosis through survivorship.  This is a no-cost program for anyone going through cancer or close family/friends impacted by cancer.  You can learn more about Gilda's Club by visiting their website at
THANK YOU to each of you who were able to make it out to our Bowling Bonanza on Tuesday 10/27!  We had a nice turnout of club members, friends, and spouses!
If you weren't able to make the bowling event but still want to learn more about Rotary, please consider joining us at our next club meeting on Tuesday 11/9 at 5:30p at the Blue Moose in Lenexa (K10 and Woodland)!  
Congratulations to Jim Houvener, who represented our club, during the Lenexa Chili Challenge this past weekend!  Jim's homestyle chili placed 16th out of 170 homestyle entries!  ๐Ÿ™‚
It was GREAT seeing all of the families out enjoying the festival again this year!  If you weren't able to stop by our booth, we handed out flyers for our Rotary Bowling Social coming up on 10/26.  Watch for more information coming out about that soon!
Thank you to Becky and Mike Metcalf for hosting our club chili challenge last night! So many excellent chili choices! ๐Ÿ™‚
Congratulations to Jim Houvener for winning the challenge! Jim will be representing our club with his chili recipe during the Lenexa Chili Challenge on Saturday 10/9.
The Lenexa Chili Challenge is open to the public and family-friendly. You can sample participant's chili/salsa/wings, listen to live music, and much more! While there, stop by our WJC Rotary booth and say hi!
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The Peace Poles are on exhibit in Sar Ko Par Trails Park until October 31, 2021, and will then be auctioned for charity at City Hall on November 12, 2021.

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