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Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw This Week’s Meeting—Municipal Auditorium, Noon, Little Theatre, Oct. 13, 2011 Top Stories Business Executive of the Year—Tom Bowser

Make Us Proud Marc Horner To the members of Club 13, We are all a part of the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri. It is a wonderful club with a 101-year history of service to downtown Kansas City. We have a special opportunity next week to participate in two very important events; the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Municipal Auditorium and our Business Executive of the Year Award ceremony. The city has honored us with the opportunity to share a few words about Rotary with the citizens of Kansas City due to our longtime involvement with the auditorium. Please attend the event this Thursday so we can demonstrate our commitment to the city and give recognition to our honoree. Thanks to Chuck Eddy for making all possible. Important information: 

Parking in the Auditorium garage will be free of charge, just like every other week.

We will enter and pick up our badges at the Little Theatre entrance on 13th Street.

We will then proceed to the Auditorium where the celebration begins at 11 a.m.

We will get lunch in the Auditorium.

Take a seat a little before the city's program begins at noon.

When I am done with my speech, we will proceed to the Little Theatre.

Our meeting will begin at approximately 12:30, and we will present the honoree with the award.

We will adjourn at approximately 1:05 p.m.


Gene Freeman

Committee Meetings Education Excellence—Municipal Auditorium Room 201, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. Downtown—Lido Room, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. International—Kennedy Room, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.

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This Week’s Meeting – Municipal Auditorium, Noon, Little Theatre, Oct. 13, 2011 Business Executive of the Year Tom Bowser Tom Bowser is a venerable and beloved member of the Kansas City community. His contributions put him above and beyond all other candidates for our prestigious Business Executive of the Year Award. Past recipients include R. Crosby Kemper III and William Dunn Sr. Tom sits on the board of managers of TransforMED. He is a past chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; past chairman of the Kansas City Area Development Council; and a board member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. He is also a board member of the KU Endowment Association and the KU Edwards Campus. He holds a bachelor’s from KU. He is the immediate past chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Association is responsible for Blue Cross Blue Shield plans nationwide with over 100 million members and revenues of over $300 billion.

Want More Rotary 13? Connect to the Rotary 13 community by visiting the Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club Facebook page. Get up-to-the-minute reports on Rotary and Kansas City by following the Rotary 13 Twitter page. Missed a meeting with a speaker you wanted to hear? Listen to the podcast. Get to know more of what Rotary 13 is all about by watching our Rotary Youth Camp YouTube video.

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This Week’s Meeting – Municipal Auditorium, Noon, Little Theatre, Oct. 13, 2011 October Birthdays 2 4 5 5 8 10 10 11 12 14 14 14 15 15 17 17 18 18 18 19 21 21 21 22 23 23 24 27 27 28 28 29 30 31

Jim Ascher Ed McShane, Jr. Pat Dunn, Jr. Steve Schleicher Andy Beyer Yong Kim Diane Scott Chris Nigro E.E. Keenan John Miller Terry Dunn Jerry Moeller Pat Bolin Angela Augur Don Stebbins Brad Leech Ken Craven Neil Barnett Tara Markley Roger Hershey Roxana Shaffe Karl Roscoe Howard Mick Patrick Donnelly Karl Bublitz Janet Ellis Jerry Crabtree Sherilyn Seitz Dick Harmes Marc Horner Chip Dickey Pete Burgess Rick Beyer Ralph Ochsner

Happy Birthday, Rotarians

Membership Proposals The Membership Classification and Qualification Committee has approved the following applications: Martha Gershun Not for Profit—Jackson County CASA Executive Director, Jackson County CASA Sponsors: Jim Porter, Karen Haren Jeff Cooper Education—Internship Co-director of Corporate Work Study Program, Cristo Rey Kansas City Sponsors: Alan Warne, Al Tikwart

Introducing Club Runner Rotary 13 has begun to use a new software program to streamline many of our administrative processes. In order to assure a smooth transition, please help the office and edit your profile with a current photograph and contact information on the Rotary 13 Club Runner website. To do so, simply click here. Enter your ―firstnamelastname4680‖ as the User Name and 4680 for the Password, and you will be able to edit your profile. Once logged in, you will be able to change your password. If you like the picture from the club directory, you can contact the office and they will send it to you; email or call 816-842-2322.

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Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw

This Week’s Meeting – Municipal Auditorium, Noon, Little Theatre, Oct. 13, 2011

Rotary Club 13 Office - 1219 Wyandotte - Kansas City, MO 64105 - 816-842-2322 VOL. XCV / No. 40

Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw

This Week’s Meeting – Municipal Auditorium, Noon, Little Theatre, Oct. 13, 2011 Last Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 Pete Burgess Last Thursday was a gorgeous top-down day for drivers who made our meeting. New members Tara Markley, Elizabeth Lewis and Robert Girard together with their sponsors welcomed us to the Trianon Room at the Muehlebach. President Marc Horner called us to order and we sang ―God Bless America,‖ while Past President Carl Bolte added accompaniment for our song leader. Marc called on Mike Griggs for the invocation and called Tim Tholen up to welcome the three guests who joined us. We were honored to have immediate Past President Ford Nelson come out of recovery to join our meeting. Ford took the podium to announce annual awards for Committee Chair, Volunteer and Tyrotarian of the year. They were Bill Moran, Kara Bennett, and Rick Usher, respectively. Ford introduced the slate of candidates for next year's board of directors, treasurer, and president elect. Several club members continue recovery at home; Ken Beardsley was still over at St. Luke’s on the Plaza suffering complications after knee surgery while John Trantham is in the ICU at St. Joseph Hospital after his bout with pneumonia. To all who are recovering, our prayers for your complete and speedy recovery. Past President Matt Meyer called on sponsors Steve Sopinski, James Ramsey and Marc Horner to introduce our newest Club 13 members Tara Markley, Elizabeth Lewis and Robert Girard. Marc pulled out his copy of the October 15, 1936 Buzz Saw to cite a quote: ―If you are not satisfied with what you are getting out of Rotary, try putting a little more into it,‖ No, I did not infer that Marc wrote it. President Marc thanked Ford for his service as president during the 2010-2011 Rotary year. Ford received his gavel, a bound book of Buzzsaws, a bound book of letters from Rotarians, and a standing ovation from all of us. Reminders: Three famous fireside evenings are coming up fast; Oct. 11-13. Jane Lee needs help on the Dictionary Project. She got big boost from an original dctionary song poetically played by our favorite guitar strummer in a 4 minute, 32 second performance at the podium. Jan Armstrong stood up to talk about the Mexico water project. Kent Verden has a new committee to help him continue his own project that delivers bagels to the Salvation Army every Saturday.

Councilwoman and Rotarian Jan Marcason

Scott Burnett introduced Club 13 member Jan Marcason who is in her second term on the Kansas City council. Jan spoke about changes in the city. Her presentation drew a picture of the council’s strategic planning, engagement with the business community, an increased sense of regionalism, consensus building, and a ―can do‖ attitude. She seemed up-beat about a sense of change in the city but acknowledged that the city is worried the school district, decayed infrastructure, and about what may happen if the Big 12 conference loses the University of Missouri. Remember: next Thursday’s meeting will be at Municipal Auditorium. Rotary Club 13 Office - 1219 Wyandotte - Kansas City, MO 64105 - 816-842-2322 VOL. XCV / No. 40

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This Week’s Meeting – Municipal Auditorium, Noon, Little Theatre, Oct. 13, 2011 Thank you for Your Help with the Workday Paul Searcy

The first Work-Day for fall was held at the Rotary Youth Camp on Saturday, Sept. 24. Many tasks were completed and even more were started. The pool deck was cleared, Rotary banners were hung, trees were cut down, and wood was split. Thanks to President Marc Horner, the dining hall exit signs are fully lit. Other workers included Dick Retrum, Dennis McKeehan, Tom Peterson, Mike Regan, Tyro Joe Colaizzi and his wife Marilyn, Perry Atha and his son Will, Jerry Munson, Al Kohler, Kara Bennett, Mary Kingsley, Paula Willett and Howard Mick. Thanks to all of you for your enthusiastic, hard work. Don’t worry if you missed out, there is plenty left to do on our second scheduled Work-Day coming up Saturday, Oct. 15. Lamar's Donuts and coffee will be served at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Bring your work gloves, and be ready for a great time. See you all there.

Annual Foundation Dinner Approaches The Annual Foundation Dinner is just around the corner. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Arrowhead Stadium in the newly-renovated North Club. Not only is this the largest fundraiser for the foundation, it is also a time to celebrate the achievements Rotary International has made in the past year. As our keynote speaker, Past Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith will share the accomplishments of the past year and the game plan for the future. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the foundation. This fundraiser supports many programs such as Group Study Exchange, Ambassadorial Scholarship and Microcredit to not only shape our local communities, but enrich the world. For more information, contact Foundation Committee Chair Kathy Stipek Nehls at or phone at 816-916-0433.

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Contribute to your KC Rotary Club Foundation The Rotary Youth Camp provides camping experiences available to youth service organizations in the Greater K.C. area without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Call 816-842-2322

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This Week’s Meeting – Municipal Auditorium, Noon, Little Theatre, Oct. 13, 2011 Bowling News Dick Retrum

All the teams have been formed. The draft party was a successful experience; the food was good; the selection process was smooth; and Todd Haley did not show up to yell at anyone. Thanks again to Al & Mary Tikwart for hosting this event. Today we bowled to establish averages. It was good to see everyone back on the lanes. This was the first chance we had to see each other on different teams and to get a feel for who might be a powerhouse or push-over. But this business of establishing averages is a major part in the handicapping process; it’s supposed to even out the playing field. However, it could be argued that it rewards the less skilled bowlers with an advantage over a stronger team. But I don’t want to go there at the beginning of the season. The thing about setting your average is that it can be a dilemma. ―Sandbagging‖ is a less-thancomplimentary term in bowling; it defines you as a person who intentionally bowls poorly to gain an advantage. At least I think that is what it means. I may have to check the dictionary to make sure. Our high games today: Ted Middendorf scored 219, and I scored 203. We both established averages above 180. Heard on the lanes: Eric Bubb, ―There is an excessive amount of gravity on lane 21.‖ ―Is it me, or do the buffalo wings here taste like chicken?‖

Chris Boland,

It looks like we are off to another fun season of bowling. We could still fill a few spots, so don’t feel left out. Jump right in, the water is fine.

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