Meets Tuesdays, 12:00 noon at Rolling Hills Country Club, 223 S. Westlink Rotary Club of West Wichita P.O. Box 12064 Wichita, KS 67277 ROTARY WEBSITES: Rotary Club of West Wichita: www.rotarywestwichita.org District 5690 Club # 24865 Chartered July 7, 1987 Executive Secretary & Bulletin Editor: Diane Walker Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Rotary District 5690: www.rotary5690.org Rotary International: www.rotary.org ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ TODAY’S SPEAKER Sam Williams Candidate for Mayor of Wichita Sam Williams and his wife raised their six children in Wichita, all attending USD 259. A former CPA, Sam ran the largest advertising firm in the state and in his time created hundreds of jobs. His passion for bringing people together around a cause to promote growth continually inspires his involvement in our community. Sam has led various civic organizations and served on a number of community boards, including the current chairman at Envision, Boys Scouts of America Councilman, Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Wichita Music Theatre Board Member, United Way of the Plains Campaign Chairman and Board, and Exploration Place Board of Directors and Treasurer. For his work in community, he has received The Silver Beaver Award from BSA. VOCATIONAL PROFILE Jack Flesher Bever Dye, LC - retired Lawyer Since just recently retiring, Jack’s current endeavors are woodworking, serving on the board of a few nonprofit organizations and traveling around the U.S. NOTE: The ABC’s of Rotary states, “The primary purpose of Rotary membership is to provide each member with a unique opportunity to serve others, and membership is not intended as a means for personal profit or special privileges." MARCH IS LITERACY MONTH In addition to his passion for community, Sam will tell you faith and family is a very important part of his life. He is also an avid runner and reader. UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS March 17 Speaker: Jeff Longwell, Candidate for Mayor of Wichita No STAR Class in March due to Spring break March 24 Speaker: Jared Estes David Weber Extra Effort Awards – 1st grade March 31 NO MEETING – 5th Tuesday April 3 The Wichita Force outing We had a great turn out for our meeting at Intrust Bank Arena last week. Our thanks to Kris Wheeler and the Arena staff for hosting us! Randy Bowles, Vernon Dolezal and Lori Taylor won event tickets for answering trivia questions about the arena during the meeting. Interact Dodgeball Tournament Saturday, April 4th 9:00am to 1:00pm Arrive: 8:30am Maize High School 45th & 119th The Interact Club is seeking business card advertisements for their Dodgeball tournament. For $25 your business card will be added to the list of sponsors and distributed to all participants of the tourney. Please either inquire with Mike Suellentrop or Brent Dome to sponsor. Organized by Kris Wheeler Friday, March 13, 6:00 p.m. 3700 E. Douglas, #100 in Clifton Square Join us for a fun evening of beer, pizza and basketball! The Big 12 tournament semi-finals kick off at 6:00 p.m. followed by an 8:00 p.m. game. We have a room reserved for Rotarians and friends. This is an informal social so no reservations are required. There will be some appetizers provided but food and drink are on your own. This is a great opportunity for fellowship! The 4-Way Test of the things we think, say or do: 1. 2. 3. 4. Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? CLUB INFORMATION No Birthdays this week Guests Jeff Leonard …………………………………… guest of Gregg Greenwood David ?? ……………...…………….……………. brought by Randy Bowles Attendance & Membership Report Last meeting: % Membership: 62 Last year: 55% Membership: 64 MONTHLY GROCERY PROGRAM We need volunteers for the remainder of this school year to help with our Monthly Grocery program. We need 8 shoppers each for March, April and May. Please sign up at the meeting or e-mail Diane if you are able to help. DILLONS COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM For those of you who are interested in earning rewards for our club’s projects through Dillons purchases, Dillons has come up with a new way to simplify that process. Our West Wichita Charitable Foundation will get credit for every purchase our members make using their registered Plus card. The more you shop, the more opportunity to earn even bigger rewards. It's that easy! Just follow these simple steps if you want to participate: YOU WILL NEED THESE 3 THINGS TO REGISTER: 1. A Plus card, which is available at any store by asking an associate 2. A valid email address, which can be obtained from any free online service and can be anonymous 3. A personalized account at our website, which again can be anonymous TO ENROLL IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: Members must visit our website at www.dillons.com/communityrewards Sign in OR Create an account Click on "Enroll Now" Enter the 5-digit NPO number 63281 and search Select your Organization and click on "Enroll" The money will raised through this program will go to general funds in the foundation and help support charitable projects, mainly for students. Special Notice and Reminder regarding Friendship Exchange to Russia, May, 2015 The Rotary International US-Russian Intercountry Committee has organized a Friendship Exchange with the Russian districts for May, 2015. It is still possible for District 5690 to send one or two participants, but anyone wishing to participate should act immediately because of the time necessary to procure visas. The current itinerary contemplates departing the US for Moscow on May 6, arriving in Moscow on May 7. Commencing May 8, the itinerary generally is fly from Moscow to Simferopol in Crimea on May 8. May 10 go to Krasnodar; May 13, go to Rostov on Don; May 16 to Volgograd; May 19, fly to Moscow; May 22 fly or express train to St. Petersburg (the express train is about 4 hours); then May 24 fly home from St. Petersburg. Victory Day, May 9, is always a major observance in Russia, and there is a war memorial being rededicated or restored in Simferopol. At the end of the visit, in St. Petersburg, the delegation will attend the District Conference for D2220, Western Russia. Estimated cost is $4000 per person. For more information, contact Kurt Harper, at 316-267-1281 or 316-371-0796; or email at [email protected] WSU ATHLETES SPEAK TO SCHOOLS President Tony arranged for athletes from WSU to speak at an assembly for 3rd – 5th graders at Benton & Lawrence Elementary schools last Friday. He received this note and pictures from the WSU contact: Thank you for your effort arranging for the student athletes to speak at Lawrence and Benton Elementary Schools last Friday. The students really liked being a part of the afternoon. I think everything went smoothly, the teachers and staff at both schools were all very accommodating and supportive. Jessica Gagnon, WSU Athletics / Student Services Shocker LIFE Program 3rd Annual Wine Dinner Event Saturday, April 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Organized by Ed Frey Our Wine Dinner will be an enjoyable evening of great wine, food, and socializing with friends, as well as participating in fun activities while raising funds for great causes. Tickets for the event are $75 or you can purchase a table of eight for $550 online at www.rotarywestwichita.org or we will provide registration information at our meetings leading up to the event. Please consider sponsoring the event. Sponsorships help underwrite costs and add to the event’s overall success. Sponsorship levels are as follows: $300 Blue - Listed as a sponsor on website and other correspondence and recognized the night of event. $500 Gold - Same benefits as Blue plus two tickets to the dinner. $1000 Signature - Same benefits as Blue plus eight tickets to the event and a complimentary flight of the wines served at the dinner. Contributions to the West Wichita Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, are tax deductible. Please contact Ed Frey at (316) 285-5453 or email him at [email protected] for more information on sponsorships. Please help us find unique live and silent auction items. The live and silent auctions are an entertaining part of the evening and it is never too early to start collecting items. Please contact Greg Carr at (316) 440-2580 or email him at [email protected] if you have ideas for auction items or items to donate. Our annual Wine Dinner is our signature fundraising event. Your generous contributions to the club and to the West Wichita Charitable Foundation over the last two years allowed us to increase our support of existing programs and take on new ones. We’re expanding the number of $1,000 college scholarships from two to three this year. We’ll purchase groceries for at least forty-four needy families from Lawrence and Benton elementary schools during this school year. We’re continuing our support of literacy programs at Lawrence and are expanding them at Benton. Thank you for your service to others through Rotary. Your participation and investment makes a difference to those in need! I have updated and rearranged the badges on our Paul Harris Fellow banner to make room for more! The badges on this banner include all who became PHF’s through our club over the years. We are currently around $5,300 towards our goal of $6,500 in Foundation donations for this Rotary year. Be sure to check Jack’s Foundation thermometer poster at the meeting. Don’t forget ~ everyone who contributes $100 this year will receive a chance in a drawing to stay at Roger Bowles’ cabin in Colorado!
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