Western Flyer Newsletter - Rotary Club of West Wichita

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 Club of West Wichita:
District 5690
Club # 24865
Chartered July 7, 1987
Executive Secretary &
Bulletin Editor: Diane Walker
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Rotary District 5690:
Rotary International: www.rotary.org
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.
Jack Flesher
Bever Dye, LC - retired
Since just recently retiring, Jack’s
current endeavors are woodworking,
serving on the board of a few nonprofit
organizations and traveling around the
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."
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.
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
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:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
No Birthdays this week
Jeff Leonard …………………………………… guest of Gregg Greenwood
David ?? ……………...…………….……………. brought by Randy Bowles
Attendance & Membership Report
Last meeting: %
Membership: 62
Last year: 55%
Membership: 64
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
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
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
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]
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
$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
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!