Bulletin for May14, 2020
Allison Koelzer, the Student Initiative Coordinator for American Public Square, presented at our Zoom meeting last week. American Public Square was founded in 2013 to encourage and facilitate fact-based conversations about local, regional, and national issues. The Internship Program and Student Programming initiative are two key initiatives of APS. Allison, a graduating senior at Park University in political science and communications, and three APS interns from William Jewell College including Tavarus Pennington, Jack Still, and Lydia Enge delivered an engaging presentation about American Public Square and these two key initiatives. 


President's Message
Pam Stockman
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I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy, especially as our county begins opening for business.  Thank you, Becky, for last week's wonderful presentation.   We will have an assembly meeting this week via Zoom to discuss club issues, such as resuming in-person meetings and grant initiatives.  Please try to be on the call if you can.   See you then! 

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Lenexa Rotary Club's Peace, Love & Friendship Rock Facebook Challenge
Lenexa Rotary would like to encourage everyone to have a little fun while walking the paths and stream ways in JOCO. Look for painted rocks, take pics and messenger it to this Facebook page and it will be added to these pics. We will call this the Lenexa Rotary PEACE, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP ROCK CHALLENGE. We will have weekly winners for the pic taker and if we can ID the artist, they will win too. Everyone can vote by "liking the rock of your choice. Gift Cards for carry out at one of our local eating establishments will be the prizes. Will end May 15th with a Grand Prize Winner. Who said that The Lenexa Art Fair is not taking place in some form?

Meals On Wheels

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Johnson County Meals on Wheels has switched to STAFF ONLY Monday Delivery for the unforeseeable future.  They will not schedule volunteers to deliver meals.  Meals on Wheels clients will receive a weekly Frozen Box of meals as well as a large box of Shelf-Stable meals.  They are also contacting clients weekly to check-in. I will notify everyone when the regular schedule will resume.  



May 9, 2020

If you’ve missed recent Rotary meetings, you have missed some great programs.  With Becky J  coordinating and members suggesting interesting topics and people, our meetings on Zoom have been great fun and very enlightening.

Last week we heard from young people who are working on a fast-growing network called American Public Square (APS).  This group and with its message, which originated at William Jewell College, has drawn much interest and is spreading to campuses across the nation.  

Leading the speakers was Allison Koelzer, the Student Initiative Coordinator for APS.  She explained the purpose of the organization is to promote free speech in a civil debate setting.  The purpose is to keep emotions in check as people discuss issues in which they disagree.  In fact, during the public discussions, if voices are raised or show emotion, a “civility bell” is rung and all discussion ceases until the speaker can continue in a civil manner. This is much like our Rotary Bell, which this writer has seen used to gain attention during heavy discussions, and/or to bring the meeting back to order.  Our whole political system and country need to re-learn how to talk together civility even with those with whom we disagree.  

Rotary tries to be fair in programs and practice by engaging people with differing viewpoints and world views.  It’s our job during discussions to always show respect even as we give differing points of view. . . .” is it fair to all concerned; does it build good-will and better friendships?”   

 One of my favorite sayings by St Francis of Assisi is the following, “Seek first to understand, then, to be understood.”  This is another way of saying that we need to do more listening before we speak out.  

Join us on Zoom this Thursday so that we can see and hear you!

by Larry Williams 
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