Bulletin for March 21, 2019
Summary of March 14th Meeting
Thanks to your generosity we collected $15 in 'Happy Bucks' and 'Dollars for the Foundation' last week. All these contributions benefit the Rotary International Foundation.  
Our club enjoyed having Jeff Jennings join us for breakfast last week. Jeff is a member of the Rotary Club of Shawnee, a leader in the community and a champion of the On the Road club project. 
President's Message
Joe Morris
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At the Monday evening Board Meeting, our District Governor, Blanche Parks, was in attendance.  She was invited by Rod, with the blessing of all who attended.  Although we conveyed our concerns about how we seem to be “aging out,” she praised our Club.  Attending were Rod, John Ruo, Pam, Jeff, and myself.  Pam took copious notes and we can discuss the opportunities Blanche proposed and it’s not all doom and gloom…

Also, I’m attending a noon meeting today with virtually all the other Clubs’ Presidents and or President Elects.  The purpose is to foster ideas for a community-wide project that will put ROTARY on the Kansas City Map. 




Our club meets on Thursdays for breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

Just a reminder that starting Jan. 3rd we will be meeting in the Wyandotte room at the Holiday Inn on 87th St

Village Crawfish Festival 
The Overland Park South Rotary is organizing this year's Village Crawfish Festival which is scheduled for May 4th. There are sponsorships available from $250 and up. For more information, please visit the facebook page at

Thank-you Rod Fager for following the Oktoberfest 2018 summary:
In short, we netted $11,533.29 from Oktoberfest 18. The club typically keeps between 10%-20% to seed future foundation efforts so this year we elected to retain $1,533.29 leaving $10,000 to distribute to the 2 charitable recipients (Hot Lunch Inc. & Growing Futures) Since the primary sponsor of $2,500 was brought in specifically for Hot Lunch Inc. we felt that they should receive a proportional cash distribution recognizing that contribution. From that, we arrived at a 70/30 % split ($7000 to Hot Lunch Inc. with $3,000 to Growing futures). In addition to this, we elected to take the $1,500 we retained and use it to fund our matching grant for books earmarked for Growing Futures which would equal a total additional contribution to Growing futures of $3,000 of books. With this, the realized split becomes $7,000 to Hot Lunch Inc. and $6,000 to Growing futures representing a fair and balanced distribution to our two designated beneficiaries.


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Meals on Wheels
Rotary Club of Johnson County
Meals on Wheels Volunteer Sign-up
February 2019 through July 2019
(1st Friday of each month)
If you wish to participate but did not have a chance to signup, or if you have a conflict with the date, please inform Shelly Tehven.   
Meals On Wheels
Date Name Name
February 1, 2019 Dave Gras Bill Robinett
March 1, 2019 Rod Fager Mark Smith
April 5, 2019 Larry Williams Pam Stockman
May 3, 2019 Shelly Tehven Lyle Curtis
June 7, 2019 Joe Morris Dave Gras
July 5, 2019 Bill Robinett Rod Fager
March 18, 2019
When we Johnson County Rotarians worked at brainstorming a few weeks ago, we produced 76 ideas - both funny and serious.  For the last two “Rotary Minutes” we have discussed crazy ideas and the best fundraisers we could remember.  This week we’ll review the best ideas for bringing in new members. 
Our most effective recruiting happens when we invite people to help us with our big projects. We gained quite a few members with the Valentine Rose fundraisers when friends either helped with the prep or with the fun process of delivery.  Projects with Heart to Heart that put together disaster kits for personal health or medical needs brought some interest.  The joint Polio-Plus project with two or three other Rotary clubs may have gained us a couple of folks.  Our Top Golf project got us some prospects.
Our brainstormers said we should do more to incorporate our membership campaign with our major fund-raisers.  Where are all the connections that we make with Oktoberfest?  There must be dozens of names we have gotten through our raffle and ticket sales, not to mention the business people who donate auction items.  
One group suggested that we organize small membership events and invite friends - maybe a happy-hour event, an evening fireplace gathering or a weekend coffee klatch.  These mixers might be fun.  Another idea is to do more ‘community service’ events to get us in the public eye. President Joe is working on a joint project with other clubs at this very moment.  
However, the most successful way to gain members is for Rotary members to invite people they know to club meetings and then follow it up.   Yes, it’s that personal “ask” to someone you know that works the best.   
by Larry Williams 
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