Bulletin for June 3, 2021
President's Message
Pam Stockman
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See you Thursday!



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Ernie Miller Nature Trail Service Project
Our club will be picking up trash at the Ernie Miller Nature Trail on Friday, June 4th @ 10 a.m. and Friday June 5th @ 10 a.m. Please join us for either one or both days if your schedule allows. Each participant must sign a Hold Harmless form. I will bring the form this Thursday to our meeting; I will also have the form with me on June 4th and 5th and you can sign it at that time. 
The Ernie Miller Nature Trail is located at 909 North KS-7, Olathe, Ks. 66061. The volunteer coordinator provided instructions as follows:

From K-7, you will turn right onto 127th/Harold Street to enter the park. When you enter the park, take a left at the entrance which will lead you to Shelter 1. There is a Park shelter labeled Shelter 1 with a few picnic tables. There should be plenty of parking spaces by the shelter.

The group will then be taking a short hike (about 10 minutes) down to the creek banks at Little Cedar Creek.

The path starts out as a gravel trail, then pavement, and then it will get muddy. I strongly encourage volunteers to wear boots if possible, or at the minimum shoes that they do not mind getting dirty. There is a lot of trash we can pick up at the creek beds.

If it ends up being too muddy, we can remove some garlic mustard plants by the creek bed instead. I will supply trash bags. These plants come out of the ground very easily.

Please have the volunteers bring water bottles if they would like. Gloves are also strongly encouraged. I have some extra work gloves, as well as picker machines.


Village West Rotary is hosting a virtual event in two weeks on Thursday, May 27th.  The event, Rotary Night In will benefit the Heartland Housing Initiative for Mental Health America of the Heartland (MHAH,

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 17, 2021
Hands-on projects have always been a part of my 38 years of Rotary membership. Those were times of fun, fellowship and working shoulder to shoulder with Rotarians and their families.  
Projects have included making pizzas sold to pop in the oven; highway clean-ups with the KCK club, planting trees, stripping rose-thorns for valentine bouquets, filling medical kits for Heart to Heart, delivering roses on Valentines Day, working and tasting at Rotary wine and cheese events, buying books for kids and delivering them.  I’ve sold Christmas trees, newspapers and concert tickets all with the help of club members.
Rotarians have read books to toddlers, tutored in schools and inner-city centers, and sold concessions at athletic events.   Some have worked with the homeless and done food pantry jobs of sorting, serving and distributing.
The first week of June, we have a chance to get out in nature and physically help with spring clean-ups along the trails and streams of our parks. 
On Friday, June 4th and Saturday, June 5th, we’ll be meeting at 10 am at the Ernie Miller Nature Park in the Olathe area to pick up trash along the trails and streams there.  You’ll need to bring your gloves, wear your boots and have protection from the sun and thorny bushes/stickers.  
We’ll be picking up the winter trash that has blown in and sprucing up the natural walkways and picnic spots so all can enjoy the beauty of our natural world.   
More instructions will be coming!  It’ll be a great way to lose some of that pandemic weight that we have gained and rediscover some outdoor fellowship with friends!   
by Larry Williams 
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