Parkville Rotary Club
Weekly Newsletter
October 13, 2021 
This Week's Program: October 15, 2021
Please join us in person: 

Please join us for a virtual ZOOM meeting:
Meeting ID: 298-478-705
Topic: Brian Mertz, Parkville Development Update
Brian Mertz is involved in a number of projects in the Parkville community, possibly most familiar is the Creekside Development at I-435 and Highway 45. Brian is also invested in the downtown Parkville area and owns several Airbnbs and is responsible for many of the store front improvements.  Brian has an accounting, financial, and construction background and will share with us how he got involved in the various projects; update on their status; and maybe give us a glimpse of what’s coming next. 
Debbie Hopkins arranged for this program.
RSVP for the October Pizza Shoppe 5th Friday, October 29th at 5:30pm
This month there will be a Pizza Shoppe 5th Friday at 5:30pm and not a Third Thursday event.  Please RSVP to Bob Stone at if you plan to attend. 
Address: 7687 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64151
Third Thursdays & Fifth Fridays, Oh My!
Here are the plans for the upcoming events:
Third  Thursdays @ 5:30 pm - Johnny's Tavern, Table Room
November 18, 2021
January 20, 2022
February 17, 2022
March 17, 2022
May 19, 2022
Fifth Fridays @ 5:30 pm, Pizza Shoppe 
October 29, 2021
April 29, 2022


A Virtual Rotary Road Trip
By Phillip Greer (Don Breckon's son-in-law)
It all started as a lark.  Wouldn’t it be fun to visit some virtual Rotary meetings during the pandemic? It soon became my mission to attend a virtual Rotary meeting in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico.  
This mission began quite by accident.  I was asked to be a guest speaker via Zoom at the Parkville, Missouri Rotary Club. I gladly accepted and logged in to my first Rotary virtual meeting, other than at my home Club in Cloquet, Minnesota. It was an enjoyable experience for me, and good for them to have a program presented from someone outside their geographical area. 
Like many others, I was working virtually from home during the pandemic.  That, along with a broken leg and harsh Northern Minnesota weather provided me with ample opportunity to accomplish this project.  I could go to meetings anywhere my computer could take me. 
Moving from state to state throughout my career, I knew I would be welcomed, so I started my journey.  I accessed the Club Finder feature in the Rotary.Org website and soon found a club with a zoom link included.  My journey officially began with a virtual visit to the Phoenix East Rotary Club in Arizona.   I liked it so much that I visited two more clubs that day; Uvalde Texas and Kamloops, British Columbia.  I was officially hooked on crashing club meetings. Always, I was graciously welcomed.  There was usually an air of excitement at the prospect of having a Rotarian visiting virtually.  My adventure was underway.
I crashed a Christmas Party in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  (It was a good thing I had my “Ugly Christmas Hat” handy as the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest was a highlight of the day.)  During other meetings, I heard of great social activities, such as “Drag Queen Bingo”, and humanitarian efforts such as Alaskan Rotarians packaging caribou meat for those in need.  Rotarians were continuing to raise funds for scholarships, foundation work, and local community needs, through events such as “Running of the (Golf) Balls”, “Poinsettia Sales” and a “Beer Can Fundraiser”.  Speakers and programs ranged from Member Classification Talks, to the Kansas Secretary of State, President of the National Urban League, a Rotary District Governor, a Rotary Peace Scholar, and even The Vegan Magician, Live via Zoom from London, England. 
I learned of marvelous efforts of clubs supporting local causes, such as the Chelsea (Massachusetts) Club’s Service Dog Project and the Petaluma Valley (California) Club’s Helping Hand Grants for local teachers.  Through it all, it was readily apparent: “Service Above Self” is alive and well, even in the midst of a pandemic.
It was good to learn that Rotary traditions remained strong in virtual meetings, including the reciting of the Four Way Test, member fines, happy bucks, and yes, even singing clubs.  (I cannot pass the opportunity to remind all that the mute function is critical for singing clubs.)
I was reminded of the international part of Rotary International while attending meetings in Australia, Mexico and Canada.  I was impressed that the Washington, D.C. Club, was entertaining guests from Russia, Italy, England, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, France and Scotland. 
Not surprisingly, I learned that most clubs have technology problems and that seldom do Zoom meetings go as well as hoped.  I also learned that most clubs experience problems with Zoom etiquette, and members need to be reminded frequently to (1) Mute your microphone when you are not speaking and unmute when it is your turn to speak. (2) Keep background noise to a minimum.  (3) Limit distractions and avoid multi-tasking, as that distracts others (4) Be well prepared if you are speaking and know how to share your screen.  (5) Don’t stare at yourself during the meeting.  (6) Turn your camera on whenever possible.  (It is very unsatisfying to be staring at a screen full of names and not seeing a smiling face looking back at you). Again, every club has issues with technology.  Make it a goal to reduce these distractions.
Finding access to a link to join a meeting virtually was by far the biggest hurdle for me to overcome.  I urge clubs to aggressively promote the link to your meetings on the RI club finder, your club website, Facebook, newsletters and any social media you utilize.  This significantly enhances the potential reward of attracting visiting Rotarians.
Also, meeting links must be accurate.  Frequently, I attempted to attend a virtual meeting only to discover the meeting link was invalid. Also, links must be prominently displayed.  Often times I searched a club’s website thoroughly, only to find the meeting link tucked away in an attachment or page that non-members would overlook.  Importantly, if a contact person’s name is listed, they should respond promptly to inquiries.  (I emailed many clubs that responded weeks later, if at all.)  Unanswered emails, phone or text messages lead to hesitation about attending a meeting and fails the tenants of the Four Way Test. 
A practical tip I learned the hard way for anyone planning to attend virtual meeting is to verify the time zones of the meeting host!  I sometimes logged on to a meeting an hour early or an hour late, failing to recognize that some states are divided by time zones, and some states don’t recognize daylight savings time. 
It became obvious during my virtual Rotary road trip that Rotary continues to lack diversity.  True, women make up much more of our membership and the average age of Rotarians seems to have come down. However, the distinct absence of people of color in most meetings was disappointing. It became apparent to me that most clubs need to do a much better job of attracting and retaining members that reflect the diversity of their communities.
On March 5th, 2021, I officially met my goal of attending a virtual Rotary meeting in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico.  The final meeting was the Smoketown Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maryland.
Throughout this virtual adventure, I met many dedicated Rotarians, some of which were characters.  My love for Rotary was bolstered.  I am prouder to be a Rotarian than ever before. 
In conclusion, I strongly encourage clubs to make virtual attendance as easy as possible for visiting Rotarians, guests and potential members. I also encourage members to visit other clubs virtually, so that they may experience the benefits that I did.
Save the Date for an Exciting Announcement About World Polio Day!
Rotary District 6040 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: World Polio Day - Purple Pinkie Donut Day Kickoff Meeting
Time: Sep 28, 2021 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 863 9969 6251
Passcode: 082444

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District 6040 Foundation Dinner

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, November 5th at the historic Hotel Kansas City, 1228 Baltimore Ave, KCMO at 6pm. 
All members of Rotary District 6040 are encouraged to attend the upcoming “Foundation Dinner” on Friday, November 5, 2021, at the Hotel Kansas City, once known as the Kansas City Downtown Club and the original meeting location of Rotary Club 13. Two years is too long not to come together in person with District 6040 Rotarians to celebrate the accomplishments of our individual District Clubs.
The guest speaker will be Tiffany Ervin, award-winning keynote speaker, spokesperson, and television personality, the Past District Governor of District 7670.
Fun-filled evening to include a Silent Auction and Special Raffle. Stay tuned to the District Website for additional information regarding hotel reservations,  registration and sponsorships.
Click the link below to register.
The link to Hotel Kansas City reservations is:
Hotel Kansas City is located at:
1228 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone# - 816-895-0398
When you register for the Foundation Dinner you will need to make a choice of entree. All entree's come with: Salad, Seasonal Vegetable, Seasonal Starch, Chef choice dessert. The meat choices are Chicken or Prime Rib.  You will also have a choice of a Vegetarian entree.  
The link for Foundation Dinner Registration:
Registration opens at 4:30 p.m.
Happy Hour begins at 5 p.m. (cash bar).   
Dinner to be served at 7 p.m.
Cost:  $110.00 per person. 
The last day you can register is October 29.  No exceptions.
Please note that the District is also looking for auction item for the silent auction.  They have had many wonderful items from all over the world in the past.  Please reach out to the District if you have something that you'd be willing to donate. Thank you!
Volunteers Needed Saturday, October 16th! 
We are looking for volunteers for the Parkville Microbrew Festival on October 16th.  Volunteers are needed for three shifts between 11am and 5:30pm. Eight volunteers are needed. 
Shift 1, 3 people needed  -  11am - 1pm
Shift 2, 2 people needed  -  1pm - 3:15pm
Shift 3, 3 people needed  -  3:15 - 5:30pm
Please email Sandy Knoernschild,, if you can help!
The Parkville Rotary Book Club - Book 2
Thank you to all those who participated in reading Book 1 - Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.  Book two will be Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss.

The goal of this group is to read a leadership or personal development type book & discuss with your fellow community leaders at Rotary.  We will discuss for 10-15 minutes or so after the meeting on Friday, October 22nd.
The date was pushed back to give more people time to read the book or to finish reading the book.
So come with ideas...  No need to RSVP, we’re going to keep this very informal.  
We hope you’ll join us! 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Training 
RLI or Rotary Leadership Institute Part I is coming to you online via Zoom in October and November.  Please note that you must attend all nights in either the October or November session. 
Night One -Tuesday Oct. 19 from 5:15 to  8:15
Night Two -Tuesday Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 8:15
Night One -Tuesday Nov. 16 from 5:15 to  8:15
Night Two -Monday Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 8:15 (Note this is the only Monday night, all others are Tuesday's)
The cost is $20.  You or your club can pay me at Venmo @JulieMc or send me a check made out to HOA-RLI and mailed to 850 Fairway Drive, Chillicothe, MO  64601. If you would like to register for either of the session, please contact me at and I'll be glad to sign you up.  
If you have already taken RLI Part I, please recommend it to a friend.  RLI is a great way to learn more about Rotary.
Registration is limited to 15 and ends in 3 days or on October 14th.
The link to register is noted below and is pretty easy to follow as you'll enter your name, email and club name.  Please select all six classes noted on the page which are the six sections of RLI Part 1. 
The cost has gone up to $25 (sorry I didn't know that).  If you have already registered, HOA-RLI will accept your $20 payment.  There is also a $2 fee if you pay online verses by check. Checks can be made out to HOA-RLI and mailed to me at 850 Fairway Drive, Chillicothe, MO  64601.
I look forward to hearing from you soon,
Julie (The REAL) McCoy
RLI Coordinator for District 6040
Upcoming Programs
Oct 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 29, 2021 5:30 PM
Pizza Shoppe
Nov 05, 2021 12:00 PM
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Joe Parente
October 3
Steve Bleish
October 10
Homer Williams
October 11
Dave Overman
October 21
Scott Walterbach
October 30
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Joe Parente
October 5, 2018
3 years
Larry Vawter
October 16, 2006
15 years
Kathy Leibrand
October 20, 2017
4 years
Neil Davidson
October 22, 2002
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